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  • Martinez playing first base in Winter League
    Jose Martinez is using the Venezuelan Winter League to familiarize himself at first base.

    Advice: Martinez has spent most of his career in the outfield, and while first base may not be as hard as Ron Washington said it was in that movie, there's still a learning curve. The move is another way to get Martinez in the lineup, as he was one of the few pleasant surprises at the big league level for St Louis last year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:43 pm
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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 baseman in all of baseball in his time with Philadelphia, and is still one of the most popular players in the city. He also has a long reputation of being a smart, respected player in the clubhouse, so a transition into coaching could be a natural fit. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:17 pm
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  • Lewis still dealing with knee issues
    Baseball America's Bob Dutton reports that Kyle Lewis is still dealing with lingering issues in his right knee.

    Advice: Lewis was forced to leave the AFL at the end of October because of soreness in his knee, and while there wasn't any structural damage, it sounds like this could be a chronic issue. The 2016 first-round pick has more talent than any prospect in the Seattle system, but the question is now if he'll ever be able to truly recover from the horrific ACL tear that has seen him miss all but 49 games in his two years as a professional. There's just as much risk in Lewis's profile as there is reward at this point. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:44 pm
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  • Frazier willing to play at either corner
    Representatives of Todd Frazier are pitching him as an option to play either third or first base.

    Advice: Frazier has spent almost his entire career at third base, but presenting his ability to play first -- a spot he's played 94 times in his seven year career -- makes sense. The right-handed hitting 31-year-old is coming off a year where he hit 27 homers with a .772 OPS with the White Sox and Yankees, and given that right-handed power is always at a premium, he could receive a significant payday at either position for a team that believes he can hit in or near the middle of the order. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:34 pm
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  • Twins showing interest in Hand, Colome
    Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 in Minneapolis reports that the Twins have shown interest in Brad Hand and Alex Colome.

    Advice: The Twins previously were reported to have contacted the Reds in regards to the availability of Raisel Iglesias. Minnesota clearly wants to upgrade their bullpen, and all three would be improvements over their current closer situation. A Hand trade might be the most logical, as the Padres are still clearly in rebuild mode, and the right-hander is coming off a career year where he registered a 2.16 ERA and struck out 104 batters in just under 80 innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:09 pm
  • Mariners, Jon Jay have 'momentum' on deal
    According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, there is "momentum" toward an agreement between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

    Advice: Jay has never shown much power, but he can play all three outfield spots and he batted .294 with an excellent .374 on-base percentage in 141 games this past season for the Cubs. The 32-year-old former second-round pick of the Cardinals signed a one-year, $8 million deal with Chicago last winter and figures to land something similar this offseason. Seattle has an opening in center field with Jarrod Dyson no longer under contract. This could come together quickly. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:48 pm
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  • Mets making a play on reliever Bryan Shaw?
    Mike Puma of the New York Post hears the Mets are making a play for free agent reliever Bryan Shaw.

    Advice: Puma adds that "it wouldn't be surprising if the Mets moved soon" on adding a new bullpen piece. Shaw boasts a career 3.13 ERA over 475 major league appearances and has been among the most durable and reliable relievers in baseball over the last four seasons. The 30-year-old right-hander would make sense for just about any club seeking relief help. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:39 pm
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  • O's acquire Jaycob Brugman from the A's
    Orioles acquired OF Jaycob Brugman from the Athletics for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

    Advice: Brugman was designated for assignment by Oakland on Monday. The 25-year-old batted just .266 with a .688 OPS in 162 plate appearances this past season at the major league level, but he can play all three outfield spots and his minor league numbers suggest he's capable of better things offensively. Brugman will be in the running for a bench job next spring in Orioles camp. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:15 am
  • Padres DFA right-hander Kyle Lloyd
    Padres designated RHP Kyle Lloyd for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a 40-man roster spot for right-handed reliever Colten Brewer, who was signed to a one-year major league contract on Wednesday. Lloyd made his MLB debut in a spot start for the Padres this past July, yielding four earned runs over four innings in a no-decision against the Mets. It was his only appearance at the big league level in 2017. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:17 am
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  • Astros place C Juan Centeno on waivers
    Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros have placed Juan Centeno on waivers.

    Advice: Their hope is that he will pass through waivers unclaimed and accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Fresno, but the 28-year-old catcher might find interest from other teams after batting .311/.354/.383 this past season at the Triple-A level. Centeno could also elect free agency. He played 22 games in the majors in 2017 and was included on the Astros' roster for the ALDS, ALCS, and World Series. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:38 am
  • Indians sign Leonel Campos to minors deal
    Indians signed RHP Leonel Campos to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Campos was outrighted off the Blue Jays' 40-man roster earlier this month and elected to become a free agent. The 30-year-old right-hander holds a pedestrian 4.74 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 38 career relief appearances at the major league level. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:10 am
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  • Indians sign Jeff Beliveau to minors contract
    Indians signed LHP Jeff Beliveau to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Beliveau posted an ugly 7.47 ERA in 19 appearances out of the Blue Jays' bullpen this past season. The 30-year-old southpaw is doubtful to crack the Indians' roster out of camp next spring. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:06 am
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  • Twins could make a run at RP Justin Wilson
    Sources tell Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the Twins "could make another run" at left-handed reliever Justin Wilson.

    Advice: Wilson struggled down the stretch with the Cubs and was held off their roster for the NLCS, so it's possible Chicago might want to move on from him this winter. Berardino notes that the Twins made a serious run at Wilson before the Tigers traded him to the Yankees in December 2015. The 30-year-old southpaw is entering his final season of arbitration eligibility and expected to command a salary of around $4.3 million. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:32 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:19 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:17 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:42 am
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  • Report: Mike Minor expected to sign quickly
    ESPN's Buster Olney writes that lefty reliever Mike Minor is expected to be among the first free agents to sign.

    Advice: Olney cites Minor's strong position in the market as one of the most-coveted relievers, with "aggressive interest from a high volume of teams." After missing back-to-back seasons due to injury, Minor thrived with a move to the bullpen this season with a 2.55 ERA and 88/22 K/BB ratio over 77 2/3 innings. He also notched six saves for the Royals. The Mets are among the teams who have shown interest thus far. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:47 am
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  • Jaycob Brugman designated for assignment
    Athletics designated OF Jaycob Brugman for assignment.

    Advice: Brugman hit .266/.346/.343 over 48 games for the A's in 2017. He's been a solid producer in the minors and can play all three outfield spots, so there could be some interest in him on waivers. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:40 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:11 pm
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  • Mets showing major interest in Minor
    The Mets have shown interest in Mike Minor, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

    Advice: Minor was one of the major surprises of the 2017 season (pardon the pun), pitching 65 games with an ERA of 2.57 and 88 strikeouts in just under 78 innings after missing the last two season. There weren't many things that went right for the Mets last year, and the bullpen wasn't an exception. There are rumors that he'd like another chance at starting, but considering how well he pitched in a high-leverage role last year, that's his most likely path to a big deal. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:03 pm
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