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Ryan Braun's name appears in the records of the Miami-based Biogenesis clinic and Major League Baseball plans to investigate the link, according to Tim Brown and Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.

This may spell trouble for Braun, who tested positive for an illegal synthetic hormone in 2011 but fought the positive test and avoided suspension due to a chain-of-custody error. While the records don't link Braun to specific performance-enhancing drugs, Braun's history could make it hard for him to escape this latest implication without punishment. The league has already stated an intent to investigate Biogenesis after the Miami New Times linked a handful of players to PEDs supplied by the clinic. Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and Orioles third baseman Danny Valencia were also on the list discovered Tuesday night by Yahoo! Sports.
Tue, Feb 5, 2013 07:43:00 PM

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

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs are "among most serious" of the early suitors for Wade Davis.

It essentially confirms an earlier report from MLB Network's Jon Morosi. The Cubs don't appear to have real interest in re-signing Aroldis Chapman, but Davis would be a great alternative if he can manage to stay healthy next season. He posted a 1.87 ERA and 47/16 K/BB ratio over 43 1/3 innings in 2016 but battled arm issues in the second half.
Dec 5 - 5:26 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 Giolito, 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




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