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    • 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
      Today, 3:26 pm
       
      W, 4-0 @Tex
    • 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
      Today, 1:14 pm
       
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      W, 6-4 @CWS
    • Ichiro receiving some consideration from O's
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that free agent Ichiro Suzuki is "receiving some consideration" from the Orioles.

      Advice: Baltimore is currently in the mix for a number of free agent outfielders, including Colby Rasmus, Norichika Aoki, and Delmon Young. Ichiro batted just .284/.324/.340 in 143 games this past season for the Yankees. He turned 41 years old in late October. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:57 pm
       
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      W, 9-5 @Bos
    • 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
      Today, 12:06 pm
       
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      L, 10-5 @LAD
    • 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
      Today, 11:57 am
       
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      W, 4-1 vs LAA
    • 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
      Today, 11:43 am
       
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      L, 6-4 vs KC
    • BoSox in 'active' talks for Allen Craig trade
      According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Red Sox are in "active" Allen Craig trade talks with at least one team.

      Advice: Craig batted just .128/.234/.191 in 107 plate appearances after the July 31 trade that sent he and Joe Kelly from the Cardinals to the Red Sox for John Lackey. Craig hasn't been the same since suffering a Lisfranc foot injury late in the 2013 season and he's owed $26.5 million over the next three years. Boston probably won't be able to get much in return. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:21 am
       
      L, 9-5 vs NYY
    • Matt Kemp trade held up due to hip arthritis
      According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the holdup with the Matt Kemp trade is due to the physical revealing arthritis in both of Kemp's hips.

      Advice: Kemp's agent, Junior Spivey, told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal on Thursday morning that "everything is OK" and he is "just waiting on the final details" of the deal to be sorted out, but maybe this thing really will fall apart. Kemp is signed through 2019, and hip arthritis sounds like the type of ailment that is only going to get worse as he moves later into his 30s. Kemp was supposed to be headed to the Padres along with catcher Tim Federowicz in exchange for Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland, and Zach Eflin. Nightengale says the Friars are consulting medical experts. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:07 am
    • Kemp 'waiting on final details' for SD trade
      Matt Kemp's agent Junior Spivey said Thursday that he's "just waiting on the final details" for the trade that will send his client to the Padres.

      Advice: There have been murmurings that something troublesome was found during Kemp's physical exam, but Spivey told Rosenthal that "everything is OK" and the four-player trade sending Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland, and Zach Eflin to Los Angeles "should be good to go." The Padres may be trying to get the Dodgers to take on a bit more of the $107 million that Kemp is owed. Right now, L.A. is set to cover $31 million. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:34 am
    • 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
      Today, 7:51 am
    • O's, Reds, M's 'among possibilities' for Aoki
      The Orioles, Reds and Mariners are "among possibilities" for Norichika Aoki, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

      Advice: Aoki was previously reported to be talking with the O's, but the other two teams are new potential destinations for the 32-year-old. Heyman speculates Aoki will likely get a two- or three-year deal worth $7-8 million annually. Alex Rios landing in Kansas City means Aoki will almost surely be with a new team -- somewhere -- in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:43 pm
       
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      W, 6-4 @CWS
    • Padres still 'inconclusive' on Kemp physical
      A Padres official told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that the team is "still inconclusive" in its evaluation of Matt Kemp's physical.

      Advice: The official also said the trade is "not yet" in jeopardy, and Rosenthal notes that the Dodgers have been told nothing in regards to concerns about the physical. The Padres were supposed to meet Wednesday to discuss the physical in advance of Thursday's deadline to complete the deal. There's certainly cause for concern that the trade won't be completed as-is, but we'll just have to wait and see how everything shakes out. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:54 pm
    • Blue Jays sign Ryan Kalish to minors deal
      Blue Jays signed OF Ryan Kalish to minor league contract with invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Kalish elected to become a free agent at the beginning of November. A month-and-a-half later he's found himself a landing spot. The outfielder is a career .245/.293/.350 hitter over 412 plate appearances at the major league level. He'll serve as organizational depth and a possible bench bat for the Blue Jays. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:58 pm
       
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      L, 1-0 vs Bal
    • Marlins finalize contract with Michael Morse
      Marlins signed 1B/OF Michael Morse to a two-year, $16 million contract.

      Advice: Morse hit .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games for the Giants last season. While he is 32 years old, Morse has shown a consistent bat when he's healthy and at a cheap price, he should provide nice numbers and veteran leadership for a Marlins offense that's coming together this off-season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:22 pm
       
      L, 1-0 @Was
    • 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
      Yesterday, 12:08 pm
       
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      L, 9-5 vs NYY
    • Kipnis undergoes surgery on injured finger
      Jason Kipnis injured his left ring-finger during a workout and underwent surgery on Tuesday.

      Advice: According to beat writer Paul Hoynes, Kipnis should be ready to go for Spring Training. He had a down 2014 campaign which was marred by a nagging oblique injury. When healthy, Kipnis is one of the most dynamic infielders in the game. His 2013 season, in which he batted .284/.366/.452, is indicative of the kind of bat Kipnis has when he's right. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:27 am
    • Zobrist not likely to be traded to Nationals
      Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears from sources that the Nationals are not targeting INF/OF Ben Zobrist in a potential trade with the Rays.

      Advice: The Rays are showing interest in outfield prospect Steven Souza. While Zobrist would fit a positional need, Sherman reported that he had been told that the Nationals and Rays are looking at options that don't include the versatile infielder. The Rays picked up Zobrist's option in late October, but it's likely that they'll be open to moving him at some point given that he is set to hit the free agent market next winter. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:52 am
       
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      Ben Zobrist TB - 2B,SS,OF
      L, 7-2 @Cle
    • Padres meeting to discuss Kemp physical
      USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported that the Padres are meeting to discuss the results of Matt Kemp's physical.

      Advice: This confirms a report from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. According to Nightengale, the Padres "believe that [Kemp's] physical is fine," but are "still waiting for final details." Should the trade go through, the pieces expected to head to the Dodgers are Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. Eflin is then expected to be flipped to the Phillies in the Jimmy Rollins deal. In addition to the Kemp situation, the team is also in the midst of discussing a trade with the Rays for Wil Myers. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:29 am
    • Kemp's physical could hold up trade to Padres
      Bleacher Report's Will Carroll hears that "rumors....are starting to get louder" about a possible failed physical by OF Matt Kemp.

      Advice: Kemp was all set to be traded to the Padres for Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin pending a physical. It's important to note that nothing is official, but the silence on the situation is curious. Kemp has suffered numerous injuries over the course of his career. When he's healthy, he's been an elite bat. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:05 am
    • Michael Morse getting $16M from Marlins
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Michael Morse will receive $16 million over two years in his contract with the Marlins.

      Advice: He can also earn more in performance bonuses. Earlier reports suggested that Morse's deal was for $12 million or even $8 million, but the $16 million figure makes more sense. The former Giant figures to receive the bulk of the playing time at first base for the Marlins, though Garrett Jones should see some starts versus lefties if he's not traded. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:06 pm
       
      L, 1-0 @Was
    • Morse's deal with Marlins worth $12 million
      Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that Michael Morse's two-year deal with the Marlins is in the $12 million range.

      Advice: If the report is correct, that's a very reasonable price to pay for an upgrade at first base. Morse batted .279 with 16 home runs and an .811 OPS (including a 130 OPS+) this past season and should be less of a liability defensively with a move away from the oufield. The Marlins could either use him as their everyday first baseman or platoon him with Garrett Jones. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:58 am
       
      L, 1-0 @Was
    • Report: Marlins ink Morse to two-year deal
      Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have agreed to a two-year contract with Michael Morse, pending a physical.

      Advice: The financial terms aren't yet available. The Marlins have been very active this offseason and the addition of Morse further strengthens their lineup. The 32-year-old batted .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games this past season with the Giants. The Marlins could either go with a Morse/Garrett Jones combo at first base or try to deal Jones. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:15 am
       
      L, 1-0 @Was
    • Marlins close to signing Michael Morse
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins are close to signing Michael Morse.

      Advice: No word yet on the terms being discussed. If signed, Morse would take over the starting first base job for the Marlins, which would presumably make Garrett Jones available via trade. Morse turns 32 in March and batted .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games for the Giants last season. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:30 am
       
      L, 1-0 @Was
    • Matt Kemp to take Padres physical on Tuesday
      Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Matt Kemp will take his physical with the Padres on Tuesday.

      Advice: That means that the two sides have until then to iron out the specifics of the trade. It is believed to be Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz heading to the Dodgers in exchange for Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. What's not clear is the exact amount of money that the Dodgers will be sending to make the deal work, believed to be around $31 million. As long as Kemp passes his physical, the deal should become official on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:27 pm
    • Marlins talking more with Michael Morse
      Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have "had more talks" with Michael Morse in recent days.

      Advice: Jackson says that Morse might be the team's "best realistic option" at first base, as they don't want to trade Henderson Alvarez or Jarred Cosart for help at the position. Morse has also drawn interest from the Orioles and Rangers as a potential designated hitter. The 32-year-old batted .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games for the Giants last season. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:13 am
       
      L, 1-0 @Was
    • Dodgers, Padres agree to Matt Kemp trade
      According to Dennis Lin and Kirk Kenney of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp has officially been traded to the Padres.

      Advice: Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz are headed to San Diego in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitchers Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. The Dodgers are also sending around $31 million to the Padres to cover part of Kemp's remaining $107 million in guaranteed salaries. It's been an incredibly active 24 hours for the new-look Los Angeles front office, and there should be more activity to come. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:34 am
    • 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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      L, 9-5 vs NYY
    • Giants not focused on re-signing Morse
      Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the Giants are "not focused" on re-signing Michael Morse.

      Advice: Morse was productive with the Giants this past season and played hero during the postseason, but they naturally have major concerns about his defense in left field. The 32-year-old has reportedly drawn interest from the Marlins as a first baseman and the Rangers and Orioles as a potential DH. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:10 am
       
      L, 1-0 @Was
    • Zaidi says Kemp-to-Padres trade isn't close
      Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said Tuesday that reports of a Matt Kemp trade to the Padres being close are "wishful thinking."

      Advice: "I would not characterize it that way," Zaidi said. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported earlier Tuesday that a deal sending Kemp to the Padres for Yasmani Grandal and others was "getting closer," but Zaidi obviously doesn't see it that way. Rosenthal is the best in the business, so this could just be some posturing by the Dodgers GM. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:43 pm
    • 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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      L, 9-5 vs NYY
    • Orioles could consider Allen Craig
      ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that Allen Craig is a "back-burner" option for the Orioles.

      Advice: The Orioles' top priority at the moment appears to be to re-sign Delmon Young, but they're also interested in Michael Morse and, to a lesser extent, Craig. Craig batted just .215/.279/.315 with eight homers in 2014, but he's also draw some trade interest from the Marlins and Brewers this winter. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:22 pm
       
      L, 9-5 vs NYY
    • 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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      L, 9-5 vs NYY
    • O's, Rangers, Mariners out on Matt Kemp
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles, Rangers, and Mariners are all out as a possibility for a trade for Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp.

      Advice: Heyman surmises that, at this point, it's likely "Padres or bust" for Kemp. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported earlier Tuesday afternoon that the two sides are "working hard" on a deal and are "getting closer." Yasmani Grandal has been floated as part of the potential return package for the Dodgers, but top pitching prospect Matt Wisler is not expected to be included. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:27 pm
    • Marlins considering Morse, Morneau for 1B
      According to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, the Marlins are considering signing Michael Morse.

      Advice: Miami is also interested in trading for the Rockies' Justin Morneau. It's all part of an ongoing search for a reliable starting first baseman. Morse, who's being courted by several teams, batted .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games for the Giants this past season. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:49 pm
       
      L, 1-0 @Was
    • SD's Kemp package would not include Wisler
      According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Padres' trade package for outfielder Matt Kemp would not include top pitching prospect Matt Wisler.

      Advice: Wisler had been suggested as a possible accompaniment to catcher Yasmani Grandal, whom the Dodgers are known to covet. But the San Diego front office is not willing to meet that demand. Rosenthal hears that Padres right-hander Joe Ross could be involved, and CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has floated the name Zach Eflin. The two teams are said to be working hard on a swap. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:29 am
    • O's talking to Aoki, Rasmus, Young
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles are talking to Nori Aoki and Colby Ramsus among other free agent outfielders.

      Advice: Neither are surprising targets, as they have both been connected to the Orioles in recent weeks. As Orioles executive VP Dan Duquette mentioned last week, the club is also interested in bringing back Delmon Young. Despite the losses of Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis, pursuing Melky Cabrera doesn't appear to be a consideration. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 8, 8:53 am
       
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      W, 6-4 @CWS
    • Ichiro's agent says market is 'not hot'
      Ichiro Suzuki's agent, John Boggs, told Joel Sherman of the New York Post that the market for his client is "not hot."

      Advice: It's not often that you see an agent be this transparent about a client, but it's not surprising that the market could be limited for a 41-year-old outfielder who owns a .662 OPS (including an 86 OPS+) over the past four seasons. Boggs is hopeful that teams won't hold his age against him and will see him as someone who hit .284 in 2014 and can play all three outfield positions. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 8, 6:34 am
       
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      W, 9-5 @Bos
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