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  • Twins ink Juan Centeno to minors deal
    Twins signed C Juan Centeno to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Centeno has hit .164/.227/.180 across 66 plate appearances over the last three seasons with the Mets and Brewers. He'll give the Twins some organizational catching depth. Today, 1:48 pm
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  • Aaron Thompson re-signs with Twins
    Twins re-signed LHP Aaron Thompson to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Thompson elected free agency after being removed from the Twins' 40-man roster last month, but he's now back with the club. The southpaw held a 5.01 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 17/11 K/BB ratio across 32 1/3 innings. in 2015. Today, 1:46 pm
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    L, 6-1 vs KC
  • Pederson not discussed in Miller trade talks
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Joc Pederson's name has not been involved in trade talks with the Braves regarding Shelby Miller.

    Advice: It contradicts an earlier report from Robert Murray of The Dodgers are talking to the Braves about a trade for Miller, but Heyman says they've made it clear they'd rather trade prospects rather than deal from the major league roster. Pederson is under team control through 2020. Today, 1:34 pm
  • Mets expected to tender Jenrry Mejia's Anthony DiComo reports that the Mets will "likely" tender Jenrry Mejia a contract for next season.

    Advice: It wasn't a given, as Mejia will get a raise this winter after making $2.595 million during a suspension-shortened 2015. He'll miss much of 2016 to his second PED suspension, but the Mets have decided it's worth it if they can have his big arm in the bullpen in the second half. Today, 1:19 pm
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    W, 1-0 vs Was
  • Cardinals sign Brayan Peńa to two-year deal
    Cardinals signed C Brayan Peńa to a two-year contract.

    Advice: There's no word yet on the financials of the deal. Peńa, who will turn 34 in January, offers the Cards an upgrade over Tony Cruz but doesn't figure to see a ton of playing time unless Yadier Molina gets hurt. He's a career .260/.300/.352 hitter and batted .273/.334/.324 with no home runs over 367 plate appearances for the Reds this past season. Today, 1:09 pm
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  • Hanley Ramirez will not be play winter ball
    A source indicated to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald that Hanley Ramirez will not play winter ball.

    Advice: Hanley told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes last week that he intended to play for the Licey Tigers in the Dominican Winter League, but the Red Sox never signed off on that plan and now there's some backtracking going on. "What he said was that he wishes to play, he wants to play. But it's only a wish," the source close to Ramirez told the Boston Herald. "It's not like he can say he's going to play." Hanley is being shopped for a possible trade by new Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, but it will be tough to move his contract. He was asked to drop 20 pounds at the end of the 2015 regular season. Today, 12:45 pm
  • Indians outright Michael Choice to Triple-A
    Indians sent OF Michael Choice outright to Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: Choice was pushed off the Indians' 40-man roster last week. He has accepted a non-roster invite to spring training in 2016 and figures to open the year at Columbus. Today, 11:29 am
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    W, 3-1 vs Bos
  • Phillies claim Michael Mariot from the Royals
    Phillies claimed RHP Michael Mariot off waivers from the Royals.

    Advice: Mariot was designated for assignment by Kansas City on November 20. He posted a strong 2.32 ERA, 1.097 WHIP, and 72/16 K/BB ratio in 62 innings this past season for the Royals' Triple-A team and should have a decent shot at a bullpen spot with the rebuilding Phillies. Today, 11:05 am
  • Grant Green signs minors deal with Giants
    Giants signed INF/OF Grant Green to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Green batted just .190/.227/.262 in 44 plate appearances this past season for the Angels and he is a .249/.283/.335 career hitter at the major league level. The 28-year-old utilityman probably isn't going to see much action -- if any at all -- in San Francisco. Today, 9:51 am
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    L, 7-3 vs Col
  • Marlins sign Paul Clemens to minors contract
    Marlins signed RHP Paul Clemens to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Clemens posted a rough 5.73 ERA and 1.64 WHIP between several different minor league teams in 2015. The 27-year-old righty will be organizational relief depth for Miami. Today, 9:36 am
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    W, 7-2 vs Mia
  • Justin Maxwell signs minors deal with Marlins
    Marlins signed OF Justin Maxwell to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Maxwell turned in a brutal .209/.275/.341 batting line in 274 plate appearances this summer for the Giants. He had a pretty good 2012 season with the Astros and played well in the second of 2013 with the Royals, but the 32-year-old probably won't ever be fantasy relevant. Today, 9:33 am
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  • Marlins sign Xavier Scruggs to minors deal
    Marlins signed 1B Xavier Scruggs to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Scruggs batted just .262/.279/.310 across 43 plate appearances this past season for the Cardinals, but the 28-year-old has flashed some promising power numbers at the upper levels of the minor leagues. He's a nice organizational-depth addition for the Fish. Today, 9:28 am
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    L, 7-2 @Phi
  • Padres will only move Ross for 'monster' deal
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Padres will only consider trading Tyson Ross for a "monster" return package.

    Advice: Ross is under club control for two more seasons via salary arbitration, so the stance makes sense. It's a timely bit of posturing on the part of the Padres heading into next week's Winter Meetings in Nashville. Ross, 28, posted a 3.26 ERA and 212/84 K/BB ratio in 196 innings this past season for San Diego. He had a 2.81 ERA for the Friars in 2014. Today, 7:42 am
  • Juan Lagares (elbow) playing in Dominican
    Juan Lagares (elbow) appeared in two games this weekend for Aguilas Cibaenas of the Dominican Winter League.

    Advice: Lagares started in center field and went 1-for-6 at the plate with a walk, a stolen base, and a sacrifice bunt. He was able to avoid surgery for his lingering right elbow injury and should be 100 percent heading into the start of spring training in February. Lagares, 26, finished the 2015 regular season with a disappointing .259/.289/.358 batting line and only six home runs in 143 games. Today, 7:36 am
  • Chapman hires Marc Anthony as agent
    Aroldis Chapman is now being represented by Marc Anthony's Magnus Media.

    Advice: Yes, the singer and actor who was once married to Jennifer Lopez. This is the first pro-athlete client for Anthony's firm, which has teamed with Praver Shapiro Sports Management to expand into different areas of the entertainment world. Praver Shapiro already has Latin baseball players like Adeiny Hechavarria, Jorge Soler, Raisel Iglesias, and Juan Uribe under its wing. Chapman is expected to be traded this winter by the Reds and he can become a free agent following the 2016 season. The 27-year-old left-hander is the most dominant reliever in baseball, with 546 strikeouts in 316 career innings. Today, 6:57 am
  • Report: Red Sox trying to deal Hanley Ramirez
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are "trying to move" Hanley Ramirez.

    Advice: Cafardo adds that the Mariners, Orioles and Angels "seem to be the targets" as potential trade partners. Whether those clubs actually have interest in Ramirez or Boston just thinks they'd be a fit isn't clear. It was Cafardo who was told by five general managers earlier this month that they wouldn't trade for Ramirez even if the Red Sox paid half of what remains on his $68 million contract, so obviously dealing Hanley wouldn't be easy. Yesterday, 6:13 am
  • Indians designate Choice for assignment
    Indians designated OF Michael Choice for assignment.

    Advice: Choice gets the boot off the 40-man roster after Wednesday's acquisition of Kirby Yates. The former top prospect was acquired from the Rangers back in August and could soon be with his third organization in the past four months. Wednesday, 11:02 am
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  • Dombrowski: No winter ball plans for Hanley
    Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday that there's "no plan in place" for Hanley Ramirez to play winter ball.

    Advice: Ramirez told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes that he was planning to play for the Licey Tigers in the Dominican Winter League, but Dombrowski said "presently this is only a rumor." It's unclear whether the possibility has been scratched altogether, but clearly there has been a miscommunication between the two sides. Ramirez currently projects to serve as Boston's regular first baseman in 2016 and he could get some time at his new position if he ends up playing winter ball. Tuesday, 9:38 am
  • Hanley Ramirez to play winter ball
    Enrique Rojas of reports that Hanley Ramirez will play for the Licey Tigers in the Dominican Winter League.

    Advice: Ramirez said that he'll serve mainly as Licey's designated hitter, although he'll also play some first base. The news is surely welcomed by the Red Sox as Ramirez transitions to first base next season. Staying active could also help Hanley show up to spring training slimmer, which Boston has told him they'd prefer. Nov 23, 2:59 pm
  • Dodgers have expressed interest in Chapman
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Dodgers have expressed interest in Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: Heyman says the Dodgers are "very focused on a bullpen that needs upgrading," and will likely address some of those holes before turning back to Zack Greinke and the starting pitching market. Chapman is the most dominant reliever in the sport, boasting 546 strikeouts in 319 career innings, and he would make sense for any club looking to be competitive in 2016. Los Angeles certainly has the prospects to pull it off. Nov 23, 8:04 am
  • Hanley Ramirez not drawing much trade interest
    Five general managers told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that they wouldn't trade for Hanley Ramirez even if the Red Sox agreed to cover half of his remaining salary.

    Advice: Ramirez was a total bust this year, hitting .249 with 19 homers while playing horrendous defense in left field. With three years and $66 million left on his contract, the Red Sox are going to have a tough time moving him. David Ortiz has decided to retire after next year, which could open the door for Ramirez to DH full time beginning in 2017. He'll start next season at first base. Nov 21, 5:54 pm
  • Report: Reds wanted massive haul for Chapman
    According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Reds and Red Sox discussed a trade for Aroldis Chapman but the Reds wanted more than what the Red Sox eventually sent to San Diego in the Craig Kimbrel trade.

    Advice: President of baseball operations Walt Jocketty said earlier this week the Reds weren't close to trading Chapman and now we have a better idea why. Many people around baseball thought the Padres got a huge return for Kimbrel, so Cincinnati's asking price for Chapman must be through the roof. The Astros, Blue Jays, Diamondbacks, Nationals and Yankees are just a few of the teams that have been linked to Chapman this offseason. Nov 21, 5:27 pm
  • Royals designate RHP Mariot for assignment
    Royals designated RHP Michael Mariot for assignment.

    Advice: The 27-year-old hurler spent the majority of the 2015 season at Triple-A Omaha, compiling a 2.32 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 72/16 K/BB ratio in 62 innings. It's a true testament to the overall talent and depth in the Royals bullpen that they can't find room for Mariot on the 40-man roster. He shouldn't have any difficulty finding a new job this winter. Nov 20, 7:35 pm
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