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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. Yesterday, 7:22 pm
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    Danny Espinosa LAA - 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 10:16 am
  • Reid Brignac grabs spring invite from Astros
    Astros signed INF Reid Brignac to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: The 30-year-old spent the 2016 season in the Braves' organization, slashing .264/.361/.394 with eight homers and 42 RBI in 102 games at Triple-A Gwinnett. He'll add organizational depth to the Astros but is a long shot to crack the Opening Day roster in a reserve role. Friday, 8:10 pm
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  • Dodgers send Culberson outright to Triple-A
    Dodgers sent INF Charlie Culberson outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: The move removes the veteran infielder from the club's 40-man roster. As he just signed a one-year deal with the Dodgers worth $550,000, there's a decent chance he'll accept the assignment rather than sacrificing the guaranteed money and looking for a better opportunity elsewhere. Friday, 3:56 pm
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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. Friday, 7:49 am
  • Twins in mix for Matt Dominguez
    Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN reports that the Twins "remain in the mix" for Matt Dominguez on a minor league contract.

    Advice: Wolfson says Dominguez is mulling over a few offers and is expected to decide in the next 72 hours. The 27-year-old would probably be a long shot to win an Opening Day roster spot regardless of where he signs, but Minnesota wouldn't be a bad landing spot. Friday, 7:42 am
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  • Yankees expected to hang on to Chase Headley
    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman indicated Thursday that he'll hang on to Chase Headley.

    Advice: Cashman shopped Headley around but evidently didn't like the offers presented to him. "I've turned down what was presented to me," Cashman said. "I don't think there's going to be any other opportunities that way at the time being. I'm still getting hits on (Brett Gardner) but the Headley stuff, I've decided to pass on and keep Chase." Headley batted .251/.329/.383 with 14 home runs in 2016 and is owed $34 million over the next two seasons. Friday, 5:37 am
  • Red Sox get Josh Rutledge back in Rule 5
    Red Sox selected INF Josh Rutledge from the Rockies with the No. 14 pick in the Rule 5 Draft.

    Advice: Rutledge spent the entire 2016 season with the Red Sox before inking a minor league contract with the Rockies in late November. Now he'll head back to Boston. The 27-year-old utility infielder has batted just .262/.312/.397 in 333 career games at the MLB level. Thursday, 7:11 am
  • 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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  • 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
  • Yankees interested in Ruben Tejada
    George A. King III of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have interest in free agent infielder Ruben Tejada on a minor league deal.

    Advice: Tejada, 27, appeared in 36 games in the majors last season between the Cardinals and Giants while batting just .167/.247/.242 in 78 plate appearances. He was outrighted off the Giants' 40-man roster in early August and finished the season in the minors. The former Met would be organizational depth at the very least. Wednesday, 5:55 am
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    Rubén Tejada SF - 2B,3B,SS
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  • Castellanos recovered from broken hand
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Nick Castellanos is fully recovered from his broken left hand.

    Advice: Castellanos was able to return from the injury in late September, after missing around seven weeks. The young third baseman put up an exciting .827 OPS with 18 homers and 58 RBI in 110 games this summer while healthy. Tuesday, 3:31 pm
  • Padres interested in Rangers' Alberto
    According to T.R. Sullivan of, the Padres have expressed interest in Rangers infielder Hanser Alberto.

    Advice: Sullivan also notes that the Rangers like Padres outfielder Travis Jankowski, so there could be some movement here. Alberto owns a brutal .194/.204/.226 career batting line at the major league level, but the 24-year-old is capable of playing good defense all around the infield and his contract runs through 2021. Tuesday, 3:12 pm
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    Hanser Alberto Tex - 2B,3B,SS
  • 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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  • Jonathan Villar expected to play 2B in 2017
    Brewers general manager David Stearns confirmed Tuesday that Jonathan Villar will mostly play second base in 2017.

    Advice: The Brewers intend to play Travis Shaw at third base after picking him up from the Red Sox in the Tyler Thornburg deal, so Villar is now in position to be the primary second base. He's already going into 2017 with a lot of momentum, but his multi-position eligibility should make him extremely valuable in fantasy leagues. As for Scooter Gennett, Stearns said that he will have to battle for playing time. It's also possible they'll try to trade him. Tuesday, 8:52 am
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    Jonathan Villar Mil - 2B,3B,SS
  • Brewers acquire Travis Shaw in Thornburg deal
    Brewers acquired INFs Travis Shaw and Maurico Dubon, RHP Josh Pennington, and a player to be named later or cash considerations from the Red Sox for RHP Tyler Thornburg.

    Advice: The rebuilding Brewers have now traded Thornburg, Will Smith, and Jeremy Jeffress in the past six months. They landed a considerable haul here, though only Shaw will help in the short-term. He figures to take over at third base while Jonathan Villar will move over to second base. Shaw, 26, batted .242 with 16 homers and a .726 OPS in 2016. As a left-handed batter, he should be in a good position to deliver fantasy value with his new team. Tuesday, 8:07 am
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    Travis Shaw Mil - 1B,3B
  • Report: Nats, Angels interested in INF Drew
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals and Angels are among the teams looking at free agent infielder Stephen Drew.

    Advice: Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reported last week that the Angels have had preliminary talks with Drew. The Nationals remain interested in bringing him back, but he could have a more prominent role with the Angels. Drew turns 34 years old next March and batted .266 with eight homers and an .864 OPS over 165 plate appearances this past season. Tuesday, 5:44 am
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    Stephen Drew Was - 2B,3B,SS
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  • Dodgers lining up alternatives to Turner
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Dodgers are "aggressively" checking into third base alternatives to Justin Turner.

    Advice: The Dodgers have previously been connected to Yangervis Solarte, and Crasnick also mentions Luis Valbuena and Todd Frazier as potential fits. The club's preference remains to re-sign Justin Turner, but they are doing their due diligence in case they're unable to work something out for him. Monday, 7:18 pm
  • Jose Reyes will be tried in OF this spring
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson confirmed Monday that Jose Reyes will be tried in the outfield during spring training.

    Advice: The idea first popped up in early November, and it sounds like the Mets fully plan to go through with it. Reyes hasn't played any outfield since rookie ball in 2000 -- when he was 17 years old -- but he probably still has enough athleticism in that 33-year-old body to pull it off. It would obviously give the Mets a little more flexibility. Monday, 12:48 pm
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    José Reyes NYM - 3B,SS
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