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  • Christian Vazquez makes throws to bases
    Christian Vazquez (elbow) was able to make throws to second and third base from behind the plate on Friday without any issues.

    Advice: Vazquez continues to make nice progress in his recovery from reconstructive elbow surgery with Red Sox manager John Farrell estimating that, "He’s probably at about 90 percent". The 25-year-old backstop made a name for himself with his cannon of an arm, cutting down 15 of the 29 would-be base stealers against him during his rookie season in 2014. With Blake Swihart and Ryan Hanigan also in the fold, it will be interesting to see how the club's catching situation plays out this spring. Today, 5:25 am
  • Padres discussing Derek Norris in trade talks
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Derek Norris is the subject of "continued chatter" in trade talks.

    Advice: Rosenthal notes that the Padres "seemingly would prefer" to go with Austin Hedges and Christian Bethancourt as their catching duo, although he sees a trade of Norris prior to spring training as unlikely. Norris batted .250/.305/.404 line with 14 homers and 62 RBI last season and is starting to get more expensive through arbitration. Yesterday, 1:18 pm
  • 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. Thursday, 8:57 am
  • Jason Castro loses arb. case, will make $5M
    Jason Castro lost his arbitration hearing against the Astros and will make $5 million in 2016.

    Advice: Castro requested $5.25 million when arbitration figures were exchanged last month, so it wasn't much of a difference, but the two sides were unable to avoid a hearing. The 28-year-old batted .211 with 11 homers and a .648 OPS over 104 games in 2015. He's going into his final year before free agency. Tuesday, 10:32 am
  • Plawecki had sinus surgery in December
    Kevin Plawecki underwent sinus surgery in December.

    Advice: Plawecki said that his right sinus was completely blocked, which led to dizziness last season, especially after flights. Doctors believe that they have solved the issue, which is a relief to the young backstop. He's expected to serve as the backup in 2016, but given Travis d'Arnaud's injury history, there's always the chance he'll play a bigger role. Plawecki, who turns 25 later this month, batted .219/.280/.296 with three home runs and 21 RBI over 73 games as a rookie. Tuesday, 9:09 am
  • Royals, Salvador Perez still talking contract
    MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Royals are still talking to Salvador Perez about extending and redoing his contract.

    Advice: Talks have been going on for most of the winter, so it would be a surprise if something doesn't get done. Perez might have the most team-friendly contract in the game, as he's owed just $2 million in 2016 with three club options for 2017-2019 which max out at $14.75 million. An extension would increase the guarantee involved, but it's a tricky proposition for the Royals, as Perez's heavy workload could take its toll on him as he moves closer to his 30s. Tuesday, 6:29 am
  • Astros, Castro have arb. hearing on Monday
    Jason Castro will have an arbitration hearing with the Astros on Monday afternoon.

    Advice: And a ruling should come Tuesday. Castro requested a $5.25 million salary for 2016 and was offered $5 million from the Astros' front office when arbitration figures were exchanged in mid-January. Now three arbitrators will choose one of those numbers. Castro, 28, is in his third and final year of arbitration, meaning he can become a free agent next winter. Monday, 5:20 am
  • D'Arnaud, Plawecki could play other positions
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that catchers Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki could see playing time at other positions this spring.

    Advice: The most logical fit is at first base, as Wilmer Flores is the only backup to Lucas Duda at this point. Plawecki has some experience at first base in the minors, but d'Arnaud's exposure there has been very limited. Still, given d'Arnaud's injury history, adding some versatility wouldn't be the worst idea. Wednesday, 10:43 am
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