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  • Athletics likely to trade INF Brett Lawrie
    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics are likely to trade Brett Lawrie following the acquisition of Jed Lowrie.

    Advice: Slusser says the trade for Lowrie "all but ensures" the A's will deal either Lawrie or Danny Valencia, and Lawrie "is considered the better bet to be traded." The report adds that both Lawrie and Valencia "are drawing interest" from American League clubs. Lawrie hasn't come close to reaching his full potential, hitting only .263/.316/.420 in his first five big league seasons, but he'll turn just 26 in January and is under team control through 2017, so it's not terribly surprisingly that some clubs appear to have interest. Today, 7:22 am
  • Edwin Encarnacion (hernia) resumes workouts
    Edwin Encarnacion (hernia) began running on Thursday.

    Advice: Encarnacion tweeted a video of himself jogging with a friend (or perhaps trainer) in the Dominican Republic. He underwent surgery in late October to repair a sports hernia but is fully expected to be ready for the beginning of the 2016 season. The 32-year-old slugger registered a .929 OPS with 39 home runs and 111 RBI in 146 games this summer for the American League East-champion Blue Jays. Yesterday, 11:32 am
  • Gordon has talked to Marlins about extension
    Dee Gordon said on MLB Network's "Hot Stove" show Wednesday morning that his agent has been in discussions with the Marlins about a contract extension.

    Advice: "My agent is doing the talking," said Gordon. "They're just keeping me in the loop. I think it's going pretty well right now. We'll see how that goes. I'm just playing the waiting game. We're going to do the right thing." Joe Frisaro of hears that talks only recently started and are in the preliminary stages. Gordon is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter and is under team control through 2018. Wednesday, 12:01 pm
  • Daniel Nava elects free agency
    Daniel Nava has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Nava cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week and ultimately refused a minor league assignment. The 32-year-old figures to land a spring training invite somewhere. Wednesday, 11:15 am
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    W, 12-3 vs Tor
  • Indians designate Choice for assignment
    Indians designated OF Michael Choice for assignment.

    Advice: Choice gets the boot off the 40-man roster after Wednesday's acquisition of Kirby Yates. The former top prospect was acquired from the Rangers back in August and could soon be with his third organization in the past four months. Wednesday, 11:02 am
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    W, 3-1 vs Bos
  • A's still see Semien as their shortstop
    Athletics general manager David Forst indicated Wednesday that he still sees Marcus Semien as their starting shortstop.

    Advice: With Jed Lowrie back in Oakland, it's only natural that Forst would be asked about Semien, who led the majors with 35 errors this past season. However, it appears that they didn't acquire Lowrie with shortstop in mind. It's possible he could play second base or third. Wednesday, 10:51 am
    Player Note
    Marcus Semien Oak - 2B,3B,SS
    L, 3-2 @Sea
  • Athletics reunited with Jed Lowrie in trade
    Athletics acquired INF Jed Lowrie from the Astros for RHP Brendan McCurry.

    Advice: Lowrie signed a three-year contract with the Astros last winter, but he's headed back to Oakland after just one season. The 31-year-old got off to a great start in 2015 before suffering a thumb injury in late April and just couldn't get back on track with the bat after returning during the second half. It's unclear what the Athletics have in mind for him, but he's likely to receive regular playing time in 2016. Wednesday, 8:51 am
    Player Note
    Jed Lowrie Oak - 3B,SS
    L, 3-2 @Sea
  • O's designate Wilkins for assignment
    Orioles designated 1B Andy Wilkins for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for L.J. Hoes for assignment. Wilkins was claimed off waivers from the Dodgers in September and now he could be on the move once again. Wednesday, 8:44 am
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • O's acquire L.J. Hoes from Astros
    Orioles acquired OF L.J. Hoes from the Astros for cash considerations.

    Advice: Hoes was designated for assignment by the Astros last week and the Orioles jumped at the opportunity at a reunion. The 25-year-old has struggled in sporadic opportunities in the majors, but he's coming off a strong season in Triple-A where he batted .295/.383/.400 over 99 games. He figures to compete for a bench job in the spring. Wednesday, 8:38 am
    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • White Sox sign Alex Avila to one-year deal
    White Sox signed C Alex Avila to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

    Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman passed along the contract details. Avila, who turns 29 in January, struggled through injuries this season while batting just .191 with four home runs and a .626 OPS over 67 games. However, he's a gamble at this price. Avila figures to share playing time behind the plate with Tyler Flowers in 2016. Wednesday, 8:22 am
    L, 6-0 vs Det
  • Report: A's acquire Jed Lowrie from Astros
    Jane Lee of reports that the Athletics have acquired Jed Lowrie from the Astros.

    Advice: No word yet on who is headed back to Houston. Lowrie, who previously played with the Athletics from 2013-2014, batted .222 with nine home runs and a .712 OPS in 69 games this past season. He's owed $7.5 million in 2016 and $6.5 million in 2017 while his contract includes a $6 million club option or $1 million buyout for 2018. He's yet another moving part for Oakland's infield. Wednesday, 8:06 am
    Player Note
    Jed Lowrie Oak - 3B,SS
    L, 3-2 @Sea
  • Braun (back) expects to be 100 pct. by spring
    Ryan Braun (back) said Wednesday that he expects to be 100 percent when spring training begins in February.

    Advice: "That's the plan," explained Braun, who underwent surgery in October to repair a herniated disc in his lower back. "All the rehab stuff is something I'll probably incorporate every day when it comes to my preparation and routine. I'll figure it out as I go. It's obviously still new to me. As I get back into baseball stuff, I'll figure out which exercises I'll want to continue to do and be a part of my routine." Braun underwent a cryotherapy procedure on his right thumb last October and again this June, but there are no plans for another one this offseason unless he feels discomfort when he begins swinging a bat in January. Wednesday, 8:00 am
    L, 3-1 vs ChC
  • Report: Pirates' Pedro Alvarez open to trade
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Pedro Alvarez would be open to a trade.

    Advice: It's a real possibility, as the Pirates are shopping him, as well as Neil Walker and Mark Melancon. While there's nothing to indicate that they are interested, Heyman speculates that the Orioles could be a fit. Alvarez turns 29 in February and batted .243/.318/.469 with 27 home runs and 77 RBI over 150 games this past season. He made $5.75 million in 2015 and will be arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter. Wednesday, 7:29 am
    W, 4-0 vs Cin
  • Bradley penciled in as CF in 2016
    Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated on WEEI's "Hot Stove Show" on Tuesday night that Jackie Bradley is penciled in as the starting center fielder for 2016.

    Advice: What Bradley brings defensively can't be questioned, so the Red Sox are hoping that the progress he showed with the bat down the stretch is for real. The 25-year-old continues to pop up in trade rumors, but assuming he stays put this winter, Farrell envisions having Mookie Betts in right field and Rusney Castillo in left. Wednesday, 7:18 am
  • Report: 'Nothing is imminent' on Ozuna trade
    Joe Frisaro of reports that "nothing is imminent" on a possible trade involving Marcell Ozuna.

    Advice: This comes on the heels of a report from ESPN's Jerry Crasnick on Tuesday night that the Mariners are working on a trade for Ozuna, who has fallen out of favor with Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria. Nothing is close, but the Marlins are reportedly willing to move him for a young starter. It's hard to imagine that Ozuna will begin 2016 with the team given all of the drama that has occurred until now, so it's highly likely he's moved at some point soon. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 6:46 am
  • Cardinals reportedly interested in Zobrist
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals are interested in Ben Zobrist.

    Advice: Really, who isn't these days? Zobrist would be a great fit for just about anyone, with teams like the Nationals and Mets reportedly among the most aggressive. The Cardinals already have their infield in place, so they are presumably looking at him as a super utility-type. Zobrist, who turns 35 next May, appears likely to land a three- or four-year deal this winter. Wednesday, 6:41 am
    Player Note
    Ben Zobrist KC - 2B,SS,OF
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • Crasnick: Mariners working on deal for Ozuna
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners are working on a trade to acquire Marcell Ozuna.

    Advice: Ozuna has fallen out of favor in Miami, as he's apparently in owner Jeffrey Loria's doghouse. The 25-year-old outfielder hit only .259/.308/.383 with 10 homers and 44 RBI in 2015 and spent time in the minors. However, he batted .269/.317/.455 with 23 bombs and 85 RBI in 2014 and is not yet arbitration-eligible, so there's obvious appeal. Crasnick says the Marlins are looking for a young starter in exchange for Ozuna, and the Miami Herald's Clark Spencer hears Roenis Elias and Nate Karns could pique their interest. Meanwhile,'s Joe Frisaro believes the two clubs could be working on a larger trade involving more than just Ozuna and a pitcher. Nothing appears imminent here, but there's some smoke. Tuesday, 6:52 pm
  • Report: Nationals interested in Ben Zobrist
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal writes that the Nationals are interested in free agent Ben Zobrist.

    Advice: Rosenthal writes that the Nationals are in need of a left-handed hitting infielder and outfielder. The switch-hitting Zobrist is capable of playing all over and has been a target for the Nationals in the past, so it's a natural fit. Of course, the same could be said for several teams, including the NL East rival Mets. Tuesday, 11:39 am
    Player Note
    Ben Zobrist KC - 2B,SS,OF
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • Orioles could reunite with L.J. Hoes
    Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports wrote that the Orioles "still have interest" in free agent OF L.J. Hoes.

    Advice: Hoes elected to become a free agent in mid-October after spending the 2015 season with the Astros. He managed four hits in 15 at-bats with the big league squad. The 25-year-old outfielder was actually drafted by the Orioles in the third round of the 2008 amateur draft. For his career, he's the owner of a .237/.289/.328 batting line. Sunday, 12:14 pm
    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Dee Gordon drawing 'a ton' of trade interest
    According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Dee Gordon is generating "a ton" of trade interest.

    Advice: We're guessing it would take a massive haul for the Marlins to even consider moving this year's NL batting champ, though Cafardo said they're at least willing to listen. A month ago Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported the Marlins were making a contract extension for Gordon "one of their first orders of business." It's unclear if that's changed. Saturday, 5:09 pm
  • Rays designate Daniel Nava for assignment
    Rays designated OF Daniel Nava for assignment.

    Advice: The 32-year-old had a miserable 2015 campaign, slashing a mere .194/.315/.245 with one homer, 10 RBI and a 36/20 K/BB ratio over 166 plate appearances between the Red Sox and Rays. He'll likely have to settle for a minor league deal this winter. Friday, 4:57 pm
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    W, 12-3 vs Tor
  • MLB executive predicts Ozuna trade
    An MLB executive who spoke with ESPN's Jerry Crasnick said that he would "be surprised" if the Marlins held onto Marcell Ozuna.

    Advice: According to that major league excutive, "[Marlins owner Jeffrey] Loria clearly can't stand [Ozuna] and everybody knows it." In 459 at-bats with the Marlins, the 25-year-old outfielder slashed .259/.308/.383 with 10 homers and 44 RBI. An earlier November report by ESPN's Jayson Stark indicated that the Marlins are looking for a pitcher in the range of a No. 2 starter in exchange for Ozuna. Friday, 6:51 am
  • Report: Mets 'very interested' in Ben Zobrist
    Tim Rohan of the New York Times hears from a league source that the Mets are "very interested" in Ben Zobrist.

    Advice: Join the club. Still, the Mets' interest appears to be strong and genuine, as they met with his representatives at the recent GM Meetings and held a conference call with him on Wednesday. With his versatility, Zobrist is drawing interest from around 10 teams at the moment. Despite turning 35 next May, it's possible he could land a four-year deal this winter. Wednesday, 12:46 pm
    Player Note
    Ben Zobrist KC - 2B,SS,OF
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    W, 6-1 @Min
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