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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

Headley reportedly nearing decision

Free agent third baseman Chase Headley is on the verge of making his decision, which could come as soon as Monday, according to WFAN’s Sweeny Murti. He was previously expected to reach a decision by the end of last week’s Winter Meetings, though he instead continued to field offers through the weekend.

The Yankees and Giants are believed to be strong favorites for landing Headley, while the Marlins and Astros have also expressed interest. He’s been believed to have a four-year, $65 million offer on the table for some time now, though it’s unclear which team extended that particular offer.

The 30-year-old third baseman posted a .243/.328/.372 batting line with 13 home runs and 49 RBIs over 135 combined games between the Padres and Yankees.

– Paul Casella

Rockies among the teams interested in Gee

The Rockies are the latest team to be mentioned as a potential landing spot for Mets right-hander Dillon Gee, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. The Rangers, Padres, Twins, Giants, and Royals have all also been linked to Gee.

It’s no secret that Colorado is in pursuit of some much-needed pitching help after its staff suffered numerous injuries this past season en route to compiling a Major League-worst 4.84 ERA. Aside from left-handers Jorge De La Rosa and Tyler Matzek, the Rockies starting rotation is currently filled with question marks.

Former staff ace Jhoulys Chacin (rotator cuff fraying) has an uncertain future, while right-handers Jordan Lyles and Christian Bergman both suffered broken left hands in freak incidents last season. Making matters worse, right-handed prospect Eddie Butler suffered a rotator cuff strain in his big league debut and 2013 first-round pick Jon Gray was hampered by right biceps tendinitis throughout his first full professional season.

The 28-year-old Gee posted a 4.00 ERA over 137 1/3 innings in 22 starts this past season for the Mets, but would come with two more years of arbitration eligibility.

– Paul Casella

Giants set to meet with Santana’s agent

The Giants are expected to meet with representatives for free agent right-hander Ervin Santana on Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

After missing out on marquee free agent Jon Lester, the Giants are now beginning to pursue alternatives in their need to bolster the starting rotation. It was also reported earlier in the day that the Giants were interested in potentially working out a deal for Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.

The Giants certainly have money they’re willing to spend after losing Pablo Sandoval to the Red Sox earlier this offseason and missing out on Lester.

Santana, who turns 32 this week, has also garnered interest from the Twins this offseason. Other teams could also enter the picture as the starting pitching market contiunes to heat up in the wake of Lester finally making his decision.

– Paul Casella

Braves getting plenty of calls on J. Upton, Gattis

The Braves are continuing to receive calls from a number of teams regarding both outfielder Justin Upton and catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

The report indicates that the Giants, Rangers, Royals and Padres are interested in both players, while the Mariners have been in contact solely about Upton.

Given the apparent market interest, coupled with the Braves’ willingness to move Upton, it seems inevitable that Upton will be moved somewhere this offseason. Though Atlanta already traded away outfielder Jason Heyward earlier this offseason, they were still interested in finding a new home for Upton even before signing fellow outfielder Nick Markakis last week.

The Padres have been closely linked to Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, but they could turn their focus toward Upton or Gattis if those talks fall through. The Rangers and Mariners, meanwhile, were interested in Kemp initially, but are reportedly no longer part of those discussions.

– 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

Lowrie reportedly seeking three-year deal

Free agent infielder Jed Lowrie is said to be seeking a three-year deal, according to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart.

Lowrie struggled to a .249/.321/.355 battling line with only six homers this past season, but his willingness to play either second base or third base in addition to shortstop could help his market. To this point, the Astros are reportedly interested in a potential reunion, while the Giants could also pursue Lowrie as a potential replacement for Pablo Sandoval.

Whether or not Lowrie is actually able to land a three-year deal remains to be seen, but it seems to at least be a starting point for potential negotiations.

– 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

Romo talking to Giants

Free agent reliever Sergio Romo has reportedly had talks with the Giants, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. He had previously reported that the Tigers had also engaged in talks with Romo, but he later recanted that report.

The Astros were also believed to have interest in Romo, though that door is likely closed with Houston reportedly closing in on deals with both Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek.

The Giants demoted Romo out of the closer’s role last season, but the right-hander seemed to have rediscovered his touch by season’s end. After struggling to a 4.74 ERA over 40 first-half outings, Romo notched an impressive 1.80 ERA in 24 outings after the All-Star break. San Francisco also has plenty of money to spend after missing out on in its pursuit of both Pablo Sandoval and Jon Lester.

The Tigers, meanwhile, have insisted that they remain confident with Joe Nathan and Joakim Soria at the back end of their bullpen, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see them ultimately pursue some insurance. After all, Detroit’s bullpen posted a 4.29 ERA last season, third-worst in the American League.

Romo’s market could develop even further with Gregerson and Neshek now reportedly off the board, as well as top relievers Andrew Miller and David Robertson.

– Paul Casella

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