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  • White Sox sign Alex Avila to one-year deal
    White Sox signed C Alex Avila to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

    Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman passed along the contract details. Avila, who turns 29 in January, struggled through injuries this season while batting just .191 with four home runs and a .626 OPS over 67 games. However, he's a gamble at this price. Avila figures to share playing time behind the plate with Tyler Flowers in 2016. Today, 8:22 am
  • J.P. Arencibia released by Rays
    Rays released C J.P. Arencibia.

    Advice: Arencibia was designated for assignment last week. He hit .310/.315/.606 with six homers and 17 RBI in 24 games for the Rays, but they weren't interested in paying him what he'd make in arbitration. Yesterday, 7:02 pm
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    W, 12-3 vs Tor
  • Angels bring aboard veteran C Geovany Soto
    Angels signed C Geovany Soto to a one-year contract.

    Advice:'s Alden Gonzalez says the deal is worth $2.8 million. Soto batted .219/.301/.406 with nine home runs this past season for the White Sox while sharing time with Tyler Flowers. He figures to again share a starting job -- this time with Carlos Perez -- in 2016. Yesterday, 4:39 pm
  • Orioles bring back catcher Audry Perez
    Orioles re-signed C Audry Perez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Perez was at Triple-A Norfolk for all of 2015, hitting only .243/.279/.303 with two homers. He'll serve as an extra backstop in spring training. Yesterday, 3:00 pm
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Braves re-sign Lavarnway to minors deal
    Braves re-signed C Ryan Lavarnway to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Lavarnway played in 27 games with the Braves this past season while batting .227/.311/.394 with two home runs and six RBI over 74 plate appearances. The 28-year-old has a chance to serve as A.J. Pierzynski's backup if the Braves decide to give Christian Bethancourt some time in the minors. Yesterday, 11:16 am
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    W, 6-0 vs StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • Mike Zunino to begin 2016 in minors?
    Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said that Chris Iannetta will serve as the club's "primary catcher" in 2016.

    Advice: That would seem to indicate former top prospect Mike Zunino will begin next season back in the minors. Zunino was sent down to Triple-A in late August last year after hitting an embarrassing .174/.230/.300 over 112 games. Some more seasoning for the 24-year-old probably is the right move. Monday, 4:55 pm
  • John Hicks designated for assignment
    Mariners designated C John Hicks for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Chris Iannetta. Hicks, 26, had just two hits in 32 at-bats in his first taste of the majors this past season. Monday, 3:14 pm
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    W, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Mariners sign Chris Iannetta to one-year deal
    Mariners signed C Chris Iannetta to a one-year contract with a club option for the 2017 season.

    Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says Iannetta will get $4.25 million and have a chance to earn more through incentives. Iannetta had an awful 2015 campaign, hitting just .188/.293/.335 with 10 home runs. However, he has a career .351 on-base percentage and boasts above-average power for a catcher. New Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said that Iannetta will serve as the club's primary catcher, which means Mike Zunino could begin the season back in the minors. Monday, 3:10 pm
  • Clevenger expected to have MLB roster spot
    Steve Clevenger is expected to have an Opening Day roster spot with the Orioles in 2016.

    Advice: Matt Wieters and Caleb Joseph are due back at catcher for the O's, but Clevenger will likely be carried as an emergency backstop, bench bat, and utilityman. The 29-year-old is out of minor league options. He slashed .287/.314/.426 across 105 plate appearances in 2015. Monday, 7:09 am
  • Wilin Rosario designated for assignment
    Rockies designated C/1B Wilin Rosario for assignment.

    Advice: It's a very surprising move, even though Rosario had fallen out of favor in Colorado and was due a raise this winter through arbitration. The 26-year-old slashed .273/.306/.473 with 71 homers in 447 games with the Rockies in his five seasons in Colorado. He should have plenty of suitors on the open market. Friday, 5:25 pm
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    W, 7-3 @SF
  • Rays designate J.P. Arencibia for assignment
    Rays designated C J.P. Arencibia for assignment.

    Advice: The 29-year-old backstop did a nice job in his limited time with the Rays in 2015, slashing .310/.315/.606 with six homers and 17 RBI in 24 games. It's unclear at the moment if he'll accept the minor league assignment or opt to explore the free agent market. Friday, 4:55 pm
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    W, 12-3 vs Tor
  • Padres claim Josmil Pinto off waivers
    Padres claimed C Josmil Pinto off waivers from the Twins.

    Advice: Pinto saw 169 at-bats with the catcher-strapped Twins in 2015, but he failed to do much with them. The 26-year-old catcher slashed .219/.315/.391 with seven homers and 18 RBI. The Padres are getting themselves a backstop with a nice bit of pop if nothing else. Friday, 1:27 pm
  • Blue Jays sign Quintero on minors deal
    Blue Jays signed C Humberto Quintero to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.

    Advice: Quintero spent 2015 playing at Triple-A Pawtucket in the Red Sox minor league system. He hit .257/.284/.354 with seven homers and 33 RBI across 288 at-bats. The 36-year-old catcher last saw major league action with the Mariners in 2014, though even that was just a three-game cup of coffee. Friday, 7:00 am
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    L, 3-1 @Cle
  • Indians re-sign catcher Moore to minors deal
    Indians re-signed C Adam Moore to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Moore made one appearance with the big club in 2015 and was outrighted off the 40-man roster earlier this month. The 31-year-old will be organizational depth. Thursday, 2:40 pm
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    W, 3-1 vs Bos
  • Braves aren't giving up on Bethancourt
    Braves general manager John Coppolella said that the team isn't giving up on young catcher Christian Bethancourt.

    Advice: Bethancourt was expected to get the opportunity to run away with the starting catcher job in 2015, but the Braves gave up on that plan early on and demoted him to the minors in June. The plan was to give him a long look after calling him back up later on in the year, but he again took a back seat to A.J. Pierzynski. Overall, the 24-year-old batted just .200/.225/.290 in 160 plate appearances while struggling behind the plate. There have always been questions about his bat, but his defense was expected to be a strength. "There is so much talent and tools there [with Bethancourt], you have to let it play out," said Coppolella. "We'll see it where it goes, but we haven't given up on Christian Bethancourt." The Braves recently re-signed Pierzynski and have reportedly been in touch with free agent catcher Brayan Pena, so while they haven't given up on Bethancourt, they clearly aren't counting on him to play a significant role at this point. Wednesday, 9:29 am
  • Braves have discussed reunion with Pena
    Mark Bowman of reports that the Braves have been in touch with free agent catcher Brayan Pena.

    Advice: Pena was originally signed by the Braves and spent the first four years of his major league career with the club. He turns 34 in January and batted .273/.334/.324 over 367 plate appearances with the Reds this past season. The Braves have already re-signed A.J. Pierzynski, so adding Pena would put Christian Bethancourt's future in question. Wednesday, 8:36 am
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    L, 4-0 @Pit
  • David Ross likely to retire after 2016
    David Ross said Monday on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM that he's likely to retire after 2016.

    Advice: "I think this is probably going to be it for me," explained Ross, who said it's time for him to "be a dad" and that he's going "give it one more run." He turns 39 in March and batted .176/.267/.252 over 182 plate appearances in 2015 while mostly serving as Jon Lester's personal catcher. Tuesday, 6:33 am
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