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    • Rangers could still consider Dillon Gee
      Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that "some in the game believe" the Rangers "may make a push" to acquire Dillon Gee.

      Advice: The Rangers have been connected to Gee as far back as the Winter Meetings, though they've traded for Yovani Gallardo, Ross Detwiler and Anthony Ranaudo since then. Cotillo notes that it's "unclear if the sides are in active discussions." He also reports that "one scenario that is being thrown about in baseball circles" is a deal that would send Gee and "some additional pieces" to Texas for Jurickson Profar. It's hard to see that one having any legs, but it's certainly interesting and worth noting. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:38 pm
    • Nationals ink Tony Gwynn Jr. to minors deal
      Nationals signed OF Tony Gwynn Jr. to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Gwynn, 32, hit just .152/.264/.190 over 80 games for the Phillies last season and had to wait it out until March to find a job, but he finally has one. He'll face a major uphill battle to win an Opening Day roster spot but offers the Nats some veteran depth in the minors. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:59 pm
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    • 'No signs of progress' in Hamels trade talks
      Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports that "there are no signs of any progress" in trade talks between the Red Sox and Phillies involving Cole Hamels.

      Advice: Mastrodonato's report says that Charley Kerfeld, a special assistant to the general manager in Philly, was at the Red Sox' spring training complex Monday talking to Red Sox coaches and watching live batting practice. However, Mastrodonato was told by two sources that it's not a sign trade talks between the two clubs are heating up. The Red Sox want Hamels, but the Phillies aren't backing down from demanding Blake Swihart or Mookie Betts in return. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:16 pm
    • Castillo, Betts to share CF this spring
      Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday that Rusney Castillo and Mookie Betts are "going to get equal playing time" during spring training.

      Advice: Farrell has already promised right field to Shane Victorino as long as he's healthy (admittedly a pretty iffy proposition), so that leaves Castillo and Betts to battle for the center field job. "Like we said at the outset of camp, we'll take all of camp to determine that," said Farrell. "They're going to get equal playing time. But I think it's important they both get comfortable with the combination of the guys on the flank because of communication, the responsibilities for balls in the gap, fly ball communication and those priorities." Castillo got a $72.5 million contract last August and then batted .333/.400/.528 in a late-season cup of coffee. Betts was also terrific and did it over a bigger sample size, but he's five years younger than Castillo and probably likelier to open the year in the minors. It will be one of the major battles to watch this spring. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:07 pm
    • A-Rod to make Grapefruit debut Wednesday
      Alex Rodriguez will make his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday against the Phillies.

      Advice: The Yankees will open their exhibition schedule on Tuesday against the Phillies in Clearwater, but A-Rod won't make the trip. He's expected to be the designated hitter on Wednesday and receive two or three at-bats. It will be his first game action since September of 2013. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:54 pm
    • Victor Martinez (knee) runs, takes swings
      Victor Martinez (knee) ran on the anti-gravity treadmill and took 30 swings off a tee from both sides of the plate on Monday.

      Advice: Martinez arrived at Tigers' camp on Monday morning and didn't waste any time doing his first workout. The veteran slugger underwent surgery on February 10 to repair the medial meniscus in his left knee and will have a late start in spring training, but the Tigers are confident he'll get enough at-bats to be ready for the season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:12 pm
    • Donovan Solano reaches three times
      Donovan Solano reached all three times he was up and scored twice Monday as the Marlins beat Florida International 7-2.

      Advice: Several Marlins backup infield candidates had nice days, with Reid Brignac going 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI, Don Kelly delivering a two-run double and Jordany Valdespin going 1-for-2 with a walk from the leadoff spot. The Marlins are committed to Jeff Baker, Ichiro Suzuki and backup catcher Jeff Mathis for the bench, leaving two spots for Solano, Brignac, Kelly, Valdespin, Derek Dietrich, Miguel Rojas, Reed Johnson and Tyler Colvin. Solano and Rojas probably have the edge for one spot, with the other going to another outfield option, most likely Kelly or Johnson. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:09 pm
    • Miguel Cabrera (foot) takes on-field BP
      Miguel Cabrera (foot) took on-field batting practice Monday for the first time this spring.

      Advice: He's been hitting without pain for a while, but this was his first true live outdoor BP since he arrived at the Tigers' spring training complex. Cabrera is also running at about 75 percent on an anti-gravity treadmill and aiming to get into Grapefruit League games around the middle of March. The Tigers are hoping he'll be fully rehabbed from his foot and ankle surgeries by the beginning of the 2015 regular season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:43 pm
    • Jon Lester to start for Cubs on Opening Night
      Jon Lester has been named the Cubs' Opening Night starter.

      Advice: The Cubs will kick off their regular-season schedule under the lights on Sunday, April 5 against the visiting Cardinals. Lester gets the nod after joining the rapidly-improving Northsiders roster this winter on a massive six-year, $155 million free agent contract. Adam Wainwright should be the starter for rival St. Louis in the first Major League Baseball game of 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:07 am
    • Madson (back) scratched from throwing
      Ryan Madson was scratched from the Royals' throwing schedule Monday due to back stiffness.

      Advice: It's not a serious issue. Madson hasn't appeared in a major league game since the 2011 season due to chronic elbow issues and is doubtful to crack the Royals' Opening Day bullpen. He signed a minor league contract with Kansas City in January. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:41 am
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    • A-Rod goes 0-for-2 in intrasquad game Mon.
      Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-2 with a groundout and flyout in Monday's intrasquad game.

      Advice: It was against a pitching machine, not a live thrower. A-Rod served as the designated hitter, which is where he'll get the majority of his playing time this season. He's expected to take some reps at first base this spring in the Grapefruit League. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:33 am
    • Simmons (oblique) a week from spring debut
      Andrelton Simmons (oblique) probably won't make his Grapefruit League debut for another week.

      Advice: Simmons is thought to be over his oblique strain, but the Braves are going to play it extra safe here in early March. He should be 100 percent for the start of the 2014 season and will try to rebound offensively after batting just .244/.286/.331 with seven home runs in 146 games last year. Simmons is only 25 years old. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:23 am
    • Utley (ankle) won't play in games this week
      Chase Utley won't appear in any spring games this week due to lingering ankle soreness.

      Advice: Utley suffered a mild right ankle sprain during a workout in January and the Phillies are easing him along in camp. The 36-year-old second baseman is not yet in danger of missing any regular-season action. He should only need around 40-50 at-bats in the Grapefruit League. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:49 am
    • A-Rod serving as DH in intrasquad game
      Alex Rodriguez is serving as the designated hitter Monday in an intrasquad game.

      Advice: The game will be played with pitching machines rather than live throwers, so it's more of a drill than a scrimmage. A-Rod arrived at Yankees camp last Monday and seems to be getting along with the other players and coaches just fine. He's been taking some reps at first base but will likely get most of his playing time at DH in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:08 am
    • Wainwright (abdomen) throws bullpen session
      Adam Wainwright (abdomen) threw over 30 pitches in a bullpen session Monday in Cardinals camp.

      Advice: Wainwright mixed in a variety of pitches and drew positive reviews from onlookers. It was his first time on a mound since being diagnosed last week with an abdominal strain. "His arm feels good," manager Mike Matheny told reporters after the workout. "It’s in a great slot. Everything’s coming out nice, he’s just got to stay on top of it." The veteran right-hander is on track to start for the Cardinals on Opening Night against the Cubs. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:53 am
    • Wainwright (abdomen) to throw 'pen session
      Adam Wainwright (abdomen) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Monday in Cardinals camp.

      Advice: Wainwright suffered an abdominal strain last week while placing a 45 lb. weight back on a rack at the Cardinals' spring training complex. He expects to make his Grapefruit League debut by mid-March and is still a possibility for the club's Opening Night start at Wrigley Field. The abdominal discomfort doesn't really affect his throwing motion. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:15 am
    • V-Mart (knee) arrived at Tigers camp Mon.
      Victor Martinez (knee) has arrived at Tigers camp.

      Advice: And he's expected to go through his first spring workout Monday morning. Martinez needed surgery on February 10 to repair the medial meniscus in his left knee and probably won't get into Grapefruit League games for at least two weeks. The veteran designated hitter is not certain to be ready for the opening of the 2015 regular season, though the Tigers are saying for now that he will be a go. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:59 am
    • Arcia sent home early Monday with illness
      Oswaldo Arcia was sent home early from Twins camp on Monday.

      Advice: Arcia is battling a mild illness that seems to be making its way around the Twins' complex. It's not a big deal. The 23-year-old outfielder will be looking to take another big step forward in 2015 after batting .231/.300/.452 with 20 home runs in 103 games last season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:51 am
    • McLouth (shoulder) expects to be ready for OD
      Nate McLouth (shoulder) expects to be ready for the beginning of the 2015 regular season.

      Advice: And he could start in left field on Opening Day if Jayson Werth (shoulder) isn't ready. McLouth underwent surgery last August to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He's nearly up to speed with the other position players in Nats camp this spring. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:37 am
    • Chase Utley won't play in Grapefruit opener
      Chase Utley will not play in the Phillies Grapefruit League opener against the Yankees on Tuesday.

      Advice: The Phillies insist that the veteran infielder is fine and that they're simply being cautious as Utley recovers from a mild ankle sprain he incurred while working out in January. The 36-year-old Utley has still been participating in workouts and has been taking batting practice, and should appear in game action before the end of the week. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:22 pm
    • Alex Rodriguez getting reps at first base
      Alex Rodriguez received reps at first base on Friday for the first time in his big league career.

      Advice: The Yankees are trying to determine if A-Rod can be a serviceable backup behind Mark Teixeira at the position. Rodriguez has been open to the idea and is said to be "anxious to learn" the new position. While he's slated to see most of his action out of the designated hitter spot, increasing his versatility would provide manager Joe Girardi with more options to getting his bat in the lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:19 am
    • Victor Martinez to arrive to camp on Monday
      Victor Martinez (knee) is scheduled to arrive to Tigers spring training camp on Monday.

      Advice: He's currently recovering from surgery earlier in the month to repair the medial meniscus in his left knee, but could still be ready for the start of the regular season. Martinez indicated that he may swing a bat and take soft toss as early as Monday. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:43 am
    • Simmons (oblique) takes some dry swings
      Andrelton Simmons (oblique) did some light throwing and took some dry swings on Friday.

      Advice: It's a surprise given that he was diagnosed with an oblique strain just a day ago. Simmons will likely continue to slowly build up his hitting progression over the next few days, but it sounds like he won't be sidelined very long at all. The slick-fielding shortstop hit .244/.286/.331 with seven home runs in 146 games last season. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:09 am
    • Wainwright 2-3 weeks away from game action
      Adam Wainwright (abdomen) expects to make his Grapefruit League debut within the next 2-3 weeks.

      Advice: Wainwright has been diagnosed with a minor abdominal strain and has been shut down for a few days. It was the best-case scenario, though, and he should be fine for Opening Day as long as he doesn't have a setback. "The good thing is it doesn’t hurt so I can continue to throw off the mound and face hitters," Wainwright said. "I can throw live BP and just won’t field my position." Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:09 am
    • Red Sox have 'no sense of urgency' for Hamels
      Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com hears that "there's no sense of urgency" for the Red Sox to trade for Cole Hamels.

      Advice: The Red Sox are said to be closely monitoring the situation, but they still refuse to part with either Blake Swihart or Mookie Betts as part of a deal. They reportedly made an offer two weeks ago which centered around mostly major league players, but the Phillies understandably rejected it, as they prefer to acquire young prospects to jumpstart their rebuilding effort. Hamels could very well remain with the Phillies to begin the season, but there's no question that it would be awkward. The southpaw is guaranteed $96 million over the next four seasons, but the Phillies haven't expressed a willingness to eat any of his contract as a way of getting higher quality prospects in return. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 1:09 pm
    • Wainwright diagnosed with abdominal strain
      Adam Wainwright has been diagnosed with an abdominal strain and will rest for the next 4-5 days.

      Advice: Wainwright felt some discomfort in his abdomen earlier this week while placing a 45 lb. weight back on a rack at the Cardinals' spring training complex in Jupiter, Florida and flew back to St. Louis on Thursday to meet with a specialist. Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said the diagnosis of a strain is the "best news we could have gotten." Wainwright's elbow is the bigger concern heading into the 2015 regular season, but he can still be penciled in as the team's Opening Day starter. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:04 am
    • Andrelton Simmons suffers strained oblique
      Andrelton Simmons is taking it easy in Braves camp after being diagnosed with a strained oblique.

      Advice: It's no big deal here in late February. Simmons will likely refrain from throwing and hitting for the next week or two, but he has plenty of time to catch up before the start of the 2015 regular season. The 25-year-old shortstop is aiming for a big bounceback after hitting just .244/.286/.331 with seven home runs in 146 games last summer for Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:01 am
    • Miguel Cabrera (foot) running on treadmill
      Miguel Cabrera (foot) is running on an anti-gravity treadmill at about 65 percent of his body weight.

      Advice: He's also able to set the treadmill at a slight incline without experiencing any discomfort in his surgically-repaired right foot. Cabrera underwent a procedure last October to remove painful bone spurs from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture in his foot. He's hoping to be ready for Opening Day, but it's hard to get a clear picture at this point on whether that's realistic. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:46 am
    • Wainwright optimistic about abdominal injury
      Adam Wainwright said Wednesday that he's optimistic about the prognosis of his abdominal injury.

      Advice: "Anything I say about it would just be speculation, I don’t think it’s very serious at all," Wainwright said. "I think we’re probably going up there and probably not going to see much of anything at all, but I don’t know that." Wainwright injured himself placing a weight back on a rack while working out. He's certainly saying the right things, but we'll know something closer to the truth Thursday after the right-hander visits a specialist in St. Louis. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:35 pm
    • Report: NYY confident they can avoid bonuses
      A source tells Jon Heyman of CBS Sports that the Yankees are confident they can avoid paying Alex Rodriguez for home run milestone bonuses.

      Advice: The presumption has long been that the club will have to pay A-Rod the money, which could reach as much as $30 million in bonuses, but wording in the marketing agreement and perhaps the ability to put A-Rod under oath in a potential grievance hearing could let the team off the hook. It's just one of the issues on which the team and the player have disagreed in recent weeks. It could be a long year in the Bronx. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:10 pm
    • Wainwright to see doctor about abdominal pain
      Adam Wainwright is dealing with abdominal pain and will fly to St. Louis on Thursday to see a specialist.

      Advice: The pain has limited his workouts, but not his ability to throw. Still, the Cardinals want to know what their ace is dealing with. We should have a better idea about his status later this week. The Cardinals will have to cross their fingers for now. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:54 am
    • V-Mart (knee) likely to report in a week
      Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday that Victor Martinez (knee) is "a week out, right around there" from reporting to spring training.

      Advice: Martinez underwent surgery earlier this month to repair the medial meniscus in his left knee and has been working out on his own away from camp. He's on pace to be ready around mid-March or slightly after, which means that he should have plenty of time to get at-bats before Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:32 am
    • Utley wants to stay but would consider trade
      Chase Utley said Monday that while he wants to stay with the Phillies, he "would have to listen" if the club ever came to him about a possible trade.

      Advice: "For as much respect as I have for the organization, if they ever came to me and asked me [to consider a trade], I would have to listen, but I don’t think much will change," Utley said. Utley has full no-trade and has been consistent in saying that he doesn't want to go anywhere, but it appears that he's at least leaving the door cracked open. The 36-year-old is owed $10 million in 2015 and has $15 million vesting options each of the next three seasons after that. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 4:57 pm
    • Chase Utley sprained his ankle in January
      Chase Utley acknowledged to reporters Monday that he sprained an ankle in January.

      Advice: The veteran second baseman is over the injury by now, but he's going to take it easy for the first couple weeks of spring camp just to be safe. Utley should be fine for the beginning of the regular season. He could be trade bait this summer for the rebuilding Phillies. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 10:29 am
    • Alex Rodriguez has arrived at Yankees camp
      Alex Rodriguez arrived at the Yankees' spring training complex in Tampa, Florida on Monday.

      Advice: He took a physical at George M. Steinbrenner Field and then headed over to the minor league side of camp for his first workout. Rodriguez released a hand-written apology to baseball fans last week and is hoping to turn over a new leaf after serving a season-long PED suspension in 2014. If all goes well this spring, the 39-year-old will open the 2015 campaign as the Yankees' primary designated hitter. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 10:03 am
    • Ryan Madson faces hitters Sunday
      Ryan Madson (elbow) threw a live batting practice session Sunday.

      Advice: It's the first time since August of 2013 that Madson has faced hitters, as he's been plagued by elbow issues the last few years. The former closer is in camp with the Royals trying to win a bullpen spot as a non-roster invitee. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 12:22 pm
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    • Miguel Cabrera (foot) hitting with no pain
      Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Sunday that Miguel Cabrera (foot) has been hitting without any pain.

      Advice: Cabrera was cleared a few days ago by doctors to begin limited baseball activities, and it appears all is well so far. The Tigers are optimistic that the first baseman will be ready to go come Opening Day, but we won't have a better idea until he ramps things up. Cabrera had surgery last October to remove bone spurs from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture in his foot. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 6:34 am
    • Nate McLouth (shoulder) not 100 percent yet
      Nate McLouth (shoulder) admitted Friday that he's not 100 percent yet but anticipates getting there in the next few weeks.

      Advice: Working his way back from last August's surgery to repair the labrum in his right shoulder, McLouth said throwing and swinging a bat "feels normal." but he still needs to work on building up strength. Barring a setback, he'll be fine for Opening Day. "The thing I still have to work up to is the endurance, the volume," he said. "I’ve been swinging fine, throwing fine. But when you get down here and start getting into the season, the volume just increases, the intensity. I think that’s something I’ll ease my way back into hopefully in the next couple weeks. But I’m real happy with the way that it feels." Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 2:27 pm
    • Dillon Gee could make some spot starts
      Mets general manager Sandy Alderson indicated Friday that the club could use a spot starter at times during the upcoming season.

      Advice: It makes sense with Matt Harvey coming back from Tommy John surgery and Jacob deGrom also needing to have his innings monitored. The "sixth starter" responsibilities would surely fall to Dillon Gee, though youngsters like Rafael Montero, Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard could also get a look at some point. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 8:46 am
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