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  • Jacob Nottingham added to 40-man roster
    Brewers purchased the contract of C Jacob Nottingham from Double-A Biloxi.

    Advice: Nottingham has flopped since he was acquired from the A's as the key piece in the Khris Davis deal, this past season hitting only .209/.326/.369 with nine homers. The Brewers aren't ready to give up on him, though, so they're protecting from the Rule 5 Draft. Yesterday, 6:20 pm
  • Giants add Aramis Garcia to 40-man roster
    Giants purchased the contract of C Aramis Garcia from Double-A Richmond.

    Advice: Garcia, 24, hit .274/.323/.485 with 17 dingers between High- and Double-A this past season. He now can't be taken in the Rule 5 Draft. Yesterday, 6:13 pm
  • Blake Swihart could be tried at second base
    Peter Gammons of reports that the Red Sox could try Blake Swihart out at second base in 2018.

    Advice: Swihart played first base, caught and functioned as the DH during his stint in the Dominican Winter League while slashing .407/.515/.481. He's willing to play anywhere that's necessary to help the club and the Red Sox have a hole to fill at second base with Dustin Pedroia set to miss the first two months of the season. Sunday, 5:52 pm
    L, 4-3 vs Hou
  • Casali getting 'strong interest' from teams
    Free agent Curt Casali is getting "strong interest" from teams, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

    Advice: Casali was outrighted off the Rays' 40-man roster in early November and opted to become a free agent, a move Topkin says was good for the 29-year-old. Casali owns a .199/.285/.385 career line but could be a backup option for a team in search of veteran help. Saturday, 8:09 pm
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    W, 6-0 vs Bal
  • Smith homers to continue excellent AFL stint
    Dodgers catching prospect Will Smith went 2-for-4 with a homer for Glendale in the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday.

    Advice: Smith's homer was the second of his AFL season, and it came in the first inning off of Milwaukee pitching prospect Jon Perrin. A 2017 compensation selection (32nd overall), Smith had a flawed first full professional season, but he's still one of the better catching prospects in baseball because of his approach at the plate, sneaky speed and developing power. As long as he stays behind the plate -- and he's generally graded as an above-average defender there -- he has a very high floor as both a real and fantasy prospect. Wednesday, 4:27 pm
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    W, 6-3 @Col
  • Astros among teams in on Jonathan Lucroy
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Astros are among the teams with interest in free agent catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

    Advice: A deal with Lucroy would likely mean pushing Brian McCann and Evan Gattis into a platoon role at DH. Lucroy has been a better defensive catcher than both of them, but he actually struggled a bit in that department this past season and the 31-year-old also batted just .265 with a .716 OPS and only six home runs over 123 total games between the Rangers and Rockies. The 2017 World Series champs will probably be looking for a discount here. Wednesday, 6:01 am
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    L, 6-3 vs LAD
  • Bruce Maxwell pleads not guilty
    Bruce Maxwell pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct.

    Advice: Maxwell was arrested on October 28 in Scottsdale, Arizona after allegedly pointing a gun at a delivery person. He was indicted by a grand jury on November 7. According to police reports, he appeared to be intoxicated at the time. His trial is not expected to be until next year, but a plea agreement is possible. He could be subject to punishment from the Athletics and MLB. As of now, Athletics general manager David Forst still expects Maxwell to be the team's primary catcher next season. Tuesday, 2:22 pm
  • McCann would like to end career with Braves
    Brian McCann told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Saturday that he'd like to end his career with the Braves.

    Advice: "One hundred percent," McCann said when asked if he’d want to end his career with the Braves. "One hundred percent. This is my home. I played close to 10 years here. This organization is really, really, really close to my heart. I love this organization." The 33-year-old, of course, still has one year left on his deal with the Astros and a club option for 2019, so a reunion isn't imminent. He's set to once again be the everyday catcher for the defending champs next season. Nov 11, 4:21 pm
  • Tim Federowicz elects to become free agent
    Tim Federowicz has elected free agency.

    Advice: The 30-year-old catcher saw just 14 plate appearances with the Giants in 2017, slashing .231/.286/.692 with a pair of homers and three RBI. He still offers valuable catching depth, so he shouldn't have difficulty finding a new club this winter. Nov 11, 6:57 am
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    W, 5-4 vs SD
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