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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Here is Yankees GM Brian Cashman's latest update on where he stands on moves: "We are accessing all opportunities and see if we can land a plane," Cashman said. "Right now, we are circling the airport. We are waiting for clearance on the runway.That is not from ownership. That means that we've got the signal that it is a safe landing spot, that we are comfortable with it, excited by that. We have enough gas in that tank that we can keep circling for awhile."

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

Will Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge hit over/under 86.5 home runs in the 2018 season? The Golden Nugget in Las Vegas just released that prop.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dave Dombrowski on how long Red Sox can wait for their top choice before making a move for a hitter: "Every time we have a meeting we talk about it. Some players are going to start signing pretty soon, and some players that we have interest in will start signing pretty soon. And if you wait, you lose some players that you may have interest in."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Eduardo Nunez is "still on our radar," according to Red Sox president of baseball ops Dave Dombrowski. Playing time could be a problem. Red Sox unable to guarantee Nunez everyday at-bats once Dustin Pedroia returns.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Scott Boras on the perception that he prefers to slow-play the free-agent market: "I don't know the incentive for me to wait if you have a meeting of the minds as to value." Boras said 80 percent of the money in most deals is offered at the start of the negotiation, but it often takes time to agree upon the last 20 percent.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Theo confirms everything moving slow. Things will carryover past the winter meetings: "Christmas could be threatened," he joked.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Angels GM Billy Eppler is still looking for a second baseman to round out his batting order, and there's a growing sense that Detroit's Ian Kinsler is at the top of his list. The two teams continue to talk, but no deal was imminent as of Wednesday afternoon. The Mets, Giants and Brewers also have checked in on Kinsler, who is signed for an affordable $10 million in 2018. The Angels are among the teams on Kinsler's no trade list, but he would most likely waive it and go to Anaheim for a contract extension.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Braves manager Brian Snitker on whether shortstop Dansby Swanson can improve upon his disappointing performance in 2017: "It was a big year for him last year. Now he's going to go into this year a lot more prepared, I think a lot more versed in what to expect when we get to spring training."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Spoke to Mike Montgomery today after a report from Ken Rosenthal of Fox/Athletic that he's adamant about starting: "I'm at that point in my career where that's what I want. In my opinion I think it's in the team's best interest for me to do that but then again I don't make those decisions." Montgomery said he won't ask to be traded but is making it very clear what he wants to do moving forward.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle on whether he thinks Andrew McCutchen is still capable of playing center field in the big leagues for another year or two: "I do. As Neal (Huntington) and I have talked, our best outfield alignment moving forward in the next year will be Andrew in center, (Gregory) Polanco in right and (Starling) Marte in left.''

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox have "talked in generalities" but not yet made any actual offers to free agents, according to president of baseball ops Dave Dombrowski. Like many teams, Sox are waiting for the free-agent hitting market to start moving. Maybe the Marcell Ozuna trade gets it started?

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Angels manager Mike Scioscia pronounced himself optimistic about Shohei Ohtani's health after a Yahoo Sports report revealed that the team's new addition has a first-degree sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. "The understanding we have is that it's something that's behind him," Scioscia said. "There's no concern. There are no restrictions. He'll be full go in spring training." Scioscia reiterated that the Angels are thinking about using Ohtani as part of a six-man rotation in 2018.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox spoke to the Marlins about Marcell Ozuna, but Dave Dombrowski said it always seemed like a "long shot" that they would be able to trade for him because they lack the upper-level pitching in the minors that the Cardinals were able to offer. If the Sox had gotten Ozuna, they would've rotated him and others through the DH spot rather than subtracting an outfielder.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cards manager Mike Matheny discuss the NL Central where no team is at the bottom of a rebuilding process.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Mike Matheny discuss the need for a bat like Marcell Ozuna.

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Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Giancarlo Stanton and Dee Gordon are gone and Marcell Ozuna is heading out the door, but the Marlins plan to hang onto Christian Yelich. He's owed $7 million this year and a guaranteed $44.5 million through 2021, and the Marlins shouldn't have any trouble handling that financial obligation now that three other big salaries are off the books. Yelich might not be thrilled playing in a lineup decimated by trades. But it's not as if he has any recourse.

Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

Indians Manager Terry Francona on what advice he would give newly minted Red Sox Manager Alex Cora: "I don't think guys need advice. There's a reason someone hired them. They felt like he was ready. Part of the fun of this game is you do things how you want to do it."

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees GM Brian Cashman is in his "Bubba Crosby Mode," where he is acting as if the Yankees will possibly not add another infielder to fill at least one of the two openings at second and third. Cashman could go with top prospect Gleyber Torres or utilityman Ronald Torryes at one of the spots, but it is much more likely that Cashman adds some sort of infielder to the mix. There are some out there, including former Yankee Eduardo Nunez. In 2005, Cashman acted as if Crosby would be the team's center fielder before eventually landing Johnny Damon.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Carlos Santana has become a better teammate over the past few years, according to Terry Francona, who saw him morph from "kind of surly" to a leader in the Indians' clubhouse and a better defensive player at first base. Santana is a free agent.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Francona on his many ex-players who have become managers (Dave Roberts, Kevin Cash, Alex Cora, Gabe Kapler): "You could see by the way they went about the game that, if they wanted to stay in the game, they could."