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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi report that the Rangers, Mariners and Braves have all "expressed strong interest" in Justin Upton.

The Rangers, of course, have long held interest in the talented outfielder, and the Mariners were mentioned earlier Thursday by ESPN's Buster Olney as a potential landing spot. The Braves reportedly dropped out of the Upton sweepstakes last month after the D'Backs insisted that Andrelton Simmons was part of the deal, but Arizona has other needs now after the acquisition of Didi Gregorius. The report notes, though, that the D'Backs "continue to send mixed signals about their intentions" regarding Upton, as some believe they're still more likely to deal Jason Kubel. They'll almost surely trade one or the other.
Thu, Jan 3, 2013 07:55:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners continue to maintain a dialogue with free agent slugger Mike Napoli.

There was a recent report indicating that one Mariners official didn't see Napoli as a fit for their roster, as they'd prefer to give Dan Vogelbach an opportunity at first base and pair him with Danny Valencia as a platoon partner, but they are apparently keeping an eye on things depending on how his market goes. The Indians remain interested in bringing him back while the Red Sox and Rangers are among the other possible fits.
Dec 6 - 8:53 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cubs and Dodgers are at the forefront of talks for free agent reliever Greg Holland.

Heyman also notes that most or all of the teams involved for Chapman and Jansen are in, so there are still a bunch of ways this could potentially go. Holland missed 2016 following Tommy John surgery and wasn't hitting his normal velocity during a showcase last month, but he's still in the process of regaining arm strength. Teams obviously aren't scared off at this point in his rehab.
Dec 6 - 8:50 AM

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins are considering Brad Ziegler and Koji Uehara if they are unable to add Kenley Jansen or Aroldis Chapman.

The Marlins have thrown their hat into the ring for either Jansen or Chapman and are prepared to go either four or five years for $80 million or more, but they are keeping their options open in case the bidding gets out of control. Frisaro indicates that the Marlins could potentially a pair of proven relievers at a lesser cost, which is where Ziegler and Uehara come in. Both offer previous closing experience and would at least be in the mix to set up for A.J. Ramos. Of course, Jansen or Chapman would get the closer role if they end up signing with Miami.
Dec 6 - 8:26 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals met with the agents for Dexter Fowler on Monday and made an initial offer.

The Cardinals have mentioned as a fit for Fowler for a while, so it's no surprise that they are involved. The question is how far they are willing to go to get him. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Blue Jays have made a four-year, $60 million offer, though his agents are aiming for $18 million annually on a multi-year deal.
Source: FOX Sports
Dec 6 - 8:11 AM

MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports that there have been "preliminary talks" between the Rockies and White Sox involving Jose Abreu.

Harding says the two sides first discussed Abreu at last month's general managers meetings and that the rebuilding White Sox "seek several prospects" in return. He cautioned that the discussions "haven't gone beyond the preliminary stage" to this point. Harding adds that Rockies GM Jeff Bridich is also "considering the heavy price tag" for Edwin Encarnacion and Mark Trumbo, as it appears the club might be willing to pay up either in dollars or prospects to get a big-name first baseman. Any of the aforementioned trio would obviously see their fantasy value skyrocket should they wind up in Coors Field.
Dec 5 - 11:02 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cubs and Dodgers are showing interest in Derek Holland.

Heyman lists the Nationals and Red Sox as other possible landing spots for Holland. The Pirates have also been connected to the left-hander. The Rangers declined Holland's $11 million option for 2017, but the southpaw appears to be drawing a pretty healthy amount of interest on the open market. Holland posted a 4.95 ERA in 2016 and hasn't made more than 20 starts since 2013.
Dec 5 - 10:23 PM

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians are engaged in "serious" negotiations with Edwin Encarnacion's representatives.

Hoynes doesn't have any potential contract figures or a likelihood of a deal being completed, but it appears the Indians will make a real effort to sign one of the top free agent bats. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal cautions, however, that "serious questions remain" whether the Tribe will ultimately meet the slugger's asking price. The Rangers are another club that's been connected to Encarnacion, although their GM indicated that the odds of them adding a marquee DH were not high.
Dec 5 - 9:38 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that there is a "legitimate chance" Chris Sale is traded to the Nationals for a package headed by Victor Robles and Lucas Giolito.

Rosenthal says that the two teams are "haggling over the final pieces in the deal," so it sounds like they could complete something relatively soon. It had looked like the Nats were focused on Andrew McCutchen, but they've shifted their attention to Sale as they look to form a super rotation that would consist of Sale, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Tanner Roark and Gio Gonzalez or Joe Ross. Giving up both Giolito and Robles would sting, but it would be hard to pass up putting together a starting five like that.
Dec 5 - 9:20 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rays are "getting a lot of hits" on Alex Cobb.

The Rangers are one club known to be in on Cobb. Heyman notes that plenty of teams are interested in Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi, as well. Cobb put up a disappointing 8.59 ERA over five starts late last season for the Rays after making his way back from Tommy John surgery, but he should be much better in 2017 as he's further removed from the operation. Cobb will be a free agent after next season.
Dec 5 - 8:54 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Nationals have found the Pirates' asking price for Andrew McCutchen to be "too high."

Sherman adds that the Nats are currently more focused on the Chris Sale trade talks than those for McCutchen at this point. Of course, it could all be posturing at this point to see if they can get the Pirates to drop their asking price a bit. The Rangers and Dodgers are also reportedly talking to Pittsburgh about Cutch.
Dec 5 - 6:18 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Mark Melancon's four-year contract with the Giants includes an opt-out after the second season.

Melancon got a front-loaded deal, as he'll make $34 million of his $62 million contract in the first two years when you factor in his $20 million signing bonus. It might still be unlikely that he opts out of being paid $28 million for his age 34-35 seasons, but if he remains an elite closer for the next two years it's a possibility.
Dec 5 - 5:54 PM




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