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  • Snitker: Swanson could hit second in 2017
    Braves manager Brian Snitker said Wednesday that he thinks Dansby Swanson could handle hitting second in 2017.

    Advice: Swanson mostly batted eighth as a rookie in 2016 while batting .302/.361/.442 over 145 plate appearances. They wanted to ease him into things, but Snitker thinks he's ready for the challenge. "(Hitting him second) is something I will talk to the guys about and we will get a feel for it in spring training and see where we’re at," said Snitker. "I feel right now — ask me today, yeah, I feel very comfortable about him there." Batting behind Ender Inciarte and in front of Freddie Freeman and Matt Kemp opens the door for some useful fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:22 am
  • Rockies land Desmond for five years, $70M
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Ian Desmond is headed to the Rockies.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says the deal is worth $70 million while Joel Sherman reports that it's a five-year contract. Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reports there's an option for a sixth year which could bring the total outlay to $83 million. Alrighty then, Rockies. It's an unexpected fit, for a number of reasons. The Rockies already have a surplus of outfielders, so this potentially opens the door for Charlie Blackmon to be traded. Rosenthal also notes that Desmond will likely split time between first base and the outfield. It should be stated that the Rockies will have to give up the No. 11 overall pick (the highest unprotected pick) in 2017 to sign Desmond since he rejected a qualifying offer from the Rangers. That's not ideal. On the bright side, he'll be in a fantastic spot for fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:19 am
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    Ian Desmond Tex - SS,LF,CF
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    L, 6-4 vs TB
     
  • Report: Desmond isn't returning to Rangers
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Ian Desmond will not be returning to the Rangers.

    Advice: Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reported earlier that Desmond has narrowed his focus to one team and Heyman hears that he has found an opportunity with a team other than the Rangers. We know the Cardinals have been linked to him in recent days, but that's just speculation at this point. More details should leak out soon. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:27 am
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    Ian Desmond Tex - SS,LF,CF
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    L, 6-4 vs TB
     
  • Report: Desmond narrows focus to one team
    Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reports that Ian Desmond has narrowed his focus to one team and that his representatives are in the process of finalizing a deal on Wednesday.

    Advice: The identity of that team? We aren't sure quite yet, but the Cardinals have been mentioned as a possibility in recent days and a reunion with the Rangers is still a possibility even after the Carlos Gomez deal. Desmond batted .285/.335/.446 with 22 homers, 86 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 2016. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:36 am
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    Ian Desmond Tex - SS,LF,CF
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    L, 6-4 vs TB
     
  • Yankees interested in Ruben Tejada
    George A. King III of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have interest in free agent infielder Ruben Tejada on a minor league deal.

    Advice: Tejada, 27, appeared in 36 games in the majors last season between the Cardinals and Giants while batting just .167/.247/.242 in 78 plate appearances. He was outrighted off the Giants' 40-man roster in early August and finished the season in the minors. The former Met would be organizational depth at the very least. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:55 am
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    W, 7-1 vs LAD
     
  • Padres interested in Rangers' Alberto
    According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Padres have expressed interest in Rangers infielder Hanser Alberto.

    Advice: Sullivan also notes that the Rangers like Padres outfielder Travis Jankowski, so there could be some movement here. Alberto owns a brutal .194/.204/.226 career batting line at the major league level, but the 24-year-old is capable of playing good defense all around the infield and his contract runs through 2021. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:12 pm
    L, 6-4 vs TB
     
  • Jonathan Villar expected to play 2B in 2017
    Brewers general manager David Stearns confirmed Tuesday that Jonathan Villar will mostly play second base in 2017.

    Advice: The Brewers intend to play Travis Shaw at third base after picking him up from the Red Sox in the Tyler Thornburg deal, so Villar is now in position to be the primary second base. He's already going into 2017 with a lot of momentum, but his multi-position eligibility should make him extremely valuable in fantasy leagues. As for Scooter Gennett, Stearns said that he will have to battle for playing time. It's also possible they'll try to trade him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:52 am
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    Jonathan Villar Mil - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 6-4 @Col
     
  • Cards have talked about Ian Desmond
    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Cardinals have had internal discussions about a possible pursuit of free agent outfielder Ian Desmond.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like they have actually reached out to his agents yet about the possibility. The Cardinals are heavily in the mix for Dexter Fowler and have reportedly made an initial offer, but they are keeping their eye on alternatives just in case. Desmond is in a better position for a lucrative deal this offseason after batting .285/.335/.446 with 22 homers, 86 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 2016. The Rangers are still a possibility to bring him back. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:45 am
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    Ian Desmond Tex - SS,LF,CF
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    L, 6-4 vs TB
     
  • Report: Nats, Angels interested in INF Drew
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals and Angels are among the teams looking at free agent infielder Stephen Drew.

    Advice: Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reported last week that the Angels have had preliminary talks with Drew. The Nationals remain interested in bringing him back, but he could have a more prominent role with the Angels. Drew turns 34 years old next March and batted .266 with eight homers and an .864 OPS over 165 plate appearances this past season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:44 am
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    Stephen Drew Was - 2B,3B,SS
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    W, 10-7 vs Mia
     
  • Amed Rosario to play several positions in '17
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Monday that shortstop prospect Amed Rosario will play multiple positions in 2017.

    Advice: Rosario has played shortstop exclusively in the minors aside from one game at third base in 2014. He's one of the top shortstop prospects in the game and could take over as the Mets' starter there as soon as 2018, but his best chance to contribute with the big club in 2017 is to increase his versatility. Alderson noted that third base in particular is where Rosario could see time, and that could be an area of need for the Mets if David Wright's back doesn't hold up. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:50 pm
    L, 5-2 @Phi
     
  • ChiSox ask Astros for Bregman in Sale talks
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the White Sox asked the Astros for Alex Bregman in trade talks for Chris Sale but were rebuffed.

    Advice: This comes as no surprise, as the White Sox' first ask in Sale discussions is surely going to be the other team's best prospect. What's unclear is whether the two sides might be able to make something work without Bregman involved. The Astros are viewed as one of the most aggressive suitors of Sale. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:35 pm
    L, 8-1 @LAA
     
  • Padres have interest in SS Erick Aybar
    MLB.com's AJ Cassavell reports that the Padres have had preliminary talks with Erick Aybar's agent.

    Advice: The Padres liked what they saw out of Luis Sardinas late last season and could give him a shot at the shortstop job, but they're also shopping for alternatives. Aybar, who turns 33 next month, hit just .243/.303/.320 last season for the Braves and Tigers. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:13 pm
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    Erick Aybar Det - 3B,SS
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    L, 1-0 @Atl
     
  • Jimmy Rollins planning to play in 2017
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Jimmy Rollins wants to play in 2017.

    Advice: Rollins never caught on anywhere else after the White Sox released him last June following a .221/.295/.329 batting line over 41 games. He's now 38 and will have to settle for a minor league contract just as he did last February. Rollins is a poor bet to find a job where he can earn significant playing time at this point. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:24 pm
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    L, 6-3 vs Min
     
  • Jose Reyes will be tried in OF this spring
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson confirmed Monday that Jose Reyes will be tried in the outfield during spring training.

    Advice: The idea first popped up in early November, and it sounds like the Mets fully plan to go through with it. Reyes hasn't played any outfield since rookie ball in 2000 -- when he was 17 years old -- but he probably still has enough athleticism in that 33-year-old body to pull it off. It would obviously give the Mets a little more flexibility. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:48 pm
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    José Reyes NYM - 3B,SS
    L, 5-2 @Phi
     
  • Kang's DUI in Korea was his third since '09
    Police officials in Seoul, South Korea confirmed to YonHap News that Jung Ho Kang's recent DUI arrest was his third since 2009.

    Advice: Which means he will be charged under the capital city's "three strikes law" and have his license revoked. Kang also fled the scene after this latest incident and tried to claim a friend was driving, but authorities analyzed the black box inside the vehicle and determined that to be a lie. Kang is obviously in very serious trouble, both in his native country and with the Pirates. Club president Frank Coonelly released a stern message last Thursday condemning the player's actions. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:42 am
    L, 10-4 @StL
     
  • 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 Sunday, 8:28 am
  • 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 Saturday, 1:44 pm
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    Ian Desmond Tex - SS,LF,CF
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    L, 6-4 vs TB
     
  • 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 Saturday, 12:10 pm
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    Ian Desmond Tex - SS,LF,CF
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    L, 6-4 vs TB
     
  • Angels non-tender Gregorio Petit on Friday
    Angels non-tendered INF Gregorio Petit.

    Advice: The 31-year-old infielder is now a free agent and will look for work elsewhere. He hit just .245/.299/.348 with two homers and 17 RBI in 223 plate appearances with the Angels in 2016. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:09 am
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    Gregorio Petit LAA - 2B,3B,SS,LF
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    W, 8-1 vs Hou
     
  • Giants agree to one-year deal with Adrianza
    Giants avoided arbitration with INF Ehire Adrianza, agreeing to a one-year contract.

    Advice: The deal will pay Adrianza $600,000 if he's in the big leagues or $300,000 if he spends the season in the minor leagues. The 27-year-old appeared in 40 games for the Giants in 2016, slashing .254/.299/.381 with a pair of homers and seven RBI in 63 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:27 pm
    W, 7-1 vs LAD
     
  • Padres non-tender Alexi Amarista on Friday
    Padres non-tendered INF Alexi Amarista.

    Advice: The 27-year-old had a mediocre season in a utility role for the Padres in 2016, hitting .257/.295/.271 with no homers, 11 RBI and nine stolen bases in 150 plate appearances. He'll look for another opportunity in free agency but is likely to be irrelevant in most fantasy formats regardless of where he lands. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:53 pm
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    Alexi Amarista SD - 2B,SS,LF
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    L, 3-2 @Ari
     
  • Blue Jays outright Andy Burns to Triple-A
    Blue Jays sent INF/OF Andy Burns outright to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: The 26-year-old utilityman passed through waivers unclaimed and will continue to function as organizational depth for the Jays. He appeared in 10 games for the big league club in 2016, going hitless in six at-bats. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:31 pm
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    W, 2-1 @Bos
     
  • Twins avoid arbitration with Eduardo Escobar
    Twins and INF Eduardo Escobar avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.6 million contract.

    Advice: It's a small raise over the $2.15 million that Escobar took home in 2016. More useful for his defensive prowess and versatility than with the bat, the 27-year-old infielder slashed a mere .236/.280/.338 with six homers and 37 RBI in 105 games for the Twins in 2016. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:49 pm
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    Eduardo Escobar Min - 2B,3B,SS,LF
    W, 6-3 @CWS
     
  • 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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    Ian Desmond Tex - SS,LF,CF
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    L, 6-4 vs TB
     
  • Pirates release statement on Jung Ho Kang
    Pirates president Frank Coonelly said in a statement Thursday evening that the team is "extremely disappointed" in Jung Ho Kang and "in his decision process" after he was charged with fleeing the scene of a DUI accident in South Korea.

    Advice: "We have been made aware of the very serious charges filed against Jung Ho Kang early Friday morning in Seoul, South Korea," Coonelly said in the statement from the team. "We are extremely disappointed in Jung Ho and in his decision process during this matter. I know first hand how foolish and dangerous it is to drive under the influence and am most thankful that, as we understand it, no one was injured. We will have further comment once we have been able to gather all of the relevant facts and speak with the player." According to the Yonhap News Agency, Kang reportedly fled the scene after hitting a guard rail on the way back to his hotel. A person who was also in the vehicle originally said that they were driving, but police later determined that Kang was behind the wheel after analyzing the vehicle's black box. Kang was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.084, above the legal limit of 0.05. More information should be available in the coming days. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:25 pm
    L, 10-4 @StL
     
  • Report: Kang facing charge after DUI accident
    According to Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News, Jung Ho Kang was arrested in Seoul, South Korea after leaving the scene of a DUI accident.

    Advice: Details are scarce at this point, but Kang reportedly had a blood alcohol level of 0.084, above the legal limit of 0.05 and subject to license suspension. And he only exacerbated his issues by fleeing the scene. Of course, Kang has already had some off-field issues earlier this year after being investigated for an alleged sexual assault in Chicago. The Chicago PD has been unable to contact the alleged victim and no charges have been filed in that case, but now he's dealing with another legal issue. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:00 pm
    L, 10-4 @StL
     
  • Duffy 'very much ahead' of schedule
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Thursday that Matt Duffy is "very much ahead of schedule" in his recovery from Achilles surgery.

    Advice: Typical manager-speak, but Duffy is out of his walking boot and the expectation is that he will be ready for spring training. He projects to open as the Rays' starting shortstop in 2017 after batting .258/.310/.357 with five homers and eight steals in 91 games this summer between San Francisco and Tampa Bay. Better health would obviously yield better fantasy results. He has it in him to carry deep-league value. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:49 pm
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    Matt Duffy TB - 2B,3B,SS
    Day-to-Day
    W, 6-4 @Tex
     
  • Braves, Sean Rodriguez finalize 2-year deal
    Braves signed INF/OF Sean Rodriguez to a two-year, $11.5 million contract.

    Advice: FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported news of the signing while Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported the financial details. Rodriguez broke out with 18 homers and an .859 OPS as a member of the Pirates in 2016 and could be in line for the starting second base gig in Atlanta, at least until Ozzie Albies is deemed ready for the majors. The 31-year-old is capable of providing plenty of value in a utility role. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:33 am
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    Sean Rodríguez Atl - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF,RF
    W, 1-0 vs Det
     
  • Angels have had talks with Stephen Drew
    According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, the Angels have had preliminary talks with free agent infielder Stephen Drew.

    Advice: Fletcher notes, however, that Drew is "one of many candidates" the Angels are considering to boost their infield depth. Drew hit well for the Nationals this summer over 165 plate appearances (.864 OPS), but it has been years since he's been a reliable player in an everyday role. Drew will turn 34 years old next March. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:15 pm
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    Stephen Drew Was - 2B,3B,SS
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    W, 10-7 vs Mia
     
  • Saladino believes he's over back issues
    Tyler Saladino said Tuesday that he believes his back issues are under control.

    Advice: Saladino struggled through back discomfort on and off in 2016 and was eventually diagnosed with a herniated disk in late September, but he's had a fairly normal offseason and expects to be 100 percent leading into 2017. "My back, I feel actually really good right now and strong and all that," said the 27-year-old utilityman. "I haven't had any symptoms. It's actually been the opposite. It has been feeling really good, knock on wood or whatever. It's been a good progression." Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:39 pm
    Player Note
    Tyler Saladino CWS - 2B,3B,SS
    L, 6-3 vs Min
     
  • Gregorio Petit designated for assignment
    Angels designated INF Gregorio Petit for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Ryan LaMarre. Petit, who turns 32 next month, is a career .249/.291/.353 hitter across parts of five big league seasons. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:09 pm
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    Gregorio Petit LAA - 2B,3B,SS,LF
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    W, 8-1 vs Hou
     
  • Gleyber Torres to start season at Double-A
    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced Saturday that top prospect Gleyber Torres will begin the 2017 season at Double-A Trenton.

    Advice: The 19-year-old shortstop was recently named as the MVP of the Arizona Fall League, the youngest player to ever take home the award. He did so slashing .403/.513/.645 with three homers, 11 RBI and four stolen bases in 18 games. While it remains a longshot that he'll ascend to the big league club in 2017, the sky is truly the limit here. Rotoworld.com Nov 27, 3:18 pm
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    W, 7-4 @Cin
     
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