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  • Phillies ink Phelps to minor league
    Phillies signed INF Cord Phelps to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Phelps spent most of 2014 with the Orioles' Triple-A affiliate, batting .259/.361/.388 with seven homers and 51 RBI in 99 games. The 27-year-old could compete for a bench job in the spring. Rotoworld.com
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  • Bruce can block trades to eight teams
    Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports that Reds outfielder Jay Bruce can block trades to the Blue Jays, Yankees, Athletics, Rays, Diamondbacks, Red Sox, Marlins, and Twins.

    Advice: The Blue Jays have reportedly talked about the possibility of acquiring Bruce, but he would have to waive his no-trade clause in order for a deal to happen. This doesn't rule out Toronto as a possibility, as players often leverage their no-trade clauses for some sort of incentive. Bruce, 27, is $12 million in 2015 and $12.5 million in 2016 and his contract includes a $13 million team option for 2017 with a $1 million buyout. Rotoworld.com
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  • Carrera chooses to become free agent
    Ezequiel Carrera has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Carrera was designated for assignment last week. The 27-year-old batted .261/.301/.348 in 45 games with the Tigers this season and should latch on elsewhere as a backup outfielder. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:08 am
     
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  • Report: Daisuke Matsuzaka to return to Japan
    According to the Japan Times, Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected to return to Japan to pitch for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks.

    Advice: The deal isn't official yet, but it appears to be a forgone conclusion. "Pitchers who can start are a valuable commodity, so we will do our best to get him," said team president Yoshimitsu Goto. "We hope to get this done in the coming days." Matsuzaka, now 34, last pitched in Japan in 2006 before leaving to sign with the Red Sox. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:01 am
     
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  • Hanley likely ticketed for left field
    Red Sox manager John Farrell mentioned left field for Hanley Ramirez when talking about the team's projected lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Ramirez has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $88 million contract with the Red Sox, but the deal hasn't been officially announced. Still, Farrell is already mulling over his lineup card. Things could change if the Red Sox end up trading shortstop Xander Bogaerts, but left field is the likely fit for Ramirez. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:47 am
  • White Sox designate Carroll for assignment
    White Sox designated RHP Scott Carroll for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Adam LaRoche on the 40-man roster. Carroll, 29, had a 4.80 ERA and 64/45 K/BB ratio in 129 1/3 innings across 19 starts and seven relief appearances this past season. There's not much upside here, but he could draw some interest from other teams. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:17 am
     
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  • White Sox, LaRoche finalize 2-yr, $25M deal
    White Sox signed 1B Adam LaRoche to a two-year, $25 million contract.

    Advice: The agreement was reported last Friday and it's now official. LaRoche will make $12 million next season and $13 million in 2016. With Jose Abreu already in-house, the 35-year-old figures to serve as the regular DH for Chicago. LaRoche amassed 26 home runs and 92 RBI in 140 games with the Nationals this season and should continue to post strong power numbers in the hitter-friendly U.S. Cellular Field. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:15 am
  • Marlins called Tigers about Price, Porcello
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that that the Marlins have called the Tigers to inquire about the availability of David Price and Rick Porcello.

    Advice: Talks are not believed to be serious, so it might have simply been a matter of due diligence. Still, it makes sense that the Marlins would at least call. Price and Porcello can both become free agents after 2015, so Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski could be willing to be creative. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:01 am
     
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  • Report: Phillies 'love' Mookie Betts
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick writes that the Phillies "love" Mookie Betts of the Red Sox.

    Advice: Aw, that's sweet. The Phillies are shopping Cole Hamels as part of their rebuilding effort and the Red Sox have plenty of moving parts to trade, so the two sides match up quite well. Betts would be a logical fit in a potential return package. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:54 am
     
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  • Indians among teams interested in Headley
    Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports that the Indians are among the teams who have shown interest in free agent third baseman Chase Headley.

    Advice: While the Indians are interested, Castrovince writes that it's unclear whether they have made an offer. The Yankees plan to make a strong push to bring Headley back, but the Giants appear likely to pursue him now that Pablo Sandoval has left for the Red Sox. Rotoworld.com
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  • Red Sox announce Pablo Sandoval signing
    Red Sox signed 3B Pablo Sandoval to a five-year, $95 million contract with a club option for 2020.

    Advice: According to Alex Speier of WEEI.com, Sandoval receives a $3 million bonus and will make $17 million per season from 2015-2017 and $18 million per season from 2018-2019. The club option is worth $17 million and includes a $5 million buyout. Coming off a year where he batted .279/.324/.415 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI over 157 games, the 28-year-old is an immediate upgrade at third base for Boston. And he could see an uptick in production with a move to a more hitter-friendly environment. Questions about his conditioning will linger as he moves into his 30s, but he should age better in the American League, where he could potentially be the long-term replacement for David Ortiz at DH. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:33 am
  • Red Sox designate Lavarnway for assignment
    Red Sox designated 1B Ryan Lavarnway for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Pablo Sandoval on the 40-man roster. Lavarnway gained some momentum as a prospect after posting some big numbers in the minors a couple of years ago, but his success hasn't translated in the majors. Still, the 27-year-old figures to draw some interest on waivers. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:29 am
     
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  • Mariners talking trade for outfielders
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners have had trade talks for multiple right-handed hitting outfielders, including Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, Yoenis Cespedes of the Red Sox, and Justin Upton of the Braves.

    Advice: Kemp and Upton have been been connected to the Mariners in the past, so it's no surprise to see them come up as possibilities once again. Morosi notes that the Red Sox have been interested in Hisashi Iwakuma before, but it's unclear whether the Mariners would be willing to give him up in a deal for Cespedes. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:11 am
     
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  • Report: Yankees not expected to be in on Tulo
    Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that there are "strong indications" that the Yankees will not be in on Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

    Advice: To start with, rival officials who have spoken with the Rockies over the past two weeks are under the impression that Tulowitzki will not be traded. However, even putting that aside, Martino hears that the Yankees are not interested in taking on the remainder of his contract. While the 30-year-old is elite when healthy and a perfect replacement for Derek Jeter on paper, he's owed $114 million over the next six seasons. Things could change, but the Yankees appear likely to do something less splashy. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:50 am
  • Rockies among teams interested in Correia
    Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Rockies are among a "group of teams" showing early interest in free agent right-hander Kevin Correia.

    Advice: Correia, 34, had a rough 5.44 ERA over 26 starts and six relief appearances this season between the Twins and Dodgers. He has decent career numbers at Coors Field, but things probably wouldn't get much better with a move to Colorado. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:03 am
     
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  • Sandoval's deal with Red Sox: 5 years, $95M
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Pablo Sandoval's deal with the Red Sox is for five years and $95 million.

    Advice: Heyman writes that Sandoval could have gotten more from the Giants or Padres, so apparently he really wanted to come to Boston. The deal includes a club option for 2020. The Red Sox are expected to make the signing official during a press conference on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:24 am
  • Looking for lefty pop, Jays discussing Bruce
    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports the Blue Jays have talked about Jay Bruce as a possible acquisition target.

    Advice: The Jays, according to Morosi, are looking to add a left-handed bat to their lineup, and the Reds are rumored to be considering dealing the 27-year-old. Bruce would be a nice addition for a team that has lost Adam Lind and possibly Melky Cabrera from the left side. The Padres are among the other teams reportedly talking to the Reds about the slugger. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:42 pm
     
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  • Panda's agent: Sandoval-to-Sox deal is done
    Pablo Sandoval’s agent Gustavo Vasquez confirmed that his client's deal with the Red Sox is done.

    Advice: Media outlets have been reporting the news of a done deal all day, but Vazquez had remained curiously silent until now. Sandoval will take a physical at some point over the next day. Assuming he passes, he, along with Hanley Ramirez, will be introduced to the Boston media on Tuesday. Sandoval will receive a five-year deal worth around $100 million. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:44 pm
  • Confirmed: Red Sox sign 3B Pablo Sandoval
    John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle confirms that the Red Sox have signed Pablo Sandoval.

    Advice: Shea says the official announcement is only pending a physical. Jake Wesley, who's not affiliated with a news agency, was first to break word of the agreement on Twitter Sunday night, calling it a five-year deal worth close to $100 million. Sandoval will play primarily at third base in Boston (with some DH starts mixed in), which means Hanley Ramirez is likely ticketed for a move to left field. It's been a productive 24 hours for Boston's offense. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:24 pm
  • Hanley's deal with Red Sox: four years, $88M
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, free agent Hanley Ramirez has agreed to a four-year, $88 million contract with the Red Sox.

    Advice: It was originally reported to be a five-year deal, but that fifth year will actually be a vesting option worth $22 million. The average annual value of this contract is quite lofty, but the Red Sox have to feel pretty good that it only required a four-year guaranteed commitment. Hanley has always raked when healthy, and he'll carry big-time fantasy upside with Boston. It's still unclear which position the 30-year-old will play. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:09 am
  • Report: Red Sox ink Sandoval to 5-year deal
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman confirms that the Red Sox have signed free agent Pablo Sandoval to a five-year contract worth "close to" $100 million.

    Advice: Jake Wesley (unaffiliated with a news agency) was the first to report that a deal had been struck Sunday night on Twitter. The Red Sox have also reached agreement with Hanley Ramirez in a bold, surprising burst of early-winter spending. Sandoval is presumably going to play third base. It's not clear where Ramirez, who rates very poorly at shortstop by all defensive metrics, is going to get most of his playing time. Perhaps left field? Boston suddenly has a revamped and very dangerous offense for the 2015 season and beyond. It should be noted that Sandoval's agent is saying no deal has been finalized. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:44 am
  • BoSox, Hanley finalizing five-year, $90M deal
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox are finalizing an agreement with free agent Hanley Ramirez.

    Advice: An official announcement will likely come by Monday afternoon. Rosenthal says it'll be a five-year pact worth close to $90 million -- a decent-looking deal for Boston given Hanley's offensive upside. The Red Sox are still thought to be chasing free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval, so it's not clear yet what position Ramirez will play. If Hanley can stay healthy, he should have tremendous fantasy value in the power-friendly ballparks of the American League East. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:15 am
  • Red Sox trying to land Ramirez and Sandoval
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Red Sox are trying to land both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval through free agency.

    Advice: The Red Sox have already shown their interest publicly in Sandoval and are believed to have an offer on the table in the range of five years and $95 million. They have also been in contact with Ramirez's agent since the winter meetings and are believed to be working towards a deal with the star shortstop. Adding both of them would certainly be a massive upgrade to the Boston offense and could vault them to the top of the American League East. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:18 pm
  • Giants haven't made 'final offer' to Sandoval
    Giants assistant GM Bobby Evans told The Front Office on Sirius 209 XM 86 that the team has not made a "final offer" to free agent Pablo Sandoval.

    Advice: The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Friday that the Padres had made the highest offer to Sandoval. Both Boston and San Diego have supposedly put out offers in the range of five years, $95 million. Sandoval is said to be leaning toward taking the Red Sox offer. Evans would not confirm that the Giants' current offer is in that same range, but according to Jim Bowden of ESPN, he "implied" that this was accurate. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:26 am
  • Padres have made highest offer to Sandoval
    John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle hears the Padres' offer to Pablo Sandoval is the highest the free agent has received thus far.

    Advice: The Padres were believed to have made the offer Friday. Shea also said he believes that despite the large offer, Sandoval is still leaning toward signing with the Red Sox. The Giants have been asked to make their best offer to the third baseman recently as well, suggesting things may be moving toward a conclusion. Multiple sources say a decision is expected within the next week. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:20 pm
  • Blue Jays no longer in mix for Sandoval
    Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Blue Jays are no longer believed to be in the mix for free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval.

    Advice: While the Jays had initial interest, there has been no communication between them and Sandoval's agent in the past 48 hours. The Red Sox, Giants and Padres are believed to have offers on the table to the hulking third baseman, with a five-year, $95 million deal from the Red Sox reportedly the leader in the clubhouse at the moment. A resolution to this situation is expected in the coming days, but it looks like the Jays won't be the winner in this sweepstakes. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:00 pm
  • Red Sox believed to be leader for Sandoval
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are believed to be the leader in the race to sign free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval.

    Advice: The Red Sox already have an offer on the table, which is believed to be for five years and $95 million. The Giants and Padres reportedly also have offers in on the Kung Fu Panda. Cafardo notes that the Red Sox would like a decision soon though, so Sandoval could be donning a new jersey in the coming days. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:31 pm
  • White Sox ink Adam LaRoche to two-year deal
    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the White Sox and Adam LaRoche have agreed to a two-year, $25 million contract.

    Advice: With Jose Abreu entrenched as the team's first baseman, it's likely that LaRoche will see most of his time in the DH role in the White Sox lineup. The 35-year-old slugger slashed .259/.362/.455 with 26 homers and 92 RBI in 140 games with the Nationals in 2014 and should see increased power numbers with the move to the hitter-friendly confines of U.S. Cellular Field. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:34 pm
  • Matt Kemp drawing significant trade interest
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Dodgers are drawing significant trade interest in outfielder Matt Kemp.

    Advice: While the Dodgers would much rather prefer to trade Carl Crawford or Andre Ethier to free up the logjam in their outfield, they would certainly get a much better return package if unloading Kemp. They would also be free of the five years and $107 million remaining on Kemp's contract through 2019, which would allow them to be even more aggressive on the free agent market. If Kemp is indeed dealt, Joc Pederson could take over the reins in center field. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:16 pm
     
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  • Padres preparing to make offer to Sandoval
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Padres will make a contract off to Pablo Sandoval on Friday.

    Advice: No word yet on what the terms might be, but it will have to at least be $90+ million in order to be competitive with what the Red Sox and Giants are reportedly willing to spend. It was Rosenthal who reported earlier Friday that new Padres GM A.J. Preller has been "working feverishly" and prepared to go in a variety of directions this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:35 pm
  • Pads, others have talked to Reds about Bruce
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Reds "have engaged in preliminary discussions" about a trade involving Jay Bruce.

    Advice: Rosenthal adds that the Padres are one of the clubs the Reds have spoken to about Bruce. Although they're not committing to dealing the outfielder, the Reds are weighing a variety of options as they consider trimming the payroll. Bruce is coming off the worst season of his career, but the Reds attribute at least part of his struggles to coming back too soon from knee surgery. Rosenthal says the outfielder rejected two contract extension proposals before the 2014 season. Bruce is under control through 2017. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:39 pm
     
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  • Tigers DFA outfielder Ezequiel Carrera
    Tigers designated OF Ezequiel Carrera for assignment.

    Advice: Carrera batted just .261/.301/.348 in 45 games this past season for the Tigers, but he has good speed and can play all over the outfield, so the 27-year-old should draw interest from other teams on waivers. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:17 pm
     
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  • Report: Marlins have 2/20 offer to LaRoche
    A source tells Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald that the Marlins have made a two-year, $20 million offer to free agent Adam LaRoche.

    Advice: The Marlins' interest in LaRoche has been no secret -- he appears to be their top priority after they extended Giancarlo Stanton, and the backloaded nature of Stanton's extension has given the team the flexibility to pursue players to put around him. The 35-year-old's market has yet to develop beyond the Marlins, so it's unclear how open he might be to accepting a deal like the one he's reportedly been offered. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:57 pm
  • Marlins show 'aggressive interest' in LaRoche
    ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Marlins have "shown aggressive interest" in Adam LaRoche.

    Advice: The Marlins are about to officially sign Giancarlo Stanton to a record deal, but they backloaded the contract so that they'd have a chance to add more pieces. LaRoche is apparently at or near the top of their wish list. He'd be an upgrade at first base over Garrett Jones after batting .259/.362/.455 with 26 homers and 92 RBI for the Nationals in 2014. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:35 am
  • Hanley's reps have been contacted by Jays
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays "have established contact" with Hanley Ramirez's representatives "but are not actively pursuing him now."

    Advice: It's not clear whether the Jays could eventually be real players for Hanley or if they were just doing their due diligence. If Toronto did go after Ramirez, they would likely have plans to put him at third base and move Brett Lawrie to second. Ramirez has expressed a willingness to play somewhere other than shortstop. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 8:49 am
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