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  • Indians are 'out' on free agent Chase Headley
    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians are "out" on free agent Chase Headley.

    Advice: The Indians made a few inquiries but have already determined that Headley, who's being courted by several teams, will cost too much. Cleveland is not expected to be a big player in this year's free agent market. Headley seems most likely to re-sign with the Yankees, though the Giants have suddenly emerged as an intriguing potential match with Pablo Sandoval walking as a free agent. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:10 am
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  • Rays designate Sean Rodriguez for assignment
    Rays designated INF/OF Sean Rodriguez for assignment.

    Advice: Due another raise through arbitration, Rodriguez was considered a likely non-tender candidate, so the Rays simply decided to cut ties a little bit early. He could draw interest on waivers due to his versatility. Rodriguez batted .211/.258/.443 with 12 home runs over 259 plate appearances this past season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:33 am
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    Seán Rodríguez TB - 1B,2B,3B,OF
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  • Indians have contacted Kendrys Morales
    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians have contacted free agent designated hitter/first baseman Kendrys Morales.

    Advice: Hoynes writes that Morales could be an option if the Indians manage to unload Nick Swisher. He could also qualify as insurance for Swisher, who had surgery on both of his knees in August. Morales will likely come at a discount after batting just .218/.274/.338 with eight home runs and 42 RBI over 98 games this past season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:52 am
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  • Marlins called about Chris Davis, Evan Gattis
    According to Clark Spencer and Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Marlins have inquired about trades for Chris Davis of the Orioles and Evan Gattis of the Braves.

    Advice: These are just two of the options the Marlins are looking at as they attempt to upgrade from Garrett Jones at first base. They would likely have to give up quality pieces for either player, potentially including top prospect left-hander Andrew Heaney. Davis is under team control though 2015 while Gattis is under team control through 2018. Mike Morse gives the Marlins an alternative in free agency, but the club only has "lukewarm" interest in signing him. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:29 am
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    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B
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  • Padres getting trade inquiries on catchers
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Padres are getting a "ton of inquiries" on their catchers.

    Advice: This group includes Yasmani Grandal, Rene Rivera, and prospect Austin Hedges. Grandal finished strong and Rivera launched 11 home runs in 103 games this season, so the Padres could cash in on their surplus to upgrade in other areas. Hedges struggled with the bat this year in Double-A, but still has a strong defensive reputation and is regarded as the Padres' catcher of the future. It's unlikely they'll move him unless they get a major piece in return. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:25 am
  • Red Sox designate Francisco for assignment
    Red Sox designated 3B Juan Francisco for assignment.

    Advice: Francisco's stay in Boston was brief, as the team grabbed him off waivers from the Blue Jays less than a week prior. Francisco was insurance in the event the club couldn't land a big-name third baseman. He was DFA'd to make room for Hanley Ramirez, but Francisco won't be out of a job for long. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:13 pm
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  • White Sox, LaRoche finalize 2-yr, $25M deal
    White Sox signed 1B Adam LaRoche to a two-year, $25 million contract.

    Advice: The agreement was reported last Friday and it's now official. LaRoche will make $12 million next season and $13 million in 2016. With Jose Abreu already in-house, the 35-year-old figures to serve as the regular DH for Chicago. LaRoche amassed 26 home runs and 92 RBI in 140 games with the Nationals this season and should continue to post strong power numbers in the hitter-friendly U.S. Cellular Field. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:15 am
  • Rangers bring back INF Lucas on minors deal
    Rangers signed INF Ed Lucas to a minor league contract.

    Advice: He'll be at spring training with the club, per an invitation attached to the contract. Very probably, the Rangers never wanted to part with Lucas, whom they claimed off waivers from the Marlins after the season. Instead, they didn't want to waste a 40-man roster spot on him. So Texas themselves waived Lucas, and, this time, he passed through the process untouched. The 32-year-old Lucas has handled six different positions over the past two seasons with the Marlins, slashing .255/.302/.323 over 163 games. He's a solid break-glass-in-case-of-emergency piece. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:11 pm
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    Ed Lucas Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS
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  • Athletics acquire slugger Ike Davis from Bucs
    Athletics acquired 1B Ike Davis from the Pirates for international slot money.

    Advice: The 27-year-old slugger was designated for assignment by the Pirates earlier in the week. In 143 contests between the Mets and Pirates in 2014, Davis slashed .233/.344/.378 with 11 homers and 51 RBI in 360 at-bats. With his ability to draw a walk and hit for power from the left-hand side of the plate, he should be able to carve out a platoon role with the A's. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:16 pm
  • Reds sign Josh Satin to minor league contract
    Reds signed INF Josh Satin to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The deal is expected to include an invitation to major league spring training. The 29-year-old struggled mightily in his 25 games with the Mets in 2014, slashing a mere .086/.143/.399 with a 14/6 K/BB ratio in 35 at-bats. He'll have a chance to compete for a reserve role on the Reds bench. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:46 am
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    Josh Satin Cin - 1B,3B
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  • Pirates commit to Pedro Alvarez at 1B
    Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Thursday after the team designated Ike Davis for assignment that they've "essentially committed" to Pedro Alvarez at first base.

    Advice: Huntington previously had refused to rule out Alvarez remaining at third base, but with his throwing issues and Josh Harrison's emergence at the hot corner, a move to first for Alvarez was inevitable. Alvarez slugged 36 homers in 2013, but that number was cut in half in 2014 and he hit just .231/.312/.405 overall. His season ended early due to a stress reaction in his left foot, but he didn't need surgery and is expected to have a normal offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:04 am
  • Rangers sign Chris Gimenez to minors deal
    Rangers signed C Chris Gimenez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Gimenez began the 2014 season with Texas but was traded in August for cash. The 31-year-old will compete for the Rangers' backup catcher job next spring. He is a .210/.297/.302 career hitter in the major leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:05 pm
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  • A's announce three-year deal with Butler
    Athletics signed DH/1B Billy Butler to a three-year, $30 million contract.

    Advice: He's expected to receive $5 million of it as a signing bonus. It's a surprise that Butler was able to get such a contract after the worst offensive year of his career, but the A's obviously think he can fill a void. Oakland did need to get better versus left-handed pitching, and as a career .314/.393/.519 hitter versus southpaws, he should definitely help them in that regard. Butler will be the team's primary DH while also handling some first base. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:05 am
  • Indians could consider dealing Nick Swisher
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Indians are considering training Nick Swisher "for another player with an inflated contract."

    Advice: Swisher has been banged up and largely unproductive in his two years in Cleveland, batting just .208/.278/.331 over 97 games in 2014 before having surgery on both knees in August. He's owed $30 million over the next two seasons and has a $17 million vesting option for 2017, so the Tribe will have to take on another contract in order to deal him. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:18 am
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