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  • Angels outright Jackson Williams to Triple-A
    Angels sent C Jackson Williams outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Williams was designated for assignment by Anaheim last week and passed through waivers without drawing a claim. The 28-year-old catcher will function as organizational depth for Anaheim in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:07 pm
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  • Red Sox designate Lavarnway for assignment
    Red Sox designated 1B Ryan Lavarnway for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Pablo Sandoval on the 40-man roster. Lavarnway gained some momentum as a prospect after posting some big numbers in the minors a couple of years ago, but his success hasn't translated in the majors. Still, the 27-year-old figures to draw some interest on waivers. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:29 am
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  • Rays release Jose Molina
    Rays released C Jose Molina.

    Advice: Molina was set to make $2.75 million next season, so it's not surprising a team didn't want to claim him and his contract off waivers. Molina is still a strong defensive catcher, though, and he should find another major league deal as a defense-first backup somewhere. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:30 pm
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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
    Yesterday, 9:53 am
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  • 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Sunday, 8:05 pm
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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
    Sunday, 5:36 am
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  • Phillies re-sign Koyie Hill to minors deal
    Phillies re-signed C Koyie Hill to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The 35-year-old backstop saw limited time with the Phillies during the 2014 season, slashing .238/.273/.286 in 21 at-bats over 10 games. He'll continue to provide catching depth and a valuable veteran presence in the minor leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:12 am
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  • Giants re-sign Quiroz to minor league deal
    Giants re-signed C Guillermo Quiroz to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The 32-year-old has spent the past two seasons as catching depth in the Giants organization, appearing in a pair of games at the big league level in 2014 after rosters expanded in September. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:41 am
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  • Cubs, Dodgers, White Sox in on Miguel Montero
    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Cubs, Dodgers and White Sox have talked to the Diamondbacks about a trade involving Miguel Montero.

    Advice: It's not clear how far along the talks with those teams have gotten, but Piecoro does note that the inquiries "have not picked up significantly" since the Russell Martin signing. The D'Backs are shopping Montero in hopes of clearing some payroll space, possibly so that they can add some pitching. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:20 am
  • Rangers add Jorge Alfaro to 40-man roster
    Rangers purchased the contract of C Jorge Alfaro from Double-A Frisco.

    Advice: One of the best catching prospects in the game Alfaro needs more seasoning but the Rangers needed to add him to the 40-man roster in order to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. The 21-year-old batted .261/.323/.440 with 17 homers and 87 RBI between High- and Double-A this season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:17 pm
  • 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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  • Red Sox put Blake Swihart on 40-man roster
    Red Sox purchased the contract of C Blake Swihart from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Swihart hit .293/.341/.469 with 13 home runs and eight stolen bases in 110 games this past season between Double-A and Triple-A. The 22-year-old catcher was the 26th overall pick in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:17 am
  • Philles could consider offers for Carlos Ruiz
    Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Carlos Ruiz "is available just as every Phillies player is."

    Advice: There are certainly drawbacks with Ruiz. He'll turn 36 in January, has faded offensively the last two seasons and has spent time on the disabled list in each of the last six campaigns. He's also recovering from surgery on his non-throwing shoulder and is owed $17.5 million over the next two seasons. However, Ruiz would still be an upgrade behind the plate for many clubs, so in a market thin at catcher he could have appeal. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:04 am
  • Castro not yet talking extension with Astros
    The Astros and Jason Castro haven't discussed a contract extension yet this offseason, according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle.

    Advice: Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said the club is open to extensions, but Castro hasn't been one of those engaged to this point. Drellich notes that the team did extend an offer to Castro last winter, with Castro declining the proposal. The 27-year-old may be more inclined to consider a deal this time around after struggling to a .222/.286/.366 line this past season. Castro's name has also appeared in some trade rumors this hot stove season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:01 pm
  • Nationals release C Jhonatan Solano
    Nationals released C Jhonatan Solano.

    Advice: Solano, 27, spent the 2014 season with the Nats' Triple-A club. He hit .251/.305/.388 with 10 home runs. He'll look for an invitation to spring training from another club this winter. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:48 pm
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  • Dioner Navarro drawing trade interest
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays are receiving trade interest in Dioner Navarro.

    Advice: They could consider keeping him as a backup and occasional designated hitter, but with Russell Martin now around Navarro seems likely to be moved. He'd be an upgrade at catcher for many clubs after batting .283/.333/.427 with 25 home runs over the last two seasons. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:22 am
  • Blue Jays announce Russell Martin signing
    Blue Jays signed C Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million contract.

    Advice: The deal was reported Monday and has now been officially announced. Martin, who was born in Toronto and raised in Montreal, will be 36 when his contract expires. It's a lot of cash to commit to a position that typically doesn't age well, but Martin is coming off a terrific season and should really help the pitching staff in addition to providing some offensive punch. The Pirates will get a draft pick as compensation for Martin departing. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:21 am
  • Phillies doing background work on Vazquez
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Phillies "are doing background work" on Christian Vazquez's makeup.

    Advice: Rosenthal adds that the Phils are doing the same thing with Matt Barnes and Mookie Betts. The Red Sox are known to have interest in Cole Hamels, and the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo has said Philly has "scouted the Red Sox extensively." It doesn't mean they'll get any of the three players mentioned, though. Vazquez is currently in line to be Boston's Opening Day catcher and Rosenthal says that Betts "seems untouchable." Rosenthal notes that Hamels included the Red Sox on his latest no-trade list and might only approve being dealt there if his $20 million option for 2019 is picked up. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:56 am
  • Tigers exercise $5.4M option on C Alex Avila
    Tigers exercised C Alex Avila's $5.4 million club option for the 2015 season.

    Advice: Avila would have been arbitration-eligible if the option was declined and probably would have come close to $5.4 million anyway through that process despite batting just .218/.327/.359 in 124 games this past season. There's been talk that the Tigers might try to trade Avila at some point this winter, with the Red Sox, Braves, and Cardinals being floated as potential landing spots. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 17, 7:26 am
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