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  • 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. Yesterday, 6:04 pm
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  • Report: Tigers unlikely to trade Miguel Cabrera
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Tigers are unlikely to trade Miguel Cabrera.

    Advice: Per Heyman, "there's never been anything close." Moving Cabrera was never a likely outcome considering how much money Cabrera is owed over the next seven seasons ($212 million). While it looks like Cabrera is staying put, the Tigers are reportedly still open to trading Justin Verlander and perhaps even Victor Martinez. Cabrera is coming off another brilliant season (.318, 38 HR, 108 RBI) and should be in Detroit for the long haul. Yesterday, 4:15 pm
  • Rockies 'showing continued interest' in Trumbo
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports the Rockies are "showing continued interest" in free agent Mark Trumbo.

    Advice: His market has been slow to develop but could pick up once Edwin Encarnacion finds a new home. Trumbo is tied to draft-pick compensation and is a poor defensive player, which might also limit his options. Per Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun, Trumbo is projected to land a four-year deal in the range of $57 million. That would be identical to the deal Nelson Cruz signed with Seattle two years ago. Trumbo's power would play well at Coors Field. He's clubbed eight homers in 12 career games at Colorado. Yesterday, 3:55 pm
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  • Yankees 'well-positioned' for Encarnacion
    MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports the Yankees are "well-positioned to make a play" for free agent Edwin Encarnacion.

    Advice: The Yankees are looking for a veteran power bat and just lost out on Carlos Beltran, who signed a one-year deal with Houston earlier today. The Astros had been a contender for Encarnacion, but likely took themselves out of the running by signing Beltran. With Boston also bowing out of the race, the Yankees and Blue Jays figure to be his top suitors. Talks for Encarnacion should intensify at the Winter Meetings, which begin Sunday in Maryland. Yesterday, 3:38 pm
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  • Mets working to trade Granderson and Bruce
    According to Newsday's Marc Carig, the Mets are "positioned to move fairly quickly" in regards to trading either Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce.

    Advice: The Mets' outfield is already well-stocked with Yoenis Cespedes coming back and up-and-comers Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo ready to take on bigger roles. That makes Bruce and Granderson expendable, though the most likely scenario is that New York will trade one and keep the other. The Blue Jays, who are likely to lose Jose Bautista in free agency, have already shown a keen interest in Granderson. He could be playing for a new team by the end of the Winter Meetings. Yesterday, 3:15 pm
  • Twins not actively shopping Brian Dozier
    Twins GM Thad Levine said unless they are "really inspired," the team will not consider trading Brian Dozier.

    Advice: Dozier has understandably been a popular name in trade talks this winter, but the Twins aren't actively shopping him. "We don’t have an immediate replacement," said Levine at an event for season-ticket holders earlier this week. "No one’s replacing his 42 home runs." The power-hitting second baseman still has two years and $15 million remaining on his contract. Yesterday, 2:31 pm
  • Texas 'far from optimistic' on Desmond deal
    According to TR Sullivan of, the Rangers are "far from optimistic" a deal will get done with free agent Ian Desmond.

    Advice: This comes on the heels of a report from MLB Network's Jon Morosi, who said the Rangers' talks with Desmond had "intensified" in recent days. The Rangers are obviously keen on re-signing him, but Desmond won't come cheap after a productive year that included 22 HR, 86 RBI and 21 steals. Desmond turned down the Rangers' one-year qualifying offer, which means Texas will get a compensatory pick if he signs elsewhere. Yesterday, 1:44 pm
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  • Braves sign Lane Adams to minor league deal
    Braves signed OF Lane Adams to a minor league deal.

    Advice: The 27-year-old speedster hit .266/.342/.388 with 10 homers, 56 RBI and 44 stolen bases in 121 minor league games between the Cubs and Yankees in 2016. He makes for a nice depth signing for the Braves. Yesterday, 11:33 am
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  • Orioles also interested in Welington Castillo
    Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the Orioles have interest in free agent catcher Welington Castillo.

    Advice: They join the Braves and Rays as clubs that are already known to have interest in the backstop that was cut loose by the Diamondbacks on Friday. With Matt Wieters not expected to return, the O's are currently set to open the season with Caleb Joseph as their primary catcher unless they bring another option in through trade or free agency. They have also expressed interest in Nick Hundley. Yesterday, 11:23 am
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  • Astros and Carlos Beltran agree to $16M deal
    Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Astros have agreed to a one-year, $16 million contract with Carlos Beltran.

    Advice: The Astros have won out over the Yankees, Red Sox and Blue Jays who were also active in the bidding for the veteran slugger. Beltran returns to the Astros where he had a magical half-season in 2004, slashing .258/.368/.559 with 23 homers, 53 RBI and 28 stolen bases following a mid-season trade from the Royals. He's expected to function primarily as the designated hitter for the Astros, but could see time in the corner outfield as well. Yesterday, 10:41 am
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  • Reds don't tender contract to Ramon Cabrera
    Reds non-tendered C Ramon Cabrera.

    Advice: The 27-year-old backstop did a respectable job as Tucker Barnhart's primary backup in 2016, slashing .246/.279/.357 with three homers and 23 RBI in 185 plate appearances. He'll look for another opportunity on the free agent market. Yesterday, 7:35 am
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  • Reds non-tender Gabby Guerrero on Friday
    Reds non-tendered OF Gabby Guerrero.

    Advice: Guerrero, who is the nephew of former MLB star Vladimir Guerrero, was claimed off of waivers from the Diamondbacks last week and now finds himself as a free agent. He struggled with the bat in 2016, slashing .234/.281/.383 across two minor league levels, but possesses enough talent that he should find another club willing to give him a shot. Yesterday, 7:30 am
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  • Rays do not tender contract to Ryan Brett
    Rays non-tendered INF Ryan Brett.

    Advice: The 25-year-old infielder missed the entire 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He'll look to latch on elsewhere on a minor league deal. Yesterday, 7:15 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 7:09 am
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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. Yesterday, 7:01 am
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  • Rockies do not tender contract to Cardullo
    Rockies non-tendered 1B Stephen Cardullo.

    Advice: The 29-year-old makes for an interesting low-cost investment on the free agent market or as a non-roster invitee. He slashed an impressive .308/.367/.522 with 17 homers, 72 RBI and six stolen bases in 452 plate appearances at Triple-A Albuquerque in 2016. Yesterday, 5:45 am
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  • Pirates non-tender Eric Fryer on Friday
    Pirates non-tendered C Eric Fryer.

    Advice: The 31-year-old backstop hit .267/.336/.319 with no homers and 13 RBI in 133 plate appearances between the Cardinals and Pirates in 2016. He will look for another opportunity on the open market but may have to settle for a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Yesterday, 5:22 am
  • D'Backs agree to two-year deal with Mathis
    Nick Piecoro of AZCentral Sports reports that the Diamondbacks have agreed to a two-year, $4 million contract with Jeff Mathis.

    Advice: It seems like the Diamondbacks are looking to cut payroll this offseason, which prompted the non-tendering of Welington Castillo and the signing of the veteran Mathis. He's likely to share time behind the dish with Chris Herrmann and perhaps Oscar Hernandez, but is a poor bet for any type of fantasy production even in the hitter-friendly home ballpark. Mathis is a career .197/.254/.308 hitter in 2273 career plate appearances. Friday, 5:44 pm
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  • Blue Jays outright Andy Burns to Triple-A
    Blue Jays sent INF/OF Andy Burns outright to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: The 26-year-old utilityman passed through waivers unclaimed and will continue to function as organizational depth for the Jays. He appeared in 10 games for the big league club in 2016, going hitless in six at-bats. Friday, 5:31 pm
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  • Albert Pujols undergoes surgery on right foot
    Albert Pujols underwent successful surgery on Friday to release his right plantar fascia.

    Advice: The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in North Carolina. The typical recovery time for this surgery is estimated at four months, which will impact his availability early in spring training as well as his regular off-season routine. This news should push Pujols down a couple of rounds in early fantasy drafts. Friday, 4:54 pm
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