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    • Steve Pearce, Orioles avoid arbitration
      Orioles and 1B/OF Steve Pearce avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.7 million contract.

      Advice: It's the exact midpoint between arbitration figures exchanged earlier this month. Pearce is slated to be Baltimore's regular designated hitter in 2015 after last year's surprising showing. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:52 pm
    • Victor Martinez could catch some early on
      Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said this week that Victor Martinez could catch some early on in the season if Miguel Cabrera (ankle) is ready by Opening Day.

      Advice: The Tigers play the Pirates on April 13-15 in Pittsburgh, meaning the designated hitter won't be available to use. "If Miggy's available, then Victor would be an option at catcher," Ausmus said. If Cabrera's recovery drags into the regular season, V-Mart would be used at first base. Obviously it could potentially be big news for Martinez's fantasy value if you're in a league that only requires only a minimal amount of playing time at a position to gain eligibility. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:48 am
    • BoSox, Nava avoid arbitration with 1-yr deal
      Red Sox and OF Daniel Nava avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.85 million contract.

      Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported the contract terms. Nava, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, requested $2.25 million and was offered $1.3 million from the Red Sox when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this month. Ultimately, the two sides settled a bit north of the midpoint. The switch-hitter figures to function as a reserve outfielder and backup first baseman in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 2:36 pm
      Player Note
      Daniel Nava Bos - 1B,OF
    • Orioles ink Parmelee to minor league contract
      Orioles signed OF Chris Parmelee to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Parmelee elected to become a free agent in December after getting outrighted off the Twins' 40-man roster. The 26-year-old batted just .256/.307/.384 with seven homers and 28 RBI in 87 games with the Twins in 2014. He'll be nothing more than depth for Baltimore. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:02 am
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    • Napoli feeling energized since facial surgery
      Mike Napoli said Sunday that he has felt much more energized in his offseason workouts since undergoing surgery in November for sleep apnea.

      Advice: It was a horribly painful procedure -- called a bimaxillary advancement -- that involved the restructuring of Napoli's jaw and lower face. He felt the surgery was necessary in order to continue his playing career and he's hoping it'll improve his on-field production in 2015. "I couldn't do it anymore," said Napoli, "feeling the way I was feeling. I was like, 'I need to have the surgery or I'm not going to play anymore.' That's how bad it was. I came in (and told the team), 'I need to have the surgery now.'" Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:44 am
    • Joe Mauer enjoying normal, healthy offseason
      Joe Mauer indicated Saturday that he's enjoying a normal and healthy offseason and believes he's in a good place heading into the 2015 season.

      Advice: Mauer did not have that same luxury last offseason when he was dealing with concussion issues. He had a disappointing season at the dish in his first go-round as the team's starting first baseman, slashing just .277/.361/.371 with four homers and 55 RBI in 120 games. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:54 am
    • Cabrera should be ready close to Opening Day
      Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Saturday that Miguel Cabrera will be ready by Opening day or "very, very close".

      Advice: Dombrowski added that the team will know more on February 15 when he's reevaluated. If Cabrera is forced to miss a few games at the start of the season, Alex Avila is a candidate to see time at first base which would allow James McCann to handle the bulk of the early season work behind the plate. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:43 am
    • Fielder (neck) healthy and ready to go
      Prince Fielder (neck) declared Friday that he's fully healthy and ready to go.

      Advice: In good spirits, Fielder quipped, "I'll play a pickup game right now" during the team's awards dinner on Friday. The veteran slugger is eager to put the disappointing 2014 season behind him and wants to return to playing every day next season. Fielder hit just .247/.360/.360 with three homers and 16 RBI over 42 games in his first season as a Ranger before being shut down with the neck issue. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:17 pm
    • Rangers and Moreland agree to one-year deal
      Rangers and INF/OF Mitch Moreland avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.95 million contract.

      Advice: The final figure is close to the midpoint that the two sides filed at. Moreland can also earn an additional $25,000 in incentives. He's expected to begin the season as the club's primary option at designated hitter against right-handed pitching. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:36 pm
    • Brock Holt clear of concussion symptoms
      Brock Holt hasn't had any concussion symptoms since the end of last season.

      Advice: Holt missed the final 21 games of 2014 with concussion issues, but he was given a clean bill of health in October and has been checking in regularly with specialist Dr. Micky Collins. "He said at the beginning of October he’d like to see me one more time to tie a ribbon on it and know everything’s fine," Holt said. "He’s been checking in and really happy with the updates I’ve been giving him." Holt will serve in a utility role for the Red Sox in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:38 am
      Player Note
      Brock Holt Bos - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    • Red Sox could try Allen Craig at third base
      According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox have spoken to Allen Craig about playing some third base.

      Advice: Craig did make a handful of starts at third base during his tenure with the Cardinals and it's the position he played most frequently in the minors, so this isn't some crazy experiment. But he has looked stiff in the field (and even worse at the plate) since suffering a Lisfranc foot injury in late 2013. Craig is not a good bet for significant fantasy value in 2015, no matter what position he's playing. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:20 pm
      Player Note
      Allen Craig Bos - 1B,OF
    • Joey Votto's offseason: 'very, very good'
      Reds manager Bryan Price said Thursday that reports on Joey Votto's health have been "very, very good."

      Advice: "Right now, we’re looking to hit the ground running when Joey gets to [Goodyear, Arizona]," said Price. "The last report when [strength and conditioning coach Sean Marohn] was up in Toronto earlier this month was very, very good." Votto missed 100 games in 2014 due to a distal quad strain, but he was nearing full health by the end of the regular season and is a strong bounceback candidate in 2015. The 31-year-old first baseman boasts an outstanding .310/.417/.533 career batting line. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:31 am
    • Braves ink UTIL Kelly Johnson to minors deal
      Braves signed INF Kelly Johnson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Johnson batted just .215/.296/.362 in 106 games last season between the Yankees, Red Sox, and Orioles. But the 32-year-old is capable of playing multiple positions defensively -- including the corner outfield -- and will act as a source of cheap depth for Atlanta in 2015. He was drafted 38th overall by the Braves in 2000. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:11 pm
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    • Jon Singleton to begin season in minors?
      Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow indicated Tuesday that Jon Singleton could begin the 2015 season in the minors.

      Advice: The club is viewing Evan Gattis as more of a first baseman/designated hitter type, and Chris Carter isn't going to be benched after slugging 37 homers last season. That means Singleton, who hit 13 homers but batted just .168/.285/.335 overall across 95 games in 2014, could be in line for some more minor league seasoning. "Guys that have options are going to have to prove to us that they belong in the big leagues. I don’t think it’s just Singleton. Like I said, we’ve got multiple options at every position on the diamond now. So, you know, players may not be playing their preferred position — that puzzle will come together in spring training. We’re only guessing to try to figure it out right now." Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:19 pm
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