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    • Jason Heyward likely to hit second for Cards
      Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has indicated that Jason Heyward is likely to start off next season hitting second in the batting order.

      Advice: "I can see Jason as a ‘2’ or ‘3’ guy," said Matheny. "And I really like him in the ‘2’ hole." General manager John Mozeliak said last month that the team was toying with the idea of moving Matt Carpenter down in the order, but it appears at this point Matheny is leaning towards keeping the third baseman in the leadoff spot directly ahead of Heyward. The former Braves spent 94 of his 148 starts last season in the leadoff spot. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:31 am
    • Tyler Collins could crack Opening Day roster
      Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press believes that Tyler Collins will claim one of the final bench spots on the Tigers' Opening Day roster.

      Advice: The Tigers have been in the market for a left-handed power bat for their bench, and the best option may already be in-house with Collins. The 24-year-old outfielder hit .263/.335/.423 with 18 homers and 62 RBI in 121 contests at Triple-A Toledo in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:12 pm
    • Rockies sign Roger Bernadina to minors deal
      Rockies signed OF Roger Bernadina to a minor league contract.

      Advice: Bernadina batted just .167/.304/.258 in 80 plate appearances this season between the Reds and Dodgers and for his career he's hit just .236/.307/.354. The 30-year-old is doubtful to have a significant impact for the Rockies, who have a ton of outfield depth. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:56 pm
       
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      L, 10-5 @LAD
    • Carlos Gonzalez (knee) cleared to swing bat
      Carlos Gonzalez (knee) announced Wednesday that he has been cleared to begin hitting.

      Advice: Gonzalez is coming off surgery in August to repair the patella tendon in his left knee, which had bothered him dating back to 2013. The 29-year-old could be a little behind at the start of spring training, but the hope is that he'll be ready for Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:20 am
    • Report: O's re-sign Delmon Young to 1-yr deal
      MASN Sports' Roch Kubatko reports that the Orioles have re-signed Delmon Young to a one-year contract, pending a physical.

      Advice: He'll be guaranteed $2.25 million and can reach $3 million with incentives. The physical is expected to be completed after January 1. Young hoped to find a multi-year deal after batting .302/.337/.442 with seven home runs and 30 RBI in 83 games with Baltimore this past season, but he ultimately lowered his demands to stick around for another year. The 29-year-old figures to see part-time at-bats again between the DH spot and left field. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:58 am
       
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      W, 1-0 @Tor
    • Rays could trade Ben Zobrist
      FOX Sports' Jon Morosi writes that "there's a decent chance" the Rays will trade Ben Zobrist before Opening Day.

      Advice: It reads as speculation, but it makes a lot of sense given how active the Rays have been on the trade front this offseason. Zobrist turns 34 in May and will make $7.5 million in 2015 before hitting free agency. His versatility would make him an attractive target for a number of teams and should fetch Tampa Bay a nice haul. Morosi lists the Mets, Nationals, Mariners, Rangers, Cubs, Reds, and Twins among the teams who could be a fit. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:21 am
       
      Player Note
      Ben Zobrist TB - 2B,SS,OF
      L, 7-2 @Cle
    • Orioles still interested in Venable, Smith
      Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are still interested in Seth Smith and Will Venable from the Padres.

      Advice: The Padres have a surplus of outfielders after acquiring Matt Kemp, Wil Myers and Justin Upton in recent days, so the Orioles could be able to find a match. Both Smith and Venable hit from the left side of the plate and could be used on the strong side of a platoon in Baltimore. Smith is signed through 2016 with a club option for 2017 while Venable can become a free agent after 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:15 am
    • Twins outright Chris Parmelee to Triple-A
      Twins sent OF Chris Parmelee outright to Triple-A Rochester.

      Advice: Parmelee was designated for assignment by Minnesota earlier this month and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 26-year-old hit just .256/.307/.384 with seven homers and 28 RBI in 87 games with the Twins in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:21 pm
       
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      L, 3-0 @Det
    • Orioles release Quintin Berry
      Orioles released OF Quintin Berry.

      Advice: The team claimed Ryan Lavarnway off of waivers and released Berry to make room. Berry's best attribute is his speed, as he stole 30 bases in the minors in 2014. He slashed .285/.382/.367 at Triple-A and could serve as a pinch-runner for whomever picks him up. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:26 am
       
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      W, 1-0 @Tor
    • Royals outright Moises Sierra to Triple-A
      Royals sent OF Moises Sierra outright to Triple-A Omaha.

      Advice: Sierra batted just .230/.265/.342 in 170 plate appearances this past season between the Blue Jays and White Sox. The Royals then picked him up off waivers in October, but he got designated for assignment last week to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for Alex Rios. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:42 am
       
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      W, 6-4 @CWS
    • Padres do not intend to trade OF Wil Myers
      According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres do not intend to trade Wil Myers.

      Advice: Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News reported over the weekend that the Padres have expressed interested in acquiring Phillies ace Cole Hamels and that Myers, whom the Padres just acquired from the Rays, could be included in the deal. But Lin hears Monday from "sources within the organization" that Myers will be in center field for San Diego on Opening Day 2015. Let's not rule anything out quite yet. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:45 am
    • Justin Upton won't negotiate in-season
      Justin Upton's agent, Larry Reynolds, said in an interview on SiriusXM Sunday that his client is open to a contract extension with the Padres.

      Advice: Upton is not, however, willing to negotiate a deal in-season, which is pretty common among impending free agents. Whether the Padres have any real interest or would be capable of locking Upton up remains to be seen. If they don't extend the outfielder, they can make him a qualifying offer next winter and pick up a draft pick. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 21, 10:07 am
    • Twins invite Byron Buxton to spring training
      The Twins have invited top outfield prospect Byron Buxton to major league spring training.

      Advice: The Twins announced Friday that they have invited 18 minor leagues to spring training as non-roster invitees, with Buxton and Jose Berrios headlining the crop. The 21-year-old outfielder was limited to only 31 games in 2014 due to a variety of ailments and then fractured a finger during play in the Arizona Fall League. He's expected to be fully healthy and ready to go for the start of spring training. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 5:03 pm
       
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      L, 3-0 @Det
    • Wil Myers playing CF 'is a possibility'
      Padres manager Bud Black said Friday that Wil Myers playing center field "is a possibility."

      Advice: Black doesn't want to etch anything in stone, and we can hardly blame him because general manager A.J. Preller might trade all three of his new outfielders over the weekend. However, it sounds like the plan is for Myers to handle center, with Justin Upton manning left field and Matt Kemp in right. Myers has nine games' worth of experience in center field in the majors and 100 games' worth of experience there in the minors. It's going to be a brutal defensive outfield, but the Padres are obviously hoping they can make up for it with their bats. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 2:32 pm
    • Padres' trade for Justin Upton made official
      Padres acquired OF Justin Upton and RHP Aaron Northcraft from the Braves in exchange for LHP Max Fried, INF Jace Peterson, 3B Dustin Peterson, OF Mallex Smith and the fourth international bonus pool slot.

      Advice: The deal, which was reported early Friday morning, has now been made official. Upton is coming off a season in which he batted .270/.342/.491 with 29 homers and 102 RBI for the Braves. With the addition of him, Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, Derek Norris and Will Middlebrooks, the Padres have completely re-tooled their lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 1:55 pm
    • Rios signs one-year, $11M deal with Royals
      Royals signed OF Alex Rios to a one-year, $11 million contract with a mutual option for 2016.

      Advice: Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com says the mutual option is worth $12.5 million. Rios batted just .280/.311/.398 with only four home runs over 521 plate appearances during his walk year. The move from Globe Life Park to Kauffman Stadium won't help, but Rios is worth a shot on a one-year deal. He will turn 34 in February. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 12:15 pm
    • Garrett Jones lands with Yankees
      Yankees acquired 1B/OF Garrett Jones from the Marlins in the Nathan Eovaldi trade.

      Advice: Jones hit .246/.309/.411 with 15 homers last season as the Marlins' main first baseman. He's been pretty good versus right-handed pitching in his career (.811 OPS) and offers a bit of versatility with the ability to play first base and the corner outfield spots. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 11:42 am
       
      W, 9-5 @Bos
    • 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
      Dec 19, 11:34 am
       
      Player Note
      Martín Prado Mia - 2B,3B,OF
      L, 1-0 @Was
    • Carlos Peguero released by Royals
      Royals released OF Carlos Peguero.

      Advice: FOX Sports 1's CJ Nitkowski reported last month that Peguero was receiving interest from Japanese clubs, so perhaps he's close to an overseas deal. The 27-year-old has hit just .196/.245/.379 over 229 big league plate appearances. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 11:04 am
       
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      W, 6-4 @CWS
    • Pirates ink Corey Hart to one-year contract
      Pirates signed 1B/OF Corey Hart to a one-year contract.

      Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says Hart will receive $2.5 million and have a chance to earn $2.5 million more through incentives. Hart figures to platoon at first base with Pedro Alvarez while providing another option in a loaded Pirates outfield. The 32-year-old batted just .203/.271/.319 with six homers over 68 games in 2014 after missing the 2013 campaign with knee issues. If he proves to be healthy -- which is a big question -- Hart could be a nice gamble on a one-year deal. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 10:59 am
       
      Player Note
      Corey Hart Pit - 1B,OF
      L, 4-1 @Cin
    • Rays get Steven Souza from Nationals
      Rays acquired OF Steven Souza, C Rene Rivera, RHP Burch Smith, 1B Jake Bauers and LHP Travis Ott, Padres acquired OF Wil Myers, C Ryan Hanigan, LHP Jose Castillo and RHP Gerardo Reyes, Nationals acquired RHP Joe Ross and a player to be named later in a three-team trade.

      Advice: The Rays are gambling that they're not going to see much, if any, of a fall-off in production in right field in going from Myers to Souza. A late bloomer, Souza batted .350/.432/.590 with 18 homers, 75 RBI and 26 stolen bases in 96 Triple-A games last season. Many aren't as high on him as the Rays apparently are, but he definitely holds sleeper appeal from a fantasy perspective. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 9:38 am
    • Myers arrives in San Diego in 11-player deal
      Padres acquired OF Wil Myers, C Ryan Hanigan, LHP Jose Castillo and RHP Gerardo Reyes, Rays acquired OF Steven Souza, C Rene Rivera, RHP Burch Smith, 1B Jake Bauers and LHP Travis Ott, Nationals acquired RHP Joe Ross and a player to be named later in a three-team trade.

      Advice: The much-discussed deal is now official in the books. Myers, the 2013 American League Rookie of the Year, is the big fish here. The young outfielder struggled with a .222/.290/.320 batting line with six home runs and 35 RBI in 87 games last season, but he's under control through 2019 and is a nice long-term get for the Padres. Shortstop prospect Trea Turner will be the player to be named in the deal but can't officially be announced yet because he was just drafted in June. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 9:22 am
    • Padres closing in on deal for Justin Upton
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Padres will acquire Justin Upton from the Braves.

      Advice: A.J. Preller has struck again. The Padres general manager planned to add offense over the winter and has now traded for Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, Justin Upton and Derek Norris within the span of a few weeks. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says the Padres will also receive a low-level prospect, with the Braves getting Max Fried, Jace Peterson, Dustin Peterson and Mallex Smith. Fried underwent Tommy John surgery in August but was one of the game's top pitching prospects before blowing out his elbow. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 6:43 am
    • Braves 'finishing up' trade of Justin Upton
      Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that the Braves are "finishing up" a trade involving Justin Upton.

      Advice: Fangraphs's Kiley McDaniel says Upton will be going to an AL West club "for a package headlined by young pitching." FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal has ruled out the Rangers and A's as possibile landing spots, while both Rosenthal and MLB.com's Mark Bowman say the Padres cannot be ruled out. The Mariners have also been connected to Upton. It sounds like the deal is likely to be completed at some point on Friday. Upton will be a free agent after the 2015 season. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 5:48 am
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