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  • Padres getting trade inquiries on catchers
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Padres are getting a "ton of inquiries" on their catchers.

    Advice: This group includes Yasmani Grandal, Rene Rivera, and prospect Austin Hedges. Grandal finished strong and Rivera launched 11 home runs in 103 games this season, so the Padres could cash in on their surplus to upgrade in other areas. Hedges struggled with the bat this year in Double-A, but still has a strong defensive reputation and is regarded as the Padres' catcher of the future. It's unlikely they'll move him unless they get a major piece in return.
    Today, 5:25 am
  • Angels outright Jackson Williams to Triple-A
    Angels sent C Jackson Williams outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Williams was designated for assignment by Anaheim last week and passed through waivers without drawing a claim. The 28-year-old catcher will function as organizational depth for Anaheim in 2015.
    Yesterday, 3:07 pm
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    L, 4-1 x @Sea
  • Red Sox designate Lavarnway for assignment
    Red Sox designated 1B Ryan Lavarnway for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Pablo Sandoval on the 40-man roster. Lavarnway gained some momentum as a prospect after posting some big numbers in the minors a couple of years ago, but his success hasn't translated in the majors. Still, the 27-year-old figures to draw some interest on waivers.
    Yesterday, 9:29 am
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    L, 9-5 vs x NYY
  • Rays release Jose Molina
    Rays released C Jose Molina.

    Advice: Molina was set to make $2.75 million next season, so it's not surprising a team didn't want to claim him and his contract off waivers. Molina is still a strong defensive catcher, though, and he should find another major league deal as a defense-first backup somewhere.
    Monday, 5:30 pm
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    L, 7-2 ^ @Cle
  • Braves have talked to A.J. Pierzynski's Mark Bowman reports that the Braves have talked to free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

    Advice: They've also been in contact with David Ross as part of an ongoing search for a veteran backup to young catcher Christian Bethancourt. Pierzynski batted just .251/.288/.337 in 362 plate appearances this past season between the Red Sox and Cardinals. The 37-year-old should come cheap.
    Monday, 9:53 am
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    W, 1-0 x @Ari
  • David Ross drawing interest from Braves
    David Ross is drawing interest from the Braves, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

    Advice: Ross would give the Braves a solid veteran backup to pair with young starting catcher Christian Bethancourt. The 37-year-old Ross batted just .184/.260/.368 in 2014 for the Red Sox, but he's regarded as a good defender and excellent clubhouse presence. A one-year deal should get it done for Atlanta.
    Monday, 8:24 am
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    L, 9-5 vs ^ NYY
  • Blanco takes coaching job with Cubs
    Diamondbacks assistant hitting coach Henry Blanco has accepted a coaching job with the Cubs.

    Advice: Blanco's position under Joe Maddon will be as a quality assurance coach. He will also work closely with the catchers. The departure of the former catcher leaves the Diamondbacks without a Spanish speaker on the coaching staff, something the team plans on addressing.
    Sunday, 5:36 am
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    L, 1-0 vs x StL
  • Phillies re-sign Koyie Hill to minors deal
    Phillies re-signed C Koyie Hill to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The 35-year-old backstop saw limited time with the Phillies during the 2014 season, slashing .238/.273/.286 in 21 at-bats over 10 games. He'll continue to provide catching depth and a valuable veteran presence in the minor leagues.
    Saturday, 9:12 am
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    L, 2-1 vs x Atl
  • Giants re-sign Quiroz to minor league deal
    Giants re-signed C Guillermo Quiroz to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The 32-year-old has spent the past two seasons as catching depth in the Giants organization, appearing in a pair of games at the big league level in 2014 after rosters expanded in September.
    Saturday, 7:41 am
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    W, 9-3 vs x SD
  • 'Plenty of interest' in David Ross
    Chris Cotillo of reports that there has been "plenty of interest" in David Ross.

    Advice: However, he adds that there's "nothing imminent" in terms of Ross signing on somewhere. The veteran catcher batted just .184/.260/.368 in 50 games this past season, but his bat has been more potent in the past and he's well-regarded as a receiver and clubhouse guy.
    Friday, 7:22 am
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    L, 9-5 vs ^ NYY
  • Rangers add Jorge Alfaro to 40-man roster
    Rangers purchased the contract of C Jorge Alfaro from Double-A Frisco.

    Advice: One of the best catching prospects in the game Alfaro needs more seasoning but the Rangers needed to add him to the 40-man roster in order to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. The 21-year-old batted .261/.323/.440 with 17 homers and 87 RBI between High- and Double-A this season.
    Thursday, 8:17 pm
    L, 4-0 vs x Oak
  • Rays designate Jose Molina for assignment
    Rays designated C Jose Molina for assignment.

    Advice: Assuming he's not claimed on waivers (which is highly unlikely), the Rays will eat the $2.75 million he's owed in 2015. Molina, 39, batted an ugly .178/.230/.187 in 2014 but still could catch on as a backup somewhere given his defense and pitch-framing ability.
    Thursday, 4:01 pm
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    L, 7-2 ^ @Cle
  • Angels designate Williams for assignment
    Angles designated C Jackson Williams for assignment.

    Advice: The Angels had just recently activated Williams from the 60-day disabled list after claiming him off waivers from the Rockies. He was recovering from a torn meniscus in his knee.
    Thursday, 1:36 pm
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    L, 4-1 x @Sea
  • 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
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    L, 4-0 vs x Oak
  • Red Sox put Blake Swihart on 40-man roster
    Red Sox purchased the contract of C Blake Swihart from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Swihart hit .293/.341/.469 with 13 home runs and eight stolen bases in 110 games this past season between Double-A and Triple-A. The 22-year-old catcher was the 26th overall pick in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft.
    Thursday, 11:17 am
    L, 9-5 vs x NYY
  • Philles could consider offers for Carlos Ruiz
    Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Carlos Ruiz "is available just as every Phillies player is."

    Advice: There are certainly drawbacks with Ruiz. He'll turn 36 in January, has faded offensively the last two seasons and has spent time on the disabled list in each of the last six campaigns. He's also recovering from surgery on his non-throwing shoulder and is owed $17.5 million over the next two seasons. However, Ruiz would still be an upgrade behind the plate for many clubs, so in a market thin at catcher he could have appeal.
    Wednesday, 7:04 am
    L, 2-1 vs ^ Atl
  • Castro not yet talking extension with Astros
    The Astros and Jason Castro haven't discussed a contract extension yet this offseason, according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle.

    Advice: Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said the club is open to extensions, but Castro hasn't been one of those engaged to this point. Drellich notes that the team did extend an offer to Castro last winter, with Castro declining the proposal. The 27-year-old may be more inclined to consider a deal this time around after struggling to a .222/.286/.366 line this past season. Castro's name has also appeared in some trade rumors this hot stove season.
    Tuesday, 8:01 pm
  • Nationals release C Jhonatan Solano
    Nationals released C Jhonatan Solano.

    Advice: Solano, 27, spent the 2014 season with the Nats' Triple-A club. He hit .251/.305/.388 with 10 home runs. He'll look for an invitation to spring training from another club this winter.
    Tuesday, 4:48 pm
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    W, 1-0 vs x Mia
  • Rays could release catcher Jose Molina
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays could trade or release Jose Molina this offseason.

    Advice: They'd obviously prefer to deal him, but no one is going to want to take on Molina's $2.75 million contract. The 39-year-old is still capable of being a backup given his defense and pitch-framing ability, but he's coming off a season where he batted an ugly .178/.230/.187.
    Nov 16, 10:52 am
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    L, 7-2 ^ @Cle
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