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  • D'Arnaud, Plawecki could play other positions
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that catchers Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki could see playing time at other positions this spring.

    Advice: The most logical fit is at first base, as Wilmer Flores is the only backup to Lucas Duda at this point. Plawecki has some experience at first base in the minors, but d'Arnaud's exposure there has been very limited. Still, given d'Arnaud's injury history, adding some versatility wouldn't be the worst idea. Wednesday, 10:43 am
  • Stearns: No trade imminent for Lucroy
    Brewers general manager David Stearns reiterated Tuesday that the club doesn't have anything in the works regarding a Jonathan Lucroy trade.

    Advice: In other words, nothing has changed since the weekend, when Stearns said that he expects Lucroy to be with the team when spring training begins. The Nationals, Rangers, and Astros have all been mentioned as possible suitors and the 29-year-old is a natural trade chip for the rebuilding Brewers, but nothing appears imminent. Tuesday, 12:33 pm
  • Nationals on Jonathan Lucroy's no-trade list
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Nationals are one of eight teams on Jonathan Lucroy's no-trade list.

    Advice: They're also one of the teams that have expressed interest in acquiring the 29-year-old catcher, who is almost certain to be traded at some point by the rebuilding Brewers. Lucroy could use his limited no-trade protection to veto a deal or use it as leverage to work out a pre-trade extension with a team trying to land him -- like, say, the Nationals. He is under contract with Milwaukee for $4 million in 2016 with a $5.25 million club option for 2017. Those are bargain rates for a guy who finished fourth in the National League MVP voting in 2014. Monday, 12:32 pm
  • Brewers unlikely to deal Lucroy before spring
    Brewers general manager David Stearns said Sunday that he fully expects Jonathan Lucroy to still be with the club when spring training begins.

    Advice: It's certainly a possibility that Stearns is being coy here, but there's been no indication that a trade of Lucroy has been close at any point this offseason. The Rangers, Nationals and Astros have been mentioned as possible landing spots for the catcher, and the likelihood is good that Lucroy will be dealt at some point over the next year. However, the odds look to be pretty high that he'll still be with Milwaukee on Opening Day. Sunday, 10:22 am
  • Iannetta expected to start for Seattle
    Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto said Chris Iannetta will be the team's starting catcher if he's healthy.

    Advice: Mike Zunino drew 101 starts behind the plate last season but struggled offensively with a .174 average over 350 at-bats. With Jesus Sucre (broken fibula) out indefinitely, it looks like the starting job is Iannetta's to lose. The veteran signed a one-year deal with Seattle this offseason after spending his previous four years in Anaheim. Saturday, 2:49 pm
  • Royals and Salvador Perez work on extension
    Salvador Perez confirmed Friday that his agents and the Royals have been working towards a multi-year contract extension.

    Advice: Perez isn't sure that a deal will get done before spring training, but seems fairly confident that the two sides will be able to come to an agreement. The 25-year-old backstop has won three straight gold gloves behind the dish and been an All-Star each of the past three seasons. He has also been extremely durable, averaging 143 games per year over that span. Saturday, 7:44 am
  • Vogt undergoes arthroscopic elbow surgery
    The Athletics announced Friday that catcher Stephen Vogt underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow.

    Advice: Prior to this announcement, there had been no rumblings that surgery was even an option for the All-Star catcher. The procedure, which was performed by Dr. Jon Dickinson, removed a bone chip and performed a debridement of his elbow joint. Vogt will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks while recovering, but should be ready in time for Opening Day. Friday, 3:17 pm
  • Yasmani Grandal (shoulder) cleared to swing
    Yasmani Grandal (shoulder) has been cleared to swing a bat from both sides of the plate.

    Advice: He's already done some hitting and hasn't experienced any setbacks. Grandal was plagued by a left shoulder injury throughout the second half last year and had surgery on his AC joint after the season. It appears that he'll enter spring training without any limitations, though, and will be ready to roll come Opening Day. Friday, 12:17 pm
  • Three catchers vying for two spots in SD's Corey Brock said "barring a deal in the next three weeks," Derek Norris, Austin Hedges and Christian Bethancourt will be competing for two roster spots.

    Advice: The Padres are only expected to keep two catchers, which means either Bethancourt or Hedges will be left off the Opening Day roster. Norris is the best hitter of the group but won't see as much playing time this year now that Wil Myers has been installed as the full-time first baseman. Hedges has excelled defensively but hasn't shown he can hit at the big-league level yet. Bethancourt was acquired from Atlanta at last month's Winter Meetings. He hit .200 in 155 at-bats for the Braves in 2015. Thursday, 11:41 am
  • Jesus Sucre (broken leg) out six months
    Jesus Sucre will miss six months after undergoing surgery to repair a broken fibula.

    Advice: He sustained the injury while playing in the Venezuelan Winter League. The Mariners were holding out hope that Sucre would only miss about six weeks but now his season is in jeopardy. With Sucre out indefinitely, Seattle will turn to Mike Zunino and Chris Iannetta behind the plate. Thursday, 11:00 am
  • Report: Cervelli wants 3-yr, $39M extension
    According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Travis Sawchik, in order to reach a contract extension with Francisco Cervelli, the Pirates would need to offer at least a three-year, $39 million contract.

    Advice: That's a pretty large chunk of change for someone who has received 150 at-bats or more just twice in his career. Last season, Cervelli slashed .295/.370/.401 in 451 at-bats. The numbers are fine. Nothing more, nothing less. There's a general dearth of power in that bat. Cervelli has never driven in more than 45 runs and he's never reached double-digit homers. The two sides recently avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million contract. It would be quite the jump to go from that to an AAV of $13 million, but next year's free agent market will be light on reliable catchers. Matt Wieters is the other prominent name at the position. Wednesday, 3:32 pm
  • Mesoraco's hip not a concern as ST nears
    Devin Mesoraco (hip) indicated that he's participating in catching drills without physical discomfort.

    Advice: So far so good for Mesoraco, who said in December that he expected to be ready for spring training. He's still on track for that. The 27-year-old backstop underwent left hip surgery in July of 2015 after hitting just .178/.275/.244 in 23 games. His time in the wilderness is made all the more frustrating given that he was coming off a career year in 2014, slashing .273/.359/.534 with 25 homers and 80 RBI across 384 at-bats. He could make for a nice sleeper option in mixed leagues if you're willing to gamble on him carrying that power through following the surgery. Just keep in mind that there's no guarantee that he returns to 2014's level of productivity. And durability should remain a concern, if only because we've yet to see how he holds up post-surgery. Wednesday, 2:39 pm
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