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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 Today, 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 Yesterday, 6:43 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 6:17 pm
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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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 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 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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    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 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
  • Twins have talked to Bucs about Gerrit Cole
    According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Twins have talked to the Pirates about acquiring Gerrit Cole.

    Advice: Berardino adds that the pitching-hungry Twins have also been in touch with the Rays about right-hander Jake Odorizzi, and they're known to have interest in a number of starters on the free agent market. Cole finished the 2017 season with a disappointing 4.26 ERA in 203 innings, but the 27-year-old registered a 3.23 ERA in 579 1/3 innings between 2013-2016 and he is under club control through 2019. Pittsburgh would probably want multiple prospects in return. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:11 pm
  • Nats 'don't envision' Werth returning in 2018
    According to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post, the Nationals "don’t envision" free agent Jayson Werth in their plans for the 2018 season.

    Advice: Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo suggested earlier this month that he hadn't closed the door on Werth returning, but it's simply not a good fit. The 38-year-old outfielder appeared in only 70 games this summer due to a bone bruise in his left foot and he batted just .226/.322/.393 when healthy. Werth also rated very poorly defensively. Adam Eaton, Michael Taylor, and Bryce Harper figure to make up the Nationals' starting outfield next season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:19 pm
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  • 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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  • Aaron Judge undergoes shoulder surgery
    Aaron Judge underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Monday.

    Advice: The procedure involved a loose-body removal and cartilage clean-up. The good news is that he's expected to be recovered in time for spring training. It was acknowledged that Judge had a shoulder issue during his slide after the All-Star break, though he tried to downplay the severity of the situation. Obviously it was more serious than he wanted to say. Judge won the AL Rookie of the Year Award and finished second in the balloting for the AL MVP after batting .284/.422/.627 with a league-leading 52 homers. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:28 pm
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  • MIA/SF had 'deeper discussions' on Stanton
    Mark Feinsand of MLB.com hears from a source that the Marlins and Giants have had "deeper discussions" on a possible Giancarlo Stanton trade.

    Advice: The source believes that the Giants are the favorites to land Stanton, though the Cardinals are also in the mix. Craig Mish of SiriusXM reported Monday that there was talk of packaging Stanton with Dee Gordon for second baseman Joe Panik and prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw, but it's unclear if such a proposal is seriously being entertained by Miami or how much money would be exchanged. One thing we do know is that Stanton would likely be amenable to a trade to San Francisco. He has the power in this situation due to his full no-trade clause. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:19 am
  • 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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    Mike Minor KC - SP,RP
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