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  • Orioles acquire INF Jackson in Rule 5 draft
    Phillies selected INF Drew Jackson from the Dodgers with the 11th pick in the Rule 5 draft and traded him to the Orioles for international bonus dollars.

    Advice: Baltimore gets another middle-infield option after selecting Richie Martin with the first pick. Jackson hit .251/.356/.447 with 15 homers and 22 starts while splitting time between second and short in Double-A last season. He's a better bet than Martin to hit in the majors, but he probably faces more of an uphill battle to make the team. Today, 9:48 am
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  • Richie Martin to O's with top pick in Rule 5
    Orioles selected SS Richie Martin from the Athletics with the No. 1 overall pick in the Rule 5 Draft.

    Advice: Martin is known more for his defense than offense, but he posted a promising .300/.368/.439 batting line with six home runs and 25 stolen bases over 118 games this past season with the Double-A affiliate of the Athletics. Baltimore will have to carry the 23-year-old shortstop on its major league roster in order to keep him. He could potentially see regular playing time out of the gate with the rebuilding O's. Today, 9:06 am
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  • 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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  • Torres could play second or shortstop
    Yankees manager Aaron Boone has no preference on whether Gleyber Torres is at second or short to open next season.

    Advice: Torres could move back to his natural position with Didi Gregorius slated to miss at least the first couple of months following Tommy John surgery. The Yankees will surely bring in an infielder to provide some short-term help, but they have flexibility on which position they'd prefer. Yesterday, 12:56 pm
  • Tigers sign SS Jordy Mercer for 1 yr, $5.25M
    Fancred's Jon Heyman reports that the Tigers have an agreement in place with free agent shortstop Jordy Mercer.

    Advice: It'll be a one-year, $5.25 million deal with another $250,000 available through performance-based incentives. Mercer still plays good defense at age 32, but he posted a weak .696 OPS with six home runs and 39 RBI over 117 games with the Pirates during the 2018 regular season. He'll be replacing free agent Jose Iglesias at the shortstop position in Detroit. Yesterday, 10:51 am
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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
  • Diamondbacks debating Marte's spot
    The Diamondbacks are still weighing shifting Ketel Marte to center field next season.

    Advice: Arizona still has a lot of ways it could go this winter, and Marte could even end up at shortstop in the event of a Nick Ahmed trade. If Marte plays center, the team could then go with Eduardo Escobar at second. If Marte stays at second, then Escobar could play third and Jake Lamb could shift to first. Yesterday, 8:29 am
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    Ketel Marte Ari - 2B,SS
  • 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
  • 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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  • Blue Jays release Troy Tulowitzki, eat $38M
    Blue Jays released SS Troy Tulowitzki.

    Advice: This comes after Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said last week that he wasn't sure there was a role for Tulowitzki moving forward. And so, the Blue Jays will simply eat the two years and $38 million remaining on his contract. The 34-year-old compiled a disappointing .250/.313/.414 batting line over 238 games with the Blue Jays and missed the entire 2018 season following surgery on both heels. Someone will surely take a chance on him now that he's available at the major league minimum salary, but it's hard to expect much at this point. Tuesday, 12:02 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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  • White Sox ink Ryan Goins to minors deal
    White Sox signed INF Ryan Goins to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Goins, 30, is a career .228/.274/.333 hitter over parts of six major league seasons. He will compete for a utility infielder job. Monday, 6:36 pm
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    Ryan Goins CWS - 2B,SS
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  • Seager (elbow, hip) over rehab process
    Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Freidman said Monday that Corey Seager (elbow, hip) has "switched gears" from rehabbing to training for baseball.

    Advice: Seager had Tommy John surgery in May and underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left hip in August, but it appears that the rehab process with those operations is pretty much over. It's certainly good to hear, as it looks like the shortstop will head into spring training without any limitations. Monday, 5:44 pm
  • Pirates plan to go with Newman/Gonzalez at SS
    The Pirates are planning to go into next season with Kevin Newman and Erik Gonzalez as their options at shortstop.

    Advice: It doesn't sound as if the Pirates will attempt to re-sign Jordy Mercer. "If something better comes along, we’ll entertain it," general manager Neal Huntington said. "But between those two, we like where we’re going at shortstop." Newman is a former first-round pick but doesn't profile to do a whole lot for fantasy owners aside from perhaps a decent number of stolen bases. Monday, 5:25 pm
  • Report: Nick Ahmed could draw trade interest
    Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports hears that Nick Ahmed could draw trade interest.

    Advice: It's unclear if Heyman is merely speculating or if there have been some real trade talks, but it's a logical scenario with the Diamondbacks moving pieces. Ahmed slugged a career-high 16 homers in 2018, though he only posted a .700 OPS. He's mostly known for his excellent defense. Ahmed made $1.275 million this past season and is under team control for two more years. Monday, 10:40 am
  • Motter to have surgery after hit in face
    Taylor Motter was hit in the face during a game in the Dominican Winter League and will return to the United States to undergo surgery.

    Advice: Motter is currently a free agent, and was playing for the Toros Del Este. His time with the club is likely over now, as he took a pitch directly to the face. The 29-year-old hit .220/.336/.352 with the club over 107 plate appearances in the league over 26 games. Thursday, 6:28 pm
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    Taylor Motter Min - 1B,2B,SS,OF
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  • Twins sign Schoop to one-year contract
    Twins signed 2B Jonathan Schoop to a one-year, $7.5 million contract.

    Advice: The deal could end up being worth over $8 million if he reaches various bonuses. Schoop was non-tendered by the Brewers at the end of November, as he was projected to earn close to $10 million in arbitration after struggling for both Milwaukee and Baltimore in 2018. He was much better in 2017, hitting 32 homers with an .843 OPS for the Orioles. He turned 27 in October, and the Twins will hope he can find the form that made him one of the best offensive second baseman in baseball not long ago. If he can't, it's just one year of sunk cost. Thursday, 4:36 pm
  • Twins sign Ronald Torreyes to one-year deal
    Twins sign INF Ronald Torreyes to a one-year contract.

    Advice: Jon Heyman says the deal is for $800,000 if he's on the MLB roster. Torreyes was non-tendered by the Cubs two days after he was acquired by the Yankees for a player to be named or cash considerations. There are reports that Minnesota also is finalizing a deal with Jonathan Schoop on Thursday, so this is a busy bit of activity for the Twins. Torreyes will almost assuredly serve as the utility infielder for Minnesota in the 2019 campaign. Thursday, 1:43 pm
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    Ronald Torreyes Min - 2B,3B,SS
  • Royals sign Chris Owings for 1 yr, $3 million
    Royals signed INF/OF Chris Owings to a one-year, $3 million contract.

    Advice: The deal also includes $500,000 in performance-based bonuses. Owings struggled to a putrid .206/.272/.302 batting line with the Diamondbacks in 2018, but he's been a productive player in the past and he is only 27 years old. There are decent odds of him holding meaningful fantasy value next year in Kansas City, where he stands to get regular playing time on a rebuilding team. Wednesday, 1:09 pm
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    Chris Owings KC - 2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Phillies announce trade for SS Jean Segura
    Phillies acquired SS Jean Segura, RHP Juan Nicasio and LHP James Pazos from the Mariners for 1B Carlos Santana and SS J.P. Crawford.

    Advice: Segura had a no-trade clause but agreed to waive it in exchange for a $1 million payment. While his defense at shortstop isn't anything to write home about, Segura has posted a healthy .308/.353/.449 batting line over the last three seasons and will turn just 29 in March. He is currently slated to take over at shortstop for the Phillie, although things could change if they wind up signing Manny Machado. Segura has four years and $57 million remaining on his contract. Monday, 2:27 pm
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