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Rumor roundup: White Sox eye OF market

Chicago could dip into free agency for Upton or Gordon

The holiday shopping season may be over, but Major League Baseball clubs are still working on their offseason wish lists.

Here's a look at some of the latest Hot Stove rumblings floating around the big leagues:

White Sox linked to top outfielders
The White Sox appear to be a possible landing spot for Justin Upton and the club has also been linked to Alex Gordon, according to a report in the Boston Globe.

Though the same report said Gordon would prefer to return to the Royals, Kansas City was reportedly told this week it had "no chance" to sign the outfielder.

Upton and Gordon each rejected a $15.8 million qualifying offer this offseason, so the White Sox would have to forfeit a second-round pick in the 2016 Draft if they sign either player.

2016 Draft order

The White Sox have already been active this winter, dealing for third baseman Todd Frazier and infielder Brett Lawrie to boost their offense.

Video: Ventura on White Sox acquiring Lawrie and Frazier

Tigers waiting on Cespedes
Yoenis Cespedes is one of the few top-tier free agents left on the market, and the Tigers appear to be waiting for the outfielder to lower his price tag, according to USA Today.

Cespedes is said to be seeking a contract of at least six years and near the $150 million mark.

The Tigers have already made a splash in free agency, inking starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann to a five-year contract worth roughly $110 million.

The Tigers are familiar with Cespedes, having acquired him in a trade with the Red Sox last offseason. Cespedes hit .293 in 102 games with Detroit before being dealt to the Mets at the Trade Deadline this year.

Video: Duquette on teams that may be interested in Cespedes

Cardinals, Rockies talking trade?
The Cardinals are said to have interest in trading for a Rockies outfielder, and a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch speculates that the Cards would be more likely to deal for Corey Dickerson or Charlie Blackmon than slugger Carlos Gonzalez.

Any potential deal between the two clubs is thought to come down to Matt Adams, and it's not clear if the Cardinals are ready to trade away the first baseman.

The Rockies have been fielding calls on their outfielders all offseason and are expected to seek starting pitching in return.

Video: Guys talk Cardinals trade talk with the Rockies

Dodgers favorites for Maeda?
In need of rotation help, the Dodgers are said to be the front-runners to sign right-hander Kenta Maeda of Japan's Hiroshima Carp, according to the Boston Globe.

The Dodgers met with Maeda on Thursday, according to several Japanese media outlets. However, the club is thought to prefer a trade for Marlins ace Jose Fernandez or Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi. The Dodgers have also been linked to free-agent left-hander Scott Kazmir.

Maeda's 30-day posting period concludes Jan. 8, and he has been in the U.S. for two weeks meeting with clubs. To get Maeda, who turns 28 in April, a club should expect to pay his Japanese team a $20 million release fee, plus a five-year contract for roughly $80 million.

Video: The guys on MLB Now talk Kenta Maeda

Marlins could deal lefty reliever
It appears the Marlins will trade reliever Mike Dunn this winter, as the club has received some interest in the left-hander, according to the Boston Globe.

But it's not clear which teams have contacted Miami, and no deal appears imminent.

Dunn has made at least 72 appearances in three straight seasons and in four of the last five.

Video: [email protected]: Dunn strikes out side with two runners on

Austin Laymance is a reporter for
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