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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Reds have been searching for a veteran starting pitcher and got one in Tanner Roark from the Nationals in exchange for reliever Tanner Rainey, the never-before-seen Tanner-for-Tanner trade. Roark has pitched 180 innings each of the past three seasons and gave the Nationals some reliable innings, but now they have two big holes at the back of the rotation. They do, however, save an estimated $8.5 million in salary.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Most of the free-agent market has been slow to develop this winter, but starting pitcher is a clear exception with Lance Lynn heading to the Rangers hours after Charlie Morton joined the Rays.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Angels have agreed to terms with first baseman Justin Bour, which creates this obvious fallout: Albert Pujols is now a very expensive platoon first baseman, since Shohei Ohtani will be the DH. Trouble is, Pujols hasn't even hit lefties the past two seasons, with a .217/.284/.353 line. Pujols has three years left on his contract, but at some point -- soon -- the Angels have to decide whether he's really worth the roster spot.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Ausmus' most difficult task as Angels manager will be juggling Albert Pujols and Shohei Ohtani at DH. "There's going to be a balance," Ausmus said. "We don't expect Ohtani to be ready when the season (starts). There will be DH at-bats earlier in the season made available to (Pujols). And hopefully he gets off to a hot start. But for me, the bigger and more delicate balance is how often can (Pujols) go to first. That's really the most important thing based on the health of his knees."

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

"I would figure out a way to get them to stop playing me that way," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said when asked how he would have handled the shift as a player.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has been around for awhile, but he's open to the new-dangled opener. "We have talked about it some last year just because of the recency of what was going on, and the why. Injuries maybe it was lack of a fifth starter (play into it). The common sense of works. It's just adjusting your mentality. To go from there, it (improves) the leverage of not facing the middle of that lineup three times. We're going to see how how our internal competition works out."

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Giants manager Bruce Bochy sounds optimistic about the progress of catcher Buster Posey after his hip surgery. Says "he'll be ready to go" in spring training and should be able to swing with more authority because of improved ability to "fire with his hips." Posey will again split time between first base and behind the plate, though Bochy says the exact division remains to be seen.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

The Giants are evolving under new GM Farhan Zaidi, but this doesn't feel like an all-out rebuild. Not yet anyway. Asked what direction Zaidi is trying to take his team, manager Bruce Bochy said, "He's trying to get us more athletic, more versatile, and he's trying to give me more options."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Via agent Scott Boras, it doesn't sound like Harper, or interested teams, want a shorter term deal for the free agent: "Owners are really after his legacy, they're after building a brand around him, a team around him. I just don't think there is an appetite from ownership for those types of things. And everyone that wants Bryce wants to make sure he's going to be there a long time."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

In his annual winter meetings address with reporters, agent Scott Boras said a Bryce Harper signing could come at any time -- or still take a while: "We've had a lot of meetings over the last 3 weeks. When you get to that point..something can happen quickly and then something can also happen in a matter of weeks...Bryce is open to a lot of different venues (teams). It's really about what a lot of owners have said to him about their commitment."

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

Scott Boras is in the building

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

America's finest baseball writers await Scott Boras. Or Santa Claus.

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

The media masses awaiting Scott Boras' entrance at the Winter Meetings inside Mandalay Bay.

Dan Mullen ESPN.com 

It's almost time for Scott Boras to address the winter meetings media in Las Vegas.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Cardinals manager Mike Shildt says Alex Reyes is rehabbing in Jupiter and so everything is going well and he's on schedule. He didn't want to get ahead of things, but said the club doesn't have a specific plan for him at this point and that Reyes could start, be a multi-inning guy or even a late-game option.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals manager Mike Shildt says rehabbing pitcher Alex Reyes is healthy and doing well. Shildt was noncommittal about what role Reyes might fill next season, saying "There is not a role he couldn't work within."

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Talking about the transition of even more of the Braves' young arms to the big-league level, manager Brian Snitker spoke about how things have changed since his days as a Triple-A manager, saying, "(It used to be that) you never know how a player is going to perform when they see that third deck. Now, these kids come up and it doesn't faze them one bit. They think they are right where they are supposed to be."