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  • Corey Dickerson to DH full-time in Tampa?
    Trading James Loney would allow the Rays to use Corey Dickerson as their primary DH.

    Advice: Trading Loney is at the top of Tampa Bay's to-do list, though his $8 million salary could make that difficult. If the Rays are able to deal Loney, Logan Morrison and Steve Pearce would form a platoon at first base with Dickerson at DH and Desmond Jennings, Kevin Kiermaier and Steven Souza occupying the three outfield spots. Dickerson has already said he's open to DHing. Yesterday, 7:52 pm
  • Passan: Harper to the Yankees 'inevitable'
    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Bryce Harper's "future marriage" with the Yankees is considered "inevitable by most in the sport."

    Advice: We've been hearing "Harper to New York" speculation for years and it probably isn't going away any time soon. The Yankees were noticeably absent from this year's free agent proceedings and have a ton of money coming off the books with Carlos Beltran, Aroldis Chapman, Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira all hitting free agency in the next two years. Letting those players go would pave the way for New York to make a serious run at Harper. If he continues to progress, Harper could be in line for a $400 million deal when his contract expires after 2018. Yesterday, 2:35 pm
  • Sox in no hurry to extend Betts and Bogaerts
    Alex Speier of the Boston Globe doesn't believe the Red Sox are in a rush to sign Mookie Betts or Xander Bogaerts to extensions.

    Advice: The Red Sox have plenty of time to work that out as neither player is even arbitration-eligible yet. While signing Betts and Bogaerts to extensions now would save money, that isn't a huge concern for a big-market club like the Red Sox. Even if Boston did offer extensions, Betts and Bogaerts would probably wait until the new CBA to sign their deals anyway. Yesterday, 2:20 pm
  • D'Backs considering moving Tomas to left
    According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Friday that the club is considering re-aligning their outfield, with Yasmany Tomas moving to left field and David Peralta shifting to right.

    Advice: Tomas graded out very poorly in right field after shifting from third base last season. With Peralta the better defender of the two, it makes sense why they would want to move him to right field instead. Regardless of where he roams the outfield though, Tomas will be in the lineup because of his bat, which should provide ample fantasy goodness. Yesterday, 6:26 am
  • Jays looking to extend Bautista, Encarnacion
    ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Blue Jays plan to have long-term extension talks with the agents of Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion during spring training.

    Advice: Both players are currently set to hit free agency following the 2016 campaign. It seems unlikely that Toronto would be able to afford both on a long-term deal, but they're going to engage with each player in talks soon. New Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins told the Canadian Press that the team would "love to have both of them" remain Blue Jays beyond this season. "And the more we've learned about them, that has only increased our interest in keeping them here," Atkins said. "The challenge lies in placing a value on that and then agreeing on a contract." Bautista turned 35 last October, while Encarnacion turned 33 last month. The latter has set a deadline of Opening Day for extension talks. Friday, 1:41 pm
  • Orioles outright L.J. Hoes to AAA Norfolk
    Orioles sent OF L.J. Hoes outright to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Hoes was designated for assignment by the O's late last month to clear a 40-man roster spot for Efren Navarro. Hoes, 25, will likely open the 2016 season at Triple-A Norfolk. He is a .237/.289/.328 career hitter in 337 plate appearances at the major league level. Thursday, 11:07 am
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  • Brewers retain 1B/OF Shane Peterson
    Brewers sent OF/1B Shane Peterson outright to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: The 27-year-old was designated for assignment by the Brewers last week to open up a 40-man roster spot for outfielder Rymer Liriano. Peterson passed through waivers unclaimed and will get an invitation to major league camp for returning to the Brewers organization. He hit .259/.324/.353 with two home runs and 16 RBI in 93 games last summer for Milwaukee. Thursday, 10:14 am
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    Shane Peterson Mil - LF,CF,RF
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  • Dodgers now telling teams Puig not available
    According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, teams asking the Dodgers about Yasiel Puig are being told that he is not available for trade.

    Advice: Puig is coming off a disappointing, injury-riddled 2015 season and it would make very little sense for the Dodgers to sell low. The Cuban outfielder reportedly had a sit-down meeting last month with new manager Dave Roberts, who offered to "wipe the slate clean." Puig is a pretty good bet to bounce back in 2016 -- what will be his age-25 season. He is under contract through 2018 at some very team-friendly rates. Thursday, 8:48 am
  • White Sox, LAD can't find match for Ethier
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale says there are "no signs of a potential match" between the White Sox and Dodgers for veteran outfielder Andre Ethier.

    Advice: Chicago is known to have interest in Ethier and Los Angeles has a surplus of corner outfielders, but the two sides have not been able to work out an agreeable exchange of money and players. Ethier is owed $38 million over the next two seasons and carries a $17.5 million vesting option for 2018. The soon-to-be 34-year-old batted .294/.366/.486 with 14 home runs and 53 RBI in 142 games last season for the Dodgers. Thursday, 7:05 am
  • Jonny Gomes leaves MLB for Japan
    Jonny Gomes has signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan.

    Advice: He can earn an additional $1 million through all his incentives. Gomes didn't generate much interest in the states after Kansas City declined his club option in November. The 35-year-old said he has no plans to retire and wouldn't rule out a return to MLB. He hit .213 across 225 at-bats for the Braves and Royals last season. Wednesday, 2:10 pm
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  • Jonny Gomes leaves MLB for Japan
    Jonny Gomes has signed a one-year, $2 million contract with Japan's Rakuten Golden Eagles.

    Advice: He can earn an additional $1 million through incentives. Gomes didn't generate much interest in the states after Kansas City declined his club option in November. The 35-year-old said he has no plans to retire and wouldn't rule out a return to MLB. He hit .213 across 225 at-bats for the Braves and Royals last season. Wednesday, 2:09 pm
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  • Tigers still negotiating with J.D. Martinez
    The Tigers are still discussing one and two-year deals with J.D. Martinez, according to Fox Sports' Jon Morosi.

    Advice: There was talk of a long-term extension last month, but those negotiations have clearly been scaled back. Martinez carries two more years of salary arbitration (including this year), so neither of the deals being discussed now would cut into his potential free agency. The two sides were $2 million apart when arbitration figures were exchanged in January. If a compromise can't be reached, the Tigers will be subject to their first arbitration hearing since 2001. Martinez led Detroit with 38 homers and 102 RBI last season. Wednesday, 1:45 pm
  • Mets GM could see teams calling on De Aza
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that he's not shopping outfielder Alejandro De Aza, but that he can foresee teams calling late in spring training.

    Advice: The Mets likely had a bigger role in mind for De Aza when they signed him to a one-year, $5.75 million contract in December, but he's projected to be a fifth outfielder now that Yoenis Cespedes in back in the fold. It's not the worst thing in the world to have him around as bench depth, but he could be expendable if the right offer comes along. Wednesday, 11:15 am
  • Conforto to play some RF in the spring
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that Michael Conforto will play some right field in the spring.

    Advice: Conforto has exclusively played left field in pro ball, but testing his versatility makes sense just in case there's an injury to Curtis Granderson. Yoenis Cespedes has never played right field in his career and is presumably more comfortable in center or left. Giving Conforto some exposure there could help maximize their lineup if necessary. Wednesday, 10:52 am
  • Blue Jays acquire Ceciliani from Mets
    Blue Jays acquired OF Darrell Ceciliani from the Mets for cash considerations.

    Advice: This confirms what was reported by Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish. Ceciliani was designated for assignment by the Mets last week, so they likely weren't expecting much in return. The 25-year-old appeared in 39 games at the major league level last season and batted .345/.398/.581 with nine homers and 16 steals over 70 games in Triple-A while playing in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. He still has a chance to be a useful extra outfielder. Tuesday, 11:50 am
  • Blue Jays to acquire OF Ceciliani
    The Blue Jays have acquired outfielder Darrell Ceciliani from the Mets, per Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.

    Advice: No word yet on what the Mets will receive in return. Ceciliani was designated for assignment last week in order to clear a spot for Yoenis Cespedes on the team's 40-man roster. The 25-year-old batted .206/.270/.279 over 75 plate appearances during his first taste of the majors last season. Tuesday, 11:29 am
  • Cubs re-signing Fowler 'highly unlikely'
    Patrick Mooney of hears that it's "highly unlikely" the Cubs re-sign Dexter Fowler.

    Advice: Bruce Levine of Chicago's 670 The Score reported last week that the two sides have remained in contact, but it doesn't sound like a reunion is in the cards unless Fowler's price tag really drops. That's certainly possible, as the loss of a draft pick being attached to him appears to have really depressed his market. However, another issue for the Cubs is that they'd likely have to trade Jorge Soler in order to make room for Fowler. There had been buzz that they could do just that earlier in the offseason, but it has since cooled. Monday, 5:33 pm
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  • White Sox 'exploring' trade for Andre Ethier's Phil Rogers reports that the White Sox are "exploring" the possibility of a trade for Andre Ethier.

    Advice: Rogers cautions that it's "not clear if there's a match" and that the Dodgers "would prefer" to deal Carl Crawford rather than Ethier. Ethier will turn 34 in April and is still owed $38 million over the next two seasons, but he was productive last season with a .294/.366/.486 batting line and 14 home runs. Monday, 3:21 pm
  • 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. Monday, 1:46 pm
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  • Braun (back) won't be 100% at start of ST
    Ryan Braun (back) acknowledged Sunday that he will not be 100 percent at the beginning of spring training.

    Advice: While he admitted to being a couple weeks behind where he normally would be, Braun doesn't expect his rehab from last October's back surgery to affect his availability for Opening Day. However, it doesn't sound it's a guarantee that he'll be ready on April 4, so fantasy owners drafting early should keep that in mind. Braun's status should be much clearer as we get deep into spring training. Jan 31, 11:49 am
  • Dyson, Orlando likely to platoon in RF
    Royals manager Ned Yost said Friday that Jarrod Dyson and Paulo Orlando would likely form "some sort of platoon" in right field this season.

    Advice: That would put Dyson in line for most of the playing time since he hits left-handed. The speedy outfielder is obviously limited offensively as a career .255/.320/.343 hitter. However, he's stolen 146 bases in his career across 1,202 plate appearances. Dyson might be the favorite to lead the American League in pilfers if he retains a regular role in 2016. Jan 31, 6:59 am
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    Jarrod Dyson KC - LF,CF,RF
  • Rays looking to trade Desmond Jennings?
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times suggests the Rays could look to trade Desmond Jennings or Brandon Guyer.

    Advice: The Rays have a logjam in the outfield now that Corey Dickerson has been added to the mix. Jennings' stock is at an all-time low after an injury-plagued 2015 season and the Rays would probably be better off letting him rebuild his value instead of trading him now for pennies on the dollar. Dickerson is known to be a defensive liability and could spend a fair amount of time at DH this season. That would alleviate some of the playing time concerns that exist in Tampa Bay's crowded outfield. Jan 30, 7:46 pm
  • Hernandez almost done with throwing program
    Enrique Hernandez (shoulder) said he still has a few weeks left in his throwing program but should be ready for the start of spring training.

    Advice: Hernandez has made solid progress in his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery. He said he's been able to hit all winter. The Dodgers used Hernandez as a utility player last year and he should occupy the same role in 2016. Jan 30, 1:43 pm
    Player Note
    Kiké Hernández LAD - 2B,SS,LF,CF
  • Dave Roberts gives Yasiel Puig a 'clean slate'
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had a sit-down meeting with Yasiel Puig on Saturday and offered to "wipe the slate clean."

    Advice: He also told Puig to "be himself," noting that last year's coaching staff is gone. Puig has ruffled more than a few feathers since joining the Dodgers in 2013, but Roberts isn't worried about the past. Coming off an injury-plagued 2015 campaign, Puig has gotten in better shape this offseason by shedding 15 pounds. Puig will have to fight for at-bats in a crowded Dodgers outfield this year. Jan 30, 1:29 pm
  • Royals ink Travis Snider to minor league deal
    Royals signed OF Travis Snider to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: The former top prospect began the 2015 season in a starting role with the O's, but hit just .237/.318/.341 in 236 plate appearances before he was eventually released. He caught on with the Pirates later in the season but the results weren't any better. It's a nice low-risk signing for the Royals, but the fantasy potential here is minimal. Jan 30, 12:34 pm
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  • M's deal with Travis Ishikawa falls apart
    According to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune, the minor league deal once agreed upon between the Mariners and Travis Ishikawa has fallen apart.

    Advice: Dutton also notes that a reconciliation in this case appears unlikely. According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, Ishikawa would have earned $900,000 had he cracked the Mariners' roster. Jan 30, 11:38 am
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  • Counsell will ease Braun into spring action
    Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Friday that he'll ease Ryan Braun into action this spring.

    Advice: Braun hasn't had any problems or setbacks as he recovers from surgery in October to repair a herniated disc in his back, but Counsell plans to take it easy on him regardless. Everything remains on track for Braun to be fully healthy and ready to go for the start of the 2016 season. He had an impressive bounce-back season in 2015, slashing .285/.356/.498 with 25 homers, 85 RBI and 24 stolen bases in only 140 games. Jan 30, 9:20 am
  • Eaton recovering nicely from shoulder surgery
    Adam Eaton said Friday that his recovery from shoulder surgery has gone very well and that he has been able to participate in his normal offseason workouts.

    Advice: Eaton also indicated that he'll be fully healthy and ready to go for the start of spring training. He underwent arthroscopic surgery in October after injuring his shoulder while diving for a ball in the outfield during a game in July. He's coming off a nice offensive season where he slashed .287/.361/.431 with 14 homers and 18 stolen bases and should once again be a catalyst atop the White Sox lineup. Jan 30, 8:29 am
  • Brandon Nimmo has tendon tear in foot
    Brandon Nimmo has been diagnosed with a partially torn tendon in his left foot.

    Advice: He's been provided a walking boot and will be re-evaluated in 10 days. Added to the 40-man roster this offseason, Nimmo batted .269/.362/.372 with five homers across three levels last season. He has a shot to make his major league debut by the end of 2016. Jan 29, 1:53 pm
  • Brantley (shoulder) not cleared to hit yet
    Michael Brantley (shoulder) said Thursday that he's not sure when he'll be cleared to begin a hitting program.

    Advice: Brantley performed all drills other than hitting during an Indians minicamp on Thursday. His rehab from surgery on his right (non-throwing) shoulder is coming along and he's hoping to be ready for Opening Day, but that's unlikely to happen. The Indians have been vague about a timetable for the outfielder, indicating that he should be back at some point during the first couple months of the season. It's a situation that should become clearer during spring training. Jan 29, 7:13 am
  • Rays acquire Dickerson in four-player deal
    Rays acquired OF Corey Dickerson and 3B Kevin Padlo from the Rockies for LHP Jake McGee and RHP German Marquez.

    Advice: Dickerson is the biggest name involved in the deal, and he'll immediately add pop to the middle of the Rays' order. The 26-year-old batted .299/.345/.534 in parts of three seasons with the Rockies. He's also under team control until 2019, an added bonus for the cost-conscious Rays. Jan 28, 5:40 pm
  • Brewers designate Peterson for assignment
    Brewers designated OF Shane Peterson for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-acquired Rymer Liriano on the 40-man roster. Peterson, who turns 28 in February, batted .259/.324/.353 with two homers and 16 RBI over 93 games with the Brewers last season while playing all three outfield spots. He could draw interest on waivers as a possible bench player. Jan 28, 2:53 pm
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    Shane Peterson Mil - LF,CF,RF
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  • Report: Rockies sending Dickerson to Tampa
    Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the Rays have acquired OF Corey Dickerson from the Rockies.

    Advice: According to Rosenthal, the Rockies are getting "multiple pitchers" while suggesting another team could be involved. Dickerson has been on the trading block since the Rockies signed Gerardo Parra to a three-year contract last week. He's a .299 lifetime hitter, though his stats are largely skewed from playing half his games at Coors Field. Dickerson will join an outfield that includes Desmond Jennings and Kevin Kiermaier. Jan 28, 12:46 pm
  • Brantley (shoulder) going through agility drills
    Michael Brantley (shoulder) participated in agility drills at Thursday's team workout.

    Advice: He was also able to play catch. Hitting will be the next step in Brantley's recovery process as he works his way back from offseason shoulder surgery. Brantley is coming off a career year and is tentatively expected to return sometime in mid to late April. Jan 28, 10:50 am
  • Could Rockies move Dickerson to 1B?
    Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal suggests the Rockies could move Corey Dickerson or Carlos Gonzalez to first base.

    Advice: The team has too many outfielders right now and moving one of them to first base seems like a pretty obvious solution. Of course, Dickerson and Gonzalez have never played that position at the major league level. As previously speculated, Rosenthal confirms the Rockies are more likely to trade Dickerson than CarGo. Meanwhile Ben Paulsen and Mark Reynolds are expected to platoon at first base. Jan 28, 6:31 am
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