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  • Dodgers send Culberson outright to Triple-A
    Dodgers sent INF Charlie Culberson outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: The move removes the veteran infielder from the club's 40-man roster. As he just signed a one-year deal with the Dodgers worth $550,000, there's a decent chance he'll accept the assignment rather than sacrificing the guaranteed money and looking for a better opportunity elsewhere. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:56 pm
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    L, 7-1 @SF
     
  • Emilio Bonifacio re-signs with Braves
    Braves re-signed 2B/OF Emilio Bonifacio to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Bonifacio returns to the Braves after getting a brief shot with them in 2016, when he hit just .211/.268/.211 over 43 plate appearances. He'll compete for a utility job. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:18 pm
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    W, 1-0 vs Det
     
  • Omar Infante catches on with Tigers
    Tigers signed 2B Omar Infante to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Infante was released by the Royals last season and then released by the Braves after signing a minor league deal with them. The soon-to-be 35-year-old will make $8 million in 2017, but that will be paid by the Royals. He's probably a long shot to make the team even if the Tigers wind up trading Ian Kinsler. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:26 pm
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    L, 1-0 @Atl
     
  • Angels talking to Padres about second basemen
    Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have had discussions with the Padres, presumably about their available second basemen.

    Advice: Fletcher lists Yangervis Solarte, Ryan Schimpf, Corey Spangenberg and Carlos Asuaje as possible targets for the Angels. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal has previously reported that the Padres are "aggressively shopping" Solarte, so he might be the one the Halos have eyes on. The Dodgers are also involved on Solarte, who batted 286/.341/.467 with 15 homers last season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:49 am
  • Halos showed interest in Cards' Kolten Wong
    SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that the Angels showed interest in Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong at the Winter Meetings.

    Advice: Cotillo adds, however, that the Cardinals are "asking a lot" and "unlikely to move him" this offseason. Wong batted just .240/.327/.355 with five home runs and seven stolen bases in 121 games this past year for St. Louis, but he plays good defense and remains an intriguing all-around talent at age 26. It doesn't make much sense for the Cardinals to sell low. Lock him in as their starter at the keystone for 2017. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:21 pm
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    Kolten Wong StL - 2B,OF
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    W, 10-4 vs Pit
     
  • Red Sox get Josh Rutledge back in Rule 5
    Red Sox selected INF Josh Rutledge from the Rockies with the No. 14 pick in the Rule 5 Draft.

    Advice: Rutledge spent the entire 2016 season with the Red Sox before inking a minor league contract with the Rockies in late November. Now he'll head back to Boston. The 27-year-old utility infielder has batted just .262/.312/.397 in 333 career games at the MLB level. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:11 am
    L, 2-1 vs Tor
     
  • Chase Utley, Dodgers remain in touch
    Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers remain in touch with free agent infielder Chase Utley.

    Advice: McCullough earlier relayed that the Dodgers were looking into possible trades involving Ian Kinsler and Brian Dozier, but they are keeping their options open at second base as the Winter Meetings draw to a close. Should the veteran Utley ultimately move on, the Angels have been linked to him via a report from FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:45 pm
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    L, 7-1 @SF
     
  • Danny Espinosa to play for Mexico in WBC
    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said that Danny Espinosa will play for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.

    Advice: Whether Espinosa is actually with the Nationals come the spring is another question entirely. Rizzo floated in early November that the 29-year-old shortstop is a potential trade candidate. While there hasn't been a ton of smoke on the actual trading front as of yet, a move here remains possible. In 516 at-bats last season, Espinosa hit just .209/.306/.378. He did clock a career-best 24 homers in that space, so it wasn't all awful. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:24 pm
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    Danny Espinosa Was - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
     
  • Yankees interested in Ruben Tejada
    George A. King III of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have interest in free agent infielder Ruben Tejada on a minor league deal.

    Advice: Tejada, 27, appeared in 36 games in the majors last season between the Cardinals and Giants while batting just .167/.247/.242 in 78 plate appearances. He was outrighted off the Giants' 40-man roster in early August and finished the season in the minors. The former Met would be organizational depth at the very least. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:55 am
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    Rubén Tejada SF - 2B,3B,SS
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    W, 7-1 vs LAD
     
  • Padres interested in Rangers' Alberto
    According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Padres have expressed interest in Rangers infielder Hanser Alberto.

    Advice: Sullivan also notes that the Rangers like Padres outfielder Travis Jankowski, so there could be some movement here. Alberto owns a brutal .194/.204/.226 career batting line at the major league level, but the 24-year-old is capable of playing good defense all around the infield and his contract runs through 2021. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:12 pm
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    Hanser Alberto Tex - 2B,3B,SS
    L, 6-4 vs TB
     
  • White Sox nab Moncada as part of Sale trade
    White Sox acquired INF Yoan Moncada, RHPs Michael Kopech and Victor Diaz, and OF Luis Alexander Basabe from the Red Sox for LHP Chris Sale.

    Advice: We knew it would take quite a haul for the White Sox to give up three years of one of the best pitchers in the game, and they managed to find it from Boston. Moncada, the centerpiece of the deal, is one of the top position prospects in all of baseball. He turns 22 in May and batted .294/.407/.511 with 15 homers and 45 stolen bases over 106 games last season between High-A and Double-A. Moncada struggled during his first exposure to the majors, but that wasn’t unexpected given his age and inexperience against advanced pitching. He should get a shot with the big club at some point in 2017, likely at second base. There’s still fantasy mega-stud potential here. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:15 pm
    L, 6-3 vs Min
     
  • Red Sox to cover Moncada's deal
    Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that the Red Sox will cover the entire $31.5 million owed to Yoan Moncada.

    Advice: 670 The Score's Bruce Levine is hearing the same thing. The Red Sox inked Moncada with a bonus of $31.5 million in the spring of 2015 and a great deal of it has likely already been paid, though it will ultimately go down as a $63 million investment given the penalty involved. Moncada only ended up playing in eight games with the Red Sox, but the significant outlay involved didn't prevent Red Sox president Dave Dombrowksi from including him in the Chris Sale deal on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:58 am
    L, 6-3 vs Min
     
  • Teams calling the Cards about Wong
    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that teams looking for infield help are calling the Cardinals about Kolten Wong.

    Advice: Cotillo was told by a rival executive with interest that the Cardinals "want a lot for him." The 26-year-old owns a disappointing .678 OPS in the majors so far, but the Cardinals appear committed to using him as their regular second baseman in 2017. It would take the right deal for that to change. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:54 am
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    Kolten Wong StL - 2B,OF
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    W, 10-4 vs Pit
     
  • Report: Nats, Angels interested in INF Drew
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals and Angels are among the teams looking at free agent infielder Stephen Drew.

    Advice: Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reported last week that the Angels have had preliminary talks with Drew. The Nationals remain interested in bringing him back, but he could have a more prominent role with the Angels. Drew turns 34 years old next March and batted .266 with eight homers and an .864 OPS over 165 plate appearances this past season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:44 am
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    Stephen Drew Was - 2B,3B,SS
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    W, 10-7 vs Mia
     
  • Royals/Cards discussing multi-player deal?
    John Perrotto of FanRag Sports reports that the Royals have discussed a trade with the Cardinals that would send Lorenzo Cain and Wade Davis to St. Louis for Kolten Wong and a package of prospects.

    Advice: This seems like something that might have been floated, but how much traction it could get remains to be seen. The Royals are fielding offers for Cain, Davis and others that are poised for free agency following the 2017 campaign. The Cardinals have committed to Wong as their starting second baseman for next season, so it would take a course reversal for them to consider trading him. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:10 pm
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    Kolten Wong StL - 2B,OF
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    W, 10-4 vs Pit
     
  • Tony Renda outrighted to Triple-A
    Reds sent INF/OF Tony Renda outright to Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: Renda cleared waivers after being designated for assignment but will remain in the organization. The soon-to-be 26-year-old batted just .183/.246/.217 over 67 plate appearances for the Reds in 2016. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:26 pm
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    Tony Renda Cin - 2B,OF
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    L, 7-4 vs ChC
     
  • Halos emerging as possibility for Chase Utley
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears the Angels have emerged as a possibility for Chase Utley.

    Advice: Utley is from Long Beach, went to UCLA, and spent the last year-and-a-half with the Dodgers, so there probably is some mutual interest here. The veteran second baseman batted .252/.319/.396 with 14 home runs and 52 RBI in 138 games this past season. It should only require a one-year commitment. He turns 38 later this month. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:14 pm
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    L, 7-1 @SF
     
  • 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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    W, 2-1 @Bos
     
  • 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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    W, 2-1 @Bos
     
  • 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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    W, 2-1 @Bos
     
  • 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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    W, 2-1 @Bos
     
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rays do not tender contract to Ryan Brett
    Rays non-tendered INF Ryan Brett.

    Advice: The 25-year-old infielder missed the entire 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He'll look to latch on elsewhere on a minor league deal. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:15 am
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    W, 6-4 @Tex
     
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