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Monday, December 5, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL WINTER MEETINGS REPORT: DODGERS CONFIDENT OF RE-SIGNING JUSTIN TURNER

By Michael Wong

National Harbor, MD.--A Los Angeles Dodgers official who I spoke with directly Monday morning reports that the team made a very "generous" offer to free agent third baseman Justin Turner and that they are "confident" he will re-sign eventually.  The official noted that the Dodgers understand that Turner wants to see what is out there on the open market as is his right as a free agent but that he will eventually accept the team's offer.

-There is ZERO chance the Washington Nationals will trade Trea Turner in a deal for either Chris Sale or Andrew McCutchen.  Also the Nats are "out" on Mark Melancon but their out centers on the fact they realize he is not signing with them and instead will land with San Francisco.

-Speaking of McCutchen, the talks continue to drag on a bit with the Pirates and Nationals and that has allowed the Texas Rangers to creep back in.  Reps from the Rangers and Pirates in fact are scheduled to meet this morning to further discuss.

-A new name that has popped up here Monday morning is Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto.  Votto has lot of money left on his deal but the Reds are willing to move him for a prime prospect.  They would have to eat some money under that situation however.

-There are a lot of teams lining up for Brian Dozier but we keep hearing the Twins don't want to move him unless blown away by an offer that has a top tier prospect.

-The Toronto Blue Jays will sign Steve Pearce by the time you read this and if not then Mitch Moreland.  They are dumpster diving on first base/DH and that lends more credence to their lack of interest in re-signing both Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista.

-The Baltimore Orioles have stepped up efforts to being back Mark Trumbo but they are getting stiff competition from the Rangers and Colorado Rockies of all teams.


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