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  • A's still see Semien as their shortstop
    Athletics general manager David Forst indicated Wednesday that he still sees Marcus Semien as their starting shortstop.

    Advice: With Jed Lowrie back in Oakland, it's only natural that Forst would be asked about Semien, who led the majors with 35 errors this past season. However, it appears that they didn't acquire Lowrie with shortstop in mind. It's possible he could play second base or third. Wednesday, 10:51 am
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    Marcus Semien Oak - 2B,3B,SS
  • Athletics reunited with Jed Lowrie in trade
    Athletics acquired INF Jed Lowrie from the Astros for RHP Brendan McCurry.

    Advice: Lowrie signed a three-year contract with the Astros last winter, but he's headed back to Oakland after just one season. The 31-year-old got off to a great start in 2015 before suffering a thumb injury in late April and just couldn't get back on track with the bat after returning during the second half. It's unclear what the Athletics have in mind for him, but he's likely to receive regular playing time in 2016. Wednesday, 8:51 am
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    Jed Lowrie Oak - 3B,SS
  • Cardinals reportedly interested in Zobrist
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals are interested in Ben Zobrist.

    Advice: Really, who isn't these days? Zobrist would be a great fit for just about anyone, with teams like the Nationals and Mets reportedly among the most aggressive. The Cardinals already have their infield in place, so they are presumably looking at him as a super utility-type. Zobrist, who turns 35 next May, appears likely to land a three- or four-year deal this winter. Wednesday, 6:41 am
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    Ben Zobrist KC - 2B,SS,OF
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  • Reyes pleads not guilty to domestic abuse
    Jose Reyes has pleaded not guilty to a domestic abuse charge involving his wife.

    Advice: Reyes was arrested and then released after posting a $1,000 bail following an incident on October 31 in which he allegedly grabbed his wife by the throat and shoved her into a sliding glass door. Major League Baseball instituted a domestic violence policy earlier this year which gives commissioner Rob Manfred the power to discipline Reyes even if he isn't convicted. Tuesday, 5:35 pm
  • Braves ink d'Arnaud to minors deal
    Braves signed INF Chase d'Arnaud to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: D'Arnaud appeared in nine games with the Phillies this past season and spent most of the year in Triple-A. He turns 29 in January and appears likely to serve as organizational depth for the 2016 campaign. Tuesday, 11:01 am
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  • Dombrowski: No winter ball plans for Hanley
    Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday that there's "no plan in place" for Hanley Ramirez to play winter ball.

    Advice: Ramirez told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes that he was planning to play for the Licey Tigers in the Dominican Winter League, but Dombrowski said "presently this is only a rumor." It's unclear whether the possibility has been scratched altogether, but clearly there has been a miscommunication between the two sides. Ramirez currently projects to serve as Boston's regular first baseman in 2016 and he could get some time at his new position if he ends up playing winter ball. Tuesday, 9:38 am
  • Hak-Ju Lee catches on with Giants
    Giants signed INF Hak-Ju Lee to a minor league contract.

    Advice: A former top prospect, Lee has just never progressed with the bat in the upper minors, hitting only .220/.303/.304 this past season at Triple-A. He just turned 25 earlier this month, though, so he's worth a shot on a minor league deal. Monday, 2:01 pm
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  • Dodgers ink Culberson to minor league deal
    Dodgers signed INF Charlie Culberson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: A bulging disc injury sidelined Culberson for most of the 2015 campaign. The 27-year-old utility man has hit .221 with five homers and 37 RBI in parts of three seasons with the Giants and Rockies. Saturday, 2:43 pm
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  • Rockies purchase contract of Trevor Story
    Rockies purchased the contract of SS Trevor Story from Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: The 23-year-old prospect had a terrific 2015 season, slashing a healthy .279/.350/.514 with 20 homers, 80 RBI and 22 stolen bases between Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Albuquerque. Depending on what happens with Jose Reyes, Story could be given a chance to win the starting job at shortstop in the spring. Friday, 5:31 pm
  • Red Sox designate Rutledge for assignment
    Red Sox designated 2B Josh Rutledge for assignment.

    Advice: Rutledge saw 74 at-bats with the Red Sox in 2015. The 26-year-old infielder worked his way to a .284/.333/.338 triple-slash with a homer and 10 RBI during his stay with the big club. He initially came over to Boston as part of the club's trade of Shane Victorino to the Angels. Friday, 2:32 pm
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    Josh Rutledge Bos - 2B,3B,SS
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  • Brewers add Orlando Arcia to 40-man roster
    Brewers purchased the contract of SS Orlando Arcia from Double-A Biloxi.

    Advice: No surprise here, as Arcia's one of the Brewers' top prospects and they're protecting him from the Rule 5 draft. He spent the whole of his 2015 campaign playing for Double-A Biloxi, where he hit .307/.347/.453 with eight homers, 69 RBI and 25 steals across 512 at-bats. GM David Stearns has already indicated that the 21-year-old shortstop will begin the 2016 season at Triple-A. Friday, 11:15 am
  • Mariners trade Flores for Luis Sardinas
    Mariners acquired 2B Luis Sardinas from the Brewers for OF Ramon Flores.

    Advice: Sardinas, 22, has the bat of a utility infielder. In 97 at-bats with the Brewers in 2015, he hit a paltry .196/.240/.216. He initially came to the Brew Crew as part of the Yovani Gallardo trade to the Rangers in January. The Brewers have been shedding pieces throughout the week. Veteran first baseman Adam Lind's still with the team, but his name's surfaced in rumors as well. Friday, 10:21 am
  • GM Daniels indicates Profar doing well
    Rangers GM Jon Daniels said that Jurickson Profar "doesn't have any concerns about the shoulder."

    Advice: Daniels was interviewed on the Ben and Skin Show on KRLD-FM 105.3. The Rangers GM touched on Jurickson Profar's rehab, as the 22-year-old shortstop was sidelined in February due to a torn labrum in his shoulder. Profar underwent surgery, but did not play in 2015. "All signs are positive right now," said Daniels. "His throwing program's great, he's absolutely killing it with the bat in the Fall League." Daniels went on to add that while the Rangers are being understandably cautious, Profar "feels 100%." Assuming no setbacks this offseason, the former No. 1 prospect should be ready for spring training in 2016. Friday, 5:49 am
  • Brewers acquire Jonathan Villar from Houston
    Brewers acquired INF Jonathan Villar from the Astros for RHP Cy Sneed.

    Advice: Villar posted a decent .284/.339/.414 batting line with two homers and seven stolen bases in 53 games this past season for Houston. He carries some fantasy value as a base-stealer when he is getting regular playing time, and Milwaukee is a better place than Houston for him to find that. The versatile 24-year-old is looking like an attractive early fantasy sleeper for 2016. Thursday, 12:30 pm
  • SS Ian Desmond is 'marketing his versatility'
    Ian Desmond is "marketing his versatility" in free agency, according to's Anthony DiComo.

    Advice: Desmond played shortstop almost exclusively in Washington, but he did make a couple of appearances in the outfield early in his career and the 30-year-old is apparently trying to include that on his resume. Desmond had a rough .674 OPS with the Nationals in 2015 and makes for a highly interesting free agent case this winter as somebody who is tied to draft pick compensation. He has averaged 22 home runs and 76 RBI per year over the last four years. Thursday, 10:36 am
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  • Jose Ramirez suffered swollen ankle in D.R.
    Jose Ramirez suffered a swollen ankle Wednesday night in the Dominican Winter League.

    Advice: Ramirez got upended at second base while trying to turn a doubleplay, but he came out of the collision with only a minor tweak. The 23-year-old is trying improve his offensive game in the Dominican after batting just .219/.291/.340 in 355 plate appearances this past season for the Tribe. Thursday, 7:25 am
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    José Ramírez Cle - 2B,3B,SS
  • Mets might decide to non-tender SS Tejada
    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets might non-tender Ruben Tejada.

    Advice: Salary appears to be the main issue, as Tejada could make north of $3 million via arbitration this winter. In 360 regular season at-bats with the Mets in 2015, he hit .261/.338/.350. The 26-year-old shortstop infamously suffered a broken right leg on a late Chase Utley slide into second base during Game 2 of the NLDS against the Dodgers. Wednesday, 6:06 pm
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    Rubén Tejada NYM - 2B,3B,SS
  • Phillies sign Ryan Jackson on minors deal
    Phillies signed INF Ryan Jackson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: The Angels jettisoned Jackson from their 40-man roster by outrighting him to Triple-A Salt Lake in early November. He rejected the assignment and opted for free agency instead. While he's a strong defensive player at short and second, he received just nine at-bats in the majors with the Angels last season. He struck out in five of them. Wednesday, 1:13 pm
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  • Phillies sign Burriss to minors deal
    Phillies signed INF Emmanuel Burriss to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Burriss was with the Nationals during the 2015 season, at least until they outrighted him to Triple-A Syracuse in mid-July. He'll turn 31 in January. In 806 plate appearances in the bigs, he's just a .245/.307/.271 hitter. There's no fantasy upside here, just a minor league signing. Wednesday, 1:06 pm
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