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  • Diamondbacks ask about Machado
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Diamondbacks have also checked in on Manny Machado.

    Advice: Arizona has 2017 All-Star Jake Lamb at third base and a handful of decent shortstop options, so an upgrade for the left side of the infield wasn't on their priority list. Still, when a talent like Machado becomes available, it's worth checking in. Olney thinks the White Sox and the Cardinals have the best offers out for Machado right now. 58 minutes ago
  • 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. Today, 11:35 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. Today, 11:32 am
  • LAA interested in Zack Cozart for third base
    Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels are interested in free agent Zack Cozart.

    Advice: They'd ask him to play third base, with Andrelton Simmons locked in at shortstop and newcomer Ian Kinsler set to slide in at second. Cozart has never made an appearance at the hot corner at any level of professional baseball, but he's always been a good defender and is probably capable of making the transition. The market is beginning to pick up for the 32-year-old, who batted .297/.385/.548 with 24 home runs over 122 games with the Reds in 2017. Today, 11:00 am
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  • 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. 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. 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. Today, 9:17 am
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  • Reds select 3B Mitch Nay in Rule 5 draft
    Reds selected 3B Mitch Nay from the Blue Jays in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 draft.

    Advice: Nay, a supplemental first-round pick in 2012 out of an Arizona high school, struggled to the tune of a .222/.265/.393 batting line in 61 games with Low-A Lansing this past season. The 24-year-old corner infielder is a non-prospect. Today, 9:10 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. Today, 9:00 am
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  • A's, Cards announce Stephen Piscotty swap
    Athletics acquired OF Stephen Piscotty from the Cardinals for SS Yairo Munoz and 2B Max Schrock.

    Advice: The framework of the trade was agreed to on Wednesday night and then officially announced Thursday after Piscotty passed his physical. The 26-year-old outfielder struggled with injuries throughout 2017 and his mother was diagnosed with ALS in the middle of the summer. He heads home to the Bay Area as a strong bounceback candidate for 2018. St. Louis signed Piscotty to a relatively team-friendly six-year, $33.5 million contract extension last April after watching him put up an .815 OPS with 29 home runs and 124 RBI over his first 216 major league games between 2015-2016. Today, 8:31 am
  • Cardinals get Yairo Munoz in Piscotty trade
    Cardinals acquired SS Yairo Munoz and 2B Max Schrock from the Cardinals for OF Stephen Piscotty.

    Advice: Munoz batted .300/.330/.464 with 13 home runs, 68 RBI, 22 stolen bases, and 65 runs scored in 112 games this past season between Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville. He has played all around the diamond defensively, but the majority of his innings have come at the shortstop position. The toolsy and versatile 22-year-old is a nice pickup for St. Louis. Today, 8:26 am
  • Cardinals acquire Schrock in Piscotty deal
    Cardinals acquired 2B Max Schrock and SS Yairo Munoz from the Athletics for OF Stephen Piscotty.

    Advice: Schrock hasn't developed much of a power tool yet, but he boasts a well-rounded .324/.372/.439 career batting line in the minor leagues and he plays good defense at second base. The 23-year-old finished the 2017 season with the Double-A affiliate of the A's. Today, 8:23 am
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  • Astros grab OF/LHP Anthony Gose in Rule 5
    Astros selected OF/LHP Anthony Gose from the Rangers with the 15th pick in the Rule 5 draft.

    Advice: Gose struggled with his attempted conversion from outfielder to left-handed reliever in 2017, but Astros executive Kevin Goldstein told reporters on Wednesday that the club will double down on that experiment. It'll be an uphill battle for the 27-year-old to stick on Houston's active roster throughout the entire season. Today, 7:44 am
  • 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. Today, 6:58 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. Today, 6:30 am
  • 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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  • 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.'s Joe Frisaro reported Tuesday that the Braves and Diamondbacks have expressed interest. Today, 4:10 am
  • 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
  • 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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