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  • Mets sign Jose Lobaton to minors deal
    Mets signed C Jose Lobaton to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Lobaton is a career .218/.295/.324 hitter over parts of eight seasons in the majors. He'll likely be assigned to Triple-A at the beginning of the season. Friday, 2:22 pm
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  • Cardinals ink Francisco Pena to minors deal
    Cardinals signed C Francisco Pena to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Pena will be one of the catchers at Triple-A Memphis in 2018. The 28-year-old hit .278/.309/.450 with six homers and 18 RBI in 51 games for the Triple-A affiliate of the Orioles in 2017. Wednesday, 9:19 am
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  • Nationals have discussed C Alex Avila
    Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports that free agent catcher Alex Avila has come up in the Nationals' discussions.

    Advice: Avila told MLB Network Radio last month that he would be open to serving as a backup on a contending team and the Nationals have stated a desire to get Matt Wieters extra rest in 2018, so this could be a pretty nice fit. As of now, Pedro Severino is positioned as the No. 2 catcher in Washington. Wednesday, 8:01 am
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  • Yankees re-sign Erik Kratz to minors deal
    Yankees re-signed C Erik Kratz to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Kratz elected to become a free agent in early November after being outrighted off the Yankees' 40-man roster, but the 37-year-old catcher has decided to begin the 2018 season back in pinstripes. A career .203/.250/.366 hitter, he appeared in only four games at the major league level with New York in 2017. Tuesday, 9:34 pm
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  • Rangers interested in C Rene Rivera
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rangers are considering Rene Rivera.

    Advice: He would be used as a backup to Robinson Chirinos. Rivera, 34, batted .252/.305/.431 with 10 home runs for the Mets and Cubs last season. Monday, 1:30 pm
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  • Astros sign Federowicz to minors deal
    Astros signed C Tim Federowicz to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Federowicz appeared in 13 games with the Giants this year and batted .300/.366/.463 over 314 plate appearances in Triple-A. The 30-year-old will provide some depth going into spring training. Monday, 8:49 am
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  • Report: Red Sox have interest in Schwarber
    Scott Lauber of ESPN Boston reports that the Red Sox have interest in Kyle Schwarber.

    Advice: The Red Sox are looking to add more power to their lineup this winter and Schwarber is a fit given that he's best-suited as a designated hitter. However, the Cubs remain high on the 24-year-old even after a disappointing 2017 campaign that saw him bat just .211/.315/.467, so it's questionable whether they'd sell low on him. Boston is expected to be in the mix for slugger J.D. Martinez. Sunday, 8:05 am
  • Iannetta strikes deal with Rockies
    Rockies signed C Chris Iannetta to a two-year contract.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports it's a two-year deal worth $8.5 million. It's a return home of sorts for the 34-year-old catcher, who spent his first six seasons with the Rockies. He's coming off one of his best offensive seasons outside of Colorado, hitting 17 homers and registering an .865 OPS in 89 games for the Diamondbacks in 2017. Friday, 1:29 pm
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