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Source: Rox eye free-agent slugger Santana
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The Rockies are taking a hard look at switch-hitting free-agent first baseman Carlos Santana as a run-producing corner bat, a source has told MLB.com. The club has not confirmed the pursuit of Santana.

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Bridich investigating late-inning options for Rox
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Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich acknowledged that the has had conversations with the Rays about closer Alex Colome — as was the hot rumor on Monday’s first day of the Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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Black hopes for offensive consistency in 2017
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Manager Bud Black is looking for the Rockies to build on the 2017 season, when they made their first postseason trip in nine years.

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Billy could be key trade chip for Reds
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Two years away from being a free agent, center fielder Billy Hamilton could be a dynamic trade asset for the Reds because of his speed and defensive ability.

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Source: Neshek, Phillies close to 2-year deal
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Pat Neshek said in July that he would love to rejoin the Phillies this offseason. A source said Monday afternoon that the Phillies are close to an agreement with the free-agent right-hander.

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Machado, Phillies could be tough match
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The Phillies would love Manny Machado in red pinstripes in 2018, but Philadelphia fans should not hold their breath.

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Could Cozart be a fit for Padres at shortstop?
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This winter, the Padres’ solution at shortstop might be more than a one-year stopgap. Free-agent Zack Cozart, who spent the past seven seasons with Cincinnati, has been linked to the Padres through reports. But the Padres have some talented prospects on the way that could change the way they look at the position for 2018.

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Nats plan for quiet offseason to get louder
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Members of Washington’s front office began outlining their plans for the Winter Meetings on Monday after general manager Mike Rizzo arrived late in the afternoon, preparing for a flurry of meetings over the next few days that the Nationals are hoping will produce activity in what has thus far been a quiet offseason.

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Martinez eager to get to work with Nationals
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It’s been a whirlwind of a month for new Nationals manager Dave Martinez, a month that has included helping with the hiring process for his new coaching staff and preparing to take over a team with World Series aspirations.

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Jeter, Hill talk Stanton trade, moving forward
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With their objectives seemingly at odds, the Marlins and Giancarlo Stanton formally parted ways on Monday with the announcement that the reigning National League Most Valuable Player Award winner was dealt to the Yankees for Starlin Castro and two prospects.

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Giants knew challenge of wooing Stanton
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Giancarlo Stanton followed his heart as well as his mind in respectfully deciding the Giants weren’t the ballclub for him.

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Giants want balance of offense, defense in OF
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Giants general manager Bobby Evans admitted Monday that, when weighing the acquisition of an outfielder, the ballclub might have to consider a performer who’s lacking defensively if he’s competent offensively. Of course, the Giants would prefer not to make that sacrifice.

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