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  • Alderson hoping Wright plays 130 games
    Mets GM Sandy Alderson said his goal is for David Wright to play 130 games this season.

    Advice: Wright has only done that once in his last three seasons. "We’re gonna make sure that he’s not overworked," said Alderson. "So it’s important for us to find somebody who can play 30 games or so at third base when he’s not in there." Along with Wright, Asdrubal Cabrera, Wilmer Flores and Neil Walker should also see time at the hot corner this year. Yesterday, 6:27 pm
  • Carlos Santana to see time at outfield?
    Indians manager Terry Francona hinted Carlos Santana could play in the outfield this season.

    Advice: Santana has seen time at catcher and third base in the past but last year he was limited to only playing first base. Though Santana will still get most of his reps at first, it's possible he could make a few outfield cameos with Michael Brantley (torn labrum) sidelined for the first month. Infielders Michael Martinez, Mike Napoli and Jose Ramirez could also fill in at outfield if needed. Yesterday, 6:11 pm
  • Indians likely to carry five outfielders
    Collin Cowgill and Joey Butler are the favorites to land Cleveland's last two outfield spots.

    Advice: With Michael Brantley (labrum) likely out for the first month, the Indians will have to mix and match at outfield. Rajai Davis, Abraham Almonte and Lonnie Chisenhall are assured roster spots, but the rest of Cleveland's outfield is up for grabs. Cowgill has 308 games of big league experience while Butler saw a career-high 257 at-bats for Tampa Bay last season. Michael Choice, Robbie Grossman and Shane Robinson will also be at Indians camp. Yesterday, 5:58 pm
  • Avisail Garcia could be expendable in Chicago
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports believes that Avisail Garcia could be expendable in Chicago if they add another outfielder such as Dexter Fowler.

    Advice: The White Sox have been looking to add a big bat to their outfield all winter, either through trade or free agency, and the fact that they continue to pursue those options doesn't bode well for their opinion of Garcia. While he has a decent blend of power and speed, his tools haven't translated as expected at the big league level and he slashed a disappointing .257/.309/.365 in 2015. Yesterday, 11:40 am
  • Nottingham addition doesn't impact Lucroy
    Brewers general manager David Stearns said Saturday that the acquisition of Jacob Nottingham doesn't impact Jonathan Lucroy.

    Advice: While it doesn't sound as though this will speed up the timeline to deal Lucroy, having the catcher of the future in tow has to make the club feel more confident in the decision. Expect him to be dealt at some point before the trade deadline. Yesterday, 11:03 am
  • Joe Panik (back) claims he's fully recovered
    Giants second baseman Joe Panik told Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area that he's feeling "100 percent" and fully recovered from his back injury.

    Advice: Panik wound up on the disabled list in August due to inflammation in his lower back and he only wound up playing in three games the rest of the season before getting shut down. The All-Star second baseman indicated that he has altered his offseason workout plan with the goal of preventing the issue from returning. Panik slashed .312/.378/.455 with eight homers, 37 RBI and three stolen bases in 100 games last season. Yesterday, 7:24 am
  • Christian Vazquez makes throws to bases
    Christian Vazquez (elbow) was able to make throws to second and third base from behind the plate on Friday without any issues.

    Advice: Vazquez continues to make nice progress in his recovery from reconstructive elbow surgery with Red Sox manager John Farrell estimating that, "He’s probably at about 90 percent". The 25-year-old backstop made a name for himself with his cannon of an arm, cutting down 15 of the 29 would-be base stealers against him during his rookie season in 2014. With Blake Swihart and Ryan Hanigan also in the fold, it will be interesting to see how the club's catching situation plays out this spring. Yesterday, 5:25 am
  • Davis to be everyday left fielder in Oakland
    Athletics general manager David Forst confirmed Friday that Khris Davis will be the club's everyday left fielder in 2016.

    Advice: That means that Mark Canha and the oft-injured Coco Crisp are going to see their playing time reduced. Davis has gargantuan power that will play well in any park, though he could witness a small decline in his home run total moving away from Miller Park. The 28-year-old slashed .247/.323/.505 with 27 homers and 66 RBI in 121 games for the Brewers in 2015. Friday, 4:31 pm
  • Athletics acquire Khris Davis from Brewers
    Athletics acquired OF Khris Davis from the Brewers for C Jacob Nottingham and RHP Bubba Derby.

    Advice: The Brewers have been looking to deal Davis for awhile now and appear to have received a decent return. Nottingham gives them a legitimate catching prospect whose path could soon be cleared if the club is also successful in dealing Jonathan Lucroy. Davis will provide plenty of power in the middle of the A's lineup, though his fantasy value may take a slight hit with the move away from Miller Park. Friday, 3:50 pm
  • A's talking trade, Khris Davis with Brewers
    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics and Brewers are discussing a potential trade, with Khris Davis believed to be the target for the Athletics.

    Advice: The Brewers have had Davis, perhaps their best trade chip, on the block for some time now and are expected to move him at some point before the trade deadline. The Brewers are in full rebuilding mode at this point and are likely seeking controllable young talent in return. Friday, 3:11 pm
  • Jung Ho Kang (knee) begins fielding grounders
    Jung Ho Kang (knee) began fielding ground balls on Friday.

    Advice: Kang posted a video on his Instagram account of him fielding grounders and he was moving around without any apparent limitations. Nearly five months removed from surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus and fractured tibia, Kang will begin the season on the disabled list but is hoping to be activated before the end of April. Friday, 2:50 pm
  • Padres discussing Derek Norris in trade talks
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Derek Norris is the subject of "continued chatter" in trade talks.

    Advice: Rosenthal notes that the Padres "seemingly would prefer" to go with Austin Hedges and Christian Bethancourt as their catching duo, although he sees a trade of Norris prior to spring training as unlikely. Norris batted .250/.305/.404 line with 14 homers and 62 RBI last season and is starting to get more expensive through arbitration. Friday, 1:18 pm
  • Ian Desmond 'less of a target' for White Sox
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Ian Desmond "appears less of a target" for the White Sox than adding an outfielder.

    Advice: USA Today's Bob Nightengale also previously reported that the White Sox' supposed interest in Desmond was overblown. Rosenthal notes that the club likes Tyler Saladino at shortstop and believes top prospect Tim Anderson could be ready to take over at the position before the end of 2016. Desmond has been linked to both the White Sox and Rays recently, but neither destination looks terribly likely at the moment. The shortstop has gained little traction in the free agent market this winter. Friday, 1:13 pm
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  • Orioles' 'first choice' is OF Dexter Fowler
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles' "first choice" as they look to add a hitter is Dexter Fowler.

    Advice: Baltimore's signing of Yovani Gallardo is expected to be made official soon, and since they've already forfeited a draft pick for that addition, it makes since to keep adding talent. Fowler would fit the Orioles' desire to fortify the lineup with another bat and also a leadoff hitter. If they're unable to lure Fowler, Rosenthal says the club's "backup plan" is a trade for Jay Bruce. Friday, 1:05 pm
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  • Joe Mauer admits to having blurred vision
    Joe Mauer has revealed that he's occasionally dealt with blurred vision since his concussion issues in 2013.

    Advice: Mauer noted that bright sunshine has sometimes triggered the blurred vision, which he said, not surprisingly, has affected his pitch tracking. He'll experiment during spring training with sunglasses in hopes that it will help the issue. "I’ve always been kind of weird about my routine when it comes to stepping into the (batter’s) box, but it’s something I’ll give a shot this spring and see if it helps," Mauer said. Mauer's concussion issues forced him to move to first base and it seems obvious that it's also affected his production at the plate, as he's hit .270/.348/.376 the last two seasons after entering 2013 with a career .323/.405/.468 line. Friday, 12:56 pm
  • Denard Span to start in CF, bat leadoff
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed on Friday that Denard Span will start in center field and bat leadoff this season.

    Advice: There wasn't any doubt, but this is the first time Bochy has officially addressed it. The addition of Span pushes Angel Pagan out of both of the aforementioned roles, although he's now likely to receive the bulk of the at-bats in left field. Span is coming off a hip issue that limited him to just 61 games in 2015, but he'll enter 2016 with a clean bill of health. Friday, 11:21 am
  • Report: Padres have tried to trade Matt Kemp
    Robert Murray of reports that the Padres have tried to trade Matt Kemp this offseason.

    Advice: There were reports back in early December about the Padres dangling Kemp as they looked to acquire a shortstop. They've since signed Alexei Ramirez, but dealing Kemp and the $86 million left on his contract surely still appeals to San Diego. Whether another club would be willing to take Kemp's big contract on is another question, as the Padres would surely have to pick up a large portion of the deal. Murray was told by one source that the Padres have talked to the A's about Kemp, but Oakland is "not yet willing to pull the trigger." Friday, 8:23 am
  • Orioles to target hitter after Gallardo
    MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles will target a hitter after they complete their contract with Yovani Gallardo.

    Advice: The club is hopeful of finishing the deal with Gallardo on Friday. Heyman lists Dexter Fowler, Jay Bruce and Pedro Alvarez as the bats the O's are considering. Alvarez is the only one that would cost just money, as they would have to trade for Bruce and forfeit a draft pick to sign Fowler. The O's had been hesitant to fork over a draft pick to sign Gallardo, but now that they're close to do that they probably won't be as squeamish about signing a guy like Fowler. Friday, 7:11 am
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  • Heyman: White Sox are in on Ian Desmond
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports confirms the White Sox are one of the teams considering free agent shortstop Ian Desmond.

    Advice: It's not the first time we've heard the White Sox linked to Desmond. The Rays are also in the running, though so far both teams have been hesitant to give up a draft pick. Desmond is coming off a tough season with Washington. He led the National League in errors and finished second in the NL with 187 strikeouts. He may have to settle for a one-year deal and test the market again next winter. Thursday, 12:28 pm
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  • Vazquez (elbow) still making progress
    Christian Vazquez (elbow) will throw to bases on Friday.

    Advice: When asked about his elbow, Vazquez said, "Fine. No problem." It sounds like he's almost fully recovered from Tommy John surgery. Blake Swihart has already been named the starting catcher, which means Vazquez will likely open the year in Triple-A. Thursday, 8:57 am
  • O's, Dexter Fowler have talked informally
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Orioles and free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler have had an "informal conversation" about a potential contract.

    Advice: FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal has reported that Fowler could be a follow-up target for the Orioles should they sign free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo, so it makes sense that the two parties have at least begun laying unofficial groundwork. A deal in the neighborhood of the two-year, $20 million contract the Dodgers gave Howie Kendrick could be in play for Fowler. Olney has previously reported that MLB executives don't see the 29-year-old outfielder drawing much more than that. His free agency is tied to draft pick compensation. Wednesday, 3:00 pm
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  • If O's sign Gallardo, Fowler could follow
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that if the Orioles sign free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo, they might target free agent OF Dexter Fowler.

    Advice: Gallardo and the O's are said to be nearing a possible contract agreement. Fowler could be next up if they can secure that. As to what Fowler might be able to draw from them, MLB executives indicated to ESPN's Buster Olney that a contract ceiling might be around the two-year, $20 million deal the Dodgers inked with Howie Kendrick. Should the Orioles strike a deal with Fowler, they would surrender the 29th pick in this summer's amateur draft. Wednesday, 2:10 pm
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  • Fowler could struggle to get more than 2/20
    According to ESPN's Buster Olney, MLB executives believe it will be "very difficult" for Dexter Fowler to get more than the two-year, $20 million deal Howie Kendrick received from the Dodgers.

    Advice: Kendrick's market didn't develop as he hoped this winter, in large part because he was attached to draft pick compensation. Fowler, Yovani Gallardo, and Ian Desmond are all suffering the same fate right now. There's always the chance that Fowler could beat Kendrick's deal, but that task is getting tougher with spring training rapidly approaching. Wednesday, 11:18 am
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  • Report: Ian Desmond a 'long shot' for Rays
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick writes that free agent shortstop Ian Desmond is a "long shot" for the Rays.

    Advice: There's been some chatter about the Rays being interested in Desmond, as he could be a bargain at this point of the winter, but the club doesn't want to give up a draft pick in order to sign him. There's always the chance that they could change their mind, but the 30-year-old appears likely to end up elsewhere. Many have pegged the White Sox as a logical fit for Desmond, but they are also reluctant to give up a pick. Tuesday, 8:38 am
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