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Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer 

Before the Nationals traded for Adam Eaton, they made a run at Billy Hamilton but came away thinking the Reds aren't motivated to trade him

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said he's confident the Dodgers will be able to hit on their offseason targets. So with one more day remaining at the winter meetings, could the club do something soon? "There's no trade or free agent deal that is available to us that we would say that we would do right now," said Zaidi, who believes there is plenty of time remaining this offseason to get a desired deal done.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Theo Epstein on Jorge Soler: "Its more likely he reaches his ceiling now than 24 hours ago because he has a chance to play every day."

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Lucas Giolito rejoins my top 100 starting pitchers following the trade, checking in 93rd. It's a bad park for a pitcher, but his odds of breaking camp in the rotation improved, and he'll have a pitching coach (Don Cooper) who can help him adjust.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

Fantasy-wise, Adam Eaton's value doesn't change all that much with the trade: He's now my OF31, up from OF35. The real gain here is Trea Turner's odds at OF/2B/SS eligibility early in 2017 have never been greater.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Joe Maddon discuss the acquisition of Wade Davis by the Cubs.


Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nats finally joined the winter meetings party by acquiring Adam Eaton, but the cover charge sure was steep: Two first-round pitchers (Lucas Giolito and Dane Dunning), and a top 50 prospect who throws high 90's cheese (Reynaldo Lopez). Guess they really wanted to move Trea Turner back to shortstop.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Dave Dombrowski on whether Chris Sale's jersey-cutting incident in July ever gave Red Sox pause: "I think you do your checking when you read that and see what causes some things. But after I've checked things out, not really, no." Dombrowski said he's "heard a lot of pleasant things" about Sale off the field.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Scott Boras on possible extension for Xander Bogaerts: "He's going to be (in Boston) for the next three years. We know that. I think he's always said he's on a winning team, he's playing in a great city. I'm sure Xander is very happy in Boston." Boras called Bogaerts a "statured, unique player at his age." In other words, if Red Sox want to lock up Bogaerts, they probably need to come with nine-figure deal.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mets' 40-man roster is full, and Sandy Alderson acknowledged the Mets have no intention of selecting a player in Thursday's Rule 5 draft -- at least in the major league phase. The Mets were reviewing potential selections for the Triple-A phase, which doesn't require the player being at the MLB level.

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

The stark contrast between Adam Eaton's defensive metrics in center and right field has always amazed me. In 1653 2/3 innings in center field the past two years, he had minus-16 Defensive Runs Saved. In 980 1/3 innings in right field, he had PLUS-22 DRS. It's therefore tough for me to sing his praises with a move back to center.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Sandy Alderson all but acknowledged the Mets' payroll would go DOWN from where it is now, which he estimated at about $150 million. That's because the outfielder the Mets subtract, making $13 million to $15 million, probably won't be fully reinvested in the bullpen. Alderson said the primary motivation, though, is not decreasing the payroll. It's more about having an outfield that has pieces that fit better playing-time-wise. The Mets, right now, are heavy in corner outfielders at the expense of center fielders.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Among past players chosen with the No. 11 overall pick, which COL gave up today in signing Desmond: Scherzer; McCutchen; Russell; Springer.

Fran Fraschilla @franfraschilla

HUGE opportunity for 4 sophomore starters at Nebraska tonight in Lincoln as Creighton comes to town. Blue Jays have won 14 of 17. At KU Sat.