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  • 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. Today, 10:51 am
    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. Today, 8:51 am
  • 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. Today, 8:06 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. Today, 6:41 am
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • Reyes pleads not guilty to domestic abuse
    Jose Reyes has pleaded not guilty to a domestic abuse charge involving his wife.

    Advice: Reyes was arrested and then released after posting a $1,000 bail following an incident on October 31 in which he allegedly grabbed his wife by the throat and shoved her into a sliding glass door. Major League Baseball instituted a domestic violence policy earlier this year which gives commissioner Rob Manfred the power to discipline Reyes even if he isn't convicted. Yesterday, 5:35 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. Yesterday, 11:39 am
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • Braves ink d'Arnaud to minors deal
    Braves signed INF Chase d'Arnaud to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: D'Arnaud appeared in nine games with the Phillies this past season and spent most of the year in Triple-A. He turns 29 in January and appears likely to serve as organizational depth for the 2016 campaign. Yesterday, 11:01 am
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    W, 6-0 vs StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • Dombrowski: No winter ball plans for Hanley
    Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday that there's "no plan in place" for Hanley Ramirez to play winter ball.

    Advice: Ramirez told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes that he was planning to play for the Licey Tigers in the Dominican Winter League, but Dombrowski said "presently this is only a rumor." It's unclear whether the possibility has been scratched altogether, but clearly there has been a miscommunication between the two sides. Ramirez currently projects to serve as Boston's regular first baseman in 2016 and he could get some time at his new position if he ends up playing winter ball. Yesterday, 9:38 am
    Player Note
    Hanley Ramírez Bos - SS,OF
    L, 3-1 @Cle
  • Hanley Ramirez to play winter ball
    Enrique Rojas of reports that Hanley Ramirez will play for the Licey Tigers in the Dominican Winter League.

    Advice: Ramirez said that he'll serve mainly as Licey's designated hitter, although he'll also play some first base. The news is surely welcomed by the Red Sox as Ramirez transitions to first base next season. Staying active could also help Hanley show up to spring training slimmer, which Boston has told him they'd prefer. Monday, 2:59 pm
    Player Note
    Hanley Ramírez Bos - SS,OF
    L, 3-1 @Cle
  • Hak-Ju Lee catches on with Giants
    Giants signed INF Hak-Ju Lee to a minor league contract.

    Advice: A former top prospect, Lee has just never progressed with the bat in the upper minors, hitting only .220/.303/.304 this past season at Triple-A. He just turned 25 earlier this month, though, so he's worth a shot on a minor league deal. Monday, 2:01 pm
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    W, 12-3 vs Tor
  • Hanley Ramirez not drawing much trade interest
    Five general managers told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that they wouldn't trade for Hanley Ramirez even if the Red Sox agreed to cover half of his remaining salary.

    Advice: Ramirez was a total bust this year, hitting .249 with 19 homers while playing horrendous defense in left field. With three years and $66 million left on his contract, the Red Sox are going to have a tough time moving him. David Ortiz has decided to retire after next year, which could open the door for Ramirez to DH full time beginning in 2017. He'll start next season at first base. Saturday, 5:54 pm
    Player Note
    Hanley Ramírez Bos - SS,OF
    L, 3-1 @Cle
  • Dodgers ink Culberson to minor league deal
    Dodgers signed INF Charlie Culberson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: A bulging disc injury sidelined Culberson for most of the 2015 campaign. The 27-year-old utility man has hit .221 with five homers and 37 RBI in parts of three seasons with the Giants and Rockies. Saturday, 2:43 pm
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    W, 6-3 vs SD
  • Rockies purchase contract of Trevor Story
    Rockies purchased the contract of SS Trevor Story from Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: The 23-year-old prospect had a terrific 2015 season, slashing a healthy .279/.350/.514 with 20 homers, 80 RBI and 22 stolen bases between Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Albuquerque. Depending on what happens with Jose Reyes, Story could be given a chance to win the starting job at shortstop in the spring. Friday, 5:31 pm
  • Red Sox designate Rutledge for assignment
    Red Sox designated 2B Josh Rutledge for assignment.

    Advice: Rutledge saw 74 at-bats with the Red Sox in 2015. The 26-year-old infielder worked his way to a .284/.333/.338 triple-slash with a homer and 10 RBI during his stay with the big club. He initially came over to Boston as part of the club's trade of Shane Victorino to the Angels. Friday, 2:32 pm
    Player Note
    Josh Rutledge Bos - 2B,3B,SS
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    L, 3-1 @Cle
  • Brewers add Orlando Arcia to 40-man roster
    Brewers purchased the contract of SS Orlando Arcia from Double-A Biloxi.

    Advice: No surprise here, as Arcia's one of the Brewers' top prospects and they're protecting him from the Rule 5 draft. He spent the whole of his 2015 campaign playing for Double-A Biloxi, where he hit .307/.347/.453 with eight homers, 69 RBI and 25 steals across 512 at-bats. GM David Stearns has already indicated that the 21-year-old shortstop will begin the 2016 season at Triple-A. Friday, 11:15 am
  • Mariners trade Flores for Luis Sardinas
    Mariners acquired 2B Luis Sardinas from the Brewers for OF Ramon Flores.

    Advice: Sardinas, 22, has the bat of a utility infielder. In 97 at-bats with the Brewers in 2015, he hit a paltry .196/.240/.216. He initially came to the Brew Crew as part of the Yovani Gallardo trade to the Rangers in January. The Brewers have been shedding pieces throughout the week. Veteran first baseman Adam Lind's still with the team, but his name's surfaced in rumors as well. Friday, 10:21 am
    W, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Brewers reportedly trade Sardinas to Mariners
    Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that according to a source, the Brewers have traded Luis Sardinas to the Mariners.

    Advice: No word as of yet as to who the Brewers would be receiving in return for Sardinas. The 22-year-old second baseman appeared in 36 games (97 at-bats) with the big league club in 2015. He struggled to hit in that space, slashing just .196/.240/.216 with a triple and four RBI. The Brewers originally acquired Sardinas as part of their trade of Yovani Gallardo to the Rangers in January. Friday, 9:52 am
    W, 3-2 vs Oak
  • GM Daniels indicates Profar doing well
    Rangers GM Jon Daniels said that Jurickson Profar "doesn't have any concerns about the shoulder."

    Advice: Daniels was interviewed on the Ben and Skin Show on KRLD-FM 105.3. The Rangers GM touched on Jurickson Profar's rehab, as the 22-year-old shortstop was sidelined in February due to a torn labrum in his shoulder. Profar underwent surgery, but did not play in 2015. "All signs are positive right now," said Daniels. "His throwing program's great, he's absolutely killing it with the bat in the Fall League." Daniels went on to add that while the Rangers are being understandably cautious, Profar "feels 100%." Assuming no setbacks this offseason, the former No. 1 prospect should be ready for spring training in 2016. Friday, 5:49 am
    W, 9-2 vs LAA
  • Brewers acquire Jonathan Villar from Houston
    Brewers acquired INF Jonathan Villar from the Astros for RHP Cy Sneed.

    Advice: Villar posted a decent .284/.339/.414 batting line with two homers and seven stolen bases in 53 games this past season for Houston. He carries some fantasy value as a base-stealer when he is getting regular playing time, and Milwaukee is a better place than Houston for him to find that. The versatile 24-year-old is looking like an attractive early fantasy sleeper for 2016. Thursday, 12:30 pm
    L, 3-1 vs ChC
  • SS Ian Desmond is 'marketing his versatility'
    Ian Desmond is "marketing his versatility" in free agency, according to's Anthony DiComo.

    Advice: Desmond played shortstop almost exclusively in Washington, but he did make a couple of appearances in the outfield early in his career and the 30-year-old is apparently trying to include that on his resume. Desmond had a rough .674 OPS with the Nationals in 2015 and makes for a highly interesting free agent case this winter as somebody who is tied to draft pick compensation. He has averaged 22 home runs and 76 RBI per year over the last four years. Thursday, 10:36 am
    Player Note
    Ian Desmond Was - SS
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    L, 1-0 @NYM
  • Jose Ramirez suffered swollen ankle in D.R.
    Jose Ramirez suffered a swollen ankle Wednesday night in the Dominican Winter League.

    Advice: Ramirez got upended at second base while trying to turn a doubleplay, but he came out of the collision with only a minor tweak. The 23-year-old is trying improve his offensive game in the Dominican after batting just .219/.291/.340 in 355 plate appearances this past season for the Tribe. Thursday, 7:25 am
    Player Note
    José Ramírez Cle - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 3-1 vs Bos
  • Mets might decide to non-tender SS Tejada
    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets might non-tender Ruben Tejada.

    Advice: Salary appears to be the main issue, as Tejada could make north of $3 million via arbitration this winter. In 360 regular season at-bats with the Mets in 2015, he hit .261/.338/.350. The 26-year-old shortstop infamously suffered a broken right leg on a late Chase Utley slide into second base during Game 2 of the NLDS against the Dodgers. Wednesday, 6:06 pm
    Player Note
    Rubén Tejada NYM - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 1-0 vs Was
  • Phillies sign Ryan Jackson on minors deal
    Phillies signed INF Ryan Jackson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: The Angels jettisoned Jackson from their 40-man roster by outrighting him to Triple-A Salt Lake in early November. He rejected the assignment and opted for free agency instead. While he's a strong defensive player at short and second, he received just nine at-bats in the majors with the Angels last season. He struck out in five of them. Wednesday, 1:13 pm
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    W, 7-2 vs Mia
  • Phillies sign Burriss to minors deal
    Phillies signed INF Emmanuel Burriss to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Burriss was with the Nationals during the 2015 season, at least until they outrighted him to Triple-A Syracuse in mid-July. He'll turn 31 in January. In 806 plate appearances in the bigs, he's just a .245/.307/.271 hitter. There's no fantasy upside here, just a minor league signing. Wednesday, 1:06 pm
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    W, 7-2 vs Mia
  • 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
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • Angels sign Cliff Pennington to two-year deal
    Angels signed INF/OF Cliff Pennington to a two-year, $3.75 million contract.

    Advice: Pennington's contract also contains performance bonuses. While he hasn't been a regular starter since 2012, when he hit .215/.278/.311 in 418 at-bats with the A's, the 31-year-old is the baseball equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife in the field. He played a whopping four different positions between the Diamondbacks and the Blue Jays in 2015. Unfortunately, he didn't acquit himself so well at the plate. Pennington had just 44 hits in 210 at-bats (.209) with three homers and 21 RBI. Still, the versatility is nice. Tuesday, 3:22 pm
    Player Note
    Cliff Pennington LAA - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 9-2 @Tex
  • Giants ink six-year extension with Crawford
    Giants signed SS Brandon Crawford to a six-year, $75 million contract extension.

    Advice: FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal provided the details of the contract, which includes a full no-trade clause. Crawford was previously eligible to be a free agent after 2017, but he will now be locked up through the 2021 season. The 28-year-old shortstop holds a career triple-slash of .246/.313/.383 in his five seasons with the Giants. Known as a strong defender, he broke out offensively in 2015 with a .256/.321/.462 batting line to go along with 21 homers, 84 RBI and six steals. He made his first All-Star appearance in July and recently won his first career Silver Slugger Award and Gold Glove Award. Tuesday, 3:07 pm
  • Carlos Correa named AL Rookie of the Year
    Carlos Correa was named the 2015 American League Rookie of the Year.

    Advice: Correa narrowly edged out fellow rookie shortstop Francisco Lindor, 124 points to 109. Correa received 17 first-place votes while Lindor snagged 13. Miguel Sano finished a distant third in the voting. While he didn't debut until June, the 21-year-old Correa slashed a terrific .279/.345/.512 with 22 homers, 68 RBI, and 14 stolen bases in only 99 games while playing a tremendous shortstop defensively. Monday, 3:59 pm
  • Mets have reached out to Ben Zobrist's agent
    According to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, the Mets have reached out to the agent of Ben Zobrist.

    Advice: Davidoff states in the same report that the Yankees are not interested in Zobrist despite their need for infield help. The veteran utilityman has already been connected to close to a dozen teams this offseason after hitting .276/.359/.450 with 13 home runs, 36 doubles, and 56 RBI in 126 games this past year between Oakland and Kansas City. Zobrist, 34, is probably looking for a three- or four-year deal. Nov 16, 11:55 am
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • Hector Gomez signs with club in Korea
    Hector Gomez has signed a contract with the SK Wyverns in the Korean Baseball Organization.

    Advice: The terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed. It will be a good opportunity for the infielder to play everyday and rebuild his stock, rather than settling for a minor league contract this winter. Nov 15, 4:31 pm
    Player Note
    Héctor Gómez SD - 2B,3B,SS
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    L, 6-3 @LAD
  • Cabrera still a possible return for Rays
    According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, "it's not impossible" that the Rays would bring back free agent SS Asdrubal Cabrera.

    Advice: The Rays traded for Brad Miller on November 5. Miller's likely to be the starting shortstop entering the 2016 season, but Topkin speculates that the team could still re-sign Cabrera if there's not a strong market for the 30-year-old infielder. He hit .265/.315/.430 with 15 homers and 58 RBI across 505 at-bats during the 2015 season. In the 2014 offseason, he signed a one-year, $7.5 million contract with the Rays. A similar deal, Topkin writes, could be in the cards once more if Cabrera doesn't find a multi-year deal from another club. Nov 15, 6:47 am
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    W, 12-3 vs Tor
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