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  • Royals release LHP Wandy Rodriguez
    Royals released LHP Wandy Rodriguez.

    Advice: The southpaw had a 1.13 ERA over eight innings at Triple-A Omaha. Rodriguez, 36, will attempt to catch on elsewhere, but his best days are certainly behind him. Today, 3:41 pm
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • Edwin Encarnacion (hernia) resumes workouts
    Edwin Encarnacion (hernia) began running on Thursday.

    Advice: Encarnacion tweeted a video of himself jogging with a friend (or perhaps trainer) in the Dominican Republic. He underwent surgery in late October to repair a sports hernia but is fully expected to be ready for the beginning of the 2016 season. The 32-year-old slugger registered a .929 OPS with 39 home runs and 111 RBI in 146 games this summer for the American League East-champion Blue Jays. Today, 11:32 am
  • Braves sign Joel de la Cruz to minors deal
    Braves signed RHP Joel de la Cruz to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The 26-year-old right-hander had a 3.31 ERA, 1.245 WHIP, and 42/22 K/BB ratio in 84 1/3 innings this past season between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre -- minor league affiliates of the Yankees. He has never appeared in a major league game, but de la Cruz will have a decent shot at changing that with the rapidly-rebuilding Braves. Today, 9:48 am
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    W, 6-0 vs StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • Pirates sign Curtis Partch to minors contract
    Pirates signed RHP Curtis Partch to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Partch posted a decent 3.53 ERA and 81/26 K/BB ratio in 63 2/3 innings this summer for the Triple-A affiliate of the Giants. He'll act as relief depth now for Pittsburgh. Today, 8:56 am
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    L, 7-3 vs Col
  • Dodgers re-sign Matt West to minors deal
    Dodgers re-signed RHP Matt West to a minor league contract.

    Advice: West made two scoreless relief appearances this summer for the Dodgers. He spent the majority of the season between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City. Consider the 27-year-old organizational bullpen depth. Today, 8:26 am
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    W, 6-3 vs SD
  • Brandon Gomes elects free agency
    Brandon Gomes has elected free agency.

    Advice: Gomes, who was designated for assignment last week, chose free agency after refusing an outright assignment to Triple-A Durham. The 31-year-old is coming off a 4.27 ERA and 44/15 K/BB ratio over 59 innings this past season and will hope to find a bullpen job elsewhere. Yesterday, 12:31 pm
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    W, 12-3 vs Tor
  • Gordon has talked to Marlins about extension
    Dee Gordon said on MLB Network's "Hot Stove" show Wednesday morning that his agent has been in discussions with the Marlins about a contract extension.

    Advice: "My agent is doing the talking," said Gordon. "They're just keeping me in the loop. I think it's going pretty well right now. We'll see how that goes. I'm just playing the waiting game. We're going to do the right thing." Joe Frisaro of hears that talks only recently started and are in the preliminary stages. Gordon is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter and is under team control through 2018. Yesterday, 12:01 pm
  • Rays outright Gomes to Triple-A
    Rays sent RHP Brandon Gomes outright to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Gomes cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week. He has three days to decide whether to accept the minor league assignment or refuse and test free agency. The 31-year-old posted a 4.27 ERA and 44/15 K/BB ratio over 59 innings this past season. Yesterday, 11:17 am
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    W, 12-3 vs Tor
  • Daniel Nava elects free agency
    Daniel Nava has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Nava cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week and ultimately refused a minor league assignment. The 32-year-old figures to land a spring training invite somewhere. Yesterday, 11:15 am
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    W, 12-3 vs Tor
  • Cubs acquire Rex Brothers from Rockies
    Cubs acquired LHP Rex Brothers from the Rockies for LHP Wander Cabrera.

    Advice: Brothers was designated for assignment by the Rockies last week. The 27-year-old was once thought of as a future closer, but control problems have been a major issue for him. Getting out of Colorado should be a good thing for him, as well as hooking up with Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio. It's a smart flier for Chicago. Yesterday, 11:04 am
  • Indians designate Choice for assignment
    Indians designated OF Michael Choice for assignment.

    Advice: Choice gets the boot off the 40-man roster after Wednesday's acquisition of Kirby Yates. The former top prospect was acquired from the Rangers back in August and could soon be with his third organization in the past four months. Yesterday, 11:02 am
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    W, 3-1 vs Bos
  • Athletics designate Coulombe for assignment
    Athletics designated LHP Daniel Coulombe for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-acquired Jed Lowrie on the 40-man roster. Coulombe was just claimed off waivers from the Dodgers in September after spending mos of the 2015 season in the minors. Yesterday, 10:38 am
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    L, 3-2 @Sea
  • O's designate Wilkins for assignment
    Orioles designated 1B Andy Wilkins for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for L.J. Hoes for assignment. Wilkins was claimed off waivers from the Dodgers in September and now he could be on the move once again. Yesterday, 8:44 am
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Pirates sign 1B/OF Jake Goebbert
    Pirates signed 1B/OF Jake Goebbert to a one-year contract.

    Advice: No word on the terms involved, but he has been added to the team's 40-man roster. Goebbert, 28, batted .294/.392/.452 with 10 home runs and 62 RBI over 122 games this season with the Padres' Triple-A affiliate. He appeared in 51 games with the Padres back in 2014. With his experience between first base and the outfield, Goebbert figures to compete for a bench spot in the spring. Yesterday, 7:46 am
  • Report: 'Nothing is imminent' on Ozuna trade
    Joe Frisaro of reports that "nothing is imminent" on a possible trade involving Marcell Ozuna.

    Advice: This comes on the heels of a report from ESPN's Jerry Crasnick on Tuesday night that the Mariners are working on a trade for Ozuna, who has fallen out of favor with Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria. Nothing is close, but the Marlins are reportedly willing to move him for a young starter. It's hard to imagine that Ozuna will begin 2016 with the team given all of the drama that has occurred until now, so it's highly likely he's moved at some point soon. Stay tuned. Yesterday, 6:46 am
  • Cardinals reportedly interested in Zobrist
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals are interested in Ben Zobrist.

    Advice: Really, who isn't these days? Zobrist would be a great fit for just about anyone, with teams like the Nationals and Mets reportedly among the most aggressive. The Cardinals already have their infield in place, so they are presumably looking at him as a super utility-type. Zobrist, who turns 35 next May, appears likely to land a three- or four-year deal this winter. Yesterday, 6:41 am
    Player Note
    Ben Zobrist KC - 2B,SS,OF
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • Crasnick: Mariners working on deal for Ozuna
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners are working on a trade to acquire Marcell Ozuna.

    Advice: Ozuna has fallen out of favor in Miami, as he's apparently in owner Jeffrey Loria's doghouse. The 25-year-old outfielder hit only .259/.308/.383 with 10 homers and 44 RBI in 2015 and spent time in the minors. However, he batted .269/.317/.455 with 23 bombs and 85 RBI in 2014 and is not yet arbitration-eligible, so there's obvious appeal. Crasnick says the Marlins are looking for a young starter in exchange for Ozuna, and the Miami Herald's Clark Spencer hears Roenis Elias and Nate Karns could pique their interest. Meanwhile,'s Joe Frisaro believes the two clubs could be working on a larger trade involving more than just Ozuna and a pitcher. Nothing appears imminent here, but there's some smoke. Tuesday, 6:52 pm
  • Report: Nationals interested in Ben Zobrist
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal writes that the Nationals are interested in free agent Ben Zobrist.

    Advice: Rosenthal writes that the Nationals are in need of a left-handed hitting infielder and outfielder. The switch-hitting Zobrist is capable of playing all over and has been a target for the Nationals in the past, so it's a natural fit. Of course, the same could be said for several teams, including the NL East rival Mets. Tuesday, 11:39 am
    Player Note
    Ben Zobrist KC - 2B,SS,OF
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • Brothers 'very surprised' after being DFA'ed
    Rex Brothers told the Denver Post he was "very surprised in a lot of ways" by the Rockies' decision to designate him for assignment.

    Advice: Brothers was one of four players the Rockies designated for assignment on Friday. The 27-year-old southpaw reliever indicated that the move knocked him off balance. "I thought I had put myself in a really good place to be in the Rockies' bullpen next season," Brothers said. GM Jeff Bridich explained the move as part of a need for a "fresh start." Brothers was once considered to have closer potential, but pitched just 10 1/3 innings for the Rockies in 2015. In his last full season in the bigs in 2014, he struggled to a 5.59 ERA and 1.84 WHIP across 56 1/3 innings. Just based on reputation, he should find a new home easily enough, but a closer's job is no longer in the cards barring a statistical turnaround. Sunday, 8:35 am
  • Dee Gordon drawing 'a ton' of trade interest
    According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Dee Gordon is generating "a ton" of trade interest.

    Advice: We're guessing it would take a massive haul for the Marlins to even consider moving this year's NL batting champ, though Cafardo said they're at least willing to listen. A month ago Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported the Marlins were making a contract extension for Gordon "one of their first orders of business." It's unclear if that's changed. Saturday, 5:09 pm
  • Rockies designate Rex Brothers for assignment
    Rockies designated LHP Rex Brothers for assignment.

    Advice: The long-heralded closer of the future for the Rockies was never able to deliver when given his chances in the Rockies bullpen. He still has a live arm, which means there will be teams willing to take a chance on him, but he has to be able to throw strikes much more consistently than he has. Friday, 5:20 pm
  • Rays designate Brandon Gomes for assignment
    Rays designated RHP Brandon Gomes for assignment.

    Advice: The 31-year-old right-hander becomes a casualty of the talent being too deep in the Rays organization. He was a respectable member of their bullpen in 2015, posting a 4.27 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 44/15 K/BB ratio over 59 innings. If he elects free agency, he shouldn't have a problem landing on his feet elsewhere. Friday, 4:59 pm
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    W, 12-3 vs Tor
  • Rays designate Daniel Nava for assignment
    Rays designated OF Daniel Nava for assignment.

    Advice: The 32-year-old had a miserable 2015 campaign, slashing a mere .194/.315/.245 with one homer, 10 RBI and a 36/20 K/BB ratio over 166 plate appearances between the Red Sox and Rays. He'll likely have to settle for a minor league deal this winter. Friday, 4:57 pm
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    W, 12-3 vs Tor
  • MLB executive predicts Ozuna trade
    An MLB executive who spoke with ESPN's Jerry Crasnick said that he would "be surprised" if the Marlins held onto Marcell Ozuna.

    Advice: According to that major league excutive, "[Marlins owner Jeffrey] Loria clearly can't stand [Ozuna] and everybody knows it." In 459 at-bats with the Marlins, the 25-year-old outfielder slashed .259/.308/.383 with 10 homers and 44 RBI. An earlier November report by ESPN's Jayson Stark indicated that the Marlins are looking for a pitcher in the range of a No. 2 starter in exchange for Ozuna. Friday, 6:51 am
  • Report: Mets 'very interested' in Ben Zobrist
    Tim Rohan of the New York Times hears from a league source that the Mets are "very interested" in Ben Zobrist.

    Advice: Join the club. Still, the Mets' interest appears to be strong and genuine, as they met with his representatives at the recent GM Meetings and held a conference call with him on Wednesday. With his versatility, Zobrist is drawing interest from around 10 teams at the moment. Despite turning 35 next May, it's possible he could land a four-year deal this winter. Wednesday, 12:46 pm
    Player Note
    Ben Zobrist KC - 2B,SS,OF
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • Mets have reached out to Ben Zobrist's agent
    According to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, the Mets have reached out to the agent of Ben Zobrist.

    Advice: Davidoff states in the same report that the Yankees are not interested in Zobrist despite their need for infield help. The veteran utilityman has already been connected to close to a dozen teams this offseason after hitting .276/.359/.450 with 13 home runs, 36 doubles, and 56 RBI in 126 games this past year between Oakland and Kansas City. Zobrist, 34, is probably looking for a three- or four-year deal. Nov 16, 11:55 am
    Player Note
    Ben Zobrist KC - 2B,SS,OF
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    W, 6-1 @Min
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