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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
      Yesterday, 8:21 am
       
      Player Note
      Ben Zobrist TB - 2B,SS,OF
      L, 7-2 x @Cle
    • 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
       
      Player Note
      Ian Stewart Was - 2B,3B
      Not Active
      W, 1-0 vs x Mia
    • 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
       
      Disabled List
      W, 9-3 vs x SD
    • 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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      W, 5-2 x @Mil
    • 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
      Sunday, 6:39 am
       
      L, 2-1 vs ^ Atl
    • 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
      Saturday, 10:03 am
       
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      W, 1-0 vs ^ Mia
    • Braves pick up Jace Peterson from Padres
      Braves acquired INF Jace Peterson from the Padres in the Justin Upton trade.

      Advice: A former sandwich round pick, Peterson batted .307/.402/.447 with 16 steals between Double- and Triple-A last season and got a cup of coffee in the majors. He's a pretty solid middle infield prospect but didn't land in a great situation in Atlanta with Andrelton Simmons holding down shortstop and Jose Peraza on his way at second base. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:03 pm
       
      Player Note
      Jace Peterson Atl - 2B,3B,SS
      W, 2-1 x @Phi
    • Shawn O'Malley released by Angels
      Angels released INF/OF Shawn O'Malley.

      Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Johnny Giavotella. O'Malley, who will turn 27 later this month, is a career .258/.351/.338 hitter in the minors and got a cup of coffee with the Angels at the end of last season. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 1:37 pm
       
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      L, 4-1 x @Sea
    • 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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      W, 5-2 x @Mil
    • Angels acquire Johnny Giavotella from Royals
      Angels acquired 2B Johnny Giavotella from the Royals in exchange for RHP Brian Broderick.

      Advice: Giavotella had been designated for assignment on Thursday. The Angels plan to go with Josh Rutledge at second base after trading away Howie Kendrick, but Giavotella isn't a bad insurance option. The 27-year-old never received a long-term look with the Royals but is a career .305/.378/.438 hitter in the minors. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:54 am
    • A's release veteran INF Nick Punto
      Athletics released INF Nick Punto.

      Advice: Punto, 37, batted just .207/.296/.293 this season for the A's while battling some injuries. The A's will still be responsible for his $2.75 million salary next season. Someone will get Punto a shot due to his versatility, but he might have to settle for a minor league deal. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:49 am
       
      Player Note
      Nick Punto Oak - 2B,3B,SS
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      W, 4-0 x @Tex
    • Martin Prado/Nate Eovaldi swap is official
      Marlins acquired INF/OF Martin Prado, RHP David Phelps and cash considerations from the Yankees in exchange for RHP Nathan Eovaldi, 1B/OF Garrett Jones and RHP Domingo German.

      Advice: The Yankees are sending $6 million to the Marlins to help offset the salaries. Prado is expected to play third base for the Marlins, which means Casey McGehee is either headed to the bench or the trade block. Prado's fantasy value obviously takes a big hit going from Yankee Stadium to Marlins Park. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:34 am
       
      Player Note
      Martín Prado Mia - 2B,3B,OF
      L, 1-0 x @Was
    • 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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      L, 1-0 x @Was
    • 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
      Thursday, 1:14 pm
    • 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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      W, 1-0 vs ^ Mia
    • 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
      Wednesday, 11:27 am
       
      W, 7-2 vs x TB
    • 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
       
      Player Note
      Ben Zobrist TB - 2B,SS,OF
      L, 7-2 x @Cle
    • Angels' negotiations with Beckham stall
      The Orange County Register's Jeff Fletcher reported that negotiations between the Angels and INF Gordon Beckham are not currently progressing.

      Advice: Fletcher wrote that the Angels were still looking to bring back Beckham. The most obvious reason as to why negotiations have hit a snag is that Beckham is presumably looking for a guaranteed starting role in the majors. Given his .226/.271/.348 slash-line in 2014, it's probably not realistic that Beckham will have consistent starting at-bats next season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:56 am
       
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      L, 4-1 x @Sea
    • Derek Dietrich exits game with ankle injury
      Derek Dietrich left Tuesday's Dominican Winter League game with an ankle injury.

      Advice: The good news is that X-rays came back negative, so Dietrich should be fine. The young infielder will compete for a bench job in spring training. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:38 pm
    • Rockies sign INF Descalso to a two-year deal
      Rockies signed INF Daniel Descalso to a two-year, $3.6 million contract.

      Advice: ESPN's Jerry Crasnick passed along the contract terms. Descalso was non-tendered by the Cardinals earlier this month after batting just .244/.333/.311 over 104 games this past season, but he's capable of playing all over the infield. He'll essentially replace Josh Rutledge in a utility role. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:10 am
       
      Player Note
      Daniel Descalso Col - 2B,3B,SS
      L, 10-5 ^ @LAD
    • Rangers optimistic about re-signing Rosales
      Jeff Wilson of the Fort-Worth Star Telegram writes that the Rangers are optimistic about re-signing Adam Rosales.

      Advice: Rosales was non-tendered by the Rangers in December, but they still hope to bring him back for a lesser salary. The 31-year-old batted .262 with four home runs and a .706 OPS over 56 games this season and would function as a utility infielder if he returns. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:04 am
       
      Player Note
      Adam Rosales Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS
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      L, 4-0 vs ^ Oak
    • Astros finalize contract with Jed Lowrie
      Astros signed INF Jed Lowrie to a three-year, $23 million contract.

      Advice: The deal includes a $6 million club option for 2018 with a $1 million buyout. Lowrie, who previously played for the Astros in 2012, is expected to take over the starting shortstop job. The 30-year-old batted just .249/.321/.355 with six home runs and 50 RBI in 136 games this past season, but there's rebound potential now that he's leaving Oakland. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:05 am
       
      Player Note
      Jed Lowrie Hou - 2B,SS
      L, 8-3 ^ @NYM
    • Braves bring aboard Callaspo with $3M deal
      Braves signed INF Alberto Callaspo to a one-year, $3 million contract.

      Advice: The deal was reported last week and has now become official. Callaspo struggled in 2014 for the A's, batting .223/.290/.290 with four homers and 39 RBI in 451 plate appearances. He'll serve as the Braves' second baseman until prospect Jose Peraza is deemed major league-ready. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:42 pm
       
      Player Note
      Alberto Callaspo Atl - 1B,2B,3B
      W, 2-1 x @Phi
    • Yankees sign Cole Figueroa to minors deal
      Yankees signed INF Cole Figueroa to a minor league contract.

      Advice: Figueroa hit just .233/.286/.326 in 23 games with the Rays in 2014. The 27-year-old will function as organizational infield depth in 2015 for the Yankees. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:25 pm
       
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      W, 9-5 x @Bos
    • Astros do 3-year, $23M deal with Jed Lowrie
      According to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart, the Astros have signed Jed Lowrie to a three-year deal.

      Advice: The contract will be worth $23 million and also includes a $6 million club option (or $1 million buyout) for 2018. Lowrie batted just .249/.321/.355 with six home runs and 50 RBI in 136 games this past season for the A's, but he had a good 2013 season in Oakland and flashed impressive power in 2012 in hitter-friendly Houston, slugging 16 dingers in 97 games. He should be a nice upgrade at shortstop for the Astros. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:13 pm
       
      Player Note
      Jed Lowrie Hou - 2B,SS
      L, 8-3 ^ @NYM
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