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  • Astros place C Juan Centeno on waivers
    Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros have placed Juan Centeno on waivers.

    Advice: Their hope is that he will pass through waivers unclaimed and accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Fresno, but the 28-year-old catcher might find interest from other teams after batting .311/.354/.383 this past season at the Triple-A level. Centeno could also elect free agency. He played 22 games in the majors in 2017 and was included on the Astros' roster for the ALDS, ALCS, and World Series. Wednesday, 9:38 am
  • Jacob Nottingham added to 40-man roster
    Brewers purchased the contract of C Jacob Nottingham from Double-A Biloxi.

    Advice: Nottingham has flopped since he was acquired from the A's as the key piece in the Khris Davis deal, this past season hitting only .209/.326/.369 with nine homers. The Brewers aren't ready to give up on him, though, so they're protecting from the Rule 5 Draft. Monday, 6:20 pm
  • Giants add Aramis Garcia to 40-man roster
    Giants purchased the contract of C Aramis Garcia from Double-A Richmond.

    Advice: Garcia, 24, hit .274/.323/.485 with 17 dingers between High- and Double-A this past season. He now can't be taken in the Rule 5 Draft. Monday, 6:13 pm
  • Blake Swihart could be tried at second base
    Peter Gammons of reports that the Red Sox could try Blake Swihart out at second base in 2018.

    Advice: Swihart played first base, caught and functioned as the DH during his stint in the Dominican Winter League while slashing .407/.515/.481. He's willing to play anywhere that's necessary to help the club and the Red Sox have a hole to fill at second base with Dustin Pedroia set to miss the first two months of the season. Sunday, 5:52 pm
    L, 4-3 vs Hou
  • Casali getting 'strong interest' from teams
    Free agent Curt Casali is getting "strong interest" from teams, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

    Advice: Casali was outrighted off the Rays' 40-man roster in early November and opted to become a free agent, a move Topkin says was good for the 29-year-old. Casali owns a .199/.285/.385 career line but could be a backup option for a team in search of veteran help. Saturday, 8:09 pm
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    W, 6-0 vs Bal
  • Smith homers to continue excellent AFL stint
    Dodgers catching prospect Will Smith went 2-for-4 with a homer for Glendale in the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday.

    Advice: Smith's homer was the second of his AFL season, and it came in the first inning off of Milwaukee pitching prospect Jon Perrin. A 2017 compensation selection (32nd overall), Smith had a flawed first full professional season, but he's still one of the better catching prospects in baseball because of his approach at the plate, sneaky speed and developing power. As long as he stays behind the plate -- and he's generally graded as an above-average defender there -- he has a very high floor as both a real and fantasy prospect. Wednesday, 4:27 pm
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    W, 6-3 @Col
  • Bruce Maxwell pleads not guilty
    Bruce Maxwell pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct.

    Advice: Maxwell was arrested on October 28 in Scottsdale, Arizona after allegedly pointing a gun at a delivery person. He was indicted by a grand jury on November 7. According to police reports, he appeared to be intoxicated at the time. His trial is not expected to be until next year, but a plea agreement is possible. He could be subject to punishment from the Athletics and MLB. As of now, Athletics general manager David Forst still expects Maxwell to be the team's primary catcher next season. Tuesday, 2:22 pm
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