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Potential Myers deal getting close?

A potential blockbuster deal between the Padres and Rays involving 24-year-old outfielder Wil Myers could be “nearing the finish line,” according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

Rumors broke late Tuesday night that the two sides were discussing a possible trade that would send Myers to San Diego, though the potential return package remains unclear. Though little is known at this point about what the Padres might be offering in return, it’s a safe bet that it would involve either top pitching prospect, Matthew Wisler, or right-hander Joe Ross, the club’s No. 8-ranked overall prospect according to MLB.com.

While some reports have suggested a third team could enter the mix to make the deal happen, Crasnick adds that he believes it would be a straight-up deal between the Padres and Rays, with Tampa Bay possibly then flipping one of the players it receives from San Diego in a separate deal.

Despite coming off a disappointing, injury-hampered 2014 campaign, Myers is still just 24 years old and remains under team control through the 2019 season. He’s also only one season removed from posting a .293/.354/.478 batting line en route to being named the 2013 American League Rookie of the Year.

Even after acquiring Matt Kemp from the Dodgers last week, the Padres have continued to explore other options for upgrading what was the league’s worst offense this past season. Pairing Myers alongside Kemp would seem to be a substantial upgrade for the Padres, though it will certainly take a significant haul to make this deal happen.

– Paul Casella

Dodgers designate Brian Wilson for assignment

The Dodgers shook up their bullpen on Tuesday and designated right-hander Brian Wilson for assignment, reports MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick.

Wilson, 32, had a disappointing season in 2014 after an impressive return from Tommy John surgery in ’13. He had a guaranteed contract for next year worth $9.5 million. The Dodgers have 10 days to either waive, trade or release Wilson.

As the Dodgers’ set-up man this year, Wilson was 2-4 with a 4.66 ERA over 61 appearances and seemed to lack life on his fastball. He was much more effective in 2013 after joining the Dodgers in August, going 2-1 with a 0.66 ERA in 18 appearances. A three-time All-Star as a closer with San Francisco, Wilson helped the Giants win the World Series in 2010.

Wilson’s departure is the latest in a roster overhaul for the Dodgers under new management.

Last week at the Winter Meetings, new president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman traded away outfielder Matt Kemp, second baseman Dee Gordon, starter Dan Haren, shorstop Miguel Rojas, catcher Tim Federowicz and pitching prospect Tom Windle. The return netted second baseman Howie Kendrick from the Angels and reliever Chris Hatcher from the Marlins. The Dodgers also acquired shortstop Jimmy Rollins from the Phillies and signed free-agent starter Brandon McCarthy.

–Austin Laymance

Astros could enter mix for Hamels

The Astros are reportedly being considered a “sleeper team” in trade talks regarding the Phillies’ Cole Hamels, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

The Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers, Padres, Rangers and Giants have all been linked to Hamels this offseason, though Cafardo believes the Astros could swoop in and make a push to work out a deal with the Phils. That said, Hamels does have a no-trade list and it’s unclear at this point whether or not the Astros are on it.

Either way, there is speculation that Hamels might be willing to waive his no-trade clause for any of the aforementioned teams, if said team agrees to pick up his $20 million club option for 2019. He’s currently owed $90 million over the next four seasons before that option year comes into play.

The Giants’ interest likely depends on whether or not they’re able to sign James Shields, while the Cubs could fall out of the race as well after signing top free agent starter Jon Lester last week. The Red Sox and Dodgers are widely believed to still be the frontrunners for Hamels, but it appears they may have more competition than initially expected.

– Paul Casella

Kemp on the move as Dodgers, Padres pull off blockbuster

The Padres and Dodgers pulled off a blockbuster trade on the final day of the Winter Meetings.

Matt Kemp is going to San Diego along with catcher Tim Federowicz and the Dodgers are getting catcher Yasmani Grandal, pitcher Joe Wieland and a Minor League pitcher, believed to be Zach Eflin, a source told MLB.com’s Corey Brock.

Neither club has commented on the proposed trade.

The deal was first reported by USA Today, which added the Dodgers would send the Padres roughly $31 million of the remaining $107 million on Kemp’s contract. The deal needs the approval of the Commissioner’s Office because money is being exchanged. The players also need to take physical exams.

It’s not certain if this is part of a three-way deal. Still, it’s clear the Padres have made a major upgrade to their offense. Kemp, 30, is a two-time All-Star coming off a bounceback season. He hit .287 with 25 home runs and 38 doubles over 150 games in 2014, after missing 89 games in ’13 due to a number of injuries.

The Dodgers had been looking for a catcher to pair with incumbent A.J. Ellis, and it appears Grandal is their man. This season, Grandal hit .225 with 15 homers and 19 doubles over 128 games (76 as a catcher). He can also play first base.

Weiland, 24, returned from Tommy John elbow surgery this season and appeared in four games. Eflin, 20, was the 33rd overall pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

Federowicz figures to backup Rene Rivera.

–Austin Laymance

Report: Dodgers acquire Rollins

The Dodgers have reportedly acquired veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins from the Phillies, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. Though numerous other reports confirmed the deal, including ESPN’s Buster Olney and USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports claims that the deal is “close,” but adds that the two sides are still working out terms of the deal and says it could ultimately involve a third team.

Neither club has confirmed any reports.

Talks seem to have materialized quickly after reports surfaced earlier Wednesday that Rollins would be willing to waive his no-trade clause for a potential deal involving the Dodgers. The 36-year-old shorstop had a decent year at the plate this past season, notching 17 homers, 55 RBIs and 28 stolen bases, while still turning in above average defense.

The move seems to be a perfect fit for the Dodgers, who were looking for a short-term solution after losing Hanley Ramirez to the Red Sox earlier this offseason. Not only does acquiring Rollins seemingly provide an immediate fix, but it also won’t block top prospect Corey Seager from assuming the role in the near future once he becomes ready to make the jump to the Major Leagues.

– Paul Casella

Drew garnering broad interest

Free agent shortstop Stephen Drew is drawing varying amounts of interest from at least 10 teams, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

The list of teams that have tossed around the idea of signing Drew reportedly includes the Yankees, Mets, Astros, A’s, Braves, Padres, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Nationals and Marlins. The lack of shortstop depth on the free agent market this offseason has certainly played a part in the vast amount of interested teams.

Despite his struggles this past season, Drew is garnering significantly more interest this offseason than he did a year ago due to the fact that he is not tied to a compensatory draft pick this time around. He went unsigned last winter after rejecting a qualifying offer from the Red Sox before ultimately returning to Boston in late May.

– Paul Casella

Rollins would approve deal to the Dodgers

Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins would reportedly waive his no-trade clause to approve a potential deal with the Dodgers, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. It’s unclear whether or not the Dodgers are actively pursuing Rollins, but Heyman indicates “there’s at least some chance” a deal could happen.

The 36-year-old Rollins showed he still has some pop in his bat this season, notching 17 home runs and 55 RBIs to go with a .243 batting average.

The Dodgers, of course, are obviously in the market for a starting shorstop after Hanley Ramirez left via free agency to join the Red Sox. Rollins would seemingly fit the “short-term upgrade” at shortstop that the Dodgers are said to be pursuing, according to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick. However, the Dodgers don’t want to bring in an outside acquisition that could potentially block top prospect Corey Seager whenever he’s deemed Major League ready.

There doesn’t seem to be anything imminent on this front, but it’s at least worth noting that Rollins is willing to accept a move to Los Angeles.

– Paul Casella

Three more teams join Romo pursuit

Updating an earlier item, the Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers have all expressed interest in reliever Sergio Romo, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. The Giants have also had talks about bringing back Romo.

Romo struggled to a 4.74 ERA over 40 first-half outings this past season, but bounced back to notch an impressive 1.80 ERA in 24 outings after the All-Star break.

It’s no surprise that Romo’s market is starting to heat up in the wake of fellow relievers Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek both reportedly netting deals with the Astros on Wednesday morning. Couple that with top relievers Andrew Miller and David Robertson already being off the board and teams still in need of bullpen help figure to immediately ramp up their pursuit of remaining relievers such as Romo, Francisco Rodriguez and Rafael Soriano.

– Paul Casella

Giants join in on Hamels pursuit

All three teams that came up short in their pursuit of Jon Lester are now considering a trade for Cole Hamels, with ESPN’s Jayson Stark reporting that the Giants have also joined the discussions. The Red Sox and Dodgers had already expressed interest in Hamels even before Lester decided to sign with the Cubs.

This is the main reason why the Phillies waited for Lester to sign with a team before committing to any potential deal involving Hamels. They now have three potential contenders all interested in Hamels — an ideal situation for ultimately bringing back the best possible return.

As with much of the starting pitching market, talks figure to develop quickly with Lester now off the board. That said, the Phillies have no timetable in place for moving Hamels and remain focused only on finding the best deal.

– Paul Casella

Scherzer market set to take off

With Jon Lester reportedly deciding to sign with the Cubs, the market for fellow free agent starter Max Scherzer should now begin to take shape.

That was immediately apparent on Wednesday, with CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reporting that — with Lester’s decision looming — owners from two unidentified teams had flown to the Winter Meetings on Tuesday to meet in-person with Scherzer’s agent, Scott Boras. Though it’s unclear who exactly those two owners were, the market for Scherzer figures to come into focus in the coming days.

The three teams that ultimately came up short in the Lester sweepstakes — the Red Sox, Giants and Dodgers — could all turn their attention toward Scherzer, while Heyman also mentions the Yankees, Cardinals and Tigers as other possibilities. Reports surfaced on Tuesday that the Tigers were ready to spend big money to bring back Scherzer, but general manager Dave Dombrowski denied such a notion, saying instead that the club’s position has not changed.

Scherzer is said to be looking for a contract north of $200 million and, with Lester out of the way and so many teams still in the market for an elite starter, he seems likely to land one.

– Paul Casella

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