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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Alex Cora reiterated that he will consider using Craig Kimbrel in the eighth inning if it's a higher-leverage situation than the ninth. Also, Cora won't prioritize alternating lefties and righties in lineup, citing Astros' production with five righties atop the lineup.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

In addition to participating in Red Sox's internal meetings, Alex Cora has called some players as part of the recruiting process. "If they want me to jump on a plane somewhere, I'm ready," said Cora, who added he was close to flying to Los Angeles if Shohei Ohtani had wanted to meet with the Red Sox.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dave Dombrowski won't say whether the Red Sox will meet with J.D. Martinez here Tuesday night, but Alex Cora is meeting with the media at the winter meetings.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Despite Giancarlo Stanton joining an already potent Yankees lineup, Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn't pushing the panic button: "If you make real good pitches to those guys, you get 'em out. If you make bad pitches, they go a little further than everybody else is hitting 'em."

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Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Dave Roberts said he expects Kenta Maeda to be back in the Dodgers' rotation in 2018. Maeda shined after being shifted to a relief role for the 2017 postseason.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was asked how long it takes to get over a World Series loss in a Game 7. "I was over it until a second ago," Roberts deadpanned, before adding, "I'm not sure you ever get over it." The upshot is that Roberts says he expects his team to be as hungry as any team in the majors in 2018. L.A. is working on a streak of five straight division titles.

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Column: Orioles, Rays and Jays should all strongly consider sell-offs, to better position themselves for the future. es.pn/2BY83of

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

White Sox manager Rick Renteria was asked whether he expects to have Jose Abreu on his roster. As you'd expect, he deftly sidestepping the inquiry, "Right now, Jose Abreu is a White Sox. He's our first baseman."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss how he would have used Shoehei Ohtani if he had signed with the Cubs.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the idea of the Cubs entering the World Series or bust mode as an organization.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon, on working for a big market team that will spend: "When you ask Santa for something, there's a good chance it's going to show up. In the past you just didn't know."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss Kyle Schwarber and the lead off role on the Cubs.

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Carlos Gonzalez's value has declined after a down year in Colorado, but he's quietly attracting interest as a free agent because he's likely to sign a short-term deal to reestablish his market value. The Blue Jays, Royals, Rays, Giants and Athletics are among the teams that have CarGo on their radar. "There will be a rush once we all realize we can't get what we want," said a personnel man for one of the clubs keeping an eye on Gonzalez.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The #Orioles aren't shopping Manny Machado, according to a source, but they're getting a lot of calls and they're in "listening" mode at the moment. Like the Rays and Blue Jays, the Orioles need to decide if they're ready to sell off some big pieces and go young. Trading Machado is the type of bold move that owner Peter Angelos has typically been unwilling to make. But Machado would attract a mother lode of talent to help restock Baltimore's farm system, even as he approaches free agency at the end of the 2018 season.