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    • Rangers showing interest in Brandon Beachy
      Brandon Beachy's agent, Robert Martin, told Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News that the Rangers are among the teams showing interest in his client.

      Advice: "Several teams are still reviewing his medicals," Martin said via e-mail. "I do not think a decision is imminent, but he does have multiple offers." Beachy, who is working his way back from a second Tommy John surgery, was non-tendered by the Braves earlier this month. He probably won't contribute much in the first half next season, but Beachy holds a career 3.23 ERA over 46 starts and is worth a gamble on an incentive-laden deal. Rotoworld.com
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    • David Ross expected to sign with Padres
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that David Ross will sign with the Padres.

      Advice: Well, of course they are. The Padres already have two viable catchers in Derek Norris and Tim Federowicz and they now have a third. Federowicz is out of options, so it would seem another trade is coming. Ross has batted just .197/.276/.374 over the last two seasons, but his leadership and ability to handle a pitching staff is valued. Rotoworld.com
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    • Cubs' signing of Jason Motte now official
      Cubs signed RHP Jason Motte to a one-year, $4.5 million contract.

      Advice: The deal also contains $2.5 million worth of incentives for games finished. The Cubs plan to use Motte in a setup role, but he'll provide some insurance in case Hector Rondon struggles. Motte put up a 4.68 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 29 appearances for the Cardinals in 2014, but the hope is that he'll be able to regain his past form as he further distances himself from Tommy John surgery. Rotoworld.com
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    • Dodgers announce trade for SS Jimmy Rollins
      Dodgers acquired SS Jimmy Rollins and cash considerations from the Phillies in exchange for RHP Zach Eflin and LHP Tom Windle.

      Advice: They had to wait for the Matt Kemp trade to become official (which it did Thursday night), as Eflin was part of the package the Dodgers got from the Padres. Rollins makes for a nice one-year option for the contending Dodgers, as he's coming off a nice 2014 season that saw him bat .243/.323/.394 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI while also played pretty good defense at shortstop. The Phillies are sending $1 million to the Dodgers in the deal. Rotoworld.com
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    • Orioles announce deal with Wesley Wright
      Orioles signed LHP Wesley Wright to a one-year, $1.7 million contract.

      Advice: Wright was non-tendered by the Cubs but quickly landed on his feet in Baltimore. The left-hander holds a 3.25 ERA while striking out nearly a batter per inning since the beginning of the 2011 season and should be a solid middle relief option for the Orioles. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:06 am
    • Middlebrooks headed to Padres for Hanigan
      Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that the Padres are closing in on a deal that would send Ryan Hanigan to the Red Sox for Will Middlebrooks.

      Advice: The Padres' re-tooling continues. Middlebrooks is just a career .237/.284/.411 hitter, but he's slugged 34 homers over 894 plate appearances and gives San Diego more right-handed power potential. The Padres can now put Yangervis Solarte in a utility role where he belongs. Hanigan will share catching duties with Christian Vazquez in Boston. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:56 am
    • Yankees president rules out Scherzer pursuit
      Yankees president Randy Levine indicated Thursday that the chances the team will go after Max Scherzer are "virtually none."

      Advice: "The chances of us bringing in a guy for six [years] and $25 million or over in my opinion is virtually none,'' Levine said. "At the end of the day you have to be realistic in any organization.'' CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has been beating the Scherzer-to-the-Yankees drum for a while, or at least saying it's a possibility, but every other outlet has consistently said it's not going to happen. The Yankees need rotation help but already have two massive pitching contracts on the books with CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka. Rotoworld.com
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    • Blue Jays ink Andrew Albers to minors deal
      Blue Jays signed LHP Andrew Albers to a minor league contract.

      Advice: The deal presumably includes an invitation to spring training. Albers, 29, posted a 4.05 ERA over 10 starts for the Twins in 2013 before spending last season in Korea. He's merely organizational depth. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:03 am
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    • 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
      Today, 6:43 am
    • Mets still talking Tulo trade with Rockies
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mets and Rockies "have been quietly discussing" a potential Troy Tulowitzki trade for weeks.

      Advice: He adds that pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard "is said to be the centerpiece of discussions" of the package that would head to the Rockies. However, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says the two teams have talked all offseason but no traction has been gained. A source told him he thinks the chances of the two sides completing a deal are "5-10 percent." In other words, nothing has really changed here. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:57 am
    • Jake Peavy re-ups with Giants for two years
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Jake Peavy has re-signed with the Giants on a two-year, $24 million contract.

      Advice: Peavy gets a $4 million signing bonus and will then earn $7 million in 2015 and $13 million in 2016. The Giants also gave the veteran right-hander a full no-trade clause. Peavy thrived for the Giants down the stretch after coming over in a trade from the Red Sox, posting a 2.17 ERA across 12 starts. He'll turn 34 in May but should still have a couple decent years left as long as he can remain healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:36 am
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    • R.J. Alvarez goes to A's with Hahn
      Athletics acquired RHP R.J. Alvarez from the Padres in the Derek Norris trade.

      Advice: Alvarez has now been traded twice in five months, as he went from the Angels to the Padres in the Huston Street deal. The 23-year-old allowed just one run in eight innings with the Padres and posted a 1.25 ERA and 61/13 K/BB ratio over 43 1/3 Double-A frames last season. Sean Doolittle is locked in as the A's closer, but Alvarez has the upside to eventually pitch in the ninth inning. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:00 pm
    • Athletics get Jesse Hahn from Padres
      Athletics acquired RHPs Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez from the Padres in exchange for C Derek Norris, RHP Seth Streich and international bonus slot 117.

      Advice: Hahn had a breakout showing with the Padres in 2014, posting a 3.07 ERA while striking out 70 over 73 1/3 innings. He's had past arm issues, but if he can stay healthy he should maintain plenty of fantasy upside pitching half his games at O.co Coliseum. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:56 pm
    • Norris lands with Padres in four-player trade
      Padres acquired C Derek Norris, RHP Seth Streich and international bonus slot 117 from the Athletics in exchange for RHPs R.J. Alvarez and Jesse Hahn.

      Advice: The trade was reported a couple hours ago and has already been made official. An All-Star in 2014, Norris batted .270/.361/.403 with 10 homers for the A's last season. He's struggled defensively and against right-handed pitching, but Norris should still be an above-average offensive catcher even if he doesn't improve versus righties. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:49 pm
    • Rockies showing interest in Harang, Correia
      MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports that the Rockies are showing interest in Aaron Harang, Kevin Correia and Kyle Kendrick.

      Advice: Their interest in Correia and Kendrick had already been reported, but Harang's name is new. Harding also lists the Rockies as having interest in Josh Johnson, but he's reportedly close to re-signing with the Padres. Harang had a solid season for the Braves in 2014, posting a 3.57 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, and 161/71 K/BB ratio in 204 1/3 innings. However, he's a flyball pitcher who would probably be a terrible fit at Coors Field. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:34 pm
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    • 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
      Yesterday, 12:57 pm
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    • 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
      Yesterday, 11:57 am
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    • BoSox in 'active' talks for Allen Craig trade
      According to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Red Sox are in "active" Allen Craig trade talks with at least one team.

      Advice: Craig batted just .128/.234/.191 in 107 plate appearances after the July 31 trade that sent he and Joe Kelly from the Cardinals to the Red Sox for John Lackey. Craig hasn't been the same since suffering a Lisfranc foot injury late in the 2013 season and he's owed $26.5 million over the next three years. Boston probably won't be able to get much in return. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:21 am
    • 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
      Yesterday, 10:07 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
      Yesterday, 6:25 am
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