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  • Braves outright Ramiro Pena to Triple-A
    Braves sent INF Ramiro Pena outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Pena was designated for assignment earlier in the week to make room on the 40-man roster. He was arbitration eligible this winter, which may have played a role in the move as well. It's unclear if he'll accept the assignment or attempt to find a better opportunity elsewhere through free agency. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:03 pm
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    Ramiro Peña Atl - 2B,3B,SS
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  • Padres, Dodgers have talked Matt Kemp trade
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Padres and Dodgers have discussed a Matt Kemp trade.

    Advice: Rosenthal adds, however, that there's been "nothing that recent" and there is "no deal close." Kemp finished the 2014 season in fine form and would give the San Diego offense a needed boost, but the Dodgers may opt to keep him now that Hanley Ramirez has signed with Red Sox. Los Angeles probably needs retain the right-handed power that Kemp provides. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:21 pm
  • NYY offered PHI 'utility player' for Rollins
    ESPN's Jayson Stark heard from two sources that the Yankees offered the Phillies "a utility player" for shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

    Advice: That didn't get the job done. The Phillies seem to have a lofty asking price for Rollins, who turns 36 years old this week and is owed $11 million next season in the final year of his four-year, $44 million deal. They're simply not going to be able to get a top prospect or young, productive major league talent in exchange for the veteran shortstop. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:03 pm
  • Royals acquire Jackson from Dodgers
    Royals acquired INF Ryan Jackson from the Dodgers for cash considerations.

    Advice: Jackson was claimed off waivers from the Padres earlier this month, but now he's on the move again. The 26-year-old infielder was limited to just 11 games in the minors this season due to a right wrist injury which required surgery. He'll hope for better luck on the health front in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:12 pm
  • Rays designate Sean Rodriguez for assignment
    Rays designated INF/OF Sean Rodriguez for assignment.

    Advice: Due another raise through arbitration, Rodriguez was considered a likely non-tender candidate, so the Rays simply decided to cut ties a little bit early. He could draw interest on waivers due to his versatility. Rodriguez batted .211/.258/.443 with 12 home runs over 259 plate appearances this past season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:33 am
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  • Reds sign Boesch to minor league contract
    Reds signed OF Brennan Boesch to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Boesch batted .187/.203/.293 with two home runs over 79 plate appearances with the Angels this past season. The 29-year-old could compete for a bench job in the spring. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:02 am
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  • Yanks will only go three years for Headley
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are only willing to offer a three-year deal to Chase Headley.

    Advice: There aren't many options at third base in free agency now that Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez are off the market, so Headley likely believes that he can do better. The Giants, Sandoval's former team, could be positioned to make a run at him. If Headley manages to do better elsewhere, the Yankees would likely go with Martin Prado at third base. As for second base, the Yankees could turn to prospects Robert Refsnyder or Jose Pirela or an outside option. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:00 am
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  • Ryan Braun says thumb is back to 100 percent
    Ryan Braun said Wednesday that his right thumb is back to 100 percent since surgery.

    Advice: Braun underwent a cryotherapy procedure on October 2 in hopes of fixing an inflamed nerve at the base of his thumb that has bothered him for nearly two years. He quickly resumed swinging a bat and hasn't had any setbacks. "It definitely worked," Braun said Wednesday. The real test will be playing in games, but this is encouraging news for the Brewers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:08 am
  • Indians have contacted OF Denorfia
    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians have contacted free agent outfielder Chris Denorfia.

    Advice: The Indians have been mentioned as a possibility for Chase Headley, but Hoynes writes that they will not be major players in the free agent market and instead are looking at improving on the margins with players like Denorfia and Kendrys Morales. Denorfia can play all three outfield positions and could be a platoon partner for David Murphy. The 34-year-old batted just .230/.284/.318 with three home runs and 21 RBI over 121 games this past season, but he has a reputation for mashing left-handed pitching. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:56 am
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  • Indians have contacted Kendrys Morales
    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians have contacted free agent designated hitter/first baseman Kendrys Morales.

    Advice: Hoynes writes that Morales could be an option if the Indians manage to unload Nick Swisher. He could also qualify as insurance for Swisher, who had surgery on both of his knees in August. Morales will likely come at a discount after batting just .218/.274/.338 with eight home runs and 42 RBI over 98 games this past season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:52 am
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  • Marlins called about Chris Davis, Evan Gattis
    According to Clark Spencer and Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Marlins have inquired about trades for Chris Davis of the Orioles and Evan Gattis of the Braves.

    Advice: These are just two of the options the Marlins are looking at as they attempt to upgrade from Garrett Jones at first base. They would likely have to give up quality pieces for either player, potentially including top prospect left-hander Andrew Heaney. Davis is under team control though 2015 while Gattis is under team control through 2018. Mike Morse gives the Marlins an alternative in free agency, but the club only has "lukewarm" interest in signing him. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:29 am
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    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B
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  • Padres getting trade inquiries on catchers
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Padres are getting a "ton of inquiries" on their catchers.

    Advice: This group includes Yasmani Grandal, Rene Rivera, and prospect Austin Hedges. Grandal finished strong and Rivera launched 11 home runs in 103 games this season, so the Padres could cash in on their surplus to upgrade in other areas. Hedges struggled with the bat this year in Double-A, but still has a strong defensive reputation and is regarded as the Padres' catcher of the future. It's unlikely they'll move him unless they get a major piece in return. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:25 am
  • Heyman: Cash has 'strong chance' at Rays job
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports hears Kevin Cash has a "strong chance" at being the next Rays manager.

    Advice: Cash, the Indians' bullpen coach, is up against Don Wakamatsu and Raul Ibanez for the job. The Rays have said they will conduct interviews next week, so it appears nothing will be determined before then. Cash is a Tampa Bay native and was also a finalist for the Rangers' job before they hired Jeff Banister last month. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:18 pm
  • Castillo set to begin Winter League ball
    Rusney Castillo will travel to Puerto Rico this week to begin playing winter league ball, the team announced Tuesday.

    Advice: Castillo incurred a thumb muscle injury during the Arizona Fall League, but it has healed in time for him to get in some more at-bats in the Puerto Rican Winter League. The 27-year-old will only play until December, the team said. Castillo will be a regular in the Red Sox outfield next season and has a skillset that should play well in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:59 pm
  • Angels outright Jackson Williams to Triple-A
    Angels sent C Jackson Williams outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Williams was designated for assignment by Anaheim last week and passed through waivers without drawing a claim. The 28-year-old catcher will function as organizational depth for Anaheim in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:07 pm
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  • Rays willing to listen on SS Yunel Escobar
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports the Rays are willing to listen to trade offers for Yunel Escobar.

    Advice: The Rays, Rosenthal notes, are willing to listen on just about anyone. In Escobar, a team would be acquiring a good defensive shortstop -- if 2014 was the statistical outlier -- with a team-friendly deal through 2017, potentially. If Escobar were to be dealt, the Rays have other internal shortstop options in Ben Zobrist and possibly Nick Franklin who could fill in in the short term. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:05 pm
  • Carrera chooses to become free agent
    Ezequiel Carrera has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Carrera was designated for assignment last week. The 27-year-old batted .261/.301/.348 in 45 games with the Tigers this season and should latch on elsewhere as a backup outfielder. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:08 am
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  • White Sox, LaRoche finalize 2-yr, $25M deal
    White Sox signed 1B Adam LaRoche to a two-year, $25 million contract.

    Advice: The agreement was reported last Friday and it's now official. LaRoche will make $12 million next season and $13 million in 2016. With Jose Abreu already in-house, the 35-year-old figures to serve as the regular DH for Chicago. LaRoche amassed 26 home runs and 92 RBI in 140 games with the Nationals this season and should continue to post strong power numbers in the hitter-friendly U.S. Cellular Field. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:15 am
  • About six teams interested in Hunter
    Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that there are still about a "half dozen teams" interested in free agent outfielder Torii Hunter.

    Advice: As expected, the Royals and Twins are in the mix. Hunter turns 40 next August and is nearing the end of his career, so the opportunity to play for a contender could win out. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:47 am
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  • Report: Yankees not expected to be in on Tulo
    Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that there are "strong indications" that the Yankees will not be in on Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

    Advice: To start with, rival officials who have spoken with the Rockies over the past two weeks are under the impression that Tulowitzki will not be traded. However, even putting that aside, Martino hears that the Yankees are not interested in taking on the remainder of his contract. While the 30-year-old is elite when healthy and a perfect replacement for Derek Jeter on paper, he's owed $114 million over the next six seasons. Things could change, but the Yankees appear likely to do something less splashy. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:50 am
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