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  • Braves re-sign Blake Lalli to minors deal
    Braves re-signed C/INF Blake Lalli to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Lalli was outrighted off the Braves' 40-man roster last week but will remain with the organization. He's logged just 52 at-bats at the major league level in his career, and just 13 at-bats since 2013. The 33-year-old is nothing more than organizational depth. Tuesday, 1:03 pm
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    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Tigers would consider Avila's return
    Tigers general manager Al Avila said Tuesday that he would consider his son, Alex Avila, as the club looks for a backup catcher this winter.

    Advice: The Tigers were set behind the plate last offseason, so Avila left for a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the White Sox. The 29-year-old appeared in 57 games this season while batting .213 with seven homers and a .732 OPS in 209 plate appearances. Avila was originally drafted by the Tigers back in 2008 and spent the first seven seasons of his career with the club. James McCann is now the primary catcher in Detroit. Tuesday, 10:50 am
    L, 6-3 vs Min
  • Jaso to work out at third base and outfield
    John Jaso is expected to work out at third base this offseason.

    Advice: He'll also try his hand at outfield. Jaso began his career at catcher before pivoting to first base in 2016. He had some success at first but top prospect Josh Bell could be ready to play there full-time next season. Jaso would have a clearer path to playing time in the outfield. Jung Ho Kang and David Freese split time at third last season and are still on the roster. Saturday, 5:53 pm
    Player Note
    John Jaso Pit - 1B,LF
    L, 10-4 @StL
  • Smoak replaces Travis (knee) on ALCS roster
    Justin Smoak has replaced Devon Travis (knee) on the Blue Jays' ALCS roster against the Indians.

    Advice: Travis aggravated a knee injury in Game 1 on Friday and MLB approved the Blue Jays' request to replace him on the roster. The switch-hitting Smoak struck out in his lone plate appearances during the ALDS and batted .217/.314/.391 with 14 homers over 126 games during the regular season. Saturday, 12:14 pm
    W, 2-1 @Bos
  • Marlins outright Xavier Scruggs to Triple-A
    Marlins sent 1B Xavier Scruggs outright to Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: The move clears him off the 40-man roster. Scruggs, 29, appeared in 24 games with the Marlins this season and batted .210/.290/.306 with one homer in 69 plate appearances. Saturday, 6:31 am
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    L, 10-7 @Was
  • Blake Lalli outrighted to Triple-A
    Braves sent C/INF Blake Lalli outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: The Braves now have a free 40-man roster spot. Lalli can elect free agency if he wants. Friday, 6:37 am
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    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Bird hits RBI double in Arizona Fall League
    Greg Bird went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and a walk Tuesday in the Arizona Fall League opener.

    Advice: Bird, who is coming back from surgery to repair a torn labrum, is being eased back into action as the designated hitter. He's taking ground balls at first base during infield practice and making lob throws, but he's not 100 percent quite yet. If all goes well with his rehab, he should be cleared to play first base by spring training and has a strong chance at beginning 2017 with the starting job. Wednesday, 9:03 am
    L, 5-2 vs Bal
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