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  • Jays, Donaldson talked more than 2-yr deal
    Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Wednesday that the club talked about "many, many scenarios" with Josh Donaldson before agreeing to a two-year deal.

    Advice: In other words, the possibility of a long-term deal was proposed. Ultimately, the two sides found common ground on a deal that bought out two years of arbitration. If Donaldson continues to perform at a high level, he's looking at a massive salary for his final year of team control in 2018. He might be more inclined to test free agency at that point, but it would be no surprise if the Blue Jays bring up the possibility again. Today, 12:04 pm
  • Phillies acquire Featherston from Angels
    Phillies acquired INF Taylor Featherston from the Angels for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

    Advice: Featherston was designated for assignment last week after the Angels claimed Christian Friedrich off waivers from the Rockies. The 26-year-old stuck with the big club last season as a Rule 5 pick, but he batted just .162/.212/.247 over 169 plate appearances. Phillies general manager Matt Klentak was previously the assistant GM with the Angels, so he's clearly a fan. A strong defender, Featherston has options remaining, so he can be stashed in Triple-A. Today, 11:10 am
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  • D'Backs considering moving Tomas to left
    According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Friday that the club is considering re-aligning their outfield, with Yasmany Tomas moving to left field and David Peralta shifting to right.

    Advice: Tomas graded out very poorly in right field after shifting from third base last season. With Peralta the better defender of the two, it makes sense why they would want to move him to right field instead. Regardless of where he roams the outfield though, Tomas will be in the lineup because of his bat, which should provide ample fantasy goodness. Saturday, 6:26 am
  • Giants sign Conor Gillaspie to minors deal
    Giants signed INF Conor Gillaspie to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The deal will presumably include an invitation to major league spring training as well. The 28-year-old had a rough go of things in 2015, slashing .228/.269/.359 with four homers and 24 RBI in 75 games between the White Sox and Angels. He'll compete for a bench spot with the Giants. Friday, 7:21 pm
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  • Giants want Juan Uribe for utility role
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Giants have talked to Juan Uribe about a utility role, "but the salary ask has been too expensive for them."

    Advice: Uribe, who turns 37 in March, had two of his most productive seasons as a Giant back in 2009 and 2010. However, he's also being pursued by the Indians and would likely be in line for quite a bit more playing time with them. Uribe sported a 253/.320/.417 batting line with 14 homers and 43 RBI last season between the Dodgers, Braves, and Mets. Friday, 1:19 pm
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    Juan Uribe NYM - 2B,3B
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  • D'Backs picking up $6.5M of Hill's salary
    The Associated Press reports that the Diamondbacks are sending $6.5 million to the Brewers as part of the trade that sent Aaron Hill to Milwaukee.

    Advice: That means the Brewers will be responsible for $5.5 million of the $12 million Hill is owed in 2016, and they also subtracted $2.6 million in parting with Jean Segura. Hill should compete for the third base job with the Brew Crew and also see time at second base versus lefties. Feb 1, 1:31 pm
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    Aaron Hill Mil - 2B,3B
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