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    • Phillies showing interest in Asdrubal Cabrera
      Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Phillies could have interest in free agent infielder Asdrubal Cabrera.

      Advice: The Phillies have a large vacancy to fill at the shortstop after dealing Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers, and Cabrera is one of the top names available on the free agent market. According to Crasnick though, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. would first have to shed some payroll to create the requisite flexibility to add the veteran infielder. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:03 am
       
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      W, 1-0 vs Mia
    • Braves pick up Jace Peterson from Padres
      Braves acquired INF Jace Peterson from the Padres in the Justin Upton trade.

      Advice: A former sandwich round pick, Peterson batted .307/.402/.447 with 16 steals between Double- and Triple-A last season and got a cup of coffee in the majors. He's a pretty solid middle infield prospect but didn't land in a great situation in Atlanta with Andrelton Simmons holding down shortstop and Jose Peraza on his way at second base. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:03 pm
       
      Player Note
      Jace Peterson Atl - 2B,3B,SS
      W, 2-1 @Phi
    • Shawn O'Malley released by Angels
      Angels released INF/OF Shawn O'Malley.

      Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Johnny Giavotella. O'Malley, who will turn 27 later this month, is a career .258/.351/.338 hitter in the minors and got a cup of coffee with the Angels at the end of last season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:37 pm
       
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      L, 4-1 @Sea
    • 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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      W, 5-2 @Mil
    • Angels acquire Johnny Giavotella from Royals
      Angels acquired 2B Johnny Giavotella from the Royals in exchange for RHP Brian Broderick.

      Advice: Giavotella had been designated for assignment on Thursday. The Angels plan to go with Josh Rutledge at second base after trading away Howie Kendrick, but Giavotella isn't a bad insurance option. The 27-year-old never received a long-term look with the Royals but is a career .305/.378/.438 hitter in the minors. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:54 am
    • A's release veteran INF Nick Punto
      Athletics released INF Nick Punto.

      Advice: Punto, 37, batted just .207/.296/.293 this season for the A's while battling some injuries. The A's will still be responsible for his $2.75 million salary next season. Someone will get Punto a shot due to his versatility, but he might have to settle for a minor league deal. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:49 am
       
      Player Note
      Nick Punto Oak - 2B,3B,SS
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      W, 4-0 @Tex
    • Martin Prado/Nate Eovaldi swap is official
      Marlins acquired INF/OF Martin Prado, RHP David Phelps and cash considerations from the Yankees in exchange for RHP Nathan Eovaldi, 1B/OF Garrett Jones and RHP Domingo German.

      Advice: The Yankees are sending $6 million to the Marlins to help offset the salaries. Prado is expected to play third base for the Marlins, which means Casey McGehee is either headed to the bench or the trade block. Prado's fantasy value obviously takes a big hit going from Yankee Stadium to Marlins Park. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:34 am
       
      Player Note
      Martín Prado Mia - 2B,3B,OF
      L, 1-0 @Was
    • 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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      L, 1-0 @Was
    • Royals designate Giavotella for assignment
      Royals designated INF Johnny Giavotella for assignment.

      Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Kris Medlen on the 40-man roster. Giavotella was once considered a promising prospect with the Royals, but he owns a .238/.277/.334 batting line over 465 plate appearances in the majors and turns 28 next July. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 1:14 pm
    • Multiple teams showing interest in Cabrera
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman writes that the Giants, A's, Mets, Cardinals and Twins are among the teams interested in free agent infielder Asdrubal Cabrera.

      Advice: Cabrera's positional flexibility is attractive to a number of clubs. He's capable of playing second and third base in addition to his natural position at shortstop. Cabrera has experience at short and second, though less at third. Cabrera's numbers weren't spectacular last season, as he hit just .241/.307/.387 between the Indians and Nationals last season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:15 pm
       
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      W, 1-0 vs Mia
    • Kipnis undergoes surgery on injured finger
      Jason Kipnis injured his left ring-finger during a workout and underwent surgery on Tuesday.

      Advice: According to beat writer Paul Hoynes, Kipnis should be ready to go for Spring Training. He had a down 2014 campaign which was marred by a nagging oblique injury. When healthy, Kipnis is one of the most dynamic infielders in the game. His 2013 season, in which he batted .284/.366/.452, is indicative of the kind of bat Kipnis has when he's right. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:27 am
    • Zobrist not likely to be traded to Nationals
      Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears from sources that the Nationals are not targeting INF/OF Ben Zobrist in a potential trade with the Rays.

      Advice: The Rays are showing interest in outfield prospect Steven Souza. While Zobrist would fit a positional need, Sherman reported that he had been told that the Nationals and Rays are looking at options that don't include the versatile infielder. The Rays picked up Zobrist's option in late October, but it's likely that they'll be open to moving him at some point given that he is set to hit the free agent market next winter. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:52 am
       
      Player Note
      Ben Zobrist TB - 2B,SS,OF
      L, 7-2 @Cle
    • Angels' negotiations with Beckham stall
      The Orange County Register's Jeff Fletcher reported that negotiations between the Angels and INF Gordon Beckham are not currently progressing.

      Advice: Fletcher wrote that the Angels were still looking to bring back Beckham. The most obvious reason as to why negotiations have hit a snag is that Beckham is presumably looking for a guaranteed starting role in the majors. Given his .226/.271/.348 slash-line in 2014, it's probably not realistic that Beckham will have consistent starting at-bats next season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:56 am
       
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      L, 4-1 @Sea
    • Derek Dietrich exits game with ankle injury
      Derek Dietrich left Tuesday's Dominican Winter League game with an ankle injury.

      Advice: The good news is that X-rays came back negative, so Dietrich should be fine. The young infielder will compete for a bench job in spring training. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:38 pm
    • Rockies sign INF Descalso to a two-year deal
      Rockies signed INF Daniel Descalso to a two-year, $3.6 million contract.

      Advice: ESPN's Jerry Crasnick passed along the contract terms. Descalso was non-tendered by the Cardinals earlier this month after batting just .244/.333/.311 over 104 games this past season, but he's capable of playing all over the infield. He'll essentially replace Josh Rutledge in a utility role. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:10 am
       
      Player Note
      Daniel Descalso Col - 2B,3B,SS
      L, 10-5 @LAD
    • Rangers optimistic about re-signing Rosales
      Jeff Wilson of the Fort-Worth Star Telegram writes that the Rangers are optimistic about re-signing Adam Rosales.

      Advice: Rosales was non-tendered by the Rangers in December, but they still hope to bring him back for a lesser salary. The 31-year-old batted .262 with four home runs and a .706 OPS over 56 games this season and would function as a utility infielder if he returns. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:04 am
       
      Player Note
      Adam Rosales Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS
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      L, 4-0 vs Oak
    • Astros finalize contract with Jed Lowrie
      Astros signed INF Jed Lowrie to a three-year, $23 million contract.

      Advice: The deal includes a $6 million club option for 2018 with a $1 million buyout. Lowrie, who previously played for the Astros in 2012, is expected to take over the starting shortstop job. The 30-year-old batted just .249/.321/.355 with six home runs and 50 RBI in 136 games this past season, but there's rebound potential now that he's leaving Oakland. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:05 am
       
      Player Note
      Jed Lowrie Hou - 2B,SS
      L, 8-3 @NYM
    • Braves bring aboard Callaspo with $3M deal
      Braves signed INF Alberto Callaspo to a one-year, $3 million contract.

      Advice: The deal was reported last week and has now become official. Callaspo struggled in 2014 for the A's, batting .223/.290/.290 with four homers and 39 RBI in 451 plate appearances. He'll serve as the Braves' second baseman until prospect Jose Peraza is deemed major league-ready. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:42 pm
       
      Player Note
      Alberto Callaspo Atl - 1B,2B,3B
      W, 2-1 @Phi
    • Yankees sign Cole Figueroa to minors deal
      Yankees signed INF Cole Figueroa to a minor league contract.

      Advice: Figueroa hit just .233/.286/.326 in 23 games with the Rays in 2014. The 27-year-old will function as organizational infield depth in 2015 for the Yankees. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:25 pm
       
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      W, 9-5 @Bos
    • Astros do 3-year, $23M deal with Jed Lowrie
      According to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart, the Astros have signed Jed Lowrie to a three-year deal.

      Advice: The contract will be worth $23 million and also includes a $6 million club option (or $1 million buyout) for 2018. Lowrie batted just .249/.321/.355 with six home runs and 50 RBI in 136 games this past season for the A's, but he had a good 2013 season in Oakland and flashed impressive power in 2012 in hitter-friendly Houston, slugging 16 dingers in 97 games. He should be a nice upgrade at shortstop for the Astros. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:13 pm
       
      Player Note
      Jed Lowrie Hou - 2B,SS
      L, 8-3 @NYM
    • Chase Utley trade looking unlikely right now
      Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that the chances of the Phillies trading Chase Utley are "possible, albeit slim."

      Advice: Utley has 10-and-5 no-trade rights and has always maintained a desire to stay in Philadelphia. However, as Gelb points point, Jimmy Rollins never said he wanted to leave, either, until just recently. Gelb has been told by rival executive that the Phillies "are not aiming for an 'Astros-like' teardown," so they could choose to hang on to Utley even in a rebuilding phase. Utley has $45 million in three vesting options over the next three years and would certainly draw plenty of interest if the Phillies make him available and he indicates a willingness to waive his no-trade rights. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:04 am
       
      L, 2-1 vs Atl
    • Club official: M's not looking to deal Miller
      A Mariners official told Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune that the club isn't looking to trade Brad Miller.

      Advice: "Understand this: We’re not looking to trade him," the official said. "I’m not saying it won’t happen, but it’s a lot less likely than some people seem to think." Miller's name has been linked to a number of shortstop-needy clubs after he struggled this past season, but the Mariners aren't exactly set at the position, either. Assuming no deal is made, Miller will likely battle Chris Taylor for the job in spring. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:44 pm
       
      Player Note
      Brad Miller Sea - 2B,SS
      W, 4-1 vs LAA
    • Frandsen wants to compete for starting job
      Kevin Frandsen admitted Saturday that while he's seen as the utility man, he would like a chance to compete for the team's starting job at second base.

      Advice: At the moment, Danny Espinosa is penciled in as the Nationals starter at second base, but with the inconsistency he has shown over the years Frandsen could have an opportunity to state his case with a strong showing this spring. The veteran infielder hit .259/.299/.309 over 236 plate appearances with the Nationals in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:18 am
       
      Player Note
      Kevin Frandsen Was - 1B,2B,3B,OF
      W, 1-0 vs Mia
    • Marlins sign Scott Sizemore to minors deal
      Marlins signed INF Scott Sizemore to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: The 29-year-old spent the majority of the 2014 season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he hit .266/.329/.433 with seven homers and 41 RBI in 81 games. Should he find his way into a utility role with the Marlins, he might be able to carve out value in NL-only formats. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:47 pm
       
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      L, 1-0 @Was
    • Marlins agree to contract with Scott Sizemore
      Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Marlins have agreed to a minor league deal with Scott Sizemore.

      Advice: The deal was first mentioned by Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish. Repeated trips to the disabled list have really taken the luster off of this once top prospect, but he's still just 29-years-old and possesses an intriguing blend of power and speed. He stands a good chance of cracking the Marlins Opening Day roster in a utility role. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 3:18 pm
       
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      L, 1-0 @Was
    • Profar set to begin next season in minors
      Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday that Jurickson Profar is set to begin next season in the minors.

      Advice: Profar, of course, missed the entire 2014 season due to a right shoulder injury. While the team is encouraged about his progress health-wise, they know he needs to make up for lost time and the plan is to give him regular playing time at Triple-A to start next season. "Probably not," Daniels said of the possibility of Profar making the Opening Day roster. "He needs to play. We’re not going to keep him as our utility guy." Rougned Odor is slated to open next season as the Rangers' second baseman. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:41 am
       
      Player Note
      Jurickson Profar Tex - 2B,3B,SS
      L, 4-0 vs Oak
    • Astros meet with SS Stephen Drew's agent
      Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros met with Stephen Drew's agent, Scott Boras, on Wednesday.

      Advice: The Astros currently have underwhelming shortstop options in Jonathan Villar and Marwin Gonzalez, so it's not a surprise that there's interest in Drew. The veteran infielder hit just .162/.237/.299 across 85 games for the Red Sox and Yankees last season, but the down year offensively could be due in part to the late start he got after waiting until late May to sign. Drew remains a good defender. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:25 am
       
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      W, 9-5 @Bos
    • Asdrubal Cabrera prefers to play second base
      Giants assistant GM Bobby Evans said Thursday that Asdrubal Cabrera prefers to play second base.

      Advice: San Francisco is interested in the 29-year-old free agent, but the only opening on the infield is at third base. Cabrera hasn't closed the door to moving over to the hot corner, but he has almost no experience there so this might not be a good fit. Cabrera batted .241/.307/.387 between the Indians and Nationals in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:27 pm
       
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      W, 1-0 vs Mia
    • Giants considering Asdrubal Cabrera for 3B
      According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Giants are considering Asdrubal Cabrera for third base.

      Advice: Cabrera has only made one appearance at third base in his eight-year major league career, and it was for 1 1/3 innings. The 29-year-old batted just .241/.307/.387 between the Indians and Nationals in 2014. He should come pretty cheap this winter. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:57 am
       
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      W, 1-0 vs Mia
    • Rangers pick OF DeShields in Rule 5
      Rangers selected outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. from the Astros with the third pick in the Rule 5 draft.

      Advice: DeShields was the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft. He's drifted back and forth between second base and center field, now having settled in the outfield. Like his father once did, he offers a whole lot of speed, having stolen 50 bases the last two years and 100 in 2012. However, his bat resulted in a modest .236/.346/.360 line in his first year in Double-A. The Rangers could keep him as a speedy option off the bench, but that wouldn't do his development any good. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:33 am
    • Marlins, Dodgers finalize Dee Gordon trade
      Marlins acquired 2B Dee Gordon, RHP Dan Haren, INF Miguel Rojas and a PTBN or cash from the Dodgers for LHP Andrew Heaney, INF-OF Enrique Hernandez, C Austin Barnes and RHP Chris Hatcher.

      Advice: Not only are the Dodgers paying all of Haren's $10 million salary, but they're reportedly covering Gordon's as well. As a first-time arbitration-eligible player, he's likely due $2 million-$3 million next season. The Marlins will pencil him right in as their second baseman and leadoff hitter and hope that he recaptures the form that made him a 2014 All-Star. He wasn't nearly as effective in the second half, which is what prompted the Dodgers to make this swap. For fantasy purposes, Gordon still projects as a top-notch second baseman. In the real world, we'd say this trade pretty much reeks for Miami. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:00 pm
       
      Player Note
      Dee Gordon Mia - 2B,SS
      L, 1-0 @Was
    • Lowrie engaged in talks with multiple teams
      Jed Lowrie is engaged in talks with multiple teams, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

      Advice: One of those teams is the Astros, Rosenthal said. Lowrie is reportedly looking for a three-year deal and appears willing to play a number of positions on the infield to get one. The Giants are another team believed to have some interest in the 30-year-old. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:04 pm
       
      Player Note
      Jed Lowrie Hou - 2B,SS
      L, 8-3 @NYM
    • Dodgers, Marlins agree on Dee Gordon trade
      The Dodgers and Marlins have agreed on a trade that will send Dee Gordon to the Marlins, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.

      Advice: Martino said the Dodgers will get Marlins top prospect Andrew Heaney in the deal, and there is talk that Dan Haren may also be heading east as part of the trade. Gordon is just 26 years old and had 64 steals in 2014. He'll presumably play second base and bat atop a Marlins lineup that is creeping toward respectability. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:44 pm
       
      Player Note
      Dee Gordon Mia - 2B,SS
      L, 1-0 @Was
    • Marlins, Dodgers talking Gordon-Heaney swap
      Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports the Marlins and Dodgers are in "serious talks" about a trade that would send Dee Gordon to the Marlins for Andrew Heaney.

      Advice: It's unclear if it would be a straight one-for-one or if other players would be involved. Such a deal would be a fascinating one involving two up-and-coming players -- obviously Gordon stole 64 bases and was an All-Star this past season, while Heaney was the Marlins' first-round pick in 2012. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:22 pm
       
      Player Note
      Dee Gordon Mia - 2B,SS
      L, 1-0 @Was
    • Rosenthal: Dodgers are indeed shopping Gordon
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are indeed shopping second baseman Dee Gordon.

      Advice: Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi tried to downplay the chatter Tuesday night, but it appears that there is something to the possibility. However, the Dodgers are understandably aiming high with Gordon, who had a breakout season this year while leading the majors with 64 steals. He is under team control through 2018. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:59 am
       
      Player Note
      Dee Gordon Mia - 2B,SS
      L, 1-0 @Was
    • 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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      L, 1-0 @Was
    • Jed Lowrie looking for a three-year contract
      Brian McTaggart of MLB.com hears that Jed Lowrie hopes to land a three-year contract.

      Advice: It could be a tough sell, as Lowrie batted just .249 with six homers and a .676 OPS this past season and is a stretch defensively at shortstop. However, he appears willing to play second base or third if the right offer comes along. The Astros are reportedly interested in a reunion and he could be a consideration as a Pablo Sandoval replacement with the Giants. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:27 am
       
      Player Note
      Jed Lowrie Hou - 2B,SS
      L, 8-3 @NYM
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