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  • No progress in Orioles/Markakis talks
    Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that there has been "no substantial progress" made in extension talks between the Orioles and impending free agent Nick Markakis.

    Advice: The common thought has been that Markakis is likely to stay in Baltimore, but it appears the two sides have some significant ground to make up. It's not clear what kind of figures are currently being exchanged between the two parties. Markakis will officially become a free agent five days after the World Series ends, at which point he'll be able to negotiate with any club. Rotoworld.com
    54 minutes ago
  • Steve Johnson outrighted off 40-man roster
    Orioles sent RHP Steve Johnson outright to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: He's now off the 40-man roster. Johnson was plagued by shoulder issues for a good chunk of the 2014 campaign before having surgery last month to have a bone spur removed. He held a 7.11 ERA in 13 Triple-A starts. Rotoworld.com
    58 minutes ago
  • Teams to monitor Chase Utley's availibility
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that teams are going to monitor Chase Utley closely this offseason to see if he becomes available via trade.

    Advice: Utley would have to approve any deal, and he's expressed a hesitancy to do so in the past. However, the Phillies don't seem particularly close to contending, so perhaps the soon-to-be 36-year-old will have a change of heart over the winter. Utley hit a solid .270/.339/.407 with 11 homers and 78 RBI this season and would no doubt draw plenty of interest from around the league if he's placed on the trade block. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:14 am
     
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  • Infante taking Toradol for shoulder pain
    Omar Infante has been taking oral doses of Toradol in order to combat nagging pain in his right shoulder.

    Advice: Toradol is a controversial pain-killer that has been banned by some teams and in some countries, but Major League Baseball considers it legal. "I feel better, because I’m taking strong pills," Infante said. "That’s helped me a lot. I feel it a little bit in B.P., and I still feel sore in the front of my shoulder. But yesterday I felt more comfortable." Infante could have minor surgery over the offseason to repair his shoulder issue, but he'll gut it out for now. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:01 am
  • Miguel Cabrera undergoes surgery on ankle
    Miguel Cabrera underwent surgery Wednesday to remove bone spurs from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone at top of his foot.

    Advice: It had been known that Cabrera dealt with bone spurs down the stretch, but the stress fracture is a new revelation. The slugger will be re-evaluated in three months, so there would seem to be a chance that he'll be slowed at the beginning of spring training. Barring a setback, however, it shouldn't affect his availability for Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:00 am
     
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  • Lincecum's (back) MRI comes back clean
    An MRI on Tim Lincecum's back showed no structural damage.

    Advice: Lincecum was forced from Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday due to back pain and a precautionary MRI was ordered. He reported improvement Thursday and was able to do some throwing in the outfield at AT&T Park. The right-hander is expected to be available out of the bullpen for Friday's Game 3. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:02 am
  • Giants think Lincecum (back) will be fine
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy doesn't anticipate having to remove Tim Lincecum (back) from the World Series roster.

    Advice: Lincecum is undergoing a precautionary MRI on his back Thursday after exiting Game 2, but he's already feeling better and the Giants think he'll be fine. If the MRI turns out worse than expected, George Kontos could be an option to replace him on the Giants' roster. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:24 pm
  • Jarrod Dyson could start Game 3
    Royals manager Ned Yost indicated Thursday that Jarrod Dyson could start over Norichika Aoki in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday.

    Advice: That would mean putting Dyson in center and shifting Lorenzo Cain over to handle the tough right field at AT&T Park. Aoki would also offer more than Dyson off the bench as a pinch-hitter. Dyson is hitless in seven at-bats this postseason, while Aoki is just 7-for-34 at the dish. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:18 pm
  • Brandon Moss undergoes surgery on hip labrum
    Brandon Moss underwent surgery Thursday to repair a torn labrum and also fix an impingement in his right hip.

    Advice: Moss was bothered by the hip ailment for much of the second half and it showed at the plate, as he hit just .162 with a .575 OPS in 162 plate appearances after August 1. He'll be on crutches for four weeks and is expected to be able to run in 12 weeks. Moss might be eased into things at the beginning of spring training but should be fine by Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:38 pm
     
    W, 4-0 ^ @Tex
  • Jimenez, Phillies agree to one-year deal
    Phillies and LHP Cesar Jimenez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract.

    Advice: No word on the terms involved. Jimenez, who turns 30 next month, split this season between the majors and the minors. He had a 1.69 ERA in 16 appearances with the Phillies. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:32 pm
  • Phillies keep Sizemore with one-year deal
    Phillies re-signed OF Grady Sizemore to a one-year, $2 million contract.

    Advice: The deal includes performance bonuses. Sizemore, 32, batted .253/.313/.389 with three home runs and 12 RBI over 176 plate appearances after joining the Phillies around midseason and figures to serve as a part-time player in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:20 pm
  • Addison Russell being shut down in AFL
    The Cubs are shutting down Addison Russell from the Arizona Fall League.

    Advice: Russell is healthy, but the Cubs feel like he has played a full season. The 20-year-old is one of the top shortstop prospects in the majors, but he saw some time at second base during the Arizona Fall League in an effort to increase his versatility. It's not clear where he'll fit in 2015, but he's on the fast track to the big leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:15 pm
     
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  • Jays begin contract talks with Melky Cabrera
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Blue Jays have begun contract talks with Melky Cabrera.

    Advice: Heyman hears Toronto is "willing to offer at least a three-year deal" to the impending free agent outfielder, who batted .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI over 139 games this season. If an agreement isn't reached before the deadline for free agent filing, the Jays will make Cabrera a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer so they can get draft pick compensation if he signs elsewhere. Melky turned 30 years old in August. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:48 am
     
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  • Mets interested in outfielder Michael Cuddyer
    According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Mets have "concrete" interest in impending free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer.

    Advice: Martino hears from "people familiar with the Mets' thinking" that the team would like to sign Cuddyer to a two-year deal this winter to provide power to their lineup and veteran presence to their clubhouse. The 35-year-old batted .332/.376/.579 in an injury-shortened 2014 for the Rockies. He posted a .919 OPS, 20 home runs, and 84 RBI across 130 games with Colorado in 2013. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:06 am
     
    L, 10-5 x @LAD
  • Tim Lincecum to undergo MRI on back, side
    Tim Lincecum will undergo an MRI Thursday on his back.

    Advice: Lincecum tweaked something along the left side of his back and hip while pitching in mop-up duty in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night in Kansas City. The Giants want to find out if it's worth keeping him active for the remainder of the best-of-seven Fall Classic. George Kontos could be an option to replace him on the Giants' roster. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:09 am
  • Pirates sign Josh Stinson to minors contract
    Pirates signed RHP Josh Stinson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Stinson posted a rough 6.23 ERA in 13 innings of relief this season for the Orioles and owns a 4.47 ERA for his career. The 26-year-old right-hander is doubtful to land a spot in the Pirates' Opening Day bullpen. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:11 am
     
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  • Adam Lind drawing interest from other teams
    According to Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, the Blue Jays have received calls about Adam Lind.

    Advice: "I hear the Blue Jays are getting a lot of interest on Lind and not just from American League teams," an unnamed executive told the Sun. "I’ve heard three or four clubs." Lind struggles mightily against left-handed pitching, but he mashes righties and is only due $7.5 million in 2015 and $8 million in 2016 (via a pair of club options). That relatively low price tag makes him an attractive trade target for teams that want to upgrade offensively but won't be able to compete for the bigger bats on the open market this winter. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:49 am
     
    L, 1-0 vs ^ Bal
  • Lincecum leaves Game 2 with back tightness
    Tim Lincecum left Wednesday's World Series Game 2 with lower back tightness.

    Advice: Lincecum threw a pitch to Salvador Perez and immediately knew something was wrong, walking off with a trainer without much resistance. The good news is that manager Bruce Bochy said he doesn't think it's a big deal, telling reporters, "We think he'll be fine." The club will know more on Thursday. It's possible that Lincecum could be available as soon as Friday's Game 3 in San Francisco. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:51 pm
  • Infante delivers two-run homer in Game 2 win
    Omar Infante went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in a World Series Game 2 win over the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: Infante was one of the Royals' worst offensive performers during the regular season, but he came up big in Game 2. He doubled and scored the Royals' second run in the second inning, and his two-run blast off Hunter Strickland capped a five-run sixth inning that decided the outcome of the game. The homer was his first in 145 career postseason at-bats. It was a good time for it, as the Royals needed a split to stand a chance heading to San Francisco for a three-game set that starts Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:46 pm
  • Lincecum exits Game 2 with undisclosed injury
    Tim Lincecum left Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Lincecum looked uncomfortable on a 2-2 pitch to Salvador Perez and immediately called the trainer out. After a brief discussion he walked off with the trainer, heading down the tunnel to the Giants' locker room. It was a disappointing end to a promising outing for Lincecum, who had recorded five outs without allowing a baserunner in his first postseason action this year. The Giants should update his status shortly. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:21 pm
  • Cubs' Russell plays second base in AFL
    Cubs prospect Addison Russell has played second base in the Arizona Fall League.

    Advice: Cubs president Theo Epstein said earlier this month that Russell would prepare to play multiple positions and the 20-year-old made his first start at second base last Monday. "Everything's going good," said Russell. "I missed nine weeks so not only the at-bats, I need to get some reps at short and possibly at second. That's what I'm working on right now." The Cubs still have Starlin Castro at shortstop, so they are simply keeping their options open. The logjam could ultimately be resolved with a trade. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:31 am
     
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  • Bautista: Jays have 50-50 shot at Cabrera
    Jose Bautista said on Sportsnet 590 The FAN on Tuesday that he believes the Blue Jays have a "50-50" chance of re-signing Melky Cabrera.

    Advice: The Blue Jays are expected to make a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer to Cabrera, but they'll have to compete with the open market in order to keep him. "I think he’s going to allow the team a chance to come and match any offer that he might get out on the free agent market," said Bautista. "I think the Blue Jays are going to have a shot at bringing him back, so hopefully for our fan base and for my sake – making my job easier and having him on base a lot, because he does get on base a lot with his bat – hopefully the team does take that chance and re-sign him somehow." Cabrera batted .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI over 139 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:19 am
     
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    L, 1-0 vs x Bal
  • Giants 'team to watch' with Nick Markakis
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Giants are "one team to watch" with impending free agent Nick Markakis.

    Advice: Cafardo also list the Mets as a possible contender for Markakis' services, though it sounds like he's just speculating on potential landing spots more than anything else. The Orioles will decline their part of Markakis' $17.5 million mutual option for 2015, but the common feeling is that they'll wind up working out a deal to retain the outfielder. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:39 am
  • Tim Lincecum dealing with sore neck
    Tim Lincecum was unable to throw a scheduled bullpen session on Saturday due to a sore neck.

    Advice: It's not clear how long the neck has been bothering Lincecum, but it could partly explain why he's yet to pitch this postseason. However, the right-hander will be on the World Series roster as one of two long relievers in San Francisco's bullpen. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:27 am
  • O's plan to decline option on Markakis
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles plan to decline their part of Nick Markakis' $17.5 million mutual option for 2015.

    Advice: He'll receive a $2 million buyout and become a free agent. The decision isn't a big surprise, as his production simply doesn't warrant the bloated salary. Still, the Orioles are interested in bringing him back for less. Markakis has spent his entire nine-year career with the Orioles and batted .276/.342/.386 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI over 155 games this past season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:04 am
  • Markakis at leadoff for O's in ALCS Game 3
    Nick Markakis is batting leadoff for the Orioles in Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday night.

    Advice: The skies have finally cleared in Kansas City. Here's the full O's lineup: Markakis RF, Alejandro De Aza LF, Adam Jones CF, Nelson Cruz DH, Steve Pearce 1B, J.J. Hardy SS, Ryan Flaherty 3B, Nick Hundley C, Jonathan Schoop 2B. Wei-Yin Chen is on the mound. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:21 pm
  • No decision yet on ankle surgery for Miggy
    Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday that a final decision hasn't yet been made on ankle surgery for Miguel Cabrera.

    Advice: Cabrera was hobbled down the stretch with painful bone spurs in his right ankle and he's still considering his options. The timeline for a final decision isn't clear. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:48 am
     
    W, 3-0 vs ^ Min
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