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    • Blue Jays sign Viciedo to minor league deal
      Blue Jays signed OF Dayan Viciedo to a minor league contract.

      Advice: The deal will pay Viciedo $2.5 million if he makes the team out of spring. Viciedo can be a useful player against left-handed pitching, but his days as a viable everyday starting outfielder have gone. Viciedo hit 21 homers last season, so at the very least he can provide some additional pop for the Jays. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:55 pm
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    • Report: Blue Jays agree on deal with Viciedo
      A source tells Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that the Blue Jays and OF Dayan Viciedo have agreed on a minor league deal.

      Advice: No terms were known. Viciedo was cut loose by the White Sox but still has some value as a right-handed power hitter. The 25-year-old hit 21 homers in 523 at-bats this past season. With Michael Saunders out for a period of time to start the year, he could see time as a starter with the Jays in the early going if he breaks camp with the club. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:19 pm
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    • CarGo (knee) to begin running bases next week
      Carlos Gonzalez (knee) will begin running the bases next week.

      Advice: CarGo is recovering from surgery to repair the patella tendon in his left knee last August. The outfielder won't be in the lineup when Cactus League games begin on Wednesday, but he doesn't appear to be too far away from game action. Assuming things go well, Gonzalez will be in the Rockies' lineup on Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:31 pm
    • Hamilton's suspension would begin Opening Day
      Josh Hamilton's potential suspension for drug use would begin at the start of the season, a source tells Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com.

      Advice: That's meaningful because Hamilton is also in the process of recovering from shoulder surgery, so the recovery and his suspension could coincide. In fact, there's a chance that Hamilton could actually end up serving his entire suspension, whatever it may be, while rehabbing. Any decision on a potential suspension isn't expected anytime soon, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:05 pm
    • Mariners likely to bat right fielder second
      Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon indicated Saturday that whoever plays right field could end up batting second in the Mariners lineup.

      Advice: The M's skipper mentioned that Seth Smith, Justin Ruggiano and Rickie Weeks were all capable of hitting in that second spot in the lineup. Smith figures to see the majority of the at-bats against right-handed pitching with Ruggiano or Weeks imposing their will against opposing southpaws. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:46 am
    • Daniel Nava considers ditching switch-hitting
      Daniel Nava has been hitting exclusively from the left side of the plate this spring and is considering giving up switch-hitting.

      Advice: Nava has had significantly more success as a left-handed hitter so the idea certainly has merit. He has been putting in extra time to work from his strong side against left-handed pitching to see if his approach could work. With a career .209/.287/.298 slash from the right-side, it won't take much to notice an improvement. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:16 am
    • Khris Davis works to improve plate discipline
      Khris Davis indicated Friday that he's working to improve his overall plate discipline, getting back to the approach that made him successful in the minor leagues.

      Advice: Davis admitted his over-aggressiveness led to struggles during his first full season, "I was a little eager, wanting to please too much, too early. I found out I'm human." As the 2014 season progressed, Davis became more impatient at the dish and his numbers suffered. Still, the 27-year-old slashed .244/.299/.457 with 22 homers and 69 RBI in 144 games and could be poised for an even bigger year in 2015 if he can indeed improve his discipline. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:35 pm
    • A's, Blue Jays interested in Dayan Viciedo
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics and Blue Jays are among the teams talking to Dayan Viciedo.

      Advice: Both clubs have an opening in left field following Michael Saunders' (knee) injury, so it makes sense. Viciedo is a poor defender and has a career .298 OPS, but he's also slugged 60 homers over the last three seasons. His ideal landing spot for fantasy purposes would be in Toronto, where his power would play well at Rogers Centre. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:44 pm
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    • 'Could be weeks' before Hamilton decision
      Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels are not expecting a decision regarding Josh Hamilton's impending suspension anytime soon.

      Advice: Fletcher adds that it "could be weeks" and the club is "hoping by Opening Day" a decision will be made. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi have reported that Hamilton is likely facing a suspension of at least 25 games following his drug relapse, but it's a complicated process and new commissioner Rob Manfred could show the outfielder some compassion given his efforts to remain sober. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:02 am
    • Juan Pierre officially announces retirement
      Juan Pierre has officially announced his retirement from baseball.

      Advice: Pierre, 37, didn't play last season but only now has officially decided to hang up his cleats. It was quite a career for the speedster, as Pierre sported a .295/.343/.361 batting line over his 14 seasons while stealing 614 bases. He never made an All-Star team, but Pierre finished in the top-20 in National League MVP voting twice and won a World Series ring with the Marlins in 2003. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:48 am
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    • Alex Gordon cleared to hit off tee
      Alex Gordon (wrist) has been cleared to hit off a tee.

      Advice: It's the next step in his hitting program after he took some dry swings earlier this week. "He’s progressing fine," Royals manager Ned Yost said. Making his way back from offseason wrist surgery, Gordon is on pace to be ready to roll well before Opening Day as long as he can avoid setbacks. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:49 am
    • Hamilton suspension likely at least 25 games
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi report that Josh Hamilton "is likely to be suspended for at least 25 games but less than a full season."

      Advice: The report says that commissioner Rob Manfred is "not close to a decision" due to "various complexities" in Hamilton's case. While Hamilton's relapse this offseason is not considered his first major league violation (he was on the Rays' 40-man roster from February 18, 2004 through June 1, 2006), MLB is considering "showing compassion" for the outfielder because they "have a favorable view of (his) efforts to remain sober." Hamilton was already due to get a late start to the season because of shoulder surgery. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:42 am
    • Kevin Pillar could be favorite for LF job
      Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com writes that Kevin Pillar could be the "most likely candidate" to start in left field following the injury to Michael Saunders (knee).

      Advice: He'll compete with Ezequiel Carrera, Chris Dickerson and possibly even infielder Danny Valencia, who has never played the outfield at the major league level. There's also Andy Dirks, but he's likely to begin the season at extended spring training after being limited to 14 rehab games in 2014 following back surgery. Pillar is a pretty underwhelming option, which is why there's probably a good chance the Jays find a solution outside the organization. General manager Alex Anthopoulos said he began making calls on Wednesday to teams with outfield depth in order to gauge trade possibilities. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:12 pm
    • Canha ahead of Freiman for backup job
      Athletics manager Bob Melvin told reporters Thursday morning that Mark Canha is currently ahead of Nate Freiman for an Opening Day backup job.

      Advice: Canha was acquired from the Rockies back in mid-December after Colorado selected him from the Miami in the Rule 5 Draft. The 26-year-old first baseman hit .303/.384/.505 with 20 home runs and 82 RBI in 127 games for Triple-A New Orleans last season. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:28 am
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      Mark Canha Oak - 1B,OF
    • Dirks (back) nearing baseball activities
      Andy Dirks (back) is expected to begin baseball-related activities in 7-10 days.

      Advice: Dirks is on the minor league side of Blue Jays camp but could move over to the major league side now that Michael Saunders is done for the first half of the 2015 regular season due to a torn left meniscus. Dirks was limited to 14 rehab games in 2014 following March surgery on his back and has been easing into spring training this year. He signed a minor league contract with Toronto in mid-January. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:33 am
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    • Report: Hamilton relapsed; cocaine involved
      A source tells Jon Heyman of CBS Sports that Josh Hamilton relapsed a few months back involving "at least cocaine."

      Advice: Heyman says Hamilton turned himself in and that, if true, he would be put in a drug program as a first-time offender. Without a positive test, it's unclear how MLB could suspend Hamilton for the incident. Reports were that the 33-year-old had a meeting with MLB Wednesday to discuss what happened. More should be known shortly. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:02 pm
    • Josh Hamilton's offense 'worse' than PEDs
      A major league executive told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal that Josh Hamilton's coming disciplinary action is not for performance-enhancing drugs.

      Advice: The executive said it's "worse" than that. Hamilton was summoned to New York City on Wednesday for a hearing with MLB officials and the Angels are said to be bracing for a serious penalty. It's silly to speculate before more information is revealed, but we must note that Hamilton has a well-chronicled history of drug and alcohol addiction. This is trending in a very concerning direction. Anaheim owes the 33-year-old slugger $25.4 million in 2015, $32.4 million in 2016, and another $32.4 million in 2017. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:03 pm
    • Indians remain interested in Dayan Viciedo
      According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Indians remain interested in Dayan Viciedo but only if he accepts a minor league deal.

      Advice: Viciedo was designated for assignment by the White Sox at the end of January and then given his outright release in early February. Multiple teams have come knocking since, but the 25-year-old is probably holding out for a guaranteed major league roster spot. He is a bad defensive outfielder and posted a rough .686 OPS in 2014 with the White Sox, though his power should eventually land him a spot in some team's camp. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:07 pm
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    • Hamilton sees MLB about 'disciplinary issue'
      According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Josh Hamilton is meeting with MLB officials Wednesday about a disciplinary issue and the Angels are bracing for possible penalties.

      Advice: That doesn't sound good. Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto confirmed to DiGiovanna that Hamilton was in New York to meet with MLB officials, but wouldn't go into any details about his situation. "I can say that Josh is going to meet with league officials in New York," said Dipoto. "At this point I have no other information to offer." While there's nothing to indicate that there's a connection, Hamilton has had past issues with addiction for cocaine and alcohol and is drug tested three times a week. He had been working out at a friend's ranch in Houston and doesn't have a locker with his name on it at the Angels' spring training complex in Arizona. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:51 pm
    • Brandon Moss (hip) takes batting practice
      Brandon Moss (hip) took batting practice on the field Wednesday for the first time this spring.

      Advice: Moss is currently rehabbing from October hip surgery. Indians manager Terry Francona said earlier this week that he's not ready to commit to him being ready for Opening Day, but the expectation is that he could be cleared for game action by mid-March. If so, he shouldn't need many at-bats to be tuned up. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:33 pm
    • Harper likely to hit in middle of lineup
      Nationals manager Matt Williams said Wednesday that it's "safe to say" Bryce Harper will "most likely hit somewhere in the middle of our lineup."

      Advice: Williams primarily hit sixth last year, but he clearly sees Harper carrying a bigger load this season. That's good news for fantasy owners. Harper has appeared in just 218 games over the past two seasons due to injury, but he's still just 22 and could take things to another level at any time. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:39 am
    • Kubel not actively seeking contract
      Michael Tonkin told Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Jason Kubel isn't "actively seeking" a contract.

      Advice: Tonkin is Kubel's brother-in-law, so he would likely know. Kubel, who turns 33 in May, batted just .224/.313/.295 with one home run over 176 plate appearances for the Twins last season before being released in June. He's not officially retired, but a return doesn't sound imminent. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:49 am
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    • Alex Gordon (wrist) able to take dry swings
      Alex Gordon (wrist) took 15 dry swings with a fungo bat on Tuesday afternoon in Royals camp.

      Advice: Gordon got through the workout with no issues. He was cleared for throwing on Monday and should progress to live batting practice by early next week. The 31-year-old outfielder expects to be ready for the start of the 2015 regular season: "No question," Gordon said Tuesday. "Not even a doubt in my mind." Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:18 pm
    • Brantley sits out sprints due to sore back
      Michael Brantley sat out of the Indians' sprinting competition Tuesday due to a sore back.

      Advice: It was nothing more than a precautionary measure. Brantley had a huge breakout season in 2014, batting .327/.385/.506 with 20 home runs, 97 RBI, 23 stolen bases, and 94 runs scored in 156 games. The 27-year-old outfielder should be a fantasy monster in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:16 pm
    • Ethier says he wants to start or be traded
      Andre Ethier said Tuesday that he would prefer to be traded if there isn't an everyday job for him on the Dodgers.

      Advice: The Dodgers tentatively project to have Carl Crawford in left field, Joc Pederson in center, and Yasiel Puig in right, so Ethier realizes that a change of scenery would be the best thing for him. "You're not wishing for it ever to end, but sometimes that opportunity takes you somewhere else," said Ethier. "I'm not going to do anything to sit here and force it. Hopefully it works itself out." Ethier is owed $53.5 million over the next three years with a $17.5 vesting option for 2018, so a trade is easier said than done. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:59 pm
    • Quentin could see time at first base
      Padres general manager A.J. Preller confirmed Tuesday that Carlos Quentin could see playing time at first base.

      Advice: It makes sense given the Padres' logjam in the outfield and Quentin's injury history. Yonder Alonso is still at the top of the depth chart at first base, but the situation is worth watching. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:39 am
    • Pearce could see time at 3B in spring
      Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday that Steve Pearce could get some time at third base this spring.

      Advice: It's not something that will happen early on in spring training and the Orioles just want to keep their options open. Pearce hasn't played third base since 2011 as a member of the Pirates. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:21 am
    • Moss (hip) not a given for Indians' opener
      Indians manager Terry Francona on Monday wouldn't commit to Brandon Moss (hip) being ready for Opening Day.

      Advice: Moss is currently working on building up his running program as he rehabs his way back from hip surgery. He's expected to be cleared for game action by mid-March, which should give him enough time to be ready for Opening Day as long as he doesn't have any setbacks. However, his manager obviously isn't ready to commit his name to the Opening Day lineup just yet. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:24 pm
    • Harper as light as he's been since college
      Bryce Harper told reporters Monday that he is as light as he's been since college.

      Advice: Harper pledged to enter spring training last year "as big as a house" and wound up appearing in only 100 regular-season games due to injuries. He carried a different approach into his offseason workouts this winter. "I feel great," said the svelter 22-year-old outfielder. "Swing feels really, really good right now and I’m just excited to get better. It’s going to be a lot of fun this year." Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:30 pm
    • Alex Gordon (wrist) cleared for dry swings
      Alex Gordon (wrist) has been cleared to take 15 dry swings on Tuesday.

      Advice: It's the next step in his recovery from January wrist surgery. Gordon was cleared for throwing on Monday morning and should be able to progress to live batting practice in about a week. He is expected to be ready for the beginning of the regular season. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:26 am
    • Alex Gordon (wrist) gets clearance to throw
      Alex Gordon (wrist) has been cleared for throwing.

      Advice: And he hopes to be cleared for batting practice by the end of this week. Gordon underwent an extensor retinaculum repair on his right wrist in early January but is only a couple days behind the other outfielders in Royals camp this spring. If everything goes smoothly from this point on, he should be ready for the beginning of the 2015 regular season. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:08 am
    • Gordon uncertain about exercising 2016 option
      Alex Gordon indicated he's unsure if he'll exercise his $13.25 million option for 2016.

      Advice: "That’s a question that honestly doesn’t need to be answered right now," Gordon said. "Because I don’t know the answer right now. I don’t know how this year is going to go, or how it’s going to look at the end of the year. Honestly, I don’t know." That goes against what Gordon said last summer, when he said he would exercise the option. It makes sense for him to back off that commitment -- he could certainly get more on the open market, and there's no reason for him to decide one way or the other on February 21. The situation will certainly be of interest for the Royals and their fans this summer. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:03 pm
    • Blue Jays sign Chris Dickerson to minors deal
      Blue Jays signed OF Chris Dickerson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: The 32-year-old outfielder appeared in 41 games for the Indians in 2014, slashing .224/.309/.327 with a pair of homers and six RBI in 98 at-bats. He'll compete for a reserve outfielder role with the Jays. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 11:28 am
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    • Mets considering Granderson as leadoff hitter
      Mets manager Terry Collins said Saturday that Curtis Granderson has been mentioned as a possibility to serve as the team's leadoff hitter.

      Advice: While Granderson had success in that role early in his career, he is no longer the prototypical leadoff type as he strikes out far too often and doesn't get on base enough. Aside from Juan Lagares though, the Mets are lacking in experienced options there, so it's conceivable that Granderson could end up there against right-handed pitching which would be a boon to his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:39 am
    • Eric Campbell to serve as emergency catcher
      Eric Campbell is expected to serve as the Mets emergency catcher this season.

      Advice: It's a strong indication that the 27-year-old utility man is viewed as a favorite to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster. He appeared in 85 games for the Mets in 2014, slashing .263/.322/.358 with three homers and 16 RBI while appearing at six different defensive positions. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:04 am
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      Éric Campbell NYM - 1B,3B,OF
    • Orioles defeat De Aza in arbitration hearing
      Orioles OF Alejandro De Aza has been awarded $5 million through arbitration.

      Advice: The panel of arbitrators sided with the Orioles in this one, as opposed to the $5.65 million that De Aza was seeking. The 30-year-old outfielder slashed .293/.341/.537 with three homers and 10 RBI in 20 games down the stretch for the O's in 2014. He'll at least be on the strong side of a platoon in left field to begin the season. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:01 am
    • De Aza and O's head to arbitration hearing
      Eduardo Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports that Alejandro De Aza and the Orioles went to an arbitration hearing in St. Petersburg on Friday.

      Advice: A decision is expected by Saturday evening. De Aza requested $5.65 million and was offered $5 million from the O's. Despite a strong second half with the club in 2014, he'll have to fight for playing time in a crowded outfield this spring and could wind up in a platoon situation. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:21 pm
    • Nate McLouth (shoulder) not 100 percent yet
      Nate McLouth (shoulder) admitted Friday that he's not 100 percent yet but anticipates getting there in the next few weeks.

      Advice: Working his way back from last August's surgery to repair the labrum in his right shoulder, McLouth said throwing and swinging a bat "feels normal." but he still needs to work on building up strength. Barring a setback, he'll be fine for Opening Day. "The thing I still have to work up to is the endurance, the volume," he said. "I’ve been swinging fine, throwing fine. But when you get down here and start getting into the season, the volume just increases, the intensity. I think that’s something I’ll ease my way back into hopefully in the next couple weeks. But I’m real happy with the way that it feels." Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:27 pm
    • Hamilton (shoulder) could be out 12 weeks
      Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto revealed Friday that Josh Hamilton (shoulder) could miss as much as 12 weeks rather than the 6-8 weeks as initially projected.

      Advice: Nothing has changed regarding Hamilton's rehab from surgery to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder, but rather Dipoto is just admitting that the club isn't quite sure how long the outfielder will be sidelined. "It could be six to eight weeks, it could be as much as 12 weeks," Dipoto said. "He had a bone shaved down to create less friction in an arthritic shoulder. Until he gets on site and on the field, it’s tough to determine how long it will take." Hamilton, who had the procedure on February 3, could wind up missing all of spring training and not make his season debut until sometime in May. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:20 pm
    • Casper Wells returns to Tigers
      Tigers signed OF Casper Wells to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Wells was drafted by the Tigers and spent parts of his first two seasons in the majors with them. He batted just .197/.290/.230 over 26 games at Triple-A with the Cubs in 2014 before finishing the year in independent ball. The 30-year-old is merely organizational depth. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:28 pm
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    • Tigers won't have strict platoon in CF
      Tigers manager Brad Ausmus indicated Friday that the club will not have a strict platoon in center field.

      Advice: General manager Dave Dombrowski said back in December that he expected Anthony Gose to be the team's starter in center, so he figures to see the bulk of the starts versus righties. However, Rajai Davis will be in line to start against lefties and also versus some right-handers. Both players have some stolen base potential, but their fantasy value will be held down a bit unless one of them can win the job outright. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:35 am
    • Moss (hip) on pace for games by mid-March
      Brandon Moss (hip) is on pace to be cleared for Cactus League games by mid-March.

      Advice: Working his way back from hip surgery, Moss is doing sprints and overhand-toss hitting drills. He is expected to begin position-specific running drills within the next 7-10 days and hitting on the field by the end of February or early March. Hip injuries can be worrisome, but all signs point to Moss being ready to go on Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:46 pm
    • Hamilton (shoulder) to do rehab in Houston
      Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday that Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will do his rehab in Houston until "an unspecified time."

      Advice: Hamilton underwent surgery two weeks ago to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder. He's not ready for baseball activities yet and remains a question mark for the start of the season. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 2:22 pm
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