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According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, "the seriousness of the talks between Mark Trumbo [and] the Mariners was overblown."

Cotillo hears there still might be a fit, but ESPN's Jim Bowden tweeted Tuesday night that the two sides were engaged in "serious" contract negotiations and that report now sounds mostly false. Trumbo is said to be looking for a contract in the $75-80 million range, after rejecting a four-year, $52-55 million offer from the Orioles a couple weeks ago. He's probably not going to meet that high asking price despite leading the major leagues in homers in 2016. There are just too many limitations with him defensively, and he owns a .303 career on-base percentage.
Dec 7 - 12:48 AM

Fernando Rodney has agreed to a one-year, $2.75 million contract with the Diamondbacks, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Heyman says there are "many, many" performance-based incentives included in the deal. Rodney posted a rough 5.89 ERA over his final 36 2/3 innings this past season with the Marlins, but he got off to a good start in San Diego and might have a little something left in the tank as he heads to the desert. The plan is for him to open the 2017 season as the Diamondbacks' closer. Good luck with that.
Dec 7 - 12:02 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rangers have re-signed outfielder Carlos Gomez.

He'll get a one-year, $11.5 million contract, per FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. It's a bit surprising Gomez couldn't find a multi-year deal in this weak free agent market, but his dreadful tenure with Houston likely scared teams away. Gomez batted .284/.362/.543 with eight homers and five steals in 33 games down the stretch this past season with Texas, after getting released by the Astros in early August. He will probably open the 2017 campaign as the Rangers' starting center fielder.
Dec 6 - 11:48 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports hears the Rangers are "making progress on a deal" with Carlos Gomez.

"Could come together quickly," adds Passan. Interest in a reunion with Texas was first reported by Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, and it does make plenty of sense. Gomez posted a terrific .905 OPS in 130 plate appearances down the stretch this past season with the Rangers after getting released by the Astros in August. He was awful in Houston, which is why his free agent market hasn't been more robust.
Dec 6 - 11:40 PM

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that the Rangers "are looking into a reunion with Carlos Gomez."

They even met with his representatives Tuesday at the Winter Meetings, presumably to open contract negotiations. Gomez flourished down the stretch with Texas in 2016, slashing .284/.362/.543 with eight homers and five steals in 33 games. Other teams are probably scared off by how poorly he performed in Houston. His free agent market should really be healthier than it is right now.
Dec 6 - 11:23 PM

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, one team has offered $92 million to Aroldis Chapman.

And there's a decent chance his price tag climbs even higher given all the interest. Among those in pursuit: the Yankees, Nationals, and Marlins. Chapman, 28, registered a 1.55 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 90/18 K/BB ratio in 58 innings this summer between the Yankees and Cubs before helping to bring the north side of Chicago its first World Series championship since 1908.
Dec 6 - 10:57 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark hears that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has "signed off on spending the money to sign Kenley Jansen or Aroldis Chapman."

It's probably going to be in the range of $100 million for one of those guys given the kind of attention they're generating from big-market teams. Jansen, 29, registered a dominant 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings this past year for the Dodgers. Chapman, 28, had a 1.55 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 90/18 K/BB ratio in 58 innings between the Yankees and Cubs.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 6 - 10:46 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs are close to acquiring Wade Davis from the Cubs for outfielder Jorge Soler.

There was a late push from the Nationals, but they apparently weren't able to beat the Cubs' offer of Soler. Davis is coming off a year filled with forearm troubles, but he still managed a 1.87 ERA in 43 1/3 innings and the 31-year-old right-hander holds a brilliant 1.18 ERA over the last three seasons. He is probably going to open the 2017 campaign as the Cubs' closer. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports says the trade is "seriously down the road" but probably won't be fully completed until sometime Wednesday. Chicago is probably poring over Davis' medical records.
Dec 6 - 10:35 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Diamondbacks are close to a deal with Fernando Rodney.

Rodney was also said to be drawing interest from the Padres, with whom he enjoyed success at the opening of the 2016 season. The veteran right-hander went on to struggle mightily with the Marlins, registering an 11.57 ERA in September and October. This is probably not going to be a substantial contract -- and it probably won't work out very well either -- but Rodney might be the favorite for saves in Arizona coming out of camp next spring.
Dec 6 - 10:09 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says the Diamondbacks and Padres are among the teams "taking aim" at free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.

Miami declined a $4.5 million club option on Rodney in early November after he posted a 5.89 ERA across 36 2/3 innings in a Marlins uniform. He did have some early success this past summer with San Diego, but the 39-year-old right-hander isn't going to be able to command very much guaranteed money leading into 2017.
Dec 6 - 9:59 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Indians have talked to free agent slugger Mark Trumbo.

Heyman also confirms that Cleveland has been in contact with other big free agent bats like Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista, and Mike Napoli. Trumbo carries serious defensive limitations, but he did lead the major leagues in homers this past season with 47. The 30-year-old reportedly turned down a four-year, $52-55 million offer from the Orioles two weeks ago and countered at four years, $75-80 million.
Dec 6 - 9:28 PM

Jayson Stark of ESPN reports the Nationals "have made a late a push" for Royals closer Wade Davis.

ESPN's Buster Olney reported an hour ago that the Cubs were closing in on a trade for Davis, but it seems the Nats are trying to beat Chicago's offer. Davis registered a 1.87 ERA and 47/16 K/BB ratio in 43 1/3 innings this summer for Kansas City while fighting through forearm troubles. He is due to become a free agent next winter, with a $10 million salary locked in for 2017. Look for something more official soon.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 6 - 9:07 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post confirms the Rays have signed free agent catcher Wilson Ramos to a two-year contract.

It's worth $12.5 million guaranteed and incentives could push the total to $18.25 million, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale. Ramos was probably looking at a five- or six-year deal in free agency before he suffered ACL and meniscus tears in his right knee on September 26 at Nationals Park. He'll be in rehab mode when the 2017 season begins and will then try to rebuild his value in Tampa Bay over the next year-and-a-half. Ramos figures to split time between catcher and DH with the Rays. He is an excellent hitter when healthy.
Dec 6 - 8:48 PM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, "there could be a snag" in the trade that was supposed to send Wade Davis to the Cubs.

ESPN's Buster Olney just reported that the Cubs were closing in on acquiring Davis, but Passan says the deal "never was done" and is "far from a certain thing at this point." Davis struggled with forearm issues in 2016, but he boasts a 1.18 ERA over the last three years and seems to be drawing heavy trade interest at the Winter Meetings. Kansas City will find a partner eventually if the motivation is there.
Dec 6 - 8:46 PM

Wilson Ramos has a two-year offer from the Rays and "could be close to a decision," per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Ramos' representatives were scheduled to meet with Rays executives on Tuesday night at the Winter Meetings. Maybe that already happened. The 29-year-old catcher is coming off surgery for ACL and meniscus tears in his right knee and won't be ready for the beginning of the 2017 season, but he's a legitimate masher when healthy. This could set up as a nice buy-low for cost-conscious Tampa Bay.
Dec 6 - 8:39 PM



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