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  • Angels acquire Danny Espinosa from Nationals
    Angels acquired INF Danny Espinosa from the Nationals for RHP Austin Adams and RHP Kyle McGowin.

    Advice: Both teams have confirmed the trade. Espinosa is expected to be the starting second baseman for the Angels, replacing Cliff Pennington atop the depth chart. Espinosa broke out with 24 home runs this season but the new-found power came with a dismal .209 batting average. He is a plus defender and should combine with Andrelton Simmons for an elite double-play combo. The trade salvages Espinosa's fantasy value. He was looking at a utility role if he stayed in Washington but should be an everyday player in Anaheim. Despite the low batting average, he does enough of everything else to be considered a decent but not ideal starting option at second base for fantasy purposes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:22 pm
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    Danny Espinosa LAA - 1B,2B,3B,SS
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  • Report: Nats trade Danny Espinosa to Angels
    Josh Norris of Baseball America reports the Angels have acquired infielder Danny Espinosa from the Nationals for two prospects.

    Advice: No word yet on which prospects the Angels gave up. Espinosa was disgruntled about losing his starting shortstop role to Trea Turner following the Adam Eaton trade. Espinosa expressed his displeasure by skipping the Nationals Winterfest fan convention this weekend. He hit .209/.306/.378 with 24 home runs, 66 runs scored, 72 RBI and nine stolen bases this year. The Angels have Andrelton Simmons entrenched at shortstop, but Espinosa will immediately jump ahead of Cliff Pennington on the depth chart at second base. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:02 pm
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    Danny Espinosa LAA - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    W, 8-1 vs Hou
     
  • Espinosa disgruntled with the Nationals
    Danny Espinosa didn't show up for the Nationals' Winterfest fan convention this weekend, perhaps in protest of being demoted to a bench player.

    Advice: Espinosa lost his role as the Nationals' starting shortstop after the team's recent acquisition of centerfielder Adam Eaton, which freed up rookie sensation Trea Turner to take over at shortstop. Espinosa hit an impressive 24 home runs this season with 72 RBI and 66 runs scored, but his .209 batting average was too painful for fantasy owners to insert him in their lineups. Nationals GM Mike Rizzo has said he sees Espinosa as either a utility player or a trade chip. Perhaps Espinosa's Winterfest protest was designed to convince the front office to trade him to a team where he would have a better chance to start. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:15 pm
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    Danny Espinosa LAA - 1B,2B,3B,SS
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  • Reynolds receives interest from the Giants
    Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports the Giants have reached out to Mark Reynolds in their search for a powerful bench bat.

    Advice: The Giants' payroll has reached $200 million for the first time ever. Because they are subject to the luxury tax they would have to pay a 50 percent penalty on top of any free agent salary. The 33-year-old Reynolds' season ended early after he broke his hand in mid-September. He hit .282/.356/.450 with 14 home runs and 53 RBI in 118 games with the Rockies. Moving from Coors Field to AT&T Park would likely put a dent in his power output. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:54 pm
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  • Papelbon unlikely to sign anytime soon
    Jonathan Papelbon is not currently looking to sign with a major league team.

    Advice: The 36-year-old spent most of this season as the Nationals' closer before being displaced by Mark Melancon at the trade deadline. He registered 19 saves in 22 chances and finished with a 4.37 ERA in 35 innings. He was released by the club in mid-August and opted not to sign anywhere else despite interest from multiple teams -- including the Red Sox. Papelbon's agent Seth Levinson said today that Papelbon is focusing on a private family matter and will not decide on his baseball future until that matter is resolved. Papelbon ranks ninth on the all-time save leaders' list with 368. After breaking into the majors in 2005, Papelbon has delivered a 2.44 career ERA with 808 strikeouts in 725 2/3 innings with the Red Sox, Phillies and Nationals. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:24 pm
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  • Caminero may leave MLB for Japan
    Arquimedes Caminero is reportedly leaning toward leaving the Mariners to play for the Yomiuri Giants in Japan.

    Advice: This comes as a surprise considering Caminero is one of the hardest throwers in the league and has a career 3.83 ERA in 149 games. His fastball averaged 98.8 MPH this year across 60 2/3 innings with the Pirates and Mariners. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:11 pm
  • Daniel Murphy working to strengthen legs
    Daniel Murphy has made it a priority this offseason to strengthen his legs in order to avoid a recurrence of the problems he dealt with during the 2016 season.

    Advice: Murphy was bothered by a hamstring injury off-and-on throughout the 2016 season which eventually led to strained glute that shut him down for a good portion of September. Even with the leg issues, Murphy won the National League batting title and slashed .347/.390/.595 with 25 homers and 104 RBI over 142 games in his first year with the Nationals. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:16 am
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  • White Sox asking price is high for Quintana
    According to Peter Gammons, the White Sox asked the Astros for Francis Martes, Kyle Tucker and Joe Musgrove in exchange for Jose Quintana.

    Advice: With the return package that White Sox general manager Rick Hahn was able to secure from the Nationals in the Adam Eaton trade, it's no wonder that he's shooting for the moon in every possible deal. It seems likely though that he'll have to lower his demands as the offseason progresses if he indeed wishes to trade off Quintana and other veterans that he's looking to deal. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:06 am
  • Gerrit Cole to begin throwing program Monday
    Gerrit Cole (elbow) announced at Pirates' Fan Fest on Saturday that he's fully healthy and will begin his throwing program on Monday.

    Advice: Cole took a few months to rest after the season to allow the swelling and inflammation in his pitching elbow to subside. Provided there are no setbacks along the way in his throwing program, he should enter spring training without any restrictions. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:16 am
  • Strasburg to begin throwing around January 1
    In an interview with Grant Paulsen on MLB Network Radio, Stephen Strasburg said he will begin throwing around January 1.

    Advice: Strasburg battled various injuries including elbow trouble throughout the 2016 season but is expected to have a normal and healthy off-season. He won't have any restrictions in spring training, though he still carries considerable injury risk. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:02 am
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  • Cubs have continued dialogue with Tyson Ross
    According to Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago, the Cubs have had continued dialogue with free agent right-hander Tyson Ross since the winter meetings ended.

    Advice: The 29-year-old hurler was limited to just one start in 2016 before shoulder woes wiped out his season. He's reportedly seeking a contract in the range of $9-11 million, which is around what he would've made through the arbitration process had he been tendered a contract by the Padres. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:42 am
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  • Castillo emerges as O's top catching target
    Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports that Welington Castillo has emerged as the Orioles' top catching target.

    Advice: The Orioles don't want to head into the season with Caleb Joseph as their primary catcher and they've expressed interest in other free agent catchers such as Nick Hundley as well. Castillo, who was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks last week, and his representatives have reportedly been in discussions with the Orioles since the winter meetings ended with expressed optimism that a multi-year deal could get done. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:08 pm
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  • Sean Burnett will be NRI for Phillies
    Phillies signed LHP Sean Burnett to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Burnett made it back to the majors for a cup of coffee last season with the Nationals after a few years of arm issues. The veteran left-hander is now 34 and will have a shot to win a bullpen spot with Philly. Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith says Burnett will earn $1.25 million if he makes the team, with another $1.75 million possible in appearance incentives. The deal also includes a March 26 opt-out. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:11 pm
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  • D'Backs finalize deal with Fernando Rodney
    Diamondbacks signed RHP Fernando Rodney to a one-year, $2.75 million contract.

    Advice: The deal, which was first reported on Wednesday, includes an additional $4 million in incentives. Rodney was Dr. Jekyll with the Padres (0.31 ERA, 33/12 K/BB ratio over 28 2/3 innings) and Mr. Hyde with the Marlins (5.89 ERA, 41/25 K/BB ratio over 36 2/3 innings) last season, but, of course, inconsistency is nothing new with him. He'll turn 40 just before Opening Day but will get a chance to close in Arizona. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:59 pm
  • Jeff Ferrell re-ups with Tigers
    Tigers re-signed RHP Jeff Ferrell to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Ferrell made it up for a few appearances with the Tigers in 2015 but last season was in the minors, holding a 4.76 ERA over nine appearances. He'll represent organizational depth. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:34 pm
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  • Omar Infante catches on with Tigers
    Tigers signed 2B Omar Infante to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Infante was released by the Royals last season and then released by the Braves after signing a minor league deal with them. The soon-to-be 35-year-old will make $8 million in 2017, but that will be paid by the Royals. He's probably a long shot to make the team even if the Tigers wind up trading Ian Kinsler. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:26 pm
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  • Dean Kiekhefer outrighted to Triple-A
    Mariners sent LHP Dean Kiekhefer outright to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Kiekhefer had been designated for assignment but has cleared waivers and will remain in the organization. The lefty was claimed off waivers from the Cardinals last month. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:24 pm
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  • Pirates have touched base with Tyson Ross
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Bill Brink reports that the Pirates have been in contact with Tyson Ross.

    Advice: Ross was non-tendered by the Padres on December 2. The 29-year-old right-hander is said to be seeking a contract in the range of $9-11 million. He made only one start in 2016 before undergoing season-ending surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. Per the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant, the Rangers are also showing interest in Ross. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:48 pm
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  • Astros and Braves balk at Quintana price
    The Houston Chronicle's Jake Kaplan and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien relay that the Astros and Braves, respectively, feel the price for Jose Quintana is too high.

    Advice: Braves general manager John Coppolella put it in blunt terms, saying, "Do we want a No. 1 starter, is Chris Sale a No. 1 starter? Yes. Do we want Jose Quintana? I don’t think Jose Quintana is Chris Sale." Fair enough, the Quintana does offer a very reliable arm (200 innings in four consecutive seasons, none with an ERA over 3.55). The 27-year-old southpaw will be under team control through the 2020 season. While the White Sox are almost certainly giddy over their haul of prospects received in the Chris Sale and Adam Eaton trades, they might have to drop their asking price on Quintana if they are going to move him. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:04 pm
  • Danny Espinosa to play for Mexico in WBC
    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said that Danny Espinosa will play for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.

    Advice: Whether Espinosa is actually with the Nationals come the spring is another question entirely. Rizzo floated in early November that the 29-year-old shortstop is a potential trade candidate. While there hasn't been a ton of smoke on the actual trading front as of yet, a move here remains possible. In 516 at-bats last season, Espinosa hit just .209/.306/.378. He did clock a career-best 24 homers in that space, so it wasn't all awful. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:24 pm
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    Danny Espinosa LAA - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    W, 8-1 vs Hou
     
  • Report: Ross' asking price in $9-11M range
    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Tyson Ross' asking price is in the $9-11 million range.

    Advice: And according to Grant, that may not include incentives. The Padres opted to non-tender Ross rather than give him a similar salary through arbitration, but some team might be willing to take a chance even as he's making his way back from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. There's just not much out there in free agency. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:53 pm
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    L, 3-2 @Ari
     
  • Showalter says O's interested in C Castillo
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed Wednesday that the club has interest in free agent catcher Welington Castillo.

    Advice: Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports first reported the club's interest after Castillo was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks late last week. The Rays have reached an agreement with Wilson Ramos, taking one potential suitor out of the mix for Castillo. With Matt Wieters on the free agent market, Showalter also acknowledged that the club has discussed a possible reunion with Nick Hundley. Michael Bourn and Michael Saunders were also mentioned as outfield targets. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:12 pm
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  • Rangers have done 'homework' on RHP Ross
    According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers have done "significant homework" on free agent right-hander Tyson Ross.

    Advice: Ross was non-tendered by the Padres last week after making just one start in 2016 before undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. He's a big question mark for the start of 2017 and beyond, but the state of the free agent market will make him intriguing to plenty of teams. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:01 am
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  • Braves have interest in Jose Quintana
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Braves have interest in trading for White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.

    Advice: Join the club. The Braves were also interested in Chris Sale, but they weren't willing to pay the high price the Red Sox ultimately did. Quintana is still going to fetch a tremendous return, but he should be more palatable for the Braves and others. We know that the Astros and perhaps the Nationals are among the other teams involved. Quintana is signed to a team-friendly deal that could keep him under club control through 2020. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:44 am
  • White Sox in 'serious talks' about Quintana
    According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the White Sox are already engaged in serious talks with several teams about left-hander Jose Quintana.

    Advice: After moving their ace Chris Sale to the Red Sox on Tuesday, it's no surprise that they are seeing what is out there for one of the most underrated pitchers in the game. Nightengale names the Nationals and Astros among the interested clubs, but FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Washington is not interested in adding another starter. Either way, the White Sox shouldn't have a problem finding a match given the weak market for starting pitching. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:15 am
  • D'Backs, Rodney do one-year, $2.75M deal
    Fernando Rodney has agreed to a one-year, $2.75 million contract with the Diamondbacks, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

    Advice: Heyman says there are "many, many" performance-based incentives included in the deal. Rodney posted a rough 5.89 ERA over his final 36 2/3 innings this past season with the Marlins, but he got off to a good start in San Diego and might have a little something left in the tank as he heads to the desert. The plan is for him to open the 2017 season as the Diamondbacks' closer. Good luck with that. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:02 pm
  • D'Backs close to an agreement with Rodney
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Diamondbacks are close to a deal with Fernando Rodney.

    Advice: Rodney was also said to be drawing interest from the Padres, with whom he enjoyed success at the opening of the 2016 season. The veteran right-hander went on to struggle mightily with the Marlins, registering an 11.57 ERA in September and October. This is probably not going to be a substantial contract -- and it probably won't work out very well either -- but Rodney might be the favorite for saves in Arizona coming out of camp next spring. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:09 pm
  • Diamondbacks, Padres aiming for Rodney
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says the Diamondbacks and Padres are among the teams "taking aim" at free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.

    Advice: Miami declined a $4.5 million club option on Rodney in early November after he posted a 5.89 ERA across 36 2/3 innings in a Marlins uniform. He did have some early success this summer with San Diego, but the 39-year-old isn't going to be able to command very much guaranteed money leading into 2017. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:59 pm
  • Nationals showing interest in Jose Quintana
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals have expressed interest in White Sox starter Jose Quintana.

    Advice: Washington failed to land Chris Sale despite an aggressive pursuit, and now the team is apparently looking back to the south side of Chicago. Quintana registered a 3.20 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 181 strikeouts in 208 innings this summer for the White Sox and has topped the 200-inning plateau four years in a row. The 27-year-old southpaw ranks among the most underrated starting pitchers in the majors. He's also on a very team-friendly contract that can run through 2020. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:04 pm
  • M's designate LHP Kiekhefer for assignment
    Mariners designated LHP Dean Kiekhefer for assignment.

    Advice: The Mariners had to make roster space for relievers Casey Fien and Marc Rzepczynski. Kiekehefer was claimed off waivers from the Cardinals about a month ago. He excelled in Triple-A last year (2.08 ERA in 29 games for Memphis) but had a hard time in the big leagues (5.32 ERA over 26 outings). Rotoworld.com Dec 3, 4:33 pm
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  • Orioles also interested in Welington Castillo
    Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the Orioles have interest in free agent catcher Welington Castillo.

    Advice: They join the Braves and Rays as clubs that are already known to have interest in the backstop that was cut loose by the Diamondbacks on Friday. With Matt Wieters not expected to return, the O's are currently set to open the season with Caleb Joseph as their primary catcher unless they bring another option in through trade or free agency. They have also expressed interest in Nick Hundley. Rotoworld.com Dec 3, 11:23 am
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  • Rays, others interested in Welington Castillo
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays, as well as other clubs, have expressed interest in Welington Castillo.

    Advice: Castillo was a surprising non-tender by the Diamondbacks on Friday and should be able to land himself a multi-year deal in free agency. Given the struggles of the Rays' trio of catchers in 2016 (Curt Casali, Luke Maile, Bobby Wilson), Castillo would represent a significant upgrade in terms of offense. Rotoworld.com Dec 3, 8:09 am
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  • Padres could have interest in re-signing Ross
    Padres general manager A.J. Preller said Friday that the club would consider re-signing Tyson Ross at a lower cost.

    Advice: Ross spent the past four years as the ace of the Padres' staff before being non-tendered on Friday. Shoulder woes limited him to just one start in 2016 while earning $9.625 million. Rotoworld.com Dec 2, 6:22 pm
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  • Padres choose to non-tender ace Tyson Ross
    Padres non-tendered RHP Tyson Ross.

    Advice: The 29-year-old right-hander made just one start before he was shut down for the season with a shoulder issue. He eventually required surgery in October for thoracic outlet syndrome which puts his status in question for the start of the 2017 season. Still, it's a bit of a surprising move after Ross pitched to a 3.16 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 9.2 K/9 over 522 innings since joining the club in 2013. He'll be an interesting commodity on the free agent market. Rotoworld.com Dec 2, 5:36 pm
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  • Diamondbacks non-tender Welington Castillo
    Diamondbacks non-tendered C Welington Castillo.

    Advice: This move comes as quite a surprise, as Castillo was the club's starting catcher and coming off of a fine offensive season where he slashed .264/.322/.423 with 14 homers and 68 RBI in 457 plate appearances. Chris Herrmann now ascends to the top of the depth chart, but it's incredibly likely that the D'Backs will now add another backstop either through trade or free agency. As for Castillo, he was projected to earn around $6 million in arbitration, but now suddenly becomes one of the most appealing catchers on the free agent market. Rotoworld.com Dec 2, 4:16 pm
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