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  • Figueroa released by Rays
    Rays released 2B Cole Figueroa.

    Advice: Figueroa batted .233/.286/.326 in 23 games with the Rays in 2014. The 27-year-old is now a free agent and will look to catch on with another club, likely on a minor league deal. Rotoworld.com
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  • Dodgers among teams in pursuit of Hamels
    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the Dodgers have joined the pursuit of Phillies starter Cole Hamels.

    Advice: That pursuit includes the Red Sox, who Nightengale earlier Monday classified as having "had the most serious talks" regarding Hamels. The Dodgers have the prospects and the payroll muscle to get a deal done, and Hamels would certainly strengthen a rotation that already includes Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Dan Haren. If the Phillies do decide to deal their ace, they appear to be in a good position to do so. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:07 pm
  • Panda's agent: Sandoval-to-Sox deal is done
    Pablo Sandoval’s agent Gustavo Vasquez confirmed that his client's deal with the Red Sox is done.

    Advice: Media outlets have been reporting the news of a done deal all day, but Vazquez had remained curiously silent until now. Sandoval will take a physical at some point over the next day. Assuming he passes, he, along with Hanley Ramirez, will be introduced to the Boston media on Tuesday. Sandoval will receive a five-year deal worth around $100 million. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:44 pm
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  • Sources: Sox still going with Bogaerts at SS
    Xander Bogaerts is still considered Boston's shortstop, according to two team sources who spoke with The Boston Globe's Pete Abraham.

    Advice: In other words, as expected, Hanley Ramirez is ticketed for a position change. Most have speculated, in light of Pablo Sandoval's concurrent signing, that Ramirez will be Boston's left fielder next season. At this time, that scenario seems most likely. The only thing that will keep Ramirez at shortstop in 2015, it would appear, is a trade of Bogaerts. If the Red Sox are serious about trading for an ace, Bogaerts would be a logical target of their transaction partner. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:31 pm
  • Dodgers pick up ex-Rockies' hurler Nicasio
    Dodgers acquired RHP Juan Nicasio from the Rockies for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

    Advice: Colorado designated Nicasio for assignment last week, allowing new Dodgers' honcho Andrew Friedman to swoop in and acquire him at a (presumed) discount. However it turns out, consider it a worthwhile gamble. Yes, Nicasio has posted an ugly career ERA of 5.03 over four seasons in the majors. That number, of course, was compiled in Coors Field. Nicasio, the owner of a nice right arm, still retains a little upside, and has already proven, by the age of 28, to be capable of both starting and pitching out of the bullpen. In Los Angeles, he'll be a swing man, and a possible possessor of NL-only intrigue at some point in 2015 if the Dodgers suffer rotational injuries. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:22 pm
  • Adduci released, headed to Asia next?
    Rangers released OF Jim Adduci.

    Advice: Adduci intends to play in Asia next season, very probably in Japan. The Rangers are in the process of selling his rights, which today's move makes possible. Adduci, 30 in May, slashed only .189/.259/.242 over 148 big league plate appearances. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:17 pm
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  • 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
    Today, 1:11 pm
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    Ed Lucas Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS
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  • Rangers have 'checked in' on M's Saunders
    According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Rangers have checked in with the Mariners about Michael Saunders.

    Advice: Crasnick reported a few weeks ago that the M's are prepared to shop Saunders "hard" this winter, and Texas reportedly has some interest. Saunders is arbitration-eligible for the second time after an injury-plagued 2014. The 28-year-old outfielder has put up some promising numbers in the past. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:59 pm
  • Red Sox still 'very much engaged' on Lester
    Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are "still very much engaged" with Jon Lester.

    Advice: The Sox have signed both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval in the last 12-24 hours, but they're apparently not done spending in this market. Lester is also drawing serious interest from the Cubs and Braves, and the Giants, Cardinals, Blue Jays, and Royals have also been linked. The 30-year-old left-hander registered a 2.46 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 220/48 K/BB ratio in 219 2/3 innings this past season between Boston and Oakland. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:43 pm
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  • Jayson Nix elects to become a free agent
    Jayson Nix has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Nix was outrighted off the Royals' 40-man roster and then rejected an assignment to Triple-A Omaha, instead opting to test the open market. The 32-year-old infielder is a .212/.282/.345 career hitter in the majors. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:56 am
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    Jayson Nix KC - 2B,3B,SS
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  • Hanley's deal with Red Sox: four years, $88M
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, free agent Hanley Ramirez has agreed to a four-year, $88 million contract with the Red Sox.

    Advice: It was originally reported to be a five-year deal, but that fifth year will actually be a vesting option worth $22 million. The average annual value of this contract is quite lofty, but the Red Sox have to feel pretty good that it only required a four-year guaranteed commitment. Hanley has always raked when healthy, and he'll carry big-time fantasy upside with Boston. It's still unclear which position the 30-year-old will play. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:09 am
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  • Braves have talked to A.J. Pierzynski
    MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that the Braves have talked to free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

    Advice: They've also been in contact with David Ross as part of an ongoing search for a veteran backup to young catcher Christian Bethancourt. Pierzynski batted just .251/.288/.337 in 362 plate appearances this past season between the Red Sox and Cardinals. The 37-year-old should come cheap. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:53 am
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  • Josh Willingham, 35, retiring from baseball
    Josh Willingham has retired from baseball.

    Advice: The 35-year-old outfielder informed ESPN of that decision on Monday afternoon. Willingham probably could have done pretty well for himself on the market this winter, but he'll hang up his cleats to spend more time with his family. "After praying on my decision many times and talking to my wife, my father and ex-players who have gone through the same process toward the end of their careers, I have decided to retire," Willingham said. "I'm honored to have played for as many years as I have, and I feel even luckier to walk away on my own terms instead of having the decision made for me." Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:49 am
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  • Mariners reach $100M extension with Seager
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Mariners are on the verge of a seven-year, $100 million contract extension with third baseman Kyle Seager.

    Advice: Seager only needs to pass a physical. He took another big step forward in 2014 at age 26, batting .268/.334/.454 with 25 home runs and 96 RBI in 159 games while also earning his first Gold Glove Award for his solid defense at the hot corner. The 27-year-old was going to be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. Now he'll be under contractual control with Seattle through at least 2021. Passan is hearing that deal will also carry a $20 million club option for 2022. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:00 am
  • David Ross drawing interest from Braves
    David Ross is drawing interest from the Braves, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

    Advice: Ross would give the Braves a solid veteran backup to pair with young starting catcher Christian Bethancourt. The 37-year-old Ross batted just .184/.260/.368 in 2014 for the Red Sox, but he's regarded as a good defender and excellent clubhouse presence. A one-year deal should get it done for Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:24 am
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  • Jays showing interest in acquiring John Jaso
    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Blue Jays have shown interest in acquiring John Jaso from the Athletics.

    Advice: The A's are currently fielding calls on some of their left-handed bats, and have a logjam behind the plate and at designated hitter which are the two spots Jaso could be utilized. The Jays see him as a potential backup to Russell Martin. The A's have reportedly inquired about Sean Nolin who could be included in any potential deal. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:05 pm
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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
    Yesterday, 2:16 pm
  • A's designate Andrew Brown for assignment
    Athletics designated OF Andrew Brown for assignment.

    Advice: Brown, who was claimed off waivers from the Mets at the end of October, becomes the roster casualty of the A's acquiring Ike Davis on Sunday. The 30-year-old will look to latch on elsewhere. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:13 pm
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  • Indians designate Scott Barnes for assignment
    Indians designated LHP Scott Barnes for assignment.

    Advice: The team acquired Charles Brewer from the Diamondbacks for cash considerations on Saturday. The designation of Barnes was their way of making room on the roster. Barnes pitched 8+ innings with the Indians last season and allowed seven runs over that stretch. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:09 am
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  • Blanco takes coaching job with Cubs
    Diamondbacks assistant hitting coach Henry Blanco has accepted a coaching job with the Cubs.

    Advice: Blanco's position under Joe Maddon will be as a quality assurance coach. He will also work closely with the catchers. The departure of the former catcher leaves the Diamondbacks without a Spanish speaker on the coaching staff, something the team plans on addressing. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:36 am
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