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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. Saturday, 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. Saturday, 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. Saturday, 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. Saturday, 6:26 am
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    Yasmany Tomás Ari - 3B,LF,RF
  • 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
  • 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
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