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  • Reds select 3B Mitch Nay in Rule 5 draft
    Reds selected 3B Mitch Nay from the Blue Jays in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 draft.

    Advice: Nay, a supplemental first-round pick in 2012 out of an Arizona high school, struggled to the tune of a .222/.265/.393 batting line in 61 games with Low-A Lansing this past season. The 24-year-old corner infielder is a non-prospect. Today, 9:10 am
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  • Cardinals get Yairo Munoz in Piscotty trade
    Cardinals acquired SS Yairo Munoz and 2B Max Schrock from the Cardinals for OF Stephen Piscotty.

    Advice: Munoz batted .300/.330/.464 with 13 home runs, 68 RBI, 22 stolen bases, and 65 runs scored in 112 games this past season between Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville. He has played all around the diamond defensively, but the majority of his innings have come at the shortstop position. The toolsy and versatile 22-year-old is a nice pickup for St. Louis. Today, 8:26 am
  • TEX re-signs Hanser Alberto to minors deal
    Rangers re-signed INF Hanser Alberto to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Alberto was non-tendered by the Rangers on December 1 after being limited to five minor league games in 2017 because of a shoulder injury that eventually required surgery. The hope is he'll be fully recovered by the opening of camp in February, though that still won't guarantee him a spot on the MLB roster. Today, 6:58 am
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  • Cardinals 'keep pushing for' Josh Donaldson
    According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Cardinals "keeping pushing for" Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson.

    Advice: Rosenthal adds, however, that the Blue Jays "remain disinclined to move Donaldson" because they want to compete in 2018. The asking price is high and there is no indication that a deal is close. St. Louis has its toe in the water on a bunch of different potential upgrades and it sounds like there might be a better match with the Rays. Evan Longoria, Alex Colome, and Chris Archer are the names the Cardinals have discussed with Tampa Bay. Today, 6:30 am
  • O's could trade Manny Machado this week?
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Orioles "are moving aggressively on Manny Machado trade talks and now believe they can move him by the end of the week."

    Advice: Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic wrote late Wednesday night that the White Sox have emerged "as the most aggressive suitor" for Machado and Nightengale confirms that the Pale Hose have presented the strongest offer so far to Baltimore, however the Cardinals, Giants, Red Sox, Phillies, and Yankees are also in the mix on this. Machado is an elite-level talent and he is only 25 years old, but the star third baseman can become a free agent after the 2018 season and the Orioles clearly don't think they can afford to lock him up to a long-term deal. A trade of Machado might kick off a larger rolling rebuild effort for the O's front office. Brad Brach, Zach Britton, and Adam Jones are all entering walk years. Today, 1:01 am
  • Headley a possibility for the Angels
    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Angels could be a fit for Chase Headley once the Ian Kinsler trade is completed.

    Advice: This is assuming that the Angels are able to get the deal for Kinsler done, which as of Wednesday night was in a slight holding pattern. It was reported earlier Wednesday that the Padres were shopping both Headley and Yangervis Solarte, and the Angels have a need at both the hot corner and the keystone. Stay tuned. Yesterday, 5:57 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. Yesterday, 2:16 pm
  • Boras, Nats also discussed Rendon extension
    Nationals GM Mike Rizzo confirmed that he recently met with agent Scott Boras to discuss a variety of subjects, including a possible extension for Anthony Rendon.

    Advice: The headline in this report is the reported meeting to discuss an extension for Bryce Harper, but Rendon is another young star that Washington will hope to lock down for the foreseeable future. The 27-year-old third baseman is coming off a breakout season where he registered a .937 OPS along with 25 homers and quality defense at the hot corner. He's entering his second year of arbitration eligibility, and if he does hit free agency in 2020, he likely is looking at being one of the highest paid players at his position. Yesterday, 1:10 pm
  • 10 teams reportedly in on FA Todd Frazier
    According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, as many as 10 teams have reached out to free agent Todd Frazier.

    Advice: We've already heard of interest from the Red Sox and Yankees, and Sherman adds the Giants, Angels, and Mets to the list. Frazier is being pitched as an option to play third base, first base, and maybe even some second base. The 31-year-old batted .213/.344/.428 with 27 home runs and 76 RBI in 147 games this past season between Chicago and New York. Yesterday, 12:41 pm
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  • 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. Yesterday, 11:09 am
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    Eduardo Núñez Bos - 2B,3B,SS,OF
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  • Colin Moran to play some LF next spring
    Colin Moran will play some left field next spring.

    Advice: Moran has been a third baseman almost exclusively in his pro career, but Alex Bregman is locked into that spot in Houston for the long term. Moran did see four starts in left field this past season at Triple-A Fresno. The 25-year-old has a big bat and a good chance of cracking the Astros' Opening Day roster in 2018 if he can add a little more defensive versatility. Tuesday, 2:50 pm
  • Miguel Sano (shin) has begun rehab work
    Miguel Sano (leg) has begun rehabbing at the Twins' spring training complex in Fort Myers, Florida.

    Advice: Sano underwent surgery in early November to repair a stress reaction in his left shin. There was no recovery timetable given at the time and there hasn't been a whole lot of clarity since, but it sounds like the young slugger could be ready for the beginning of the 2018 season. Sano batted .264/.352/.507 with 28 home runs and 77 RBI over 114 games in 2017. Tuesday, 2:24 pm
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    Miguel Sanó Min - 1B,3B,OF
  • 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: Angels could be suitor for Longoria
    According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, there's "some industry chatter" that the Angels could emerge as a potential match for Rays third baseman Evan Longoria.

    Advice: The Angels are known to be considering third base options, including free agent Mike Moustakas. Longoria has been linked to the Cardinals in recent weeks, but he'll surely draw interest from other clubs if the Rays truly intend to shop him. The 32-year-old is owed $86 million through 2022 and $94 million if an option is exercised for 2023. Tuesday, 5:47 am
  • 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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  • Christian Arroyo (hand) expected for ST
    Christian Arroyo (hand) is expected to be ready for the start of spring training.

    Advice: Arroyo underwent surgery to have a pin inserted into his fractured left hand, but it's not something that's expected to linger into the new year. He figures to begin next season back in the minors. Monday, 3:39 pm
  • Tigers have talked Castellanos extension
    Tigers general manager Al Avila said Monday that the club has discussed a contract extension for Nicholas Castellanos.

    Advice: The GM noted that nothing is imminent. Castellanos, who turns 26 in March, batted .272/.320/.490 with 26 home runs and 101 RBI this past season. He is under team control through the end of the 2019 campaign. Monday, 2:20 pm
  • Reds could look to extend Eugenio Suarez
    Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds are expected to pursue a contract extension with Eugenio Suarez later this offseason.

    Advice: Buchanan was told by a source close to Suarez -- who is arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason -- that the third baseman would want the extension to be for at least six years, which he writes "wouldn’t necessarily be an issue for the Reds." If the two sides are unable to gain traction on a long-term deal, Buchanan says that could push the Reds to look to trade Suarez, although it's unlikely that would happen this winter. Top prospect Nick Senzel is a third baseman, although the Reds have discussed moving him to second base or the outfield. Monday, 1:55 pm
  • Angels have been in touch with 3B Moustakas
    Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register confirms that the Angels have had discussions with free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas.

    Advice: The Angels have been speculated as a potential fit from the very beginning, so it's no surprise they have checked in. However, nothing appears to be imminent. Moustakas is looking to cash in this winter after slugging a career-high 38 homers with a .272/.314/.521 batting line in 2017. Monday, 9:23 am
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  • Blue Jays interested in Josh Harrison
    Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Blue Jays have interest in Josh Harrison.

    Advice: Brink also confirms a previous report of the Mets having interest in Harrison and adds that the Angels "would make sense" as a landing spot. Harrison would give Toronto some protection for the injury-prone Devon Travis at second base and also would be an option at third should the team wind up trading Josh Donaldson. The 30-year-old had a solid bounce-back season in 2017 and is under team control at reasonable rates through 2020. Sunday, 11:23 am
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    Josh Harrison Pit - 2B,3B,OF
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