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  • 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. Today, 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. Today, 10:14 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 3:40 pm
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    Marwin González Hou - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
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  • A's talking to Rangers about Jurickson Profar
    Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Athletics are among the clubs talking to the Rangers about Jurickson Profar.

    Advice: Rosenthal notes that Profar could play second base for the A's in 2019 if they are unable to re-sign Jed Lowrie. Franklin Barreto is also an internal possibility. Profar finally put it all together in 2018, batting .254/.335/.458 with 20 home runs, 77 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and 82 runs scored in 146 games with Texas. The 25-year-old former top prospect is under club control through 2020. Yesterday, 10:43 am
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    Jurickson Profar Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Mariners on lookout for shortstop
    The Mariners are in the market for a shortstop because they might want to have J.P. Crawford open the year in Triple-A.

    Advice: Why would they want Crawford to open the year in Triple-A after trading Jean Segura for him? We're glad you asked. It's because he has exactly one year and 20 days of service time, meaning that if he spends the first month of next season in Triple-A, the Mariners would be able to push back his free agency one year. It'd be a big surprise if he doesn't spend April in the minors. The Mariners could sign a bargain shortstop -- maybe Alcides Escobar, Erick Aybar or Eric Sogard -- to fill in. Yesterday, 7:53 am
  • Cardinals acquire Drew Robinson from TEX
    Cardinals acquired INF/OF Drew Robinson from the Rangers for 3B Patrick Wisdom.

    Advice: Robinson fits the Cardinals' desire for a left-handed-hitting utilityman. He holds a weak .204/.301/.366 career slash line in 246 major league plate appearances, but the 26-year-old will likely make the Opening Day roster in St. Louis as a versatile bench presence. He has experience at just about every position defensively and has posted strong offensive numbers at the Triple-A level. Tuesday, 3:07 pm
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    Drew Robinson StL - 2B,3B,OF
  • Rangers acquire Patrick Wisdom from STL
    Rangers acquired 3B Patrick Wisdom from the Cardinals for INF/OF Drew Robinson.

    Advice: Wisdom finally made his major league debut this year at age 26 and posted a promising .882 OPS with four home runs over 58 plate appearances, though his minor league numbers would suggest that was mostly small sample size theater. The former supplemental first-round draft pick will have a clearer path to a regular role in Texas, but he's doubtful to hold significant fantasy relevance in 2019. Tuesday, 3:04 pm
  • NYY, PHI, CWS to meet with Manny Machado
    According to Fancred's Jon Heyman, the Yankees, Phillies, and White Sox are set to meet with free agent Manny Machado.

    Advice: This comes on the heels of a report from ESPN's Buster Olney that Machado is planning to make "four in-person visits with teams in the days ahead." Heyman adds that there are another three "mystery teams" in the running beyond the Yanks, Phils, and Pale Hose. Machado, 26, is believed to be seeking something close to a 10-year, $300 million deal. He slashed .297/.367/.538 with 37 home runs and 107 RBI in 162 games this past season between the Orioles and Dodgers. Tuesday, 1:36 pm
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  • Marlins outright INF Rivera to Triple-A
    Marlins sent INF Yadiel Rivera outright to Triple-A New Orleans.

    Advice: The move clears him from the 40-man roster. Rivera, 26, batted just .173/.269/.216 with one home run and nine RBI over 160 plate appearances with the Marlins in 2018. Tuesday, 10:37 am
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    Yadiel Rivera Mia - 2B,3B,SS
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  • Yankees open to moving Miguel Andujar
    Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray of The Athletic hear from rival executives that the Yankees are open to moving Miguel Andujar.

    Advice: Rosenthal calls Andujar a "name to watch" and speculates that he could be part of the ask in the much-hyped three-way trade talks involving Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto. Rosenthal hears that the Marlins want an established young major-leaguer as part of the return package. This could set the stage for the Yankees to intensify talks with free agent star Manny Machado to take over at third base, but obviously there's a long way to go. It's an interesting scenario to think about for now. Andujar is coming off a strong rookie season in which he batted .297/.328/.527 with 27 homers and 92 RBI over 149 games. Tuesday, 8:00 am
  • Dodgers interested in Nicholas Castellanos's Jon Morosi reports that the Dodgers have interest in Nicholas Castellanos.

    Advice: The common thought is that the Dodgers will trade at least one outfield to reduce their logjam, but they're at least keeping tabs on the market for Castellanos. However, Morosi notes that "there’s no present momentum toward a deal" and Castellanos "is not their highest priority." Morosi previously listed the Braves as a team that has interest. Monday, 7:00 pm
  • Reds ink Christian Colon to minors deal
    Reds signed INF Christian Colon to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Colon, 29, is a career .252/.315/.315 hitter over parts of four major league seasons. He's merely organizational depth. Monday, 6:15 pm
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  • Jake Lamb to play some first base next season
    Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen said Monday that Jake Lamb (shoulder) will play some first base next season in addition to third base.

    Advice: Hazen noted that things can change depending on other potential moves the club makes this offseason, but it sounds like the plan is probably to play Lamb at first base and Eduardo Escobar at third base most days. Moving Lamb across the diamond makes sense, as he's coming back from shoulder surgery and isn't a great defender at the hot corner, anyway. Lamb hopes to be ready for the start of spring training. Monday, 5:18 pm
  • Yankees, Reds talked Scooter Gennett trade
    Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reports that the Yankees and Reds had discussions about a possible Scooter Gennett trade.

    Advice: Heyman cautions that he's "not sure how much there is to it." The fit makes some sense, as Gennett could play second base while Gleyber Torres slides over to shortstop to cover for Didi Gregorius (elbow). For what it's worth, Mark Sheldon of has reported that the Reds are "not actively looking to move" Gennett. Monday, 3:29 pm
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    Scooter Gennett Cin - 2B,3B,OF
  • Nats have made extension offers to Rendon
    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Monday that the team has made contract extension offers to Anthony Rendon.

    Advice: Both the Nats and Rendon are reportedly interested in negotiating a long-term contract extension, but whether the club is able to make an enticing enough offer to convince the third baseman to forego free agency next winter remains to be seen. Rendon has batted .292/.374/.504 with 69 home runs over the last three seasons and is arbitration-eligible for a final time this winter. Monday, 3:12 pm
  • Mariners claim Kaleb Cowart off waivers
    Mariners claimed INF/RHP Kaleb Cowart off waivers from the Angels.

    Advice: Cowart was once a top-100 prospect, but he owns a disappointing .177/.241/.293 batting line over 380 plate appearances in the majors. Interestingly, the Mariners are saying that Cowart will be both a position player and a pitcher in the spring. The 26-year-old has never pitched in professional ball. Monday, 11:52 am
  • Orioles claim Rio Ruiz off waivers
    Orioles claimed INF/OF Rio Ruiz off waivers from the Braves.

    Advice: Ruiz, 24, has batted just .189/.282/.302 over 195 plate appearances during his sporadic chances in the majors. However, he's in a better situation for at-bats in Baltimore and will be reunited with new Orioles GM Mike Elias, who drafted him while working for the Astros. Monday, 11:06 am
  • M's not motivated to move Seager
    Jayson Stark of The Athletic reports that the Mariners aren't "especially motivated" to trade Kyle Seager.

    Advice: Moving Seager makes plenty of sense on paper, but it's hard to believe there would be a ton of interest after he struggled with a career-worst .673 OPS (86 OPS+) this past season. The 31-year-old is also owed $56 million over the next three seasons, with a club option for 2022. Perhaps a deal would be more feasible if he enjoys a bounceback in 2019. Monday, 10:14 am
  • Braves ink Andres Blanco to minor league deal
    Braves signed INF Andres Blanco to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that Blanco will earn $850,000 if he cracks the big league roster. The 34-year-old spent the 2018 season in the minor leagues, where he slashed .271/.362/.435 with nine homers, 47 RBI and six swipes in 96 games at Triple-A Colorado Springs. He'll try to secure a utility job on the Braves' Opening Day roster. Friday, 5:04 pm
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    Andrés Blanco SF - 1B,2B,3B
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  • Kris Bryant to resume hitting in January
    Cubs' president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Friday that Kris Bryant (shoulder) will resume hitting in January.

    Advice: Bryant has been progressing without limitations in his recovery from a sore left shoulder, but the team doesn't want him to start hitting until January. He'll have no problem getting himself ready in time for the start of the regular season. Friday, 3:19 pm
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    Kris Bryant ChC - 3B,OF
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