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  • Angels acquire Danny Espinosa from Nationals
    Angels acquired INF Danny Espinosa from the Nationals for RHP Austin Adams and RHP Kyle McGowin.

    Advice: Both teams have confirmed the trade. Espinosa is expected to be the starting second baseman for the Angels, replacing Cliff Pennington atop the depth chart. Espinosa broke out with 24 home runs this season but the new-found power came with a dismal .209 batting average. He is a plus defender and should combine with Andrelton Simmons for an elite double-play combo. The trade salvages Espinosa's fantasy value. He was looking at a utility role if he stayed in Washington but should be an everyday player in Anaheim. Despite the low batting average, he does enough of everything else to be considered a decent but not ideal starting option at second base for fantasy purposes. 54 minutes ago
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    Danny Espinosa Was - 1B,2B,3B,SS
  • Reynolds receives interest from the Giants
    Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports the Giants have reached out to Mark Reynolds in their search for a powerful bench bat.

    Advice: The Giants' payroll has reached $200 million for the first time ever. Because they are subject to the luxury tax they would have to pay a 50 percent penalty on top of any free agent salary. The 33-year-old Reynolds' season ended early after he broke his hand in mid-September. He hit .282/.356/.450 with 14 home runs and 53 RBI in 118 games with the Rockies. Moving from Coors Field to AT&T Park would likely put a dent in his power output. Today, 5:54 pm
  • Daniel Murphy working to strengthen legs
    Daniel Murphy has made it a priority this offseason to strengthen his legs in order to avoid a recurrence of the problems he dealt with during the 2016 season.

    Advice: Murphy was bothered by a hamstring injury off-and-on throughout the 2016 season which eventually led to strained glute that shut him down for a good portion of September. Even with the leg issues, Murphy won the National League batting title and slashed .347/.390/.595 with 25 homers and 104 RBI over 142 games in his first year with the Nationals. Today, 10:16 am
  • Phillies sign Daniel Nava to minors contract
    Phillies signed 1B/OF Daniel Nava to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Nava elected to become a free agent in early November after he was outrighted off of the Angels 40-man roster. The 33-year-old will compete for a bench spot on the Phillies' Opening Day roster. Yesterday, 6:34 pm
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    Daniel Nava Phi - 1B,OF
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  • Report: Cards haven't talked to EE reps
    Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that the Cardinals have not contacted Edwin Encarnacion's representatives at this point.

    Advice: A report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said that the Cards could target sluggers such as Encarnacion or Mark Trumbo following the Dexter Fowler signing. However, general manager John Mozeliak said Friday that right now he's looking more at complementary pieces at this point, suggesting a run at Encarnacion or Trumbo is unlikely. However, with Encarnacion's market in particular looking like it's fallen, some teams that hadn't been in on the bidding could jump in. Yesterday, 9:32 am
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  • Angels talking to Padres about second basemen
    Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have had discussions with the Padres, presumably about their available second basemen.

    Advice: Fletcher lists Yangervis Solarte, Ryan Schimpf, Corey Spangenberg and Carlos Asuaje as possible targets for the Angels. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal has previously reported that the Padres are "aggressively shopping" Solarte, so he might be the one the Halos have eyes on. The Dodgers are also involved on Solarte, who batted 286/.341/.467 with 15 homers last season. Yesterday, 7:49 am
  • BoSox finalize 1-yr, $5.5M deal with Moreland
    Red Sox signed 1B Mitch Moreland to a one-year, $5.5 million contract.

    Advice: The agreement was reached Tuesday during the Winter Meetings and then finalized Thursday after Moreland passed his pre-signing physical. He is expected to serve as Boston's regular first baseman in 2017 after earning Gold Glove honors at the position with Texas in 2016. That means Hanley Ramirez will DH -- a role he's well-suited for. Thursday, 12:50 pm
  • Rockies 'remain deeply involved' for Trumbo
    According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Rockies "remain deeply involved in talks for free agent Mark Trumbo."

    Advice: It echoes a recent report from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, who suggested Wednesday that the Rockies are not done spending despite handing out a five-year, $70 million contract to Ian Desmond at the Winter Meetings. Trumbo led the majors in homers this past year with 47 and his bat would obviously fit well at Coors Field, though there are defensive limitations. He'd have to play a lot of first base in the National League, and it's scary to imagine him trying to cover any ground in the Colorado outfield. What the Rockies really need is pitching. Thursday, 11:55 am
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    Mark Trumbo Bal - 1B,OF
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  • Eric Hosmer reportedly to join Team USA
    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports hears that Eric Hosmer will play for Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

    Advice: This past campaign, Hosmer slashed .266/.328/.433 with 25 homers and 104 RBI across 605 at-bats. Both the home run and RBI numbers stand as career bests, though his overall batting line was a noticeable step down from the .297/.363/.459 mark he posted in 2015. Wednesday, 8:02 pm
  • Richie Shaffer a casualty of Heston trade
    Mariners designated INF Richie Shaffer for assignment.

    Advice: Shaffer has been DFA'ed as the corresponding roster move following the Mariners' trade for Chris Heston. The 25-year-old first baseman has largely struggled at the major league level when given opportunities, slashing .213/.310/.410 with a quintet of homers and 10 RBI. He has whiffed 50 times in 142 plate appearances in the bigs. The Mariners initially acquired him in a mid-November trade with the Rays. Wednesday, 7:18 pm
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  • Red Sox won't try to coax Ortiz into return
    Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said that the team will not contact David Ortiz in regards to coming out of retirement.

    Advice: Ortiz took to Instagram following his former team's trade for Chris Sale, writing, "my boy sale to Btown? You guys got me thinking." Dombrowski logically took it as a joke, but made a point to deny that the team would try to lure Ortiz out of retirement. "I know David well enough -- and I know that if he really had sincere interest, that he would call," Dombrowski said. For what it's worth, Ortiz would not be eligible to return from the voluntary retirement list for the first 60 days of the 2017 season. But he's not coming back, guys. Wednesday, 5:29 pm
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  • Boras: Alvarez could play some OF in 2017
    Agent Scott Boras said Wednesday that Pedro Alvarez could play some outfield in 2017.

    Advice: Or at least that's what Boras is trying to pitch to teams. Can't blame him for trying, but Alvarez is best-utilized as a designated hitter, which limits the potential landing spots. Alvarez batted .249/.322/.504 with 22 homers in 376 plate appearances with the Orioles this past season. Wednesday, 12:38 pm
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  • Yankees finalize deal with Matt Holliday
    Yankees signed DH Matt Holliday to a one-year, $13 million contract.

    Advice: The deal was reported over the weekend and it's now official. Holliday turns 37 next month and is coming off a year where he slugged 20 homers with a .782 OPS in 110 games while missing significant time with a fractured thumb. The plan calls for him to serve as the primary designated hitter, but he could also see occasional time in the outfield and at first base. He could have a better chance to stay healthy in this situation and we wouldn't rule out a return to relevancy in mixed fantasy leagues while playing in the AL East. Wednesday, 12:04 pm
  • Dodgers talked Frazier, still prefer Turner
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Dodgers like Todd Frazier and have talked to the White Sox about a potential trade, but their first choice remains keeping Justin Turner.

    Advice: It's no secret they'd like to keep Turner, but apparently they aren't willing to give him a five-year contract to do it. Even if Frazier doesn't end up on the Dodgers, the White Sox figure to find a match somewhere as they continue their rebuild. Frazier is due to become a free agent after 2017. Wednesday, 10:46 am
  • Phils see Joseph as regular first baseman
    Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said Tuesday that they are currently viewing Tommy Joseph as their regular first baseman.

    Advice: Klentak didn't rule out the possibility of adding another option for first base, but Joseph hit .257/.308/.505 with 21 homers and 47 RBI over 107 games as a rookie in 2016 and they are prepared to see what he can do with an everyday role. "If that changes by virtue of an additional player acquisition, then we'll adjust," said Klentak. "But Tommy showed pretty well for himself all year long and we're excited to see what he can do in a little more of a regular role this coming year." Joseph was better against lefties than he was against righties, but he can be a cheap power source in fantasy leagues in 2017. Wednesday, 7:16 am
  • Pirates focusing on Josh Bell at first base
    Pirates GM Neal Huntington said he's focused on using Josh Bell at first base.

    Advice: Bell played both first base and right field in the minors. The 24-year-old top prospect performed well in his first taste of the majors in 2016 and figures to be a big part of the Pirates' offensive attack in 2017, wherever he's positioned defensively. A trade of Andrew McCutchen could obviously change the Buccos' plans entirely. Tuesday, 2:21 pm
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    Josh Bell Pit - 1B,OF
  • LAD 'prefer to just bring back' Justin Turner
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Dodgers "prefer to just bring back Justin Turner."

    Advice: There is talk of trade interest from the Dodgers in White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier, but it sounds like Los Angeles will try to negotiate with Turner first. Turner's free agent market has yet to fully develop, but he figures to hit it big after slashing .275/.339/.493 with 27 home runs in 2016. He has an .856 OPS (136 OPS+) over the last three seasons and also plays a pretty good third base. Tuesday, 1:55 pm
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  • Orioles have 'called on' slugger Chris Carter
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Orioles have "called on" free agent Chris Carter.

    Advice: Milwaukee made a surprise decision to non-tender Carter last week and now he stands to find a decent market for himself after slugging 41 homers for the Brewers in 2016. The bat would obviously play well at Camden Yards, and all across the American League East. Tuesday, 1:09 pm
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  • Report: Indians met with Napoli's camp Mon.
    Jordan Bastian of reports that the Indians met with Mike Napoli's representatives on Monday.

    Advice: The Indians are said to be trying for a one-year deal, but obviously Napoli's representatives are trying to do better elsewhere. Interestingly, Bastian hears that Napoli may have already signed with the Indians if they were willing to go two years. There's a chance that could still happen, but another team could jump into the mix to give him what he wants. Tuesday, 8:38 am
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    Mike Napoli Cle - 1B,OF
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  • Chris Colabello elects free agency
    Chris Colabello has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Colabello will test the open market rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A. The 33-year-old served an 80-game PED suspension in 2016 and appeared in just 10 games at the major league level. Tuesday, 7:36 am
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