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Kansas City has been focused on adding an outfielder and starting pitching depth this winter and should not have to worry about second base. Omar Infante underwent surgery in November but is expected to be healthy by the time Spring Training begins.
New York has not expressed any interest in trading Andrew Miller and would seek a starting pitcher in a deal involving the veteran lefty, according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.
Mark Melancon has been made available by the Pirates but there is still a good chance he remains in Pittsburgh next season.
Kenta Maeda's deal with the Dodgers only includes $25 million guaranteed over the eight year period:
If it matters, heard guarantee on Maeda’s deal with #Dodgers is 8yrs at $25M, not $24M. Gambling on self with tons of performance bonuses— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) January 2, 2016
It is still unclear whether or not Chris Davis and the Orioles will continue discussing a new contract this winter.
The Indians ultimately chose to sign Mike Napoli over Pedro Alvarez because Napoli is known to be solid defensively and adds a right-handed bat to their lineup, according to Cleveland.com's Paul Hoynes.
There is no doubt about Alvarez's power, but he made 23 errors at first base last season. I think the Indians preferred Napoli, considering the cost, at first and Santana at DH instead of Santana at first and Alvarez at DH.
The White Sox have contacted Yoenis Cespedes, Justin Upton and Alex Gordon.
The Dodgers made a statement ending 2015 by signing a pair of starting pitcher:
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