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Monique Jones ESPN 

From Buster Olney: The Diamondbacks are willing to listen to offers for Zack Greinke, rival evaluators say, because while Greinke continues to be one of the best pitchers in the NL, his salary is strangling Arizona's payroll. Before the 2016 season, he signed a six-year, $206 million deal with Arizona, and is set to make $138 million in salary over the next four seasons -- an enormous portion of the Diamondbacks' budget. But sources say the Diamondbacks have no interest in simply dumping the salary in a Giancarlo Stanton-type of deal. Rather, they would need to believe they got something good in return for a pitcher who finished fourth in the Cy Young Award voting in 2017.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Days after being rebuffed on a Giancarlo Stanton trade, the St. Louis Cardinals have filled their middle-of-the-order void by acquiring outfielder Marcell Ozuna in a deal with Miami. Ozuna is a lot more than a consolation prize for St. Louis. He's a two-time All-Star who hit 37 homers and slugged .548 for the Marlins this season. He's eligible for free agency after the 2019 season, but he'll give the Cardinals two years of premium production — in a high-energy package — before he hits the open market.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Cardinals have been searching for a middle of the order bat and they've reportedly acquired one from the Marlins in All-Star outfielder Marcell Ozuna, coming off a season in which he hit .312 with 37 home runs. In Ozuna, 2017 breakout star Tommy Pham and Dexter Fowler, the Cardinals now project to have one of the best outfields in the league. After finishing seventh in the NL in runs in 2017, that total should climb if Ozuna matches his 2017 numbers.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo on J.D. Martinez: "I don't think I've seen a more passionate, smarter hitter walk through his day-to-day activities. He studies, he watches as much video as I've ever seen." Arizona is hoping to re-sign Martinez but faces stiff competition. Red Sox interested, too.

Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

Swarmed by reporters, uber-agent Scott Boras shared his opinion of the tear-down the Miami Marlins are currently undergoing: "They were a jewelry store that has become a pawn shop."

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

In his annual winter meetings presser, Scott Boras called the Miami Marlins a "pawn shop."


Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Scott Boras says Red Sox haven't given him any indication that they're making Jackie Bradley Jr. available in potential trades.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Scott Boras is unsurprisingly selling free-agent first baseman Eric Hosmer based on what he calls "prestige value," a measure of intangibles that include leadership in the clubhouse, instincts on the field and a championship pedigree with the Royals.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Marlins manager Don Mattingly said he was "excited" about his team's new direction after trading away the NL's MVP, Giancarlo Stanton. The old way was not working so it was time to "reset," mentioning what the current World Champs, the Houston Astros, did a few years ago when they tanked. In general, the manager who endures the tanking doesn't get to enjoy the fruits, but Mattingly said he is unworried about how he will be evaluated.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch agent Scott Boras discuss free agent Jake Arrieta and the Cubs.


Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

Tigers Manager Ron Gardenhire on his rebuilding club: "I have had a lot of good conversations with Al (Avila) about what we are trying to do. I understand it and I am all in with them."

Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

Toronto Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons on the daunting challenges facing his club in the top-heavy American League East: "If you want to beat those guys (Yankees/Red Sox) you got to try and keep pace. You still have to have your plan and target your guys and hopefully land them."

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Twins skipper Paul Molitor talks about Michael Pineda, who inked a two-year deal with Minnesota. The former Yankees hurler underwent Tommy John surgery in July.