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  • Max Pentecost battling shoulder issue
    Blue Jays catching prospect Max Pentecost was pulled from Arizona Fall League play due to right shoulder discomfort.

    Advice: The former first-round pick has had multiple surgeries on the shoulder and the renewed soreness is a major reason why the Jays didn't add him to the 40-man roster, exposing him to the Rule 5 Draft. Toronto is betting on Pentecost not being selected due to his injury issues in addition to his stalled development. Pentecost still hasn't advanced past A-ball even though he was drafted out of Kennesaw State in 2014. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:06 pm
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  • Yadiel Rivera signs on with Marlins
    Marlins signed INF Yadiel Rivera to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Rivera, 25, has hit .183/.202/.232 over 88 plate appearances over parts of the last three seasons in the majors. He'll provide infield depth. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:58 am
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  • Mets 'keeping tabs' on free agent Joe Smith
    According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets are "keeping tabs" on free agent reliever Joe Smith.

    Advice: They're also said to be monitoring the markets for Addison Reed, Bryan Shaw, and left-hander Mike Minor. Smith is a favorite of former Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway, who became the Mets' manager earlier this month. The sidearming right-hander registered a sharp 3.33 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 71/10 K/BB ratio in 54 innings this past season between Toronto and Cleveland. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:34 am
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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 this past year. He did get some action at the position but looked shaky at times. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 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 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:17 pm
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    Chase Utley LAD - 1B,2B
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  • Lewis still dealing with knee issues
    Baseball America's Bob Dutton reports that outfield prospect Kyle Lewis is still dealing with lingering issues in his right knee.

    Advice: Lewis was forced to leave the Arizona Fall League at the end of October because of soreness in his surgically-repaired knee, and while there wasn't any structural damage found it sounds like this could be a chronic issue. The 2016 first-round pick has more talent than any prospect in the Mariners system, but there's a looming question about whether he will 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 pro. There's just as much risk in Lewis's profile as there is reward at this point. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:44 pm
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  • Frazier willing to play at either corner
    The representatives for free agent 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 base -- a spot he's appeared at 94 times in his seven-year career -- obviously makes sense for marketing purposes. The right-handed-hitting 31-year-old is coming off a season in which he slugged 27 homers with a .772 OPS between 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 bat in or near the middle of the order. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:34 pm
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  • Twins showing interest in Hand, Colome
    Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN in Minneapolis reports that the Twins have shown interest in relievers Brad Hand and Alex Colome.

    Advice: Minnesota was previously reported to have contacted the Reds in regards to the availability of Raisel Iglesias. The Twins clearly want to upgrade their bullpen and all three of these possibilities would be major improvements over their current closer situation. A trade for Hand might be the most logical, as the Padres are still clearly in rebuilding 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. Hand is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 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 Wednesday, 12:48 pm
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    Jon Jay ChC - OF
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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 Wednesday, 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 Wednesday, 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 Wednesday, 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 Wednesday, 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 Wednesday, 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 Wednesday, 9:06 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
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