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Danny Espinosa didn't show up for the Nationals' Winterfest fan convention this weekend, perhaps in protest of being demoted to a bench player.

Espinosa lost his role as the Nationals' starting shortstop after the team's recent acquisition of centerfielder Adam Eaton, which freed up rookie sensation Trea Turner to take over at shortstop. Espinosa hit an impressive 24 home runs this season with 72 RBI and 66 runs scored, but his .209 batting average was too painful for fantasy owners to insert him in their lineups. Nationals GM Mike Rizzo has said he sees Espinosa as either a utility player or a trade chip. Perhaps Espinosa's Winterfest protest was designed to convince the front office to trade him to a team where he would have a better chance to start.
Dec 10 - 9:15 PM

Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports the Giants have reached out to Mark Reynolds in their search for a powerful bench bat.

The Giants' payroll has reached $200 million for the first time ever. Because they are subject to the luxury tax they would have to pay a 50 percent penalty on top of any free agent salary. The 33-year-old Reynolds' season ended early after he broke his hand in mid-September. He hit .282/.356/.450 with 14 home runs and 53 RBI in 118 games with the Rockies. Moving from Coors Field to AT&T Park would likely put a dent in his power output.
Dec 10 - 8:54 PM

Jonathan Papelbon is not currently looking to sign with a major league team.

The 36-year-old spent most of this season as the Nationals' closer before being displaced by Mark Melancon at the trade deadline. He registered 19 saves in 22 chances and finished with a 4.37 ERA in 35 innings. He was released by the club in mid-August and opted not to sign anywhere else despite interest from multiple teams -- including the Red Sox. Papelbon's agent Seth Levinson said today that Papelbon is focusing on a private family matter and will not decide on his baseball future until that matter is resolved. Papelbon ranks ninth on the all-time save leaders' list with 368. After breaking into the majors in 2005, Papelbon has delivered a 2.44 career ERA with 808 strikeouts in 725 2/3 innings with the Red Sox, Phillies and Nationals.
Source: Boston Globe
Dec 10 - 8:24 PM

Arquimedes Caminero is reportedly leaning toward leaving the Mariners to play for the Yomiuri Giants in Japan.

This comes as a surprise considering Caminero is one of the hardest throwers in the league and has a career 3.83 ERA in 149 games. His fastball averaged 98.8 MPH this year across 60 2/3 innings with the Pirates and Mariners.
Dec 10 - 5:11 PM

Daniel Murphy has made it a priority this offseason to strengthen his legs in order to avoid a recurrence of the problems he dealt with during the 2016 season.

Murphy was bothered by a hamstring injury off-and-on throughout the 2016 season which eventually led to strained glute that shut him down for a good portion of September. Even with the leg issues, Murphy won the National League batting title and slashed .347/.390/.595 with 25 homers and 104 RBI over 142 games in his first year with the Nationals.
Source: MASN Sports
Dec 10 - 1:16 PM

According to Peter Gammons, the White Sox asked the Astros for Francis Martes, Kyle Tucker and Joe Musgrove in exchange for Jose Quintana.

With the return package that White Sox general manager Rick Hahn was able to secure from the Nationals in the Adam Eaton trade, it's no wonder that he's shooting for the moon in every possible deal. It seems likely though that he'll have to lower his demands as the offseason progresses if he indeed wishes to trade off Quintana and other veterans that he's looking to deal.
Dec 10 - 1:06 PM

Gerrit Cole (elbow) announced at Pirates' Fan Fest on Saturday that he's fully healthy and will begin his throwing program on Monday.

Cole took a few months to rest after the season to allow the swelling and inflammation in his pitching elbow to subside. Provided there are no setbacks along the way in his throwing program, he should enter spring training without any restrictions.
Dec 10 - 12:16 PM

In an interview with Grant Paulsen on MLB Network Radio, Stephen Strasburg said he will begin throwing around January 1.

Strasburg battled various injuries including elbow trouble throughout the 2016 season but is expected to have a normal and healthy off-season. He won't have any restrictions in spring training, though he still carries considerable injury risk.
Dec 10 - 11:02 AM

According to Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago, the Cubs have had continued dialogue with free agent right-hander Tyson Ross since the winter meetings ended.

The 29-year-old hurler was limited to just one start in 2016 before shoulder woes wiped out his season. He's reportedly seeking a contract in the range of $9-11 million, which is around what he would've made through the arbitration process had he been tendered a contract by the Padres.
Source: CSN Chicago
Dec 10 - 9:42 AM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Twins prospect Yorman Landa was killed in a tragic car accident in Venezuela.

The right-hander who had recently re-signed a minor league deal and had been invited to big league camp, was just 22-years-old. Our deepest condolences go out to the victim's family and the entire Twins' organization at this difficult time.
Dec 10 - 9:24 AM

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Nick Evans will play another season with the Doosan Bears in the Korean Baseball Organization.

Evans slashed .308/.410/.565 with 24 homers and 81 RBI in 113 games while helping to lead his squad to a KBO championship. It's unclear if he looked for an opportunity stateside or if was simply his preference to remain in Korea.
Dec 10 - 8:50 AM

Padres signed RHP Logan Bawcom to a minor league contract.

The 28-year-old right-hander did a tremendous job at Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2016, registering a 1.93 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 69/32 K/BB ratio over 98 innings. With a strong showing in the spring, he should have a very real chance of securing a spot in the club's bullpen to start the season.
Dec 9 - 11:21 PM

Astros signed INF Reid Brignac to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 30-year-old spent the 2016 season in the Braves' organization, slashing .264/.361/.394 with eight homers and 42 RBI in 102 games at Triple-A Gwinnett. He'll add organizational depth to the Astros but is a long shot to crack the Opening Day roster in a reserve role.
Dec 9 - 11:10 PM

Diamondbacks signed RHP Brooks Hall to a minor league contract.

The 26-year-old spent the first seven seasons of his professional career in the Brewers' organization. He split his time between Double-A Biloxi and Triple-A Colorado Springs in 2016, compiling a 4.30 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 79/28 K/BB ratio over 98 1/3 frames.
Dec 9 - 11:04 PM

Diamondbacks signed RHP Asher Wojciechowski to a minor league contract.

The 27-year-old hurler posted a 4.94 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 63/38 K/BB ratio over 85 2/3 minor league innings between the Astros and Marlins in 2016. He'll add organizational rotation depth for the D'Backs.
Dec 9 - 11:02 PM



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