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Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates have checked on free agents Jorge De La Rosa and Doug Fister.

Biertempfel writes that the Pirates were simply doing their due diligence and nothing appears to be imminent with either pitcher. De La Rosa posted a 5.51 ERA and 108/63 K/BB ratio over 134 innings with the Rockies in 2016 and has expressed a willingness to potentially work as a multi-inning reliever. Fister, who turns 33 in February, is coming off a 4.64 ERA over 32 starts with the Astros.
Dec 6 - 11:29 AM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Orioles and Mark Trumbo will meet again on Tuesday in an attempt to work out their differences.

Olney reported Monday that the Orioles were comfortable with a four-year offer in the range of $52-55 million, but they were prepared to move on with other options after Trumbo's camp countered at four years and $75-80 million with a full no-trade clause. There's still mutual interest in getting something done, so perhaps a compromise is possible.
Dec 6 - 11:20 AM

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that the Red Sox are in on free agent Mitch Moreland.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal confirms the report. The Red Sox are now seen as a "very unlikely" landing spot for Edwin Encarnacion due to his high price, so Moreland would be a more reasonable solution to serve as David Ortiz's replacement at DH. He's left-handed and also capable of playing first base, which fits the team's needs. The 31-year-old batted .233/.298/.422 with 22 home runs and 60 RBI in 147 games this past season. The Rangers are not in involved in negotiations, but the Indians are in the mix. Wilson hears that a decision could be made soon.
Dec 6 - 11:15 AM

Brewers acquired INF Maurico Dubon from the Red Sox in the Tyler Thornburg deal.

The Red Sox have plenty of middle infielders as it is, so they were dealing from a position of strength here. Lauded for his athleticism, the 22-year-old Dubon batted .323/.379/.461 with six homers, 69 RBI, and 30 steals over 124 games this past season between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland. He has primarily played shortstop in the minors, but it's worth noting that he saw some time in center field during the Arizona Fall League.
Dec 6 - 11:14 AM

Brewers acquired RHP Josh Pennington from the Red Sox in the Tyler Thornburg trade.

Pennington, a 29th round pick in 2014, has posted a 2.29 ERA and 71/40 K/BB ratio over his first 78 2/3 innings in pro ball. The Cape May, New Jersey native is still rather raw, but he has a big arm. He's an interesting pickup for rebuilding Milwaukee.
Dec 6 - 11:10 AM

Brewers acquired INFs Travis Shaw and Maurico Dubon, RHP Josh Pennington, and a player to be named later or cash considerations from the Red Sox for RHP Tyler Thornburg.

The rebuilding Brewers have now traded Thornburg, Will Smith, and Jeremy Jeffress in the past six months. They landed a considerable haul here, though only Shaw will help in the short-term. He figures to take over at third base while Jonathan Villar will move over to second base. Shaw, 26, batted .242 with 16 homers and a .726 OPS in 2016. He should be in a good position to deliver fantasy value with his new team.
Dec 6 - 11:07 AM

Red Sox acquired RHP Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers for INFs Travis Shaw and Maurico Dubon, RHP Josh Pennington, and a player to be named later or cash considerations.

The Red Sox paid a big price in the way of players, but Thornburg comes cheaper in the way of money than the going rate for relievers in free agency. The 28-year-old broke out in 2016 by posting a 2.15 ERA with 90 strikeouts in 67 innings. He even saved 13 games late in the year, though he’ll be setting up for Craig Kimbrel with his new club. Thornburg will be arbitration-eligible this winter, so he’s under team control for three seasons.
Dec 6 - 11:04 AM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that teams looking for infield help are calling the Cardinals about Kolten Wong.

Cotillo was told by a rival executive with interest that the Cardinals "want a lot for him." The 26-year-old owns a disappointing .678 OPS in the majors so far, but the Cardinals appear committed to using him as their regular second baseman in 2017. It would take the right deal for that to change.
Dec 6 - 10:54 AM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Cardinals have had internal discussions about a possible pursuit of free agent outfielder Ian Desmond.

It doesn't sound like they have actually reached out to his agents yet about the possibility. The Cardinals are heavily in the mix for Dexter Fowler and have reportedly made an initial offer, but they are keeping their eye on alternatives just in case. Desmond is in a better position for a lucrative deal this offseason after batting .285/.335/.446 with 22 homers, 86 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 2016. The Rangers are still a possibility to bring him back.
Dec 6 - 10:45 AM

Chris Colabello has elected to become a free agent.

Colabello will test the open market rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A. The 33-year-old served an 80-game PED suspension in 2016 and appeared in just 10 games at the major league level.
Dec 6 - 10:36 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that the Yankees are focused on Aroldis Chapman.

Heyman notes that Kenley Jansen is also being talked to, but Chapman is the team's first choice. And that makes sense, as they know Chapman well and he isn't tied to draft pick compensation. The hard-throwing left-hander told Marly Rivera of ESPN on Monday that he wants a six-year contract. Heyman writes that the Yankees won't do that, but that five years looks like a good bet.
Dec 6 - 10:31 AM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Rays are not hearing what they want for right-hander Chris Archer.

At this stage, the Rays are much more likely to move either Alex Cobb or Drew Smyly. Archer has a very reasonable contract with a pair of club options for 2019 and 2020, so the Rays don't necessarily have a sense of urgency to move him. They can wait if the offers aren't blowing them away.
Dec 6 - 9:46 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox have acquired Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers.

The return package hasn't been confirmed, but Travis Shaw is expected to be part of the deal while prospects Mauricio Dubon and Josh Pennington are also reportedly involved. It's a high price, but the Red Sox feel that's worth it to bring Thornburg aboard in a set-up role. The 28-year-old is coming off a brilliant 2016 where he posted a 2.15 ERA and 90/25 K/BB ratio over 67 innings. He's arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, which makes him cheaper than some of the huge prices we are seeing in free agency. With Thornburg out of the picture, the Brewers will likely go with Corey Knebel as their closer in 2017.
Dec 6 - 9:24 AM

Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports that Travis Shaw has been traded to the Brewers.

Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reported that the Red Sox agreed to a deal with the Brewers for a reliever, but we have yet to get the specifics involved. Shaw, 26, batted .242 with 16 homers and a .726 OPS this past season. Parting with Shaw puts Pablo Sandoval in a position to reclaim third base, though Yoan Moncada could be ready for primetime before long. Shaw could take over at third base for Milwaukee, with Jonathan Villar moving to second.
Dec 6 - 9:20 AM

Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Red Sox appear "very unlikely" for free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion.

The Red Sox are reportedly one of three of Encarnacion's preferred options, but the club is mindful of the luxury tax threshold and appear prepared to go with other options. Odds of a return to the Blue Jays are also remote after the club signed Kendrys Morales and Steve Pearce, so the market for Encarnacion is very much up in the air. His agent, Paul Kinzer, is now telling teams that there's no hurry to get him signed, which is an indication that his market isn't as strong as originally hoped. The Indians have reportedly jumped in as a legitimate possibility while the Rockies have also emerged as a suitor.
Dec 6 - 9:12 AM


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