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  • Lawrie agrees to pay cut, avoids arbitration
    White Sox and INF Brett Lawrie avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.

    Advice: Lawrie will see a massive drop in salary from the $4.125 million that he made in 2016 after hitting just .248/.310/.413 with 12 homers and 36 RBI in 94 games in his first season with the White Sox. Still just 26-years-old, Lawrie is expected to be fully healthy and ready to go for the start of spring training and could represent a nice buy-low opportunity in the late rounds of fantasy drafts. 33 minutes ago
    L, 6-3 vs Min
  • Twins avoid arbitration with Eduardo Escobar
    Twins and INF Eduardo Escobar avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.6 million contract.

    Advice: It's a small raise over the $2.15 million that Escobar took home in 2016. More useful for his defensive prowess and versatility than with the bat, the 27-year-old infielder slashed a mere .236/.280/.338 with six homers and 37 RBI in 105 games for the Twins in 2016. 37 minutes ago
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    Eduardo Escobar Min - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 6-3 @CWS
  • Rangers do not tender contract to Hoying
    Rangers non-tendered OF Jared Hoying.

    Advice: Merely an auxiliary piece on their roster, the 27-year-old appeared in only 39 games for the Rangers in 2016 slashing a troublesome .217/.265/.261 with no homers and five RBI in 49 plate appearances. He'll look to latch on elsewhere as a free agent. 41 minutes ago
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    L, 6-4 vs TB
  • Anthony Recker avoids arbitration with Braves
    Braves and C Anthony Recker avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $800,000 contract.

    Advice: Recker was in his second year of arbitration eligibility. The career .200/.284/.350 hitter will compete for the backup catcher job in 2017. Today, 2:53 pm
  • Avisail Garcia, White Sox avoid arbitration
    White Sox and OF Avisail Garcia avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3 million contract.

    Advice: Garcia has been a big disappointment to this point, putting up a .250/.308/.380 batting line in his first three full seasons in Chicago. He was arbitration-eligible for a second time this winter. Today, 2:44 pm
  • Nationals non-tender speedy OF Ben Revere
    Nationals non-tendered OF Ben Revere.

    Advice: The move was expected, as Revere wasn't worthy of a raise in arbitration following an awful .217/.260/.300 batting line this past season. Hit hit over .300 in each of the previous three seasons, however, and will turn just 29 next May, so some team will give the speedster a shot. Today, 2:35 pm
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    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Nationals acquire C Derek Norris from Padres
    Nationals acquired C Derek Norris from the Padres in exchange for RHP Pedro Avila.

    Advice: Norris is a former Nationals prospect who was traded to the A's a few years ago in the Gio Gonzalez deal. He's now back with the organization that drafted him, taking the place of free agent Wilson Ramos. Norris had an awful .186/.255/.328 batting line with 14 homers last season in San Diego, but he's not a bad buy-low candidate in a new environment. Today, 2:07 pm
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Cole Figueroa hired for Rays front office job
    The Rays have hired Cole Figueroa as a baseball development assistant in their front office.

    Advice: Figueroa is just 29 but evidently didn't like the opportunities he was presented as a player anymore so he's decided to move upstairs. He batted .208/.250/.286 over parts of three major league seasons. Today, 1:15 pm
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    L, 10-7 @Was
  • Giants looking four power outfield bat
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Giants have talked to the Tigers about J.D. Martinez.

    Advice: Jon Morosi of MLB Network first reported of the Giants' interest in Martinez last month. Passan says that the Giants are "exploring all avenues" in their quest to land a power outfield bat. The Tigers are expect to shed payroll this winter and Martinez is looking like one of the most likely guys to go. The Phillies are another club that's interested. Today, 12:58 pm
  • Cody Asche designated for assignment
    Phillies designated INF/OF Cody Asche for assignment.

    Advice: Asche has shown flashes for the Phils but is a .240/.298/.385 hitter over parts of four seasons in the majors. The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for waiver claim David Rollins. Today, 12:10 pm
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    W, 5-2 vs NYM
  • Yonder Alonso, A's avoid arbitration
    Athletics and 1B Yonder Alonso avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4 million contract.

    Advice: Alonso looked like an obvious non-tender candidate after batting just .253/.316/.367 with seven home runs in his first season in Oakland, but the A's are apparently not ready to give up on him yet. He should be in line to again receive the bulk of the playing time at first base against right-handers. Today, 11:41 am
  • Phillies have discussed J.D. Martinez trade
    MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers and Phillies have had trade talks involving J.D. Martinez "but talks are not progressing."

    Advice: Morosi says that the Phillies are looking for a "short-term outfield bat," which is a little odd since they can't realistically consider themselves contenders in 2017. Perhaps they'd wind up flipping Martinez to another team in July before he reaches free agency next winter. The Tigers are looking to slash payroll, and Martinez is looking likely to be dealt. Today, 11:12 am
  • Nationals expected to non-tender Ben Revere
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals are expected to non-tender Ben Revere.

    Advice: projected Revere to earn $6.3 million in his final year of arbitration eligibility, which is a salary the Nats evidently aren't comfortable in paying. Revere is coming off a season where he hit an ugly .217/.260/.300, but he's a career .285/.320/.342 batter and could bounce back in a new setting. Today, 10:39 am
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    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Ian Desmond a backup CF option for Nationals
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals are considering Adam Eaton, Dexter Fowler, Carlos Gomez and Ian Desmond as backup options for center field.

    Advice: Heyman notes that the Nationals "remain focused" on a trade for Andrew McCutchen, but they are preparing backup plans in the event they're not able to work something out for the Pirates outfielder. Desmond is the most interesting name of the aforementioned bunch, of course, given that he's spent most of his career with the Nats. He played shortstop for them, but Washington appears intent on moving Trea Turner in to his natural position of shortstop and adding a center fielder. Today, 9:53 am
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    L, 6-4 vs TB
  • Mets, Rene Rivera avoid arbitration
    Mets and C Rene Rivera avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

    Advice: Rivera saw more and more playing time down the stretch for the Mets this past season, although he batted only .222/.291/.341. He figures to share catching duties with Travis d'Arnaud in 2017. Today, 9:42 am
  • Kirk Nieuwenhuis avoids arbitration
    Brewers and OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $900,000 contract.

    Advice: It's a split contract, as he'll make that much if he's in the majors but his salary will fall to $275,000 if he's in the minors. Nieuwenhuis hit just .209/.324/.385 for the Brewers last season but did pop 13 homers. Today, 9:40 am
  • Royals getting 'multiple inquiries' on Dyson
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Royals are getting "multiple inquiries" on Jarrod Dyson.

    Advice: Dyson could be an underrated target for a team looking for a center fielder, as he's excellent defensively and is coming off a career-best .728 OPS. As Crasnick notes, however, Dyson is currently in line to serve on the strong side of a platoon in right field for the Royals, so they'd probably have to acquire another outfielder if they dealt the speedster. Dyson is 32 and is slated for free agency after next season. Today, 9:37 am
  • Bryan Holaday non-tendered by Red Sox
    Red Sox non-tendered C Bryan Holaday.

    Advice: Holaday was scooped up off waivers by the Red Sox in August but didn't play much for them down the stretch. He's now a free agent. Today, 8:13 am
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    L, 2-1 vs Tor
  • White Sox likelier to trade Eaton than Abreu
    A rival executive told MLB Network's Jon Morosi that the White Sox are more likely to trade Adam Eaton than Jose Abreu at the winter meetings.

    Advice: The White Sox seem to be in the mode of listening to trade offers for virtually anyone on their roster, but it's not surprising that Eaton appears likelier than Abreu to be dealt. The outfielder should be able to fetch a nice return, as he's a career .284/.357/.414 hitter and is under team control for just $38.4 million through 2021. Today, 7:05 am
    L, 6-3 vs Min
  • Nats remain 'in lead' for Andrew McCutchen
    MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Nationals remain "in (the) lead" for Andrew McCutchen, although the Rangers are "also in contact" with the Pirates.

    Advice: If McCutchen is traded to the Nationals there's a good chance it will happen on Friday, as the acquisition will affect what they do at the non-tender deadline. Cutch would take over in center field for the Nats, while Trea Turner would move to his natural position of shortstop and Danny Espinosa would be non-tendered. The Rangers are also looking for a center fielder, so they can't be ruled out as a serious contender for the former MVP. Today, 5:59 am
  • Yankees considering Holliday for DH spot
    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that Matt Holliday is "a name the Yankees have thrown around."

    Advice: The expectation is that Edwin Encarnacion will likely command a contract beyond what the Yankees are comfortable with, but they have backup options that include Carlos Beltran, Mike Napoli and Holliday. Holliday batted .246/.322/.461 with 20 homers and 62 RBI in an injury-shortened 2016 season and is probably best off as a designated hitter at this point in his career. Today, 5:51 am
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    W, 10-4 vs Pit
  • Nats avoid arbitration with Jose Lobaton
    Nationals and C Jose Lobaton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.575 million contract.

    Advice: Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reported the contract terms. Lobaton, who was arbitration-eligible for the fourth time as a Super Two player, earned $1.3875 million in 2016 while batting .232/.319/.374 with three home runs and eight RBI over 114 plate appearances. With Wilson Ramos hitting free agency, he could play a significant role in 2017. Yesterday, 2:08 pm
  • Indians re-sign Martinez to minors deal
    Indians re-signed INF/OF Michael Martinez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Martinez was pushed off the Indians' 40-man roster in late November and he'll have to earn that spot back with a good showing in camp next spring. The veteran utilityman batted .238/.267/.307 this past year between Boston and Cleveland. He's forever trivia-relevant as the final batter in the Indians' World Series loss to the Cubs. Yesterday, 12:58 pm
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    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Souza (hip) making progress in his rehab
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Thursday that Steven Souza (hip) is expected to be 100 percent for spring training.

    Advice: Souza underwent surgery in September for a left hip impingement, after posting a disappointing .247/.303/.409 batting line with 17 homers and 49 RBI in 120 games this summer for the Rays. He's setting up as a decent late-round gamble for fantasy drafts in 2017. Yesterday, 12:36 pm
    W, 6-4 @Tex
  • Angels sign C Tony Sanchez to minors deal
    Angels signed C Tony Sanchez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Sanchez was outrighted off the Giants' 40-man roster last month, after batting .201/.298/.317 in 2016 between two different Triple-A teams. The former top prospect has a path to playing time in Anaheim if he can get finally it all working, but that doesn't seem likely to happen. Sanchez turns 29 years old next May. Yesterday, 11:36 am
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    W, 8-1 vs Hou
  • Bucs, Nats have 'ramped up' McCutchen talks
    ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Pirates and Nationals have "ramped up" discussions toward an Andrew McCutchen trade.

    Advice: Stark hears the Nationals "would like to make this deal [Thursday]" -- before Friday's non-tender deadline -- because of the ripple effects it would create. There's talk of the Nationals sending top outfield prospect Victor Robles to Pittsburgh in return, along with a number of other pieces. Stark says the Pirates also want "controllable starting pitching." This thing could move quickly. Yesterday, 9:15 am
  • Orioles sign Logan Schafer to minors deal
    Orioles signed OF Logan Schafer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Schafer batted just .238 with a .660 OPS in 74 plate appearances (26 games) this past season for the Twins and he owns a brutal .611 OPS for his career. He seems doubtful to crack the Orioles' Opening Day roster and should merely function as organizational outfield depth in 2017. Yesterday, 8:28 am
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    W, 5-2 @NYY
  • Pirates targeting Robles in McCutchen trade
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Pirates are targeting Nationals outfield prospect Victor Robles in their trade talks involving Andrew McCutchen.

    Advice: Pittsburgh "will want more as well" from Washington, adds Rosenthal. Robles, a 19-year-old center fielder out of the Dominican Republic, hit .280/.376/.423 with nine home runs and 37 stolen bases in 110 games this summer between three different levels of the Nationals' minor league system -- topping out at High-A Potomac. He was ranked the No. 33 prospect in the game by Baseball America leading into the 2016 season. Yesterday, 8:01 am
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    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Report: McCutchen trade likelihood at 80%
    John Perrotto of FanRag Sports hears that there is an "80% chance" that the Pirates trade Andrew McCutchen by the end of the winter meetings.

    Advice: The smoke surrounding a potential McCutchen trade thickened considerably on Wednesday, with FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reporting that the outfielder is potentially the "most likely to go" among all rumored trade candidates in the early going. The Pirates aren't just fielding calls, either, as Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan relayed (also on Wednesday) that the team is aggressively courting potential trade and reaching out themselves. The Nationals, Rangers and Mariners have been linked to McCutchen this month. Wednesday, 3:03 pm
  • Pirates continue to explore McCutchen trade
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pirates continue to explore a potential trade involving Andrew McCutchen.

    Advice: In fact, Rosenthal writes that of all the big names available in trade, McCutchen "might be the most likely to go." The 30-year-old is coming off a career-worst season at the plate and advanced metrics weren't kind to him in center field, but he's owed just $14 million next season with a 14.5 million club option for 2018, so plenty of teams figure to be willing to take a chance on a turnaround. The Pirates are obviously going to ask for a major haul to give up their franchise player and could decide to hang on to him if their asking price isn't met. Rosenthal hears that the Nationals remain interested and also mentions the Rangers as a potential trade partner. Both clubs have the chips to get a deal done. Wednesday, 10:09 am
  • Rockies downplay possible Holliday reunion
    Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich downplayed the possibility of a reunion with free agent Matt Holliday.

    Advice: Holliday has said that he's open to a return to the Rockies, but given the team's outfield depth, he'd be looking at a full-time move to first base. He just saw his first exposure at the position in 2016, so the Rockies are mulling over the potential alternatives. "We have just now started looking into the reality of Matt," said Bridich. "With the way that our outfield is situated… the outfield for Matt doesn’t make a whole lot of sense right now. So right now we are just trying to wrap our minds around whether he’s a viable option at first base." The Rockies reportedly haven't ruled out a return for Mark Reynolds and Chris Carter, who was recently designated for assignment by the Brewers, could also be a possibility at first base. Wednesday, 7:33 am
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    W, 10-4 vs Pit
  • Report: Mets weigh J.D. Martinez as fallback
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Mets have some interest in Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez as a fallback option in case Yoenis Cespedes signs elsewhere.

    Advice: The Mets' top priority would be to keep Yoenis Cespedes, but that's no sure thing since he's arguably the top free agent in this year's class. Martinez makes sense as a potential alternative, as he's also a right-handed hitter and the Tigers are known to be shopping him as they attempt to trim payroll. The 29-year-old hit 22 homers with a .908 OPS this past season and is due to become a free agent after 2017. Martinez could be a fit with other teams also interested in Cespedes, especially if he returns to New York. Tuesday, 8:26 am
  • Mets not expected to re-sign Rene Rivera
    Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News doesn't expect the Mets to bring back Rene Rivera.

    Advice: Rivera is projected to net $2.2 million in arbitration this winter, which is probably more than the Mets are willing to spend on a backup catcher. Ackert also expects the Mets to move on from utility man Kelly Johnson unless they can sign him on a cheap one-year deal. Rivera hit .222 this past season while serving as Noah Syndergaard's personal catcher. Saturday, 1:45 pm
  • Yankees sniffing around Matt Holliday
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees have inquired on free agent outfielder Matt Holliday.

    Advice: Holliday is coming off a 2016 campaign in which he hit .246/.322/.461 with 20 homers and 62 RBI over 382 at-bats. A broken thumb suffered in August forced him out for an extended period of time and he ultimately appeared in just 110 games for the Cards. At this juncture, it isn't known quite what kind of a contract Holliday might draw on the open market. He turns 37 in January. Wednesday, 3:53 pm
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    W, 10-4 vs Pit
  • Indians opt to outright INF/OF Martinez
    Indians sent INF/OF Michael Martinez outright to Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: The Indians initially scooped Martinez up off waivers from the Red Sox in early August. The 34-year-old received a decent little chunk of playing time after the Indians added him to their squad, hitting .242/.265/.316 with four doubles, a homer and four RBI across 95 at-bats. It should be noted that while Martinez has been outrighted off the 40-man roster, the Indians are interested in potentially re-signing him to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Wednesday, 2:05 pm
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    W, 3-2 @KC
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