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Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

The White Sox and Nationals are far down the road on a trade that will send Chris Sale to the Nationals in exchange for Lucas Giolito, Victor Robles and a low minor leaguer. Reynaldo Lopez and Koda Glover will not be in the proposed deal. The structure of the deal was first reported by Ken Rosenthal.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

The Dodgers are "aggressively" checking out alternatives at third base in case free agent Justin Turner goes elsewhere, an MLB source said. Turner is still the team's No. 1 option, but the Dodgers are being careful to protect themselves in case things fail to work out. Luis Valbuena is the second best 3B option on the free agent market this winter, while Todd Frazier and Yangervis Solarte are among the top trade options at the position.

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Clayton Kershaw said his offseason workout program might change slightly but only as a nod to his advancing career, not because of this past season's back injury. "Everything has been good so far and I have been working out for a while," the 28-year-old Kershaw said. "So far so good."

Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer 

Twins 2B Brian Dozier on trade rumors, like those connected to the Dodgers: "That is what fuels you to hopefully remain in an organization because you want to be a part of success there, but at the same time I understand it's a business. Obviously the Dodgers have come up and it's one of those things that is exciting. If you don't embrace the opportunity to let all of this soak in and see how teams value you, then you lose out. I think it's pretty cool."

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.


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.