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    • Giants talking McGehee trade with Marlins
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants have had trade discussions with the Marlins involving Casey McGehee.

      Advice: McGehee is suddenly expendable following the addition of Martin Prado. Rosenthal says that reliever Hunter Strickland and infielder Matt Duffy are two Giants players involved in the talks. After spending 2013 in Japan, McGehee won National League Comeback Player of the Year honors in 2014, batting .287/.355/.357 with four home runs and 76 RBI over 160 games. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:44 pm
       
      L, 1-0 ^ @Was
    • 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
      Today, 2:03 pm
       
      W, 2-1 x @Phi
    • 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
      Today, 11:49 am
       
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      Nick Punto Oak - 2B,3B,SS
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    • Martin Prado/Nate Eovaldi swap is official
      Marlins acquired INF/OF Martin Prado, RHP David Phelps and cash considerations from the Yankees in exchange for RHP Nathan Eovaldi, 1B/OF Garrett Jones and RHP Domingo German.

      Advice: The Yankees are sending $6 million to the Marlins to help offset the salaries. Prado is expected to play third base for the Marlins, which means Casey McGehee is either headed to the bench or the trade block. Prado's fantasy value obviously takes a big hit going from Yankee Stadium to Marlins Park. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:34 am
       
      L, 1-0 x @Was
    • Giants 'remain interested' in Chris Johnson
      Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Giants "remain interested" in Chris Johnson.

      Advice: They have an opening at the hot corner after losing out on the Pablo Sandoval and Chase Headley sweepstakes, but it's debatable as to how much of an upgrade Johnson would be. The 30-year-old batted just .263/.292/.361 in 2014 for Atlanta and is a career .283/.319/.419 hitter over six seasons. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:35 am
       
      W, 2-1 ^ @Phi
    • 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
      Today, 7:56 am
    • 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
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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
      Wednesday, 11:01 am
    • Angels' negotiations with Beckham stall
      The Orange County Register's Jeff Fletcher reported that negotiations between the Angels and INF Gordon Beckham are not currently progressing.

      Advice: Fletcher wrote that the Angels were still looking to bring back Beckham. The most obvious reason as to why negotiations have hit a snag is that Beckham is presumably looking for a guaranteed starting role in the majors. Given his .226/.271/.348 slash-line in 2014, it's probably not realistic that Beckham will have consistent starting at-bats next season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:56 am
       
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    • Rockies sign INF Descalso to a two-year deal
      Rockies signed INF Daniel Descalso to a two-year, $3.6 million contract.

      Advice: ESPN's Jerry Crasnick passed along the contract terms. Descalso was non-tendered by the Cardinals earlier this month after batting just .244/.333/.311 over 104 games this past season, but he's capable of playing all over the infield. He'll essentially replace Josh Rutledge in a utility role. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:10 am
       
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      Daniel Descalso Col - 2B,3B,SS
      L, 10-5 ^ @LAD
    • Rangers optimistic about re-signing Rosales
      Jeff Wilson of the Fort-Worth Star Telegram writes that the Rangers are optimistic about re-signing Adam Rosales.

      Advice: Rosales was non-tendered by the Rangers in December, but they still hope to bring him back for a lesser salary. The 31-year-old batted .262 with four home runs and a .706 OPS over 56 games this season and would function as a utility infielder if he returns. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:04 am
       
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      Adam Rosales Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS
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    • Astros designate INF Petit for assignment
      Astros designated INF Gregorio Petit for assignment.

      Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Jed Lowrie on the Astros' 40-man roster. 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
      Tuesday, 8:19 am
       
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    • Chris Davis approved for adderall use
      Orioles manager Buck Showalter said on 105.7 The Fan that Chris Davis has received a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for adderall.

      Advice: Davis was handed a 25-game suspension in September after a second positive test for amphetamines. He has had a TUE in the past to take adderall, but not for this year, which triggered the suspension. However, he'll be able to use the drug without penalty in 2015. It's worth noting that Davis still has one game remaining on his suspension, which he'll serve on Opening Day next season. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:59 am
       
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      Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B
      W, 1-0 x @Tor
    • Yankees re-sign Headley for 4 years, $52 mil
      Yankees re-signed 3B Chase Headley to a four-year, $52 million contract.

      Advice: Headley was said to prefer re-signing with New York all along, and that's what he wound up doing after drawing interest from the Giants, Marlins, and Astros, among others. The 30-year-old third baseman batted just .243/.328/.372 in 135 games this past season between the Padres and Yankees, but he's only 30 years old and was an MVP candidate not long ago. This deal could wind up being a steal for New York. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:01 am
       
      W, 9-5 ^ @Bos
    • D'Backs sign Worth to minor league deal
      Diamondbacks signed INF Danny Worth to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Worth is a .230/.293/.295 hitter in 292 career plate appearances at the major league level, but the 29-year-old can play all over the infield defensively and could get a look as a utilityman at some point next season in Arizona. Worth had an offer from one team this winter to try becoming a pitcher. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:26 am
       
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      Danny Worth Ari - 3B,SS
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    • Yanks, Headley agree to four-year, $52M deal
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees have reached a four-year deal with Chase Headley.

      Advice: The 30-year-old third baseman drew serious interest this winter from the Giants, Astros, and Marlins, but the Yanks have outbid them all to bring Headley back on board. Headley hit .262/.371/.398 with six homers, 28 runs scored, and 17 RBI in 58 games this past season for New York after the July 22 trade from San Diego -- good fantasy production with the hope of even better in 2015. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says the new four-year deal is worth $52 million guaranteed. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:51 am
       
      W, 9-5 ^ @Bos
    • Chase Headley could make decision Monday
      According to WFAN's Sweeny Murti, free agent Chase Headley could make a decision as early as Monday.

      Advice: Headley had been expected to sign by the end of the Winter Meetings, but he was still shopping around for offers over the weekend. The 30-year-old third baseman seems to be drawing heavy interest from the Yankees and Giants, and milder interest from the Marlins and Astros. He reportedly has a four-year, $65 million on the table -- quite a price for a guy who hit .243/.328/.372 in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:12 am
       
      W, 9-5 ^ @Bos
    • Yanks 'still in' on free agent Chase Headley
      Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees are "still in" the Chase Headley sweepstakes.

      Advice: Headley was expected to sign with a team before the end of the Winter Meetings, but that seems unlikely now. He has also been drawing interest from the Marlins, but they're reportedly "dead set" against going beyond three years to sign him. There was a report last week that the 30-year-old third baseman has a four-year, $65 million on the table. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:07 am
       
      W, 9-5 ^ @Bos
    • SF 'dead set against' four years for Headley
      According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Giants are "dead set against going past three years" for Chase Headley.

      Advice: Headley reportedly has a four-year, $65 million offer on the table, which might mean the Giants will be priced out. But their focus for now is still on free agent starter Jon Lester, so things can obviously change. Headley is also thought to be drawing interest from the Yankees, Astros, and Marlins. He's expected to sign somewhere by the end of this week's MLB Winter Meetings in San Diego. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:10 am
       
      W, 9-5 ^ @Bos
    • Braves not packaging Johnson and Upton
      According to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Braves have not tried to package Chris Johnson in trade talks about Justin Upton.

      Advice: This refutes a report from USA Today's Bob Nightengale, who said the two were being floated to some teams as a tandem. O'Brien does confirm that the Braves are shopping Johnson, but as a separate piece to Upton. Johnson, 30, batted just .263/.292/.361 in 2014 for Atlanta. The third baseman signed a $23.5 million contract extension in May. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:03 am
       
      W, 2-1 ^ @Phi
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