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  • Mariners have interest in Nori Aoki
    Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the Mariners are interested in Nori Aoki.

    Advice: "At this point," an industry source told Dutton, "there appears to be real interest (in Aoki) from the Mariners. Whether that leads to a deal is anybody’s guess." Aoki played well for the Giants this past season when healthy, hitting .287/.353/.380 slash line with 14 stolen bases in 93 games. He ended the year with concussion issues but reportedly entered the offseason with a clean bill of health. The Giants declined a $5.5 million option on Aoki earlier this month. Yesterday, 5:47 pm
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    L, 7-3 vs Col
  • Twins ink Juan Centeno to minors deal
    Twins signed C Juan Centeno to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Centeno has hit .164/.227/.180 across 66 plate appearances over the last three seasons with the Mets and Brewers. He'll give the Twins some organizational catching depth. Yesterday, 1:48 pm
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    L, 6-1 vs KC
  • Pederson not discussed in Miller trade talks
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Joc Pederson's name has not been involved in trade talks with the Braves regarding Shelby Miller.

    Advice: It contradicts an earlier report from Robert Murray of The Dodgers are talking to the Braves about a trade for Miller, but Heyman says they've made it clear they'd rather trade prospects rather than deal from the major league roster. Pederson is under team control through 2020. Yesterday, 1:34 pm
  • Craig Gentry outrighted to Triple-A
    Athletics sent OF Craig Gentry outright to Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Gentry had a dreadful 2015, hitting .120/.196/.200 while spending most of the year at Triple-A. He's arbitration-eligible for a final time this winter. Yesterday, 1:27 pm
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    L, 3-2 @Sea
  • Cardinals sign Brayan Peńa to two-year deal
    Cardinals signed C Brayan Peńa to a two-year contract.

    Advice: There's no word yet on the financials of the deal. Peńa, who will turn 34 in January, offers the Cards an upgrade over Tony Cruz but doesn't figure to see a ton of playing time unless Yadier Molina gets hurt. He's a career .260/.300/.352 hitter and batted .273/.334/.324 with no home runs over 367 plate appearances for the Reds this past season. Yesterday, 1:09 pm
    L, 6-0 @Atl; L, 2-0 @Atl
  • Cora says Olivera release story is 'not true'
    Criollos de Caguas manager Alex Cora says it's "not true" that Hector Olivera was released from the Puerto Rican Winter League team after arriving a day late from a visit in Miami with his ill sister.

    Advice: It's not clear which part of the story Cora is referring to as being less than factual. There should be some clarification coming soon. Olivera hit .275 (19-for-69) with zero homers and two doubles in 18 games with Caguas before getting released on Sunday afternoon. David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was told Monday that Olivera got permission to fly to Miami last week to visit his sister in the hospital and missed his flight back. Cora responded to a tweet from O'Brien stating: "David, that's not true." Yesterday, 1:09 pm
    W, 6-0 vs StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • Hanley Ramirez will not be play winter ball
    A source indicated to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald that Hanley Ramirez will not play winter ball.

    Advice: Hanley told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes last week that he intended to play for the Licey Tigers in the Dominican Winter League, but the Red Sox never signed off on that plan and now there's some backtracking going on. "What he said was that he wishes to play, he wants to play. But it's only a wish," the source close to Ramirez told the Boston Herald. "It's not like he can say he's going to play." Hanley is being shopped for a possible trade by new Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, but it will be tough to move his contract. He was asked to drop 20 pounds at the end of the 2015 regular season. Yesterday, 12:45 pm
  • Indians outright Michael Choice to Triple-A
    Indians sent OF Michael Choice outright to Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: Choice was pushed off the Indians' 40-man roster last week. He has accepted a non-roster invite to spring training in 2016 and figures to open the year at Columbus. Yesterday, 11:29 am
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    W, 3-1 vs Bos
  • Red Sox outright Josh Rutledge to Pawtucket
    Red Sox sent 2B Josh Rutledge outright to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Rutledge was designated for assignment earlier this month and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 26-year-old middle infielder is a .261/.310/.398 career hitter in 1,032 major league plate appearances -- the large majority of them having taken place at power-friendly Coors Field. Yesterday, 10:34 am
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    L, 3-1 @Cle
  • BoSox sign free agent outfielder Chris Young
    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Red Sox have signed outfielder Chris Young.

    Advice: The exact financial framework of the deal has not been revealed, but CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says it's a two-year deal. Young is a pull-happy right-handed flyball hitter and should be able to do a lot of damage at Fenway Park, though he'll probably open the 2016 season in an active-fourth-outfielder type of role behind Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley, and Rusney Castillo. Unless of course there's a trade brewing. Young, 32, posted a cool .773 OPS with 14 home runs and 20 doubles in 140 games this past season for the Yankees. He is a .263/.362/.474 career hitter against left-handed pitching. Yesterday, 10:28 am
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    L, 9-4 @Bal
  • Grant Green signs minors deal with Giants
    Giants signed INF/OF Grant Green to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Green batted just .190/.227/.262 in 44 plate appearances this past season for the Angels and he is a .249/.283/.335 career hitter at the major league level. The 28-year-old utilityman probably isn't going to see much action -- if any at all -- in San Francisco. Yesterday, 9:51 am
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    L, 7-3 vs Col
  • Justin Maxwell signs minors deal with Marlins
    Marlins signed OF Justin Maxwell to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Maxwell turned in a brutal .209/.275/.341 batting line in 274 plate appearances this summer for the Giants. He had a pretty good 2012 season with the Astros and played well in the second of 2013 with the Royals, but the 32-year-old probably won't ever be fantasy relevant. Yesterday, 9:33 am
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    L, 7-2 @Phi
  • Marlins ink C Adrian Nieto to minors deal
    Marlins signed C Adrian Nieto to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Nieto appeared in 48 games for the White Sox in 2014 but batted just .236/.296/.340. He spent the entire 2015 season at Double-A Birmingham, slashing .207/.344/.316. Consider him emergency catching depth for Miami. Yesterday, 9:30 am
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    L, 6-0 vs Det
  • Marlins sign Xavier Scruggs to minors deal
    Marlins signed 1B Xavier Scruggs to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Scruggs batted just .262/.279/.310 across 43 plate appearances this past season for the Cardinals, but the 28-year-old has flashed some promising power numbers at the upper levels of the minor leagues. He's a nice organizational-depth addition for the Fish. Yesterday, 9:28 am
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    L, 7-2 @Phi
  • Mets unlikely to go four years on Ben Zobrist
    According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets are unlikely to go four years on Ben Zobrist.

    Advice: FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported over the weekend that Zobrist is the Mets' No. 1 offseason target, but handing out a four-year contract to a soon-to-be 35-year-old is not good business. Zobrist might have a big enough market to pull it off anyway, having been connected already to a dozen teams. The super-utilityman batted .276/.359/.450 for the A's and Royals in 2015 while appearing defensively at second base, third base, and both corner outfield spots. Yesterday, 8:07 am
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • Juan Lagares (elbow) playing in Dominican
    Juan Lagares (elbow) appeared in two games this weekend for Aguilas Cibaenas of the Dominican Winter League.

    Advice: Lagares started in center field and went 1-for-6 at the plate with a walk, a stolen base, and a sacrifice bunt. He was able to avoid surgery for his lingering right elbow injury and should be 100 percent heading into the start of spring training in February. Lagares, 26, finished the 2015 regular season with a disappointing .259/.289/.358 batting line and only six home runs in 143 games. Yesterday, 7:36 am
  • Rosenthal: Zobrist is Mets' 'No. 1 target'
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Ben Zobrist is the Mets' "No. 1 target" this offseason.

    Advice: It's not surprising, as they've been connected to him since early on in the offseason. Rosenthal notes that the Nationals, Braves and Giants, among other clubs, are also in on Zobrist. The report adds that the market for Zobrist is "likely to become more defined in next few days" and "willingness to guarantee a fourth year likely will be a deciding factor." Zobrist turns 35 next May, so giving him a four-year deal would be awfully risky. Sunday, 9:31 am
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • Pirates making Neil Walker available
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that "all of baseball" knows Neil Walker is available in a trade.

    Advice: Walker is due a healthy raise in his final year of arbitration and previous talks about a contract extension haven't gone anywhere. Pittsburgh can go with Josh Harrison at second base, Jung Ho Kang at third and Jordy Mercer at shortstop if they deal Walker. The Orioles have reportedly had talks with the Pirates regarding Walker and it appears Pittsburgh won't have trouble finding a suitor. Sunday, 6:27 am
    W, 4-0 vs Cin
  • Report: Red Sox trying to deal Hanley Ramirez
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are "trying to move" Hanley Ramirez.

    Advice: Cafardo adds that the Mariners, Orioles and Angels "seem to be the targets" as potential trade partners. Whether those clubs actually have interest in Ramirez or Boston just thinks they'd be a fit isn't clear. It was Cafardo who was told by five general managers earlier this month that they wouldn't trade for Ramirez even if the Red Sox paid half of what remains on his $68 million contract, so obviously dealing Hanley wouldn't be easy. Sunday, 6:13 am
  • Heyman: Carl Crawford on the trading block
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is hearing the Dodgers could make Carl Crawford available in a trade this offseason.

    Advice: Once a perennial All-Star and among the best all-around outfielders in baseball, Crawford has faded into mediocrity while battling injuries the last several seasons. Teams probably won't be lining up for a 34-year-old who batted .265 last year. Crawford's exorbitant salary will make it even harder to move him. Trading Crawford would give the Dodgers more money to spend on Zack Greinke but for now, it's a pipe dream. Saturday, 7:22 pm
  • Heyman: Orioles not impressed by Parra
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports said "word is" the Orioles weren't impressed by Gerardo Parra after acquiring him in a midseason trade and it would be a "surprise" if they re-signed him.

    Advice: Parra was terrific for the Brewers this year but his production fell off a cliff once he joined Baltimore at the trade deadline. The Orioles are all-in on re-signing Chris Davis and could easily let Parra fall through the cracks. The Mets and Royals have both checked in on Parra this offseason. Saturday, 1:37 pm
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Indians have spoken to OF Shane Victorino
    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians have spoken to free agent outfielder Shane Victorino.

    Advice: The 35-year-old has dealt with a wide array of injuries that have limited him to just 101 games the past two seasons. When healthy though, he's exactly the type of player that the Tribe could use while Michael Brantley recovers from his injury, a strong defensive outfielder who can play all three positions and who gets on base at an above average clip. Saturday, 9:19 am
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    L, 9-2 @Tex
  • MLB to investigate Yasiel Puig's altercation
    Major League Baseball announced Friday that they will investigate the physical altercation between Yasiel Puig and his sister at a Miami nightclub as part of their new domestic violence policy.

    Advice: Puig allegedly shoved his sister during an argument on Wednesday night before fighting with a bouncer who escorted him from the club. Under the new policy, Commissioner Rob Manfred has the power to fine or suspend Puig even if he isn't convicted of any crime. Though immensely talented, the 24-year-old outfielder continues to cause problems off the field. Saturday, 6:08 am
  • Randal Grichuk (elbow) yet to start throwing
    Brian Stull of CBS Sports reports that while Randal Grichuk (elbow) is feeling strong, he has yet to begin throwing.

    Advice: The outfielder missed time late in the season with a right elbow injury. He's expected to begin throwing late next month and should be fully healthy and ready to go for spring training. The 24-year-old had is coming off a strong 2015 campaign where he slashed .276/.329/.548 with 17 homers and 47 RBI in 103 games. Friday, 4:37 pm
  • Report: Puig involved in fight at nightclub
    Renato Bermudez of ESPN Deportes reports that Yasiel Puig was recently involved in a fight with a security guard at a Miami nightclub.

    Advice: Details on the altercation are limited at this point, but Puig reportedly came away from the fight with a bruise on his face. We'll surely find out more about the incident before long, but it's certainly not a good look for Puig, who has his detractors in and out of the organization due to attitude issues. He was limited to just 79 games this season because of injury. Friday, 12:03 pm
  • Indians ink Anthony Recker to minors deal
    Indians signed C Anthony Recker to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Recker batted just .125/.239/.213 in 32 games this past season for the Mets. He's merely a depth addition. Friday, 11:50 am
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    W, 3-1 vs Bos
  • Dayan Viciedo nearing deal with Japanese club reports that Dayan Viciedo is nearing a contract with the Chunichi Dragons of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball.

    Advice: Viciedo spent all of 2015 at the Triple-A level with a couple different teams, batting .287/.348/.450 with eight home runs across 276 plate appearances. He'll turn just 27 in March but has apparently decided signing with a club overseas is his best option. Friday, 10:34 am
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  • Athletics likely to trade INF Brett Lawrie
    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics are likely to trade Brett Lawrie following the acquisition of Jed Lowrie.

    Advice: Slusser says the trade for Lowrie "all but ensures" the A's will deal either Lawrie or Danny Valencia, and Lawrie "is considered the better bet to be traded." The report adds that both Lawrie and Valencia "are drawing interest" from American League clubs. Lawrie hasn't come close to reaching his full potential, hitting only .263/.316/.420 in his first five big league seasons, but he'll turn just 26 in January and is under team control through 2017, so it's not terribly surprisingly that some clubs appear to have interest. Friday, 7:22 am
    L, 3-2 @Sea
  • Indians designate Choice for assignment
    Indians designated OF Michael Choice for assignment.

    Advice: Choice gets the boot off the 40-man roster after Wednesday's acquisition of Kirby Yates. The former top prospect was acquired from the Rangers back in August and could soon be with his third organization in the past four months. Wednesday, 11:02 am
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    W, 3-1 vs Bos
  • Cardinals reportedly interested in Zobrist
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals are interested in Ben Zobrist.

    Advice: Really, who isn't these days? Zobrist would be a great fit for just about anyone, with teams like the Nationals and Mets reportedly among the most aggressive. The Cardinals already have their infield in place, so they are presumably looking at him as a super utility-type. Zobrist, who turns 35 next May, appears likely to land a three- or four-year deal this winter. Wednesday, 6:41 am
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • Report: Nationals interested in Ben Zobrist
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal writes that the Nationals are interested in free agent Ben Zobrist.

    Advice: Rosenthal writes that the Nationals are in need of a left-handed hitting infielder and outfielder. The switch-hitting Zobrist is capable of playing all over and has been a target for the Nationals in the past, so it's a natural fit. Of course, the same could be said for several teams, including the NL East rival Mets. Tuesday, 11:39 am
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • Dombrowski: No winter ball plans for Hanley
    Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday that there's "no plan in place" for Hanley Ramirez to play winter ball.

    Advice: Ramirez told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes that he was planning to play for the Licey Tigers in the Dominican Winter League, but Dombrowski said "presently this is only a rumor." It's unclear whether the possibility has been scratched altogether, but clearly there has been a miscommunication between the two sides. Ramirez currently projects to serve as Boston's regular first baseman in 2016 and he could get some time at his new position if he ends up playing winter ball. Tuesday, 9:38 am
  • Hanley Ramirez to play winter ball
    Enrique Rojas of reports that Hanley Ramirez will play for the Licey Tigers in the Dominican Winter League.

    Advice: Ramirez said that he'll serve mainly as Licey's designated hitter, although he'll also play some first base. The news is surely welcomed by the Red Sox as Ramirez transitions to first base next season. Staying active could also help Hanley show up to spring training slimmer, which Boston has told him they'd prefer. Monday, 2:59 pm
  • Orioles interested in bringing back OF Parra
    According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Orioles are interested in bringing back Gerardo Parra.

    Advice: Crasnick notes, however, that it would probably have to be a two-year deal. Parra, 28, may be asking for three or even four years after batting .291/.328/.452 with 14 homers and 14 steals in 2015 while playing all three outfield positions. Multiple teams have already been linked to him -- the Royals and Mets among them. Monday, 12:56 pm
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Hanley Ramirez not drawing much trade interest
    Five general managers told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that they wouldn't trade for Hanley Ramirez even if the Red Sox agreed to cover half of his remaining salary.

    Advice: Ramirez was a total bust this year, hitting .249 with 19 homers while playing horrendous defense in left field. With three years and $66 million left on his contract, the Red Sox are going to have a tough time moving him. David Ortiz has decided to retire after next year, which could open the door for Ramirez to DH full time beginning in 2017. He'll start next season at first base. Nov 21, 5:54 pm
  • Gerardo Parra a possibility for Kansas City
    According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Royals are considering Gerardo Parra as a replacement for Alex Gordon.

    Advice: Cafardo said the feeling around Kansas City is that Gordon is "likely gone." The Royals are also interested in Jackie Bradley should the Red Sox make him available in a trade. The Mets have also been linked to Parra, who hit .291 this year in 547 at-bats between Baltimore and Milwaukee. Nov 21, 3:50 pm
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Beat writer: Dodgers unlikely to trade Puig
    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times doesn't expect the Dodgers to move Yasiel Puig this offseason.

    Advice: Hernandez's reasoning is that Puig gives the Dodgers a right-handed bat in an outfield full of left-handers. Puig is still just 24 and the Dodgers see a lot of potential despite his lackluster 2015 campaign. Plus he has three years remaining on a relatively affordable deal. There have been rumors of a rift between Puig and ace Clayton Kershaw but for now, it doesn't look like the Dodgers are considering a trade. Nov 21, 2:05 pm
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