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  • Taylor Featherston designated for assignment
    Angels designated INF Taylor Featherston for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Christian Friedrich. Featherston sported a hideous .162/.212/.247 batting line for the Halos last season after they scooped him up in the Rule 5 Draft. There's a decent chance he'll clear waivers. Yesterday, 10:50 am
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  • Flores (ankle) working out at full strength
    Wilmer Flores (ankle) said Thursday he is working out at full strength.

    Advice: He also said he expects to be 100 percent for spring training. Flores suffered a non-displaced fracture of his left ankle on November 26, but the injury shouldn't hold him back when camp kicks into gear later this month. The 24-year-old is expected to be a reserve player for the Mets this year. Thursday, 2:27 pm
  • Jean Segura to see time at both SS and 2B
    Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart said Jean Segura will compete for time at both shortstop and second base but will likely see most of his reps at shortstop during spring training.

    Advice: All 472 of Segura's major-league appearances have come at shortstop. With the way he's played recently, Segura might not be much of an upgrade over Nick Ahmed. In fact, Ahmed is a much better defensive player than Segura. Second baseman Chris Owings logged a career-high 515 at-bats last season but wasn't much help offensively (.227, 4 HR, 43 RBI). Regardless of where he's playing, Segura should find his way into the lineup most days. Saturday, 5:04 pm
  • Stearns: Trade won't change Arcia's timetable
    Brewers GM David Stearns said Saturday's trade with the Diamondbacks won't change Orlando Arcia's timetable for arriving in the major leagues.

    Advice: The Brewers dealt their starting shortstop Jean Segura to Arizona on Saturday, essentially clearing Arcia's path to the major leagues. However, Stearns insists the 21-year-old will begin the year with Triple-A Colorado Springs. Arcia dominated at Double-A Biloxi last season, hitting .307 with 25 stolen bases. We'd expect Arcia to make his big-league debut sometime in May or June. Saturday, 4:11 pm
  • Hernandez almost done with throwing program
    Enrique Hernandez (shoulder) said he still has a few weeks left in his throwing program but should be ready for the start of spring training.

    Advice: Hernandez has made solid progress in his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery. He said he's been able to hit all winter. The Dodgers used Hernandez as a utility player last year and he should occupy the same role in 2016. Saturday, 1:43 pm
    Player Note
    Kiké Hernández LAD - 2B,SS,OF
  • Danny Santana moving back to outfield
    Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Friday that Danny Santana will move back to the outfield this season.

    Advice: Santana made 65 starts at shortstop and just three starts in the outfield last season, but with Eduardo Escobar now entrenched at shortstop, Santana is headed back to the outfield. Unless Byron Buxton flops badly and/or Miguel Sano proves incapable of handling the outfield, Santana doesn't figure to see a ton of playing time in 2016. Friday, 10:38 am
  • Chris Owings' shoulder finally feeling 100%
    Chris Owings has indicated that his left shoulder is finally feeling fully healthy for the first time since surgery in October of 2014.

    Advice: Owings was told when he had the operation that he would be cleared to play the following season but might not return to full strength for 12 months. He had to alter the follow-through on his swing in order to reduce stress on the shoulder, and it showed in his numbers with a lowly .587 OPS. A .324/.352/.468 hitter at Triple-A who is still just 24, Owings could be in line for a nice bounce-back season in 2016. Friday, 6:16 am
  • Saladino won't play in WBC qualifier
    Tyler Saladino indicated that he won't play for the Philippines in February's World Baseball Classic qualifier.

    Advice: Saladino feels it comes too close to spring training, so he'll be sitting it out. The 26-year-old saw 236 at-bats with the big league club in 2015, slashing .225/.267/.335 with four homers, 20 RBI and eight steals. He's currently penciled in as the White Sox starting shortstop. Wednesday, 6:14 pm
  • Tejada (leg) sheds walking boot
    Ruben Tejada (leg) has shed his walking boot and is currently working out in his native Panama.

    Advice: Tejada suffered a broken right fibula on a nasty takeout slide by Chase Utley during the postseason, but he's been out of the walking boot for a while now and could report to the Mets' complex in St. Lucie, Florida as soon as February 1. The 26-year-old recently avoided arbitration with the Mets by agreeing to a one-year, $3 million contract. Asdrubal Cabrera is now the starting shortstop, so Tejada is headed for backup middle infield duties in 2016. Wednesday, 9:44 am
    Player Note
    Rubén Tejada NYM - 2B,3B,SS
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