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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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  • D'Backs, Rodney do one-year, $2.75M deal
    Fernando Rodney has agreed to a one-year, $2.75 million contract with the Diamondbacks, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

    Advice: Heyman says there are "many, many" performance-based incentives included in the deal. Rodney posted a rough 5.89 ERA over his final 36 2/3 innings this past season with the Marlins, but he got off to a good start in San Diego and might have a little something left in the tank as he heads to the desert. The plan is for him to open the 2017 season as the Diamondbacks' closer. Good luck with that. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:02 pm
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  • Report: Chapman has $92 mil offer on table
    According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, one team has offered $92 million to Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: And there's a decent chance his price tag climbs even higher given all the interest. Among those in pursuit: the Yankees, Nationals, and Marlins. Chapman, 28, registered a 1.55 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 90/18 K/BB ratio in 58 innings this summer between the Yankees and Cubs before helping to bring the north side of Chicago its first World Series championship since 1908. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:57 pm
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  • Loria signs off on Jansen, Chapman pursuits
    ESPN's Jayson Stark hears that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has "signed off on spending the money to sign Kenley Jansen or Aroldis Chapman."

    Advice: It's probably going to be in the range of $100 million for one of those guys given the kind of attention they're generating from big-market teams. Jansen, 29, registered a dominant 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings this past year for the Dodgers. Chapman, 28, had a 1.55 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 90/18 K/BB ratio in 58 innings between the Yankees and Cubs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:46 pm
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  • D'Backs close to an agreement with Rodney
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Diamondbacks are close to a deal with Fernando Rodney.

    Advice: Rodney was also said to be drawing interest from the Padres, with whom he enjoyed success at the opening of the 2016 season. The veteran right-hander went on to struggle mightily with the Marlins, registering an 11.57 ERA in September and October. This is probably not going to be a substantial contract -- and it probably won't work out very well either -- but Rodney might be the favorite for saves in Arizona coming out of camp next spring. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:09 pm
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  • Diamondbacks, Padres aiming for Rodney
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says the Diamondbacks and Padres are among the teams "taking aim" at free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.

    Advice: Miami declined a $4.5 million club option on Rodney in early November after he posted a 5.89 ERA across 36 2/3 innings in a Marlins uniform. He did have some early success this summer with San Diego, but the 39-year-old isn't going to be able to command very much guaranteed money leading into 2017. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:59 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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  • Rays ink Wilson Ramos to 2-yr, $12.5M deal
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post confirms the Rays have signed free agent catcher Wilson Ramos to a two-year contract.

    Advice: It's worth $12.5 million guaranteed and incentives could push the total to $18.25 million, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale. Ramos was probably looking at a five- or six-year deal in free agency before he suffered ACL and meniscus tears in his right knee on September 26 at Nationals Park. He'll be in rehab mode when the 2017 season begins and will then try to rebuild his value in Tampa Bay over the next year-and-a-half. Ramos figures to split time between catcher and DH with the Rays. He is an excellent hitter when healthy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:48 pm
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  • Rays make two-year offer to Wilson Ramos
    Wilson Ramos has a two-year offer from the Rays and "could be close to a decision," per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

    Advice: Ramos' representatives were scheduled to meet with Rays executives on Tuesday night at the Winter Meetings. Maybe that already happened. The 29-year-old catcher is coming off surgery for ACL and meniscus tears in his right knee and won't be ready for the beginning of the 2017 season, but he's a legitimate masher when healthy. This could set up as a nice buy-low for cost-conscious Tampa Bay. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:39 pm
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  • Rays plan to meet with Wilson Ramos' camp
    According to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post, the Rays plan to speak with Wilson Ramos' representatives Tuesday night at the Winter Meetings.

    Advice: "There's legit interest there," adds Castillo. Ramos suffered ACL and meniscus tears in his right knee on September 26 and his rehab is expected to stretch into the early part of the 2017 season, but the 29-year-old catcher still reportedly wants a four- or five-year deal in free agency. He did produce an impressive .307/.354/.496 batting line with 22 home runs and 80 RBI over 131 games this year with Washington before the major knee injury. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:09 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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  • Not much momentum between Tribe and EE
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick tweets that he is "not sensing much momentum" between the Indians and free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion.

    Advice: Crasnick says Encarnacion is looking for a "longer, more lucrative deal" than the Indians are willing to offer at the moment. Cleveland is a perfect fit, but the franchise rarely spends big in free agency and EE wants the world as one of the top bats in this market. An option dried up for him Tuesday when the Red Sox signed Mitch Moreland to play first base, which will shift Hanley Ramirez to DH. Maybe the Indians can slow-play this and watch Encarnacion's price fall into an agreeable range. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:35 pm
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  • Castellanos recovered from broken hand
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Nick Castellanos is fully recovered from his broken left hand.

    Advice: Castellanos was able to return from the injury in late September, after missing around seven weeks. The young third baseman put up an exciting .827 OPS with 18 homers and 58 RBI in 110 games this summer while healthy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:31 pm
  • Red Sox, Moreland do one-year, $5.5M deal
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox have agreed to a one-year deal with Mitch Moreland.

    Advice: Jon Morosi of MLB Network says the deal is worth $5.5 million. Moreland figures to serve as Boston's regular first baseman in 2017 after winning Gold Glove honors there with Texas in 2016. Which means much more DH time for Hanley Ramirez. Moreland, 31, tallied 22 homers and 60 RBI over 147 games for the Rangers this summer, though it came with an underwhelming .720 overall OPS. He had an .812 OPS in 2015. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:00 pm
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  • Yanks have made offers to Chapman, Jansen
    MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports that the Yankees have made contract offers to both Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen.

    Advice: It sure appears the Yanks are committed to getting one of the two top-flight closers, and they obviously have the cash to pull it off. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported Tuesday afternoon that offers for Chapman are already past $80 million, and there's some thought that the number could climb past $100 million. Jansen will want something similar. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:00 pm
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  • Orioles have 'called on' slugger Chris Carter
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Orioles have "called on" free agent Chris Carter.

    Advice: Milwaukee made a surprise decision to non-tender Carter last week and now he stands to find a decent market for himself after slugging 41 homers for the Brewers in 2016. The bat would obviously play well at Camden Yards, and all across the American League East. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:09 pm
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  • Red Sox announce blockbuster deal for Sale
    Red Sox acquired LHP Chris Sale from the White Sox for INF Yoan Moncada, RHP Michael Kopech, OF Luis Alexander Basabe, and RHP Victor Diaz.

    Advice: It's a massive haul of prospects -- Moncada and Kopech being the centerpieces -- but the Red Sox get one of the top starting pitchers in baseball to line up next to David Price and 2016 American League Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello. Sale, 27, registered a 3.34 ERA, 1.037 WHIP, and 233/45 K/BB ratio over 226 2/3 innings for the White Sox in 2016 and carries a very team-friendly contract that can run through 2019 if all the options are exercised. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:02 pm
  • Orioles may look at Chris Carter
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Orioles may look at free agent slugger Chris Carter.

    Advice: The recently non-tendered Carter would be a low-cost alternative to bringing back Mark Trumbo on a lucrative multi-year deal. Trumbo is reportedly aiming for a four-year deal in the range of $75-80 million. That might not be the best use of resources for Baltimore. Heyman names Jarrod Dyson, Carlos Gomez, and Curtis Granderson among the team's current outfield targets. They are monitoring Matt Wieters and Nick Hundley for catcher. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:56 pm
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  • 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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  • Heyman: Offers for Chapman past $80 million
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, offers for free agent closer Aroldis Chapman are past $80 million.

    Advice: That's to be expected after Mark Melancon landed a four-year, $62 million deal (a new record deal for a reliever) from the Giants on Monday. Chapman is aiming for a six-year deal and is drawing interest from teams like the Yankees, Marlins, and Dodgers. There's even a chance that the Nationals could be in the mix. Kenley Jansen remains in the market and figures to land a big contract too, but Chapman is in a good spot right now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:39 pm
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  • Dodgers interested in 3B Todd Frazier
    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Dodgers have expressed interest in White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier.

    Advice: There's mutual interest in Justin Turner returning to Los Angeles, but the Dodgers are monitoring the potential alternatives. Now that the White Sox have traded Chris Sale, it makes sense that Frazier will also be on the block. He's under team control for one more season before hitting free agency. Frazier hit just .225 with a .302 on-base percentage in 2016, but he slugged a career-high 40 homers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:51 am
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  • Report: Red Sox to acquire LHP Chris Sale
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox will acquire left-hander Chris Sale from the White Sox.

    Advice: Oh baby. The Red Sox are paying a big price, as top prospects Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech are involved, as well as two other prospects. The Nationals were said to be in the lead late Monday, but Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski is known for being aggressive on the trade front and he was able to get his man. More details should pour in soon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:14 am
  • Report: BoSox have 'built momentum' for Sale
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears from multiple sources that the Red Sox have "built momentum" toward a deal with the White Sox for Chris Sale.

    Advice: Buckle up. Rosenthal notes that this doesn't mean that the Nationals are out on Sale, but the sense is that the Red Sox are stronger at the moment. Given that the Nationals offer reportedly centered around Victor Robles and Lucas Giolito, it will have to be a whopper of an offer. It's hard to say Sale wouldn't be worth it. He carries a very team-friendly contract which would keep him under team control for three more years. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:57 am
  • Report: Red Sox 'strongly in mix' for Sale
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox "remain strongly" in the mix for White Sox left-hander Chris Sale.

    Advice: Rosenthal adds that the Nationals are still involved, but apparently a deal isn't as close as it appeared late Monday night. It's worth noting that those talks centered around top prospects Victor Robles and Lucas Giolito, so the cost for the Red Sox would be considerable. While this is just speculation for now, the White Sox could potentially insist on Yoan Moncada as part of the deal. Things are getting very interesting here. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:43 am
  • Bucs have checked in on De La Rosa, Fister
    Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates have checked on free agents Jorge De La Rosa and Doug Fister.

    Advice: Biertempfel writes that the Pirates were simply doing their due diligence and nothing appears to be imminent with either pitcher. De La Rosa posted a 5.51 ERA and 108/63 K/BB ratio over 134 innings with the Rockies in 2016 and has expressed a willingness to potentially work as a multi-inning reliever. Fister, who turns 33 in February, is coming off a 4.64 ERA over 32 starts with the Astros. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:29 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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  • Report: Red Sox in the mix for Mitch Moreland
    Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that the Red Sox are in on free agent Mitch Moreland.

    Advice: FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal confirms the report. The Red Sox are now seen as a "very unlikely" landing spot for Edwin Encarnacion due to his high price, so Moreland would be a more reasonable solution to serve as David Ortiz's replacement at DH. He's left-handed and also capable of playing first base, which fits the team's needs. The 31-year-old batted .233/.298/.422 with 22 home runs and 60 RBI in 147 games this past season. The Rangers are not in involved in negotiations, but the Indians are in the mix. Wilson hears that a decision could be made soon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:15 am
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  • Brewers acquire Travis Shaw in Thornburg deal
    Brewers acquired INFs Travis Shaw and Maurico Dubon, RHP Josh Pennington, and a player to be named later or cash considerations from the Red Sox for RHP Tyler Thornburg.

    Advice: The rebuilding Brewers have now traded Thornburg, Will Smith, and Jeremy Jeffress in the past six months. They landed a considerable haul here, though only Shaw will help in the short-term. He figures to take over at third base while Jonathan Villar will move over to second base. Shaw, 26, batted .242 with 16 homers and a .726 OPS in 2016. As a left-handed batter, he should be in a good position to deliver fantasy value with his new team. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:07 am
  • 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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  • Report: Yankees focused on Aroldis Chapman
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that the Yankees are focused on Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: Heyman notes that Kenley Jansen is also being talked to, but Chapman is the team's first choice. And that makes sense, as they know Chapman well and he isn't tied to draft pick compensation. The hard-throwing left-hander told Marly Rivera of ESPN on Monday that he wants a six-year contract. Heyman writes that the Yankees won't do that, but that five years looks like a good bet. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:31 am
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  • Report: Red Sox dealing Shaw to Brewers
    Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports that Travis Shaw has been traded to the Brewers.

    Advice: Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reported that the Red Sox agreed to a deal with the Brewers for a reliever, but we have yet to get the specifics involved. Shaw, 26, batted .242 with 16 homers and a .726 OPS this past season. Parting with Shaw puts Pablo Sandoval in a position to reclaim third base, though Yoan Moncada could be ready for primetime before long. Shaw could take over at third base for Milwaukee, with Jonathan Villar moving to second. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:20 am
  • Red Sox 'very unlikely' for Edwin Encarnacion
    Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Red Sox appear "very unlikely" for free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion.

    Advice: The Red Sox are reportedly one of three of Encarnacion's preferred options, but the club is mindful of the luxury tax threshold and appear prepared to go with other options. Odds of a return to the Blue Jays are also remote after the club signed Kendrys Morales and Steve Pearce, so the market for Encarnacion is very much up in the air. His agent, Paul Kinzer, is now telling teams that there's no hurry to get him signed, which is an indication that his market isn't as strong as originally hoped. The Indians have reportedly jumped in as a legitimate possibility while the Rockies have also emerged as a suitor. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:12 am
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  • Red Sox 'checked in' with ChiSox on Sale
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox "checked in" with the White Sox on Monday regarding Chris Sale.

    Advice: It was Rosenthal who reported that the Nationals' pursuit of Sale was gaining steam, but he cautions that it's "not necessarily a one-team race" for the left-hander. Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has downplayed a potential pursuit of a marquee starter, but that doesn't automatically mean he won't try for one. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:54 pm
  • Talks between Indians, Encarnacion 'serious'
    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians are engaged in "serious" negotiations with Edwin Encarnacion's representatives.

    Advice: Hoynes doesn't have any potential contract figures or a likelihood of a deal being completed, but it appears the Indians will make a real effort to sign one of the top free agent bats. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal cautions, however, that "serious questions remain" whether the Tribe will ultimately meet the slugger's asking price. The Rangers are another club that's been connected to Encarnacion, although their GM indicated that the odds of them adding a marquee DH were not high. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:38 pm
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  • 'Legitimate chance' Sale traded to Nationals
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that there is a "legitimate chance" Chris Sale is traded to the Nationals for a package headed by Victor Robles and Lucas Giolito.

    Advice: Rosenthal says that the two teams are "haggling over the final pieces in the deal," so it sounds like they could complete something relatively soon. It had looked like the Nats were focused on Andrew McCutchen, but they've shifted their attention to Sale as they look to form a super rotation that would consist of Sale, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Tanner Roark and Gio Gonzalez or Joe Ross. Giving up both Giolito and Robles would sting, but it would be hard to pass up putting together a starting five like that. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:20 pm
  • 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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  • Re-signing Encarnacion unlikely for Jays
    Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro said Monday that the team re-signing Edwin Encarnacion is "improbable."

    Advice: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported earlier Monday that the club hadn't ruled out bringing the slugger back even after the additions of Kendrys Morales and Steve Pearce, but apparently it's not going to happen. It doesn't seem that Encarnacion's market is as robust as he hoped it would be, but he's still going to get a sizable deal. The Indians and Rangers are two clubs that have interest. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:07 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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  • Jays haven't ruled out re-signing Encarnacion
    A team source told Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that the Blue Jays have not ruled out re-signing Edwin Encarnacion.

    Advice: Toronto recently added two players with similar skillsets to Encarnacion in Kendrys Morales and Steve Pearce, but Heyman's source said "miracles do happen." It still seems much more likely that the veteran slugger will end up heading somewhere else. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported Monday morning that the Indians have checked in on the Encarnacion market, and the Red Sox could look to make a late run at him. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:22 pm
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  • WSH meeting with White Sox on Chris Sale
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears the Nationals are meeting with the White Sox about Chris Sale on Monday afternoon at the Winter Meetings.

    Advice: Heyman adds that the Nats are "said to be stepping up" for the ace left-hander. Sale is also drawing heavy interest from the Astros, Braves, and Red Sox, and it's a safe guess that other teams have checked in. The 27-year-old delivered a 3.34 ERA, 1.037 WHIP, and 233/45 K/BB ratio over 226 2/3 innings for the White Sox in 2016 and carries a very team-friendly contract that can run through 2019 if all the options are picked up. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:05 am
  • Chapman seeks six-year free agent contract
    Aroldis Chapman told Marly Rivera of ESPN that he wants a six-year contract.

    Advice: "The only thing I have expressed is that I would like a six-year contract," said the free agent reliever. "I know that doesn't mean that I will get it, but that's what I would like to sign. There are rumors out there that I requested $100 million and that's not true at all. I believe he who deserves something, does not need to demand it." Gotta like the confidence. Chapman might wait for Kenley Jansen to sign and then try to top that number. The 28-year-old flamethrower from Cuba posted 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 Monday, 10:55 am
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  • 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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  • 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 Monday, 7:56 am
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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 Monday, 7:46 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 Monday, 7:32 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 Monday, 7:13 am
  • 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 Monday, 5:35 am
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  • 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 Sunday, 6:25 pm
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  • De La Rosa willing to work out of bullpen
    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Jorge De La Rosa has been informing interested teams that he's willing to work out of the bullpen as a multi-inning reliever.

    Advice: De La Rosa hasn't been a popular name in the early free agent market, but could prove to be useful in a swing role with the ability to work multiple innings or get left-handers out. The 35-year-old registered a 5.51 ERA, 1.64 WHIP and 108/63 K/BB ratio across 134 frames with the Rockies in 2016. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:13 pm
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  • 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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  • 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 Sunday, 7:27 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
  • Brewers non-tender slugger Chris Carter
    Brewers non-tendered 1B Chris Carter.

    Advice: After designating him for assignment earlier in the week the Brewers attempted to trade the veteran slugger but to no avail. He'll join a free agent market that is currently flush with power-hitting options from the right side of the plate, so he may have to wait for a few of the bigger dominoes to fall before landing a deal. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:41 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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  • 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
  • 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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  • 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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  • Brewers have active trade talks for Carter
    Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that the Brewers are having active trade talks involving Chris Carter.

    Advice: It was reported Monday that the Brewers were planning to non-tender Carter, but he was designated for assignment on Tuesday in order to make way for his replacement, Eric Thames, on the 40-man roster. Teams probably wouldn't have to give up much in the way of value to acquire the veteran slugger at this point, but they could just take their chances and see if he ends up hitting the open market. We should know more in the next couple of days. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:15 am
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  • Brewers designate Chris Carter for assignment
    Brewers designated 1B Chris Carter for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears the way for the newly-signed Eric Thames on the 40-man roster. We learned on Monday that the Brewers were planning to non-tender Carter. They now have a couple of days to find a trade partner before Friday's non-tender deadline. Carter tied Colorado's Nolan Arenado for the NL lead with 41 homers this past season while batting .222/.321/.499 over 160 games. His price tag should be reasonable through arbitration (MLB Trade Rumors projects him at $8.1 million in 2017), so he could draw some interest. Otherwise, he'll try his luck in free agency for the second straight year. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:08 am
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  • Report: Brewers to non-tender Chris Carter
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Brewers will non-tender Chris Carter.

    Advice: Brewers general manager David Stearns said last month that he planned for Carter to return as the club's first baseman in 2017, but he apparently had a change of heart. It's the second offseason in a row that Carter has been non-tendered, and this time it comes after a 41-homer season. He was projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $8.1 million in arbitration. Carter should have no trouble landing a starting job somewhere. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:29 pm
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