Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

5 Questions Still Burning on Hot Stove

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

5 Questions Still Burning on Hot Stove

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ORLANDO, Fla. – As usual, there were more questions than answers as the Winter Meetings wrapped up from Disney's Swan and Dolphin Resort on Thursday.

Here's a look at our top five storylines that still need to be resolved:

Momentum was moving toward a deal happening sooner than later for the star third baseman, who is heading into his free-agent walk year. Several clubs have inquired, including the Yankees and Red Sox, but the Cardinals might have the best track.

After the Yankees' bombshell acquisition of slugger Giancarlo Stanton, what will be the Red Sox's counter? Boston needs more pop and they've been connected to big free agents in J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer, along with the trade interest in Machado.

With money and prospects to spend, how does Yankees GM Brian Cashman complete his club? Even if the Yanks re-up with CC Sabathia, there's incentive to trade for a controllable front-line starter such as Michael Fulmer, Gerrit Cole, Danny Duffy or Chris Archer. …

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