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  • Dodgers 'most aggressive' for Brian Dozier
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Dodgers are the "most aggressive" team in trade talks with the Twins involving Brian Dozier.

    Advice: Twins general manager Thad Levine indicated recently that team wasn't going to trade Dozier unless they were "really inspired" by an offer, but of course that could just be GM-speak. Dozier has a very team-friendly contract that will pay him $15 million over the next two seasons, but the Twins might want to capitalize while his value is at its highest following a 42-homer season. Rotoworld.com 29 minutes ago
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  • Yasmany Tomas trade market 'slow to develop'
    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the trade market for Yasmany Tomas "has been slow to develop."

    Advice: The Diamondbacks appear intent on improving their defense, so it makes sense to shop around Tomas, who hit 31 homers in 2016 but continued to be one of the worst defensive corner outfielders in the game. The problem is that Tomas still has $48.5 million remaining on his contract and there are plenty of alternatives to him on the market. Rotoworld.com 46 minutes ago
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  • Casey McGehee leaves MLB for Japan
    Casey McGehee has signed a one-year contract with Japan's Yomiuri Giants.

    Advice: The deal includes a club option. McGehee spent most of 2016 with Triple-A Toledo, but did log 30 games at the big league level with the Tigers while filling in for injured third baseman Nick Castellanos. The 34-year-old holds a .258 average over 2,798 major league at-bats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:04 pm
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  • Mariners add right-hander Casey Fien
    Mariners signed RHP Casey Fien to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.

    Advice: They also agreed to terms with left-hander Marc Rzepczynski while designating Dean Kiekhefer and Zach Lee for assignment. Fien spent last season shuttling between the majors and Triple-A. Overall, he finished with a 5.39 ERA over 39 relief appearances for the Dodgers and Twins. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:25 pm
  • Report: Tigers unlikely to trade Miguel Cabrera
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Tigers are unlikely to trade Miguel Cabrera.

    Advice: Per Heyman, "there's never been anything close." Moving Cabrera was never a likely outcome considering how much money Cabrera is owed over the next seven seasons ($212 million). While it looks like Cabrera is staying put, the Tigers are reportedly still open to trading Justin Verlander and perhaps even Victor Martinez. Cabrera is coming off another brilliant season (.318, 38 HR, 108 RBI) and should be in Detroit for the long haul. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:15 pm
  • Twins not actively shopping Brian Dozier
    Twins GM Thad Levine said unless they are "really inspired," the team will not consider trading Brian Dozier.

    Advice: Dozier has understandably been a popular name in trade talks this winter, but the Twins aren't actively shopping him. "We don’t have an immediate replacement," said Levine at an event for season-ticket holders earlier this week. "No one’s replacing his 42 home runs." The power-hitting second baseman still has two years and $15 million remaining on his contract. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:31 pm
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  • Texas 'far from optimistic' on Desmond deal
    According to TR Sullivan of MLB.com, the Rangers are "far from optimistic" a deal will get done with free agent Ian Desmond.

    Advice: This comes on the heels of a report from MLB Network's Jon Morosi, who said the Rangers' talks with Desmond had "intensified" in recent days. The Rangers are obviously keen on re-signing him, but Desmond won't come cheap after a productive year that included 22 HR, 86 RBI and 21 steals. Desmond turned down the Rangers' one-year qualifying offer, which means Texas will get a compensatory pick if he signs elsewhere. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:44 pm
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  • Stroman to pitch for Team USA in WBC
    Marcus Stroman announced he will pitch for the United States in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

    Advice: It's a solid get for the United States, who should have an absolutely loaded pitching staff with Chris Archer, Jake Arrieta, Corey Kluber, Andrew Miller, Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander all on the team's preliminary roster. Stroman had a relatively disappointing year for the Jays in 2016, but impressed with a 3.28 ERA over the final two months. He led Toronto with 166 strikeouts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:32 pm
  • Rangers talks with Ian Desmond intensifying
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Rangers talks with Ian Desmond have intensified in recent days.

    Advice: Perhaps as it's looking more and more likely that the Nationals may end up with Andrew McCutchen, the Rangers are moving on to the next best option to fill their hole in center field. Desmond had a resurgent season in Texas in 2016, slashing .285/.335/.446 with 22 homers, 86 RBI and 21 stolen bases. His fantasy value would certainly be helped by staying in Arlington. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:10 pm
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  • Braves sign Lane Adams to minor league deal
    Braves signed OF Lane Adams to a minor league deal.

    Advice: The 27-year-old speedster hit .266/.342/.388 with 10 homers, 56 RBI and 44 stolen bases in 121 minor league games between the Cubs and Yankees in 2016. He makes for a nice depth signing for the Braves. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:33 am
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  • Reds don't tender contract to Ramon Cabrera
    Reds non-tendered C Ramon Cabrera.

    Advice: The 27-year-old backstop did a respectable job as Tucker Barnhart's primary backup in 2016, slashing .246/.279/.357 with three homers and 23 RBI in 185 plate appearances. He'll look for another opportunity on the free agent market. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:35 am
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  • Reds non-tender Gabby Guerrero on Friday
    Reds non-tendered OF Gabby Guerrero.

    Advice: Guerrero, who is the nephew of former MLB star Vladimir Guerrero, was claimed off of waivers from the Diamondbacks last week and now finds himself as a free agent. He struggled with the bat in 2016, slashing .234/.281/.383 across two minor league levels, but possesses enough talent that he should find another club willing to give him a shot. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:30 am
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  • Reds don't tender contract to Keyvius Sampson
    Reds non-tendered RHP Keyvius Sampson.

    Advice: The 25-year-old right-hander was designated for assignment last week, but the Reds were unable to find a trade partner. Sampson appeared in 31 games for the Reds over the past two seasons, compiling a 5.60 ERA, 1.75 WHIP and 84/53 K/BB ratio over 91 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:28 am
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  • M's agree to two-year deal with Rzepczynski
    Mariners signed LHP Marc Rzepczynski to a two-year, $11 million contract.

    Advice: The 31-year-old southpaw will get $5.5 million each season. Rzepczynski compiled a 2.64 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 46/29 K/BB ratio over 47 2/3 innings between the Athletics and Nationals in 2016. He'll work as a left-handed specialist in the late innings, helping to get the ball to Mariners' closer Edwin Diaz. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:19 am
  • Rockies non-tender righty Matt Carasiti
    Rockies non-tendered RHP Matt Carasiti.

    Advice: The 25-year-old hurler appeared in 19 games for the Rockies in 2016, registering a frightening 9.19 ERA and 2.30 WHIP across 15 2/3 innings. He'll look to latch on elsewhere, presumably on a minor league pact. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:07 am
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  • Rockies do not tender contract to Cardullo
    Rockies non-tendered 1B Stephen Cardullo.

    Advice: The 29-year-old makes for an interesting low-cost investment on the free agent market or as a non-roster invitee. He slashed an impressive .308/.367/.522 with 17 homers, 72 RBI and six stolen bases in 452 plate appearances at Triple-A Albuquerque in 2016. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:45 am
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  • Pirates do not tender contract to Jeff Locke
    Pirates non-tendered LHP Jeff Locke.

    Advice: The club designated Locke for assignment earlier in the week but weren't able to find a trade partner prior to Friday's deadline. He'll look for another opportunity on the free agent market. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:20 am
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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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:53 am
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  • Mariners 'on verge' of deal with Rzepczynski
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Mariners are "on the verge" of signing free agent left-hander Marc Rzepczynski.

    Advice: Chris Cotillo of SB Nation hears it will be a two-year contract. "Scrabble" issued 29 walks over 47 2/3 innings this summer between the Athletics and Nationals, but he still managed a cool 2.64 ERA. The 31-year-old lefty specialist has held left-handed batters to a .222/.291/.298 slash line for his career. Rosenthal says there are only a few "last-minute details to cover" before the agreement with Seattle is made official. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:54 am
  • Pirates DFA left-hander Jeff Locke
    Pirates designated LHP Jeff Locke for assignment.

    Advice: Pittsburgh didn't want to pay Locke a raise over the $3.025 million he earned in 2016 after watching him post a 5.44 ERA in 127 1/3 innings (19 starts, 11 relief appearances). He would have been entering his second turn through salary arbitration. The 29-year-old left-hander is now a free agent. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:34 pm
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  • Keyvius Sampson designated for assignment
    Reds designated RHP Keyvius Sampson for assignment.

    Advice: Sampson, who will turn 26 in January, has put up a 5.60 ERA while splitting time between the Reds' rotation and bullpen the last two seasons. He'll catch on with a minor league deal somewhere. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:10 pm
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  • Ramon Cabrera designated for assignment
    Reds designated C Ramon Cabrera for assignment.

    Advice: The Reds essentially picked Juan Graterol over Cabrera for catching depth. Cabrera has hit just .264/.291/.378 over 215 plate appearances in the majors. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:08 pm
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  • Reds claim Gabby Guerrero off waivers
    Reds claimed OF Gabby Guerrero off waivers from the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The nephew of Vladimir Guerrero, Gabby batted just .234/.281/.383 between Double- and Triple-A this past season. He's had back-to-back disappointing seasons but will turn just 23 in a couple weeks. Obviously the Reds think he's still got a shot to make an impact. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:04 pm
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  • Twins 'have to be wowed' to trade Dozier
    Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins "continue to aim high" in Brian Dozier trade talks.

    Advice: Berardino adds that they've told at least one team that they'd "have to be wowed" in order to deal Dozier. You can't blame the Twins for setting their sights high, of course, given that Dozier is coming off a 42-homer season and is owed just $15 million over the next two seasons. The Dodgers are one club known to have interest in the second baseman. Rotoworld.com Nov 25, 1:01 pm
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