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  • Nats 'don't envision' Werth returning in 2018
    According to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post, the Nationals "don’t envision" free agent Jayson Werth in their plans for the 2018 season.

    Advice: Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo suggested earlier this month that he hadn't closed the door on Werth returning, but it's simply not a good fit. The 38-year-old outfielder appeared in only 70 games this summer due to a bone bruise in his left foot and he batted just .226/.322/.393 when healthy. Werth also rated very poorly defensively. Adam Eaton, Michael Taylor, and Bryce Harper figure to make up the Nationals' starting outfield next season. Yesterday, 2:19 pm
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  • MLB confirms loss of Maitan, Coppolella ban
    Major League Baseball has confirmed in a statement that the Braves will lose the rights to shortstop prospect Kevin Maitan and 12 other international signees.

    Advice: Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports was first to report on the full breadth of the sanctions. These include a lifetime ban for former general manager John Coppolella, a one-year ban for former scout Gordon Blakeley, significant restrictions in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 international free agent classes, forfeiture of a third-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, and varying punishments for other members of the Braves' international baseball operations department. The dozen players (beyond Maitan) who are no longer under Atlanta's control: Juan Contreras, Yefri del Rosario, Abrahan Gutierrez, Juan Carlos Negret, Yenci Peńa, Yunior Severino, Livan Soto, Guillermo Zuniga, Brandol Mezquita, Angel Rojas, Antonio Sucre, and Ji Hwan Bae. The hammer has dropped. Yesterday, 1:19 pm
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  • Will Venable named Cubs' first base coach
    Will Venable has been named the Cubs' new first base and outfield coach.

    Advice: Venable joined the Cubs' front office this past September as a special assistant to the president and general manager, and now he'll move into an on-field coaching role for the 2018 campaign. The 35-year-old graduated from Princeton University before playing parts of nine seasons in the major leagues. Yesterday, 1:06 pm
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  • Aaron Judge undergoes shoulder surgery
    Aaron Judge underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Monday.

    Advice: The procedure involved a loose-body removal and cartilage clean-up. The good news is that he's expected to be recovered in time for spring training. It was acknowledged that Judge had a shoulder issue during his slide after the All-Star break, though he tried to downplay the severity of the situation. Obviously it was more serious than he wanted to say. Judge won the AL Rookie of the Year Award and finished second in the balloting for the AL MVP after batting .284/.422/.627 with a league-leading 52 homers. Yesterday, 12:28 pm
    L, 2-1 vs Tor
  • Report: ATL losing 12 players as punishment
    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Kevin Maitan is one of 12 players on the Braves expected to become a free agent as a result of MLB's investigation into the club's international and domestic signing violations.

    Advice: MLB isn't messing around. In addition to losing the prospects, Passan reports that the Braves will be subject to significant restrictions in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 international free agent classes. The club will also lose a third-round pick in 2018 for trying to offer "off-the-books perks" to Drew Waters, who was the 41st overall pick in this year's draft. Finally, the team will be banned from signing 14-year-old Robert Puason after illegally reaching an agreement. The scandal ended up ousting general manager John Coppolella and scout Gordon Blakeley. The new GM Alex Anthopoulos still has a fine farm system even after losing these prospects, but his job just became more challenging. Yesterday, 12:17 pm
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  • Report: Braves expected to lose Kevin Maitan
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Braves are expected to lose rights to prospect Kevin Maitan as punishment for international signing violations.

    Advice: It's believed that the Braves surrendered their rights to additional international signings, as well. Fines and restrictions on future spending could also be included. Official word on punishment could come down as soon as Tuesday. The 17-year-old Maitan received a $4.25 million bonus as the top prospect in the 2016 international class. He batted .241/.290/.340 with two homers and 18 RBI over 42 games in rookie ball this season, but he's still very young with a lot of room to grow. Yesterday, 9:42 am
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  • MIA/SF had 'deeper discussions' on Stanton
    Mark Feinsand of hears from a source that the Marlins and Giants have had "deeper discussions" on a possible Giancarlo Stanton trade.

    Advice: The source believes that the Giants are the favorites to land Stanton, though the Cardinals are also in the mix. Craig Mish of SiriusXM reported Monday that there was talk of packaging Stanton with Dee Gordon for second baseman Joe Panik and prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw, but it's unclear if such a proposal is seriously being entertained by Miami or how much money would be exchanged. One thing we do know is that Stanton would likely be amenable to a trade to San Francisco. He has the power in this situation due to his full no-trade clause. Yesterday, 8:19 am
  • Tigers add Michael Gerber to 40-man roster
    Tigers purchased the contract of OF Michael Gerber from Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Gerber, 25, hit .304/.373/.496 with 14 homers and 10 steals over three levels this season. He now can't be taken in the Rule 5 Draft. Monday, 6:46 pm
    L, 5-1 @Min
  • 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
  • Orlando Calixte designated for assignment
    Giants designated INF/OF Orlando Calixte for assignment.

    Advice: Calixte hit just .143/.185/.163 in 29 games for the Giants in 2017. He could clear waivers. Monday, 6:15 pm
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  • 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
  • Reds add Alex Blandino to 40-man roster
    Reds purchased the contract of INF Alex Blandino from Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: A former first-round pick, Blandino hit .265/.382/.453 with 12 homers between Double- and Triple-A in 2017. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft. Monday, 5:55 pm
    W, 3-1 @ChC
  • Jaycob Brugman designated for assignment
    Athletics designated OF Jaycob Brugman for assignment.

    Advice: Brugman hit .266/.346/.343 over 48 games for the A's in 2017. He's been a solid producer in the minors and can play all three outfield spots, so there could be some interest in him on waivers. Monday, 5:40 pm
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  • Yankees add Gleyber Torres to 40-man roster
    Yankees purchased the contract of SS Gleyber Torres from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: The top prospect's 2017 season ended when he had Tommy John surgery in June, but he is expected to be ready for the beginning of 2018. Torres should push to debut early on next season. Monday, 4:56 pm
    L, 2-1 vs Tor
  • Marlins acquire Garrett Cooper from Yankees
    Marlins acquired 1B Garrett Cooper and LHP Caleb Smith from the Yankees for RHP Michael King and international signing bonus pool money.

    Advice: Cooper hit .326/.333/.488 in his brief time with the Yankees after they picked him up from the Brewers in a trade. The soon-to-be 27-year-old batted .359/.423/.634 between Double- and Triple-A in 2017 and looks like a potential platoon partner for Justin Bour in 2018. Monday, 4:32 pm
    L, 8-5 vs Atl
  • Mets, Tigers discussing Ian Kinsler trade's Jon Morosi reports that the Mets and Tigers have had preliminary discussions about a trade involving Ian Kinsler.

    Advice: The Angels have also been connected to Kinsler, who Morosi says is "drawing trade interest from multiple clubs." The 35-year-old is set to make $11 million in 2018 in the final year of his contract after putting up a .236/.313/.412 batting line with 22 homers and 14 steals this past season in Detroit. Monday, 4:03 pm
    L, 5-1 @Min
  • Blue Jays acquire Gift Ngoepe from Pirates
    Blue Jays acquired INF Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates for a player to be named later or cash.

    Advice: Ngoepe hit only .222/.323/.296 during his time with the Pirates this season and also batted just .220/.299/.383 at Triple-A. He'll turn 28 in January. Monday, 3:07 pm
    W, 2-1 @NYY
  • Pirates add top prospect Meadows to 40-man
    Pirates purchased the contract of OF Austin Meadows from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Meadows, 22, had a second straight injury-shortened season in 2017 and hit only .250/.311/.359 in 72 games at Indianapolis. He remains one of the top prospects in the game but needs to stay healthy and produce in 2018. Monday, 3:00 pm
    W, 11-8 @Was
  • Indians add Yu-Cheng Chang to 40-man
    Indians purchased the contract of SS Yu-Cheng Chang from Double-A Akron.

    Advice: Chang, 22, batted .220/.312/.461 with 24 homers and 11 steals for Akron this past season. He's now on the 40-man roster. Monday, 2:12 pm
    W, 3-1 vs CWS
  • Indians claim Rob Refsnyder off waivers
    Indians claimed INF/OF Rob Refsnyder off waivers from the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It's his third team since the midseason trade deadline, as the Blue Jays acquired him via trade from the Yankees in July. Refsnyder has hit only .233/.306/.311 during his chances in the majors, but he's hit well in the minors and is versatile. Monday, 2:05 pm
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  • Blue Jays a 'dark horse' for J.D. Martinez?
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Blue Jays "could emerge as a dark horse candidate" for J.D. Martinez.

    Advice: They are expected to let Jose Bautista walk as a free agent, which would create an opening in right field. The Blue Jays have also been connected to Jay Bruce. Martinez will certainly cost a pretty penny this winter, as his agent, Scott Boras, is reportedly seeking a seven-year, $210 million contract for his client. Monday, 1:50 pm
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  • Harold Ramirez outrighted to Double-A
    Blue Jays sent OF Harold Ramirez outright to Double-A New Hampshire.

    Advice: He's now off the 40-man roster. Ramirez hit .266/.320/.358 with six homers for New Hampshire in 2017. Monday, 1:33 pm
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  • White Sox add Luis Alexander Basabe to 40-man
    White Sox purchased the contract of OF Luis Alexander Basabe from High-A Winston-Salem.

    Advice: Acquired from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale deal, Basabe is a talented but raw player who hit only .221/.320/.320 in High-A this past season. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft. Monday, 1:24 pm
  • Casey Gillaspie added to 40-man roster
    White Sox purchased the contract of 1B Casey Gillaspie from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: A first-round pick in the 2014 Draft, Gillaspie was acquired from the Rays in July. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft. Monday, 1:22 pm
  • Eloy Jimenez added to 40-man roster
    White Sox purchased the contract of OF Eloy Jimenez from Double-A Birmingham.

    Advice: Acquired from the Cubs in the Jose Quintana trade, Jimenez hit .312/.379/.568 with 19 homers between High- and Double-A this season. Slated to turn 21 in a week, Jimenez is among the top prospects in the game. Monday, 1:20 pm
    L, 3-1 @Cle
  • Tyler O'Neill added to 40-man roster
    Cardinals purchased the contract of OF Tyler O'Neill from Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: Acquired from the Mariners at midseason for Marco Gonzalez, O'Neill hit .246/.321/.499 with 31 homers and 14 steals at the Triple-A level this season. They needed to add him to the 40-man roster in order to keep him away from the Rule 5 Draft. Monday, 1:14 pm
    L, 6-1 vs Mil
  • Jays haven't talked Donaldson extension
    According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Blue Jays haven't made a "formal" multi-year extension offer to Josh Donaldson this offseason.

    Advice: It doesn't mean they won't. Donaldson still has one more year of arbitration remaining, so the Blue Jays will surely discuss the topic at that time. However, if no progress is made, the team might need to ask themselves some tough questions about the future. There's a strong argument to be made about dealing him for prospects and shifting into a rebuild. Monday, 8:22 am
  • Report: MIA/SF discussed Stanton/Gordon deal
    Craig Mish of SiriusXM reports that the Marlins have discussed packaging Giancarlo Stanton and Dee Gordon in a trade with the Giants.

    Advice: According to Mish, second baseman Joe Panik and prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw are named being exchanged that could possibly go back to the Marlins. While the Marlins would get prospects back with this proposal, it appears that the main goal would be unloading salary. Stanton, of course, is owed $295 million over the next 10 seasons while Gordon is owed $38.9 million through 2020. It's important to note that there's nothing to indicate that a deal is imminent. Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported Sunday that the Cardinals have also made a formal trade offer, but the thought is that Stanton would welcome a trade to the West Coast. There should be more clarity on the situation as the Winter Meetings approach. Monday, 6:39 am
  • Cardinals make formal trade offer for Stanton
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Cardinals have made a formal trade offer to the Marlins for slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

    Advice: The two sides have been involved in discussions for weeks now, and with an actual offer on the table it appears as though their discussions could be gaining traction. The Giants have been tabbed as the "most aggressive team" in trade talks for Stanton, so it'll be interesting to see if they come in behind and up the ante upon hearing of this. With each day, it looks increasingly likely that Stanton has played his last game in a Marlins' uniform. Sunday, 2:42 pm
  • Giants have had discussions on J.D. Martinez
    John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants "have had discussions" on J.D. Martinez.

    Advice: The Giants are very likely to get at least one big bat this winter, and they've been heavily connected to Giancarlo Stanton via the trade route and now Martinez via the free agent route. Martinez's agent, Scott Boras, is reportedly seeking a seven-year, $210 million contract for his client. The Red Sox have also been linked with Martinez and the Diamondbacks are expected to make an effort to re-sign him. Friday, 11:12 am
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  • Giants 'most aggressive' team for Stanton
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Giants "have been the most aggressive team" in trade talks involving Giancarlo Stanton.

    Advice: The Giants and Cardinals have been the two clubs pegged as the most determined in negotiations about the just-named National League MVP. Of course, it remains to be seen whether Stanton would even be willing to accept a trade to either team. Nightengale adds that the Marlins are "not close" to trading their star outfielder anywhere at this point, although the likelihood that he'll be dealt at some point this offseason remains very high. Miami would surely like more teams to get in on the bidding and they may wait things out in hopes that that happens. Friday, 7:45 am
  • Stanton edges out Votto, wins first MVP award
    Giancarlo Stanton edged out Joey Votto for the National League MVP award announced by the BBWAA on Thursday.

    Advice: By a whole two points (302-300). Both players received 10 first-place votes. Stanton got one more second and one more third, which was enough to carry the day. In all, six players got first-place votes on a tough-to-figure ballot. Paul Goldschmidt (four first-place votes) finished third in the balloting ahead of Nolan Arenado (two first-place) and Charlie Blackmon (three first-place). Anthony Rendon was sixth in the balloting, though he wasn't higher than third on any ballot. Kris Bryant got the last first-place vote and finished seventh. Thursday, 3:21 pm
  • Braves' IFA punishment likely to be severe
    Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic writes that the Braves' punishment for their alleged international free agent transgressions will likely be severe.

    Advice: Rosenthal mentions that the Braves will probably receive a "substantial" fine, restrictions in their allocated finances for future signings, and the possibility that some prospects they signed out of Latin America could be turned back into free agents. This includes 17-year-old shortstop Kevin Maitan, the crown jewel of the 2016 international class. Maitan is said to have made a verbal agreement with Atlanta before the official signing period, which is against the rules. There's still no firm date as to when Manfred will announce his findings and the subsequent penalties. Wednesday, 7:11 pm
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  • Stanton deal could require Miami sending cash
    Jon Morosi of the MLB Network is reporting that the Marlins would need to include cash in a trade of Giancarlo Stanton if Miami wants to receive high-level prospects.

    Advice: Stanton has $295 million left on his deal, which is what teams are telling Morosi is roughly what the slugger would get on the open market. On paper, this makes sense. Giving up a premium contract as well as premium prospects is asking a lot, even for a player who hit 59 homers and could be named Most Valuable Player. On the other hand, the Marlins know that this market has almost nothing in middle-of-the-order bats, and nothing that comes close to offering the power and on-base skills of Stanton, with all due respect to J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer. Stanton's no-trade clause and reported -- but unproven -- lack of interest in playing in the Midwest also hurts his trade value. Where Stanton goes and what a team will give up for the star outfielder is one of the biggest stories of the 2018 offseason. Wednesday, 2:49 pm
  • Cardinals, Marlins talked Stanton trade Wed.
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network confirms that the Cardinals and Marlins discussed "trade concepts" involving Giancarlo Stanton at the GM Meetings on Wednesday.

    Advice: St. Louis has been regularly put forth as a potential landing spot for Stanton, so this report comes as no surprise. There is some chatter that the 28-year-old slugger would not waive his full no-trade clause for a move to a Midwest team, but that idea has not been substantiated by anyone in Stanton's camp. In terms of prospects and payroll space, the Cardinals seem like a pretty good fit. Other known clubs in the running include the Giants, Phillies, Red Sox, and Dodgers. Wednesday, 12:25 pm
  • Angels discussing trade for 2B Ian Kinsler
    Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Angels have had "extensive internal discussions" about acquiring Ian Kinsler from the Tigers.

    Advice: Fenech notes that the Angels were one of the teams that put a waiver claim on Kinsler in August. The veteran second baseman is highly likely to be dealt by the rebuilding Tigers this winter and Anaheim does seem to be a pretty good fit. Kinsler, 35, is owed $11 million next season via an option that vested when he reached his 600th plate appearance in late September. Wednesday, 10:38 am
    L, 5-1 @Min
  • 'Little momentum' for Stanton-to-LAD trade
    According to Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times, there is "little momentum" toward a trade that would send Giancarlo Stanton to the Dodgers.

    Advice: Los Angeles already has the highest payroll in the majors and is one of six clubs on the hook for the 2017 luxury tax, so acquiring somebody like Stanton -- who's owed $295 million over the next 10 seasons -- probably isn't in the cards. McCullough notes that the Dodgers "have a reputation for doing due diligence on basically every elite-level talent who comes onto the market." The frontrunners for Stanton still appear to be the Giants, Cardinals, Phillies, and Red Sox, though several other teams have apparently checked in on the ongoing negotiations. Wednesday, 8:23 am
  • Report: J.D. Martinez asking 7 years, $210M
    According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the asking price for J.D. Martinez at this week's GM Meetings has been seven years and $210 million.

    Advice: This comes after Jerry Crasnick of reported last week that Martinez's new agent, Scott Boras, was looking for a deal in the range of $200 million. Boras has even dubbed his client as the "King Kong of Slug." It's an appropriate nickname after Martinez mashed 45 homers in just 119 games this past season, but his defensive limitations will likely impact his ability to reach the lofty asking price. Still, he's expected to receive one of the biggest free agent contracts this offseason. The Diamondbacks and Red Sox are among the teams to watch in this situation. Tuesday, 5:29 pm
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  • Report: Dodgers in the mix for Stanton
    Mark Feinsand of reports that the Dodgers are "indeed in the mix" for Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

    Advice: Meanwhile, beat writer Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times writes that the "general sense" is that the Dodgers aren't expected to be involved for Stanton because of his monster contract. We have some competing narratives at play here, but such as life in the Hot Stove. Ultimately, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Dodgers get involved here, especially given the belief that Stanton would prefer to play on the West Coast. Tuesday, 2:50 pm
  • Torres not ruled out from making OD roster
    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman hasn't ruled out the possibility of top prospect Gleyber Torres starting the 2018 season in the majors.

    Advice: It's still likely that Torres will start the season in the minors, but Cashman isn't willing to dismiss the possibility out of hand. Torres, who turns 21 in December, appeared to be on the fast track to the majors prior to undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery in June. He hit .287/.383/.480 with seven homers over 55 games between Double- and Triple-A this year while seeing time between shortstop, second base, and third base. His time is coming soon. Tuesday, 2:32 pm
    L, 2-1 vs Tor
  • Stanton 'completely' open to possible suitors
    According to Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, Giancarlo Stanton "is said to have a 'completely' open mind about teams interested to trade for him."

    Advice: Drellich cites "a person with knowledge of Stanton’s thinking" as his source. Chad Jennings of the Boston Herald reported Tuesday morning that the 28-year-old slugger would not waive his full no-trade clause for a move to the Red Sox or Cardinals, restating a common theory that Stanton prefers to head to the West Coast. Now we have somewhat competing narratives. Stanton is also known to be drawing heavy interest from the Giants and Phillies. Tuesday, 12:37 pm
  • Nats haven't closed door on Werth return
    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Monday that he hasn't closed the door on a reunion with Jayson Werth.

    Advice: Rizzo prefaced his comments by saying that they haven't really discussed things yet, but realistically, it's hard to see a fit unless the Nationals make a trade. In the final year of his seven-year, $126 million contract, the 38-year-old Werth batted .226/.322/.393 with 10 homers over 70 games. He missed a large chunk of the season with a bone bruise in his left foot. Monday, 5:21 pm
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  • Judge is unanimous winner for AL ROY
    The BBWAA announced Monday that Aaron Judge was named American League Rookie of the Year.

    Advice: It was unanimous. That comes as no surprise after Judge broke Mark McGwire’s MLB rookie record (and led the American League) with 52 homers while putting up a monster .284/.422/.627 batting line. The big slugger also led the American League in walks and runs scored. Not bad for a guy who wasn’t a lock to make the Opening Day roster in spring training. Judge could still add more hardware later this month, as he’s a finalist for the American League MVP Award. Andrew Benintendi finished second in the AL ROY balloting while Trey Mancini finished third. Monday, 3:18 pm
    L, 2-1 vs Tor
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