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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Monday that he expects Derek Jeter (ankle) to be ready for Opening Day.

Jeter underwent surgery on his fractured left ankle in late October and is now out of a walking boot. Cashman said the veteran shortstop has been walking and running on an underwater treadmill and the ESPN New York report says he was recently seen riding a bicycle near his home in Florida. The 38-year-old isn't expected to be cleared for baseball activities before mid-to-late January, but for now, everything has progressed as hoped. "It's all in the doctors' hands right now," said Cashman. "But he'll be ready on Opening Day."
Mon, Jan 7, 2013 05:07:00 PM

Brewers acquired INFs Travis Shaw and Maurico Dubon, RHP Josh Pennington, and a player to be named later or cash considerations from the Red Sox for RHP Tyler Thornburg.

The rebuilding Brewers have now traded Thornburg, Will Smith, and Jeremy Jeffress in the past six months. They landed a considerable haul here, though only Shaw will help in the short-term. He figures to take over at third base while Jonathan Villar will move over to second base. Shaw, 26, batted .242 with 16 homers and a .726 OPS in 2016. He should be in a good position to deliver fantasy value with his new team.
Dec 6 - 11:07 AM

Red Sox acquired RHP Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers for INFs Travis Shaw and Maurico Dubon, RHP Josh Pennington, and a player to be named later or cash considerations.

The Red Sox paid a big price in the way of players, but Thornburg comes cheaper in the way of money than the going rate for relievers in free agency. The 28-year-old broke out in 2016 by posting a 2.15 ERA with 90 strikeouts in 67 innings. He even saved 13 games late in the year, though he’ll be setting up for Craig Kimbrel with his new club. Thornburg will be arbitration-eligible this winter, so he’s under team control for three seasons.
Dec 6 - 11:04 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that the Yankees are focused on Aroldis Chapman.

Heyman notes that Kenley Jansen is also being talked to, but Chapman is the team's first choice. And that makes sense, as they know Chapman well and he isn't tied to draft pick compensation. The hard-throwing left-hander told Marly Rivera of ESPN on Monday that he wants a six-year contract. Heyman writes that the Yankees won't do that, but that five years looks like a good bet.
Dec 6 - 10:31 AM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Rays are not hearing what they want for right-hander Chris Archer.

At this stage, the Rays are much more likely to move either Alex Cobb or Drew Smyly. Archer has a very reasonable contract with a pair of club options for 2019 and 2020, so the Rays don't necessarily have a sense of urgency to move him. They can wait if the offers aren't blowing them away.
Dec 6 - 9:46 AM

Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Red Sox appear "very unlikely" for free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion.

The Red Sox are reportedly one of three of Encarnacion's preferred options, but the club is mindful of the luxury tax threshold and appear prepared to go with other options. Odds of a return to the Blue Jays are also remote after the club signed Kendrys Morales and Steve Pearce, so the market for Encarnacion is very much up in the air. His agent, Paul Kinzer, is now telling teams that there's no hurry to get him signed, which is an indication that his market isn't as strong as originally hoped. The Indians have reportedly jumped in as a legitimate possibility while the Rockies have also emerged as a suitor.
Dec 6 - 9:12 AM

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




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