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  • Heyman: Orioles not impressed by Parra
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports said "word is" the Orioles weren't impressed by Gerardo Parra after acquiring him in a midseason trade and it would be a "surprise" if they re-signed him.

    Advice: Parra was terrific for the Brewers this year but his production fell off a cliff once he joined Baltimore at the trade deadline. The Orioles are all-in on re-signing Chris Davis and could easily let Parra fall through the cracks. The Mets and Royals have both checked in on Parra this offseason. Yesterday, 1:37 pm
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Indians have spoken to OF Shane Victorino
    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians have spoken to free agent outfielder Shane Victorino.

    Advice: The 35-year-old has dealt with a wide array of injuries that have limited him to just 101 games the past two seasons. When healthy though, he's exactly the type of player that the Tribe could use while Michael Brantley recovers from his injury, a strong defensive outfielder who can play all three positions and who gets on base at an above average clip. Yesterday, 9:19 am
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    L, 9-2 @Tex
  • MLB to investigate Yasiel Puig's altercation
    Major League Baseball announced Friday that they will investigate the physical altercation between Yasiel Puig and his sister at a Miami nightclub as part of their new domestic violence policy.

    Advice: Puig allegedly shoved his sister during an argument on Wednesday night before fighting with a bouncer who escorted him from the club. Under the new policy, Commissioner Rob Manfred has the power to fine or suspend Puig even if he isn't convicted of any crime. Though immensely talented, the 24-year-old outfielder continues to cause problems off the field. Yesterday, 6:08 am
  • Randal Grichuk (elbow) yet to start throwing
    Brian Stull of CBS Sports reports that while Randal Grichuk (elbow) is feeling strong, he has yet to begin throwing.

    Advice: The outfielder missed time late in the season with a right elbow injury. He's expected to begin throwing late next month and should be fully healthy and ready to go for spring training. The 24-year-old had is coming off a strong 2015 campaign where he slashed .276/.329/.548 with 17 homers and 47 RBI in 103 games. Friday, 4:37 pm
  • Report: Puig involved in fight at nightclub
    Renato Bermudez of ESPN Deportes reports that Yasiel Puig was recently involved in a fight with a security guard at a Miami nightclub.

    Advice: Details on the altercation are limited at this point, but Puig reportedly came away from the fight with a bruise on his face. We'll surely find out more about the incident before long, but it's certainly not a good look for Puig, who has his detractors in and out of the organization due to attitude issues. He was limited to just 79 games this season because of injury. Friday, 12:03 pm
  • Dayan Viciedo nearing deal with Japanese club reports that Dayan Viciedo is nearing a contract with the Chunichi Dragons of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball.

    Advice: Viciedo spent all of 2015 at the Triple-A level with a couple different teams, batting .287/.348/.450 with eight home runs across 276 plate appearances. He'll turn just 27 in March but has apparently decided signing with a club overseas is his best option. Friday, 10:34 am
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nats ink Schafer to minor league deal
    Nationals signed OF Logan Schafer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Schafer appeared in 69 games with the Brewers this season and owns a .212/.286/.319 batting line in the majors. The 29-year-old plays all three outfield positions and could be a bench player for the Nationals in 2016. Tuesday, 10:04 am
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    L, 1-0 @NYM
  • Report: Mariners expected to trade Trumbo
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick was told by several rival executives that they expect the Mariners to trade Mark Trumbo this offseason.

    Advice: Trumbo currently projects to be the primary first baseman in 2016, but a lot can change over the winter. It's worth noting that new Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto, formerly with the Angels, has traded him before. Trumbo projects to make in excess of $9 million in his final year of arbitration. He turns 30 in January and batted .262/.310/.449 with 22 home runs and 64 RBI over 142 games this past season. Tuesday, 7:12 am
    Player Note
    Mark Trumbo Sea - 1B,OF
    W, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Angels considering run at Jason Heyward
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi report that the Angels "aren’t ruling out a pursuit" of Jason Heyward.

    Advice: The report notes that the Angels "are only in the preliminary stages" in their search for an everyday outfielder and Heyward is just one of the names they're considering. If the Halos did land Heyward, they would have the reigning Gold Glove-winning right fielders from both leagues (they'd move Kole Calhoun to left field to accommodate Heyward). The Cardinals would love to re-sign Heyward but know they'll be facing plenty of competition. Monday, 6:47 pm
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    L, 6-0 @Atl; L, 2-0 @Atl
  • Orioles interested in bringing back OF Parra
    According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Orioles are interested in bringing back Gerardo Parra.

    Advice: Crasnick notes, however, that it would probably have to be a two-year deal. Parra, 28, may be asking for three or even four years after batting .291/.328/.452 with 14 homers and 14 steals in 2015 while playing all three outfield positions. Multiple teams have already been linked to him -- the Royals and Mets among them. Monday, 12:56 pm
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Angelos involved in Orioles' talks with Davis
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Orioles owner Peter Angelos is "personally involved in the team's effort to re-sign" free agent first baseman Chris Davis.

    Advice: That's nice, but it's all going to come down to the size of the contract. And the 29-year-old Davis has many deep-pocketed teams in pursuit of him as the premier power bat in this free agent market. Davis posted a .923 OPS with 47 home runs and 117 RBI in 160 games this past season for Baltimore. He also led all major league hitters with a whopping 208 strikeouts. Nov 23, 5:43 am
    Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Tigers not expected to re-sign Rajai Davis
    According to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, the Tigers are unlikely to re-sign free agent Rajai Davis.

    Advice: The club had extended Davis an offer this offseason before they decided to acquire Cameron Maybin from the Braves last week. That almost assuredly pushes Davis out of the picture as the club already has four outfielders under contract and considers Davis primarily a platoon option. The 35-year-old slashed .258/.306/.440 with eight homers, 30 RBI and 18 stolen bases in 370 plate appearances in 2015. Nov 22, 7:32 pm
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    W, 6-0 @CWS
  • 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. Nov 22, 12:14 pm
    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Gerardo Parra a possibility for Kansas City
    According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Royals are considering Gerardo Parra as a replacement for Alex Gordon.

    Advice: Cafardo said the feeling around Kansas City is that Gordon is "likely gone." The Royals are also interested in Jackie Bradley should the Red Sox make him available in a trade. The Mets have also been linked to Parra, who hit .291 this year in 547 at-bats between Baltimore and Milwaukee. Nov 21, 3:50 pm
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Report: Cardinals looking into Chris Davis
    Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi reports the Cardinals are showing interest in Chris Davis.

    Advice: The Cardinals have already been in touch with his agent, Scott Boras. St. Louis seems to be intrigued by Davis' versatility. The 29-year-old slugger has started at four different positions including first base, third base and both corner outfield spots. The Cardinals might view Davis as the long-term replacement for left-fielder Matt Holliday, who only has one guaranteed season left on his contract. This year's major league home run champ should net nine figures. Nov 21, 3:28 pm
    Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Beat writer: Dodgers unlikely to trade Puig
    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times doesn't expect the Dodgers to move Yasiel Puig this offseason.

    Advice: Hernandez's reasoning is that Puig gives the Dodgers a right-handed bat in an outfield full of left-handers. Puig is still just 24 and the Dodgers see a lot of potential despite his lackluster 2015 campaign. Plus he has three years remaining on a relatively affordable deal. There have been rumors of a rift between Puig and ace Clayton Kershaw but for now, it doesn't look like the Dodgers are considering a trade. Nov 21, 2:05 pm
  • Nats ink Chris Heisey to minor league deal
    Nationals signed OF Chris Heisey to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: The move reunites the veteran outfielder with his former skipper Dusty Baker from their days in Cincinnati. He'll battle in spring training to earn a reserve outfielder role on the Opening Day roster. Nov 21, 9:02 am
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    L, 1-0 @NYM
  • Orioles have talked to Reds about Jay Bruce
    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Orioles have spoken to the Reds about acquiring outfielder Jay Bruce.

    Advice: It sounds as though it was nothing more than preliminary talks at this time, as Morosi notes that there was no momentum toward a deal as of Friday evening. The Reds finally appear committed to rebuilding and dealing away a few of their high-priced veterans, and Bruce certainly fits the bill. He is owed $12.5 million in 2016 and his contract includes a $13 million club option ($1 million buyout) for 2017. Nov 21, 8:31 am
  • Pirates add OF Josh Bell to 40-man roster
    Pirates purchased the contract of 1B/OF Josh Bell from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: The 23-year-old prospect hit .317/.393/.446 with seven homers, 78 RBI and nine stolen bases in 131 games between Indianapolis and Double-A Altoona in 2015. He should get an opportunity to debut with the big league club during the 2016 campaign. Nov 20, 5:48 pm
    W, 4-0 vs Cin
  • Rockies avoid arbitration with Brandon Barnes
    Rockies signed OF Brandon Barnes to a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.

    Advice: Terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed. projected Barnes to make $1.2 million through arbitration this winter. The 29-year-old outfielder appeared in 106 games for the Rockies in 2015, slashing .251/.314/.341 with two homers, 17 RBI and four stolen bases. He's expected to once again function as a reserve outfielder for the Rockies. Nov 20, 5:39 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. Nov 20, 4:57 pm
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    W, 12-3 vs Tor
  • Athletics designate Gentry for assignment
    Athletics designated OF Craig Gentry for assignment.

    Advice: Gentry saw 50 at-bats with the A's in 2015. He did very little with them. The veteran outfielder slashed just .120/.196/.200 in that limited stretch of action. Still, Gentry will likely find a home elsewhere, as he's a proven bench option if nothing else. Nov 20, 12:57 pm
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    L, 3-2 @Sea
  • 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. Nov 20, 6:51 am
  • Harper takes home National League MVP crown
    Bryce Harper was named the winner of the 2015 National League Most Valuable Player Award by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Thursday.

    Advice: Harper rightfully took home his first MVP award after finally putting it all together in 2015, batting .330/.460/.649 with 42 home runs, 99 RBI and 118 runs scored. He garnered all 30 first-place votes, leaving fellow finalists Paul Goldschmidt and Joey Votto in his dust. Goldschmidt finished second and Votto third in the voting. Nov 19, 3:22 pm
  • Astros release outfielder Robbie Grossman
    Astros released OF Robbie Grossman.

    Advice: Grossman batted just .143/.222/.245 in 54 plate appearances this year at the major league level and he wasn't much better at Triple-A, but there should be a team out there willing to offer the 26-year-outfielder a non-guaranteed minor league contract. Nov 19, 12:36 pm
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    L, 5-3 @Ari
  • White Sox are willing to trade Avisail Garcia
    Dan Hayes of reports that the White Sox are open to trading Avisail Garcia.

    Advice: Hayes adds that the White Sox have "already entertained offers" for the 24-year-old corner outfielder, who struggled to the tune of a .257/.309/.365 slash line in 2015. Garcia is entering his first year of salary arbitration (as a Super Two qualifier) and the White Sox feel they have adequate outfield depth without him between Melky Cabrera, Adam Eaton, and fast-riser Trayce Thompson. "Their people are very frustrated with [Garcia]," a scout told Nov 19, 7:45 am
  • Houston 'natural fit' for FA 1B Chris Davis?
    Rival executives see the Astros as a "natural fit" for Chris Davis, per ESPN's Buster Olney.

    Advice: Houston is in the market for a first baseman and Davis is easily the best option on the open market for that position. The 29-year-old slugger posted a .923 OPS with 47 home runs and 117 RBI in 160 games this past season for the Orioles and would be capable of injecting a big burst of offense into any lineup he joins. Astros management, as Olney notes, won't be scared off by Davis' sky-high strikeout totals. Nov 19, 6:16 am
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    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
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