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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

Dodgers getting calls about all outfielders, refute Gordon rumors

Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi addressed a number of rumors surrounding his club on Tuesday, denying a report that the club is shopping shortstop Dee Gordon while also adding that a Matt Kemp deal is not imminent.

Reports surfaced on Tuesday that the Dodgers were making Gordon available, but Zaidi firmly denied such rumors.

“He’s a cost-controlled, All-Star second baseman that teams would have four more years of control, a tremendous player, and anybody like that, teams ask for,” Zaidi said. “We’re not dangling him. Like I said, he is our second baseman.”

As for Kemp, Zaidi said the reports that a deal being close with the Padres is “not true.” He acknowledged that the Dodgers are continuing to field offers and negotiate, but added that the Dodgers have actually received multiple inquiries on all of their main outfielders — a list that would seem to include Kemp, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford,  as well as Scott Van Slyke, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig, though there is zero indication that Puig has ever been available.

Zaidi did not put a timetable on any potential deals and suggested the club could leave this week’s Winter Meetings without any clarity on its outfield situation.

Regardless, in addition to their need to move an outfielder, the Dodgers are still in the market for at least a shortstop and another starting pitcher. With Jon Lester reportedly choosing to sign with the Cubs, the Dodgers could now turn their focus — and the potential money saved on Lester — toward addressing some of those needs.

– Paul Casella

Orioles, Mariners and Rangers all out on Kemp

The Orioles, Mariners and Rangers are all reportedly out of the running to land Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

All three clubs had emerged as potential landing spots for Kemp in recent weeks, but it now appears that the Dodgers are intent on finalizing a deal with the Padres. Heyman goes as far as to say it might be “Padres or bust” when it comes to dealing Kemp this offseason.

Earlier reports from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal on Tuesday indicated that the Padres and Dodgers were “getting closer” to reaching a deal. The ongoing negotiations seem to involve who exactly the Padres would pair with catcher Yasmani Grandal in exchange for Kemp. Top pitching prospect Matt Wisler is not expected to be included in any deal, but fellow prospects Joe Ross and Zach Eflin have each been mentioned as possible pieces to a potential deal.

– Paul Casella

Giants in “backseat” on Lester talks?

Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans suggested to reporters on Tuesday afternoon that the Cubs and Red Sox may be the favorites in the Jon Lester sweepstakes.

Evans reportedly added that the Giants are in the “backseat” when it comes to Lester talks, but other teams are “driving the car.” He also said that a Lester decision isn’t necessarily expected to come on Tuesday, as previously reported.

Though the Giants haven’t been informed that they are off Lester’s radar, Evans’ comments certainly aren’t encouraging. The Giants may have been late entrants in the pursuit of Lester, but general manager Brian Sabean confirmed on Monday that the club’s primary focus is on landing Lester.

“Right now it’s all about Lester,” Sabean said before later adding: “We’re still on the board.”

While that may still be the case, it appears that the Cubs and Red Sox — the initial favorites to sign Lester — are re-emerging as the left-hander’s most likely destinations.

– Paul Casella

Tigers intent on keeping Scherzer

The Tigers’ primary focus is on re-signing marquee free agent Max Scherzer, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.

The market for Scherzer has been relatively quiet so far this offseason, though that’s likely to change over the next 24 hours with fellow free agent starter Jon Lester expected to announce his decision.

Olney writes that the Tigers are not only “prepared to spend big, big dollars” to sign Scherzer, but that they also plan to keep co-ace David Price in the fold for 2015, as well. Again, there has been very little talk surrounding Scherzer to this point as teams wait to see where Lester ends up.

Aside from the Tigers, other teams that have been linked to Scherzer in varying extents include the Red Sox, Yankees, Dodgers, Nationals, Phillies, Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, and Blue Jays. The team that ultimately signs Lester will obviously drop off that list.

Regardless, the final cost for Scherzer figures to be enormous, given the amount of deep-pocketed teams that are in the market for an elite starter. Scherzer, keep in mind, turned down a $144 million extension offer from the Tigers last spring.

– Paul Casella

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