MLB Roundup: The Cold Stove Getting Hot

Good morning, baseball fans! Here’s what’s been going on around baseball over the last 24 hours.

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Both the Mets and Yankees are reportedly out on Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani.

In what has turned into a dramatic sweepstakes, the 23-year-old will likely end up with a West Coast or smaller market team, according to multiple sources.

Teams that are rumored to be some of the finalists are the Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers among others.

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The Miami Marlins have set a general framework with both the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants for a trade involving slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

The Cardinals are reportedly willing to pick up more money than the Giants, while a deal with them would also be centered around pitching prospect Sandy Alcantara.

Craig Mish of Sirius XM tweets that a Stanton Deal could go down as soon as the next two or three days.

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The San Diego Padres have extended general manager A.J. Preller through the 2022 season, according to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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The Yankees have been in contact with starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia, reports Jon Heyman of Fan Rag on Twitter.

Sabathia was more seen as a backup plan in case the team missed out on Ohtani, so with the news that the Yankees won’t be signing him, Sabathia figures to be a priority.

The 37-year-old had a throwback campaign in 2017, pitching to a 14-5 record with a 3.69 ERA while being good for 2.8 WAR.

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