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Danny Duffy to undergo elbow surgery

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Royals’ left-hander Danny Duffy will undergo elbow surgery on Tuesday, per Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star. It’s expected to be a relatively minor procedure to remove loose bodies in his elbow and should allow Duffy to make a full recovery before spring training in 2018.

Duffy completed his seventh campaign with the Royals on Thursday, earning his 10th loss of the season with 4 1/3 innings of six-hit, four-run ball against the Tigers. The 28-year-old lefty spent close to two months on the disabled list with various injuries, including a left oblique strain and flexor-pronator strain in his elbow. He never fully recovered from the bout of inflammation in his left elbow and finalized his season stat line with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings.

The good news: Duffy should be on track to re-enter the Royals’ rotation in 2018, barring any unforeseen setbacks. Hopefully, it’ll be a turnaround for the southpaw after chronic injuries and multiple surgeries ate away at his playing time over the last seven years. He signed a five-year, $65 million extension with the club back in January and is slated to receive $14 million next season.

J.D. Martinez tells teams he prefers an outfield role

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Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.

That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.

Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.