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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. Rotoworld.com Today, 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:28 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:42 am
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  • MIA/SF had 'deeper discussions' on Stanton
    Mark Feinsand of MLB.com 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:19 am
  • Report: Mike Minor expected to sign quickly
    ESPN's Buster Olney writes that lefty reliever Mike Minor is expected to be among the first free agents to sign.

    Advice: Olney cites Minor's strong position in the market as one of the most-coveted relievers, with "aggressive interest from a high volume of teams." After missing back-to-back seasons due to injury, Minor thrived with a move to the bullpen this season with a 2.55 ERA and 88/22 K/BB ratio over 77 2/3 innings. He also notched six saves for the Royals. The Mets are among the teams who have shown interest thus far. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:47 am
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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
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  • Domingo Acevedo added to 40-man roster
    Yankees purchased the contract of RHP Domingo Acevedo from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: Acevedo, 23, posted a 3.25 ERA and 142/34 K/BB ratio over 133 innings across three levels in 2017. He now cannot be taken in the Rule 5 Draft. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:48 pm
  • Yankees add Albert Abreu to 40-man roster
    Yankees purchased the contract of RHP Albert Abreu from High-A Tampa.

    Advice: Abreu, 22, held a 3.38 ERA and 61/18 K/BB ratio over 53 1/3 innings across three levels in 2017. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:46 pm
  • Cionel Perez added to 40-man roster
    Astros purchased the contract of LHP Cionel Perez from Double-A Corpus Christi.

    Advice: Perez, 21, posted a 4.13 ERA and 83/27 K/BB ratio across 93 2/3 frames over three levels in 2017. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:21 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:00 pm
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  • White Sox purchase Ian Clarkin's contract
    White Sox purchased the contract of LHP Ian Clarkin from High-A Winston-Salem.

    Advice: Acquired from the Yankees at the trade deadline, Clarkin held a 2.60 ERA and 63/33 K/BB ratio across 86 2/3 frames at the High-A level in 2017. He now can't be taken in the Rule 5 Draft. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:25 pm
  • Buttrey added to BOS' 40-man roster
    Red Sox purchased the contract of RHP Ty Buttrey from Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Buttrey is now protected from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. The 24-year-old made the move to the bullpen a couple of years ago. He was hit hard in his time in Triple-A this year and his control can be problematic at times, but his strikeouts are on the rise. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:52 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:39 am
  • Logan Verrett signs with KBO
    Logan Verrett has signed with the NC Dinos of the Korea Baseball Organization.

    Advice: Verrett opted to go overseas after electing free agency last month. The 27-year-old made four appearances with the Orioles this past season and posted a 5.10 ERA over two starts and 38 relief appearances in Triple-A. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:45 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:42 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:49 pm
  • Mets showing major interest in Minor
    The Mets have shown interest in Mike Minor, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

    Advice: Minor was one of the major surprises of the 2017 season (pardon the pun), pitching 65 games with an ERA of 2.57 and 88 strikeouts in just under 78 innings after missing the last two season. There weren't many things that went right for the Mets last year, and the bullpen wasn't an exception. There are rumors that he'd like another chance at starting, but considering how well he pitched in a high-leverage role last year, that's his most likely path to a big deal. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:03 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:25 pm
  • '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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:23 am
  • Report: Dodgers in the mix for Stanton
    Mark Feinsand of MLB.com 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:50 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Nov 13, 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. Rotoworld.com Nov 13, 3:18 pm
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