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    • Eli Whiteside retires from baseball
      Eli Whiteside has retired from baseball.

      Advice: Whiteside, 35, signed a minor league deal with the Braves earlier this offseason, but he's changed his mind and decided to take a coaching position in the Giants' organization instead. The defense-first catcher batted .210/.265/.327 across parts of six seasons for the Orioles, Giants and Cubs. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:44 am
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    • Mesoraco to catch 145 games this season?
      Reds manager Bryan Price said Wednesday that he wants Devin Mesoraco to catch 145 games in 2015.

      Advice: Mesoraco made only 104 starts at catcher in 2014 yet still managed to slug 25 home runs. He'll have a much bigger workload this season, assuming good health. "Realistically, I see him as a Yadier Molina type guy who is going to catch 145 games a year," Price told Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:48 am
    • Mariners sign C John Baker to minors deal
      Mariners signed C John Baker to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Baker was non-tendered by the Cubs in December after batting just .192/.273/.231 over 68 games last season. Still, he has a decent chance to win the backup catcher job with Seattle in the spring. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:33 am
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    • Angels open to extension for Iannetta
      MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports that the Angels would be open to discussing an extension with Chris Iannetta.

      Advice: However, those talks likely wouldn't take place until after Opening Day. Iannetta will make $5.53 million in 2015 and is currently slated to hit free agency next winter. The 31-year-old backstop has batted .238/.357/.386 with 27 homers over the last three seasons for the Angels. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:13 pm
    • Matt Wieters expands throwing to 150 feet
      Matt Wieters (elbow) has expanded his throwing program to 150 feet.

      Advice: Wieters' program began at 120 feet a couple weeks ago. The catcher's rehab from Tommy John surgery has gone on without a hitch thus far and he remains optimistic about being ready for Opening Day. The Orioles will obviously proceed cautiously with him during spring training. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:29 pm
    • Braves sign John Buck to minor league deal
      Braves signed C John Buck to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: The veteran catcher will be ticketed for Triple-A Gwinnett. Buck had a cool .802 OPS and 20 home runs in 2010 with the Blue Jays, but he's a very different hitter now at age 34. Buck batted just .225/.289/.281 in 97 plate appearances last season between the Mariners and Angels. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:48 pm
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    • Red Sox sign Humberto Quintero to minors deal
      Red Sox signed C Humberto Quintero to a minor league contract.

      Advice: The 35-year-old will provide additional depth behind Christian Vazquez, Ryan Hanigan and Blake Swihart for the Red Sox. Quintaro slashed .290/.311/.425 with four homers and 27 RBI over 74 games at Triple-A Tacoma in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 11:58 am
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    • Avila to enter spring without restrictions
      Alex Avila (concussion) has been cleared for all physical activity and will enter spring training without any restrictions.

      Advice: The battered backstop suffered at least three concussions during the 2014 campaign. He'll attempt to use a hockey-style catcher's mask in 2015 in an effort to prevent further damage. With James McCann seemingly ready to make the leap to the big leagues, Avila could see his time behind the plate reduced this season. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has said he's considered using Avila in the No. 2 spot in the batting order versus righties. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 5:35 am
    • White Sox sign Geovany Soto to minors deal
      White Sox signed C Geovany Soto to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Soto drew quite a bit of interest this winter, but no team was apparently willing to offer a guaranteed major league contract to the 32-year-old catcher, who appeared in just 24 games last season due to injuries. Soto hasn't been an effective major league hitter since 2011, but he plays above-average defense behind the plate. He could see a decent amount of action as Tyler Flowers' backup in Chicago. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:53 am
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    • Rosario working out at 1B and corner outfield
      Wilin Rosario spent a week at the Rockies' spring training facility earlier this offseason working on his defense at first base and the corner outfield.

      Advice: And he's brought what he learned back to the club's facility in the Dominican Republic, where he'll work out until it's time to report to spring training next month. Rosario has proven to be a terrible defensive catcher and won't get nearly as many starts behind the plate for Colorado in 2015. But he should still get enough at-bats (playing other positions) to generate decent power totals. The 25-year-old has averaged 29 homers and 95 RBI for every 162 games over the course of his young career. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:14 am
    • Rangers acquire Corporan in trade with Astros
      Rangers acquired C Carlos Corporan from the Astros for RHP Akeem Bostick.

      Advice: Corporan will serve as the back-up to Robinson Chirinos behind the plate. The Astros had a glut of catching depth and decided to designate Corporan for assignment on Tuesday, but quickly found a taker in the Rangers. The 31-year-old won't hit much, as he has a career .226/.286/.350 triple-slash line as a switch-hitter, but his value will come in spelling Chirinos, handling the Rangers' pitching staff, and playing solid defense. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:13 am
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