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  • 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." Today, 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. Today, 7:11 am
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  • Reds believe O's have pieces for Bruce deal
    MLB Network's Jon Heyman hears the Reds believe the Orioles have the prospects to swing a deal for Jay Bruce.

    Advice: That bit of information is almost certainly a follow-up to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal's report Wednesday that the Orioles would have interest in a trade for Bruce but it was uncertain that the O's could pull off such a deal. The Orioles are looking at a number of different options for adding a bat, including signing a free agent like Dexter Fowler or Pedro Alvarez, and it's unlikely that they would look to acquire more than one. While the O's seem to have a lot of plates in the air, the market for Bruce has been quiet for much of the winter. Yesterday, 7:40 pm
  • Yanks outright Adams, invite him to spring
    Yankees sent OF Lane Adams outright to Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre.

    Advice: The team simultaneously extended Adams an invite to spring training as a non-roster invitee. Adams was claimed off waivers from the Royals in mid-January after hitting .281/.347/.445 with 16 homers, 62 RBI and 31 steals between Double-A and Triple-A last year. Yesterday, 3:39 pm
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  • Report: Dodgers shopping Alex Guerrero
    The Dodgers are looking to trade IF/OF Alex Guerrero, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

    Advice: The Dodgers' outfield is full and the team has a cheaper utility option in Enrique Hernandez. Rosenthal suggests Guerrero's best fit is in the American League. The 29-year-old hit just .233 with 11 homers last season. He carries a $5 million base salary for 2016. Yesterday, 11:51 am
  • Astros GM: Evan Gattis not a catching option
    GM Jeff Luhnow said the Astros aren't considering Evan Gattis as a backup option at catcher.

    Advice: "Obviously, he's caught in the past, and having a guy on the roster that can catch has value," said Luhnow. "But he's our DH." Gates started 11 games in left field last year but hasn't caught since 2014. For now, the Astros are set with Jason Castro and Max Stassi behind the plate. Gattis is coming off hernia surgery and might not be ready for Opening Day. Yesterday, 8:15 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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  • Rosenthal: O's keeping eye on Jay Bruce
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Jay Bruce is a possible trade target for the Orioles.

    Advice: Rosenthal adds, however, that it's uncertain whether the O's would actually have the prospects -- or being willing to deal the prospects -- to get a deal done. In early December, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported that the Reds had only received "a couple" feeling-out calls regarding the 28-year-old Bruce. In 580 at-bats last season, Bruce hit .226/.294/.434 with 26 homers and 87 RBI. After notching batting averages above .250 in five of his first six seasons, he's failed to crack .230 in either of his past two campaigns. Wednesday, 2:27 pm
  • 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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  • Gattis (hernia) to begin light BB activity
    Evan Gattis (hernia surgery) indicated Wednesday that he is already close to doing light baseball activity.

    Advice: Gattis had surgery Tuesday for a sports hernia and will miss a large chunk of Grapefruit League play, but there's a chance he could be ready for Opening Day. The 29-year-old slugger said Wednesday that he will "start doing very light baseball activities shortly as long as pain permits." He's walking one mile a day right now and deemed himself sore, but optimistic. Last season, Gattis slashed .246/.285/.463 with 27 homers and 88 RBI for the Astros. Wednesday, 1:19 pm
  • Giants, Belt avoid arb. with one-year deal
    Giants and 1B Brandon Belt avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.2 million contract.

    Advice: MLB Network's Jon Heyman passed along the contract details. The two sides had an arbitration hearing scheduled for Wednesday, so they were able to work out a last-minute deal. Belt requested $7.5 million and was offered $5.3 million by the Giants when figures were exchanged last month, so the two sides settled for a little under the midpoint. He's under team control through 2017. Wednesday, 12:24 pm
  • 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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  • Holliday explains work at first base
    Matt Holliday said Wednesday that he isn't sure how much work he'll get at first base once official workouts begin in Cardinals' camp.

    Advice: MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported in December that Holliday had been working out at first base at the team's complex in Florida, but Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak quickly downplayed it while adding that he's still expected to be the starting left fielder in 2016. The 36-year-old is on board with the plan and said he simply wanted to test his versatility just in case. "I wanted to challenge myself," said Holliday. "And I had the time." Wednesday, 10:46 am
  • Beltran says he's lost 10 pounds
    Carlos Beltran said Wednesday that he lost around 10 pounds over the winter.

    Advice: Beltran joked that he "might try and steal some bases this year," though the Yankees would probably just be thrilled if he stays healthy while putting up similar numbers to 2015. After getting off to a slow start last year, he batted .276 with 19 homers and an .808 OPS. He's turning 39 in April. Wednesday, 9:53 am
  • Tigers announce 2-year deal with OF Martinez
    Tigers and OF J.D. Martinez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $18.5 million contract.

    Advice: The deal was reported on Monday and it's now official. Per Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, Martinez will make $6.75 million in 2016 and $11.75 million in 2017. The two-year deal buys out his final two seasons of arbitration-eligibility, so he's still scheduled to hit free agency after 2017. The 28-year-old led the Tigers with 38 homers and 102 RBI last season. Wednesday, 7:49 am
  • Gattis out 4-6 weeks following hernia surgery
    Evan Gattis recently underwent hernia surgery and will be sidelined for the next 4-6 weeks.

    Advice: The operation shouldn't have any long-term effects, but it could sideline Gattis for the bulk of spring training and possibly threaten his availability for Opening Day. If Gattis does get a late start to the season, Jake Marisnick, Preston Tucker and Marwin Gonzalez would figure to be in line to pick up the slack. Gattis batted .246/.285/.463 with 27 homers and 88 RBI in his first season with the Astros. Tuesday, 7:00 pm
  • White Sox sign Travis Ishikawa to minors deal
    White Sox signed 1B Travis Ishikawa to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Ishikawa had a deal with the Mariners fall apart last month, but it didn't take him long to catch on elsewhere. The 32-year-old batted .206/.306/.302 with one homer over 72 plate appearances with the Pirates and Giants last season. Tuesday, 1:20 pm
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  • D'Backs, Pollock avoid arb. with 2-year deal
    Diamondbacks and OF A.J. Pollock avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $10.25 million contract.

    Advice: The deal buys out Pollock's first two years of arbitration eligibility. The outfielder certainly earned the raise after a breakout 2015 season that saw him bat .315/.367/.498 with 20 homers, 39 stolen bases and 111 runs scored. He'll patrol center field for the D'Backs again in 2016. Monday, 8:26 pm
  • Padres nab Skip Schumaker on minors deal
    Padres signed INF/OF Skip Schumaker to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: The Reds unsurprisingly declined a $2.5 million option on Schumaker shortly after last season ended and he wound up settling for a non-guaranteed deal. However, the veteran utility player stands a good chance at winning an Opening Day roster spot with the ability to play second base and all three outfield spots. Schumaker, 36, batted .242/.306/.336 with one homer last season in Cincinnati. Monday, 6:24 pm
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  • Report: Martinez, Tigers do two-year deal
    SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that the Tigers and J.D. Martinez have agreed to a two-year contract.

    Advice: Robert Murray of hears that the deal, which buys out Martinez's final two years of arbitration eligibility, is worth $18.5 million. The 28-year-old slashed .282/.344/.535 with 38 home runs and 102 RBI across 158 games last season for the Tigers. He'll operate as the Tigers' regular right fielder again in 2016. Monday, 5:00 pm
  • Corey Dickerson to DH full-time in Tampa?
    Trading James Loney would allow the Rays to use Corey Dickerson as their primary DH.

    Advice: Trading Loney is at the top of Tampa Bay's to-do list, though his $8 million salary could make that difficult. If the Rays are able to deal Loney, Logan Morrison and Steve Pearce would form a platoon at first base with Dickerson at DH and Desmond Jennings, Kevin Kiermaier and Steven Souza occupying the three outfield spots. Dickerson has already said he's open to DHing. Saturday, 7:52 pm
  • Passan: Harper to the Yankees 'inevitable'
    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Bryce Harper's "future marriage" with the Yankees is considered "inevitable by most in the sport."

    Advice: We've been hearing "Harper to New York" speculation for years and it probably isn't going away any time soon. The Yankees were noticeably absent from this year's free agent proceedings and have a ton of money coming off the books with Carlos Beltran, Aroldis Chapman, Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira all hitting free agency in the next two years. Letting those players go would pave the way for New York to make a serious run at Harper. If he continues to progress, Harper could be in line for a $400 million deal when his contract expires after 2018. Saturday, 2:35 pm
  • Tigers still negotiating with J.D. Martinez
    The Tigers are still discussing one and two-year deals with J.D. Martinez, according to Fox Sports' Jon Morosi.

    Advice: There was talk of a long-term extension last month, but those negotiations have clearly been scaled back. Martinez carries two more years of salary arbitration (including this year), so neither of the deals being discussed now would cut into his potential free agency. The two sides were $2 million apart when arbitration figures were exchanged in January. If a compromise can't be reached, the Tigers will be subject to their first arbitration hearing since 2001. Martinez led Detroit with 38 homers and 102 RBI last season. Wednesday, 1:45 pm
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