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    • 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
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    • Rene Rivera headed to Tampa in mega-deal
      Rays acquired C Rene Rivera from the Padres in the Wil Myers trade.

      Advice: Rivera has been a journeyman for much of his career but thrived when given a real shot at playing time in 2014, batting .252/.319/.432 with 11 homers while drawing rave reviews for his pitch-framing and defense. He seems unlikely to repeat his year offensively, but Rivera will be the primary catcher for the Rays. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:41 am
    • Ryan Hanigan acquired by Padres
      Padres acquired C Ryan Hanigan from the Rays in the Wil Myers trade.

      Advice: Hanigan is expected to be flipped to the Red Sox for Will Middlebrooks. The veteran backstop hit just .218/.318/.324 in 2014, but he draws rave reviews for his defense and has shown nice on-base skills in the past. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:28 am
    • 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
      Today, 9:01 am
       
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    • Norris lands with Padres in four-player trade
      Padres acquired C Derek Norris, RHP Seth Streich and international bonus slot 117 from the Athletics in exchange for RHPs R.J. Alvarez and Jesse Hahn.

      Advice: The trade was reported a couple hours ago and has already been made official. An All-Star in 2014, Norris batted .270/.361/.403 with 10 homers for the A's last season. He's struggled defensively and against right-handed pitching, but Norris should still be an above-average offensive catcher even if he doesn't improve versus righties. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:49 pm
    • Dodgers officially acquire C Yasmani Grandal
      Dodgers acquired C Yasmani Grandal and RHPs Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin from the Padres in exchange for OF Matt Kemp, C Tim Federowicz and cash considerations.

      Advice: Grandal came on strong at the end of last season as he further distanced himself from ACL surgery, hitting .291/.408/.519 with four homers in September. The switch-hitting catcher has plenty of upside offensively and the Dodgers are hoping he'll help offset some of the offense they'll lose by trading away Kemp. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:35 pm
    • Padres get Tim Federowicz in Kemp deal
      Padres acquired C Tim Federowicz from the Dodgers in the Matt Kemp trade.

      Advice: Federowicz has a strong defensive reputation but has hit just .194/.247/.300 over his first 271 big league plate appearances. With Derek Norris and Ryan Hanigan on the roster, Federowicz is headed to Triple-A to start the season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:31 pm
    • Padres get Norris from A's for Hahn, Alvarez
      Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that the Padres have acquired Derek Norris from the Athletics.

      Advice: Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan says the Padres are also getting pitching prospect Seth Streich and an international signing slot, while the A's will receive Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez. It's yet another big trade made by general manager Billy Beane, who has decided to shake up the roster after another brief playoff appearance. An All-Star in 2014, Norris batted .270/.361/.403 with 10 homers for the A's last season. He's not eligible for arbitration until after 2015. Hahn is a big get for the A's and should be able to slide into Jeff Samardzija's rotation spot nicely. Alvarez could eventually be a closer candidate in Oakland. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:59 pm
    • Stephen Vogt has walking boot removed
      Stephen Vogt had the walking boot removed from his surgically-repaired right foot Thursday.

      Advice: Vogt had surgery in October to repair the plantar plates in his foot. It's an injury he dealt with throughout the second half of the season and he noted Thursday that it's the first time since July he can put a shoe on his right foot and walk without any pain. Vogt will be fine for the start of spring training. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:26 pm
       
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    • Rockies sign Audry Perez to minors deal
      Rockies signed C Audry Perez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Perez appeared in one game this past season for the Cardinals. The 25-year-old catcher has a troubling .293 career on-base percentage in the minor leagues and probably won't see much action in Colorado. Rotoworld.com
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    • White Sox reach agreement with C Kottaras
      White Sox signed C George Kottaras to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Kottaras hopped between three different organizations in 2014, appearing in only 18 games at the major league level. He'll be depth at catcher for the Pale Hose. Rotoworld.com
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    • Wieters (elbow) might not be ready for opener
      Orioles manager Buck Showalter said this week that Matt Wieters (elbow) might not be ready for Opening Day.

      Advice: Wieters underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in mid-June and that procedure usually requires 8-10 months of recovery time for position players. "I think Manny [Machado] makes the start of the year, and I think Matt is very close thereafter," Showalter said. "But we won’t put either one of these guys on the field until it’s time to go, and try to keep the finish line in mind." Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:51 am
    • 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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    • Hedges not part of Myers deal says Bowden
      ESPN's Jim Bowden reported that catching prospect Austin Hedges would not be part of a rumored Wil Myers-to-Padres trade.

      Advice: Hedges is a defensive stud behind the plate, though his bat has a ways to go before it is ready for the next level. He was initially rumored to be a possible trade candidate as the Padres heated up negotiations with the Rays for Myers, but the suspected players involved now that the trade is closer to completion include the likes of Jake Bauers, Burch Smith and Joe Ross, with Hedges remaining in the Padres' organization. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:13 am
       
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    • Indians sign Brett Hayes to minors contract
      Indians signed C Brett Hayes to a minor league contract.

      Advice: Hayes batted just .135/.151/.212 with a homer and a double in 53 plate appearances this past season for Kansas City. He'll be organizational depth for the Tribe. Rotoworld.com
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    • Sanchez to likely fill bench role for Pirates
      Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Tony Sanchez will get some work at first base and could serve as a right-handed bat off the bench next season.

      Advice: When Russell Martin signed with the Blue Jays it seemed to open the door for the former top prospect, but the team doesn't appear to be confident he can handle the role of everyday catcher. He hasn't given them much reason for optimism, as Sanchez has hit just .252/.295/.378 in 135 at-bats over two major league seasons. The club will likely go with newly acquired Francisco Cervelli behind the plate instead. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 1:23 pm
    • Rays ink Bobby Wilson to minors deal
      Rays signed C Bobby Wilson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Wilson, 31, spent almost all of last season at Triple-A with the Diamondbacks, batting .267/.324/.341 with three homers over 76 games. He's merely organizational depth. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:15 pm
       
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    • 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
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    • Padres among teams with interest in Ross
      The Padres are among the teams interested in free agent David Ross, per Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

      Advice: There was some thought that Ross would join friend Jon Lester on the Cubs, but Lin reports the 37-year-old is considering a handful of teams. Ross doesn't offer much at the plate, but the veteran backstop is coveted for his defense. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:43 pm
       
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    • D'Backs interested in David Ross
      Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the club is interested in David Ross.

      Advice: Ross is receiving a lot of interest for a guy who batted .197/.276/.374 over the last two seasons, but teams value his leadership and ability to handle a pitching staff. The Cubs, Red Sox, Braves and Padres also have interest. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:27 pm
       
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    • Cubs to meet with David Ross' agent
      Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that the Cubs have a meeting scheduled with David Ross' agent on Tuesday night.

      Advice: Ross is also still a possibility to return to the Red Sox. It's an interesting dynamic, with his buddy Jon Lester weighing offers from both teams. Ross turns 38 in March and batted just .184/.260/.368 with seven home runs and 15 RBI over 50 games this past season. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:52 pm
       
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    • Tony Sanchez released by team in the DWL
      Tony Sanchez was released by his team in the Dominican Winter League.

      Advice: Sanchez had been struggling offensively and defensively, so Toros del Este sent him home early. It's common for teams in the DWL to cut ties with American players who don't perform well over small sample sizes, so this isn't a major red flag. But it will probably be called further evidence that the 26-year-old catcher is not ready for a bigger role in Pittsburgh. Russell Martin departed as a free agent this winter. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:47 am
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