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  • O'Malley signs minor league deal with Rockies
    Rockies signed INF Shawn O'Malley to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: O'Malley was outrighted off the Mariners' 40-man roster in September. The 29-year-old owns a career .231/.315/.317 line in the bigs. Yesterday, 2:30 pm
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    Shawn O'Malley Col - 2B,SS,OF
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  • Braves land Charlie Culberson from Dodgers
    Braves acquired INF Charlie Culberson, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, LHP Scott Kazmir, RHP Brandon McCarthy and cash considerations from the Dodgers for OF Matt Kemp.

    Advice: The 28-year-old is a defense-first type of utility player but could add valuable versatility to the Braves' bench. He's a career .231/.272/.324 hitter over 443 plate appearances in his big league career. Yesterday, 12:04 pm
  • Daniel Murphy (knee) walking with crutch
    Daniel Murphy, not even two months removed from knee surgery, is walking using a crutch.

    Advice: Murphy underwent a debridement and microfracture surgery on his right knee in early October. The Nationals remain optimistic that Murphy will be ready to go for Opening day. The 32-year-old is coming off of a stellar season where he slashed .322/.384/.543 with 23 homers and 93 RBI in 144 contests. Yesterday, 9:26 am
  • Marlins bring aboard Cristhian Adames
    Marlins signed INF Cristhian Adames to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Adames, 26, is a career .206/.283/.278 over parts of four seasons in the majors. He'll give the Marlins some infield depth. Friday, 2:24 pm
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    Cristhian Adames Mia - 2B,3B,SS
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  • 'Nothing currently brewing' with Mets, Kipnis
    Matt Ehalt of The Record reports that "there is nothing currently brewing" in regards to the Mets and trade talks for Jason Kipnis.

    Advice: Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reported Thursday that there was "traction" between the Mets and Indians on a trade involving Kipnis, but Ehalt is evidently hearing otherwise. The Mets are looking for a second baseman and Kipnis would be a buy-low candidate after he hit only .232/.291/.414 during an injury-shortened 2017. Friday, 12:36 pm
  • Angels discussing Josh Harrison with Pirates
    Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have discussed Josh Harrison with the Pirates.

    Advice: Harrison would give the Halos an option at third base in 2018 and could potentially slide over to second base in 2019 after Ian Kinsler's contract runs out. The 30-year-old batted .272/.339/.432 with 16 homers and 12 stolen bases for the Pirates this past season. The Mets and Blue Jays have also expressed interest. Friday, 9:55 am
    Player Note
    Josh Harrison Pit - 2B,3B,OF
  • Twins ink Taylor Featherston to minors deal
    Twins signed INF/OF Taylor Featherston to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Featherston has batted just .160/.221/.256 over 244 plate appearances in the majors but does offer plenty of versatility. He'll compete for a bench job in spring training. Friday, 8:30 am
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  • Cardinals acquire Schrock in Piscotty deal
    Cardinals acquired 2B Max Schrock and SS Yairo Munoz from the Athletics for OF Stephen Piscotty.

    Advice: Schrock hasn't developed much of a power tool yet, but he boasts a well-rounded .324/.372/.439 career batting line in the minor leagues and he plays good defense at second base. The 23-year-old finished the 2017 season with the Double-A affiliate of the A's. Thursday, 8:23 am
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  • Angels officially acquire Kinsler from Tigers
    Angels acquired 2B Ian Kinsler from the Tigers for OF Troy Montgomery and RHP Wilkel Hernandez.

    Advice: Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was the first to report the deal. Kinsler, 35, hit .236/.313/.425 for the Tigers in 2017 while tallying 22 homers and stealing 14 bases in 139 games. The right-handed-hitting second baseman had to waive his no-trade clause in order for Detroit to execute this move. He could hit at or near the top of the lineup with the Angels in 2018 and greatly improves their situation at the keystone. Wednesday, 8:40 pm
  • Report: Pads listening on offers for Solarte
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Padres are engaged in trade talks with Yangervis Solarte as well as Chase Headley.

    Advice: The Headley reports confirm Bob Nightengale's report that the Padres were shopping him, but Solarte's name is new to the trade block. In 2017, the 30-year-old infielder hit .255/.314/.416 with 18 homers, and he played all over the infield. His versatility along with team-friendly contract that contains two team options could make him a hot commodity if the Padres are serious about moving him. Wednesday, 2:16 pm
  • Nunez has interest from BOS, TOR, NYY?
    Eduardo Nunez is drawing free agent interest from the Red Sox, Blue Jays, and "possibly Yankees," per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

    Advice: Nunez excelled in a utility role with the Giants and Red Sox in 2017, slashing .313/.341/.460 with 12 home runs and 24 stolen bases in 114 games. He battled a knee injury down the stretch, but the versatile 30-year-old is expected to be 100 percent by the start of spring training in February. Wednesday, 11:09 am
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    Eduardo Núñez Bos - 2B,3B,SS,OF
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  • Cano dealt with lower body issues in 2017
    Mariners manager Scott Servais said Robinson Cano dealt with lower body issues throughout the second half of the 2017 season.

    Advice: The physical issues affected him both defensively and offensively. Cano posted a relatively disappointing .765 OPS with six home runs and 37 RBI in 71 games after the All-Star break. He turned 35 years old in October. Dee Gordon, currently ticketed for a move to center field, could see some starts at second base next season to allow Cano a bit of extra rest. Tuesday, 1:35 pm
  • Dee Gordon to bat leadoff for M's in 2018
    Mariners manager Scott Servais confirmed Tuesday at the Winter Meetings that he is planning to bat Dee Gordon at leadoff next season.

    Advice: Seattle acquired Gordon and international pool money from the Marlins last week in exchange for three minor leaguers. The speedy 29-year-old is expected to transition from second base to center field with the Mariners. He'll be the favorite to lead the American League in stolen bases leading into 2018. Tuesday, 1:29 pm
  • Mets, A's discussed Jed Lowrie trade
    Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets have discussed a possible Jed Lowrie trade with the Athletics, but that the two sides don't appear to match up for a deal.

    Advice: The Mets are known to be in the market for a second baseman, with trade targets like Ian Kinsler, Jason Kipnis, and Josh Harrison also under consideration, so it makes sense that they would at least all on Lowrie. It doesn't sound like talks got very far, though. Lowrie is owed $8 million in 2018 and batted .277/.360/.448 with 14 home runs and 69 RBI over 153 games this past season. Tuesday, 11:33 am
  • Rays acquire INF Ryan Schimpf from Padres
    Rays acquired INF Ryan Schimpf from the Padres for INF Deion Tansel.

    Advice: Schimpf hit just .158 with a .284 on-base percentage in 53 games with the Padres this past season, but he put up 14 homers and a .424 slugging percentage. The 29-year-old strikes out a ton and hits the ball in the air more than anyone, so putting up a decent batting average will be a struggle, but there's no doubting his power. The Rays are willing to take a chance to see where he could fit. Tuesday, 10:44 am
  • Report: Neil Walker seeking four-year deal
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, free agent second baseman Neil Walker is seeking a four-year deal.

    Advice: Walker is 32 years old and had back surgery last year, so it's probably unrealistic. Teams also have multiple alternatives available on the trade front. Walker batted .265/.362/.439 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI in 111 games this past season between the Mets and Brewers. Tuesday, 8:02 am
    Player Note
    Neil Walker Mil - 1B,2B
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  • Gordon Beckham re-signs with Mariners
    Mariners re-signed INF Gordon Beckham to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Beckham made it up to the Mariners briefly last season but spent almost all of the year at Triple-A Tacoma. The 31-year-old is merely organizational depth at this point in his career. Monday, 4:11 pm
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    Gordon Beckham Sea - 2B,3B,SS
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  • Devon Travis (knee) expected for ST
    Devon Travis (knee) is expected to be ready for the beginning of spring training.

    Advice: Travis had surgery in June to repair cartilage damage in his right knee and never made it back to the Blue Jays as he encountered setbacks in his rehab. However, the expectation is he'll be fine after an offseason of rest. Travis has been very injury-prone in his pro career and played only 50 games in 2017. Monday, 2:37 pm
  • Rays acquire Joey Wendle from A's
    Rays acquired INF Joey Wendle from the Athletics for a player to be named later or cash.

    Advice: Wendle had been designated for assignment. Slated to turn 28 in April, Wendle has batted .266/.305/.339 over 118 plate appearances in the majors across the last two seasons. He'll compete for a bench job in Tampa. Monday, 2:29 pm
  • Marlins acquire INF Castro in Stanton trade
    Marlins acquired INFs Starlin Castro and Jose Devers, and RHP Jorge Guzman from the Yankees for OF Giancarlo Stanton and cash considerations.

    Advice: Castro’s stay with the Marlins figures to be brief. The primary objective for the Marlins was to shed Stanton’s contract, so they didn’t receive the top prospects fans were hoping for here, but they should get some decent pieces back for Castro. The 27-year-old is owed $24 million over the next two seasons and batted .300/.338/.545 with 16 homers over 112 games in 2017. Monday, 8:01 am
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