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  • Mariners seriousness on Trumbo 'overblown'
    According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, "the seriousness of the talks between Mark Trumbo [and] the Mariners was overblown."

    Advice: Cotillo hears there still might be a fit, but ESPN's Jim Bowden tweeted Tuesday night that the two sides were engaged in "serious" contract negotiations and that report now sounds mostly false. Trumbo is said to be looking for a contract in the $75-80 million range, after rejecting a four-year, $52-55 million offer from the Orioles a couple weeks ago. He's probably not going to meet that high asking price despite leading the major leagues in homers in 2016. There are just too many limitations with him defensively, and he owns a .303 career on-base percentage. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:48 pm
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  • Rangers, Carlos Gomez reunite for $11.5 mil
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rangers have re-signed outfielder Carlos Gomez.

    Advice: He'll get a one-year, $11.5 million contract, per FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. It's a bit surprising Gomez couldn't find a multi-year deal in this weak free agent market, but his dreadful tenure with Houston likely scared teams away. Gomez batted .284/.362/.543 with eight homers and five steals in 33 games down the stretch this past season with Texas, after getting released by the Astros in early August. He will probably open the 2017 campaign as the Rangers' starting center fielder. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:48 pm
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  • TEX looking into reunion with Carlos Gomez
    Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that the Rangers "are looking into a reunion with Carlos Gomez."

    Advice: They even met with his representatives Tuesday at the Winter Meetings, presumably to open contract negotiations. Gomez flourished down the stretch with Texas in 2016, slashing .284/.362/.543 with eight homers and five steals in 33 games. Other teams are probably scared off by how poorly he performed in Houston. His free agent market should really be healthier than it is right now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:23 pm
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  • Tribe have talked to FA slugger Mark Trumbo
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Indians have talked to free agent slugger Mark Trumbo.

    Advice: Heyman also confirms that Cleveland has been in contact with other big free agent bats like Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista, and Mike Napoli. Trumbo carries serious defensive limitations, but he did lead the major leagues in homers this past season with 47. The 30-year-old reportedly turned down a four-year, $52-55 million offer from the Orioles two weeks ago and countered at four years, $75-80 million. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:28 pm
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  • A's 'very interested' in Royals' Jarrod Dyson
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears the Athletics are "very interested" in Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson.

    Advice: Several other teams have inquired, including the Cardinals, Orioles, and Rangers. Dyson owns a rough .260/.325/.353 career batting line at the major league level, but he's a good and versatile defensive outfielder and he's also among the fastest players in MLB even at age 32. Dyson is due to become a free agent next winter. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:00 pm
  • Blue Jays 'back in talks' with Jose Bautista
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Blue Jays are "back in talks" with Jose Bautista.

    Advice: The two parties spoke Tuesday at the Winter Meetings, per Heyman's source. Bautista is struggling to find a healthy free agent market after posting a relatively weak .234/.366/.452 batting line with 22 home runs and 69 RBI in 116 games this past season for Toronto. He rejected a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Jays in November, which ties him to draft pick compensation. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe hears the Red Sox have already ruled out a run at Joey Bats, if that was ever a realistic landing spot for the 36-year-old former All-Star. Heyman says Baltimore is out too, and that Orioles officials told Bautista's camp "O's fans just don't like him." There is some level of interest from the Indians, but they seem very comfortable in wait-and-see mode. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:30 pm
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  • Mariners 'in serious talks' with Mark Trumbo
    ESPN's Jim Bowden reports that the Mariners are in serious talks with free agent Mark Trumbo.

    Advice: Trumbo got a four-year, $52-55 million offer from the Orioles a few weeks ago and turned it down, with followup reports suggesting he wants something closer to $75-80 million. Seattle's Safeco Field would obviously be a big drain on Trumbo's power, like it was in 2015, but he carries legitimate free agent juice as the major league leader in homers (47) from 2016. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:08 pm
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  • Pirates focusing on Josh Bell at first base
    Pirates GM Neal Huntington said he's focused on using Josh Bell at first base.

    Advice: Bell played both first base and right field in the minors. The 24-year-old top prospect performed well in his first taste of the majors in 2016 and figures to be a big part of the Pirates' offensive attack in 2017, wherever he's positioned defensively. A trade of Andrew McCutchen could obviously change the Buccos' plans entirely. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:21 pm
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  • Rival execs say Granderson is not available
    Rival executives tell Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that the Mets are not making Curtis Granderson available.

    Advice: Granderson was a massive part of the Mets' operation in 2016, slugging 30 homers with a .799 OPS over 633 plate appearances. He's owed a very reasonable $15 million in 2017, the final year of a four-year, $60 million deal. New York would much rather find a trade partner for Jay Bruce. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:22 pm
  • Red Sox out on free agent OF Jose Bautista
    Red Sox officials have informed Jose Bautista's camp that "they are out on signing him," per Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

    Advice: It's been a slow-moving market so far for Bautista, who posted a relatively underwhelming .234/.366/.452 batting line with 22 home runs and 69 RBI in 116 games this past season for Toronto. There are durability and defensive concerns as well, but he should eventually find a sizable contract from some team. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:13 pm
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  • Yankees drawing interest in Brett Gardner
    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that he has received interest in Brett Gardner.

    Advice: The Yankees are listening, but nothing sounds imminent. "He's here not because I can't move him; he's here because I'm not comfortable moving him, or haven't been satisfied in my asks that would make me move him," said Cashman. "You're going through the process, and you see if that changes. So far to this point, I've said no to a lot of different concepts thrown my way on it." Gardner is still under contract for two years at $26 million. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:48 pm
  • Report: O's offer to Trumbo off the table
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Orioles made a four-year offer to Mark Trumbo weeks ago, but that it's off the table now.

    Advice: If it's the same offer reported by ESPN's Buster Olney, it was in the range of $52-55 million. Trumbo's camp is looking for more, but he could have a tough time finding it with so many first base/designated hitter players on the market. Heyman hears that the Rockies and Rangers are among the teams looking into Trumbo now. He rejected a qualifying offer to test free agency, so he's connected to draft pick compensation. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:43 pm
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  • Report: Nationals now going for McCutchen
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals are now going for Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen after missing out on Chris Sale.

    Advice: The Nationals tried hard for Sale and were even willing to include Victor Robles and Lucas Giolito in a return package, but they drew the line on Trea Turner and the Red Sox ultimately topped them. McCutchen remains a strong fit for the Nationals, but it will be interesting to see if the club also considers alternative trade possibilities like Lorenzo Cain and Adam Eaton. It's worth noting that Robles was included in previous discussions related to McCutchen. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:23 pm
  • Granderson currently lines up as CF
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Tuesday that Curtis Granderson would be the starting center fielder if the season started today.

    Advice: It doesn't and a lot could change between now and then. The Mets would prefer to trade Jay Bruce after re-signing Yoenis Cespedes last week, but Granderson is also drawing interest around the league. Juan Lagares is the only true center fielder on the Mets' roster, but he hasn't shown an ability hit consistently against right-handed pitching. Michael Conforto could also see time in center field depending on how things shake out. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:10 pm
  • Cards offer to Fowler in 4-yr, $60M range
    Mark Saxon of ESPN hears from a rival executive that the Cardinals' offer to free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler is in the same range as the four-year, $60 million offer from the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Meanwhile, Fowler is aiming for a multi-year deal worth $18 million per season. The Blue Jays and Cardinals aren't that far off at the moment, so perhaps the first one willing to budge on the AAV (average annual value) will get him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:06 pm
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  • Rockies have no intention of trading CarGo
    Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Tuesday that the club has zero intention of trading Carlos Gonzalez.

    Advice: In fact, CarGo recently told Venezuelan journalist Wilmer Reina that the Rockies are interested in negotiating an extension. It's unclear if there has been any strong push on the matter, but we've seemingly been talking about CarGo as a trade possibility forever, so Bridich was forced to address it Tuesday. The 31-year-old has one year remaining on his seven-year, $80 million contract with the Rockies. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:38 am
  • Report: Indians met with Napoli's camp Mon.
    Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the Indians met with Mike Napoli's representatives on Monday.

    Advice: The Indians are said to be trying for a one-year deal, but obviously Napoli's representatives are trying to do better elsewhere. Interestingly, Bastian hears that Napoli may have already signed with the Indians if they were willing to go two years. There's a chance that could still happen, but another team could jump into the mix to give him what he wants. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:38 am
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  • Orioles, Trumbo expected to meet on Tuesday
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Orioles and Mark Trumbo will meet again on Tuesday in an attempt to work out their differences.

    Advice: Olney reported Monday that the Orioles were comfortable with a four-year offer in the range of $52-55 million, but they were prepared to move on with other options after Trumbo's camp countered at four years and $75-80 million with a full no-trade clause. There's still mutual interest in getting something done, so perhaps a compromise is possible. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:20 am
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  • Teams calling the Cards about Wong
    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that teams looking for infield help are calling the Cardinals about Kolten Wong.

    Advice: Cotillo was told by a rival executive with interest that the Cardinals "want a lot for him." The 26-year-old owns a disappointing .678 OPS in the majors so far, but the Cardinals appear committed to using him as their regular second baseman in 2017. It would take the right deal for that to change. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:54 am
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  • Cards have talked about Ian Desmond
    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Cardinals have had internal discussions about a possible pursuit of free agent outfielder Ian Desmond.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like they have actually reached out to his agents yet about the possibility. The Cardinals are heavily in the mix for Dexter Fowler and have reportedly made an initial offer, but they are keeping their eye on alternatives just in case. Desmond is in a better position for a lucrative deal this offseason after batting .285/.335/.446 with 22 homers, 86 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 2016. The Rangers are still a possibility to bring him back. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:45 am
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  • Chris Colabello elects free agency
    Chris Colabello has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Colabello will test the open market rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A. The 33-year-old served an 80-game PED suspension in 2016 and appeared in just 10 games at the major league level. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:36 am
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  • Report: Mariners continue to talk to Napoli
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners continue to maintain a dialogue with free agent slugger Mike Napoli.

    Advice: There was a recent report indicating that one Mariners official didn't see Napoli as a fit for their roster, as they'd prefer to give Dan Vogelbach an opportunity at first base and pair him with Danny Valencia as a platoon partner, but they are apparently keeping an eye on things depending on how his market goes. The Indians remain interested in bringing him back while the Red Sox and Rangers are among the other possible fits. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:53 am
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  • Schwarber (knee) won't play winter ball
    Kyle Schwarber (knee) will continue to rehab, but won't play winter ball.

    Advice: The Cubs were considering sending Schwarber to winter ball in order to get some extra at-bats after his knee surgery, but general manager Jed Hoyer said Monday that they felt "he proved he could hit Major League pitching." The young slugger is capable of making a big impact in 2017, but it's unclear where he'll fit in the lineup. Hoyer said the club has yet to decide if he'll be an option to catch in 2017. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:20 am
  • Cardinals have made initial offer to Fowler
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals met with the agents for Dexter Fowler on Monday and made an initial offer.

    Advice: The Cardinals have mentioned as a fit for Fowler for a while, so it's no surprise that they are involved. The question is how far they are willing to go to get him. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Blue Jays have made a four-year, $60 million offer, though his agents are aiming for $18 million annually on a multi-year deal. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:11 am
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  • Blue Jays still have interest in Jay Bruce
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Blue Jays still have some interest in Jay Bruce.

    Advice: However, he adds that they're "offering little" for the Mets outfielder. The Mets are looking to trade Bruce after they re-signed Yoenis Cespedes, but they've received more interest on the market in Curtis Granderson. Bruce slugged 33 home runs in 2016, but he hit just .219/.294/.391 down the stretch for the Mets and his glove has really slipped in recent years. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:02 pm
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  • Kansas City 'likes' Cubs OF Jorge Soler
    Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM and 670thescore.com reports that Kansas City "likes" Jorge Soler.

    Advice: Levine also reiterates what has been reported previously in that the Cubs are interested in Wade Davis. Whether the two clubs could have potential match involving those two players remains to be seen. Soler has hit only .258/.328/.434 to this point in his career, but he's plenty young enough (25 in February) to figure things out still. The Rangers also reportedly have interest in Soler. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:47 pm
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  • Royals/Cards discussing multi-player deal?
    John Perrotto of FanRag Sports reports that the Royals have discussed a trade with the Cardinals that would send Lorenzo Cain and Wade Davis to St. Louis for Kolten Wong and a package of prospects.

    Advice: This seems like something that might have been floated, but how much traction it could get remains to be seen. The Royals are fielding offers for Cain, Davis and others that are poised for free agency following the 2017 campaign. The Cardinals have committed to Wong as their starting second baseman for next season, so it would take a course reversal for them to consider trading him. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:10 pm
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  • Rangers unlikely to make play for marquee DH
    Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Monday that it's "unlikely" the club makes a big ticket designated hitter signing.

    Advice: The Rangers have been connected to Edwin Encarnacion and Mark Trumbo, but Daniels' statement would seem to pretty much rule them out for those two. Texas seems focused on adding a center fielder more than anything else, and they have a lot of irons in the fire in that regard. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:54 pm
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  • Nats think Pirates' ask for Cutch 'too high'
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Nationals have found the Pirates' asking price for Andrew McCutchen to be "too high."

    Advice: Sherman adds that the Nats are currently more focused on the Chris Sale trade talks than those for McCutchen at this point. Of course, it could all be posturing at this point to see if they can get the Pirates to drop their asking price a bit. The Rangers and Dodgers are also reportedly talking to Pittsburgh about Cutch. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:18 pm
  • Lorenzo Cain among options for Rangers
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rangers have had discussions about Lorenzo Cain.

    Advice: It's not a surprise, as the Rangers are looking for a right-handed hitting center fielder and the Royals are reportedly fielding offers for Cain. The Rangers also have interest in bringing back Ian Desmond and Carlos Gomez. Cain has drawn interest from the Cardinals and Dodgers. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:10 pm
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  • Brantley (shoulder) to swing bat in late Dec.
    Michael Brantley (shoulder) is slated to resume swinging a bat in late December.

    Advice: Brantley had a lost 2016 season following a pair of shoulder surgeries, but the hope is that he's ready for the beginning of spring training. Still, he has to be considered a major question mark heading into 2017. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:58 pm
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  • Rangers, Carlos Gomez having discussions
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that "there's been talk" between the Rangers and Carlos Gomez.

    Advice: Heyman cautions, however, that there's "no evidence" anything is close between the two parties. The Rangers are want a right-handed hitting center fielder and Gomez played well for them down the stretch last season, so it's no surprise that there appears to be some interest in a potential reunion. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported last month that Gomez might want a five-year contract, but it's hard to see him getting that. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:09 pm
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  • Rangers showing interest in Jorge Soler
    MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports that the Rangers are showing interest in Jorge Soler.

    Advice: The Rangers are intent on adding some right-handed power this offseason, as they've been connected to free agents Edwin Encarnacion, Mike Napoli and Mark Trumbo. Soler would obviously have to be acquired via trade, but the feeling is that the Cubs are likely to move him this winter. He's disappointed with a career .258/.328/.434 batting line but will turn just 25 in February and is under team control cheaply through 2020. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:56 pm
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  • Cardinals expressing interest in Jarrod Dyson
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals are expressing interest in Jarrod Dyson.

    Advice: The Cards have also been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Dyson's teammate, Lorenzo Cain. Like Cain, Dyson is heading into his walk year, but of course he would cost significantly less in terms of prospects you'd have to surrender for him. Dyson, 32, sports a pedestrian .260/.325/.353 career batting line, but he would give St. Louis the defensive upgrade they're looking for in center field. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:39 pm
  • Tony Renda outrighted to Triple-A
    Reds sent INF/OF Tony Renda outright to Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: Renda cleared waivers after being designated for assignment but will remain in the organization. The soon-to-be 26-year-old batted just .183/.246/.217 over 67 plate appearances for the Reds in 2016. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:26 pm
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  • TEX showing interest in slugger Mark Trumbo
    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Rangers are showing interest in free agent Mark Trumbo.

    Advice: "Just how strong it is remains to be seen," adds Passan. ESPN's Buster Olney reported earlier that the Orioles made a four-year offer to Trumbo in the $52-55 million range, and that Trumbo's camp countered at four years, $75-80 million with a full no-trade clause. Trumbo led the major leagues in homers this year with 47, but it came with a .256 batting average and a .316 on-base percentage. He's also very limited defensively. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:00 pm
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  • Dodgers interested in Royals' Lorenzo Cain
    Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers have expressed interest in Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain.

    Advice: Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has already tied the Cardinals to Cain, who is due to become a free agent next winter and could very well be traded this offseason if the return is right. Cain batted just .287/.339/.408 in 2016, but he had an .838 OPS with 16 homers and 28 steals in 2015 and the 30-year-old plays a terrific center field. Los Angeles has also been mentioned as a possible landing spot for Royals closer Wade Davis. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:02 pm
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  • Puig to work on shedding bulk this winter
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Yasiel Puig will begin working with club trainers in January to "shed some bulk."

    Advice: Maybe a slimmer frame can help Puig avoid the hamstring issues that have plagued him for the last two years. He finished with a disappointing .263/.323/.416 batting line in 2016, tallying only 11 home runs and five stolen bases in 104 games. Puig will remain a big draft-day gamble in fantasy leagues for 2017. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:39 am
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  • Astros finalize $16M pact with Carlos Beltran
    Astros signed OF/DH Carlos Beltran to a one-year, $16 million contract.

    Advice: The deal was agreed to Saturday and then finalized Monday after Beltran passed his physical in Houston. Beltran figures to serve as the Astros' primary designated hitter in 2017, though he's still capable of playing some corner outfield at age 39 (40 next April). Beltran batted .295/.337/.513 with 29 home runs and 93 RBI in 151 games this summer between the Yankees and Rangers. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:15 am
  • Rangers 'in frequent contact' for McCutchen
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers are "in frequent contact" with the Pirates about Andrew McCutchen.

    Advice: Rosenthal says a deal is "possible, but not close" between the two clubs. McCutchen is drawing interest from a number of other contending teams, including the Dodgers and Nationals. He had a weak .256/.336/.430 batting line with Pittsburgh in 2016, but the 30-year-old outfielder earned top-five MVP votes every year between 2012-2015. He won the award in 2013. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:50 am
  • Report: O's made a four-year offer to Trumbo
    MASN's Roch Kubatko hears the Orioles made a four-year offer to free agent Mark Trumbo.

    Advice: But the word is Trumbo and his agent are seeking something in the $80 million range, and it sounds like the Orioles aren't prepared to go that high on a player with his sort of defensive limitations and offensive inconsistency. Trumbo led the major leagues with 47 homers in 2016, but he also batted just .256 with a .316 on-base percentage. He is a terrible outfielder. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:32 am
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  • Dodgers showing trade interest in McCutchen
    Andrew McCutchen is drawing trade interest from the Dodgers, per Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

    Advice: A number of other MLB teams are checking in, namely the Nationals. McCutchen was a disappointment for the Pirates in 2016, slashing .256/.336/.430 with 24 home runs and six stolen bases, but he's a pretty good bounceback candidate for 2017. At least from an offensive standpoint. The 30-year-old center fielder has always been overrated as a defender. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:13 am
  • Jays finalize 2-year, $12.5M deal with Pearce
    Blue Jays signed INF/OF Steve Pearce to a two-year, $12.5 million contract.

    Advice: Pearce gets a nice payday after slashing .288/.374/.492 in 302 plate appearances this summer between the Rays and Orioles, while appearing defensively at first base, second base, third base, and both corner outfield spots. He carries durability issues and will turn 34 years old next April, but the guy has always mashed left-handed pitching when healthy and he brings a good amount of offensive and defensive versatility to Toronto's roster. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:38 am
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  • Cardinals 'have kept tabs on' CF Lorenzo Cain
    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch hears the Cardinals "have kept tabs on possible trade options" such as Lorenzo Cain of the Royals.

    Advice: Cain is due to become a free agent after the 2017 season and the Royals probably aren't going to be able to afford to sign him to a long-term extension, so a trade this winter does seem possible. Goold also hears the Cardinals are eyeing Adam Eaton of the White Sox. On the free agent side, St. Louis has been connected strongly to Dexter Fowler. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:00 am
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  • Jays sign Steve Pearce to 2-yr, $12.5M deal
    ESPN's Buster Olney confirms the Blue Jays have signed Steve Pearce to a two-year, $12.5 million free agent contract.

    Advice: Pearce has appeared in 100-plus games just once in his major league career, but he mashes left-handed pitching (.309/.411/.617 vs. lefties in 2016) and can play multiple positions defensively. It's a nice pickup at a reasonable price, and he should do very well as a platoon-type player in hitter-friendly Toronto. The agreement is only pending a physical. Pearce is coming off September surgery to repair flexor tendons in his right forearm but should be ready by Opening Day. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:44 am
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  • Jays, Pearce discussions are gaining traction
    The talks between the Blue Jays and Steve Pearce "have gained traction," per ESPN's Buster Olney.

    Advice: It sounds like an agreement may be imminent. Pearce struggled to stay healthy in 2016, but he slashed .288/.374/.492 across 302 plate appearances when he was on the field and the 33-year-old fared especially well against left-handed pitching. There are some defensive limitations, but he'd fit nicely on any American League roster. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:21 am
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  • Nationals' Trea Turner 'all but untouchable'
    Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post hears that Trea Turner is "all but untouchable."

    Advice: There has been serious talk of the Nationals pursuing trades for Chris Sale and Andrew McCutchen, but it doesn't sound like Washington is going to be willing to part with Turner under any circumstance. Turner, 23, posted a ridiculous .342/.370/.567 batting line with 13 home runs and 33 stolen bases in 73 games this past season for the Nats. He's going to be a very popular guy in fantasy drafts next spring. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:40 am
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  • Cleveland has 'stayed in touch' with Napoli
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Indians have "stayed in touch" with Mike Napoli.

    Advice: But there seems to be a very healthy market for the 35-year-old free agent slugger, who tallied 34 home runs and 101 RBI for Cleveland in 2016. He struggled down the stretch and into the postseason, but Napoli figures to find a multi-year deal this winter at a nice price point. Count the Red Sox, Yankees, and Rangers among his other current suitors. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:09 am
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  • Toronto reportedly in talks with Steve Pearce
    According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Blue Jays are in talks with free agent Steve Pearce.

    Advice: Pearce isn't very trustworthy as an everyday player, but he did slash .309/.411/.617 against left-handed pitchers in 2016. As a part-time first baseman, DH, and corner outfielder, he'd make sense for just about any American League club. Pearce did have surgery to repair flexor tendons in his right forearm in September, but it sounds like he will be ready for spring training. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:59 am
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  • Rangers are eyeing Reds CF Billy Hamilton
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Rangers are eyeing Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton.

    Advice: Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote last week that the Cincinnati front office "would have to be really, really motivated by an offer" to move the speedy Hamilton, but the Rangers have the kind of young talent to make something happen. Hamilton is a .248/.297/.334 career hitter over four major league seasons, but his speed and his defensive range in the outfield can be game-changing elements. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:48 am
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  • Cardinals could be in play for Dexter Fowler
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cardinals are a strong possibility for free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler.

    Advice: The Cardinals would presumably love to steal the leadoff hitter away from their division-rival Cubs while filling their void in center field. Fowler, who is seeking around $18 million per year in a multi-year deal, has also drawn interest from the Blue Jays. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:28 pm
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  • Nats trying to land both McCutchen and Sale
    According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Nationals are trying to acquire both Andrew McCutchen and Chris Sale and believed that they have the necessary prospects to do so.

    Advice: Many had speculated that it would be a one or the other scenario, as it's hard to imagine the Nationals can land both superstars without parting with Trea Turner. It looks increasingly likely that McCutchen will be traded this winter, and there's a good chance that it happens at the winter meetings. The Rangers are also known to be in the hunt for the star center fielder. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:05 pm
  • Orioles have made strong offer to Mark Trumbo
    Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Sunday that the club has made a strong offer to free agent Mark Trumbo.

    Advice: Trumbo slugged a major league leading and career-best 47 homers for the O's in 2016. He's already drawing ample interest on the free agent market, with the Rockies considered one of his most ardent suitors. He's expected to land a four-year deal in the neighborhood of $60 million. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:15 pm
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  • Mets seek bullpen help in potential trade
    Mark Carig of Newsday reports that the Mets prefer a reliever with team control and a prospect in any potential trade for Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce.

    Advice: The Mets are stockpiled with talent in their outfield, and they're planning on moving quickly this winter to jettison either Granderson or Bruce. With the uncertainty looming around the potential suspension of Jeurys Familia, the club has made it a priority to upgrade the backend of their bullpen. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:49 pm
  • Soler likely to be traded for young pitching
    Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune writes that "the expectation is Jorge Soler will be dealt at some point for young starting pitching."

    Advice: Soler saw sporadic playing time in 2016 and with the return of Kyle Schwarber in 2017 and signing of Jon Jay, a lack of consistent playing time next year would again appear to be in the cards. The Cubs have flirted with dealing Soler in the past but might finally pull the trigger on a trade this winter. He's hit a disappointing .258/.328/.434 so far in the majors, but Soler will turn just 25 in February and is under contract cheaply through 2020. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:34 am
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  • Rockies 'showing continued interest' in Trumbo
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports the Rockies are "showing continued interest" in free agent Mark Trumbo.

    Advice: His market has been slow to develop but could pick up once Edwin Encarnacion finds a new home. Trumbo is tied to draft-pick compensation and is a poor defensive player, which might also limit his options. Per Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun, Trumbo is projected to land a four-year deal in the range of $57 million. That would be identical to the deal Nelson Cruz signed with Seattle two years ago. Trumbo's power would play well at Coors Field. He's clubbed eight homers in 12 career games at Colorado. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:55 pm
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  • Mets working to trade Granderson and Bruce
    According to Newsday's Marc Carig, the Mets are "positioned to move fairly quickly" in regards to trading either Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce.

    Advice: The Mets' outfield is already well-stocked with Yoenis Cespedes coming back and up-and-comers Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo ready to take on bigger roles. That makes Bruce and Granderson expendable, though the most likely scenario is that New York will trade one and keep the other. The Blue Jays, who are likely to lose Jose Bautista in free agency, have already shown a keen interest in Granderson. He could be playing for a new team by the end of the Winter Meetings. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:15 pm
  • Texas 'far from optimistic' on Desmond deal
    According to TR Sullivan of MLB.com, the Rangers are "far from optimistic" a deal will get done with free agent Ian Desmond.

    Advice: This comes on the heels of a report from MLB Network's Jon Morosi, who said the Rangers' talks with Desmond had "intensified" in recent days. The Rangers are obviously keen on re-signing him, but Desmond won't come cheap after a productive year that included 22 HR, 86 RBI and 21 steals. Desmond turned down the Rangers' one-year qualifying offer, which means Texas will get a compensatory pick if he signs elsewhere. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:44 pm
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  • Rangers talks with Ian Desmond intensifying
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Rangers talks with Ian Desmond have intensified in recent days.

    Advice: Perhaps as it's looking more and more likely that the Nationals may end up with Andrew McCutchen, the Rangers are moving on to the next best option to fill their hole in center field. Desmond had a resurgent season in Texas in 2016, slashing .285/.335/.446 with 22 homers, 86 RBI and 21 stolen bases. His fantasy value would certainly be helped by staying in Arlington. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:10 pm
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  • Astros and Carlos Beltran agree to $16M deal
    Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Astros have agreed to a one-year, $16 million contract with Carlos Beltran.

    Advice: The Astros have won out over the Yankees, Red Sox and Blue Jays who were also active in the bidding for the veteran slugger. Beltran returns to the Astros where he had a magical half-season in 2004, slashing .258/.368/.559 with 23 homers, 53 RBI and 28 stolen bases following a mid-season trade from the Royals. He's expected to function primarily as the designated hitter for the Astros, but could see time in the corner outfield as well. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:41 am
  • Nationals continue to work on McCutchen trade
    According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the Pirates and Nationals are still working on a potential trade involving Andrew McCutchen.

    Advice: The two sides are reportedly "working on a lot of different angles" and appear intent on getting a deal done. The superstar would be a tremendous fit in center field for the Nationals while allowing Trea Turner to shift back to shortstop. When there's this much smoke, there's usually fire, so look for the two sides to continue working until a deal gets consummated. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:58 pm
  • Blue Jays outright Colabello to Triple-A
    Blue Jays sent 1B Chris Colabello outright to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: The 33-year-old missed the majority of the 2016 season due to an 80-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs and was very ineffective during his limited time at the big league level. He's no longer on the Blue Jays' 40-man roster. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:29 pm
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  • Ian Desmond a backup CF option for Nationals
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals are considering Adam Eaton, Dexter Fowler, Carlos Gomez and Ian Desmond as backup options for center field.

    Advice: Heyman notes that the Nationals "remain focused" on a trade for Andrew McCutchen, but they are preparing backup plans in the event they're not able to work something out for the Pirates outfielder. Desmond is the most interesting name of the aforementioned bunch, of course, given that he's spent most of his career with the Nats. He played shortstop for them, but Washington appears intent on moving Trea Turner in to his natural position of shortstop and adding a center fielder. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:53 am
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  • Royals getting 'multiple inquiries' on Dyson
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Royals are getting "multiple inquiries" on Jarrod Dyson.

    Advice: Dyson could be an underrated target for a team looking for a center fielder, as he's excellent defensively and is coming off a career-best .728 OPS. As Crasnick notes, however, Dyson is currently in line to serve on the strong side of a platoon in right field for the Royals, so they'd probably have to acquire another outfielder if they dealt the speedster. Dyson is 32 and is slated for free agency after next season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:37 am
  • Nats remain 'in lead' for Andrew McCutchen
    MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Nationals remain "in (the) lead" for Andrew McCutchen, although the Rangers are "also in contact" with the Pirates.

    Advice: If McCutchen is traded to the Nationals there's a good chance it will happen on Friday, as the acquisition will affect what they do at the non-tender deadline. Cutch would take over in center field for the Nats, while Trea Turner would move to his natural position of shortstop and Danny Espinosa would be non-tendered. The Rangers are also looking for a center fielder, so they can't be ruled out as a serious contender for the former MVP. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:59 am
  • Report: Fowler's reps aiming for $18M per yr
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Dexter Fowler's representatives believe he can get $18 million per season on a multi-year deal.

    Advice: What a difference a year makes. Fowler ended up settling for a one-year, $8 million deal to return to the Cubs last offseason after draft pick compensation impacted his market, but the outlook is much rosier this time after he batted .276/.393/.447 with 13 homers, 48 RBI, and 13 steals over 125 games in 2016. Granted, Fowler wasn't nearly as productive after the start of June, but he's a switch-hitter with proven on-base ability. Heyman hears that the Cardinals, Blue Jays, and Giants are among the clubs believed to have interest. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:29 pm
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  • Bucs, Nats have 'ramped up' McCutchen talks
    ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Pirates and Nationals have "ramped up" discussions toward an Andrew McCutchen trade.

    Advice: Stark hears the Nationals "would like to make this deal [Thursday]" -- before Friday's non-tender deadline -- because of the ripple effects it would create. There's talk of the Nationals sending top outfield prospect Victor Robles to Pittsburgh in return, along with a number of other pieces. Stark says the Pirates also want "controllable starting pitching." This thing could move quickly. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:15 am
  • Napoli seeing interest from CLE, BOS, TEX
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that "indications" point toward the Indians, Red Sox and Rangers showing the most interest in free agent Mike Napoli.

    Advice: Napoli has played for all three squads in the last two seasons, as the Red Sox traded him to the Rangers during the 2015 campaign -- his second go-round with Texas. He spent 2016 helping the Indians to the American League pennant. Heyman hears that the Yankees and Astros are also contenders to sign the free agent slugger, though those two squads are viewed more as outside possibilities. Should the Red Sox sign him, Heyman speculates that they could shift Hanley Ramirez from first base to the now-vacated designated hitter spot long held by David Ortiz. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:30 pm
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  • Report: McCutchen trade likelihood at 80%
    John Perrotto of FanRag Sports hears that there is an "80% chance" that the Pirates trade Andrew McCutchen by the end of the winter meetings.

    Advice: The smoke surrounding a potential McCutchen trade thickened considerably on Wednesday, with FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reporting that the outfielder is potentially the "most likely to go" among all rumored trade candidates in the early going. The Pirates aren't just fielding calls, either, as Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan relayed (also on Wednesday) that the team is aggressively courting potential trade and reaching out themselves. The Nationals, Rangers and Mariners have been linked to McCutchen this month. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:03 pm
  • Bruce's no-trade list hasn't changed
    Chris Cotillo of SB Nation hears that Jay Bruce's eight-team no-trade list hasn't changed since the summer.

    Advice: Bruce has the ability to block deals to the Yankees, Red Sox, Athletics, Rays, Marlins, Twins, Indians, and Diamondbacks. The Mets re-signed Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year, $110 million contract, so the club is now shopping both Bruce and Curtis Granderson. Bruce had a rough transition in New York and could welcome the change in scenery, perhaps even to a team on his no-trade list. He's owed a very reasonable $13 million in 2017 before hitting free agency. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:29 am
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  • Cubs unlikely to re-sign Dexter Fowler
    Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer indicated Wednesday that the club is unlikely to re-sign Dexter Fowler.

    Advice: It's not a big surprise, especially after the club signed Jon Jay on Tuesday. "We'd never close the door on Dexter, but we're aware that's something that may not happen for us," said Hoyer. Fowler rejected a qualifying offer from the Cubs and while he had to settle for a one-year deal to return to Chicago last offseason, he should have no problem landing a lucrative multi-year contract this time around. The Blue Jays are among the teams who reportedly have interest. The Cubs appear set to move on with Jay and Albert Almora in center field, but Jason Heyward is also an option if they want to go with Ben Zobrist and Kyle Schwarber in the corner spots. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:04 am
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  • Schwarber could see at-bats in winter ball
    The Cubs are considering sending Kyle Schwarber to winter ball to get some at-bats.

    Advice: Schwarber made it back for the World Series after missing most of the season following knee surgery, but he was restricted from playing the field. The Cubs will soon evaluate the next step in his rehab, but all signs are positive thus far. The big question is how the Cubs will fit him into their lineup in 2017. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:57 am
  • Pirates continue to explore McCutchen trade
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pirates continue to explore a potential trade involving Andrew McCutchen.

    Advice: In fact, Rosenthal writes that of all the big names available in trade, McCutchen "might be the most likely to go." The 30-year-old is coming off a career-worst season at the plate and advanced metrics weren't kind to him in center field, but he's owed just $14 million next season with a 14.5 million club option for 2018, so plenty of teams figure to be willing to take a chance on a turnaround. The Pirates are obviously going to ask for a major haul to give up their franchise player and could decide to hang on to him if their asking price isn't met. Rosenthal hears that the Nationals remain interested and also mentions the Rangers as a potential trade partner. Both clubs have the chips to get a deal done. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:09 am
  • Report: Granderson of interest to Blue Jays
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that Curtis Granderson is of interest to the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The Mets are also shopping Jay Bruce after re-signing Cespedes, so the Blue Jays have interest in both of them depending on the possible asking price. The Mets would surely prefer to keep Granderson because he's capable of playing center field and is a proven performer in New York, but he's reportedly drawing more interest than Bruce. In addition to the trade market, the Blue Jays have shown interest in Dexter Fowler, among others, in free agency. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:47 am
  • Granderson receiving more interest than Bruce
    Marc Carig of Newsday reports that Curtis Granderson has received more trade interest than Jay Bruce.

    Advice: The Mets managed to keep Yoenis Cespedes with a four-year, $110 million contract, so most have speculated that the next step will be to trade Bruce. Teams like the Blue Jays have reportedly expressed interest, but the inquiries on Granderson simply give them more options to upgrade in other areas. Both players are due to become free agents after 2017. Granderson, who turns 36 next March, slugged 30 homers with a .799 OPS (111 OPS+) in 2016. He's owed $15 million next season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:24 am
  • NYY, BOS, HOU, TOR most active for Beltran
    Chris Cotillo of SB Nation hears from a source that the Yankees, Red Sox, Astros, and Blue Jays remain the most active clubs in the bidding for free agent Carlos Beltran.

    Advice: The same thing was reported by Rob Bradford of WEEI.com earlier this month and apparently things haven't changed. The Blue Jays recently signed Kendrys Morales, so Beltran would be forced to see regular time in right field in his age-40 season if he ends up in Toronto. It's not the best fit, but the AL East is figuring prominently in the negotiations. Beltran, who was not eligible for a qualifying offer since he was traded midseason, can likely be had for a one-year deal. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:49 am
  • Blue Jays showing 'strong interest' in Fowler
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports confirms the Blue Jays are showing "strong interest" in Dexter Fowler.

    Advice: MLB Network's Jon Morosi linked the two parties 10 days ago, and it sounds like talks may be heating up. Fowler represents the kind of high-OBP switch-hitting outfielder the Blue Jays covet, but a host of other high-budget teams like him too. He slashed .276/.393/.447 with 13 home runs, 48 RBI, 13 stolen bases, and 84 runs scored in 125 regular-season games this past season for the World Series champs. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:10 pm
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  • Blue Jays making a push for Mets' Jay Bruce
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick confirms the Blue Jays are "making a push" for Jay Bruce.

    Advice: Bruce became somewhat expendable for the Mets on Tuesday with the re-signing of Yoenis Cespedes, though there's also talk of Curtis Granderson being shopped. Crasnick notes the Blue Jays tried to acquire Bruce last spring, but a three-team swap with the Reds and Angels ultimately fell through. Jim Bowden of ESPN also tied Toronto to Bruce earlier this month. There's long been interest, and Bruce's bat probably would play very well in the American League East. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:40 pm
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  • Possible the Mets move Curtis Granderson?
    Marc Carig of Newsday hears "it's possible" Curtis Granderson gets moved.

    Advice: Jay Bruce feels like the Mets' most obvious trade chip following the re-signing of Yoenis Cespedes, but the team will also apparently shop Granderson (and his $15 million salary for 2017). Granderson is coming off a season in which he slugged 30 home runs and played in 150 games, but he does turn 36 years old next March. Michael Conforto is probably off the table for New York this winter. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:12 pm
  • Reds not motivated to move Hamilton
    Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds would "have to be really, really motivated by an offer" to trade outfielder Billy Hamilton.

    Advice: ESPN's Buster Olney reported that the Reds were open to trading Hamilton and Buchanan confirms that they have indeed heard from some teams about the possibility, but it doesn't sound like anything has gone further from that. Hamilton is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, so there isn't necessarily a sense of urgency to move him right now, but it's smart for a rebuilding team to at least do some due diligence on the matter. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:16 pm
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  • Report: Reds open to trading Billy Hamilton
    Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Reds are open to trading outfielder Billy Hamilton.

    Advice: Olney notes that the Reds are listening to offers on all of their players, which shouldn't really be all that surprising for a rebuilding team. Hamilton would no doubt make sense for a few contenders. The 26-year-old took a step forward offensively in 2016 before going down with an oblique injury and offers game-changing speed and defense. He'll be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:04 am
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