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  • Randal Grichuk (elbow) yet to start throwing
    Brian Stull of CBS Sports reports that while Randal Grichuk (elbow) is feeling strong, he has yet to begin throwing.

    Advice: The outfielder missed time late in the season with a right elbow injury. He's expected to begin throwing late next month and should be fully healthy and ready to go for spring training. The 24-year-old had is coming off a strong 2015 campaign where he slashed .276/.329/.548 with 17 homers and 47 RBI in 103 games. Yesterday, 4:37 pm
  • Report: Puig involved in fight at nightclub
    Renato Bermudez of ESPN Deportes reports that Yasiel Puig was recently involved in a fight with a security guard at a Miami nightclub.

    Advice: Details on the altercation are limited at this point, but Puig reportedly came away from the fight with a bruise on his face. We'll surely find out more about the incident before long, but it's certainly not a good look for Puig, who has his detractors in and out of the organization due to attitude issues. He was limited to just 79 games this season because of injury. Yesterday, 12:03 pm
  • Indians ink Anthony Recker to minors deal
    Indians signed C Anthony Recker to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Recker batted just .125/.239/.213 in 32 games this past season for the Mets. He's merely a depth addition. Yesterday, 11:50 am
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  • Dayan Viciedo nearing deal with Japanese club reports that Dayan Viciedo is nearing a contract with the Chunichi Dragons of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball.

    Advice: Viciedo spent all of 2015 at the Triple-A level with a couple different teams, batting .287/.348/.450 with eight home runs across 276 plate appearances. He'll turn just 27 in March but has apparently decided signing with a club overseas is his best option. Yesterday, 10:34 am
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  • Athletics likely to trade INF Brett Lawrie
    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics are likely to trade Brett Lawrie following the acquisition of Jed Lowrie.

    Advice: Slusser says the trade for Lowrie "all but ensures" the A's will deal either Lawrie or Danny Valencia, and Lawrie "is considered the better bet to be traded." The report adds that both Lawrie and Valencia "are drawing interest" from American League clubs. Lawrie hasn't come close to reaching his full potential, hitting only .263/.316/.420 in his first five big league seasons, but he'll turn just 26 in January and is under team control through 2017, so it's not terribly surprisingly that some clubs appear to have interest. Yesterday, 7:22 am
  • Edwin Encarnacion (hernia) resumes workouts
    Edwin Encarnacion (hernia) began running on Thursday.

    Advice: Encarnacion tweeted a video of himself jogging with a friend (or perhaps trainer) in the Dominican Republic. He underwent surgery in late October to repair a sports hernia but is fully expected to be ready for the beginning of the 2016 season. The 32-year-old slugger registered a .929 OPS with 39 home runs and 111 RBI in 146 games this summer for the American League East-champion Blue Jays. Thursday, 11:32 am
  • Gordon has talked to Marlins about extension
    Dee Gordon said on MLB Network's "Hot Stove" show Wednesday morning that his agent has been in discussions with the Marlins about a contract extension.

    Advice: "My agent is doing the talking," said Gordon. "They're just keeping me in the loop. I think it's going pretty well right now. We'll see how that goes. I'm just playing the waiting game. We're going to do the right thing." Joe Frisaro of hears that talks only recently started and are in the preliminary stages. Gordon is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter and is under team control through 2018. Wednesday, 12:01 pm
  • Daniel Nava elects free agency
    Daniel Nava has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Nava cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week and ultimately refused a minor league assignment. The 32-year-old figures to land a spring training invite somewhere. Wednesday, 11:15 am
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  • Indians designate Choice for assignment
    Indians designated OF Michael Choice for assignment.

    Advice: Choice gets the boot off the 40-man roster after Wednesday's acquisition of Kirby Yates. The former top prospect was acquired from the Rangers back in August and could soon be with his third organization in the past four months. Wednesday, 11:02 am
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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
  • O's acquire L.J. Hoes from Astros
    Orioles acquired OF L.J. Hoes from the Astros for cash considerations.

    Advice: Hoes was designated for assignment by the Astros last week and the Orioles jumped at the opportunity at a reunion. The 25-year-old has struggled in sporadic opportunities in the majors, but he's coming off a strong season in Triple-A where he batted .295/.383/.400 over 99 games. He figures to compete for a bench job in the spring. Wednesday, 8:38 am
  • White Sox sign Alex Avila to one-year deal
    White Sox signed C Alex Avila to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

    Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman passed along the contract details. Avila, who turns 29 in January, struggled through injuries this season while batting just .191 with four home runs and a .626 OPS over 67 games. However, he's a gamble at this price. Avila figures to share playing time behind the plate with Tyler Flowers in 2016. Wednesday, 8:22 am
  • Braun (back) expects to be 100 pct. by spring
    Ryan Braun (back) said Wednesday that he expects to be 100 percent when spring training begins in February.

    Advice: "That's the plan," explained Braun, who underwent surgery in October to repair a herniated disc in his lower back. "All the rehab stuff is something I'll probably incorporate every day when it comes to my preparation and routine. I'll figure it out as I go. It's obviously still new to me. As I get back into baseball stuff, I'll figure out which exercises I'll want to continue to do and be a part of my routine." Braun underwent a cryotherapy procedure on his right thumb last October and again this June, but there are no plans for another one this offseason unless he feels discomfort when he begins swinging a bat in January. Wednesday, 8:00 am
  • Pirates sign 1B/OF Jake Goebbert
    Pirates signed 1B/OF Jake Goebbert to a one-year contract.

    Advice: No word on the terms involved, but he has been added to the team's 40-man roster. Goebbert, 28, batted .294/.392/.452 with 10 home runs and 62 RBI over 122 games this season with the Padres' Triple-A affiliate. He appeared in 51 games with the Padres back in 2014. With his experience between first base and the outfield, Goebbert figures to compete for a bench spot in the spring. Wednesday, 7:46 am
  • Report: Pirates' Pedro Alvarez open to trade
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Pedro Alvarez would be open to a trade.

    Advice: It's a real possibility, as the Pirates are shopping him, as well as Neil Walker and Mark Melancon. While there's nothing to indicate that they are interested, Heyman speculates that the Orioles could be a fit. Alvarez turns 29 in February and batted .243/.318/.469 with 27 home runs and 77 RBI over 150 games this past season. He made $5.75 million in 2015 and will be arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter. Wednesday, 7:29 am
  • Bradley penciled in as CF in 2016
    Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated on WEEI's "Hot Stove Show" on Tuesday night that Jackie Bradley is penciled in as the starting center fielder for 2016.

    Advice: What Bradley brings defensively can't be questioned, so the Red Sox are hoping that the progress he showed with the bat down the stretch is for real. The 25-year-old continues to pop up in trade rumors, but assuming he stays put this winter, Farrell envisions having Mookie Betts in right field and Rusney Castillo in left. Wednesday, 7:18 am
  • Report: 'Nothing is imminent' on Ozuna trade
    Joe Frisaro of reports that "nothing is imminent" on a possible trade involving Marcell Ozuna.

    Advice: This comes on the heels of a report from ESPN's Jerry Crasnick on Tuesday night that the Mariners are working on a trade for Ozuna, who has fallen out of favor with Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria. Nothing is close, but the Marlins are reportedly willing to move him for a young starter. It's hard to imagine that Ozuna will begin 2016 with the team given all of the drama that has occurred until now, so it's highly likely he's moved at some point soon. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 6:46 am
  • 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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  • Jays agree to send Hague to Japanese team
    According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of, the Blue Jays have agreed to send Matt Hague to the Hanshin Tigers of Japan's Central League for $300,000.

    Advice: The deal is not yet official, but Hague has been removed from Toronto's 40-man roster. Hague earned a September call-up with the Blue Jays this season after winning the International League MVP Award by batting .338/.416/.468 with 11 home runs and 92 RBI over 136 games with Triple-A Buffalo. He turned 30 in August. Wednesday, 6:33 am
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