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Rays to move Zobrist this offseason?

Though it seems to be nothing more than speculation at this point, FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi writes that there is a “decent chance” the Rays will trade second baseman Ben Zobrist at some point this offseason.

On the surface, trading Zobrist would certainly make sense for a Rays team that has already had a busy offseason. The versatile infielder is set to turn 34 years old in May and is due to make $7.5 million in 2015 before hitting the free agent market after the season. A number of teams would likely be interested in Zobrist, something that could lead to the Rays moving him this offseason before watching him walk away in free agency next winter.

While nothing has materialized quite yet, Morosi lists the Mets, Nationals, Mariners, Rangers, Cubs, Reds, and Twins as potential fits for Zobrist. Again, there is nothing concrete to report on this front as of right now, but it simply seems to be the next logical step for the Rays and is something worth monitoring into the New Year.

– Paul Casella

Report: Twins extend Hughes

The Twins have agreed to a three-year, $42 million contract extension with right-hander Phil Hughes, according to multiple reports. The Twins have not confirmed the deal.

Hughes, 28, had a strong first season with the Twins after signing as a free agent in December of last year. He set a Major League record with 11.63 strikeout-to-walk ration and went 16-10 with a 3.52 ERA.

The extension will keep Hughes under contract through 2019. He earned $8 million this season and will also make $8 million in each of the next two years.

It’s the second deal with a starting pitcher in as many weeks for the Twins, who signed free-agent right-hander Ervin Santana to a four-year, $54 million deal at the Winter Meetings.

–Austin Laymance

Phillies considering Asdrubal Cabrera?

The Phillies could use another option at shortstop now that Jimmy Rollins has been traded to the Dodgers.

Asdrubal Cabrera appears to be a possibility for the Phillies, who would need to clear some payroll to sign the free agent, tweets ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

Cabrera, 29, can play both shortstop and second base. He split last season between the Indians and Nationals, hitting a combined .307 with 14 home runs, 31 doubles and four triples. He was an All-Star in 2011-12 with Cleveland.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Friday that Freddy Galvis will have the first opportunity to replace Rollins in 2015. However, Amaro did not rule out the possibility of adding another option to the mix at short.

A number of teams have shown interest in Cabrera this offseason, including the A’s, Cardinals, Giants, Mets and Twins, tweets Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. It appears the Phillies are now in that group of potential suitors, too.

–Austin Laymance

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

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

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

Twins interested in right-hander Kendrick

The Twins brass in attendance at this week’s Winter Meetings reportedly held a meeting about potentially pursuing free agent starter Kyle Kendrick, according to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN.

Kendrick has posted identical 10-13 records over each of the last two years with the Phillies, while posting a 4.70 ERA in 2013 and a 4.61 mark this past season. He has a 4.42 ERA overall during his eight-year career, which has been spent entirely in Philadelphia to this point.

The Twins are known to be in the market for starting pitching this offseason after their starters racked up an American League-worst 5.06 ERA this past season.

Minnesota has also been linked to a number of other starters this offseason, both on the free agent market and via potential trades. The Twins have been reported to have varying levels of interest in free agents Ryan VogelsongEdinson Volquez, Justin Masterson and Brett Anderson, as well as Francisco Liriano, who ultimately re-signed with the Pirates. They’ve also popped up as a candidate to acquire the Mets’ Dillon Gee via trade.

– 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

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