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Royals sign Kris Medlen

The Royals and right-hander Kris Medlen agreed Thursday to a two-year deal with a mutual option for 2017.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Medlen, 29, spent 2014 rehabbing from Tommy John surgery after suffering an elbow injury in Spring Training with the Braves.

Medlen’s lone season as a starter came in 2013, when he blossomed into the one of the game’s best. He was 15-12 with a 3.11 ERA and finished the season going 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA and .197 average against in his final five starts.

He is 34-20 with a 2.95 ERA in 152 career (61 starts).

–Cash Kruth

Ervin Santana signs with Twins

The Twins have agreed to terms with free-agent starting pitcher Ervin Santana on a four-year contract worth $54 million, a source confirmed to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger.

The deal will pay Santana $13.5 million each year. It also includes an option for a fifth year that would vest depending on innings pitched, tweets Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

Santana, 31, was 14-10 with a 3.95 ERA over 31 starts with the Braves in 2014. The right-hander has been dependable throughout his 10-year career and has made at least 30 starts in each of the last five seasons dating back to 2010.

Santana’s decision to turn down a qualifying offer appears to have paid off this time. He declined a $15.3 qualifying offer from the Braves in November. In 2013, he declined a qualifying offer from the Royals and eventually inked a one-year deal with Atlanta during Spring Training in March.

–Austin Laymance

Royals nearing deal with Morales

The Royals appear to have found their replacement for Billy Butler.

Kansas City is closing in on a two-year contract worth $17 million with free-agent first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales, according to multiple reports. The deal was first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

The Royals have been looking for a designated hitter since Butler signed a three-year, $30 million deal with Oakland in November.

Morales is coming off a bit of a down year in 2014, during which he combined to hit .218 with eight home runs and 20 doubles over 98 games between the Twins and Mariners. He missed all of Spring Training after turning down a qualifying offer from Seattle and eventually signed with Minnesota in June, then was dealt to the Mariners in July. In 2013, his last full season, Morales hit .277 with 23 homers, 34 doubles and 80 RBIs.

–Austin Laymance

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

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

Royals telling teams relief trio is off limits

The Royals were apparently informing teams on Monday night that Greg Holland, Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera were not available via trade, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.

All three have garnered interest this offseason and there was a growing suspicion that the Royals could try to move at least one member of their vaunted bullpen trio, given their rising salaries. The Royals are denying that’s the case for the time being, though that could always change — especially now that top free agent reliever David Robertson has signed with the White Sox.

Holland is projected to make more than $9 million in arbitration for next season, which would make him the Royals’ second-highest paid player behind only Alex Gordon ($14 million). Kansas City also exercised Davis’ $7 million option for 2015. The Royals’ lone moves so far this offseason — signing Luke Hochevar to a two-year, $10 million deal and Jason Frasor to a $1.8 million contract — have also involved dedicating money to the bullpen.

From a financial standpoint, it would certainly make sense for the Royals at least listen to offers for the three relievers. Whether or not they engage in serious talks regarding any of the three, however, remains to be seen.

– Paul Casella

Royals shopping Infante

The Royals have reportedly made veteran second baseman Omar Infante available via trade, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

Infante is coming off a disappoining debut season in Kansas City after signing a four-year deal last offseason worth more than $30 million plus incentives, with a $10 million team option for 2018. He posted a .252/.295/.337 batting line and struggled defensively this past season, a far cry from the .318/.345/.450 line he had posted with the Tigers in 2013.

It’s unclear at this point whether any teams have expressed interest in Infante or what exactly the Royals would be looking for in return. Though Infante’s struggles this past year could make teams hesitant to take on his contract, the Royals still may be able to find a trade partner given the lackluster second baseman alternatives available in free agency.

– 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

Masterson garnering significant interest

Free agent right-hander Justin Masterson has already met with the Red Sox and is expected to hold meetings with the Marlins, White Sox and possibly Cubs during this week’s Winter Meetings, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. At least three other teams — the Royals, Giants and Twins — have displayed varying amounts of interest in Masterson.

Masterson, who will turn 30 next March, is coming off a diastrous, injury-plagued season in which he went 7-9 with an unsightly 5.88 ERA over 28 combined outings (25 starts) between the Indians and Cardinals. The righty, however, was the Indians’ ace in 2013, making his first All-Star appearance while racking up a 14-10 record to go with a 3.45 ERA.

Now seemingly healthy, Masterson could be a legitimate bounceback candidate. It’s with that in mind that teams are hoping to find a bargain with what is likely to be a one- or two-year deal.

Masterson was drafted by the Red Sox in 2006 and broke into the big leagues with Boston in 2008. He pitched one-and-a-half seasons for the Sox before being traded to the Indians at the 2009 Trade Deadline. Given that history, Masterson is familiar with current Cubs executives Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer from those days together in Boston.

The Cubs, however, have reportedly signed free agent Jason Hammel and remain focused on landing Jon Lester, who’s expected to announce a decision no later than Tuesday. The actual market for Masterson, like any pitcher still on the market, should become more clear once Lester announces his decision.

– Paul Casella

Royals’ trio of relievers garnering significant interest

The Royals remain open to the idea of at least listening to offers for relievers Greg Holland and Wade Davis, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.

That report comes on the heels of ESPN’s Jayson Stark reporting that the Royals have also received plenty of interest in Kelvin Herrera, the third piece of the their vaunted bullpen trio. Stark adds that some inquiring teams already view the 24-year-old Herrera as a potential closer.

As for Holland and Davis, their rising salaries make them prime trade candidates for an organization such as the Royals. Holland is projected to make more than $9 million in arbitration for next season, which would make him the Royals’ second-highest paid player behind only Alex Gordon ($14 million). The club also just picked up Davis’ $7 million option for next season.

In addition, the Royals’ lone moves so far this offseason have been to sign reliever Luke Hochevar to a two-year, $10 million deal and fellow reliever Jason Frasor to a $1.8 million contract. Though Herrera is only expected to make approximately $1.5 million in arbitration, that’s still a substantial amount of money already committed to the bullpen.

From a salary standpoint, it makes sense that the Royals would be more interested in fielding offers for Holland and Davis as opposed to Herrera. Regardless, Kansas City will understandably be asking for a significant return for any of the three relievers.

It’s unclear at this point which teams exactly have inquired about the trio, though Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun suggests that the Blue Jays are at least one team that is pursuing Holland. However, it’s likely that a number of teams will enter the mix as the Royals continue to field offers.

Though nothing seems imminent at this point, it’s certainly one of the many situations worth monitoring at this week’s Winter Meetings.

– Paul Casella

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