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Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Wednesday at the Winter Meetings that he would not be afraid to trade Brett Gardner within the American League East.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter expressed some doubt about that earlier, but it all comes down to the return package for the rapidly-rebuilding Yanks. If the price is right, they'll go ahead and flip Gardner. The 33-year-old outfielder is under contract for $12 million in 2017 and $11 million in 2018 with a $12.5 million club option (or $2 million buyout) for 2019.
Dec 7 - 8:50 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi hears that the Giants are "not in heavy trade talks" for Andrew McCutchen.

Just where McCutchen's market lies at this point is decidedly uncertain. Both the Nationals and Rangers are out of the running, here, following the former's trade for Adam Eaton and the latter's re-signing of Carlos Gomez. The Dodgers may still be in play for the veteran outfielder, but after several months of trade speculation, potential avenues for actually moving McCutchen are beginning to disappear.
Dec 7 - 8:40 PM

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said that the team will not contact David Ortiz in regards to coming out of retirement.

Ortiz took to Instagram following his former team's trade for Chris Sale, writing, "my boy sale to Btown? You guys got me thinking." Dombrowski logically took it as a joke, but made a point to deny that the team would try to lure Ortiz out of retirement. "I know David well enough -- and I know that if he really had sincere interest, that he would call," Dombrowski said. For what it's worth, Ortiz would not be eligible to return from the voluntary retirement list for the first 60 days of the 2017 season. But he's not coming back, guys.
Dec 7 - 8:29 PM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that the team will not sign both Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen.

No huge surprise there, as both players could potentially draw contracts north of $90 million. ESPN's Jayson Stark has reported that the Marlins and Yankees have both floated five-year contracts to the pair of relievers, but Chapman would be the Bombers' preference here. The Dodgers also remain an interested party, and the Nationals are expected to make a big push.
Dec 7 - 8:18 PM

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Rangers continue to be in touch with Edwin Encarnacion.

The Rangers apparently haven't given up hope on landing a deal with Encarnacion, but USA Today's Bob Nightengale has reported that the finances might not line up here. Stay tuned. The Indians have also been linked to Encarnacion, while Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins indicated earlier on Wednesday that the team's path to re-signing their veteran slugger is less than evident at this juncture. EE's market really hasn't developed yet. He'll get paid by somebody.
Dec 7 - 8:12 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Royals "haven't felt overwhelmed by offers" for outfielder Jarrod Dyson.

Probably because the guy is a .260/.325/.353 career hitter in the major leagues and due to become a free agent next winter. Dyson plays great defense and has tremendous speed, but the Royals can't expect to get much talent in return. They might just hold on to Dyson, per Heyman, in the event a realistic trade partner can be found for Lorenzo Cain. Dyson was known to be drawing interest from the Orioles, Athletics, Rangers, and Cardinals.
Dec 7 - 8:08 PM

Travis Wood's agent Darek Braunecker said his client is receiving interest from 10 teams.

That might sound like typical agent-speak, but Wood figures to do very well for himself in this market after posting a 2.95 ERA and 1.13 WHIP over 61 innings of relief for the Cubs in 2016. He has experience as a starter and some teams might be viewing him as a rotation option for 2017, but a bullpen role is probably best.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 7 - 7:59 PM

Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers remain in touch with free agent infielder Chase Utley.

McCullough earlier relayed that the Dodgers were looking into possible trades involving Ian Kinsler and Brian Dozier, but they are keeping their options open at second base as the Winter Meetings draw to a close. Should the veteran Utley ultimately move on, the Angels have been linked to him via a report from FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.
Dec 7 - 7:45 PM

Jayson Stark of ESPN reports that both the Yankees and Marlins have offered Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen five-year contracts.

Stark relays that the Dodgers are also keenly interested in both of these free agent closers, though the length of their potential offers aren't known at this juncture. The Yankees' interest in Chapman is well-documented, but Stark shines a light on the Marlins, writing that sources with knowledge of the team's thinking "describe them as being significantly more interested than previously believed." The Nationals are also in the mix for Chapman, with USA Today's Bob Nightengale passing along word earlier on Wednesday that the team is "firmly in the hunt."
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 7 - 7:26 PM

Tigers general manager Al Avila said Wednesday that trade interest in Ian Kinsler has died down.

The Los Angeles Times' Andy McCullough reported earlier on Wednesday that the Dodgers had checked in on Kinsler. They have shown reported interest in him at various points during the early offseason. Nothing came of that kicking of the tires, though, at least not yet. One potential sticking point, here: Kinsler's agent said in mid-November that he would only waive his partial no-trade clause if he is given a contract extension. Should the Tigers ultimately trade him, Dixon Machado would have a shot at the starting second base job. Machado would also have a shot at the starting shortstop job should the team move Jose Iglesias.
Dec 7 - 7:08 PM

Mariners acquired RHP Chris Heston from the Giants for a player to be named later.

Seattle will hope Heston can bounce back from a dismal, injury-riddled 2016 that saw him register a 4.54 ERA at Triple-A Sacramento and a 10.80 ERA in the major leagues. He did perform well in 2015, delivering a 3.95 ERA in 177 2/3 innings for San Francisco while whiffing 141 batters. Heston will compete for a spot in the Mariners' rotation next spring.
Dec 7 - 6:57 PM

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Nationals are "firmly in the hunt" for Aroldis Chapman.

Washington has money to spend after acquiring center fielder Adam Eaton and his team-friendly contract from the White Sox, and it sounds like the focal point now is a dominant closer. Kenley Jansen could be another option for Washington if the pursuit of Chapman falls through. Chapman obviously has very close ties to Nationals manager Dusty Baker, but cash is king in these types of situations. Jansen and Chapman are both said to be seeking $100 million contracts.
Dec 7 - 6:56 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Rockies are still considering signing Mark Trumbo.

Colorado just inked Ian Desmond to a contract in the neighborhood of five years, $70 million, but that does not appear to be a block to the club making further moves in free agency. Rosenthal relays that should Colorado opt to sign Trumbo, they would likely play him at first base and trade an outfielder. The plugged-in FOX Sports analyst sees Carlos Gonzalez as a player who might move in a trade if the Trumbo domino falls to Coors Field.
Dec 7 - 6:54 PM

Yankees re-signed LHP Joe Mantiply to a minor league contract.

Mantiply was released by the Yankees at the end of November and will remain off the 40-man roster, but he could jump back on at some point in 2017 if the Yankees need lefty relief help. Mantiply, 25, had a 2.73 ERA and 69/12 K/BB ratio over 59 1/3 innings this summer between Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo -- affiliates of the Tigers.
Dec 7 - 6:51 PM

Steve Geltz has elected free agency.

Geltz was outrighted to Triple-A Colorado Springs over the weekend. While he has elected to become a free agent rather than accept that assignment, the possibility remains that he could re-up with the Brewers prior to spring training. The club initially picked the 29-year-old right-hander up off waivers from the Rays at the end of November. He pitched to a rough 5.74 ERA in 26 2/3 frames with Tampa Bay last season.
Dec 7 - 6:50 PM



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