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

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.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

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


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.


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.

Enrique Rojas ESPNdeportes 

El mayor atractivo de la jornada del martes en las Reuniones Invernales del béisbol en Disney serán las apariciones ante la prensa nacional de los nuevos managers Aaron Boone, de New York Yankees; Mickey Callaway, de New York Mets; Alex Cora, de Boston Red Sox, y Gabe Kapler, de Philadelphia Phillies. También hablarán hoy los últimos ganadores de la Serie Mundial, Joe Maddon, de Chicago Cubs, y AJ Hinch, de Houston Astros. #WinterMeetings

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

In trading Chase Headley and his $13 million salary, along with Bryan Mitchell for the .200 hitting, 27-year-old Jabari Blash to the Padres, the Yankees are clearing room under the luxury tax threshold following the Giancarlo Stanton blockbuster. This move puts the Yankees in position to re-sign CC Sabathia, add another starter via trade or free agency and/or re-sign Todd Frazier to man third. The main question facing any Frazier deal is: How many years would they give him with Manny Machado a possible free agent target next winter and exciting prospect, Miguel Andujar, not far from the big leagues? All and all, Yankees GM Brian Cashman is not done yet.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Scott Boras has assembled a 75-page binder for client Jake Arrieta and sent it directly to MLB owners. One team on Boras' radar: The Washington Nationals. Boras already represents Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, who are signed to longterm deals for a total of $385 million. Now he's trying to engage the Nationals on Arrieta, according to sources. Will owner Ted Lerner bite?