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Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners have had serious discussions with the Phillies about acquiring outfielder Marlon Byrd.

There were reports earlier in the week that the Mariners had scouted the 36-year-old slugger. He's in the first year of a two-year, $16 million contract and has already indicated that he'd be willing to waive his no-trade clause. The Mariners are in desperate need for a right-handed power bat, and Byrd seems like a very logical fit.
Sun, Jul 13, 2014 08:38:00 PM

Phillies signed RHP Joaquin Benoit to a one-year, $7.5 million contract.

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com first reported that the two sides were close while Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported the contract terms. Benoit finished strong with the Blue Jays in 2016 after coming over from the Mariners, putting up a 0.38 ERA and 24/9 K/BB ratio in 23 2/3 innings before tearing a calf muscle. The good news is that the 39-year-old has already begun running in preparation for 2017. He'll serve in a set-up role with his new team.
Dec 6 - 12:04 PM

Brewers general manager David Stearns confirmed Tuesday that Jonathan Villar will mostly play second base in 2017.

The Brewers intend to play Travis Shaw at third base after picking him up from the Red Sox in the Tyler Thornburg deal, so Villar is now in position to be the primary second base. He's already going into 2017 with a lot of momentum, but his multi-position eligibility should make him extremely valuable in fantasy leagues. As for Scooter Gennett, Stearns said that he will have to battle for playing time. It's also possible they'll try to trade him.
Dec 6 - 11:52 AM

Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the Indians met with Mike Napoli's representatives on Monday.

The Indians are said to be trying for a one-year deal, but obviously Napoli's representatives are trying to do better elsewhere. Interestingly, Bastian hears that Napoli may have already signed with the Indians if they were willing to go two years. There's a chance that could still happen, but another team could jump into the mix to give him what he wants.
Dec 6 - 11:38 AM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Orioles and Mark Trumbo will meet again on Tuesday in an attempt to work out their differences.

Olney reported Monday that the Orioles were comfortable with a four-year offer in the range of $52-55 million, but they were prepared to move on with other options after Trumbo's camp countered at four years and $75-80 million with a full no-trade clause. There's still mutual interest in getting something done, so perhaps a compromise is possible.
Dec 6 - 11:20 AM

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that the Red Sox are in on free agent Mitch Moreland.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal confirms the report. The Red Sox are now seen as a "very unlikely" landing spot for Edwin Encarnacion due to his high price, so Moreland would be a more reasonable solution to serve as David Ortiz's replacement at DH. He's left-handed and also capable of playing first base, which fits the team's needs. The 31-year-old batted .233/.298/.422 with 22 home runs and 60 RBI in 147 games this past season. The Rangers are not in involved in negotiations, but the Indians are in the mix. Wilson hears that a decision could be made soon.
Dec 6 - 11:15 AM

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. As a left-handed batter, 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

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




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