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  • Pirates focusing on Josh Bell at first base
    Pirates GM Neal Huntington said he's focused on using Josh Bell at first base.

    Advice: Bell played both first base and right field in the minors. The 24-year-old top prospect performed well in his first taste of the majors in 2016 and figures to be a big part of the Pirates' offensive attack in 2017, wherever he's positioned defensively. A trade of Andrew McCutchen could obviously change the Buccos' plans entirely. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:21 pm
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  • Orioles have 'called on' slugger Chris Carter
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Orioles have "called on" free agent Chris Carter.

    Advice: Milwaukee made a surprise decision to non-tender Carter last week and now he stands to find a decent market for himself after slugging 41 homers for the Brewers in 2016. The bat would obviously play well at Camden Yards, and all across the American League East. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:09 pm
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  • Orioles may look at Chris Carter
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Orioles may look at free agent slugger Chris Carter.

    Advice: The recently non-tendered Carter would be a low-cost alternative to bringing back Mark Trumbo on a lucrative multi-year deal. Trumbo is reportedly aiming for a four-year deal in the range of $75-80 million. That might not be the best use of resources for Baltimore. Heyman names Jarrod Dyson, Carlos Gomez, and Curtis Granderson among the team's current outfield targets. They are monitoring Matt Wieters and Nick Hundley for catcher. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:56 pm
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  • Brewers acquire Travis Shaw in Thornburg deal
    Brewers acquired INFs Travis Shaw and Maurico Dubon, RHP Josh Pennington, and a player to be named later or cash considerations from the Red Sox for RHP Tyler Thornburg.

    Advice: The rebuilding Brewers have now traded Thornburg, Will Smith, and Jeremy Jeffress in the past six months. They landed a considerable haul here, though only Shaw will help in the short-term. He figures to take over at third base while Jonathan Villar will move over to second base. Shaw, 26, batted .242 with 16 homers and a .726 OPS in 2016. As a left-handed batter, he should be in a good position to deliver fantasy value with his new team. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:07 am
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  • Chris Colabello elects free agency
    Chris Colabello has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Colabello will test the open market rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A. The 33-year-old served an 80-game PED suspension in 2016 and appeared in just 10 games at the major league level. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:36 am
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  • Report: Red Sox dealing Shaw to Brewers
    Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports that Travis Shaw has been traded to the Brewers.

    Advice: Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reported that the Red Sox agreed to a deal with the Brewers for a reliever, but we have yet to get the specifics involved. Shaw, 26, batted .242 with 16 homers and a .726 OPS this past season. Parting with Shaw puts Pablo Sandoval in a position to reclaim third base, though Yoan Moncada could be ready for primetime before long. Shaw could take over at third base for Milwaukee, with Jonathan Villar moving to second. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:20 am
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  • Dodgers lining up alternatives to Turner
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Dodgers are "aggressively" checking into third base alternatives to Justin Turner.

    Advice: The Dodgers have previously been connected to Yangervis Solarte, and Crasnick also mentions Luis Valbuena and Todd Frazier as potential fits. The club's preference remains to re-sign Justin Turner, but they are doing their due diligence in case they're unable to work something out for him. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:18 pm
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  • Yankees 'in contact' with FA Luis Valbuena
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have been in contact with the representatives for free agent Luis Valbuena.

    Advice: But the Yankees found his initial contract requests "too high," per Sherman's source. Valbuena wants a multi-year deal and an everyday job after batting .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 90 games this past season for the Astros. He started 71 games at third base and two at first base. He has also played some second base in the past. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:08 pm
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  • Jays finalize 2-year, $12.5M deal with Pearce
    Blue Jays signed INF/OF Steve Pearce to a two-year, $12.5 million contract.

    Advice: Pearce gets a nice payday after slashing .288/.374/.492 in 302 plate appearances this summer between the Rays and Orioles, while appearing defensively at first base, second base, third base, and both corner outfield spots. He carries durability issues and will turn 34 years old next April, but the guy has always mashed left-handed pitching when healthy and he brings a good amount of offensive and defensive versatility to Toronto's roster. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:38 am
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    Steve Pearce Tor - 1B,2B,OF
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  • Jays sign Steve Pearce to 2-yr, $12.5M deal
    ESPN's Buster Olney confirms the Blue Jays have signed Steve Pearce to a two-year, $12.5 million free agent contract.

    Advice: Pearce has appeared in 100-plus games just once in his major league career, but he mashes left-handed pitching (.309/.411/.617 vs. lefties in 2016) and can play multiple positions defensively. It's a nice pickup at a reasonable price, and he should do very well as a platoon-type player in hitter-friendly Toronto. The agreement is only pending a physical. Pearce is coming off September surgery to repair flexor tendons in his right forearm but should be ready by Opening Day. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:44 am
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    Steve Pearce Tor - 1B,2B,OF
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  • Jays, Pearce discussions are gaining traction
    The talks between the Blue Jays and Steve Pearce "have gained traction," per ESPN's Buster Olney.

    Advice: It sounds like an agreement may be imminent. Pearce struggled to stay healthy in 2016, but he slashed .288/.374/.492 across 302 plate appearances when he was on the field and the 33-year-old fared especially well against left-handed pitching. There are some defensive limitations, but he'd fit nicely on any American League roster. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:21 am
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    Steve Pearce Tor - 1B,2B,OF
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  • Toronto reportedly in talks with Steve Pearce
    According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Blue Jays are in talks with free agent Steve Pearce.

    Advice: Pearce isn't very trustworthy as an everyday player, but he did slash .309/.411/.617 against left-handed pitchers in 2016. As a part-time first baseman, DH, and corner outfielder, he'd make sense for just about any American League club. Pearce did have surgery to repair flexor tendons in his right forearm in September, but it sounds like he will be ready for spring training. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:59 am
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    Steve Pearce Tor - 1B,2B,OF
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  • LAD talking to Padres about Yangervis Solarte
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers are among the teams talking to the Padres about Yangervis Solarte.

    Advice: Los Angeles is hoping to retain third baseman Justin Turner, but Turner is one of the biggest fish on a weak free agent market and is drawing heavy interest from many other clubs. Solarte would be a pretty good fallback plan, coming off a year in which he slashed 286/.341/.467 with 15 homers and 71 RBI in 443 plate appearances as the Padres' primary cleanup hitter. Solarte, 29, is under control via salary arbitration through 2019. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:38 am
    L, 3-2 @Ari
     
  • Padres are aggressively shopping Solarte
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Padres are aggressively shopping Yangervis Solarte.

    Advice: The 29-year-old slashed an impressive .286/.341/.467 with 15 homers and 71 RBI in 443 plate appearances with the Padres in 2016 while serving primarily as their cleanup hitter. He's in his first year of arbitration though and is projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $2.7 million in the process. While that may not seem excessive, the Padres are trying to cut payroll and may look to get what they can now for one of their top trade chips. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:11 pm
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  • Twins sign Ben Paulsen to minor league deal
    Twins signed 1B/OF Ben Paulsen to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: After a strong 2015 season, Paulsen struggled mightily in 2016 slashing just .217/.258/.304 with one homer and 11 RBI in 97 plate appearances with the Rockies. The Twins need all of the offense that they can find, so Paulsen is a worthwhile low-risk investment on a minor league pact. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:52 pm
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  • Yankees sign Matt Holliday to one-year deal
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees have agreed to a one-year, $13 million contract with Matt Holliday.

    Advice: The veteran slugger, who will turn 37 next month, slashed .246/.322/.461 with 20 homers and 62 RBI in 426 plate appearances with the Cardinals in 2016 while missing time due to a fractured left thumb. He's expected to see the majority of his at-bats in the designated hitter role with the Bombers. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:20 pm
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  • DH Pedro Alvarez is on radar for Red Sox
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Pedro Alvarez is on the Red Sox's radar.

    Advice: Heyman says that Boston is "favoring a short-term deal" as they look to fill David Ortiz's vacated designated hitter spot, so they appear likelier to sign an Alvarez, Matt Holliday or Mike Napoli rather than an Edwin Encarnacion. Alvarez batted .249/.322/.504 with 22 homers over just 376 plate appearances for the Orioles this past season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:42 am
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  • Red Sox have contacted Matt Holliday's agent
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox have contacted Matt Holliday's agent, Scott Boras.

    Advice: The Cardinals declined Holliday's $17 million option after he .246/.322/.461 in an injury-shortened 2016, but there appears to be a decent market for him as a potential bounce-back candidate. The Red Sox' rivals, the Yankees, are another club that's shown interest and Holliday's former club, the Rockies, have also been mentioned as a potential landing spot. Holliday will turn 37 in January. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:43 am
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  • Indians casting wide net in search for 1B
    MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Indians "have shown interest in a broad range" of first basemen, including Mike Napoli, Mitch Moreland, Adam Lind and Chris Carter.

    Advice: Re-signing Napoli is no doubt the Tribe's first choice after he smacked 34 home runs and drove in 101 runs for them last season, but they're casting a wide net in their search. The defending American League champions are pretty left-handed heavy in their lineup right now, although that doesn't necessarily mean Carter would be their top choice after Napoli. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:34 am
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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 Saturday, 6:04 pm
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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 Saturday, 5:45 am
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  • Brewers non-tender slugger Chris Carter
    Brewers non-tendered 1B Chris Carter.

    Advice: After designating him for assignment earlier in the week the Brewers attempted to trade the veteran slugger but to no avail. He'll join a free agent market that is currently flush with power-hitting options from the right side of the plate, so he may have to wait for a few of the bigger dominoes to fall before landing a deal. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:41 pm
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  • Blue Jays outright Colabello to Triple-A
    Blue Jays sent 1B Chris Colabello outright to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: The 33-year-old missed the majority of the 2016 season due to an 80-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs and was very ineffective during his limited time at the big league level. He's no longer on the Blue Jays' 40-man roster. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:29 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:07 pm
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
     
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:41 am
    W, 3-2 @Sea
     
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:51 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:33 am
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  • Brewers have active trade talks for Carter
    Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that the Brewers are having active trade talks involving Chris Carter.

    Advice: It was reported Monday that the Brewers were planning to non-tender Carter, but he was designated for assignment on Tuesday in order to make way for his replacement, Eric Thames, on the 40-man roster. Teams probably wouldn't have to give up much in the way of value to acquire the veteran slugger at this point, but they could just take their chances and see if he ends up hitting the open market. We should know more in the next couple of days. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:15 am
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  • Brewers designate Chris Carter for assignment
    Brewers designated 1B Chris Carter for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears the way for the newly-signed Eric Thames on the 40-man roster. We learned on Monday that the Brewers were planning to non-tender Carter. They now have a couple of days to find a trade partner before Friday's non-tender deadline. Carter tied Colorado's Nolan Arenado for the NL lead with 41 homers this past season while batting .222/.321/.499 over 160 games. His price tag should be reasonable through arbitration (MLB Trade Rumors projects him at $8.1 million in 2017), so he could draw some interest. Otherwise, he'll try his luck in free agency for the second straight year. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:08 am
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  • Report: Brewers to non-tender Chris Carter
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Brewers will non-tender Chris Carter.

    Advice: Brewers general manager David Stearns said last month that he planned for Carter to return as the club's first baseman in 2017, but he apparently had a change of heart. It's the second offseason in a row that Carter has been non-tendered, and this time it comes after a 41-homer season. He was projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $8.1 million in arbitration. Carter should have no trouble landing a starting job somewhere. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:29 pm
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