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  • Brent Morel outrighted to Triple-A
    Pirates sent 3B Brent Morel outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Morel hit just .179/.220/.231 during his brief time with the Pirates this season. He has the opportunity to elect free agency.
    Yesterday, 4:06 pm
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    L, 4-1 x @Cin
  • Yankees sell contract of Wheeler to Japan
    Yankees sold the contract of UTIL Zelous Wheeler to Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan.

    Advice: Wheeler had a few cups of coffee in the majors last year for the Yankees, but the team has sold his contract to Japan as they jostle for roster space.
    Yesterday, 1:39 pm
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    W, 9-5 x @Bos
  • Twins add Miguel Sano to 40-man roster
    Twins purchased the contract of 3B Miguel Sano from Double-A New Britain.

    Advice: Sano is now protected from December's Rule 5 Draft. The 21-year-old sat out the entire 2014 season due to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, but he should continue his ascent through the Twins' farm system in 2015. He remains a highly-thought-of prospect.
    Yesterday, 9:13 am
    L, 3-0 x @Det
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 7:52 am
  • Cafardo: Jays expected to bid for Sandoval
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe said the Blue Jays are expected to make an offer to free agent Pablo Sandoval by Thursday.

    Advice: To this point the heavy interest in Sandoval has been limited to the Giants and Red Sox, so it will be interesting to see what the emergence of the Jays does to the process. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal notes that the Jays have a strict policy that limits them to a maximum of five years on free agent deals, meaning the club could be forced to overpay for Sandoval's services. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports said Sandoval will get at least five years from whichever team he signs with.
    Wednesday, 6:56 pm
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    W, 9-3 vs ^ SD
  • Brignac signs minor league deal with Marlins
    Marlins signed INF Reid Brignac to a minor league contract.

    Advice: It's unclear whether the deal includes an invitation to spring training. The 28-year-old batted .222/.300/.346 in a utility role with the Phillies this past season.
    Wednesday, 6:07 pm
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    L, 1-0 x @Was
  • 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.
    Wednesday, 5:27 pm
    Player Note
    Ramiro Peña Atl - 2B,3B,SS
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    W, 2-1 x @Phi
  • 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. projects him to make $2.2 million in his second year of arbitration.
    Wednesday, 12:26 pm
    L, 9-5 vs x NYY
  • Pablo Sandoval will get at least five years
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Pablo Sandoval "will get at least a five-year deal, if not six or seven."

    Advice: ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported Tuesday that Sandoval had been discussing deals in the five-year, $80-90 million range, but Heyman says he's holding out for a nine-figure deal and it sounds like he might get it. Sandoval is on his way to San Francisco after finishing his visit with the Red Sox, who are expected to make an offer by Thursday. He'll likely wind up choosing between those two teams, though Heyman doesn't discount the possibility of others getting involved. He mentions the Marlins as a potential dark horse but says there's no word whether they've had contact with Sandoval's camp.
    Wednesday, 12:14 pm
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    W, 9-3 vs ^ SD
  • Red Sox extend offer to Pablo Sandoval
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox have extended a contract offer to Pablo Sandoval.

    Advice: The particulars of the offer aren't known, but ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported Tuesday that Sandoval has discussed deal both with the Red Sox and Giants in the five-year, $80-90 million range. Crasnick has also said that "things could come together quickly" with Sandoval, so it appears Panda will make a decision soon.
    Wednesday, 9:36 am
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    W, 9-3 vs ^ SD
  • Michael Almanzar re-signed by Orioles
    Orioles re-signed 3B Michael Almanzar to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Almanzar was a Rule 5 pick of the O's last winter but missed the first couple months of the season with patellar tendinitis in his left knee. He hit .245/322/.389 with six homers over 61 games across four levels in 2014.
    Wednesday, 8:27 am
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    W, 1-0 x @Tor
  • Red Sox, Sandoval have second meeting Tuesday
    Pablo Sandoval and the Red Sox met for a second time Tuesday evening, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.

    Advice: It's unclear what the nature of the second meeting is, but ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported earlier Tuesday that "things could come together quickly" and the Red Sox are a "very serious player." A second meeting in one day would seem to corroborate that idea. Sandoval's suitors are down to the Giants and the Red Sox, so a decision one way or the other could come soon.
    Tuesday, 5:06 pm
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    W, 9-3 vs ^ SD
  • Pablo Sandoval's price range $80-90 million
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Pablo Sandoval has discussed deals in the five-year, $80-90 million price range with the Giants and Red Sox.

    Advice: Crasnick adds that "things could come together quickly" with Sandoval and that the Red Sox are a "very serious player." The feeling for a while now has been that Kung Fu Panda was likely to either re-sign with San Francisco or head east to Boston. It appears that a decision could come before Thanksgiving.
    Tuesday, 10:15 am
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    W, 9-3 vs ^ SD
  • 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.
    Tuesday, 6:15 am
  • Sandoval lands in Boston
    Pablo Sandoval landed in Boston to meet with the Red Sox on Monday.

    Advice: This was one of Sandoval's scheduled meetings, so there's nothing imminent here as of yet. It is widely believed that Sandoval will either sign with the Red Sox or return to the Giants. Other teams in the mix include the White Sox and Blue Jays. Sandoval is reportedly in the market for a deal around five years, $100 million.
    Monday, 1:41 pm
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    W, 9-3 vs ^ SD
  • Padres among teams interested in P. Sandoval
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Padres are among the teams with interest in Pablo Sandoval.

    Advice: The Giants and Red Sox still seem the most motivated to sign the free agent third baseman, but Padres ownership appears willing to spend a little more money to back new general manager A.J. Preller so this derby could get interesting. The White Sox and Blue Jays have also been linked to Sandoval, who is thought to be seeking a six-year contract worth around $100 million. He's scheduled to visit Boston sometime this week.
    Monday, 6:44 am
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    W, 9-3 vs ^ SD
  • Rays could trade Sean Rodriguez
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Sean Rodriguez "appears a trade candidate."

    Advice: The Rays would like to clear some spots on the 40-man roster, and Rodriguez is a prime candidate to be moved since he's due for another raise in arbitration. The utility player slugged 12 homers last season in just 259 plate appearances but batted just .211/.258/.443 overall. Still, there should be some interest given his versatility.
    Sunday, 10:48 am
    Player Note
    Seán Rodríguez TB - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    L, 7-2 ^ @Cle
  • Red Sox want weight clauses in Sandoval deal
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox plan to include bonuses to stay within a certain weight range in the contract they offer Pablo Sandoval.

    Advice: It seems likely that whoever signs Sandoval will include such clauses. Cafardo was told by a Giants official that Sandoval lost 30 pounds last offseason, only to gain 20 of it back during the season. Sandoval will arrive in Boston on Monday night and the Red Sox "will begin seriously recruiting" him on Tuesday. While the White Sox and Blue Jays have expressed interest in the third baseman, most feel he'll either sign with the Red Sox or re-sign with the Giants.
    Sunday, 6:58 am
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    W, 9-3 vs ^ SD
  • Rays interview Larkin, completing first round
    The Rays interviewed Barry Larkin for their managerial opening Saturday.

    Advice: Larkin was the final candidate to be interviewed, so Saturday's meeting marked the end of the first round of interviews. The team will now likely narrow its list and conduct another round of interviews before settling on a successor for Joe Maddon. Larkin gained some managerial experience managing Brazil in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, but he hasn't yet held a position as a major league manager.
    Saturday, 1:46 pm
  • Former teams interested in Bonifacio
    Chris Cotillo of Emilio Bonifacio is drawing interest from many teams who he's previously played for.

    Advice: Cotillo notes that the Blue Jays, Royals and Cubs "make sense" as potential landing spots for the utility player. Bonifacio batted .259/.305/.345 with three home runs, 24 RBI, and 26 steals over 110 games this season between the Cubs and Braves.
    Friday, 10:18 am
    Player Note
    Emilio Bonifacio Atl - 2B,3B,OF
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    W, 2-1 ^ @Phi
  • Matt Carpenter could be moved down in order
    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Thursday that the team is considering moving Matt Carpenter down in the batting order next season.

    Advice: Carpenter's .384 OBP over the last two seasons ranks ninth in baseball for batters with at least 1,000 plate appearances, and his 225 runs scored over that time leads all of MLB. However, he also has 116 extra-base hits in that span, which has the Cards thinking he could move into more of an RBI spot in the No. 2 or No. 3 hole. Jon Jay and Kolten Wong represent internal options to ascend to the leadoff spot should St. Louis decide to move Carpenter down.
    Friday, 8:17 am
    W, 1-0 x @Ari
  • Andy Marte signs with Korean team
    Fox Sports 1's CJ Nitkowski reports that Andy Marte has signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Korean Baseball Organization's KT Wiz.

    Advice: The former top prospect made it up to the majors with the D'Backs briefly this season after a great year at Triple-A that saw him bat .329/.388/.531 with 19 homers. Now 31, Marte will almost surely never get another long look in the big leagues.
    Friday, 7:32 am
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    L, 1-0 vs x StL
  • Kevin Frandsen re-ups with Nationals
    Nationals and INF/OF Kevin Frandsen avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1 million contract.

    Advice: He'll have the chance to earn $300,000 more through incentives. projected Frandsen to earn $1.2 million, so the deal sounds fair for both sides. He batted .259/.299/.309 over 236 plate appearances for the Nats in 2014 while making starts at four different positions.
    Friday, 5:47 am
    Player Note
    Kevin Frandsen Was - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    W, 1-0 vs x Mia
  • Nationals close to new deal with Frandsen
    James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals are close to a new contract with Kevin Frandsen.

    Advice: Frandsen is arbitration-eligible for a final time this winter. It's not clear how much the deal is for, but projected Frandsen to earn $1.2 million. The utility player batted .259/.299/.309 in 236 plate appearances this season while seeing time at four different positions.
    Thursday, 4:33 pm
    Player Note
    Kevin Frandsen Was - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    W, 1-0 vs x Mia
  • Sandoval to visit with Red Sox next week
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports Pablo Sandoval will visit the Red Sox in Boston early next week.

    Advice: The Red Sox and Giants are believed to be the two main players for Sandoval, and the BoSox appear to be getting serious in their pursuit. The White Sox and Blue Jays are the other two teams rumored to have some level of interest. Whatever team signs the third baseman will pay up for his services -- Sandoval is believed to be looking for a six-year deal worth upwards of $100 million.
    Wednesday, 7:29 pm
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    W, 9-3 vs ^ SD
  • Rays interview Indians bench coach Cash
    The Rays interviewed Indians bench coach Kevin Cash for their managerial opening Wednesday.

    Advice: The Cash interview leaves on late additions Barry Larkin and Doug Glanville left to be interviewed. Cash was also in the running for the Rangers' open managerial position.
    Wednesday, 6:26 pm
  • Royals ink Ryan Roberts to minor league deal
    Royals signed INF Ryan Roberts to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Roberts, now 34, appeared in eight games with the Red Sox this season and batted .277/.337/.442 with seven home runs and 32 RBI over 72 games over with Triple-A Pawtucket. Capable of playing all over the diamond, he's a useful bench option to have around.
    Wednesday, 8:03 am
    Not Active
    W, 6-4 x @CWS
  • Sandoval's market likely down to SF, BOS
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal writes that Pablo Sandoval's market appears to be down to the Giants and Red Sox.

    Advice: The Blue Jays and White Sox have been mentioned as possibilities, but Rosenthal writes that their interest seems limited. Meanwhile, the Red Sox are weighing other options in addition to Sandoval. Things could change quickly if Boston decides to make a strong push or another team jumps into the mix, but the Giants still look like the favorites right now.
    Wednesday, 5:47 am
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    W, 9-3 vs ^ SD
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