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  • Phillies considering Utley for bench coach
    The Phillies are considering Chase Utley to become their new bench coach, according to FOX 29's Howard Eskin in Philadelphia.

    Advice: The Phillies still have two more spots on their coaching staff to fill after hiring Pedro Guerrero to be the assistant hitting coach on Wednesday. Utley hasn't actually retired yet, but if he were to hang up his playing cleats, this would be a fun move. Utley was one of the best second basemen in the sport during his time with Philadelphia and he is still one of the most popular players in the city. He also has a long reputation of being a smart, respected presence in the clubhouse, so a transition into coaching could be a natural fit. Yesterday, 6:17 pm
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    W, 6-3 @Col
  • MLB confirms loss of Maitan, Coppolella ban
    Major League Baseball has confirmed in a statement that the Braves will lose the rights to shortstop prospect Kevin Maitan and 12 other international signees.

    Advice: Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports was first to report on the full breadth of the sanctions. These include a lifetime ban for former general manager John Coppolella, a one-year ban for former scout Gordon Blakeley, significant restrictions in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 international free agent classes, forfeiture of a third-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, and varying punishments for other members of the Braves' international baseball operations department. The dozen players (beyond Maitan) who are no longer under Atlanta's control: Juan Contreras, Yefri del Rosario, Abrahan Gutierrez, Juan Carlos Negret, Yenci Peńa, Yunior Severino, Livan Soto, Guillermo Zuniga, Brandol Mezquita, Angel Rojas, Antonio Sucre, and Ji Hwan Bae. The hammer has dropped. Tuesday, 1:19 pm
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    W, 8-5 @Mia
  • Report: ATL losing 12 players as punishment
    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Kevin Maitan is one of 12 players on the Braves expected to become a free agent as a result of MLB's investigation into the club's international and domestic signing violations.

    Advice: MLB isn't messing around. In addition to losing the prospects, Passan reports that the Braves will be subject to significant restrictions in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 international free agent classes. The club will also lose a third-round pick in 2018 for trying to offer "off-the-books perks" to Drew Waters, who was the 41st overall pick in this year's draft. Finally, the team will be banned from signing 14-year-old Robert Puason after illegally reaching an agreement. The scandal ended up ousting general manager John Coppolella and scout Gordon Blakeley. The new GM Alex Anthopoulos still has a fine farm system even after losing these prospects, but his job just became more challenging. Tuesday, 12:17 pm
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    W, 8-5 @Mia
  • Report: Braves expected to lose Kevin Maitan
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Braves are expected to lose rights to prospect Kevin Maitan as punishment for international signing violations.

    Advice: It's believed that the Braves surrendered their rights to additional international signings, as well. Fines and restrictions on future spending could also be included. Official word on punishment could come down as soon as Tuesday. The 17-year-old Maitan received a $4.25 million bonus as the top prospect in the 2016 international class. He batted .241/.290/.340 with two homers and 18 RBI over 42 games in rookie ball this season, but he's still very young with a lot of room to grow. Tuesday, 9:42 am
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    W, 8-5 @Mia
  • Mauricio Dubon added to 40-man roster
    Brewers purchased the contract of SS Mauricio Dubon from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Dubon, 23, hit .274/.330/.382 with eight homers and 38 steals between Double- and Triple-A this past season. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft. Monday, 6:18 pm
  • Orlando Calixte designated for assignment
    Giants designated INF/OF Orlando Calixte for assignment.

    Advice: Calixte hit just .143/.185/.163 in 29 games for the Giants in 2017. He could clear waivers. Monday, 6:15 pm
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    W, 5-4 vs SD
  • Micah Johnson designated for assignment
    Giants designated INF/OF Micah Johnson for assignment.

    Advice: Johnson has already been on three different teams since September and could add a fourth. He is a career .224/.291/.259 hitter at the major league level. Monday, 6:14 pm
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    W, 5-4 vs SD
  • Reds add Alex Blandino to 40-man roster
    Reds purchased the contract of INF Alex Blandino from Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: A former first-round pick, Blandino hit .265/.382/.453 with 12 homers between Double- and Triple-A in 2017. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft. Monday, 5:55 pm
    W, 3-1 @ChC
  • Yankees add Gleyber Torres to 40-man roster
    Yankees purchased the contract of SS Gleyber Torres from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

    Advice: The top prospect's 2017 season ended when he had Tommy John surgery in June, but he is expected to be ready for the beginning of 2018. Torres should push to debut early on next season. Monday, 4:56 pm
    L, 2-1 vs Tor
  • Blue Jays acquire Gift Ngoepe from Pirates
    Blue Jays acquired INF Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates for a player to be named later or cash.

    Advice: Ngoepe hit only .222/.323/.296 during his time with the Pirates this season and also batted just .220/.299/.383 at Triple-A. He'll turn 28 in January. Monday, 3:07 pm
    W, 2-1 @NYY
  • Indians add Yu-Cheng Chang to 40-man
    Indians purchased the contract of SS Yu-Cheng Chang from Double-A Akron.

    Advice: Chang, 22, batted .220/.312/.461 with 24 homers and 11 steals for Akron this past season. He's now on the 40-man roster. Monday, 2:12 pm
    W, 3-1 vs CWS
  • Indians claim Rob Refsnyder off waivers
    Indians claimed INF/OF Rob Refsnyder off waivers from the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It's his third team since the midseason trade deadline, as the Blue Jays acquired him via trade from the Yankees in July. Refsnyder has hit only .233/.306/.311 during his chances in the majors, but he's hit well in the minors and is versatile. Monday, 2:05 pm
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    Rob Refsnyder Cle - 1B,2B,OF
    W, 3-1 vs CWS
  • 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. 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. Thursday, 7:45 am
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    Jurickson Profar Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 5-2 vs Oak
  • Braves' IFA punishment likely to be severe
    Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic writes that the Braves' punishment for their alleged international free agent transgressions will likely be severe.

    Advice: Rosenthal mentions that the Braves will probably receive a "substantial" fine, restrictions in their allocated finances for future signings, and the possibility that some prospects they signed out of Latin America could be turned back into free agents. This includes 17-year-old shortstop Kevin Maitan, the crown jewel of the 2016 international class. Maitan is said to have made a verbal agreement with Atlanta before the official signing period, which is against the rules. There's still no firm date as to when Manfred will announce his findings and the subsequent penalties. Wednesday, 7:11 pm
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    W, 8-5 @Mia
  • 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. 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. Wednesday, 11:38 am
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    Neil Walker Mil - 1B,2B
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    W, 6-1 @StL
  • 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. Tuesday, 5:56 pm
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    Jurickson Profar Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
    L, 5-2 vs Oak
  • Torres not ruled out from making OD roster
    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman hasn't ruled out the possibility of top prospect Gleyber Torres starting the 2018 season in the majors.

    Advice: It's still likely that Torres will start the season in the minors, but Cashman isn't willing to dismiss the possibility out of hand. Torres, who turns 21 in December, appeared to be on the fast track to the majors prior to undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery in June. He hit .287/.383/.480 with seven homers over 55 games between Double- and Triple-A this year while seeing time between shortstop, second base, and third base. His time is coming soon. Tuesday, 2:32 pm
    L, 2-1 vs Tor
  • Phils re-sign Florimon to minors deal
    Phillies re-signed INF Pedro Florimon to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Florimon appeared in 15 games with the Phillies during the second half and should find himself in the mix for a bench job in spring training. The 30-year-old owns a .209/.269/.308 batting line over 271 games in the majors. Monday, 3:14 pm
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    W, 11-0 vs NYM
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