The off-season hot stove is starting to warm up with trade rumors and free agency decisions being made.
The off-season hot stove is warming up with trade rumors and free agency decisions coming down the pipeline. The rumor mill has picked back up after a brief lull when the passage of a new collective bargaining agreement was in question, but now that the new CBA is in place free-agent dealings will commence.
The biggest free agent taken off the market so far has been outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who re-signed with the New York Mets this week for four years and $100 million. Top-tier relievers Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman are still available.
Keep up to date on the latest MLB news and rumors below:
• The Nationals are expected to non-tender Ben Revere, Fan Rag's Jon Heyman reports. Revere's performance dipped in 2016, but could bounce back if he finds a fit with another team.
• To replace Revere, the Nationals remain focused on trying to trade for Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, but have a list of other centerfielders they could pursue if a deal for McCutchen doesn't materialize, Heyman reports.
• The Brewers are trying to trade first baseman Chris Carter before the tender deadline on Friday night, Heyman reports. The Orioles are not interested in trading for Carter, according to Heyman.
• The Royals have received multiple inquiries on outfielder Jarrod Dyson, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports, but would need to find a replacement to split rightfield time with Paulo Orlando if they traded him.
• The Braves have inquired about starting pitchers Chris Sale and Chris Archer, but are not interested in Sonny Gray, Crasnick reports.
• The Mets have not opened discussions with Jacob deGrom about a contract extension, Newsday's Marc Carig reports.