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Derek Jeter (quad) could return to the Yankees' starting lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Rays.

Jeter indicated before Friday's game that he felt well enough to play. He's eligible to come off the disabled list on Saturday, but the Yankees wanted to give him an extra day of rest. A wide array of injuries have limited Jeter to just one major league game to this point of the season.
Fri, Jul 26, 2013 11:22:00 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch hears the Cardinals "have kept tabs on possible trade options" such as Lorenzo Cain of the Royals.

Cain is due to become a free agent after the 2017 season and the Royals probably aren't going to be able to afford to sign him to a long-term extension, so a trade this winter does seem possible. Goold also hears the Cardinals are eyeing Adam Eaton of the White Sox. On the free agent side, St. Louis has been connected strongly to Dexter Fowler.
Dec 5 - 10:00 AM

ESPN's Buster Olney confirms the Blue Jays have signed Steve Pearce to a two-year, $12.5 million free agent contract.

Pearce has appeared in 100-plus games just once in his major league career, but he mashes left-handed pitching (.309/.411/.617 vs. lefties in 2016) and can play multiple positions defensively. It's a nice pickup at a reasonable price, and he should do very well as a platoon-type player in hitter-friendly Toronto. The agreement is only pending a physical. Pearce is coming off September surgery to repair flexor tendons in his right forearm but should be ready by Opening Day.
Dec 5 - 9:44 AM

Police officials in Seoul, South Korea confirmed to YonHap News that Jung Ho Kang's recent DUI arrest was his third since 2009.

Which means he will be charged under the capital city's "three strikes law" and have his license revoked. Kang also fled the scene after this latest incident and tried to claim a friend was driving, but authorities analyzed the black box inside the vehicle and determined that to be a lie. Kang is obviously in very serious trouble, both in his native country and with the Pirates. Club president Frank Coonelly released a stern message last Thursday condemning the player's actions.
Source: Yonhap News
Dec 5 - 9:42 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears the Angels have checked in on free agent Justin Turner.

But the big question here is whether Anaheim has the money to make a competitive offer given that Turner is one of the most sought-after free agents out there and is known to be drawing interest from a number of high-budget teams. Heyman believes a reunion with the Dodgers remains the most likely scenario.
Dec 5 - 9:07 AM

According to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post, the Nationals made a four-year offer to Mark Melancon but it was worth less than $60 million.

Which could mean the Nats are out of the running, because Melancon reportedly has multiple four-year offers on the table in the $60 million range. And it doesn't sound like Washington is planning a pursuit of Aroldis Chapman or Kenley Jansen, who are both thought to be seeking something close to $100 million. Melancon, 31, posted a brilliant 1.64 ERA, 0.897 WHIP, and 65/12 K/BB ratio in 71 1/3 innings this summer between the Pirates and Nationals.
Dec 5 - 8:51 AM

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post hears that Trea Turner is "all but untouchable."

There has been serious talk of the Nationals pursuing trades for Chris Sale and Andrew McCutchen, but it doesn't sound like Washington is going to be willing to part with Turner under any circumstance. Turner, 23, posted a ridiculous .342/.370/.567 batting line with 13 home runs and 33 stolen bases in 73 games this past season for the Nats. He's going to be a very popular guy in fantasy drafts next spring.
Dec 5 - 8:40 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Blue Jays are talking to free agent Mitch Moreland.

Edwin Encarnacion remains the biggest focus for Toronto, but Moreland and Steve Pearce are also being considered as something like a Plan B. Moreland, 31, batted .233/.298/.422 with 22 home runs and 60 RBI in 147 games this past season for the Rangers while earning a Gold Glove at first base. He's also drawn interest from the Indians.
Dec 5 - 8:35 AM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Indians have "stayed in touch" with Mike Napoli.

But there seems to be a very healthy market for the 35-year-old free agent slugger, who tallied 34 home runs and 101 RBI for Cleveland in 2016. He struggled down the stretch and into the postseason, but Napoli figures to find a multi-year deal this winter at a nice price point. Count the Red Sox, Yankees, and Rangers among his other current suitors.
Dec 5 - 8:09 AM

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Blue Jays are in talks with free agent Steve Pearce.

Pearce isn't very trustworthy as an everyday player, but he did slash .309/.411/.617 against left-handed pitchers in 2016. As a part-time first baseman, DH, and corner outfielder, he'd make sense for just about any American League club. Pearce did have surgery to repair flexor tendons in his right forearm in September, but it sounds like he will be ready for spring training.
Dec 5 - 7:59 AM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Rangers are eyeing Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton.

Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote last week that the Cincinnati front office "would have to be really, really motivated by an offer" to move the speedy Hamilton, but the Rangers have the kind of young talent to make something happen. Hamilton is a .248/.297/.334 career hitter over four major league seasons, but his speed and his defensive range in the outfield can be game-changing elements.
Dec 5 - 7:48 AM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers are among the teams talking to the Padres about Yangervis Solarte.

Los Angeles is hoping to retain third baseman Justin Turner, but Turner is one of the biggest fish on a weak free agent market and is drawing heavy interest from many other clubs. Solarte would be a pretty good fallback plan, coming off a year in which he slashed 286/.341/.467 with 15 homers and 71 RBI in 443 plate appearances as the Padres' primary cleanup hitter. Solarte, 29, is under control via salary arbitration through 2019.
Dec 5 - 7:38 AM




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