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Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that, in addition to the Rangers, the Rays and Orioles have "reached out" to Lance Berkman.

Berkman said he received two offers before Christmas and hopes to revisit them, though he wouldn't reveal which teams the offers came from. Texas, Tampa and Baltimore all make sense as potential landing spots, though it's not clear at this point which clubs are going after Berkman the hardest. Goold also notes that Berkman has "warmed" to the idea of becoming a DH. "Big Puma" said he's "still a little bit in limbo" on whether to play in 2013, but it sure sounds like he will if he gets an adequate offer.
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 09:20:00 AM

According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers have done "significant homework" on free agent right-hander Tyson Ross.

Ross was non-tendered by the Padres last week after making just one start in 2016 before undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. He's a big question mark for the start of 2017 and beyond, but the state of the free agent market will make him intriguing to plenty of teams.
Dec 7 - 2:01 PM

Royals acquired OF Jorge Soler from the Cubs for RHP Wade Davis.

The haul could have been a bit bigger if Davis didn’t come with some health question marks, but Soler is an intriguing buy-low. The 24-year-old started his MLB career with a bang in 2014, but he owns a .253/.328/.413 batting line in 668 plate appearances since. Strikeouts have been the big issue, but his defense has also been shaky. Perhaps the change of scenery will be the jolt he needs. He still has four years of team control remaining. By parting with Davis, Kelvin Herrera figures to move into the closer role and has the potential to be a top-tier option at the spot in fantasy leagues.
Dec 7 - 1:58 PM

Cubs acquired RHP Wade Davis from the Royals for OF Jorge Soler.

Medicals weren’t a sure thing after Davis’ forearm issues from last season, but the Cubs were apparently satisfied with what they saw. If healthy, Davis is a tremendous pickup for the back-end of this bullpen. The 31-year-old wasn’t as dominant by his usual insanely lofty standards in 2016, but he owns an incredible 1.18 ERA in 185 appearances over the last three seasons. He’s going into his final year of team control.
Dec 7 - 1:57 PM

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.

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.
Dec 7 - 1:46 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Mark Trumbo's asking price is $80 million.

This is in line with previous reports which suggested he was asking for a deal in the $75-80 million range. The Rockies are off the board as a possibility after signing Ian Desmond and the Mariners are reportedly "moving on," so he could be running out of potential landing spots. And that's speaking nothing of the other first base/outfield/DH possibilities available via free agency and trade. Regardless, Heyman says that Trumbo has suitors. The Orioles and Indians would seem to fit that mold.
Dec 7 - 1:12 PM

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are most open to discussing Shelby Miller and Patrick Corbin in trade talks.

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.
Dec 7 - 12:46 PM

Braves manager Brian Snitker said Wednesday that he thinks Dansby Swanson could handle hitting second in 2017.

Swanson mostly batted eighth as a rookie in 2016 while batting .302/.361/.442 over 145 plate appearances. They wanted to ease him into things, but Snitker thinks he's ready for the challenge. "(Hitting him second) is something I will talk to the guys about and we will get a feel for it in spring training and see where we’re at," said Snitker. "I feel right now — ask me today, yeah, I feel very comfortable about him there." Batting behind Ender Inciarte and in front of Freddie Freeman and Matt Kemp opens the door for some useful fantasy value.
Dec 7 - 12:22 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Ian Desmond is headed to the Rockies.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says the deal is worth $70 million while Joel Sherman reports that it's a five-year contract. Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reports there's an option for a sixth year which could bring the total outlay to $83 million. Alrighty then, Rockies. It's an unexpected fit, for a number of reasons. The Rockies already have a surplus of outfielders, so this potentially opens the door for Charlie Blackmon to be traded. Rosenthal also notes that Desmond will likely split time between first base and the outfield. It should be stated that the Rockies will have to give up the No. 11 overall pick (the highest unprotected pick) in 2017 to sign Desmond since he rejected a qualifying offer from the Rangers. That's not ideal. On the bright side, he'll be in a fantastic spot for fantasy value.
Dec 7 - 11:19 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins have a deal with left-hander Jeff Locke, pending a physical.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that it's a one-year deal worth around $3 million. Locke was non-tendered by the Pirates last week posting a 5.44 ERA over 127 1/3 innings in 2016, but he's had better results in the past and it's worth noting that he'll be reunited with Jim Benedict in Miami. It's a reasonable gamble in a weak market for starting pitching.
Dec 7 - 10:52 AM

Marly Rivera of ESPN reports that the Rangers and Indians are both still in talks with free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion.

The Indians have only emerged as a possibility after Encarnacion's market has been slow to develop, but the Rangers have been a great fit all along. Similar to his time in Toronto, he could potentially split time between first base and designated hitter in Texas. The big question is how much Encarnacion's camp will be willing to compromise in regard to years and dollars. As Jeff Passan reported early Wednesday morning, Encarnacion's camp is in "wait-and-see" mode as they try to find the right fit.
Dec 7 - 9:59 AM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports hears that "there's an increasing sense" among teams in the elite-closer market that Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman could be close to making decisions on where to sign.

It's crunch time in negotiations. We've already heard that Chapman reportedly has a $92 million offer on the table from someone. Jansen's deal should fall in a similar range. The Marlins, Yankees, Dodgers, and Nationals are all linked here in some form or fashion.
Dec 7 - 9:17 AM




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