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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 28 minutes ago
  • Report: Marlins owner 'loves' Aroldis Chapman
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria "loves" Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: Spending something close to $100 million on a closer doesn't seem like a wise move for a team with many other needs, but Loria hasn't always pushed wise moves. Chapman may be waiting for Kenley Jansen and Mark Melancon to sign first, which would set the market for the elite closer options. Chapman, 28, put up a 1.55 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 90/18 K/BB ratio in 58 innings this summer between the Yankees and Cubs. Rotoworld.com 45 minutes ago
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  • NYY, MIA, WSH, SF, CHC, LAD in on Jansen
    According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the teams currently in on free agent Kenley Jansen are the Nationals, Marlins, Yankees, Giants, Cubs, and Dodgers.

    Advice: It's going to be a big-time bidding war that could last well into the offseason. Jansen, thought to be seeking close to $100 million, registered a stellar 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings this past year for the Dodgers. Aroldis Chapman and Mark Melancon are also out there in free agency as elite-level closer options. When one domino falls, the others will soon. Rotoworld.com 55 minutes ago
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  • 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 Today, 7:38 am
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  • Indians have checked in on Edwin Encarnacion
    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Indians have "checked in on" free agent Edwin Encarnacion.

    Advice: It's a perfect fit for what the Indians need -- a power-hitting righty in a lefty-heavy lineup -- but Cleveland is not typically in the running for big-time free agents because of budgetary constraints. So the price may have to fall some from where it is now. Jim Bowden of ESPN calls the Rangers "the team to watch" on Encarnacion. Toronto's recent signing of Steve Pearce (and Kendrys Morales earlier) signals the end of a possible reunion there. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:32 am
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  • Giants nearing an agreement with Melancon?
    Les Shapiro of Mile High Sports Radio AM 1340 is being told the Giants are wrapping up a deal with free agent closer Mark Melancon.

    Advice: It's not the greatest source, but there have been many other rumblings connecting Melancon to the Giants over the last couple of weeks. Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reported Monday morning that the Nationals made a four-year offer to Melancon worth less than $60 million and that it probably wasn't going to be enough to get a deal done because Melancon and his agent already had better proposals on the table. There could very well be legs here on a deal with San Francisco. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:26 am
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  • Astros and Nats trying hardest for Chris Sale
    According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the "perception of outside executives" is that the Astros and Nationals are trying hardest on a Chris Sale trade.

    Advice: Those execs place the Braves as the next-likeliest suitor. Getting the White Sox to trade Sale is going to take a bevy of young talent, but all three of these organizations are rich in that department. Sale, 27, posted a 3.34 ERA, 1.037 WHIP, and 233/45 K/BB ratio across 226 2/3 innings this past season for the Southsiders. He's on a team-friendly contract that carries options through 2019. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:13 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 Today, 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 Today, 6:44 am
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  • Kang's DUI in Korea was his third since '09
    Police officials in Seoul, South Korea confirmed to YonHap News that Jung Ho Kang's recent DUI arrest was his third since 2009.

    Advice: Which means he will be charged under the capital city's "three strikes law" and have his license revoked. Kang also fled the scene after this latest incident and tried to claim a friend was driving, but authorities analyzed the black box inside the vehicle and determined that to be a lie. Kang is obviously in very serious trouble, both in his native country and with the Pirates. Club president Frank Coonelly released a stern message last Thursday condemning the player's actions. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:42 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 Today, 6:21 am
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  • Angels have checked in on 3B Justin Turner
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears the Angels have checked in on free agent Justin Turner.

    Advice: But the big question here is whether Anaheim has the money to make a competitive offer given that Turner is one of the most sought-after free agents out there and is known to be drawing interest from a number of high-budget teams. Heyman believes a reunion with the Dodgers remains the most likely scenario. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:07 am
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  • Astros shopping McHugh and Fiers
    ESPN's Jayson Stark reports the Astros are shopping Collin McHugh and Mike Fiers.

    Advice: They're both coming off disappointing years, but it's a weak free agent market for starting pitching so there could be some suitors out there. Stark says the ultra-active Astros are trying "to create roster and payroll flexibility" as they consider other moves. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:00 am
  • Nationals out on FA closer Mark Melancon?
    According to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post, the Nationals made a four-year offer to Mark Melancon but it was worth less than $60 million.

    Advice: Which could mean the Nats are out of the running, because Melancon reportedly has multiple four-year offers on the table in the $60 million range. And it doesn't sound like Washington is planning a pursuit of Aroldis Chapman or Kenley Jansen, who are both thought to be seeking something close to $100 million. Melancon, 31, posted a brilliant 1.64 ERA, 0.897 WHIP, and 65/12 K/BB ratio in 71 1/3 innings this summer between the Pirates and Nationals. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:51 am
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  • Marlins showing interest in A.J. Ellis
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Marlins are showing interest in free agent A.J. Ellis.

    Advice: Miami needs a new backup catcher with Jeff Mathis having signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the Diamondbacks last week. Ellis batted just .216/.301/.298 in 2016, but he's a well-liked guy with a decent career OBP of .340. It's a pretty good fit. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:44 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 Today, 5:40 am
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  • Jays talking to free agent 1B Mitch Moreland
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Blue Jays are talking to free agent Mitch Moreland.

    Advice: Edwin Encarnacion remains the biggest focus for Toronto, but Moreland and Steve Pearce are also being considered as something like a Plan B. Moreland, 31, batted .233/.298/.422 with 22 home runs and 60 RBI in 147 games this past season for the Rangers while earning a Gold Glove at first base. He's also drawn interest from the Indians. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:35 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 Today, 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 Today, 4:48 am
  • Rangers and Jays still in mix for Encarnacion
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rangers and Blue Jays are among the teams still in the mix for Edwin Encarnacion.

    Advice: Heyman also notes two National League clubs that have inquired on the free agent slugger. The Astros are presumably out of the hunt after signing Carlos Beltran and the Yankees filled their void at designated hitter by agreeing to a deal with Matt Holliday on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:25 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 Yesterday, 6:05 pm
  • Marlins want one of the 'big three' closers
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Marlins "seem intent on trying to beat some big-market teams for the services of one of the 'big three' closers."

    Advice: The Marlins' interest in Kenley Jansen had been reported previously, but Heyman says that Miami is showing interest in Aroldis Chapman and Mark Melancon, as well, in their hopes of building a "super bullpen." Melancon's market has been heating up of late and the feeling had been that he was down to the Nationals and Giants, but it looks like the Marlins might sneak in there. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:06 pm
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  • Astros could field offers for Collin McHugh
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Astros would listen to trade offers for Collin McHugh.

    Advice: The Astros seemingly need to add and not subtract from their rotation, but it appears they'd send McHugh elsewhere in order to make room for an upgrade. McHugh can often be inconsistent, but he's put up a nice 3.71 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 505/148 K/BB ratio across 543 innings over the last three seasons in Houston. He's arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:56 am
  • Blue Jays, Indians interested in 1B Moreland
    MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and Indians are showing interest in Mitch Moreland.

    Advice: Morosi says that "others" are interested, as well. Moreland batted just .233/.298/.422 overall last season, but he popped 22 home runs and won a Gold Glove for his work at first base. The 31-year-old isn't the first choice for either the Jays or Indians, but he qualifies as a decent Plan B. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:27 am
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  • Report: Melancon has 'multiple' four-year offers
    Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal confirms Mark Melancon has received multiple four-year offers for at least $60 million.

    Advice: Rosenthal said those offers came from the Giants, Nationals and "perhaps one other" club. The Giants' offer is reportedly the strongest. Things seem to be moving quickly on Melancon and it wouldn't be a surprise if he signed during the Winter Meetings, which start tomorrow in Maryland. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:06 pm
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  • Yankees 'well-positioned' for Encarnacion
    MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports the Yankees are "well-positioned to make a play" for free agent Edwin Encarnacion.

    Advice: The Yankees are looking for a veteran power bat and just lost out on Carlos Beltran, who signed a one-year deal with Houston earlier today. The Astros had been a contender for Encarnacion, but likely took themselves out of the running by signing Beltran. With Boston also bowing out of the race, the Yankees and Blue Jays figure to be his top suitors. Talks for Encarnacion should intensify at the Winter Meetings, which begin Sunday in Maryland. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:38 pm
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  • Nationals are still in talks for Chris Sale
    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Nationals remain in trade discussions with the White Sox for Chris Sale.

    Advice: They're also talking to the Pirates about Andrew McCutchen. It would seem to be an either/or scenario, as it's hard to see the Nationals having the ammunition to acquire both. Rosenthal notes that the Red Sox are also interested in Sale, though the White Sox would have to lower their asking price to get a deal done. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:54 am
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  • 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
  • Talks with Mark Melancon are 'moving along'
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that talks with Mark Melancon are "moving along."

    Advice: Crasnick says that the Nationals and Giants are "still in the mix" for the closer. He adds that the Giants could be in better position to make a deal for Melancon work since the Nats are currently focused on a trade for Andrew McCutchen and possibly Chris Sale. Melancon is expected to land a contract in the four-year, $60 million range, according to Crasnick. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:09 pm
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  • Braves still interested in Sale, Archer
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Braves are still interested in Chris Sale and Chris Archer.

    Advice: The Braves have replenished their rotation depth this offseason with the additions of R.A. Dickey, Bartolo Colon and Jaime Garcia. They might not necessarily be looking to add another starter, but if it's someone on another level like Sale or Archer they'd apparently be open to it. Not surprisingly, Crasnick notes that the Braves prefer Sale. He also says they're "very reluctant" to part with infield prospect Ozzie Albies in any deal but are "getting a lot of hits" on him. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:38 am
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  • Five teams at 'forefront' of Sale trade talks
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals, Astros, Red Sox, Rangers and Braves "are starting to separate themselves at the forefront" in trade talks for Chris Sale.

    Advice: Heyman cautions that it "doesn’t mean that any one of these teams is sure to get him, or even that Sale will definitely be traded," but for now it appears it's the aforementioned five clubs involved in the most serious trade talks for the ace lefty. He also lists the Dodgers as a possible suitor for Sale and says the Cardinals, Blue Jays and Giants "look to be on the periphery." Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:09 am
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  • 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
  • Pirates release statement on Jung Ho Kang
    Pirates president Frank Coonelly said in a statement Thursday evening that the team is "extremely disappointed" in Jung Ho Kang and "in his decision process" after he was charged with fleeing the scene of a DUI accident in South Korea.

    Advice: "We have been made aware of the very serious charges filed against Jung Ho Kang early Friday morning in Seoul, South Korea," Coonelly said in the statement from the team. "We are extremely disappointed in Jung Ho and in his decision process during this matter. I know first hand how foolish and dangerous it is to drive under the influence and am most thankful that, as we understand it, no one was injured. We will have further comment once we have been able to gather all of the relevant facts and speak with the player." According to the Yonhap News Agency, Kang reportedly fled the scene after hitting a guard rail on the way back to his hotel. A person who was also in the vehicle originally said that they were driving, but police later determined that Kang was behind the wheel after analyzing the vehicle's black box. Kang was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.084, above the legal limit of 0.05. More information should be available in the coming days. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:25 pm
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  • Report: Kang facing charge after DUI accident
    According to Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News, Jung Ho Kang was arrested in Seoul, South Korea after leaving the scene of a DUI accident.

    Advice: Details are scarce at this point, but Kang reportedly had a blood alcohol level of 0.084, above the legal limit of 0.05 and subject to license suspension. And he only exacerbated his issues by fleeing the scene. Of course, Kang has already had some off-field issues earlier this year after being investigated for an alleged sexual assault in Chicago. The Chicago PD has been unable to contact the alleged victim and no charges have been filed in that case, but now he's dealing with another legal issue. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:00 pm
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  • Aroldis Chapman 'too rich' for the Nationals?
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears the Nationals believe Aroldis Chapman "is too rich for their taste."

    Advice: Chapman is thought to be seeking a contract in the range of $100 million, as is Kenley Jansen. Washington might just go ahead and re-sign Mark Melancon, who posted a terrific 1.64 ERA in 71 1/3 innings this summer between the Nationals and Pirates. Melancon is still going to cost a pretty penny in this market, but not as much as the other two (who carry much higher strikeout rates). Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:37 am
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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
  • 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
  • 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: Cardinals aren't pursuing Turner
    Mark Saxon of ESPN.com reports that the Cardinals aren't pursuing free agent third baseman Justin Turner.

    Advice: This comes after Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported on Tuesday that the Cardinals have interest in Turner. It's worth noting that Saxon wrote at the time of Morosi's report that he heard a few weeks ago that the Cardinals didn't see Turner as a fit. The Cardinals would probably have to trade Jhonny Peralta to make room for him, but there's no doubt he'd be an upgrade. Perhaps they'd rather just focus their resources on landing an outfielder. We'll soon find out who is right here. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:37 am
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  • Rockies have checked in on Melancon
    Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich confirmed Tuesday that the club has checked in on free agent closer Mark Melancon.

    Advice: "I won’t say much," said Bridich. "Like we have done with a lot of guys, we have had conversations, and we have checked in on Mark." There's been natural speculation here since Melancon is from Colorado, but contenders like the Giants, Nationals, and Dodgers figure to be in the mix here, so the bidding could get higher than the Rockies' comfort level. As of now, Adam Ottavino projects to be the Rockies' closer in 2017. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:40 am
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  • Encarnacion expected to sign soon
    Edwin Encarnacion's agent, Paul Kinzer, told TSN's Rick Westhead that his client will probably sign a contract later this week or early next week.

    Advice: Kinzer also said that the Blue Jays are "showing Edwin the most love," though he added that three teams have told him that they’re waiting for a new collective bargaining agreement before making an offer. Progress is reportedly being made on the CBA, so things could start to come together for him fairly soon. Kinzer also said that two teams have made "serious" offers to Encarnacion, though he declined to name them. The Red Sox have long been considered a likely landing spot, but a source told Rob Bradford of WEEI on Tuesday that they are "probably not" going to be a finalist. The Yankees, Astros, and Rangers are among the other teams in the mix. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:09 am
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  • BoSox 'probably not' finalist for Encarnacion
    A source told WEEI's Rob Bradford that the Red Sox are "probably not" going to be a finalist for free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion.

    Advice: Bear in mind that this could be a case of posturing with Encarnacion's decision reportedly set to come shortly after the announcement of a new collective bargaining agreement. The other teams linked to him this month: the Yankees, Astros, Rangers, and Blue Jays. Encarnacion, 33, batted .263/.357/.529 with 42 home runs and 127 RBI in 160 games this past season for Toronto. He holds a sensational .912 OPS (146 OPS+) over the last five years. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:13 pm
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  • Mutual interest between Phils and A.J. Ellis
    ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that there is mutual interest between the Phillies and free agent catcher A.J. Ellis.

    Advice: Stark says it would be a "catcher, leader, unofficial coach" type of role for the 35-year-old backstop, who was dealt from the Dodgers to the Phillies this past August for Carlos Ruiz. Ellis batted just .216/.301/.298 overall in 2016, though he did finish strong in his 35 plate appearances down the stretch with Philadelphia. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:22 pm
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  • 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
  • Astros still a possibility for Encarnacion
    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com hears that the Astros are still a possibility for free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion.

    Advice: The Astros reportedly made a push to sign Cespedes before he reached an agreement to return to New York. Now they'll turn to Encarnacion, who is arguably the next best bat on the free agent market. It's worth noting that Encarnacion was offered a four-year, $80 million deal by the Blue Jays before they signed Kendrys Morales. Encarnacion remains a possibility to return to Toronto, though teams like the Yankees and Red Sox are also expected to be in the mix. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:02 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
  • Report: Cardinals interested in Justin Turner
    According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Cardinals have interest in free agent third baseman Justin Turner.

    Advice: The Dodgers would surely like to keep Turner, but they are going to face plenty of competition. The 31-year-old has put up an .856 OPS (136 OPS+) in 386 games over the past three seasons. The Cardinals have already announced that Matt Carpenter will make the move to first base in 2017, but they'd still have a surplus in the way of infielders if they end up signing Turner. Because Turner rejected a qualifying offer from the Dodgers, teams will have to surrender a draft pick in order to sign him. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:20 am
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  • Teams willing to wait on Edwin Encarnacion
    According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Edwin Encarnacion is unlikely to sign until the luxury tax threshold is resolved in CBA negotiations.

    Advice: The current $189 million luxury tax is expected to increase to $200 million when a new collective bargaining agreement is reached. The extra $11 million could make big market teams more inclined to spend big on Encarnacion and other top free agents. Incarnation has already received a four-year, $80 million offer from the Blue Jays and has also drawn interest from Astros, Rangers, Red Sox and Yankees. Rotoworld.com Nov 26, 7:00 pm
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  • Nationals enter the mix for Aroldis Chapman
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports the Nationals have emerged as a potential suitor for free agent reliever Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: The Nationals had Chapman on their radar this summer before the Yankees traded him to the Cubs. Washington's own All-Star closer Mark Melancon is now a free agent, which has rekindled the team's interest in Chapman. Melancon would certainly be the cheaper option of the two as Chapman is expected to command a multi-year deal in the range of $100 million. Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is also a free agent. It's a strong market for stud closers. Rotoworld.com Nov 26, 6:39 pm
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  • Sale's price tag higher than it was in July?
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the asking price for Chris Sale in trade talks is "maybe even higher" than it was in July.

    Advice: The likelihood of the White Sox trading Sale seems higher now than it did in July, but there are also presumably more teams in on the bidding. Heyman adds that the hope is the trade talks for the left-hander will pick up during the winter meetings. Sale has finished in the top-six in American League Cy Young voting in all five of his seasons as a starter and is owed just $38 million over the next three seasons. Rotoworld.com Nov 25, 1:12 pm
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