Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that "all of baseball" knows Neil Walker is available in a trade.
Walker is due a healthy raise in his final year of arbitration and previous talks about a contract extension haven't gone anywhere. Pittsburgh can go with Josh Harrison at second base, Jung Ho Kang at third and Jordy Mercer at shortstop if they deal Walker. The Orioles have reportedly had talks with the Pirates regarding Walker and it appears Pittsburgh won't have trouble finding a suitor.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Joe Ross has been "one of the most sought-after pitchers of the offseason."
Cafardo notes that Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo "is resisting all offers" for Ross at the moment. Trading the young right-hander just doesn't make any sense for the Nats, as they're poised to lose Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister in free agency and need Ross in their rotation. Ross is under team control through 2021.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are "trying to move" Hanley Ramirez.
Cafardo adds that the Mariners, Orioles and Angels "seem to be the targets" as potential trade partners. Whether those clubs actually have interest in Ramirez or Boston just thinks they'd be a fit isn't clear. It was Cafardo who was told by five general managers earlier this month that they wouldn't trade for Ramirez even if the Red Sox paid half of what remains on his $68 million contract, so obviously dealing Hanley wouldn't be easy.
SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports the Tigers are one of a "handful" of "serious suitors" for Jordan Zimmermann.
Cotillo said it's unclear who the favorite is. Fox Sports' Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal reported that Zimmermann was in serious talks with the Tigers but a deal doesn't appear to be imminent. Zimmermann would be the first big free agent domino to fall if he signs. The 29-year-old went 13-10 in 33 starts this past season with 164 strikeouts and a 3.66 ERA.
Fox Sports' Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal report the Tigers are in discussions with Jordan Zimmermann.
Morosi and Rosenthal are hearing from multiple sources that the talks have become serious. Detroit is looking for an ace after losing Max Scherzer last offseason and David Price at the trade deadline. Zimmermann is among the top arms in this year's free agent class and should earn a nine-figure deal when all is said and done. The two-time All-Star has also been linked to the Dodgers.