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  • 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. Today, 11:15 am
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    W, 12-3 vs Tor
  • 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. Today, 11:02 am
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    W, 3-1 vs Bos
  • O's acquire L.J. Hoes from Astros
    Orioles acquired OF L.J. Hoes from the Astros for cash considerations.

    Advice: Hoes was designated for assignment by the Astros last week and the Orioles jumped at the opportunity at a reunion. The 25-year-old has struggled in sporadic opportunities in the majors, but he's coming off a strong season in Triple-A where he batted .295/.383/.400 over 99 games. He figures to compete for a bench job in the spring. Today, 8:38 am
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Braun (back) expects to be 100 pct. by spring
    Ryan Braun (back) said Wednesday that he expects to be 100 percent when spring training begins in February.

    Advice: "That's the plan," explained Braun, who underwent surgery in October to repair a herniated disc in his lower back. "All the rehab stuff is something I'll probably incorporate every day when it comes to my preparation and routine. I'll figure it out as I go. It's obviously still new to me. As I get back into baseball stuff, I'll figure out which exercises I'll want to continue to do and be a part of my routine." Braun underwent a cryotherapy procedure on his right thumb last October and again this June, but there are no plans for another one this offseason unless he feels discomfort when he begins swinging a bat in January. Today, 8:00 am
  • Bradley penciled in as CF in 2016
    Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated on WEEI's "Hot Stove Show" on Tuesday night that Jackie Bradley is penciled in as the starting center fielder for 2016.

    Advice: What Bradley brings defensively can't be questioned, so the Red Sox are hoping that the progress he showed with the bat down the stretch is for real. The 25-year-old continues to pop up in trade rumors, but assuming he stays put this winter, Farrell envisions having Mookie Betts in right field and Rusney Castillo in left. Today, 7:18 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. Today, 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. Today, 6:41 am
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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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 11:39 am
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • 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
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Padres drawing trade interest in Margot
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi, the Padres are drawing trade interest in prospect outfielder Manuel Margot.

    Advice: Margot, 21, was just acquired from the Red Sox this month in the Craig Kimbrel deal. Padres general manager A.J. Preller has shown that he likes to wheel and deal, but one source told Rosenthal that the odds are 80-20 against a trade. It would take another high impact player/prospect for the Padres to even consider the possibility. Yesterday, 10:14 am
  • Nats ink Schafer to minor league deal
    Nationals signed OF Logan Schafer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Schafer appeared in 69 games with the Brewers this season and owns a .212/.286/.319 batting line in the majors. The 29-year-old plays all three outfield positions and could be a bench player for the Nationals in 2016. Yesterday, 10:04 am
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    L, 1-0 @NYM
  • Dombrowski: No winter ball plans for Hanley
    Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday that there's "no plan in place" for Hanley Ramirez to play winter ball.

    Advice: Ramirez told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes that he was planning to play for the Licey Tigers in the Dominican Winter League, but Dombrowski said "presently this is only a rumor." It's unclear whether the possibility has been scratched altogether, but clearly there has been a miscommunication between the two sides. Ramirez currently projects to serve as Boston's regular first baseman in 2016 and he could get some time at his new position if he ends up playing winter ball. Yesterday, 9:38 am
  • Report: Mariners expected to trade Trumbo
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick was told by several rival executives that they expect the Mariners to trade Mark Trumbo this offseason.

    Advice: Trumbo currently projects to be the primary first baseman in 2016, but a lot can change over the winter. It's worth noting that new Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto, formerly with the Angels, has traded him before. Trumbo projects to make in excess of $9 million in his final year of arbitration. He turns 30 in January and batted .262/.310/.449 with 22 home runs and 64 RBI over 142 games this past season. Yesterday, 7:12 am
    Player Note
    Mark Trumbo Sea - 1B,OF
    W, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Angels considering run at Jason Heyward
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi report that the Angels "aren’t ruling out a pursuit" of Jason Heyward.

    Advice: The report notes that the Angels "are only in the preliminary stages" in their search for an everyday outfielder and Heyward is just one of the names they're considering. If the Halos did land Heyward, they would have the reigning Gold Glove-winning right fielders from both leagues (they'd move Kole Calhoun to left field to accommodate Heyward). The Cardinals would love to re-sign Heyward but know they'll be facing plenty of competition. Monday, 6:47 pm
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    L, 6-0 @Atl; L, 2-0 @Atl
  • Hanley Ramirez to play winter ball
    Enrique Rojas of reports that Hanley Ramirez will play for the Licey Tigers in the Dominican Winter League.

    Advice: Ramirez said that he'll serve mainly as Licey's designated hitter, although he'll also play some first base. The news is surely welcomed by the Red Sox as Ramirez transitions to first base next season. Staying active could also help Hanley show up to spring training slimmer, which Boston has told him they'd prefer. Monday, 2:59 pm
  • Orioles interested in bringing back OF Parra
    According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Orioles are interested in bringing back Gerardo Parra.

    Advice: Crasnick notes, however, that it would probably have to be a two-year deal. Parra, 28, may be asking for three or even four years after batting .291/.328/.452 with 14 homers and 14 steals in 2015 while playing all three outfield positions. Multiple teams have already been linked to him -- the Royals and Mets among them. Monday, 12:56 pm
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • 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
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Tigers not expected to re-sign Rajai Davis
    According to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, the Tigers are unlikely to re-sign free agent Rajai Davis.

    Advice: The club had extended Davis an offer this offseason before they decided to acquire Cameron Maybin from the Braves last week. That almost assuredly pushes Davis out of the picture as the club already has four outfielders under contract and considers Davis primarily a platoon option. The 35-year-old slashed .258/.306/.440 with eight homers, 30 RBI and 18 stolen bases in 370 plate appearances in 2015. Sunday, 7:32 pm
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    W, 6-0 @CWS
  • Orioles could reunite with L.J. Hoes
    Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports wrote that the Orioles "still have interest" in free agent OF L.J. Hoes.

    Advice: Hoes elected to become a free agent in mid-October after spending the 2015 season with the Astros. He managed four hits in 15 at-bats with the big league squad. The 25-year-old outfielder was actually drafted by the Orioles in the third round of the 2008 amateur draft. For his career, he's the owner of a .237/.289/.328 batting line. Sunday, 12:14 pm
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Hanley Ramirez not drawing much trade interest
    Five general managers told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that they wouldn't trade for Hanley Ramirez even if the Red Sox agreed to cover half of his remaining salary.

    Advice: Ramirez was a total bust this year, hitting .249 with 19 homers while playing horrendous defense in left field. With three years and $66 million left on his contract, the Red Sox are going to have a tough time moving him. David Ortiz has decided to retire after next year, which could open the door for Ramirez to DH full time beginning in 2017. He'll start next season at first base. Saturday, 5:54 pm
  • Cafardo: Brett Gardner trade 'not a slam dunk'
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe said it's "not a slam dunk" that the Yankees will trade Brett Gardner this offseason.

    Advice: Rumors have been swirling around Gardner since the Yankees acquired Aaron Hicks from Minnesota last week. However, Gardner is coming off one of his best seasons and the Yankees consider him a clubhouse leader. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports believes the Yankees will only move Gardner if they can get a starting pitcher in return. Saturday, 5:42 pm
  • Gerardo Parra a possibility for Kansas City
    According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Royals are considering Gerardo Parra as a replacement for Alex Gordon.

    Advice: Cafardo said the feeling around Kansas City is that Gordon is "likely gone." The Royals are also interested in Jackie Bradley should the Red Sox make him available in a trade. The Mets have also been linked to Parra, who hit .291 this year in 547 at-bats between Baltimore and Milwaukee. Saturday, 3:50 pm
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    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
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Beat writer: Dodgers unlikely to trade Puig
    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times doesn't expect the Dodgers to move Yasiel Puig this offseason.

    Advice: Hernandez's reasoning is that Puig gives the Dodgers a right-handed bat in an outfield full of left-handers. Puig is still just 24 and the Dodgers see a lot of potential despite his lackluster 2015 campaign. Plus he has three years remaining on a relatively affordable deal. There have been rumors of a rift between Puig and ace Clayton Kershaw but for now, it doesn't look like the Dodgers are considering a trade. Saturday, 2:05 pm
  • Nats ink Chris Heisey to minor league deal
    Nationals signed OF Chris Heisey to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: The move reunites the veteran outfielder with his former skipper Dusty Baker from their days in Cincinnati. He'll battle in spring training to earn a reserve outfielder role on the Opening Day roster. Saturday, 9:02 am
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    L, 1-0 @NYM
  • Orioles have talked to Reds about Jay Bruce
    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Orioles have spoken to the Reds about acquiring outfielder Jay Bruce.

    Advice: It sounds as though it was nothing more than preliminary talks at this time, as Morosi notes that there was no momentum toward a deal as of Friday evening. The Reds finally appear committed to rebuilding and dealing away a few of their high-priced veterans, and Bruce certainly fits the bill. He is owed $12.5 million in 2016 and his contract includes a $13 million club option ($1 million buyout) for 2017. Saturday, 8:31 am
  • Pirates add OF Josh Bell to 40-man roster
    Pirates purchased the contract of 1B/OF Josh Bell from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: The 23-year-old prospect hit .317/.393/.446 with seven homers, 78 RBI and nine stolen bases in 131 games between Indianapolis and Double-A Altoona in 2015. He should get an opportunity to debut with the big league club during the 2016 campaign. Friday, 5:48 pm
    W, 4-0 vs Cin
  • 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
  • Tigers complete trade for Cameron Maybin
    Tigers acquired OF Cameron Maybin and cash considerations from the Braves for LHPs Ian Krol and Gabe Speier.

    Advice: The deal saves the Braves approximately $6 million. Maybin's coming off one of the best seasons of his career. In 2015, he slashed .267/.327/.370 with 10 homers, 59 RBI and 23 steals over 505 at-bats. With the trade, the 28-year-old outfielder has come full circle. The Tigers drafted him with the 10th overall pick in the 2005 amateur draft before moving him to the Marlins in 2008. Friday, 2:12 pm
  • Mets purchase Brandon Nimmo's contract
    Mets purchased the contract of OF Brandon Nimmo from Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Nimmo was a supplemental first-round pick in 2011. He spent time at High-A, Double-A and Triple-A in 2015. The Mets promoted the 22-year-old outfield prospect to Triple-A in late July. Overall, he slashed .269/.362/.372 with five homers, four triples and 26 RBI over 376 minor league at-bats. He's now protected from the Rule 5 draft. Friday, 12:38 pm
  • Mariners trade Ramon Flores to Brewers
    Brewers acquired OF Ramon Flores from the Mariners for 2B Luis Sardinas.

    Advice: Flores time with the Mariners turns out to be short lived. He joined the team at the end of July as part of the club's Dustin Ackley trade. The 23-year-old missed the final month-and-a-half of the 2015 campaign due to a compound ankle fracture. Friday, 10:25 am
  • Royals remain in contact with Gordon, Zobrist
    The Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough reports that the Royals have remained in contact with free agents Alex Gordon and Ben Zobrist.

    Advice: The World Series champs are hopeful they will be able to retain at least one of the players, but as McCullough points out, they realistically understand that Gordon and Zobrist could draw higher offers than they're willing to make during free agency. The Royals are not close to a deal with either player at this time. Friday, 8:33 am
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • Report: Gardner-for-Castro trade discussed
    The New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand reports that the Yankees and Cubs have discussed a swap of Brett Gardner and Starlin Castro.

    Advice: A major league executive told Feinsand that "many teams" have engaged in talks (to some degree) regarding Gardner. More specifically, Feinsand wrote that the Cubs and Yankees have spoke about a potential Gardner-for-Castro trade. Now 32, Gardner has three years and $38 million left on his contract. Yankees GM Brian Cashman has indicated that the team is open to making any move that would help the team. The Yankees fielded a merry band of mediocrity at second base in 2015 and Castro would certainly boost them there. Previously, it was reported by Joel Sherman of the New York Post that the Mariners have also shown interest in Gardner. While rumors are swirling around Gardner, nothing appears to be imminent on the trade front. Friday, 7:18 am
  • 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
  • Padres add OF Margot to 40-man roster
    Padres purchased the contract of OF Manuel Margot from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Margot, who was acquired from the Red Sox last week in the Craig Kimbrel trade, is now on the Padres' 40-man roster. The 21-year-old is coming off an impressive season between High-A and Double-A and likely isn't far off from the majors. Thursday, 8:20 pm
  • 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
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • 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
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • Mets have been in touch with Gerardo Parra
    Marc Carig of Newsday reports that the Mets have been in touch with the representatives for free agent outfielder Gerardo Parra.

    Advice: The Mets were connected to Parra at the trade deadline and they are considering him again now that they are looking for a possible platoon partner for Juan Lagares in center field. The 28-year-old batted .291/.328/.452 with 14 home runs, 51 RBI, and 14 stolen bases in 2014, though he struggled after a midseason trade to the Orioles. The Mets are expected to consider other options in center field, including Denard Span and Dexter Fowler. Tuesday, 5:33 am
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • 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
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • 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
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
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