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    • Dodgers officially acquire C Yasmani Grandal
      Dodgers acquired C Yasmani Grandal and RHPs Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin from the Padres in exchange for OF Matt Kemp, C Tim Federowicz and cash considerations.

      Advice: Grandal came on strong at the end of last season as he further distanced himself from ACL surgery, hitting .291/.408/.519 with four homers in September. The switch-hitting catcher has plenty of upside offensively and the Dodgers are hoping he'll help offset some of the offense they'll lose by trading away Kemp. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:35 pm
    • Stephen Vogt has walking boot removed
      Stephen Vogt had the walking boot removed from his surgically-repaired right foot Thursday.

      Advice: Vogt had surgery in October to repair the plantar plates in his foot. It's an injury he dealt with throughout the second half of the season and he noted Thursday that it's the first time since July he can put a shoe on his right foot and walk without any pain. Vogt will be fine for the start of spring training. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:26 pm
       
      W, 4-0 @Tex
    • BoSox in 'active' talks for Allen Craig trade
      According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Red Sox are in "active" Allen Craig trade talks with at least one team.

      Advice: Craig batted just .128/.234/.191 in 107 plate appearances after the July 31 trade that sent he and Joe Kelly from the Cardinals to the Red Sox for John Lackey. Craig hasn't been the same since suffering a Lisfranc foot injury late in the 2013 season and he's owed $26.5 million over the next three years. Boston probably won't be able to get much in return. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:21 am
       
      L, 9-5 vs NYY
    • Marlins finalize contract with Michael Morse
      Marlins signed 1B/OF Michael Morse to a two-year, $16 million contract.

      Advice: Morse hit .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games for the Giants last season. While he is 32 years old, Morse has shown a consistent bat when he's healthy and at a cheap price, he should provide nice numbers and veteran leadership for a Marlins offense that's coming together this off-season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:22 pm
       
      L, 1-0 @Was
    • Michael Morse getting $16M from Marlins
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Michael Morse will receive $16 million over two years in his contract with the Marlins.

      Advice: He can also earn more in performance bonuses. Earlier reports suggested that Morse's deal was for $12 million or even $8 million, but the $16 million figure makes more sense. The former Giant figures to receive the bulk of the playing time at first base for the Marlins, though Garrett Jones should see some starts versus lefties if he's not traded. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:06 pm
       
      L, 1-0 @Was
    • Blue Jays sign Daric Barton to minors deal
      Blue Jays signed 1B Daric Barton to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Barton appeared in just 30 games this past season with the A's, batting just .158/.234/.175 with zero homers and five RBI. He's a former first-round pick and highly-ranking first base prospect, but the ship has probably sailed for the 29-year-old. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:07 pm
       
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      L, 1-0 vs Bal
    • Report: Garrett Jones drawing trade interest
      Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that Garrett Jones is generating trade interest.

      Advice: The Marlins are getting calls on the heels of a reported agreement with free agent Michael Morse. Jones could stick around as a left-handed backup first baseman and outfielder, but Frisaro hears that he'll most likely be dealt. The 33-year-old is set to earn $5 million in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:29 pm
       
      L, 1-0 @Was
    • 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
       
      Player Note
      Adam Rosales Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS
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      L, 4-0 vs Oak
    • Morse's deal with Marlins worth $12 million
      Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that Michael Morse's two-year deal with the Marlins is in the $12 million range.

      Advice: If the report is correct, that's a very reasonable price to pay for an upgrade at first base. Morse batted .279 with 16 home runs and an .811 OPS (including a 130 OPS+) this past season and should be less of a liability defensively with a move away from the oufield. The Marlins could either use him as their everyday first baseman or platoon him with Garrett Jones. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:58 am
       
      L, 1-0 @Was
    • Orioles ink Tuiasosopo to minors deal
      Orioles signed OF Matt Tuiasosopo to a minor league contract.

      Advice: He'll presumably receive an invite to major league spring training. Tuiasosopo, 28, spent all of 2014 at the Triple-A level between the White Sox and Blue Jays and batted .240/.357/.379 with 13 home runs and 50 RBI over 122 games. He could be in the mix for a bench job in the spring, but will likely begin 2015 in the minors. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:34 am
       
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      L, 1-0 vs Bal
    • Chris Davis approved for adderall use
      Orioles manager Buck Showalter said on 105.7 The Fan that Chris Davis has received a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for adderall.

      Advice: Davis was handed a 25-game suspension in September after a second positive test for amphetamines. He has had a TUE in the past to take adderall, but not for this year, which triggered the suspension. However, he'll be able to use the drug without penalty in 2015. It's worth noting that Davis still has one game remaining on his suspension, which he'll serve on Opening Day next season. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:59 am
       
      Player Note
      Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B
      W, 1-0 @Tor
    • Report: Marlins ink Morse to two-year deal
      Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have agreed to a two-year contract with Michael Morse, pending a physical.

      Advice: The financial terms aren't yet available. The Marlins have been very active this offseason and the addition of Morse further strengthens their lineup. The 32-year-old batted .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games this past season with the Giants. The Marlins could either go with a Morse/Garrett Jones combo at first base or try to deal Jones. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:15 am
       
      L, 1-0 @Was
    • Marlins close to signing Michael Morse
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins are close to signing Michael Morse.

      Advice: No word yet on the terms being discussed. If signed, Morse would take over the starting first base job for the Marlins, which would presumably make Garrett Jones available via trade. Morse turns 32 in March and batted .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games for the Giants last season. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:30 am
       
      L, 1-0 @Was
    • Astros ink Dan Johnson to minors deal
      Astros signed 1B Dan Johnson to a minor league contract.

      Advice: It presumably comes along with an invitation to spring training. Johnson made it up for 15 games with the Blue Jays in 2014 and slashed .232/.381/.434 with 18 homers and 56 games in 107 contests at Triple-A Buffalo. He's simply a depth add for the Astros. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:03 pm
       
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      L, 8-3 @NYM
    • Braves bring aboard Callaspo with $3M deal
      Braves signed INF Alberto Callaspo to a one-year, $3 million contract.

      Advice: The deal was reported last week and has now become official. Callaspo struggled in 2014 for the A's, batting .223/.290/.290 with four homers and 39 RBI in 451 plate appearances. He'll serve as the Braves' second baseman until prospect Jose Peraza is deemed major league-ready. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:42 pm
       
      Player Note
      Alberto Callaspo Atl - 1B,2B,3B
      W, 2-1 @Phi
    • Royals, Morales finalize two-year, $17M pact
      Royals signed DH Kendrys Morales to a two-year, $17 million contract with a mutual option for 2017.

      Advice: Morales gets $6.5 million in 2015 and $10.5 million in 2016, and he can make up to $750,000 per year in performance-based bonuses. It's a pretty nice deal for a 31-year-old designated hitter who only managed a .218/.274/.338 slash line in 98 games this past season between the Mariners and Twins. Kansas City will be hoping for a big bounceback. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:52 pm
    • Yankees re-sign Headley for 4 years, $52 mil
      Yankees re-signed 3B Chase Headley to a four-year, $52 million contract.

      Advice: Headley was said to prefer re-signing with New York all along, and that's what he wound up doing after drawing interest from the Giants, Marlins, and Astros, among others. The 30-year-old third baseman batted just .243/.328/.372 in 135 games this past season between the Padres and Yankees, but he's only 30 years old and was an MVP candidate not long ago. This deal could wind up being a steal for New York. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:01 am
       
      W, 9-5 @Bos
    • Mets announce one-year deal with Mayberry
      Mets signed OF John Mayberry Jr. to a one-year, $1.45 million contract.

      Advice: The deal also carries some performance-based incentives. Mayberry does well against left-handed pitching and should see semi-regular action in New York between the corner outfield spots and first base. Over the course of his career, he's hit .272/.323/.533 versus southpaws. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:35 am
       
      W, 8-3 vs Hou
    • Rangers reach agreement with Kyle Blanks
      Rangers signed 1B Kyle Blanks to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: It's a split contract, carrying different salaries for his time spent in the minors and majors. Blanks was designated for assignment and then non-tendered by the A's earlier this offseason after appearing in only 26 games in 2014 due to a lingering Achilles issue. But the 6-foot-6, 265-pound first baseman was certainly worth a shot on a low-risk deal for Texas. He's had a couple nice stretches of production when healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:47 am
       
      Player Note
      Kyle Blanks Tex - 1B,OF
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      L, 4-0 vs Oak
    • Yanks, Headley agree to four-year, $52M deal
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees have reached a four-year deal with Chase Headley.

      Advice: The 30-year-old third baseman drew serious interest this winter from the Giants, Astros, and Marlins, but the Yanks have outbid them all to bring Headley back on board. Headley hit .262/.371/.398 with six homers, 28 runs scored, and 17 RBI in 58 games this past season for New York after the July 22 trade from San Diego -- good fantasy production with the hope of even better in 2015. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says the new four-year deal is worth $52 million guaranteed. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:51 am
       
      W, 9-5 @Bos
    • Chase Headley could make decision Monday
      According to WFAN's Sweeny Murti, free agent Chase Headley could make a decision as early as Monday.

      Advice: Headley had been expected to sign by the end of the Winter Meetings, but he was still shopping around for offers over the weekend. The 30-year-old third baseman seems to be drawing heavy interest from the Yankees and Giants, and milder interest from the Marlins and Astros. He reportedly has a four-year, $65 million on the table -- quite a price for a guy who hit .243/.328/.372 in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:12 am
       
      W, 9-5 @Bos
    • Marlins talking more with Michael Morse
      Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have "had more talks" with Michael Morse in recent days.

      Advice: Jackson says that Morse might be the team's "best realistic option" at first base, as they don't want to trade Henderson Alvarez or Jarred Cosart for help at the position. Morse has also drawn interest from the Orioles and Rangers as a potential designated hitter. The 32-year-old batted .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games for the Giants last season. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:13 am
       
      L, 1-0 @Was
    • Yanks 'still in' on free agent Chase Headley
      Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees are "still in" the Chase Headley sweepstakes.

      Advice: Headley was expected to sign with a team before the end of the Winter Meetings, but that seems unlikely now. He has also been drawing interest from the Marlins, but they're reportedly "dead set" against going beyond three years to sign him. There was a report last week that the 30-year-old third baseman has a four-year, $65 million on the table. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:07 am
       
      W, 9-5 @Bos
    • Royals sign Kendrys Morales for 2 yrs, $17M
      Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Royals have signed free agent Kendrys Morales to a two-year, $17 million contract.

      Advice: The deal also includes around $1.5 million in performance-based bonuses and a mutual option for 2017. Morales batted just .218/.274/.338 with eight homers and 42 RBI in 98 games this past season between the Mariners and Twins, but he's only 31 years old so maybe there's better production ahead. He'll become the Royals' new designated hitter. Billy Butler departed for the A's in November on a three-year, $30 million free agent deal. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:05 am
    • Mets agree to major league deal with Mayberry
      Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Mets have signed John Mayberry to a major league contract.

      Advice: It's a one-year deal worth $1.45 million. Mayberry hits well against left-handed pitching and fit the Mets' need for a right-handed player who can cover the corner outfield spots and handle some first base. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:21 am
       
      W, 8-3 vs Hou
    • Giants not focused on re-signing Morse
      Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the Giants are "not focused" on re-signing Michael Morse.

      Advice: Morse was productive with the Giants this past season and played hero during the postseason, but they naturally have major concerns about his defense in left field. The 32-year-old has reportedly drawn interest from the Marlins as a first baseman and the Rangers and Orioles as a potential DH. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:10 am
       
      L, 1-0 @Was
    • Orioles could consider Allen Craig
      ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that Allen Craig is a "back-burner" option for the Orioles.

      Advice: The Orioles' top priority at the moment appears to be to re-sign Delmon Young, but they're also interested in Michael Morse and, to a lesser extent, Craig. Craig batted just .215/.279/.315 with eight homers in 2014, but he's also draw some trade interest from the Marlins and Brewers this winter. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:22 pm
       
      L, 9-5 vs NYY
    • Marlins considering Morse, Morneau for 1B
      According to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, the Marlins are considering signing Michael Morse.

      Advice: Miami is also interested in trading for the Rockies' Justin Morneau. It's all part of an ongoing search for a reliable starting first baseman. Morse, who's being courted by several teams, batted .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games for the Giants this past season. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:49 pm
       
      L, 1-0 @Was
    • Braves nearing deal with 2B Alberto Callaspo
      Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that the Braves are nearing a deal with Alberto Callaspo.

      Advice: FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says it's a one-year, $3 million contract. Callaspo can serve as a stopgap for the Braves at second base until 20-year-old infield prospect Jose Peraza is ready for the majors. Callaspo struggled in 2014 for the A's, batting just .223/.290/.290 with four homers and 39 RBI in 451 plate appearances. He is doubtful to suddenly become fantasy-relevant in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:07 am
       
      Player Note
      Alberto Callaspo Atl - 1B,2B,3B
      W, 2-1 @Phi
    • SF 'dead set against' four years for Headley
      According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Giants are "dead set against going past three years" for Chase Headley.

      Advice: Headley reportedly has a four-year, $65 million offer on the table, which might mean the Giants will be priced out. But their focus for now is still on free agent starter Jon Lester, so things can obviously change. Headley is also thought to be drawing interest from the Yankees, Astros, and Marlins. He's expected to sign somewhere by the end of this week's MLB Winter Meetings in San Diego. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:10 am
       
      W, 9-5 @Bos
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