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  • Crasnick: Mariners working on deal for Ozuna
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners are working on a trade to acquire Marcell Ozuna.

    Advice: Ozuna has fallen out of favor in Miami, as he's apparently in owner Jeffrey Loria's doghouse. The 25-year-old outfielder hit only .259/.308/.383 with 10 homers and 44 RBI in 2015 and spent time in the minors. However, he batted .269/.317/.455 with 23 bombs and 85 RBI in 2014 and is not yet arbitration-eligible, so there's obvious appeal. Crasnick says the Marlins are looking for a young starter in exchange for Ozuna, and the Miami Herald's Clark Spencer hears Roenis Elias and Nate Karns could pique their interest. Meanwhile,'s Joe Frisaro believes the two clubs could be working on a larger trade involving more than just Ozuna and a pitcher. Nothing appears imminent here, but there's some smoke. Yesterday, 6:52 pm
  • Reyes pleads not guilty to domestic abuse
    Jose Reyes has pleaded not guilty to a domestic abuse charge involving his wife.

    Advice: Reyes was arrested and then released after posting a $1,000 bail following an incident on October 31 in which he allegedly grabbed his wife by the throat and shoved her into a sliding glass door. Major League Baseball instituted a domestic violence policy earlier this year which gives commissioner Rob Manfred the power to discipline Reyes even if he isn't convicted. Yesterday, 5:35 pm
  • Angels bring aboard veteran C Geovany Soto
    Angels signed C Geovany Soto to a one-year contract.

    Advice:'s Alden Gonzalez says the deal is worth $2.8 million. Soto batted .219/.301/.406 with nine home runs this past season for the White Sox while sharing time with Tyler Flowers. He figures to again share a starting job -- this time with Carlos Perez -- in 2016. Yesterday, 4:39 pm
  • Orioles bring back catcher Audry Perez
    Orioles re-signed C Audry Perez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Perez was at Triple-A Norfolk for all of 2015, hitting only .243/.279/.303 with two homers. He'll serve as an extra backstop in spring training. Yesterday, 3:00 pm
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Orioles re-sign Pedro Beato to minors deal
    Orioles re-signed RHP Pedro Beato to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Beato spent all of 2015 at Triple-A Norfolk, posting a 2.65 ERA and 61/25 K/BB ratio over 74 2/3 innings. He'll most likely begin 2016 back at Norfolk. Yesterday, 2:49 pm
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Kevin Gausman undergoes LASIK surgery
    Kevin Gausman said Tuesday that he "can see like a hawk" after undergoing LASIK surgery three days after the season ended.

    Advice: "I see 20-15 now," Gausman said. "I can see like a hawk. It's been great." The right-hander will now be able to ditch the goggles he used to wear on the mound and the improved eyesight surely can only help. Gausman has a huge arm and has shown flashes of brilliance with the Orioles the last three seasons but will be looking to have a true breakout season in 2016. Yesterday, 2:26 pm
  • White Sox pick up Tommy Kahnle in a trade
    White Sox acquired RHP Tommy Kahnle from the Rockies in exchange for RHP Yency Almonte.

    Advice: Kahnle was removed from the Rockies' 40-man roster last week in a pretty surprising move. He was one of Colorado's most effective relievers for much of 2015, even ascending to the closer role at one point, but a really rough week in September helped push his final ERA to 4.86. While he has major control issues, Kahnle gets strikeouts and groundballs, so he's worth a gamble for the White Sox. Yesterday, 2:09 pm
  • Report: Giants interested in RHP John Lackey
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants are among the teams interested in free agent right-hander John Lackey.

    Advice: Rosenthal notes that the Giants are examining a "wide range of options." They are seen as a threat to land Zack Greinke, but Lackey would be a fine fallback. The veteran right-hander had a career-best 2.77 ERA across 33 starts this past season. He turned 37 in October, but should be able to land a two or three-year deal in free agency. Yesterday, 12:05 pm
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    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 @Atl
  • Jays ink LHP Diamond to minor league deal
    Blue Jays signed LHP Scott Diamond to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Diamond, who previously pitched for the Twins, posted a 3.71 ERA and 91/26 K/BB ratio over 150 1/3 innings this past season with the Rays' Triple-A affiliate. The 29-year-old Ontario native will provide some rotation depth. Yesterday, 11:54 am
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    L, 4-0 @Pit
  • Braves re-sign Lavarnway to minors deal
    Braves re-signed C Ryan Lavarnway to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Lavarnway played in 27 games with the Braves this past season while batting .227/.311/.394 with two home runs and six RBI over 74 plate appearances. The 28-year-old has a chance to serve as A.J. Pierzynski's backup if the Braves decide to give Christian Bethancourt some time in the minors. Yesterday, 11:16 am
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    W, 6-0 vs StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • Braves sign Brignac to minor league deal
    Braves signed INF Reid Brignac to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Brignac, who turns 30 in January, appeared in 17 games with the Marlins this past season and owns a lowly .219/.266/.310 batting line in the majors. He's simply organizational fodder at this point. Yesterday, 11:08 am
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    W, 6-0 vs StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • Braves ink d'Arnaud to minors deal
    Braves signed INF Chase d'Arnaud to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: D'Arnaud appeared in nine games with the Phillies this past season and spent most of the year in Triple-A. He turns 29 in January and appears likely to serve as organizational depth for the 2016 campaign. Yesterday, 11:01 am
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    W, 6-0 vs StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • Padres drawing trade interest in Margot
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi, the Padres are drawing trade interest in prospect outfielder Manuel Margot.

    Advice: Margot, 21, was just acquired from the Red Sox this month in the Craig Kimbrel deal. Padres general manager A.J. Preller has shown that he likes to wheel and deal, but one source told Rosenthal that the odds are 80-20 against a trade. It would take another high impact player/prospect for the Padres to even consider the possibility. Yesterday, 10:14 am
  • Nats ink Schafer to minor league deal
    Nationals signed OF Logan Schafer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Schafer appeared in 69 games with the Brewers this season and owns a .212/.286/.319 batting line in the majors. The 29-year-old plays all three outfield positions and could be a bench player for the Nationals in 2016. Yesterday, 10:04 am
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    L, 1-0 @NYM
  • Dombrowski: No winter ball plans for Hanley
    Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday that there's "no plan in place" for Hanley Ramirez to play winter ball.

    Advice: Ramirez told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes that he was planning to play for the Licey Tigers in the Dominican Winter League, but Dombrowski said "presently this is only a rumor." It's unclear whether the possibility has been scratched altogether, but clearly there has been a miscommunication between the two sides. Ramirez currently projects to serve as Boston's regular first baseman in 2016 and he could get some time at his new position if he ends up playing winter ball. Yesterday, 9:38 am
  • Hanley Ramirez to play winter ball
    Enrique Rojas of reports that Hanley Ramirez will play for the Licey Tigers in the Dominican Winter League.

    Advice: Ramirez said that he'll serve mainly as Licey's designated hitter, although he'll also play some first base. The news is surely welcomed by the Red Sox as Ramirez transitions to first base next season. Staying active could also help Hanley show up to spring training slimmer, which Boston has told him they'd prefer. Monday, 2:59 pm
  • Report: Red Sox have 'inquired' about Lackey
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe said the Red Sox have "inquired" about John Lackey.

    Advice: Lackey won a World Series with Boston in 2013 before being swapped for Joe Kelly and Allen Craig at the following year's trade deadline. Boston's interest appears to be pretty limited as the Red Sox are hoping to land an ace like Zack Greinke or David Price. The Giants and Cubs have emerged as the favorites for Lackey while Cafardo says the Cardinals are "keeping their toes in the water." Saturday, 6:58 pm
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    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 @Atl
  • Hanley Ramirez not drawing much trade interest
    Five general managers told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that they wouldn't trade for Hanley Ramirez even if the Red Sox agreed to cover half of his remaining salary.

    Advice: Ramirez was a total bust this year, hitting .249 with 19 homers while playing horrendous defense in left field. With three years and $66 million left on his contract, the Red Sox are going to have a tough time moving him. David Ortiz has decided to retire after next year, which could open the door for Ramirez to DH full time beginning in 2017. He'll start next season at first base. Saturday, 5:54 pm
  • Rockies designate Tommy Kahnle for assignment
    Rockies designated RHP Tommy Kahnle for assignment.

    Advice: Kahnle is another in a day of surprising cuts from the Rockies. He started out the 2015 strong and even ascended to the closer's role before crashing and burning, resulting in a demotion to Triple-A in late August. He shouldn't have much difficulty finding a new club. Friday, 5:27 pm
  • MLB executive predicts Ozuna trade
    An MLB executive who spoke with ESPN's Jerry Crasnick said that he would "be surprised" if the Marlins held onto Marcell Ozuna.

    Advice: According to that major league excutive, "[Marlins owner Jeffrey] Loria clearly can't stand [Ozuna] and everybody knows it." In 459 at-bats with the Marlins, the 25-year-old outfielder slashed .259/.308/.383 with 10 homers and 44 RBI. An earlier November report by ESPN's Jayson Stark indicated that the Marlins are looking for a pitcher in the range of a No. 2 starter in exchange for Ozuna. Friday, 6:51 am
  • Padres add OF Margot to 40-man roster
    Padres purchased the contract of OF Manuel Margot from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Margot, who was acquired from the Red Sox last week in the Craig Kimbrel trade, is now on the Padres' 40-man roster. The 21-year-old is coming off an impressive season between High-A and Double-A and likely isn't far off from the majors. Thursday, 8:20 pm
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