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    • Braves pick up Jace Peterson from Padres
      Braves acquired INF Jace Peterson from the Padres in the Justin Upton trade.

      Advice: A former sandwich round pick, Peterson batted .307/.402/.447 with 16 steals between Double- and Triple-A last season and got a cup of coffee in the majors. He's a pretty solid middle infield prospect but didn't land in a great situation in Atlanta with Andrelton Simmons holding down shortstop and Jose Peraza on his way at second base. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:03 pm
       
      W, 2-1 x @Phi
    • Shawn O'Malley released by Angels
      Angels released INF/OF Shawn O'Malley.

      Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Johnny Giavotella. O'Malley, who will turn 27 later this month, is a career .258/.351/.338 hitter in the minors and got a cup of coffee with the Angels at the end of last season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:37 pm
       
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    • Logan Watkins designated for assignment
      Cubs designated INF Logan Watkins for assignment.

      Advice: Watkins, 25, has posted decent numbers in the minors but has hit just .233/.269/.301 over 110 plate appearances in the majors. He's versatile and young, so some team might claim him on waivers. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:07 pm
       
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      W, 5-2 x @Mil
    • Angels acquire Johnny Giavotella from Royals
      Angels acquired 2B Johnny Giavotella from the Royals in exchange for RHP Brian Broderick.

      Advice: Giavotella had been designated for assignment on Thursday. The Angels plan to go with Josh Rutledge at second base after trading away Howie Kendrick, but Giavotella isn't a bad insurance option. The 27-year-old never received a long-term look with the Royals but is a career .305/.378/.438 hitter in the minors. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:54 am
    • A's release veteran INF Nick Punto
      Athletics released INF Nick Punto.

      Advice: Punto, 37, batted just .207/.296/.293 this season for the A's while battling some injuries. The A's will still be responsible for his $2.75 million salary next season. Someone will get Punto a shot due to his versatility, but he might have to settle for a minor league deal. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:49 am
       
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      Nick Punto Oak - 2B,3B,SS
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      W, 4-0 x @Tex
    • Phillies have interest in Rafael Furcal
      ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Phillies are "kicking the tires" on Rafael Furcal.

      Advice: Freddy Galvis is expected to take over at shortstop following the trade of Jimmy Rollins, but Furcal could be added as a backup option. The 37-year-old infielder was limited to just nine games for the Marlins this season due to leg issues after missing all of 2013 following Tommy John surgery. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:03 am
       
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      L, 1-0 x @Was
    • Royals designate Giavotella for assignment
      Royals designated INF Johnny Giavotella for assignment.

      Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Kris Medlen on the 40-man roster. Giavotella was once considered a promising prospect with the Royals, but he owns a .238/.277/.334 batting line over 465 plate appearances in the majors and turns 28 next July. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 1:14 pm
    • Angels' negotiations with Beckham stall
      The Orange County Register's Jeff Fletcher reported that negotiations between the Angels and INF Gordon Beckham are not currently progressing.

      Advice: Fletcher wrote that the Angels were still looking to bring back Beckham. The most obvious reason as to why negotiations have hit a snag is that Beckham is presumably looking for a guaranteed starting role in the majors. Given his .226/.271/.348 slash-line in 2014, it's probably not realistic that Beckham will have consistent starting at-bats next season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:56 am
       
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    • Derek Dietrich exits game with ankle injury
      Derek Dietrich left Tuesday's Dominican Winter League game with an ankle injury.

      Advice: The good news is that X-rays came back negative, so Dietrich should be fine. The young infielder will compete for a bench job in spring training. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:38 pm
    • Rockies sign INF Descalso to a two-year deal
      Rockies signed INF Daniel Descalso to a two-year, $3.6 million contract.

      Advice: ESPN's Jerry Crasnick passed along the contract terms. Descalso was non-tendered by the Cardinals earlier this month after batting just .244/.333/.311 over 104 games this past season, but he's capable of playing all over the infield. He'll essentially replace Josh Rutledge in a utility role. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:10 am
       
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      Daniel Descalso Col - 2B,3B,SS
      L, 10-5 ^ @LAD
    • Rangers optimistic about re-signing Rosales
      Jeff Wilson of the Fort-Worth Star Telegram writes that the Rangers are optimistic about re-signing Adam Rosales.

      Advice: Rosales was non-tendered by the Rangers in December, but they still hope to bring him back for a lesser salary. The 31-year-old batted .262 with four home runs and a .706 OPS over 56 games this season and would function as a utility infielder if he returns. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:04 am
       
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      Adam Rosales Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS
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    • Astros finalize contract with Jed Lowrie
      Astros signed INF Jed Lowrie to a three-year, $23 million contract.

      Advice: The deal includes a $6 million club option for 2018 with a $1 million buyout. Lowrie, who previously played for the Astros in 2012, is expected to take over the starting shortstop job. The 30-year-old batted just .249/.321/.355 with six home runs and 50 RBI in 136 games this past season, but there's rebound potential now that he's leaving Oakland. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:05 am
       
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      Jed Lowrie Hou - 2B,SS
      L, 8-3 ^ @NYM
    • Braves bring aboard Callaspo with $3M deal
      Braves signed INF Alberto Callaspo to a one-year, $3 million contract.

      Advice: The deal was reported last week and has now become official. Callaspo struggled in 2014 for the A's, batting .223/.290/.290 with four homers and 39 RBI in 451 plate appearances. He'll serve as the Braves' second baseman until prospect Jose Peraza is deemed major league-ready. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:42 pm
       
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      Alberto Callaspo Atl - 1B,2B,3B
      W, 2-1 x @Phi
    • Yankees sign Cole Figueroa to minors deal
      Yankees signed INF Cole Figueroa to a minor league contract.

      Advice: Figueroa hit just .233/.286/.326 in 23 games with the Rays in 2014. The 27-year-old will function as organizational infield depth in 2015 for the Yankees. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:25 pm
       
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    • Astros do 3-year, $23M deal with Jed Lowrie
      According to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart, the Astros have signed Jed Lowrie to a three-year deal.

      Advice: The contract will be worth $23 million and also includes a $6 million club option (or $1 million buyout) for 2018. Lowrie batted just .249/.321/.355 with six home runs and 50 RBI in 136 games this past season for the A's, but he had a good 2013 season in Oakland and flashed impressive power in 2012 in hitter-friendly Houston, slugging 16 dingers in 97 games. He should be a nice upgrade at shortstop for the Astros. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:13 pm
       
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      Jed Lowrie Hou - 2B,SS
      L, 8-3 ^ @NYM
    • Club official: M's not looking to deal Miller
      A Mariners official told Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune that the club isn't looking to trade Brad Miller.

      Advice: "Understand this: We’re not looking to trade him," the official said. "I’m not saying it won’t happen, but it’s a lot less likely than some people seem to think." Miller's name has been linked to a number of shortstop-needy clubs after he struggled this past season, but the Mariners aren't exactly set at the position, either. Assuming no deal is made, Miller will likely battle Chris Taylor for the job in spring. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:44 pm
       
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      Brad Miller Sea - 2B,SS
      W, 4-1 vs x LAA
    • Frandsen wants to compete for starting job
      Kevin Frandsen admitted Saturday that while he's seen as the utility man, he would like a chance to compete for the team's starting job at second base.

      Advice: At the moment, Danny Espinosa is penciled in as the Nationals starter at second base, but with the inconsistency he has shown over the years Frandsen could have an opportunity to state his case with a strong showing this spring. The veteran infielder hit .259/.299/.309 over 236 plate appearances with the Nationals in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:18 am
       
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      Kevin Frandsen Was - 1B,2B,3B,OF
      W, 1-0 vs x Mia
    • Lowrie engaged in talks with multiple teams
      Jed Lowrie is engaged in talks with multiple teams, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

      Advice: One of those teams is the Astros, Rosenthal said. Lowrie is reportedly looking for a three-year deal and appears willing to play a number of positions on the infield to get one. The Giants are another team believed to have some interest in the 30-year-old. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:04 pm
       
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      Jed Lowrie Hou - 2B,SS
      L, 8-3 ^ @NYM
    • Furcal a possibility with Royals?
      Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors writes that Rafael Furcal could be a possibility with the Royals.

      Advice: It would have to be a minor league deal, as the 36-year-old Furcal was limited to just nine games with the Marlins this past season due to leg injuries. He has a history with Royals GM Dayton Moore, so a potential match makes sense. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:25 am
       
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      L, 1-0 x @Was
    • Jed Lowrie looking for a three-year contract
      Brian McTaggart of MLB.com hears that Jed Lowrie hopes to land a three-year contract.

      Advice: It could be a tough sell, as Lowrie batted just .249 with six homers and a .676 OPS this past season and is a stretch defensively at shortstop. However, he appears willing to play second base or third if the right offer comes along. The Astros are reportedly interested in a reunion and he could be a consideration as a Pablo Sandoval replacement with the Giants. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:27 am
       
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      Jed Lowrie Hou - 2B,SS
      L, 8-3 ^ @NYM
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