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According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Yankees are "talking about" free agent Kendrys Morales.

Morales was presented a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Mariners earlier this month and rejected it, so signing him costs a top draft pick. But he did hit 23 homers in 156 games this year while playing in a spacious home park, and the Yankees want to add power bats. Heyman notes that New York is also looking into free agents Shin-Soo Choo, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran and Stephen Drew.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Nov 14, 2013 12:48:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal confirms the Giants are close to an agreement with Mark Melancon.

Les Shapiro of Mile High Sports Radio AM 1340 was the first on this report. Melancon fits the Giants' obvious need for a closer and this deal -- if finalized -- should jumpstart the markets for Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman. Melancon, 31, had 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 - 11:45 AM

MASN's Roch Kubatko reports that the Orioles are showing interest in free agent Michael Saunders.

He fits the Orioles' desire for a right fielder who bats left-handed. Injuries have been a constant drain for Saunders throughout his career and he fell apart down the stretch with Toronto in 2016, though the 30-year-old still managed a decent 253/.338/.478 overall batting line with 24 home runs in 140 games.
Dec 5 - 11:36 AM

Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Pirates officials are planning to meet with the representatives for Derek Holland during the Winter Meetings.

Pittsburgh has been a reported suitor for Holland since mid-November, and it sounds like the two parties are ready to get serious about contract negotiations. There are few better places for a pitcher to try to revitalize his career, so the interest is likely mutual. Holland posted a rough 4.95 ERA and 1.41 WHIP across 107 1/3 innings with the Rangers in 2016, prompting Texas to decline his $11 million option for 2017.
Dec 5 - 11:30 AM

Andrew McCutchen is drawing trade interest from the Dodgers, per Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

A number of other MLB teams are checking in, namely the Nationals. McCutchen was a disappointment for the Pirates in 2016, slashing .256/.336/.430 with 24 home runs and six stolen bases, but he's a pretty good bounceback candidate for 2017. At least from an offensive standpoint. The 30-year-old center fielder has always been overrated as a defender.
Dec 5 - 11:13 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria "loves" Aroldis Chapman.

Spending something close to $100 million on a closer doesn't seem like a wise move for a team with many other needs, but Loria hasn't always pushed wise moves. Chapman may be waiting for Kenley Jansen and Mark Melancon to sign first, which would set the market for the elite closer options. Chapman, 28, put up a 1.55 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 90/18 K/BB ratio in 58 innings this summer between the Yankees and Cubs.
Dec 5 - 10:56 AM

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the teams currently in on free agent Kenley Jansen are the Nationals, Marlins, Yankees, Giants, Cubs, and Dodgers.

It's going to be a big-time bidding war that could last well into the offseason. Jansen, thought to be seeking close to $100 million, registered a stellar 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings this past year for the Dodgers. Aroldis Chapman and Mark Melancon are also out there in free agency as elite-level closer options. When one domino falls, the others will soon.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 5 - 10:46 AM

Blue Jays signed INF/OF Steve Pearce to a two-year, $12.5 million contract.

Pearce gets a nice payday after slashing .288/.374/.492 in 302 plate appearances this summer between the Rays and Orioles, while appearing defensively at first base, second base, third base, and both corner outfield spots. He carries durability issues and will turn 34 years old next April, but the guy has always mashed left-handed pitching when healthy and he brings a good amount of offensive and defensive versatility to Toronto's roster.
Dec 5 - 10:38 AM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Indians have "checked in on" free agent Edwin Encarnacion.

It's a perfect fit for what the Indians need -- a power-hitting righty in a lefty-heavy lineup -- but Cleveland is not typically in the running for big-time free agents because of budgetary constraints. So the price may have to fall some from where it is now. Jim Bowden of ESPN calls the Rangers "the team to watch" on Encarnacion. Toronto's recent signing of Steve Pearce (and Kendrys Morales earlier) signals the end of a possible reunion there.
Dec 5 - 10:32 AM

Les Shapiro of Mile High Sports Radio AM 1340 is being told the Giants are wrapping up a deal with free agent closer Mark Melancon.

It's not the greatest source, but there have been many other rumblings connecting Melancon to the Giants over the last couple of weeks. Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reported Monday morning that the Nationals made a four-year offer to Melancon worth less than $60 million and that it probably wasn't going to be enough to get a deal done because Melancon and his agent already had better proposals on the table. There could very well be legs here on a deal with San Francisco.
Dec 5 - 10:26 AM

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the "perception of outside executives" is that the Astros and Nationals are trying hardest on a Chris Sale trade.

Those execs place the Braves as the next-likeliest suitor. Getting the White Sox to trade Sale is going to take a bevy of young talent, but all three of these organizations are rich in that department. Sale, 27, posted a 3.34 ERA, 1.037 WHIP, and 233/45 K/BB ratio across 226 2/3 innings this past season for the Southsiders. He's on a team-friendly contract that carries options through 2019.
Dec 5 - 10:13 AM

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




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