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There are still worthwhile free agents out there! That's upsetting news for those still looking for a job, but hey, you want something to read and we want something to write, so it's not so bad for the two of us, yeah? One of those free agents is Dexter Fowler, who has a couple of teams attached to him all of a sudden: both the Rangers and the White Sox are reportedly intrigued by Fowler, and maybe if we're all lucky, one of the two will actually sign him.
Chicago has missed out on every outfielder they've even considered going after this winter, and while other parts of their offseason have gone well -- Todd Frazier, Brett Lawrie, Alex Avila -- they could still use an outfielder to make Avisail Garcia Plan B. A lineup with Adam Eaton, José Abreu, Frazier, Fowler and then potential rebounds from Adam LaRoche and Melky Cabrera could be pretty good. Especially when the rotation still has Chris Sale, José Quintana and Carlos Rodon. Fowler would cost them a draft pick, but no one hates spending on the draft like White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, so that would probably be OK by Chicago.
As for the Rangers, Fowler makes a little less sense unless they planned on moving him to left field to take over for Josh Hamilton, whose salary is basically being paid by the Angels, anyway. That is a possibility, but they are likely less desperate for an upgrade than the White Sox, so maybe Chicago will finally land that outfielder they've spent the entire offseason hoping for.
- The White Sox are also reportedly looking into an Andre Ethier trade. Whether Los Angeles is into that idea is an open question, but Carl Crawford is currently on their bench for the next two years at over $21 million per season. So they have options. Maybe.
- It's time for the Red Sox to ditch Yawkey Way and honor the departing David Ortiz instead.
- The Yankees spent a whole lot of money to win in 2016. Thing is, they spent it in 2014.
- The Brewers traded kids for Zack Greinke five years ago, but it's the Royals who ended up winning first, in large parts thanks to the haul from that deal.
- The Dodgers and new manager Dave Roberts are giving Yasiel Puig a fresh start, and hoping that rejuvenates the talented outfielder.
- The Orioles might find the pitcher they need in Andrew Cashner, if they can just work out a trade with the Padres.
- Prospect ranking season has been a reminder for O's fans that they lag behind the rest of the AL East on the farm. It wasn't always that way, but one prospect after another has slipped for Baltimore at a time when the rest of the East has been on the rise.
- Greg Bird is going to miss the 2016 season after undergoing shoulder surgery. This is a hit to the Yankees' depth, as they now need to lean even more heavily on Mark Teixeira's last season in pinstripes.