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  • Cole Figueroa designated for assignment
    Rays designated INF Cole Figueroa for assignment.

    Advice: Figueroa batted just .233/.286/.326 through 23 games this past season at the major league level. The 27-year-old figures to clear waivers.
    Yesterday, 5:55 am
    Not Active
    L, 7-2 x @Cle
  • Asking price for Alexei Ramirez is high
    ESPN's Buster Olney has been told by rival evaluators that the asking price for Alexei Ramirez has been "steep."

    Advice: The Dodgers are one team known to have interest in Ramirez, but the White Sox have reportedly fielded plenty of inquiries (which could be why they're asking for so much). Ramirez, who batted .273/.305/.408 with 15 homers, 74 RBI and 21 steals in 2014, will make $10 million in 2015 and has a $10 million club option for 2016.
    Thursday, 5:28 pm
  • Pirates claim Florimon off waivers
    Pirates claimed INF Pedro Florimon off waivers from the Nationals.

    Advice: Florimon is a light hitting infielder (.204/.266/.300 for his career). He'll serve as infield depth for the Pirates.
    Thursday, 1:51 pm
  • 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.
    Thursday, 9:13 am
    Player Note
    Miguel Sano Min - 3B,SS
    L, 3-0 x @Det
  • Brignac signs minor league deal with Marlins
    Marlins signed INF Reid Brignac to a minor league contract.

    Advice: It's unclear whether the deal includes an invitation to spring training. The 28-year-old batted .222/.300/.346 in a utility role with the Phillies this past season.
    Wednesday, 6:07 pm
    Not Active
    L, 1-0 x @Was
  • Braves designate Ramiro Pena for assignment
    Braves designated 2B Ramiro Pena for assignment.

    Advice: Pena batted .245/.304/.347 in a reserve role this past season. The 29-year-old was removed from the 40-man roster so the club could protect some young players from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft.
    Wednesday, 5:27 pm
    Player Note
    Ramiro Peña Atl - 2B,3B,SS
    Not Active
    W, 2-1 x @Phi
  • Doug Bernier re-signs with Twins
    Twins re-signed INF Doug Bernier to a minor league contract.

    Advice: No word yet on whether he'll be invited to spring training. Bernier appeared in seven games at the major league level this season and hit .280/.348/.396 over 124 games in Triple-A. He's a depth add, nothing more.
    Wednesday, 12:17 pm
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    L, 3-0 x @Det
  • Dodgers 'aggressively pursuing' Ramirez
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Dodgers are "aggressively pursuing" a trade for Alexei Ramirez.

    Advice: The Dodgers are expected to let Hanley Ramirez walk as a free agent, creating a hole at shortstop. Instead of handing the job over to Erisbel Arruebarrena, it appears they're targeting Ramirez, who is owed $10 million with a $10 million club option for 2016. The White Sox shortstop batted .273/.305/.408 with 15 homers, 74 RBI and 21 steals this past season.
    Tuesday, 8:19 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.
    Sunday, 8:49 am
    Not Active
    W, 10-5 vs x Col
  • Five teams could be in on Stephen Drew
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Mets, Yankees, Dodgers, Athletics, and possibly the Nationals could be interested in Stephen Drew.

    Advice: The Nationals would use Drew at second base. Cafardo notes that Drew "is expected to receive a low base contract with heavy incentives." It's not a surprise after his down season at the plate in 2014, but he remains good defensively and it wouldn't be a surprise if he rebounded at the dish in 2015.
    Sunday, 7:31 am
    Not Active
    W, 9-5 ^ @Bos
  • Drew a 'fallback' option for Yankees, Mets
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Stephen Drew appears to be a "fallback" option for the Yankees and Mets.

    Advice: The A's have been listed as a potential landing spot for Drew, as well. The veteran shortstop is coming off a terrible 2014 campaign, having hit just .162/.237/.299 across 85 games for the Red Sox and Yankees. He remains strong defensively, though, and could rebound at the plate after skipping spring training and not making his season debut until June. Sherman says that Drew, who will turn 32 in March, could wind up having to accept a one-year deal in the $4 million range. He could be a bargain at that price.
    Friday, 6:29 am
    Not Active
    W, 9-5 ^ @Bos
  • Desmond turned down seven years, $107 mil
    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Ian Desmond turned down a seven-year, $107 million contract extension from the Nationals last offseason.

    Advice: It seems like a crazy sum of money to reject, but Desmond is due to make a cool $11 million in 2015 -- his final year of salary arbitration -- and should then hit it big on the free agent market next winter. Or he could wind up signing an extension worth even more than $107 million at some point this year with the Nats. Desmond, 29, has rattled off three straight 20-homer, 20-steal seasons.
    Thursday, 10:18 am
    W, 1-0 vs ^ Mia
  • Phillies ink Chase d'Arnaud to minors deal
    Phillies signed INF Chase d'Arnaud to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: The 27-year-old infielder elected to become a free agent earlier this month after being outrighted off the Pirates' 40-man roster. He posted a weak .231/.287/.346 batting line this past season in the minors.
    Thursday, 9:09 am
    Not Active
    L, 2-1 vs x Atl
  • Yanks like Alexei Ramirez over Andrus
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez is a more likely option for the Yankees to pursue in a trade than Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus.

    Advice: Given Andrus' contract and declining production, that makes sense. Ramirez is owed $10 million next season and his contract includes a $10 million club option for 2016 or a $1 million buyout, so his situation is much more reasonable. However, that will also make him attractive to other teams.
    Wednesday, 9:11 am
  • Yanks 'very doubtful' to acquire Elvis Andrus
    Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York reports that it's "very doubtful" that the Yankees will acquire Elvis Andrus from the Rangers.

    Advice: Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote earlier this week that the Yankees were "intrigued" by Andrus, but his production has dropped off in recent years and he's owed $120 million over the next eight seasons. Banking on a rebound would be a big risk, even for a deep-pocketed team like the Yankees, so it's not surprising that they could ultimately find their shortstop elsewhere.
    Wednesday, 8:27 am
    L, 4-0 vs ^ Oak
  • Report: Mets could find SS from Mariners
    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York was told by multiple insiders that the Mets could find their shortstop in a trade with the Mariners.

    Advice: The Mariners dealt Nick Franklin to the Rays in a three-team trade in July, but they still have Brad Miller and Chris Taylor in-house and could deal one of them to upgrade in another area. The Mets have reportedly talked to the Mariners about a trade for one of their shortstops before, so they should have a good sense of what it could take to get a deal done. However, Miller's value is much lower now than it was a year ago.
    Wednesday, 8:14 am
    Player Note
    Brad Miller Sea - 2B,SS
    W, 4-1 vs x LAA
  • Espinosa could give up switch-hitting
    The Nationals are considering asking Danny Espinosa to give up switch-hitting.

    Advice: Espinosa, who is naturally right-handed, has hit .271 with an .804 OPS as a right-handed hitter against left-handed pitching in his career. Meanwhile, he has hit just .213 with a .646 OPS as a left-handed hitter against right-handed pitching. That doesn't mean that those numbers will automatically translate if he becomes a full-time right-handed hitter, but it's worth a shot for someone who has gone from a starting second baseman to a bench player.
    Wednesday, 7:54 am
    W, 1-0 vs x Mia
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