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Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Sunday that the club has made a strong offer to free agent Mark Trumbo.

Trumbo slugged a major league leading and career-best 47 homers for the O's in 2016. He's already drawing ample interest on the free agent market, with the Rockies considered one of his most ardent suitors. He's expected to land a four-year deal in the neighborhood of $60 million.
Dec 4 - 6:15 PM

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Bud Selig has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Today's Game Committee.

Selig was elected by the Today's Game Committee, one of four committees that evolved out of what was once the Veteran's Committee. He will be remembered as perhaps the greatest commissioner in baseball history, with a highly successful run in that office for more than 20 years. While he wasn't always the most liked, he expanded the game and brought massive wealth to all involved. An official announcement is expected Sunday evening.
Dec 4 - 6:10 PM

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Mets are willing to listen to trade offers on outfielder Michael Conforto.

With Yoenis Cespedes back in the fold, the club now has the flexibility to be creative in order to fill their other needs. They'd certainly prefer to deal Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce, but Conforto could fetch a much better return. Their priority at the winter meetings seems to be adding at least one, if not two, late-inning relievers.
Dec 4 - 5:30 PM

Mark Carig of Newsday reports that the Mets prefer a reliever with team control and a prospect in any potential trade for Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce.

The Mets are stockpiled with talent in their outfield, and they're planning on moving quickly this winter to jettison either Granderson or Bruce. With the uncertainty looming around the potential suspension of Jeurys Familia, the club has made it a priority to upgrade the backend of their bullpen.
Dec 4 - 4:49 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Marlins "seem intent on trying to beat some big-market teams for the services of one of the 'big three' closers."

The Marlins' interest in Kenley Jansen had been reported previously, but Heyman says that Miami is showing interest in Aroldis Chapman and Mark Melancon, as well, in their hopes of building a "super bullpen." Melancon's market has been heating up of late and the feeling had been that he was down to the Nationals and Giants, but it looks like the Marlins might sneak in there.
Dec 4 - 4:06 PM

MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that if the Braves trade for a top starter, Chris Archer is the "most likely" target.

It's been reported that the Braves are one of the main suitors for Chris Sale, but Bowman says the White Sox are insisting on Dansby Swanson being included in any deal and the Braves consider that a non-starter. That said, it doesn't sound like Atlanta is close to anything on Archer, either, with Bowman adding that so far "the Rays' ask far exceeds the Braves' comfort zone." It could all be posturing at this point, of course.
Dec 4 - 2:11 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Pedro Alvarez is on the Red Sox' radar.

Heyman says that Boston is "favoring a short-term deal" as they look to fill David Ortiz's vacated designated hitter spot, so they appear likelier to sign an Alvarez, Matt Holliday or Mike Napoli rather than an Edwin Encarnacion. Alvarez batted .249/.322/.504 with 22 homers over just 376 plate appearances for the Orioles this past season.
Dec 4 - 1:42 PM

Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates are willing to eat some of Antonio Bastardo's $6.5 million salary in a trade.

The Pirates currently have four lefties projected for their bullpen, but they'd like someone to take Bastardo off their hands. The southpaw is coming off a season where he posted a 4.52 ERA and walked 32 over 67 2/3 innings, but he did strike out 74. Walks are always an issue for Bastardo, but he's not a bad buy low option if the Pirates pay down a big chunk of his deal.
Dec 4 - 1:32 PM

Braves signed LHP Jacob Lindgren to a one-year contract.

This is a long-term play by the Braves, as Lindgren was non-tendered by the Yankees following Tommy John surgery in August. The left-hander has a big arm and could be an asset for the Braves starting in 2018 if his stuff returns post-op.
Dec 4 - 11:40 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Braves have "made clear" that Dansby Swanson is "untouchable" in trade talks for Chris Sale.

It's no surprise, of course, as Swanson is one of the most highly thought of young players in the game and he's slated to open 2017 as the Braves' starting shortstop. Atlanta probably still has enough talent to acquire Sale even without including Swanson, with Ozzie Albies seeming likely to headline a package. The Braves and Nationals look like the two most aggressive teams for Sale, with the Astros, Rangers, Red Sox and Dodgers also in the mix.
Dec 4 - 11:28 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes that Francisco Rodriguez is "available for the right price."

The Tigers want to contend in 2017 but also want to slash payroll, and K-Rod is one of the pieces they'll consider moving. The veteran closer is coming off a fine season that saw him put up a 3.24 ERA and 52/21 K/BB ratio over 58 1/3 innings while recording 34 saves. He'll make $6 million in 2017.
Source: Boston Globe
Dec 4 - 11:07 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that "about 10 team" have called Jason Hammel's agent, Alan Nero.

Cafardo adds of Hammel that the Marlins "might be one to watch for his services." It's not surprising that the right-hander is drawing plenty of interest, as he's one of the best arms in a weak crop of free agent starters. Hammel posted a 3.83 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 144/53 K/BB ratio over 166 innings last season for the Cubs.
Source: Boston Globe
Dec 4 - 11:00 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Astros would listen to trade offers for Collin McHugh.

The Astros seemingly need to add and not subtract from their rotation, but it appears they'd send McHugh elsewhere in order to make room for an upgrade. McHugh can often be inconsistent, but he's put up a nice 3.71 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 505/148 K/BB ratio across 543 innings over the last three seasons in Houston. He's arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason.
Source: Boston Globe
Dec 4 - 10:56 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe hears that the Astros would listen to offers for Evan Gattis.

The Astros acquired Brian McCann earlier this offseason and also reportedly have a deal in place for Carlos Beltran, so it's not a surprise that they're willing to listen on Gattis. The slugger hit 32 home runs last season, although he sported a .319 on-base percentage and is very much an all-or-nothing hitter. Gattis will make $5.2 million in 2017 and will be arbitration-eligible for a final time next winter.
Source: Boston Globe
Dec 4 - 10:52 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox have contacted Matt Holliday's agent, Scott Boras.

The Cardinals declined Holliday's $17 million option after he .246/.322/.461 in an injury-shortened 2016, but there appears to be a decent market for him as a potential bounce-back candidate. The Red Sox' rivals, the Yankees, are another club that's shown interest and Holliday's former club, the Rockies, have also been mentioned as a potential landing spot. Holliday will turn 37 in January.
Source: Boston Globe
Dec 4 - 10:43 AM



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