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  • Martinez playing first base in Winter League
    Jose Martinez is using the Venezuelan Winter League to familiarize himself at first base.

    Advice: Martinez has spent most of his career in the outfield, and while first base may not be as hard as Ron Washington said it was in that movie, there's still a learning curve. The move is another way to get Martinez in the lineup, as he was one of the few pleasant surprises at the big league level for St Louis last year. Yesterday, 6:43 pm
  • Phillies considering Utley for bench coach
    The Phillies are considering Chase Utley to become their new bench coach, according to Fox 29's Howard Eskin in Philadelphia.

    Advice: The Phillies still have two more spots on their coaching staff to fill after hiring Pedro Guerrero to be the assistant hitting coach on Wednesday. Utley hasn't actually retired yet, but if he were to hang up his playing cleats, this would be a fun move. Utley was one of the best second baseman in all of baseball in his time with Philadelphia, and is still one of the most popular players in the city. He also has a long reputation of being a smart, respected player in the clubhouse, so a transition into coaching could be a natural fit. Yesterday, 6:17 pm
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  • Frazier willing to play at either corner
    Representatives of Todd Frazier are pitching him as an option to play either third or first base.

    Advice: Frazier has spent almost his entire career at third base, but presenting his ability to play first -- a spot he's played 94 times in his seven year career -- makes sense. The right-handed hitting 31-year-old is coming off a year where he hit 27 homers with a .772 OPS with the White Sox and Yankees, and given that right-handed power is always at a premium, he could receive a significant payday at either position for a team that believes he can hit in or near the middle of the order. Yesterday, 1:34 pm
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  • Blue Jays add Rowdy Tellez to 40-man roster
    Blue Jays purchased the contract of 1B Rowdy Tellez from Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Tellez, 22, is coming off a terrible 2017 season that saw him hit only .222/.295/.333 in his first taste of Triple-A. However, the Blue Jays still think well enough of him to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. Monday, 7:15 pm
  • Jake Bauers added to 40-man roster
    Rays purchased the contract of 1B/OF Jake Bauers from Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Bauers, 22, batted .263/.368/.412 with 13 homers and 20 steals for Durham last season. He could be ready to take over as the Rays' starting first baseman at some point next season. Monday, 5:49 pm
  • Marlins acquire Garrett Cooper from Yankees
    Marlins acquired 1B Garrett Cooper and LHP Caleb Smith from the Yankees for RHP Michael King and international signing bonus pool money.

    Advice: Cooper hit .326/.333/.488 in his brief time with the Yankees after they picked him up from the Brewers in a trade. The soon-to-be 27-year-old batted .359/.423/.634 between Double- and Triple-A in 2017 and looks like a potential platoon partner for Justin Bour in 2018. Monday, 4:32 pm
  • Indians claim Rob Refsnyder off waivers
    Indians claimed INF/OF Rob Refsnyder off waivers from the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It's his third team since the midseason trade deadline, as the Blue Jays acquired him via trade from the Yankees in July. Refsnyder has hit only .233/.306/.311 during his chances in the majors, but he's hit well in the minors and is versatile. Monday, 2:05 pm
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    Rob Refsnyder Cle - 1B,2B,OF
  • Casey Gillaspie added to 40-man roster
    White Sox purchased the contract of 1B Casey Gillaspie from Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: A first-round pick in the 2014 Draft, Gillaspie was acquired from the Rays in July. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft. Monday, 1:22 pm
  • Red Sox, Phillies still in on Carlos Santana's Jon Morosi reports that Carlos Santana is "drawing continued interest" from the Red Sox and Phillies.

    Advice: The Red Sox are an obvious match since they have an opening at either first base or designated hitter, while the fit with the Phillies is more difficult to figure out since they have Rhys Hoskins at first. Santana, who will turn 32 just after Opening Day in 2018, batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs for the Indians this past season. The Mets and Mariners have also been connected to him. Sunday, 12:04 pm
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  • Expected mutual interest between Napoli, Rays
    Tampa Bay Times writer Marc Topkin expects "mutual interest" between the Rays and free agent Mike Napoli.

    Advice: The Rays are a wild card this offseason, with the possibility to move any and every player on their roster for the right price. Napoli could interest the club as a veteran leader on a team that could soon be devoid of veteran leadership, Topkin asserts, and would also fit on the field and in the lineup with first baseman Logan Morrison now departed as a free agent. It's unclear what the 36-year-old Napoli's market may look like after he hit 29 homers but batted .193/.285/.428 overall this past season with the Rangers. Saturday, 8:06 pm
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  • Reds re-sign Patrick Kivlehan to minors deal
    Reds re-signed INF/OF Patrick Kivlehan to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Kivlehan elected free agency last week, but has decided to re-up with the Reds. He hit .208/.304/.399 with nine homers, 26 RBI and a 61/22 K/BB ratio over 204 plate appearances at the big league level last season. Saturday, 7:34 am
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    Patrick Kivlehan Cin - 1B,3B,OF
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  • Eric Hosmer declines qualifying offer
    1B Eric Hosmer rejected the Royals' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: Of the nine players extended the offer, Hosmer might be in line for the biggest contract, and among position players he certainly will wind up with the largest deal. Hosmer's production in his career has wavered between average and good, but he just turned 28 less than a month ago, helping to raise his floor over the course of his impending contract even if his upside isn't super high. Friday, 8:38 am
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  • NYY interested in Rangers' Jurickson Profar
    According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees are interested in acquiring Jurickson Profar from the Rangers.

    Advice: There is no obvious short-term or even long-term spot for Profar in the Bronx, but Sherman says the Yankees "would be willing to take on a single player with upside and pedigree in exchange for multiple players who are crowding their deep 40-man roster." Profar, once considered the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball, has batted just .229/.309/.329 in 206 career games at the major league level. A change of scenery would probably do him some good. There is also said to be interest from the Reds and Padres. Thursday, 7:45 am
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    Jurickson Profar Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Mariners acquire Ryon Healy from Athletics
    Mariners acquired INF/DH Ryon Healy from the Athletics for RHP Emilio Pagan and INF Alexander Campos.

    Advice: Because of course Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto had to make the first major transaction of the season. Healy was a surprise standout as a rookie in 2016 with an .861 OPS for the A's, and while that number dropped 100 points (.754) in 2017, he still was able to hit 25 homers and post a 102+ OPS. The Mariners have an immediate need at first base with Yonder Alonso a free agent, so he could be a natural fit at the position; especially considering how much he's struggled as a third baseman defensively. Wednesday, 5:53 pm
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    Ryon Healy Sea - 1B,3B
  • Pirates have interest in Neil Walker reunion
    According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Pirates have interest in a reunion with free agent second baseman Neil Walker.

    Advice: Morosi says the ongoing difficulty with getting Jung Ho Kang back into the country has forced the Pirates to consider a variety of infield options. Walker, 32, batted .265/.362/.439 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI in 111 games this past season between the Mets and Brewers. Wednesday, 11:38 am
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    Neil Walker Mil - 1B,2B
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  • Astros among teams in on Jonathan Lucroy
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Astros are among the teams with interest in free agent catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

    Advice: A deal with Lucroy would likely mean pushing Brian McCann and Evan Gattis into a platoon role at DH. Lucroy has been a better defensive catcher than both of them, but he actually struggled a bit in that department this past season and the 31-year-old also batted just .265 with a .716 OPS and only six home runs over 123 total games between the Rangers and Rockies. The 2017 World Series champs will probably be looking for a discount here. Wednesday, 6:01 am
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  • Red Sox, Angels, M's interested in Duda
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Red Sox, Angels, and Mariners have checked in on free agent first baseman Lucas Duda.

    Advice: Duda struggled down the stretch with the Rays, but he still tied his career-high with 30 homers while putting up an .818 OPS. He's better off sitting against lefties, but he can still be a valuable bat to have around. He likely won't break the bank wherever he lands. Tuesday, 1:41 pm
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  • White Sox willing to listen on Abreu, Garcia
    According to Jerry Crasnick of, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Monday that the club has received some trade inquiries regarding Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia.

    Advice: Hahn isn't sure if the inquiries will lead anywhere, but he's open-minded as the club continues their rebuild. "We have to listen," explained Hahn. "We have to explore. We're still in the same spot that we were a year ago, in that we're focused on the long term." Abreu and Garcia make for attractive trade chips, as they both had big years in 2017 and have two years of team control remaining. Abreu batted .304/.354/.552 with 33 homers and 102 RBI over 156 games this season while Garcia broke out by hitting .330 with 18 homers and an .885 OPS in 136 games. Monday, 6:59 pm
  • Miguel Sano undergoes surgery on leg
    Miguel Sano underwent successful surgery on his left leg Monday.

    Advice: Sano battled a stress reaction in his left shin down the stretch this past season, as he played just three games over the final six weeks. The Twins didn't reveal a rehab timetable for the third baseman, only saying he's "currently resting before focusing on his rehab program." More should hopefully be known about Sano's status in the coming weeks. Monday, 11:39 am
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    Miguel Sanó Min - 1B,3B,OF
  • Red Sox, Angels considering Logan Morrison
    Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that the Red Sox are meeting with Logan Morrison's reps on Monday.

    Advice: The Angels are also showing interest in LoMo, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. Morrison, 30, had a career year in 2017, playing in a career-high 149 games while batting .246/.353/.516 with 38 home runs and 85 RBI. He will come cheaper than a lot of the other free agent bats. Monday, 11:23 am
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