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

      Advice: The trade took longer than expected to be officially completed, reportedly due to the discovery of Kemp dealing with arthritis in both hips, but it's now in the books. San Diego will receive $32 million to cover a big portion of the $107 million Kemp is still owed. Kemp had a nice bounce-back season in 2014, batting .287/.346/.506 with 25 homers and 89 RBI. He'll be surrounded by less talent than he was last season, though the Padres have done their best to rebuild their offense. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:28 pm
    • Smith given verbal assurance of no trade
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Seth Smith was given verbal assurance when he signed an extension that he would not be traded this offseason.

      Advice: As Rosenthal notes, the assurance came before A.J. Preller took over as general manager. However, the same ownership is still in place, and while they don't technically have to honor the verbal agreement, it would look pretty bad if they didn't. Smith has drawn trade interest with the Padres suddenly overflowing with outfielders, but it sounds like he might be staying put. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:17 pm
    • Matt Kemp trade expected to be completed
      Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports that the Dodgers and Padres "have worked through lingering issues" and the Matt Kemp trade is "all but done."

      Advice: USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported earlier Thursday that the holdup with the Kemp trade was due to the physical revealing arthritis in both of Kemp's hips. Despite the revelation, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne says the Dodgers will not have to give up any more than the $32 million they originally agreed to. The Padres will also receive Tim Federowicz from the Dodgers, with the Dodgers receiving Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland, and Zach Eflin. Eflin will then be flipped to the Phillies for Jimmy Rollins. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:33 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
    • Ichiro receiving some consideration from O's
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that free agent Ichiro Suzuki is "receiving some consideration" from the Orioles.

      Advice: Baltimore is currently in the mix for a number of free agent outfielders, including Colby Rasmus, Norichika Aoki, and Delmon Young. Ichiro batted just .284/.324/.340 in 143 games this past season for the Yankees. He turned 41 years old in late October. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:57 pm
       
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      W, 9-5 @Bos
    • 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
    • Matt Kemp trade held up due to hip arthritis
      According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the holdup with the Matt Kemp trade is due to the physical revealing arthritis in both of Kemp's hips.

      Advice: Kemp's agent, Junior Spivey, told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal on Thursday morning that "everything is OK" and he is "just waiting on the final details" of the deal to be sorted out, but maybe this thing really will fall apart. Kemp is signed through 2019, and hip arthritis sounds like the type of ailment that is only going to get worse as he moves later into his 30s. Kemp was supposed to be headed to the Padres along with catcher Tim Federowicz in exchange for Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland, and Zach Eflin. Nightengale says the Friars are consulting medical experts. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:07 am
    • Kemp 'waiting on final details' for SD trade
      Matt Kemp's agent Junior Spivey said Thursday that he's "just waiting on the final details" for the trade that will send his client to the Padres.

      Advice: There have been murmurings that something troublesome was found during Kemp's physical exam, but Spivey told Rosenthal that "everything is OK" and the four-player trade sending Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland, and Zach Eflin to Los Angeles "should be good to go." The Padres may be trying to get the Dodgers to take on a bit more of the $107 million that Kemp is owed. Right now, L.A. is set to cover $31 million. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:34 am
    • O's, Reds, M's 'among possibilities' for Aoki
      The Orioles, Reds and Mariners are "among possibilities" for Norichika Aoki, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

      Advice: Aoki was previously reported to be talking with the O's, but the other two teams are new potential destinations for the 32-year-old. Heyman speculates Aoki will likely get a two- or three-year deal worth $7-8 million annually. Alex Rios landing in Kansas City means Aoki will almost surely be with a new team -- somewhere -- in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:43 pm
       
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      W, 6-4 @CWS
    • Seth Smith being discussed in trade talks
      ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports he's hearing Seth Smith's name often in trade talks.

      Advice: With the recent deals for Matt Kemp and Wil Myers the Padres suddenly have an excess of outfielders. Smith got off to a great start to his 2014 season before finishing with a .266/.367/.440 line. Smith, 32, is due $6 million next season and is signed through 2016 with a club option for 2017, so he could be an attractive option for a team in need of left-handed power in the corner outfield or at first base. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:00 pm
    • Padres still 'inconclusive' on Kemp physical
      A Padres official told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that the team is "still inconclusive" in its evaluation of Matt Kemp's physical.

      Advice: The official also said the trade is "not yet" in jeopardy, and Rosenthal notes that the Dodgers have been told nothing in regards to concerns about the physical. The Padres were supposed to meet Wednesday to discuss the physical in advance of Thursday's deadline to complete the deal. There's certainly cause for concern that the trade won't be completed as-is, but we'll just have to wait and see how everything shakes out. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:54 pm
    • Rays, Padres, Nats agree on Wil Myers trade
      According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM, the three-team Wil Myers trade is "done."

      Advice: Bowden has the breakdown of who's heading where: Padres shortstop prospect Trea Turner and pitching prospect Joe Ross will go to the Nationals. Myers, Ryan Hanigan, and minor league pitchers Jose Castillo and Gerardo Reyes will go to the Padres. Steven Souza, Travis Ott, Rene Rivera, Burch Smith, and Jake Bauers will go to the Rays (with Ott and Souza coming from the Nats). All the players involved need to pass physicals before the trade can be made official. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:33 pm
    • Nick Markakis undergoes fusion neck surgery
      Nick Markakis underwent fusion surgery Wednesday to repair a herniated disk in his neck.

      Advice: The expectation is that Markakis will be able to begin baseball-related activities by mid-February, but the Braves are probably going to take it easy on him in camp this spring just to be safe. The 31-year-old outfielder signed a four-year, $44 million free agent contract with Atlanta in early December. He'll be the team's leadoff man and right fielder in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:43 pm
    • Rays 'down to two scenarios' on Miley trade
      According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays are "down to two scenarios" for a Wil Myers trade.

      Advice: One of those scenarios involves the Nationals, but the Rays are still waiting to hear if Washington is in or out. Topkin says Tampa Bay is currently set to give up Myers, Ryan Hanigan, and two lower-level minor leaguers to get Rene Rivera, Burch Smith, and Jake Bauers back from the Padres. Then some more players -- possibly Padres shortstop prospect Trea Turner -- would be moved in a third branch of the deal. There should be a resolution to this whole thing by Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:40 pm
    • Blue Jays sign Ryan Kalish to minors deal
      Blue Jays signed OF Ryan Kalish to minor league contract with invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Kalish elected to become a free agent at the beginning of November. A month-and-a-half later he's found himself a landing spot. The outfielder is a career .245/.293/.350 hitter over 412 plate appearances at the major league level. He'll serve as organizational depth and a possible bench bat for the Blue Jays. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:58 pm
       
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      L, 1-0 vs Bal
    • B.J. Upton's contract might scare teams
      David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that it's "unlikely" that B.J. Upton will be traded this offseason, as teams do not want to pay the remainder of his contract.

      Advice: It's understandable, as Upton is owed $46.35 million over the next three years. This, coupled with the fact that he hit just .198/.279/.314 over the last two seasons, makes Upton an incredibly difficult candidate to move. Compounding matters is the fact that according to O'Brien, the Braves don't want to "give away [catcher Evan] Gattis to get rid of [Upton]." Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:50 pm
    • 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
    • Braves exploring packages for Johnson, Upton
      MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that the Braves are looking to package Chris Johnson with Justin Upton or Evan Gattis in possible trade scenarios.

      Advice: A week ago, the Padres were a team that Bowman cited as being interested in Justin Upton. With their near-trades for Matt Kemp and Wil Myers, it appears unlikely that they would still be in the market for the outfielder. Bowman wrote that the Braves were holding court with five other teams. It would be palatable for the team if they could package Johnson or Gattis in with Upton, though it would obviously be tougher for them to complete a trade if they were attaching extra weight to the deal. The Braves are also reportedly looking to deal B.J. Upton. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:46 am
    • Zobrist not likely to be traded to Nationals
      Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears from sources that the Nationals are not targeting INF/OF Ben Zobrist in a potential trade with the Rays.

      Advice: The Rays are showing interest in outfield prospect Steven Souza. While Zobrist would fit a positional need, Sherman reported that he had been told that the Nationals and Rays are looking at options that don't include the versatile infielder. The Rays picked up Zobrist's option in late October, but it's likely that they'll be open to moving him at some point given that he is set to hit the free agent market next winter. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:52 am
       
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      Ben Zobrist TB - 2B,SS,OF
      L, 7-2 @Cle
    • Rays looking at Souza if Myers deal completed
      Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes that if the Rays trade Wil Myers to the Padres, they would then target Nationals' OF Steven Souza.

      Advice: Souza hit .350/.432/.590 with 18 home runs in 357 at-bats for Triple-A Syracuse. He also stole 26 bases. In order to acquire the speedy slugger, the Rays would flip one or more of the prospects they received in the proposed Myers-to-Padres deal. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:40 am
    • Padres meeting to discuss Kemp physical
      USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported that the Padres are meeting to discuss the results of Matt Kemp's physical.

      Advice: This confirms a report from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. According to Nightengale, the Padres "believe that [Kemp's] physical is fine," but are "still waiting for final details." Should the trade go through, the pieces expected to head to the Dodgers are Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. Eflin is then expected to be flipped to the Phillies in the Jimmy Rollins deal. In addition to the Kemp situation, the team is also in the midst of discussing a trade with the Rays for Wil Myers. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:29 am
    • Kemp's physical could hold up trade to Padres
      Bleacher Report's Will Carroll hears that "rumors....are starting to get louder" about a possible failed physical by OF Matt Kemp.

      Advice: Kemp was all set to be traded to the Padres for Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin pending a physical. It's important to note that nothing is official, but the silence on the situation is curious. Kemp has suffered numerous injuries over the course of his career. When he's healthy, he's been an elite bat. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:05 am
    • No timetable for Myers trade completion
      The Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin writes that there's no timetable for the completion of the Rays' trade of Wil Myers to the Padres.

      Advice: According to Topkin, "talks remain ongoing" and the deal's finalization could come "[Wednesday] or carry on to Thursday." The trade talks could take slightly longer simply because of the large number of pieces involved. ESPN's Jim Bowden reported that the players coming back to the Rays for Myers would include Jake Bauers, Joe Ross, Burch Smith and "two others." It is also being reported that one or more of these prospects could subsequently be traded to another team. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:55 am
    • Rays working on 'multitude of things'
      Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that according to his sources, the Rays were working on a "multitude of thing" with "a lot of moving parts."

      Advice: The largest of this multitude would appear to be a trade of outfielder Wil Myers to the Padres, which is reportedly nearing completion. Beyond that, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick wrote that he thought it was possible that the Rays would end up trading at least one of the prospects the team received in the deal. Rosenthal didn't specify whether everything the Rays were working on hinged on Myers being dealt, or if they were also looking toward moves independent of the young slugger's movement. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:33 am
    • Rays, Padres closing in on Wil Myers trade
      ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported that the Rays and Padres were "nearing the finish line" on a trade involving Wil Myers.

      Advice: No word on if there's a third team involved in the possible trade, though Crasnick tweeted that he was hearing that it was a two-team trade with the possibility of the Rays flipping a prospect later. Among the prospects who could possibly be shifting from the Padres to the Rays are the likes of Austin Hedges, Matt Wisler, Burch Smith and/or R.J. Alverez. Myers struggled in 2014, hitting just .222/.290/.320 with six home runs and 35 RBI in 87 games. Despite his struggles, the 24-year-old Myers is a unique talent who is under contractual control until 2019. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:49 am
    • Byrd not currently on Mariners' radar
      ESPN's Jerry Crasnick hears that the Phillies have not approached outfielder Marlon Byrd about waiving his no-trade clause to go to the Mariners.

      Advice: The Mariners are one of the teams that Byrd would have to approve for a trade to work. Earlier this month, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the Orioles were showing interest in the 37-year-old. Despite his age, Byrd still packs a wallop in his bat, having hit .264/.312/.445 with 25 home runs in the 2014 season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:11 am
       
      L, 2-1 vs Atl
    • Myers to SEA, Walker to SD in 3-team deal?
      Jason Churchill of 1090 The Fan in Seattle reports that there are "strong indications" the Mariners are the third team involved in the Wil Myers trade talks.

      Advice: Churchill says that Myers could be headed to the Mariners and Taijuan Walker to the Padres in the deal, with other prospects going to the Rays. It's not clear whether he's hearing something or is just reading the tea leaves. It does make sense, as there were reports earlier in the day that the Mariners were close to trading for a hitter. Three-team deals often fall apart, but this one definitely looks to have legs. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:05 pm
    • Myers to Padres deal 'said to be very close'
      Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that there is "significant optimism" a potential trade sending Wil Myers to the Padres will get done and is "very close" to being completed.

      Advice: Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported earlier Tuesday that it's unlikely a deal would be consummated before the end of the day, but it does appear that something could be wrapped up relatively quickly. It's not clear who exactly would be involved in the deal, but players mentioned from San Diego's side include Austin Hedges, Matt Wisler, Burch Smith and R.J. Alvarez. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal first reported that the two sides were talking. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:14 pm
    • 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
    • Padres and Rays discussing Wil Myers trade
      According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Rays and Padres are discussing a "significant trade" that would involve outfielder Wil Myers heading to San Diego.

      Advice: Rosenthal says a "number of players" would be involved in the swap, though it's "not known" if the trade is actually close to happening. Myers batted just .222/.294/.320 with six home runs and 35 RBI in 87 games this past season for Tampa Bay, but he's only 24 years old and should have a bright future. Myers is under contractual control through 2019. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:45 pm
    • 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
    • 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
    • Nick Markakis to have neck surgery this week
      Nick Markakis will undergo surgery this week to repair a bulging disk in his neck.

      Advice: Markakis should be able to resume baseball activities in eight weeks and is expected to be ready for spring training. The 31-year-old signed a four-year, $44 million contract with the Braves earlier this month and projects to be the team's leadoff hitter and starting right fielder in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:37 pm
    • Matt Kemp to take Padres physical on Tuesday
      Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Matt Kemp will take his physical with the Padres on Tuesday.

      Advice: That means that the two sides have until then to iron out the specifics of the trade. It is believed to be Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz heading to the Dodgers in exchange for Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. What's not clear is the exact amount of money that the Dodgers will be sending to make the deal work, believed to be around $31 million. As long as Kemp passes his physical, the deal should become official on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:27 pm
    • 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
    • Padres still in on Justin Upton trade talks
      MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that the Padres remain one of the team's pursuing Justin Upton.

      Advice: The Pads are on the verge of acquiring Matt Kemp, but it appears they might not be done looking for offense. For what it's worth, Bowman adds that he "wouldn't be shocked" to see Kemp and Upton in the same outfield next season. The Giants, Rangers, Orioles and Royals are other teams known to have interest in Upton. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:36 am
    • Dodgers, Padres agree to Matt Kemp trade
      According to Dennis Lin and Kirk Kenney of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp has officially been traded to the Padres.

      Advice: Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz are headed to San Diego in exchange for catcher Yasmani Grandal and pitchers Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin. The Dodgers are also sending around $31 million to the Padres to cover part of Kemp's remaining $107 million in guaranteed salaries. It's been an incredibly active 24 hours for the new-look Los Angeles front office, and there should be more activity to come. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:34 am
    • Royals interested in Upton, Gattis
      Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals are interested in Justin Upton and Evan Gattis of the Braves.

      Advice: However, the are understandably reluctant to give up Yordano Ventura or Danny Duffy, so a deal appears unlikely. The Royals might have to aim lower via trades or free agency. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:35 am
    • 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
    • Report: Rays getting calls about Wil Myers
      Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have received calls from "about a half-dozen teams" regarding the availability of Wil Myers.

      Advice: The Rays seem more likely to deal Matt Joyce this offseason, but Myers could fetch a huge return if he's made available. Still, he's just 24 years old and is under team control through 2019. While he's coming off a disappointing season, we suspect he'll stay put. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:13 am
    • Zaidi says Kemp-to-Padres trade isn't close
      Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said Tuesday that reports of a Matt Kemp trade to the Padres being close are "wishful thinking."

      Advice: "I would not characterize it that way," Zaidi said. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported earlier Tuesday that a deal sending Kemp to the Padres for Yasmani Grandal and others was "getting closer," but Zaidi obviously doesn't see it that way. Rosenthal is the best in the business, so this could just be some posturing by the Dodgers GM. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:43 pm
    • Giants talking Upton/Johnson deal with Braves
      USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Giants are discussing a trade with the Braves involving Justin Upton and Chris Johnson.

      Advice: Nightengale cautions, however, that "neither club was overly optimistic a deal can be finalized." The deal is a fit for the Giants since they have a hole both in left field and at third base, but Nightengale says the Braves aren't sure the Giants have the prospects needed to make a trade work. Upton has drawn trade interest from a host of clubs this offseason. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:08 pm
    • 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
    • Nick Markakis slotted into leadoff spot
      Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday that Nick Markakis, as it stands right now, would be the team's leadoff man.

      Advice: It's not a surprise, as that's where Markakis spent the 2014 season with the Orioles and the Braves have no other obvious options for the leadoff spot. Markakis has a career .358 OBP, though it's been just .335 over the last two seasons. Gonzalez did note that second base prospect Jose Peraza could hit leadoff when he's ready for a promotion, at which point Markakis would drop to the No. 2 spot. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:23 pm
    • TOR, CLE, MIL, CHC on Upton's no-trade list
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Blue Jays, Indians, Brewers, and Cubs are on Justin Upton's no-trade list.

      Advice: Players often include certain teams on their no-trade list as leverage, but it's worth noting that the Mariners were listed two years ago and Upton exercised his right to turn down a potential deal. The Indians have reportedly expressed interest in a trade for Upton this offseason, so it's something to keep in mind. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:08 pm
    • O's meet with Phillies about Marlon Byrd
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles met with the Phillies on Tuesday to discuss a trade for outfielder Marlon Byrd.

      Advice: Byrd is a logical target for the Orioles, who have lost Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz to free agency. The 37-year-old batted .264/.312/.445 with 25 home runs this season and is owed $8 million in 2015. His contract also includes an $8 million vesting option for 2016. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:54 pm
       
      L, 2-1 vs Atl
    • 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
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