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  • Josh Harrison open to playing third base
    Josh Harrison is open to filling a utility role for the Pirates.

    Advice: Harrison served as Pittsburgh's everyday second baseman in 2016 but could see time at third base this year if Jung Ho Kang's legal battle drags into the regular season. Kang is missing the start of spring training to stand trial in Korea for his third DUI and it's unclear how long he'll be sidelined. Harrison is no stranger to third base. 215 of his 617 major league appearances have come at the hot corner. Yesterday, 8:29 pm
  • Chase d'Arnaud taking reps at first base
    Chase d'Arnaud took reps at first base on Saturday.

    Advice: Utility man Sean Rodriguez was slated to back up Freddie Freeman at first base in addition to playing second base against left-handed pitchers, but now he's likely out for the season after injuring his shoulder in a car accident. D'Arnaud claims he hasn't played first since Little League but is willing to give it a shot with Rodriguez sidelined indefinitely. Nick Markakis, who has started five career games at first base, will also get reps there this spring. Yesterday, 2:55 pm
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    Chase d'Arnaud Atl - 2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Jed Lowrie (foot) enters camp fully healthy
    Jed Lowrie (foot) said Saturday that he's fully healthy and has been running without any issues for months.

    Advice: Lowrie underwent surgery in August to repair a damaged ligament in his left foot, as well as to remove a bunion and cyst. Lowrie indicated that he feels great and admitted that the foot issue caused him trouble at the plate in 2016. He also had surgery to repair a deviated septum and is now getting better sleep than he has in the past nine years. As long as he's healthy, he'll open the year as the A's starting second baseman. Yesterday, 9:40 am
  • Dodgers officially announce Chase Utley deal
    Dodgers signed INF Chase Utley to a one-year, $2 million contract.

    Advice: The deal finally became official on Saturday with Utley arriving to Dodgers' camp and taking his physical. He'll function as a utility infielder in 2017 and should also have plenty of opportunities as a left-handed bat off the bench. Yesterday, 9:29 am
  • Aaron Hill inks minor league deal with Giants
    Giants signed INF Aaron Hill to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: ESPN's Buster Olney says Hill will make $2 million if in the majors, with a possible $1 million more available in incentives. Hill, who will turn 35 next month, batted .262/.336/.378 with 10 home runs last season for the Brewers and Red Sox. He can play both second and third base and will compete for a bench job with the Giants, but the veteran infielder isn't going to have any fantasy value. Friday, 7:22 am
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    Aaron Hill SF - 2B,3B
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  • Carlos Sanchez wants to be called Yolmer
    Carlos Sanchez now wants to be known as Yolmer Sanchez.

    Advice: Yolmer is actually his given first name, so it's an easy switch. "Yes, that’s what I want to do — the first Yolmer in baseball," said Sanchez. "Same guy, but different name." Sanchez, 24, is a .224/.261/.330 hitter over 201 major league games and he spent a large chunk of last season at the Triple-A level. He's going to have to impress this spring to win a spot on the Opening Day roster. Thursday, 6:08 pm
  • Profar to start in LF for Rangers in 2017
    Jurickson Profar is slated to start in left field for the Rangers in 2017.

    Advice: It's part of the fallout from the Rangers' reunion with veteran first baseman Mike Napoli. The other fallout: Shin-Soo Choo will serve as the regular DH for Texas in 2017 and Joey Gallo will get most of his work this spring at third base. Thursday, 7:46 am
    Player Note
    Jurickson Profar Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Cesar Hernandez wants 30-40 steals in '17
    Cesar Hernandez told reporters Thursday that he wants to steal 30-40 bases in 2017.

    Advice: Hernandez went 17-for-30 in stolen base attempts last season while slashing .294/.371/.393 over 622 plate appearances. 30-40 steals sounds like a real reach, but 25 might be doable if he really puts his mind to it. The 26-year-old second baseman added 15 pounds of muscle over the winter to help his durability. Thursday, 6:16 am
  • Forysthe not necessarily leadoff hitter
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday that Logan Forsythe is a top-of-the-order hitter, but not necessarily leadoff.

    Advice: This is contrary to what Roberts said right after the signing when he called Forsythe his likely leadoff hitter. Chances are he'll still see a bunch of time there, as the Dodgers' don't have an ideal alternative, but Roberts is at least keeping his options open. It would be interesting to see Joc Pederson get another shot there against right-handers. Wednesday, 12:46 pm
  • Sean Rodriguez undergoes shoulder surgery
    Sean Rodriguez underwent surgery Tuesday to repair the rotator cuff in his left shoulder.

    Advice: Rodriguez, who signed a two-year deal with the Braves earlier this winter, suffered the unfortunate injury in a car crash on January 28. The expectation is that he'll miss the entire season. It's too bad, as he figured to play an important role with Atlanta. The Braves have since acquired Brandon Phillips from the Reds to play second base. Wednesday, 12:13 pm
    Player Note
    Sean Rodríguez Atl - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Walker, Mets have had extension talks
    Neil Walker said Wednesday that he has had extension talks with the Mets.

    Advice: Nothing has come of it, but Marc Carig of Newsday notes that both sides have shown interest in an extension. Walker returned to the Mets this offseason after accepting a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer. He slugged 23 homers with an .823 OPS in 113 games last season before undergoing back surgery. He said he's pain-free this spring and he's open to seeing some time at first base. Wednesday, 7:49 am
  • Dustin Pedroia recovered from knee surgery
    Dustin Pedroia said Monday that he's fully recovered from last October's left knee surgery.

    Advice: Pedroia had his meniscus operated on and said he "did rehab stuff most of the offseason," but he added that he now feels "great, normal, just like previous years." It's obviously not ideal that Pedroia had to spend his winter rehabbing rather than going through his normal training routine, but this ultimately shouldn't be a big deal. Monday, 4:19 pm
  • Panik's eyesight affected after concussion
    Joe Panik revealed Monday that his eyesight never returned to normal last season after he suffered a concussion on June 18 following a beaning.

    Advice: Panik was batting .263/.327/.421 at the time of the concussion but then hit just .214/.304/.335 the rest of the way. He's been performing eye exercises this offseason as recommended by specialists and says he can now see fine and has no lingering concussion symptoms. Panik finished 2016 with a .239 average after entering the year with a career .309 mark. He's a good bet to bounce back in the average department in 2017. Monday, 4:06 pm
  • Pearce (forearm) might not play OF initially
    Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Monday that there are "varying opinions" on whether Steve Pearce (forearm) will be ready to play the outfield on Opening Day.

    Advice: Pearce had surgery last September to repair flexor tendons in his right forearm. Atkins said that Pearce is "at schedule, projected that he can play on opening day" and "been meeting every threshold" in his rehab. However, it appears that he could initially be limited to infield and designated hitter duty at the beginning of the season. "We’re certainly not going to rush him or push him if there’s doubt or speculation if that’s best for him," Atkins said. Monday, 3:53 pm
    Player Note
    Steve Pearce Tor - 1B,2B,OF
  • Reds' Price: Jose Peraza set to start at 2B
    Reds manager Bryan Price confirmed Monday that Jose Peraza is in line to start at second base.

    Advice: That assumes all goes smoothly this spring. The second base job opened up Sunday when the Reds traded Brandon Phillips to Atlanta for left-hander Andrew McKirahan and right-hander Carlos Portuondo. Peraza carries major fantasy upside into 2017 after slashing .324/.352/.411 with three home runs and 21 stolen bases in 72 games last season as a 22-year-old. Monday, 7:49 am
    Player Note
    José Peraza Cin - 2B,SS,OF
  • Braves make trade for 2B Phillips official
    Braves acquired 2B Brandon Phillips and cash from the Reds in exchange for LHP Andrew McKirahan and RHP Carlos Portuondo.

    Advice: The Reds are paying all but $1 million that's owed to Phillips and are receiving two non-prospects in return, so this is just about moving on and giving an opportunity to Jose Peraza and perhaps Dilson Herrera. From the Braves' perspective, they gave up next-to-nothing and got a solid second baseman following Sean Rodriguez's shoulder injury. ESPN's Buster Olney hears that the Braves are likely to bat Phillips sixth in their lineup. Feb 12, 11:12 am
  • Pirates acquire Phil Gosselin from D'Backs
    Pirates acquired INF Phil Gosselin from the Diamondbacks in exchange for RHP Frank Duncan.

    Advice: Gosselin had been designated for assignment. A career .283/.331/.385 hitter over parts of four seasons in the big leagues, Gosselin offers defensive versatility and will compete for a bench spot in Pittsburgh. Feb 10, 9:46 am
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