Matt Kemp's readiness for spring training still in question
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SiriusXM Radio reports that Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp
, who had ankle surgery in October, is still in a walking boot, and he is not expected to be fully healed in time for spring training.
Kemp has been the subject of recent trade rumors, but according to ESPN.com, the Red Sox -- one of the teams interested in the 29-year-old -- are not planning on engaging in further talks with the Dodgers.
Orioles, Rangers moving in pursuit of Nelson Cruz
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FOXSports.com reports that the Orioles met with the agents for free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz
on Monday. Cruz's agents are also expected to meet with the Rangers at some point during this week's Winter Meetings, according to MLB.com.
The Mariners remain among the teams still interested in signing Cruz.
Eric Thames headed to Korea
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MLB.com reports that the Astros released outfielder Eric Thames
, who will play in Korea next season, on Monday.
The Astros claimed Thames off waivers from the Orioles in September after he hit .252 with three home runs in 36 games for Triple-A Norfolk.
Phillies put Domonic Brown on trading block
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According to Yahoo! Sports, the Phillies are looking into trade possibilities for outfielder Domonic Brown
. In return, they are seeking affordable starting pitching, preferably whom would be under team control for the coming seasons.
Brown is coming off a breakout campaign in which he hit .272 with 27 home runs and 83 RBI.
Jeff Francoeur looking to catch on as spare outfielder
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FOXSports.com reports that free agent outfielder Jeff Francoeur
is looking to sign with a team that can use him as a reserve outfielder. Francoeur has been without a team since the Giants designated him for assignment in August.
Coming off a season in which he batted .204 with only 15 extra-base hits in 245 at-bats, Francoeur had LASIK surgery this offseason and will no longer use a 35-ounce bat.
Orioles exec views Francisco Peguero as everyday player
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Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette told the Baltimore Sun
that he wants to see recently-acquired outfielder Francisco Peguero get an opportunity to be an everyday player
. Peguero signed a one-year deal with the Orioles on Friday.
Duquette acknowledged that Peguero doesn't hit for much power, but he likes the former Giant's contact, running and defensive skills. Peguero is out of options, and Duquette said that "he will get an opportunity from us in spring training to show what he has...he could emerge as a good everyday ballplayer."
Report: Mets prefer to trade Ike Davis, keep Lucas Duda
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The Mets head into the Winter Meetings with a strong preference
to trade first baseman Ike Davis
and retain first baseman Lucas Duda
, the New York Daily News
Five teams have reportedly contacted the Mets about Davis this offseason, and they'll continue to shop him this week during the meetings. He hit .205/.326/.334 with nine home runs and 33 RBI in 317 at-bats last season after hitting 32 home runs the previous year.
Orioles haven't ruled out Shin-Soo Choo, Nelson Cruz
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The Orioles haven't ruled out signing free agents Shin-Soo Choo
or Nelson Cruz
in their search for a left fielder
, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.
The Orioles, who were also linked to Raul Ibanez and Andre Ethier Sunday, are also looking for a designated hitter and closer while also having interest in acquiring a starting pitcher. Heyman reports they do not have an unlimited budget with which to work.
Orioles have interest in Andre Ethier, Raul Ibanez
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The Orioles have interest
in trading for Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier
or signing free-agent outfielder Raul Ibanez, ESPN reports.
The Dodgers have a logjam in the outfield with four players capable of starting. Ethier, who is owed $71.5 million over the next four seasons, hit .272/.360/.423 with 12 home runs and 52 RBI in 482 at-bats. Ibanez, 41, hit .242/.306/.487 with 29 home runs and 65 RBI in 454 at-bats with the Mariners.
Delmon Young working out at first base
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Free agent outfielder Delmon Young
has been working out at first base
with the goal of increasing his versatility for interested teams, FOX Sports reports.
Young, who is fully healthy this offseason, hit .260/.307/.407 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 334 at-bats with the Phillies and Rays last season.