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  • Rays and Dodgers are in the mix for Realmuto
    Joe Frisaro of reports that the Rays and Dodgers are still in the mix to acquire All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Marlins.

    Advice: The Mets had been one of the teams expressing the most interest in Realmuto, but after they signed Wilson Ramos on Sunday they're out of the running. The Braves also have seemingly dropped out of the race. The Dodgers were also in the mix for Ramos, so unless they plan on bringing back Yasmani Grandal, they may now up their efforts to acquire Realmuto. Today, 2:26 pm
  • Rosenthal: Adams heading back to Nationals
    The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal is reporting free agent Matt Adams is in agreement with the Nationals, pending a physical.

    Advice: Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan hears it's a one-year, $4 million contract. Adams has spent the past few years rotating between a handful of teams, coming up with the Cardinals before being dealt to the Braves, then joining the Nats ahead of last season before a trade sent him back to the Cards mid-year. Now, he's back in the nation's capital on a one-year deal. As he was deployed by the Nats his first time around, the 30-year-old will likely spell Ryan Zimmerman at first base and could see more playing time if the oft-injured Zimmerman can't stay on the field or his decline escalates in 2019. Yesterday, 1:17 pm
    Player Note
    Matt Adams StL - 1B,OF
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  • Angels sign Justin Bour for one year
    Angels signed Justin Bour to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

    Advice: The deal was leaked on Wednesday and it is now official. Bour will see action at both first base and designated hitter, sharing time with Albert Pujols and Shohei Ohtani. He was non-tendered by the Phillies in late November after batting .227/.341/.404 with 20 home runs and 59 RBI in 423 at-bats with the Marlins and Phillies this past season. Those numbers were a disappointment considering he had slashed .289/.366/.536 with a whopping 25 homers and 83 RBI in just 377 at-bats the year before. The 30-year-old could provide a lot of value on a bargain contract for the Angels next year if he has a bounce-back campaign. Yesterday, 11:56 am
  • Palka to play left field after Alonso deal?
    Daniel Palka is likely to play primarily left field following the White Sox' acquisition of first baseman Yonder Alonso in a trade with Cleveland on Saturday.

    Advice: White Sox general manager Rick Hahn says he believes Alonso and Jose Abreu will occupy the first base and designated hitter slots in 2019. He is already on record saying the team has no plans to trade the veteran Abreu. Palka was the club's primary DH in 2018 but he will have to find his playing time somewhere else next year. Hahn said it will be up to manager Rick Renteria whether to put the defensively-challenged Palka in left field or have him come off the bench most days. The 27-year-old batted .240/.294/.484 with 27 home runs and 67 RBI in 417 at-bats this past season as a rookie. Yesterday, 10:13 am
  • Alonso officially traded to the White Sox
    White Sox acquired 1B Yonder Alonso from the Indians for OF Alex Call.

    Advice: The deal was initially reported on Friday and is now official. Alonso batted .250/.317/.421 with 23 home runs and 83 RBI in his first and only season with the Indians. The White Sox already have a good first baseman in Jose Abreu, so one of them will presumably shift to the designated hitter slot. Both of them are 31 years old but Alonso has the better defensive metrics and will likely play the field on most days. The hot gossip on the Internet is that Alonso is Manny Machado's brother-in-law and that this move could be a maneuver by the White Sox to entice the superstar shortstop to choose Chicago over the other teams vying for his services. Yesterday, 7:01 am
  • White Sox have no intention of trading Abreu
    According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the White Sox have no intention of trading Jose Abreu, even after acquiring Yonder Alonso from the Indians on Friday.

    Advice: There had already been rumblings that Abreu may have been available, and Friday's acquisition of Alonso seemed to put even more wood on that fire, but perhaps the two can co-exist in Chicago. Alonso is an extremely skilled defender and likely to be the everyday first baseman, which would force Abreu into a full-time DH role, something that in the past he has claimed he does not want to do. This could just be posturing on the White Sox' part in order to get a better offer for Abreu. Friday, 8:00 pm
  • Cubs in 'strong pursuit' of Daniel Descalso
    Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cubs are in "strong pursuit" of Daniel Descalso.

    Advice: The Cardinals have also been connected to Descalso, so it could be a battle between the two National League Central rivals to land the utility player. Descalso has become a better hitter the last few seasons, posting a solid .238/.353/.436 batting line with 13 home runs last year in Arizona. Friday, 12:10 pm
    Player Note
    Daniel Descalso Ari - 1B,2B,3B,OF
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  • Rockies have discussed trade for Smoak
    Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies have internally discussed a trade for Justin Smoak.

    Advice: Smoak is under contract for one more year aft the Blue Jays exercised their $8 million dollar club option for the switch-hitting first baseman. He was unable to replicate his 2017 monster numbers, but still posted a usable .350 on-base percentage with 25 homers over 147 games. The 31-year-old would certainly see his value rise playing in the friendly confines of Coors Field, and it wouldn't be a huge shock to see Toronto willing to part with Smoak in what's likely to be a rebuilding year for the Blue Jays. Thursday, 3:52 pm
  • Report: Padres have discussed Profar
    Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports that the Rangers and Padres have discussed a deal involving Jurickson Profar.

    Advice: Lin cautions there is nothing imminent. Profar has been the discussion of several trade rumors this winter, as the former top prospect finally had a breakout season at the age of 25 with a .253/.335/.458 line along with 20 homers and 10 steals. He's also shown versatility to play in several spots, but he would make the most sense as a third baseman for the Padres. San Diego just happens to have the best system in baseball, so you'd have to think there's a match to be made here, if both parties are motivated. Thursday, 2:25 pm
    Player Note
    Jurickson Profar Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Report: Encarnacion 'will be flipped' to Rays
    Scott Miller of Bleacher Report writes that Edwin Encarnacion "will be flipped" to the Rays.

    Advice: It should be noted that Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times is hearing there is no swap in place at the moment. Encarnacion was just dealt from the Indians to the Mariners in a three-team trade involving the Rays, but it sounds like he won't even get a chance to don a Seattle uniform -- just like Carlos Santana before him. The 35-year-old slugger batted .246/.336/.474 with 32 home runs and 107 RBI over 137 games with Cleveland in 2018. He's due $21.67 million in 2019. Thursday, 10:38 am
  • Indians pick up Jake Bauers from the Rays
    Indians acquired 1B/OF Jake Bauers from the Rays as part of a three-team trade.

    Advice: Bauers made his major league debut this past year at age 22 and batted .201/.316/.384 with 11 home runs, 48 RBI, and six stolen bases over his first 96 big-league games. He'll presumably play left field for the Indians, pending their other offseason moves, and could be of value in AL-only fantasy leagues. Bauers was ranked a top-70 prospect by multiple services leading into the 2018 campaign. Thursday, 10:25 am
    Player Note
    Jake Bauers Cle - 1B,OF
  • Rays acquire Yandy Diaz in three-team trade
    Rays acquired 3B Yandy Diaz from the Indians as part of a three-team trade.

    Advice: Diaz is the centerpiece for Tampa Bay in this somewhat convoluted swap. The 27-year-old posted an impressive .312/.375/.422 batting line over 120 plate appearances with the Indians in 2018, though his defense at third base has been iffy at times and it's a little unclear at the moment how he fits into the Rays' plans for 2018. They probably have other moves in the works. Thursday, 10:19 am
  • Tribe get Carlos Santana in three-team deal
    Indians acquired 1B/DH Carlos Santana from the Mariners as part of a three-team trade.

    Advice: The Indians will send Edwin Encarnacion to Seattle and Yandy Diaz to Tampa Bay. There are other elements to this deal too. Santana is said to be thrilled about heading back to Cleveland after spending one year with the Phillies, who dealt him to the Mariners earlier this month as part of the Jean Segura trade. The 32-year-old played the first eight years of his career with the Tribe. Thursday, 10:14 am
    Player Note
    Carlos Santana Cle - 1B,3B,OF
  • Posey (hip) to begin running in mid-January
    Buster Posey (hip) is expected to begin running at full speed in mid-January.

    Advice: Posey underwent season-ending surgery in late August to repair a microfracture and labrum tear in his right hip. He probably won't be very active during the early part of spring training, but the hope is that the six-time All-Star will be ready to rock come Opening Day. Posey, 31, batted .284/.359/.382 with just five home runs and 41 RBI over 105 games this past year for San Francisco. Wednesday, 8:55 pm
  • Padres showing interest in Marwin Gonzalez
    According to Ken Rosenthal and Dennis Lin of The Athletic, the Padres are among the teams with interest in free agent Marwin Gonzalez.

    Advice: Gonzalez is a fit for just about every club in the major leagues because of his ability to play all over the diamond defensively. Rosenthal says the Padres are looking for someone who can play shortstop until top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. is ready and then shift into more of a utility role. Gonzalez had a down year with the Astros in 2018, but the versatile 29-year-old batted .303/.377/.530 with 23 home runs and 90 RBI over 134 games in 2017. Wednesday, 3:40 pm
    Player Note
    Marwin González Hou - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
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  • Dodgers talking Jose Martinez with Cardinals
    According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Dodgers are talking to the Cardinals about Jose Martinez.

    Advice: Martinez doesn't make a ton of sense on paper for the Dodgers given his struggles defensively at first base and in the outfield, but perhaps they would promptly flip him to an American League team. The 30-year-old can certainly hit -- he's posted an .850 OPS in 270 games over the last three seasons with St. Louis. Martinez seems certain to be traded somewhere this winter. Tuesday, 9:13 pm
  • Pujols (knee, elbow) beginning workouts
    Albert Pujols (knee, elbow) has been cleared for light lower body workouts.

    Advice: Pujols needed an arthroscopic debridement procedure on his left knee in late August and then underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from his right elbow in early September. He is expected to be ready for the beginning of spring training in February. The Angels still owe the 38-year-old a whopping $87 million. Tuesday, 5:45 pm
  • D-backs may have interest in Adrian Gonzalez
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that Adrian Gonzalez plans to play in 2019 and the Diamondbacks are "one of the teams who may have interest."

    Advice: Gonzalez opened last season as the Mets' first baseman but was released after batting just .237/.299/.373 with six homers over 54 games. He will turn 37 next May and surely would have to settle for a minor league contract at this point. Nightengale says that "money won't be an issue" for Gonzalez. Monday, 8:18 pm
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  • Brewers showing interest in Daniel Murphy
    Robert Murray of The Athletic reports that the Brewers have expressed interest in Daniel Murphy.

    Advice: Murray also confirms that the club is interested in re-signing Mike Moustakas, which has been reportedly previously. General manager David Stearns said Monday that the team is planning on Travis Shaw being their second baseman next season, but obviously the signing of Murphy or Moustakas would change that. Monday, 6:30 pm
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  • Cody Bellinger to work on swing with coaches
    Cody Bellinger will work on his swing at Dodger Stadium this week with the team's hitting coaches.

    Advice: President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Monday that Bellinger has some ideas of his own to fix things after he slumped a bit in his second season. While he did fall off a bit in 2018, Bellinger still batted .260/.343/.470 with 25 home runs and 14 stolen bases. Monday, 5:47 pm
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