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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.
    Yesterday, 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.
    Yesterday, 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.
    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.
    Saturday, 7:41 am
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  • 'Plenty of interest' in David Ross
    Chris Cotillo of reports that there has been "plenty of interest" in David Ross.

    Advice: However, he adds that there's "nothing imminent" in terms of Ross signing on somewhere. The veteran catcher batted just .184/.260/.368 in 50 games this past season, but his bat has been more potent in the past and he's well-regarded as a receiver and clubhouse guy.
    Friday, 7:22 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.
    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.
    Thursday, 8:17 pm
  • Rays designate Jose Molina for assignment
    Rays designated C Jose Molina for assignment.

    Advice: Assuming he's not claimed on waivers (which is highly unlikely), the Rays will eat the $2.75 million he's owed in 2015. Molina, 39, batted an ugly .178/.230/.187 in 2014 but still could catch on as a backup somewhere given his defense and pitch-framing ability.
    Thursday, 4:01 pm
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  • Angels designate Williams for assignment
    Angles designated C Jackson Williams for assignment.

    Advice: The Angels had just recently activated Williams from the 60-day disabled list after claiming him off waivers from the Rockies. He was recovering from a torn meniscus in his knee.
    Thursday, 1:36 pm
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  • 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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Monday, 7:26 am
  • Jordan Pacheco elects to become free agent
    Jordan Pacheco has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Pacheco was outrighted off the Diamondbacks' 40-man roster earlier this month and had the option of testing the open market, so he'll do that. The 28-year-old is a .281/.316/.374 career hitter at the major league level, but he has experience at a variety of positions defensively, including catcher and third base. He should have no trouble finding a minor league contract with a spring training invite.
    Monday, 7:01 am
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  • Royals plan to give Perez more rest in 2015
    Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Thursday that the team plans to give Salvador Perez more rest next season.

    Advice: Between the regular and postseason, Perez started an MLB-record 158 games behind the plate, and to top it all off he's now catching games in the All-Star Series in Japan. Perez was clearly worn down in the second half, hitting just .229/.236/.360. "Salvy wants to play every day," Moore said. "Having him behind the plate put our best team on the field. That’s what we were trying to do. But I think going forward we’ve got to look for some opportunities to get him a little more in balance."
    Nov 14, 8:31 am
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