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Matt Kemp is drawing interest and could be moved this offseason.

As he should. Did Kemp get off to a slow start last season? Of course he did. He was still recovering from injuries and surgery. But he finished the season with a .287/.346/.506 slash line with 25 home runs, 89 RBI and 77 runs scored. He only swiped eight bags last season and he's never going to be that 40-steal guy he was back in 2011, but he's still got solid power and his plate discipline numbers are right in line with his career averages. There's plenty more left in the tank and if he were to land with a club whose home is in a hitter's par, he could easily eclipse the 30-homer mark with some consistency. If the Dodgers were smart, they'd try to hold him and ditch Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford before dealing Kemp. Unfortunately for them, though, he's the one who will command the most on the trade market.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

21 Nov, 11:02 PMSource

Mariners have gained another option year on left-handed pitcher Danny Hultzen.

A player becomes eligible for a fourth option year when he's been optioned in three seasons but has yet to accrue five full professional seasons. This works to the Mariners advantage as they can now move him back and forth next year without needing for him to clear waivers at any point. Hultzen missed all of the 2014 season after undergoing off-season surgery to fix a torn rotator cuff and a torn labrum. Over 30.2 innings with Triple-A Tacoma in 2013, he posted a 2.05 ERA with a 34:7 K/BB ratio.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

21 Nov, 10:52 PMSource

Rockies are still interested in signing Brett Anderson to a deal.

The Rockies had already declined the $12 million option earlier this month, but they don't want to completely give up on the oft-injured 26-year old lefty. He posted a 2.91 ERA with a 29:13 K:BB over 43.1 innings (eight starts) for the Rockies so, when he's healthy, there's obviously something still in the tank.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

21 Nov, 10:20 PMSource

Source says the Royals continue to stay in contact with Torii Hunter.

While the Royals will maintain contact with Hunter, he hardly seems like an ideal option for a team looking to stay young. Hunter would like fill their DH role vacated by the departure of Billy Butler as they are plenty stocked with strong defensive outfielders. The Royals may make a lowball offer but there's no way they get involved in a bidding war for him nor will they be inclined to give the 39-year old a multi-year deal.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

21 Nov, 09:31 PMSource

White Sox signed 1B Adam LaRoche to a two year, $25 million contract.

LaRoche, normally a first baseman, projects to move to DH with the White Sox, as young stud Jose Abreu will be occupying first base for many years to come. Laroche had a very solid season with the Nationals in 2014, batting .259 with 26 home runs and 92 RBI, but at 35 Washington was willing to let him walk. He'll provide a great boost to the heart of the White Sox's order and will hopefully add protection for Abreu's numbers.
Analyst: Ben Diamond  View Profile

21 Nov, 07:35 PMSource

Rays managerial finalists are Don Wakamatsu, Kevin Cash, and Raul Ibanez. Dave Martinez is out.

After unexpectedly losing manager Joe Maddon to the Cubs, the Rays are scrambling to find a replacement. Wakamatsu appears to be the logical choice considering his experience over the other candidates, however Ibanez and Cash appear to be viable dark horse candidates due to their name recognition and considerable MLB playing experience.
Analyst: Dom Murtha  View Profile

21 Nov, 05:14 PMSource

Jon Lester is scheduled to meet with at least two more teams next week. He met with Red Sox, Cubs and Braves this week.

Lester will make the rounds and take his time. He's one of the most coveted free agents on the market but he may want to wait until Max Scherzer or even James Shields signs before making his final decision.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

21 Nov, 04:40 PMSource

Padres are prepared to make free agent Pablo Sandoval a contract offer.

It's not surprising that the Padres will take a run at acquiring Sandoval, but can they afford the type of contract other teams like the Red Sox are going to offer? Probably not. Fantasy owners don't want him going to San Diego anyway. Petco is even worse than AT&T Park for hitters.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

21 Nov, 04:32 PMSource

Orioles signed RHP Terry Doyle and OF Quincy Latimore to Minor League deals.

The Orioles are just building up some minor league depth here as neither Doyle nor Lattimore are going to find their way up to the bigs anytime soon.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

21 Nov, 03:16 PMSource

Rays have made Matt Joyce available on the trade market and have had some talks with other clubs.

Teams looking for a little bit of pop from a left-handed bat may be interested, but it's difficult to imagine the Rays getting something down this early. Joyce is a platoon partner, so don't expect anyone to jump at the chance to grab him unless all the full-time outfielders are off the free agent market.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

21 Nov, 03:00 PMSource

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