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Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Dodgers, unsurprisingly, have been aggressive in pushing their outfielders, specifically Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig, who would free up money, but don't feel pressure to get something done at the Winter Meetings. Said Dave Roberts: "It's a luxury when you're in a situation where you have a lot of good players already on your 40-man roster that you don't need to chase a certain player, overpay."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Some Dodgers tidbits from today: the team is comfortable with a combination of Kiké Hernandez, Chris Taylor and Max Muncy at 2B; Kenta Maeda comes in as a starter and Julio Urias will have an innings limit; the goal, Dave Roberts said, is for Cody Bellinger to get back to being an everyday player.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Chase Utley, recently retired, is here with the Dodgers in Vegas, but has not officially been hired to the front office. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Utley, LA based, is "really curious" and the team is "optimistic we'll figure it out."

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

I don't think this happened back when Earl Weaver was managing: Scott Servais mentioned that Dee Gordon face timed him the other night to show him the new house he had just bought -- and his new big-screen TV. He also said Gordon's text after one of the team's trades: "I guess we're going younger, skip."

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Mariners manager Scott Servais says he's fully "on board" as the team takes a step backward with this year's offseason moves. He says the strength of the Red Sox, Yankees and Red Sox was a factor in the decision-making process for the organization.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

How does Aaron Boone view the distance between his Yankees and the World Series champion Red Sox? "Obviously they were an unbelievable team this year and roster. But we also understand that although we're very much on level ground, we've obviously got areas that we need to improve to close that gap. We feel like when we're at our best, we're as good as any team there is."

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Peter Alonso hit 36 home runs in the minors for the Mets and Mickey Callaway says the big first baseman has a chance to make the Opening Day roster — suggesting the Mets maybe won't worry about service time: "He's put himself in a position to make the team and maybe hit in the middle of the lineup."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he is "very hopeful" that Clayton Kershaw can regain some velocity after sitting in the low 90s this past season. Kershaw is determined to this winter.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Mets manager Mickey Callaway says there won't be anything fancy with the way the team uses Edwin Diaz: "He's our closer. ... It makes the most sense to keep him in that role." Diaz recorded 57 saves for the Mariners but entered before the ninth inning just three times. So expect to see him remain as strictly a one-inning guy.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Aaron Boone, speaking at the Winter Meetings about Gary Sánchez: "This is going to be a huge year of growth for him. The adversity he went through will help him." Sánchez, who had been rehabbing in Tampa from a recent shoulder surgery, is back training in the Dominican Republic. According to Brian Cashman, the "heavy lifting" portion of his rehab has concluded.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rockies manager Bud Black was asked if Adam Ottavino would strike out Babe Ruth. "You know, Babe was pretty good down and in," Black said. "That breaking ball coming down and in to him, he might be able to get that at Yankee Stadium — or Coors Field, if Babe played at Coors."

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Astros manager A.J. Hinch was asked about ace pitching prospect Forrest Whitley. He answered by pointing out that Whitley was mowing down hitters in his Arizona Fall League debut in October while the Astros were still playing in the postseason. After Whitley's outing, a scout texted Hinch, saying, "I've got your starter for Sunday." Suffice to say, the Astros are excited about Whitley.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

These are the Yankees that Brian Cashman (off the top of his head, so could be others) cited as players who have drawn interest this winter from other clubs: Andújar Sánchez Torres Voit Hicks Ellsbury Betances Holder Green Gray Paxton Gardner Frazier

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Brian Cashman says the Yankees are currently "very engaged" with other teams and agents. But "where this leads? I couldn't tell you." Naturally, isn't discussing the reported pending multi-team trade, but did add he "likes to think we're aggressive and open-minded" to offers sent their way.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Alex Cora said his plan is to switch Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi in the lineup in 2019, with Benintendi moving to the leadoff spot and Betts batting second. Makes sense. Betts hit .325 and slugged .714 with runners in scoring position, but finished with "just" 80 RBIs since the bottom of the Boston lineup wasn't getting on base. This arrangement should offer him more RBI opportunities.