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  • Jose Altuve runaway choice for AL MVP
    Jose Altuve was voted first on 27 of 30 ballots to win American League MVP honors, announced by the BBWAA on Thursday.

    Advice: It seemed like this race was set up to be a lot closer between Altuve and Aaron Judge, but the voters made their preference clear. Judge didn't even get all of the remaining first-place votes; Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star put Jose Ramirez first and dropped Judge down to third. Ramirez was also third on 22 ballots to easily finish in the "show" spot in the vote. Mike Trout was fourth, followed by Francisco Lindor, Mookie Betts and Corey Kluber. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:52 pm
    W, 4-3 @Bos
     
  • Tigers sign Niko Goodrum to minors contract
    Tigers signed INF/OF Niko Goodrum to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Goodrum was outrighted off the Twins' 40-man roster earlier this month. The versatile 25-year-old spent the large majority of the 2017 season at Triple-A Rochester, where he hit .265/.309/.425 with 13 home runs and 11 stolen bases in 127 games. He joins a rebuilding club in Detroit, which could allow him a real opportunity at the major league level. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:54 pm
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    L, 5-1 @Min
     
  • NYY interested in Rangers' Jurickson Profar
    According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees are interested in acquiring Jurickson Profar from the Rangers.

    Advice: There is no obvious short-term or even long-term spot for Profar in the Bronx, but Sherman says the Yankees "would be willing to take on a single player with upside and pedigree in exchange for multiple players who are crowding their deep 40-man roster." Profar, once considered the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball, has batted just .229/.309/.329 in 206 career games at the major league level. A change of scenery would probably do him some good. There is also said to be interest from the Reds and Padres. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:45 am
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    Jurickson Profar Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 5-2 vs Oak
     
  • Cabrera favorite to play third for Mets
    Mets assistant GM John Ricco said that the Mets are leaning towards having Asdrubal Cabrera be the starting third baseman in 2018.

    Advice: Cabrera played a little bit of everything last year, including third. New York has openings at third and second base, and realistically, he could be the option for whatever position the Mets don't fill externally. He's a better defender at third than he is at second, however, and there are more options at the keystone than at the hot corner in the 2018 market. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:19 pm
    L, 11-0 @Phi
     
  • Pirates have interest in Neil Walker reunion
    According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Pirates have interest in a reunion with free agent second baseman Neil Walker.

    Advice: Morosi says the ongoing difficulty with getting Jung Ho Kang back into the country has forced the Pirates to consider a variety of infield options. Walker, 32, batted .265/.362/.439 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI in 111 games this past season between the Mets and Brewers. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:38 am
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    Neil Walker Mil - 1B,2B
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    W, 6-1 @StL
     
  • Angels discussing trade for 2B Ian Kinsler
    Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Angels have had "extensive internal discussions" about acquiring Ian Kinsler from the Tigers.

    Advice: Fenech notes that the Angels were one of the teams that put a waiver claim on Kinsler in August. The veteran second baseman is highly likely to be dealt by the rebuilding Tigers this winter and Anaheim does seem to be a pretty good fit. Kinsler, 35, is owed $11 million next season via an option that vested when he reached his 600th plate appearance in late September. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:38 am
    L, 5-1 @Min
     
  • Profar doesn't have set role for 2018
    Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday that Jurickson Profar doesn't have a set role for 2018.

    Advice: As of now, Profar is expected to be on the Opening Day roster next year, but that's only because he's out of options. The 24-year-old appeared in just 22 games in the majors this season and batted .287/.383/.428 with seven homers and 45 RBI over 87 games in Triple-A. The Rangers decided against a call-up in September, which ensures that he will remain under team control through 2020 as opposed to 2019. Profar has expressed his frustration with the situation, but barring a trade, the former top prospect figures to be a bench player for Texas going into next season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:56 pm
    Player Note
    Jurickson Profar Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 5-2 vs Oak
     
  • Red Sox see Hernandez as stopgap 2B
    Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Monday that the club views Marco Hernandez as a possible stopgap option at second base until Dustin Pedroia is ready to return from knee surgery.

    Advice: The Red Sox will have to get by until at least May as Pedroia rehabs from a cartilage restoration procedure on his left knee. "We do like Marco Hernandez a lot," said Dombrowski. "We think he’s a really good player. And all you have to do is come to the meetings to know that other organizations think he’s a good player too." Hernandez, 25, batted .276/.300/.328 across 21 games with the Red Sox this season before undergoing shoulder surgery in May. Brock Holt, Tzu-Wei Lin and Deven Marrero are among the other options, though Dombrowski hasn't ruled out bringing someone else in. Re-signing Eduardo Nunez could make some sense, depending on how his market develops. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:18 pm
    Player Note
    Marco Hernández Bos - 2B,3B,SS
    L, 4-3 vs Hou
     
  • Mets still interested in re-signing Reyes
    Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets "remain open to a reunion" with Jose Reyes.

    Advice: The Mets picked up Asdrubal Cabrera's option for next season, but they could still bring back Reyes as an option in the infield. The 34-year-old had an awful first half this past season but rebounded in the second half to finish with a .246/.315/.413 batting line, 15 homers and 24 steals. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:16 am
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    José Reyes NYM - 2B,3B,SS
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    L, 11-0 @Phi
     
  • Altuve wins '17 Players Choice POTY Award
    Jose Altuve won the Players Choice Player of the Year Award on Wednesday.

    Advice: Altuve has now won the award two years in a row. The three finalists were Altuve, Giancarlo Stanton, and Nolan Arenado, but this award wasn't going to anyone else after Altuve's outstanding 2017 campaign that saw the dynamic second baseman hit .346/.410/.547 with 24 homers and 32 steals in 153 regular-season games for the eventual World Series champions. It will be an upset if he doesn't take home the AL MVP next week. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:27 pm
    W, 4-3 @Bos
     
  • Diamondbacks re-sign Kristopher Negron
    Diamondbacks re-signed INF/OF Kristopher Negron to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Negron was outrighted off Arizona's 40-man roster at the end of October after going 4-for-25 (.160) in 14 games with the Diamondbacks in 2017. The 31-year-old utilityman will continue to act as organizational depth at multiple positions. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:02 am
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    W, 14-2 @KC
     
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