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  • Neil Walker extension talks 'probably dead'
    According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, "the feeling from the Mets side is the Neil Walker contract extension discussions are probably dead."

    Advice: Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reported on Sunday that the two sides were making progress on a contract extension that would potentially run through 2019, but it sounds like there wound up being a big gap in the financial expectations. Walker will make $17.2 million in 2017 after accepting the Mets' one-year qualifying offer in early November. He is scheduled to become a free agent next winter. Yesterday, 10:14 am
  • Mets extension talks with Walker 'hit a snag'
    According to Marc Carig of Newsday, the Mets' extension talks with Neil Walker "have hit a snag."

    Advice: Carig says "it’s still possible negotiations could heat up once more," but there is nothing imminent at this time. Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reported on Sunday that the two sides were discussing a new deal that would run through 2019 and be worth "north of $40 million," but there are apparently some disagreements in the details. Walker will earn $17.2 million in 2017 after accepting the Mets' one-year qualifying offer in November. He is currently scheduled to become a free agent next winter. Yesterday, 8:26 am
  • Nothing imminent between Mets and Walker
    Marc Carig of Newsday was told Monday morning that "nothing is imminent" in the ongoing extension talks between the Mets and Neil Walker.

    Advice: Walker and his reps met Sunday with Mets general manager Sandy Alderson and it sounds like there could be an agreement at some point this spring, but we're not there yet. Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reported this weekend that the two sides have been discussing a contract extension that would run through 2019 and be worth "north of $40 million." Walker, 31, slugged 23 homers with an .823 OPS in 113 games last season before undergoing back surgery. He accepted the Mets' one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer for 2017. Yesterday, 6:29 am
  • Mets continue extension talks with Walker
    Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets and Neil Walker's agent have discussed a contract extension that would run through 2019 and would be worth "north of $40 million."

    Advice: Walker accepted the club's $17.2 million qualifying offer in November, but the two sides are interested in ripping up that deal and installing a new three-year pact. General manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday that he talked to Walker's agent on Saturday and planned to discuss things with the player himself soon. Walker, 31, hit 23 homers with an .823 OPS in 113 games last season in his first year in New York before undergoing back surgery. Sunday, 12:33 pm
  • Rodriguez's shoulder surgery details revealed
    Sean Rodriguez's left shoulder surgery involved the repair of a badly torn rotator cuff, labrum damage and a biceps tendon that had to relocated.

    Advice: It's no wonder that he's essentially already been ruled out for the season. Rodriguez, who suffered the injuries during a car crash in late January, is under contract with the Braves through 2018. Sunday, 11:36 am
    Player Note
    Sean Rodríguez Atl - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Josh Harrison open to playing third base
    Josh Harrison is open to filling a utility role for the Pirates.

    Advice: Harrison served as Pittsburgh's everyday second baseman in 2016 but could see time at third base this year if Jung Ho Kang's legal battle drags into the regular season. Kang is missing the start of spring training to stand trial in Korea for his third DUI and it's unclear how long he'll be sidelined. Harrison is no stranger to third base. 215 of his 617 major league appearances have come at the hot corner. Saturday, 8:29 pm
  • Chase d'Arnaud taking reps at first base
    Chase d'Arnaud took reps at first base on Saturday.

    Advice: Utility man Sean Rodriguez was slated to back up Freddie Freeman at first base in addition to playing second base against left-handed pitchers, but now he's likely out for the season after injuring his shoulder in a car accident. D'Arnaud claims he hasn't played first since Little League but is willing to give it a shot with Rodriguez sidelined indefinitely. Nick Markakis, who has started five career games at first base, will also get reps there this spring. Saturday, 2:55 pm
    Player Note
    Chase d'Arnaud Atl - 2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Jed Lowrie (foot) enters camp fully healthy
    Jed Lowrie (foot) said Saturday that he's fully healthy and has been running without any issues for months.

    Advice: Lowrie underwent surgery in August to repair a damaged ligament in his left foot, as well as to remove a bunion and cyst. Lowrie indicated that he feels great and admitted that the foot issue caused him trouble at the plate in 2016. He also had surgery to repair a deviated septum and is now getting better sleep than he has in the past nine years. As long as he's healthy, he'll open the year as the A's starting second baseman. Saturday, 9:40 am
  • Dodgers officially announce Chase Utley deal
    Dodgers signed INF Chase Utley to a one-year, $2 million contract.

    Advice: The deal finally became official on Saturday with Utley arriving to Dodgers' camp and taking his physical. He'll function as a utility infielder in 2017 and should also have plenty of opportunities as a left-handed bat off the bench. Saturday, 9:29 am
  • Aaron Hill inks minor league deal with Giants
    Giants signed INF Aaron Hill to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: ESPN's Buster Olney says Hill will make $2 million if in the majors, with a possible $1 million more available in incentives. Hill, who will turn 35 next month, batted .262/.336/.378 with 10 home runs last season for the Brewers and Red Sox. He can play both second and third base and will compete for a bench job with the Giants, but the veteran infielder isn't going to have any fantasy value. Friday, 7:22 am
    Player Note
    Aaron Hill SF - 2B,3B
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  • Carlos Sanchez wants to be called Yolmer
    Carlos Sanchez now wants to be known as Yolmer Sanchez.

    Advice: Yolmer is actually his given first name, so it's an easy switch. "Yes, that’s what I want to do — the first Yolmer in baseball," said Sanchez. "Same guy, but different name." Sanchez, 24, is a .224/.261/.330 hitter over 201 major league games and he spent a large chunk of last season at the Triple-A level. He's going to have to impress this spring to win a spot on the Opening Day roster. Thursday, 6:08 pm
  • Profar to start in LF for Rangers in 2017
    Jurickson Profar is slated to start in left field for the Rangers in 2017.

    Advice: It's part of the fallout from the Rangers' reunion with veteran first baseman Mike Napoli. The other fallout: Shin-Soo Choo will serve as the regular DH for Texas in 2017 and Joey Gallo will get most of his work this spring at third base. Thursday, 7:46 am
    Player Note
    Jurickson Profar Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Cesar Hernandez wants 30-40 steals in '17
    Cesar Hernandez told reporters Thursday that he wants to steal 30-40 bases in 2017.

    Advice: Hernandez went 17-for-30 in stolen base attempts last season while slashing .294/.371/.393 over 622 plate appearances. 30-40 steals sounds like a real reach, but 25 might be doable if he really puts his mind to it. The 26-year-old second baseman added 15 pounds of muscle over the winter to help his durability. Thursday, 6:16 am
  • Forysthe not necessarily leadoff hitter
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday that Logan Forsythe is a top-of-the-order hitter, but not necessarily leadoff.

    Advice: This is contrary to what Roberts said right after the signing when he called Forsythe his likely leadoff hitter. Chances are he'll still see a bunch of time there, as the Dodgers' don't have an ideal alternative, but Roberts is at least keeping his options open. It would be interesting to see Joc Pederson get another shot there against right-handers. Wednesday, 12:46 pm
  • Sean Rodriguez undergoes shoulder surgery
    Sean Rodriguez underwent surgery Tuesday to repair the rotator cuff in his left shoulder.

    Advice: Rodriguez, who signed a two-year deal with the Braves earlier this winter, suffered the unfortunate injury in a car crash on January 28. The expectation is that he'll miss the entire season. It's too bad, as he figured to play an important role with Atlanta. The Braves have since acquired Brandon Phillips from the Reds to play second base. Wednesday, 12:13 pm
    Player Note
    Sean Rodríguez Atl - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Walker, Mets have had extension talks
    Neil Walker said Wednesday that he has had extension talks with the Mets.

    Advice: Nothing has come of it, but Marc Carig of Newsday notes that both sides have shown interest in an extension. Walker returned to the Mets this offseason after accepting a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer. He slugged 23 homers with an .823 OPS in 113 games last season before undergoing back surgery. He said he's pain-free this spring and he's open to seeing some time at first base. Wednesday, 7:49 am
  • Dustin Pedroia recovered from knee surgery
    Dustin Pedroia said Monday that he's fully recovered from last October's left knee surgery.

    Advice: Pedroia had his meniscus operated on and said he "did rehab stuff most of the offseason," but he added that he now feels "great, normal, just like previous years." It's obviously not ideal that Pedroia had to spend his winter rehabbing rather than going through his normal training routine, but this ultimately shouldn't be a big deal. Monday, 4:19 pm
  • Panik's eyesight affected after concussion
    Joe Panik revealed Monday that his eyesight never returned to normal last season after he suffered a concussion on June 18 following a beaning.

    Advice: Panik was batting .263/.327/.421 at the time of the concussion but then hit just .214/.304/.335 the rest of the way. He's been performing eye exercises this offseason as recommended by specialists and says he can now see fine and has no lingering concussion symptoms. Panik finished 2016 with a .239 average after entering the year with a career .309 mark. He's a good bet to bounce back in the average department in 2017. Monday, 4:06 pm
  • Pearce (forearm) might not play OF initially
    Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Monday that there are "varying opinions" on whether Steve Pearce (forearm) will be ready to play the outfield on Opening Day.

    Advice: Pearce had surgery last September to repair flexor tendons in his right forearm. Atkins said that Pearce is "at schedule, projected that he can play on opening day" and "been meeting every threshold" in his rehab. However, it appears that he could initially be limited to infield and designated hitter duty at the beginning of the season. "We’re certainly not going to rush him or push him if there’s doubt or speculation if that’s best for him," Atkins said. Monday, 3:53 pm
    Player Note
    Steve Pearce Tor - 1B,2B,OF
  • Reds' Price: Jose Peraza set to start at 2B
    Reds manager Bryan Price confirmed Monday that Jose Peraza is in line to start at second base.

    Advice: That assumes all goes smoothly this spring. The second base job opened up Sunday when the Reds traded Brandon Phillips to Atlanta for left-hander Andrew McKirahan and right-hander Carlos Portuondo. Peraza carries major fantasy upside into 2017 after slashing .324/.352/.411 with three home runs and 21 stolen bases in 72 games last season as a 22-year-old. Monday, 7:49 am
    Player Note
    José Peraza Cin - 2B,SS,OF
  • Braves make trade for 2B Phillips official
    Braves acquired 2B Brandon Phillips and cash from the Reds in exchange for LHP Andrew McKirahan and RHP Carlos Portuondo.

    Advice: The Reds are paying all but $1 million that's owed to Phillips and are receiving two non-prospects in return, so this is just about moving on and giving an opportunity to Jose Peraza and perhaps Dilson Herrera. From the Braves' perspective, they gave up next-to-nothing and got a solid second baseman following Sean Rodriguez's shoulder injury. ESPN's Buster Olney hears that the Braves are likely to bat Phillips sixth in their lineup. Feb 12, 11:12 am
  • Chase Utley getting $2 million from Dodgers
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Chase Utley will make $2 million plus incentives in his new contract with the Dodgers.

    Advice: Utley probably could have gotten more money and a better opportunity for playing time elsewhere, but the 38-year-old clearly was keen on remaining with the Dodgers. He'll see playing time as a backup both at second and third base and should be given plenty of pinch-hitting chances. Feb 12, 8:35 am
  • Braves' trade for Brandon Phillips complete
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Braves and Reds "have completed their agreement" in the trade of Brandon Phillips to Atlanta.

    Advice: Olney says that only "administrative boxes" need to be checked before the trade is announced.'s Mark Sheldon hears that the Reds will receive two players from the Braves in the deal and that Cincinnati is eating most of the $14 million Phillips is owed in 2017. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says that the two sides hope to announce the trade on Monday. Phillips will take over at second base in Atlanta, while Jose Peraza is now in line to play second for Cincinnati. Feb 12, 5:22 am
  • Report: Phillips deal close but 'hurdles remain'
    According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, "hurdles remain" in the Braves' talks to acquire Brandon Phillips.

    Advice: The deal is reportedly close but will be dependent on Phillips' health after injuring his left hand late last season. Per Rosenthal, the Reds aren't expecting a major return package as the team's primary motivation for trading Phillips was to clear their infield logjam. The Reds are also willing to pay most of Phillips' $14 million salary for 2017. Top prospect Ozzie Albies remains the Braves' long-term solution at second base, but Phillips makes sense as a one-year stopgap. The 35-year-old will hit the free agent market next offseason. Feb 11, 9:11 pm
  • Sean Rodriguez (shoulder) out 3-5 months
    According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Sean Rodriguez will undergo left shoulder surgery next week and is expected to miss 3-5 months.

    Advice: That would explain why the Braves are deep in talks to acquire Brandon Phillips from Cincinnati. Rodriguez suffered the injury in a car accident last week. Rodriguez was expected to platoon with Jace Peterson but now it looks like Phillips will man second base for Atlanta. The 31-year-old hit .270 while contributing a career-high 18 home runs in 140 games for Pittsburgh last season. Feb 11, 9:02 pm
    Player Note
    Sean Rodríguez Atl - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Braves close to acquiring Brandon Phillips
    Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the Braves are close to acquiring Brandon Phillips.

    Advice: No word yet on the return package. Phillips vetoed a trade to the Braves in November but seems to have had a change of heart. Atlanta's original plan was to have Jace Peterson and Sean Rodriguez platoon at second base this year. Needless to say, Phillips would represent a big upgrade at that position. Phillips has been in the league a long time but can still bring the thunder. The 35-year-old has hit a robust .293 with 134 RBI and 37 steals over his last two seasons. Feb 11, 8:28 pm
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