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  • Carlos Santana turns down Indians' QO
    1B Carlos Santana rejected the Indians' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: Santana had a rough first half in his walk year but rebounded big time after the All-Star break to ultimately finish with a .259/.363/.455 batting line and 23 home runs. He'll turn 32 just after Opening Day in 2018 but won't have trouble landing a big contract this winter. Rotoworld.com 33 minutes ago
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  • Mike Moustakas rejects Royals' QO
    3B Mike Moustakas rejected the Royals' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: Moustakas is set to strike it rich this offseason after slugging a career-high 38 home runs for the Royals this past season. He's a native of Southern California and the Angels have already been pegged as a likely pursuer of the third baseman this winter. Rotoworld.com 35 minutes ago
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  • Lance Lynn rejects Cardinals qualifying offer
    RHP Lance Lynn rejected the Cardinals' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: Lynn's velocity and peripherals in his first season back from Tommy John surgery went south, but he still posted a 3.43 ERA. He's arguably at the top of the second tier of free agent starters. Rotoworld.com 38 minutes ago
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  • Eric Hosmer declines qualifying offer
    1B Eric Hosmer rejected the Royals' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: Of the nine players extended the offer, Hosmer might be in line for the biggest contract, and among position players he certainly will wind up with the largest deal. Hosmer's production in his career has wavered between average and good, but he just turned 28 less than a month ago, helping to raise his floor over the course of his impending contract even if his upside isn't super high. Rotoworld.com 41 minutes ago
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  • Greg Holland rejects qualifying offer
    RHP Greg Holland rejected the Rockies' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: Holland had already previously declined his $15 million player option and is now officially a free agent after turning down his qualifying offer. He really struggled in the second half for the Rockies in 2017 but will get a multi-year contract this winter, anyway. Rotoworld.com 48 minutes ago
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  • Wade Davis turns down qualifying offer
    RHP Wade Davis rejected the Cubs' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: It was a formality, as Davis is the top reliever hitting the free agent market this offseason and is set to receive a big multi-year contract. He put up a 2.30 ERA and 79/28 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings while notching 32 saves for the Cubs in 2017. Rotoworld.com 50 minutes ago
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  • Alex Cobb rejects Rays' qualifying offer
    RHP Alex Cobb rejected the Rays' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: Cobb might not wind up getting that much on an average annual basis on his new contract, but he's in line to receive a multi-year deal this winter, making it a pretty easy call to reject the offer. He held a 3.66 ERA and 128/44 K/BB ratio over 179 1/3 innings this past season in his first full year back from Tommy John surgery. Rotoworld.com 53 minutes ago
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  • Jake Arrieta rejects Cubs' qualifying offer
    RHP Jake Arrieta rejected the Cubs' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: He's now officially a free agent. Arrieta will turn 32 before Opening Day next season, but he is still in line to receive a big multi-year contract on the market this winter. Rotoworld.com 56 minutes ago
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  • Giants 'most aggressive' team for Stanton
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Giants "have been the most aggressive team" in trade talks involving Giancarlo Stanton.

    Advice: The Giants and Cardinals have been the two clubs pegged as the most determined in negotiations about the just-named National League MVP. Of course, it remains to be seen whether Stanton would even be willing to accept a trade to either team. Nightengale adds that the Marlins are "not close" to trading their star outfielder anywhere at this point, although the likelihood that he'll be dealt at some point this offseason remains very high. Miami would surely like more teams to get in on the bidding and they may wait things out in hopes that that happens. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:45 am
  • Ryan O'Rourke signs with Orioles
    Orioles signed LHP Ryan O'Rourke to a minor league contract.

    Advice: O'Rourke underwent Tommy John surgery at the beginning of May, so he'll likely miss at least the first couple of months of next season. The 29-year-old had a 4.98 ERA in 47 innings for the Twins between 2015 and 2016. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:26 pm
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  • Jose Altuve runaway choice for AL MVP
    Jose Altuve was voted first on 27 of 30 ballots to win American League MVP honors, announced by the BBWAA on Thursday.

    Advice: It seemed like this race was set up to be a lot closer between Altuve and Aaron Judge, but the voters made their preference clear. Judge didn't even get all of the remaining first-place votes; Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star put Jose Ramirez first and dropped Judge down to third. Ramirez was also third on 22 ballots to easily finish in the "show" spot in the vote. Mike Trout was fourth, followed by Francisco Lindor, Mookie Betts and Corey Kluber. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:52 pm
  • Blue Jays sign former 1st-rounder McGuire
    Blue Jays signed RHP Deck McGuire to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

    Advice: McGuire was a first-round flop with the Blue Jays after being taken 11th overall in 2010, so it's surprising that he would want back in. He's coming off his best season as a pro, going 9-9 with a 2.79 ERA and 170 strikeouts in 168 innings for Double-A Pensacola and then posting a 2.63 ERA in two starts and four relief appearances for the Reds in September. His stuff is fringy, and it still seems like a long shot that he'll have a significant major league career. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:06 pm
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  • Padres interested in re-signing Chacin
    The Padres are showing interest in retaining free agents Jhoulys Chacin and Craig Stammen and could be open to two-year deals.

    Advice: The Padres already gave free-agent-to-be Clayton Richard a two-year deal in September. They would expect a bit of a discount on a multiyear deal for Jhoulys and/or Stammen, but that might work out if either veteran is looking for some stability. Chacin, coming off his best season since 2013, has pitched for four teams in three years since getting let go by the Rockies. There should be a fair amount of interest in him as a fourth or fifth starter, but most suitors will only want to go one year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:44 pm
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  • Tigers sign Niko Goodrum to minors contract
    Tigers signed INF/OF Niko Goodrum to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Goodrum was outrighted off the Twins' 40-man roster earlier this month. The versatile 25-year-old spent the large majority of the 2017 season at Triple-A Rochester, where he hit .265/.309/.425 with 13 home runs and 11 stolen bases in 127 games. He joins a rebuilding club in Detroit, which could allow him a real opportunity at the major league level. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:54 pm
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  • Lorenzo Cain rejects Royals' qualifying offer
    OF Lorenzo Cain rejected the Royals' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: It was a no-brainer for Cain, who should do quite well for himself on the free agent market after batting .300/.363/.440 with 15 home runs and 26 stolen bases over 155 games this past season in Kansas City. He's already said to be drawing interest from the Blue Jays and Mets, and the Rangers, Mariners, and Giants could also be potential fits. The only major thing working against him is that he turns 32 years old next April. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:51 pm
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  • White Sox acquire Thyago Vieira from SEA
    White Sox acquired RHP Thyago Vieira from the Mariners for international slot money.

    Advice: Vieira is a hard-throwing relief prospect whose fastball has been clocked as high as 103 mph. He made his major league debut with Seattle in 2017, throwing a flawless ninth inning at the end of a blowout loss to the Orioles. It's a nice pickup for Chicago. The 24-year-old right-hander will compete for a spot in the Opening Day bullpen next spring in White Sox camp. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:07 am
  • Cubs looking at FA reliever Brandon Morrow
    According to Patrick Mooney of NBC Sports Chicago, the Cubs have identified free agent reliever Brandon Morrow as an offseason target.

    Advice: Morrow put up a stellar 2.06 ERA and 50/9 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 regular-season innings for the Dodgers and then shut down the Cubs in the National League Championship Series. Mooney says the Cubs "are also expected to monitor" the market for free agent Addison Reed as they look for new late-inning relief options. The asking price on Orioles closer Zach Britton is said to be "too high." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:54 am
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  • NYY interested in Rangers' Jurickson Profar
    According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees are interested in acquiring Jurickson Profar from the Rangers.

    Advice: There is no obvious short-term or even long-term spot for Profar in the Bronx, but Sherman says the Yankees "would be willing to take on a single player with upside and pedigree in exchange for multiple players who are crowding their deep 40-man roster." Profar, once considered the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball, has batted just .229/.309/.329 in 206 career games at the major league level. A change of scenery would probably do him some good. There is also said to be interest from the Reds and Padres. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:45 am
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    Jurickson Profar Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Report: Rays have interest in Jose Bautista
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Rays have expressed interest in free agent Jose Bautista.

    Advice: This comes on the heels of a report that Bautista is willing to play any position next season, from the corner infield spots to the corner outfield spots to designated hitter. That suits the Rays, who like to move guys around and take advantage of platoon splits. Bautista batted just .203/.308/.366 over 686 plate appearances this past season for the Blue Jays, but he still managed 23 home runs and 65 RBI. He should come pretty cheap, which also suits the Rays. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:43 am
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  • Bradley likely to remain reliever in 2018
    Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen indicated that Archie Bradley will likely remain a reliever in 2018.

    Advice: "We're going to bring him into camp, stretch him out, but it's likely he's going to be in the 'pen," Hazen told reporters at the GM Meetings in Orlando. "We haven't specifically discussed his role. I think he'll continue in the back-end of the bullpen. We haven't ruled out closing, but we'll see what happens as we put the team together." The former starting pitching prospect excelled as a full-time reliever in 2017, delivering a 1.73 ERA in 73 regular-season innings. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:36 am
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