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Miguel Cabrera has denied a story from USA Today in which he was quoted as saying in Spanish that his surgically-repaired groin still bothers him on occasion.

"There are times when I feel good, but there are always muscles that are tightening, muscles that are not functioning properly,'" Cabrera told USA Today. "It's part of the process. The same thing is happening to Justin Verlander, but the difference is he pitches every five days, so you don't see it as frequently." Cabrera also added that he thinks the groin ailment has "affected me quite a bit, like last year, when in the last month I wasn't using my bottom half, my feet and the waist area." When asked Tuesday by the Detroit News about the story, Cabrera said he "didn't say that." It's possible Cabrera was misquoted by USA Today, but it's also hard to believe that he didn't admit that the groin is still at least a bit of an issue. Cabrera is hitting a terrific .306/.364/.534, though it's well off his .337/.425/.612 line from over the previous four seasons. He's also on pace for just 25 home runs.
Source: Detroit News
Wed, Jul 16, 2014 09:52:00 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

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox have acquired Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers.

The return package hasn't been confirmed, but Travis Shaw is expected to be part of the deal while prospects Mauricio Dubon and Josh Pennington are also reportedly involved. It's a high price, but the Red Sox feel that Thornburg is worth it. The 28-year-old is coming off a brilliant 2016 where he posted a 2.15 ERA and 90/25 K/BB ratio over 67 innings. He's arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. With Thornburg out of the picture, the Brewers will likely go with Corey Knebel as their closer in 2017.
Dec 6 - 9:24 AM

Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports that Travis Shaw has been traded to the Brewers.

Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reported that the Red Sox agreed to a deal with the Brewers for a reliever, but we have yet to get the specifics involved. Shaw, 26, batted .242 with 16 homers and a .726 OPS this past season. Parting with Shaw puts Pablo Sandoval in a position to reclaim third base, though Yoan Moncada could be ready for primetime before long. Shaw could take over at third base for Milwaukee, with Jonathan Villar moving to second.
Dec 6 - 9:20 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

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners continue to maintain a dialogue with free agent slugger Mike Napoli.

There was a recent report indicating that one Mariners official didn't see Napoli as a fit for their roster, as they'd prefer to give Dan Vogelbach an opportunity at first base and pair him with Danny Valencia as a platoon partner, but they are apparently keeping an eye on things depending on how his market goes. The Indians remain interested in bringing him back while the Red Sox and Rangers are among the other possible fits.
Dec 6 - 8:53 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

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins are considering Brad Ziegler and Koji Uehara if they are unable to add Kenley Jansen or Aroldis Chapman.

The Marlins have thrown their hat into the ring for either Jansen or Chapman and are prepared to go either four or five years for $80 million or more, but they are keeping their options open in case the bidding gets out of control. Frisaro indicates that the Marlins could potentially a pair of proven relievers at a lesser cost, which is where Ziegler and Uehara come in. Both offer previous closing experience and would at least be in the mix to set up for A.J. Ramos. Of course, Jansen or Chapman would get the closer role if they end up signing with Miami.
Dec 6 - 8:26 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals met with the agents for Dexter Fowler on Monday and made an initial offer.

The Cardinals have mentioned as a fit for Fowler for a while, so it's no surprise that they are involved. The question is how far they are willing to go to get him. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Blue Jays have made a four-year, $60 million offer, though his agents are aiming for $18 million annually on a multi-year deal.
Source: FOX Sports
Dec 6 - 8:11 AM

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




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