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    • Padres have talked to Phillies about Hamels
      Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News reports that the Padres have had discussions with the Phillies regarding Cole Hamels.

      Advice: Lawrence notes that any trade package for Hamels could revolve around the newly-acquired Wil Myers. The Padres have pulled off several blockbuster moves in the past week, and acquiring an elite top of the rotation left-hander would be another strong acquisition. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:11 pm
       
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    • Justin Upton won't negotiate in-season
      Justin Upton's agent, Larry Reynolds, said in an interview on SiriusXM Sunday that his client is open to a contract extension with the Padres.

      Advice: Upton is not, however, willing to negotiate a deal in-season, which is pretty common among impending free agents. Whether the Padres have any real interest or would be capable of locking Upton up remains to be seen. If they don't extend the outfielder, they can make him a qualifying offer next winter and pick up a draft pick. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:07 am
    • Boras: Wieters will be ready by Opening Day
      Agent Scott Boras has said that his client, Matt Wieters (elbow), will be ready to play on Opening Day.

      Advice: Orioles manager Buck Showalter said last week that it's possible Wieters won't be ready for the opener as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery, but Boras doesn't seem to think it will be an issue. The O's will no doubt take things slowly with the catcher in spring training and we likely won't know for sure until he starts playing in Grapefruit League action whether he can be penciled into the lineup on April 6 versus the Rays. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:00 am
    • 'No urgency' for Wieters extension talks
      Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that "there seems no urgency on either side" when it comes to extension talks between the Orioles and Matt Wieters.

      Advice: The two sides are known to have had discussions early in the 2013 season, but nothing materialized and it's looking at this point like Wieters will play out his final year before free agency. The talented backstop was limited to just 26 games last season before having Tommy John surgery, which could sideline him past Opening Day next year. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:25 am
    • James Shields' asking price to be near $110M
      Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that James Shields' contract demands are expected to be around five years and $110 million.

      Advice: It's the same amount left on Cole Hamels' contract, assuming Hamels' option is picked up, and is a reasonable demand after Jon Lester landed a $155 million deal from the Cubs. Cafardo says that the Giants and Red Sox are "in the picture" for Shields, while the Yankees "may be another suitor." Shields, who just turned 33, holds a 3.64 ERA over his eight full seasons and has made at least 31 starts every year during that stretch. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:21 am
       
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    • Chase Utley expected to remain in Philly
      Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro has indicated that Chase Utley still has no desire to waive his no-trade clause.

      Advice: "I've had some dialogue with Wolfie [agent Joel Wolfe] but frankly, he doesn't want to go anywhere," Amaro said. "He has no desire to go anywhere... He wants to honor his contract and that's how we have to perceive it." The Phillies are obviously in rebuilding mode, but it appears that Utley would rather stay where he's comfortable than go to a potential playoff contender. The veteran second baseman will make $10 million in 2015 and has $45 million in three vesting options from 2016-18. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:39 am
       
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    • Lindblom signs with KBO's Lotte Giants
      Josh Lindblom signed with the Lotte Giants of the Korean Baseball Organization.

      Advice: Lindblom was released by the Pirates and subsequently signed a deal to play in the KBO next season. According to the Yonhap News Agency, Lindblom will get $850,000 and a $50,000 signing bonus in the deal. The 27-year-old made one start in the majors this past season. Rotoworld.com
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    • Giants do not plan to talk to Max Scherzer
      Giants general manager Brian Sabean said Saturday that the team does not plan to talk to free agent right-hander Max Scherzer.

      Advice: The Giants have talked to James Shields this winter, so there were some rumblings that they may have some interest in Scherzer as well, but it appears that they have no desire to entertain the massive payday that he is looking to find. With the Yankees also out on Scherzer, his market for potential destinations appears to be dwindling. Rotoworld.com
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    • Return to Orioles looks unlikely for Hundley
      According to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports, Nick Hundley has a two-year offer on the table from another team, making a return to the Orioles unlikely.

      Advice: The O's had been hoping to re-sign the veteran backstop to a one-year deal as an insurance policy behind Matt Wieters. In 218 at-bats between the Padres and Orioles in 2014, Hundley hit .243/.273/.358. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:21 am
       
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    • Phillies showing interest in Asdrubal Cabrera
      Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Phillies could have interest in free agent infielder Asdrubal Cabrera.

      Advice: The Phillies have a large vacancy to fill at the shortstop after dealing Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers, and Cabrera is one of the top names available on the free agent market. According to Crasnick though, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. would first have to shed some payroll to create the requisite flexibility to add the veteran infielder. Rotoworld.com
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    • Indians sign Scott Downs to minor league deal
      Indians signed LHP Scott Downs to a minor league contract.

      Advice: The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training. The 38-year-old southpaw posted a 4.97 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 25/20 K/BB ratio over 38 innings with the White Sox and Royals in 2014. Once considered one of the top left-handed specialists in the game, Downs represents a nice low-risk signing for the Indians. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:56 am
       
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    • Pirates grant release to Josh Lindblom
      Pirates released RHP Josh Lindblom.

      Advice: Lindblom was designated for assignment by the team last week, just a few days after he was claimed off waivers from the Athletics. He'll reportedly head to the Korean Baseball Organization where he's expected to sign with the Lotte Giants. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:46 am
       
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    • Rangers release right-hander Ben Rowen
      Rangers released RHP Ben Rowen.

      Advice: Rowen was designated for assignment earlier in the week by the Rangers and has now been given his outright release. The 26-year-old should attract interest from teams looking for bullpen help and shouldn't be out of work for long. Rotoworld.com
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    • Giants acquire Casey McGehee from Marlins
      Giants acquired INF Casey McGehee from the Marlins for RHP Kendry Flores and RHP Luis Castillo.

      Advice: The 32-year-old third baseman may seem like an underwhelming addition to replace Pablo Sandoval at the hot corner for the Giants, but if he can replicate the .287/.355/.357 that he hit in 2014 while playing solid defense, he'll win over Giants fans. Just don't expect much from a fantasy perspective, as his power was non-existent in Miami. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:14 am
       
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    • Red Sox acquire Ryan Hanigan from Padres
      Red Sox acquired C Ryan Hanigan from the Padres for INF Will Middlebrooks.

      Advice: The veteran backstop had a rough season offensively in 2014 but is universally praised for his defensive prowess. He'll share time behind the dish with Christian Vazquez in Boston. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:53 pm
       
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    • Giants to acquire Casey McGehee from Marlins
      Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Giants have agreed to acquire Casey McGehee from the Marlins.

      Advice: No word yet on the potential return package heading to the Fish in the deal, but both Hunter Strickland and Matt Duffy had been mentioned in trade talks.. McGehee is coming off a terrific season in 2014 where he slashed .287/.355/.357 with 76 RBI in 160 games. With what is available on the market, he's perhaps the best fit both offensively and defensively for the Giants. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:10 pm
       
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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
      Friday, 2:44 pm
       
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    • Padres' trade for Justin Upton made official
      Padres acquired OF Justin Upton and RHP Aaron Northcraft from the Braves in exchange for LHP Max Fried, INF Jace Peterson, 3B Dustin Peterson, OF Mallex Smith and the fourth international bonus pool slot.

      Advice: The deal, which was reported early Friday morning, has now been made official. Upton is coming off a season in which he batted .270/.342/.491 with 29 homers and 102 RBI for the Braves. With the addition of him, Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, Derek Norris and Will Middlebrooks, the Padres have completely re-tooled their lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 1:55 pm
    • Preston Claiborne designated for assignment
      Yankees designated RHP Preston Claiborne for assignment.

      Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Gonzalez Germen. Claiborne, who turns 27 next month, holds a career 3.79 ERA with 58 strikeouts over 71 1/3 relief frames. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:27 pm
       
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    • Burch Smith headed to Tampa Bay
      Rays acquired RHP Burch Smith from the Padres in the Wil Myers trade.

      Advice: Smith had a lost year in 2014 due to forearm issues, but he boasts a career 3.71 ERA with 246 strikeouts over 228 1/3 innings in the minors. If healthy, he could find his way into the Rays' rotation in short order. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:43 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
      Friday, 9:28 am
       
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    • Yankees president rules out Scherzer pursuit
      Yankees president Randy Levine indicated Thursday that the chances the team will go after Max Scherzer are "virtually none."

      Advice: "The chances of us bringing in a guy for six [years] and $25 million or over in my opinion is virtually none,'' Levine said. "At the end of the day you have to be realistic in any organization.'' CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has been beating the Scherzer-to-the-Yankees drum for a while, or at least saying it's a possibility, but every other outlet has consistently said it's not going to happen. The Yankees need rotation help but already have two massive pitching contracts on the books with CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:22 am
       
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    • Padres closing in on deal for Justin Upton
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Padres will acquire Justin Upton from the Braves.

      Advice: A.J. Preller has struck again. The Padres general manager planned to add offense over the winter and has now traded for Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, Justin Upton and Derek Norris within the span of a few weeks. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says the Padres will also receive a low-level prospect, with the Braves getting Max Fried, Jace Peterson, Dustin Peterson and Mallex Smith. Fried underwent Tommy John surgery in August but was one of the game's top pitching prospects before blowing out his elbow. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:43 am
    • Braves 'finishing up' trade of Justin Upton
      Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that the Braves are "finishing up" a trade involving Justin Upton.

      Advice: Fangraphs's Kiley McDaniel says Upton will be going to an AL West club "for a package headlined by young pitching." FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal has ruled out the Rangers and A's as possibile landing spots, while both Rosenthal and MLB.com's Mark Bowman say the Padres cannot be ruled out. The Mariners have also been connected to Upton. It sounds like the deal is likely to be completed at some point on Friday. Upton will be a free agent after the 2015 season. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:48 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
      Thursday, 7:51 am
    • Multiple teams showing interest in Cabrera
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman writes that the Giants, A's, Mets, Cardinals and Twins are among the teams interested in free agent infielder Asdrubal Cabrera.

      Advice: Cabrera's positional flexibility is attractive to a number of clubs. He's capable of playing second and third base in addition to his natural position at shortstop. Cabrera has experience at short and second, though less at third. Cabrera's numbers weren't spectacular last season, as he hit just .241/.307/.387 between the Indians and Nationals last season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:15 pm
       
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    • Braves exploring packages for Johnson, Upton
      MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that the Braves are looking to package Chris Johnson with Justin Upton or Evan Gattis in possible trade scenarios.

      Advice: A week ago, the Padres were a team that Bowman cited as being interested in Justin Upton. With their near-trades for Matt Kemp and Wil Myers, it appears unlikely that they would still be in the market for the outfielder. Bowman wrote that the Braves were holding court with five other teams. It would be palatable for the team if they could package Johnson or Gattis in with Upton, though it would obviously be tougher for them to complete a trade if they were attaching extra weight to the deal. The Braves are also reportedly looking to deal B.J. Upton. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:46 am
    • Giants continue to show interest in Shields
      Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the Giants were exploring a "wide-range" of pitching options, including James Shields.

      Advice: The Giants were in on Jon Lester last month and continue to search for a big-name starter to fill out their rotation. The team met with Shields last week and according to Rosenthal, continues to show interest. The Giants have also been attached to Max Scherzer, though it's reasonable to assume that Scherzer might be beyond their price range if he really is seeking a $200 million deal. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:15 am
       
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    • Ben Rowen designated for assignment
      Rangers designated RHP Ben Rowen for assignment.

      Advice: Rowen made it up for a cup of coffee in 2014 but spent most of the season at Triple-A, posting a 3.45 ERA and 31/9 K/BB ratio over 47 innings. The submariner holds a 1.72 ERA in his minor league career and could draw some interest on waivers. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:31 pm
       
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    • Yankees not expected to be in on Scherzer
      Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York hears that the Yankees are "absolutely not" in on free agent right-hander Max Scherzer.

      Advice: Some have suspected that the Yankees are lying on the weeds in the situation, but they appear to be setting their sights a bit lower in free agency. The market for Scherzer has been suspiciously quiet so far this winter, but he's intent on landing a contract around $200 million. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:20 am
       
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    • Astros 'sleeper team' in Hamels trade talks
      Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Astros are a "sleeper team" when it comes to a potential landing spot for Cole Hamels.

      Advice: The Astros have been aggressive in retooling their bullpen this winter, but they could use help in the rotation, as well. Hamels has a no-trade list and it's unclear if Houston is on it, so it's possible they'd have to agree to pick up his $20 million option for 2019 in order to make a deal work. Cafardo lists the Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers, Padres, Rangers and possibly the Giants as having interest in Hamels. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 8:37 am
       
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    • Chase Utley trade looking unlikely right now
      Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that the chances of the Phillies trading Chase Utley are "possible, albeit slim."

      Advice: Utley has 10-and-5 no-trade rights and has always maintained a desire to stay in Philadelphia. However, as Gelb points point, Jimmy Rollins never said he wanted to leave, either, until just recently. Gelb has been told by rival executive that the Phillies "are not aiming for an 'Astros-like' teardown," so they could choose to hang on to Utley even in a rebuilding phase. Utley has $45 million in three vesting options over the next three years and would certainly draw plenty of interest if the Phillies make him available and he indicates a willingness to waive his no-trade rights. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 7:04 am
       
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    • Josh Lindblom close to deal with Lotte of KBO
      Jeeho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency hears Josh Lindblom is close to a deal with Lotte Giants of the Korean Baseball Organization.

      Advice: Lindblom was designated for assignment by the Pirates Friday after being claimed off waivers from the Athletics a few days earlier. The right-hander threw 4 2/3 innings with the A's this past season, and he's appeared in major league games each of the past four years. Going overseas so quickly would be a bit of a surprise for the 27-year-old. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 8:48 pm
       
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    • Cardinals maintain they're not in on Scherzer
      Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the Cardinals are not active suitors for Max Scherzer.

      Advice: It's not the first time the team has openly denied interest in the pitcher, but they continue to be linked to him. That's likely due in large part to the fact that Scherzer went to Parkway Central High School in the St. Louis area, making the Cardinals a potential homecoming for the 30-year-old. Despite the Cardinals' disinterest, Scherzer has no shortage of suitors around the league. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 7:32 pm
       
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    • Josh Lindblom designated for assignment
      Pirates designated RHP Josh Lindblom for assignment.

      Advice: Lindblom had just been claimed off waivers earlier this week. The 27-year-old made one appearance in the majors this past season and posted a 5.79 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 60/26 K/BB ratio over 84 innings in Triple-A. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 2:54 pm
       
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    • Padres still in on Justin Upton trade talks
      MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that the Padres remain one of the team's pursuing Justin Upton.

      Advice: The Pads are on the verge of acquiring Matt Kemp, but it appears they might not be done looking for offense. For what it's worth, Bowman adds that he "wouldn't be shocked" to see Kemp and Upton in the same outfield next season. The Giants, Rangers, Orioles and Royals are other teams known to have interest in Upton. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 9:36 am
    • Asdrubal Cabrera prefers to play second base
      Giants assistant GM Bobby Evans said Thursday that Asdrubal Cabrera prefers to play second base.

      Advice: San Francisco is interested in the 29-year-old free agent, but the only opening on the infield is at third base. Cabrera hasn't closed the door to moving over to the hot corner, but he has almost no experience there so this might not be a good fit. Cabrera batted .241/.307/.387 between the Indians and Nationals in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 11, 12:27 pm
       
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    • Giants considering Asdrubal Cabrera for 3B
      According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Giants are considering Asdrubal Cabrera for third base.

      Advice: Cabrera has only made one appearance at third base in his eight-year major league career, and it was for 1 1/3 innings. The 29-year-old batted just .241/.307/.387 between the Indians and Nationals in 2014. He should come pretty cheap this winter. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 11, 10:57 am
       
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    • Tigers GM says not actively pursuing Scherzer
      Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said Thursday that he is not in "active pursuit" of Max Scherzer.

      Advice: The Tigers traded Rick Porcello to the Red Sox on Thursday morning, leaving some to speculate that Detroit's front office was clearing space for a run at re-signing Max Scherzer. But then Dombrowski and Co. quickly snatched Alfredo Simon away from the Reds. Maybe they truly are all set. Scherzer isn't expected to sign until later in the offseason and will likely command around $200 million. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 11, 10:16 am
       
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