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  • Jose Osuna signs with Tokyo Yakult Swallows
    Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Jose Osuna has signed with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. 

    Advice: The Pirates designated Osuna for assignment last week, and he's found a new home relatively quickly. The 27-year-old hit just .205/.244/.397 last year with four homers and a 16/4 K/BB ratio in 82 plate appearances. The year before, however, Osuna hit 10 homers with a .756 OPS in 95 games. If Osuna hits well in Japan, it certainly seems likely that he could be back in an MLB role in a year or two. Yesterday, 5:46 pm
    New Player Note
    José Osuna Pit - 1B,3B,OF
  • Orioles officially release Renato Nunez; now FA
    Orioles released 1B/DH Renato Nunez.

    Advice: Nunez went unclaimed on waivers, but he should now command multiple offers in free agency after putting up a strong .816 OPS with 12 home runs and 31 RBI over 52 games for Baltimore during the shortened 2020 campaign. NL teams may have been hesitant to claim him given the still-uncertain DH situation for 2021. Wednesday, 12:10 pm
  • Orioles claim Chris Shaw off waivers from SF
    Orioles claimed 1B/OF Chris Shaw off waivers from the Giants.

    Advice: Thomas Eshelman has been designated for assignment by Baltimore in a corresponding roster move. Shaw, 27, has put up strong numbers in the upper minors but is a career .153/.244/.222 hitter at the MLB level. Wednesday, 12:03 pm
  • LG Twins looking to re-sign slugger Roberto Ramos
    Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News confirms that the LG Twins will aim to re-sign Roberto Ramos.

    Advice: Ramos joined on with the LG Twins in late January and then absolutely lit up the KBO, delivering a .954 OPS with 38 home runs and 86 RBI in 117 games. The 25-year-old slugger -- and former Rockies prospect -- might wait until the dust settles on MLB's designed hitter rule before making a decision on where to sign this winter. Tuesday, 7:13 pm
  • Thames has interest from MLB, NPB, KBO teams
    According to Jon Morosi of, free agent Eric Thames is drawing interest from MLB, NPB, and KBO teams.

    Advice: Thames struggled to a .203/.300/.317 batting line in 41 games this past season with the Nationals, who then declined his $4 million option for 2021 late last month. But the 34-year-old slugger should do pretty well for himself this winter given all the avenues he's open to for possible offers. Thames spent the 2014-2016 seasons in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) before joining the Brewers ahead of the 2017 campaign. Monday, 3:42 pm
    Player Note
    Eric Thames Was - 1B,OF
  • Yonder Alonso announces retirement from baseball
    Yonder Alonso has announced his retirement from baseball.

    Advice: Alonso made the announcement in an Instagram post, saying, among other things, that he is "forever grateful for what the game has blessed me with and the friendships I’ve created." He's only 33, but Alonso really struggled in 2019 and didn't see any time in the majors in 2020. The first baseman made the All-Star team in 2017 and finishes with a career .736 OPS and exactly 100 home runs over parts of 10 seasons. Friday, 1:35 pm
  • White Sox add Gavin Sheets to roster
    White Sox purchased the contract of 1B Gavin Sheets.

    Advice: Ranked by as the team's No. 10 prospect, Sheets hit .267/.345/.414 with 16 home runs over 527 plate appearances at the Double-A level in 2019. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft. Friday, 12:10 pm
  • Report: Nationals showing interest in DJ LeMahieu
    Jon Morosi of reports that the Nationals are showing "continued interest" in DJ LeMahieu.

    Advice: The "continued" portion of the report apparently stems from the fact that they pursued him in free agency two offseasons ago before he signed with the Yankees. The Nats certainly could use some offensive help, but it will be expensive to lure LeMahieu away from New York. Friday, 11:12 am
    Player Note
    DJ LeMahieu NYY - 1B,2B,3B
  • Brandon Dixon released for opportunity in Japan
    Tigers released INF/OF Brandon Dixon.

    Advice: Dixon is apparently signing with a team in Japan. The versatile 28-year-old posted a decent .725 OPS with 15 home runs and 52 RBI in 117 games with Detroit in 2019 before getting only 14 plate appearances in 2020. Thursday, 8:08 am
  • Slater (elbow) expected to be 100 percent for ST
    Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi told reporters Wednesday that he expects Austin Slater (elbow) to be 100 percent for spring training.

    Advice: Slater dealt with a flexor strain in his right arm which limited him to designated hitter duties down the stretch of this past season. However, he should be ready to go after an offseason of rest. Slater was a surprise fantasy contributor when healthy in 2020, posting a .914 OPS with five homers and eight stolen bases. Wednesday, 4:21 pm
  • Belt's (heel) status for Opening Day unclear
    Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi told reporters Wednesday that it's too soon to know whether Brandon Belt (heel) will be ready for Opening Day.

    Advice: Belt got a late start to the 2020 season due to a right heel issue and eventually underwent surgery a little over a month ago to remove a bone spur. Zaidi is hopeful that his first baseman will be ready to roll for the start of the 2021 campaign, but more undoubtedly will be known about his status during spring training. Wednesday, 3:32 pm
  • Frank Schwindel signs on with Athletics
    Athletics signed 1B Frank Schwindel to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Schwindel, 28, has been a good performer in the minors and got a cup of coffee with the Royals in 2019. He's unlikely to see any real action with the A's next season. Wednesday, 1:28 pm
  • Angels sign Ibandel Isabel to minor league deal
    Angels signed 1B Ibandel Isabel to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Isabel has put up impressive power numbers in the lower minors, but he is 25 years old and has yet to appear in a game above the Double-A level. He'll be a depth piece for the Angels leading into the 2021 season. Wednesday, 11:29 am
  • Cody Bellinger undergoes surgery on right shoulder
    Cody Bellinger underwent surgery Tuesday to repair his dislocated right shoulder.

    Advice: The news was first reported by ESPN's Jeff Passan, who adds that Bellinger will need around 10 weeks of rest and rehab but should be fully recovered by the start of spring training in late February. Bellinger dislocated the shoulder while celebrating his big seventh-inning go-ahead home run during the Dodgers' NLCS Game 7 victory over the Braves. He then went 3-for-22 (.136) in six World Series games against the Rays. Tuesday, 2:28 pm
  • Report: Edwin Encarnacion intends to play in 2021
    Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that Edwin Encarnacion intends to play next season.

    Advice: The White Sox declined their $12 million club option on Encarnacion in late October after he batted just .157/.250/.377 with 10 homers over 181 plate appearances this season. He turns 38 in January and could be nearing the end, but he's already training in hopes of showing he still has something left in the tank. Tuesday, 11:06 am
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