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  • Tony Campana inks minors deal with White Sox
    White Sox signed OF Tony Campana to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Campana's wife, Whitney, revealed the news of her husband's signing on Twitter. The deal presumably contains an invitation to spring training, where Campana will compete for a bench job. The speedy outfielder batted just .187/.197/.227 in 44 games in the majors this past season for the Angels and Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com
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  • Olney: Melky prefers to not re-sign with Jays
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Melky Cabrera's preference is to not re-sign with the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The reasoning is that he wants to get away from the artificial surface at Rogers Centre. Cabrera was already looking unlikely to end up back in Toronto after the club signed Russell Martin to an $82 million contract. The outfielder is said to prefer to play on the East Coast or in the Midwest. Rotoworld.com
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  • Indians are 'out' on free agent Chase Headley
    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians are "out" on free agent Chase Headley.

    Advice: The Indians made a few inquiries but have already determined that Headley, who's being courted by several teams, will cost too much. Cleveland is not expected to be a big player in this year's free agent market. Headley seems most likely to re-sign with the Yankees, though the Giants have suddenly emerged as an intriguing potential match with Pablo Sandoval walking as a free agent. Rotoworld.com
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  • Braves outright Ramiro Pena to Triple-A
    Braves sent INF Ramiro Pena outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Pena was designated for assignment earlier in the week to make room on the 40-man roster. He was arbitration eligible this winter, which may have played a role in the move as well. It's unclear if he'll accept the assignment or attempt to find a better opportunity elsewhere through free agency. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:03 pm
     
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    Ramiro Peña Atl - 2B,3B,SS
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  • Padres, Dodgers have talked Matt Kemp trade
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Padres and Dodgers have discussed a Matt Kemp trade.

    Advice: Rosenthal adds, however, that there's been "nothing that recent" and there is "no deal close." Kemp finished the 2014 season in fine form and would give the San Diego offense a needed boost, but the Dodgers may opt to keep him now that Hanley Ramirez has signed with Red Sox. Los Angeles probably needs retain the right-handed power that Kemp provides. Rotoworld.com
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  • NYY offered PHI 'utility player' for Rollins
    ESPN's Jayson Stark heard from two sources that the Yankees offered the Phillies "a utility player" for shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

    Advice: That didn't get the job done. The Phillies seem to have a lofty asking price for Rollins, who turns 36 years old this week and is owed $11 million next season in the final year of his four-year, $44 million deal. They're simply not going to be able to get a top prospect or young, productive major league talent in exchange for the veteran shortstop. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:03 pm
  • Royals acquire Jackson from Dodgers
    Royals acquired INF Ryan Jackson from the Dodgers for cash considerations.

    Advice: Jackson was claimed off waivers from the Padres earlier this month, but now he's on the move again. The 26-year-old infielder was limited to just 11 games in the minors this season due to a right wrist injury which required surgery. He'll hope for better luck on the health front in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:12 pm
  • Yanks talked to Phillies about Jimmy Rollins
    According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Yankees talked to the Phillies about acquiring shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

    Advice: However, the Phillies' asking price was too high, so the Yankees have moved on. Oh, Ruben. Rollins, who has a full no-trade clause, batted .243/.323/.394 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI over 138 games this past season. He turns 36 this week and is owed $11 million next season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:12 am
  • Rays designate Sean Rodriguez for assignment
    Rays designated INF/OF Sean Rodriguez for assignment.

    Advice: Due another raise through arbitration, Rodriguez was considered a likely non-tender candidate, so the Rays simply decided to cut ties a little bit early. He could draw interest on waivers due to his versatility. Rodriguez batted .211/.258/.443 with 12 home runs over 259 plate appearances this past season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:33 am
     
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  • Reds sign Boesch to minor league contract
    Reds signed OF Brennan Boesch to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Boesch batted .187/.203/.293 with two home runs over 79 plate appearances with the Angels this past season. The 29-year-old could compete for a bench job in the spring. Rotoworld.com
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  • Yanks will only go three years for Headley
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are only willing to offer a three-year deal to Chase Headley.

    Advice: There aren't many options at third base in free agency now that Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez are off the market, so Headley likely believes that he can do better. The Giants, Sandoval's former team, could be positioned to make a run at him. If Headley manages to do better elsewhere, the Yankees would likely go with Martin Prado at third base. As for second base, the Yankees could turn to prospects Robert Refsnyder or Jose Pirela or an outside option. Rotoworld.com
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  • Ryan Braun says thumb is back to 100 percent
    Ryan Braun said Wednesday that his right thumb is back to 100 percent since surgery.

    Advice: Braun underwent a cryotherapy procedure on October 2 in hopes of fixing an inflamed nerve at the base of his thumb that has bothered him for nearly two years. He quickly resumed swinging a bat and hasn't had any setbacks. "It definitely worked," Braun said Wednesday. The real test will be playing in games, but this is encouraging news for the Brewers. Rotoworld.com
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  • Indians have contacted OF Denorfia
    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians have contacted free agent outfielder Chris Denorfia.

    Advice: The Indians have been mentioned as a possibility for Chase Headley, but Hoynes writes that they will not be major players in the free agent market and instead are looking at improving on the margins with players like Denorfia and Kendrys Morales. Denorfia can play all three outfield positions and could be a platoon partner for David Murphy. The 34-year-old batted just .230/.284/.318 with three home runs and 21 RBI over 121 games this past season, but he has a reputation for mashing left-handed pitching. Rotoworld.com
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  • Indians have contacted Kendrys Morales
    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians have contacted free agent designated hitter/first baseman Kendrys Morales.

    Advice: Hoynes writes that Morales could be an option if the Indians manage to unload Nick Swisher. He could also qualify as insurance for Swisher, who had surgery on both of his knees in August. Morales will likely come at a discount after batting just .218/.274/.338 with eight home runs and 42 RBI over 98 games this past season. Rotoworld.com
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  • Yanks won't get in bidding war for Headley
    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News hears from one industry source that it's unlikely the Yankees will engage in a bidding war for Chase Headley.

    Advice: On the heels of the Red Sox signing both Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, two industry sources tell Feinsand that Headley is now likely to land a four-year deal worth between $56-60 million. It's unclear whether the Yankees are willing to go that far, as they have Martin Prado in-house as an alternative for third base. The Giants could emerge as the primary competition for Headley now that Sandoval is with Boston. The Indians have also been mentioned as a possibility, but Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that he will be too expensive. Rotoworld.com
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  • Marlins called about Chris Davis, Evan Gattis
    According to Clark Spencer and Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Marlins have inquired about trades for Chris Davis of the Orioles and Evan Gattis of the Braves.

    Advice: These are just two of the options the Marlins are looking at as they attempt to upgrade from Garrett Jones at first base. They would likely have to give up quality pieces for either player, potentially including top prospect left-hander Andrew Heaney. Davis is under team control though 2015 while Gattis is under team control through 2018. Mike Morse gives the Marlins an alternative in free agency, but the club only has "lukewarm" interest in signing him. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:29 am
     
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  • Padres getting trade inquiries on catchers
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Padres are getting a "ton of inquiries" on their catchers.

    Advice: This group includes Yasmani Grandal, Rene Rivera, and prospect Austin Hedges. Grandal finished strong and Rivera launched 11 home runs in 103 games this season, so the Padres could cash in on their surplus to upgrade in other areas. Hedges struggled with the bat this year in Double-A, but still has a strong defensive reputation and is regarded as the Padres' catcher of the future. It's unlikely they'll move him unless they get a major piece in return. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:25 am
  • Heyman: Cash has 'strong chance' at Rays job
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports hears Kevin Cash has a "strong chance" at being the next Rays manager.

    Advice: Cash, the Indians' bullpen coach, is up against Don Wakamatsu and Raul Ibanez for the job. The Rays have said they will conduct interviews next week, so it appears nothing will be determined before then. Cash is a Tampa Bay native and was also a finalist for the Rangers' job before they hired Jeff Banister last month. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:18 pm
  • Report: Giants have reached out to 3B Headley
    The Giants have reached out to free agent Chase Headley, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

    Advice: That's not surprising, with Pablo Sandoval leaving to sign with the Red Sox on Tuesday. Heyman does note that, despite their contact with Headley, that the Giants "seem more enthused ... about some of the outfield options." The Indians and Yankees are among the other teams interested in Headley. Rotoworld.com
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  • Castillo set to begin Winter League ball
    Rusney Castillo will travel to Puerto Rico this week to begin playing winter league ball, the team announced Tuesday.

    Advice: Castillo incurred a thumb muscle injury during the Arizona Fall League, but it has healed in time for him to get in some more at-bats in the Puerto Rican Winter League. The 27-year-old will only play until December, the team said. Castillo will be a regular in the Red Sox outfield next season and has a skillset that should play well in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:59 pm
  • Sox announce 4-yr, $88M contract with Hanley
    Red Sox signed SS Hanley Ramirez to a four-year, $88 million contract.

    Advice: The deal includes a $22 million vesting option for a fifth year. With the Red Sox, Ramirez will most likely man left field, a spot at which he hasn't logged a single inning in his pro career. Defense is not why they signed him, though, and HanRam and fellow new addition Pablo Sandoval should give punch to the middle of the Red Sox order for years to come. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:18 pm
  • Red Sox designate Francisco for assignment
    Red Sox designated 3B Juan Francisco for assignment.

    Advice: Francisco's stay in Boston was brief, as the team grabbed him off waivers from the Blue Jays less than a week prior. Francisco was insurance in the event the club couldn't land a big-name third baseman. He was DFA'd to make room for Hanley Ramirez, but Francisco won't be out of a job for long. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:13 pm
     
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  • Angels outright Jackson Williams to Triple-A
    Angels sent C Jackson Williams outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Williams was designated for assignment by Anaheim last week and passed through waivers without drawing a claim. The 28-year-old catcher will function as organizational depth for Anaheim in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:07 pm
     
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  • Rays willing to listen on SS Yunel Escobar
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports the Rays are willing to listen to trade offers for Yunel Escobar.

    Advice: The Rays, Rosenthal notes, are willing to listen on just about anyone. In Escobar, a team would be acquiring a good defensive shortstop -- if 2014 was the statistical outlier -- with a team-friendly deal through 2017, potentially. If Escobar were to be dealt, the Rays have other internal shortstop options in Ben Zobrist and possibly Nick Franklin who could fill in in the short term. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:05 pm
  • Jim Adduci signs contract with Korean team
    Jim Adduci has signed a one-year, $650,000 contract with the Lotte Giants of the KBO.

    Advice: Adduci was released by the Rangers earlier this week so that he could pursue this better-paying opportunity in Korea. The 29-year-old outfielder batted just .168/.239/.228 in 114 plate appearances this past season for Texas. He was a 42nd-round pick of the Marlins in 2003. Rotoworld.com
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  • Carrera chooses to become free agent
    Ezequiel Carrera has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Carrera was designated for assignment last week. The 27-year-old batted .261/.301/.348 in 45 games with the Tigers this season and should latch on elsewhere as a backup outfielder. Rotoworld.com
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  • Hanley likely ticketed for left field
    Red Sox manager John Farrell mentioned left field for Hanley Ramirez when talking about the team's projected lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Ramirez has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $88 million contract with the Red Sox, but the deal hasn't been officially announced. Still, Farrell is already mulling over his lineup card. Things could change if the Red Sox end up trading shortstop Xander Bogaerts, but left field is the likely fit for Ramirez. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:47 am
  • White Sox, LaRoche finalize 2-yr, $25M deal
    White Sox signed 1B Adam LaRoche to a two-year, $25 million contract.

    Advice: The agreement was reported last Friday and it's now official. LaRoche will make $12 million next season and $13 million in 2016. With Jose Abreu already in-house, the 35-year-old figures to serve as the regular DH for Chicago. LaRoche amassed 26 home runs and 92 RBI in 140 games with the Nationals this season and should continue to post strong power numbers in the hitter-friendly U.S. Cellular Field. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:15 am
  • About six teams interested in Hunter
    Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that there are still about a "half dozen teams" interested in free agent outfielder Torii Hunter.

    Advice: As expected, the Royals and Twins are in the mix. Hunter turns 40 next August and is nearing the end of his career, so the opportunity to play for a contender could win out. Rotoworld.com
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  • Indians among teams interested in Headley
    Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports that the Indians are among the teams who have shown interest in free agent third baseman Chase Headley.

    Advice: While the Indians are interested, Castrovince writes that it's unclear whether they have made an offer. The Yankees plan to make a strong push to bring Headley back, but the Giants appear likely to pursue him now that Pablo Sandoval has left for the Red Sox. Rotoworld.com
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  • Red Sox announce Pablo Sandoval signing
    Red Sox signed 3B Pablo Sandoval to a five-year, $95 million contract with a club option for 2020.

    Advice: According to Alex Speier of WEEI.com, Sandoval receives a $3 million bonus and will make $17 million per season from 2015-2017 and $18 million per season from 2018-2019. The club option is worth $17 million and includes a $5 million buyout. Coming off a year where he batted .279/.324/.415 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI over 157 games, the 28-year-old is an immediate upgrade at third base for Boston. And he could see an uptick in production with a move to a more hitter-friendly environment. Questions about his conditioning will linger as he moves into his 30s, but he should age better in the American League, where he could potentially be the long-term replacement for David Ortiz at DH. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:33 am
  • Mariners talking trade for outfielders
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners have had trade talks for multiple right-handed hitting outfielders, including Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, Yoenis Cespedes of the Red Sox, and Justin Upton of the Braves.

    Advice: Kemp and Upton have been been connected to the Mariners in the past, so it's no surprise to see them come up as possibilities once again. Morosi notes that the Red Sox have been interested in Hisashi Iwakuma before, but it's unclear whether the Mariners would be willing to give him up in a deal for Cespedes. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:11 am
     
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  • Sandoval's deal with Red Sox: 5 years, $95M
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Pablo Sandoval's deal with the Red Sox is for five years and $95 million.

    Advice: Heyman writes that Sandoval could have gotten more from the Giants or Padres, so apparently he really wanted to come to Boston. The deal includes a club option for 2020. The Red Sox are expected to make the signing official during a press conference on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:24 am
  • Panda's agent: Sandoval-to-Sox deal is done
    Pablo Sandoval’s agent Gustavo Vasquez confirmed that his client's deal with the Red Sox is done.

    Advice: Media outlets have been reporting the news of a done deal all day, but Vazquez had remained curiously silent until now. Sandoval will take a physical at some point over the next day. Assuming he passes, he, along with Hanley Ramirez, will be introduced to the Boston media on Tuesday. Sandoval will receive a five-year deal worth around $100 million. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:44 pm
  • Dodgers waive Jackson to create 40-man room
    Dodgers designated INF Ryan Jackson for assignment.

    Advice: Jackson was the low-man on LA's 40-man roster totem pole, which is a bad place to be when the club inevitably decides to make an MLB transaction. Decide the Dodgers did on Monday, trading for Juan Nicasio. Jackson, 26, very well could receive waiver claims. He has, in fact, never passed through the waiver process untouched, getting claimed twice (and, separately, traded a different time). The former fifth-round pick of the Cardinals suffered through a rough 2014 campaign highlighted by a serious wrist injury that stole most of his season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:28 pm
  • Adduci released, headed to Asia next?
    Rangers released OF Jim Adduci.

    Advice: Adduci intends to play in Asia next season, very probably in Japan. The Rangers are in the process of selling his rights, which today's move makes possible. Adduci, 30 in May, slashed only .189/.259/.242 over 148 big league plate appearances. Rotoworld.com
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  • Confirmed: Red Sox sign 3B Pablo Sandoval
    John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle confirms that the Red Sox have signed Pablo Sandoval.

    Advice: Shea says the official announcement is only pending a physical. Jake Wesley, who's not affiliated with a news agency, was first to break word of the agreement on Twitter Sunday night, calling it a five-year deal worth close to $100 million. Sandoval will play primarily at third base in Boston (with some DH starts mixed in), which means Hanley Ramirez is likely ticketed for a move to left field. It's been a productive 24 hours for Boston's offense. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:24 pm
  • Hanley's deal with Red Sox: four years, $88M
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, free agent Hanley Ramirez has agreed to a four-year, $88 million contract with the Red Sox.

    Advice: It was originally reported to be a five-year deal, but that fifth year will actually be a vesting option worth $22 million. The average annual value of this contract is quite lofty, but the Red Sox have to feel pretty good that it only required a four-year guaranteed commitment. Hanley has always raked when healthy, and he'll carry big-time fantasy upside with Boston. It's still unclear which position the 30-year-old will play. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:09 am
  • Report: Red Sox ink Sandoval to 5-year deal
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman confirms that the Red Sox have signed free agent Pablo Sandoval to a five-year contract worth "close to" $100 million.

    Advice: Jake Wesley (unaffiliated with a news agency) was the first to report that a deal had been struck Sunday night on Twitter. The Red Sox have also reached agreement with Hanley Ramirez in a bold, surprising burst of early-winter spending. Sandoval is presumably going to play third base. It's not clear where Ramirez, who rates very poorly at shortstop by all defensive metrics, is going to get most of his playing time. Perhaps left field? Boston suddenly has a revamped and very dangerous offense for the 2015 season and beyond. It should be noted that Sandoval's agent is saying no deal has been finalized. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:44 am
  • BoSox, Hanley finalizing five-year, $90M deal
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox are finalizing an agreement with free agent Hanley Ramirez.

    Advice: An official announcement will likely come by Monday afternoon. Rosenthal says it'll be a five-year pact worth close to $90 million -- a decent-looking deal for Boston given Hanley's offensive upside. The Red Sox are still thought to be chasing free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval, so it's not clear yet what position Ramirez will play. If Hanley can stay healthy, he should have tremendous fantasy value in the power-friendly ballparks of the American League East. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:15 am
  • Red Sox trying to land Ramirez and Sandoval
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Red Sox are trying to land both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval through free agency.

    Advice: The Red Sox have already shown their interest publicly in Sandoval and are believed to have an offer on the table in the range of five years and $95 million. They have also been in contact with Ramirez's agent since the winter meetings and are believed to be working towards a deal with the star shortstop. Adding both of them would certainly be a massive upgrade to the Boston offense and could vault them to the top of the American League East. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:18 pm
  • Giants haven't made 'final offer' to Sandoval
    Giants assistant GM Bobby Evans told The Front Office on Sirius 209 XM 86 that the team has not made a "final offer" to free agent Pablo Sandoval.

    Advice: The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Friday that the Padres had made the highest offer to Sandoval. Both Boston and San Diego have supposedly put out offers in the range of five years, $95 million. Sandoval is said to be leaning toward taking the Red Sox offer. Evans would not confirm that the Giants' current offer is in that same range, but according to Jim Bowden of ESPN, he "implied" that this was accurate. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:26 am
  • Hunter says he favors Twins among suitors
    Free agent OF Torii Hunter told the Pioneer Press that he and the Twins had a "common interest" in possible return.

    Advice: "I came there as a young boy and came out a man. I always hold true to Minnesota Twins values I was taught," said Hunter. His other suitors include the Royals, Orioles, Giants and Blue Jays. Hunter isn't quite the defender he used to be, but he put up a .286/.319/.446 line in 2014, hitting 17 home runs and driving in 83 over 142 games at age 39. He indicated he would make a decision about his landing spot within the next few weeks. Rotoworld.com
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  • Padres have made highest offer to Sandoval
    John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle hears the Padres' offer to Pablo Sandoval is the highest the free agent has received thus far.

    Advice: The Padres were believed to have made the offer Friday. Shea also said he believes that despite the large offer, Sandoval is still leaning toward signing with the Red Sox. The Giants have been asked to make their best offer to the third baseman recently as well, suggesting things may be moving toward a conclusion. Multiple sources say a decision is expected within the next week. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:20 pm
  • Blue Jays no longer in mix for Sandoval
    Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Blue Jays are no longer believed to be in the mix for free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval.

    Advice: While the Jays had initial interest, there has been no communication between them and Sandoval's agent in the past 48 hours. The Red Sox, Giants and Padres are believed to have offers on the table to the hulking third baseman, with a five-year, $95 million deal from the Red Sox reportedly the leader in the clubhouse at the moment. A resolution to this situation is expected in the coming days, but it looks like the Jays won't be the winner in this sweepstakes. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:00 pm
  • Rays to interview three finalists in December
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays will bring in each of their three managerial finalists for another interview during the week of December 1.

    Advice: That means that a resolution to this situation is going to take at least another week and a half. All three are very well respected around the league, with Wakamatsu the only one of the group who has previous managerial experience in the big leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:57 am
  • Royals continue to talk with Torii Hunter
    According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Royals remain in contact with free agent outfielder Torii Hunter.

    Advice: With the departure of Billy Butler, the Royals have an opening at designated hitter that the veteran Hunter could fulfill. While his defense has fallen off in recent years, he hit .295/.327/.456 with 34 homers and 167 RBI over the past two seasons in Detroit. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:41 pm
     
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  • Red Sox believed to be leader for Sandoval
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are believed to be the leader in the race to sign free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval.

    Advice: The Red Sox already have an offer on the table, which is believed to be for five years and $95 million. The Giants and Padres reportedly also have offers in on the Kung Fu Panda. Cafardo notes that the Red Sox would like a decision soon though, so Sandoval could be donning a new jersey in the coming days. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:31 pm
  • White Sox ink Adam LaRoche to two-year deal
    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the White Sox and Adam LaRoche have agreed to a two-year, $25 million contract.

    Advice: With Jose Abreu entrenched as the team's first baseman, it's likely that LaRoche will see most of his time in the DH role in the White Sox lineup. The 35-year-old slugger slashed .259/.362/.455 with 26 homers and 92 RBI in 140 games with the Nationals in 2014 and should see increased power numbers with the move to the hitter-friendly confines of U.S. Cellular Field. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:34 pm
  • Orioles and Giants among interested in Hunter
    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Orioles and Giants may have interest in Torii Hunter depending on how the rest of the free agent outfield market unfolds.

    Advice: The veteran outfielder has already received interest from the Twins, Royals, Cubs, Rangers and Mariners among others and looks like he'll have no problem finding a comfortable landing spot this winter. It's appearing more and more likely that he'll land a multi-year contract, most likely with an American League club where he can be hidden in the DH spot at times. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:45 pm
     
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  • Rays narrow managerial choices down to three
    The Rays have narrowed down their managerial search to three finalists: Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu.

    Advice: Wakamatsu is the only one of the trio who has previous experience as a major league manager. The surprise in this announcement, is that bench coach Dave Martinez, who was widely considered to be the favorite for the gig, wasn't even among the finalists. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:25 pm
  • Matt Kemp drawing significant trade interest
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Dodgers are drawing significant trade interest in outfielder Matt Kemp.

    Advice: While the Dodgers would much rather prefer to trade Carl Crawford or Andre Ethier to free up the logjam in their outfield, they would certainly get a much better return package if unloading Kemp. They would also be free of the five years and $107 million remaining on Kemp's contract through 2019, which would allow them to be even more aggressive on the free agent market. If Kemp is indeed dealt, Joc Pederson could take over the reins in center field. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:16 pm
     
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  • Padres preparing to make offer to Sandoval
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Padres will make a contract off to Pablo Sandoval on Friday.

    Advice: No word yet on what the terms might be, but it will have to at least be $90+ million in order to be competitive with what the Red Sox and Giants are reportedly willing to spend. It was Rosenthal who reported earlier Friday that new Padres GM A.J. Preller has been "working feverishly" and prepared to go in a variety of directions this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:35 pm
  • Manny Acta out of running for Rays' job
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Manny Acta is out of the running for the Rays' manager job.

    Advice: He has the most big league managerial experience of anyone who interviewed, but the Rays have decided to pass. Acta and Craig Counsell have now been crossed off the list, and the Rays reportedly have narrowed their search down to three names. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:57 am
  • Craig Counsell won't get Rays' job
    MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports that Craig Counsell has pulled out of the running for the Rays' manager job.

    Advice: Counsell was one of 10 candidate to interview for the gig. He will continue with his job as special assistant to Brewers general manager Doug Melvin. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:45 am
  • Jim Adduci designated for assignment
    Rangers designated OF Jim Adduci for assignment.

    Advice: The Rangers are attempting to sell his rights to a team in Japan. Adduci hit in the minors, but he'll turn 30 in May and has managed just a .189/.259/.242 line over 148 big league plate appearances. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:07 pm
     
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  • Angels designate Williams for assignment
    Angles designated C Jackson Williams for assignment.

    Advice: The Angels had just recently activated Williams from the 60-day disabled list after claiming him off waivers from the Rockies. He was recovering from a torn meniscus in his knee. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:36 pm
     
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  • Tigers DFA outfielder Ezequiel Carrera
    Tigers designated OF Ezequiel Carrera for assignment.

    Advice: Carrera batted just .261/.301/.348 in 45 games this past season for the Tigers, but he has good speed and can play all over the outfield, so the 27-year-old should draw interest from other teams on waivers. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:17 pm
     
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  • Blue Jays among teams interested in Hunter
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays are among the teams pursuing Torii Hunter.

    Advice: The Royals, Twins, Cubs, Rangers, Giants, and Mariners have also been linked to the 39-year-old free agent outfielder. Hunter showed in 2014 that he is not quite finished, batting .286/.319/.446 with 17 home runs and 83 RBI in 142 games for the Tigers. It sure sounds like he's going to be able to command a multi-year deal. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:47 am
     
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  • Longoria (forearm) homers in return to lineup
    Evan Longoria (forearm) returned to the starting lineup for the MLB All-Stars Thursday in Japan.

    Advice: Longoria made an early exit from Monday's game in Tokyo after being hit on the left forearm by a pitch, but that was merely a precautionary move. He hit a home run Thursday in the final game of the 10-day tour. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:52 am
  • White Sox have interest in FA Melky Cabrera
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the White Sox are interested in free agent Melky Cabrera.

    Advice: Heyman also names the Orioles and Mariners as potential fits for the 30-year-old outfielder, who batted .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI in 139 games this past season for the Blue Jays. He rejected a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer from Toronto earlier this month, so his free agency is tied to draft pick compensation. The Jays are probably out of the mix to re-sign Cabrera because they spent $82 million on catcher Russell Martin. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:13 am
     
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  • Braves designate Ramiro Pena for assignment
    Braves designated 2B Ramiro Pena for assignment.

    Advice: Pena batted .245/.304/.347 in a reserve role this past season. The 29-year-old was removed from the 40-man roster so the club could protect some young players from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:27 pm
     
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  • Report: Marlins have 2/20 offer to LaRoche
    A source tells Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald that the Marlins have made a two-year, $20 million offer to free agent Adam LaRoche.

    Advice: The Marlins' interest in LaRoche has been no secret -- he appears to be their top priority after they extended Giancarlo Stanton, and the backloaded nature of Stanton's extension has given the team the flexibility to pursue players to put around him. The 35-year-old's market has yet to develop beyond the Marlins, so it's unclear how open he might be to accepting a deal like the one he's reportedly been offered. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:57 pm
  • Red Sox claim Juan Francisco off waivers
    Red Sox claimed 3B Juan Francisco off waivers from the Blue Jays.

    Advice: He could be non-tendered if the Red Sox are able to reel in Pablo Sandoval. As it stands right now, though, Francisco is an option at third base along with Will Middlebrooks. Francisco belted 16 homers in just 320 at-bats for the Jays this season but hit only .220/.291/.456 overall. MLBTradeRumors.com projects him to make $2.2 million in his second year of arbitration. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:26 pm
     
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  • Royals, Twins aggressively pursuing Hunter
    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish hears the Royals and Twins are the most aggressive suitors for Torii Hunter.

    Advice: Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski conceded last week the team will likely not re-sign the 39-year-old, but he may stay in the American League Central division yet. The Twins' interest has been long-rumored, but reports are that he would need to take a large pay cut to return to the Twin Cities. The Cubs, Rangers, Giants and Mariners are among the other teams that have been linked to the outfielder. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:42 pm
     
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  • Marlins show 'aggressive interest' in LaRoche
    ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Marlins have "shown aggressive interest" in Adam LaRoche.

    Advice: The Marlins are about to officially sign Giancarlo Stanton to a record deal, but they backloaded the contract so that they'd have a chance to add more pieces. LaRoche is apparently at or near the top of their wish list. He'd be an upgrade at first base over Garrett Jones after batting .259/.362/.455 with 26 homers and 92 RBI for the Nationals in 2014. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:35 am
  • Evan Longoria exits game after HBP
    Evan Longoria exited Monday's game in Japan after being hit by a pitch on the left forearm.

    Advice: He was removed from the game as a precaution, as Longo only has a bruise. Longoria is in Japan along with other MLB All-Stars as part of a five-game postseason tour. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:15 am
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