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Source: O's looking into Machado suitors

MLB.com @Britt_Ghiroli

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- As the Orioles look to acquire two starting pitchers, the team has taken a rather uncharacteristic stance: shopping star player Manny Machado.

While rumors about the possibility of trading Machado have been swirling all offseason, a report Tuesday morning in The Athletic took things a step further, saying the O's are actively shopping him and encouraging opposing clubs to make them an offer. A source has since confirmed to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand that the club is indeed looking for potential trade partners for Machado.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- As the Orioles look to acquire two starting pitchers, the team has taken a rather uncharacteristic stance: shopping star player Manny Machado.

While rumors about the possibility of trading Machado have been swirling all offseason, a report Tuesday morning in The Athletic took things a step further, saying the O's are actively shopping him and encouraging opposing clubs to make them an offer. A source has since confirmed to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand that the club is indeed looking for potential trade partners for Machado.

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Machado will be a free agent at the end of 2018, and there's been a growing sentiment within the organization that it will not be able to sign him long term. While executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette has not confirmed that the club is actively shopping any of its players, he did say on Monday that the O's may have to move quicker this offseason in order to upgrade their rotation.

The Orioles have historically avoided big fire sales or trading away stars under owner Peter Angelos, with the goal being to field the most competitive team year in and year out.

Trading Machado a year away from free agency may not be able to net them enough to fully reload the rotation, but it would be an important signal that the organization is committed to building more for the future. The O's find themselves in an interesting crossroads this offseason, with Machado, Adam Jones, Zach Britton, Duquette and manager Buck Showalter among those in their final contract years.

Should Machado stay with the Orioles for his final season, the infielder would prefer to move to shortstop. The move, first reported by The Athletic and confirmed by MLB.com, would put Machado back at the position he was drafted in, but it would leave a gaping hole at third for Baltimore next season.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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

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Today at Winter Meetings: In Real Life

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MLB.com is on the scene in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for Day 2 of baseball's annual Winter Meetings. Catch up on all of today's action right here.

6:11 p.m. ET: Manny of the hour
Questions swirled around the Orioles' shopping of star third baseman Manny Machado all day. And executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette confirmed on Day 2 that he is listening to offers for Machado, who will be a free agent in 2019.

MLB.com is on the scene in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for Day 2 of baseball's annual Winter Meetings. Catch up on all of today's action right here.

6:11 p.m. ET: Manny of the hour
Questions swirled around the Orioles' shopping of star third baseman Manny Machado all day. And executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette confirmed on Day 2 that he is listening to offers for Machado, who will be a free agent in 2019.

Whether the O's actually deal away one of the organization's most popular players since his arrival in 2012, is another matter entirely.

"Manny's an Oriole. I don't think you have to speculate [what the fanbase would think of a potential trade]," Duquette said. "There's a lot of interest in Manny and a couple of clubs requested a meeting, so we met with a couple of clubs specifically on that issue."

Tweet from @Britt_Ghiroli: Several clubs requested to meet with the Os today about Machado. Duq said they had 4-5 trade discussions on the day.

4:45 p.m. ET: Kapler of my eye
Gabe Kapler might be smiling because he's having a great time at his first Winter Meetings as Phillies manager. But might it have something to do with having an All-Star arm nearing a return to his bullpen?

4:30 p.m. ET: How the AL West was won
Mariners manager Scott Servais and Rangers skipper Jeff Banister get some face time with the media. Seattle has its eye on a free-agent reliever, while Texas hasn't ruled out a reunion with Yu Darvish. No matter what happens, the clubs will have to contend with the reigning World Series champions as a division rival.

3:47 p.m. ET: Buck to the future
Orioles manager Buck Showalter's out here disrupting the home run space. But he might want to be careful what he wishes for.

Tweet from @castrovince: Buck Showalter (jokingly) suggests a new @MLB rule that the further you hit a HR, the more runs you get. Skee-Ball Baseball. Dangerous suggestion with Stanton and Judge both on a division rival now.

3:40 p.m. ET: Cheers!

Tweet from @bensbiz: A ���cheers to ten years��� toast at the 10th annual @WinterMeetings Women in Baseball Leadership Event. #WiBLE pic.twitter.com/XtlUc6eYut

3:04 p.m. ET: Dr. Roberts
The Dodgers are comfortable taking their time at this year's Winter Meetings, but that probably won't do much to stop reporters from asking manager Dave Roberts about potential deals.

2:53 p.m. ET: Mickey: Tito, you're so fine
New Mets manager Mickey Callaway talks about learning the art of bullpen management while working as the Indians' pitching coach under skipper Terry Francona: "If you go back and look at Terry Francona's bullpens, there's not too many guys that ever struggled."

Tweet from @AnthonyDiComo: Here's Mickey Callaway discussing his philosophy of late-game bullpen roles. #Mets pic.twitter.com/1ZsL9k99XU

Tweet from @castrovince: Here's the Disney campus' second-most-popular Mickey. #Mets pic.twitter.com/hryVCxH4nS

2:26 p.m. ET: Neander haul?
The Rays, who could choose to build on last year's 80-win season or position themselves for the future, are one of the most interesting teams to watch at the Meetings. General manager Erik Neander sits down with MLB Network to talk about all the possibilities.

2:14 p.m. ET: Going, going, Gonzo!
Two women dressed as flamingos on stilts? No, you're not Hunter S. Thompson. You're at the Winter Meetings!

1:22 p.m. ET: Manny on the move?
MLB Network's Christopher Russo sounds off on reports that the Orioles are listening to offers for superstar Manny Machado, who wants to move from third base to shortstop next season, from the floor of the Winter Meetings.

Tweet from @MLBNetwork: A move to shortstop? A new team?These Manny Machado rumors "have juice." @MadDogUnleashed #HighHeat pic.twitter.com/Om7vn9wkqN

12:54 p.m. ET: Fans pepper Jack
MLB.com's Dani Wex may not draw the same crowd of autograph seekers as Jack Morris, but then again, he's a Hall of Famer.

Tweet from @DaniWex: One of us is a HOFer... 📸: @Skippins #jackmorris pic.twitter.com/abC27kob52

12:30 p.m. ET: Jersey? Sure!
The Baseball Trade Show at the Winter Meetings boasts a pretty epic selection of Theme Night jerseys.

12:23 p.m. ET: Hey, Buddy
The Mets hope to find a reliever or a second baseman under the tree this Christmas, and it looks like they've got a representative on their side in the North Pole.

11:15 a.m. ET: A walk to remember
Put on your best collared shirt, hang that credential around your neck and take a stroll through the Winter Meetings. 

Tweet from @WinterMeetings: A walk-through the heart of #WinterMeetings madness 😅 pic.twitter.com/y3DpqVWSqm

10:17 a.m. ET: From one generation to the next
Phillies right-hander Zach Eflin, veteran reliever Luke Gregerson and Pirates infielder Max Moroff took part in the "Fun At Bat" event at Bay Meadows Elementary School on Tuesday morning, conducting workshops and baseball drills for young students.

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

Padres' interest in Hosmer said to be 'very real'

MLB.com @AJCassavell

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Unlikely as it may have seemed two days ago, the Padres have emerged as one of baseball's busiest clubs this week at the Winter Meetings.

Not only did they swing a pair of deals to land Chase Headley, Bryan Mitchell and infield prospect Deion Tansel on Tuesday, but their interest in free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer appears to be real.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Unlikely as it may have seemed two days ago, the Padres have emerged as one of baseball's busiest clubs this week at the Winter Meetings.

Not only did they swing a pair of deals to land Chase Headley, Bryan Mitchell and infield prospect Deion Tansel on Tuesday, but their interest in free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer appears to be real.

"Very real," according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Another source told MLB.com that there's definitely something substantial to the rumors linking the Padres to Hosmer. It's unclear how far those talks have progressed or if the Padres are preparing an offer.

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Last season in Kansas City, Hosmer batted .318/.385/.498 with 25 homers. He's one of the offseason's most coveted free agents, though San Diego is a curious destination given that Wil Myers currently mans first base there.

Myers, however, has already given the Padres his assurance that he'd be willing shift to the outfield, should the Padres land Hosmer. And Hosmer visited San Diego earlier this month to meet with the Padres face-to-face.

Still, signing Hosmer would require an unprecedented financial commitment from the franchise. Myers is currently the owner of the largest contract in club history at $83 million. Hosmer's deal is expected to reach nine figures.

At 28, Hosmer is certainly young enough to mesh with the Padres' plans. He'd serve as an experienced bat in a young lineup. But the organization's hope is that those young hitters push the club toward yearly contention, beginning in 2020 (or perhaps as early as 2019). Unlike most other free agents this offseason, Hosmer will presumably still be in his prime.

Padres have options at short

The Padres have "eight or nine" external shortstop options currently on their radar for the 2018 season, general manager A.J. Preller said. He wouldn't divulge how many are trade candidates and how many are free agents.

"There's probably eight or nine guys that we've started with that we think are realistic to try to acquire either in free agency or trade, and each guy has a little different skill set," Preller said. "We weigh that out in terms of acquisition cost, dollars and obviously what they bring to our club."

Preller wouldn't divulge much regarding the search. But he noted that versatility is a trait the organization will value, given that big-time prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. (No. 4 on MLBPipeline.com's Padres Top 30 prospects list) could arrive by 2019. It's possible the Padres look for a player who could shift from shortstop to another infield spot in a season or two.

Backup catcher on to-do list

In Austin Hedges, the Padres feel they have their catcher of the future locked up for the next half-decade. But who plays behind Hedges in 2018? That spot's still up for grabs.

Preller discussed his backup options at backstop on Tuesday afternoon, noting that Rocky Gale and the newly signed Raffy Lopez are options. But he'd still like to bring in another catcher before the offseason concludes.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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.

Mets appear likely to keep Harvey in the fold

Amid trade rumors, Callaway and Eiland eager to work with righty
MLB.com @AnthonyDiComo

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Matt Harvey rumors may have pervaded the Dolphin Hotel's lobby floor this week, but general manager Sandy Alderson on Tuesday painted a less freewheeling picture of the Mets' interest in moving the former All-Star starter.

"The most important thing I'm weighing are the opinions of Mickey Callaway and Dave Eiland, and they don't want to lose him," Alderson said, referring to the Mets' new manager and pitching coach. "Everything else is, today, moot."

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Matt Harvey rumors may have pervaded the Dolphin Hotel's lobby floor this week, but general manager Sandy Alderson on Tuesday painted a less freewheeling picture of the Mets' interest in moving the former All-Star starter.

"The most important thing I'm weighing are the opinions of Mickey Callaway and Dave Eiland, and they don't want to lose him," Alderson said, referring to the Mets' new manager and pitching coach. "Everything else is, today, moot."

Since arriving at the Winter Meetings earlier this week, the Mets have held conversations with other teams -- including the Orioles and Rangers -- about Harvey. Interest abounds in a pitcher who posted a 2.27 ERA over 26 starts as a 24-year-old, starting the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field.

But the Mets have their own ideas on how to rekindle Harvey's career in Flushing. The right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery in October 2013 and a second operation to alleviate symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome in June 2016. Last summer, Harvey missed close to three months due to shoulder weakness. He is eligible to become a free agent after this season.

Still, Harvey remains an important part of a Mets depth chart that features significant question marks in Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo. Beyond twin aces Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, the Mets cannot know how their rotation will perform.

For all his issues, Harvey at least gives the Mets some additional depth and stability. By the end of last season, the right-hander was again hitting 97 mph on the radar gun, rekindling hopes that he can become a serviceable mid-rotation starter. Callaway, a former pitching coach, and Eiland are both eager to work with Harvey this spring.

How successful they will be remains to be seen. When asked Tuesday what percentage of Harvey's issues are physical or mental, Callaway demurred.

"I'm not really sure yet," the new manager said. "I've talked to him on the phone. There's a lot more evaluating and talking to him and seeing him throw, Dave getting his hands on him in the offseason that needs to be done, before we can even discuss that really."

But it is at least a conundrum the Mets plan to solve, with all signs pointing toward Harvey's return.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook.

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

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Reds fielding more calls for speedy Hamilton

MLB.com @m_sheldon

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Interest in Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton appears to have increased during the Winter Meetings on Tuesday. According to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal, the Giants have made the strongest pursuit to this point.

However, two sources told MLB.com on Tuesday night that a trade did not appear to be close. One of the sources noted that the Giants had a "semi" strong proposal, but did not think something would happen.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Interest in Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton appears to have increased during the Winter Meetings on Tuesday. According to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal, the Giants have made the strongest pursuit to this point.

However, two sources told MLB.com on Tuesday night that a trade did not appear to be close. One of the sources noted that the Giants had a "semi" strong proposal, but did not think something would happen.

Reds general manager Dick Williams declined to get into specifics.

"We've heard from a bunch of teams on a bunch of players, including Billy," Williams said. "It's just at this point teams expressing interest and chatter. That's about it."

The Giants are in need of a good defensive center fielder at spacious AT&T Park, and Hamilton would fit that bill as a four-time Gold Glove Award finalist with exceptional speed. However, his value is harder to calculate on the market because he has struggled to reach his full potential as a hitter and owns a lifetime .298 on-base percentage.

Video: Hamilton focusing on hitting this offseason

Giants manager Bruce Bochy did not conceal the fact that he likes Hamilton.

"There's few players in the game like Billy Hamilton," Bochy said in his session with reporters. "I mean, it's disruptive speed. We talked about it earlier. That's how fast he is. He's one of those guys they know is probably going to go, and he still has a good chance of stealing a base. So when you talk about the gifts and talents of a Billy Hamilton, there are few guys that can do that in the game. He's entertaining. The Reds have a nice player there."

The Reds wouldn't mind opening a spot for prospect Jesse Winker, a corner outfielder. But moving Hamilton wouldn't address that issue specifically since the club has Scott Schebler in right field and Adam Duvall in left field.

If Hamilton departed, the Reds do not have a comparable replacement to man center field, but Schebler could move there.

Video: CIN@CHC: Schebler makes an impressive running grab

"I'm not sure I'd feel really comfortable counting on him to be an everyday center fielder for the full season," Williams said of Schebler. "But I think he's athletic enough to play it, and I think he could do it if he put his mind to it and we worked with him."

Williams doesn't feel compelled to deal Hamilton, who has two years of arbitration eligibility remaining before he can become a free agent. Manager Bryan Price is prepared to work with a four-man rotation among the three outfield spots.

"The advantage is you always have a player that can help you on the bench, be it with power, on-base, foot speed, stolen base, defense," Price said. "There's going to be somebody on the bench every day that can impact the game late. I think that's something that we've lacked to a certain degree over the last few years.

"They'll still get a lot of playing time, but I think we're a better team with a strong four-man outfield than a strong three-man outfield."

Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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

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Yanks trade Headley, Mitchell to Padres

New York acquires 28-year-old outfielder Blash from San Diego
MLB.com @BryanHoch

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Yankees are continuing to make noise at the Winter Meetings, agreeing on Tuesday to trade third baseman Chase Headley and right-hander Bryan Mitchell to the Padres in exchange for outfielder Jabari Blash.

The Yankees are also sending $500,000 to the Padres as part of the deal, with San Diego assuming most of the $13 million remaining on Headley's contract, which ends after the 2018 season. That frees additional cash as Yankees general manager Brian Cashman continues to pursue starting pitching while planning to keep the team's 2018 payroll below the luxury tax threshold of $197 million.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Yankees are continuing to make noise at the Winter Meetings, agreeing on Tuesday to trade third baseman Chase Headley and right-hander Bryan Mitchell to the Padres in exchange for outfielder Jabari Blash.

The Yankees are also sending $500,000 to the Padres as part of the deal, with San Diego assuming most of the $13 million remaining on Headley's contract, which ends after the 2018 season. That frees additional cash as Yankees general manager Brian Cashman continues to pursue starting pitching while planning to keep the team's 2018 payroll below the luxury tax threshold of $197 million.

New York has been connected to free agents Alex Cobb and CC Sabathia, while also exploring the trade market. USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported on Tuesday that the Yankees have shown interest in D-backs left-hander Patrick Corbin and Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer.

The 28-year-old Blash is a career .200/.323/.336 hitter through two seasons with San Diego, hitting eight homers with 21 RBIs in 99 games. A right-handed hitter with power, Blash could be utilized as corner depth in the Yankees' outfield, having played 51 career games in right field and 22 games in left field.

Video: SF@SD: Blash crushes tape-measure jack to left-center

Originally drafted by the Mariners in the eighth round in 2010, Blash has hit .260/.378/.513 with 140 home runs, 432 RBIs and 392 walks in 685 games over eight Minor League seasons. His 106 Minor League home runs over the past five seasons are tied for eighth most in the Minors in that span.

The move reduces the Yankees' 40-man roster to 39 players and spells a return to San Diego for the 33-year-old Headley, who played the first 7 1/2 seasons of his big league career with the Padres before being dealt to New York in July 2014.

The switch-hitting Headley hit .273/.352/.406 with 12 homers and 61 RBIs in 147 games last season, moving from third base to first base after Todd Frazier was acquired from the White Sox in July.

Video: Castrovince on the Yankees trading Headley to Padres

Headley's departure could set up a reunion with Frazier, who is currently a free agent and hit .222/.365/.423 in 66 games for the Yankees. Another option is Miguel Andujar, who is the team's No. 5 prospect according to MLB Pipeline and played briefly at the big league level last season. Thought to be an impact hitter, the organization did have some concerns about Andujar's developing defensive skills.

The Yankees also have a hole at second base after dealing Starlin Castro to the Marlins in the Giancarlo Stanton trade. Cashman has named Thairo Estrada, Gleyber Torres, Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade as candidates for that vacancy, and some of those names could see time at third base as well.

Mitchell, who turns 27 in April, was 1-1 with a 5.79 ERA in 20 games (one start) at the big league level last season. A 16th-round pick by the Yankees in the 2009 Draft, scouts have raved about Mitchell's stuff, but he has had trouble remaining healthy and he had been surpassed by others on the team's depth chart.

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

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New York Yankees, Jabari Blash, Chase Headley, Bryan Mitchell

Roberts: Dodgers 'hungry' after Series loss

LA skipper touches on variety of topics at Winter Meetings
MLB.com @kengurnick

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Dave Roberts won't be managing Shohei Ohtani or Giancarlo Stanton next year, but with most of a 104-win World Series club returning, he said the Dodgers are in a better spot than a year ago.

"As an organization, you've just got to continue to move forward," Roberts said in a Winter Meetings news conference. "We've got a pretty good nucleus already and obviously intrigued by those two players. But we're moving on."

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Dave Roberts won't be managing Shohei Ohtani or Giancarlo Stanton next year, but with most of a 104-win World Series club returning, he said the Dodgers are in a better spot than a year ago.

"As an organization, you've just got to continue to move forward," Roberts said in a Winter Meetings news conference. "We've got a pretty good nucleus already and obviously intrigued by those two players. But we're moving on."

Roberts said he is moving on with Kenta Maeda back in the starting rotation after an impressive postseason in the bullpen; with Andrew Toles expected to be healthy after knee surgery and competing in Spring Training for an outfield job; and with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez likely to return for the final year of his contract at the same position Cody Bellinger plays.

Gonzalez's situation could get sticky. The 35-year-old suffered a herniated disk that ruined most of his 2017 season but created playing time that Bellinger converted into stardom. Gonzalez can only play first base or designated hitter, but the remaining $21.5 million salary coming off a serious injury makes him virtually untradeable.

Video: SD@LAD: Adrian hammers a solo homer to left field

"I see him on our team right now, and Adrian, you don't get to be the player that he is if you can't overcome some adversities," Roberts said. "Obviously, this is a different time in his career, and you're dealing with injuries. But I've had conversations with Adrian, and he'll definitely bet on himself. He's healthy and looks to compete to get at-bats. I see Adrian on our ballclub and contributing."

• Winter Meetings interview with Dave Roberts

To that end, Roberts said Bellinger's ability to play all three outfield positions provides flexibility to get both in the lineup, if the situation calls for it.

With bullpen coach Josh Bard becoming the bench coach for the Yankees, Roberts revealed that he has a second staff vacancy to fill because quality-assurance coach Juan Castro has taken a job in the Mexican League.

Roberts echoed president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman's focus on restocking the bullpen after the apparent loss of setup man Brandon Morrow (his physical with the Cubs is still pending) and possible loss of lefty reliever Tony Watson.

He said top pitching prospect Walker Buehler, the Dodgers' No. 1 overall prospect (per MLBPipeline.com) who relieved during a September callup, will go back to starting. Roberts didn't have a recent update on Julio Urias, who had been recovering nicely from shoulder surgery and is expected to pitch at some point next year.

Roberts said he wasn't surprised to hear that Yu Darvish, who stuggled in two World Series starts against the Astros, was tipping his pitches, according to an unnamed Houston player.

"We had conversations about that with Yu and trying to kind of pin it down," he said. "Obviously, we weren't successful. I think that there's something to that, but there's also a lot more, for me, to execution, where I think that you could view that there just wasn't a lot of execution going on."

Roberts said he will "slow-play" some players during Spring Training, being mindful of the long postseason.

Speaking of that postseason, Roberts was asked how long it takes to get over losing Game 7 of the World Series.

"Gosh. I don't know if you ever get over it," he said. "Especially if you go to Game 7, and a lot of things could have been different, a pitch here, a pitch there, maybe change the outcome. But you still go through your mind and what you could have done possibly different to potentially influence it, but at the end of the day, it is what it is, and you learn from it.

"You've got to get back up to the top of the mountain. It is good knowing that we have a lot of guys that have been part of some big games in the last few years, some very meaningful games, and there's a lot of value in that. So, I'd argue that our guys are as hungry as anybody in all of baseball to be that close. We'll be right there in the mix again."

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

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Los Angeles Dodgers

Source: Nationals expressing interest in Arrieta

Rizzo says club 'nowhere close' to decision on veteran starter
MLB.com @JamalCollier

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- In order to fill the need at the back end of their rotation, perhaps the Nationals will look to add another starting pitcher to the front of the rotation. Washington has expressed interested in free-agent right-hander Jake Arrieta, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand on Tuesday afternoon.

The connection between Arrieta and the Nationals is not surprising, considering Arrieta's agent, Scott Boras, has a strong working relationship with the club. Boras sent a binder of information on his client to the Nationals and a few other teams. Just how intensely Washington plans to pursue Arrieta, however, is unclear.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- In order to fill the need at the back end of their rotation, perhaps the Nationals will look to add another starting pitcher to the front of the rotation. Washington has expressed interested in free-agent right-hander Jake Arrieta, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand on Tuesday afternoon.

The connection between Arrieta and the Nationals is not surprising, considering Arrieta's agent, Scott Boras, has a strong working relationship with the club. Boras sent a binder of information on his client to the Nationals and a few other teams. Just how intensely Washington plans to pursue Arrieta, however, is unclear.

"We're just in the information-gathering stage right now," general manager Mike Rizzo said. "He's a great pitcher, but we're nowhere close to doing anything."

Arrieta would give the Nationals a third powerful right-hander atop the rotation, alongside Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, creating one of the most formidable rotation trios in the Majors. Combined with Gio Gonzalez and Tanner Roark, they could form one of the best rotations on paper in recent memory. That prospect could be enticing to the Nationals, who have built their roster around starting pitching during their recent run of success.

But Arrieta, who will turn 32 in March, will almost certainly command a nine-figure deal similar to those of Scherzer and Strasburg. The Nats still have more than $300 million committed to those two pitchers.

Rizzo has said he is only looking to add starting-pitching depth this offseason, aiming to boost the back end of the rotation instead of the top. He reiterated on Monday that he would be comfortable with one of his in-house options -- mainly A.J. Cole or Erick Fedde -- beginning the season as the team's fifth starter.

However, Rizzo has traditionally added to the front of his rotation when his team has a starting-pitching need. With Gonzalez set to be a free agent after the 2018 season, perhaps the Nationals could lock in his replacement now. While Rizzo acknowledged Tuesday that nothing was imminent for the Nationals, he said he was willing to explore both free agency and the trade market to find starting pitching.

"We're open to both," Rizzo said. "I think we're going to find the best avenue for us and what gives us the most value in any type of deal. The thing with free agency is it doesn't cost you any prospects, but the trade market is sometimes more beneficial."

Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

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Who can acquire free-agent-to-be Machado?

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Manny Machado's name is in play all of a sudden in the hotel suites and lobby chatter, and just like that, these Winter Meetings have gotten a lot more interesting.

Nothing like tossing out the name of a 25-year-old franchise player to get people's attention. That's exactly what the Baltimore Orioles have done. To be clear, this does not mean they are going to trade Machado.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Manny Machado's name is in play all of a sudden in the hotel suites and lobby chatter, and just like that, these Winter Meetings have gotten a lot more interesting.

Nothing like tossing out the name of a 25-year-old franchise player to get people's attention. That's exactly what the Baltimore Orioles have done. To be clear, this does not mean they are going to trade Machado.

Source: O's looking into Machado suitors

Plenty of baseball people are skeptical about that. All they know for sure is that Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette is listening in a way he hasn't before.

Maybe Duquette is attempting to check out the market for Machado. This is where it gets tricky. Machado will be a free agent after next season, and he seems committed to seeing what he can get on the open market. In other words, he's probably not going to sign a contract extension with a team that trades for him -- at least not until he has had a chance to test free agency.

So even though Machado has averaged 34 doubles and 35 home runs the past three seasons, his status as a one-year rental will lower what some teams offer.

Video: Russo discusses Machado trade rumors on High Heat

On the other hand, this is a chance to add a special player -- a three-time American League All-Star and two-time AL Gold Glove Award winner. Machado came up as a heralded shortstop prospect and looked completely comfortable at third from the moment he arrived in the Majors.

Until the past couple of days, the Orioles seemed unlikely to trade Machado or either of their two other prominent players headed for free agency after the 2018 season: Adam Jones and Zach Britton.

Instead, Duquette was going to acquire a couple of starting pitchers and try for another playoff run. But with the free-agent market quiet and teams getting anxious to put their clubs together, teams have begun inquiring about Machado. And Duquette is listening.

This is the kind of trade perfect for a team with a deep farm system and in a win-now mode. If Machado can help deliver a trip to the World Series, the trade will be worthwhile.

As a public service -- and to help the process along -- let's look at three tiers of potential fits:

Don't call us, we'll call you

Yankees: Machado may be wearing a Yankees uniform on Opening Day in 2019.

As for 2018, not a chance. OK, virtually no chance. The Yankees have enough Minor League depth to at least tempt the Orioles, but in the end, Machado is not going to be traded to the O's No. 1 division rival.

Red Sox: This one is unlikely to happy for the same reason. On the other hand, the Red Sox are less hated in Baltimore than the Yankees. And Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski may be anxious enough to respond to the Yanks' acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton to overpay for Machado.

You're getting the hang of this thing

Giants: Here's an absolutely perfect fit except for one little thing. First, the positives. The Giants are looking for a third baseman, and sending Machado to the National League (and 2,000 miles away) is the way to go. Now about that one little thing: San Francisco probably does not have enough elite prospects to do this deal. Keep an eye on this one: Here's betting the Orioles are going over the Giants' prospect lists and checking them twice.

Phillies: Here's a team with a really deep farm system and a team looking to add proven veteran impact players. The problem is, while the Phillies could be competitive in 2018, they would want a shot at signing Machado to a long-term contract before a deal is completed. That's not out of the question, but it's not likely either.

Mets: They may have the prospects to do this deal. The Mets have a need for offense as well, and Machado would be wildly popular in New York. But the Mets have been ultra-cautious about trading young talent, and making Matt Harvey the centerpiece of this deal isn't what the O's are looking for.

The slipper fits

Angels: The Halos are shopping for a second baseman, but they would not pass on a chance to add a player this good to a lineup that already has Mike Trout. With the re-signing of Justin Upton and the addition of Shohei Ohtani, the Angels have the look of a 2018 postseason team. But they lack depth in terms of elite prospects, so that could be a barrier here.

Braves: Prospects? The Braves have a ton of them. This offseason is about adding pitching, but Machado is a player no club would walk away from if they can sign him. Considering that Machado has the power to drive ticket sales, television ratings and sponsorship, even the huge cost of a long-term deal might be considered an investment in the future. If Machado is firm on testing the free-agent waters, Atlanta is a non-starter.

Padres: General manager A.J. Preller has plenty of prospects as well as a willingness to add this kind of player. He appears to be looking hard at free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer, but Machado, who plays the left side of the infield, makes more sense.

Cardinals: Here's the perfect fit. The Cardinals need power, have prospects and are in a win-now mode. While acquiring a player about to enter his walk year is a risk, the trade-off would be the kind of player that would energize a lineup and a city.

Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice.

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Baltimore Orioles, Manny Machado

Watch HOFer Trammell on ... Magnum P.I.!

Shortstop Alan Trammell and pitcher Jack Morris, were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Modern Baseball Era Committee on Monday. 

A six-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove Award winner, Trammell was the rare infielder who was good at the plate and in the field. Oh yeah, and he was the 1984 World Series MVP thanks to performances like this one: 

MLB Buzz: Cubs, Yanks check in on Duffy

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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.

Hot Stove Tracker

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.

Hot Stove Tracker

Cubs, Yankees check in on Duffy
If the Royals are indeed intent on initiating a rebuild in 2018, it could be more than free agents Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas switching uniforms. MLB Network insider Joel Sherman reports that many clubs, most notably the Cubs and Yankees, have asked Kansas City about left-handed starter Danny Duffy, though a deal did not seem imminent.

Duffy, 28, broke out with a 12-3 record, 3.51 ERA and 188 strikeouts over 179 2/3 innings for the Royals while moving from the bullpen to the starting rotation in 2016. Last year was rockier for the southpaw, as he managed to toss just 146 1/3 innings while dealing with injury. Duffy, who underwent surgery in October to remove a loose body from his left elbow, is under team control until 2022 and is slated to earn $14 million next season.

Duffy presents an interesting match for the Cubs, who may let Jake Arrieta walk in free agency and have already added Tyler Chatwood to their rotation this offseason. The Yankees, meanwhile, cleared financial space by trading Chase Headley to the Padres on Tuesday morning and now have roughly $30 million to spend before reaching the luxury tax threshold, per MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal. Bolstering the starting rotation is seen as the Yankees' next priority after the Bronx Bombers finalized their trade for Giancarlo Stanton on Monday.

Yankees eyeing Fulmer?
The Yankees are clearly not content with simply acquiring home run champ Giancarlo Stanton, as New York traded third baseman Chase Headley and reliever Bryan Mitchell to the Padres on Tuesday for outfielder Jabari Blash. The Yankees' next need would figure to be filling out their starting rotation, and a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand that Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer is a potential trade target for New York.

Fulmer won't come cheap. The 2016 American League Rookie of the Year is under team control for five more years and is seen is one of the brightest young starters in the game. As the Tigers embark on their rebuild in full, they certainly appear to be in the market for talented position-player prospects. Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier seems like the natural headliner for a Yankees-Tigers deal involving Fulmer, but Detroit would be expected to garner a big prospect haul beyond Frazier, too.

Fulmer represents a big piece of Detroit's future, but the Tigers could potentially turn one talented prospect into three or four from the Yankees' revered farm system. Fulmer just turned 23, and he is coming off a season in which he went 10-12 with a 3.83 ERA for a team that lost 98 games. In a record-setting year for home runs across the Majors, Fulmer's rate of 0.711 homers allowed per nine innings was the best in the AL.

Market developing for CarGo
MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reported Tuesday that the market for outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is beginning to take shape, noting the Astros, Orioles, Rockies and A's are among the teams to express interest. The Blue Jays, Rays, Giants and Royals have also been linked to the 32-year-old this winter.

Gonzalez endured a down year in 2017, batting .262/.339/.423 with 14 homers in 136 games with the Rockies. But he's just one year removed from his 2016 All-Star campaign, during which he hit .298 with 100 RBIs, 25 homers and a career-best 42 doubles.

A return to Colorado isn't out of the cards. Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said Monday on MLB Network that the club will "continue conversations" with Gonzalez.

Gonzalez has spent nine of his 10 big league seasons with the Rockies, earning three trips to the All-Star Game (2012, '13 and '16). He's a .288 career hitter with 215 home runs.

Video: LAD@COL: Gonzalez belts a solo homer to right field

Reds' outfielders generating interest
Billy Hamilton ranks among the Majors' fastest baserunners and best defensive center fielders, and he's drawing interest on the Hot Stove.

MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reports that Hamilton and other Reds outfielders are floating around Winter Meetings discussions, with the Giants reportedly being the team most interested in Hamilton. Those other outfielders could include Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler.

Hamilton, 27, recorded the second-fastest average sprint speed among MLB players last year at 30.1 feet per second, ranking just behind Twins center fielder Byron Buxton. Hamilton was also a top-10 outfielder in terms of the Statcast™ Outs Above Average (OAA) metric. That makes Hamilton a potential fit for San Francisco, who missed out on both Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton and featured the Majors' second-worst outfield by OAA in 2017.

Hamilton is the only player in this decade to record at least four seasons with 50 or more stolen bases, doing so consecutively from 2014 through last year. Getting on base to affect opposing pitchers and defenses has been a bigger challenge, as Hamilton hit only .247 in 2017 and owns a career .298 on-base percentage. He won''t fix the power issues for the Giants' offense, who finished last in the Majors in home runs and OPS a year ago. But he would figure to be a defensive upgrade in center over Denard Span, who could be moved to left to platoon with Hunter Pence in 2018. Hamilton is still under team control for two more years before he becomes a free agent in the fall of 2020.

Orioles shopping Machado, who seeks return to SS
The Orioles are shopping star third baseman Manny Machado as he enters his final season before free agency, per MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal.

While the Orioles are seeking two young, controllable starting pitchers according to Rosenthal, Machado is also seeking something himself: a return to shortstop.

Machado came up through the Orioles' system as a top shortstop prospect, but the presence of veteran J.J. Hardy caused the team to move Machado to third when he reached the Majors, a position in which he as flourished as one of the best in baseball.

Soon entering free agency at age 26, Machado could make himself even more valuable if he shows he still has what it takes at shortstop. Machado's .840 OPS the past three seasons would rank third among shortstops during that span.

Hosmer to Padres is "very real" possibility
The Padres have already added a friendly face in their trade for Chase Headley and now they might be opening the checkbook for a big boost to their lineup. The possibility of free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer signing with the Padres is "very real," a source told MLB.com's AJ Cassavell.

The Padres already have a franchise player at first base in Wil Myers, but it has been reported in the past that Myers is open to a move back to the outfield, where he played coming up through the Minors and then in Tampa Bay. After two seasons as the Rays' full-time right fielder, Myers has played just nine games in right through three seasons with San Diego.

Phillies, Nationals considering Arrieta
The Phillies might still be a year away from contending, but they're considering what would be a big splash with free-agent starting pitcher Jake Arrieta, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman. The Nationals, meanwhile already figure to have a playoff-worthy rotation in 2018, but they've also expressed interest in adding Arrieta, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

As Heyman pointed out, many Phillies executives know Arrieta well from their shared time in the Orioles organization, including president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail and general manager Matt Klentak.

Arrieta represents one of the biggest draws in free agency this offseason. Signing him would be both a big risk for a Phillies team that went 66-96 last season, but also a message that they think contention is just around the corner.

As far as the Nats go, it's worth noting that the club has a good relationship with Scott Boras, who is the agent Arrieta -- as well as Washington's 1-2 punch of Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.

Arrieta's contract year didn't go exactly as planned last season, as he struggled with the long ball and right hamstring issues on the way to a 3.53 ERA in 2017, but his track record with the Cubs is stellar. He ranks fifth in the Majors in ERA over the past four seasons with a 2.67 mark.

Interest high for Ozuna, Yelich
The Marlins have cleared two massive chunks of salary in Dee Gordon and Giancarlo Stanton in their quest to get their payroll under $90 million, but could All-Star outfielder Marcell Ozuna be next?

MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal reported Monday night that the Marlins are pushing Ozuna over fellow outfielder Christian Yelich, telling teams that Ozuna will cost less in a trade. Ozuna is under team control for two more years and due to become a free agent in 2020, while the 26-year-old Yelich will be under control for five more years -- his contract runs through 2021 with a club option for '22. 

The Marlins have remained reluctant to trade Yelich, but at least 10 teams are expressing interest in the 26-year-old left fielder. The D-backs, Cardinals and Braves are among the inquiring clubs, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro.

Yelich, who turned 26 on Dec. 5, is making $7 million in 2018, and he is signed for $43.25 million through 2021, with a $15 million club option in 2022.

The market for Ozuna has eight-to-10 teams interested -- the Nationals, Cardinals and Giants. According to the Miami Herald, the Rockies, Rangers and Blue Jays also are in the mix.

Frisaro reported Monday that the market for Ozuna is starting to build now that Stanton has been dealt to the Yankees. As many as six to eight teams have expressed some level of interest to the Marlins concerning Ozuna, per Frisaro, who states the Cardinals, Giants and Nationals are among the interested parties.

St. Louis and San Francisco seem like natural fits for Ozuna, as each expressed a willingness to take on salary in the Stanton sweepstakes and are both looking for impact bats in the outfield. Ozuna is coming into his prime years at age 27, having posted a .312/.376/.548 slash line with 37 home runs and 124 RBIs last season. The left fielder is eligible for arbitration this winter after playing on a one-year, $3.5 million deal in 2017.

Phillies not done fortifying bullpen
One day after they brought Pat Neshek back into the fold with a reported two-year deal worth at least $16 million, t