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Angels looking to deal for middle infielder

The Angels are still engaged in trade talks to acquire middle infield depth, with MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reporting there’s a “good chance they get something done today.”

Gonzalez previously reported that the Angels have interest in both the Rockies’ Josh Rutledge and the Twins’ Eduardo Escobar. They are also said to like Boston’s Brock Holt, though the Red Sox are apparently asking too much in return for the Halos’ liking.

As far as potential trade pieces, Angels relievers Vinnie Pestano and Fernando Salas have both been mentioned in rumors, while Gonzalez adds that fellow reliever Kevin Jepsen is also in play.

It’s still possible that the Angels re-sign backup second baseman Gordon Beckham, but that wouldn’t stop them from pulling the trigger on adding further infield depth. Starting second baseman Howie Kendrick and third baseman David Freese are both set to become free agents after next season, while shortstop Ercik Aybar can hit the market after the 2016 campaign.

— Paul Casella

O’s among the teams interested in Cespedes

The Orioles reportedly view Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes as a potential fit in Baltimore, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, though Bradford adds that there is “nothing remotely imminent” at this point.

It’s unclear at this point who the Red Sox would target in return, but Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen would have to be considered a possibility. Chen, like Cespedes, is set to become a free agent following next season.

The Red Sox are also said to still be discussing a potential deal with the Tigers, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, that would involve swapping Cespedes for Rick Porcello, another starter entering the final year of his contract.

Boston doesn’t appear to be close on any potential trade involving Cespedes, but it’s starting to seem more and more likely that the Red Sox will solve their logjam in the outfield by moving Cespedes in exchange for starting pitching.

— Paul Casella

Red Sox showing interest in Miley

The Red Sox have reportedly had talks with the Diamondbacks regarding left-hander Wade Miley, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. This lines up with a report from USA Today’s Bob Nightengale that the D-backs are attempting to trim their payroll to $90 million, in part by listening to offers for Miley.

Miley had his struggles this past season, going 8-12 with a 4.34 ERA over 33 starts. He’s only two years removed, however, from finishing second in National League Rookie of the Year voting after posting a 16-11 record to go with a 3.33 ERA in 2012.

Rosenthal mentions that, in addition to the Red Sox, Marlins and Rangers have also expressed interest in Miley, though neither team seems to yet be on the verge of making a deal for the lefty.

— 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

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

Red Sox extend one-year offer to Masterson

The Red Sox have reportedly extended a one-year offer to free agent right-hander Justin Masterson, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

The Red Sox are pursuing Masterson as a potential starter, not a relief option. That said, they are certainly not alone in their pursuit. It was reported on Monday by CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman that the Rangers also have an offer in to Masterson, while a number of other teams, including the Marlins, White Sox, Royals, Giants, Cubs, Tigers, Indians and Twins are all known to have interest as well.

Teams are banking on a bounceback year for Masterson, who is coming off a season in which he posted an unsightly 5.88 ERA over 28 injury-hampered outings (25 starts) between the Indians and Cardinals. Now seemingly healthy, teams are hoping to find a bargain with a one- or two-year deal for the 29-year-old righty.

— Paul Casella

Lester signing could reignite Hamels talks

Though the Phillies aren’t one of the four teams reportedly pursuing Jon Lester, they could be one of the clubs most impacted by his final decision, which is expected to come at some point on Tuesday.

Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels has been floated as a potential backup plan for both the Red Sox and Dodgers, leading Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer to suggest that the Phils could start fielding serious offers for Hamels in the coming days. “The Phillies, a team desperate for outfield reinforcements, could target Joc Pederson in a trade with Los Angeles,” writes Gelb.

The Cubs and Giants, the other two clubs known to be pursuing Lester, could also attempt to engage the Phillies in trade talks if they miss out on Lester.

It’s no secret that the Phillies are trying to trade a number of their big-contract players this offseason, with Hamels’ name popping up most often in rumors. Not surprisingly, teams have been much less willing to take on the unfavorable contract of a player such as Ryan Howard.

The Red Sox have reportedly rejected past offers from the Phillies, but the Phils figure to gain at least some leverage in the aftermath of Lester’s decision. Either way, trade talks should heat back up once Lester is off the market.

— Paul Casella

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