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Good morning baseball fans. There was one trade yesterday, involving the Brewers once again. They acquired shortstop Jonathan Villar from the Astros.
The Reds are continuing to look for a partner to deal closer Aroldis Chapman, and they hope to do so before the Winter Meetings.
Our own Mike Bates believes that Jose Fernandez WILL be traded, if only because Jeff Loria.
The answer, as it always does, comes back to Jeffrey Loria, a man who has never been able to tolerate any perceived slights or challenges to his unique brand of leadership. A man who has no shame. A man who took an employee, Dan Jennings, who had been loyal to his boss for a dozen years, put him in a position to fail, jerked him around after the season, and fired him ostensibly because of a disagreement over whether they should screw over talented center fielder Marcell Ozuna (Jennings was in the "no" camp). Fernandez will not be gone for baseball reasons. He will be gone because the Marlins can't help themselves. They have convinced themselves that he has upset the apple cart.
The Giants and the Dodgers have both checked in on Braves starter Shelby Miller.
Speaking of the Braves, they are pursuing two relievers, Darren O'Day and Matt Thornton, even after trading away Andrelton Simmons.
The Dodgers are also in the mix for Darren O'Day.
The Dodgers have been one of the most aggressive teams involved with O'Day since the beginning of free agency, but the reliever has also drawn interest from the Orioles,Nationals, Tigers, Cubs, Royals, Red Sox and Mets. Boston and Detroit should probably be counted out after their respective additions of Craig Kimbrel and Francisco Rodriguez, and it would be hard to see the Mets, Royals or Cubs commit to O'Day at his current price range.
The Cardinals, Cubs, D-Backs, Rangers, Red Sox and Dodgers have all checked in on John Lackey.
Chris Cotillo put together another news and notes column, highlighting the slow moving offseason.
A Jeff Samardzija-Cubs reunion is possible.
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Today in Baseball History: Four days after turning 20, in 1984, Dwight Gooden becomes the youngest player to win the NL Rookie of the Year. He went 17-9 with a 2.60 ERA and a major-league leading 276 strikeouts.