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  • Kevin Plawecki may now be expendable
    According to Andy Martino of SNY, the Mets plan to head into the 2019 season with Wilson Ramos and Travis d'Arnaud as their catching tandem.

    Advice: That means the Mets don't plan on carrying three catchers, so after agreeing to a deal with Ramos on Sunday, Kevin Plawecki looks to be expendable. The Mets could now look to deal the 27-year-old, who is under team control through the 2022 season, as part of a package to fill other outstanding needs such as a left-handed bullpen arm. Today, 2:31 pm
  • 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
  • Mets agree to two-year, $19 M deal with Ramos
    According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, the Mets have agreed to a two-year, $19 million contract with Wilson Ramos.

    Advice: Piecing this together, Daniel Alvarez Montes was the first to report that the Mets had reached an agreement with the catcher, Ken Rosenthal added that it was a two-year deal and Heyman closed it out by adding the financial details. The contract is still pending a physical, so it's likely that it will not be finalized and made official until Monday. Today, 1:55 pm
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  • Tyler Flowers 'could be had' in a trade
    Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reports that Tyler Flowers "could be had" in a trade.

    Advice: There have been some reports recently downplaying the Braves' interest in J.T. Realmuto, but Flowers being available via trade would suggest they might be trying to clear space for a big addition. Flowers is currently slated to share time behind the plate with Brian McCann next season. Today, 5:37 am
  • Mets continue to show interest in Grandal
    According to Andy Martino of SNY, the Mets continue to show interest in free agent catcher Yasmani Grandal.

    Advice: The Mets are on the hunt for a major upgrade behind the plate and have talked to the Marlins about J.T. Realmuto, but they continue to explore Grandal as well, who is the best catcher available on the free agent market. The White Sox have also been mentioned as a possible destination for Grandal, though their signing of James McCann on Friday could lessen their interest. Friday, 5:50 pm
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  • White Sox to sign catcher James McCann
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the White Sox and James McCann have agreed to terms on a contract, pending a physical.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports says it's a one-year, $2.5 million deal. McCann was non-tendered by the Tigers last month but will stay in the American League Central. He will back up Welington Castillo with the Pale Hose. McCann batted .220/.267/.314 with eight homers last season. Friday, 10:53 am
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  • Dodgers in touch with Pirates about Cervelli's Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers have been in touch with the Pirates about a trade for catcher Francisco Cervelli.

    Advice: The Dodgers are one of many teams in the mix for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, but they could shift their focus to Cervelli if they're unable to work something out with Miami. Gurnick also mentions free agent Nick Hundley as a potential fallback option. Cervelli delivered a strong .259/.378/.431 batting line with a career-high 12 home runs and 57 RBI over 104 games with the Pirates in 2018. He's due $11.5 million in 2019, the final year of his current deal. Thursday, 6:02 am
  • 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
  • Greiner expected to start at catcher for DET
    Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said Wednesday that he expects Grayson Greiner to be the team's everyday catcher in 2019.

    Advice: Of course, that could change if the Tigers add a catcher via trade or free agency this winter. Gardenhire noted that John Hicks would back up Greiner behind the plate and also see action at first base. Greiner, 26, slashed .219/.328/.281 with zero homers and 12 RBI over his first 116 major league plate appearances in 2018. He's not going to be much of a fantasy option. Wednesday, 11:04 am
  • A's finalize one-year deal with Herrmann
    Athletics signed C Chris Herrmann to a one-year, $1 million contract.

    Advice: There are also some performanced-based incentives built into this deal. Herrmann could potentially work in a platoon behind the plate next year with Josh Phegley, pending the A's other offseason moves. The 31-year-old slashed .237/.322/.421 over 36 games with the Mariners in 2018. Tuesday, 3:34 pm
  • Cardinals plan to talk to Francisco Pena
    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals will talk to the representatives for Francisco Pena at some point this week.

    Advice: Pena appeared in 58 games as Yadier Molina's backup in 2018 while batting .203/.239/.271 over 142 plate appearances. Goold mentions Rene Rivera as a fallback option if Pena prefers to look for an opportunity elsewhere. Tuesday, 11:55 am
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  • Reds re-sign Juan Graterol to minors deal
    Reds re-signed C Juan Graterol to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Graterol was non-tendered by the Reds late last month but is now back in the organization. He'll likely being 2019 at Triple-A Louisville. Monday, 6:13 pm
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  • Stephen Vogt (shoulder) throwing from 70 feet
    Stephen Vogt (shoulder) plans on playing next season and has heard from seven teams.

    Advice: Vogt had shoulder surgery in May that seemed to put his career in jeopardy, but he's recovered well and has been throwing from 70 feet lately. The veteran catcher is hopeful of being ready for spring training or early on in the regular season at the latest. Vogt, 34, batted .233/.285/.423 with 12 homers in his last season in 2017 and might have to settle for a minor league contract. Monday, 3:58 pm
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  • Mariners ink Lobaton to minors deal
    Mariners signed C Jose Lobaton to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Lobaton, 34, appeared in 22 games with the Mets this past season while posting a weak .143/.246/.224 batting line in 57 plate appearances. He's organizational depth at this point of his career. Monday, 10:47 am
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  • Miguel Montero confirms he's retired
    Miguel Montero confirmed to Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports that he's retired.

    Advice: Montero previously told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that he's "pretty much retired," but he has since clarified that by saying, "I'm done." It was already pretty clear that he's moved on to his next act, as the 35-year-old has begun to work as an agent and is the CEO of ZT Sports. Monday, 5:46 am
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  • Molina to undergo minor knee surgery
    Brian Stull of the St. Louis Baseball Weekly reported that Yadier Molina will undergo knee surgery next week.

    Advice: It is expected to be a minor clean-up procedure with a rapid recovery time. Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak said Molina would be sidelined for only a few days. The 36-year-old Molina remains one of the top catchers on the fantasy landscape after batting .261/.314/.436 with 20 home runs and 74 RBI this past season. ESPN's Player Rater ranked Molina second among all catchers behind only J.T. Realmuto in 2018. Saturday, 8:17 am
  • Giants sign Cameron Rupp to minors contract
    Giants signed C Cameron Rupp to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of Fancred notes that Rupp will earn $750,000 if he makes the big league roster. The 30-year-old backstop and longtime former Phillie is a career .234/.298/.407 hitter with 39 homers in 1127 plate appearances at the big league level for his career. He'll add catching depth for the Giants behind Buster Posey. Friday, 4:58 pm
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  • A's 'focused' on re-signing Jonathan Lucroy
    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics are "focused on bringing back Jonathan Lucroy on a one-year deal."

    Advice: However, Slusser isn't sure whether Lucroy would be willing to accept just a one-year commitment at this point. The veteran catcher wouldn't appear to have much leverage after batting just .241/.291/.325 for the A's in 2018, so returning to where he's comfortable might be his best option. Oakland thinks top catching prospect Sean Murphy will be ready for the majors before long, so they don't want to block him by giving another catcher a multi-year deal. Friday, 11:25 am
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  • Brewers ink Tuffy Gosewisch to minors deal
    Brewers signed C Tuffy Gosewisch to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Gosewisch, 35, is a career .190/.228/.271 hitter over parts of five seasons in the majors. He's merely a depth addition. Friday, 9:35 am
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  • Astros officially sign Robinson Chirinos
    Astros signed C Robinson Chirinos to a one-year, $5.75 million deal.

    Advice: This deal was reported on Tuesday, and now that Chirinos has passed his physical, he's officially a member of the Astros. He's a strong defender behind the plate, but he also hit 18 homers and drove in 65 runs for the Rangers in 2018. He should have a chance to drive in more runs while a member of a (much) better Houston lineup, and a 20-plus homer season seems within grasp with his home games coming in Houston. Thursday, 3:15 pm
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