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Dodgers set sights on Zimmermann
Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann is reportedly one of the Dodgers' top free-agent priorities this offseason, according to USA Today.
But while the Dodgers are focused on Zimmermann, the report noted that doesn't mean they're no longer interested in retaining Zack Greinke.
Both pitchers are among the top free agents on the market this winter. Greinke, a runner-up in National League Cy Young Award voting, is coming off a career year. He was tops in the Majors with a 1.66 ERA and a .864 winning percentage (19-3). The 32-year-old righty is surely generating interest from numerous clubs, and CBSSports.com reported earlier Friday that the Giants are a "formidable threat" to sign Greinke away from Los Angeles.
Zimmermann, meanwhile, had a strong season for the Nationals, the club that drafted him in the second round of the 2007 Draft. He went 13-10 with a 3.66 ERA in a career-high 33 starts last season.
Yankees interested in Cubs' Castro, but not for Gardner
The Yankees may be interested in Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, but reportedly not at the cost of outfielder Brett Gardner.
Despite earlier reports that a Gardner-for-Castro swap was on the table, the New York Daily News posted an update Friday saying the Yankees aren't interested in that deal, but would consider Castro at another price.
CBSSports.com also reported that there have been no discussions between the Cubs and Yankees about trading Gardner for Castro. If the Yankees do trade Gardner, still far from a certainty, they'd likely be seeking pitching in return.
Gardner, a 32-year-old veteran, is coming off his first All-Star campaign. He batted .259/.343/.399 in 151 games last season.
Castro, 25, has found himself in numerous trade rumors of late, because of the Cubs' surplus of middle infielders. He hit .265 with 11 homers and 69 RBIs through 151 games in 2015.
Ozuna trade looming?
Marcell Ozuna's time in Miami may be nearing an end. Multiple teams have reportedly inquired about a trade for the 25-year-old outfielder, according to ESPN.com.
The report indicates the Marlins are likely seeking young, "big league ready" starting pitching in exchange for Ozuna. Since his Major League debut in 2013, Ozuna is batting .265/.311/.416 through 346 games.
Ozuna isn't the only Marlins player surrounded by trade buzz this offseason. Ace Jose Fernandez's status has been a frequent subject of speculation, though at a charity event Friday the 23-year-old dismissed any rumors that he's not happy with Miami.
"I'm not paying attention to it at all," Fernandez. "My No. 1 goal is to get ready. I went into the offseason healthy. A lot of work, a lot of things to do. I really don't have no time to look into that stuff. It's not important to me."
Trade buzz surrounding Lind in Milwaukee
After dealing closer Francisco Rodriguez to the Tigers on Wednesday, the Brewers may have another trade on the way. A source told FOXSports.com that there's "lots of activity" on Milwaukee's first baseman Adam Lind.
Lind, 32, batted .277 in his first season with Milwaukee, finishing first on the team in RBIs (87) and third in home runs (20). The Brewers exercised Lind's $8 million club option earlier this month; he's eligible for free agency at the end of the 2016 season.
Cardinals pursuing Davis
Chris Davis surfaced as a potential Cardinals target on Friday, with FOXSports.com reporting that St. Louis has had discussions with Davis' agent, Scott Boras, in recent weeks.
The Cardinals ranked 24th in the Majors in runs scored last season and are seeking a spark for their lineup. Davis would fit that mold; he led the big leagues with 47 home runs last season, batting .262/.361/.562 in 160 games with the Orioles.