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  • Padres 'clear-cut favorites' for Eric Hosmer
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale writes that the Padres have become the "clear-cut favorites" for free agent Eric Hosmer.

    Advice: Nightengale says the Padres have had two face-to-face meetings with Hosmer and his camp, presumably at this week's Winter Meetings in Orlando. But this of course will all come down to money and agent Scott Boras offered no indication Wednesday in his annual scrum with the media that Hosmer has lowered his sky-high asking price. Nightengale notes that the Red Sox are also "lurking" on the 28-year-old first baseman, who posted a career-best .318/.385/.498 batting line with 25 home runs and 94 RBI over 162 games for the Royals in 2017. He also earned his fourth career Gold Glove, though advanced defensive metrics aren't as kind to him as the folks who vote on those awards. Today, 5:55 am
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  • Headley a possibility for the Angels
    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Angels could be a fit for Chase Headley once the Ian Kinsler trade is completed.

    Advice: This is assuming that the Angels are able to get the deal for Kinsler done, which as of Wednesday night was in a slight holding pattern. It was reported earlier Wednesday that the Padres were shopping both Headley and Yangervis Solarte, and the Angels have a need at both the hot corner and the keystone. Stay tuned. Yesterday, 5:57 pm
  • Murphy (knee) expected to be ready for OD
    Nationals GM Mike Rizzo reiterated Wednesday at the Winter Meetings that Daniel Murphy (knee) is expected to be ready for Opening Day.

    Advice: Murphy underwent a debridement and microfracture surgery on his right knee shortly after the Nationals were eliminated from the National League Division Series by the Cubs and he'll likely take it easy for much of spring training, but it sounds like the star second baseman could be in Washington's starting lineup on March 29 in Cincinnati. Murphy, 32, batted .322/.384/.543 with 23 home runs and 93 RBI in 144 games this past season. Yesterday, 12:44 pm
  • 10 teams reportedly in on FA Todd Frazier
    According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, as many as 10 teams have reached out to free agent Todd Frazier.

    Advice: We've already heard of interest from the Red Sox and Yankees, and Sherman adds the Giants, Angels, and Mets to the list. Frazier is being pitched as an option to play third base, first base, and maybe even some second base. The 31-year-old batted .213/.344/.428 with 27 home runs and 76 RBI in 147 games this past season between Chicago and New York. Yesterday, 12:41 pm
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  • Giants 'staying in contact' with FA Jay Bruce
    Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Giants are "staying in contact" with free agent outfielder Jay Bruce.

    Advice: Rosenthal says signing Bruce and trading for Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton was the "initial fallback plan" for San Francisco once Giancarlo Stanton rejected a trade there, though the Giants have been unable to match up with Cincinnati on a Hamilton deal. Bruce is also known to be drawing free agent interest from the Rockies, Blue Jays, Mariners, and Mets. He hit .254/.324/.508 with 36 homers and 101 RBI in 146 games this past season between New York and Cleveland. Yesterday, 12:06 pm
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  • Nationals have discussed C Alex Avila
    Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that free agent catcher Alex Avila has come up in the Nationals' discussions.

    Advice: Avila told MLB Network Radio last month that he would be open to serving as a backup on a contending team and the Nationals have stated a desire to get Matt Wieters extra rest in 2018, so this could be a pretty nice fit. As of now, Pedro Severino is positioned as the No. 2 catcher in Washington. Yesterday, 8:01 am
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    Alex Avila ChC - C,1B
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  • Royals have shown interest in Mark Reynolds
    Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports the Royals have expressed interest in free agent Mark Reynolds.

    Advice: Cotillo says the Rockies remain a "strong contender" to re-sign Reynolds, but Kansas City is viewing him as a good fallback plan if Eric Hosmer walks. There are also some other teams involved beyond the Rockies and Royals. Reynolds tallied 30 home runs and 97 RBI in 148 games this past season with Colorado, though he had a .977 OPS at Coors Field and a .703 OPS everywhere else. The veteran first baseman turns 35 years old late next summer. Yesterday, 5:52 am
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  • Miguel Sano (shin) has begun rehab work
    Miguel Sano (leg) has begun rehabbing at the Twins' spring training complex in Fort Myers, Florida.

    Advice: Sano underwent surgery in early November to repair a stress reaction in his left shin. There was no recovery timetable given at the time and there hasn't been a whole lot of clarity since, but it sounds like the young slugger could be ready for the beginning of the 2018 season. Sano batted .264/.352/.507 with 28 home runs and 77 RBI over 114 games in 2017. Tuesday, 2:24 pm
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    Miguel Sanó Min - 1B,3B,OF
  • Report: Indians could consider Morrison
    Logan Morrison is among the options the Indians will consider if they fail to retain Carlos Santana, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

    Advice: Bringing back Santana is their top priority, but there are a number of alternatives in the event that it doesn't happen. Matt Adams, Lucas Duda, Yonder Alonso, Mitch Moreland, and Mark Reynolds are some of the first base-types on the market. Morrison, 30, slugged a career-high 38 homers in 2017 while putting up a .246/.353/.516 batting line. Tuesday, 12:35 pm
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  • Mets' Callaway has been in touch with Napoli
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Mets manager Mickey Callaway has been in touch with free agent first baseman Mike Napoli to gauge his interest.

    Advice: Napoli played with the Rangers this past season, but he knows Callaway from his time in Cleveland in 2016. The 36-year-old could make sense as an insurance policy or platoon partner for young first baseman Dominic Smith. Napoli socked 29 homers this past season, but he had career-lows with a .193 batting average and a .713 OPS. He underwent surgery after the season to repair a torn ligament in his right hand, which provides a partial explanation for the poor production. Tuesday, 10:55 am
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  • Report: Neil Walker seeking four-year deal
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, free agent second baseman Neil Walker is seeking a four-year deal.

    Advice: Walker is 32 years old and had back surgery last year, so it's probably unrealistic. Teams also have multiple alternatives available on the trade front. Walker batted .265/.362/.439 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI in 111 games this past season between the Mets and Brewers. Tuesday, 8:02 am
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    Neil Walker Mil - 1B,2B
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  • 1B Santana 'far and away' Indians' top choice
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Indians are telling other first base options that they want to see where things go with Carlos Santana first.

    Advice: Santana is "clearly far and away" the Indians' top choice at first base, Heyman says. Cleveland's initial offer to Santana was reportedly for $36 million over three years, which isn't going to be enough to get it done. The Rockies, Rangers, Padres, Phillies, Red Sox and Mariners have also been connected to Santana. The Indians have so far been linked to Lucas Duda and Matt Adams as possible backup plans at first base. Monday, 7:40 pm
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  • Indians, Royals, Nats interested in Adams
    According to Jerry Crasnick of, the Indians, Royals, and Nationals have inquired on free agent Matt Adams.

    Advice: The Nationals see Adams more as a bench bat while the Indians are looking at him as a fallback if they are unable to retain free agent Carlos Santana. The 29-year-old was recently non-tendered by the Braves after batting .274/.319/.522 with 20 homers and 65 RBI in 131 games between the Cardinals and Braves in 2017. Monday, 7:15 am
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    Matt Adams Atl - 1B,OF
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  • Mets not in the market for a first baseman
    Mets' general manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday that the club is "very high" on first baseman Dominic Smith.

    Advice: He also indicated that they were not in the market for an upgrade at first base this off-season, which somewhat contradicts his statements from a month ago that Smith wasn't a lock to go into spring training with a starting job. The 22-year-old slashed .198/.262/.395 with nine homers and 26 RBI in 49 games as a rookie in 2017. Sunday, 4:47 pm
  • 'Nothing going on' with Red Sox, Jose Abreu
    Rob Bradford of WEEI reports that there's "still nothing going on" regarding the Red Sox potentially pursuing Jose Abreu in a trade.

    Advice: Abreu has been connected to Boston as the Red Sox seek a power bat, but at this point he appears to be far down their priority list. With as many bats as there are available, it wouldn't make much sense for the Red Sox to trade top prospects in order to land Abreu. Sunday, 9:02 am
  • Twins sign Brock Stassi to minors contract
    Twins signed 1B/OF Brock Stassi to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Stassi managed to crack the Phillies' Opening Day roster out of spring training in 2017, but the 28-year-old went on to bat just .167/.278/.295 over his first 90 major league plate appearances. Philadelphia pushed him off the 40-man roster in August. He's doubtful to make a meaningful impact in Minnesota. Thursday, 9:21 am
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  • Myers OKs move to OF if Padres get Hosmer
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Wil Myers would be willing to move from first base to the outfield if the Padres were able to land Eric Hosmer in free agency.

    Advice: Heyman says Myers was recently approached about the idea by Padres management and didn't hesitate in stating his willingness to change positions. San Diego has been one of the few teams that have been mentioned as suitors for Hosmer early on, and this seems to confirm their seriousness in that pursuit. Myers spent the first three years of his career playing primarily in the outfield, so this wouldn't be a huge undertaking for him. Wednesday, 1:05 pm
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    Wil Myers SD - 1B,OF
  • Report: Marlins interested in Jose Martinez
    According to Venezuelan journalist Wilmer Reina, the Marlins have shown interest in Jose Martinez as part of a return package from the Cardinals in trade talks for Giancarlo Stanton.

    Advice: According to Jon Morosi of, Wilmer Reina is reporting that the Marlins are also showing interest in Michael Wacha. However, it's believed that prospect right-hander Sandy Alcantara would be the headliner of any deal for Stanton. Martinez is not exactly a youngster at 29 years old, but he surprised this past season with 14 homers and an .897 OPS in 106 games. Perhaps most importantly for the Marlins, he's still inexpensive. The Cardinals are still alive in talks for Stanton, though it's unclear whether he would waive his no-trade clause to come to St. Louis. Dec 4, 8:45 am
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