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  • Rob Whalen released by Mets
    Mets released RHP Rob Whalen.

    Advice: He's one of a bunch of cuts the Mets made on Thursday. Whalen, 26, sat out 2019 following a battle with depression and anxiety but had decided he wanted to play again in 2020, inking a minors deal with the Mets back in January. Yesterday, 5:44 pm
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  • Nick Rumbelow cut loose by Mets
    Mets released RHP Nick Rumbelow.

    Advice: He's one of a reported 39 cuts that the Mets made on Thursday. Rumbelow, 28, holds a 5.97 ERA over 33 appearances across parts of three big league campaigns. Yesterday, 5:41 pm
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  • Travis Taijeron given release by Mets
    Mets released OF Travis Taijeron.

    Advice: Taijeron posted a .540 OPS during a cup of coffee with the Mets in 2017. The 31-year-old put up an .860 OPS with 24 home runs at the Triple-A level in 2019. Yesterday, 5:37 pm
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  • Joey Terdoslavich released by Mets
    Mets released 1B/OF Joey Terdoslavich.

    Advice: He's one of 39 cuts by the Mets, per Michael Mayer of Metsmerized. Terdoslavich is one of the few that has major league experience, although he hasn't reached the big leagues since 2015. Yesterday, 5:27 pm
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  • Brock Stewart cut loose by Cubs
    Cubs released RHP Brock Stewart.

    Advice: Stewart confirmed the news himself on Twitter. The 28-year-old was taken by the Cubs in the Triple-A phase of this past winter's Rule 5 Draft. Stewart holds a career 6.05 ERA over parts of four big league seasons. Yesterday, 5:21 pm
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  • Carlos Asuaje released by Cubs
    Cubs released 2B Carlos Asuaje.

    Advice: Asuaje -- who inked a minor league deal back in January -- is one of several cuts that the Cubs made on Thursday. The 28-year-old is a career .240/.312/.329 hitter over parts of three major league seasons. Yesterday, 5:13 pm
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  • Felipe Vazquez faces new child pornography charge
    Felipe Vazquez is facing an additional child pornography charge for sending pornographic pictures of himself to a minor last summer while in St. Louis.

    Advice: It's believed that the victim is the same juvenile involved in the Pennsylvania and Florida cases. All told, Vazquez is facing over 20 charges involving sex crimes with minors. He is currently on administrative leave from the Pirates and faces possible deportation if found guilty of any/all of the charges. Yesterday, 5:04 pm
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  • Heyman: Mariners giving release to Carlos Gonzalez
    Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Mariners are releasing Carlos Gonzalez.

    Advice: This is not a surprise, as Gonzalez was a longshot to make the roster despite the Mariners lacking in quality outfield depth. The 34-year-old outfield was signed by Seattle to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training, and hit .237 with a .659 OPS in the Cactus League before the COVID-19 shutdown. Gonzalez will be free to link on with another club, but it's unlikely there will be much interest. Yesterday, 9:21 am
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  • Allen (forearm) throwing at Globe Life Field
    T.R. Sullivan of writes that Cody Allen (forearm) has been throwing at Globe Life Field during the COVID-19 shutdown.

    Advice: Allen was signed to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training in February, but was limited to just four appearances with an ERA of 11.25 in the Cactus League before the shutdown. Once an upper-echelon closer, Allen struggled the last two seasons, and posted an ugly 6.26 ERA in 25 games with the Angels before being released in June while getting his walking papers from the Twins a month later from the Twins without making an appearance. It's unlikely Allen makes a fantasy impact in 2020 if/when the season begins, but he could get a chance to make the Texas bullpen to begin the delayed campaign. Yesterday, 6:16 am
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  • Mengden (elbow) says he's 'about 95 percent'
    Daniel Mengden told Brodie Brazil of NBC Sports Bay Area last week that he's "about 95 percent" after February elbow surgery. 

    Advice: Mengden required arthroscopic surgery in mid-February to remove bone spurs from his right elbow, but he's already been throwing all of his pitches in bullpen sessions. The right-hander likely would have missed the first two months of the season if it took place as originally scheduled, but he should be good to go whenever games are eventually played. Mengden posted a 4.83 ERA in 59 1/3 innings between the rotation and bullpen for the A's last season. Tuesday, 7:19 am
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  • Kang suspended one year by KBO
    Jung Ho Kang will serve a one-year suspension from the Korea Baseball Organization in addition to 300 hours of community service.

    Advice: Kang was originally looking at a three-year suspension for his three DUI arrests when he recently asked to be taken off the KBO's retirement list. It turns out he'll be able to return sooner, but the suspension only begins once he actually signs with a team. Kang turned 33 in April and batted just .169/.222/.395 over 185 plate appearances with the Pirates last year before being given his release. His former team, the Nexen Heroes, still hold his rights in the KBO and Kang will need permission from them in order to sign with another team. Monday, 11:36 am
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  • Brendan McKay (shoulder) not throwing off mound
    Brendan McKay (shoulder) has not throwing off a mound since spring training was shut down.

    Advice: It's just a precautionary measure after McKay dealt with some stiffness in his pitching shoulder during spring training. Rays pitching coach Kyle Snyder expects the left-hander to be under "zero limitations" when/if spring training 2.0 gets underway. Sunday, 10:08 am
  • Brendan McKay (shoulder) not throwing off mound
    Brendan McKay (shoulder) has not throwing off a mound since spring training was shut down.

    Advice: It's just a precautionary measure after McKay dealt with some stiffness in his pitching shoulder during spring training. Rays pitching coach Kyle Snyder expects the left-hander to be under "zero limitations" when/if spring training 2.0 gets underway. Sunday, 10:08 am
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  • Blake Snell (elbow) not throwing off mound
    Blake Snell (elbow) has not been throwing off a mound since spring training was shut down.

    Advice: Snell had an abbreviated spring training after experiencing soreness in his surgically-repaired left elbow. However, the fact that he hasn't done any mound work for a while appears to be precautionary, as pitching coach Kyle Snyder expects the southpaw to have "zero limitations" when/if spring training 2.0 gets underway. Sunday, 7:07 am
  • Wilmer Flores hires new agent
    Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that Wilmer Flores has hired Cesar Suarez of Beverly Hills Sports Council as his new representation.

    Advice: Flores was previously represented by the McNamara Baseball Group. The 28-year-old spent last season with the Diamondbacks before inking a two-year, $6.25 million contact with the Giants in early February. He was in line to serve in a utility role, but the pending addition of the universal designated hitter can only help his chances of regular at-bats. He's never exactly been known as a quality defender. Saturday, 8:29 am
  • Paxton (back) working on increasing spin rate
    James Paxton (back) told YES Network’s Meredith Marakovits this week that he's been working on increasing the spin rate with his pitches.

    Advice: Paxton required a microscopic lumbar discectomy on February 5, but he's pretty much back to normal at this point, estimating that he's throwing about 12-14 bullpen sessions. He expects to be ready to go whenever the season begins. However, the shutdown has allowed him to experiment. Working in Wisconsin, he's been using a ball which tracks spin rate and he's noticed more spin and back spin when throwing his fastball with the help of a new grip which features less contact with his thumb. The question is whether he'll feel comfortable doing it in games or resort to his old habits. According to Statcast, Paxton ranked 168th in fastball spin rate among pitchers who faced at least 250 batters last season. Paxton, 31, is due to become a free agent following the 2020 season. Saturday, 8:04 am
  • Scooter Gennett 'fine with not playing'
    Scooter Gennett told Doug Fernandes of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune this week that he's "fine with not playing" if the right offer doesn't come along.

    Advice: Gennett was looking for a $5 million offer over the winter, but the best one he received was for $1.5 million plus $500,000 in incentives, and it came from a team that already had an everyday second baseman. ″(Teams) didn’t come anywhere near what I thought was respectful and what I thought is right," Gennett said. "They made the decision pretty easy for me.” If he sticks to his guns, it sounds like Gennett almost surely isn't going to play this season. The 30-year-old tore a muscle in his groin during spring training last year, came back too soon and went on to bat just .226/.245/.323 with an ugly 41/2 K/BB ratio over 139 plate appearances for the Reds and Giants. Friday, 6:16 am
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  • Aaron Judge (rib) yet to resume swinging a bat
    Yankees hitting coach told Meredith Marakovits of YES Network on Thursday that Aaron Judge (rib) has yet to resume swinging a bat.

    Advice: It sounds like Judge is doing well, though, as he works his way back from a stress fracture in his rib and is just waiting to get the go-ahead from doctors. “When the doctors turn him loose, he’ll be ready," Thames said. "He’s champing at the bit to get out there.” General manager Brian Cashman indicated earlier this month that he expected Judge to be ready to play when/if the regular season finally gets underway. Thursday, 1:23 pm
  • Honeywell undergoes decompression procedure
    Brent Honeywell (elbow) underwent a decompression procedure on his right ulnar nerve on Wednesday. 

    Advice: The procedure was performed in Los Angeles by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, and it removed scar tissue from the area of the nerve. It's another setback for the right-hander who missed all of 2018 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, and missed the 2019 campaign after he required an operation for a fractured elbow while rehabbing. The 25-year-old hurler will begin strength and mobility exercises starting on Monday. A pitcher with five pitches that he can locate and miss bats with, Honeywell has stuff and command that's ready to pitch in the majors. There's a very good chance that he'll begin the delayed campaign on the injured list, so that opportunity may not occur until 2021. Thursday, 10:25 am
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  • Kevin Kramer out 4-6 months after hip surgery
    Kevin Kramer recently underwent right hip surgery and will be sidelined for 4-6 months.

    Advice: This likely means that Kramer won't see the field at all in 2020. The 26-year-old former second-round pick spent the majority of the 2019 season with the Pirates' Triple-A affiliate in Indianapolis, where he batted .260/.335/.417 with 10 home runs and four stolen bases in 113 games. He's a career .152/.222/.165 hitter in 90 total plate appearances at the major league level. Wednesday, 9:34 am
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