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  • Jays begin contract talks with Melky Cabrera
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Blue Jays have begun contract talks with Melky Cabrera.

    Advice: Heyman hears Toronto is "willing to offer at least a three-year deal" to the impending free agent outfielder, who batted .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI over 139 games this season. If an agreement isn't reached before the deadline for free agent filing, the Jays will make Cabrera a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer so they can get draft pick compensation if he signs elsewhere. Melky turned 30 years old in August. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:48 am
     
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  • Mets interested in outfielder Michael Cuddyer
    According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Mets have "concrete" interest in impending free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer.

    Advice: Martino hears from "people familiar with the Mets' thinking" that the team would like to sign Cuddyer to a two-year deal this winter to provide power to their lineup and veteran presence to their clubhouse. The 35-year-old batted .332/.376/.579 in an injury-shortened 2014 for the Rockies. He posted a .919 OPS, 20 home runs, and 84 RBI across 130 games with Colorado in 2013. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:06 am
  • Tim Lincecum to undergo MRI on back, side
    Tim Lincecum will undergo an MRI Thursday on his back.

    Advice: Lincecum tweaked something along the left side of his back and hip while pitching in mop-up duty in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night in Kansas City. The Giants want to find out if it's worth keeping him active for the remainder of the best-of-seven Fall Classic. George Kontos could be an option to replace him on the Giants' roster. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:09 am
  • Pirates sign Josh Stinson to minors contract
    Pirates signed RHP Josh Stinson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Stinson posted a rough 6.23 ERA in 13 innings of relief this season for the Orioles and owns a 4.47 ERA for his career. The 26-year-old right-hander is doubtful to land a spot in the Pirates' Opening Day bullpen. Rotoworld.com
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  • Adam Lind drawing interest from other teams
    According to Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun, the Blue Jays have received calls about Adam Lind.

    Advice: "I hear the Blue Jays are getting a lot of interest on Lind and not just from American League teams," an unnamed executive told the Sun. "I’ve heard three or four clubs." Lind struggles mightily against left-handed pitching, but he mashes righties and is only due $7.5 million in 2015 and $8 million in 2016 (via a pair of club options). That relatively low price tag makes him an attractive trade target for teams that want to upgrade offensively but won't be able to compete for the bigger bats on the open market this winter. Rotoworld.com
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  • Colabello to undergo tests on right thumb
    Chris Colabello is scheduled to undergo X-rays and an MRI on his right thumb this week.

    Advice: Colabello has been bothered by discomfort in the thumb since getting jammed by a Grant Balfour pitch on April 23 in Tampa Bay. That set off an 8-for-73 slump, and he finished the 2014 season with a rough .229/.282/.380 slash line. It's not clear how Colabello fits into the Twins' plans for 2015. There's talk that he might be shopped to a Korean team. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:32 am
  • Lincecum leaves Game 2 with back tightness
    Tim Lincecum left Wednesday's World Series Game 2 with lower back tightness.

    Advice: Lincecum threw a pitch to Salvador Perez and immediately knew something was wrong, walking off with a trainer without much resistance. The good news is that manager Bruce Bochy said he doesn't think it's a big deal, telling reporters, "We think he'll be fine." The club will know more on Thursday. It's possible that Lincecum could be available as soon as Friday's Game 3 in San Francisco. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:51 pm
  • Infante delivers two-run homer in Game 2 win
    Omar Infante went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in a World Series Game 2 win over the Giants on Wednesday.

    Advice: Infante was one of the Royals' worst offensive performers during the regular season, but he came up big in Game 2. He doubled and scored the Royals' second run in the second inning, and his two-run blast off Hunter Strickland capped a five-run sixth inning that decided the outcome of the game. The homer was his first in 145 career postseason at-bats. It was a good time for it, as the Royals needed a split to stand a chance heading to San Francisco for a three-game set that starts Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:46 pm
  • Blanco's leadoff homer not enough for Giants
    Gregor Blanco hit a leadoff home run in Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series, but it wasn't enough to get the Giants a win.

    Advice: Blanco turned around a Yordano Ventura 98 mph fastball on the eighth pitch of the at-bat, sending it over the right field wall to give the Giants the early lead. To say it was unexpected is an understatement, as Blanco has just 15 homers in 1,948 regular season at-bats in his career. He finished 1-for-3 with a walk, and the Giants head back home tied 1-1 in the series. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:44 pm
  • Butler has two RBI, Royals prevail in Game 2
    Billy Butler went 2-for-3 with two RBI, driving in the game-winning run as the Royals bested the Giants 7-2 in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.

    Advice: Butler delivered two of the game's biggest hits, swatting an RBI single in the first inning to get the Royals on the board and roping a single over Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford in the sixth that gave the Royals a 3-2 lead. They wouldn't look back, putting up four more runs in the inning en route to the five-run win. Once in danger of losing his starting job, Country Breakfast has come up big time and again this postseason. Going to a National League park for three games Butler may have trouble finding at-bats, but he'll likely be the first man off the bench for manager Ned Yost in pinch-hitting spots. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:37 pm
  • Lincecum exits Game 2 with undisclosed injury
    Tim Lincecum left Wednesday's Game 2 of the World Series with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Lincecum looked uncomfortable on a 2-2 pitch to Salvador Perez and immediately called the trainer out. After a brief discussion he walked off with the trainer, heading down the tunnel to the Giants' locker room. It was a disappointing end to a promising outing for Lincecum, who had recorded five outs without allowing a baserunner in his first postseason action this year. The Giants should update his status shortly. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:21 pm
  • Twins sell LHP Kris Johnson to Japanese team
    Twins sold LHP Kris Johnson to Hiroshima Carp of the Japanese League.

    Advice: Johnson was sold for "mid six figures," according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The left-hander made three starts for the Twins in 2014, going 0-1 with a 4.73 ERA in 13 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:34 pm
     
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  • Hester signs minor-league deal with Phillies
    Phillies signed C John Hester to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The deal includes an invitation to spring training. The 31-year-old was outrighted off the Angels' 40-man roster in March and spent the year with their Triple-A affiliate, batting .261/.338/.411 in 71 games. With the Angels' claiming of Jackson Williams off waivers, Hester found a new organization where he might get a shot to provide some catching depth. Rotoworld.com
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  • Angels claim C Jackson Williams from Rox
    Angels claimed C Jackson Williams off waivers from the Rockies.

    Advice: Williams underwent surgery in late September to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, but he should be ready for the start of spring training in 2015. The 28-year-old will function as organizational catching depth for the Angels. He was the 43rd overall pick in the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft but owns a weak .235/.307/.361 career batting line at the Triple-A level. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:18 pm
     
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  • Haren undergoes arthroscopic shoulder surgery
    Dan Haren underwent arthroscopic surgery Wednesday afternoon on his left shoulder.

    Advice: It was a minor procedure on his non-throwing arm, and Haren should be fully recovered by the beginning of spring training next February. His $10 million option for 2015 vested near the end of the September, so the soft-tossing right-hander will presumably have a spot in the Los Angeles rotation next year. Haren registered a 2.09 ERA over his final seven starts in 2014. Rotoworld.com
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  • Hunter leaning toward returning in 2015
    Torii Hunter indicated Wednesday that he's leaning toward continuing his playing career in 2015.

    Advice: Hunter hinted at retirement after the Tigers were bounced from the ALDS, but he has softened his stance since. While the 39-year-old hasn't made a final decision yet, he's clearly leaning in the direction of playing at least one more season. "I haven't even thought about it," said Hunter. "I'm traveling as we speak to watch my three boys play college football. There's definitely a good chance I will play again though." An impending free agent, Hunter would like to stay with the Tigers, but it's unclear whether the interest is mutual. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:22 am
     
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  • Sabathia (knee) nearly 100 percent
    CC Sabathia (knee) is throwing twice a week and he feels "pretty much back to 100 percent."

    Advice: Sabathia had season-ending arthroscopic debridement surgery on his right knee in July as well as a bone spur removed. He began throwing off flat-ground in September. The original plan called for him to throw off a mound before Thanksgiving, but now he plans to wait until spring training. "Now that I know I feel pretty good, I don’t think there’s any reason for me to crank it up (until February)," said Sabathia. After being limited to just eight starts this season, the 34-year-old southpaw is owed $48 million from 2015-2016 while his contract includes a $25 million vesting option or $5 million buyout for 2017. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:34 am
     
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  • Bautista: Jays have 50-50 shot at Cabrera
    Jose Bautista said on Sportsnet 590 The FAN on Tuesday that he believes the Blue Jays have a "50-50" chance of re-signing Melky Cabrera.

    Advice: The Blue Jays are expected to make a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer to Cabrera, but they'll have to compete with the open market in order to keep him. "I think he’s going to allow the team a chance to come and match any offer that he might get out on the free agent market," said Bautista. "I think the Blue Jays are going to have a shot at bringing him back, so hopefully for our fan base and for my sake – making my job easier and having him on base a lot, because he does get on base a lot with his bat – hopefully the team does take that chance and re-sign him somehow." Cabrera batted .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI over 139 games this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:19 am
     
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  • Tim Lincecum dealing with sore neck
    Tim Lincecum was unable to throw a scheduled bullpen session on Saturday due to a sore neck.

    Advice: It's not clear how long the neck has been bothering Lincecum, but it could partly explain why he's yet to pitch this postseason. However, the right-hander will be on the World Series roster as one of two long relievers in San Francisco's bullpen. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:27 am
  • Gregor Blanco has two hits in loss to Cards
    Gregor Blanco had a nice night at the plate in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, going 2-for-5 with an RBI.

    Advice: Blanco singled home Brandon Crawford in the seventh inning to give the Giants a 3-2 lead. That advantage would prove to be very short-lived though as the Cardinals blasted solo home runs in each of the next three innings to put the game away. Blanco has struggled in his role as a table-setter in the postseason, hitting just .125 (4-for-32) with one run scored. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 9:04 pm
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