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    • Padres acquire Will Middlebrooks from Boston
      Padres acquired INF Will Middlebrooks from the Red Sox for C Ryan Hanigan.

      Advice: The 26-year-old slugger has lost a bit of the luster off his top prospect status in recent years, but still possesses plenty of power and should be locked in as the Padres starter at the hot corner. The move from Fenway to Petco certainly diminishes his potential fantasy value though. Rotoworld.com
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    • Haren yet to decide about playing for Marlins
      Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Friday that Dan Haren has yet to decide whether he'll play for the Marlins in 2015.

      Advice: "He'll make his decision," Hill said. "We haven't put any timelines on it." Haren said last month that he has "no interest" in playing somewhere other than in Southern California near his family, but it sounds like he's at least considering the possibility of playing in Miami. The Marlins would like to have him, but they're covered money-wise with the Dodgers agreeing to pay Haren's $10 million salary as part of last week's trade. If Haren decides he doesn't want to play in Miami, the Marlins would look to deal him to a team in California or nearby. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:50 pm
    • Wil Myers playing CF 'is a possibility'
      Padres manager Bud Black said Friday that Wil Myers playing center field "is a possibility."

      Advice: Black doesn't want to etch anything in stone, and we can hardly blame him because general manager A.J. Preller might trade all three of his new outfielders over the weekend. However, it sounds like the plan is for Myers to handle center, with Justin Upton manning left field and Matt Kemp in right. Myers has nine games' worth of experience in center field in the majors and 100 games' worth of experience there in the minors. It's going to be a brutal defensive outfield, but the Padres are obviously hoping they can make up for it with their bats. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:32 pm
    • Braves get Max Fried in Upton deal
      Braves acquired LHP Max Fried, INF Jace Peterson, 3B Dustin Peterson, OF Mallex Smith and the fourth international bonus pool slot from the Padres in exchange for OF Justin Upton and RHP Aaron Northcraft.

      Advice: Fried was ranked before the season by Baseball America as the No. 53 prospect in the game, but he had elbow troubles and eventually had Tommy John surgery in August. He has top-of-the-rotation upside if he can re-gain his pre-op stuff, but obviously there's some risk here. Rotoworld.com
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    • Rios signs one-year, $11M deal with Royals
      Royals signed OF Alex Rios to a one-year, $11 million contract with a mutual option for 2016.

      Advice: Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com says the mutual option is worth $12.5 million. Rios batted just .280/.311/.398 with only four home runs over 521 plate appearances during his walk year. The move from Globe Life Park to Kauffman Stadium won't help, but Rios is worth a shot on a one-year deal. He will turn 34 in February. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:15 pm
    • Donn Roach designated for assignment
      Cubs designated RHP Donn Roach for assignment.

      Advice: Roach was claimed off waivers by the Cubs last month. The 24-year-old right-hander had a 4.75 ERA and 17/15 K/BB ratio over 30 1/3 innings in the majors last season. Rotoworld.com
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    • Marlins get David Phelps from Yankees
      Marlins acquired RHP David Phelps from the Yankees in the Nathan Eovaldi trade.

      Advice: Phelps posted a 4.38 ERA over 113 innings for the Yankees in 2014 while battling some elbow issues. He holds a career 4.21 ERA but has struck out 267 over 299 1/3 frames. The righty figures to have a good shot to take Eovaldi's spot in the Marlins' rotation. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:37 am
    • Carlos Peguero released by Royals
      Royals released OF Carlos Peguero.

      Advice: FOX Sports 1's CJ Nitkowski reported last month that Peguero was receiving interest from Japanese clubs, so perhaps he's close to an overseas deal. The 27-year-old has hit just .196/.245/.379 over 229 big league plate appearances. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:04 am
    • Pirates ink Corey Hart to one-year contract
      Pirates signed 1B/OF Corey Hart to a one-year contract.

      Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says Hart will receive $2.5 million and have a chance to earn $2.5 million more through incentives. Hart figures to platoon at first base with Pedro Alvarez while providing another option in a loaded Pirates outfield. The 32-year-old batted just .203/.271/.319 with six homers over 68 games in 2014 after missing the 2013 campaign with knee issues. If he proves to be healthy -- which is a big question -- Hart could be a nice gamble on a one-year deal. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:59 am
    • Melvin Mercedes outrighted to Triple-A
      Tigers sent RHP Melvin Mercedes outright to Triple-A Toledo.

      Advice: Mercedes cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week and will now remain in the organization. He held a 4.92 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 60 1/3 Triple-A innings this past season. Rotoworld.com
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    • Phillies have interest in Rafael Furcal
      ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Phillies are "kicking the tires" on Rafael Furcal.

      Advice: Freddy Galvis is expected to take over at shortstop following the trade of Jimmy Rollins, but Furcal could be added as a backup option. The 37-year-old infielder was limited to just nine games for the Marlins this season due to leg issues after missing all of 2013 following Tommy John surgery. Rotoworld.com
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    • Rene Rivera headed to Tampa in mega-deal
      Rays acquired C Rene Rivera from the Padres in the Wil Myers trade.

      Advice: Rivera has been a journeyman for much of his career but thrived when given a real shot at playing time in 2014, batting .252/.319/.432 with 11 homers while drawing rave reviews for his pitch-framing and defense. He seems unlikely to repeat his year offensively, but Rivera will be the primary catcher for the Rays. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:41 am
    • Rays get Steven Souza from Nationals
      Rays acquired OF Steven Souza, C Rene Rivera, RHP Burch Smith, 1B Jake Bauers and LHP Travis Ott, Padres acquired OF Wil Myers, C Ryan Hanigan, LHP Jose Castillo and RHP Gerardo Reyes, Nationals acquired RHP Joe Ross and a player to be named later in a three-team trade.

      Advice: The Rays are gambling that they're not going to see much, if any, of a fall-off in production in right field in going from Myers to Souza. A late bloomer, Souza batted .350/.432/.590 with 18 homers, 75 RBI and 26 stolen bases in 96 Triple-A games last season. Many aren't as high on him as the Rays apparently are, but he definitely holds sleeper appeal from a fantasy perspective. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:38 am
    • Myers arrives in San Diego in 11-player deal
      Padres acquired OF Wil Myers, C Ryan Hanigan, LHP Jose Castillo and RHP Gerardo Reyes, Rays acquired OF Steven Souza, C Rene Rivera, RHP Burch Smith, 1B Jake Bauers and LHP Travis Ott, Nationals acquired RHP Joe Ross and a player to be named later in a three-team trade.

      Advice: The much-discussed deal is now official in the books. Myers, the 2013 American League Rookie of the Year, is the big fish here. The young outfielder struggled with a .222/.290/.320 batting line with six home runs and 35 RBI in 87 games last season, but he's under control through 2019 and is a nice long-term get for the Padres. Shortstop prospect Trea Turner will be the player to be named in the deal but can't officially be announced yet because he was just drafted in June. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:22 am
    • Rangers showing interest in Brandon Beachy
      Brandon Beachy's agent, Robert Martin, told Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News that the Rangers are among the teams showing interest in his client.

      Advice: "Several teams are still reviewing his medicals," Martin said via e-mail. "I do not think a decision is imminent, but he does have multiple offers." Beachy, who is working his way back from a second Tommy John surgery, was non-tendered by the Braves earlier this month. He probably won't contribute much in the first half next season, but Beachy holds a career 3.23 ERA over 46 starts and is worth a gamble on an incentive-laden deal. Rotoworld.com
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    • Dodgers announce trade for SS Jimmy Rollins
      Dodgers acquired SS Jimmy Rollins and cash considerations from the Phillies in exchange for RHP Zach Eflin and LHP Tom Windle.

      Advice: They had to wait for the Matt Kemp trade to become official (which it did Thursday night), as Eflin was part of the package the Dodgers got from the Padres. Rollins makes for a nice one-year option for the contending Dodgers, as he's coming off a nice 2014 season that saw him bat .243/.323/.394 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI while also played pretty good defense at shortstop. The Phillies are sending $1 million to the Dodgers in the deal. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:28 am
    • Middlebrooks headed to Padres for Hanigan
      Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that the Padres are closing in on a deal that would send Ryan Hanigan to the Red Sox for Will Middlebrooks.

      Advice: The Padres' re-tooling continues. Middlebrooks is just a career .237/.284/.411 hitter, but he's slugged 34 homers over 894 plate appearances and gives San Diego more right-handed power potential. The Padres can now put Yangervis Solarte in a utility role where he belongs. Hanigan will share catching duties with Christian Vazquez in Boston. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:56 am
    • Rays, Padres, Nats agree on Wil Myers trade
      According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM, the three-team Wil Myers trade is "done."

      Advice: Bowden has the breakdown of who's heading where: Padres shortstop prospect Trea Turner and pitching prospect Joe Ross will go to the Nationals. Myers, Ryan Hanigan, and minor league pitchers Jose Castillo and Gerardo Reyes will go to the Padres. Steven Souza, Travis Ott, Rene Rivera, Burch Smith, and Jake Bauers will go to the Rays (with Ott and Souza coming from the Nats). All the players involved need to pass physicals before the trade can be made official. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:33 pm
    • Rays 'down to two scenarios' on Miley trade
      According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays are "down to two scenarios" for a Wil Myers trade.

      Advice: One of those scenarios involves the Nationals, but the Rays are still waiting to hear if Washington is in or out. Topkin says Tampa Bay is currently set to give up Myers, Ryan Hanigan, and two lower-level minor leaguers to get Rene Rivera, Burch Smith, and Jake Bauers back from the Padres. Then some more players -- possibly Padres shortstop prospect Trea Turner -- would be moved in a third branch of the deal. There should be a resolution to this whole thing by Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:40 pm
    • Rays looking at Souza if Myers deal completed
      Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes that if the Rays trade Wil Myers to the Padres, they would then target Nationals' OF Steven Souza.

      Advice: Souza hit .350/.432/.590 with 18 home runs in 357 at-bats for Triple-A Syracuse. He also stole 26 bases. In order to acquire the speedy slugger, the Rays would flip one or more of the prospects they received in the proposed Myers-to-Padres deal. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:40 am
    • No timetable for Myers trade completion
      The Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin writes that there's no timetable for the completion of the Rays' trade of Wil Myers to the Padres.

      Advice: According to Topkin, "talks remain ongoing" and the deal's finalization could come "[Wednesday] or carry on to Thursday." The trade talks could take slightly longer simply because of the large number of pieces involved. ESPN's Jim Bowden reported that the players coming back to the Rays for Myers would include Jake Bauers, Joe Ross, Burch Smith and "two others." It is also being reported that one or more of these prospects could subsequently be traded to another team. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:55 am
    • Rays working on 'multitude of things'
      Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that according to his sources, the Rays were working on a "multitude of thing" with "a lot of moving parts."

      Advice: The largest of this multitude would appear to be a trade of outfielder Wil Myers to the Padres, which is reportedly nearing completion. Beyond that, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick wrote that he thought it was possible that the Rays would end up trading at least one of the prospects the team received in the deal. Rosenthal didn't specify whether everything the Rays were working on hinged on Myers being dealt, or if they were also looking toward moves independent of the young slugger's movement. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:33 am
    • Rays, Padres closing in on Wil Myers trade
      ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported that the Rays and Padres were "nearing the finish line" on a trade involving Wil Myers.

      Advice: No word on if there's a third team involved in the possible trade, though Crasnick tweeted that he was hearing that it was a two-team trade with the possibility of the Rays flipping a prospect later. Among the prospects who could possibly be shifting from the Padres to the Rays are the likes of Austin Hedges, Matt Wisler, Burch Smith and/or R.J. Alverez. Myers struggled in 2014, hitting just .222/.290/.320 with six home runs and 35 RBI in 87 games. Despite his struggles, the 24-year-old Myers is a unique talent who is under contractual control until 2019. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:49 am
    • Myers to SEA, Walker to SD in 3-team deal?
      Jason Churchill of 1090 The Fan in Seattle reports that there are "strong indications" the Mariners are the third team involved in the Wil Myers trade talks.

      Advice: Churchill says that Myers could be headed to the Mariners and Taijuan Walker to the Padres in the deal, with other prospects going to the Rays. It's not clear whether he's hearing something or is just reading the tea leaves. It does make sense, as there were reports earlier in the day that the Mariners were close to trading for a hitter. Three-team deals often fall apart, but this one definitely looks to have legs. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:05 pm
    • Myers to Padres deal 'said to be very close'
      Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that there is "significant optimism" a potential trade sending Wil Myers to the Padres will get done and is "very close" to being completed.

      Advice: Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported earlier Tuesday that it's unlikely a deal would be consummated before the end of the day, but it does appear that something could be wrapped up relatively quickly. It's not clear who exactly would be involved in the deal, but players mentioned from San Diego's side include Austin Hedges, Matt Wisler, Burch Smith and R.J. Alvarez. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal first reported that the two sides were talking. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:14 pm
    • Padres and Rays discussing Wil Myers trade
      According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Rays and Padres are discussing a "significant trade" that would involve outfielder Wil Myers heading to San Diego.

      Advice: Rosenthal says a "number of players" would be involved in the swap, though it's "not known" if the trade is actually close to happening. Myers batted just .222/.294/.320 with six home runs and 35 RBI in 87 games this past season for Tampa Bay, but he's only 24 years old and should have a bright future. Myers is under contractual control through 2019. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:45 pm
    • Royals to ink OF Rios to one-year, $11M deal
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Royals have agreed to terms with Alex Rios on a one-year, $11 million contract.

      Advice: Rios batted just .280/.311/.398 with a lowly four home runs over 521 plate appearances during his walk year. Going from Texas to Kansas City isn't the best recipe for a revival, but the veteran outfield isn't a bad gamble on a one-year deal. Rios, who will turn 34 in February, had 18 homers, 81 RBI and 42 steals for the Rangers and White Sox in 2013. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 5:12 pm
    • Marlins may consider trading SP Dan Haren
      According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Marlins may consider trading Dan Haren if he would truly rather retire than pitch for them next season.

      Advice: Haren said in mid-November that he wouldn't pitch for a team outside of Los Angeles because he wants to remain close to his family, but the Dodgers moved him to the Marlins anyway in a blockbuster Winter Meetings trade. Haren, 34, hasn't announced whether he plans to stick by that statement. He should be of interest to a number of teams on the West Coast if the Marlins begin to shop him. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:58 am
    • Mariners remain interested in Alex Rios
      According to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune, Alex Rios remains on the Mariners radar.

      Advice: After missing out on signing Melky Cabrera, it's expected that the M's will now devote their attention to Rios to fulfill the hole in their outfield. Despite a down season in Texas where Rios swatted just four home runs, he did still hit .280/.311/.398 and would add another proven bat to the lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:47 pm
    • Tigers designate Mercedes for assignment
      Tigers designated RHP Melvin Mercedes for assignment.

      Advice: Mercedes had a 4.92 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 60 1/3 innings this past season out of the Tigers' bullpen. The 24-year-old righty will likely pass through waivers unclaimed. Rotoworld.com
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    • Dan Haren gets shipped to Marlins
      Dan Haren was sent from the Dodgers to the Marlins in Wednesday's seven-player deal.

      Advice: Haren, who picked up his $10 million player option to remain with the Dodgers earlier this winter, could retire rather than report to the Marlins, though he indicated that he'll take a little time to make his decision. Reports indicate that the Dodgers will send the Marlins the $10 million whether Haren pitches or not. Ideally, he'd go to Miami, which is pretty much the perfect ballpark for him. It's as tough of a homer park for left-handed hitters as any in baseball. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:57 pm
    • Haren being included in Gordon/Heaney talks
      Dan Haren is included in a potential deal that would send Dee Gordon to the Marlins for Andrew Heaney and others, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

      Advice: Last month, Haren said he would retire if the Dodgers traded him outside of Los Angeles. The club is putting him to a test by sending him about as far away from LA as possible, in a baseball sense. Haren already exercised his $10 million player option for 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:38 pm
    • Jimmy Rollins to Dodgers is a 'done deal'
      Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers is a "done deal."

      Advice: The Phillies are expected to get two young pitchers in return for their all-time franchise hits leader. Rollins is due $11 million in 2015, the final year of his contract. The 36-year-old batted .243/.323/.394 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI in 138 games this past season and also played pretty good defense at shortstop. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:05 pm
    • Jimmy Rollins-to-Dodgers has a 'real chance'
      ESPN's Jayson Stark is getting increasing indications there's "a real chance" of a Jimmy Rollins deal between the Phillies and Dodgers.

      Advice: However, he hears that a Cole Hamels deal between the clubs is unlikely. Rollins has a full no-trade clause, but he's reportedly willing to waive it to go to the Dodgers. The 36-year-old batted .243/.323/.394 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI over 138 games this past season and is owed $11 million in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:59 pm
    • Furcal a possibility with Royals?
      Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors writes that Rafael Furcal could be a possibility with the Royals.

      Advice: It would have to be a minor league deal, as the 36-year-old Furcal was limited to just nine games with the Marlins this past season due to leg injuries. He has a history with Royals GM Dayton Moore, so a potential match makes sense. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:25 am
       
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    • Rollins would approve trade to Dodgers
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that that Jimmy Rollins would approve a trade to the Dodgers.

      Advice: The Dodgers need a shortstop, but their level of interest in Rollins isn't known. With full 10-and-5 rights, the 36-year-old reportedly isn't willing to waive his no-trade clause to go to the Mets or A's. The Phillies hope to land a legitimate prospect if they end up dealing him. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:28 am
    • M's, Royals, Indians in on Alex Rios
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mariners, Royals, and Indians are among the teams in on free agent outfielder Alex Rios.

      Advice: These are the exact same teams Heyman reported were interested in Rios over the weekend, so it appears that Scott Boras hasn't been able to drum up new interest in his client yet. The 33-year-old is coming off a down season in which he batted .280/.311/.398 with just four home runs over 131 games. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:26 am
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