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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, 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, will have you covered with all the latest buzz right here.

Hot Stove Tracker

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 Cardinals are viewed as frontrunners for Ozuna, according to's Joe Frisaro. A possible deal could include two of the three of pitching prospects Jack Flaherty (St. Louis' No. 3 prospect, according to, Dakota Hudson (No. 8) and Sandy Alcantara (No. 9) plus a replacement in the outfield in either Stephen Piscotty or Randal Grichuk.

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

Frisaro reported that the market for Ozuna was starting to build now that Stanton has been dealt to the Yankees.

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.

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'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.

Cubs, Indians talking Salazar trade?
The Cubs, who have already signed starter Tyler Chatwood and reliever Brandon Morrow, are still looking for upgrades to their pitching staff. The club has had "trade talk" with the Indians about a potential trade for right-hander Danny Salazar, according to CBS Sports Chicago's Bruce Levine.

Levine reported that the Indians seek a left-handed hitter in return, but also said that a deal is not "close at this time."

Salazar battled elbow and shoulder injuries in 2017 and finished the season with a 4.28 ERA in 19 starts and four relief appearances. The 27-year-old still provides plenty of upside as a strikeout-inducing hurler, as he racked up 145 strikeouts in 103 innings despite the disappointing peripheral numbers.

The five-year veteran is under contract through 2020 and is 38-33 with a 3.82 ERA in 587 1/3 career innings.

Rockies, Royals contenders for Reynolds?
The Rockies are believed to be a "strong contender" to reunite with first baseman Mark Reynolds, according to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo.

Cotillo also said that the Royals are eyeing Reynolds as a "fallback plan" if they are unable to bring back free agent Eric Hosmer. The MLB Daily Dish noted those are not the only teams considering the 34-year-old.

Reynolds has played the past two seasons for Colorado, batting a combined .274/.354/.471 with 44 home runs and 150 RBIs in 266 games.

The 11-year veteran has never been a batter who hits for a high average, but he provides plenty of pop, especially at Coors Field. He crushed 30 homers this year.

Reynolds has 281 home runs in 1,524 career games.

D-backs, Red Sox to meet with Martinez
The D-backs and Red Sox are among the clubs lined up to meet with free agent slugger J.D. Martinez at the Winter Meetings on Wednesday, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

Heyman noted the D-backs' interest in dealing right-hander Zack Greinke could be intertwined with their desire to free up money to reunite with Martinez, who hit 29 home runs and racked up 65 RBIs in 62 games following a midseason move from Detroit to Arizona. His 29 long balls broke the record for the most hit by any player who debuted with a new team on or after July 1.

The 30-year-old outfielder is reportedly seeking a contract north of $200 million, and he also will not require giving up a draft pick to sign because of the rules under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Since Martinez was traded midseason, he was ineligible to receive a qualifying offer from the D-backs, and thus is free to sign without any draft pick compensation tied to him.

Only Giancarlo Stanton, Mike Trout and Joey Votto have a higher OPS+ over the past four seasons than Martinez's 149 (minimum 1,500 plate appearances).

Mets keep tabs on 2B market
The Mets continue to consider a variety of second basemen on the trade market. According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, that group includes the Tigers' Ian Kinsler, the Indians' Jason Kipnis, the Pirates' Josh Harrison and the Phillies' Cesar Hernandez.

One second baseman the Mets are not looking into, according to Heyman: Starlin Castro, recently dealt from the Yankees to the Marlins in the Giancarlo Stanton trade.

The Mets have been linked to Kinsler for a while, and as the Winter Meetings continue the Tigers appear to be getting closer to actually trading their veteran -- but it might not be to New York. According to Tigers reporter Jason Beck, there's some skepticism that the Mets can swing a deal for Kinsler due to their lack of prospect depth. Other teams like the Angels are also in the mix to land Kinsler.

Kipnis has been floated as a possibility for New York since early in the offseason, and the Mets were also linked to Harrison this week. But they have had the most discussions with the Tigers regarding Kinsler, according to Newsday's Marc Carig.

Hernandez is a new name, but it would take a lot to get him from the Phillies, according to Heyman. Hernandez is the youngest of the four at age 27 -- Kinsler is 35, and Kipnis and Harrison are both 30 -- and is under team control until 2021. Hernandez hit .294/.373/.421 in 128 games last season with nine home runs and 15 stolen bases.

If the Mets can't trade for a second baseman, they could address their need via free agency, for example by bringing back Neil Walker.

Rangers, D-backs discuss Greinke?
The Rangers, whose top priority this offseason is adding starting pitching, are in discussions with the D-backs -- and Zack Greinke could be on the table, according to's T.R. Sullivan.

A deal isn't yet close, and a lot would have to happen for the two teams to make such a trade, according to Sullivan, but discussions are ongoing.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Rangers are offering only marginal prospects and want the D-backs to pay part of Greinke's salary, but Arizona is not interested in a salary dump. Still, the Rangers and D-backs could work out a deal with another starter.

Video: D-backs, Rangers reportedly talking Greinke deal

Texas has already signed Mike Minor and Doug Fister since free agency began, but the team missed out on Shohei Ohtani and still wants to add at least one more starter heading into 2018.

They could target one of the free-agent pitchers still available as the Winter Meetings progress -- including Yu Darvish, with whom a reunion is a possibility, as well as players like Jake Arrieta, Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb.

Or they could try to swing a trade for someone like Greinke, who reemerged as an ace for the D-backs last season after a rocky first year in Arizona, helping lead them to the National League Division Series.

The 34-year-old right-hander went 17-7 with a 3.20 ERA and 215 strikeouts in 202 1/3 innings in 2017, earning his fourth career All-Star nod and finishing fourth in the NL Cy Young voting. Greinke is entering the third year of a six-year, $206.5 million deal he signed with Arizona prior to the 2016 season, which runs through 2021. He will make $34 million in 2018.

Blue Jays reportedly talk with CC
The market for CC Sabathia continues to take shape, with the veteran left-hander meeting with the Blue Jays on Tuesday, according to the New York Post's George King. The Yankees are also still talking to the 37-year-old free agent to potentially bring him back in 2018, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

Sabathia has also had discussions with the Angels about signing with them, King reported on Sunday, bringing the known field to three teams.

Toronto entered the Winter Meetings in the market for a fifth starter, and Sabathia could fill that need nicely. Sabathia made 27 starts for the Yankees last season and went 14-5 with a 3.69 ERA in 148 2/3 innings. He also drew some key starts in the postseason as the Yankees reached Game 7 of the American League Championship Series.

But that success, and having pitched in New York since 2009, could also make a deal to remain a Yankee more likely, especially after the Yankees missed out on signing Shohei Ohtani. Sabathia has said he hopes to return to New York in 2018.

The Angels, of course, were the ones who landed the Japanese phenom, but they could still want to add starting pitching given that their rotation has been decimated by injuries over the past several seasons. That includes staff ace Garrett Richards and others like Matt Shoemaker, Andrew Heaney and Tyler Skaggs all missing extended time. Sabathia would give the Angels extra depth.

A's focused on Piscotty
The Athletics have largely spent the offseason addressing their bullpen but now turn their attention to hitting.

According to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal, the team has zeroed in on Stephen Piscotty, who is part of a crowded Cardinals outfield.

Piscotty is coming off a down season in which he slashed .235/.342/.367 with nine home runs, but he went deep 22 times in 2016. He is in line to fight for a corner-outfield spot with Randal Grichuk, Harrison Bader and Magneuris Sierra, while the team also has top prospects Tyler O'Neill and Jose Adolis Garcia waiting in the wings.

Piscotty could also be of particular interest to the A's as he grew up in the Bay Area and went to college at Stanford. His name has been picking up heat lately as the Marlins have been connected to him in a potential Marcell Ozuna trade.

Video: Lee discusses A's seeking right-handed bat

Shaw, Hunter reportedly nearing deals
There was a flurry of activity in the relief market Tuesday evening, and free agents Bryan Shaw and Tommy Hunter are reportedly off the board.

The Phillies are nearing an agreement with Hunter, a source told's Todd Zolecki, and Shaw is close to a deal with the Rockies, per MLB Network insider Joel Sherman. Shaw's deal is for three years and valued at around $9 million annually, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

Hunter would be the second addition to the Phillies' bullpen this week. They also came to terms on a two-year contract with Pat Neshek, pending a physical, Zolecki reported Monday.

The 31-year-old right-hander spent the 2017 season with the Rays, who signed him to a Minor League deal last winter. He posted a 2.61 ERA through 61 games (58 2/3 innings).

Video: Bryan Shaw reportedly agrees to terms with Rockies

Shaw, 30, has spent the last five years in Cleveland. He made at least 70 relief appearances in each of those seasons and owns a 3.11 ERA in that span (358 2/3 innings).

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.

Marlins discussing Straily deal
As the Marlins' rebuild continues, their trade talks have expanded to include starter Dan Straily.

According to's Joe Frisaro, Miami has discussed the right-hander with the Orioles, among other American League East teams that need pitching. The Yankees and Blue Jays have also been in the market for starters.

Straily, 29, registered a 4.26 ERA over 181 2/3 innings in his first season with the Marlins and is under team control for three more seasons. He is arbitration eligible for the first time this winter.

The Orioles only return two starters this winter: Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman. Their internal options include Alec Asher, Gabriel Ynoa and Miguel Castro, although the team has also been connected to free-agent starters Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn.

Pirates preparing to deal Cole?
The Pirates are reportedly prepared to trade ace Gerrit Cole if they can find a suitable trade partner, ESPN's Buster Olney reported Tuesday.

If the Pirates were to make Cole available, he would be a hot commodity as one of the top arms on the market. The Yankees already surfaced as a possible destination in trade rumors Monday, per MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, though it was unclear if Pittsburgh was willing to part with him.

The Yankees have long been linked to Cole, whom 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 Giancarlo 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.

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's Mark Feinsand that Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer is a potential trade target for New York.

Video: Yanks rumored to be interested in trading for Fulmer

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'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.

Video: Bochy praises Billy Hamilton's unique skill set

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'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'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.

Multiple clubs pursuing Bruce
Jay Bruce is drawing attention from several teams on the free-agent market. According to a report from Heyman on Monday night, the Mets, Rockies, Blue Jays and Mariners are among those interested in the power-hitting right fielder.

Bruce slugged a career-high 36 home runs in 2017, as well as a pair of big homers for the Indians in the American League Division Series against the Yankees. The 30-year-old hit .254/.324/.508 and also drove in 101 runs.

The Mets would be looking for a reunion with Bruce, who spent parts of the past two seasons in New York. The Mets traded for Bruce at the 2016 Trade Deadline before sending him to the Indians this past August. In 153 total games for the Mets, Bruce hit 37 home runs and tallied 94 RBIs. The team is faced with uncertainty in the outfield with Michael Conforto recovering from left shoulder surgery and unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, and Yoenis Cespedes and Juan Lagares both missing significant time due to injury in 2017.

The Rockies and Blue Jays both have vacancies in right field due to longtime franchise cornerstones becoming free agents this offseason -- Carlos Gonzalez for Colorado and Jose Bautista for Toronto.

The Mariners may be a less likely destination for Bruce. After trading for the Marlins' Dee Gordon, whom they plan to convert to a center fielder, Seattle is set up with Ben Gamel, Gordon and Mitch Haniger across the outfield. General manager Jerry Dipoto has said that the team is focused strictly on adding starting pitching with Gordon now on the roster.

Sabean says Cain, Moustakas might be long shot for Giants
At first glance, it would appear free agents Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas would be ideal fits for a Giants club that sorely needs to upgrade its outfield defense and its run production from third base. But the qualifying offers the Royals extended to both players makes the Giants unlikely suitors, according to the team's executive vice president of baseball operations Brian Sabean.

"If you're asking me personally, my vote would be a no," Sabean told NBC Sports Bay Area, "being that we wouldn't want to get involved with somebody like that."

Sabean was referring to what the Giants would have to give up if they signed either Cain or Moustakas this winter. Per the new CBA, San Francisco would give up its No. 2 pick in the second round of next June's amateur Draft, as well as $1 million in international bonus pool money, should it sign a player who rejected his original team's qualifying offer.

"That would be a huge hit in a year [we have] the second pick in every round," Sabean said. "We really have a chance to make hay in this Draft, and we expect to do so, so that would be a stretch."

While the Giants are obviously looking to improve on their 64-98 record in 2017, they're also hoping to restock a relatively shallow farm system and become bigger players in the international market. San Francisco's title window, already plentiful with three World Series championships in five years from 2010-14, may be coming to a conclusion, and it would appear prudent for the club to keep some resources for a potential rebuild.

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 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 Aug. 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.

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.

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