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    • Wil Myers playing CF 'is a possibility'
      Padres manager Bud Black said Friday that Wil Myers playing center field "is a possibility."

      Advice: Black doesn't want to etch anything in stone, and we can hardly blame him because general manager A.J. Preller might trade all three of his new outfielders over the weekend. However, it sounds like the plan is for Myers to handle center, with Justin Upton manning left field and Matt Kemp in right. Myers has nine games' worth of experience in center field in the majors and 100 games' worth of experience there in the minors. It's going to be a brutal defensive outfield, but the Padres are obviously hoping they can make up for it with their bats. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:32 pm
    • Cubs to ink David Ross to two-year pact
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that David Ross has agreed to a two-year, $5 million contract with the Cubs

      Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier Friday that Ross had signed with the Padres but then later retracted it. Ross has batted just .197/.276/.374 over the last two seasons, but his leadership and ability to handle a pitching staff is valued. Signing Ross to be Miguel Montero's backup now allows the Cubs to field offers for Welington Castillo. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:11 pm
       
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    • Preston Claiborne designated for assignment
      Yankees designated RHP Preston Claiborne for assignment.

      Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Gonzalez Germen. Claiborne, who turns 27 next month, holds a career 3.79 ERA with 58 strikeouts over 71 1/3 relief frames. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:27 pm
       
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    • Logan Watkins designated for assignment
      Cubs designated INF Logan Watkins for assignment.

      Advice: Watkins, 25, has posted decent numbers in the minors but has hit just .233/.269/.301 over 110 plate appearances in the majors. He's versatile and young, so some team might claim him on waivers. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:07 pm
       
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    • Yankees pick up Gonzalez Germen from Mets
      Yankees acquired RHP Gonzalez Germen from the Mets in exchange for cash considerations.

      Advice: German got off to a nice start last season but eventually wound up with a 4.75 ERA and 1.45 WHIP over 30 1/3 innings. He did strike out 31 and isn't a bad investment as a middle relief option. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:51 am
    • Marlins get David Phelps from Yankees
      Marlins acquired RHP David Phelps from the Yankees in the Nathan Eovaldi trade.

      Advice: Phelps posted a 4.38 ERA over 113 innings for the Yankees in 2014 while battling some elbow issues. He holds a career 4.21 ERA but has struck out 267 over 299 1/3 frames. The righty figures to have a good shot to take Eovaldi's spot in the Marlins' rotation. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:37 am
    • Carlos Peguero released by Royals
      Royals released OF Carlos Peguero.

      Advice: FOX Sports 1's CJ Nitkowski reported last month that Peguero was receiving interest from Japanese clubs, so perhaps he's close to an overseas deal. The 27-year-old has hit just .196/.245/.379 over 229 big league plate appearances. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:04 am
       
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    • Preston Guilmet designated for assignment
      Pirates designated RHP Preston Guilmet for assignment.

      Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Corey Hart. Guilmet was acquired from the Orioles in October for cash. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:00 am
       
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    • Melvin Mercedes outrighted to Triple-A
      Tigers sent RHP Melvin Mercedes outright to Triple-A Toledo.

      Advice: Mercedes cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week and will now remain in the organization. He held a 4.92 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 60 1/3 Triple-A innings this past season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:37 am
       
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    • David Ross doesn't have deal with Padres
      David Ross told MLB Network Radio in an interview Friday that he does not have a deal with the Padres.

      Advice: And CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has retracted his earlier report about Ross agreeing to terms with San Diego. It's possible Ross could still wind up with the Padres, but Heyman says he's considering the Cubs, as well. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:26 am
       
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    • Phillies have interest in Rafael Furcal
      ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Phillies are "kicking the tires" on Rafael Furcal.

      Advice: Freddy Galvis is expected to take over at shortstop following the trade of Jimmy Rollins, but Furcal could be added as a backup option. The 37-year-old infielder was limited to just nine games for the Marlins this season due to leg issues after missing all of 2013 following Tommy John surgery. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:03 am
       
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    • Brandon Gomes designated for assignment
      Rays designated RHP Brandon Gomes for assignment.

      Advice: The Rays needed some space on the 40-man roster following the three-team deal with the Padres and Nationals. Gomes, 30, holds a 4.17 ERA with 100 strikeouts over 108 career relief innings. He could draw some interest on waivers. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:58 am
       
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    • Burch Smith headed to Tampa Bay
      Rays acquired RHP Burch Smith from the Padres in the Wil Myers trade.

      Advice: Smith had a lost year in 2014 due to forearm issues, but he boasts a career 3.71 ERA with 246 strikeouts over 228 1/3 innings in the minors. If healthy, he could find his way into the Rays' rotation in short order. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:43 am
    • Myers arrives in San Diego in 11-player deal
      Padres acquired OF Wil Myers, C Ryan Hanigan, LHP Jose Castillo and RHP Gerardo Reyes, Rays acquired OF Steven Souza, C Rene Rivera, RHP Burch Smith, 1B Jake Bauers and LHP Travis Ott, Nationals acquired RHP Joe Ross and a player to be named later in a three-team trade.

      Advice: The much-discussed deal is now official in the books. Myers, the 2013 American League Rookie of the Year, is the big fish here. The young outfielder struggled with a .222/.290/.320 batting line with six home runs and 35 RBI in 87 games last season, but he's under control through 2019 and is a nice long-term get for the Padres. Shortstop prospect Trea Turner will be the player to be named in the deal but can't officially be announced yet because he was just drafted in June. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:22 am
    • David Ross expected to sign with Padres
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that David Ross will sign with the Padres.

      Advice: Well, of course they are. The Padres already have two viable catchers in Derek Norris and Tim Federowicz and they now have a third. Federowicz is out of options, so it would seem another trade is coming. Ross has batted just .197/.276/.374 over the last two seasons, but his leadership and ability to handle a pitching staff is valued. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:01 am
       
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    • Dodgers announce trade for SS Jimmy Rollins
      Dodgers acquired SS Jimmy Rollins and cash considerations from the Phillies in exchange for RHP Zach Eflin and LHP Tom Windle.

      Advice: They had to wait for the Matt Kemp trade to become official (which it did Thursday night), as Eflin was part of the package the Dodgers got from the Padres. Rollins makes for a nice one-year option for the contending Dodgers, as he's coming off a nice 2014 season that saw him bat .243/.323/.394 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI while also played pretty good defense at shortstop. The Phillies are sending $1 million to the Dodgers in the deal. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:28 am
    • Yankees president rules out Scherzer pursuit
      Yankees president Randy Levine indicated Thursday that the chances the team will go after Max Scherzer are "virtually none."

      Advice: "The chances of us bringing in a guy for six [years] and $25 million or over in my opinion is virtually none,'' Levine said. "At the end of the day you have to be realistic in any organization.'' CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has been beating the Scherzer-to-the-Yankees drum for a while, or at least saying it's a possibility, but every other outlet has consistently said it's not going to happen. The Yankees need rotation help but already have two massive pitching contracts on the books with CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:22 am
       
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    • Blue Jays ink Andrew Albers to minors deal
      Blue Jays signed LHP Andrew Albers to a minor league contract.

      Advice: The deal presumably includes an invitation to spring training. Albers, 29, posted a 4.05 ERA over 10 starts for the Twins in 2013 before spending last season in Korea. He's merely organizational depth. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:03 am
       
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    • Rays, Padres, Nats agree on Wil Myers trade
      According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM, the three-team Wil Myers trade is "done."

      Advice: Bowden has the breakdown of who's heading where: Padres shortstop prospect Trea Turner and pitching prospect Joe Ross will go to the Nationals. Myers, Ryan Hanigan, and minor league pitchers Jose Castillo and Gerardo Reyes will go to the Padres. Steven Souza, Travis Ott, Rene Rivera, Burch Smith, and Jake Bauers will go to the Rays (with Ott and Souza coming from the Nats). All the players involved need to pass physicals before the trade can be made official. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:33 pm
    • Rays 'down to two scenarios' on Miley trade
      According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays are "down to two scenarios" for a Wil Myers trade.

      Advice: One of those scenarios involves the Nationals, but the Rays are still waiting to hear if Washington is in or out. Topkin says Tampa Bay is currently set to give up Myers, Ryan Hanigan, and two lower-level minor leaguers to get Rene Rivera, Burch Smith, and Jake Bauers back from the Padres. Then some more players -- possibly Padres shortstop prospect Trea Turner -- would be moved in a third branch of the deal. There should be a resolution to this whole thing by Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:40 pm
    • Ross deciding between Red Sox, Cubs, Padres
      According to WEEI's Rob Bradford, free agent catcher David Ross is deciding between the Red Sox, Cubs and Padres.

      Advice: The Cubs are notable because a signing there would reunite Ross with buddy Jon Lester. Ross is 37 years old and his best days are behind him, but as a veteran backstop on a cheap deal, he provides a nice defensive presence. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:08 pm
       
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    • No timetable for Myers trade completion
      The Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin writes that there's no timetable for the completion of the Rays' trade of Wil Myers to the Padres.

      Advice: According to Topkin, "talks remain ongoing" and the deal's finalization could come "[Wednesday] or carry on to Thursday." The trade talks could take slightly longer simply because of the large number of pieces involved. ESPN's Jim Bowden reported that the players coming back to the Rays for Myers would include Jake Bauers, Joe Ross, Burch Smith and "two others." It is also being reported that one or more of these prospects could subsequently be traded to another team. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:55 am
    • Rays working on 'multitude of things'
      Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that according to his sources, the Rays were working on a "multitude of thing" with "a lot of moving parts."

      Advice: The largest of this multitude would appear to be a trade of outfielder Wil Myers to the Padres, which is reportedly nearing completion. Beyond that, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick wrote that he thought it was possible that the Rays would end up trading at least one of the prospects the team received in the deal. Rosenthal didn't specify whether everything the Rays were working on hinged on Myers being dealt, or if they were also looking toward moves independent of the young slugger's movement. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:33 am
    • Rays, Padres closing in on Wil Myers trade
      ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported that the Rays and Padres were "nearing the finish line" on a trade involving Wil Myers.

      Advice: No word on if there's a third team involved in the possible trade, though Crasnick tweeted that he was hearing that it was a two-team trade with the possibility of the Rays flipping a prospect later. Among the prospects who could possibly be shifting from the Padres to the Rays are the likes of Austin Hedges, Matt Wisler, Burch Smith and/or R.J. Alverez. Myers struggled in 2014, hitting just .222/.290/.320 with six home runs and 35 RBI in 87 games. Despite his struggles, the 24-year-old Myers is a unique talent who is under contractual control until 2019. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:49 am
    • Albers reportedly still weighing options
      Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca writes that LHP Andrew Albers has not yet made a decision on where he plans on signing.

      Advice: This counteracts a report from late Tuesday night by Robert Murray, which indicated that Albers had signed a contract with the Blue Jays. Nicholson-Smith wrote that talks of a signed contract were "premature." Albers spent 2014 with the Hanwha Eagles of Korea, but the club declined his 2015 option. The 29-year-old posted a 4.05 ERA in 2013 for the Twins. He may well end up signing with the Blue Jays, but it's not set in stone quite yet. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:49 am
       
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    • Blue Jays ink Albers to minors deal
      Blue Jays signed LHP Andrew Albers to a minor league contract.

      Advice: The deal presumably includes an invitation to spring training. Albers, 29, posted a 4.05 ERA over 10 starts for the Twins in 2013 before spending last season in Korea. He's merely organizational depth. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:51 pm
       
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    • Myers to SEA, Walker to SD in 3-team deal?
      Jason Churchill of 1090 The Fan in Seattle reports that there are "strong indications" the Mariners are the third team involved in the Wil Myers trade talks.

      Advice: Churchill says that Myers could be headed to the Mariners and Taijuan Walker to the Padres in the deal, with other prospects going to the Rays. It's not clear whether he's hearing something or is just reading the tea leaves. It does make sense, as there were reports earlier in the day that the Mariners were close to trading for a hitter. Three-team deals often fall apart, but this one definitely looks to have legs. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:05 pm
    • Myers to Padres deal 'said to be very close'
      Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that there is "significant optimism" a potential trade sending Wil Myers to the Padres will get done and is "very close" to being completed.

      Advice: Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported earlier Tuesday that it's unlikely a deal would be consummated before the end of the day, but it does appear that something could be wrapped up relatively quickly. It's not clear who exactly would be involved in the deal, but players mentioned from San Diego's side include Austin Hedges, Matt Wisler, Burch Smith and R.J. Alvarez. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal first reported that the two sides were talking. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:14 pm
    • Padres and Rays discussing Wil Myers trade
      According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Rays and Padres are discussing a "significant trade" that would involve outfielder Wil Myers heading to San Diego.

      Advice: Rosenthal says a "number of players" would be involved in the swap, though it's "not known" if the trade is actually close to happening. Myers batted just .222/.294/.320 with six home runs and 35 RBI in 87 games this past season for Tampa Bay, but he's only 24 years old and should have a bright future. Myers is under contractual control through 2019. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:45 pm
    • Yankees not expected to be in on Scherzer
      Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York hears that the Yankees are "absolutely not" in on free agent right-hander Max Scherzer.

      Advice: Some have suspected that the Yankees are lying on the weeds in the situation, but they appear to be setting their sights a bit lower in free agency. The market for Scherzer has been suspiciously quiet so far this winter, but he's intent on landing a contract around $200 million. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:20 am
       
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    • Mets designate RHP Germen for assignment
      Mets designated RHP Gonzalez Germen for assignment.

      Advice: Germen had an underwhelming 4.75 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and 31/14 K/BB ratio in 30 1/3 innings this past season for New York. He was moved off the 40-man roster Monday to clear a spot for first baseman John Mayberry Jr. The 27-year-old righty could draw interest on waivers. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:53 am
    • Cardinals maintain they're not in on Scherzer
      Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the Cardinals are not active suitors for Max Scherzer.

      Advice: It's not the first time the team has openly denied interest in the pitcher, but they continue to be linked to him. That's likely due in large part to the fact that Scherzer went to Parkway Central High School in the St. Louis area, making the Cardinals a potential homecoming for the 30-year-old. Despite the Cardinals' disinterest, Scherzer has no shortage of suitors around the league. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:32 pm
       
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    • Tigers GM says not actively pursuing Scherzer
      Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said Thursday that he is not in "active pursuit" of Max Scherzer.

      Advice: The Tigers traded Rick Porcello to the Red Sox on Thursday morning, leaving some to speculate that Detroit's front office was clearing space for a run at re-signing Max Scherzer. But then Dombrowski and Co. quickly snatched Alfredo Simon away from the Reds. Maybe they truly are all set. Scherzer isn't expected to sign until later in the offseason and will likely command around $200 million. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:16 am
       
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    • Tigers designate Mercedes for assignment
      Tigers designated RHP Melvin Mercedes for assignment.

      Advice: Mercedes had a 4.92 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 60 1/3 innings this past season out of the Tigers' bullpen. The 24-year-old righty will likely pass through waivers unclaimed. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:13 am
       
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    • Padres among teams with interest in Ross
      The Padres are among the teams interested in free agent David Ross, per Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

      Advice: There was some thought that Ross would join friend Jon Lester on the Cubs, but Lin reports the 37-year-old is considering a handful of teams. Ross doesn't offer much at the plate, but the veteran backstop is coveted for his defense. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:43 pm
       
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    • Jimmy Rollins to Dodgers is a 'done deal'
      Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers is a "done deal."

      Advice: The Phillies are expected to get two young pitchers in return for their all-time franchise hits leader. Rollins is due $11 million in 2015, the final year of his contract. The 36-year-old batted .243/.323/.394 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI in 138 games this past season and also played pretty good defense at shortstop. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:05 pm
    • Jimmy Rollins-to-Dodgers has a 'real chance'
      ESPN's Jayson Stark is getting increasing indications there's "a real chance" of a Jimmy Rollins deal between the Phillies and Dodgers.

      Advice: However, he hears that a Cole Hamels deal between the clubs is unlikely. Rollins has a full no-trade clause, but he's reportedly willing to waive it to go to the Dodgers. The 36-year-old batted .243/.323/.394 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI over 138 games this past season and is owed $11 million in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:59 pm
    • Furcal a possibility with Royals?
      Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors writes that Rafael Furcal could be a possibility with the Royals.

      Advice: It would have to be a minor league deal, as the 36-year-old Furcal was limited to just nine games with the Marlins this past season due to leg injuries. He has a history with Royals GM Dayton Moore, so a potential match makes sense. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:25 am
       
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    • Rollins would approve trade to Dodgers
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that that Jimmy Rollins would approve a trade to the Dodgers.

      Advice: The Dodgers need a shortstop, but their level of interest in Rollins isn't known. With full 10-and-5 rights, the 36-year-old reportedly isn't willing to waive his no-trade clause to go to the Mets or A's. The Phillies hope to land a legitimate prospect if they end up dealing him. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:28 am
    • Report: Two owners met with Scherzer's agent
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that two unidentified team owners flew to the Winter Meetings in San Diego to meet with Max Schezer's agent Scott Boras on Tuesday.

      Advice: Now that Jon Lester has decided to sign with the Cubs, the market for Scherzer should begin to heat up. The losers for Lester (Dodgers, Red Sox, Giants) could all be possibilities while Heyman mentions the Yankees and Cardinals among the other potential suitors. ESPN's Buster Olney reported Tuesday that the Tigers were prepared to spend big money to bring back Scherzer, but that was later shot down by GM Dave Dombrowski. Scherzer is reportedly looking for a contract north of $200 million. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:00 am
       
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