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  • Cole Figueroa designated for assignment
    Rays designated INF Cole Figueroa for assignment.

    Advice: Figueroa batted just .233/.286/.326 through 23 games this past season at the major league level. The 27-year-old figures to clear waivers.
    Friday, 5:55 am
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  • Twins add Eddie Rosario to 40-man roster
    Twins purchased the contract of INF/OF Eddie Rosario from Double-A New Britain.

    Advice: Rosario hit .243/.286/.387 with eight home runs and nine stolen bases in 87 games this past season between High-A and Double-A. The 23-year-old is now officially a member of the Twins' 40-man roster.
    Thursday, 9:17 am
  • Braves designate Ramiro Pena for assignment
    Braves designated 2B Ramiro Pena for assignment.

    Advice: Pena batted .245/.304/.347 in a reserve role this past season. The 29-year-old was removed from the 40-man roster so the club could protect some young players from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft.
    Wednesday, 5:27 pm
    Player Note
    Ramiro Peña Atl - 2B,3B,SS
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  • Cubs acquire Tommy La Stella from Braves
    Cubs acquired INF Tommy La Stella and international signing bonus slot #4 from the Braves for RHP Arodys Vizcaino and Cubs international signing bonus slots #2, #3 and #4.

    Advice: The 25-year-old took over as the Braves starting second baseman midway through the 2014 season, slashing .251/.328/.317 with one homer and 31 RBI in his 93 games. He should function as a reserve infielder for the Cubs.
    Nov 16, 1:33 pm
  • Rays could trade Sean Rodriguez
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Sean Rodriguez "appears a trade candidate."

    Advice: The Rays would like to clear some spots on the 40-man roster, and Rodriguez is a prime candidate to be moved since he's due for another raise in arbitration. The utility player slugged 12 homers last season in just 259 plate appearances but batted just .211/.258/.443 overall. Still, there should be some interest given his versatility.
    Nov 16, 10:48 am
    Player Note
    Seán Rodríguez TB - 1B,2B,3B,OF
  • Five teams could be in on Stephen Drew
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Mets, Yankees, Dodgers, Athletics, and possibly the Nationals could be interested in Stephen Drew.

    Advice: The Nationals would use Drew at second base. Cafardo notes that Drew "is expected to receive a low base contract with heavy incentives." It's not a surprise after his down season at the plate in 2014, but he remains good defensively and it wouldn't be a surprise if he rebounded at the dish in 2015.
    Nov 16, 7:31 am
    Not Active
  • Cano suffers non-displaced fracture in toe
    Robinson Cano will be sidelined for the remainder of the All-Star Series game against Samurai Japan after being diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his right pinkie toe.

    Advice: Cano left Saturday's contest in the eighth inning after being hit by a pitch. He's expected to need 3-4 weeks to recover and should resume full baseball activities in mid-December. He'll be fully healthy and ready to go for spring training.
    Nov 15, 5:48 am
  • Dipoto: Howie Kendrick won't be traded
    The New Yost Post's Joel Sherman said on MLB Network Friday that Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto told him Howie Kendrick will not be traded.

    Advice: Nothing can be ruled out, though, because as Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register notes, Dipoto said at this time last offseason that he didn't think he'd trade Mark Trumbo. The Blue Jays and Yankees are two clubs that are known to have interest in Kendrick if the Angels do decide to entertain trade offers.
    Nov 14, 12:06 pm
  • Former teams interested in Bonifacio
    Chris Cotillo of Emilio Bonifacio is drawing interest from many teams who he's previously played for.

    Advice: Cotillo notes that the Blue Jays, Royals and Cubs "make sense" as potential landing spots for the utility player. Bonifacio batted .259/.305/.345 with three home runs, 24 RBI, and 26 steals over 110 games this season between the Cubs and Braves.
    Nov 14, 10:18 am
    Player Note
    Emilio Bonifacio Atl - 2B,3B,OF
    Not Active
  • Matt Carpenter could be moved down in order
    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Thursday that the team is considering moving Matt Carpenter down in the batting order next season.

    Advice: Carpenter's .384 OBP over the last two seasons ranks ninth in baseball for batters with at least 1,000 plate appearances, and his 225 runs scored over that time leads all of MLB. However, he also has 116 extra-base hits in that span, which has the Cards thinking he could move into more of an RBI spot in the No. 2 or No. 3 hole. Jon Jay and Kolten Wong represent internal options to ascend to the leadoff spot should St. Louis decide to move Carpenter down.
    Nov 14, 8:17 am
  • Abdominal injury sidelines Hernandez
    Enrique Hernandez has been shut down from Puerto Rican Winter League play after suffering an abdominal injury.

    Advice: Hernandez won't play any more during winter ball, and it's unclear at this point whether he'll be fully healthy for the beginning of spring training. The 23-year-old is a candidate to open next season as the Marlins' starting second baseman.
    Nov 14, 7:02 am
  • Kevin Frandsen re-ups with Nationals
    Nationals and INF/OF Kevin Frandsen avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1 million contract.

    Advice: He'll have the chance to earn $300,000 more through incentives. projected Frandsen to earn $1.2 million, so the deal sounds fair for both sides. He batted .259/.299/.309 over 236 plate appearances for the Nats in 2014 while making starts at four different positions.
    Nov 14, 5:47 am
    Player Note
    Kevin Frandsen Was - 1B,2B,3B,OF
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