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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. Today, 3:53 pm
    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. Today, 3:49 pm
    New Player Note
    Eduardo Escobar Min - 2B,3B,SS,OF
    W, 6-3 @CWS
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    L, 10-4 @StL
  • 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
    L, 10-4 @StL
  • 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
    Not Active
    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
  • Update: Giants not interested in Panda reunion
    Updating an earlier report, the Giants have not discussed trading for Pablo Sandoval, according to's Chris Haft.

    Advice: Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reported Friday that the Giants were considering trying to acquire Sandoval from the Red Sox but Haft said that isn't the case. The Giants are content with starting Eduardo Nunez at third base and are focused on upgrading at closer. GM Bobby Evans confirmed that Sandoval is not on the team's radar. "I’m not aware of any consideration of a reunion, but we’ll never forget all that he meant to the Giants organization," said Evans. Coming off shoulder surgery, Sandoval will presumably compete with Travis Shaw and Brock Holt for the starting job third base job in Boston this spring. Saturday, 8:44 pm
  • Alex Guerrero signs deal to play in Japan
    The Chunichi Dragons of the Nippon Professional Baseball league in Japan announced Saturday that they've signed Alex Guerrero to a one-year, $1.3 million contract.

    Advice: There were rumblings late Friday that the two sides were close to an agreement. The Dodgers are still on the hook for $5 million of the $28 million contract that Guerrero signed with the club in 2013. The 30-year-old appeared in just 117 games for the Dodgers, slashing .224/.251/.414 with 11 homers, 36 RBI and a 63/17 K/BB ratio in 243 plate appearances. Saturday, 10:16 am
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    L, 7-1 @SF
  • Alex Guerrero nearing deal to play in Japan
    According to Sanspo, Alex Guerrero is close to a contract agreement with the Chunichi Dragons of the Nippon Professional Baseball League in Japan.

    Advice: Guerrero was a colossal bust for the Dodgers after signing a $28 million contract when he came over from Cuba in 2013. He missed most of the 2016 season with a knee injury before being released by the Dodgers in early June. With a strong showing in Japan, he could conceivably rebuild his value an earn a better opportunity stateside. Friday, 6:25 pm
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    L, 7-1 @SF
  • Giants have considered pursuing Sandoval
    Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports that the Giants have considered trying to acquire Pablo Sandoval from the Red Sox.

    Advice: Sandoval missed nearly the entire 2016 season due to a left shoulder injury and is still owed another $58 million through 2019. Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski could be willing to eat part of Sandoval's salary in order to clear the way for Yoan Moncada to take over at third base while saving some on what looks to be an awful contract dished out by his predecessor. Sandoval loved his time playing for the Giants and manager Bruce Bochy seems to know how to handle him, making a reunion potentially viable. Friday, 4:17 pm
  • 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
  • Rockies ink Rutledge to minor league deal
    Rockies signed INF Josh Rutledge to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: It's a homecoming for Rutledge, who was originally drafted by the Rockies in 2010 and spent the first three seasons of his career with the club. The 27-year-old appeared in 28 games with the Red Sox this past season while batting .265/.345/.388 in 56 plate appearances. He could be in the mix for a utility infielder job in spring training. Wednesday, 12:17 pm
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    L, 6-4 vs Mil
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