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  • DH Pedro Alvarez is on Red Sox' radar
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Pedro Alvarez is on the Red Sox' radar.

    Advice: Heyman says that Boston is "favoring a short-term deal" as they look to fill David Ortiz's vacated designated hitter spot, so they appear likelier to sign an Alvarez, Matt Holliday or Mike Napoli rather than an Edwin Encarnacion. Alvarez batted .249/.322/.504 with 22 homers over just 376 plate appearances for the Orioles this past season. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:42 am
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  • Dansby Swanson 'untouchable' in Sale talks
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Braves have "made clear" that Dansby Swanson is "untouchable" in trade talks for Chris Sale.

    Advice: It's no surprise, of course, as Swanson is one of the most highly thought of young players in the game and he's slated to open 2017 as the Braves' starting shortstop. Atlanta probably still has enough talent to acquire Sale even without including Swanson, with Ozzie Albies seeming likely to headline a package. The Braves and Nationals look like the two most aggressive teams for Sale, with the Astros, Rangers, Red Sox and Dodgers also in the mix. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:28 am
  • Astros would listen to offers for Evan Gattis
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe hears that the Astros would listen to offers for Evan Gattis.

    Advice: The Astros acquired Brian McCann earlier this offseason and also reportedly have a deal in place for Carlos Beltran, so it's not a surprise that they're willing to listen on Gattis. The slugger hit 32 home runs last season, although he sported a .319 on-base percentage and is very much an all-or-nothing hitter. Gattis will make $5.2 million in 2017 and will be arbitration-eligible for a final time next winter. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:52 am
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  • Red Sox have contacted Matt Holliday's agent
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox have contacted Matt Holliday's agent, Scott Boras.

    Advice: The Cardinals declined Holliday's $17 million option after he .246/.322/.461 in an injury-shortened 2016, but there appears to be a decent market for him as a potential bounce-back candidate. The Red Sox' rivals, the Yankees, are another club that's shown interest and Holliday's former club, the Rockies, have also been mentioned as a potential landing spot. Holliday will turn 37 in January. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:43 am
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  • Indians casting wide net in search for 1B
    MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Indians "have shown interest in a broad range" of first basemen, including Mike Napoli, Mitch Moreland, Adam Lind and Chris Carter.

    Advice: Re-signing Napoli is no doubt the Tribe's first choice after he smacked 34 home runs and drove in 101 runs for them last season, but they're casting a wide net in their search. The defending American League champions are pretty left-handed heavy in their lineup right now, although that doesn't necessarily mean Carter would be their top choice after Napoli. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:34 am
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  • Blue Jays, Indians interested in 1B Moreland
    MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and Indians are showing interest in Mitch Moreland.

    Advice: Morosi says that "others" are interested, as well. Moreland batted just .233/.298/.422 overall last season, but he popped 22 home runs and won a Gold Glove for his work at first base. The 31-year-old isn't the first choice for either the Jays or Indians, but he qualifies as a decent Plan B. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:27 am
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  • Reds re-sign Gabby Guerrero to minors deal
    Reds re-signed OF Gabby Guerrero to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The Reds non-tendered Guerrero after claiming him off waivers last month, but he'll remain with the organization. Vlad's nephew hit just .234/.281/.383 across two minor league levels in 2016. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:09 am
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  • Brewers nearly dealt for Szczur at deadline
    Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune hears that the Brewers were close to trading for Matt Szczur at the deadline before talks dissolved.

    Advice: The late-season emergence of Keon Broxton and impending arrival of Lewis Brinson could remove the Brewers from the equation when it comes to Szczur. However, the Cubs have a surplus of outfielders and could revisit trading the 27-year-old. Szczur is a career .245/.297/.376 hitter over 346 plate appearances and is under team control through 2021. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:37 am
  • Soler likely to be traded for young pitching
    Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune writes that "the expectation is Jorge Soler will be dealt at some point for young starting pitching."

    Advice: Soler saw sporadic playing time in 2016 and with the return of Kyle Schwarber in 2017 and signing of Jon Jay, a lack of consistent playing time next year would again appear to be in the cards. The Cubs have flirted with dealing Soler in the past but might finally pull the trigger on a trade this winter. He's hit a disappointing .258/.328/.434 so far in the majors, but Soler will turn just 25 in February and is under contract cheaply through 2020. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:34 am
  • Dodgers 'most aggressive' for Brian Dozier
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Dodgers are the "most aggressive" team in trade talks with the Twins involving Brian Dozier.

    Advice: Twins general manager Thad Levine indicated recently that team wasn't going to trade Dozier unless they were "really inspired" by an offer, but of course that could just be GM-speak. Dozier has a very team-friendly contract that will pay him $15 million over the next two seasons, but the Twins might want to capitalize while his value is at its highest following a 42-homer season. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:01 am
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  • Yasmany Tomas trade market 'slow to develop'
    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the trade market for Yasmany Tomas "has been slow to develop."

    Advice: The Diamondbacks appear intent on improving their defense, so it makes sense to shop around Tomas, who hit 31 homers in 2016 but continued to be one of the worst defensive corner outfielders in the game. The problem is that Tomas still has $48.5 million remaining on his contract and there are plenty of alternatives to him on the market. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:44 am
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  • Twins not actively shopping Brian Dozier
    Twins GM Thad Levine said unless they are "really inspired," the team will not consider trading Brian Dozier.

    Advice: Dozier has understandably been a popular name in trade talks this winter, but the Twins aren't actively shopping him. "We don’t have an immediate replacement," said Levine at an event for season-ticket holders earlier this week. "No one’s replacing his 42 home runs." The power-hitting second baseman still has two years and $15 million remaining on his contract. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:31 pm
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  • Texas 'far from optimistic' on Desmond deal
    According to TR Sullivan of MLB.com, the Rangers are "far from optimistic" a deal will get done with free agent Ian Desmond.

    Advice: This comes on the heels of a report from MLB Network's Jon Morosi, who said the Rangers' talks with Desmond had "intensified" in recent days. The Rangers are obviously keen on re-signing him, but Desmond won't come cheap after a productive year that included 22 HR, 86 RBI and 21 steals. Desmond turned down the Rangers' one-year qualifying offer, which means Texas will get a compensatory pick if he signs elsewhere. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:44 pm
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  • Rangers talks with Ian Desmond intensifying
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Rangers talks with Ian Desmond have intensified in recent days.

    Advice: Perhaps as it's looking more and more likely that the Nationals may end up with Andrew McCutchen, the Rangers are moving on to the next best option to fill their hole in center field. Desmond had a resurgent season in Texas in 2016, slashing .285/.335/.446 with 22 homers, 86 RBI and 21 stolen bases. His fantasy value would certainly be helped by staying in Arlington. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:10 pm
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  • Braves sign Lane Adams to minor league deal
    Braves signed OF Lane Adams to a minor league deal.

    Advice: The 27-year-old speedster hit .266/.342/.388 with 10 homers, 56 RBI and 44 stolen bases in 121 minor league games between the Cubs and Yankees in 2016. He makes for a nice depth signing for the Braves. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:33 am
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  • Reds non-tender Gabby Guerrero on Friday
    Reds non-tendered OF Gabby Guerrero.

    Advice: Guerrero, who is the nephew of former MLB star Vladimir Guerrero, was claimed off of waivers from the Diamondbacks last week and now finds himself as a free agent. He struggled with the bat in 2016, slashing .234/.281/.383 across two minor league levels, but possesses enough talent that he should find another club willing to give him a shot. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:30 am
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  • Padres sign Dusty Coleman to minors contract
    Padres signed INF Dusty Coleman to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The 29-year-old spent the 2016 campaign in the Royals' organization where he slashed .244/.302/.418 with six homers and 26 RBI in 63 games primarily at Triple-A Omaha. He'll add organizational infield depth for the Padres. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:01 am
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  • Pirates non-tender Eric Fryer on Friday
    Pirates non-tendered C Eric Fryer.

    Advice: The 31-year-old backstop hit .267/.336/.319 with no homers and 13 RBI in 133 plate appearances between the Cardinals and Pirates in 2016. He will look for another opportunity on the open market but may have to settle for a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:22 am
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  • Ian Desmond a backup CF option for Nationals
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals are considering Adam Eaton, Dexter Fowler, Carlos Gomez and Ian Desmond as backup options for center field.

    Advice: Heyman notes that the Nationals "remain focused" on a trade for Andrew McCutchen, but they are preparing backup plans in the event they're not able to work something out for the Pirates outfielder. Desmond is the most interesting name of the aforementioned bunch, of course, given that he's spent most of his career with the Nats. He played shortstop for them, but Washington appears intent on moving Trea Turner in to his natural position of shortstop and adding a center fielder. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:53 am
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  • Yankees considering Holliday for DH spot
    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that Matt Holliday is "a name the Yankees have thrown around."

    Advice: The expectation is that Edwin Encarnacion will likely command a contract beyond what the Yankees are comfortable with, but they have backup options that include Carlos Beltran, Mike Napoli and Holliday. Holliday batted .246/.322/.461 with 20 homers and 62 RBI in an injury-shortened 2016 season and is probably best off as a designated hitter at this point in his career. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:51 am
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  • Rockies downplay possible Holliday reunion
    Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich downplayed the possibility of a reunion with free agent Matt Holliday.

    Advice: Holliday has said that he's open to a return to the Rockies, but given the team's outfield depth, he'd be looking at a full-time move to first base. He just saw his first exposure at the position in 2016, so the Rockies are mulling over the potential alternatives. "We have just now started looking into the reality of Matt," said Bridich. "With the way that our outfield is situated… the outfield for Matt doesn’t make a whole lot of sense right now. So right now we are just trying to wrap our minds around whether he’s a viable option at first base." The Rockies reportedly haven't ruled out a return for Mark Reynolds and Chris Carter, who was recently designated for assignment by the Brewers, could also be a possibility at first base. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:33 am
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  • Reds claim Gabby Guerrero off waivers
    Reds claimed OF Gabby Guerrero off waivers from the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The nephew of Vladimir Guerrero, Gabby batted just .234/.281/.383 between Double- and Triple-A this past season. He's had back-to-back disappointing seasons but will turn just 23 in a couple weeks. Obviously the Reds think he's still got a shot to make an impact. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:04 pm
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  • Twins 'have to be wowed' to trade Dozier
    Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins "continue to aim high" in Brian Dozier trade talks.

    Advice: Berardino adds that they've told at least one team that they'd "have to be wowed" in order to deal Dozier. You can't blame the Twins for setting their sights high, of course, given that Dozier is coming off a 42-homer season and is owed just $15 million over the next two seasons. The Dodgers are one club known to have interest in the second baseman. Rotoworld.com Nov 25, 1:01 pm
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