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Stanton: Joining Yanks 'a great new chapter'

Yankees introduce slugger at Winter Meetings
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Giancarlo Stanton tried on his Yankees pinstripes for the first time on Monday as the team formally introduced its prized new acquisition at a news conference during the Winter Meetings.

The Yanks have officially acquired the reigning National League Most Valuable Player Award winner from the Marlins with cash considerations in exchange for second baseman Starlin Castro and a pair of Minor League prospects: right-handed pitcher Jorge Guzman and infielder Jose Devers.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Giancarlo Stanton tried on his Yankees pinstripes for the first time on Monday as the team formally introduced its prized new acquisition at a news conference during the Winter Meetings.

The Yanks have officially acquired the reigning National League Most Valuable Player Award winner from the Marlins with cash considerations in exchange for second baseman Starlin Castro and a pair of Minor League prospects: right-handed pitcher Jorge Guzman and infielder Jose Devers.

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"I'm glad to be here and part of the New York Yankees," Stanton said. "It's going to be a great new chapter in my life and my career."

Video: Stanton on why he decided to join the Yankees

It marks the second time that a reigning MVP has been acquired via trade prior to the start of the following season, with the other being the February 2004 deal that sent Alex Rodriguez from the Rangers to the Yankees.

Stanton, 28, led the Majors in home runs (59), RBIs (132) and slugging percentage (.631), while batting .281 (168-for-597) with 123 runs scored, 32 doubles, 85 walks and a .376 on-base percentage in 159 games. His 1.007 OPS trailed only Mike Trout (1.071), Aaron Judge (1.049) and Joey Votto (1.032) among all Major League qualifiers.

A four-time All-Star, Stanton won his second career NL Hank Aaron Award as his league's most outstanding offensive performer (also 2014) in addition to earning his second Silver Slugger Award (also '14).

Stanton's Winter Meetings news conference

"I can't tell you how excited we are that this has all transpired, and now it's going to be the realization of him being a part of our outstanding young team, young nucleus," new manager Aaron Boone said.

Video: Stanton on how joining Judge will make both better

Adding Stanton to a threatening lineup that includes American Leauge Rookie of the Year Award winner and AL MVP runner-up Judge, as well as slugging catcher Gary Sanchez, the Yankees will assume all but $30 million of the $295 million owed to Stanton over the next 10 years (assuming Stanton does not opt out following the 2020 season).

"We're excited to get better together and use our talents together, because we're very similar," Stanton said of Judge. "And we're going to learn from each other and make each other better."

Video: Hoch on where Stanton fits in Yanks' lineup, outfield

Stanton, Judge not first HR kings to team up

New York has approximately $107 million committed to seven players on its roster, with eight more players still eligible for arbitration, and managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner has stated that he wants team payroll to come in below $197 million.

Video: Yankees reportedly owe most of Stanton's contract

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 2018 Yankees will be the second team in history to acquire the Majors' home run champion after leading the big leauges in team homers (241) the prior year, joining the 1920 Yanks, who led the Majors in team home runs the prior season and then acquired Babe Ruth in the offseason.

Castro, 27, was an AL All-Star with the Yankees in 2017, batting .300 with 16 home runs, 63 RBIs and a .338 on-base percentage in 112 games. He has two years and approximately $23.7 million remaining on his contract.

Guzman, 21, was 5-3 with a 2.30 ERA in 13 starts with Class A Short-Season Staten Island in 2017, and he was one of the two pitching prospects acquired from the Astros in the November 2016 Brian McCann trade.

Devers, 18, is the cousin of Red Sox infielder Rafael Devers, and he made his pro debut in 2017, batting .245 in 53 combined games between the Dominican Summer League Yankees and the Gulf Coast League Yankees East. Guzman was ranked as the No. 9 prospect in New York's system, according to MLBPipeline.com; Devers was unranked.

Video: Stanton on Marlins' move to rebuild leading to deal

The Cardinals and Giants had separate trade agreements in place to acquire Stanton late last week, but both clubs sent out statements declaring that they were no longer in the mix after Stanton declined to waive his no-trade clause to St. Louis and San Francisco.

One of the most popular and productive players in Marlins history, Stanton told the team that he would approve a trade to the Yankees, Astros, Cubs and Dodgers. That prompted the Yanks to step up with what the Marlins saw as the best available offer, providing Derek Jeter's Marlins with an opportunity to clear most of Stanton's salary from their books and prepare for what they hope can be a brighter future in Miami.

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Monday at Winter Meetings: In Real Life

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MLB.com is on the scene in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for baseball's annual Winter Meetings. Stay up to date with all of Monday's action right here.

2:14 p.m. ET: Yankees celebrating 27 ... for now
Giancarlo Stanton poses with his pinstripes for the first time. Now the attention turns to World Series title No. 28.

MLB.com is on the scene in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for baseball's annual Winter Meetings. Stay up to date with all of Monday's action right here.

2:14 p.m. ET: Yankees celebrating 27 ... for now
Giancarlo Stanton poses with his pinstripes for the first time. Now the attention turns to World Series title No. 28.

Tweet from @BryanHoch: ���It���s going to be a great new chapter of my life and my career.��� - @Giancarlo818 pic.twitter.com/ppaWeOJtIC

2:05 p.m. ET: Big Apple just got bigger
The Yankees' news conference to formally introduce reigning National League MVP Award winner Stanton is underway.

Tweet from @castrovince: Here's the view of the Giancarlo Stanton press conference from the cheap seats. pic.twitter.com/GHZUPndfHz

1:16 p.m. ET: Schlender takes home trophy
Laurie Schlender, the assistant general manager of the Omaha Storm Chasers (Triple-A affiliate of Kansas City), accepts her Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year Award.

12:32 p.m. ET: Have you heard the news today? Oh boy!
We've heard through the grapevine that the Yankees will have an announcement at 2 p.m. ET. It's guaranteed to make every Yankees fan's day.

Tweet from @BryanHoch: Hey everyone, it looks like the @Yankees have something to announce... pic.twitter.com/emJA9w9koD

12:19 p.m. ET: Awards munchin'

Tweet from @WinterMeetings: The #WinterMeetings Awards Luncheon is a go! pic.twitter.com/Q3vu10I6Kk

12:00 p.m. ET: Martinez makes Meetings debut
New Nationals manager Dave Martinez holds a news conference at his first Winter Meetings as a skipper. He mentioned his excitement about managing Bryce Harper: "I can't wait to work with him, and I hope we get to work together for a lot of years."

Tweet from @JamalCollier: New Nats manager Dave Martinez meets the media @ the winter meetings pic.twitter.com/fWjOiJrzxt

Martinez also sat down with MLB Network and went deep on analytics and ... witnessing a heist?

Tweet from @Nationals: Come for Dave Martinez talking baseball analytics on @MLBNetwork.Stay for the story about how he and Harold Reynolds witnessed a Caribbean casino heist. pic.twitter.com/RJY7DrxhMj

11:35 a.m. ET: Morris, Trammell introduced as Hall of Famers
Voted into the Hall of Fame by the Modern Baseball Era Committee on Sunday, Jack Morris and Alan Trammell spoke at a news conference at the Winter Meetings on Monday. Tigers legend Al Kaline was in attendance.

Tweet from @castrovince: Al Kaline watches his fellow Tigers and fellow Hall of Famers get their day on the dais. pic.twitter.com/ELEpoqvkNI

Morris was choking back tears after being announced as a Hall of Famer.

"You don't get into the Hall of Fame on your own. ... I hope I can represent the people who have supported me," Morris said.

Tweet from @RhettBollinger: Alan Trammell and Jack Morris putting on their Hall of Fame jerseys before their press conference pic.twitter.com/3Tyfp6XMcI

"When I hear Alan Trammell and Hall of Fame, that hasn't resonated yet," Trammell said. "To go in with my teammate, Jack Morris, it couldn't get any better."

Trammell found out he made it into the Hall while at the airport on Sunday, and this photo was snapped minutes later. In it, from left to right, are: Steve Boggs (agent), Rockies manager Bud Black, John Boggs (agent), Trammell, former pitcher Trevor Hoffman, Giants manager Bruce Bochy and Brad Ausmus (kneeling).

11:12 a.m. ET: Counsell talks Brewers with media
Brewers manager Craig Counsell was next up in the line of skipper interviews with the media at the Winter Meetings.

10:58 a.m. ET: In the Christmas spirit
Nothing says Winter Meetings like the big Christmas tree in the lobby. It is just another reminder to general managers that it is time to finish that holiday shopping for a bat or an arm.

9:40 a.m. ET: Morris dons Hall jersey
After learning he had been voted into Cooperstown on Sunday, Jack Morris got to try on his Hall of Fame jersey Monday.

Gif: Jack Morris jersey

9:30 a.m. ET: Skipper interviews begin
The Rays' Kevin Cash was the first manager to meet the media at the Winter Meetings.

"It's speculation for the most part," Cash said about trade rumors regarding the Rays. "I've been coming to the Winter Meetings four years now, and I don't know if I've ever seen a transaction actually take place. I know there's a lot of chatter about our players. I view them as being very special to our current roster and a big part of us having success last year, and going forward. How that shakes out, I have no idea what will take place.

"When you have good players, people are going to ask about it. And I think that's what we're seeing leading into this Winter Meetings, a lot of names are coming up. They're very respected throughout the industry."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Source: Rox eye free-agent slugger Santana

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DENVER -- The Rockies are taking a hard look at switch-hitting free-agent first baseman Carlos Santana as a run-producing corner bat, a source has told MLB.com. The club has not confirmed the pursuit of Santana.

Santana, who turns 32 on April 8, batted .259 with a .363 on-base percentage, a .455 slugging percentage, 23 home runs and 79 RBIs last season, after a career-high 34-homer/.865 OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) season in 2016.

DENVER -- The Rockies are taking a hard look at switch-hitting free-agent first baseman Carlos Santana as a run-producing corner bat, a source has told MLB.com. The club has not confirmed the pursuit of Santana.

Santana, who turns 32 on April 8, batted .259 with a .363 on-base percentage, a .455 slugging percentage, 23 home runs and 79 RBIs last season, after a career-high 34-homer/.865 OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) season in 2016.

Word spread during Monday's first full day of the Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., that the Rockies had real interest in Santana.

According to MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman, the Indians' top offer on a contract extension was three years and $36 million before Santana hit the open market. The Cleveland Plain Dealer has reported that the Rangers, Padres, Phillies, Red Sox and Mariners are among the teams showing interest.

Other reports have the Rockies interested in Jay Bruce, who had a combined 36 homers and 101 RBIs for the Mets and Indians last season, and Logan Morrison, who hit 38 homers for the Rays in 2017. However, the Rockies are believed to have a stronger interest in Santana than either Bruce or Morrison.

It stands to reason that any power hitter would love to play at Coors Field. In that vein, here is a look at Santana's spray chart and how it would look at Coors:

A former catcher, Santana transitioned to designated hitter and first base. Multiple observers say he has blossomed into an above-average defender at first -- an important factor for the Rockies. Third baseman Nolan Arenado makes daring plays, and needs a dependable first baseman -- the way Mark Reynolds was the past two seasons -- to handle the difficult throws.

Also, second baseman DJ LeMahieu, like Arenado a decorated defender at the end of 2017, and shortstop Trevor Story, whom the Rockies feel should have been a Rawlings Gold Glove Award finalist, also make difficult plays and daring throws.

Santana's presence could free Ian Desmond from some first-base responsibility. Desmond took up the position last year, after signing for five years and $70 million, but has greater experience in the outfield, where the Rockies are looking to fill the void opened by Carlos Gonzalez's free agency.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Enjoy, bid on MLB experiences for great cause

Proceeds from Winter Meetings auction to benefit Katharine Feeney Memorial Fund
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For the sixth consecutive year, Major League Baseball, MLB Advanced Media, MLB Network and all 30 clubs have organized a charity auction during the Winter Meetings to benefit a special cause close to the game. This year, the auction will support the Katharine Feeney Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is in memory of the late pioneering baseball executive whose career spanned 40 years.

This year's auction, which is now live at MLB.com/wintermeetingsauction until Thursday at 10 p.m. ET, once again includes once-in-a-lifetime baseball experiences and unique items to raise funds and awareness for this special cause.

For the sixth consecutive year, Major League Baseball, MLB Advanced Media, MLB Network and all 30 clubs have organized a charity auction during the Winter Meetings to benefit a special cause close to the game. This year, the auction will support the Katharine Feeney Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is in memory of the late pioneering baseball executive whose career spanned 40 years.

This year's auction, which is now live at MLB.com/wintermeetingsauction until Thursday at 10 p.m. ET, once again includes once-in-a-lifetime baseball experiences and unique items to raise funds and awareness for this special cause.

Feeney was the senior vice president of scheduling and club relations for MLB until she passed away in April, several months into her retirement.

Video: Winter Meetings Auction to benefit Feeney Scholarship

The Winter Meetings charity auction has raised more than $900,000 since its inception. MLB also honored Feeney's legacy by hosting the "Katy Feeney Leadership Symposium" during the Winter Meetings. The career-minded event focused on leadership education and the advancement of female executives from throughout the game.

Angels
The Angels are offering three special baseball experiences to supporters: a meet and greet with superstar center fielder Mike Trout and manager Mike Scioscia; a Spring Training experience; and the opportunity to throw a ceremonial first pitch at Angel Stadium. More >

Astros
Astros are offering a meet and greet with All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa. The winner will receive four field box tickets and the opportunity to watch batting practice from the field, where they will meet Correa. More >

Athletics
The A's are offering three unique experiences as part of the charity auction: "A's Intern for a Day," "Spend an Inning in the Broadcast Booth" and "Alumni Meet and Greet during Reunion Weekend." More >

Blue Jays
The Blue Jays are auctioning off a unique game experience. Toronto is offering a four-ticket package, which also includes passes to watch batting practice and customized jerseys. More >

Braves
An opportunity to have lunch with general manager Alex Anthopoulos or receive a one-on-one catching tutorial with Kurt Suzuki stand as two of the packages the Braves are offering. More >

Brewers
Meet the closer or meet the media? The Brewers are offering fans an opportunity to do both. "Hang with the closer" is a meet and greet with All-Star reliever Corey Knebel, who will escort the winning bidder and a guest to the bullpen at Miller Park, warm them up and trot to the mound with music blaring, just like the ninth inning. If closers aren't your thing, how about a .200-hitting former catcher? An audience with the team's broadcasters and an autographed ball from Bob Uecker awaits this winner, who will sit in on manager Craig Counsell's pre- and postgame media sessions and watch the game from the press box. More >

Cardinals
The Cardinals will auction off an "Ultimate Cardinals Fan Pack," which will include a weekender bag stuffed with every promotional item given away at Busch Stadium in 2017. Separately, fans can also bid on a complete collection of 2018 Cardinals hats. More >

Cubs
Want to chat with Cubs television broadcasters Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies? Or would you prefer to play catch at Wrigley Field? Maybe you'd like to spend a day at the Friendly Confines? You can bid on those items, which are part of a special Winter Meetings charity auction. More >

Video: Rawitch discusses impact of Feeney, auction

D-backs
The D-backs items allow fans to bid on unique experiences like having lunch and taking a tour with 2001 Game 7 World Series hero Luis Gonzalez. You can also go through a big league photo day and have lunch with Archie Bradley or sit with legendary baseball executive Roland Hemond and learn about scouting while he tells you stories from his six decades in the game. More >

Dodgers
Lunch with outfielder Yasiel Puig is one of three rare experiences available to fans through the charity auction. Also up for bids are a Spring Training batboy/batgirl experience and a chance to announce "It's Time for Dodger Baseball" before a game. More >

Giants
The past and the present -- whether it's a chance to see today's players up close or an autograph from a legend -- are featured among the Giants-related items being offered. More >

Video: Women in MLB take part in Feeney Leadership Symposium

Indians
The Indians are offering three experiences as part of the charity auction at the Winter Meetings. One winner will have the chance to watch a Cavaliers game (April 1) from Tribe manager Terry Francona's personal season-ticket seats. The Indians are also offering the chance to "Take BP on the Field" and be an "Indians Executive for a Day." More >

Mariners
The Mariners are offering a chance to meet manager Scott Servais and watch batting practice on the field before a game, the opportunity to spend an inning in the Safeco Field broadcast booth and the unique chance to work on the Mariners' grounds crew before and during a game in the upcoming season. More >

Marlins
Marlins fans have an opportunity to get close to the action through the auction. Fans can bid on two events -- a meet and greet with manager Don Mattingly or they can bid on a package to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Marlins Park. More >

Mets
Mets fans saw firsthand last year how impactful MLB's annual Winter Meetings auction can be, when proceeds went toward renovating a softball complex in the name of late Mets staffer Shannon Forde. This year's auction includes dinner with broadcasters Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling; a complete Citi Field game day experience; and a tour of the Mets Hall of Fame with John Franco and Mookie Wilson. More >

Video: Shannon Dalton Forde Field dedication on Play Ball

Nationals
The Nationals will offer up three items during this year's auction, including the chance to be a media member for a day; a mascot appearance by Screech and Teddy; and a grounds-crew experience. More >

Orioles
Fans can win a chance to play chess against Orioles players, paint with catcher Caleb Joseph and watch batting practice as part of an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. More >

Padres
Three once-in-a-lifetime Padres experiences are up for grabs this week. Want to meet Wil Myers and Austin Hedges, dine with Trevor Hoffman or learn to hit from Mark McGwire? All three opportunities are available. Padres items for bid include: a meet and greet with Myers and Hedges, a one-on-one hitting lesson with the Padres' bench coach and a dinner with legendary closer Hoffman. The bidding for all three opens at $1,000. More >

Phillies
A Phillies fan has the unique opportunity to work out with new manager Gabe Kapler and have him develop a nutrition plan for the winner. Another has a chance to play golf with Phillies broadcaster John Kruk. More >

Pirates
Want to chat with Pirates manager Clint Hurdle? Ever dreamed of throwing out the first pitch at beautiful PNC Park or taking in a game from the suite level? The Pirates are offering three experiences in this year's auction. More >

Rangers
Win a "Broadcaster's Dream" package with some of the best voices in the business, or maybe receive some tips from Rangers hitting coach Anthony lapoce and pitching coach Doug Brocail. More >

Rays
Unique items are available for Rays fans via the annual auction, including playing catch with Steven Souza Jr., being an intern for a day and shadowing the team's photographer for a Rays home game. More >

Red Sox
The Red Sox are providing the chance to a fan to have a meet and greet with the team's starting outfield of Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts prior to a 2018 home game. The package includes four grandstand tickets to that day's game. Another items offers a high school student between the ages of 14 to 18 to shadow the team's media relations department on game day. That fan will also get four box seats to the game that day. And the final item is a chance to throw out the first pitch before a game at Fenway Park. Included are four Green Monster seats. More >

Reds
For their part, the Reds are offering fans a shot to enjoy a meet and greet with Joey Votto. An All-Star first baseman, Votto was second in this year's election for the National League Most Valuable Player Award. More >

Rockies
Rockies fans have the opportunity to bid on two unique experiences -- one during Spring Training at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz., the other a VIP treatment during the regular season at Coors Field. More >

Royals
The Royals are offering up three items to bid on: a Spring Training meet and greet and VIP experience; social media assistant for a day; and photographer for a day. More >

Tigers
The Tigers are auctioning a chance to eat lunch with catcher James McCann and an opportunity to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1968 World Series champions as part of MLB.com's charity auction to support the Katharine Feeney Memorial Scholarship Fund. More >

Twins
The Twins are auctioning off three unique experiences: take infield drills with All-Star second baseman Brian Dozier, receive a private 30-minute hitting lesson from hitting coach James Rowson and be team photographer for the day with an all-access pass. More >

White Sox
The White Sox are offering three experiences as part of their charity auction contribution. Fans can bid on a private hitting lesson with Harold Baines, a Spring Training experience and an in-season White Sox VIP package. More >

Yankees
The Yankees have donated a meet-and-greet with Aaron Judge that includes four tickets to the Judge's Chambers at Yankee Stadium, a private tour of the Yankees Museum at Yankee Stadium that includes opportunities to meet Yankees players, and a Spring Training VIP package that includes a tour, meet-and-greets and photographs on the mound at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. More >

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB Buzz: Astros interested in Darvish, Arrieta

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The Hot Stove is open for business. As the top free agents begin to ink new deals and clubs begin to make the moves they think will vault them into contention or put them over the top, MLB.com will have you covered with all the latest buzz right here.

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The Hot Stove is open for business. As the top free agents begin to ink new deals and clubs begin to make the moves they think will vault them into contention or put them over the top, MLB.com will have you covered with all the latest buzz right here.

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Astros showing interest in Darvish, Arrieta
The World Series-champion Astros are "considering the addition of another marquee starting pitcher," according to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal.

Sources tell Rosenthal that Houston is particularly interested in free-agent right-handers Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta. Rosenthal also reports the club could feel out the trade market for starting pitchers, especially if someone such as the Rays' Chris Archer becomes available.

The Astros went out and got Justin Verlander on July 31 in a trade that paid huge dividends en route to their title run, and it appears the team is looking to build even further on the phenomenal rotation it already has.

Rosenthal notes that Verlander's contract ends after the 2019 season and the reported hiring of Scott Boras by left-hander Dallas Keuchel (a hint that he will test the free-agent waters when his contract is up at the end of 2018). Both factors figure to play prominent roles in how the Astros approach the market this offseason.

Darvish, 31, was acquired by the Dodgers a month before Verlander was dealt to Houston and pitched well for Los Angeles during the regular season. The Japanese hurler went 4-3 with a 3.44 ERA in nine starts for the Dodgers before having an up-and-down postseason. He struggled particularly versus the Astros, who got to him for nine runs (eight earned) in 3 1/3 innings during the World Series.

The Astros don't appear to be scared off by those struggles, however, and Darvish has had an excellent career to date. The four-time All-Star finished second in the American League Cy Young Award voting in 2013 with Texas and is 56-42 with a 3.42 ERA in 131 career starts.

Arrieta has been sensational since being traded from the Orioles to the Cubs in 2013. The 31-year-old went 68-31 with a 2.73 ERA in 128 starts over five seasons with Chicago. He was the National League Cy Young Award winner in 2015.

The Rays are reportedly generating trade interest from a number of clubs regarding Archer, among some of their other stars, but it's unclear whether they would indeed part with their star right-hander. Archer, 29, is 51-63 with a 3.63 ERA in six season with Tampa Bay.

Yankees interested in Cole
The Yankees, after acquiring reigning National League Most Valuable Player Giancarlo Stanton, are not done wheeling and dealing.

According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, the Yankees are looking to acquire Pirates' right-hander Gerrit Cole. However, Heyman notes the "initial impression" is that Pittsburgh is not trading him.

The Yankees have long been linked to Cole, who they drafted in the first round back in 2008. They were unable to sign him out of Orange Lutheran High School in Orange, Calif.

New York refrained from giving up any of its top prospects to obtain Stanton from Miami and remains loaded with top-end young talent. Perhaps general manager Brian Cashman could be willing to part with a top prospect to open the Pirates' ears.

Cole, 27, is coming off a down year in 2017, going 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA in 33 starts. He is 59-42 with a 3.50 ERA in 127 starts over his five-year career with the Pirates.

Mets, Rangers discussing Harvey and Profar trade?
The Rangers' top priority has been clear since the moment the season ended: Acquire a starting pitcher to slot in behind Cole Hamels. After signing Mike Minor to begin that process, Texas appears to be in discussions with the Mets regarding a potential trade, and it could involve pitcher Matt Harvey in exchange for infielder Jurickson Profar.

The New York Daily News reported Sunday that the Mets were interacting with at least two teams about a trade involving Harvey. New York is in the market for a second baseman, making Profar an intriguing piece in a potential deal between the Mets and Rangers.

Harvey, 28, struggled in 2017 after returning from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. The right-hander went 5-7 with a 6.70 ERA, a far cry from his former status as one of the game's most promising young pitchers. Profar's stock has fallen as well, from the former No. 1 prospect in all of baseball to losing out on playing time last year to Delino DeShields and Ryan Rua in left field. Profar has also been blocked out of the second base and shortstop positions by the Rangers' double-play combo of Rougned Odor and Elvis Andrus.

A change in scenery could be beneficial for both players, but it would be noteworthy to see the Mets unload one of their prized marquee pitchers -- a group seen by many as be the club's biggest strength in recent years.

Nationals keeping tabs on Kintzler, Rondon
The Nationals, who shored up their bullpen prior to the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline in acquiring Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson from the A's and Brandon Kintzler from the Twins, are continuing to try and bolster their late-inning staff.

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports the club has "expressed interest in bringing back" Kintzler and Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports the team has "checked in" on former Cubs reliever Hector Rondon.

Kintzler recorded a 3.46 ERA in 27 appearances following the move to Washington, and while general manager Mike Rizzo would like to retain him, his market is heating up as the Winter Meetings progress. The 33-year-old is reportedly drawing interest from "many other teams," per Janes, and it's possible he could sign elsewhere for more than what the Nationals are willing to give considering he would be the third option behind Madson and Doolittle.

Kintzler, who went 4-3 with a 3.03 ERA in 72 appearances in 2017 split between the Twins and Nationals, was selected to the American League All-Star team.

Rondon, 29, worked with new Nationals manager Dave Martinez while pitching for the Cubs, so there is an obvious link between the two sides. Rondon went 4-1 with a 4.24 ERA in 61 appearances last season, but has a 3.22 career ERA over five Major League seasons, all with the Cubs.

Chicago non-tendered Rondon earlier this month, in turn granting him free agency. Castillo notes he is a "name to keep in mind" for the Nationals this offseason.

Red Sox could move Bradley
The Boston Red Sox are considering the possibility of trading center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., according to a report from USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

Nightengale notes the club's willingness to explore a possible trade involving Bradley is linked to whether the team can acquire a power bat -- ideally one that could play a corner-outfield position -- so Andrew Benintendi could move to center.

Per Nightengale, the Red Sox have let "several teams" know that Bradley is available, and multiple clubs have been eyeing him as a trade target since the start of the offseason. It's possible the power bat the Red Sox elect to bring on plays first base, which could keep Bradley in Boston.

Bradley is still young at 27 years old, and despite having a bit of a down year in 2017 in which he batted .245/.323/.402 with 17 home runs and 63 RBIs in 133 games, he still brings speed and elite defense to the field on a nightly basis. He is also just one season removed from batting .267/.349/.486 with 26 home runs and 87 RBIs while being named to the American League All-Star team.

To move Bradley, Boston would likely seek a big package to make it happen. The former first-round pick is under team control for three more seasons.

The Red Sox, who have been linked to Kyle Schwarber since missing out on Giancarlo Stanton, are also known to have interest in free-agent sluggers Carlos Santana, Eric Hosmer and J.D. Martinez.

Video: HOU@BOS Gm3: Bradley hits homer off Reddick's mitt

Angels reach out to Moustakas
With Shohei Ohtani in tow, the Angels are moving on to their other primary needs this offseason. That includes third base, and Los Angeles has reached out to free agent Mike Moustakas, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.

Moustakas, 29, broke out for 38 home runs in 2017 to set a Royals single-season record. Though he missed much of 2016 with a right knee injury, he was one of the catalysts of Kansas City's 2015 World Series champions and could bring leadership to an Angels club looking to join the postseason fray. Angels third basemen, which included Yunel Escobar and Luis Valbuena, posted a collective .713 OPS in 2017, which ranked as the second-worst of any AL club. Fletcher also reports that free agent Logan Morrison could be in play for the Angels, though Los Angeles already has a potential logjam with Ohtani needing the DH role, thereby moving Albert Pujols to a more active role at first base.

Mets looking to add reliever during Winter Meetings
The New York Mets plan on departing the Winter Meetings with a reliever, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman and the New York Post's Joel Sherman.

Heyman adds former Indians reliever Bryan Shaw "remains high" on the Mets' wish list, but notes "pen options are plentiful." Sherman believes the club is unlikely to bring on a guy like Shaw or former Mets reliever Addison Reed, both of whom would presumably land three-year contracts on the open market.

Sherman instead sees pitchers such as Tommy Hunter, Steve Cishek and Anthony Swarzak as more likely options for New York. The Mets are also reportedly interested in a trade for Rays closer Alex Colome, who is garnering substantial trade attention from a number of clubs.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson mentioned Sunday at the start of the Winter Meetings the club is hesitant to delve into the open market of relievers, so perhaps a trade is a more likely scenario.

Rodney meeting with teams at Winter Meetings
Fernando Rodney is attending the Winter Meetings and plans to meet with "executives from multiple teams," a source told MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez.

Rodney, who turns 41 years old in March, racked up 39 saves while recording a 4.23 ERA and 65 strikeouts over 55 1/3 innings for the D-backs in 2017. Rodney started off the season slow, but he pitched to a 2.38 ERA in 50 appearances from May through the end of the season.

Rodney is 44-63 with a 3.73 ERA over the course of his 15-year career and has accumulated exactly 300 saves.

Among the teams known to be searching for relief help are the Cardinals, Rockies and Mets, but it is unclear if these teams are those scheduled to meet with Rodney's representatives.

Cardinals pursuing other stars after missing out on Stanton
After missing out on a potential trade for reigning National League Most Valuable Player Giancarlo Stanton, the St. Louis Cardinals are surveying the market for other possible deals or signings as the Winter Meetings get underway.

St. Louis is known to have interest in free agents J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer, but MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman reports the players the club is going after include "some interesting surprises."

A person familiar with the situation said the Cardinals could inquire about Orioles third baseman Manny Machado. Heyman also adds a source told him he wouldn't be surprised to see the Rays' Evan Longoria surface as a possible target. The Redbirds could also maintain discussions with the Marlins in regards to their other star outfielders, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich, per Heyman.

St. Louis has already been linked to Rays closer Alex Colome and starter Chris Archer, and sources told Heyman the club remains interested in those two players. It's unclear whether either Longoria or Machado are available, but the Cards plan to at least meet with the two clubs to discuss.

The Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson was also mentioned by Heyman as a possibility for St. Louis, but the Blue Jays don't appear to be in any rush to trade him. The slugging third baseman is a free agent after 2018, but he is expected to play out the rest of his current deal in Toronto.

Colome drawing plenty of interest
The Cardinals and Rockies are "aggressively pursuing" Rays closer Alex Colome, according to a report by USA Today's Bob Nightengale. While Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweeted that the Cubs and Mets may be in the mix as well.

All four clubs have been known to be in the market for relief help, and even after the Cardinals agreed to a deal with right-hander Luke Gregerson and Chicago was close to a deal with Brandon Morrow on Sunday, both teams are expected to continue to add to their bullpens.

The Cardinals lost closer Trevor Rosenthal for all of 2018 because of a ulnar collateral ligament injury requiring Tommy John surgery and also watched Zach Duke, Juan Nicasio and Seung-Hwan Oh leave in free agency.

St. Louis has long been linked to Colome this offseason, and the Rays have improvements to be made in the outfield. The Cardinals' organization is loaded with young outfield talent, so a match could make sense.

The Rockies are looking to replace closer Greg Holland, who is now a free agent after excelling in the role for Colorado in 2017. He saved 41 games for the Rockies before rejecting his player option and a qualifying offer, electing to attempt to land a multi-year deal on the open market.

Colome, who turns 29 later this month, is 9-8 with a 2.88 ERA and 173 strikeouts in 169 innings as a reliever for Tampa Bay. He's racked up 84 saves while serving as the club's closer over the past two seasons, including a league-most 47 in 2017. Colome will not be a free agent until 2021.

Tribe makes offer to Santana
In a deep free-agent market for first basemen/designated hitters, Carlos Santana has received a contract offer from the Indians, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He has reportedly not accepted the offer, but informed the Indians they will have a chance to make a counteroffer should he receive a proposal from another team that is to his liking.

Santana, 31, has spent his entire career to this point with Cleveland. Last season, he slashed .259/.363/.455 with 23 homers in 154 games. He also won the first defensive award of his career, being named the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year at first base. In eight seasons with the Tribe, Santana has posted an .810 OPS with 174 home runs.

There are several other teams also interested in Santana, including the Red Sox, Phillies, Rangers, Mariners and Padres.

Mets shopping Harvey?
The Mets are open to trading former All-Star right-hander Matt Harvey, according to the New York Daily News. New York is eyeing relief help, and on Sunday, two relievers reportedly went off the market in right-hander Brandon Morrow to the Cubs and right-hander Luke Gregerson to the Cardinals.

Harvey, 28, is coming off his worst season in the Majors, posting a 6.70 ERA in 19 appearances (18 starts). He was an All-Star in 2013, posting a 2.27 ERA in 26 starts to finish fourth in National League Cy Young Award voting. But he missed the entire 2014 season recovering from Tommy John surgery, and his 2016 campaign was cut short by thoracic outlet syndrome surgery.

Red Sox interested in Schwarber?
The Red Sox entered the offseason hoping to upgrade the middle of their lineup, and with the Yankees set to acquire slugger Giancarlo Stanton, the pressure has only increased.

Boston has long been connected to free agents J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer, but president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has made almost all of his big moves since taking over through trades.

According to ESPN's Scott Lauber, the Red Sox have shown interest in Cubs' Kyle Schwarber, who would add a much-needed left-handed bat to the middle of the order. Furthermore, Schwarber's defensive shortcomings could be masked at designated hitter.

Video: CHC@TB: Statcast™ measures Schwarber's 114.3-mph homer

The Red Sox only hit 168 home runs last season and finished last in the American League for the first time since 1993. Furthermore, their top two home run hitters last season -- Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez -- are both right-handed.

However, the Cubs are unlikely to move Schwarber, who is a favorite of president of baseball operations Theo Epstein. Even in a down year coming off a knee injury, Schwarber launched 30 home runs.

Blue Jays interested in Harrison
The Blue Jays are showing interest in Pirates utility player Josh Harrison, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Though they recently acquired Aledmys Diaz from the Cardinals to bolster depth behind shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and second baseman Devon Travis, each of whom missed significant time due to injury in 2017, the Jays appear to be looking for further depth up the middle.

Harrison, 30, was an All-Star for the second time in 2017, slashing .272/.339/.432 with a career-high 16 home runs in 128 games. His season ended when he broke his left hand after being hit by a pitch on Sept. 2. Harrison has one year and $10.25 million remaining on his contract, with club options for 2019 and '20.

Rockies interested in LoMo
The Rockies are showing interest in free-agent first baseman Logan Morrison, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, which could lead to some positional shuffling in Denver.

Colorado signed Ian Desmond to play first base last offseason at a price of $70 million over five years. That move did not start out as Rockies fans would have hoped, however, as Desmond needed surgery after he was hit in the left hand by a pitch during Spring Training and contributed only seven home runs in 95 games. Signing Morrison would likely move Desmond back to the outfield to replace Colorado mainstay Carlos Gonzalez, now a free agent.

Morrison, 30, broke out for a career-best 38 home runs for the Rays in 2017, and it's intriguing to picture his power transferring to Coors Field.

Morrison's home run surge came with a spike in strikeouts, too, but he and a healthy Desmond could improve the Rockies' offense after the club already made a run to the National League Wild Card Game.

Angels interested in CC
Now that the Angels acquired two-way Japanese star Shohei Ohtani to complement two-time MVP Mike Trout, they're expected to make a playoff run, and a veteran addition to the rotation could be their next move.

The Angels are showing interest in CC Sabathia, who has spent the last nine years with the Yankees, according to George A. King of the NY Post.

Born and raised in Vallejo, Calif., it would make sense for Sabathia to return to the West Coast if the Angels offered the right deal.

Video: Ohtani's impact on the Angels' offseason plans

Meanwhile, the Bronx Bombers could use a one-year deal around the $11 million range with Sabathia. Taking on $265 million for Stanton curbs New York's options at the upcoming Winter Meetings.

Sabathia went 14-5 in 2017 with a 3.69 ERA with 120 strikeouts and proved valuable in the Yankees' exciting and unexpected playoff run.

Giants seek power at hot corner
After an unsuccessful attempt in trading for Giancarlo Stanton, the Giants have turned their sights to a few power-hitting third basemen.

The club has reportedly begun focusing in on free agents Mike Moustakas and Todd Frazier. The 29-year-old Moustakas hit a career-high 38 home runs for the Royals last season, while the 31-year-old Frazier hit 27 home runs for the White Sox and Yankees.

The Giants would pay a higher price for Moustakas, who is a qualifying offer recipient, so signing him would cost the Giants their second- and fifth-highest Draft picks in 2018 and $1 million in international bonus pool space.

The Giants were last in the Majors in home runs in 2017, hitting just 128. The second-lowest team, the Pirates, hit 151.

Cards, Gregerson agree on two-year deal
The Cardinals and free-agent reliever Luke Gregerson have agreed on a two-year, $11 million deal that includes a vesting option, according to a source. The deal is pending a physical.

The club has not confirmed the deal.

Gregerson, 33, struggled with the Astros in 2017, posting a 4.57 ERA and surrendering 13 home runs in 61 innings pitched. But the right-hander has a career 3.02 ERA and a 9.1 K/9 rate over nine MLB seasons.

Prior to joining the Astros in 2015, Gregerson had pitched five seasons for the Padres and one for the Athletics.

Marlins exploring trade options
The Marlins are continuing to explore ways to advance their rebuild and cut salary, after trading National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees.

Although they did take on Starlin Castro and the $22 million he is owed in the deal, the Marlins are not in a hurry to flip the second baseman, according to USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale. The Marlins believe Castro, who is coming off one of his best offensive seasons, has enough value that they can wait for the right offer.

Castro, 27, slashed .300/.338/.454 for the Yankees last season with 16 home runs. He was one of six second basemen with at least 450 plate appearances to hit .300, joining Jose Altuve, Daniel Murphy, Jose Ramirez, DJ LeMahieu and Dee Gordon.

In addition to Castro, the Marlins are taking offers on All-Star outfielder Marcell Ozuna, who has two years of team control left. Ozuna set career-highs across the board in his age-26 season -- with 37 home runs and 124 RBIs, while hitting .312/.376/.548.

Video: MIA@ARI: Ozuna crushes two homers in Arizona

The Cardinals, who agreed to a trade with the Marlins for Stanton before the slugger vetoed the deal, "badly desire" Ozuna, according to Nightengale, so a deal could come together quickly. The Marlins are known to have interest in right-handers Jack Flaherty and Sandy Alcantara, who are the Cardinals' No. 3 and No. 9 prospects according to MLBPipeline.com, respectively.

St. Louis is also intrigued by Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, if Miami makes him available. Yelich slashed .282/.369/.439 last season -- with 18 home runs and 16 stolen bases and has $44.5 million remaining on his contract, plus a 2022 team option.

Yankees open to moving Ellsbury, Headley
Having officially acquiring Stanton, the Yankees are weighing trading some of their higher-priced veterans, including Jacoby Ellsbury and Chase Headley, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

Shedding salary becomes even more important, as Stanton's $25 million average annual value on his contract would put the team even higher into the luxury tax. The Yankees reportedly tried to include Ellsbury and/or Headley in the Stanton trade to offset Stanton's salary, but Castro ended up in the deal instead.

Headley, 33, is entering the final year of his four-year contract and is due $13 million. He is currently slated to start at third base, but could be replaced by Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade or MLBPipeline.com Top 100 prospects Gleyber Torres (No. 1 organizational, No. 2 overall) or Miguel Andujar (No. 5 organizational, No. 92 overall).

Video: NYY@BAL: Headley belts a two-run shot to right-center

The switch-hitter slashed .273/.352/.406 last season -- a career-best in New York -- but was replaced at the hot corner toward the end of the season by current free agent Todd Frazier.

Ellsbury, meanwhile, could be far harder to trade, as he has three years and $63.4 million remaining on his contract -- with a $5 million buyout of a $21 million option -- and a full no-trade clause.

Earlier this offseason, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Aaron Hicks will be an everyday starter in 2018 -- leaving Ellsbury in a fourth-outfielder role. But Ellsbury reportedly wants to win the center-field job back.

Ellsbury was still productive in his age-33 season, as he stole at least 20 bases for the fifth straight year and reached base at a .348 clip, a four-year high. However, he has not shown much power lately -- with one season of double-digit home runs since 2012.

Mets in market for second baseman
The New York Mets are doing their due diligence in scouring the trade market as they look for an upgrade at second base for the 2018 season.

The Mets have checked in with the Tigers regarding the availability of Ian Kinsler, and with the Indians about Jason Kipnis, according to Carig. Carig also noted that the Mets could utilize the Winter Meetings to reach out to the Pirates about acquiring Josh Harrison.

Additionally, the New York Post's Mike Puma reports that the Mets plan to speak to the Marlins about Castro once the Stanton trade is made official.

The Mets "have had the most dialogue" with Detroit at this time about Kinsler, per Carig, but "there's skepticism" about a deal getting done.

Carig notes that the Mets could also consider moving Asdrubal Cabrera to second base and try to trade for a third baseman instead. However, second base remains the team's top priority.

Kinsler hit .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs and 52 RBIs in 139 games for the Tigers last season. Kipnis was limited to 90 games in 2017 because of shoulder and hamstring injuries, hitting just .232/.291/.414 with 12 home runs and 35 RBIs for the Indians.

Harrison batted .272/.339/.432 with 16 home runs and 12 stolen bases in 128 games while earning his second All-Star nod for the Pirates last season.

Castro is coming off one of his best offensive seasons to date after slashing .300/.338/.454 with 16 home runs for the Yankees. He is due $22.7 million over the next two seasons and has a $16 million team option for 2020 with a $1 million buyout.

Cubs pushing to land Cobb
The Cubs inked free-agent right-hander Tyler Chatwood to a three-year, $38 million deal on Thursday, but Chicago isn't done looking for starting pitching with two members of the club's 2017 rotation, Jake Arrieta and John Lackey, on the open market. According to Levine, the Cubs are continuing their push to land Alex Cobb.

Particularly with the Winter Meetings set to get underway on Sunday, Levine notes Chicago would like to sign the 30-year-old right-hander before other suitors potentially enter the picture.

Cobb pitched for Cubs manager Joe Maddon from 2011-14 while Maddon was managing the Rays, and rumors of a potential reunion have been out there for several weeks. New Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey was also Cobb's pitching coach for his entire career with Tampa Bay.

Cobb went 12-10 with a 3.66 ERA in 29 starts for the Rays in 2017. In six MLB seasons, he has a 3.50 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.

Video: BOS@TB: Cobb strikes out Bradley Jr. swinging

Brewers fielding calls on outfielders
Though the Giants lost out in the Stanton sweepstakes, they do not appear to have halted their pursuit of a power-hitting outfielder, and the club has reportedly shown interest in Brewers right fielder Domingo Santana, according to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal.

Milwaukee has fielded calls on multiple outfielders, per Rosenthal, though Santana could be the most coveted. With four years of club control remaining, he won't be arbitration-eligible until after next season. Ryan Braun, who has been linked to trade talks each of the last two seasons, is probably the least likely to be moved of Milwaukee's outfielders due to his no-trade clause via 10-and-5 rights. Center fielder Keon Broxton, the defensive standout of the trio, has five years of club control remaining.

Video: MIL@STL: Santana clobbers two-run shot for 30th homer

Santana, 25, took a major step forward in 2017 as a key cog in a powerful Brewers lineup. He slashed .278./371/.505 with 30 homers and 85 RBIs, both career highs. Due to his tremendous upside, as well as his club control, he would likely cost a significant return in any potential trade.

The Giants have been aggressive in their pursuit of outfield help this offseason. In addition to making the Marlins an offer for Stanton, San Francisco has also been linked to Andrew McCutchen, who has one year and $14.5 million left on his contract with the Pirates. The Giants finished 2017 with the fewest homers (128), lowest slugging percentage (.380), second-lowest on-base percentage (.309) and second-fewest runs scored (639) in the Majors.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Trammell, Morris relish being teammates again

Hall of Famers spent 14 years together with Tigers
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Alan Trammell and Jack Morris were Tigers' Draft picks in the same year, a few rounds apart in 1976. They both arrived in the big leagues a year later and spent the next 14 seasons as teammates in Detroit.

On Monday, they were wearing the same jersey once more. This time, it was the red and white jerseys the Hall of Fame gives to inductees to put on during their introductory press conference. And as they put their arms through the sleeves, fitting them over the attire they wore to the Winter Meetings, the gravity of Sunday's news was sinking in.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Alan Trammell and Jack Morris were Tigers' Draft picks in the same year, a few rounds apart in 1976. They both arrived in the big leagues a year later and spent the next 14 seasons as teammates in Detroit.

On Monday, they were wearing the same jersey once more. This time, it was the red and white jerseys the Hall of Fame gives to inductees to put on during their introductory press conference. And as they put their arms through the sleeves, fitting them over the attire they wore to the Winter Meetings, the gravity of Sunday's news was sinking in.

• Morris, Trammell elected to Hall of Fame

"How's it look, buddy?" Trammell asked, turning to Morris.

"Makes you look good," Morris answered.

It was a good fit -- not just the jerseys, but the historic significance of Morris and Trammell entering Cooperstown together. The pair was part of the Tigers' last World Series championship team, in 1984, the same year that two teammates went into the Hall of Fame wearing the same cap on their plaque. Baseball writers voted in Don Drysdale that year, his 10th on the ballot. That same year, the Veterans Committee voted in Drysdale's Dodgers teammate, Pee Wee Reese.

Video: Trammell, Morris' numbers to be retired by Tigers

Though Braves rotation mates Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine went into the Hall of Fame together in 2014, only Glavine went in as a Brave. Maddux, whose career began with the Cubs, went in with a blank cap on his plaque.

• Castrovince: Sweet result for Tigers' teammates

As Trammell and Morris spoke together with reporters, they played off each other like they were still teammates. While Morris was emotional, at times fighting back tears as he spoke about the long wait to get in, Trammell couldn't stop smiling.

"I've prided myself for years of being prepared, and that was kind of my style of how I played, but I find myself with my mind drifting constantly," Trammell said of his mentality since Sunday. "I'm trying to stay on task, and I'm having a very difficult time doing it. I'm going to be honest. I feel a little bit out of place.

"The Hall of Fame, that's got a great ring to it. But when I hear 'Alan Trammell, Hall of Fame,' it hasn't resonated yet, and I'm just speaking from the heart."

Video: Morris, Trammell on election to Hall of Fame

Those emotions might be more similar as they sit down and prepare their speeches, the magnitude finally sets in for Trammell, and the task at hand becomes more imperative for Morris. But for this day, their personalities on the dais at Disney's Swan and Dolphin Hotel and Resort reflected a little bit of their personalities as teammates -- Morris the fiery competitor, Trammell the kid at heart.

"After failing on the writers ballot, reality sinks in. For me, it was a wonderful learning time because I had to remind myself of how much I am grateful for without the Hall of Fame," Morris said. "And then you get this wonderful news from your peers, and it happens, and Tram and I are both having a tough time grasping that right now. But it's more for the people that were in my corner than me, myself, right now. I think, had I made it on the first ballot, I wouldn't have that same feeling. So I'm grateful for the time, because it has taught me a lot."

One of the people who had been in both of their corners is no longer with them, though he's also in the Hall. Until now, Sparky Anderson was the only member of the 1984 Tigers enshrined in Cooperstown, in his case as a manager. Both Trammell and Morris were thinking of Anderson and his teachings as they thought about their careers that led them down this path.

"As young athletes, we thought we were good, and we thought we knew what we were doing," Trammell said. "And little did we know, we didn't know squat. We really didn't. And he was the man that got us over the hump."

Video: Morris, Trammell on Anderson's influence

They had different relationships with Anderson, as Morris acknowledged, but he got the most out of them.

"Sparky made me a ballplayer, whether I liked it or not," Morris said. "We were unhealthily too close. He wasn't my manager. He was my older brother, my dad, and I love both of them. … I loved Sparky, but I wanted to hug him and kick him in the butt at the same time almost every day.

"What I can tell you is he brought out the best in both of us, and not only us, but our teams. There's a crazy, insane way he did it. It defies all logic. It doesn't fall into any analytic. But he knew what he was doing, and I love the man, will forever. Wish he was here to celebrate with us."

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Detroit Tigers

Official transcript: Yankees introduce Stanton

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JASON ZILLO: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Jason Zillo, the New York Yankees vice president of communications.

Earlier today, the Yankees finalized a trade with the Florida Marlins, Miami Marlins, excuse me. Bringing Giancarlo Stanton, 2017 National League MVP and cash considerations to the Yankees in exchange for second baseman Starlin Castro and minor leaguers Jorge Guzman and Jose Devers.

We are here to obviously introduce and welcome Giancarlo to the Yankees, the newest member of the New York Yankees, and allow our fans for the first time to see Giancarlo don the pinstripes.

As we begin, I'd like to take a moment to thank the commissioner's office, who offered up this space and a window of time to allow us to perform this press conference. This is a big room, and it's fitting for this type of news-making announcement. The Winter Meetings attract a huge swath of our industry. We welcome you here. We also welcome the fine journalists that cover the sport.

I said something last week when we introduced Aaron Boone as the 33rd manager in the history of the Yankees franchise that I think bears repeating. These are the type of announcements that our fans rally behind and they get excited for, and it causes them to look towards the 2018 schedule. It's coming. I mentioned again last week that pitchers and catchers report to George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa on February 13th. We're counting down. We're now at 64 days.

I'd like to introduce the members on the dais. To my left, Jean Afterman, Yankees executive vice president and assistant general manager; beside me to my left is Hal Steinbrenner, the managing general partner of the New York Yankees; to my immediate right, newly brought on board Aaron Boone, Yankees manager; the man of the hour, Giancarlo Stanton. Giancarlo, thank you for coming today. We appreciate it. And, of course, Brian Cashman, the Yankees senior vice president and general manager.

With the introductions in place, I'd like to call Brian up to the podium now, please.

BRIAN CASHMAN: Thanks, Jason.

These are exciting times. Every day our baseball operations department under the guidance of the Steinbrenner family are trying to find ways to improve the club. Sometimes they're in big ways. Sometimes they're in small ways.

Today's a day of welcoming a new addition to our band of merry men. I think we have a lot of exciting, talented players that you saw play out and compete on a daily basis last year.

But we have higher hopes, and that's part of our job description is to find pieces that can help us take further steps, pieces that can play a role in the future efforts to try to find a way to be that last team standing.

Despite what we're here today to talk about, which is welcoming Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees as another member of that band of merry men, the job doesn't finish. We've got to keep finding ways to improve. There's other aspects of the roster that we want to attack and fortify to make sure that we can do everything in our power -- within reason, obviously -- to put a team that Aaron Boone and his coaching staff can go forward with.

So with that, I'd like to turn this over to Aaron Boone.

AARON BOONE: Thank you, Brian.

Thank you again to the Steinbrenner family for allowing such a special day to happen for this franchise. Today is a celebration for the New York Yankees, for our fan base, and a celebration of one of the great players in our sport in Giancarlo Stanton.

I can't tell you how excited we are that this has all transpired, and now it's going to be the realization of him being a part of our outstanding young team, young nucleus.

As much as we are excited to have the National League MVP join our lineup and all that goes with that and all the expectations we have for him to come in and play so well at Yankee Stadium, we have a group of young men that we're so excited about what they bring from a character standpoint in that room. We feel like we really have a special culture brewing, and we feel like adding Giancarlo Stanton -- yes, the player, but just as much the person to that room, he's only going to make it even stronger.

I can't wait to continue to get to know him better and build our relationship, and I just want to celebrate him today and introduce him as the newest New York Yankee, Giancarlo Stanton.

JASON ZILLO: Ladies and gentlemen, Giancarlo Stanton.

(Applause)

GIANCARLO STANTON: How's it going, everybody? Just want to say I'm glad to be here and part of the New York Yankees. It's going to be a great new chapter in my life and my career. So I want to thank everybody involved to be able to get this done -- Jean, Mr. Steinbrenner, Aaron, and Mr. Cashman.

This has been quite the experience, quite the road to get here. When I signed up in Miami, I wanted things to work out, and I had a good vision there, but sometimes things just spiral out of place and you have to find a new home.

So I'm very excited to be here and to be a part of the Yankees, and I'm just looking forward to stepping up and being with this winning environment and winning culture. So I'm happy to be here.

Q. Giancarlo, can you just give some insight into why you included the Yankees on your list of teams that were acceptable destinations and why you ultimately gave the go ahead for this deal?

GIANCARLO STANTON: Just watching them from afar, seeing their young, dynamic group, the way they flow together on the field, how they never give up, never quit, the atmosphere, the storied franchise. There's not much you can say about why you wouldn't want to be there. They're for sure on the list of where I want to be.

Q. Giancarlo, what's your relationship like with Aaron Judge? You spent some time with him during the Home Run Derby, All-Star Game.

GIANCARLO STANTON: Yeah, we met at the All-Star Game, Home Run Derby. A lot of craziness going on during that time. We just said hello, and we respect each other's game and had fun in the derby and the game.

I've spoken to him there since, a couple days ago, and we're excited. We're excited to get better together and use our talents together because we're very similar. And we're going to learn from each other and make each other better.

Q. Giancarlo, did Derek ever speak with you and try to encourage you to stay or encourage you to leave? And why did you say no to San Francisco and St. Louis?

JASON ZILLO: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Jason Zillo, the New York Yankees vice president of communications.

Earlier today, the Yankees finalized a trade with the Florida Marlins, Miami Marlins, excuse me. Bringing Giancarlo Stanton, 2017 National League MVP and cash considerations to the Yankees in exchange for second baseman Starlin Castro and minor leaguers Jorge Guzman and Jose Devers.

We are here to obviously introduce and welcome Giancarlo to the Yankees, the newest member of the New York Yankees, and allow our fans for the first time to see Giancarlo don the pinstripes.

As we begin, I'd like to take a moment to thank the commissioner's office, who offered up this space and a window of time to allow us to perform this press conference. This is a big room, and it's fitting for this type of news-making announcement. The Winter Meetings attract a huge swath of our industry. We welcome you here. We also welcome the fine journalists that cover the sport.

I said something last week when we introduced Aaron Boone as the 33rd manager in the history of the Yankees franchise that I think bears repeating. These are the type of announcements that our fans rally behind and they get excited for, and it causes them to look towards the 2018 schedule. It's coming. I mentioned again last week that pitchers and catchers report to George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa on February 13th. We're counting down. We're now at 64 days.

I'd like to introduce the members on the dais. To my left, Jean Afterman, Yankees executive vice president and assistant general manager; beside me to my left is Hal Steinbrenner, the managing general partner of the New York Yankees; to my immediate right, newly brought on board Aaron Boone, Yankees manager; the man of the hour, Giancarlo Stanton. Giancarlo, thank you for coming today. We appreciate it. And, of course, Brian Cashman, the Yankees senior vice president and general manager.

With the introductions in place, I'd like to call Brian up to the podium now, please.

BRIAN CASHMAN: Thanks, Jason.

These are exciting times. Every day our baseball operations department under the guidance of the Steinbrenner family are trying to find ways to improve the club. Sometimes they're in big ways. Sometimes they're in small ways.

Today's a day of welcoming a new addition to our band of merry men. I think we have a lot of exciting, talented players that you saw play out and compete on a daily basis last year.

But we have higher hopes, and that's part of our job description is to find pieces that can help us take further steps, pieces that can play a role in the future efforts to try to find a way to be that last team standing.

Despite what we're here today to talk about, which is welcoming Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees as another member of that band of merry men, the job doesn't finish. We've got to keep finding ways to improve. There's other aspects of the roster that we want to attack and fortify to make sure that we can do everything in our power -- within reason, obviously -- to put a team that Aaron Boone and his coaching staff can go forward with.

So with that, I'd like to turn this over to Aaron Boone.

AARON BOONE: Thank you, Brian.

Thank you again to the Steinbrenner family for allowing such a special day to happen for this franchise. Today is a celebration for the New York Yankees, for our fan base, and a celebration of one of the great players in our sport in Giancarlo Stanton.

I can't tell you how excited we are that this has all transpired, and now it's going to be the realization of him being a part of our outstanding young team, young nucleus.

As much as we are excited to have the National League MVP join our lineup and all that goes with that and all the expectations we have for him to come in and play so well at Yankee Stadium, we have a group of young men that we're so excited about what they bring from a character standpoint in that room. We feel like we really have a special culture brewing, and we feel like adding Giancarlo Stanton -- yes, the player, but just as much the person to that room, he's only going to make it even stronger.

I can't wait to continue to get to know him better and build our relationship, and I just want to celebrate him today and introduce him as the newest New York Yankee, Giancarlo Stanton.

JASON ZILLO: Ladies and gentlemen, Giancarlo Stanton.

(Applause)

GIANCARLO STANTON: How's it going, everybody? Just want to say I'm glad to be here and part of the New York Yankees. It's going to be a great new chapter in my life and my career. So I want to thank everybody involved to be able to get this done -- Jean, Mr. Steinbrenner, Aaron, and Mr. Cashman.

This has been quite the experience, quite the road to get here. When I signed up in Miami, I wanted things to work out, and I had a good vision there, but sometimes things just spiral out of place and you have to find a new home.

So I'm very excited to be here and to be a part of the Yankees, and I'm just looking forward to stepping up and being with this winning environment and winning culture. So I'm happy to be here.

Q. Giancarlo, can you just give some insight into why you included the Yankees on your list of teams that were acceptable destinations and why you ultimately gave the go ahead for this deal?

GIANCARLO STANTON: Just watching them from afar, seeing their young, dynamic group, the way they flow together on the field, how they never give up, never quit, the atmosphere, the storied franchise. There's not much you can say about why you wouldn't want to be there. They're for sure on the list of where I want to be.

Q. Giancarlo, what's your relationship like with Aaron Judge? You spent some time with him during the Home Run Derby, All-Star Game.

GIANCARLO STANTON: Yeah, we met at the All-Star Game, Home Run Derby. A lot of craziness going on during that time. We just said hello, and we respect each other's game and had fun in the derby and the game.

I've spoken to him there since, a couple days ago, and we're excited. We're excited to get better together and use our talents together because we're very similar. And we're going to learn from each other and make each other better.

Q. Giancarlo, did Derek ever speak with you and try to encourage you to stay or encourage you to leave? And why did you say no to San Francisco and St. Louis?

 


GIANCARLO STANTON: We had a meeting, yes. We spoke about the direction of the team. I wanted us to go forward and have -- and advance with the pitching staff. I thought our lineup was legit and we needed help with our pitchers, and we needed to add rather than subtract. The way they wanted to go was to subtract, so I let that be known that I didn't want to be part of another rebuild, another losing season, and that's almost a guaranteed losing season taking away what I thought was a great lineup. So, yes, I didn't want to be a part of the rebuild.

Now, I gave my list of teams prior to, and they went to San Francisco and Cardinals and struck deals with them. So I was open to listen to them, but those were not my teams. Those are great people. They were great meetings and a great organization and culture there, but that just wasn't the fit for me.

Q. When you left Miami, you thanked the organization. You also said you would try to be professional in an unprofessional circus at times. Can you elaborate on the unprofessional circus?

GIANCARLO STANTON: You guys are the media. You've seen what's gone on down there. What I mainly meant is just no structure, no stamp of this is how things are going to be. It's a different direction every Spring Training. You've got to learn something new. Every spring a different manager, every spring, every middle of the season. So that's mainly what I meant.

Q. Giancarlo, just in terms of where you're going to play, how do you envision where you'll play in respect to Aaron's also a right fielder?

GIANCARLO STANTON: That doesn't matter where I'm going to play. I'm willing to play wherever I need that can fit the team, whether that's rotating around right field with Aaron, DH. We haven't spoken about that specifically, but we're willing to find whatever works to make us the best.

Q. How do you feel like you'll acquiesce yourself to the pressure of playing in New York? You've never played in a postseason before. What's it going to be like to join a team that was on the cusp of being in the World Series last year?

GIANCARLO STANTON: That's what I've always dreamed of. You always want to be in competitive games that mean something, and your performance means something to the team and the city. It's going to be a fun challenge, and I'm looking forward to it.

Q. The Yankees have, obviously, a big tradition of bringing in the sluggers from elsewhere -- Reggie Jackson, Winfield, and Giambi, and A-Rod. How aware are you of that history, and how important is it to you to be part of that, doing some of the things that they did?

GIANCARLO STANTON: Not directly aware besides A-Rod, but those are names that I obviously know. It's going to be fun, like I said. It's a good company of names to be a part of. But this is a separate group. This is a new young team, and I just want to mesh with them.

Q. The Cardinals pursued you deeply and had the meeting -- you had the meeting with a Cardinal representative. Did they come close to swaying you at all and maybe changing your decision to come to St. Louis?

GIANCARLO STANTON: I've always watched them from afar as well. We shared the same Spring Training. So I've noticed how they go about their business, how it's a winning first culture, the fans, everything. It's a great organization. And we did have a good meeting. But I wanted to see my options to the teams that I originally chose.

JASON ZILLO: I'd also like to acknowledge Joel Wolfe, Giancarlo's longtime representative. Thank you for being here, Joel.

Q. You're a west coast guy. You've played in Miami your whole career. What was it about New York that was appealing to you that made you put the Yankees on the list of teams you would accept a trade to?

GIANCARLO STANTON: The team, the dynamic of they strike from everywhere, and they're well balanced, and they're hungry. The city's been waiting for another World Series and a playoff run, and they got close enough this year. But hopefully, with my addition, we're going to advance and be better, a better team. We have to go out and perform, but I want to make this team better.

Q. You obviously were open to taking those meetings with both the Giants and the Cardinals. I wondered why you did that then if they weren't on your list, what you wanted to hear from them that might have swayed you? And ultimately, what didn't you hear from those two teams to not come up with an agreement with either?

GIANCARLO STANTON: I really just wanted to learn what another organization is like. All I've experienced is the Marlins and basically one way of going about things. So I wanted to see how other organizations went about their business and how the city and everything would appeal to me if that was a way that I wanted to go.

Q. Giancarlo, I know leaving Miami and something undone is probably somewhat bittersweet for you, or at least was early on in the process. What would you say to the fans and the organization you're leaving behind as well, what would you say to them?

GIANCARLO STANTON: I would say to hang in there. They're hurting. They're going to go through some more tough years, but I would advise them not to give up. Just keep hope, maybe watch from afar if you're going to watch. But those guys are -- they've battled too. The guys that are out there, they're good kids. They need some support too.

Q. Just during this process, how aggressive do you feel like the Dodgers were in trying to make this work? I know, obviously, you had a desire to play there, being from L.A.

GIANCARLO STANTON: I'm not sure how aggressive they were. Just whatever knowledge you guys have.

Q. I'm interested -- and obviously, Mr. Jeter has his responsibility with the Marlins, but it's realistic. It's a business. They're in a rebuild, and you don't want to stay. I'm interested what it was like. Did you seek his counsel as far as what it was like to play in New York? And what did he say about the teams pursuing you outside of the Marlins?

GIANCARLO STANTON: No, I haven't talked about that with him yet, but that dynamic was I gave the teams I wanted. New York was definitely on top of the list, and we were able to get a deal done.

JASON ZILLO: That will conclude the formal portion of today's press conference. We'll start doing some breakout stuff with the media that's assembled. On behalf of the New York Yankees organization, I'd like to wish everyone here today a happy and healthy holiday season, and for those Yankees fans joining us today and every day, we hope that Giancarlo Stanton brings a little special holiday wish to you. Thank you.

 

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Source: Texas signs Martin to two-year deal

Righty pitched to 1.12 ERA over 88 1/3 innings the past two seasons in Japan
MLB.com @Sullivan_Ranger

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Rangers have reached an agreement with right-handed reliever Chris Martin on a two-year contract worth $4 million, according to Major League sources. The move reinforces the Rangers' bullpen and increases the comfort the Rangers would have in moving reliever Matt Bush to the rotation.

The Rangers have not yet announced the signing of a pitcher who was born and raised in Arlington.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Rangers have reached an agreement with right-handed reliever Chris Martin on a two-year contract worth $4 million, according to Major League sources. The move reinforces the Rangers' bullpen and increases the comfort the Rangers would have in moving reliever Matt Bush to the rotation.

The Rangers have not yet announced the signing of a pitcher who was born and raised in Arlington.

Martin, who stands 6-foot-8 with a fastball clocked at 95 mph, was dominating over the past two years in Japan with the Nippon Ham Fighters. The 31-year-old appeared in a combined 92 games with a 1.12 ERA and a 0.67 WHIP. He averaged 9.3 strikeouts, 4.7 hits and 1.3 walks per nine innings with 22 saves in 2016-17.

The Rangers came into the Winter Meetings looking for both starting pitching and relievers. Martin adds to a bullpen that already includes Bush, Tony Barnette and Keone Kela from the right side and left-handers Jake Diekman and Alex Claudio.

Right-handers Jose Leclerc, Nick Gardewine and Ricardo Rodriguez will also get Spring Training looks, although they will have to earn their way on the team.

The Rangers have also signed left-hander Mike Minor to a three-year contract with the intention of moving the lefty into the rotation. But he pitched in relief for the Royals last season after missing two years because of shoulder problems and could be used in the bullpen if he is not ready to move into the rotation.

Video: Rangers bolster rotation after signing Minor

Bush has spent the past two seasons in the Rangers 'pen and that could still be the case in 2018. But the Rangers want him to prepare this offseason as a starter and will take a look at that possibility in Spring Training.

Martin gives them added depth to consider that option, although the Rangers will continue to look for more bullpen options as the offseason progresses.

Martin is originally from Arlington High School and McLennan College in Waco, Texas, where he played before being taken by the Rockies in the 21st round of the 2005 MLB Draft. His pitching career was cut short by a torn labrum in his right shoulder and he spent three years working various blue-collar jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

In 2010, Martin attempted a comeback and pitched for the Grand Prairie AirHogs of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. The AirHogs, playing just down the freeway from Arlington, were then managed by former Rangers outfielder Pete Incaviglia.

The Red Sox signed Martin after one year in Grand Prairie and he spent three years in their farm system before being traded to the Rockies. He pitched for Colorado in 2014 and then was traded to the Yankees the following season. The righty pitched in 40 games for the Rockies and the Yankees in 2014-15 with a 6.19 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP before going to Japan.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Instant impact: Top 5 most crucial WMs

The 2017 Winter Meetings are officially underway, and with Shohei Ohtani choosing the Angels and Giancarlo Stanton reportedly approving a deal to join the Yankees, more deals are bound to happen this week and play a big role in shaping baseball's foreseeable future.

It would hardly be the first time. The Meetings have frequently shaken up MLB's balance of power over the years: The Mets landing Gary Carter in 1984 and vaulting to the top of the National League, the Blue Jays acquiring Joe Carter and Roberto Alomar in 1990 to put the finishing touches on a budding dynasty.

And as the stories below show, those few days in December can even help decide the next World Series winner.

Cubs reportedly nearing deal with Morrow

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla -- The Cubs may be close to finding their next closer. According to MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman, the Cubs are finalizing a deal with free-agent right-hander Brandon Morrow. The Cubs would not confirm the report.

Morrow, 33, is coming off his best season since he was converted to a full-time reliever, posting a 2.06 ERA over 43 2/3 innings with the Dodgers. He set career-highs in strikeout rate (29.1 percent) and WHIP (0.92) while not giving up a home run all season. Morrow's 240 xwOBA was ninth-lowest among relievers with at least 100 batters faced.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla -- The Cubs may be close to finding their next closer. According to MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman, the Cubs are finalizing a deal with free-agent right-hander Brandon Morrow. The Cubs would not confirm the report.

Morrow, 33, is coming off his best season since he was converted to a full-time reliever, posting a 2.06 ERA over 43 2/3 innings with the Dodgers. He set career-highs in strikeout rate (29.1 percent) and WHIP (0.92) while not giving up a home run all season. Morrow's 240 xwOBA was ninth-lowest among relievers with at least 100 batters faced.

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The Cubs have been in the market for a closer since Wade Davis filed for free agency. Morrow has some closing experience, saving 16 games for the Mariners in 2008-09. The right-hander does have electric stuff and his fastball averaged 97.7 mph last season.

Morrow was the Dodgers' setup man last season, although he did collect two saves in the second half. He also was used in 14 of Los Angeles' 15 postseason games, and in four games against the Cubs in the National League Championship Series, he gave up one hit, walked one and struck out seven over 4 2/3 scoreless innings.

Video: Hot Stove discusses Morrow, Gregerson deals

Adding pitching has been the Cubs' primary objective this offseason. Starters Jake Arrieta and John Lackey as well as relievers Koji Uehara and Brian Duensing are all free agents, while the club non-tendered Hector Rondon.

The Cubs did make a qualifying offer to Davis and haven't ruled out his possible return. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein said he planned to talk to Davis' agent during the Winter Meetings, which officially open Monday.

Several reports this weekend also had free agent right-hander Addison Reed high on the Cubs' wish list.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.

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