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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
      Today, 5:26 pm
       
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      L, 8-3 @NYM
    • 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
      Today, 6:30 am
    • 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
       
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      Jace Peterson Atl - 2B,3B,SS
      W, 2-1 @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 @Sea
    • 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
       
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      Nick Punto Oak - 2B,3B,SS
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      W, 4-0 @Tex
    • 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 @Was
    • Dodgers announce trade for SS Jimmy Rollins
      Dodgers acquired SS Jimmy Rollins and cash considerations from the Phillies in exchange for RHP Zach Eflin and LHP Tom Windle.

      Advice: They had to wait for the Matt Kemp trade to become official (which it did Thursday night), as Eflin was part of the package the Dodgers got from the Padres. Rollins makes for a nice one-year option for the contending Dodgers, as he's coming off a nice 2014 season that saw him bat .243/.323/.394 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI while also played pretty good defense at shortstop. The Phillies are sending $1 million to the Dodgers in the deal. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:28 am
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
      L, 7-2 @Cle
    • Ian Desmond still a possibility for Mariners
      Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that Ian Desmond "remains a possibility" for the Mariners.

      Advice: The Nationals don't seem optimistic about signing Desmond to a long-term extension, so they might decide to get something for him now even though he'd be a big part of a contending team in 2015. The Mariners are reportedly close to trading for a hitter, and it's possible Desmond might be their guy. The shortstop will make $11 million in 2015 before hitting free agency next winter. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:41 pm
       
      W, 1-0 vs Mia
    • 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
       
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      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
       
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      Adam Rosales Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS
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      L, 4-0 vs Oak
    • Astros designate INF Petit for assignment
      Astros designated INF Gregorio Petit for assignment.

      Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Jed Lowrie on the Astros' 40-man roster. 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
      Tuesday, 8:19 am
       
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      L, 8-3 @NYM
    • 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
       
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      Jed Lowrie Hou - 2B,SS
      L, 8-3 @NYM
    • 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
      Dec 15, 12:25 pm
       
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      W, 9-5 @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
      Dec 15, 12:13 pm
       
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      Jed Lowrie Hou - 2B,SS
      L, 8-3 @NYM
    • D'Backs sign Worth to minor league deal
      Diamondbacks signed INF Danny Worth to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Worth is a .230/.293/.295 hitter in 292 career plate appearances at the major league level, but the 29-year-old can play all over the infield defensively and could get a look as a utilityman at some point next season in Arizona. Worth had an offer from one team this winter to try becoming a pitcher. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 15, 10:26 am
       
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      Danny Worth Ari - 3B,SS
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      L, 1-0 vs StL
    • Club official: M's not looking to deal Miller
      A Mariners official told Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune that the club isn't looking to trade Brad Miller.

      Advice: "Understand this: We’re not looking to trade him," the official said. "I’m not saying it won’t happen, but it’s a lot less likely than some people seem to think." Miller's name has been linked to a number of shortstop-needy clubs after he struggled this past season, but the Mariners aren't exactly set at the position, either. Assuming no deal is made, Miller will likely battle Chris Taylor for the job in spring. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 6:44 pm
       
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      Brad Miller Sea - 2B,SS
      W, 4-1 vs LAA
    • Nats, Desmond haven't made progress in talks
      The Nationals and Ian Desmond haven't made any progress on a contract extension, according to Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post.

      Advice: In fact, Janes says the two sides haven't talked lately about a possible extension. Desmond is a free agent following the 2015 season and turned down a seven-year, $107 million offer from the club last winter. As a result of the impasse, the Nationals have been in talks with other teams in regards to the 29-year-old shortstop. Desmond will likely play out the season with the Nats, but it seems as though his tenure with the team may not last beyond October at the latest. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 13, 1:12 pm
       
      W, 1-0 vs Mia
    • Profar set to begin next season in minors
      Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday that Jurickson Profar is set to begin next season in the minors.

      Advice: Profar, of course, missed the entire 2014 season due to a right shoulder injury. While the team is encouraged about his progress health-wise, they know he needs to make up for lost time and the plan is to give him regular playing time at Triple-A to start next season. "Probably not," Daniels said of the possibility of Profar making the Opening Day roster. "He needs to play. We’re not going to keep him as our utility guy." Rougned Odor is slated to open next season as the Rangers' second baseman. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 8:41 am
       
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      Jurickson Profar Tex - 2B,3B,SS
      L, 4-0 vs Oak
    • Astros meet with SS Stephen Drew's agent
      Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros met with Stephen Drew's agent, Scott Boras, on Wednesday.

      Advice: The Astros currently have underwhelming shortstop options in Jonathan Villar and Marwin Gonzalez, so it's not a surprise that there's interest in Drew. The veteran infielder hit just .162/.237/.299 across 85 games for the Red Sox and Yankees last season, but the down year offensively could be due in part to the late start he got after waiting until late May to sign. Drew remains a good defender. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 7:25 am
       
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      W, 9-5 @Bos
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