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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Theo Epstein discuss the Cubs pitch to Shohei Ohtani.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Theo Epstein discussed the Cubs meeting with Shohei Ohtani which included Joe Maddon and pitcher Kyle Hendricks. At the end of the day, being in in the NL, without the DH, probably hurt the Cubs chances as much as anything but Epstein was proud of his team's efforts to lure him to Chicago.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

There was an interesting off-field development in Houston recently when pitcher Dallas Keuchel and super utilityman Marwin Gonzalez both switched their representation to Scott Boras. Keuchel and Gonzalez join Jose Altuve and Lance McCullers Jr. as Astros players in the Boras stable. They're both eligible for free agency next winter, and they won't be giving the Astros any hometown discounts.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Domingo Santana's name has been mentioned in trade speculation, but it won't be easy for the Brewers to take the plunge. Santana hit 30 home runs this year for the bargain basement price of $542,000, and the Brewers aren't necessarily convinced that young outfielders Lewis Brinson and Brett Phillips can pick up the slack. Milwaukee is going to want a young, controllable, innings-eating starter in return, and not many teams are willing to part with that commodity.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dave Dombrowski: Red Sox circled back to Marlins GM Michael Hill about Giancarlo Stanton last week, at which Miami was already engaged with the Yankees. Sox believed Marlins' initial asking price last month was too high. Dombrowski denies that he told Stanton's agents that pitching was Sox's top priority.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Brandon Kintzler, who saved 29 games for the Twins this year before going to Washington at the trade deadline and pitching in a setup role, is attracting a crowd on the free agent market. The Cubs, Twins, Diamondbacks, Nationals and Rangers are among the teams with interest. If the Cubs sign Kintzler on top of the Brandon Morrow deal, it will mean they've officially moved on from Wade Davis.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The Phillies are working toward a deal with reliever Pat Neshek, according to a source. Neshek made the All-Star team in Philly this season before general manager Matt Klentak flipped him to Colorado at the trade deadline. The Phillies like him as a reliable, veteran stabilizing influence for their young bullpen. And he gives teams a different look than Philadelphia's righty power relievers with his unorthodox sidearm motion.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

To the best of agent Joel Wolfe's knowledge, the Red Sox didn't attempt to make a trade with the Marlins for Giancarlo Stanton. Wolfe's assumption is Sox weren't looking for an outfielder. The Sox weren't on Stanton's list of four teams to which he would've approved a trade. Giants and Cardinals weren't on that list either, but before Stanton nixed it, they worked out deals with Marlins for him.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Since GM meetings, the feeling in Giancarlo Stanton's camp was that Red Sox's priority is pitching, not outfielders. "(Andrew) Benintendi, (Mookie) Betts and JBJ, those guys are studs," said Stanton's agent, Joel Wolfe.

Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

Giancarlo Stanton tells Buster Olney: "In the end, I got where I needed to be."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Joel Wolfe, Giancarlo Stanton's agent: Boston was never presented to us as an option." In other words, the Red Sox didn't work out trade with the Marlins, as the Giants and Cardinals did. The Red Sox weren't among the four teams on Stanton's go-to list (Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs, Astros).

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Giancarlo Stanton said he is willing to play any position the Yankees ask. He and Aaron Judge both play right field. Stanton said he can rotate, DH or whatever the Yankees think is best to win.

Elizabeth Baugh ESPN Editor 

Looks like the Yankees found an available jersey... Giancarlo Stanton will wear No. 27 in New York.