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    • Gordon Beckham getting work all over infield
      While he's competing for the team's starting job at second base, Gordon Beckham is seeing work all over the infield early in the spring.

      Advice: The former top prospect is getting work at shortstop and third base as well, as he prepares for what could wind up being a super utility role for the White Sox. Even if he loses out to Micah Johnson or Carlos Sanchez in the battle at second base, the more time that he sees on the field, the better his chances of carving out value as a middle infielder in AL-only formats. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:04 pm
    • Chris Johnson reverts to former swing path
      Chris Johnson is working on a mechanical adjustment to his swing, lowering his hands to allow for a more consistent swing path.

      Advice: It's an effort to return to the form he displayed in 2013 when he competed for the National League batting title. The 30-year-old is looking to rebound from a disappointing 2014 season where he hit just .263/.292/.361 with 10 homers and 58 RBI. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:35 pm
    • Yasmany Tomas to get reps in OF
      Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Saturday that Yasmany Tomas will see some playing time in the outfield during Cactus League play.

      Advice: The D'Backs want Tomas to handle third base well enough to start there, but they'll give him reps in the outfield just in case. "We have to prioritize who gets all these at-bats in spring training," Hale said. "He's one we want to get a lot of at-bats to get a good (look) at his offense, too." Jake Lamb will be in line to start at third base if Arizona ends up having to put Tomas in left field. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:16 am
    • Plouffe (illness) misses workout Saturday
      Trevor Plouffe missed Saturday's workout due to illness.

      Advice: Plouffe attended the team's morning meeting before being sent home. He'll probably take it easy for a couple of days, but it certainly isn't anything that will impact his availability for the start of the regular season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:52 am
    • Alex Rodriguez getting reps at first base
      Alex Rodriguez received reps at first base on Friday for the first time in his big league career.

      Advice: The Yankees are trying to determine if A-Rod can be a serviceable backup behind Mark Teixeira at the position. Rodriguez has been open to the idea and is said to be "anxious to learn" the new position. While he's slated to see most of his action out of the designated hitter spot, increasing his versatility would provide manager Joe Girardi with more options to getting his bat in the lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:19 am
    • Gillaspie bulks up, quits chewing tobacco
      Conor Gillaspie bulked up over the offseason and quit chewing tobacco in an effort to get stronger and help get through the grind of the long season.

      Advice: Gillaspie added 15-20 pounds of muscle to prevent the late-season swoon that he endured in 2014, where he slashed just .208/.259/.333 with three homers over his final 47 contests. He's expected to bat sixth in a much-improved White Sox lineup, which should provide plenty of RBI chances. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:10 am
    • Jake Lamb wants to battle for third base job
      Jake Lamb admitted Saturday that he plans to battle Yasmany Tomas for the Diamondbacks starting job at third base.

      Advice: "It doesn't matter who it is, I'm going to give them a battle at third base" Lamb said Saturday. He also noted that he'll do whatever he can to help the team, even if Tomas secures the starting job. Lamb slashed .230/.263/.373 with four homers and 11 RBI in 37 games as a rookie in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:01 am
    • Chris Davis to get some work in RF
      Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday that Chris Davis will get some playing time in right field this spring.

      Advice: Davis has made 39 starts in the outfield during his career, though none of them have come over the last two seasons. It's just a matter of giving him some reps there just in case he might be needed at the position, as Davis is slated to be the regular first baseman. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:54 am
    • Aramis Ramirez likely to retire after 2015
      Aramis Ramirez said Friday that the 2015 season will likely be his final one.

      Advice: Ramirez, who exercised a $14 million option for this season, will turn 37 in late June. While injuries have hampered him the last couple years, the third baseman has had an incredibly productive career, sporting a .285/.344/.496 batting line with 369 homers and 1,342 RBI across 17 seasons. He's a three-time All-Star and has also finished in the top-10 in National League MVP voting on three occasions. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:44 am
    • Callaspo shows up to camp out of shape
      Mark Bowman of MLB.com writes that Alberto Callaspo showed up to camp with an "unimpressive physique."

      Advice: Callaspo hired a personal trainer over the offseason, but Bowman writes that the infielder "certainly didn't have any reason to come to camp proclaiming that he is in the best shape of his life." The feeling when Callaspo inked a $3 million deal in December was that he'd hold down second base until top prospect Jose Peraza is ready. That might still be the case, but if he has a poor camp he could open the door for Phil Gosselin, Jace Peterson or possibly even Peraza to swoop in and steal the job. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Thursday that the second base competition is "wide open." Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:59 pm
    • Mets likely to let Daniel Murphy walk as FA
      A team source told ESPN New York's Adam Rubin that the Mets don't plan on discussing a contract extension with second baseman Daniel Murphy.

      Advice: Murphy told reporters Thursday morning that he is open to considering a long-term offer from the Mets and would even discuss the deal during the regular season if necessary, but it doesn't sound like the New York front office has any designs on keeping him. Murphy owns a cool .290/.333/.419 in six seasons with the Mets, but he turns 30 years old in April and will likely have a lofty asking price. The second baseman can become a free agent after the 2015 campaign. He's due $8 million in his final year of arbitration. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:52 am
    • Danny Valencia to see some action in LF
      Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Thursday that Danny Valencia will see some time in left field this spring.

      Advice: Toronto is scrambling all of its internal options to replace Michael Saunders, who was expected to open the 2015 season as the Blue Jays' starting left fielder but suffered a torn meniscus Wednesday when he stepped on an underground sprinkler. Saunders is expected to miss the entire first half. Valencia has never played the outfield at the major league level and is not a good bet to win the job outright, but he could see a bit of action there against left-handed starters if the Jays don't add anybody. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:31 am
    • Miguel Cabrera (foot) running on treadmill
      Miguel Cabrera (foot) is running on an anti-gravity treadmill at about 65 percent of his body weight.

      Advice: He's also able to set the treadmill at a slight incline without experiencing any discomfort in his surgically-repaired right foot. Cabrera underwent a procedure last October to remove painful bone spurs from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture in his foot. He's hoping to be ready for Opening Day, but it's hard to get a clear picture at this point on whether that's realistic. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:46 am
    • Yasmany Tomas 'bobbled balls' in 3B drills
      According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Yasmany Tomas "bobbled some balls, misplayed others and at times did not appear to have proper technique" during third base drills Wednesday.

      Advice: Tomas played a bit of third base in Cuba, but he was primarily a corner outfielder. Arizona signed him to a six-year, $68.5 million contract in late November and the hope is that he'll become the club's starter at the hot corner, but it's very much a work in progress. "At some point when we start evaluating whether he can play third base in the major leagues, we're just going to have to leave him alone and his game is either going to play or not play," said Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:52 am
    • Mets, Murphy have not had extension talks
      Daniel Murphy said Thursday morning that he has not engaged in extension talks with the Mets.

      Advice: Though he did say that he is open to having that discussion, even if the negotiations have to take place during the regular season. Murphy, 29, is due to become a free agent five days after the conclusion of the 2015 campaign. He hit .289/.332/.403 with nine homers and 57 RBI in 143 games last year as the Mets' starting second baseman. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:46 am
    • Report: NYY confident they can avoid bonuses
      A source tells Jon Heyman of CBS Sports that the Yankees are confident they can avoid paying Alex Rodriguez for home run milestone bonuses.

      Advice: The presumption has long been that the club will have to pay A-Rod the money, which could reach as much as $30 million in bonuses, but wording in the marketing agreement and perhaps the ability to put A-Rod under oath in a potential grievance hearing could let the team off the hook. It's just one of the issues on which the team and the player have disagreed in recent weeks. It could be a long year in the Bronx. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:10 pm
    • Iglesias (shins) could DH early in spring
      Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Wednesday that Jose Iglesias (shins) could DH early in the spring to get more at-bats and stay off his feet.

      Advice: Iglesias missed all of last season with stress fractures in both of his shins, so the Tigers are easing him back into things. The Tigers could also potentially have him play on the minor league side, where he could lead off each inning. He still has some hurdles to cross, but the Tigers are optimistic he'll be ready to be the regular shortstop at the start of the season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:40 am
    • Chris Davis has TUE for Vyvanse
      According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Chris Davis was granted a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for Vyvanse, not Adderall.

      Advice: Davis received a 25-game suspension last September after a second positive test for unauthorized use of Adderall. Initial reports this winter said that he received a new therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for Adderall, but it was actually for Vyvanse, another stimulant medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Davis ultimately opted for Vyvanse because it lasts longer and is less likely to be abused for non-therapeutic reasons. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:46 am
    • Willie Bloomquist (knee) does some running
      Willie Bloomquist (knee) ran the bases Monday and Tuesday for the first time since undergoing microfracture surgery on his right knee.

      Advice: Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said that Bloomquist is "doing fabulous" and is well ahead of schedule. The M's fully expect the utility player to be ready to go on Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:44 pm
      Player Note
      Willie Bloomquist Sea - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    • Iglesias not wearing spikes all the time
      Jose Iglesias (shins) is alternating between using spikes, turf shoes and sneakers during his workouts.

      Advice: Iglesias is doing what he can to lessen the impact on his legs after missing all of last season with stress fractures in both shins. "When I do some activities where I don't want to slip, I'll use my spikes," Iglesias said. The shortstop is feeling great so far but obviously will eventually have to start using his spikes all the time. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:52 pm
    • Moustakas plans to bunt against shift
      Mike Moustakas plans on bunting against the shift more often in 2015.

      Advice: Moustakas was shifted regularly last year, which contributed to his .212 batting average. It should be a no-brainer for him (and many others) to drop one down every once in a while in order to keep teams honest. It's one thing to say it in spring training, but let's see if he actually does it when games get underway. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:49 am
    • Machado (knee) wants extra ABs this spring
      Manny Machado (knee) wants to get extra at-bats this spring.

      Advice: Machado underwent surgery last August to repair a partially-torn ligament in his right knee, but he hasn't had any setbacks in his rehab. It sounds like he'll be a full-go this spring, so he's right on pace for the start of the season. The 22-year-old could be primed for a big year if he can stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:43 am
    • Kris Bryant will work in outfield this spring
      Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant has been asked to work in the outfield during spring training.

      Advice: The idea was formally presented to Bryant by manager Joe Maddon in their first meeting on Monday, though there have always been whispers that he could give a corner outfield spot a try. "I had my first meeting with Kris today," Maddon said. "He was very impressive and very mature for a kid of 23. He understands what he is doing really well. He is accepting of working in the outfield, very excepting of that." Bryant will still technically compete for the Opening Day third base job, but the Cubs plan to keep him at Triple-A Iowa for at least 21 days in order to gain an extra year of control. The top prospect could be promoted as soon as late April or early May and will take over either at third base or left field. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:16 pm
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    • Rangers pick up Beltre's $16M option for '16
      Rangers exercised 3B Adrian Beltre's $16 million vesting option for 2016.

      Advice: The option would have vested if Beltre reached 586 plate appearances in 2015 and the Rangers simply decided to remove the uncertainty. Rangers GM Jon Daniels has said in the past that he wants Beltre to retire as a member of the club, and the 35-year-old third baseman recently echoed that sentiment. Beltre has batted .315/.364/.530 in his four years with Texas, averaging 29 homers and 94 RBI per season. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 10:55 am
    • Alex Rodriguez has arrived at Yankees camp
      Alex Rodriguez arrived at the Yankees' spring training complex in Tampa, Florida on Monday.

      Advice: He took a physical at George M. Steinbrenner Field and then headed over to the minor league side of camp for his first workout. Rodriguez released a hand-written apology to baseball fans last week and is hoping to turn over a new leaf after serving a season-long PED suspension in 2014. If all goes well this spring, the 39-year-old will open the 2015 campaign as the Yankees' primary designated hitter. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 10:03 am
    • Rangers could guarantee Beltre's 2016 option
      Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Sunday that the team will address Adrian Beltre's $16 million vesting option for 2016 in the "near future."

      Advice: The option will vest if Beltre reaches 586 plate appearances in 2015. However, it sounds like Daniels would like to guarantee the option or possibly re-work Beltre's deal, as he said he wants the third baseman to finish his career as a Ranger. Beltre will turn 36 in April and saw his home run total drop to 19 last season, but he hit .324/.388/.492 overall and remains an elite defensive third baseman. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 8:34 am
    • Miguel Cabrera (foot) hitting with no pain
      Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Sunday that Miguel Cabrera (foot) has been hitting without any pain.

      Advice: Cabrera was cleared a few days ago by doctors to begin limited baseball activities, and it appears all is well so far. The Tigers are optimistic that the first baseman will be ready to go come Opening Day, but we won't have a better idea until he ramps things up. Cabrera had surgery last October to remove bone spurs from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture in his foot. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 6:34 am
    • Jose Iglesias (shins) says he's 100 percent
      Jose Iglesias (shins) said Saturday that he feels 100 percent.

      Advice: The defensive wizard is only running at 85-90 percent currently as he doesn't want to rush things. While he'll be a tremendous addition to the Tigers defensively, he offers very little in the way of fantasy value outside AL-only formats. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 11:22 am
    • Aramis Ramirez could receive extra rest days
      Brewers manager Ron Roenicke admitted Saturday that Aramis Ramirez could receive extra days off during the 2015 season as a way to keep him fresh.

      Advice: The 36-year-old has had his share of injuries in his career and has been limited to just 225 games the past two seasons. If an extra day off here and there will help keep him healthy for the entire season, both the Brewers and fantasy owners would benefit greatly. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 10:07 am
    • Eric Campbell to serve as emergency catcher
      Eric Campbell is expected to serve as the Mets emergency catcher this season.

      Advice: It's a strong indication that the 27-year-old utility man is viewed as a favorite to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster. He appeared in 85 games for the Mets in 2014, slashing .263/.322/.358 with three homers and 16 RBI while appearing at six different defensive positions. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 8:04 am
      Player Note
      Éric Campbell NYM - 1B,3B,OF
    • No limitations for David Wright (shoulder)
      Mets manager Terry Collins said Friday that David Wright (shoulder) will not face any limitations in spring training.

      Advice: Wright's 2014 season ended prematurely due to ligament damage in his left shoulder, but he avoided surgery and has slowly ramped up his offseason activity to the point that he's ready to roll at the start of spring. However, it's reasonable to question whether the ailment could affect the third baseman's power in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 8:50 am
    • Freese (ankle) will have no restrictions
      Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday that David Freese (ankle) should have no restrictions this spring.

      Advice: Freese required minor surgery on his left ankle during the offseason, but it's not a concern going into spring training. The 31-year-old .260/.321/.383 with 10 home runs and 55 RBI last season and will serve as the Angels' primary third baseman again in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 19, 2:08 pm
    • Pedro Alvarez wins arb. hearing vs. Pirates
      Pedro Alvarez won his arbitration hearing against the Pirates and will make $5.75 million in 2015.

      Advice: Pittsburgh's front office countered at $5.25 million but didn't win the argument in Wednesday's arbitration hearing. Alvarez is poised to open the 2015 season as the Pirates' primary first baseman. He batted just .231/.312/.405 in 122 games last year while earning a salary of $4.25 million. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 19, 11:11 am
    • Sano (elbow) to have normal spring training
      Twins third base prospect Miguel Sano (elbow) is expected to have a normal spring training.

      Advice: Sano missed the entire 2014 season due to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, but he's now almost 12 months removed from the procedure and has been doing baseball activities all winter. "At this point there’s nothing he won’t be able to do," Twins minor league director Brad Steil said Thursday in camp. "He’s able to do everything in the workouts." The 21-year-old could make his MLB debut in late 2015 if everything goes right. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 19, 7:35 am
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