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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. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:42 am
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  • Mauricio Dubon added to 40-man roster
    Brewers purchased the contract of SS Mauricio Dubon from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Dubon, 23, hit .274/.330/.382 with eight homers and 38 steals between Double- and Triple-A this past season. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:18 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:15 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:55 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:56 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:12 pm
  • Jose Peraza leaves Venezuelan Winter League
    Jose Peraza was left his team in the Venezuelan Winter League due to personal reasons.

    Advice: The 23-year-old speedster is there to work on his defense at the shortstop position, with incumbent Zack Cozart hitting free agency this winter. It's unclear what exactly the issue is, or if he plans on returning to his winter league club at some point. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:19 pm
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    José Peraza Cin - 2B,SS,OF
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:45 am
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    Jurickson Profar Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:11 pm
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  • Angels potentially interested in Cozart
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Angels have interest in Zack Cozart if he's willing to move from shortstop to second base.

    Advice: Crasnick also reports that the Angels are considering free agent Neil Walker, and earlier it was reported that they have interest in trading for Detroit's Ian Kinsler. Long story short, the Angels want to upgrade second base. Cozart would be an intriguing addition, and if he is willing to move positions, he and Andrelton Simmons would give Anaheim one of the best double-play combinations in baseball that isn't bereft of offensive ability. Cozart batted .297/.385/.548 with 24 homers over 122 games for the Reds in 2017. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:12 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:19 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:56 pm
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    Jurickson Profar Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:32 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:18 pm
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    Marco Hernández Bos - 2B,3B,SS
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Nov 13, 11:16 am
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    José Reyes NYM - 2B,3B,SS
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  • Padres have interest in Alcides Escobar
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Padres are "looking at" Alcides Escobar in addition to other free agent shortstops.

    Advice: Heyman says the Padres are seeking a stopgap option at shortstop until top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. is ready, which they think will be within the next year or so. Escobar, who turns 31 next month, sports a hideous .256/.286/.343 batting line over the last three seasons, but he still has a solid glove and should come cheaply. Rotoworld.com Nov 13, 9:28 am
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