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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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  • Dodgers may still look to flip Matt Kemp
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Dodgers' plan is to flip Matt Kemp elsewhere in an effort to save more money.

    Advice: The Dodgers swung a massive five-player deal with the Braves on Saturday, but it looks like their primary goal in doing so was to save money to avoid luxury tax implications and set themselves up better for the 2018 free agent class. Kemp is still owed $43 million over the next two seasons, and the club may have to eat some of that in order to deal him elsewhere. Yesterday, 12:08 pm
  • J.D. Martinez wants to play outfield, not DH
    Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald hears that free agent slugger J.D. Martinez prefers to play in the outfield rather than serve as a designated hitter.

    Advice: This news may put a crimp in the efforts of his biggest suitor, the Boston Red Sox, who have a crowded outfield and would likely want Martinez to DH. The Red Sox have been vocal about their interest in the best hitter remaining on the market this winter. Only five players (Mike Trout, Joey Votto, Bryce Harper, Paul Goldschmidt and Josh Donaldson) have a better OPS over the last three seasons than Martinez's .943 mark. He slashed .303/.376/.690 with 45 homers and 104 RBI in just 119 games this year. He is reportedly asking for a $200 million contract and the Red Sox might have to pay him a bit extra to entice him to play DH. The Diamondbacks, Giants and Rockies are also believed to be angling for his services. Friday, 3:31 pm
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  • Preston Tucker designated for assignment
    Astros designated OF Preston Tucker for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Hector Rondon. Tucker looked like a potentially important part of the Astros' future not long ago, but he's been bypassed by others on the depth chart and spent all of 2017 at Triple-A even though he turned 27 at midseason. Still, he should draw some interest on waivers. Friday, 12:50 pm
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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
  • Phillies nab Carlos Santana with 3/$60M deal
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Phillies have signed Carlos Santana to a three-year, $60 million contract.

    Advice:'s Jesse Sanchez says the Phillies also have a $17.5 million club option for 2021. It's an odd fit on the surface, as it means either Rhys Hoskins or perhaps even Santana will play the outfield or Santana will move back third base and bump Maikel Franco from a starting job. Perhaps there will be a series of moves coming from Philly. Santana does give the Phillies a bona-fide bat, as he boasts a career .249/.365/.445 batting line and has averaged 24 homers per season in his seven full years. The Indians will now have to turn to Plan B at first base. Friday, 10:33 am
  • 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
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    Josh Harrison Pit - 2B,3B,OF
  • James Ramsey catches on with Twins
    Twins signed OF James Ramsey to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The former first-round pick isn't a prospect anymore at this point and missed virtually all of 2017 due to injury. Ramsey is merely a depth guy. Friday, 8:35 am
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  • Nats expect Bryce Harper to test free agency
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Nationals "are realistic and firmly believe" Bryce Harper will test free agency next offseason.

    Advice: The two sides had preliminary discussions on a long-term extension last month, but, not surprisingly, they didn't go anywhere. The Nationals are still hoping to re-sign Harper, but he's going to see what kind of offers are out there in free agency. A record-setting contract is likely. Friday, 5:58 am
  • Indians sign Melvin Upton to minors contract
    Indians signed OF Melvin Upton to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says Upton will earn $1.5 million if he's in the majors. Upton, 33, hit only .244/.306/.333 over 12 minor league games in 2017 while battling injuries. With Michael Brantley (ankle) unlikely to be ready for Opening Day and Jason Kipnis apparently on the trade block, Upton should have a shot to make the team. Friday, 5:37 am
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  • Royals sign Asche to minor league deal
    Royals signed third baseman-outfielder Cody Asche to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Asche hit just .105/.177/.175 in 57 at-bats after making the White Sox out of spring training last year, and he never returned to the majors after being sent down in mid-May. He'll be a fallback option for the Royals. Thursday, 5:30 pm
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  • Marlins land Magneuris Sierra in Ozuna swap
    Marlins acquired OF Magneuris Sierra, RHP Zac Gallen, LHP Daniel Castano, and RHP Sandy Alcantara from the Cardinals for OF Marcell Ozuna.

    Advice: Sierra made his MLB debut with St. Louis in 2017 and put up an impressive .317 batting average in 64 plate appearances, but his mostly underwhelming minor league numbers point to the fact that he still has a long way to go offensively. On the basepaths and in the outfield, he's just about ready. The question is whether the slender 21-year-old will ever develop enough power to stick as an impactful everyday player. Miami can slow-play it to find out. Thursday, 11:35 am
  • STL and MIA finalize five-player Ozuna trade
    Cardinals acquired OF Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins for RHP Sandy Alcantara, OF Magneuris Sierra, RHP Zac Gallen, and LHP Daniel Castano.

    Advice: St. Louis was considered a frontrunner in the Giancarlo Stanton sweepstakes before the 2017 National League MVP declined a move there (and to San Francisco) and used his no-trade clause to land comfortably with the Yankees. Ozuna is a pretty nice fallback for the Cardinals, coming off a breakout 2017 season that saw him register a .312/.376/.548 batting line, 37 home runs, and 124 RBI in 159 games. The 27-year-old outfielder is under contractual control through 2019 via salary arbitration. He figures to bat third or fourth in the St. Louis lineup in 2018 and should prove to be a significant offensive upgrade for his new team. Thursday, 11:32 am
  • SF, TOR considering trade for Avisail Garcia
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Giants and Blue Jays have spoken to the White Sox about a potential trade for Avisail Garcia.

    Advice: Nightengale notes that there is "nothing close" at this point, but many in the industry -- including a number of beat writers who cover the White Sox -- believe Garcia will be on the move this winter. The 26-year-old had a breakout season in 2017, slashing .330/.380/.506 with 18 home runs and 80 RBI in 136 games while earning his first All-Star nod. The issue for a team like San Francisco -- and other clubs in the NL -- is that Garcia is a dreadful defender in the outfield. Thursday, 10:29 am
  • Toronto expressing interest in Lorenzo Cain
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Blue Jays have expressed interest in free agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain.

    Advice: It's been a slow-moving offseason for Cain, but the same can be said for many other free agent position players. The 31-year-old should eventually score a nice deal after batting .300/.363/.440 with 15 home runs and 26 stolen bases over 155 games with Kansas City in 2017. Heyman says Toronto would prefer a four-year contract. Thursday, 9:00 am
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  • A's, Cards announce Stephen Piscotty swap
    Athletics acquired OF Stephen Piscotty from the Cardinals for SS Yairo Munoz and 2B Max Schrock.

    Advice: The framework of the trade was agreed to on Wednesday night and then officially announced Thursday after Piscotty passed his physical. The 26-year-old outfielder struggled with injuries throughout 2017 and his mother was diagnosed with ALS in the middle of the summer. He heads home to the Bay Area as a strong bounceback candidate for 2018. St. Louis signed Piscotty to a relatively team-friendly six-year, $33.5 million contract extension last April after watching him put up an .815 OPS with 29 home runs and 124 RBI over his first 216 major league games between 2015-2016. Thursday, 8:31 am
  • Astros grab OF/LHP Anthony Gose in Rule 5
    Astros selected OF/LHP Anthony Gose from the Rangers with the 15th pick in the Rule 5 draft.

    Advice: Gose struggled with his attempted conversion from outfielder to left-handed reliever in 2017, but Astros executive Kevin Goldstein told reporters on Wednesday that the club will double down on that experiment. It'll be an uphill battle for the 27-year-old to stick on Houston's active roster throughout the entire season. Thursday, 7:44 am
  • Padres have inquired on OF Christian Yelich
    Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune hears the Padres are among the teams that have inquired about Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported Wednesday that the Marlins intend to keep Yelich with the intention of structuring their rebuild around the 26-year-old outfielder, who is under control through 2021 with a club option for 2022. But there are rumblings that Yelich wants out of Miami after watching Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and Dee Gordon all get shipped off to other teams over the last week. San Diego has the prospects to get it done, though there would be offers coming in from a range of clubs -- both contending and non-contending -- if the Marlins decide to open up the bidding.'s Joe Frisaro reported Tuesday that the Braves and Diamondbacks have expressed interest. Thursday, 4:10 am
  • D'Backs sign Cesar Puello to minors deal
    Diamondbacks signed OF Cesar Puello to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Puello struggled at the major league level with the Angels and Rays in 2017, but he put up a promising .327/.377/.526 batting line with 13 home runs and 18 stolen bases in 87 games during his time spent at Triple-A. The 26-year-old outfielder could prove to be a nice find for Arizona. Wednesday, 12:58 pm
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  • Giants 'staying in contact' with FA Jay Bruce
    Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Giants are "staying in contact" with free agent outfielder Jay Bruce.

    Advice: Rosenthal says signing Bruce and trading for Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton was the "initial fallback plan" for San Francisco once Giancarlo Stanton rejected a trade there, though the Giants have been unable to match up with Cincinnati on a Hamilton deal. Bruce is also known to be drawing free agent interest from the Rockies, Blue Jays, Mariners, and Mets. He hit .254/.324/.508 with 36 homers and 101 RBI in 146 games this past season between New York and Cleveland. Wednesday, 12:06 pm
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    Jay Bruce Cle - 1B,OF
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