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    • Stephen Vogt has walking boot removed
      Stephen Vogt had the walking boot removed from his surgically-repaired right foot Thursday.

      Advice: Vogt had surgery in October to repair the plantar plates in his foot. It's an injury he dealt with throughout the second half of the season and he noted Thursday that it's the first time since July he can put a shoe on his right foot and walk without any pain. Vogt will be fine for the start of spring training. Rotoworld.com
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      W, 4-0 @Tex
    • Padres close to 1-yr deal with Josh Johnson
      Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that Josh Johnson is on the verge of a one-year deal with the Padres.

      Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says Johnson's base salary will be less than $2 million but he'll have the chance to make as much as $8 million through incentives. The Padres declined a $4 million option on Johnson back in October, but they have remained interested in bringing him back at a lesser rate. And it appears that they'll be able to get it done. The deal is expected to include incentives based on games started. The Padres just signed another injury-prone pitcher, Brandon Morrow, earlier this week. Rotoworld.com
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      L, 9-3 @SF
    • 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
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      W, 6-4 @CWS
    • Ichiro receiving some consideration from O's
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that free agent Ichiro Suzuki is "receiving some consideration" from the Orioles.

      Advice: Baltimore is currently in the mix for a number of free agent outfielders, including Colby Rasmus, Norichika Aoki, and Delmon Young. Ichiro batted just .284/.324/.340 in 143 games this past season for the Yankees. He turned 41 years old in late October. Rotoworld.com
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      W, 9-5 @Bos
    • Kevin Correia more engaged with 3-4 teams
      According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, free agent Kevin Correia has become "more engaged" with 3-4 teams.

      Advice: In other words, he may be getting close to choosing a team. Correia posted a rough 5.44 ERA in 26 starts and three relief appearances this past season between the Dodgers and Twins. He should come very cheap. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:31 pm
       
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      W, 10-5 vs Col
    • Rockies sign Audry Perez to minors deal
      Rockies signed C Audry Perez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Perez appeared in one game this past season for the Cardinals. The 25-year-old catcher has a troubling .293 career on-base percentage in the minor leagues and probably won't see much action in Colorado. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:06 pm
       
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      L, 10-5 @LAD
    • Mariners re-sign infielder Carlos Rivero
      Mariners re-signed 3B Carlos Rivero to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Rivero was non-tendered by the M's earlier this month, but he's now back with the organization on a non-guaranteed minor league deal. The 26-year-old infielder spent most of the 2014 season between Double-A and Triple-A, hitting .264/.324/.379 in 105 games. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:57 am
       
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      W, 4-1 vs LAA
    • Mariners sign Mark Lowe to minors contract
      Mariners signed RHP Mark Lowe to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Lowe made just seven appearances in 2014, allowing 10 hits and six walks in seven innings for the Indians. The 31-year-old right-hander seems doubtful to crack Seattle's Opening Day bullpen. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:54 am
       
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      W, 4-1 vs LAA
    • White Sox reach agreement with C Kottaras
      White Sox signed C George Kottaras to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Kottaras hopped between three different organizations in 2014, appearing in only 18 games at the major league level. He'll be depth at catcher for the Pale Hose. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:43 am
       
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      L, 6-4 vs KC
    • A's DFA right-hander Fernando Rodriguez
      Athletics designated RHP Fernando Rodriguez for assignment.

      Advice: Oakland signed Rodriguez to a one-year deal on December 2, avoiding arbitration, but it was only worth around $100,000 more than the major league minimum. He got bumped from the A's 40-man roster Thursday to clear a spot for new left-hander Eury de la Rosa. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:11 am
       
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      W, 4-0 @Tex
    • A's acquire Eury de la Rosa from Diamondbacks
      Athletics acquired LHP Eury de la Rosa from the Diamondbacks for cash considerations.

      Advice: The 24-year-old left-hander was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks last week to clear a spot for one of the players Arizona brought back in the Wade Miley trade. He owns a 4.21 ERA in 51 1/3 major league innings but had promising numbers in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:07 am
    • Wieters (elbow) might not be ready for opener
      Orioles manager Buck Showalter said this week that Matt Wieters (elbow) might not be ready for Opening Day.

      Advice: Wieters underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in mid-June and that procedure usually requires 8-10 months of recovery time for position players. "I think Manny [Machado] makes the start of the year, and I think Matt is very close thereafter," Showalter said. "But we won’t put either one of these guys on the field until it’s time to go, and try to keep the finish line in mind." Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:51 am
    • Rockies 'looking at' starter Kyle Kendrick
      ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Rockies are "looking at" free agent Kyle Kendrick.

      Advice: Kendrick has a decent career groundball rate, which is a nice fit for the light air of Coors Field, but the 30-year-old right-hander also owns a putrid 4.42 career ERA and 4.9 career K/9 in eight major league seasons. Colorado continues to aim low. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:25 am
       
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      L, 2-1 vs Atl
    • Seth Smith being discussed in trade talks
      ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports he's hearing Seth Smith's name often in trade talks.

      Advice: With the recent deals for Matt Kemp and Wil Myers the Padres suddenly have an excess of outfielders. Smith got off to a great start to his 2014 season before finishing with a .266/.367/.440 line. Smith, 32, is due $6 million next season and is signed through 2016 with a club option for 2017, so he could be an attractive option for a team in need of left-handed power in the corner outfield or at first base. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:00 pm
    • B.J. Upton's contract might scare teams
      David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that it's "unlikely" that B.J. Upton will be traded this offseason, as teams do not want to pay the remainder of his contract.

      Advice: It's understandable, as Upton is owed $46.35 million over the next three years. This, coupled with the fact that he hit just .198/.279/.314 over the last two seasons, makes Upton an incredibly difficult candidate to move. Compounding matters is the fact that according to O'Brien, the Braves don't want to "give away [catcher Evan] Gattis to get rid of [Upton]." Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:50 pm
    • Eury de la Rosa designated for assignment
      Diamondbacks designated LHP Eury de la Rosa for assignment.

      Advice: With the Wade Miley deal bringing back three players from the Red Sox, the D'Backs needed to clear room on the 40-man roster and de la Rosa was the casualty. The 24-year-old did a nice job out of the bullpen for the Snakes in 2014, posting a 2.95 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 32/14 K/BB ratio in 36 2/3 innings. He shouldn't be looking for work for long. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:10 pm
    • Twins have interest in RHP Kyle Kendrick
      Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that the Twins have interest in free agent right-hander Kyle Kendrick.

      Advice: The team even had a meeting about him at the Winter Meetings in San Diego, so it appears that he is a serious consideration. Kendrick owns a 4.42 ERA over eight seasons in the majors while averaging 4.9 K/9. He's the perfect Twin, really. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:01 am
       
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      L, 2-1 vs Atl
    • Ichiro's agent says market is 'not hot'
      Ichiro Suzuki's agent, John Boggs, told Joel Sherman of the New York Post that the market for his client is "not hot."

      Advice: It's not often that you see an agent be this transparent about a client, but it's not surprising that the market could be limited for a 41-year-old outfielder who owns a .662 OPS (including an 86 OPS+) over the past four seasons. Boggs is hopeful that teams won't hold his age against him and will see him as someone who hit .284 in 2014 and can play all three outfield positions. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 8, 6:34 am
       
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      W, 9-5 @Bos
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