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    • Padres re-sign SP Josh Johnson for $1 million
      Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports confirms that the Padres have re-signed Josh Johnson.

      Advice: It's a one-year deal worth $1 million guaranteed, and it also includes another $6.25 million in performance-based incentives. Johnson missed the entire 2014 season due to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery -- the second of his career. He should be recovered sometime in May or early June. Rotoworld.com
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    • Cubs outright Donn Roach to Triple-A level
      Cubs sent RHP Donn Roach outright to Triple-A Iowa.

      Advice: Chicago claimed Roach off waivers from the Padres in mid-November, but he was then removed from the Cubs' 40-man roster this past weekend to clear space for some newer acquisitions. The 25-year-old righty posted a 4.75 ERA across 30 1/3 innings in 2014 for San Diego. Rotoworld.com
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    • Cubs outright Logan Watkins to AAA Iowa
      Cubs sent INF Logan Watkins outright to Triple-A Iowa.

      Advice: Watkins was designated for assignment last week. He is a .233/.269/.301 career hitter in 110 major league plate appearances and is no longer on the Cubs' 40-man roster. Rotoworld.com
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    • 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
      Today, 10:42 am
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    • Royals outright Casey Coleman to AAA
      Royals sent RHP Casey Coleman outright to Triple-A Omaha.

      Advice: Coleman was designated for assignment by Kansas City last week and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 27-year-old is no longer on the Royals' 40-man roster. Rotoworld.com
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    • Giants, Romo finalize two-year, $15M contract
      Giants re-signed RHP Sergio Romo to a two-year, $15 million contract.

      Advice: The free agent deal was agreed to last week and then officially announced Monday after Romo passed his pre-signing physical. The 31-year-old righty was probably hoping to hit it much bigger this winter in a relief market that has yielded four-year deals for David Robertson and Andrew Miller, but Romo finished the 2014 season with a relatively-underwhelming 3.72 ERA in 58 innings. He put up a 2.03 ERA in 225 2/3 innings between 2010-2013. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:35 am
    • Nationals sign Heath Bell to minors contract
      Nationals signed RHP Heath Bell to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Bell struggled mightily in 2014, posting a 7.27 ERA in 17 1/3 innings with the Rays and then even worse numbers with the Yankees' Triple-A team. The 37-year-old right-hander seems doubtful to have an impact in Washington. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:07 am
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    • Nate Jones (elbow) to begin throwing Jan.
      Nate Jones (elbow) is expected to begin a throwing program in early January.

      Advice: Jones underwent Tommy John surgery in late July and probably won't be ready to rejoin the White Sox until sometime next August. The 28-year-old right-hander owns a 3.55 ERA in 149 2/3 career innings of relief. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:40 am
    • 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
      Today, 7:45 am
    • Yankees have checked in on Troy Tulowitzki
      According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Yankees have checked in with the Rockies on Troy Tulowitzki.

      Advice: Heyman reported late last week that the Mets and Rockies had been "quietly discussing" the parameters of a Tulowitzki trade, but the two sides have not been able to find a match. And while the Yankees also have a big hole at shortstop, they probably don't possess the kind of elite-level prospects that Colorado would want in a return package. Heyman writes Monday that it "remains unclear how committed the Rockies-owning Monfort brothers are to trading the beloved Tulo." Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:30 am
    • Hughes gets 3-yr, $42M extension from Twins
      Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that Phil Hughes has agreed to a three-year, $42 million contract extension with the Twins.

      Advice: The extension wipes out the final two years and $16 million on Hughes' original three-year, $24 million deal with the Twins. So it's essentially a five-year, $58 million pact, and it'll keep Hughes in Minnesota through the 2019 season. The 28-year-old right-hander revitalized his career in 2014, posting a 3.52 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 186/16 K/BB ratio across 209 2/3 innings. He had a 5.19 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 2013, his final year with the Yankees. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:59 am
    • Padres have talked to Phillies about Hamels
      Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News reports that the Padres have had discussions with the Phillies regarding Cole Hamels.

      Advice: Lawrence notes that any trade package for Hamels could revolve around the newly-acquired Wil Myers. The Padres have pulled off several blockbuster moves in the past week, and acquiring an elite top of the rotation left-hander would be another strong acquisition. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:11 pm
    • 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
      Yesterday, 10:07 am
    • Boras: Wieters will be ready by Opening Day
      Agent Scott Boras has said that his client, Matt Wieters (elbow), will be ready to play on Opening Day.

      Advice: Orioles manager Buck Showalter said last week that it's possible Wieters won't be ready for the opener as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery, but Boras doesn't seem to think it will be an issue. The O's will no doubt take things slowly with the catcher in spring training and we likely won't know for sure until he starts playing in Grapefruit League action whether he can be penciled into the lineup on April 6 versus the Rays. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:00 am
    • James Shields' asking price to be near $110M
      Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that James Shields' contract demands are expected to be around five years and $110 million.

      Advice: It's the same amount left on Cole Hamels' contract, assuming Hamels' option is picked up, and is a reasonable demand after Jon Lester landed a $155 million deal from the Cubs. Cafardo says that the Giants and Red Sox are "in the picture" for Shields, while the Yankees "may be another suitor." Shields, who just turned 33, holds a 3.64 ERA over his eight full seasons and has made at least 31 starts every year during that stretch. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:21 am
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    • Chase Utley expected to remain in Philly
      Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro has indicated that Chase Utley still has no desire to waive his no-trade clause.

      Advice: "I've had some dialogue with Wolfie [agent Joel Wolfe] but frankly, he doesn't want to go anywhere," Amaro said. "He has no desire to go anywhere... He wants to honor his contract and that's how we have to perceive it." The Phillies are obviously in rebuilding mode, but it appears that Utley would rather stay where he's comfortable than go to a potential playoff contender. The veteran second baseman will make $10 million in 2015 and has $45 million in three vesting options from 2016-18. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:39 am
    • Lindblom signs with KBO's Lotte Giants
      Josh Lindblom signed with the Lotte Giants of the Korean Baseball Organization.

      Advice: Lindblom was released by the Pirates and subsequently signed a deal to play in the KBO next season. According to the Yonhap News Agency, Lindblom will get $850,000 and a $50,000 signing bonus in the deal. The 27-year-old made one start in the majors this past season. Rotoworld.com
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    • Giants do not plan to talk to Max Scherzer
      Giants general manager Brian Sabean said Saturday that the team does not plan to talk to free agent right-hander Max Scherzer.

      Advice: The Giants have talked to James Shields this winter, so there were some rumblings that they may have some interest in Scherzer as well, but it appears that they have no desire to entertain the massive payday that he is looking to find. With the Yankees also out on Scherzer, his market for potential destinations appears to be dwindling. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:36 pm
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    • Rangers release right-hander Ben Rowen
      Rangers released RHP Ben Rowen.

      Advice: Rowen was designated for assignment earlier in the week by the Rangers and has now been given his outright release. The 26-year-old should attract interest from teams looking for bullpen help and shouldn't be out of work for long. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:44 am
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    • Giants acquire Casey McGehee from Marlins
      Giants acquired INF Casey McGehee from the Marlins for RHP Kendry Flores and RHP Luis Castillo.

      Advice: The 32-year-old third baseman may seem like an underwhelming addition to replace Pablo Sandoval at the hot corner for the Giants, but if he can replicate the .287/.355/.357 that he hit in 2014 while playing solid defense, he'll win over Giants fans. Just don't expect much from a fantasy perspective, as his power was non-existent in Miami. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:14 am
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