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CBS Sports' Danny Knobler reports that the Angels are unlikely to re-sign free agent Zack Greinke.

Greinke is thought to be seeking the largest contract ever handed out to a right-handed pitcher, and the Angels apparently now want no part. The Dodgers have major interest and the Rangers are still in the hunt. Greinke, 29, posted a 3.48 ERA and 200/54 K/BB ratio in 212 1/3 innings this year between Milwaukee and Anaheim.
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Nov 27, 2012 04:28:00 PM

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Rangers have talked to the Rays about Alex Cobb.

It's a fit that makes sense, as the Rangers are in the market for pitching and have been connected to a few Rays starters dating back to the trade deadline. Cobb put up an ugly 8.59 ERA over five starts late last season for the Rays after returning from Tommy John surgery, but he should be better equipped for success in 2017. It will be his contract year.
Dec 5 - 5:13 PM

MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan reports that the Rangers are showing interest in Jorge Soler.

The Rangers are intent on adding some right-handed power this offseason, as they've been connected to free agents Edwin Encarnacion, Mike Napoli and Mark Trumbo. Soler would obviously have to be acquired via trade, but the feeling is that the Cubs are likely to move him this winter. He's disappointed with a career .258/.328/.434 batting line but will turn just 25 in February and is under team control cheaply through 2020.
Dec 5 - 4:56 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals are expressing interest in Jarrod Dyson.

The Cards have also been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Dyson's teammate, Lorenzo Cain. Like Cain, Dyson is heading into his walk year, but of course he would cost significantly less in terms of prospects you'd have to surrender for him. Dyson, 32, sports a pedestrian .260/.325/.353 career batting line, but he would give St. Louis the defensive upgrade they're looking for in center field.
Dec 5 - 4:39 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Lucas Giolito "is a name in the mix" in trade talks between the Nationals and White Sox involving Chris Sale.

It appears that the Nationals might be shifting their attention more to Sale than Andrew McCutchen, although they seem to still be in active discussions for both. Giolito entered last season as arguably the top pitching prospect in baseball, but he disappointed in his first go-round in the majors and wasn't as dominant as hoped in the minors, either. Still, he's only 22 and his ceiling remains sky-high. In addition to Gioliot, the Nats would figure to have to part with at least one additional high-end prospect in order to land Sale.
Dec 5 - 4:35 PM

Giants signed RHP Mark Melancon to a four-year, $62 million contract.

Melancon still needs to take a physical, but general manager Bobby Evans made the deal official on Monday. It was a virtual certainty that the Giants were going to bring in a closer this winter after all the problems they had in the ninth inning in 2016. They didn't want to pay up for Kenley Jansen or Aroldis Chapman but were willing to hand Melancon what is currently the largest contract ever for a reliever. Melancon will turn 32 in March.
Dec 5 - 4:17 PM

Buster Olney of ESPN confirms that the Mets have expressed interest in Orioles reliever Brad Brach.

There's some thought that it could be part of a Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce trade proposal. Brach, a dominant 30-year-old setup man, posted a terrific 2.05 ERA, 1.038 WHIP, and 92/25 K/BB ratio over 79 innings this past season out of the Baltimore bullpen. He is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter and will remain under club control through 2018.
Dec 5 - 4:08 PM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Rangers are showing interest in free agent Mark Trumbo.

"Just how strong it is remains to be seen," adds Passan. ESPN's Buster Olney reported earlier that the Orioles made a four-year offer to Trumbo in the $52-55 million range, and that Trumbo's camp countered at four years, $75-80 million with a full no-trade clause. Trumbo led the major leagues in homers this year with 47, but it came with a .256 batting average and a .316 on-base percentage. He's also very limited defensively.
Dec 5 - 4:00 PM

Super agent Scott Boras told Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports that he's had "no discussions with the Nationals" regarding a Bryce Harper extension.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale heard from a source Monday that Harper wants a contract that "will exceed 10 years in length and likely pay him in excess of $400 million" and that the Nationals are prepared to let him walk after the 2018 season, but it's hard to say where that claim came from. And it's not all that ridiculous of an ask if Harper plays to his potential leading into free agency two winters from now. It's way too early in the process for this kind of drama, but you can expect much more of it in the coming years.
Dec 5 - 3:33 PM

A team source told Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that the Blue Jays have not ruled out re-signing Edwin Encarnacion.

Toronto recently added two players with similar skillsets to Encarnacion in Kendrys Morales and Steve Pearce, but Heyman's source said "miracles do happen." It still seems much more likely that the veteran slugger will end up heading somewhere else. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported Monday morning that the Indians have checked in on the Encarnacion market, and the Red Sox could look to make a late run at him.
Dec 5 - 3:22 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have been in contact with the representatives for free agent Luis Valbuena.

But the Yankees found his initial contract requests "too high," per Sherman's source. Valbuena wants a multi-year deal and an everyday job after batting .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 90 games this past season for the Astros. He started 71 games at third base and two at first base. He has also played some second base in the past.
Dec 5 - 3:08 PM

Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers have expressed interest in Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has already tied the Cardinals to Cain, who is due to become a free agent next winter and could very well be traded this offseason if the return is right. Cain batted just .287/.339/.408 in 2016, but he had an .838 OPS with 16 homers and 28 steals in 2015 and the 30-year-old plays a terrific center field. Los Angeles has also been mentioned as a possible landing spot for Royals closer Wade Davis.
Dec 5 - 3:02 PM




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