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    • Tyler Collins could crack Opening Day roster
      Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press believes that Tyler Collins will claim one of the final bench spots on the Tigers' Opening Day roster.

      Advice: The Tigers have been in the market for a left-handed power bat for their bench, and the best option may already be in-house with Collins. The 24-year-old outfielder hit .263/.335/.423 with 18 homers and 62 RBI in 121 contests at Triple-A Toledo in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:12 pm
    • Rafael Furcal suffers torn hamstring
      Dionisio Soldevila of ESPNDeportes.com reports that Rafael Furcal will miss the Dominican Winter League playoffs after tearing his hamstring.

      Advice: It's not clear which hamstring he tore, but it's obviously bad news for Furcal after he missed nearly all of the 2014 season with left hamstring issues. A timetable for his rehab isn't known at this time, but it would now seem unlikely that Furcal is able to land a contract before spring training. The 37-year-old infielder has played just nine games over the last two seasons due to injury. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:50 pm
       
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    • Clint Robinson signs on with Nationals
      Nationals signed 1B Clint Robinson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Robinson spent almost all of last season at Triple-A with the Dodgers, batting .312/.401/.534 with 18 homers and 80 RBI. He's merely organizational depth. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:25 pm
       
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    • Pierzynski getting $2 million from Braves
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that A.J. Pierzynski will make a base salary of $2 million in his one-year contract with the Braves.

      Advice: He'll have the opportunity to make more through incentives. Pierzynski will serve as Christian Bethancourt's backup in 2015 after batting .251/.288/.337 over 362 plate appearances last season for the Red Sox and Cardinals. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:00 pm
       
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    • Nationals sign Dan Uggla to minor league deal
      Nationals signed 2B Dan Uggla to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: General manager Mike Rizzo has history with Uggla, as he drafted him back in 2001 when he was Director of Scouting for the Diamondbacks. Uggla will turn 35 in March and batted just .149/.229/.213 in 157 plate appearances last season. There's a good possibility he's done, but he did at least land in a good spot, as the Nats have an opening at second base. That said, it's unlikely that they're done shopping for upgrades at the position. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:28 am
       
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    • D'Backs re-sign Pacheco to minors contract
      Diamondbacks re-signed INF/C Jordan Pacheco to a minor league contract.

      Advice: The deal includes an invitation to spring training, where Pacheco should have a good shot at an Opening Day roster spot. The 28-year-old batted just .272/.298/.321 in 47 games this past season for Arizona, but he can play catcher and third base. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:47 am
       
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    • Rockies sign Roger Bernadina to minors deal
      Rockies signed OF Roger Bernadina to a minor league contract.

      Advice: Bernadina batted just .167/.304/.258 in 80 plate appearances this season between the Reds and Dodgers and for his career he's hit just .236/.307/.354. The 30-year-old is doubtful to have a significant impact for the Rockies, who have a ton of outfield depth. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:56 pm
       
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    • Carlos Gonzalez (knee) cleared to swing bat
      Carlos Gonzalez (knee) announced Wednesday that he has been cleared to begin hitting.

      Advice: Gonzalez is coming off surgery in August to repair the patella tendon in his left knee, which had bothered him dating back to 2013. The 29-year-old could be a little behind at the start of spring training, but the hope is that he'll be ready for Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:20 am
    • Braves, Pierzynski agree to one-year contract
      Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves and A.J. Pierzynski have agreed to a one-year contract, pending a physical.

      Advice: Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez apparently let the cat out of the bag while at a Honeybaked Ham on Wednesday and Bowman was able to confirm the story's validity. We're not kidding. Pierzynski, 37, batted just .251/.288/.337 in 362 plate appearances this past season between the Red Sox and Cardinals and should back up young Christian Bethancourt in 2015. The deal is expected to become official after January 1. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:50 am
       
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    • Report: O's re-sign Delmon Young to 1-yr deal
      MASN Sports' Roch Kubatko reports that the Orioles have re-signed Delmon Young to a one-year contract, pending a physical.

      Advice: He'll be guaranteed $2.25 million and can reach $3 million with incentives. The physical is expected to be completed after January 1. Young hoped to find a multi-year deal after batting .302/.337/.442 with seven home runs and 30 RBI in 83 games with Baltimore this past season, but he ultimately lowered his demands to stick around for another year. The 29-year-old figures to see part-time at-bats again between the DH spot and left field. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:58 am
       
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    • Rays could trade Ben Zobrist
      FOX Sports' Jon Morosi writes that "there's a decent chance" the Rays will trade Ben Zobrist before Opening Day.

      Advice: It reads as speculation, but it makes a lot of sense given how active the Rays have been on the trade front this offseason. Zobrist turns 34 in May and will make $7.5 million in 2015 before hitting free agency. His versatility would make him an attractive target for a number of teams and should fetch Tampa Bay a nice haul. Morosi lists the Mets, Nationals, Mariners, Rangers, Cubs, Reds, and Twins among the teams who could be a fit. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:21 am
       
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      Ben Zobrist TB - 2B,SS,OF
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    • Orioles still interested in Venable, Smith
      Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are still interested in Seth Smith and Will Venable from the Padres.

      Advice: The Padres have a surplus of outfielders after acquiring Matt Kemp, Wil Myers and Justin Upton in recent days, so the Orioles could be able to find a match. Both Smith and Venable hit from the left side of the plate and could be used on the strong side of a platoon in Baltimore. Smith is signed through 2016 with a club option for 2017 while Venable can become a free agent after 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:15 am
       
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    • Cubs, Ross finalize two-year, $5 million deal
      Cubs signed C David Ross to a two-year, $5 million contract.

      Advice: The deal was agreed to last Friday and then finalized Tuesday evening after Ross passed his pre-signing physical. Ross has batted just .197/.276/.374 in 287 plate appearances since the beginning of the 2013 season, but the Cubs clearly value his defense and veteran leadership. The 37-year-old should be Miguel Montero's primary backup in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:56 pm
       
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    • Twins outright Eric Fryer to AAA Rochester
      Twins sent C Eric Fryer outright to Triple-A Rochester.

      Advice: Fryer is now off Minnesota's 40-man roster. The 29-year-old catcher is a .246/.321/.339 career hitter. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:22 pm
       
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    • Twins outright Chris Parmelee to Triple-A
      Twins sent OF Chris Parmelee outright to Triple-A Rochester.

      Advice: Parmelee was designated for assignment by Minnesota earlier this month and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 26-year-old hit just .256/.307/.384 with seven homers and 28 RBI in 87 games with the Twins in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:21 pm
       
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    • Brewers claim Shane Peterson off waivers
      Brewers claimed OF/1B Shane Peterson off waivers from the Cubs.

      Advice: Peterson has been the proverbial hot potato over the last two weeks, as he's bounced from the Athletics to the Cubs and now to the Brewers. He's a second-round pick who has flashed a decent bat in the minors, hitting .308/.381/.460 in Triple-A in 2014. While he doesn't have much major league experience, he's still just 26 and his bat should eventually offer him chances at the next level. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:32 am
       
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    • Orioles release Quintin Berry
      Orioles released OF Quintin Berry.

      Advice: The team claimed Ryan Lavarnway off of waivers and released Berry to make room. Berry's best attribute is his speed, as he stole 30 bases in the minors in 2014. He slashed .285/.382/.367 at Triple-A and could serve as a pinch-runner for whomever picks him up. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:26 am
       
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    • Orioles claim Lavarnway off of waivers
      Orioles claimed 1B/C Ryan Lavarnway off waivers from the Cubs.

      Advice: While Matt Wieters (elbow) is hopeful that he'll be ready to start on Opening Day, the Orioles added depth at catcher in the form of Lavarnway. He'll join Steve Clevenger and Caleb Joseph as potential starters should Wieters be unable to go. Lavarnway was once a somewhat promising prospect, but that talent has yet to translate to the majors, as he's hit only .208/.389/.370 over the course of his career. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:18 am
    • Nationals sign Ian Stewart to minors deal
      Nationals signed 3B Ian Stewart to a minor league contract.

      Advice: Stewart was recently with the Angels, but elected to become a free agent in October after the team outrighted him to Triple A. He appeared in 24 games in 2014, hitting just .176/.22/.382 with two homers and seven RBI. While the numbers aren't great, Stewart has the opportunity to compete for a backup role behind starter Anthony Rendon. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:46 am
       
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      Ian Stewart Was - 2B,3B
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    • Padres sign Brett Wallace to minors deal
      Padres signed 1B Brett Wallace to a minor league contract.

      Advice: Wallace slashed .282/.350/.426 with 17 homers and 58 RBI at Triple-A for the Blue Jays in 2014. He's a former top prospect and should have the opportunity at spring training to try to crack the Padres' Opening Day roster. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:37 am
       
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    • Hannahan signs with LG Twins of South Korea
      According to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN, free agent INF Jack Hannahan has agreed to a $1 million contract with South Korea's LG Twins.

      Advice: Hannahan could possibly have found himself a minor league deal, as the (Minnesota) Twins were reportedly somewhat interested in him in mid-December, but he instead opted to sign in South Korea. Hannahan missed most of the 2014 season after undergoing shoulder surgery. He appeared in 26 games and hit .188/.220/.250. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:39 am
       
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    • Gregorio Petit outrighted to Triple-A
      Astros sent INF Gregorio Petit outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

      Advice: Petit was designated for assignment last week and has now cleared waivers. Petit, 29, batted .278/.300/.423 with two home runs and a 25/1 K/BB ratio in 37 games this past season. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 5:26 pm
       
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    • Phils ink 1B McGuiness to minors deal
      Phillies signed 1B Chris McGuiness to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: McGuiness turns 27 in April and batted .264/.358/.412 with nine home runs and 54 RBI over 126 games this past season with the Pirates' Triple-A affiliate. He'll likely serve as organizational depth for Philadelphia in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 2:15 pm
       
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    • Marco Scutaro (back) undergoes fusion surgery
      Marco Scutaro underwent fusion surgery of the L2 and L3 in his back Sunday and will be sidelined for 4-6 months.

      Advice: This comes after Scutaro appeared in just five games this past season due to a chronic back problem. The 39-year-old is owed $6 million in 2015, but there's a real chance his tenure with the Giants is over, if not his career. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:24 pm
       
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    • Cubs outright Logan Watkins to AAA Iowa
      Cubs sent INF Logan Watkins outright to Triple-A Iowa.

      Advice: Watkins was designated for assignment last week. He is a .233/.269/.301 career hitter in 110 major league plate appearances and is no longer on the Cubs' 40-man roster. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:05 am
       
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    • Yankees have checked in on Troy Tulowitzki
      According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Yankees have checked in with the Rockies on Troy Tulowitzki.

      Advice: Heyman reported late last week that the Mets and Rockies had been "quietly discussing" the parameters of a Tulowitzki trade, but the two sides have not been able to find a match. And while the Yankees also have a big hole at shortstop, they probably don't possess the kind of elite-level prospects that Colorado would want in a return package. Heyman writes Monday that it "remains unclear how committed the Rockies-owning Monfort brothers are to trading the beloved Tulo." Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:30 am
    • Cubs to ink David Ross to two-year pact
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that David Ross has agreed to a two-year, $5 million contract with the Cubs

      Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier Friday that Ross had signed with the Padres but then later retracted it. Ross has batted just .197/.276/.374 over the last two seasons, but his leadership and ability to handle a pitching staff is valued. Signing Ross to be Miguel Montero's backup now allows the Cubs to field offers for Welington Castillo. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:11 pm
       
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    • Logan Watkins designated for assignment
      Cubs designated INF Logan Watkins for assignment.

      Advice: Watkins, 25, has posted decent numbers in the minors but has hit just .233/.269/.301 over 110 plate appearances in the majors. He's versatile and young, so some team might claim him on waivers. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:07 pm
       
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    • Ryan Lavarnway claimed by Cubs off waivers
      Cubs claimed 1B/C Ryan Lavarnway off waivers from the Dodgers.

      Advice: Lavarnway had been claimed by the Dodgers earlier this month before being designated for assignment a week later for the second time this offseason. The 27-year-old had an injury-shortened 2014 season and isn't really a prospect anymore but is probably worth a flier. It remains to be seen how he'll fit in with the Cubs, but he makes the most sense as a third catcher/pinch-hitter. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:05 pm
    • Shane Peterson claimed by Cubs
      Cubs claimed OF/1B Shane Peterson off waivers from the Athletics.

      Advice: Peterson had been designated for assignment last week. The former second-round pick has limited experience in the majors but batted .308/.381/.460 this past season at Triple-A. He could be an option for the Cubs' bench. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:29 am
       
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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
      Friday, 10:26 am
       
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    • Phillies have interest in Rafael Furcal
      ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Phillies are "kicking the tires" on Rafael Furcal.

      Advice: Freddy Galvis is expected to take over at shortstop following the trade of Jimmy Rollins, but Furcal could be added as a backup option. The 37-year-old infielder was limited to just nine games for the Marlins this season due to leg issues after missing all of 2013 following Tommy John surgery. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:03 am
       
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    • 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
      Friday, 9:01 am
       
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    • Mets still talking Tulo trade with Rockies
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mets and Rockies "have been quietly discussing" a potential Troy Tulowitzki trade for weeks.

      Advice: He adds that pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard "is said to be the centerpiece of discussions" of the package that would head to the Rockies. However, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says the two teams have talked all offseason but no traction has been gained. A source told him he thinks the chances of the two sides completing a deal are "5-10 percent." In other words, nothing has really changed here. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:57 am
    • Smith given verbal assurance of no trade
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Seth Smith was given verbal assurance when he signed an extension that he would not be traded this offseason.

      Advice: As Rosenthal notes, the assurance came before A.J. Preller took over as general manager. However, the same ownership is still in place, and while they don't technically have to honor the verbal agreement, it would look pretty bad if they didn't. Smith has drawn trade interest with the Padres suddenly overflowing with outfielders, but it sounds like he might be staying put. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:17 pm
       
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    • Seth Smith being discussed in trade talks
      ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports he's hearing Seth Smith's name often in trade talks.

      Advice: With the recent deals for Matt Kemp and Wil Myers the Padres suddenly have an excess of outfielders. Smith got off to a great start to his 2014 season before finishing with a .266/.367/.440 line. Smith, 32, is due $6 million next season and is signed through 2016 with a club option for 2017, so he could be an attractive option for a team in need of left-handed power in the corner outfield or at first base. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:00 pm
       
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    • 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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    • 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
      Wednesday, 10:52 am
       
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      Ben Zobrist TB - 2B,SS,OF
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