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Winter Meetings Daily: Surprise contenders for Encarnacion, Jansen

The MLB winter meetings are on in our nation's capital, and rumors are swirling across baseball. Here is what our writers are hearing today.

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Under Armour, Fanatics' uniform deal announced

The on-field deal between MLB, Under Armour and Fanatics is scheduled to begin in 2020 and run for 10 years, but sources say it could start before that should Majestic decide to bow out early.

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Breaking down all 30 MLB front offices

With the winter meetings around the corner, you need a different kind of scorecard for who's calling the shots and stocking their rosters.

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Winter meetings checklist for all 30 teams

The champs need a closer. The Dodgers must find Clayton Kershaw a wingman. Here's what's on the agenda as the winter meetings hit D.C.

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3dBuster Olney

Forecasting the fallout from the new CBA

From big-market teams spending less to notable free agents having trouble finding a home, the new deal will have an immediate impact this offseason.

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What key CBA changes mean for baseball

MLB's new labor agreement shifts everything from draft-pick compensation to how the disabled list works. Here's what matters most.

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Insider Roundtable: How to make deals in a weak market

Conventional wisdom says it's a weak market this offseason. So what's a GM to do when there's no potential game-changing free agent to sign? Our experts explore the options.

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2016 MLB winter meetings

From big-name signings to blockbuster trades, what will be the moves that shape this year's winter meetings and beyond? Keep up with all of the latest action.


Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Bud Selig is now likely to go into the Hall of Fame before baseball's all-time home run king, Barry Bonds. Asked if Bonds belongs in the Hall of Fame, Selig said: "That's up to (the writers). Listen, I have never commented on him or anybody else."

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Asked Monday about his role in the PED era, Bud Selig replied: "I've talked a lot about the steroid situation. . . . As commissioner, my role was to solve that problem. And we did. In fact, we solved it better than I think any of us had any right to believe – to think that we would come out of it with the toughest testing program in American sports, and maybe in America."

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Perception of rival evaluators: SF appears most aggressive team in pursuit of Mark Melancon, who grew up in COL, played at U of Arizona.

Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

Hall of Fame-bound former MLB comissioner Bud Selig said he was "very proud" of his successor, Rob Manfred, for his work in reaching a CBA deal last week."Who could have believed," said Selig, "given all the stuff that went on for 25 years, to have [21] years of labor peace."


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Not hearing anything has changed since the day the Cubs acquired Aroldis Chapman, there's no momentum towards a long term deal for him.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox have discussed free agent Greg Holland as setup man. Can Holland return to form from before Tommy John elbow surgery? Royals manager Ned Yost: "I don't know if he will ever be what he was ... and I mean, stuff-wise, 97-98 mph. But the thing about Greg Holland is I've never met anybody that's more of a fierce, fearless competitor than he was. When you have that in your DNA, you can get by at 92-93 mph. It wouldn't surprise me that he gets back to being the dominant guy."

Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

?Your newest Baseball Hall of Famers, former MLB commissioner Bud Selig and longtime exec John Schuerholz, introduced this morning at the winter meetings. "This is the sterling moment of my life," said Schuerholz during brief remarks from each. "The Shangri-La of my dreams." Bud Selig said his election left him "speechless."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers' top minor league prospect Cody Bellinger (first base) was named to the Arizona Fall League 2016 Top Prospects Team. Bellinger was third in the league in slugging percentage (.557), extra base hits (11-tie), and OPS (.981). He also hit a homer in in the Fall Stars Game.

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Bud Selig: "To be included in the Hall of Fame in a sport that I love really has left me almost speechless. And I'm rarely speechless."

Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Bud Selig & John Schuerholz try on their new Hall of Fame jerseys for the first time since their election yesterday

Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Ned Yost brought his World Series ring to meet the media as the winter meetings kick off

Matt Marrone ESPN.com 

Any chance slugger Carlos Gonzalez gets traded this week at the winter meetings? Says new Rockies manager Bud Black: "He's here. He's a Rockie. He's gonna help us win in 2017." So he'll be in the Opening Day lineup? "Yes."


Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

The Marlins are telling agents they're "considering all options" in their closer hunt, but Kenley Jansen still appears to be their top choice, because of his ties to Don Mattingly.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Royals manager Ned Yost says GM Dayton Moore isn't going to make any trades just to save money.


Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

The Indians/Encarnacion conversation just polite. He'd be way too expensive for that market, in all likelihood.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets are hosting a coat drive on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the team store at Citi Field. Fans donating one or more new or gently used coats will receive a voucher for two tickets to a Mets home game in April, excluding Opening Day.

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Here are the teams in on Kenley Jansen: Nationals Marlins Yankees Giants Cubs Dodgers

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

The team to watch on Edwin Encarnacion is the Texas Rangers as team president Jon Daniels is always opportunistic during market changes like he was last July when the Indians deal with Jonathan Lucroy fell apart and he swooped in to land him. The Indians are also a sleeper team to watch if the market were to fall further. Encarnacion smart play might be to do what Cespedes did last year, do a 3-year deal with a opt out after year 1 and go back on the market next off -season

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Major League Baseball is honoring beloved Mets PR person Shannon Forde. Forde passed away earlier this year from cancer at the age of 44. She and her husband had two young children. MLB is creating a field in her hometown, Little Ferry, NJ. To raise money, they have created a cool auction this week which you can find at MLB.com/Shannon

karl ravech @karlravechespn

Chris Archer is a very interesting guy and this winter is of huge interest to Many teams. There is so much upside there imo

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Baseball America released its top-10 Mets prospects Monday. Here's their list: 1. Amed Rosario, ss; 2. Dominic Smith, 1b; 3. Justin Dunn, rhp; 4. Desmond Lindsay, of; 5. Brandon Nimmo, of; 6. Gavin Cecchini, 2b/ss; 7. Robert Gsellman, rhp; 8. Thomas Szapucki, lhp; 9. Gabriel Ynoa, rhp; 10. Tomas Nido, c