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  • 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 Today, 1:24 pm
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    Danny Espinosa Was - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
     
  • Boras: Alvarez could play some OF in 2017
    Agent Scott Boras said Wednesday that Pedro Alvarez could play some outfield in 2017.

    Advice: Or at least that's what Boras is trying to pitch to teams. Can't blame him for trying, but Alvarez is best-utilized as a designated hitter, which limits the potential landing spots. Alvarez batted .249/.322/.504 with 22 homers in 376 plate appearances with the Orioles this past season. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:38 pm
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    W, 5-2 @NYY
     
  • 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 Today, 5:55 am
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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 Yesterday, 3:12 pm
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    Hanser Alberto Tex - 2B,3B,SS
    L, 6-4 vs TB
     
  • 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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    Travis Shaw Mil - 1B,3B
    W, 6-4 @Col
     
  • 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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    Travis Shaw Mil - 1B,3B
    W, 6-4 @Col
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 5:44 am
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    Stephen Drew Was - 2B,3B,SS
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    W, 10-7 vs Mia
     
  • 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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    L, 8-1 @LAA
     
  • ChiSox ask Astros for Bregman in Sale talks
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the White Sox asked the Astros for Alex Bregman in trade talks for Chris Sale but were rebuffed.

    Advice: This comes as no surprise, as the White Sox' first ask in Sale discussions is surely going to be the other team's best prospect. What's unclear is whether the two sides might be able to make something work without Bregman involved. The Astros are viewed as one of the most aggressive suitors of Sale. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:35 pm
    L, 8-1 @LAA
     
  • Padres have interest in SS Erick Aybar
    MLB.com's AJ Cassavell reports that the Padres have had preliminary talks with Erick Aybar's agent.

    Advice: The Padres liked what they saw out of Luis Sardinas late last season and could give him a shot at the shortstop job, but they're also shopping for alternatives. Aybar, who turns 33 next month, hit just .243/.303/.320 last season for the Braves and Tigers. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:13 pm
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    Erick Aybar Det - 3B,SS
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    L, 1-0 @Atl
     
  • Jose Reyes will be tried in OF this spring
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson confirmed Monday that Jose Reyes will be tried in the outfield during spring training.

    Advice: The idea first popped up in early November, and it sounds like the Mets fully plan to go through with it. Reyes hasn't played any outfield since rookie ball in 2000 -- when he was 17 years old -- but he probably still has enough athleticism in that 33-year-old body to pull it off. It would obviously give the Mets a little more flexibility. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:48 pm
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    José Reyes NYM - 3B,SS
    L, 5-2 @Phi
     
  • 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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    L, 8-1 @LAA
     
  • Moustakas expected to be ready for spring
    Royals manager Ned Yost said Monday that Mike Moustakas will be "100 percent, ready to go" for the start of spring training next February.

    Advice: He'll be 10 months removed from the ACL surgery that ended his 2016 campaign in May. Moustakas will be trying for a big comeback season in 2017 with free agency looming next winter. He earned his first All-Star nod in 2015, finishing with a cool .284/.348/.470 batting line with 22 home runs and 82 RBI in 147 games. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:40 am
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    L, 3-2 vs Cle
     
  • Kang's DUI in Korea was his third since '09
    Police officials in Seoul, South Korea confirmed to YonHap News that Jung Ho Kang's recent DUI arrest was his third since 2009.

    Advice: Which means he will be charged under the capital city's "three strikes law" and have his license revoked. Kang also fled the scene after this latest incident and tried to claim a friend was driving, but authorities analyzed the black box inside the vehicle and determined that to be a lie. Kang is obviously in very serious trouble, both in his native country and with the Pirates. Club president Frank Coonelly released a stern message last Thursday condemning the player's actions. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:42 am
    L, 10-4 @StL
     
  • 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
    L, 3-2 @Ari
     
  • 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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    W, 5-2 @NYY
     
  • 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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    L, 1-0 @Atl
     
  • Angels non-tender Gregorio Petit on Friday
    Angels non-tendered INF Gregorio Petit.

    Advice: The 31-year-old infielder is now a free agent and will look for work elsewhere. He hit just .245/.299/.348 with two homers and 17 RBI in 223 plate appearances with the Angels in 2016. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:09 am
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    Gregorio Petit LAA - 2B,3B,SS,OF
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    W, 8-1 vs Hou
     
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:00 pm
    L, 10-4 @StL
     
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:15 pm
    Player Note
    Stephen Drew Was - 2B,3B,SS
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    W, 10-7 vs Mia
     
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Nov 28, 7:09 pm
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    Gregorio Petit LAA - 2B,3B,SS,OF
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    W, 8-1 vs Hou
     
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