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MLB Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding Jonathan Papelbon, Brett Anderson and More

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 17:  Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers a pitch in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on September 17, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 6-4. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2013

Major League Baseball's winter meetings are scheduled to begin Monday as clubs continue to make moves heading into the new year.

Some notable trades and eye-popping free agent signings have already changed the league landscape, but there's likely much more to come.

Below, we'll examine the latest buzz swirling around the majors.

 

Phillies Looking to Part Ways with Jonathan Papelbon?

PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 06: Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers a pitch in the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park on August 6, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 9-8. (Photo by Drew Hall
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It appears that Philadelphia is considering trading veteran relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon this offseason. According to Fox MLB reporter Ken Rosenthal, sources close to the team say that the Phillies are attempting to move the 33-year-old:

Papelbon has played the past two seasons in Philadelphia after coming over from Boston. He made 61 regular-season appearances on the mound in 2013, going 5-1 with a 2.92 ERA and recording just 29 saves.

The 29 saves are the lowest since Papelbon's debut season with the Red Sox back in 2005.

Philadelphia could potentially find a suitor for the veteran at this week's Winter Meetings.

 

A's and Rockies Talk Brett Anderson Trade?

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 24: Brett Anderson #49 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the game on April 24, 2013 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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It's become very clear that the Oakland Athletics are looking to move left-hander Brett Anderson prior to the start of 2014. Recently, Rosenthal reported that the A's and the Colorado Rockies discussed a potential trade for the Texas native:

Although the talks ultimately failed, you can bet that Oakland will find a new home for Anderson at some point in the near future.

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reported last week that the New York Yankees and several other clubs were interested in the 25-year-old reliever and that the A's are likely to move him at this week's Winter Meetings: 

Anderson underwent Tommy John surgery in the summer of 2011 and missed 13 months before returning to start six games in 2012. He made five starts in 2013 but struggled immensely, going 1-4 with a 6.04 ERA.

 

Cubs Interested in John Axford?

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 11:  John Axford #34 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the 11th inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game One of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 11, 2013 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Phot
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According to CSNChicago.com's Patrick Mooney, there's "mutual interest" between the Chicago Cubs and free agent closer John Axford.

The 30-year-old Canadian made 13 regular-season appearances with the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals last season after being traded from Milwaukee. He would finish the year with a 7-7 record and a 4.02 ERA.

Mooney adds that sources close to the situation say that Cubs' president of baseball operations, Theo Epstein, is looking to upgrade the team's bullpen this winter. There's no guarantee that Axford is the guy for Chicago, but he certainly must be considered a possibility at this point. 

Axford boasts solid experience and has the potential to make a significant impact as he showed with the Brewers in 2011.

 

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