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  • 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. Today, 12:45 pm
  • 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. Today, 10:34 am
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    L, 3-1 @Cle
  • 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. Today, 8:07 am
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • 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. Yesterday, 9:31 am
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • 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. Yesterday, 6:13 am
  • A's still see Semien as their shortstop
    Athletics general manager David Forst indicated Wednesday that he still sees Marcus Semien as their starting shortstop.

    Advice: With Jed Lowrie back in Oakland, it's only natural that Forst would be asked about Semien, who led the majors with 35 errors this past season. However, it appears that they didn't acquire Lowrie with shortstop in mind. It's possible he could play second base or third. Wednesday, 10:51 am
    Player Note
    Marcus Semien Oak - 2B,3B,SS
    L, 3-2 @Sea
  • Athletics reunited with Jed Lowrie in trade
    Athletics acquired INF Jed Lowrie from the Astros for RHP Brendan McCurry.

    Advice: Lowrie signed a three-year contract with the Astros last winter, but he's headed back to Oakland after just one season. The 31-year-old got off to a great start in 2015 before suffering a thumb injury in late April and just couldn't get back on track with the bat after returning during the second half. It's unclear what the Athletics have in mind for him, but he's likely to receive regular playing time in 2016. Wednesday, 8:51 am
    Player Note
    Jed Lowrie Oak - 3B,SS
    L, 3-2 @Sea
  • Report: A's acquire Jed Lowrie from Astros
    Jane Lee of reports that the Athletics have acquired Jed Lowrie from the Astros.

    Advice: No word yet on who is headed back to Houston. Lowrie, who previously played with the Athletics from 2013-2014, batted .222 with nine home runs and a .712 OPS in 69 games this past season. He's owed $7.5 million in 2016 and $6.5 million in 2017 while his contract includes a $6 million club option or $1 million buyout for 2018. He's yet another moving part for Oakland's infield. Wednesday, 8:06 am
    Player Note
    Jed Lowrie Oak - 3B,SS
    L, 3-2 @Sea
  • 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
  • Reyes pleads not guilty to domestic abuse
    Jose Reyes has pleaded not guilty to a domestic abuse charge involving his wife.

    Advice: Reyes was arrested and then released after posting a $1,000 bail following an incident on October 31 in which he allegedly grabbed his wife by the throat and shoved her into a sliding glass door. Major League Baseball instituted a domestic violence policy earlier this year which gives commissioner Rob Manfred the power to discipline Reyes even if he isn't convicted. Tuesday, 5:35 pm
  • 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
  • Braves ink d'Arnaud to minors deal
    Braves signed INF Chase d'Arnaud to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: D'Arnaud appeared in nine games with the Phillies this past season and spent most of the year in Triple-A. He turns 29 in January and appears likely to serve as organizational depth for the 2016 campaign. Tuesday, 11:01 am
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    W, 6-0 vs StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • 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. Nov 23, 2:59 pm
  • Hak-Ju Lee catches on with Giants
    Giants signed INF Hak-Ju Lee to a minor league contract.

    Advice: A former top prospect, Lee has just never progressed with the bat in the upper minors, hitting only .220/.303/.304 this past season at Triple-A. He just turned 25 earlier this month, though, so he's worth a shot on a minor league deal. Nov 23, 2:01 pm
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    W, 12-3 vs Tor
  • 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
  • Dodgers ink Culberson to minor league deal
    Dodgers signed INF Charlie Culberson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: A bulging disc injury sidelined Culberson for most of the 2015 campaign. The 27-year-old utility man has hit .221 with five homers and 37 RBI in parts of three seasons with the Giants and Rockies. Nov 21, 2:43 pm
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    W, 6-3 vs SD
  • Rockies purchase contract of Trevor Story
    Rockies purchased the contract of SS Trevor Story from Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: The 23-year-old prospect had a terrific 2015 season, slashing a healthy .279/.350/.514 with 20 homers, 80 RBI and 22 stolen bases between Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Albuquerque. Depending on what happens with Jose Reyes, Story could be given a chance to win the starting job at shortstop in the spring. Nov 20, 5:31 pm
  • Red Sox designate Rutledge for assignment
    Red Sox designated 2B Josh Rutledge for assignment.

    Advice: Rutledge saw 74 at-bats with the Red Sox in 2015. The 26-year-old infielder worked his way to a .284/.333/.338 triple-slash with a homer and 10 RBI during his stay with the big club. He initially came over to Boston as part of the club's trade of Shane Victorino to the Angels. Nov 20, 2:32 pm
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    L, 3-1 @Cle
  • Brewers add Orlando Arcia to 40-man roster
    Brewers purchased the contract of SS Orlando Arcia from Double-A Biloxi.

    Advice: No surprise here, as Arcia's one of the Brewers' top prospects and they're protecting him from the Rule 5 draft. He spent the whole of his 2015 campaign playing for Double-A Biloxi, where he hit .307/.347/.453 with eight homers, 69 RBI and 25 steals across 512 at-bats. GM David Stearns has already indicated that the 21-year-old shortstop will begin the 2016 season at Triple-A. Nov 20, 11:15 am
  • Mariners trade Flores for Luis Sardinas
    Mariners acquired 2B Luis Sardinas from the Brewers for OF Ramon Flores.

    Advice: Sardinas, 22, has the bat of a utility infielder. In 97 at-bats with the Brewers in 2015, he hit a paltry .196/.240/.216. He initially came to the Brew Crew as part of the Yovani Gallardo trade to the Rangers in January. The Brewers have been shedding pieces throughout the week. Veteran first baseman Adam Lind's still with the team, but his name's surfaced in rumors as well. Nov 20, 10:21 am
    W, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Brewers reportedly trade Sardinas to Mariners
    Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that according to a source, the Brewers have traded Luis Sardinas to the Mariners.

    Advice: No word as of yet as to who the Brewers would be receiving in return for Sardinas. The 22-year-old second baseman appeared in 36 games (97 at-bats) with the big league club in 2015. He struggled to hit in that space, slashing just .196/.240/.216 with a triple and four RBI. The Brewers originally acquired Sardinas as part of their trade of Yovani Gallardo to the Rangers in January. Nov 20, 9:52 am
    W, 3-2 vs Oak
  • GM Daniels indicates Profar doing well
    Rangers GM Jon Daniels said that Jurickson Profar "doesn't have any concerns about the shoulder."

    Advice: Daniels was interviewed on the Ben and Skin Show on KRLD-FM 105.3. The Rangers GM touched on Jurickson Profar's rehab, as the 22-year-old shortstop was sidelined in February due to a torn labrum in his shoulder. Profar underwent surgery, but did not play in 2015. "All signs are positive right now," said Daniels. "His throwing program's great, he's absolutely killing it with the bat in the Fall League." Daniels went on to add that while the Rangers are being understandably cautious, Profar "feels 100%." Assuming no setbacks this offseason, the former No. 1 prospect should be ready for spring training in 2016. Nov 20, 5:49 am
    W, 9-2 vs LAA
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