Several clubs eye Red Sox outfielder as GM Meetings end
By Chad Thornburg
The General Managers Meetings wrapped in Boca Raton, Fla., on Thursday, but that doesn't mean an end to the steady dose of transactions around baseball. Clubs will continue to hit the trade and free-agent markets all winter, constructing their rosters for the 2016 season.
Here's a look at some of the top Hot Stove stories from around the big leagues:
Multiple clubs interested in Boston's Bradley
Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. appears to be picking up traction on the trade market, with numerous teams interested in acquiring the 25-year-old.
The Mariners have emerged as a potential trade partner, reportedly looking at Bradley among several center-field options, according to FOX Sports. And per a WEEI.com report, the Cubs and Royals are also in the mix if the Red Sox opt to part with the outfielder this winter.
Bradley played in 74 games for the Red Sox last season, batting .249 with 43 RBIs and 10 homers.
Estrada, Jays closing in on two-year deal
Right-hander Marco Estrada is reportedly nearing a deal to remain with the Blue Jays for the next two seasons, according to the New York Post.
While nothing was finalized, the report indicates Estrada would be looking at a two-year deal in the $24 million to $29 million range. The Jays extended a one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer to Estrada last week, which he must accept or decline by today at 5 p.m. ET.
Estrada, 32, enjoyed one of his best big league seasons in 2015, winning a career-high 13 games and posting a 3.13 ERA through 34 games (28 starts).
Rasmus accepts qualifying offer from Houston
For the first time since the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement went into effect three years ago, a player will be accepting the qualifying offer to remain with his current team.
That player is reportedly Colby Rasmus, who is expected to accept the one-year deal from the Astros. This year's qualifying offer is valued at $15.8 million, which would make him the club's highest-paid player next year. The Astros have not confirmed the news, but official word should come soon, as Rasmus has until today to accept.
Rasmus is entering his eighth year in the Majors. He batted .238 with a career-high 25 home runs and 61 RBIs last season, appearing in 137 games and at all three outfield positions for Houston.
Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.