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Olney: Red Sox emerging as big spender

The Red Sox are emerging as a big spender in the chase for David Price, but Buster Olney hopes they're ready to open the purse: Last winter, they were hesitant to offer Jon Lester $135M -- and that'll be far less than what Price can command. Market for Price (Insider)

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Jerry Crasnick MLB Sr. Writer 

Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto isn't pausing for the holiday. MLB sources said he's talked to the Marlins about a trade that would bring outfielder Marcell Ozuna to Seattle. Miami is seeking young, controllable starting pitching, and Roenis Elias and Nate Karns both fit that description. Taijuan Walker is almost certainly out of reach, and James Paxton's injury issues would make him a risky bet for Miami.

Reyes pleads not guilty to domestic abuse

An attorney for Rockies SS Jose Reyes entered a not guilty plea to a charge of domestic abuse in a Maui court Tuesday. He was arrested after an argument with his wife that police said turned physical at a resort in Hawaii on Oct. 31. Story

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Status check: Where each team stands

Jim Bowden writes that despite being the only team in baseball to win 100 regular-season games in 2015, Cardinals GM John Mozeliak needs to either re-sign Jason Heyward or bring in an impact bat like free-agent 1B Chris Davis to make a splash next season. The other 29 teams (Insider)

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Jerry Crasnick MLB Sr. Writer 

Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto has been ultra-aggressive in reshaping the team's roster this winter, and several MLB executives think he's likely to move righthanded slugger Mark Trumbo before spring training. For more on Trumbo and other offseason developments, check out MLB Hot Stove Daily.

Top 10 relief pitchers in MLB

Buster Olney has Aroldis Chapman in second place because Wade Davis just doesn't give up big hits. Over the past two seasons, Davis has pitched 164 1/3 innings, and in those, he has allowed 23 extra-base hits. Think about that." Two Yankees in top 5 (Insider)

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Five potential trade spots for Yasiel Puig

ESPN's David Schoenfield lists five teams that could put together a package enticing enough for the Dodgers to trade the mercurial outfielder. Proposals

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Top 10 starting pitchers in MLB

Buster Olney's list of the top 10 starting pitchers in MLB starts with Clayton Kershaw at the top, but No. 2 might be a surprise. Top 5 all in the NL (Insider)

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Tigers hire McClendon to manage AAA team

Lloyd McClendon, who was dismissed by the Seattle Mariners last month, has been hired by the Detroit Tigers to take over as the Toledo Mud Hens next manager, per ESPN and multiple reports.

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Jim Bowden ESPN Insider 

According to a source directly involved in talks between Mariners and Yankees there is NO truth to any Robinson Cano - Jacoby Ellsbury trade talks...none.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

To follow-up on last post, just asked someone who would know, what are the chances of a Yankee reunion with Robinson Cano? The person said, "None."

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

A lot of thing would have to break right for Robinson Cano to end up back in New York. Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner seems bent on avoiding 10-year, $240 million contracts for players in their 30s. Cano, 33, is in Year 3 of his current deal. There has been media speculation around a Cano for Jacoby Ellsbury trade, but no known talks. Ellsbury has five years and $105 million remaining on his contract. So bad contract for bad contract, right? The Yankees do need a second baseman, but Ellsbury has a no-trade clause and the Yankees would likely want Seattle to send a lot of money with Cano to get him to New York. A-Rod was once traded in a similar situation so it is not impossible, but even though a friend of Cano's told the Daily News' John Harper that Cano wants to return to New York, there are a lot of hurdles to make it actually happen.