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  • Marlins have made Jansen $80+ million offer
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Marlins have made Kenley Jansen an offer of five years and over $80 million.

    Advice: Passan says it's "almost at the level" of Aroldis Chapman's offer, so it appears to be in the $80-85 million range. It's obviously a massive total, especially when factoring in that the Marlins would also have to forfeit the No. 13 overall pick to sign Jansen. The Dodgers really want to bring Jansen back, but it remains to be seen whether they'd be willing to contend with the Marlins' offer. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
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  • Pirates have touched base with Tyson Ross
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Bill Brink reports that the Pirates have been in contact with Tyson Ross.

    Advice: Ross was non-tendered by the Padres on December 2. The 29-year-old right-hander is said to be seeking a contract in the range of $9-11 million. He made only one start in 2016 before undergoing season-ending surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. Per the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant, the Rangers are also showing interest in Ross. Yesterday, 8:48 pm
  • Eric Hosmer reportedly to join Team USA
    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports hears that Eric Hosmer will play for Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

    Advice: This past campaign, Hosmer slashed .266/.328/.433 with 25 homers and 104 RBI across 605 at-bats. Both the home run and RBI numbers stand as career bests, though his overall batting line was a noticeable step down from the .297/.363/.459 mark he posted in 2015. Yesterday, 8:02 pm
  • Royals likely out of the running for Holland
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports passes along word that the Royals are likely "priced out" on Greg Holland.

    Advice: Holland pitched his first six major league seasons in a Royals uniform. Tommy John surgery forced him to miss the 2016 season. The 31-year-old right-hander put on an early November showcase as proof of his ongoing recovery and was said to hit 88-91 MPH during that workout. He was reportedly looking for a two-year contract worth in the neighborhood of $22 million, but that might be tough to dig out. Heyman hears that the Cubs and Dodgers are showing heavy interest in the veteran reliever. Yesterday, 6:53 pm
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  • Cubs remain interested in bringing back Wood
    Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said that the team remains in contact with Travis Wood.

    Advice: If the Cubs are to re-sign Wood, they might have a bit of elbowing to do. At least if you are to believe the pitcher's agent. Darek Braunecker said on Wednesday that a whopping 10 teams are in on Wood. This past season, the 29-year-old southpaw pitched to a sharp 2.95 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 61 innings with the World Series champs. Depending on which team signs him, Wood could work as either a reliever or a starter. The Marlins are said to be looking at him in a starting capacity. Yesterday, 6:22 pm
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  • KC hasn't felt 'overwhelmed' on Dyson offers
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Royals "haven't felt overwhelmed by offers" for outfielder Jarrod Dyson.

    Advice: Probably because the guy is a .260/.325/.353 career hitter in the major leagues and due to become a free agent next winter. Dyson plays great defense and has tremendous speed, but the Royals can't expect to get much talent in return. They might just hold on to Dyson, per Heyman, in the event a realistic trade partner can be found for Lorenzo Cain. Dyson was known to be drawing interest from the Orioles, Athletics, Rangers, and Cardinals. Yesterday, 5:08 pm
  • Chase Utley, Dodgers remain in touch
    Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers remain in touch with free agent infielder Chase Utley.

    Advice: McCullough earlier relayed that the Dodgers were looking into possible trades involving Ian Kinsler and Brian Dozier, but they are keeping their options open at second base as the Winter Meetings draw to a close. Should the veteran Utley ultimately move on, the Angels have been linked to him via a report from FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman. Yesterday, 4:45 pm
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  • Giants trade righty Chris Heston to Mariners
    Mariners acquired RHP Chris Heston from the Giants for a player to be named later.

    Advice: Seattle will hope Heston can bounce back from a dismal, injury-riddled 2016 that saw him register a 4.54 ERA at Triple-A Sacramento and a 10.80 ERA in the major leagues. He did perform well in 2015, delivering a 3.95 ERA in 177 2/3 innings for San Francisco while whiffing 141 batters. Heston will compete for a spot in the Mariners' rotation next spring. Yesterday, 3:57 pm
  • Report: Mark Trumbo still on Rockies' radar
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Rockies are still considering signing Mark Trumbo.

    Advice: Colorado just inked Ian Desmond to a contract in the neighborhood of five years, $70 million, but that does not appear to be a block to the club making further moves in free agency. Rosenthal relays that should Colorado opt to sign Trumbo, they would likely play him at first base and trade an outfielder. The plugged-in FOX Sports analyst sees Carlos Gonzalez as a player who might move in a trade if the Trumbo domino falls to Coors Field. Yesterday, 3:54 pm
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  • Nationals complete trade for OF Adam Eaton
    Nationals acquired OF Adam Eaton from the White Sox for RHP Lucas Giolito, RHP Reynaldo Lopez, and RHP Dane Dunning.

    Advice: Washington was determined to make a splash at this week's Winter Meetings, and this is a big one. Eaton was a 6.0 fWAR player for the White Sox in 2016, slashing .284/.362/.428 with 14 home runs and 14 stolen bases in 157 games while playing strong defense in right field. He won't rate as well in center with the Nationals, but it's a tremendous addition to the lineup and the 28-year-old is on a very team-friendly contract that can potentially run through 2021. That's why it took three of the best young starting pitching prospects in the game to acquire him. Yesterday, 3:06 pm
  • ChiSox get Giolito, Lopez, Dunning for Eaton
    White Sox acquired RHP Lucas Giolito, RHP Reynaldo Lopez, and RHP Dane Dunning from the Nationals for OF Adam Eaton.

    Advice: Giolito's prospect stock has somewhat cratered over the last year, but he's still very much the centerpiece of this deal and represents a big-time upgrade to the White Sox farm system -- what might suddenly be considered the top farm system in baseball. Giolito struggled in his first taste of the majors in 2016 and figures to open the 2017 season in the minors, but we'll see him on the south side of Chicago soon enough. And the tremendous upside isn't gone yet. Lopez and Dunning are also top-flight young right-handers. It's another huge haul for White Sox GM Rick Hahn. Yesterday, 3:02 pm
  • Chris Bassitt continues Tommy John rehab
    A's trainer Nick Paparesta said that Chris Bassitt (elbow) is on track in his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

    Advice: Bassitt underwent Tommy John surgery at the beginning of May and subsequently missed the entire 2016 season. While Paparesta said that the 27-year-old right-hander is currently in great shape, he probably won't be ready for a return to the mound until some point in the summer of 2017. Yesterday, 3:01 pm
  • Orioles not looking to move Britton, Machado
    Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said that the team has no intention of trading Zach Britton or Manny Machado.

    Advice: Duquette indicated that the Orioles are looking to build around their core players, meaning there doesn't figure to be a ton of jostling with the team's bigger names this offseason. Britton led the American League with 47 saves last season while Machado cracked 37 homers and drove in 96 runs. Yesterday, 2:18 pm
  • Morosi: Rockies have interest in Stroman
    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports hears that the Rockies have shown interest in Marcus Stroman.

    Advice: While the Rockies are reportedly intrigued by Stroman, Morosi relays that they would not be willing to trade Charlie Blackmon straight-up for the 25-year-old right-hander. Stroman is coming off a 2016 season in which he held a 4.37 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 166/54 K/BB ratio over 204 innings pitched. This was his first season in the bigs with more than 20 starts. Yesterday, 1:58 pm
  • Danny Espinosa to play for Mexico in WBC
    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said that Danny Espinosa will play for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.

    Advice: Whether Espinosa is actually with the Nationals come the spring is another question entirely. Rizzo floated in early November that the 29-year-old shortstop is a potential trade candidate. While there hasn't been a ton of smoke on the actual trading front as of yet, a move here remains possible. In 516 at-bats last season, Espinosa hit just .209/.306/.378. He did clock a career-best 24 homers in that space, so it wasn't all awful. Yesterday, 1:24 pm
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  • Pirates are hoping to retain Ivan Nova
    Casey Stern of MLB Network Radio hears that the Pirates are hoping to retain Ivan Nova.

    Advice: Nova came over to the Pirates in a trade with the Yankees over the summer. In 11 starts with his new club, the 29-year-old right-hander pitched to a sharp 3.06 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 52/3 K/BB ratio. It is not yet known what other clubs might be sniffing around on the veteran hurler. Yesterday, 1:08 pm
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  • Showalter says O's interested in C Castillo
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed Wednesday that the club has interest in free agent catcher Welington Castillo.

    Advice: Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports first reported the club's interest after Castillo was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks late last week. The Rays have reached an agreement with Wilson Ramos, taking one potential suitor out of the mix for Castillo. With Matt Wieters on the free agent market, Showalter also acknowledged that the club has discussed a possible reunion with Nick Hundley. Michael Bourn and Michael Saunders were also mentioned as outfield targets. Yesterday, 12:12 pm
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  • Dodgers talked Frazier, still prefer Turner
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Dodgers like Todd Frazier and have talked to the White Sox about a potential trade, but their first choice remains keeping Justin Turner.

    Advice: It's no secret they'd like to keep Turner, but apparently they aren't willing to give him a five-year contract to do it. Even if Frazier doesn't end up on the Dodgers, the White Sox figure to find a match somewhere as they continue their rebuild. Frazier is due to become a free agent after 2017. Yesterday, 10:46 am
  • D-Backs most open to moving Miller, Corbin
    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are most open to discussing Shelby Miller and Patrick Corbin in trade talks.

    Advice: The Diamondbacks have been willing to discuss their starting pitcher depth at the Winter Meetings this week after recently acquiring Taijuan Walker, but Piecoro hears that the asking price is high and that other clubs feel a deal likely won't get done. "I think they’re hesitant to deal any of them because they haven’t had the time to evaluate and know exactly what they have," one source told Piecoro on the topic of the new D-Backs' front office. Miller was acquired as part of a blockbuster deal with the Braves just one year ago, but he disappointed with a rough 6.15 ERA in 20 starts in 2016. Patrick Corbin has shown upside in the past, but he struggled with a 5.15 ERA in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery and finished the year in the bullpen. Yesterday, 9:46 am
  • Yankees interested in Ruben Tejada
    George A. King III of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have interest in free agent infielder Ruben Tejada on a minor league deal.

    Advice: Tejada, 27, appeared in 36 games in the majors last season between the Cardinals and Giants while batting just .167/.247/.242 in 78 plate appearances. He was outrighted off the Giants' 40-man roster in early August and finished the season in the minors. The former Met would be organizational depth at the very least. Yesterday, 5:55 am
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