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  • 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
  • Pirates release statement on Jung Ho Kang
    Pirates president Frank Coonelly said in a statement Thursday evening that the team is "extremely disappointed" in Jung Ho Kang and "in his decision process" after he was charged with fleeing the scene of a DUI accident in South Korea.

    Advice: "We have been made aware of the very serious charges filed against Jung Ho Kang early Friday morning in Seoul, South Korea," Coonelly said in the statement from the team. "We are extremely disappointed in Jung Ho and in his decision process during this matter. I know first hand how foolish and dangerous it is to drive under the influence and am most thankful that, as we understand it, no one was injured. We will have further comment once we have been able to gather all of the relevant facts and speak with the player." According to the Yonhap News Agency, Kang reportedly fled the scene after hitting a guard rail on the way back to his hotel. A person who was also in the vehicle originally said that they were driving, but police later determined that Kang was behind the wheel after analyzing the vehicle's black box. Kang was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.084, above the legal limit of 0.05. More information should be available in the coming days. Yesterday, 6:25 pm
  • Report: Kang facing charge after DUI accident
    According to Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News, Jung Ho Kang was arrested in Seoul, South Korea after leaving the scene of a DUI accident.

    Advice: Details are scarce at this point, but Kang reportedly had a blood alcohol level of 0.084, above the legal limit of 0.05 and subject to license suspension. And he only exacerbated his issues by fleeing the scene. Of course, Kang has already had some off-field issues earlier this year after being investigated for an alleged sexual assault in Chicago. The Chicago PD has been unable to contact the alleged victim and no charges have been filed in that case, but now he's dealing with another legal issue. Yesterday, 4:00 pm
  • Duffy 'very much ahead' of schedule
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Thursday that Matt Duffy is "very much ahead of schedule" in his recovery from Achilles surgery.

    Advice: Typical manager-speak, but Duffy is out of his walking boot and the expectation is that he will be ready for spring training. He projects to open as the Rays' starting shortstop in 2017 after batting .258/.310/.357 with five homers and eight steals in 91 games this summer between San Francisco and Tampa Bay. Better health would obviously yield better fantasy results. He has it in him to carry deep-league value. Yesterday, 12:49 pm
    Player Note
    Matt Duffy TB - 2B,3B,SS
    W, 6-4 @Tex
  • Braves, Sean Rodriguez finalize 2-year deal
    Braves signed INF/OF Sean Rodriguez to a two-year, $11.5 million contract.

    Advice: FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported news of the signing while Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported the financial details. Rodriguez broke out with 18 homers and an .859 OPS as a member of the Pirates in 2016 and could be in line for the starting second base gig in Atlanta, at least until Ozzie Albies is deemed ready for the majors. The 31-year-old is capable of providing plenty of value in a utility role. Wednesday, 11:33 am
    Player Note
    Sean Rodríguez Atl - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Angels have had talks with Stephen Drew
    According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, the Angels have had preliminary talks with free agent infielder Stephen Drew.

    Advice: Fletcher notes, however, that Drew is "one of many candidates" the Angels are considering to boost their infield depth. Drew hit well for the Nationals this summer over 165 plate appearances (.864 OPS), but it has been years since he's been a reliable player in an everyday role. Drew will turn 34 years old next March. Tuesday, 3:15 pm
    Player Note
    Stephen Drew Was - 2B,3B,SS
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    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Saladino believes he's over back issues
    Tyler Saladino said Tuesday that he believes his back issues are under control.

    Advice: Saladino struggled through back discomfort on and off in 2016 and was eventually diagnosed with a herniated disk in late September, but he's had a fairly normal offseason and expects to be 100 percent leading into 2017. "My back, I feel actually really good right now and strong and all that," said the 27-year-old utilityman. "I haven't had any symptoms. It's actually been the opposite. It has been feeling really good, knock on wood or whatever. It's been a good progression." Tuesday, 1:39 pm
    Player Note
    Tyler Saladino CWS - 2B,3B,SS
    L, 6-3 vs Min
  • Gregorio Petit designated for assignment
    Angels designated INF Gregorio Petit for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Ryan LaMarre. Petit, who turns 32 next month, is a career .249/.291/.353 hitter across parts of five big league seasons. Monday, 7:09 pm
    Player Note
    Gregorio Petit LAA - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    Not Active
    W, 8-1 vs Hou
  • Gleyber Torres to start season at Double-A
    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced Saturday that top prospect Gleyber Torres will begin the 2017 season at Double-A Trenton.

    Advice: The 19-year-old shortstop was recently named as the MVP of the Arizona Fall League, the youngest player to ever take home the award. He did so slashing .403/.513/.645 with three homers, 11 RBI and four stolen bases in 18 games. While it remains a longshot that he'll ascend to the big league club in 2017, the sky is truly the limit here. Sunday, 3:18 pm
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    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Braves ink Sean Rodriguez to two-year deal
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Braves have signed Sean Rodriguez to a two-year deal, pending a physical.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the deal carries a guarantee of $11.5 million. Rodriguez will receive a $1.5 million signing bonus and will make $5 million in 2016 and 2017. The 31-year-old thrived in a utility role with the Pirates this past season, but he could serve as the primary second baseman over Jace Peterson in Atlanta. He also gives the Braves an alternative to Adonis Garcia at third base. Rodriguez established new career-bests with 18 homers with an .859 OPS in 2016. Thursday, 1:10 pm
    Player Note
    Sean Rodríguez Atl - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Jean Segura headlines Mariners' haul
    Mariners acquired 2B Jean Segura, OF Mitch Haniger and LHP Zac Curtis from the Diamondbacks for SS Ketel Marte and RHP Taijuan Walker.

    Advice: Strong, strong offensive move by the Mariners. They ranked sixth in all of baseball in runs scored last season and Segura should only help to pump up that volume. He figures to shift to shortstop with his new club, as they already have a pretty slick second baseman in Robinson Cano. Segura, 26, is coming off the best year of his major league career, having just slashed .319/.368/.499 with 20 homers, 64 RBI and 33 steals over 637 at-bats. Wednesday, 8:12 pm
    Player Note
    Jean Segura Sea - 2B,SS
    L, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Ketel Marte heads to Diamondbacks in trade
    Diamondbacks acquired SS Ketel Marte and RHP Taijuan Walker from the Mariners for 2B Jean Segura, OF Mitch Haniger and LHP Zac Curtis.

    Advice: Walker is the headliner for the Diamondbacks, here, with Marte coming along for the ride. 2016 was his first full season in the majors and he ended the campaign the owner of a .259/.287/.323 triple-slash. In addition to that batting line, he also stroked 21 doubles, drove in 33 runs and swiped 11 bags over 437 at-bats. Wednesday, 8:04 pm
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