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  • Marlins DFA left-hander Hunter Cervenka
    Marlins designated LHP Hunter Cervenka for assignment.

    Advice: Miami had to clear some 40-man roster space following the finalization of the five-player Marcell Ozuna trade deal with the Cardinals. Cervenka, 27, allowed eight earned runs in 4 1/3 innings at the major league level in 2017. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:43 am
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  • Marlins land Magneuris Sierra in Ozuna swap
    Marlins acquired OF Magneuris Sierra, RHP Zac Gallen, LHP Daniel Castano, and RHP Sandy Alcantara from the Cardinals for OF Marcell Ozuna.

    Advice: Sierra made his MLB debut with St. Louis in 2017 and put up an impressive .317 batting average in 64 plate appearances, but his mostly underwhelming minor league numbers point to the fact that he still has a long way to go offensively. On the basepaths and in the outfield, he's just about ready. The question is whether the slender 21-year-old will ever develop enough power to stick as an impactful everyday player. Miami can slow-play it to find out. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:35 am
  • Sandy Alcantara part of return for Ozuna
    Marlins acquired RHP Sandy Alcantara, OF Magneuris Sierra, RHP Zac Gallen, and LHP Daniel Castano from the Cardinals for OF Marcell Ozuna.

    Advice: Alcantara is the headliner of this package for Miami and the most highly-rated prospect the Marlins have acquired between all their different trades so far this winter, including the Giancarlo Stanton and Dee Gordon swaps. The hard-throwing 22-year-old right-hander has the upside of a potential No. 2 major league starter, though he has to figure out his control issues before he can meet that kind of lofty long-term outlook. There are some talent evaluators who believe Alcantara might ultimately wind up as a reliever. Another full season in the minors would probably do him a whole lot of good. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:34 am
  • STL and MIA finalize five-player Ozuna trade
    Cardinals acquired OF Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins for RHP Sandy Alcantara, OF Magneuris Sierra, RHP Zac Gallen, and LHP Daniel Castano.

    Advice: St. Louis was considered a frontrunner in the Giancarlo Stanton sweepstakes before the 2017 National League MVP declined a move there (and to San Francisco) and used his no-trade clause to land comfortably with the Yankees. Ozuna is a pretty nice fallback for the Cardinals, coming off a breakout 2017 season that saw him register a .312/.376/.548 batting line, 37 home runs, and 124 RBI in 159 games. The 27-year-old outfielder is under contractual control through 2019 via salary arbitration. He figures to bat third or fourth in the St. Louis lineup in 2018 and should prove to be a significant offensive upgrade for his new team. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:32 am
  • Rangers pursuit of Zack Greinke 'pretty dead'
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rangers' pursuit of Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke is "said to be pretty dead."

    Advice: USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported earlier this week that the Rangers were offering only "marginal prospects" for the Arizona ace, and the Diamondbacks are not interested in a straight salary-dump. Heyman says there are three other teams in the mix. It is believed that one of them is the Phillies. Greinke finished fourth in the NL Cy Young balloting in 2017, but he's owed a whopping $126.5 million over the next four seasons and the Diamondbacks want to free up some cash to re-sign J.D. Martinez. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:34 am
  • SF, TOR considering trade for Avisail Garcia
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Giants and Blue Jays have spoken to the White Sox about a potential trade for Avisail Garcia.

    Advice: Nightengale notes that there is "nothing close" at this point, but many in the industry -- including a number of beat writers who cover the White Sox -- believe Garcia will be on the move this winter. The 26-year-old had a breakout season in 2017, slashing .330/.380/.506 with 18 home runs and 80 RBI in 136 games while earning his first All-Star nod. The issue for a team like San Francisco -- and other clubs in the NL -- is that Garcia is a dreadful defender in the outfield. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:29 am
  • Mets trade for 2B Jason Kipnis has 'traction'
    Chris Cotillo of SB Nation hears there is "traction" between the Mets and Indians on a Jason Kipnis trade.

    Advice: The two sides have engaged in serious discussions this week at the Winter Meetings and the heat probably turned up even further when Ian Kinsler went to the Angels on Wednesday night. Kinsler had been a target of the Mets, but they were on his no-trade list and he told Tigers GM Al Avila that he would only accept a move to Anaheim. Kipnis would be a nice bounceback play for the apparently cost-conscious Metropolitans. He struggled to a .232/.291/.414 batting line in 2017 with Cleveland, but the 30-year-old second baseman put up an .817 OPS in 297 games between 2015-2016. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:04 am
  • Red Sox trying to sign both JD and Hosmer
    A source tells Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald that the Red Sox are trying to sign both J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer.

    Advice: That would take a massive financial commitment, but it could also be an excellent counter-punch to the rival Yankees landing Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins last week. Red Sox executives met with Martinez at the Winter Meetings in Orlando on Wednesday and it sounds like there might be some mutual interest there. Recent reports have the Padres as the current favorite for Hosmer, but you'd have to think Boston could make the better bid of those two teams. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:17 am
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  • Toronto expressing interest in Lorenzo Cain
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Blue Jays have expressed interest in free agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain.

    Advice: It's been a slow-moving offseason for Cain, but the same can be said for many other free agent position players. The 31-year-old should eventually score a nice deal after batting .300/.363/.440 with 15 home runs and 26 stolen bases over 155 games with Kansas City in 2017. Heyman says Toronto would prefer a four-year contract. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:00 am
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  • Diamondbacks pick Albert Suarez in Rule 5
    Diamondbacks selected RHP Albert Suarez from the Giants with the 14th pick in the Rule 5 draft.

    Advice: Suarez has pitched in the big leagues for parts of the last two seasons, though the results haven't been all that great. The 28-year-old right-hander will be competing for a long relief spot in Diamondbacks camp next spring. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:36 am
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  • TEX re-signs Hanser Alberto to minors deal
    Rangers re-signed INF Hanser Alberto to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Alberto was non-tendered by the Rangers on December 1 after being limited to five minor league games in 2017 because of a shoulder injury that eventually required surgery. The hope is he'll be fully recovered by the opening of camp in February, though that still won't guarantee him a spot on the MLB roster. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:58 am
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  • Rangers sign Kevin Jepsen to minors deal
    Rangers signed RHP Kevin Jepsen to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Jepsen got off to a late start in 2017 because of a quad injury and then posted an ugly 5.32 ERA in 23 2/3 innings of relief with the Triple-A affiliate of the Nationals. The 33-year-old right-hander will have to really put on a show in the Cactus League next spring to have a shot of cracking the Opening Day roster with the Rangers. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:55 am
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  • Astros, Nationals in on RP Hector Rondon
    Hector Rondon is drawing free agent interest from the Astros and Nationals, per Chris Cotillo of SB Nation.

    Advice: It sounds like a deal could be close to completion with one of those two teams. Rondon was non-tendered by the Cubs on December 1 after posting a 4.24 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 69/20 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings of relief in 2017. The 29-year-old right-hander will be a pretty good bounceback candidate in 2018. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:48 am
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  • Royals acquire RHP Keller in Rule 5 draft
    Reds selected RHP Brad Keller from the Diamondbacks with the fifth pick in the Rule 5 draft and traded him to the Royals.

    Advice: Keller, a sinkerballer, went 10-9 with a 4.68 ERA, a 111/57 K/BB ratio and just seven homers allowed in 130 2/3 innings in Double-A last year. Given his groundball tendencies, he really made more sense for the Reds in their park than the Royals in theirs. Still, he'll compete for a spot at the back of the rotation. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:47 am
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  • Cardinals 'keep pushing for' Josh Donaldson
    According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Cardinals "keeping pushing for" Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson.

    Advice: Rosenthal adds, however, that the Blue Jays "remain disinclined to move Donaldson" because they want to compete in 2018. The asking price is high and there is no indication that a deal is close. St. Louis has its toe in the water on a bunch of different potential upgrades and it sounds like there might be a better match with the Rays. Evan Longoria, Alex Colome, and Chris Archer are the names the Cardinals have discussed with Tampa Bay. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:30 am
  • Cubs in agreement with reliever Steve Cishek
    Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cubs are in agreement on a contract with free agent reliever Steve Cishek.

    Advice: ESPN's Jerry Crasnick says it's a two-year deal in the $12-14 million range. Cishek dealt with some durability issues in 2017, but when healthy the 31-year-old sidearmer delivered a 2.01 ERA, 0.896 WHIP, and 41/14 K/BB ratio in 44 2/3 innings between the Mariners and Rays. He'll add a unique presence to the back end of the Chicago bullpen. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:20 am
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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. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:55 am
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  • Padres have inquired on OF Christian Yelich
    Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune hears the Padres are among the teams that have inquired about Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported Wednesday that the Marlins intend to keep Yelich with the intention of structuring their rebuild around the 26-year-old outfielder, who is under control through 2021 with a club option for 2022. But there are rumblings that Yelich wants out of Miami after watching Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and Dee Gordon all get shipped off to other teams over the last week. San Diego has the prospects to get it done, though there would be offers coming in from a range of clubs -- both contending and non-contending -- if the Marlins decide to open up the bidding. MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reported Tuesday that the Braves and Diamondbacks have expressed interest. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:10 am
  • O's could trade Manny Machado this week?
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Orioles "are moving aggressively on Manny Machado trade talks and now believe they can move him by the end of the week."

    Advice: Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic wrote late Wednesday night that the White Sox have emerged "as the most aggressive suitor" for Machado and Nightengale confirms that the Pale Hose have presented the strongest offer so far to Baltimore, however the Cardinals, Giants, Red Sox, Phillies, and Yankees are also in the mix on this. Machado is an elite-level talent and he is only 25 years old, but the star third baseman can become a free agent after the 2018 season and the Orioles clearly don't think they can afford to lock him up to a long-term deal. A trade of Machado might kick off a larger rolling rebuild effort for the O's front office. Brad Brach, Zach Britton, and Adam Jones are all entering walk years. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:01 am
  • TEX 'strongly pursuing' Kelvin Herrera trade
    According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Rangers are "strongly pursuing" Royals closer Kelvin Herrera.

    Advice: Kansas City appears poised for an organizational rebuild, so Herrera -- a free agent next winter -- can probably be had with the right match of young talent. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported on the first day of the Winter Meetings that the Royals were at least "fielding interest" in the 27-year-old right-hander. Herrera struggled to a 4.25 ERA over 59 2/3 innings in 2017, but he put up a dominant 2.30 ERA with 209 strikeouts in 211 2/3 innings between 2014-2016. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:45 am
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