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  • Reds believe O's have pieces for Bruce deal
    MLB Network's Jon Heyman hears the Reds believe the Orioles have the prospects to swing a deal for Jay Bruce.

    Advice: That bit of information is almost certainly a follow-up to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal's report Wednesday that the Orioles would have interest in a trade for Bruce but it was uncertain that the O's could pull off such a deal. The Orioles are looking at a number of different options for adding a bat, including signing a free agent like Dexter Fowler or Pedro Alvarez, and it's unlikely that they would look to acquire more than one. While the O's seem to have a lot of plates in the air, the market for Bruce has been quiet for much of the winter. Today, 7:40 pm
  • Sabathia (knee) throwing bullpen sessions
    CC Sabathia (knee) began throwing bullpen sessions three weeks ago.

    Advice: That's significant mostly because the big lefty has traditionally waited until the start of spring training to throw off a mound. Sabathia has motivation to be ahead of the curve coming into camp, as Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has already made it clear the 35-year-old won't be guaranteed a rotation spot. For his part, Sabathia said the chronic knee condition that has necessitated the use of a knee brace feels better than it has in a long time. We'll see if the adjustments lead to a new and improved Sabathia this spring. Today, 7:17 pm
  • Royals, Moustakas reach two-year agreement
    Royals and 3B Mike Moustakas avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $14.3 million contract.

    Advice: The deal buys out the final two years of Moustakas' arbitration eligibility. The third baseman had requested $7 million when the two sides exchanged figures last month, with the Royals offering $4.2 million. It's a worthy raise for the 27-year-old after he batted .284/.348/.470 with 22 home runs and 82 RBI last season. Today, 6:52 pm
  • Skaggs (elbow) up to five bullpen sessions
    Tyler Skaggs (elbow) said Thursday he's thrown five bullpen sessions already this year.

    Advice: Skaggs resumed throwing last month after spending the entire 2015 season recovering from Tommy John surgery. He said he's throwing 45-50 pitches in sessions and said things "are going really well." Skaggs is guaranteed nothing heading into spring, and pitchers usually require some time to get back up to full speed once they get back on the mound, but few situations would be more friendly to an aspiring starter than the Angels. If he shows something, the 24-year-old could certainly leave camp as a member of the rotation. Today, 4:22 pm
  • Yanks outright Adams, invite him to spring
    Yankees sent OF Lane Adams outright to Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre.

    Advice: The team simultaneously extended Adams an invite to spring training as a non-roster invitee. Adams was claimed off waivers from the Royals in mid-January after hitting .281/.347/.445 with 16 homers, 62 RBI and 31 steals between Double-A and Triple-A last year. Today, 3:39 pm
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  • Maurer says his shoulder feels healthy
    Brandon Maurer said Thursday that his shoulder feels healthy.

    Advice: Maurer missed some time down the stretch last season due to right shoulder inflammation, but it's not an issue now. He also put on 15 pounds over the winter, presumably in an effort to help hold up over a full season. While he pitched exclusively out of the bullpen in 2015, he's expected to get a chance in the starting rotation this spring. Today, 3:03 pm
  • Rays having advanced talks with Hunter
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are having "advanced" talks with free agent reliever Tommy Hunter.

    Advice: Topkin adds that a deal doesn't appear close and that Hunter is talking with other teams. The 29-year-old posted a 4.18 ERA over 58 appearances last season between the Orioles and Cubs and is coming off core muscle surgery, but he's arguably the best free agent reliever left on the board. Today, 2:58 pm
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  • Pirates ink Luebke to minor league contract
    Pirates signed LHP Cory Luebke to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.

    Advice: Luebke worked his way back from his second Tommy John surgery to throw seven minor league innings this past season. The 30-year-old hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012. Before the injuries he was a very successful starter and reliever, and with a little Bucs magic, maybe we haven't seen the last of Luebke yet. Today, 1:48 pm
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  • Pirates sign O'Flaherty to minor league deal
    Pirates signed LHP Eric O'Flaherty to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.

    Advice: O'Flaherty wasn't right in 2015, posting a 8.10 ERA and 21/18 K/BB ratio over 30 innings while dealing with left shoulder issues, but he's been an effective lefty reliever in the past. The Pirates have a track record of getting pitchers straightened out, so it's a near-ideal landing spot for the 31-year-old. Today, 1:40 pm
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  • Daniels plans to talk extension with Beltre
    Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said he plans to engage Adrian Beltre early in camp about a possible contract extension.

    Advice: Beltre is on record as being interested in such a discussion, and last month it was reported that the sides had talked about the idea, at least in passing. Beltre has been a staple at third base for the Rangers since signing a six-year deal with the club in 2011. He will turn 37 years old just days after the start of the season. Today, 1:38 pm
  • Ryan Pressly (lat) back to full strength
    Ryan Pressly (lat) won't be limited in spring training.

    Advice: Pressly missed the entire second half with a strained lat. He resumed throwing in December and has already arrived at the Twins' spring training facility in Fort Myers. "After getting shut down, the main goal was just getting into the offseason healthy," said Pressly. "But the lat is feeling really good, so if I can come back and still be in the upper 90s, that'd be nice." He'll be battling for a job in the Twins' bullpen. Today, 12:42 pm
  • Heyman: White Sox are in on Ian Desmond
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports confirms the White Sox are one of the teams considering free agent shortstop Ian Desmond.

    Advice: It's not the first time we've heard the White Sox linked to Desmond. The Rays are also in the running, though so far both teams have been hesitant to give up a draft pick. Desmond is coming off a tough season with Washington. He led the National League in errors and finished second in the NL with 187 strikeouts. He may have to settle for a one-year deal and test the market again next winter. Today, 12:28 pm
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  • McFarland and Worley on Orioles' roster bubble?
    T.J. McFarland and Vance Worley could be on the roster bubble if the Orioles sign Yovani Gallardo.

    Advice: Worley was considered the favorite for the No. 5 spot in Baltimore's starting rotation but that's not happening if the O's sign Gallardo. The Orioles probably don't need two long relievers, which means one of McFarland or Worley will be on the outside looking in. Nothing is official with Gallardo yet but Brittany Ghiroli of reported the two sides are "optimistic." Today, 12:14 pm
  • Report: Dodgers shopping Alex Guerrero
    The Dodgers are looking to trade IF/OF Alex Guerrero, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

    Advice: The Dodgers' outfield is full and the team has a cheaper utility option in Enrique Hernandez. Rosenthal suggests Guerrero's best fit is in the American League. The 29-year-old hit just .233 with 11 homers last season. He carries a $5 million base salary for 2016. Today, 11:51 am
  • Shaw a 'near-lock' for Opening Day roster
    Travis Shaw is a "near-lock" to make the Red Sox's Opening Day roster, according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal.

    Advice: We figured as much after Shaw saw 226 at-bats with the big club in 2015. Hanley Ramirez is penciled in as the starting first baseman but Shaw could be employed as a defensive replacement late in games. Shaw can also play third base if Pablo Sandoval ever needs a day off. Today, 10:04 am
  • Orioles and Gallardo remain 'optimistic'
    While the Orioles have yet to strike a deal with free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo, "both sides appear to be pretty optimistic," according to's Brittany Ghiroli.

    Advice: Ghiroli said the two sides met Wednesday and now "the ball is in the Orioles' court." The Orioles had previously been hesitant to give up their first-round pick for Gallardo but now they seem open to it. Clearly Baltimore is in "win-now" mode. Dexter Fowler or Pedro Alvarez could be the next domino to fall for the O's once Gallardo gets squared away. Today, 9:49 am
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  • Marlins to be 'mindful' with Martin Prado
    The Marlins are going to be "mindful" about Martin Prado's playing time this year.

    Advice: The 32-year-old is coming off a productive season (.288, 63 RBI in 500 at-bats) despite battling shoulder and wrist issues. Chris Johnson would likely spell Prado at third on his days off. Derek Dietrich and Miguel Rojas could also see time at the hot corner. Today, 9:36 am
  • Vazquez (elbow) still making progress
    Christian Vazquez (elbow) will throw to bases on Friday.

    Advice: When asked about his elbow, Vazquez said, "Fine. No problem." It sounds like he's almost fully recovered from Tommy John surgery. Blake Swihart has already been named the starting catcher, which means Vazquez will likely open the year in Triple-A. Today, 8:57 am
  • Astros GM: Evan Gattis not a catching option
    GM Jeff Luhnow said the Astros aren't considering Evan Gattis as a backup option at catcher.

    Advice: "Obviously, he's caught in the past, and having a guy on the roster that can catch has value," said Luhnow. "But he's our DH." Gates started 11 games in left field last year but hasn't caught since 2014. For now, the Astros are set with Jason Castro and Max Stassi behind the plate. Gattis is coming off hernia surgery and might not be ready for Opening Day. Today, 8:15 am
  • Red Sox considering Cotts and Morales
    The Red Sox are considering free agent LHPs Neal Cotts and Franklin Morales, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.

    Advice: The Red Sox are looking to replace lefty specialist Craig Breslow. Morales has history with Boston having pitched there from 2011-2013. Cotts is five years older than Morales but he was downright dominant against lefties last year, limiting them to a .186 average in 98 at-bats. Morales comes with the added benefit of starting experience (47 career starts) and could fill in as a spot starter if needed. Today, 8:07 am
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  • Alvarez could be Orioles' Kendrys Morales
    According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Orioles feel that Pedro Alvarez could be their Kendrys Morales.

    Advice: Morales experienced an offensive resurgence after moving to DH full-time and the Orioles feel Alvarez could contribute in a similar way. Camden Yards is a great park for left-handed hitters, as Chris Davis has proven in recent years. Of course, signing Alvarez would likely force the Orioles to use Mark Trumbo in right field where he would be a defensive liability. The Orioles have also checked in on Dexter Fowler. Today, 7:27 am
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  • Oberholtzer favorite for fifth rotation spot
    Ryan Lawrence of PhillyVoice expects Brett Oberholtzer to win the No. 5 spot in the Phillies' starting rotation.

    Advice: Adam Morgan is also in the running but Oberholtzer has more big league experience and is out of minor league options. Vince Velasquez has a higher ceiling than both of them but another year of seasoning in Triple-A couldn't hurt. Oberholtzer and Velasquez were both acquired from Houston this winter as part of the Ken Giles trade. Today, 6:56 am
  • David Hernandez the favorite for closer's role
    David Hernandez will head into spring training as the favorite for the closer's role in Philadelphia.

    Advice: Used as a starter early in his career, Hernandez has settled in as a reliable late-inning relief option. Though he's mostly been limited to setup duty, Hernandez did log 11 saves with the Diamondbacks in 2011 while filling in for J.J. Putz. Andrew Bailey, Ernesto Frieri and Edward Mujica all have closing experience so Hernandez should face plenty of competition this spring. Today, 6:40 am
  • Hunter still recovering from core muscle surgery
    Free agent RHP Tommy Hunter is rehabbing from core muscle surgery.

    Advice: It's unclear how far along he is in the recovery process, but the surgery is probably what has kept teams from pursuing Hunter this offseason. The right-hander had a rough year in 2015 but he can still bring the heat (his fastball averaged 96.2 mph last year) and has shown to be a capable late-inning arm throughout his career. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times previously reported Hunter could be a possibility for the Rays. Today, 6:06 am
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  • Jacob deGrom open to signing extension
    Jacob deGrom said he'd be open to signing a long-term contract with the Mets.

    Advice: "I’m a little bit older so I might be more willing to do something like that,’’ said deGrom. "You just have to look at what is fair so both sides get a decent deal." DeGrom was the best starter on a team that advanced to the World Series last year but his contract doesn't expire until 2020. If the Mets do decide to lock up deGrom long-term, Madison Bumgarner's six-year, $35.56 million extension with San Francisco could be used as a blueprint. Today, 5:38 am
  • Olney: Gallardo could get 3 years, $40-45M
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the potential contract being discussed between the Orioles and free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo would be worth three years, $40-45 million.

    Advice: Nothing's official yet, but there's a ton of smoke here. Multiple outlets have reported that Gallardo and the O's are closing in on a contract. The club will have to surrender the 14th overall selection in this summer's amateur draft should they sign the soon-to-be 30-year-old right-hander, but he provides an upgrade for a rotation that has needed a boost. Last season, Gallardo pitched to a 3.42 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 121/68 K/BB ratio across 184 1/3 innings (33 starts) for the Rangers. Should the Orioles ink Gallardo to a contract, they could next pursue outfielder Dexter Fowler. Pedro Alvarez and Jay Bruce are outside options as well. Yesterday, 3:39 pm
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  • Rosenthal: O's keeping eye on Jay Bruce
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Jay Bruce is a possible trade target for the Orioles.

    Advice: Rosenthal adds, however, that it's uncertain whether the O's would actually have the prospects -- or being willing to deal the prospects -- to get a deal done. In early December, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported that the Reds had only received "a couple" feeling-out calls regarding the 28-year-old Bruce. In 580 at-bats last season, Bruce hit .226/.294/.434 with 26 homers and 87 RBI. After notching batting averages above .250 in five of his first six seasons, he's failed to crack .230 in either of his past two campaigns. Yesterday, 2:27 pm
  • Pedro Alvarez could see interest from Orioles
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles are interested in free agent 1B Pedro Alvarez.

    Advice: The Orioles have their fingers in seemingly every pot this week, with rumors flying that they are close to a deal with Yovani Gallardo and might then target Dexter Fowler after Gallardo. Now throw Alvarez in there just for good measure. The 29-year-old was non-tendered by the Pirates at the beginning of December after hitting .243/.318/.469 with 27 homers and 77 RBI across 437 at-bats during the 2015 campaign. He'd join the Orioles' DH and first base rotation. Yesterday, 2:19 pm
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  • Crasnick: Tweaks needed for Gallardo, O's
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that "some tweaks" remain before a potential contract is struck between free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo and the Orioles.

    Advice: Both MLB Network's Jon Heyman and FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported on Wednesday that the Orioles are in substantive talks with Gallardo. Crasnick writes that said talks are "gaining momentum," though nothing's official as of yet. Per Heyman, this could potentially be a three-year contract with a possible opt-out clause. Should a deal be struck, the Orioles would have to surrender the 14th overall selection in this summer's amateur draft. Gallardo turns 30 in late February. Yesterday, 2:03 pm
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  • Gattis (hernia) to begin light BB activity
    Evan Gattis (hernia surgery) indicated Wednesday that he is already close to doing light baseball activity.

    Advice: Gattis had surgery Tuesday for a sports hernia and will miss a large chunk of Grapefruit League play, but there's a chance he could be ready for Opening Day. The 29-year-old slugger said Wednesday that he will "start doing very light baseball activities shortly as long as pain permits." He's walking one mile a day right now and deemed himself sore, but optimistic. Last season, Gattis slashed .246/.285/.463 with 27 homers and 88 RBI for the Astros. Yesterday, 1:19 pm
  • Phillies designate LaFromboise for assignment
    Phillies designated LHP Bobby LaFromboise for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-acquired Taylor Featherston on the 40-man roster. LaFromboise was just claimed off waivers from the Angels late last month and he could soon be with his fourth organization since mid-December. Yesterday, 11:59 am
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  • O's, Gallardo moving closer to a deal
    MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles and free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo are moving closer to a deal.

    Advice: This confirms what was reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Heyman hears that the two sides are talking about three guaranteed years, though it sounds as if an opt-out could potentially be included. Nothing is done yet, but it would be interesting to see if adding Gallardo could provide the impetus for the O's to sign outfielder Dexter Fowler, another qualifying offer free agent. Yesterday, 7:58 am
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  • Rosenthal: O's making progress on Gallardo
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles are "making progress" in talks with free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo.

    Advice: The Orioles would surrender the No. 14 overall pick in this year's draft to sign Gallardo, which is something they have been reluctant to do until now, but his price could have dropped to the point where they are willing to get the deal done. Baltimore certainly could use another quality arm in their rotation after losing left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. Gallardo is coming off a career-low 3.42 ERA last season with the Rangers, but his strikeout rate has been in a steady decline. Yesterday, 7:24 am
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  • Gattis out 4-6 weeks following hernia surgery
    Evan Gattis recently underwent hernia surgery and will be sidelined for the next 4-6 weeks.

    Advice: The operation shouldn't have any long-term effects, but it could sideline Gattis for the bulk of spring training and possibly threaten his availability for Opening Day. If Gattis does get a late start to the season, Jake Marisnick, Preston Tucker and Marwin Gonzalez would figure to be in line to pick up the slack. Gattis batted .246/.285/.463 with 27 homers and 88 RBI in his first season with the Astros. Tuesday, 7:00 pm
  • Report: Ian Desmond a 'long shot' for Rays
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick writes that free agent shortstop Ian Desmond is a "long shot" for the Rays.

    Advice: There's been some chatter about the Rays being interested in Desmond, as he could be a bargain at this point of the winter, but the club doesn't want to give up a draft pick in order to sign him. There's always the chance that they could change their mind, but the 30-year-old appears likely to end up elsewhere. Many have pegged the White Sox as a logical fit for Desmond, but they are also reluctant to give up a pick. Tuesday, 8:38 am
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  • Yovani Gallardo talking to three teams
    SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that the Orioles and two other clubs are in talks with Yovani Gallardo's agent.

    Advice: Cotillo adds that the Rockies no longer appear to be in the mix for the right-hander. The Orioles have been connected to Gallardo for a while now and have a need for a reliable starter, but they're hesitant to part with the No. 14 overall pick. Gallardo figures to be looking for a deal similar to Ian Kennedy's five-year, $70 million pact. Monday, 5:05 pm
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  • Orioles still mulling pursuit of Gallardo
    Roch Kubatko of reports that the Orioles are "checking medicals again and weighing the pros and cons" of signing Yovani Gallardo.

    Advice: It was Kubatko who suggested a week ago that the O's would probably move on from Gallardo and were more likely to acquire a starter via trade. However, he's now saying they "definitely are reconsidering" despite their hesitancy to forfeit the No. 14 overall pick. Gallardo's peripherals and velocity have been heading in the wrong direction, but his durability could be a big boost for an O's team that lost Wei-Yin Chen this offseason. Sunday, 5:18 am
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  • Rays still looking for bullpen depth
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times mentioned free agents Tommy Hunter, Burke Badenhop and Ryan Webb as "legit possibilities" for the Rays.

    Advice: Tampa Bay is looking to beef up its bullpen after trading Jake McGee to Colorado last week. The Rays have also been linked to Tyler Clippard though he might be out of their price range. Hunter is coming off a disappointing season (4.18 ERA in 58 appearances) but has been a solid late-inning and middle relief option throughout his career. The hard-throwing right-hander is reportedly holding out for a two-year deal. Saturday, 8:23 pm
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  • Report: O's still interested in FA Gallardo
    Sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that the Orioles remain interested in free agent Yovani Gallardo.

    Advice: Recent reports suggested the O's wouldn't have interest in Gallardo because he would cost the team the No. 14 overall pick in June's MLB Draft, but Rosenthal said the price for the right-hander could fall to the point that it would make sense for the club. The team acquired potential starter Odrisamer Despaigne on Thursday, but their rotation remains a weakness and they'll need help from somewhere to compete in a loaded AL East. The market for the 30-year-old has been cold and getting colder as teams go alternative routes in their search for starting pitching help. Thursday, 3:30 pm
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  • Lane Adams designated for assignment
    Yankees designated OF Lane Adams for assignment.

    Advice: Adams was just claimed off waivers by the Yankees just over two weeks ago and now is back on waivers. He batted .281/.347/.445 with 16 homers, 62 RBI and 31 steals between Double- and Triple-A in 2015. Feb 1, 1:46 pm
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  • O's could be moving on from Yovani Gallardo
    Roch Kubatko hears that it's "more realistic" that the Orioles acquire a starter through trade rather than free agency.

    Advice: The O's have been connected to Yovani Gallardo and according to Kubatko "were deep in discussions" with the right-hander's agent. However Kubatko now says Baltimore is "much more reluctant" to give up the No. 14 overall pick that it would take to sign Gallardo. With the Astros having signed Doug Fister and the Rockies' interest reportedly overblown, Gallardo's suitors seem to be falling by the wayside. Feb 1, 1:18 pm
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