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  • Jason Castro loses arb. case, will make $5M
    Jason Castro lost his arbitration hearing against the Astros and will make $5 million in 2016.

    Advice: Castro requested $5.25 million when arbitration figures were exchanged last month, so it wasn't much of a difference, but the two sides were unable to avoid a hearing. The 28-year-old batted .211 with 11 homers and a .648 OPS over 104 games in 2015. He's going into his final year before free agency. Today, 10:32 am
  • Plawecki had sinus surgery in December
    Kevin Plawecki underwent sinus surgery in December.

    Advice: Plawecki said that his right sinus was completely blocked, which led to dizziness last season, especially after flights. Doctors believe that they have solved the issue, which is a relief to the young backstop. He's expected to serve as the backup in 2016, but given Travis d'Arnaud's injury history, there's always the chance he'll play a bigger role. Plawecki, who turns 25 later this month, batted .219/.280/.296 with three home runs and 21 RBI over 73 games as a rookie. Today, 9:09 am
  • Royals, Salvador Perez still talking contract
    MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Royals are still talking to Salvador Perez about extending and redoing his contract.

    Advice: Talks have been going on for most of the winter, so it would be a surprise if something doesn't get done. Perez might have the most team-friendly contract in the game, as he's owed just $2 million in 2016 with three club options for 2017-2019 which max out at $14.75 million. An extension would increase the guarantee involved, but it's a tricky proposition for the Royals, as Perez's heavy workload could take its toll on him as he moves closer to his 30s. Today, 6:29 am
  • Astros, Castro have arb. hearing on Monday
    Jason Castro will have an arbitration hearing with the Astros on Monday afternoon.

    Advice: And a ruling should come Tuesday. Castro requested a $5.25 million salary for 2016 and was offered $5 million from the Astros' front office when arbitration figures were exchanged in mid-January. Now three arbitrators will choose one of those numbers. Castro, 28, is in his third and final year of arbitration, meaning he can become a free agent next winter. Yesterday, 5:20 am
  • D'Arnaud, Plawecki could play other positions
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that catchers Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki could see playing time at other positions this spring.

    Advice: The most logical fit is at first base, as Wilmer Flores is the only backup to Lucas Duda at this point. Plawecki has some experience at first base in the minors, but d'Arnaud's exposure there has been very limited. Still, given d'Arnaud's injury history, adding some versatility wouldn't be the worst idea. Wednesday, 10:43 am
  • Stearns: No trade imminent for Lucroy
    Brewers general manager David Stearns reiterated Tuesday that the club doesn't have anything in the works regarding a Jonathan Lucroy trade.

    Advice: In other words, nothing has changed since the weekend, when Stearns said that he expects Lucroy to be with the team when spring training begins. The Nationals, Rangers, and Astros have all been mentioned as possible suitors and the 29-year-old is a natural trade chip for the rebuilding Brewers, but nothing appears imminent. Tuesday, 12:33 pm
  • Nationals on Jonathan Lucroy's no-trade list
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Nationals are one of eight teams on Jonathan Lucroy's no-trade list.

    Advice: They're also one of the teams that have expressed interest in acquiring the 29-year-old catcher, who is almost certain to be traded at some point by the rebuilding Brewers. Lucroy could use his limited no-trade protection to veto a deal or use it as leverage to work out a pre-trade extension with a team trying to land him -- like, say, the Nationals. He is under contract with Milwaukee for $4 million in 2016 with a $5.25 million club option for 2017. Those are bargain rates for a guy who finished fourth in the National League MVP voting in 2014. Feb 1, 12:32 pm
  • Brewers unlikely to deal Lucroy before spring
    Brewers general manager David Stearns said Sunday that he fully expects Jonathan Lucroy to still be with the club when spring training begins.

    Advice: It's certainly a possibility that Stearns is being coy here, but there's been no indication that a trade of Lucroy has been close at any point this offseason. The Rangers, Nationals and Astros have been mentioned as possible landing spots for the catcher, and the likelihood is good that Lucroy will be dealt at some point over the next year. However, the odds look to be pretty high that he'll still be with Milwaukee on Opening Day. Jan 31, 10:22 am
  • Iannetta expected to start for Seattle
    Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto said Chris Iannetta will be the team's starting catcher if he's healthy.

    Advice: Mike Zunino drew 101 starts behind the plate last season but struggled offensively with a .174 average over 350 at-bats. With Jesus Sucre (broken fibula) out indefinitely, it looks like the starting job is Iannetta's to lose. The veteran signed a one-year deal with Seattle this offseason after spending his previous four years in Anaheim. Jan 30, 2:49 pm
  • Royals and Salvador Perez work on extension
    Salvador Perez confirmed Friday that his agents and the Royals have been working towards a multi-year contract extension.

    Advice: Perez isn't sure that a deal will get done before spring training, but seems fairly confident that the two sides will be able to come to an agreement. The 25-year-old backstop has won three straight gold gloves behind the dish and been an All-Star each of the past three seasons. He has also been extremely durable, averaging 143 games per year over that span. Jan 30, 7:44 am
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