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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Marlins are intent on making a "legitimate" attempt this offseason to lock up Giancarlo Stanton on a long-term contract.

However, Heyman says that some within the organization are "still less than optimistic" a deal will be worked out. Stanton appears to be much happier with the organization than he was two winters ago when he tweeted out his displeasure of their firesale. However, his biggest concern reportedly is to play for a perennial contender, something the Marlins probably can't realistically offer him. Stanton is under team control through 2016, so the Fish have plenty of time to trade him if they ultimately decide it's in their best interest. The Red Sox and Dodgers are known to have reached out to the Marlins in the past regarding Stanton's availability.
Aug 8 - 5:46 PM

Dodgers acquired RHP Juan Nicasio from the Rockies for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Colorado designated Nicasio for assignment last week, allowing new Dodgers' honcho Andrew Friedman to swoop in and acquire him at a (presumed) discount. However it turns out, consider it a worthwhile gamble. Yes, Nicasio has posted an ugly career ERA of 5.03 over four seasons in the majors. That number, of course, was compiled in Coors Field. Nicasio, the owner of a nice right arm, still retains a little upside, and has already proven, by the age of 28, to be capable of both starting and pitching out of the bullpen. In Los Angeles, he'll be a swing man, and a possible possessor of NL-only intrigue at some point in 2015 if the Dodgers suffer rotational injuries.
Nov 24 - 4:22 PM

According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Rangers have checked in with the Mariners about Michael Saunders.

Crasnick reported a few weeks ago that the M's are prepared to shop Saunders "hard" this winter, and Texas reportedly has some interest. Saunders is arbitration-eligible for the second time after an injury-plagued 2014. The 28-year-old outfielder has put up some promising numbers in the past.
Nov 24 - 3:59 PM

Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are "still very much engaged" with Jon Lester.

The Sox have signed both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval in the last 12-24 hours, but they're apparently not done spending in this market. Lester is also drawing serious interest from the Cubs and Braves, and the Giants, Cardinals, Blue Jays, and Royals have also been linked. The 30-year-old left-hander registered a 2.46 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 220/48 K/BB ratio in 219 2/3 innings this past season between Boston and Oakland.
Nov 24 - 3:43 PM

John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle confirms that the Red Sox have signed Pablo Sandoval.

Shea says the official announcement is only pending a physical. Jake Wesley, who's not affiliated with a news agency, was first to break word of the agreement on Twitter Sunday night, calling it a five-year deal worth close to $100 million. Sandoval will play primarily at third base in Boston (with some DH starts mixed in), which means Hanley Ramirez is likely ticketed for a move to left field. It's been a productive 24 hours for Boston's offense.
Nov 24 - 3:24 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Red Sox "have had the most serious talks" with the Phillies regarding a trade for ace Cole Hamels.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported a few weeks ago that the Red Sox had already rejected a couple of trade proposals from the Phillies, but the dynamic has changed now that the Sox have signed both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. It's easy to make matches between Boston's surpluses and Philly's needs. Hamels, 30, is owed $96 million over the next four seasons with a $24 million option for 2019, but that's not terrible money in this market for a starter of his caliber.
Nov 24 - 1:20 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, free agent Hanley Ramirez has agreed to a four-year, $88 million contract with the Red Sox.

It was originally reported to be a five-year deal, but that fifth year will actually be a vesting option worth $22 million. The average annual value of this contract is quite lofty, but the Red Sox have to feel pretty good that it only required a four-year guaranteed commitment. Hanley has always raked when healthy, and he'll carry big-time fantasy upside with Boston. It's still unclear which position the 30-year-old will play.
Nov 24 - 1:09 PM

Josh Willingham has retired from baseball.

The 35-year-old outfielder informed ESPN of that decision on Monday afternoon. Willingham probably could have done pretty well for himself on the market this winter, but he'll hang up his cleats to spend more time with his family. "After praying on my decision many times and talking to my wife, my father and ex-players who have gone through the same process toward the end of their careers, I have decided to retire," Willingham said. "I'm honored to have played for as many years as I have, and I feel even luckier to walk away on my own terms instead of having the decision made for me."
Source: ESPN
Nov 24 - 12:49 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Mariners are on the verge of a seven-year, $100 million contract extension with third baseman Kyle Seager.

Seager only needs to pass a physical. He took another big step forward in 2014 at age 26, batting .268/.334/.454 with 25 home runs and 96 RBI in 159 games while also earning his first Gold Glove Award for his solid defense at the hot corner. The 27-year-old was going to be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. Now he'll be under contractual control with Seattle through at least 2021. Passan is hearing that deal will also carry a $20 million club option for 2022.
Source: Yahoo Sports
Nov 24 - 12:00 PM

Athletics acquired 1B Ike Davis from the Pirates for international slot money.

The 27-year-old slugger was designated for assignment by the Pirates earlier in the week. In 143 contests between the Mets and Pirates in 2014, Davis slashed .233/.344/.378 with 11 homers and 51 RBI in 360 at-bats. With his ability to draw a walk and hit for power from the left-hand side of the plate, he should be able to carve out a platoon role with the A's.
Nov 23 - 5:16 PM

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the Rangers have been in contact with the Braves regarding OF Justin Upton.

We're guessing that a lot of teams have been in contact with the Braves, given that they just shipped Jayson Heyward to the Cardinals. Upton is in a similar situation to Heyward in that he is a year away from free agency. According to Rosenthal, the Rangers are open to trading prospects in lieu of paying in free agency. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that the Braves will be asking a higher price for Upton than they did for Heyward.
Nov 23 - 1:49 PM

Free agent OF Torii Hunter told the Pioneer Press that he and the Twins had a "common interest" in possible return.

"I came there as a young boy and came out a man. I always hold true to Minnesota Twins values I was taught," said Hunter. His other suitors include the Royals, Orioles, Giants and Blue Jays. Hunter isn't quite the defender he used to be, but he put up a .286/.319/.446 line in 2014, hitting 17 home runs and driving in 83 over 142 games at age 39. He indicated he would make a decision about his landing spot within the next few weeks.
Nov 23 - 8:54 AM




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