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  • Royals release right-hander Glenn Sparkman
    Royals released RHP Glenn Sparkman.

    Advice: Sparkman was designated for assignment over the weekend and has now officially been cut loose. The 28-year-old holds a career 5.99 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, and 111/58 K/BB ratio in 180 1/3 innings at the MLB level. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:09 pm
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  • FA Yasiel Puig being represented by Rachel Luba
    Yasiel Puig is now being represented by agent Rachel Luba of Luba Sports.

    Advice: Luba also reps Trevor Bauer, the top starting pitcher on the open market this winter. Puig had been with Dan Horwits and Cesar Suare of the Beverly Hills Sports Council but apparently cut ties after failing to latch on with a team during the 2020 campaign. He had an agreement in place with the Braves in July, but it was scrapped after he tested positive for COVID-19. The 29-year-old free agent outfielder registered a .785 OPS with 24 home runs and 19 stolen bases in 149 games (611 plate appearances) between the Reds and Indians in 2019. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:25 pm
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  • Braves showing 'strong interest' in Charlie Morton
    Mark Bowman of MLB.com writes that the Braves have "continued to show strong interest" in free agent starter Charlie Morton.

    Advice: Atlanta inked lefty Drew Smyly to a one-year, $11 million deal last week, but the club is apparently not done searching for starting pitching help. Morton, 37, posted a disappointing 4.74 ERA and 1.395 WHIP in 38 regular-season innings (nine starts) this past summer with the Rays, though he did perform well in the playoffs as Tampa Bay marched all the way to the World Series. MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported earlier this month that the veteran right-hander was drawing "some level of interest" from "at least" 8-10 teams. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:02 pm
     
  • Thames has interest from MLB, NPB, KBO teams
    According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, free agent Eric Thames is drawing interest from MLB, NPB, and KBO teams.

    Advice: Thames struggled to a .203/.300/.317 batting line in 41 games this past season with the Nationals, who then declined his $4 million option for 2021 late last month. But the 34-year-old slugger should do pretty well for himself this winter given all the avenues he's open to for possible offers. Thames spent the 2014-2016 seasons in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) before joining the Brewers ahead of the 2017 campaign. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:42 pm
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  • Rays 'open to the idea' of trading SP Blake Snell
    MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reports that the Rays "have told other clubs that they’re open to the idea of trading Blake Snell" this offseason.

    Advice: Feinsand's source notes that the reigning American League champions are "not actively shopping Snell" but will listen to offers in a quest to cut costs following MLB's abbreviated 2020 campaign. Snell, who turns 28 years old in early December, is owed $10.5 million in 2021, $12.5 million in 2022, and $16 million in 2023 as part of a five-year, $50 million contract extension he signed with Tampa Bay in the spring of 2019. The left-hander registered a 3.24 ERA and 63/18 K/BB ratio in 50 regular-season innings (11 starts) this summer before working to a 3.03 ERA with 37 strikeouts over 29 2/3 innings (six starts) in the playoffs.  Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:32 pm
     
  • Cardinals 'gathering details' on Martinez incident
    In a statement Monday, the Cardinals acknowledged that they are "gathering details" about Carlos Martinez's participation in a street party this past weekend in the Dominican Republic.

    Advice: Martinez can be seen in videos riding a motorbike with a female passenger through a large crowd of people on a seaside street, with loud music blaring. He was not wearing a face covering of any kind, and neither were many of the people surrounding him. The full statement from the Cardinals: "The St. Louis Cardinals were informed earlier today that Carlos Martínez had participated in a public gathering event this past weekend in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. We are currently gathering details from this event, but it is our understanding that Carlos was not arrested nor are there any pending legal charges against him. Certainly, we would not condone anyone from our organization knowingly violating community laws or health regulations." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:08 pm
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  • Report: Red Sox showing interest in LHP J.A. Happ
    Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Red Sox are showing interest in free agent left-hander J.A. Happ.

    Advice: Morosi has also reported interest from the Blue Jays and Angels in recent days. For what it's worth, the southpaw has enjoyed quite a bit of success at Fenway Park in his career, though anything would be an improvement over what the Red Sox put out there this past season. Happ, 38, posted a 3.47 ERA and 42/15 K/BB ratio in 49 1/3 innings over nine starts with the Yankees in 2020. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:52 am
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  • Rangers will give Apostel a look at first base
    The Rangers plan to give Sherten Apostel a look at first base this spring. 

    Advice: Apostel has mostly played third base in his professional career, but he's not anything close to an elite defender at the position, and his size (6'4/235) suggests he might outgrow it soon. The 21-year-old got a brief call-up during the 2020 season; going 2-for-20 with nine strikeouts in seven games. He's one of the top prospects in the system, and since the Rangers don't have an obvious answer at first base right now, it makes sense that they'd give him a look at the position during the Cactus League. More than likely, Apostel will open the 2021 season in the minors, but he could receive a promotion over the summer.  Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:15 pm
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  • Franco dealing with discomfort in right bicep
    Rays shortstop prospect Wander Franco is currently dealing with discomfort in his right bicep.

    Advice: Franco, 19, is crushing the ball in the Dominican League with a .350/.435/.500 line. The injury does not appear to be serious, and he's considered day-to-day at this point. Unanimously considered the top prospect in baseball, Franco has a chance to make a significant impact as soon as this summer, and is worth keeping an eye on in redrafts.  Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:05 pm
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  • Blue Jays interested in J.A. Happ
    Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Blue Jays have interest in J.A. Happ.

    Advice: Happ has had two previous stints in Toronto and evidently there could potentially be a third. The veteran left-hander turned 38 last month, but he's coming off a nice bounce-back season which saw him put up a 3.47 ERA and 42/15 K/BB ratio over 49 1/3 innings. Morosi reported previously that the Angels also had interest in Happ. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:34 am
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  • Dovydas Neverauskas headed to Japan
    Dovydas Neverauskas has signed with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball.

    Advice: He'll net a $625,000 salary and a $250,000 bonus, per Sports Hochi. Neverauskas holds a career 6.81 ERA over parts of four major league seasons. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:34 am
     
  • J.T. Realmuto fully recovered from hip injury
    Tim Healey of Newsday reports that J.T. Realmuto is fully recovered from his hip injury and has been going through normal offseason workouts.

    Advice: A hip flexor strain nagged at Realmuto for much of September, but he's apparently fine now after a little bit of rest. The 29-year-old is one of the big-ticket free agents this winter and will have no trouble landing a nine-figure contract even with spending projected to be down across baseball. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:09 am
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  • Angels have interest in left-hander J.A Happ
    According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Angels are among the teams interested in free agent southpaw J.A. Happ.

    Advice: Morosi notes that Angels new general manager Perry Minasian was working in the Blue Jays front office on two different occasions when they acquired Happ, so the interest shouldn't come as a big surprise. The 38-year-old actually pitched pretty well for the Yankees in 2020, compiling a 3.47 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 42/15 K/BB ratio over 49 1/3 innings in his nine starts. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:06 pm
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  • Amed Rosario could play multiple positions in 2021
    According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, it's "likely in the cards" that Amed Rosario will be playing different positions in 2021.

    Advice: That could mean that the club considers Andres Gimenez as the front-runner to be the team's starting shortstop and that they're planning on utilizing Rosario in more of a utility role. It could also mean that they plan on making a run at acquiring Francisco Lindor. Or, it could just be smoke and doesn't really mean anything. The 24-year-old slashed .252/.272/.371 with four homers, 15 RBI and a 34/4 K/BB ratio in 147 plate appearances during the 2020 season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:32 pm
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  • Rockies designate Ashton Goudeau for assignment
    Rockies designated RHP Ashton Goudeau for assignment.

    Advice: The 28-year-old became a roster casualty as the Rockies looked to clear room on the 40-man roster on Friday to protect a couple of players from the Rule-5 draft. Goudeau was hit hard in his time with the big league club in 2020, posting a 7.56 ERA, 2.04 WHIP and 22 K/BB ratio across 8 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:21 pm
     
  • Rockies designate Jesus Tinoco for assignment
    Rockies designated RHP Jesus Tinoco for assignment.

    Advice: The 25-year-old right-hander actually pitched well during his time with the Rockies and Marlins in 2020, compiling a 1.04 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 6/7 K/BB ratio over 8 2/3 innings. With so many teams in the market for bullpen depth, Tinoco could generate some interest -- though he'll likely have to settle for a minor league contract. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:19 pm
     
  • Rockies add Colton Welker to 40-man roster Friday
    Rockies purchased the contract of 3B Colton Welker.

    Advice: The move protects Welker -- the Rockies fourth round pick from the 2016 draft -- from the upcoming Rule-5 draft. The 23-year-old hit .252/.313/.408 with 10 homers, 53 RBI and a 68/32 K/BB ratio over 394 plate appearances at Double-A Hartford in 2019. It's unclear if he'll return to Double-A to begin the 2021 campaign, or if he'll start at Triple-A. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:12 pm
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    L, 3-11 @Ari
     
  • Royals designate Glenn Sparkman for assignment
    Royals designated RHP Glenn Sparkman for assignment.

    Advice: The 28-year-old hurler was a fixture in the Royals rotation in 2019, working 136 innings over 31 appearances (23 starts). He was limited to just four outings out of the bullpen in 2020 before hitting the injured list with a forearm strain. Sparkman owns a 5.99 ERA and 1.59 WHIP over 180 1/3 career innings at the big league level. He'll likely have to settle for a minor league deal and an invitation to spring training. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:07 pm
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  • Wander Franco to play in Dominican Winter League
    Rays top prospect Wander Franco will participate in the Dominican Winter League.

    Advice: The 19-year-old phenom will play for Escogido for at least three weeks. He could certainly benefit from the live at-bats, after spending the entire 2020 campaign at the Rays' alternate training site. He has yet to play above High-A ball, but there's still a very realistic chance that we see him debut in Tampa Bay at some point during the 2021 campaign.  Rotoworld.com Nov 14, 1:45 pm
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  • Amed Rosario working to re-tool his swing
    According to Tim Healey of Newsday, Mets' shortstop Amed Rosario has been working on his swing with Doug Latta.

    Advice: That's interesting, because Latta is the swing guru who worked to re-tool Justin Turner's swing before his breakout with the Dodgers. Rosario, 24, had a disappointing season at the dish in 2020, slashing .252/.272/.371 with four homers, 15 RBI and a 34/4 K/BB ratio. He also lost playing time to Andres Gimenez and may be in a battle for the starting shortstop gig heading into 2021. Rotoworld.com Nov 13, 4:26 pm
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