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    • Lindblom signs with KBO's Lotte Giants
      Josh Lindblom signed with the Lotte Giants of the Korean Baseball Organization.

      Advice: Lindblom was released by the Pirates and subsequently signed a deal to play in the KBO next season. According to the Yonhap News Agency, Lindblom will get $850,000 and a $50,000 signing bonus in the deal. The 27-year-old made one start in the majors this past season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:00 pm
       
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      L, 4-1 @Cin
    • Return to Orioles looks unlikely for Hundley
      According to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports, Nick Hundley has a two-year offer on the table from another team, making a return to the Orioles unlikely.

      Advice: The O's had been hoping to re-sign the veteran backstop to a one-year deal as an insurance policy behind Matt Wieters. In 218 at-bats between the Padres and Orioles in 2014, Hundley hit .243/.273/.358. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:21 am
       
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      W, 1-0 ^ @Tor
    • Indians sign Scott Downs to minor league deal
      Indians signed LHP Scott Downs to a minor league contract.

      Advice: The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training. The 38-year-old southpaw posted a 4.97 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 25/20 K/BB ratio over 38 innings with the White Sox and Royals in 2014. Once considered one of the top left-handed specialists in the game, Downs represents a nice low-risk signing for the Indians. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:56 am
       
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      W, 7-2 vs TB
    • Pirates grant release to Josh Lindblom
      Pirates released RHP Josh Lindblom.

      Advice: Lindblom was designated for assignment by the team last week, just a few days after he was claimed off waivers from the Athletics. He'll reportedly head to the Korean Baseball Organization where he's expected to sign with the Lotte Giants. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:46 am
       
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      L, 4-1 @Cin
    • Rangers release right-hander Ben Rowen
      Rangers released RHP Ben Rowen.

      Advice: Rowen was designated for assignment earlier in the week by the Rangers and has now been given his outright release. The 26-year-old should attract interest from teams looking for bullpen help and shouldn't be out of work for long. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:44 am
       
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      L, 4-0 vs Oak
    • Padres acquire Will Middlebrooks from Boston
      Padres acquired INF Will Middlebrooks from the Red Sox for C Ryan Hanigan.

      Advice: The 26-year-old slugger has lost a bit of the luster off his top prospect status in recent years, but still possesses plenty of power and should be locked in as the Padres starter at the hot corner. The move from Fenway to Petco certainly diminishes his potential fantasy value though. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:55 pm
    • Cubs to ink David Ross to two-year pact
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that David Ross has agreed to a two-year, $5 million contract with the Cubs

      Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier Friday that Ross had signed with the Padres but then later retracted it. Ross has batted just .197/.276/.374 over the last two seasons, but his leadership and ability to handle a pitching staff is valued. Signing Ross to be Miguel Montero's backup now allows the Cubs to field offers for Welington Castillo. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:11 pm
       
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      L, 9-5 vs ^ NYY
    • Preston Claiborne designated for assignment
      Yankees designated RHP Preston Claiborne for assignment.

      Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Gonzalez Germen. Claiborne, who turns 27 next month, holds a career 3.79 ERA with 58 strikeouts over 71 1/3 relief frames. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:27 pm
       
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      W, 9-5 @Bos
    • Ryan Lavarnway claimed by Cubs off waivers
      Cubs claimed 1B/C Ryan Lavarnway off waivers from the Dodgers.

      Advice: Lavarnway had been claimed by the Dodgers earlier this month before being designated for assignment a week later for the second time this offseason. The 27-year-old had an injury-shortened 2014 season and isn't really a prospect anymore but is probably worth a flier. It remains to be seen how he'll fit in with the Cubs, but he makes the most sense as a third catcher/pinch-hitter. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:05 pm
    • Angels acquire Johnny Giavotella from Royals
      Angels acquired 2B Johnny Giavotella from the Royals in exchange for RHP Brian Broderick.

      Advice: Giavotella had been designated for assignment on Thursday. The Angels plan to go with Josh Rutledge at second base after trading away Howie Kendrick, but Giavotella isn't a bad insurance option. The 27-year-old never received a long-term look with the Royals but is a career .305/.378/.438 hitter in the minors. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:54 am
    • A's release veteran INF Nick Punto
      Athletics released INF Nick Punto.

      Advice: Punto, 37, batted just .207/.296/.293 this season for the A's while battling some injuries. The A's will still be responsible for his $2.75 million salary next season. Someone will get Punto a shot due to his versatility, but he might have to settle for a minor league deal. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:49 am
       
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    • Marlins get David Phelps from Yankees
      Marlins acquired RHP David Phelps from the Yankees in the Nathan Eovaldi trade.

      Advice: Phelps posted a 4.38 ERA over 113 innings for the Yankees in 2014 while battling some elbow issues. He holds a career 4.21 ERA but has struck out 267 over 299 1/3 frames. The righty figures to have a good shot to take Eovaldi's spot in the Marlins' rotation. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:37 am
       
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    • Shane Peterson claimed by Cubs
      Cubs claimed OF/1B Shane Peterson off waivers from the Athletics.

      Advice: Peterson had been designated for assignment last week. The former second-round pick has limited experience in the majors but batted .308/.381/.460 this past season at Triple-A. He could be an option for the Cubs' bench. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:29 am
    • David Ross doesn't have deal with Padres
      David Ross told MLB Network Radio in an interview Friday that he does not have a deal with the Padres.

      Advice: And CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has retracted his earlier report about Ross agreeing to terms with San Diego. It's possible Ross could still wind up with the Padres, but Heyman says he's considering the Cubs, as well. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:26 am
       
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    • Brandon Gomes designated for assignment
      Rays designated RHP Brandon Gomes for assignment.

      Advice: The Rays needed some space on the 40-man roster following the three-team deal with the Padres and Nationals. Gomes, 30, holds a 4.17 ERA with 100 strikeouts over 108 career relief innings. He could draw some interest on waivers. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:58 am
       
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      L, 7-2 @Cle
    • Rangers showing interest in Brandon Beachy
      Brandon Beachy's agent, Robert Martin, told Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News that the Rangers are among the teams showing interest in his client.

      Advice: "Several teams are still reviewing his medicals," Martin said via e-mail. "I do not think a decision is imminent, but he does have multiple offers." Beachy, who is working his way back from a second Tommy John surgery, was non-tendered by the Braves earlier this month. He probably won't contribute much in the first half next season, but Beachy holds a career 3.23 ERA over 46 starts and is worth a gamble on an incentive-laden deal. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:09 am
       
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      W, 2-1 @Phi
    • David Ross expected to sign with Padres
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that David Ross will sign with the Padres.

      Advice: Well, of course they are. The Padres already have two viable catchers in Derek Norris and Tim Federowicz and they now have a third. Federowicz is out of options, so it would seem another trade is coming. Ross has batted just .197/.276/.374 over the last two seasons, but his leadership and ability to handle a pitching staff is valued. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:01 am
       
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      L, 9-5 vs ^ NYY
    • Cubs' signing of Jason Motte now official
      Cubs signed RHP Jason Motte to a one-year, $4.5 million contract.

      Advice: The deal also contains $2.5 million worth of incentives for games finished. The Cubs plan to use Motte in a setup role, but he'll provide some insurance in case Hector Rondon struggles. Motte put up a 4.68 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 29 appearances for the Cardinals in 2014, but the hope is that he'll be able to regain his past form as he further distances himself from Tommy John surgery. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:41 am
    • Middlebrooks headed to Padres for Hanigan
      Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that the Padres are closing in on a deal that would send Ryan Hanigan to the Red Sox for Will Middlebrooks.

      Advice: The Padres' re-tooling continues. Middlebrooks is just a career .237/.284/.411 hitter, but he's slugged 34 homers over 894 plate appearances and gives San Diego more right-handed power potential. The Padres can now put Yangervis Solarte in a utility role where he belongs. Hanigan will share catching duties with Christian Vazquez in Boston. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:56 am
    • 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
      Thursday, 1:14 pm
    • Ross deciding between Red Sox, Cubs, Padres
      According to WEEI's Rob Bradford, free agent catcher David Ross is deciding between the Red Sox, Cubs and Padres.

      Advice: The Cubs are notable because a signing there would reunite Ross with buddy Jon Lester. Ross is 37 years old and his best days are behind him, but as a veteran backstop on a cheap deal, he provides a nice defensive presence. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:08 pm
       
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      L, 9-5 vs ^ NYY
    • Ben Rowen designated for assignment
      Rangers designated RHP Ben Rowen for assignment.

      Advice: Rowen made it up for a cup of coffee in 2014 but spent most of the season at Triple-A, posting a 3.45 ERA and 31/9 K/BB ratio over 47 innings. The submariner holds a 1.72 ERA in his minor league career and could draw some interest on waivers. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:31 pm
       
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      L, 4-0 vs Oak
    • Cubs to sign Jason Motte to one-year deal
      Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com reports that the Cubs have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Jason Motte.

      Advice: The deal, which is pending a physical, is worth $4.5 million and contains $2.5 million worth of incentives for games finished. Motte had a rough 2014 season in his first year back from Tommy John surgery, posting a 4.68 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 29 appearances. Still, he's a worthy gamble on a one-year deal in hopes that his pre-surgery velocity returns. Motte held a 2.87 ERA while striking out over a batter per inning in his first five years with the Cardinals. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:20 pm
    • Josh Lindblom close to deal with Lotte of KBO
      Jeeho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency hears Josh Lindblom is close to a deal with Lotte Giants of the Korean Baseball Organization.

      Advice: Lindblom was designated for assignment by the Pirates Friday after being claimed off waivers from the Athletics a few days earlier. The right-hander threw 4 2/3 innings with the A's this past season, and he's appeared in major league games each of the past four years. Going overseas so quickly would be a bit of a surprise for the 27-year-old. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 8:48 pm
       
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      L, 4-1 @Cin
    • Josh Lindblom designated for assignment
      Pirates designated RHP Josh Lindblom for assignment.

      Advice: Lindblom had just been claimed off waivers earlier this week. The 27-year-old made one appearance in the majors this past season and posted a 5.79 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 60/26 K/BB ratio over 84 innings in Triple-A. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 2:54 pm
       
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      L, 4-1 @Cin
    • A's designate Shane Peterson for assignment
      Athletics designated 1B Shane Peterson for assignment.

      Advice: Peterson was acquired from the Cardinals in 2009 as part of the Matt Holliday trade but only logged eight plate appearances for the A's. The 26-year-old did post a decent .308/.381/.460 batting line this past season at Triple-A, so he could draw interest on waivers. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 11, 10:11 am
    • Dodgers designate Lavarnway for assignment
      Dodgers designated 1B/C Ryan Lavarnway for assignment.

      Advice: Lavarnway was claimed off waivers from the Red Sox last week, but he's now getting the boot after the Dodgers' flurry of activity at the Winter Meetings. The 27-year-old should draw interest on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 11, 5:59 am
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