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    • Cubs outright Donn Roach to Triple-A level
      Cubs sent RHP Donn Roach outright to Triple-A Iowa.

      Advice: Chicago claimed Roach off waivers from the Padres in mid-November, but he was then removed from the Cubs' 40-man roster this past weekend to clear space for some newer acquisitions. The 25-year-old righty posted a 4.75 ERA across 30 1/3 innings in 2014 for San Diego. Rotoworld.com
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    • Cubs outright Logan Watkins to AAA Iowa
      Cubs sent INF Logan Watkins outright to Triple-A Iowa.

      Advice: Watkins was designated for assignment last week. He is a .233/.269/.301 career hitter in 110 major league plate appearances and is no longer on the Cubs' 40-man roster. Rotoworld.com
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    • Royals outright Moises Sierra to Triple-A
      Royals sent OF Moises Sierra outright to Triple-A Omaha.

      Advice: Sierra batted just .230/.265/.342 in 170 plate appearances this past season between the Blue Jays and White Sox. The Royals then picked him up off waivers in October, but he got designated for assignment last week to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for Alex Rios. Rotoworld.com
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    • Royals outright Casey Coleman to AAA
      Royals sent RHP Casey Coleman outright to Triple-A Omaha.

      Advice: Coleman was designated for assignment by Kansas City last week and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 27-year-old is no longer on the Royals' 40-man roster. Rotoworld.com
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    • Giants, Romo finalize two-year, $15M contract
      Giants re-signed RHP Sergio Romo to a two-year, $15 million contract.

      Advice: The free agent deal was agreed to last week and then officially announced Monday after Romo passed his pre-signing physical. The 31-year-old righty was probably hoping to hit it much bigger this winter in a relief market that has yielded four-year deals for David Robertson and Andrew Miller, but Romo finished the 2014 season with a relatively-underwhelming 3.72 ERA in 58 innings. He put up a 2.03 ERA in 225 2/3 innings between 2010-2013. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:35 am
    • Nationals sign Heath Bell to minors contract
      Nationals signed RHP Heath Bell to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Bell struggled mightily in 2014, posting a 7.27 ERA in 17 1/3 innings with the Rays and then even worse numbers with the Yankees' Triple-A team. The 37-year-old right-hander seems doubtful to have an impact in Washington. Rotoworld.com
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    • Nate Jones (elbow) to begin throwing Jan.
      Nate Jones (elbow) is expected to begin a throwing program in early January.

      Advice: Jones underwent Tommy John surgery in late July and probably won't be ready to rejoin the White Sox until sometime next August. The 28-year-old right-hander owns a 3.55 ERA in 149 2/3 career innings of relief. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:40 am
    • Padres do not intend to trade OF Wil Myers
      According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres do not intend to trade Wil Myers.

      Advice: Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News reported over the weekend that the Padres have expressed interested in acquiring Phillies ace Cole Hamels and that Myers, whom the Padres just acquired from the Rays, could be included in the deal. But Lin hears Monday from "sources within the organization" that Myers will be in center field for San Diego on Opening Day 2015. Let's not rule anything out quite yet. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:45 am
    • Yankees have checked in on Troy Tulowitzki
      According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Yankees have checked in with the Rockies on Troy Tulowitzki.

      Advice: Heyman reported late last week that the Mets and Rockies had been "quietly discussing" the parameters of a Tulowitzki trade, but the two sides have not been able to find a match. And while the Yankees also have a big hole at shortstop, they probably don't possess the kind of elite-level prospects that Colorado would want in a return package. Heyman writes Monday that it "remains unclear how committed the Rockies-owning Monfort brothers are to trading the beloved Tulo." Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:30 am
    • Hughes gets 3-yr, $42M extension from Twins
      Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that Phil Hughes has agreed to a three-year, $42 million contract extension with the Twins.

      Advice: The extension wipes out the final two years and $16 million on Hughes' original three-year, $24 million deal with the Twins. So it's essentially a five-year, $58 million pact, and it'll keep Hughes in Minnesota through the 2019 season. The 28-year-old right-hander revitalized his career in 2014, posting a 3.52 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 186/16 K/BB ratio across 209 2/3 innings. He had a 5.19 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 2013, his final year with the Yankees. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:59 am
    • Padres have talked to Phillies about Hamels
      Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News reports that the Padres have had discussions with the Phillies regarding Cole Hamels.

      Advice: Lawrence notes that any trade package for Hamels could revolve around the newly-acquired Wil Myers. The Padres have pulled off several blockbuster moves in the past week, and acquiring an elite top of the rotation left-hander would be another strong acquisition. Rotoworld.com
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    • Justin Upton won't negotiate in-season
      Justin Upton's agent, Larry Reynolds, said in an interview on SiriusXM Sunday that his client is open to a contract extension with the Padres.

      Advice: Upton is not, however, willing to negotiate a deal in-season, which is pretty common among impending free agents. Whether the Padres have any real interest or would be capable of locking Upton up remains to be seen. If they don't extend the outfielder, they can make him a qualifying offer next winter and pick up a draft pick. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:07 am
    • Boras: Wieters will be ready by Opening Day
      Agent Scott Boras has said that his client, Matt Wieters (elbow), will be ready to play on Opening Day.

      Advice: Orioles manager Buck Showalter said last week that it's possible Wieters won't be ready for the opener as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery, but Boras doesn't seem to think it will be an issue. The O's will no doubt take things slowly with the catcher in spring training and we likely won't know for sure until he starts playing in Grapefruit League action whether he can be penciled into the lineup on April 6 versus the Rays. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:00 am
    • 'No urgency' for Wieters extension talks
      Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that "there seems no urgency on either side" when it comes to extension talks between the Orioles and Matt Wieters.

      Advice: The two sides are known to have had discussions early in the 2013 season, but nothing materialized and it's looking at this point like Wieters will play out his final year before free agency. The talented backstop was limited to just 26 games last season before having Tommy John surgery, which could sideline him past Opening Day next year. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:25 am
    • James Shields' asking price to be near $110M
      Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that James Shields' contract demands are expected to be around five years and $110 million.

      Advice: It's the same amount left on Cole Hamels' contract, assuming Hamels' option is picked up, and is a reasonable demand after Jon Lester landed a $155 million deal from the Cubs. Cafardo says that the Giants and Red Sox are "in the picture" for Shields, while the Yankees "may be another suitor." Shields, who just turned 33, holds a 3.64 ERA over his eight full seasons and has made at least 31 starts every year during that stretch. Rotoworld.com
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    • Chase Utley expected to remain in Philly
      Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro has indicated that Chase Utley still has no desire to waive his no-trade clause.

      Advice: "I've had some dialogue with Wolfie [agent Joel Wolfe] but frankly, he doesn't want to go anywhere," Amaro said. "He has no desire to go anywhere... He wants to honor his contract and that's how we have to perceive it." The Phillies are obviously in rebuilding mode, but it appears that Utley would rather stay where he's comfortable than go to a potential playoff contender. The veteran second baseman will make $10 million in 2015 and has $45 million in three vesting options from 2016-18. Rotoworld.com
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    • Wil Myers playing CF 'is a possibility'
      Padres manager Bud Black said Friday that Wil Myers playing center field "is a possibility."

      Advice: Black doesn't want to etch anything in stone, and we can hardly blame him because general manager A.J. Preller might trade all three of his new outfielders over the weekend. However, it sounds like the plan is for Myers to handle center, with Justin Upton manning left field and Matt Kemp in right. Myers has nine games' worth of experience in center field in the majors and 100 games' worth of experience there in the minors. It's going to be a brutal defensive outfield, but the Padres are obviously hoping they can make up for it with their bats. Rotoworld.com
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    • Padres' trade for Justin Upton made official
      Padres acquired OF Justin Upton and RHP Aaron Northcraft from the Braves in exchange for LHP Max Fried, INF Jace Peterson, 3B Dustin Peterson, OF Mallex Smith and the fourth international bonus pool slot.

      Advice: The deal, which was reported early Friday morning, has now been made official. Upton is coming off a season in which he batted .270/.342/.491 with 29 homers and 102 RBI for the Braves. With the addition of him, Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, Derek Norris and Will Middlebrooks, the Padres have completely re-tooled their lineup. Rotoworld.com
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    • Donn Roach designated for assignment
      Cubs designated RHP Donn Roach for assignment.

      Advice: Roach was claimed off waivers by the Cubs last month. The 24-year-old right-hander had a 4.75 ERA and 17/15 K/BB ratio over 30 1/3 innings in the majors last season. Rotoworld.com
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    • Logan Watkins designated for assignment
      Cubs designated INF Logan Watkins for assignment.

      Advice: Watkins, 25, has posted decent numbers in the minors but has hit just .233/.269/.301 over 110 plate appearances in the majors. He's versatile and young, so some team might claim him on waivers. Rotoworld.com
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    • Myers arrives in San Diego in 11-player deal
      Padres acquired OF Wil Myers, C Ryan Hanigan, LHP Jose Castillo and RHP Gerardo Reyes, Rays acquired OF Steven Souza, C Rene Rivera, RHP Burch Smith, 1B Jake Bauers and LHP Travis Ott, Nationals acquired RHP Joe Ross and a player to be named later in a three-team trade.

      Advice: The much-discussed deal is now official in the books. Myers, the 2013 American League Rookie of the Year, is the big fish here. The young outfielder struggled with a .222/.290/.320 batting line with six home runs and 35 RBI in 87 games last season, but he's under control through 2019 and is a nice long-term get for the Padres. Shortstop prospect Trea Turner will be the player to be named in the deal but can't officially be announced yet because he was just drafted in June. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:22 am
    • Padres closing in on deal for Justin Upton
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Padres will acquire Justin Upton from the Braves.

      Advice: A.J. Preller has struck again. The Padres general manager planned to add offense over the winter and has now traded for Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, Justin Upton and Derek Norris within the span of a few weeks. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says the Padres will also receive a low-level prospect, with the Braves getting Max Fried, Jace Peterson, Dustin Peterson and Mallex Smith. Fried underwent Tommy John surgery in August but was one of the game's top pitching prospects before blowing out his elbow. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:43 am
    • Mets still talking Tulo trade with Rockies
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mets and Rockies "have been quietly discussing" a potential Troy Tulowitzki trade for weeks.

      Advice: He adds that pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard "is said to be the centerpiece of discussions" of the package that would head to the Rockies. However, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says the two teams have talked all offseason but no traction has been gained. A source told him he thinks the chances of the two sides completing a deal are "5-10 percent." In other words, nothing has really changed here. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:57 am
    • Braves 'finishing up' trade of Justin Upton
      Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that the Braves are "finishing up" a trade involving Justin Upton.

      Advice: Fangraphs's Kiley McDaniel says Upton will be going to an AL West club "for a package headlined by young pitching." FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal has ruled out the Rangers and A's as possibile landing spots, while both Rosenthal and MLB.com's Mark Bowman say the Padres cannot be ruled out. The Mariners have also been connected to Upton. It sounds like the deal is likely to be completed at some point on Friday. Upton will be a free agent after the 2015 season. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:48 am
    • Wieters (elbow) might not be ready for opener
      Orioles manager Buck Showalter said this week that Matt Wieters (elbow) might not be ready for Opening Day.

      Advice: Wieters underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in mid-June and that procedure usually requires 8-10 months of recovery time for position players. "I think Manny [Machado] makes the start of the year, and I think Matt is very close thereafter," Showalter said. "But we won’t put either one of these guys on the field until it’s time to go, and try to keep the finish line in mind." Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:51 am
    • 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
    • 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
    • Giants re-sign Sergio Romo to two-year deal
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that the Giants have re-signed Sergio Romo to a two-year, $15 million deal.

      Advice: Romo had an up-and-down 2014 season, ending the year with a 3.72 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 59/12 K/BB ratio over 58 innings. While he drew interest from multiple big-market teams, he's apparently decided that he's most comfortable remaining with the reigning champs. They'll be getting him on a relatively cheap deal in comparison to other relievers this off-season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:53 am
    • 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
    • Giants continue to show interest in Shields
      Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the Giants were exploring a "wide-range" of pitching options, including James Shields.

      Advice: The Giants were in on Jon Lester last month and continue to search for a big-name starter to fill out their rotation. The team met with Shields last week and according to Rosenthal, continues to show interest. The Giants have also been attached to Max Scherzer, though it's reasonable to assume that Scherzer might be beyond their price range if he really is seeking a $200 million deal. Rotoworld.com
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    • 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
    • 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
    • Royals designate Sierra for assignment
      Royals designated OF Moises Sierra for assignment.

      Advice: Kansas City claimed Sierra off waivers from the White Sox in October, but he had to be removed from the 40-man roster Tuesday to clear a spot for newly-signed outfielder Alex Rios. Sierra, 26, batted .230/.265/.342 in 170 plate appearances this past season between the Blue Jays and White Sox. Rotoworld.com
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    • Royals designate RHP Coleman for assignment
      Royals designated RHP Casey Coleman for assignment.

      Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Yohan Pino on the 40-man roster. Coleman, 27, owns a 5.72 ERA over 26 starts and 32 relief appearances in the majors. Rotoworld.com
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    • Astros 'sleeper team' in Hamels trade talks
      Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Astros are a "sleeper team" when it comes to a potential landing spot for Cole Hamels.

      Advice: The Astros have been aggressive in retooling their bullpen this winter, but they could use help in the rotation, as well. Hamels has a no-trade list and it's unclear if Houston is on it, so it's possible they'd have to agree to pick up his $20 million option for 2019 in order to make a deal work. Cafardo lists the Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers, Padres, Rangers and possibly the Giants as having interest in Hamels. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 8:37 am
       
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    • Chase Utley trade looking unlikely right now
      Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that the chances of the Phillies trading Chase Utley are "possible, albeit slim."

      Advice: Utley has 10-and-5 no-trade rights and has always maintained a desire to stay in Philadelphia. However, as Gelb points point, Jimmy Rollins never said he wanted to leave, either, until just recently. Gelb has been told by rival executive that the Phillies "are not aiming for an 'Astros-like' teardown," so they could choose to hang on to Utley even in a rebuilding phase. Utley has $45 million in three vesting options over the next three years and would certainly draw plenty of interest if the Phillies make him available and he indicates a willingness to waive his no-trade rights. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 14, 7:04 am
       
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    • Sergio Romo signing coming soon
      Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that Sergio Romo is expected to sign "hopefully in the next few days."

      Advice: Romo has drawn interest from Dodgers, Yankees and Red Sox and the Giants haven't given up hope to re-sign him. The 31-year-old lost his closer job in 2014 but still wound up having a fine year, posting a 3.72 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 59/12 K/BB ratio over 58 innings. Based on the teams with interest in him, it appears Romo is likely looking at a setup role next season. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 12, 9:39 am
    • 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
      Dec 12, 9:36 am
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