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    • Iglesias (shins) doing most baseball drills
      Jose Iglesias (shins) has been cleared for most baseball-related activities.

      Advice: Iglesias is hitting, fielding, and doing some baserunning, but there is still one more hurdle to jump for the 24-year-old shortstop. "The only thing he hasn't really done full bore is a sprint on a regular basis on hard ground," Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said Sunday. Iglesias is expected to open the 2015 season as Detroit's starting shortstop after missing the entire 2014 campaign with stress fractures in both of his shins. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:02 am
    • Diamondbacks agree to deal with Pennington
      Diamondbacks avoided arbitration with INF Cliff Pennington by agreeing to a one-year, $3.275 million contract.

      Advice: The veteran infielder slashed .254/.340/.350 with a pair of homers and 10 RBI in 68 contests with the Diamondbacks in 2014. He'll reprise his utility role in 2014, serving as a fill-in option at shortstop, second base and third base. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:04 pm
       
      L, 1-0 vs StL
    • Rafael Furcal suffers torn hamstring
      Dionisio Soldevila of ESPNDeportes.com reports that Rafael Furcal will miss the Dominican Winter League playoffs after tearing his hamstring.

      Advice: It's not clear which hamstring he tore, but it's obviously bad news for Furcal after he missed nearly all of the 2014 season with left hamstring issues. A timetable for his rehab isn't known at this time, but it would now seem unlikely that Furcal is able to land a contract before spring training. The 37-year-old infielder has played just nine games over the last two seasons due to injury. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:50 pm
       
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      L, 1-0 @Was
    • Gregorio Petit outrighted to Triple-A
      Astros sent INF Gregorio Petit outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

      Advice: Petit was designated for assignment last week and has now cleared waivers. Petit, 29, batted .278/.300/.423 with two home runs and a 25/1 K/BB ratio in 37 games this past season. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 5:26 pm
       
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      L, 8-3 @NYM
    • Braves pick up Jace Peterson from Padres
      Braves acquired INF Jace Peterson from the Padres in the Justin Upton trade.

      Advice: A former sandwich round pick, Peterson batted .307/.402/.447 with 16 steals between Double- and Triple-A last season and got a cup of coffee in the majors. He's a pretty solid middle infield prospect but didn't land in a great situation in Atlanta with Andrelton Simmons holding down shortstop and Jose Peraza on his way at second base. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 2:03 pm
       
      Player Note
      Jace Peterson Atl - 2B,3B,SS
      W, 2-1 @Phi
    • Shawn O'Malley released by Angels
      Angels released INF/OF Shawn O'Malley.

      Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Johnny Giavotella. O'Malley, who will turn 27 later this month, is a career .258/.351/.338 hitter in the minors and got a cup of coffee with the Angels at the end of last season. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 1:37 pm
       
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      L, 4-1 @Sea
    • 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
      Dec 19, 11:49 am
       
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      Nick Punto Oak - 2B,3B,SS
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      W, 4-0 @Tex
    • Phillies have interest in Rafael Furcal
      ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Phillies are "kicking the tires" on Rafael Furcal.

      Advice: Freddy Galvis is expected to take over at shortstop following the trade of Jimmy Rollins, but Furcal could be added as a backup option. The 37-year-old infielder was limited to just nine games for the Marlins this season due to leg issues after missing all of 2013 following Tommy John surgery. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 10:03 am
       
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      L, 1-0 @Was
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