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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL BREAKING NEWS: INCREASED BELIEF ANDREW McCUTCHEN WILL BE DEALT BEFORE OR DURING WINTER MEETINGS

By Michael Wong


The chatter surrounding a trade of Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen it growing to a fever pitch, with multiple outlets reporting it being almost a certainty now he will be moved during or before next week's Winter Meetings.  This makes total sense of course when you consider McCutchen is being paid a ton, is coming off a career-worst season where his speed looked shot and his average sank, and the Pirates are well-stocked in young outfielders which includes Gregory Polanco, Starling Marte, and Austin Meadows.  The Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, and Washington Nationals are reportedly all involved in the McCutchen talks and of course in situations like this, where there is smoke there is fire. 

-Meanwhile the New York Mets are getting more calls on Curtis Granderson then Jay Bruce in terms of which lefty hitting outfielder they could move now that Yoenis Cespedes is back in the fold.  Granderson makes a bit more than Bruce but the fact he has shown he can hit in a big market unlike Bruce makes him somewhat more attractive.  The Mets will NOT deal either Michael Conforto or Juan Lagares on a related front. 

-Edwin Encarnacion's signing appears imminent, with the New York Yankees and Houston Astros the front-runners.  The Toronto Blue Jays have seem resigned to letting Encarnacion walk after he rejected their last offer right before they inked Kendrys Morales.  Also the Baltimore Orioles are still concentrating on Mark Trumbo and Carlos Beltran more than Encarnacion. 

-The Nationals seem likely to have a deal done before too long with closer Mark Melancon and the Los Angeles Dodgers will likely bring back Kenley Jansen.  That leaves Aroldis Chapman headed back to the New York with the Yankees which has been the story all along.

-Dexter Fowler is done in Chicago with the Cubs and could go to the Orioles a year after it appeared he was going to Baltimore in the first place. 

-The New York Mets keep waiting on their one-year offer to lefty reliever Jerry Blevins but the latter is looking for a two-year deal. 

-Once Encarnacion, the dominos will fall in terms of Beltran and Trumbo signing. 


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