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  • 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
  • Royals, Moustakas reach two-year agreement
    Royals and 3B Mike Moustakas avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $14.3 million contract.

    Advice: The deal buys out the final two years of Moustakas' arbitration eligibility. The third baseman had requested $7 million when the two sides exchanged figures last month, with the Royals offering $4.2 million. It's a worthy raise for the 27-year-old after he batted .284/.348/.470 with 22 home runs and 82 RBI last season. Yesterday, 6:52 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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  • Daniels plans to talk extension with Beltre
    Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said he plans to engage Adrian Beltre early in camp about a possible contract extension.

    Advice: Beltre is on record as being interested in such a discussion, and last month it was reported that the sides had talked about the idea, at least in passing. Beltre has been a staple at third base for the Rangers since signing a six-year deal with the club in 2011. He will turn 37 years old just days after the start of the season. Yesterday, 1:38 pm
  • Heyman: White Sox are in on Ian Desmond
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports confirms the White Sox are one of the teams considering free agent shortstop Ian Desmond.

    Advice: It's not the first time we've heard the White Sox linked to Desmond. The Rays are also in the running, though so far both teams have been hesitant to give up a draft pick. Desmond is coming off a tough season with Washington. He led the National League in errors and finished second in the NL with 187 strikeouts. He may have to settle for a one-year deal and test the market again next winter. Yesterday, 12:28 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
  • Shaw a 'near-lock' for Opening Day roster
    Travis Shaw is a "near-lock" to make the Red Sox's Opening Day roster, according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal.

    Advice: We figured as much after Shaw saw 226 at-bats with the big club in 2015. Hanley Ramirez is penciled in as the starting first baseman but Shaw could be employed as a defensive replacement late in games. Shaw can also play third base if Pablo Sandoval ever needs a day off. Yesterday, 10:04 am
  • Marlins to be 'mindful' with Martin Prado
    The Marlins are going to be "mindful" about Martin Prado's playing time this year.

    Advice: The 32-year-old is coming off a productive season (.288, 63 RBI in 500 at-bats) despite battling shoulder and wrist issues. Chris Johnson would likely spell Prado at third on his days off. Derek Dietrich and Miguel Rojas could also see time at the hot corner. Yesterday, 9:36 am
  • Vazquez (elbow) still making progress
    Christian Vazquez (elbow) will throw to bases on Friday.

    Advice: When asked about his elbow, Vazquez said, "Fine. No problem." It sounds like he's almost fully recovered from Tommy John surgery. Blake Swihart has already been named the starting catcher, which means Vazquez will likely open the year in Triple-A. Yesterday, 8:57 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
  • Alvarez could be Orioles' Kendrys Morales
    According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Orioles feel that Pedro Alvarez could be their Kendrys Morales.

    Advice: Morales experienced an offensive resurgence after moving to DH full-time and the Orioles feel Alvarez could contribute in a similar way. Camden Yards is a great park for left-handed hitters, as Chris Davis has proven in recent years. Of course, signing Alvarez would likely force the Orioles to use Mark Trumbo in right field where he would be a defensive liability. The Orioles have also checked in on Dexter Fowler. Yesterday, 7:27 am
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  • 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
  • Pedro Alvarez could see interest from Orioles
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles are interested in free agent 1B Pedro Alvarez.

    Advice: The Orioles have their fingers in seemingly every pot this week, with rumors flying that they are close to a deal with Yovani Gallardo and might then target Dexter Fowler after Gallardo. Now throw Alvarez in there just for good measure. The 29-year-old was non-tendered by the Pirates at the beginning of December after hitting .243/.318/.469 with 27 homers and 77 RBI across 437 at-bats during the 2015 campaign. He'd join the Orioles' DH and first base rotation. Wednesday, 2:19 pm
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  • 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
  • Jays, Donaldson talked more than 2-yr deal
    Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Wednesday that the club talked about "many, many scenarios" with Josh Donaldson before agreeing to a two-year deal.

    Advice: In other words, the possibility of a long-term deal was proposed. Ultimately, the two sides found common ground on a deal that bought out two years of arbitration. If Donaldson continues to perform at a high level, he's looking at a massive salary for his final year of team control in 2018. He might be more inclined to test free agency at that point, but it would be no surprise if the Blue Jays bring up the possibility again. Wednesday, 12:04 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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  • 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
  • Blue Jays finalize 2-yr deal with Donaldson
    Blue Jays and 3B Josh Donaldson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $28.65 million contract.

    Advice: The reigning AL MVP will make $11.65 million in 2016 and $17 million in 2017. The two sides were forced to go to an arbitration hearing last winter, which Donaldson won, but they were able to work out a multi-year contract this time. Donaldson remains under team control through 2018. The new deal gives the Blue Jays some cost certainty, which is a nice bonus with Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista due to become free agents after 2016. Wednesday, 9:33 am
  • Rangers, Moreland avoid arb. at $5.7 million
    Rangers and 1B Mitch Moreland avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.7 million contract.

    Advice: Moreland filed for $6 million and was offered $4.675 million by the Rangers when figures were exchanged last month, so the two sides settled a little bit north of the midpoint. The 30-year-old batted .278/.330/.482 with 23 homers in 2015 and is on track to be a free agent next winter. Wednesday, 5:34 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
  • Report: Ian Desmond a 'long shot' for Rays
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick writes that free agent shortstop Ian Desmond is a "long shot" for the Rays.

    Advice: There's been some chatter about the Rays being interested in Desmond, as he could be a bargain at this point of the winter, but the club doesn't want to give up a draft pick in order to sign him. There's always the chance that they could change their mind, but the 30-year-old appears likely to end up elsewhere. Many have pegged the White Sox as a logical fit for Desmond, but they are also reluctant to give up a pick. Tuesday, 8:38 am
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  • Donaldson's deal with Blue Jays worth $28.65M
    Josh Donaldson's new two-year deal with the Blue Jays is worth $28.65 million, according to the Associated Press.

    Advice: Shi Davidi of reported late Monday night that the two sides had agreed to a deal worth around $29 million, but now we have the exact number. Donaldson won his arbitration case against the Blue Jays last winter, but the two sides were able to avoid a hearing this time around. The 2015 AL MVP will still be under team control for one more year after this new deal expires. Tuesday, 8:20 am
  • Jays, Donaldson reach two-year, $29M pact
    Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays have signed Josh Donaldson to a two-year contract worth nearly $29 million.

    Advice: The Blue Jays are a file and trial team, so they needed to reach a multi-year pact in order to avoid an arbitration hearing next week. Donaldson's new contract leaves him with one more year of arbitration eligibility before he hits free agency after the 2018 campaign. The reigning American League MVP batted .297/.371/.568 with 41 home runs, 123 RBI and 122 runs scored in 2015. Monday, 8:10 pm
  • Josh Donaldson's arb. hearing set for Feb. 15
    Josh Donaldson's arbitration hearing with the Blue Jays is set for February 15.

    Advice: The Blue Jays were a "file-and-trial" team under former general manager Alex Anthopoulos, and president Mark Shapiro has said the club plans to continue that approach for at least this season. The hope is that a long-term contract between the two sides will be worked out, but it's unclear how good the chances are of that happening. Donaldson is under team control through 2018. Friday, 5:12 am
  • Jays hoping for long-term deal with Donaldson
    Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said the team is "going to work toward a multi-year deal" with Josh Donaldson.

    Advice: Donaldson is under team control through 2018, giving the team some leverage, but the reigning AL MVP surely won't sign on for a long-term deal cheaply. Presently, the two sides are just $450,000 apart in arbitration figures filed last month, so there shouldn't be any problem getting something done for 2016 if extension talks don't progress. The third baseman is a fantasy monster heading into the season after batting .297/.371/.568 with 41 home runs, 123 RBI and 122 runs scored last year. Thursday, 4:48 pm
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