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  • 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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  • Micah Johnson designated for assignment
    Giants designated INF/OF Micah Johnson for assignment.

    Advice: Johnson has already been on three different teams since September and could add a fourth. He is a career .224/.291/.259 hitter at the major league level. Monday, 6:14 pm
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  • Mets, Tigers discussing Ian Kinsler trade's Jon Morosi reports that the Mets and Tigers have had preliminary discussions about a trade involving Ian Kinsler.

    Advice: The Angels have also been connected to Kinsler, who Morosi says is "drawing trade interest from multiple clubs." The 35-year-old is set to make $11 million in 2018 in the final year of his contract after putting up a .236/.313/.412 batting line with 22 homers and 14 steals this past season in Detroit. Monday, 4:03 pm
  • Blue Jays acquire Gift Ngoepe from Pirates
    Blue Jays acquired INF Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates for a player to be named later or cash.

    Advice: Ngoepe hit only .222/.323/.296 during his time with the Pirates this season and also batted just .220/.299/.383 at Triple-A. He'll turn 28 in January. Monday, 3:07 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
  • Jose Peraza leaves Venezuelan Winter League
    Jose Peraza was left his team in the Venezuelan Winter League due to personal reasons.

    Advice: The 23-year-old speedster is there to work on his defense at the shortstop position, with incumbent Zack Cozart hitting free agency this winter. It's unclear what exactly the issue is, or if he plans on returning to his winter league club at some point. Sunday, 2:19 pm
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    José Peraza Cin - 2B,SS,OF
  • Jose Altuve runaway choice for AL MVP
    Jose Altuve was voted first on 27 of 30 ballots to win American League MVP honors, announced by the BBWAA on Thursday.

    Advice: It seemed like this race was set up to be a lot closer between Altuve and Aaron Judge, but the voters made their preference clear. Judge didn't even get all of the remaining first-place votes; Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star put Jose Ramirez first and dropped Judge down to third. Ramirez was also third on 22 ballots to easily finish in the "show" spot in the vote. Mike Trout was fourth, followed by Francisco Lindor, Mookie Betts and Corey Kluber. Thursday, 3:52 pm
  • Tigers sign Niko Goodrum to minors contract
    Tigers signed INF/OF Niko Goodrum to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Goodrum was outrighted off the Twins' 40-man roster earlier this month. The versatile 25-year-old spent the large majority of the 2017 season at Triple-A Rochester, where he hit .265/.309/.425 with 13 home runs and 11 stolen bases in 127 games. He joins a rebuilding club in Detroit, which could allow him a real opportunity at the major league level. Thursday, 12:54 pm
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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
  • Cabrera favorite to play third for Mets
    Mets assistant GM John Ricco said that the Mets are leaning towards having Asdrubal Cabrera be the starting third baseman in 2018.

    Advice: Cabrera played a little bit of everything last year, including third. New York has openings at third and second base, and realistically, he could be the option for whatever position the Mets don't fill externally. He's a better defender at third than he is at second, however, and there are more options at the keystone than at the hot corner in the 2018 market. Wednesday, 2:19 pm
  • 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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  • Red Sox see Hernandez as stopgap 2B
    Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Monday that the club views Marco Hernandez as a possible stopgap option at second base until Dustin Pedroia is ready to return from knee surgery.

    Advice: The Red Sox will have to get by until at least May as Pedroia rehabs from a cartilage restoration procedure on his left knee. "We do like Marco Hernandez a lot," said Dombrowski. "We think he’s a really good player. And all you have to do is come to the meetings to know that other organizations think he’s a good player too." Hernandez, 25, batted .276/.300/.328 across 21 games with the Red Sox this season before undergoing shoulder surgery in May. Brock Holt, Tzu-Wei Lin and Deven Marrero are among the other options, though Dombrowski hasn't ruled out bringing someone else in. Re-signing Eduardo Nunez could make some sense, depending on how his market develops. Monday, 6:18 pm
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    Marco Hernández Bos - 2B,3B,SS
  • Mets still interested in re-signing Reyes
    Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets "remain open to a reunion" with Jose Reyes.

    Advice: The Mets picked up Asdrubal Cabrera's option for next season, but they could still bring back Reyes as an option in the infield. The 34-year-old had an awful first half this past season but rebounded in the second half to finish with a .246/.315/.413 batting line, 15 homers and 24 steals. Monday, 11:16 am
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    José Reyes NYM - 2B,3B,SS
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