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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer hopes one conversation between Miguel Montero and Joe Maddon is all it takes to smooth things over after the catcher complained about a lack of communication between the two. Hoyer likes the combo of Montero and Willson Contreras. The Cubs will look for a veteran catcher to stash in the minors in case he's needed.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch White Sox GM Rick Hahn discuss his elite talent that's on the trading block.

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Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw said he started his offseason throwing program today and that he feels 100 percent. He said he has had discussions about joining the U.S. team for this spring's WBC but has not made an official decision.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs GM Jed Hoyer discuss his team's position on Day 1 of the winter meetings. They feel like they have a pretty good team right now.

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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Surveyed several teams that are in on Chris Sale this afternoon. They don't expect him to get moved at the meetings. The price hasn't dropped.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer indicated Jason Heyward will be in Az. this winter working a lot with Eric Hinske as he attempts to rework his swing to be more productive.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dave Dombrowski made clear Red Sox would like to avoid penalties for being over the luxury tax threshold ($195 million, per the new labor agreement. Right now, before making any moves, they're at about $188 million.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Jed Hoyer said Kyle Schwarber won't play winter ball. He'll just continue to rehab his knee both in Chicago and Arizona. Catching again is still a question mark.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Get used to this refrain, spoken today by Red Sox manager John Farrell: "One of the keys for us is going to be Panda." With little wiggle room for Sox to stay under CBT, Pablo Sandoval's significance increases as left-handed hitter in righty-leaning lineup. Sandoval's shoulder is healthy, according to Dave Dombrowski, after missing most of season because of surgery.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Although he declined to talk in specifics, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman sounded as if free agent Justin Turner is the team's Plan A at third base. Friedman said other intriguing options do exist. The position, though, is among the toughest to fill effectively at the big league level.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

GM Mike Rizzo on whether the Nats are still in the mix for free agent closers Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen after losing out on Mark Melancon: "We're going to allocate our resources in the best way we possibly can. If that's a closer, fine. If it's another position, fine."

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The Dodgers reportedly have signed Rich Hill to a deal in free agency. Since September of 2015, he has been among the best starters in MLB.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

A year & a half ago, Rich Hill signed with the Long Island Ducks for $500 a week. Today, he signed with the Dodgers for 3 years, $48 million

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox "weren't engaged in a situation to do anything" on Carlos Beltran or Matt Holliday. Given number of DH types available, Dave Dombrowski says team prefers to see how market develops before making a move.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

In pursuit of setup man, Red Sox "haven't closed any doors" on Koji Uehara or Brad Ziegler, according to Dave Dombrowski. Ideally, Sox want a setup man with closer experience or ability to close.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Nats GM Mike Rizzo on former Washington closer Mark Melancon signing with the Giants instead of staying in DC.

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