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  • Frazier willing to play at either corner
    Representatives of Todd Frazier are pitching him as an option to play either third or first base.

    Advice: Frazier has spent almost his entire career at third base, but presenting his ability to play first -- a spot he's played 94 times in his seven year career -- makes sense. The right-handed hitting 31-year-old is coming off a year where he hit 27 homers with a .772 OPS with the White Sox and Yankees, and given that right-handed power is always at a premium, he could receive a significant payday at either position for a team that believes he can hit in or near the middle of the order. Yesterday, 1:34 pm
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    L, 2-1 vs Tor
  • 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
  • Rays plan to deal some veterans this winter
    According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays' offseason plans include trading "at least a couple of veterans to reduce payroll."

    Advice: No veteran appears to be safe, with Topkin naming Evan Longoria, Chris Archer and Alex Colome as possible trade bait. Longoria's contract never gets obscene, but he's owed up to $94 million through 2023 and, while he doesn't have 10/5 rights to veto any trade, Topkin says the club would likely only deal him with the third baseman's blessing. Making things more difficult is the fact that Longoria's .261/.313/.424 line this past season probably doesn't inspire many teams to pony up for the 32-year-old. The only certainty with the Rays this winter seems to be that nothing is certain. Saturday, 8:16 pm
    W, 6-0 vs Bal
  • Reds re-sign Patrick Kivlehan to minors deal
    Reds re-signed INF/OF Patrick Kivlehan to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Kivlehan elected free agency last week, but has decided to re-up with the Reds. He hit .208/.304/.399 with nine homers, 26 RBI and a 61/22 K/BB ratio over 204 plate appearances at the big league level last season. Saturday, 7:34 am
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    Patrick Kivlehan Cin - 1B,3B,OF
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    W, 3-1 @ChC
  • Mike Moustakas rejects Royals' QO
    3B Mike Moustakas rejected the Royals' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: Moustakas is set to strike it rich this offseason after slugging a career-high 38 home runs for the Royals this past season. He's a native of Southern California and the Angels have already been pegged as a likely pursuer of the third baseman this winter. Friday, 8:44 am
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    L, 14-2 vs Ari
  • NYY interested in Rangers' Jurickson Profar
    According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees are interested in acquiring Jurickson Profar from the Rangers.

    Advice: There is no obvious short-term or even long-term spot for Profar in the Bronx, but Sherman says the Yankees "would be willing to take on a single player with upside and pedigree in exchange for multiple players who are crowding their deep 40-man roster." Profar, once considered the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball, has batted just .229/.309/.329 in 206 career games at the major league level. A change of scenery would probably do him some good. There is also said to be interest from the Reds and Padres. Thursday, 7:45 am
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    Jurickson Profar Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 5-2 vs Oak
  • Mariners acquire Ryon Healy from Athletics
    Mariners acquired INF/DH Ryon Healy from the Athletics for RHP Emilio Pagan and INF Alexander Campos.

    Advice: Because of course Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto had to make the first major transaction of the season. Healy was a surprise standout as a rookie in 2016 with an .861 OPS for the A's, and while that number dropped 100 points (.754) in 2017, he still was able to hit 25 homers and post a 102+ OPS. The Mariners have an immediate need at first base with Yonder Alonso a free agent, so he could be a natural fit at the position; especially considering how much he's struggled as a third baseman defensively. Wednesday, 5:53 pm
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    Ryon Healy Sea - 1B,3B
    L, 6-2 @LAA
  • Angels tops on Moustakas wish list
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick was told by a source that the Angels are at the top of Mike Moustakas wish list.

    Advice: The feeling might not be totally mutual and some other team could decide to offer Moustakas more money, but Yunel Escobar is no longer under contract and the Angels would likely want to upgrade the production at third base either way. Crasnick also mentions that the Angels could just go with Luis Valbuena at third base and look to upgrade at second base, but Valbuena struggled to a .199 batting average and .294 on-base percentage in 2017. Wednesday, 5:23 pm
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    L, 14-2 vs Ari
  • Cabrera favorite to play third for Mets
    Mets assistant GM John Ricco said that the Mets are leaning towards having Asdrubal Cabrera be the starting third baseman in 2018.

    Advice: Cabrera played a little bit of everything last year, including third. New York has openings at third and second base, and realistically, he could be the option for whatever position the Mets don't fill externally. He's a better defender at third than he is at second, however, and there are more options at the keystone than at the hot corner in the 2018 market. Wednesday, 2:19 pm
    L, 11-0 @Phi
  • Profar doesn't have set role for 2018
    Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday that Jurickson Profar doesn't have a set role for 2018.

    Advice: As of now, Profar is expected to be on the Opening Day roster next year, but that's only because he's out of options. The 24-year-old appeared in just 22 games in the majors this season and batted .287/.383/.428 with seven homers and 45 RBI over 87 games in Triple-A. The Rangers decided against a call-up in September, which ensures that he will remain under team control through 2020 as opposed to 2019. Profar has expressed his frustration with the situation, but barring a trade, the former top prospect figures to be a bench player for Texas going into next season. Tuesday, 5:56 pm
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    Jurickson Profar Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 5-2 vs Oak
  • Red Sox see Hernandez as stopgap 2B
    Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Monday that the club views Marco Hernandez as a possible stopgap option at second base until Dustin Pedroia is ready to return from knee surgery.

    Advice: The Red Sox will have to get by until at least May as Pedroia rehabs from a cartilage restoration procedure on his left knee. "We do like Marco Hernandez a lot," said Dombrowski. "We think he’s a really good player. And all you have to do is come to the meetings to know that other organizations think he’s a good player too." Hernandez, 25, batted .276/.300/.328 across 21 games with the Red Sox this season before undergoing shoulder surgery in May. Brock Holt, Tzu-Wei Lin and Deven Marrero are among the other options, though Dombrowski hasn't ruled out bringing someone else in. Re-signing Eduardo Nunez could make some sense, depending on how his market develops. Monday, 6:18 pm
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    Marco Hernández Bos - 2B,3B,SS
    L, 4-3 vs Hou
  • Miguel Sano undergoes surgery on leg
    Miguel Sano underwent successful surgery on his left leg Monday.

    Advice: Sano battled a stress reaction in his left shin down the stretch this past season, as he played just three games over the final six weeks. The Twins didn't reveal a rehab timetable for the third baseman, only saying he's "currently resting before focusing on his rehab program." More should hopefully be known about Sano's status in the coming weeks. Monday, 11:39 am
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    Miguel Sanó Min - 1B,3B,OF
    W, 5-1 vs Det
  • Mets still interested in re-signing Reyes
    Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets "remain open to a reunion" with Jose Reyes.

    Advice: The Mets picked up Asdrubal Cabrera's option for next season, but they could still bring back Reyes as an option in the infield. The 34-year-old had an awful first half this past season but rebounded in the second half to finish with a .246/.315/.413 batting line, 15 homers and 24 steals. Monday, 11:16 am
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    José Reyes NYM - 2B,3B,SS
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    L, 11-0 @Phi
  • Jae-gyun Hwang headed back to Korea
    Jae-gyun Hwang has signed a four-year, $7.85 million contract with the KT Wiz of the Korea Baseball Organization.

    Advice: Hwang wound up having to settle for a minor league contract with the Giants last winter and spent most of the season at the Triple-A level, hitting only .154/.228/.231 over 57 plate appearances during his brief time in the majors. The 30-year-old has gotten a nice contract to return to his native Korea and his time playing in the states figures to be over. Nov 13, 6:27 am
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    W, 5-4 vs SD
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