1B | Joey Votto | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto plans to play for Canada in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles checked in on Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau's availability, and the Twins want young pitching in return.
1B | Adam LaRoche | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Washington Nationals and free-agent 1B Adam LaRoche continue their amicable negotiations with little progress to report, as the Nationals are holding firm on their two-year offer. "I still feel optimistic that we can get him signed," general manager Mike Rizzo said Tuesday, Dec. 4. "He wants to be here and we want him here. I'm optimistic."
1B | Todd Helton | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 1B Todd Helton (hip) is encouraged with the way his hip has recovered from surgery, and manager Walt Weiss is encouraging Helton to return for another season.
1B | Chris Davis | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said 1B Chris Davis will have a chance to compete for the starting first base job in spring training.
1B | James Loney | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians had serious interest in 1B James Loney before he signed with the Tampa Bay Rays.
2B | Darwin Barney | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs 2B Darwin Barney worked with manager Dale Sveum and the Cubs hitting coaches recently and put emphasis on driving the ball.
2B | Marco Scutaro | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals offered San Francisco Giants INF Marco Scutaro a deal for two years worth around $8 million annually.
2B | Jeff Keppinger | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent INF Jeff Keppinger (Rays) is a hot topic at the Winter Meetings and could receive a three-year deal worth around $13 million or more.
2B | Skip Schumaker | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers are interested in St. Louis Cardinals 2B Skip Schumaker. The Cardinals are looking to trade the versatile infielder/outfielder this offseason.
2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said the team will stick with 2B Chase Utley at second base next season.
2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano will play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic next spring.
SS | Dee Gordon | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners are pushing hard for Los Angeles Dodgers SS Dee Gordon.
SS | Yunel Escobar | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Fantasy
Updating previous items, the Tampa Bay Rays sent minor league INF Derek Dietrich to the Miami Marlins in exchange for SS Yunel Escobar. "Yunel is a quality Major League shortstop," said Andrew Friedman, executive vice president of baseball operations. "He's a good defender. Has occasional pop. We feel like he really helps solidify our infield defense, which should be a real strength next year."
SS | Troy Tulowitzki | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy
Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (groin) is expected to be fully cleared after undergoing surgery on his left groin, and the strength in his leg is slowly returning. He's adding flexibility exercises and yoga in order to prevent future leg injuries. The team is intent on not trading Tulowitzki this winter. The St. Louis Cardinals inquired about Tulowitzki.
SS | Manny Machado | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado (illness) was hospitalized for a day and a half a month ago with a case of meningitis, but he has recovered and will be ready for spring training. He resumed full workouts two weeks ago.
SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the team still views SS Hanley Ramirez as their opening day shortstop. Ramirez is planning to represent the Dominican Republic in next spring's World Baseball Classic, and Mattingly said the team won't keep him from doing that, as long as he plays shortstop. However, it's unlikely that Ramirez will play shortstop since Toronto Blue Jays SS Jose Reyes will also be playing for the Dominican. 3B Luis Cruz will enter spring training with a chance to become the starting third baseman. INFs Jerry Hairston Jr., Nick Punto and Juan Uribe will also be in the picture at the hot corner.
SS | Hiroyuki Nakajima | Japanese League | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Oakland Athletics are set to meet with the agent for free-agent Japanese League SS Hiroyuki Nakajima at the winter meetings Tuesday, Dec. 4. The Athletics are likely to offer Nakajima plenty of playing time, with INFs Adam Rosales and Andy Parrino as their other in-house options at shortstop. The Arizona Diamondbacks, who already met with Nakajima, are still interested.
SS | Elvis Andrus | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SS Elvis Andrus will make his winter ball debut in the Venezuelan Winter League Tuesday, Dec. 4. Andrus said he expects to play at least one month, preparing for next spring's World Baseball Classic.
SS | Sean Rodriguez | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction
The Tampa Bay Rays avoided arbitration with SS Sean Rodriguez by signing him to a one-year, $1 million deal.
3B | Chase Headley | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
The San Diego Padres aren't expected to ink 3B Chase Headley to an extension this offseason.
3B | Jack Hannahan | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent 3B Jack Hannahan (Indians) has drawn interest from the New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Miami Marlins.
3B | Eric Chavez | free agent | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy
With New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez (hip) out for the early portion of the 2013 season, the team has a strong desire to retain free-agent 3B Eric Chavez.
3B | Mark DeRosa | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson has not ruled out the team re-signing INF/OF Mark DeRosa as a bench player.
3B | Michael Young | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said INF Michael Young's 2013 role has yet to be determined. Young was the primary designated hitter last year but also played quite a bit in the infield. "Michael is a part of this team and as far as I'm concerned he'll continue to be a big part of this team. We've just got to wait and see because there's some youth that's going to be infused and we've just got to wait and see how that process works," Washington said. The team could choose to move 2B Ian Kinsler to first base to make room for SS Jurickson Profar, which would cut into Young's playing time. 1B Mike Olt could also take time away from Young.
3B | Kevin Youkilis | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Yankees have had talks with free-agent 3B Kevin Youkilis (White Sox).
3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval will play for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic next spring.
3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 3B David Wright will play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic next spring.
C | Matt Pagnozzi | Atlanta Braves | Transaction, Free Agents
The Atlanta Braves signed free-agent C Matt Pagnozzi (Indians) to a minor league deal.
C | Bengie Molina | Retired Players | Fantasy
Former major-league C Bengie Molina, a former standout of the San Francisco Giants and the brother of St. Louis Cardinals C Yadier Molina, is set to join the Cardinals as the assistant hitting coach.
C | Mike Napoli | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell said C Mike Napoli will catch more in spring training in order to learn more about the team's pitchers.
C | Kurt Suzuki | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals C Kurt Suzuki will likely be the starting catcher next year as C Wilson Ramos (knee) recoveries from two major knee surgeries, according to skipper Davey Johnson. Ramos is expected to return for spring training, and he's dropped 10 pounds to help put less pressure on his knee. Ramos said his right knee felt the same as his healthy left knee last month, and he was already doing full body workouts including weights.
C | A.J. Pierzynski | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Yankees are in talks to sign free-agent C A.J. Pierzynski (White Sox).
C | Rod Barajas | free agent | Free Agents
The Arizona Diamondbacks are interested in free-agent C Rod Barajas (Pirates).
OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians have high asking prices for OF Shin-Soo Choo and SS Asdrubal Cabrera, according to rival executives.
OF | Ryan Ludwick | free agent | Free Agents
The San Francisco Giants had a two-year deal set up with free-agent OF Ryan Ludwick (Reds) before they re-signed INF Marco Scutaro. Now free-agent OF Scott Hairston (Mets) is also too expensive for them.
OF | Brett Jackson | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs OF Brett Jackson worked with manager Dale Sveum and the Cubs hitting coaches recently and reportedly made huge strides in overhauling his swing. Sveum said Jackson could be in the mix for 2013.
OF | Jason Bay | free agent | Free Agents
The Cleveland Indians could be the front runners to sign free-agent OF Jason Bay (Mets).
OF | Nate Schierholtz | free agent | Free Agents
The New York Yankees are the front runners to sign free-agent OF Nate Schierholtz (Phillies).
OF | Josh Hamilton | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers' talks with free-agent OF Josh Hamilton (Rangers) are on hold. This move suggests the team is chasing free-agent SP Zack Greinke (Angels).
OF | Shane Victorino | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians offered Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino a four-year, $44 million deal.
OF | Justin Upton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
There is a four-team deal being talked about involving Cleveland Indians SS Asdrubal Cabrera, Arizona Diamondbacks OF Justin Upton, Tampa Bay Rays SP James Shields and Texas Rangers 3B Mike Olt.
OF | Emilio Bonifacio | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays could make OF Emilio Bonifacio available.
OF | Ben Revere | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins could be working on a trade involving OF Ben Revere. They'd likely need a center fielder in return.
OF | Wil Myers | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
The Kansas City Royals will not part with OF prospect Wil Myers to get New York Mets SP R.A. Dickey in any deal, according to team sources.
OF | Jason Kubel | Arizona Diamondbacks | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds are close to re-signing OF Ryan Ludwick, and the two sides are not very far apart on a two-year deal. General manager Walt Jocketty hopes to have something finalized before Thursday, Dec. 6. The Reds are talking to the Arizona Diamondbacks about OFs Justin Upton, Jason Kubel and Gerardo Parra in case they don't work something out with Ludwick. Cincy was never in on Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino. The Reds could also look at free-agent OF Cody Ross (Red Sox) if they don't re-sign Ludwick.
OF | Michael Bourn | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Texas Rangers could move to free-agent OF Michael Bourn (Braves) if they aren't able to re-sign OF Josh Hamilton.
OF | Nate McLouth | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the team will meet with free-agent OF Nate McLouth (Orioles) this week at the winter meetings. There is mutual interest in re-signing McLouth.
OF | Ichiro Suzuki | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox are interested in free-agent OF Ichiro Suzuki (Yankees) as a fit for right field.
OF | Nick Swisher | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent OF Nick Swisher (Yankees) reportedly wants to sign with the San Francisco Giants. He's expected to wait until free-agent OF Josh Hamilton (Rangers) signs somewhere.
OF | Domonic Brown | Philadelphia Phillies | Free Agents, Fantasy
With less options for center field on the market, the Philadelphia Phillies may see free-agent OF Josh Hamilton (Rangers) as a fit in left or center field. The Phillies currently have OFs Darin Ruf, John Mayberry Jr. and Domonic Brown as starters in their outfield. The Phillies are expecting added revenue from local TV rights, so they might have enough money to add Hamilton to the mix.
OF | Mike Morse | Washington Nationals | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners have some interest in trading for Washington Nationals OF Mike Morse. Morse could offer the kind of lineup protection that would make a signing of free-agent OF Josh Hamilton (Rangers) make more sense.
OF | Brennan Boesch | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
The Seattle Mariners are interested in trading for Detroit Tigers OF Brennan Boesch.
OF | Eric Hinske | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction, Free Agents
The Arizona Diamondbacks signed free-agent OF Eric Hinske (Braves) to a one-year deal.
OF | Raul Ibanez | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent OF Raul Ibanez (Yankees) has multiple teams pursuing him, but he would prefer to re-sign with the New York Yankees.
OF | Angel Pagan | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies made a four-year offer to OF Angel Pagan before he re-signed with the San Francisco Giants.
SP | Ryan Dempster | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers are at an impasse in negotiations with free-agent SP Ryan Dempster (Rangers) over adding a third year to their offer.
SP | Jon Lester | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox are listening to offers for OF Jacoby Ellsbury and SP Jon Lester, but they won't trade them unless they're overwhelmed.
SP | Francisco Liriano | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins have offers to free-agent SPs Joe Saunders (Orioles) and Francisco Liriano (White Sox).
SP | Chris Capuano | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers are fielding calls on SPs Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang.
SP | David Price | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays aren't willing to trade SP David Price. They are talking to teams about SP James Shields.
SP | Trevor Bauer | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
The Cleveland Indians have discussed the framework of a deal involving SS Asdrubal Cabrera to the Arizona Diamondbacks for SP Trevor Bauer.
SP | Kyle McPherson | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates P Kyle McPherson (shoulder), who will compete for a job in the rotation this spring, was brought home early from winter ball due to a sore shoulder. General manager Neal Huntington said surgery will not be necessary and McPherson is expected to be ready for spring training.
SP | Brett Myers | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers appear to have interest in free-agent SP Ryan Dempster (Rangers) and SP Brett Myers at the winter meetings, but so far no formal talks have been held.
SP | Brandon McCarthy | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent SP Brandon McCarthy (Athletics) has attracted attention from the Kansas City Royals in recent days. The Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, Arizona Diamondbacks and Minnesota Twins as expressing interest with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Texas Rangers expected to join in.
SP | Tyler Skaggs | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians have reportedly targeted Arizona Diamondbacks SP Tyler Skaggs in a possible deal for SS Asdrubal Cabrera.
SP | Hyun-Jin Ryu | Korean League | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers offered a long-term contract to Korean SP Hyun-Jin Ryu Tuesday, Dec. 4, that was promptly rejected, general manager Ned Colletti said. Colletti said he didn't know how the team would proceed in the negotiations. Ryu could elect to pitch in Japan next season, signing a one-year deal with a Japanese team. He would then become an unrestricted free agent next winter and wouldn't be subject to the posting system.
SP | Homer Bailey | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
The Cincinnati Reds have had discussions about a long-term contract extension with SP Homer Bailey, and they hope to have the same talks with SP Mat Latos soon.
SP | Kevin Correia | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles have met with the representatives for free-agent SP Kevin Correia (Pirates) and OF Nate Schierholtz (Phillies), according to an industry source.
SP | Christian Friedrich | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Christian Friedrich (back) will begin lightly throwing this week, and he's expected to compete for a rotation spot in spring training.
SP | Mike Minor | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies have inquired about Atlanta Braves SP Mike Minor.
SP | Carlos Villanueva | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies could be interested in signing free-agent SP Carlos Villanueva (Blue Jays).
SP | John Lackey | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey (elbow) has fully recovered from Tommy John surgery and will enter the season in the starting rotation.
SP | Brian Matusz | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said OF Nolan Reimold (neck), SP Brian Matusz (hernia) and SP Tsuyoshi Wada (elbow) are all recovering well. Showalter expects Wada to be back much earlier than expected.
SP | Cliff Lee | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said it's absolutely false that the team is considering trading SP Cliff Lee to the Arizona Diamondbacks for OF Justin Upton.
SP | Chad Billingsley | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SPs Ted Lilly (shoulder) and Chad Billingsley (elbow) are both expected to be ready by spring training next year, according to a team official. The Dodgers could try to trade SPs Chris Capuano or Aaron Harang in order to fill other holes in their roster. Billingsley is throwing without pain and hitting 94 mph in his rehab, and he's currently on a regular throwing program. Lilly is also on a normal throwing routine in the offseason.
SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza (elbow) will begin throwing by the end of the month.
SP | Jonathon Niese | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said he has had virtually no trade talks about SP Jonathon Niese.
SP | Joe Blanton | free agent | Free Agents
The Minnesota Twins checked in on free-agent SP John Lannan (Nationals) and SP Joe Blanton (Dodgers).
SP | Manny Parra | free agent | Free Agents
The New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates are interested in free-agent P Manny Parra (Brewers).
SP | Gavin Floyd | Chicago White Sox | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Chicago White Sox are making SP Gavin Floyd available for trade, and the Boston Red Sox might make sense as trade partners. Chicago isn't expected to bring back C A.J. Pierzynski and the Red Sox now have a surplus at catcher after signing C Mike Napoli. C Jarrod Saltalamacchia is eligible for free agency after next year and the Red Sox haven't entered negotiations on a multi-year deal with him, possibly making him expendable with C Ryan Lavarnway around also. C Tyler Flowers is set to take over for Pierzynski, but the White Sox aren't exactly sold on him.
SP | Kyle Lohse | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Boston Red Sox are pursuing free-agent SP Kyle Lohse (Cardinals).
SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The St. Louis Cardinals haven't had discussions regarding an extension for SP Adam Wainwright, according to one official. General manager John Mozeliak doesn't expect to speak with Wainwright's representatives at the winter meetings this week, either. The team is interested in extended Wainwright, but they will be "focused on additions to the roster" first. St. Louis is mainly looking for a left-handed reliever. Free-agent RPs Sean Burnett (Nationals), Mike Gonzalez (Nationals) and Manny Parra (Brewers) are possibilities.
SP | Dan Haren | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
The Boston Red Sox didn't like what they saw from Washington Nationals SP Dan Haren's medicals on his hip.
SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Washington Nationals are unlikely to pursue free-agent SP Zack Greinke (Angels) after reaching an agreement with SP Dan Haren. The Nats' starting rotation now consists of SPs Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Ross Detwiler and Haren.
SP | Roberto Hernandez | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
At least five teams are interested in signing free-agent SP Roberto Hernandez (Indians), with the Cleveland Indians likely one of them. Hernandez is seeking a one-year contract. He currently has two offers on the table and is mulling his options, but he doesn't want to pitch in relief. Hernandez no longer has visa issues and expects to report to spring training on time.
SP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker wants to keep SP Aroldis Chapman as his closer.
RP | Jason Grilli | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent RP Jason Grilli (Pirates) has 10 teams pursuing him at the Winter Meetings.
RP | Wilton Lopez | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Fantasy
The Houston Astros acquired P's Alex White and Alex Gillingham from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for P Wilton Lopez and a player to be named later.
RP | Joakim Soria | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday, Dec. 4, that RP Joakim Soria (elbow) is throwing off flat ground at 105 feet. May is the early projection for his return, but the team doesn't want to push it, as Soria makes his way back from Tommy John surgery.
RP | Manuel Corpas | free agent | Free Agents,
The Colorado Rockies could look to add free-agent RP Manuel Corpas (Cubs) on a minor league deal.
RP | Kyuji Fujikawa | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs RP Kyuji Fujikawa's two-year, $9.5 million deal includes vesting options at $5.5 million or $6 million that will be determined by games finished.
RP | Alfredo Aceves | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell prefers to use P Alfredo Aceves out of the bullpen, but there is still a chance they could use him as a starter. SP Franklin Morales is the only reliever that will be asked to stretch out in spring training at this point.
RP | Pedro Strop | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles RP Pedro Strop is expected to pitch for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic next spring. RP Jim Johnson was asked to be a part of Team USA, but he's expected to pass it up. SP Wei-Yin Chen is not expected to pitch for Taiwan.
RP | Jason Frasor | free agent | Free Agents,
The Los Angeles Dodgers are eyeing free-agent RPs Mark Lowe (Rangers) and Jason Frasor (Blue Jays) as they look to strengthen their bullpen.
RP | Arthur Rhodes | free agent | Free Agents,
Free-agent RP Arthur Rhodes (Cardinals) is telling people that he wants to pitch in the majors again, and he's hoping to sign a minor league deal in hopes of winning a roster spot in spring training.
RP | Kelvim Escobar | free agent | Free Agents
Free-agent P Kelvim Escobar (Angels) is pitching in winter ball and drawing interest at the Winter Meetings. He hasn't pitched in the majors since 2009.
RP | Rafael Soriano | free agent | Free Agents
A Detroit Tigers official said free-agent RP Rafael Soriano (Yankees) won't be signing with them.
RP | Oscar Villarreal | Boston Red Sox | Transaction,
The Boston Red Sox signed free-agent RP Oscar Villarreal (Orioles) to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training Monday, Dec. 3.
RP | Brian Wilson | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans had some strong words to say, indicating that free-agent RP Brian Wilson (Giants) would remain in San Fran. "I think Brian's a Giant for life, and he'll hopefully be a guy who'll consider coming back here as he evaluates his options," Evans said, adding that the organization respected Wilson's right to look elsewhere. Manager Bruce Bochy plans to call Wilson soon in order to persuade him to re-sign. Regardless of if Wilson returns, though, Bochy said that RP Sergio Romo will serve as the team's closer, barring drastic roster moves.
RP | Mike Adams | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are one of the teams looking at free-agent RP Sean Burnett (Nationals) as they look to strengthen the depth of their bullpen. Burnett would give the Angels another lefty to pair with RP Scott Downs. Another option is free-agent RP Mike Adams (Rangers). The Angels checked in on RP Joakim Soria before he agreed with the Texas Rangers. Signing another reliever would almost surely take the Angels out of the sweepstakes to re-sign SP Zack Greinke.
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