Wilson Ramos is hitting .358/.426/.509 through 14 games in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Ramos is serving as designated hitter after playing just 78 games in 2013 due to hamstring injuries. The 26-year-old also has two home runs in his 14 games in Venezuela. Ramos is expected to be the Nationals' everyday catcher in 2014, and a healthy and productive Ramos is a player to keep in mind in fantasy drafts come March.
The Orioles have expressed interest in free agents Ubaldo Jimenez, Shin-Soo Choo and Nelson Cruz, a source tells Jon Morosi of FOX Sports 1.
Their interest in Cruz was known, but Jimenez and Choo are new names on the team's radar. Jimenez hasn't drawn a ton of interest thus far, but the 29-year-old had a 3.30 ERA and 194/80 K/BB ratio over 182 2/3 innings in 2013 and will end up getting paid by someone this winter. Any team that signs the right-hander will have to forfeit a first-round pick.
The deal being discussed between Brian Wilson and the Dodgers would be a one-year contract with a player option for a second year, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is hearing.
It was reported previously that the two sides were discussing a one-year deal, but the player option would basically make it a two-year commitment on the Dodgers' end. The 31-year-old would likely return as a setup man for closer Kenley Jansen, and with some success he could opt to decline the option and seek more money as a closer on the open market next offseason. No word on the terms of a potential deal.
Negotiations between the Mets and Curtis Granderson have heated up, according to a source close to Newsday's Marc Carig.
A move isn't imminent, Carig wrote, but the Mets are growing increasingly optimistic they'll land the 32-year-old. The terms of any potential deal are still unknown, but a three-to-four year deal worth at least $15 million per year was what one industry executive guessed. That would likely be within the Mets' range, and Granderson could be the team's best option at landing an impact bat this offseason. The White Sox and Mariners have also been reported as teams interested in the outfielder.
The Rangers attempted to acquire J.P. Arencibia from the Blue Jays before the Jays non-tendered him, a source tells MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan.
It stands to reason, then, that the Rangers will make a play for the 27-year-old now that he's a free agent. The catcher doesn't bring much defensively and owns a career .212 batting average, but he hit 21 home runs this past season and would be a nice power option off the bench for the Rangers. The team is also considering Kurt Suzuki as a potential backup to starting catcher Geovany Soto.
Troy Renck of the Denver Post says the Rockies are looking for another bullpen arm and have some interest in Aaron Crow.
Crow had a down season but has a 3.19 ERA and a K/9 just under 9.0 for his career. The Rockies signed LaTroy Hawkins to be their closer in 2014, but the 27-year-old Crow would give them a strong back-end of the bullpen along with Rex Brothers. Crow is first-time arbitration eligible this winter.
The Cubs and LHP Wesley Wright have agreed to a one-year deal believed to be worth $1.425 million, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
Wright posted a 3.69 ERA and 55/19 K/BB ratio over 53 2/3 innings between the Astros and Rays in 2013. The 28-year-old was recently non-tendered by the Rays.
The Yankees aren't likely to sign Carlos Beltran, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports.
The team just gave Jacoby Ellsbury $153 million and has other needs to fill, so it's no surprise that they won't be big players for the 36-year-old. The Red Sox are another team believed to be interested, but Heyman says they're unwilling to go past two years on a deal. That leaves the door open for the Royals or Mariners to land Beltran. Both teams have been linked to the switch-hitting outfielder in recent days.