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Watch Theo Epstein break down the Cardinals, who traded for Marcell Ozuna on Wednesday. He had a feeling this would be a big offseason for St. Louis.

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Here is Yankees GM Brian Cashman's latest update on where he stands on moves: "We are accessing all opportunities and see if we can land a plane," Cashman said. "Right now, we are circling the airport. We are waiting for clearance on the runway.That is not from ownership. That means that we've got the signal that it is a safe landing spot, that we are comfortable with it, excited by that. We have enough gas in that tank that we can keep circling for awhile."

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Angels GM Billy Eppler is still looking for a second baseman to round out his batting order, and there's a growing sense that Detroit's Ian Kinsler is at the top of his list. The two teams continue to talk, but no deal was imminent as of Wednesday afternoon. The Mets, Giants and Brewers also have checked in on Kinsler, who is signed for an affordable $10 million in 2018. The Angels are among the teams on Kinsler's no trade list, but he would most likely waive it and go to Anaheim for a contract extension.

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Angels manager Mike Scioscia pronounced himself optimistic about Shohei Ohtani's health after a Yahoo Sports report revealed that the team's new addition has a first-degree sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. "The understanding we have is that it's something that's behind him," Scioscia said. "There's no concern. There are no restrictions. He'll be full go in spring training." Scioscia reiterated that the Angels are thinking about using Ohtani as part of a six-man rotation in 2018.

Jerry Crasnick, ESPN Senior Writer

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Watch Cards manager Mike Matheny discuss the NL Central where no team is at the bottom of a rebuilding process.

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Watch Mike Matheny discuss the need for a bat like Marcell Ozuna.

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman is in his "Bubba Crosby Mode," where he is acting as if the Yankees will possibly not add another infielder to fill at least one of the two openings at second and third. Cashman could go with top prospect Gleyber Torres or utilityman Ronald Torryes at one of the spots, but it is much more likely that Cashman adds some sort of infielder to the mix. There are some out there, including former Yankee Eduardo Nunez. In 2005, Cashman acted as if Crosby would be the team's center fielder before eventually landing Johnny Damon.

Andrew Marchand, ESPN Senior Writer

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From Buster Olney: The Diamondbacks are willing to listen to offers for Zack Greinke, rival evaluators say, because while Greinke continues to be one of the best pitchers in the NL, his salary is strangling Arizona's payroll. Before the 2016 season, he signed a six-year, $206 million deal with Arizona, and is set to make $138 million in salary over the next four seasons -- an enormous portion of the Diamondbacks' budget. But sources say the Diamondbacks have no interest in simply dumping the salary in a Giancarlo Stanton-type of deal. Rather, they would need to believe they got something good in return for a pitcher who finished fourth in the Cy Young Award voting in 2017.

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Days after being rebuffed on a Giancarlo Stanton trade, the St. Louis Cardinals have filled their middle-of-the-order void by acquiring outfielder Marcell Ozuna in a deal with Miami. Ozuna is a lot more than a consolation prize for St. Louis. He's a two-time All-Star who hit 37 homers and slugged .548 for the Marlins this season. He's eligible for free agency after the 2019 season, but he'll give the Cardinals two years of premium production — in a high-energy package — before he hits the open market.

Jerry Crasnick, ESPN Senior Writer

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