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Amazing Mets 2016 (ID# 53916)
  • 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 47 minutes ago
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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 59 minutes ago
  • Albert Pujols undergoes surgery on right foot
    Albert Pujols underwent successful surgery on Friday to release his right plantar fascia.

    Advice: The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in North Carolina. The typical recovery time for this surgery is estimated at four months, which will impact his availability early in spring training as well as his regular off-season routine. This news should push Pujols down a couple of rounds in early fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:54 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 Today, 2:07 pm
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  • 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 Today, 11:41 am
  • 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 Today, 5:51 am
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  • Dodgers, Van Slyke avoid arbitration
    Dodgers and OF Scott Van Slyke avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.325 million contract.

    Advice: Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reported the contract terms. Van Slyke earned $1.225 million in 2016 while being limited to just 52 games due to back and wrist injuries. The 30-year-old required season-ending surgery on his right wrist in August. He was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:37 pm
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  • Athletics ink Chris Parmelee to minors deal
    Athletics signed 1B Chris Parmelee to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Most recently a part of the Yankees organization, Parmelee saw just eight major league at-bats this past season. He performed well in that minor, minor sample size, picking up four hits including a double and two home runs. The 28-year-old's career big league numbers are decidedly less impressive. In 917 at-bats, he owns a .248/.313/.405 triple-slash. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:46 pm
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  • Napoli seeing interest from CLE, BOS, TEX
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that "indications" point toward the Indians, Red Sox and Rangers showing the most interest in free agent Mike Napoli.

    Advice: Napoli has played for all three squads in the last two seasons, as the Red Sox traded him to the Rangers during the 2015 campaign -- his second go-round with Texas. He spent 2016 helping the Indians to the American League pennant. Heyman hears that the Yankees and Astros are also contenders to sign the free agent slugger, though those two squads are viewed more as outside possibilities. Should the Red Sox sign him, Heyman speculates that they could shift Hanley Ramirez from first base to the now-vacated designated hitter spot long held by David Ortiz. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:30 pm
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    Mike Napoli Cle - 1B,OF
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  • David Ortiz wins Edgar Martinez Award
    David Ortiz has been named the winner of the Edgar Martinez Award.

    Advice: As the name would suggest, the Edgar Martinez Award is handed out annually to the best designated hitter in the American League. This marks the eighth and final time in 20 major league seasons that Ortiz has hauled in the honor. During his age-40 campaign, the slugger swatted 38 homers and drove in 127 runs while slashing .315/.401/.620 across 537 at-bats. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:18 pm
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  • Braves, Sean Rodriguez finalize 2-year deal
    Braves signed INF/OF Sean Rodriguez to a two-year, $11.5 million contract.

    Advice: FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported news of the signing while Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported the financial details. Rodriguez broke out with 18 homers and an .859 OPS as a member of the Pirates in 2016 and could be in line for the starting second base gig in Atlanta, at least until Ozzie Albies is deemed ready for the majors. The 31-year-old is capable of providing plenty of value in a utility role. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:33 am
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    Sean Rodríguez Atl - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
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  • Report: Cardinals aren't pursuing Turner
    Mark Saxon of ESPN.com reports that the Cardinals aren't pursuing free agent third baseman Justin Turner.

    Advice: This comes after Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported on Tuesday that the Cardinals have interest in Turner. It's worth noting that Saxon wrote at the time of Morosi's report that he heard a few weeks ago that the Cardinals didn't see Turner as a fit. The Cardinals would probably have to trade Jhonny Peralta to make room for him, but there's no doubt he'd be an upgrade. Perhaps they'd rather just focus their resources on landing an outfielder. We'll soon find out who is right here. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:37 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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  • Encarnacion expected to sign soon
    Edwin Encarnacion's agent, Paul Kinzer, told TSN's Rick Westhead that his client will probably sign a contract later this week or early next week.

    Advice: Kinzer also said that the Blue Jays are "showing Edwin the most love," though he added that three teams have told him that they’re waiting for a new collective bargaining agreement before making an offer. Progress is reportedly being made on the CBA, so things could start to come together for him fairly soon. Kinzer also said that two teams have made "serious" offers to Encarnacion, though he declined to name them. The Red Sox have long been considered a likely landing spot, but a source told Rob Bradford of WEEI on Tuesday that they are "probably not" going to be a finalist. The Yankees, Astros, and Rangers are among the other teams in the mix. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:09 am
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  • BoSox 'probably not' finalist for Encarnacion
    A source told WEEI's Rob Bradford that the Red Sox are "probably not" going to be a finalist for free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion.

    Advice: Bear in mind that this could be a case of posturing with Encarnacion's decision reportedly set to come shortly after the announcement of a new collective bargaining agreement. The other teams linked to him this month: the Yankees, Astros, Rangers, and Blue Jays. Encarnacion, 33, batted .263/.357/.529 with 42 home runs and 127 RBI in 160 games this past season for Toronto. He holds a sensational .912 OPS (146 OPS+) over the last five years. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:13 pm
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  • Astros still a possibility for Encarnacion
    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com hears that the Astros are still a possibility for free agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion.

    Advice: The Astros reportedly made a push to sign Cespedes before he reached an agreement to return to New York. Now they'll turn to Encarnacion, who is arguably the next best bat on the free agent market. It's worth noting that Encarnacion was offered a four-year, $80 million deal by the Blue Jays before they signed Kendrys Morales. Encarnacion remains a possibility to return to Toronto, though teams like the Yankees and Red Sox are also expected to be in the mix. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:02 pm
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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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  • Report: Cardinals interested in Justin Turner
    According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Cardinals have interest in free agent third baseman Justin Turner.

    Advice: The Dodgers would surely like to keep Turner, but they are going to face plenty of competition. The 31-year-old has put up an .856 OPS (136 OPS+) in 386 games over the past three seasons. The Cardinals have already announced that Matt Carpenter will make the move to first base in 2017, but they'd still have a surplus in the way of infielders if they end up signing Turner. Because Turner rejected a qualifying offer from the Dodgers, teams will have to surrender a draft pick in order to sign him. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:20 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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  • Teams willing to wait on Edwin Encarnacion
    According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Edwin Encarnacion is unlikely to sign until the luxury tax threshold is resolved in CBA negotiations.

    Advice: The current $189 million luxury tax is expected to increase to $200 million when a new collective bargaining agreement is reached. The extra $11 million could make big market teams more inclined to spend big on Encarnacion and other top free agents. Incarnation has already received a four-year, $80 million offer from the Blue Jays and has also drawn interest from Astros, Rangers, Red Sox and Yankees. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:00 pm
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  • Cafardo: Teams 'sniffing around' on V-Mart
    Teams are "sniffing around" on Victor Martinez, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

    Advice: The Tigers are looking to cut payroll this offseason and they can accomplish that by trading Martinez, who still has two years and $36 million remaining on his contract. V-Mart has 10-5 rights, meaning he can veto any potential trade. The soon-to-be 38-year-old hit a respectable .289 with 27 HR and 86 RBI this past season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:26 pm
  • Braves ink Sean Rodriguez to two-year deal
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Braves have signed Sean Rodriguez to a two-year deal, pending a physical.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the deal carries a guarantee of $11.5 million. Rodriguez will receive a $1.5 million signing bonus and will make $5 million in 2016 and 2017. The 31-year-old thrived in a utility role with the Pirates this past season, but he could serve as the primary second baseman over Jace Peterson in Atlanta. He also gives the Braves an alternative to Adonis Garcia at third base. Rodriguez established new career-bests with 18 homers with an .859 OPS in 2016. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:10 pm
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    Sean Rodríguez Atl - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
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  • Yankees have checked in with Brandon Moss
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports passes along word that the Yankees have shown interest in free agent Brandon Moss.

    Advice: Moss struggled down the stretch this past season, hitting just .091/.173/.192 over the course of 110 plate appearances over the final three weeks of the campaign. Overall, he finished the year with a .225/.300/.484 triple-slash while cracking 28 homers and driving in 67 runs. He entered free agency after the Cardinals decided against extending him a qualifying offer. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:00 pm
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  • Yankees sniffing around Matt Holliday
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees have inquired on free agent outfielder Matt Holliday.

    Advice: Holliday is coming off a 2016 campaign in which he hit .246/.322/.461 with 20 homers and 62 RBI over 382 at-bats. A broken thumb suffered in August forced him out for an extended period of time and he ultimately appeared in just 110 games for the Cards. At this juncture, it isn't known quite what kind of a contract Holliday might draw on the open market. He turns 37 in January. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:53 pm
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  • Yankees reportedly interested in Napoli
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports relays that the Yankees have "called upon" free agent slugger Mike Napoli.

    Advice: The Yankees are said to be intrigued by a number of free-agent bats, with Napoli among a lot that includes -- per Heyman -- Dexter Fowler, Matt Holliday and Brandon Moss. The Astros and Mariners have also been linked to Napoli in the early stages of free agency, though the Tacoma News Tribune's Bob Dutton reported earlier on Wednesday that at least one M's official does not see Napoli as a strong fit for the Mariners' roster. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:32 pm
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    Mike Napoli Cle - 1B,OF
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  • Mariners official says Napoli isn't a fit
    Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune hears from one Mariners official that free agent slugger Mike Napoli "doesn’t fit" on their roster.

    Advice: Multiple reports have linked the Mariners to Napoli, but the Mariners appear committed to giving Dan Vogelbach an opportunity at first base, likely with the recently-acquired Danny Valencia as a platoon partner. Nelson Cruz is already locked in as the primary designated hitter, so barring a change of plans with the other pieces, that wouldn't leave much room for Napoli. Then again, this is just one official's opinion and things could change depending on how the market develops. The Indians are interested in bringing Napoli back and the Astros reportedly have shown interest even after adding Brian McCann and Josh Reddick in recent days. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:56 am
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    Mike Napoli Cle - 1B,OF
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