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    • Mariners re-sign infielder Carlos Rivero
      Mariners re-signed 3B Carlos Rivero to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Rivero was non-tendered by the M's earlier this month, but he's now back with the organization on a non-guaranteed minor league deal. The 26-year-old infielder spent most of the 2014 season between Double-A and Triple-A, hitting .264/.324/.379 in 105 games. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:57 am
       
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      W, 4-1 vs LAA
    • Longoria not currently in Rays' trade talks
      Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported that neither Ben Zobrist nor Evan Longoria have been part of the Rays' trade discussions.

      Advice: The Rays are looking at Nationals' outfielder Steven Souza as they work to complete a trade of Wil Myers to the Padres, but for the time being, it seems that they are more likely to trade out of prospect depth than they are to trade from their stable of major league talent. Longoria is the face of the franchise and while the Rays have shown a willingness to move any talent in the right deal, it would probably take quite a bit to bid farewell to their perennial All Star. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:01 am
    • Angels' negotiations with Beckham stall
      The Orange County Register's Jeff Fletcher reported that negotiations between the Angels and INF Gordon Beckham are not currently progressing.

      Advice: Fletcher wrote that the Angels were still looking to bring back Beckham. The most obvious reason as to why negotiations have hit a snag is that Beckham is presumably looking for a guaranteed starting role in the majors. Given his .226/.271/.348 slash-line in 2014, it's probably not realistic that Beckham will have consistent starting at-bats next season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:56 am
       
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      L, 4-1 @Sea
    • Rockies sign INF Descalso to a two-year deal
      Rockies signed INF Daniel Descalso to a two-year, $3.6 million contract.

      Advice: ESPN's Jerry Crasnick passed along the contract terms. Descalso was non-tendered by the Cardinals earlier this month after batting just .244/.333/.311 over 104 games this past season, but he's capable of playing all over the infield. He'll essentially replace Josh Rutledge in a utility role. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:10 am
       
      Player Note
      Daniel Descalso Col - 2B,3B,SS
      L, 10-5 @LAD
    • 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
    • Astros designate INF Petit for assignment
      Astros designated INF Gregorio Petit for assignment.

      Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Jed Lowrie on the Astros' 40-man roster. Petit, 29, batted .278/.300/.423 with two home runs and a 25/1 K/BB ratio in 37 games this past season. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:19 am
       
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      L, 8-3 @NYM
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • D'Backs sign Worth to minor league deal
      Diamondbacks signed INF Danny Worth to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Worth is a .230/.293/.295 hitter in 292 career plate appearances at the major league level, but the 29-year-old can play all over the infield defensively and could get a look as a utilityman at some point next season in Arizona. Worth had an offer from one team this winter to try becoming a pitcher. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:26 am
       
      Player Note
      Danny Worth Ari - 3B,SS
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      L, 1-0 vs StL
    • 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
    • Pedro Alvarez won't platoon at first base
      The Pirates plan to play Pedro Alvarez every day at first base next season rather than pair him with a right-handed hitting platoon partner.

      Advice: "We're going to find out," manager Clint Hurdle said when asked if Alvarez will be able to hit left-handed pitching. "It's going to be Pedro's job to keep. Pedro knows what challenges he's got to meet. He loves his teammates, he wants to do well and perform well. He's taken on some necessary opportunities this winter to prepare and get ready." Alvarez has batted just .196/.267/.321 versus southpaws during his career, which includes a .175/.241/.263 line last season. It remains to be seen whether the Pirates will stick to their plan to play Alvarez every day if he continues to struggle against lefties. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:09 am
    • Twins checked in on free agent Jack Hannahan
      The Twins have checked in on free agent Jack Hannahan, per Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN.

      Advice: Wolfson said the club had interest in Hannahan when he was a free agent two years ago. Hannahan, 34, was limited to 50 plate appearances in 2014 due to shoulder surgery, and the Reds declined his $4 million option for next season. Wolfson guesses the team would be interested in giving Hannahan a minor league deal. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:06 pm
       
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      W, 4-1 vs Pit
    • Frandsen wants to compete for starting job
      Kevin Frandsen admitted Saturday that while he's seen as the utility man, he would like a chance to compete for the team's starting job at second base.

      Advice: At the moment, Danny Espinosa is penciled in as the Nationals starter at second base, but with the inconsistency he has shown over the years Frandsen could have an opportunity to state his case with a strong showing this spring. The veteran infielder hit .259/.299/.309 over 236 plate appearances with the Nationals in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:18 am
       
      Player Note
      Kevin Frandsen Was - 1B,2B,3B,OF
      W, 1-0 vs Mia
    • Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) feels healthy
      Ryan Zimmerman said Saturday that his health is good and that he has been working out for the past couple of weeks.

      Advice: Zimmerman was sidelined for a large portion of the 2014 season due to a right hamstring injury, and is no longer expected to handle third base defensively. It sounds as though he'll be fully healthy and ready to go for spring training where he'll prepare to become the Nationals everyday first baseman. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:56 am
       
      W, 1-0 vs Mia
    • Profar set to begin next season in minors
      Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday that Jurickson Profar is set to begin next season in the minors.

      Advice: Profar, of course, missed the entire 2014 season due to a right shoulder injury. While the team is encouraged about his progress health-wise, they know he needs to make up for lost time and the plan is to give him regular playing time at Triple-A to start next season. "Probably not," Daniels said of the possibility of Profar making the Opening Day roster. "He needs to play. We’re not going to keep him as our utility guy." Rougned Odor is slated to open next season as the Rangers' second baseman. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:41 am
       
      Player Note
      Jurickson Profar Tex - 2B,3B,SS
      L, 4-0 vs Oak
    • Marlins have 'some interest' in Pedro Alvarez
      Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Marlins have expressed "some level of interest" in Pirates corner infielder Pedro Alvarez.

      Advice: Alvarez had a miserable 2014, batting just .231/.312/.405 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 122 games. He had 36 home runs and 100 RBI in 2013. The 27-year-old is also a very poor defender at third base. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:46 pm
    • 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
    • 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
    • Mets don't consider Profar an option for SS
      Mike Puma of the New York Post says the Mets don't consider Jurickson Profar a trade option.

      Advice: The Mets are looking to upgrade at shortstop this offseason, whether via trade or free agent signing, but it doesn't sound like they're going to be a match with the Rangers. The Mets are not interested in Elvis Andrus because of the money he is owed and Profar missed the entire 2014 season due to a right shoulder injury, so he's too much of a risk at this point. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:17 am
       
      Player Note
      Jurickson Profar Tex - 2B,3B,SS
      L, 4-0 vs Oak
    • 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
    • Chase Headley to make decision this week
      Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Chase Headley is expected to make a decision on who to sign with by the end of the Winter Meetings.

      Advice: Sherman notes that the Yankees and Giants are "among 3-4 teams bidding." They seem like the strong two favorites to sign the third baseman, although the Astros and Marlins have reportedly poked around. Headley alleged has a four-year, $65 million offer in hand from an unidentified team. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 8, 6:14 pm
       
      W, 9-5 @Bos
    • Astros have checked in on Chase Headley
      Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Astros have "kicked the tires" on free agent third baseman Chase Headley.

      Advice: "Kicked the tires" is one of the more vague Hot Stove phrases, so this could have been a matter of due diligence on the part of the Astros. Still, Headley would be a solid upgrade over Matt Dominguez at third base. The Yankees and Giants are still strongly in the mix. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 8, 10:27 am
       
      W, 9-5 @Bos
    • Yanks could go 4 years for Headley, Robertson
      Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York reports that the Yankees are willing to go four years for Chase Headley and/or David Robertson, but that it will "have to be at the right price."

      Advice: Previous reports indicated that the Yankees were only willing to go three years to keep Headley, so this would certainly enhance their chances. The 30-year-old reportedly has a four-year, $65 million offer in hand from an unidentified team. Robertson reportedly wants a four-year deal in the range of $50 million, but the Yankees likely won't go there unless his price drops. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 8, 9:23 am
       
      W, 9-5 @Bos
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