Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Darren O'Day is "currently weighing his offers" and could make a decision before the Winter Meetings begin next Monday.
We haven't heard much about a return to the Orioles until now, but Connolly hears that the club recently made a formal offer which has been deemed "competitive." The Nationals, Braves, and Dodgers are among the other clubs in the mix. O'Day is reportedly looking for a four-year deal in the $28-36 million range and appears likely to get it as the top option in a weak market for relievers.
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com was told by a person familiar with the Braves' thinking that the Red Sox and Cubs are teams that could match up for a Shelby Miller trade.
This doesn't mean that the Braves are close to a deal with either club, but they apparently have some targets in mind. Crasnick hears that the Braves are specifically "smitten" with Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler, though there's nothing to indicate Chicago would be open to such a deal. Around 20 teams have reportedly contacted the Braves about Miller, who is under team control for three more seasons.
ESPN's Buster Olney writes that Jeff Samardzija is "gaining increased notice" on the free agent market.
Samardzija is coming off a disappointing 2015 with the White Sox where he posted a 4.96 ERA over 32 starts, but Olney writes that teams are intrigued by him since he has less mileage on his arm than other pitchers at this stage. The 30-year-old rejected a qualifying offer to test free agency, so he's tied to draft pick compensation.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles are interested in a possible trade with the Mariners for Mark Trumbo.
The Mariners are reportedly pushing hard to trade Trumbo, who is due to make around $9 million via the arbitration process in 2016. With Chris Davis on the open market, he could fit for them at first base or DH. The outfield is also an option, though he would be a liability there. The Rockies have also expressed interest in a trade for Trumbo. There's a chance we could see a resolution by Wednesday's non-tender deadline.
Mark Bowman of MLB.com writes that it's "seemingly certain" that Mike Minor will be non-tendered.
Minor is coming off surgery in May to repair a torn labrum and has yet to throw from a mound on a regular basis. The southpaw made $5.6 million via arbitration in 2015 and the Braves don't feel he's worth another hefty price tag. He could return at a lesser rate, but he'll have the ability to talk to 29 other teams if the Braves cut him loose.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Barry Bonds "tentatively plans" to accept a hitting coach job with the Marlins.
Negotiations are ongoing. Assuming everything is worked out, Bonds will serve as a co-hitting coach along with incumbent Frank Menechino. The all-time home run king is polarizing for all sorts of reasons, but nobody can question his knowledge about hitting.
Brian Duensing told Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that he hasn't heard from the Twins so far this offseason.
"Haven’t heard anything from anyone," Duensing wrote to Berardino. The 32-year-old is on the open market this winter after posting a 4.25 ERA over 55 relief appearances this season while posting a career-low 4.4 K/9. The Twins might be ready to turn the page.
Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports that the Royals and Chris Young have had "encouraging talks" about a new contract.
The Royals have made it known they'd like to bring Young back and the veteran right-hander indicated after the World Series that he's open to a return. The 36-year-old posted a 3.06 ERA this season between the rotation and bullpen and played a critical role during the postseason. The Royals landed him with an incentive-laden contract last winter, but his demands will understandably be higher this time around.