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  • 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.
    Today, 6:46 am
    Not Active
    W, 4-1 vs Pit
  • White Sox ink Adam LaRoche to two-year deal
    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the White Sox and Adam LaRoche have agreed to a two-year, $25 million contract.

    Advice: With Jose Abreu entrenched as the team's first baseman, it's likely that LaRoche will see most of his time in the DH role in the White Sox lineup. The 35-year-old slugger slashed .259/.362/.455 with 26 homers and 92 RBI in 140 games with the Nationals in 2014 and should see increased power numbers with the move to the hitter-friendly confines of U.S. Cellular Field.
    Yesterday, 4:34 pm
    Not Active
    W, 1-0 vs Mia
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 8:04 am
  • Pirates designate Ike Davis for assignment
    Pirates designated 1B Ike Davis for assignment.

    Advice: He was going to be non-tendered, so he'll now have a little extra time to find a new home. Davis batted .233/.344/.378 with 11 home runs and 51 RBI over 143 games between the Mets and Pirates in 2014. His days as a starting first baseman might very well be over.
    Thursday, 4:04 pm
    Not Active
    L, 4-1 @Cin
  • Rangers sign Chris Gimenez to minors deal
    Rangers signed C Chris Gimenez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Gimenez began the 2014 season with Texas but was traded in August for cash. The 31-year-old will compete for the Rangers' backup catcher job next spring. He is a .210/.297/.302 career hitter in the major leagues.
    Thursday, 12:05 pm
    Not Active
    L, 4-0 vs Oak
  • Report: Marlins have 2/20 offer to LaRoche
    A source tells Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald that the Marlins have made a two-year, $20 million offer to free agent Adam LaRoche.

    Advice: The Marlins' interest in LaRoche has been no secret -- he appears to be their top priority after they extended Giancarlo Stanton, and the backloaded nature of Stanton's extension has given the team the flexibility to pursue players to put around him. The 35-year-old's market has yet to develop beyond the Marlins, so it's unclear how open he might be to accepting a deal like the one he's reportedly been offered.
    Wednesday, 4:57 pm
    Not Active
    W, 1-0 vs Mia
  • 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. projects him to make $2.2 million in his second year of arbitration.
    Wednesday, 12:26 pm
    L, 9-5 vs NYY
  • A's announce three-year deal with Butler
    Athletics signed DH/1B Billy Butler to a three-year, $30 million contract.

    Advice: He's expected to receive $5 million of it as a signing bonus. It's a surprise that Butler was able to get such a contract after the worst offensive year of his career, but the A's obviously think he can fill a void. Oakland did need to get better versus left-handed pitching, and as a career .314/.393/.519 hitter versus southpaws, he should definitely help them in that regard. Butler will be the team's primary DH while also handling some first base.
    Wednesday, 9:05 am
  • A's, Butler agree on three-year, $30M deal
    Robert Murray of reports the Athletics have signed Billy Butler to a three-year, $30 million deal.

    Advice: USA Today's Bob Nightengale confirmed the terms of the contract but said it isn't quite official just yet. How Butler will be utilized is up in the air -- Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle notes the Athletics' propensity for platoons at positions, but Butler would be an awfully expensive part-time player. After a down 2014 season it's a nice landing spot for the 28-year-old designated hitter, who can still mash left-handed pitching.
    Tuesday, 7:28 pm
  • Rosenthal: A's in 'serious' talks with Butler
    Ken Rosenthal hears the Athletics are in serious talks with free agent Billy Butler.

    Advice: Butler hasn't generated a ton of buzz since the Royals declined his $12.5 million option for next season, but it appears the A's are ready to change that. It's not surprising, either, that a team that puts a premium on on-base percentage and plays in a cavernous ballpark would be attracted to the 28-year-old's skillset. The deal could come together quickly.
    Tuesday, 6:01 pm
  • Indians could consider dealing Nick Swisher
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Indians are considering training Nick Swisher "for another player with an inflated contract."

    Advice: Swisher has been banged up and largely unproductive in his two years in Cleveland, batting just .208/.278/.331 over 97 games in 2014 before having surgery on both knees in August. He's owed $30 million over the next two seasons and has a $17 million vesting option for 2017, so the Tribe will have to take on another contract in order to deal him.
    Tuesday, 11:18 am
    Disabled List
    W, 7-2 vs TB
  • Marlins show 'aggressive interest' in LaRoche
    ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Marlins have "shown aggressive interest" in Adam LaRoche.

    Advice: The Marlins are about to officially sign Giancarlo Stanton to a record deal, but they backloaded the contract so that they'd have a chance to add more pieces. LaRoche is apparently at or near the top of their wish list. He'd be an upgrade at first base over Garrett Jones after batting .259/.362/.455 with 26 homers and 92 RBI for the Nationals in 2014.
    Tuesday, 10:35 am
    Not Active
    W, 1-0 vs Mia
  • Jordan Pacheco elects to become free agent
    Jordan Pacheco has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Pacheco was outrighted off the Diamondbacks' 40-man roster earlier this month and had the option of testing the open market, so he'll do that. The 28-year-old is a .281/.316/.374 career hitter at the major league level, but he has experience at a variety of positions defensively, including catcher and third base. He should have no trouble finding a minor league contract with a spring training invite.
    Monday, 7:01 am
    Not Active
    L, 1-0 vs StL
  • Rays could trade Sean Rodriguez
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Sean Rodriguez "appears a trade candidate."

    Advice: The Rays would like to clear some spots on the 40-man roster, and Rodriguez is a prime candidate to be moved since he's due for another raise in arbitration. The utility player slugged 12 homers last season in just 259 plate appearances but batted just .211/.258/.443 overall. Still, there should be some interest given his versatility.
    Sunday, 10:48 am
    Player Note
    Seán Rodríguez TB - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    L, 7-2 @Cle
  • Greg Bird named MVP of Arizona Fall League
    Yankees prospect Greg Bird was named as the 2014 Arizona Fall League Most Valuable Player on Saturday.

    Advice: The 22-year-old clobbered the baseball while in the desert, slashing .313/.391/.556 with six homers and 21 RBI in his 26 games. He's expected to open the 2015 season back at Double-A Trenton, but could become an option for the Yankees at some point during the season should an injury strike.
    Saturday, 12:09 pm
    Not Active
    W, 9-5 @Bos
  • Jocketty: Joey Votto (quad) 'doing great'
    Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said Friday that Joey Votto (quad) is "doing great. We're getting good reports."

    Advice: Votto progressed to performing baseball activities by the end of the regular season but didn't return to game action. He's continued his rehab and workouts in Toronto this winter. "[Strength and conditioning coach] Sean Marohn has checked in with him and has been up to see him," Jocketty said. "He said it's going well." Barring a setback (which is certainly possible given the history of his nagging distal quad strain), Votto should be fine for spring training.
    Friday, 1:42 pm
    W, 4-1 vs Pit
  • Tigers announce V-Mart's four-year, $68M deal
    Tigers re-signed DH Victor Martinez to a four-year, $68 million contract.

    Advice: The deal was reported on Wednesday and has now been officially announced. It's a lot of money to pay a soon-to-be 36-year-old designated hitter, but the Tigers are in win-now mode and V-Mart should remain a terrific hitter for at least another year or two. He batted .335/.409/.565 with 32 home runs and 103 RBI in 151 games in 2014, finishing runner-up to Mike Trout in the AL MVP voting.
    Friday, 10:43 am
  • Pads listening to offers for Grandal, Rivera
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Padres are listening to trade offers for catchers Yasmani Grandal and Rene Rivera.

    Advice: Grandal had a strong second half as he further distanced himself from ACL surgery, but many of his starts down the stretch came at first base. Rivera has more of a backup profile but slugged 11 homers this past season. The Padres have top prospect Austin Hedges not far away from his debut and it sounds like they might want to clear some room for him.
    Friday, 6:20 am
  • Kevin Frandsen re-ups with Nationals
    Nationals and INF/OF Kevin Frandsen avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1 million contract.

    Advice: He'll have the chance to earn $300,000 more through incentives. projected Frandsen to earn $1.2 million, so the deal sounds fair for both sides. He batted .259/.299/.309 over 236 plate appearances for the Nats in 2014 while making starts at four different positions.
    Friday, 5:47 am
    Player Note
    Kevin Frandsen Was - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    W, 1-0 vs Mia
  • Nationals close to new deal with Frandsen
    James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals are close to a new contract with Kevin Frandsen.

    Advice: Frandsen is arbitration-eligible for a final time this winter. It's not clear how much the deal is for, but projected Frandsen to earn $1.2 million. The utility player batted .259/.299/.309 in 236 plate appearances this season while seeing time at four different positions.
    Thursday, 4:33 pm
    Player Note
    Kevin Frandsen Was - 1B,2B,3B,OF
    W, 1-0 vs Mia
  • Tigers re-sign Victor Martinez at 4 yrs, $68M
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports confirms that the Tigers have reached a new four-year deal with Victor Martinez.

    Advice: It's worth $17 million per year, or $68 million total. That's a huge chunk of change (and quite a lengthy commitment) for a designated hitter who will turn 36 years old this winter, but the Tigers are more worried about 2015 than they are 2018. Martinez was one of the best hitters in baseball in 2014, slashing .335/.409/.565 with 32 home runs and 103 RBI in 151 games. He should again be a fantasy stud next season as Detroit's cleanup man.
    Wednesday, 2:08 pm
  • Tigers close to a four-year deal with V-Mart
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Tigers are close to a four-year deal with Victor Martinez.

    Advice: That's quite a lengthy commitment for a designated hitter who's in his late-30s, but Martinez showed in 2014 that he is far from finished, batting .335/.409/.565 with 32 home runs and 103 RBI in 151 games. V-Mart will turn 36 years old in late December. Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes says the new contract is worth around $70 million.
    Wednesday, 1:19 pm
  • Ike Davis trying to increase versatility
    Ike Davis is taking fly balls in the outfield in an effort to increase his versatility.

    Advice: Davis is a non-tender candidate this winter after batting .233/.344/.378 with 11 home runs and 51 RBI over 143 games between the Mets and Pirates. His days as a starting first baseman might very well be over, so taking up the outfield could make him more attractive as a bench player, whether he remains in Pittsburgh or not.
    Wednesday, 8:48 am
    Not Active
    L, 4-1 @Cin
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