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Trade Rumors May Indicate Nationals Are Looking At Scherzer

The Washington Nationals are reportedly willing to listen to trade offers for Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister.

Zimmermann and Fister are both heading into the final year of their contracts, but Washington's motive to deal the pitchers may be deeper.

According to sources, speculation is that the Nationals may be looking to move one or both of the pitchers to position themselves for a pursuit of free-agent Max Scherzer.

Via Chris Cotillo/MLB Daily Dish

Little Separation On Offers Sandoval Has Received

There isn't much difference between the contract offers Pablo Sandoval has received as a free agent.

The Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres are believed to be the third baseman's most aggressive suitors.

Sandoval's offers are in the five-year, $90 million range.

Via Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Mariners Expected To Make Run At Justin Upton, Gattis

The Seattle Mariners are looking to add a right-handed bat and are expected to inquire with the Atlanta Braves about Justin Upton or Evan Gattis, if they haven't already.

There may be a possible trade match between Seattle and Atlanta.

Via David O\'Brien/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

White Sox Want A Lot For Alexei Ramirez

Rival teams say the Chicago White Sox have placed a steep asking price on acquiring Alexei Ramirez in a trade.

Ramirez, 33, is a career .277/.314/.405 hitter in 4,377 plate appearances.

He is signed through 2015 with a team option for $10 million in 2016.

Via Buster Olney/ESPN

Reds Could Trade Jay Bruce

The Cincinnati Reds have been rumored to be shopping a starting pitcher, but they could also entertain offers for Jay Bruce.

Bruce dealt with injuries in 2014 and wasn't productive, but the 27-year-old averaged an .826 OPS, 30 homers and 94 RBIs over the previous four seasons.

Cincinnati owes Bruce $12 million in both 2015 and 2016 and hold a $13 million option for 2017.

Via FOX Sports

Tomas Reportedly Seeking $100M, Which May Turn Phillies Off

The Philadelphia Phillies have long been considered the favorites to sign Yasmany Tomas, but that may no longer be the case.

The Phillies, who have seen Tomas multiple times in recent weeks, have some concerns about the Cuban outfielder's conditioning and defense.

Tomas is also reportedly looking for a $100 million contract, a price Philadelphia might find to be too steep.

Via Todd Zolecki/MLB

Dodgers Trade For Joel Peralta

The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired Joel Peralta in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Dodgers also received left-hander Adam Liberatore from the Rays, giving young right-handers Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris up.

Peralta, 38, pitched 69 games for the Rays last season, going 3-4 with a 4.41 ERA.

The deal was the first Major League trade under Andrew Friedman, who left the Rays for the Dodgers earlier this offseason.

The Rays recently picked up a $2.5 million option on Peralta for 2015.

Via Mark Saxon/ESPN

Blue Jays Call Sandoval Speculation 'Misinformation'

Alex Anthopoulos tried to deflect rumors on Thursday that the Toronto Blue Jays are trying to make another big splash in free agency by signing Pablo Sandoval.

The club introduced Russell Martin, who they signed to a five-year, $82 million deal, to the media and the general manager discussed rumors.

"We're not close to anything," Anthopoulos said. "We don't have any offers out to anybody, we're not being 'aggressive' with anybody. Our focus was on Martin and that just took a lot of time and energy. We didn't have five balls in the air, it was sole singular focus on getting him done."

The Boston Globe reported on Wednesday night that Toronto was close to making an offer to Sandoval, who is being targeted by the Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres.

"Talk of free agents that we're interested, sure, we've talked to all kinds of guys," Anthopoulos said. "But talk being close, talk of making offers, I find it amazing that there are guys out there that I have never spoken to or met that are reporting we have plans to make an offer. That's news to me.

"I think there's a lot of misinformation out there. The one thing I can unequivocally say, we don't have any offers out there, we don't have any plans in the next 24 hours to make an offer. That can change at any time, but we're just going to regroup right now and move forward with our next steps."

Via Gregor Chisholm/MLB

Nationals, Zimmermann Haven't Held New Talks On Extension

Jordan Zimmermann wants to remain with the Washington Nationals, but is aware of the situation.

The Nationals only control him for one more season before he hits free agency next winter.

The two sides discussed a long-term extension in the past, but haven't sat down to talk about one since last offseason. His pending free agent status has fueled trade rumors, including one involving the Chicago Cubs earlier this month.

"We're talking baseball and anything can happen," Zimmermann said. "Obviously, I'd like to stay with the Nats. I have no complaints about the Nats. It's a business. I know that. If they feel they want to trade me and get something in return that will help them later down the road, I totally understand. At the end of the day, I love the Nats. I love this city. I love playing there. When I heard the rumors, I was a little shocked. Come to find out it was just a rumor and someone just published something and it just took off."

Zimmermann confirmed that nothing has been discussed since the 2014 season ended.

"I haven't heard anything this offseason," he said. "Obviously, we were trying to get a deal done last year and it didn't work out. But I haven't heard anything yet this year. ... So far, it's quiet. We'll see what the next month or so brings."

Via James Wagner/Washington Post

Padres In Serious Pursuit Of Sandoval

The San Diego Padres have joined the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants in serious pursuit of Pablo Sandoval.

The Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays are believed to have interest in the third baseman as well, but aren't as aggressive as the Padres, Red Sox and Giants.

Few believed San Diego would pursue Sandoval heading into the offseason.



Via Jon Heyman/CBS Sports