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Jim Bowden ESPN Insider 

Dave Dombrowski President of the Boston Red Sox told me prior to the off-season his three goals were an impact closer, a right-handed hitting 4th outfielder and a number 1 starter. Kimbrel check 1, Young check 2, now he tries to get David Price for the trifecta.

Where will Johnny Cueto end up signing?

David Schoenfield writes: "My guess is that American League teams will be more hesitant to sign him after his poor results with the Royals, so my five top potential destinations are all National League teams." Bound for NL West?

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Jerry Crasnick MLB Sr. Writer 

Zack Greinke's free agent talks are quietly picking up steam, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. The Dodgers and Giants are the principal suitors for Greinke, and it's believed that both teams would like some clarity in the event they lose out in the bidding and have to go in a different direction.

D-backs GM: Johnny Cueto rejected offer

The free-agent RHP turned down an offer from the D-backs earlier this month, GM Dave Stewart told the Arizona Republic. According to multiple reports and first reported by MLB's website, it was a 6-year, $120M deal.


David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

The Red Sox signing of OF Chris Young could open the door for trading Jackie Bradley Jr., but it seems like a quality depth signing to me. Bradley had a big August but also owns a career .298 OBP and Rusney Castillo has yet to show he can hit in the majors. Young is a good fourth outfielder who could start if either falters, leaving Brock Holt to back up in the infield.

Olney on top 10 shortstops in MLB

How good is Astros SS Carlos Correa? Buster Olney puts the 21-year-old No. 1 on his list of the best shortstops in MLB. The other nine (Insider)

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Red Sox nab former Yankee Chris Young

Boston has reached an agreement with the free-agent outfielder on a multi-year contract, pending a physical, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick and multiple reports (first reported by Fox Sports). Young had a .320 OBP and 14 HRs in 318 at-bats last season for New York.

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Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

How serious was #Dbacks Johnny Cueto pursuit? Tony La Russa, Dave Stewart and club president Derrick Hall all went to DR to make pitch.

David Price @DAVIDprice14

It's pretty chilly in Vegas...that means my golf ball is going to go normal distance or nah?? Now I'm really confused...

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Wilmer Flores was hit by a pitch while playing for Margarita in his native Venezuela on Thursday. He has not appeared in a game since. However, Flores merely is day to day after getting struck on the left calf, according to a Venezuelan media report.

Law: Zimmermann deal a risky one

Keith Law writes of Jordan Zimmermann's big contract with the Tigers: "Zimmermann was worse across the board in 2015 and now has 1,000-plus innings on that new ligament; any realistic projection going out five years would show some significant probability of one of two things -- major injury or major loss of effectiveness -- happening before the contract ends." Long-term overpay? (Insider)

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

The Tigers fancy themselves contenders in 2016 and needed to upgrade the AL's worst rotation. Jordan Zimmermann should help but it's also a risky signing given the $110 million price tag: His numbers were down across the board in 2015, perhaps related to a little dip in velocity, and now he moves from the weak NL East to the American League.

Sources: Tigers, Zimmerman reach deal

RHP Jordan Zimmermann has agreed to a five-year, $110 million deal with the Detroit Tigers, per ESPN sources and a media reports. Zimmermann's deal is contingent on him passing a physical. The deal was first reported by CBS Sports. Story

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Jerry Crasnick MLB Sr. Writer 

The Tigers made the first big free agent move of the winter by signing Jordan Zimmermann to a 5-year, $110 million contract, and it's likely they'll follow up by adding another veteran to slot in behind Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez and Zimmermann in the rotation. Doug Fister, who could be looking for a short-term deal to re-establish himself after a rough 2015 season, appears to fit the profile. But he's not the only available option.

Mark Simon @msimonespn

Jordan Zimmermann Pitches clocked 95.0 MPH/faster 2012 236 2013 272 2014 159 2015 31 94.0/faster 2012 883 2013 987 2014 928 2015 296

Jim Bowden ESPN Insider 

CBS Sports reporting that the Detroit Tigers and Jordan Zimmermann have reached a deal. We drafted Zimmermann when I was GM of the Nationals in the 2nd round of 2007 Draft. Zimmermann a career 3.32 ERA and 1.15 whip. His competitiveness, poise and composure are all off the charts.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Pirates among teams being considered by Trevor Cahill. He's looking for a 1-year, bounce-back deal and PIT's free agent Ps tend to get paid.

Olney: Top 10 third basemen in MLB

AL MVP Josh Donaldson taking the top spot shouldn't come as a surprise. But a cast of young third basemen are nipping at his heels. Top 10 3B (Insider)

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Source: Tigers pursuing ZImmerman

Detroit is in serious talks with free-agent Jordan Zimmermann, according to ESPN and media reports (first reported by Fox Sports). Zimmermann had a 3.66 ERA last season with the Nationals.

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