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  • Heyman: Cash has 'strong chance' at Rays job
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports hears Kevin Cash has a "strong chance" at being the next Rays manager.

    Advice: Cash, the Indians' bullpen coach, is up against Don Wakamatsu and Raul Ibanez for the job. The Rays have said they will conduct interviews next week, so it appears nothing will be determined before then. Cash is a Tampa Bay native and was also a finalist for the Rangers' job before they hired Jeff Banister last month. Rotoworld.com
    49 minutes ago
  • Report: Giants have reached out to 3B Headley
    The Giants have reached out to free agent Chase Headley, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

    Advice: That's not surprising, with Pablo Sandoval leaving to sign with the Red Sox on Tuesday. Heyman does note that, despite their contact with Headley, that the Giants "seem more enthused ... about some of the outfield options." The Indians and Yankees are among the other teams interested in Headley. Rotoworld.com
    56 minutes ago
     
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    W, 9-5 @Bos
  • Red Sox designate Francisco for assignment
    Red Sox designated 3B Juan Francisco for assignment.

    Advice: Francisco's stay in Boston was brief, as the team grabbed him off waivers from the Blue Jays less than a week prior. Francisco was insurance in the event the club couldn't land a big-name third baseman. He was DFA'd to make room for Hanley Ramirez, but Francisco won't be out of a job for long. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:13 pm
     
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    L, 9-5 vs NYY
  • 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
    Today, 9:40 am
     
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    W, 9-5 @Bos
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sources: Sox still going with Bogaerts at SS
    Xander Bogaerts is still considered Boston's shortstop, according to two team sources who spoke with The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham.

    Advice: In other words, as expected, Hanley Ramirez is ticketed for a position change. Most have speculated, in light of Pablo Sandoval's concurrent signing, that Ramirez will be Boston's left fielder next season. At this time, that scenario seems most likely. The only thing that will keep Ramirez at shortstop in 2015, it would appear, is a trade of Bogaerts. If the Red Sox are serious about trading for an ace, Bogaerts would be a logical target of their transaction partner. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:31 pm
     
    L, 9-5 vs NYY
  • Rangers bring back INF Lucas on minors deal
    Rangers signed INF Ed Lucas to a minor league contract.

    Advice: He'll be at spring training with the club, per an invitation attached to the contract. Very probably, the Rangers never wanted to part with Lucas, whom they claimed off waivers from the Marlins after the season. Instead, they didn't want to waste a 40-man roster spot on him. So Texas themselves waived Lucas, and, this time, he passed through the process untouched. The 32-year-old Lucas has handled six different positions over the past two seasons with the Marlins, slashing .255/.302/.323 over 163 games. He's a solid break-glass-in-case-of-emergency piece. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:11 pm
     
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    Ed Lucas Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS
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    L, 4-0 vs Oak
  • 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
  • Jayson Nix elects to become a free agent
    Jayson Nix has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Nix was outrighted off the Royals' 40-man roster and then rejected an assignment to Triple-A Omaha, instead opting to test the open market. The 32-year-old infielder is a .212/.282/.345 career hitter in the majors. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:56 am
     
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    Jayson Nix KC - 2B,3B,SS
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    W, 6-4 @CWS
  • Mariners reach $100M extension with Seager
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Mariners are on the verge of a seven-year, $100 million contract extension with third baseman Kyle Seager.

    Advice: Seager only needs to pass a physical. He took another big step forward in 2014 at age 26, batting .268/.334/.454 with 25 home runs and 96 RBI in 159 games while also earning his first Gold Glove Award for his solid defense at the hot corner. The 27-year-old was going to be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. Now he'll be under contractual control with Seattle through at least 2021. Passan is hearing that deal will also carry a $20 million club option for 2022. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:00 am
     
    W, 4-1 vs LAA
  • 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
  • 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
  • Phillies sign Chris Nelson to minors deal
    Phillies signed INF Chris Nelson to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The 29-year-old utility man appeared in 27 games for the Padres during the 2014 season, slashing .233/.296/.274 with seven RBI in 73 at-bats. His versatility should allow him to compete for a reserve role with the Phillies. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:25 am
     
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    L, 2-1 vs Atl
  • Reds sign Josh Satin to minor league contract
    Reds signed INF Josh Satin to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The deal is expected to include an invitation to major league spring training. The 29-year-old struggled mightily in his 25 games with the Mets in 2014, slashing a mere .086/.143/.399 with a 14/6 K/BB ratio in 35 at-bats. He'll have a chance to compete for a reserve role on the Reds bench. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:46 am
     
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    Josh Satin Cin - 1B,3B
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    W, 4-1 vs Pit
  • Rays to interview three finalists in December
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays will bring in each of their three managerial finalists for another interview during the week of December 1.

    Advice: That means that a resolution to this situation is going to take at least another week and a half. All three are very well respected around the league, with Wakamatsu the only one of the group who has previous managerial experience in the big leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:57 am
  • 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
  • Rays narrow managerial choices down to three
    The Rays have narrowed down their managerial search to three finalists: Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu.

    Advice: Wakamatsu is the only one of the trio who has previous experience as a major league manager. The surprise in this announcement, is that bench coach Dave Martinez, who was widely considered to be the favorite for the gig, wasn't even among the finalists. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:25 pm
  • 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
  • D'Backs ink Jamie Romak to minors deal
    Diamondbacks signed 1B/OF Jamie Romak to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Romak batted .280/.335/.538 for Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate this past season. He's a long shot to crack the Opening Day roster. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:20 pm
     
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    L, 1-0 vs StL
  • Manny Acta out of running for Rays' job
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Manny Acta is out of the running for the Rays' manager job.

    Advice: He has the most big league managerial experience of anyone who interviewed, but the Rays have decided to pass. Acta and Craig Counsell have now been crossed off the list, and the Rays reportedly have narrowed their search down to three names. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:57 am
  • Pirates commit to Pedro Alvarez at 1B
    Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Thursday after the team designated Ike Davis for assignment that they've "essentially committed" to Pedro Alvarez at first base.

    Advice: Huntington previously had refused to rule out Alvarez remaining at third base, but with his throwing issues and Josh Harrison's emergence at the hot corner, a move to first for Alvarez was inevitable. Alvarez slugged 36 homers in 2013, but that number was cut in half in 2014 and he hit just .231/.312/.405 overall. His season ended early due to a stress reaction in his left foot, but he didn't need surgery and is expected to have a normal offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:04 am
  • Craig Counsell won't get Rays' job
    MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports that Craig Counsell has pulled out of the running for the Rays' manager job.

    Advice: Counsell was one of 10 candidate to interview for the gig. He will continue with his job as special assistant to Brewers general manager Doug Melvin. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:45 am
  • Brent Morel outrighted to Triple-A
    Pirates sent 3B Brent Morel outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Morel hit just .179/.220/.231 during his brief time with the Pirates this season. He has the opportunity to elect free agency. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:06 pm
     
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    L, 4-1 @Cin
  • Yankees sell contract of Wheeler to Japan
    Yankees sold the contract of UTIL Zelous Wheeler to Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan.

    Advice: Wheeler had a few cups of coffee in the majors last year for the Yankees, but the team has sold his contract to Japan as they jostle for roster space. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:39 pm
     
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    W, 9-5 @Bos
  • Twins add Miguel Sano to 40-man roster
    Twins purchased the contract of 3B Miguel Sano from Double-A New Britain.

    Advice: Sano is now protected from December's Rule 5 Draft. The 21-year-old sat out the entire 2014 season due to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, but he should continue his ascent through the Twins' farm system in 2015. He remains a highly-thought-of prospect. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:13 am
     
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    Miguel Sano Min - 3B,SS
    L, 3-0 @Det
  • Longoria (forearm) homers in return to lineup
    Evan Longoria (forearm) returned to the starting lineup for the MLB All-Stars Thursday in Japan.

    Advice: Longoria made an early exit from Monday's game in Tokyo after being hit on the left forearm by a pitch, but that was merely a precautionary move. He hit a home run Thursday in the final game of the 10-day tour. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:52 am
  • Red Sox claim Juan Francisco off waivers
    Red Sox claimed 3B Juan Francisco off waivers from the Blue Jays.

    Advice: He could be non-tendered if the Red Sox are able to reel in Pablo Sandoval. As it stands right now, though, Francisco is an option at third base along with Will Middlebrooks. Francisco belted 16 homers in just 320 at-bats for the Jays this season but hit only .220/.291/.456 overall. MLBTradeRumors.com projects him to make $2.2 million in his second year of arbitration. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:26 pm
     
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    L, 9-5 vs NYY
  • Evan Longoria exits game after HBP
    Evan Longoria exited Monday's game in Japan after being hit by a pitch on the left forearm.

    Advice: He was removed from the game as a precaution, as Longo only has a bruise. Longoria is in Japan along with other MLB All-Stars as part of a five-game postseason tour. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:15 am
  • Rays interview Larkin, completing first round
    The Rays interviewed Barry Larkin for their managerial opening Saturday.

    Advice: Larkin was the final candidate to be interviewed, so Saturday's meeting marked the end of the first round of interviews. The team will now likely narrow its list and conduct another round of interviews before settling on a successor for Joe Maddon. Larkin gained some managerial experience managing Brazil in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, but he hasn't yet held a position as a major league manager. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 15, 1:46 pm
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