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Hanley Ramirez will serve as the designated hitter for Tuesday's game against the Tigers.

Ramirez got the day off Sunday after appearing in three straight games. He's not 100 percent yet, so Dodgers manager Don Mattingly plans to take it easy with him going into the All-Star break.
Source: True Blue LA
Tue, Jul 8, 2014 03:02:00 PM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Nationals are "balking at Bryce Harper’s demands in early talks about a long-term contract extension" and are prepared to let him walk after 2018.

Nightengale's source claims Harper has asked for a record deal that "will exceed 10 years in length and likely pay him in excess of $400 million." That might seem crazy, but if Harper reaches his full potential leading into free agency he is probably going to find it somewhere. The 24-year-old outfielder hit .243/.373/.441 with 24 homers and 21 stolen bases this past season for Washington. He won National League MVP honors in 2015 with a .330/.460/.649 slash line, 42 home runs, and 99 RBI.
Source: USA Today
Dec 5 - 2:57 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports the Yankees have shown interest in Twins second baseman Brian Dozier.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale named the Dodgers as an "aggressive" suitor for Dozier on Sunday, and there are thought to be another 2-3 teams in the hunt. Starlin Castro is currently locked in as the Yankees' starting second baseman and had a pretty good year in 2016, but a followup trade could be executed to fill a spot on the New York infield. Dozier, 29, batted .268/.340/.546 with 42 home runs and 99 RBI in 155 games this past season for Minnesota.
Dec 5 - 2:49 PM

According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, the Nationals are pursuing free agent Neftali Feliz.

Washington is also believed to be in the mix for veteran reliever Brad Ziegler, along with several other contending teams. Feliz, 28, registered a cool 3.52 ERA, 1.137 WHIP, and 61/21 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings this summer out of the Pirates' bullpen. He may be able to command a multi-year deal in this market.
Dec 5 - 2:10 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears the Nationals are meeting with the White Sox about Chris Sale on Monday afternoon at the Winter Meetings.

Heyman adds that the Nats are "said to be stepping up" for the ace left-hander. Sale is also drawing heavy interest from the Astros, Braves, and Red Sox, and it's a safe guess that other teams have checked in. The 27-year-old delivered a 3.34 ERA, 1.037 WHIP, and 233/45 K/BB ratio over 226 2/3 innings for the White Sox in 2016 and carries a very team-friendly contract that can run through 2019 if all the options are picked up.
Dec 5 - 2:05 PM

Aroldis Chapman told Marly Rivera of ESPN that he wants a six-year contract.

"The only thing I have expressed is that I would like a six-year contract," said the free agent reliever. "I know that doesn't mean that I will get it, but that's what I would like to sign. There are rumors out there that I requested $100 million and that's not true at all. I believe he who deserves something, does not need to demand it." Gotta like the confidence. Chapman might wait for Kenley Jansen to sign and then try to top that number. The 28-year-old flamethrower from Cuba posted a 1.55 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 90/18 K/BB ratio in 58 innings this summer between the Yankees and Cubs.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 5 - 1:55 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers are "in frequent contact" with the Pirates about Andrew McCutchen.

Rosenthal says a deal is "possible, but not close" between the two clubs. McCutchen is drawing interest from a number of other contending teams, including the Dodgers and Nationals. He had a weak .256/.336/.430 batting line with Pittsburgh in 2016, but the 30-year-old outfielder earned top-five MVP votes every year between 2012-2015. He won the award in 2013.
Dec 5 - 1:50 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Cubs have inquired on Royals closer Wade Davis.

Mark Melancon is already off the board (Giants) and it doesn't sound like the Cubs want to step into the astronomical bidding wars for Kenley Jansen or Aroldis Chapman. Davis would certainly be a good fallback, though he did battle forearm issues late in the 2016 season. The 31-year-old right-hander owns a 1.18 ERA over his last 185 appearances with Kansas City. He's due to become a free agent next winter.
Dec 5 - 1:39 PM

MASN's Roch Kubatko hears the Orioles made a four-year offer to free agent Mark Trumbo.

But the word is Trumbo and his agent are seeking something in the $80 million range, and it sounds like the Orioles aren't prepared to go that high on a player with his sort of defensive limitations and offensive inconsistency. Trumbo led the major leagues with 47 homers in 2016, but he also batted just .256 with a .316 on-base percentage. He is a terrible outfielder.
Dec 5 - 1:32 PM

A source told SB Nation's Chris Cotillo that free agent Brad Ziegler has drawn interest from nine of the 10 teams that made the playoffs in 2016.

That source is probably Ziegler's agent, but it's no surprise the veteran reliever is generating significant attention in this market after he registered a 2.25 ERA across 68 innings between the Diamondbacks and Red Sox in 2016. Mike Puma of the New York Post says the Mets are among the interested teams. There are also probably some non-contenders involved.
Dec 5 - 1:24 PM

MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Royals are "gauging trade interest" in Danny Duffy.

Wade Davis and Lorenzo Cain also appear to be on the block in Kansas City. Duffy is set up for a big payday in arbitration this winter after producing a fantastic 3.51 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 188 strikeouts over 179 2/3 innings with the Royals in 2016. Morosi suggests he could be a fallback plan for teams that don't want to meet the high demand on Chris Sale.
Dec 5 - 1:18 PM

Dodgers re-signed LHP Rich Hill to a three-year, $48 million contract.

The deal was agreed to in principle over the weekend and then finalized Monday morning after the veteran left-hander passed his physical. Hill excelled when healthy in 2016, producing a 2.12 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 110 1/3 innings between the Athletics and Dodgers. He'll carry big-time fantasy potential (but some of the same durability concerns) into 2017 -- what will be his age-37 campaign.
Dec 5 - 1:06 PM




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