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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. Today, 3:15 pm
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  • Mets willing to listen to offer on Conforto
    According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Mets are willing to listen to trade offers on outfielder Michael Conforto.

    Advice: With Yoenis Cespedes back in the fold, the club now has the flexibility to be creative in order to fill their other needs. They'd certainly prefer to deal Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce, but Conforto could fetch a much better return. Their priority at the winter meetings seems to be adding at least one, if not two, late-inning relievers. Today, 2:30 pm
  • 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. Today, 1:49 pm
  • DH Pedro Alvarez is on Red Sox' radar
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Pedro Alvarez is on the Red Sox' radar.

    Advice: Heyman says that Boston is "favoring a short-term deal" as they look to fill David Ortiz's vacated designated hitter spot, so they appear likelier to sign an Alvarez, Matt Holliday or Mike Napoli rather than an Edwin Encarnacion. Alvarez batted .249/.322/.504 with 22 homers over just 376 plate appearances for the Orioles this past season. Today, 10:42 am
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  • Jacob Lindgren inks MLB deal with Braves
    Braves signed LHP Jacob Lindgren to a one-year contract.

    Advice: This is a long-term play by the Braves, as Lindgren was non-tendered by the Yankees following Tommy John surgery in August. The left-hander has a big arm and could be an asset for the Braves starting in 2018 if his stuff returns post-op. Today, 8:40 am
    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Dansby Swanson 'untouchable' in Sale talks
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Braves have "made clear" that Dansby Swanson is "untouchable" in trade talks for Chris Sale.

    Advice: It's no surprise, of course, as Swanson is one of the most highly thought of young players in the game and he's slated to open 2017 as the Braves' starting shortstop. Atlanta probably still has enough talent to acquire Sale even without including Swanson, with Ozzie Albies seeming likely to headline a package. The Braves and Nationals look like the two most aggressive teams for Sale, with the Astros, Rangers, Red Sox and Dodgers also in the mix. Today, 8:28 am
  • K-Rod is 'available for the right price'
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes that Francisco Rodriguez is "available for the right price."

    Advice: The Tigers want to contend in 2017 but also want to slash payroll, and K-Rod is one of the pieces they'll consider moving. The veteran closer is coming off a fine season that saw him put up a 3.24 ERA and 52/21 K/BB ratio over 58 1/3 innings while recording 34 saves. He'll make $6 million in 2017. Today, 8:07 am
  • Astros would listen to offers for Evan Gattis
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe hears that the Astros would listen to offers for Evan Gattis.

    Advice: The Astros acquired Brian McCann earlier this offseason and also reportedly have a deal in place for Carlos Beltran, so it's not a surprise that they're willing to listen on Gattis. The slugger hit 32 home runs last season, although he sported a .319 on-base percentage and is very much an all-or-nothing hitter. Gattis will make $5.2 million in 2017 and will be arbitration-eligible for a final time next winter. Today, 7:52 am
    L, 8-1 @LAA
  • Red Sox have contacted Matt Holliday's agent
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox have contacted Matt Holliday's agent, Scott Boras.

    Advice: The Cardinals declined Holliday's $17 million option after he .246/.322/.461 in an injury-shortened 2016, but there appears to be a decent market for him as a potential bounce-back candidate. The Red Sox' rivals, the Yankees, are another club that's shown interest and Holliday's former club, the Rockies, have also been mentioned as a potential landing spot. Holliday will turn 37 in January. Today, 7:43 am
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  • Indians casting wide net in search for 1B
    MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Indians "have shown interest in a broad range" of first basemen, including Mike Napoli, Mitch Moreland, Adam Lind and Chris Carter.

    Advice: Re-signing Napoli is no doubt the Tribe's first choice after he smacked 34 home runs and drove in 101 runs for them last season, but they're casting a wide net in their search. The defending American League champions are pretty left-handed heavy in their lineup right now, although that doesn't necessarily mean Carter would be their top choice after Napoli. Today, 7:34 am
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    L, 3-2 vs Oak
  • 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. Today, 7:27 am
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  • Reds re-sign Gabby Guerrero to minors deal
    Reds re-signed OF Gabby Guerrero to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The Reds non-tendered Guerrero after claiming him off waivers last month, but he'll remain with the organization. Vlad's nephew hit just .234/.281/.383 across two minor league levels in 2016. Today, 7:09 am
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    L, 7-4 vs ChC
  • Iglesias, Cingrani, Lorenzen in mix to close
    Reds manager Bryan Price said Saturday that he would be comfortable using Raisel Iglesias, Tony Cingrani and Michael Lorenzen in the closer role.

    Advice: Iglesias was the Reds' main closer down the stretch last season and fared well, and he's also the most talented pitcher of the aforementioned trio. But, while Iglesias is probably first in line for saves, Price seems to be leaning toward using all three pitchers in the role and often having them pitch multiple innings at a time. "I'd say right now that we have a series of guys that I'm comfortable with in the ninth inning and that would include (Raisel) Iglesias, (Tony) Cingrani and (Michael Lorenzen)," Price said. "Should we stay with this format – which I intend to do – all three of those guys and maybe more could have opportunities in save situations. At this point in time, there's no defined closer. There are multiple options and I'd like to stick with the philosophy that we're going to have our multi-inning guys, so we're going to need multi-closers." Today, 7:06 am
  • Brewers nearly dealt for Szczur at deadline
    Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune hears that the Brewers were close to trading for Matt Szczur at the deadline before talks dissolved.

    Advice: The late-season emergence of Keon Broxton and impending arrival of Lewis Brinson could remove the Brewers from the equation when it comes to Szczur. However, the Cubs have a surplus of outfielders and could revisit trading the 27-year-old. Szczur is a career .245/.297/.376 hitter over 346 plate appearances and is under team control through 2021. Today, 6:37 am
  • 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. Today, 6:34 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 3:15 pm
  • Reds non-tender Gabby Guerrero on Friday
    Reds non-tendered OF Gabby Guerrero.

    Advice: Guerrero, who is the nephew of former MLB star Vladimir Guerrero, was claimed off of waivers from the Diamondbacks last week and now finds himself as a free agent. He struggled with the bat in 2016, slashing .234/.281/.383 across two minor league levels, but possesses enough talent that he should find another club willing to give him a shot. Yesterday, 7:30 am
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  • Yankees do not tender contract to Lindgren
    Yankees non-tendered LHP Jacob Lindgren.

    Advice: The 23-year-old southpaw underwent Tommy John surgery in August and is expected to miss the entire 2017 season while recovering. It's possible that the Yankees will try to retain the former first-round pick on a minor league contract. Friday, 4:57 pm
    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Iglesias, Lorenzen will remain in Reds 'pen
    Reds manager Bryan Price and general manager Dick Williams on Friday committed to using Raisel Iglesias and Michael Lorenzen as relievers next season.

    Advice: It's no surprise, as Price indicated back in October that he might use the duo as potential multiple-inning closers in 2017. Both Iglesias (1.98 ERA, 54/19 K/BB ratio over 50 innings) and Lorenzen (2.88 ERA, 48/13 K/BB ratio over 50 innings) thrived in the bullpen in 2016. Iglesias probably as a leg up on the closer role. Friday, 3:00 pm
  • Yankees considering Holliday for DH spot
    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that Matt Holliday is "a name the Yankees have thrown around."

    Advice: The expectation is that Edwin Encarnacion will likely command a contract beyond what the Yankees are comfortable with, but they have backup options that include Carlos Beltran, Mike Napoli and Holliday. Holliday batted .246/.322/.461 with 20 homers and 62 RBI in an injury-shortened 2016 season and is probably best off as a designated hitter at this point in his career. Friday, 5:51 am
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    W, 10-4 vs Pit
  • Mets don't intend to trade Conforto, Lagares
    According to Anthony DiComo of, the Mets have made it clear that they don't have any intention to trade Michael Conforto or Juan Lagares.

    Advice: The Mets would prefer to trade Jay Bruce after re-signing Yoenis Cespedes, but teams are asking about Curtis Granderson in addition to Conforto and Lagares. Conforto had a rough year in 2016 and doesn't necessarily have a clear role even if the Mets trade Bruce or Granderson, but the feeling is that he still has a bright future ahead of him. As for Lagares, he's the only true center fielder on the Mets' roster right now. Wednesday, 12:30 pm
  • 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. 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. Wednesday, 8:24 am
  • Rockies downplay possible Holliday reunion
    Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich downplayed the possibility of a reunion with free agent Matt Holliday.

    Advice: Holliday has said that he's open to a return to the Rockies, but given the team's outfield depth, he'd be looking at a full-time move to first base. He just saw his first exposure at the position in 2016, so the Rockies are mulling over the potential alternatives. "We have just now started looking into the reality of Matt," said Bridich. "With the way that our outfield is situated… the outfield for Matt doesn’t make a whole lot of sense right now. So right now we are just trying to wrap our minds around whether he’s a viable option at first base." The Rockies reportedly haven't ruled out a return for Mark Reynolds and Chris Carter, who was recently designated for assignment by the Brewers, could also be a possibility at first base. Wednesday, 7:33 am
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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. Tuesday, 1:12 pm
  • Reds claim Gabby Guerrero off waivers
    Reds claimed OF Gabby Guerrero off waivers from the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The nephew of Vladimir Guerrero, Gabby batted just .234/.281/.383 between Double- and Triple-A this past season. He's had back-to-back disappointing seasons but will turn just 23 in a couple weeks. Obviously the Reds think he's still got a shot to make an impact. Nov 28, 1:04 pm
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    L, 7-4 vs ChC
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