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All-Star voting update: down the stretch they come!


Fan voting ends Thursday. Here are the results through yesterday for both leagues as we hit the home stretch:



1. Chris Davis, Orioles, 5,468,703
2. Prince Fielder, Tigers, 3,280,681
3. Albert Pujols, Angels, 1,140,420
4. Mike Napoli, Red Sox, 1,123,281
5. Mitch Moreland, Rangers, 1,007,675


1. Robinson Cano, Yankees, 3,974,322
2. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox, 2,838,129
3. Ian Kinsler, Rangers, 1,767,806
4. Omar Infante, Tigers, 1,554,514
5. Jose Altuve, Astros, 1,227,462


1. J.J. Hardy, Orioles, 3,509,180
2. Jhonny Peralta, Tigers, 2,505,348
3. Elvis Andrus, Rangers, 2,122,770
4. Jed Lowrie, Athletics, 1,491,376
5. Jose Reyes, Blue Jays, 1,091,707


1. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers 5,844,165
2. Manny Machado, Orioles, 2,752,627
3. Adrian Beltre, Rangers, 1,792,809
4. Evan Longoria, Rays, 1,528,877
5. Josh Donaldson, Athletics, 827,381


1. Joe Mauer, Twins, 3,869,330
2. Matt Wieters, Orioles, 2,677,959
3. A.J. Pierzynski, Rangers, 1,441,827
4. Carlos Santana, Indians, 1,285,650
5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Red Sox, 1,256,505


1. David Ortiz, Red Sox, 4,398,197
2. Lance Berkman, Rangers, 2,004,388
3. Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays, 1,688,099
4. Victor Martinez, Tigers, 1,257,577
5. Mark Trumbo, Angels, 1,190,709


1. Mike Trout, Angels, 4,822,983
2. Adam Jones, Orioles, 4,766,256
3. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays, 2,679,230
4. Nick Markakis, Orioles, 2,536,864
5. Torii Hunter, Tigers, 2,390,336
6. Nelson Cruz, Rangers, 2,258,797
7. Nate McLouth, Orioles, 2,169,772
8. Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox, 1,751,022
9. Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics, 1,556,700
10. Coco Crisp, Athletics, 1,421,277
11. Alex Gordon, Royals, 1,416,887
12. Austin Jackson, Tigers, 1,306,330
13. Josh Hamilton, Angels, 1,138,518
14. Shane Victorino, Red Sox, 1,059,429
15. Ichiro Suzuki, Yankees, 1,003,198



1. Yadier Molina, Cardinals, 5,093,645
2. Buster Posey, Giants, 4,674,847
3. John Buck, Mets, 1,446,565
4. Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks, 997,791
5. Brian McCann, Braves, 997,322


1. Joey Votto, Reds, 3,622,608
2. Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks, 3,035,114
3. Allen Craig, Cardinals, 2,525,399
4. Brandon Belt, Giants, 1,804,152
5. Freddie Freeman, Braves, 1,494,604


1. Brandon Phillips, Reds, 3,411,839
2. Matt Carpenter, Cardinals, 3,186,423
3. Marco Scutaro, Giants, 3,142,783
4. Daniel Murphy, Mets, 1,598,297
5. Chase Utley, Phillies, 1,355,750


1. David Wright, Mets, 4,452,282
2. Pablo Sandoval, Giants, 3,610,096
3. David Freese, Cardinals, 2,376,121
4. Chris Johnson, Braves, 1,234,095
5. Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals, 1,072,563


1. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies, 4,072,834
2. Brandon Crawford, Giants, 2,383,248
3. Jean Segura, Brewers, 2,072,083
4. Pete Kozma, Cardinals, 1,867,781
5. Andrelton Simmons, Braves, 1,192,066


1. Carlos Beltran, Cardinals, 5,013,806
2. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies, 2,928,606
3. Justin Upton, Braves, 2,917,659
4. Bryce Harper, Nationals, 2,902,393
5. Matt Holliday, Cardinals, 2,697,608
6. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates, 2,510,614
7. Hunter Pence, Giants, 2,379,606
8. Ryan Braun, Brewers, 2,331,774
9. Angel Pagan, Giants, 2,016,370
10. Shin-Soo Choo, Reds, 1,960,385
11. Jon Jay, Cardinals, 1,825,513
12. Carlos Gomez, Brewers, 1,746,318
13. Gregor Blanco, Giants, 1,717,194
14. Jay Bruce, Reds, 1,454,721
15. Domonic Brown, Phillies, 1,427,696

Blue Jays narrow GM search to two candidates: Tony LaCava and Ross Atkins

Tony LaCava
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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Blue Jays have narrowed their search for a new general manager down to two candidates: current interim GM Tony LaCava, and Indians vice president of player personnel Ross Atkins. Former Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos resigned last month.

LaCava was promoted to interim GM on November 2 and has already made a handful of moves along with new president Mark Shapiro. The club acquired Jesse Chavez in a trade and signed pitchers Marco Estrada and J.A. Happ to multi-year deals.

Atkins worked under Shapiro in the Indians organization for 15 seasons, so it is no surprise that he is a finalist for the open GM position.

The Diamondbacks met with Johnny Cueto’s agent

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Update (7:58 PM EST): Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart met with Cueto earlier this month in the Dominican Republic and made a contract offer that the right-hander turned down. The Diamondbacks maintain interest in the free agent.


Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Diamondbacks spoke with Bryce Dixon, the agent of free agent starter Johnny Cueto. However, Rosenthal notes that Cueto’s price tag is expected to exceed the Diamondbacks’ comfort level.

Cueto, 29, is one of a handful of highly touted starting pitchers in this offseason’s free agent class. He is joined by David Price and Zack Greinke, among others. Jordan Zimmermann inked a deal in the neighborhood of $110 million over five years with the Tigers on Sunday morning, which will serve as a barometer for Cueto.

Cueto finished the 2015 regular season, between the Reds and the Royals, with a 3.44 ERA and a 176/46 K/BB ratio over 212 innings. He made 13 shaky starts with the Royals, but outside of a shellacking in Game 3 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays, pitched well in the post-season. Cueto pitched a complete game in Game 2 of the World Series against the Mets, helping put the Royals up two games to none at the time.

As a result of switching teams during the season, Cueto was not eligible to receive a $15.8 million qualifying offer. This means that Cueto, unlike Zimmermann for example, does not come attached with draft pick compensation.

Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski is reportedly trying to trade Hanley Ramirez

Hanley Ramirez
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Nick Cafardo provides this interesting nugget in his Sunday notes column at the Boston Globe

Hanley Ramirez, 1B-DH, Red Sox — There’s now talk in the front office that Dave Dombrowski is trying to move Ramirez in a deal. The Mariners, Orioles, and Angels seem to be the targets, and all three make sense.

Cafardo notes that “there are huge hurdles to cross” before a trade could happen — like how much of Hanley’s remaining salary the Red Sox would have to eat and what positions the soon-to-be 32-year-old is able to play defensively at this point in his career.

Boston’s higher-ups have asked Ramirez to learn first base and drop 20 pounds this winter. Whatever team is looking to acquire him would probably have to be comfortable with him serving primarily as a designated hitter.

Hanley is owed $68.2 million over the next three seasons and he carries a $22 million vesting option for 2019. He batted just .249/.291/.426 in 105 games this past year.

Ben Zobrist is the “Mets’ No. 1 target”

Ben Zobrist
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Ben Zobrist posted a cool .809 OPS (120 OPS+) in 126 games this summer between Oakland and Kansas City while appearing defensively at second base, third base, and both corner outfield positions.

His steady bat and defensive versatility make him a fit for just about every club in Major League Baseball, and the defending National League champions are among the teams in hot pursuit …

It’s a little odd to see the rebuilding Braves listed there given that Zobrist is 34 years old, but Rosenthal says the interest stems from a “desire for him to serve as [a] model for younger players” as the club prepares to open a new ballpark in 2017. Wasn’t that supposed to be Nick Markakis‘ job?

Zobrist and his agent Alan Nero are believed to be seeking a four-year deal.