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    • Padres acquire Will Middlebrooks from Boston
      Padres acquired INF Will Middlebrooks from the Red Sox for C Ryan Hanigan.

      Advice: The 26-year-old slugger has lost a bit of the luster off his top prospect status in recent years, but still possesses plenty of power and should be locked in as the Padres starter at the hot corner. The move from Fenway to Petco certainly diminishes his potential fantasy value though. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:55 pm
    • Red Sox acquire Ryan Hanigan from Padres
      Red Sox acquired C Ryan Hanigan from the Padres for INF Will Middlebrooks.

      Advice: The veteran backstop had a rough season offensively in 2014 but is universally praised for his defensive prowess. He'll share time behind the dish with Christian Vazquez in Boston. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:53 pm
    • Twins invite Byron Buxton to spring training
      The Twins have invited top outfield prospect Byron Buxton to major league spring training.

      Advice: The Twins announced Friday that they have invited 18 minor leagues to spring training as non-roster invitees, with Buxton and Jose Berrios headlining the crop. The 21-year-old outfielder was limited to only 31 games in 2014 due to a variety of ailments and then fractured a finger during play in the Arizona Fall League. He's expected to be fully healthy and ready to go for the start of spring training. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:03 pm
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    • Giants to acquire Casey McGehee from Marlins
      Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Giants have agreed to acquire Casey McGehee from the Marlins.

      Advice: No word yet on the potential return package heading to the Fish in the deal, but both Hunter Strickland and Matt Duffy had been mentioned in trade talks.. McGehee is coming off a terrific season in 2014 where he slashed .287/.355/.357 with 76 RBI in 160 games. With what is available on the market, he's perhaps the best fit both offensively and defensively for the Giants. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:10 pm
    • Wil Myers playing CF 'is a possibility'
      Padres manager Bud Black said Friday that Wil Myers playing center field "is a possibility."

      Advice: Black doesn't want to etch anything in stone, and we can hardly blame him because general manager A.J. Preller might trade all three of his new outfielders over the weekend. However, it sounds like the plan is for Myers to handle center, with Justin Upton manning left field and Matt Kemp in right. Myers has nine games' worth of experience in center field in the majors and 100 games' worth of experience there in the minors. It's going to be a brutal defensive outfield, but the Padres are obviously hoping they can make up for it with their bats. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:32 pm
    • Cubs to ink David Ross to two-year pact
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that David Ross has agreed to a two-year, $5 million contract with the Cubs

      Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier Friday that Ross had signed with the Padres but then later retracted it. Ross has batted just .197/.276/.374 over the last two seasons, but his leadership and ability to handle a pitching staff is valued. Signing Ross to be Miguel Montero's backup now allows the Cubs to field offers for Welington Castillo. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:11 pm
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    • Braves pick up Jace Peterson from Padres
      Braves acquired INF Jace Peterson from the Padres in the Justin Upton trade.

      Advice: A former sandwich round pick, Peterson batted .307/.402/.447 with 16 steals between Double- and Triple-A last season and got a cup of coffee in the majors. He's a pretty solid middle infield prospect but didn't land in a great situation in Atlanta with Andrelton Simmons holding down shortstop and Jose Peraza on his way at second base. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:03 pm
    • Padres' trade for Justin Upton made official
      Padres acquired OF Justin Upton and RHP Aaron Northcraft from the Braves in exchange for LHP Max Fried, INF Jace Peterson, 3B Dustin Peterson, OF Mallex Smith and the fourth international bonus pool slot.

      Advice: The deal, which was reported early Friday morning, has now been made official. Upton is coming off a season in which he batted .270/.342/.491 with 29 homers and 102 RBI for the Braves. With the addition of him, Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, Derek Norris and Will Middlebrooks, the Padres have completely re-tooled their lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:55 pm
    • Rios signs one-year, $11M deal with Royals
      Royals signed OF Alex Rios to a one-year, $11 million contract with a mutual option for 2016.

      Advice: Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com says the mutual option is worth $12.5 million. Rios batted just .280/.311/.398 with only four home runs over 521 plate appearances during his walk year. The move from Globe Life Park to Kauffman Stadium won't help, but Rios is worth a shot on a one-year deal. He will turn 34 in February. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:15 pm
    • Logan Watkins designated for assignment
      Cubs designated INF Logan Watkins for assignment.

      Advice: Watkins, 25, has posted decent numbers in the minors but has hit just .233/.269/.301 over 110 plate appearances in the majors. He's versatile and young, so some team might claim him on waivers. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:07 pm
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    • Ryan Lavarnway claimed by Cubs off waivers
      Cubs claimed 1B/C Ryan Lavarnway off waivers from the Dodgers.

      Advice: Lavarnway had been claimed by the Dodgers earlier this month before being designated for assignment a week later for the second time this offseason. The 27-year-old had an injury-shortened 2014 season and isn't really a prospect anymore but is probably worth a flier. It remains to be seen how he'll fit in with the Cubs, but he makes the most sense as a third catcher/pinch-hitter. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:05 pm
    • Angels acquire Johnny Giavotella from Royals
      Angels acquired 2B Johnny Giavotella from the Royals in exchange for RHP Brian Broderick.

      Advice: Giavotella had been designated for assignment on Thursday. The Angels plan to go with Josh Rutledge at second base after trading away Howie Kendrick, but Giavotella isn't a bad insurance option. The 27-year-old never received a long-term look with the Royals but is a career .305/.378/.438 hitter in the minors. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:54 am
    • Garrett Jones lands with Yankees
      Yankees acquired 1B/OF Garrett Jones from the Marlins in the Nathan Eovaldi trade.

      Advice: Jones hit .246/.309/.411 with 15 homers last season as the Marlins' main first baseman. He's been pretty good versus right-handed pitching in his career (.811 OPS) and offers a bit of versatility with the ability to play first base and the corner outfield spots. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:42 am
    • Martin Prado/Nate Eovaldi swap is official
      Marlins acquired INF/OF Martin Prado, RHP David Phelps and cash considerations from the Yankees in exchange for RHP Nathan Eovaldi, 1B/OF Garrett Jones and RHP Domingo German.

      Advice: The Yankees are sending $6 million to the Marlins to help offset the salaries. Prado is expected to play third base for the Marlins, which means Casey McGehee is either headed to the bench or the trade block. Prado's fantasy value obviously takes a big hit going from Yankee Stadium to Marlins Park. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:34 am
    • Carlos Peguero released by Royals
      Royals released OF Carlos Peguero.

      Advice: FOX Sports 1's CJ Nitkowski reported last month that Peguero was receiving interest from Japanese clubs, so perhaps he's close to an overseas deal. The 27-year-old has hit just .196/.245/.379 over 229 big league plate appearances. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:04 am
    • Pirates ink Corey Hart to one-year contract
      Pirates signed 1B/OF Corey Hart to a one-year contract.

      Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says Hart will receive $2.5 million and have a chance to earn $2.5 million more through incentives. Hart figures to platoon at first base with Pedro Alvarez while providing another option in a loaded Pirates outfield. The 32-year-old batted just .203/.271/.319 with six homers over 68 games in 2014 after missing the 2013 campaign with knee issues. If he proves to be healthy -- which is a big question -- Hart could be a nice gamble on a one-year deal. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:59 am
    • Shane Peterson claimed by Cubs
      Cubs claimed OF/1B Shane Peterson off waivers from the Athletics.

      Advice: Peterson had been designated for assignment last week. The former second-round pick has limited experience in the majors but batted .308/.381/.460 this past season at Triple-A. He could be an option for the Cubs' bench. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:29 am
    • Rene Rivera headed to Tampa in mega-deal
      Rays acquired C Rene Rivera from the Padres in the Wil Myers trade.

      Advice: Rivera has been a journeyman for much of his career but thrived when given a real shot at playing time in 2014, batting .252/.319/.432 with 11 homers while drawing rave reviews for his pitch-framing and defense. He seems unlikely to repeat his year offensively, but Rivera will be the primary catcher for the Rays. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:41 am
    • Rays get Steven Souza from Nationals
      Rays acquired OF Steven Souza, C Rene Rivera, RHP Burch Smith, 1B Jake Bauers and LHP Travis Ott, Padres acquired OF Wil Myers, C Ryan Hanigan, LHP Jose Castillo and RHP Gerardo Reyes, Nationals acquired RHP Joe Ross and a player to be named later in a three-team trade.

      Advice: The Rays are gambling that they're not going to see much, if any, of a fall-off in production in right field in going from Myers to Souza. A late bloomer, Souza batted .350/.432/.590 with 18 homers, 75 RBI and 26 stolen bases in 96 Triple-A games last season. Many aren't as high on him as the Rays apparently are, but he definitely holds sleeper appeal from a fantasy perspective. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:38 am
    • Mets still talking Tulo trade with Rockies
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mets and Rockies "have been quietly discussing" a potential Troy Tulowitzki trade for weeks.

      Advice: He adds that pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard "is said to be the centerpiece of discussions" of the package that would head to the Rockies. However, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says the two teams have talked all offseason but no traction has been gained. A source told him he thinks the chances of the two sides completing a deal are "5-10 percent." In other words, nothing has really changed here. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:57 am
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