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  • Kang's DUI in Korea was his third since '09
    Police officials in Seoul, South Korea confirmed to YonHap News that Jung Ho Kang's recent DUI arrest was his third since 2009.

    Advice: Which means he will be charged under the capital city's "three strikes law" and have his license revoked. Kang also fled the scene after this latest incident and tried to claim a friend was driving, but authorities analyzed the black box inside the vehicle and determined that to be a lie. Kang is obviously in very serious trouble, both in his native country and with the Pirates. Club president Frank Coonelly released a stern message last Thursday condemning the player's actions. Today, 6:42 am
  • Angels have checked in on 3B Justin Turner
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears the Angels have checked in on free agent Justin Turner.

    Advice: But the big question here is whether Anaheim has the money to make a competitive offer given that Turner is one of the most sought-after free agents out there and is known to be drawing interest from a number of high-budget teams. Heyman believes a reunion with the Dodgers remains the most likely scenario. Today, 6:07 am
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  • LAD talking to Padres about Yangervis Solarte
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers are among the teams talking to the Padres about Yangervis Solarte.

    Advice: Los Angeles is hoping to retain third baseman Justin Turner, but Turner is one of the biggest fish on a weak free agent market and is drawing heavy interest from many other clubs. Solarte would be a pretty good fallback plan, coming off a year in which he slashed 286/.341/.467 with 15 homers and 71 RBI in 443 plate appearances as the Padres' primary cleanup hitter. Solarte, 29, is under control via salary arbitration through 2019. Today, 4:38 am
  • DH Pedro Alvarez is on radar for Red Sox
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Pedro Alvarez is on the Red Sox's radar.

    Advice: Heyman says that Boston is "favoring a short-term deal" as they look to fill David Ortiz's vacated designated hitter spot, so they appear likelier to sign an Alvarez, Matt Holliday or Mike Napoli rather than an Edwin Encarnacion. Alvarez batted .249/.322/.504 with 22 homers over just 376 plate appearances for the Orioles this past season. Yesterday, 10:42 am
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  • Yasmany Tomas trade market 'slow to develop'
    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the trade market for Yasmany Tomas "has been slow to develop."

    Advice: The Diamondbacks appear intent on improving their defense, so it makes sense to shop around Tomas, who hit 31 homers in 2016 but continued to be one of the worst defensive corner outfielders in the game. The problem is that Tomas still has $48.5 million remaining on his contract and there are plenty of alternatives to him on the market. Yesterday, 5:44 am
  • Casey McGehee leaves MLB for Japan
    Casey McGehee has signed a one-year contract with Japan's Yomiuri Giants.

    Advice: The deal includes a club option. McGehee spent most of 2016 with Triple-A Toledo, but did log 30 games at the big league level with the Tigers while filling in for injured third baseman Nick Castellanos. The 34-year-old holds a .258 average over 2,798 major league at-bats. Saturday, 6:04 pm
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  • Angels non-tender Gregorio Petit on Friday
    Angels non-tendered INF Gregorio Petit.

    Advice: The 31-year-old infielder is now a free agent and will look for work elsewhere. He hit just .245/.299/.348 with two homers and 17 RBI in 223 plate appearances with the Angels in 2016. Saturday, 7:09 am
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    Gregorio Petit LAA - 2B,3B,SS,OF
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  • Padres sign Dusty Coleman to minors contract
    Padres signed INF Dusty Coleman to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The 29-year-old spent the 2016 campaign in the Royals' organization where he slashed .244/.302/.418 with six homers and 26 RBI in 63 games primarily at Triple-A Omaha. He'll add organizational infield depth for the Padres. Saturday, 7:01 am
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  • Phillies do not tender contract to Cody Asche
    Phillies non-tendered INF/OF Cody Asche.

    Advice: Asche was designated for assignment earlier in the day on Friday, and unable to find a trade partner the Phillies cut bait with the utility man. The 26-year-old hit a disappointing .213/.284/.350 with four homers and 18 RBI in 218 plate appearances in 2016. There's enough talent here that another team may be willing to take a shot on him as a free agent. Friday, 6:18 pm
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    Cody Asche Phi - 3B,OF
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  • Lawrie agrees to pay cut, avoids arbitration
    White Sox and INF Brett Lawrie avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.

    Advice: Lawrie will see a massive drop in salary from the $4.125 million that he made in 2016 after hitting just .248/.310/.413 with 12 homers and 36 RBI in 94 games in his first season with the White Sox. Still just 26-years-old, Lawrie is expected to be fully healthy and ready to go for the start of spring training and could represent a nice buy-low opportunity in the late rounds of fantasy drafts. Friday, 3:53 pm
  • Twins avoid arbitration with Eduardo Escobar
    Twins and INF Eduardo Escobar avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.6 million contract.

    Advice: It's a small raise over the $2.15 million that Escobar took home in 2016. More useful for his defensive prowess and versatility than with the bat, the 27-year-old infielder slashed a mere .236/.280/.338 with six homers and 37 RBI in 105 games for the Twins in 2016. Friday, 3:49 pm
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    Eduardo Escobar Min - 2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Cole Figueroa hired for Rays front office job
    The Rays have hired Cole Figueroa as a baseball development assistant in their front office.

    Advice: Figueroa is just 29 but evidently didn't like the opportunities he was presented as a player anymore so he's decided to move upstairs. He batted .208/.250/.286 over parts of three major league seasons. Friday, 1:15 pm
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  • Duffy 'very much ahead' of schedule
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Thursday that Matt Duffy is "very much ahead of schedule" in his recovery from Achilles surgery.

    Advice: Typical manager-speak, but Duffy is out of his walking boot and the expectation is that he will be ready for spring training. He projects to open as the Rays' starting shortstop in 2017 after batting .258/.310/.357 with five homers and eight steals in 91 games this summer between San Francisco and Tampa Bay. Better health would obviously yield better fantasy results. He has it in him to carry deep-league value. Thursday, 12:49 pm
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    Matt Duffy TB - 2B,3B,SS
  • Braves, Sean Rodriguez finalize 2-year deal
    Braves signed INF/OF Sean Rodriguez to a two-year, $11.5 million contract.

    Advice: FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported news of the signing while Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported the financial details. Rodriguez broke out with 18 homers and an .859 OPS as a member of the Pirates in 2016 and could be in line for the starting second base gig in Atlanta, at least until Ozzie Albies is deemed ready for the majors. The 31-year-old is capable of providing plenty of value in a utility role. Wednesday, 11:33 am
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    Sean Rodríguez Atl - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Angels have had talks with Stephen Drew
    According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, the Angels have had preliminary talks with free agent infielder Stephen Drew.

    Advice: Fletcher notes, however, that Drew is "one of many candidates" the Angels are considering to boost their infield depth. Drew hit well for the Nationals this summer over 165 plate appearances (.864 OPS), but it has been years since he's been a reliable player in an everyday role. Drew will turn 34 years old next March. Tuesday, 3:15 pm
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    Stephen Drew Was - 2B,3B,SS
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  • Saladino believes he's over back issues
    Tyler Saladino said Tuesday that he believes his back issues are under control.

    Advice: Saladino struggled through back discomfort on and off in 2016 and was eventually diagnosed with a herniated disk in late September, but he's had a fairly normal offseason and expects to be 100 percent leading into 2017. "My back, I feel actually really good right now and strong and all that," said the 27-year-old utilityman. "I haven't had any symptoms. It's actually been the opposite. It has been feeling really good, knock on wood or whatever. It's been a good progression." Tuesday, 1:39 pm
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    Tyler Saladino CWS - 2B,3B,SS
  • Rendon wins NL Comeback Player of the Year
    Anthony Rendon was announced as the winner of the National League Comeback Player of the Year Award on Tuesday.

    Advice: The award is officially sanctioned by MLB and was voted on by the 30 club beat reporters from Rendon was limited to just 80 games last season due to injury while batting .264 with five homers and a .707 OPS, but he bounced back in a big way back in 2016 by putting up a .270/.348/.450 batting line with 20 homers and 85 RBI in a career-high 156 games. Tuesday, 12:21 pm
  • Pirates listening to offers on Josh Harrison
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pirates "remain open" to trading Josh Harrison.

    Advice: A rival general manager told Rosenthal that the Pirates "generally" listen to trade offers for players under long-term control, which includes Harrison and also Andrew McCutchen. Harrison has disappointed since inking a long-term extension, batting just .285/.318/.389 over the last two seasons. If the Pirates were to trade Harrison, they could install Adam Frazier or Alen Hanson at second base. Rosenthal says Jung Ho Kang is not a candidate to move back to second after injuring his knee while playing the position in 2015. Monday, 8:13 pm
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    Josh Harrison Pit - 2B,3B,OF
  • Update: Giants not interested in Panda reunion
    Updating an earlier report, the Giants have not discussed trading for Pablo Sandoval, according to's Chris Haft.

    Advice: Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reported Friday that the Giants were considering trying to acquire Sandoval from the Red Sox but Haft said that isn't the case. The Giants are content with starting Eduardo Nunez at third base and are focused on upgrading at closer. GM Bobby Evans confirmed that Sandoval is not on the team's radar. "I’m not aware of any consideration of a reunion, but we’ll never forget all that he meant to the Giants organization," said Evans. Coming off shoulder surgery, Sandoval will presumably compete with Travis Shaw and Brock Holt for the starting job third base job in Boston this spring. Nov 26, 8:44 pm
  • Miguel Sano will skip playing winter ball
    Kyle Thousand, the agent for Miguel Sano, said Saturday that his client will not be playing winter ball.

    Advice: Sano plans to workout the entire offseason and has his sights set on playing in the World Baseball Classic. He's expected to open the 2017 season as the Twins' starting third baseman, despite his poor defense at the position in 2016. Nov 26, 10:58 am
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    Miguel Sano Min - 3B,OF
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