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    • Stephen Vogt has walking boot removed
      Stephen Vogt had the walking boot removed from his surgically-repaired right foot Thursday.

      Advice: Vogt had surgery in October to repair the plantar plates in his foot. It's an injury he dealt with throughout the second half of the season and he noted Thursday that it's the first time since July he can put a shoe on his right foot and walk without any pain. Vogt will be fine for the start of spring training. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:26 pm
       
      W, 4-0 @Tex
    • Padres close to 1-yr deal with Josh Johnson
      Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that Josh Johnson is on the verge of a one-year deal with the Padres.

      Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says Johnson's base salary will be less than $2 million but he'll have the chance to make as much as $8 million through incentives. The Padres declined a $4 million option on Johnson back in October, but they have remained interested in bringing him back at a lesser rate. And it appears that they'll be able to get it done. The deal is expected to include incentives based on games started. The Padres just signed another injury-prone pitcher, Brandon Morrow, earlier this week. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:57 pm
       
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    • Medlen expected to pitch in second half
      Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Thursday that they are looking at Kris Medlen (elbow) as someone who will be able to contribute in the second half in 2015.

      Advice: Medlen, who is coming off a second Tommy John surgery this past March, was signed to a two-year, $8.5 million contract with a $10 million mutual option for 2017. The Royals are going to be extra careful about pushing him too soon. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:45 pm
    • Royals designate Giavotella for assignment
      Royals designated INF Johnny Giavotella for assignment.

      Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Kris Medlen on the 40-man roster. Giavotella was once considered a promising prospect with the Royals, but he owns a .238/.277/.334 batting line over 465 plate appearances in the majors and turns 28 next July. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:14 pm
       
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    • Ichiro receiving some consideration from O's
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that free agent Ichiro Suzuki is "receiving some consideration" from the Orioles.

      Advice: Baltimore is currently in the mix for a number of free agent outfielders, including Colby Rasmus, Norichika Aoki, and Delmon Young. Ichiro batted just .284/.324/.340 in 143 games this past season for the Yankees. He turned 41 years old in late October. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:57 pm
       
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    • Kevin Correia more engaged with 3-4 teams
      According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, free agent Kevin Correia has become "more engaged" with 3-4 teams.

      Advice: In other words, he may be getting close to choosing a team. Correia posted a rough 5.44 ERA in 26 starts and three relief appearances this past season between the Dodgers and Twins. He should come very cheap. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:31 pm
       
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    • Royals sign Kris Medlen to 2-yr, $8.5M pact
      Royals signed RHP Kris Medlen to a two-year, $8.5 million contract with a $10 million mutual option for 2017.

      Advice: Atlanta non-tendered Medlen earlier this month to avoid paying him nearly $6 million in 2015 via salary arbitration. He's recovering from a second Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and probably won't be ready by Opening Day for the Royals, but the 29-year-old boasts a 2.95 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 512 2/3 career major league innings. It's a worthwhile risk for Kansas City at only $8.5 million guaranteed. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:18 pm
    • Rockies sign Audry Perez to minors deal
      Rockies signed C Audry Perez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Perez appeared in one game this past season for the Cardinals. The 25-year-old catcher has a troubling .293 career on-base percentage in the minor leagues and probably won't see much action in Colorado. Rotoworld.com
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    • Mariners re-sign infielder Carlos Rivero
      Mariners re-signed 3B Carlos Rivero to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Rivero was non-tendered by the M's earlier this month, but he's now back with the organization on a non-guaranteed minor league deal. The 26-year-old infielder spent most of the 2014 season between Double-A and Triple-A, hitting .264/.324/.379 in 105 games. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:57 am
       
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    • Mariners sign Mark Lowe to minors contract
      Mariners signed RHP Mark Lowe to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Lowe made just seven appearances in 2014, allowing 10 hits and six walks in seven innings for the Indians. The 31-year-old right-hander seems doubtful to crack Seattle's Opening Day bullpen. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:54 am
       
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    • White Sox reach agreement with C Kottaras
      White Sox signed C George Kottaras to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Kottaras hopped between three different organizations in 2014, appearing in only 18 games at the major league level. He'll be depth at catcher for the Pale Hose. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:43 am
       
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    • BoSox in 'active' talks for Allen Craig trade
      According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Red Sox are in "active" Allen Craig trade talks with at least one team.

      Advice: Craig batted just .128/.234/.191 in 107 plate appearances after the July 31 trade that sent he and Joe Kelly from the Cardinals to the Red Sox for John Lackey. Craig hasn't been the same since suffering a Lisfranc foot injury late in the 2013 season and he's owed $26.5 million over the next three years. Boston probably won't be able to get much in return. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:21 am
       
      L, 9-5 vs NYY
    • A's DFA right-hander Fernando Rodriguez
      Athletics designated RHP Fernando Rodriguez for assignment.

      Advice: Oakland signed Rodriguez to a one-year deal on December 2, avoiding arbitration, but it was only worth around $100,000 more than the major league minimum. He got bumped from the A's 40-man roster Thursday to clear a spot for new left-hander Eury de la Rosa. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:11 am
       
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    • A's acquire Eury de la Rosa from Diamondbacks
      Athletics acquired LHP Eury de la Rosa from the Diamondbacks for cash considerations.

      Advice: The 24-year-old left-hander was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks last week to clear a spot for one of the players Arizona brought back in the Wade Miley trade. He owns a 4.21 ERA in 51 1/3 major league innings but had promising numbers in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:07 am
    • Matt Kemp trade held up due to hip arthritis
      According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the holdup with the Matt Kemp trade is due to the physical revealing arthritis in both of Kemp's hips.

      Advice: Kemp's agent, Junior Spivey, told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal on Thursday morning that "everything is OK" and he is "just waiting on the final details" of the deal to be sorted out, but maybe this thing really will fall apart. Kemp is signed through 2019, and hip arthritis sounds like the type of ailment that is only going to get worse as he moves later into his 30s. Kemp was supposed to be headed to the Padres along with catcher Tim Federowicz in exchange for Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland, and Zach Eflin. Nightengale says the Friars are consulting medical experts. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:07 am
    • Kemp 'waiting on final details' for SD trade
      Matt Kemp's agent Junior Spivey said Thursday that he's "just waiting on the final details" for the trade that will send his client to the Padres.

      Advice: There have been murmurings that something troublesome was found during Kemp's physical exam, but Spivey told Rosenthal that "everything is OK" and the four-player trade sending Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland, and Zach Eflin to Los Angeles "should be good to go." The Padres may be trying to get the Dodgers to take on a bit more of the $107 million that Kemp is owed. Right now, L.A. is set to cover $31 million. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:34 am
    • Wieters (elbow) might not be ready for opener
      Orioles manager Buck Showalter said this week that Matt Wieters (elbow) might not be ready for Opening Day.

      Advice: Wieters underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in mid-June and that procedure usually requires 8-10 months of recovery time for position players. "I think Manny [Machado] makes the start of the year, and I think Matt is very close thereafter," Showalter said. "But we won’t put either one of these guys on the field until it’s time to go, and try to keep the finish line in mind." Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:51 am
    • Rockies 'looking at' starter Kyle Kendrick
      ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Rockies are "looking at" free agent Kyle Kendrick.

      Advice: Kendrick has a decent career groundball rate, which is a nice fit for the light air of Coors Field, but the 30-year-old right-hander also owns a putrid 4.42 career ERA and 4.9 career K/9 in eight major league seasons. Colorado continues to aim low. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:25 am
       
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    • Padres still 'inconclusive' on Kemp physical
      A Padres official told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that the team is "still inconclusive" in its evaluation of Matt Kemp's physical.

      Advice: The official also said the trade is "not yet" in jeopardy, and Rosenthal notes that the Dodgers have been told nothing in regards to concerns about the physical. The Padres were supposed to meet Wednesday to discuss the physical in advance of Thursday's deadline to complete the deal. There's certainly cause for concern that the trade won't be completed as-is, but we'll just have to wait and see how everything shakes out. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:54 pm
    • Marlins, Braves, Giants interested in Peavy
      According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Marlins, Braves and Giants have all shown interest in free agent Jake Peavy.

      Advice: The Marlins' interest is contingent on Dan Haren following through with his inclination to retire after being dealt away from the west coast. Both the Braves and Giants are looking for pitching, with the Giants having missed out on a number of big-ticket free agents thus far this winter. Peavy had a 4.11 ERA this past season and shouldn't cost a team too much in terms of dollars or years. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:18 pm
       
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    • Royals, Volquez do two-year, $20 million deal
      Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Royals have struck a two-year, $20 million contract with free agent starter Edinson Volquez.

      Advice: Volquez drew quite a bit of interest on the open market this winter after posting an impressive 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 140/71 K/BB ratio across 192 2/3 innings this past season for the Pirates. But he was one of the worst starting pitchers in baseball in 2013, so the Royals are taking a risk here that the sudden turnaround was legitimate. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:40 pm
       
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    • B.J. Upton's contract might scare teams
      David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that it's "unlikely" that B.J. Upton will be traded this offseason, as teams do not want to pay the remainder of his contract.

      Advice: It's understandable, as Upton is owed $46.35 million over the next three years. This, coupled with the fact that he hit just .198/.279/.314 over the last two seasons, makes Upton an incredibly difficult candidate to move. Compounding matters is the fact that according to O'Brien, the Braves don't want to "give away [catcher Evan] Gattis to get rid of [Upton]." Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:50 pm
    • Marlins finalize contract with Michael Morse
      Marlins signed 1B/OF Michael Morse to a two-year, $16 million contract.

      Advice: Morse hit .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games for the Giants last season. While he is 32 years old, Morse has shown a consistent bat when he's healthy and at a cheap price, he should provide nice numbers and veteran leadership for a Marlins offense that's coming together this off-season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:22 pm
       
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    • Giants re-sign Sergio Romo to two-year deal
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that the Giants have re-signed Sergio Romo to a two-year, $15 million deal.

      Advice: Romo had an up-and-down 2014 season, ending the year with a 3.72 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 59/12 K/BB ratio over 58 innings. While he drew interest from multiple big-market teams, he's apparently decided that he's most comfortable remaining with the reigning champs. They'll be getting him on a relatively cheap deal in comparison to other relievers this off-season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:53 am
       
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    • Braves exploring packages for Johnson, Upton
      MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that the Braves are looking to package Chris Johnson with Justin Upton or Evan Gattis in possible trade scenarios.

      Advice: A week ago, the Padres were a team that Bowman cited as being interested in Justin Upton. With their near-trades for Matt Kemp and Wil Myers, it appears unlikely that they would still be in the market for the outfielder. Bowman wrote that the Braves were holding court with five other teams. It would be palatable for the team if they could package Johnson or Gattis in with Upton, though it would obviously be tougher for them to complete a trade if they were attaching extra weight to the deal. The Braves are also reportedly looking to deal B.J. Upton. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:46 am
    • Giants continue to show interest in Shields
      Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the Giants were exploring a "wide-range" of pitching options, including James Shields.

      Advice: The Giants were in on Jon Lester last month and continue to search for a big-name starter to fill out their rotation. The team met with Shields last week and according to Rosenthal, continues to show interest. The Giants have also been attached to Max Scherzer, though it's reasonable to assume that Scherzer might be beyond their price range if he really is seeking a $200 million deal. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:15 am
       
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    • Longoria not currently in Rays' trade talks
      Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported that neither Ben Zobrist nor Evan Longoria have been part of the Rays' trade discussions.

      Advice: The Rays are looking at Nationals' outfielder Steven Souza as they work to complete a trade of Wil Myers to the Padres, but for the time being, it seems that they are more likely to trade out of prospect depth than they are to trade from their stable of major league talent. Longoria is the face of the franchise and while the Rays have shown a willingness to move any talent in the right deal, it would probably take quite a bit to bid farewell to their perennial All Star. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:01 am
    • Padres meeting to discuss Kemp physical
      USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported that the Padres are meeting to discuss the results of Matt Kemp's physical.

      Advice: This confirms a report from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. According to Nightengale, the Padres "believe that [Kemp's] physical is fine," but are "still waiting for final details." Should the trade go through, the pieces expected to head to the Dodgers are Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. Eflin is then expected to be flipped to the Phillies in the Jimmy Rollins deal. In addition to the Kemp situation, the team is also in the midst of discussing a trade with the Rays for Wil Myers. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:29 am
    • Kemp's physical could hold up trade to Padres
      Bleacher Report's Will Carroll hears that "rumors....are starting to get louder" about a possible failed physical by OF Matt Kemp.

      Advice: Kemp was all set to be traded to the Padres for Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin pending a physical. It's important to note that nothing is official, but the silence on the situation is curious. Kemp has suffered numerous injuries over the course of his career. When he's healthy, he's been an elite bat. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:05 am
    • Byrd not currently on Mariners' radar
      ESPN's Jerry Crasnick hears that the Phillies have not approached outfielder Marlon Byrd about waiving his no-trade clause to go to the Mariners.

      Advice: The Mariners are one of the teams that Byrd would have to approve for a trade to work. Earlier this month, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the Orioles were showing interest in the 37-year-old. Despite his age, Byrd still packs a wallop in his bat, having hit .264/.312/.445 with 25 home runs in the 2014 season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:11 am
       
      L, 2-1 vs Atl
    • Michael Morse getting $16M from Marlins
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Michael Morse will receive $16 million over two years in his contract with the Marlins.

      Advice: He can also earn more in performance bonuses. Earlier reports suggested that Morse's deal was for $12 million or even $8 million, but the $16 million figure makes more sense. The former Giant figures to receive the bulk of the playing time at first base for the Marlins, though Garrett Jones should see some starts versus lefties if he's not traded. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:06 pm
       
      L, 1-0 @Was
    • Morse's deal with Marlins worth $12 million
      Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that Michael Morse's two-year deal with the Marlins is in the $12 million range.

      Advice: If the report is correct, that's a very reasonable price to pay for an upgrade at first base. Morse batted .279 with 16 home runs and an .811 OPS (including a 130 OPS+) this past season and should be less of a liability defensively with a move away from the oufield. The Marlins could either use him as their everyday first baseman or platoon him with Garrett Jones. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:58 am
       
      L, 1-0 @Was
    • Report: Marlins ink Morse to two-year deal
      Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have agreed to a two-year contract with Michael Morse, pending a physical.

      Advice: The financial terms aren't yet available. The Marlins have been very active this offseason and the addition of Morse further strengthens their lineup. The 32-year-old batted .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games this past season with the Giants. The Marlins could either go with a Morse/Garrett Jones combo at first base or try to deal Jones. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:15 am
       
      L, 1-0 @Was
    • Marlins close to signing Michael Morse
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins are close to signing Michael Morse.

      Advice: No word yet on the terms being discussed. If signed, Morse would take over the starting first base job for the Marlins, which would presumably make Garrett Jones available via trade. Morse turns 32 in March and batted .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games for the Giants last season. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:30 am
       
      L, 1-0 @Was
    • Matt Kemp to take Padres physical on Tuesday
      Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Matt Kemp will take his physical with the Padres on Tuesday.

      Advice: That means that the two sides have until then to iron out the specifics of the trade. It is believed to be Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz heading to the Dodgers in exchange for Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. What's not clear is the exact amount of money that the Dodgers will be sending to make the deal work, believed to be around $31 million. As long as Kemp passes his physical, the deal should become official on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:27 pm
    • Marlins talking more with Michael Morse
      Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have "had more talks" with Michael Morse in recent days.

      Advice: Jackson says that Morse might be the team's "best realistic option" at first base, as they don't want to trade Henderson Alvarez or Jarred Cosart for help at the position. Morse has also drawn interest from the Orioles and Rangers as a potential designated hitter. The 32-year-old batted .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games for the Giants last season. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:13 am
       
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    • Eury de la Rosa designated for assignment
      Diamondbacks designated LHP Eury de la Rosa for assignment.

      Advice: With the Wade Miley deal bringing back three players from the Red Sox, the D'Backs needed to clear room on the 40-man roster and de la Rosa was the casualty. The 24-year-old did a nice job out of the bullpen for the Snakes in 2014, posting a 2.95 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 32/14 K/BB ratio in 36 2/3 innings. He shouldn't be looking for work for long. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:10 pm
    • Sergio Romo signing coming soon
      Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that Sergio Romo is expected to sign "hopefully in the next few days."

      Advice: Romo has drawn interest from Dodgers, Yankees and Red Sox and the Giants haven't given up hope to re-sign him. The 31-year-old lost his closer job in 2014 but still wound up having a fine year, posting a 3.72 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 59/12 K/BB ratio over 58 innings. Based on the teams with interest in him, it appears Romo is likely looking at a setup role next season. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:39 am
       
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    • Padres still in on Justin Upton trade talks
      MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that the Padres remain one of the team's pursuing Justin Upton.

      Advice: The Pads are on the verge of acquiring Matt Kemp, but it appears they might not be done looking for offense. For what it's worth, Bowman adds that he "wouldn't be shocked" to see Kemp and Upton in the same outfield next season. The Giants, Rangers, Orioles and Royals are other teams known to have interest in Upton. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:36 am
    • Dodgers, Padres agree to Matt Kemp trade
      According to Dennis Lin and Kirk Kenney of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp has officially been traded to the Padres.

      Advice: Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz are headed to San Diego in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitchers Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. The Dodgers are also sending around $31 million to the Padres to cover part of Kemp's remaining $107 million in guaranteed salaries. It's been an incredibly active 24 hours for the new-look Los Angeles front office, and there should be more activity to come. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:34 am
    • Report: Giants and Red Sox meet with Shields
      Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports the Giants and Red Sox met with James Shields on Wednesday.

      Advice: Shields' market has begun to pick up in the wake of the Jon Lester signing. The free agent met with the Rangers over the weekend, and now two more suitors have emerged. The 32-year-old is also believed to be a fit on the Dodgers if they're able to move Matt Kemp in the coming days. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:16 pm
       
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    • Dodgers have checked in on Peavy, others
      Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports hears the Dodgers are checking in on a number of free agent pitchers, including Jake Peavy.

      Advice: Peavy hasn't generated a lot of buzz this winter after winning a World Series ring with the Giants in October. The 33-year-old had a 4.11 ERA between the Giants and Red Sox this past season, eclipsing 200 innings for just the second time since 2007. With some of the big names starting to come off the board, Peavy and others should find a new home soon. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:51 pm
       
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    • Report: TEX met with Shields last weekend
      According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Rangers met with James Shields last weekend.

      Advice: Cotillo says the Rangers are "expected to be serious contenders to sign the right-hander." Shields' market should begin to develop in haste now that Jon Lester has settled with the Cubs on a six-year, $155 million free agent contract. The 32-year-old Shields will likely be seeking a deal worth more than $100 million. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:34 pm
       
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    • Royals interested in Upton, Gattis
      Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals are interested in Justin Upton and Evan Gattis of the Braves.

      Advice: However, the are understandably reluctant to give up Yordano Ventura or Danny Duffy, so a deal appears unlikely. The Royals might have to aim lower via trades or free agency. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:35 am
    • Giants not focused on re-signing Morse
      Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the Giants are "not focused" on re-signing Michael Morse.

      Advice: Morse was productive with the Giants this past season and played hero during the postseason, but they naturally have major concerns about his defense in left field. The 32-year-old has reportedly drawn interest from the Marlins as a first baseman and the Rangers and Orioles as a potential DH. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:10 am
       
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    • Dodgers, Yankees, Red Sox in on Romo
      ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Dodgers, Yankees, and Red Sox all have interest in free agent reliever Sergio Romo.

      Advice: And the Giants are also interested in bringing him back. Romo struggled in the early part of 2014 before losing his grip on the closer role, but he pitched well down the stretch and should be able to find a multi-year deal, especially with these teams involved. Relievers are doing very well in free agency right now. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:56 am
       
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    • Twins have interest in RHP Kyle Kendrick
      Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that the Twins have interest in free agent right-hander Kyle Kendrick.

      Advice: The team even had a meeting about him at the Winter Meetings in San Diego, so it appears that he is a serious consideration. Kendrick owns a 4.42 ERA over eight seasons in the majors while averaging 4.9 K/9. He's the perfect Twin, really. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:01 am
       
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    • Sergio Romo in talks with Giants, Tigers
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Sergio Romo has been in touch with the Giants and Tigers.

      Advice: Romo was also talking with the Astros, but he'll have to look elsewhere now that the club has reportedly signed both Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek. With the money being thrown around to relievers, the 31-year-old should do well for himself in free agency, even though his ERA has increased in each of the past three seasons. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:19 am
       
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    • Astros talk to Sergio Romo, Luke Gregerson
      Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros have had discussions with the representatives of Sergio Romo and Luke Gregerson.

      Advice: The Astros missed out on both Andrew Miller and David Robertson, but they remain intent on signing at least one reliever. Landing in Houston would be good for the fantasy prospects of either Romo or Gregerson, as they'd both likely be the first option to close. Gregerson will reportedly get at least a three-year deal. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:54 pm
       
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    • Edinson Volquez seeking two-year, $20M deal
      Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Edinson Volquez is seeking a two-year, $20 million contract.

      Advice: It's a reasonable asking price after Volquez put up a 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 140/71 K/BB ratio over 192 2/3 innings in a big bounce-back season with the Pirates. The market has been relatively quiet on the right-hander to this point, but the Twins are one team known to have interest. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:17 pm
       
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    • Zaidi says Kemp-to-Padres trade isn't close
      Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said Tuesday that reports of a Matt Kemp trade to the Padres being close are "wishful thinking."

      Advice: "I would not characterize it that way," Zaidi said. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported earlier Tuesday that a deal sending Kemp to the Padres for Yasmani Grandal and others was "getting closer," but Zaidi obviously doesn't see it that way. Rosenthal is the best in the business, so this could just be some posturing by the Dodgers GM. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:43 pm
    • Giants talking Upton/Johnson deal with Braves
      USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Giants are discussing a trade with the Braves involving Justin Upton and Chris Johnson.

      Advice: Nightengale cautions, however, that "neither club was overly optimistic a deal can be finalized." The deal is a fit for the Giants since they have a hole both in left field and at third base, but Nightengale says the Braves aren't sure the Giants have the prospects needed to make a trade work. Upton has drawn trade interest from a host of clubs this offseason. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:08 pm
    • Pirates unlikely to re-sign Edinson Volquez
      Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates are not expected to sign another starter once Francisco Liriano's deal is finalized.

      Advice: In other words, expect Edinson Volquez to move on. The Pirates had interest in retaining Volquez and even made him an offer, but it appears they don't plan to spend any more on their rotation after re-upping with Liriano. Volquez is receiving interest from the Twins after a big bounce-back season that saw him post a 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 140/71 K/BB ratio over 192 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:36 pm
       
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    • Orioles could consider Allen Craig
      ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that Allen Craig is a "back-burner" option for the Orioles.

      Advice: The Orioles' top priority at the moment appears to be to re-sign Delmon Young, but they're also interested in Michael Morse and, to a lesser extent, Craig. Craig batted just .215/.279/.315 with eight homers in 2014, but he's also draw some trade interest from the Marlins and Brewers this winter. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:22 pm
       
      L, 9-5 vs NYY
    • TOR, CLE, MIL, CHC on Upton's no-trade list
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Blue Jays, Indians, Brewers, and Cubs are on Justin Upton's no-trade list.

      Advice: Players often include certain teams on their no-trade list as leverage, but it's worth noting that the Mariners were listed two years ago and Upton exercised his right to turn down a potential deal. The Indians have reportedly expressed interest in a trade for Upton this offseason, so it's something to keep in mind. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:08 pm
    • O's meet with Phillies about Marlon Byrd
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles met with the Phillies on Tuesday to discuss a trade for outfielder Marlon Byrd.

      Advice: Byrd is a logical target for the Orioles, who have lost Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz to free agency. The 37-year-old batted .264/.312/.445 with 25 home runs this season and is owed $8 million in 2015. His contract also includes an $8 million vesting option for 2016. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:54 pm
       
      L, 2-1 vs Atl
    • O's, Rangers, Mariners out on Matt Kemp
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles, Rangers, and Mariners are all out as a possibility for a trade for Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp.

      Advice: Heyman surmises that, at this point, it's likely "Padres or bust" for Kemp. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported earlier Tuesday afternoon that the two sides are "working hard" on a deal and are "getting closer." Yasmani Grandal has been floated as part of the potential return package for the Dodgers, but top pitching prospect Matt Wisler is not expected to be included. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:27 pm
    • Marlins considering Morse, Morneau for 1B
      According to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, the Marlins are considering signing Michael Morse.

      Advice: Miami is also interested in trading for the Rockies' Justin Morneau. It's all part of an ongoing search for a reliable starting first baseman. Morse, who's being courted by several teams, batted .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games for the Giants this past season. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:49 pm
       
      L, 1-0 @Was
    • SD's Kemp package would not include Wisler
      According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Padres' trade package for outfielder Matt Kemp would not include top pitching prospect Matt Wisler.

      Advice: Wisler had been suggested as a possible accompaniment to catcher Yasmani Grandal, whom the Dodgers are known to covet. But the San Diego front office is not willing to meet that demand. Rosenthal hears that Padres right-hander Joe Ross could be involved, and CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has floated the name Zach Eflin. The two teams are said to be working hard on a swap. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:29 am
    • Orioles considering trade for Marlon Byrd
      ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that if the Orioles end up going the trade route for an outfielder, Marlon Byrd is "a name on their radar screen."

      Advice: Byrd will almost surely be dealt this winter, as he's not part of the Phillies' rebuilding plan. The veteran outfielder has experienced a career revival the last two seasons, batting .277/.323/.476 with 49 homers and 173 RBI. He'd be a fine fit in right field for the Orioles, who are looking to replace Nick Markakis. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:21 pm
       
      L, 2-1 vs Atl
    • Orioles haven't asked Braves about Upton
      Orioles president of baseball operations Dan Duquette told MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli Monday that he has not talked to the Braves about Justin Upton.

      Advice: MLB.com's Mark Bowman earlier Monday listed the O's as one of the teams showing interest in Upton, but Duquette just threw a wet blanket on the idea. The O's are in the market for outfield help and could come away with someone before the end of the Winter Meetings, but it doesn't sound like it will be Upton. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 8, 3:23 pm
    • Orioles, Rangers, Padres interested in Upton
      Mark Bowman of MLB.com writes that the Orioles, Rangers, and Padres continue to show interest in a trade for Braves outfielder Justin Upton.

      Advice: However, Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote Monday morning that the Braves have yet to hear a satisfactory offer. The Indians have also been mentioned as a possibility, but they are likely out after acquiring Brandon Moss from the A's on Monday. Upton is owed $14.5 million next season before hitting free agency. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 8, 12:50 pm
    • Byrd a 'strong possibility' to be traded
      Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that there's a "strong possibility" that the Phillies will move Marlon Byrd.

      Advice: The Phillies are in rebuild mode, so it doesn't make much sense to hang on to a 37-year-old outfielder. His power should generate some interest. Byrd has a four-team no-trade list which previously included the Mariners, Blue Jays, Royals and Rays, but he has reportedly made some changes since. He's owed $8 million next season and his contract includes an $8 million club option for 2016 which will vest if he reaches 463 plate appearances next year. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 8, 10:25 am
       
      L, 2-1 vs Atl
    • Braves still looking for right deal for Upton
      Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Braves have still not heard a deal they like for outfielder Justin Upton.

      Advice: The Braves are prioritizing starting pitching and second base in a potential return package, but they haven't heard the right offer yet. Sherman hears that the Royals, Rangers, Padres, and Indians all remain interested. The Orioles have also been mentioned as a possibility in recent days. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 8, 7:44 am
    • Ichiro's agent says market is 'not hot'
      Ichiro Suzuki's agent, John Boggs, told Joel Sherman of the New York Post that the market for his client is "not hot."

      Advice: It's not often that you see an agent be this transparent about a client, but it's not surprising that the market could be limited for a 41-year-old outfielder who owns a .662 OPS (including an 86 OPS+) over the past four seasons. Boggs is hopeful that teams won't hold his age against him and will see him as someone who hit .284 in 2014 and can play all three outfield positions. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 8, 6:34 am
       
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