CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mariners are receiving a lot of trade interest in Dustin Ackley.
The former top prospect struggled in the early part of 2013, but was a different player after returning from the minor leagues, slashing .285/.354/.404 with three homers and 23 RBI in his final 68 games. Still just 25-years-old, his potential and versatility make him a very attractive trade chip.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Mariners are showing interest in free agent Corey Hart.
The 31-year-old missed the entire 2013 season while recovering from a pair of knee surgeries. He was cleared earlier in the week to resume baseball related activities and work himself back into shape. The Red Sox, Giants, Rays and Rockies are also known to have interest.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Mariners are interested in free agent reliever Joaquin Benoit.
The Mariners are known to be seeking upgrades to their bullpen, and Benoit would certainly fit the bill. The 36-year-old seized the Tigers closer role this season, posting a 2.01 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 73/22 K/BB ratio in 67 innings of work. If signed, he'd presumably be the favorite for saves in front of Danny Farquhar.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Orioles will announce the signing of Ryan Webb on Monday.
Nightengale also adds that despite the addition of Webb, the O's are still intent on adding a closer. They have recently been linked to John Axford and Chris Perez, and it wouldn't be surprising to see them ink a new closer during the winter meetings. If they are unable to bring in an experienced option, Webb could be in the mix for save opportunities.
According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, the Nationals will give Danny Espinosa an opportunity to make the team as a reserve infielder in 2014.
After a breakout season in 2012 where he swatted 21 homers, Espinosa's poor plate discipline and free-swinging ways got the best of him in 2013, where he slashed a horrendous .158/.193/.272 with three homers, 12 RBI and a 47/4 K/BB ratio in 44 games before being demoted to Triple-A. While he's an excellent defender, unless he improves his approach and cuts down on the strikeouts, he's unlikely to help the Nationals or fantasy owners.
Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals are interested in adding free agent catcher John Buck to serve as a backup to Wilson Ramos.
Ladson reports that the team is looking for an established backup who would be able to play full-time should Ramos suffer a significant injury. The 33-year-old backstop came out of the gate strong in 2013, but limped home with a .222/.288/.278 slash with one homer and 14 RBI in the second half of the season.
Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports that while the White Sox covet Chase Headley, they do not want to part with Jose Quintana to get a deal done.
According to Hayes, the two sides could have already struck a deal if they were willing to include Quintana. The 24-year-old southpaw thrived in the White Sox rotation this season, posting a 3.51 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 164/56 K/BB ratio in 200 innings of work. Hayes notes that the main reason they don't want to deal Quintana is that he's cost effective and under team control through the 2018 season.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Sunday that while Jonathan Schoop is an option at second base, that he is likely to begin the season at Triple-A.
Duquette explained, "He probably could benefit from more experience before he's called on to be an everyday player in the big leagues." The 22-year-old slashed .278/.330/.460 with 14 homers and 52 RBI in 81 minor league games in 2013. He's unlikely to garner enough playing time to become an impact fantasy contributor in 2014.