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  • Dodgers lining up alternatives to Turner
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Dodgers are "aggressively" checking into third base alternatives to Justin Turner.

    Advice: The Dodgers have previously been connected to Yangervis Solarte, and Crasnick also mentions Luis Valbuena and Todd Frazier as potential fits. The club's preference remains to re-sign Justin Turner, but they are doing their due diligence in case they're unable to work something out for him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:18 pm
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    L, 8-1 @LAA
     
  • ChiSox ask Astros for Bregman in Sale talks
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the White Sox asked the Astros for Alex Bregman in trade talks for Chris Sale but were rebuffed.

    Advice: This comes as no surprise, as the White Sox' first ask in Sale discussions is surely going to be the other team's best prospect. What's unclear is whether the two sides might be able to make something work without Bregman involved. The Astros are viewed as one of the most aggressive suitors of Sale. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:35 pm
    L, 8-1 @LAA
     
  • Padres have interest in SS Erick Aybar
    MLB.com's AJ Cassavell reports that the Padres have had preliminary talks with Erick Aybar's agent.

    Advice: The Padres liked what they saw out of Luis Sardinas late last season and could give him a shot at the shortstop job, but they're also shopping for alternatives. Aybar, who turns 33 next month, hit just .243/.303/.320 last season for the Braves and Tigers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:13 pm
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    L, 1-0 @Atl
     
  • Jose Reyes will be tried in OF this spring
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson confirmed Monday that Jose Reyes will be tried in the outfield during spring training.

    Advice: The idea first popped up in early November, and it sounds like the Mets fully plan to go through with it. Reyes hasn't played any outfield since rookie ball in 2000 -- when he was 17 years old -- but he probably still has enough athleticism in that 33-year-old body to pull it off. It would obviously give the Mets a little more flexibility. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:48 pm
    L, 5-2 @Phi
     
  • David Wright (neck) on track in rehab
    Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he expects David Wright (neck) to be ready for Opening Day in 2017.

    Advice: Wright is scheduled to begin baseball activities later this month and has no other medical hurdles to clear, so he should be on a fairly normal workout schedule leading into the start of spring training. How he holds up throughout the summer is another story. Wright was limited to 37 games in 2016 and 38 games in 2015. He underwent a cervical discectomy and fusion surgery this past June for a herniated disc and spinal stenosis. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:43 pm
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    L, 5-2 @Phi
     
  • Yankees 'in contact' with FA Luis Valbuena
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have been in contact with the representatives for free agent Luis Valbuena.

    Advice: But the Yankees found his initial contract requests "too high," per Sherman's source. Valbuena wants a multi-year deal and an everyday job after batting .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 90 games this past season for the Astros. He started 71 games at third base and two at first base. He has also played some second base in the past. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:08 pm
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    L, 8-1 @LAA
     
  • Moustakas expected to be ready for spring
    Royals manager Ned Yost said Monday that Mike Moustakas will be "100 percent, ready to go" for the start of spring training next February.

    Advice: He'll be 10 months removed from the ACL surgery that ended his 2016 campaign in May. Moustakas will be trying for a big comeback season in 2017 with free agency looming next winter. He earned his first All-Star nod in 2015, finishing with a cool .284/.348/.470 batting line with 22 home runs and 82 RBI in 147 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:40 am
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    L, 3-2 vs Cle
     
  • Kang's DUI in Korea was his third since '09
    Police officials in Seoul, South Korea confirmed to YonHap News that Jung Ho Kang's recent DUI arrest was his third since 2009.

    Advice: Which means he will be charged under the capital city's "three strikes law" and have his license revoked. Kang also fled the scene after this latest incident and tried to claim a friend was driving, but authorities analyzed the black box inside the vehicle and determined that to be a lie. Kang is obviously in very serious trouble, both in his native country and with the Pirates. Club president Frank Coonelly released a stern message last Thursday condemning the player's actions. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:42 am
    L, 10-4 @StL
     
  • Angels have checked in on 3B Justin Turner
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears the Angels have checked in on free agent Justin Turner.

    Advice: But the big question here is whether Anaheim has the money to make a competitive offer given that Turner is one of the most sought-after free agents out there and is known to be drawing interest from a number of high-budget teams. Heyman believes a reunion with the Dodgers remains the most likely scenario. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:07 am
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    L, 7-1 @SF
     
  • LAD talking to Padres about Yangervis Solarte
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers are among the teams talking to the Padres about Yangervis Solarte.

    Advice: Los Angeles is hoping to retain third baseman Justin Turner, but Turner is one of the biggest fish on a weak free agent market and is drawing heavy interest from many other clubs. Solarte would be a pretty good fallback plan, coming off a year in which he slashed 286/.341/.467 with 15 homers and 71 RBI in 443 plate appearances as the Padres' primary cleanup hitter. Solarte, 29, is under control via salary arbitration through 2019. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:38 am
  • Padres are aggressively shopping Solarte
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Padres are aggressively shopping Yangervis Solarte.

    Advice: The 29-year-old slashed an impressive .286/.341/.467 with 15 homers and 71 RBI in 443 plate appearances with the Padres in 2016 while serving primarily as their cleanup hitter. He's in his first year of arbitration though and is projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $2.7 million in the process. While that may not seem excessive, the Padres are trying to cut payroll and may look to get what they can now for one of their top trade chips. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:11 pm
  • DH Pedro Alvarez is on radar for Red Sox
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Pedro Alvarez is on the Red Sox's radar.

    Advice: Heyman says that Boston is "favoring a short-term deal" as they look to fill David Ortiz's vacated designated hitter spot, so they appear likelier to sign an Alvarez, Matt Holliday or Mike Napoli rather than an Edwin Encarnacion. Alvarez batted .249/.322/.504 with 22 homers over just 376 plate appearances for the Orioles this past season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:42 am
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    W, 5-2 @NYY
     
  • Yasmany Tomas trade market 'slow to develop'
    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the trade market for Yasmany Tomas "has been slow to develop."

    Advice: The Diamondbacks appear intent on improving their defense, so it makes sense to shop around Tomas, who hit 31 homers in 2016 but continued to be one of the worst defensive corner outfielders in the game. The problem is that Tomas still has $48.5 million remaining on his contract and there are plenty of alternatives to him on the market. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:44 am
    W, 3-2 vs SD
     
  • Casey McGehee leaves MLB for Japan
    Casey McGehee has signed a one-year contract with Japan's Yomiuri Giants.

    Advice: The deal includes a club option. McGehee spent most of 2016 with Triple-A Toledo, but did log 30 games at the big league level with the Tigers while filling in for injured third baseman Nick Castellanos. The 34-year-old holds a .258 average over 2,798 major league at-bats. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:04 pm
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    L, 1-0 @Atl
     
  • Angels non-tender Gregorio Petit on Friday
    Angels non-tendered INF Gregorio Petit.

    Advice: The 31-year-old infielder is now a free agent and will look for work elsewhere. He hit just .245/.299/.348 with two homers and 17 RBI in 223 plate appearances with the Angels in 2016. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:09 am
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    Gregorio Petit LAA - 2B,3B,SS,OF
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    W, 8-1 vs Hou
     
  • Padres sign Dusty Coleman to minors contract
    Padres signed INF Dusty Coleman to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The 29-year-old spent the 2016 campaign in the Royals' organization where he slashed .244/.302/.418 with six homers and 26 RBI in 63 games primarily at Triple-A Omaha. He'll add organizational infield depth for the Padres. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:01 am
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    L, 3-2 vs Cle
     
  • Phillies do not tender contract to Cody Asche
    Phillies non-tendered INF/OF Cody Asche.

    Advice: Asche was designated for assignment earlier in the day on Friday, and unable to find a trade partner the Phillies cut bait with the utility man. The 26-year-old hit a disappointing .213/.284/.350 with four homers and 18 RBI in 218 plate appearances in 2016. There's enough talent here that another team may be willing to take a shot on him as a free agent. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:18 pm
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    Cody Asche Phi - 3B,OF
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    W, 5-2 vs NYM
     
  • Cody Asche designated for assignment
    Phillies designated INF/OF Cody Asche for assignment.

    Advice: Asche has shown flashes for the Phils but is a .240/.298/.385 hitter over parts of four seasons in the majors. The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for waiver claim David Rollins. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:10 pm
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    Cody Asche Phi - 3B,OF
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    W, 5-2 vs NYM
     
  • Pirates release statement on Jung Ho Kang
    Pirates president Frank Coonelly said in a statement Thursday evening that the team is "extremely disappointed" in Jung Ho Kang and "in his decision process" after he was charged with fleeing the scene of a DUI accident in South Korea.

    Advice: "We have been made aware of the very serious charges filed against Jung Ho Kang early Friday morning in Seoul, South Korea," Coonelly said in the statement from the team. "We are extremely disappointed in Jung Ho and in his decision process during this matter. I know first hand how foolish and dangerous it is to drive under the influence and am most thankful that, as we understand it, no one was injured. We will have further comment once we have been able to gather all of the relevant facts and speak with the player." According to the Yonhap News Agency, Kang reportedly fled the scene after hitting a guard rail on the way back to his hotel. A person who was also in the vehicle originally said that they were driving, but police later determined that Kang was behind the wheel after analyzing the vehicle's black box. Kang was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.084, above the legal limit of 0.05. More information should be available in the coming days. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:25 pm
    L, 10-4 @StL
     
  • Report: Kang facing charge after DUI accident
    According to Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News, Jung Ho Kang was arrested in Seoul, South Korea after leaving the scene of a DUI accident.

    Advice: Details are scarce at this point, but Kang reportedly had a blood alcohol level of 0.084, above the legal limit of 0.05 and subject to license suspension. And he only exacerbated his issues by fleeing the scene. Of course, Kang has already had some off-field issues earlier this year after being investigated for an alleged sexual assault in Chicago. The Chicago PD has been unable to contact the alleged victim and no charges have been filed in that case, but now he's dealing with another legal issue. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:00 pm
    L, 10-4 @StL
     
  • 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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    L, 7-1 @SF
     
  • 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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    L, 7-1 @SF
     
  • Gregorio Petit designated for assignment
    Angels designated INF Gregorio Petit for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Ryan LaMarre. Petit, who turns 32 next month, is a career .249/.291/.353 hitter across parts of five big league seasons. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:09 pm
    Player Note
    Gregorio Petit LAA - 2B,3B,SS,OF
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    W, 8-1 vs Hou
     
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