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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. Yesterday, 7:22 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
  • 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
  • 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
    Not Active
    W, 6-1 @Min
  • 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
    Not Active
    W, 6-1 @Min
  • Dipoto shoots down Robinson Cano report
    Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said Monday that a report about Robinson Cano's unhappiness in Seattle "did not come from Robbie and that was not at all reflective of how he felt."

    Advice: The report, which came from John Harper of the New York Daily News, said a "long-time friend" of Cano "love to somehow find his way back to New York" due to his unhappiness in Seattle. Cano's agent, however, called Dipoto after the report came out and the GM left the conversation thinking Cano feels "quite the opposite." It seemed like a wild rumor at the time and ultimately Cano almost surely isn't going anywhere. Monday, 5:23 pm
  • Steve Tolleson catches on with Orioles
    Orioles signed INF Steve Tolleson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Tolleson is a career .245/.299/.372 hitter over parts of four big league seasons but offers plenty of defensive versatility. He played in 29 games with the Orioles in 2012. Monday, 3:02 pm
    Not Active
    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Cano unhappy in Seattle, wants back to NY
    "A long-time friend" of Robinson Cano told John Harper of the New York Daily News that Cano is unhappy in Seattle and would "love to somehow find his way back to New York."

    Advice: Cano signed a 10-year, $240 million free agent contract with the Mariners a couple winters ago and has posted relatively disappointing OPS marks of .836 and .779 in his first two seasons. Former major leaguer Andy Van Slyke recently criticized the 33-year-old second baseman of "loafing" and getting coaches and executives fired. This has quickly turned into a public relations mess, but Cano is doubtful to be traded this winter unless an opposing team can come up with something really creative. He is still owed a ridiculous amount of money ($192 million), and the M's want to compete in 2016. Monday, 8:40 am
  • Blue Jays sign David Adams to minors deal
    Blue Jays signed INF David Adams to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Adams slashed .294/.399/.391 this summer at Triple-A while appearing defensively at first base, second base, and third. The 28-year-old has been tearing it up in the Venezuelan Winter League, but it'll be a surprise if he is on the Jays' Opening Day roster next spring. Monday, 8:13 am
    Player Note
    David Adams Mia - 2B,3B
    Not Active
    L, 7-2 @Phi
  • 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
  • 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
    Not Active
    W, 6-3 vs SD
  • 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
    Not Active
    L, 3-1 @Cle
  • 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
  • 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
  • Orioles have talked trade for Pirates' Walker
    The Baltimore Sun's Eduardo A. Encina is reporting that the Orioles have been in trade talks regarding Pirates second baseman Neil Walker.

    Advice: Nothing imminent here. While the O's might be looking into Walker, Encina described their flirtation with the Pirates as "off and on." Walker hit .269/.328/.427 with 16 home runs and 71 RBI over 151 games in 2015. He turned 30 in September. Wednesday, 3:52 pm
    W, 4-0 vs Cin
  • 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
    Not Active
    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
    Not Active
    W, 7-2 vs Mia
  • Devon Travis undergoes shoulder surgery
    Devon Travis underwent left shoulder surgery and won't be able to resume baseball activity for 16-20 weeks.

    Advice: In other words, he's expected to miss spring training and likely the start of the 2016 season, as well. Travis was bothered by a shoulder injury for most of 2015 before undergoing a general cleanup procedure in September. It was said at the time that no structural damage was found, but this most recent procedure involved having screws added to his left shoulder to stabilize a bone. It's a tough break for the 24-year-old, who was off to a great start before suffering the injury in the early part of 2015. The Blue Jays will have to hope that this will finally get him going in the right direction again. Things could change, but Ryan Goins is at the top of the second base depth chart going into spring training. Wednesday, 1:01 pm
  • 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
    Not Active
    W, 6-1 @Min
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