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  • White Sox ink Adam LaRoche to two-year deal
    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the White Sox and Adam LaRoche have agreed to a two-year, $25 million contract.

    Advice: With Jose Abreu entrenched as the team's first baseman, it's likely that LaRoche will see most of his time in the DH role in the White Sox lineup. The 35-year-old slugger slashed .259/.362/.455 with 26 homers and 92 RBI in 140 games with the Nationals in 2014 and should see increased power numbers with the move to the hitter-friendly confines of U.S. Cellular Field. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:34 pm
     
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  • Rays narrow managerial choices down to three
    The Rays have narrowed down their managerial search to three finalists: Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu.

    Advice: Wakamatsu is the only one of the trio who has previous experience as a major league manager. The surprise in this announcement, is that bench coach Dave Martinez, who was widely considered to be the favorite for the gig, wasn't even among the finalists. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:25 pm
  • Matt Kemp drawing significant trade interest
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Dodgers are drawing significant trade interest in outfielder Matt Kemp.

    Advice: While the Dodgers would much rather prefer to trade Carl Crawford or Andre Ethier to free up the logjam in their outfield, they would certainly get a much better return package if unloading Kemp. They would also be free of the five years and $107 million remaining on Kemp's contract through 2019, which would allow them to be even more aggressive on the free agent market. If Kemp is indeed dealt, Joc Pederson could take over the reigns in center field. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:16 pm
     
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  • 'Increasingly likely' Miller gets four years
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that it's "increasingly likely" Andrew Miller will get a four-year contract.

    Advice: Morosi says that Miller "already has multiple offers of at least three years," so it appears a team might have to guarantee a fourth year to push them over the top. He also notes that Miller is expected to eclipse the previous high-water mark for a reliever with no closing experience, which currently sits at $6 million per season. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported last week that Miller was receiving interest from 22 teams. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:53 pm
     
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  • Manny Acta out of running for Rays' job
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Manny Acta is out of the running for the Rays' manager job.

    Advice: He has the most big league managerial experience of anyone who interviewed, but the Rays have decided to pass. Acta and Craig Counsell have now been crossed off the list, and the Rays reportedly have narrowed their search down to three names. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:57 am
  • Rockies haven't ruled out re-signing Anderson
    Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies are interested in re-signing Brett Anderson.

    Advice: They declined his $12 million option for 2015 but would be willing to bring him back at a lesser rate. Anderson has plenty of upside when healthy, but he simply hasn't been able to take the mound regularly, making just 19 starts over the last three seasons. The Royals and Astros have also expressed interest in the lefty. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:53 am
     
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  • Yankees discussing Jason Grilli internally
    WFAN's Sweeny Murti reports that the Yankees have internally discussed Jason Grilli as a possible bullpen target.

    Advice: Grilli would be a backup option if they're not able to re-sign Robertson, as he could set up and Dellin Betances could slide into the closer role. The 38-year-old posted a 4.00 ERA with 57 strikeouts over 54 innings for the Pirates and Angels this past season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:03 am
     
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  • Tigers ink Xavier Avery to minors deal
    Tigers signed OF Xavier Avery to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Avery spent all of the 2014 season at Triple-A with the Mariners, batting .275/.344/.413 with 10 homers and 31 steals. He lands in a good spot, as the Tigers' center field job is in flux, but ultimately he's unlikely to get much of an opportunity at the big league level in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:57 am
     
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  • Yu Darvish's MRI pushed back to next week
    A scheduled MRI on Yu Darvish's right elbow has been pushed back to next week.

    Advice: It appears to merely just be a scheduling conflict, as the Rangers still expect the MRI to come back clean. Darvish's season ended early due to elbow inflammation, but he's expected to be cleared to offseason work next week assuming the MRI reveals no issues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:21 am
  • Pirates commit to Pedro Alvarez at 1B
    Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Thursday after the team designated Ike Davis for assignment that they've "essentially committed" to Pedro Alvarez at first base.

    Advice: Huntington previously had refused to rule out Alvarez remaining at third base, but with his throwing issues and Josh Harrison's emergence at the hot corner, a move to first for Alvarez was inevitable. Alvarez slugged 36 homers in 2013, but that number was cut in half in 2014 and he hit just .231/.312/.405 overall. His season ended early due to a stress reaction in his left foot, but he didn't need surgery and is expected to have a normal offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:04 am
  • Craig Counsell won't get Rays' job
    MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports that Craig Counsell has pulled out of the running for the Rays' manager job.

    Advice: Counsell was one of 10 candidate to interview for the gig. He will continue with his job as special assistant to Brewers general manager Doug Melvin. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:45 am
  • 'Plenty of interest' in David Ross
    Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that there has been "plenty of interest" in David Ross.

    Advice: However, he adds that there's "nothing imminent" in terms of Ross signing on somewhere. The veteran catcher batted just .184/.260/.368 in 50 games this past season, but his bat has been more potent in the past and he's well-regarded as a receiver and clubhouse guy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:22 am
     
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  • Cubs, Dodgers, White Sox in on Miguel Montero
    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Cubs, Dodgers and White Sox have talked to the Diamondbacks about a trade involving Miguel Montero.

    Advice: It's not clear how far along the talks with those teams have gotten, but Piecoro does note that the inquiries "have not picked up significantly" since the Russell Martin signing. The D'Backs are shopping Montero in hopes of clearing some payroll space, possibly so that they can add some pitching. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:20 am
  • Reed's sexual assault charges reinstated
    A Wayne County judge has reinstated two sexual assault charges against former Tigers pitcher Evan Reed.

    Advice: Reed, 28, was accused of raping a 45-year-old woman on March 30 in a hotel room at Motor City Casino but had two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct dropped in August. His lawyer has appealed the reinstatement of the charges. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:07 am
     
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  • Rays get Jose Dominguez from Dodgers
    Rays acquired RHPs Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris from the Dodgers in exchange for RHP Joel Peralta and LHP Adam Liberatore.

    Advice: Dominguez hasn't fared well in his brief time in the majors, but he can touch triple-digits on the radar gun, which obviously makes him quite appealing. He should crack the Rays' Opening Day bullpen. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:01 am
  • Michael Kohn designated for assignment
    Rays designated RHP Michael Kohn for assignment.

    Advice: The Rays just signed Kohn last month, but the right-hander will now be eligible for the Rule 5 Draft. The 28-year-old holds a 3.67 ERA with 107 strikeouts across 110 1/3 frames at the major league level, though he's also walked 73. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:57 am
     
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  • Dodgers get Peralta from TB in 4-player deal
    Dodgers acquired RHP Joel Peralta and LHP Adam Liberatore from the Rays in exchange for RHPs Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris.

    Advice: The Rays exercised Peralta's $2.5 million option for 2015 earlier this month (he has $2.5 million club options for 2016 and 2017, as well) but have now decided to deal him for a bit of payroll space. The 38-year-old put up a 3.58 ERA and 293/84 K/BB ratio over 269 1/3 frames the last four years for the Rays and will work in a setup role for the Dodgers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:46 am
  • Longoria (forearm) homers in return to lineup
    Evan Longoria (forearm) returned to the starting lineup for the MLB All-Stars Thursday in Japan.

    Advice: Longoria made an early exit from Monday's game in Tokyo after being hit on the left forearm by a pitch, but that was merely a precautionary move. He hit a home run Thursday in the final game of the 10-day tour. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:52 am
  • Report: Marlins have 2/20 offer to LaRoche
    A source tells Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald that the Marlins have made a two-year, $20 million offer to free agent Adam LaRoche.

    Advice: The Marlins' interest in LaRoche has been no secret -- he appears to be their top priority after they extended Giancarlo Stanton, and the backloaded nature of Stanton's extension has given the team the flexibility to pursue players to put around him. The 35-year-old's market has yet to develop beyond the Marlins, so it's unclear how open he might be to accepting a deal like the one he's reportedly been offered. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:57 pm
     
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  • Reed's sexual assault dismissal appealed
    The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office has appealed the dismissal of criminal sexual conduct charges against Evan Reed.

    Advice: The appeal will be heard Friday morning. Reed, 28, was accused of raping a 45-year-old woman on March 30 in a hotel room at Motor City Casino. He was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, but all of the charges were dismissed in August. Reed elected free agency earlier this month after being removed from the Tigers' 40-man roster. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:22 am
     
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  • Astros have checked in on FA Brett Anderson
    Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros have checked in on Brett Anderson.

    Advice: Drellich notes that Anderson is a Houston native and fits the Astros' desire for a high-upside free agent starter who should come cheap. The Rockies declined a $12 million option on the 26-year-old left-hander after he made just eight starts in 2014 due to yet another string of injuries. Anderson owns a 3.73 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 494 career major league innings. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:10 pm
     
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  • Marlins show 'aggressive interest' in LaRoche
    ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Marlins have "shown aggressive interest" in Adam LaRoche.

    Advice: The Marlins are about to officially sign Giancarlo Stanton to a record deal, but they backloaded the contract so that they'd have a chance to add more pieces. LaRoche is apparently at or near the top of their wish list. He'd be an upgrade at first base over Garrett Jones after batting .259/.362/.455 with 26 homers and 92 RBI for the Nationals in 2014. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:35 am
     
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  • Evan Longoria exits game after HBP
    Evan Longoria exited Monday's game in Japan after being hit by a pitch on the left forearm.

    Advice: He was removed from the game as a precaution, as Longo only has a bruise. Longoria is in Japan along with other MLB All-Stars as part of a five-game postseason tour. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:15 am
  • Blue Jays 'very aggressive' for Andrew Miller
    Sportsnet's Jeff Blair reports that the Blue Jays are being "very aggressive" in their pursuit of Andrew Miller.

    Advice: Blair was told this by a source from a team that's competing with the Jays and others for Miller's services. Miller would likely close with Toronto with Casey Janssen expected to depart as a free agent. The left-hander doesn't have experience in the ninth inning but nonetheless is going to be paid like the elite reliever he is. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:26 pm
     
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  • Rays interview Larkin, completing first round
    The Rays interviewed Barry Larkin for their managerial opening Saturday.

    Advice: Larkin was the final candidate to be interviewed, so Saturday's meeting marked the end of the first round of interviews. The team will now likely narrow its list and conduct another round of interviews before settling on a successor for Joe Maddon. Larkin gained some managerial experience managing Brazil in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, but he hasn't yet held a position as a major league manager. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:46 pm
  • Miller piques interest of '22 teams'
    According to Jon Heyman on Twitter, 22 teams have shown interest in relief pitcher Andrew Miller.

    Advice: Heyman noted that the "rumored Cubs" probably won't be the ones to sign him, as "[they] are only looking to lengthen their pen." Miller is one of the top relief arms on the market and the 29-year-old is reportedly looking for somewhere in the ballpark of a four-year deal. Since turning fully over to reliever, Miller has a 2.57 ERA and a 14.6 K/9. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:44 pm
     
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  • Rays interview Indians bench coach Cash
    The Rays interviewed Indians bench coach Kevin Cash for their managerial opening Wednesday.

    Advice: The Cash interview leaves on late additions Barry Larkin and Doug Glanville left to be interviewed. Cash was also in the running for the Rangers' open managerial position. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:26 pm
  • Blue Jays meet with reps for Andrew Miller
    Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports the Blue Jays recently met with representatives for Andrew Miller.

    Advice: The Jays are just the latest team rumored to be interested in the 29-year-old. Miller's asking price is said to be sky high -- he's seeking a four-year deal -- and as one of the best relievers on the market, he might just get what he's looking for. The Cardinals and Red Sox are also believed to be interested in the lefty. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:07 pm
     
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  • Report: Andrew Miller seeking four-year deal
    According to Jason Mastrodonato of MassLive.com, free agent reliever Andrew Miller is "seeking at least a four-year deal."

    Advice: Mastrodonato also quoted his industry source as saying the average annual value (AAV) of a deal shorter than four years would need to be "astounding" for him to consider it. A four-year deal would be largely unprecedented for a non-closer, even one with Miller's pedigree. The 29-year-old lefty has a 2.57 ERA and 14.6 K/9 since converting to relief full-time in 2012. A huge group of teams, including the Red Sox, are reportedly interested in acquiring Miller's services. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:18 pm
     
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  • Red Sox to meet with Miller's agent on Wed.
    Andrew Miller's agent, Mark Rodgers, was scheduled to meet with the Red Sox on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rodgers told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that he saved the Red Sox for his final meeting with teams. Miller seems to be drawing interest from just about every front office in baseball after posting a terrific 2.02 ERA and 103/17 K/BB ratio in 62 1/3 innings this past season between Boston and Baltimore. Some clubs are said to be viewing him as an option at closer. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:25 pm
     
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  • Miller's agent says his client could close
    Andrew Miller's agent, Mark Rodgers, told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com that his client is drawing interest from teams in need of a closer.

    Advice: "I think Andrew's evolution in the bullpen and his numbers this year fortify the belief in baseball that he's a closer-in-waiting -- and maybe the time for waiting is over," said Rogers. While Rogers didn't mention who could be in the mix for his client, the Yankees, Red Sox, and Dodgers are among the teams in the market for late-inning help. Rogers didn't rule out the possibility that Miller could sign somewhere as a set-up man or a Plan B for an established closer. Of course, the money will likely dictate where he will go. Miller, 29, had an outstanding 2.02 ERA with a 103/17 K/BB ratio over 62 1/3 innings this past season between the Red Sox and Orioles. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:22 am
     
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