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  • A's still see Semien as their shortstop
    Athletics general manager David Forst indicated Wednesday that he still sees Marcus Semien as their starting shortstop.

    Advice: With Jed Lowrie back in Oakland, it's only natural that Forst would be asked about Semien, who led the majors with 35 errors this past season. However, it appears that they didn't acquire Lowrie with shortstop in mind. It's possible he could play second base or third. Today, 10:51 am
    L, 3-2 @Sea
  • Athletics reunited with Jed Lowrie in trade
    Athletics acquired INF Jed Lowrie from the Astros for RHP Brendan McCurry.

    Advice: Lowrie signed a three-year contract with the Astros last winter, but he's headed back to Oakland after just one season. The 31-year-old got off to a great start in 2015 before suffering a thumb injury in late April and just couldn't get back on track with the bat after returning during the second half. It's unclear what the Athletics have in mind for him, but he's likely to receive regular playing time in 2016. Today, 8:51 am
  • Report: A's acquire Jed Lowrie from Astros
    Jane Lee of reports that the Athletics have acquired Jed Lowrie from the Astros.

    Advice: No word yet on who is headed back to Houston. Lowrie, who previously played with the Athletics from 2013-2014, batted .222 with nine home runs and a .712 OPS in 69 games this past season. He's owed $7.5 million in 2016 and $6.5 million in 2017 while his contract includes a $6 million club option or $1 million buyout for 2018. He's yet another moving part for Oakland's infield. Today, 8:06 am
  • Report: Pirates' Pedro Alvarez open to trade
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Pedro Alvarez would be open to a trade.

    Advice: It's a real possibility, as the Pirates are shopping him, as well as Neil Walker and Mark Melancon. While there's nothing to indicate that they are interested, Heyman speculates that the Orioles could be a fit. Alvarez turns 29 in February and batted .243/.318/.469 with 27 home runs and 77 RBI over 150 games this past season. He made $5.75 million in 2015 and will be arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter. Today, 7:29 am
  • Braves sign Tuiasosopo to minor league deal
    Braves signed OF Matt Tuiasosopo to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Tuiasosopo, 29, spent the 2015 season with the Triple-A affiliate for the White Sox while batting .230/.344/.447 with 18 home runs and 52 RBI over 103 games. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2013 as a member of the Tigers, but with the Braves in tear-down mode, anything is possible. Yesterday, 11:12 am
    Not Active
    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Braves sign Brignac to minor league deal
    Braves signed INF Reid Brignac to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Brignac, who turns 30 in January, appeared in 17 games with the Marlins this past season and owns a lowly .219/.266/.310 batting line in the majors. He's simply organizational fodder at this point. Yesterday, 11:08 am
    Not Active
    W, 6-0 vs StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • Steve Tolleson catches on with Orioles
    Orioles signed INF Steve Tolleson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Tolleson is a career .245/.299/.372 hitter over parts of four big league seasons but offers plenty of defensive versatility. He played in 29 games with the Orioles in 2012. Monday, 3:02 pm
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • D'Backs sign Carlos Rivero to minors deal
    Diamondbacks signed INF Carlos Rivero to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Rivero hit just .254/.299/.355 at Triple-A in 2015. He has flashed some pop against left-handers, but this is nothing more than an organizational depth move for Arizona. Monday, 1:04 pm
    Not Active
    W, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Blue Jays sign David Adams to minors deal
    Blue Jays signed INF David Adams to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Adams slashed .294/.399/.391 this summer at Triple-A while appearing defensively at first base, second base, and third. The 28-year-old has been tearing it up in the Venezuelan Winter League, but it'll be a surprise if he is on the Jays' Opening Day roster next spring. Monday, 8:13 am
    Player Note
    David Adams Mia - 2B,3B
    Not Active
    L, 7-2 @Phi
  • Angelos involved in Orioles' talks with Davis
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Orioles owner Peter Angelos is "personally involved in the team's effort to re-sign" free agent first baseman Chris Davis.

    Advice: That's nice, but it's all going to come down to the size of the contract. And the 29-year-old Davis has many deep-pocketed teams in pursuit of him as the premier power bat in this free agent market. Davis posted a .923 OPS with 47 home runs and 117 RBI in 160 games this past season for Baltimore. He also led all major league hitters with a whopping 208 strikeouts. Monday, 5:43 am
    Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
    Not Active
    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Report: Cardinals looking into Chris Davis
    Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi reports the Cardinals are showing interest in Chris Davis.

    Advice: The Cardinals have already been in touch with his agent, Scott Boras. St. Louis seems to be intrigued by Davis' versatility. The 29-year-old slugger has started at four different positions including first base, third base and both corner outfield spots. The Cardinals might view Davis as the long-term replacement for left-fielder Matt Holliday, who only has one guaranteed season left on his contract. This year's major league home run champ should net nine figures. Saturday, 3:28 pm
    Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
    Not Active
    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Dodgers ink Culberson to minor league deal
    Dodgers signed INF Charlie Culberson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: A bulging disc injury sidelined Culberson for most of the 2015 campaign. The 27-year-old utility man has hit .221 with five homers and 37 RBI in parts of three seasons with the Giants and Rockies. Saturday, 2:43 pm
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    W, 6-3 vs SD
  • Red Sox designate Rutledge for assignment
    Red Sox designated 2B Josh Rutledge for assignment.

    Advice: Rutledge saw 74 at-bats with the Red Sox in 2015. The 26-year-old infielder worked his way to a .284/.333/.338 triple-slash with a homer and 10 RBI during his stay with the big club. He initially came over to Boston as part of the club's trade of Shane Victorino to the Angels. Friday, 2:32 pm
    Player Note
    Josh Rutledge Bos - 2B,3B,SS
    Not Active
    L, 3-1 @Cle
  • Donaldson edges Trout for American League MVP
    Josh Donaldson was named the winner of the 2015 American League Most Valuable Player Award by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Thursday.

    Advice: Donaldson managed to unseat reigning MVP Mike Trout after batting .297/.371/.568 with 41 home runs, a league-best 123 RBI and an MLB-best 122 runs scored. Per ESPN's Jayson Stark, the last position player to win an AL MVP after being traded the previous offseason was Dick Allen in 1972. Donaldson grabbed 23 of the 30 first-place votes, with Trout garnering the other seven. Lorenzo Cain finished a distant third. Thursday, 3:51 pm
  • Brewers acquire Jonathan Villar from Houston
    Brewers acquired INF Jonathan Villar from the Astros for RHP Cy Sneed.

    Advice: Villar posted a decent .284/.339/.414 batting line with two homers and seven stolen bases in 53 games this past season for Houston. He carries some fantasy value as a base-stealer when he is getting regular playing time, and Milwaukee is a better place than Houston for him to find that. The versatile 24-year-old is looking like an attractive early fantasy sleeper for 2016. Thursday, 12:30 pm
    L, 3-1 vs ChC
  • Jose Ramirez suffered swollen ankle in D.R.
    Jose Ramirez suffered a swollen ankle Wednesday night in the Dominican Winter League.

    Advice: Ramirez got upended at second base while trying to turn a doubleplay, but he came out of the collision with only a minor tweak. The 23-year-old is trying improve his offensive game in the Dominican after batting just .219/.291/.340 in 355 plate appearances this past season for the Tribe. Thursday, 7:25 am
    Player Note
    José Ramírez Cle - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 3-1 vs Bos
  • Houston 'natural fit' for FA 1B Chris Davis?
    Rival executives see the Astros as a "natural fit" for Chris Davis, per ESPN's Buster Olney.

    Advice: Houston is in the market for a first baseman and Davis is easily the best option on the open market for that position. The 29-year-old slugger posted a .923 OPS with 47 home runs and 117 RBI in 160 games this past season for the Orioles and would be capable of injecting a big burst of offense into any lineup he joins. Astros management, as Olney notes, won't be scared off by Davis' sky-high strikeout totals. Thursday, 6:16 am
    Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
    Not Active
    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Mets might decide to non-tender SS Tejada
    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets might non-tender Ruben Tejada.

    Advice: Salary appears to be the main issue, as Tejada could make north of $3 million via arbitration this winter. In 360 regular season at-bats with the Mets in 2015, he hit .261/.338/.350. The 26-year-old shortstop infamously suffered a broken right leg on a late Chase Utley slide into second base during Game 2 of the NLDS against the Dodgers. Wednesday, 6:06 pm
    Player Note
    Rubén Tejada NYM - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 1-0 vs Was
  • Brewers re-sign Hernan Perez to minors deal
    Brewers re-signed 3B Hernan Perez to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The Brewers claimed Perez off waivers from the Tigers in June. Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reported that the Motor City Kitties actually had conversations about bringing back the free agent third baseman, but he's opted to re-sign with the Brew Crew. In 230 at-bats with the Brewers, he hit .270/.281/.365 with a homer, 15 doubles and 21 RBI. At just 24 years old, he makes for a nice signing for the rebuilding Brewers. Tuesday, 3:46 pm
    Not Active
    L, 3-1 vs ChC
  • Angels sign Cliff Pennington to two-year deal
    Angels signed INF/OF Cliff Pennington to a two-year, $3.75 million contract.

    Advice: Pennington's contract also contains performance bonuses. While he hasn't been a regular starter since 2012, when he hit .215/.278/.311 in 418 at-bats with the A's, the 31-year-old is the baseball equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife in the field. He played a whopping four different positions between the Diamondbacks and the Blue Jays in 2015. Unfortunately, he didn't acquit himself so well at the plate. Pennington had just 44 hits in 210 at-bats (.209) with three homers and 21 RBI. Still, the versatility is nice. Tuesday, 3:22 pm
    Player Note
    Cliff Pennington LAA - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 9-2 @Tex
  • Franco to begin playing winter ball
    Maikel Franco will begin playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic with Gigantes del Ciabo as early as this week.

    Advice: After missing two months with a wrist injury, Franco returned for the final three games of the 2015 season. He took a break after that, but he's ready to get back into game action. The 23-year-old is locked in as the starting third baseman for the Phillies after batting .280/.343/.497 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI over 80 games this past season. Tuesday, 11:52 am
  • Cubs' Bryant a unanimous pick for N.L. ROY
    Kris Bryant was the unanimous winner of 2015 National League Rookie of the Year honors.

    Advice: Matt Duffy got 22 of the 30 second-place votes, leaving Jung Ho Kang a distant third in the balloting. That's probably how it should have been. Bryant hit .275/.369/.488 with 26 homers and 99 RBI to run away with the award. His early-season co-favorite, Joc Pederson, got just a single third-place vote after his big fade. Nov 16, 3:30 pm
    Player Note
    Kris Bryant ChC - 3B,OF
    W, 3-1 @Mil
  • Reds making Todd Frazier available for trade?
    An executive "of a team that's talked to the Reds" told ESPN's Jayson Stark that Todd Frazier is available.

    Advice: There had been some thought that Frazier might survive the Reds' rebuild -- at least for another year or so -- but Stark says this executive is "convinced" the third baseman can be had for the right price. Frazier, 29, smashed a career-high 35 home runs in 157 games this past season for Cincinnati. He carries two more years of arbitration eligibility. Every team in Major League Baseball is seeking cost-controlled power. Nov 16, 12:05 pm
    L, 4-0 @Pit
  • Diamondbacks sign infielder Ryan Wheeler
    Diamondbacks signed INF Ryan Wheeler to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Wheeler was released by the Twins' Triple-A affiliate in early July and failed to latch on with another organization. The 27-year-old infielder is a weak .233/.280/.335 career hitter in the major leagues and won't be in the running for a roster spot in Arizona. Nov 16, 8:43 am
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    L, 9-2 @Tex
  • Hector Gomez signs with club in Korea
    Hector Gomez has signed a contract with the SK Wyverns in the Korean Baseball Organization.

    Advice: The terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed. It will be a good opportunity for the infielder to play everyday and rebuild his stock, rather than settling for a minor league contract this winter. Nov 15, 4:31 pm
    Player Note
    Héctor Gómez SD - 2B,3B,SS
    Not Active
    L, 6-3 @LAD
  • Orioles have resources to spend in offseason
    Orioles GM Dan Duquette told Jim Bowden of ESPN that the team has the resources to pursue free agent Chris Davis as well as a top-line starter.

    Advice: As was to be expected, Davis turned down the Orioles' $15.8 million qualifying offer on Friday. While Duquette and the Orioles would love to have him back in the fold, the 29-year-old slugger is arguably the best bat on the free agent market and should see a ton of interest from various teams. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has reported that the Angels are among the interested parties. Davis slashed .262/.361/.562 with 47 homers and 117 RBI in 2015. In addition to their desire to re-sign Davis, Duquette indicated that the O's would also be in the market for a front-of-the-rotation arm. David Price and Zack Greinke are the two best free agent pitchers on the market, though as with Davis, both aces figure to draw intense interest from around the league. Nov 15, 8:35 am
    Player Note
    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B,OF
    Not Active
    W, 9-4 vs NYY
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