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  • Stearns: No trade imminent for Lucroy
    Brewers general manager David Stearns reiterated Tuesday that the club doesn't have anything in the works regarding a Jonathan Lucroy trade.

    Advice: In other words, nothing has changed since the weekend, when Stearns said that he expects Lucroy to be with the team when spring training begins. The Nationals, Rangers, and Astros have all been mentioned as possible suitors and the 29-year-old is a natural trade chip for the rebuilding Brewers, but nothing appears imminent. Tuesday, 12:33 pm
  • Greg Bird to undergo season-ending surgery
    Greg Bird will undergo surgery Tuesday for a torn labrum in his right shoulder and miss the entire 2016 season, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

    Advice: He initially injured the shoulder last summer in the minors and then felt it again while ramping up his offseason workout regimen. Tests taken over the weekend revealed the labrum tear. Bird was a great surprise for the Yankees last season, posting an .871 OPS, 11 home runs, and 31 RBI over his first 46 major league games. The 23-year-old first baseman was probably going to be ticketed for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to open the 2016 campaign, but he definitely would have played a significant role in New York at some point. It's now even more crucial for the Yankees that veterans Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez maintain good health throughout the upcoming season. Feb 1, 11:36 am
  • Turner (knee) optimistic about Opening Day
    Justin Turner (knee) is optimistic he'll be ready for Opening Day.

    Advice: His rehab from microfracture surgery seems to be going well. Turner more than doubled his career-high in homers last year while batting 10 points above his career average. Howie Kendrick could see time at the hot corner if Turner isn't ready to play an every-day role when the season opens. Jan 30, 6:04 pm
  • Ventura: LaRoche has to 'earn' his job
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Adam LaRoche will have to "earn a job" in spring training.

    Advice: The White Sox tried to trade LaRoche this offseason but couldn't find any takers. LaRoche is coming off one of his worst seasons but the White Sox still have a shortage of left-handed power bats. Assuming the White Sox don't make any more moves this offseason, LaRoche should open the year as Chicago's starting DH. Jan 30, 2:24 pm
  • Twins GM: Joe Mauer all done at catcher
    Twins GM Terry Ryan confirmed Joe Mauer is unlikely to ever catch again.

    Advice: "If he took the wrong type of foul tip off that mask and all of a sudden he got knocked silly, I couldn’t forgive myself," said Ryan. "There’s no ideas, there’s no thoughts, there’s no medical advice where we should put him back there, so we’re not going to." Ryan lamented that Mauer may have been a Hall-of-Famer had he stayed behind the plate but "it just wasn’t meant to be." Mauer moved to first base full-time in 2014. Jan 30, 2:06 pm
  • M's deal with Travis Ishikawa falls apart
    According to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune, the minor league deal once agreed upon between the Mariners and Travis Ishikawa has fallen apart.

    Advice: Dutton also notes that a reconciliation in this case appears unlikely. According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, Ishikawa would have earned $900,000 had he cracked the Mariners' roster. Jan 30, 11:38 am
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  • Vogt undergoes arthroscopic elbow surgery
    The Athletics announced Friday that catcher Stephen Vogt underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow.

    Advice: Prior to this announcement, there had been no rumblings that surgery was even an option for the All-Star catcher. The procedure, which was performed by Dr. Jon Dickinson, removed a bone chip and performed a debridement of his elbow joint. Vogt will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks while recovering, but should be ready in time for Opening Day. Jan 29, 3:17 pm
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