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    • Troy Tulowitzki TOR SS
      Troy Tulowitzki: Released by Blue Jays
      9m ago

      Tulowitzki (heel) was released by the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

      The Blue Jays will still have to pay the $38 million that remains on the shortstop's contract. A five-time All-Star with the Rockies, Tulowitzki's career has been wrecked by injuries since a mid-2015 trade to Toronto. He was an effective enough player for the first year and a half with his new team but played in just 66 games in 2017 and none in 2018, with bilateral bone spurs keeping him on the disabled list all season. If the Blue Jays prefer an empty roster spot over keeping him around despite the financial commitment, that doesn't bode well for the likelihood of another team taking a chance on him, though his past success could be enough to at least earn him a minor-league deal.

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    • Jordan Lyles MIL SP
      Pirates' Jordan Lyles: Signs with Pirates
      19m ago

      Lyles agreed to a contract with the Pirates on Tuesday, pending a physical, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports.

      Lyles has found a new home in the NL Central after the Brewers declined his club option following the 2018 campaign. The 28-year-old right-hander spent time in San Diego and Milwaukee last season, posting a combined 4.11 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 84:28 K:BB across 87.2 innings (eight starts, 35 appearances). He'll compete for a rotation spot during spring training, though he's likely on the outside looking in given his career 5.28 ERA over 115 starts.

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    • Andrew McCutchen NYY CF
      Phillies' Andrew McCutchen: Agrees to deal with Phillies
      30m ago

      McCutchen agreed to a three-year contract with the Phillies on Tuesday, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.

      The deal is still pending a physical, and the specific terms remain unknown, but McCutchen will be returning to Pennsylvania -- albeit with a different team -- after spending time with the Giants and Yankees in 2018. The veteran outfielder hit a combined .255/.368/.424 with 20 homers and 14 stolen bases across 155 games between San Francisco and New York. He should immediately step into a starting role for the Phillies, hitting in a favorable spot in the order.

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    • Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B
      Phillies' Cesar Hernandez: Battled through broken foot
      1h ago

      Hernandez played with a broken foot for much of the second half of the season after fouling a pitch off his foot in July, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.

      The injury wasn't serious enough to require surgery and has since healed, general manager Matt Klentak said Tuesday. The effect of the injury can be seen in the second baseman's stats. Through July 20, he was hitting .273/.381/.386 with 14 steals, but after that date he swiped just five bags while hitting .223/.319/.326. If the Phillies trust that his second-half struggles were purely injury-related, Hernandez could return to a spot near the top of the team's lineup in 2019, but if not, the team could potentially look for an upgrade at the position.

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    • Yadiel Rivera MIA SS
      Marlins' Yadiel Rivera: Cast off 40-man roster
      1h ago

      Rivera was outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports.

      Rivera was dropped from Miami's 40-man roster ahead of Thursday's Rule 5 draft. The utility man hit just .173/.269/.216 across 111 games (160 plate appearances) with the Marlins in 2018.

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    • Bradley Zimmer CLE CF
      Indians' Bradley Zimmer: Rehab progressing well
      2h ago

      Zimmer's rehab following July shoulder surgery is going well, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

      The outfielder has been rehabbing at the Indians' spring facility in Goodyear, Arizona. He is expected to begin a throwing program and a hitting program soon. The 26-year-old appeared in just 34 games prior to the injury in 2018, hitting .226/.281/.330 with two homers and four steals.

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    • Buster Posey SF C
      Giants' Buster Posey: Could see less work come April
      17h ago

      Posey (hip) is making considerable progress, although he may take on a lighter workload to start the 2019 season, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

      Posey underwent hip surgery in August, and although he should be healthy for Opening Day, the Giants may ease him back into action when the season begins as a precaution. The 31-year-old appeared in 105 games last year, his lowest total since 2011.

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    • Stephen Vogt MIL C
      Stephen Vogt: Plans to play in 2019
      20h ago

      Vogt (shoulder) said he intends to play in 2019, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.

      A shoulder injury kept Vogt from playing in 2018, but the veteran backstop isn't ready to call it quits just yet. He's apparently throwing from 70 feet and is hoping to be ready for spring training, give or take a month or two. Vogt owns a career .251/.310/.416 slash line across parts of six seasons and is reportedly drawing interest from multiple teams.

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    • Jose Lobaton NYM C
      Mariners' Jose Lobaton: Signs with Mariners
      23h ago

      Lobaton signed a minor-league contract with the Mariners on Monday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.

      The deal includes an invitation to spring training, where Lobaton will compete with David Frietas for the backup catcher spot. The veteran backstop appeared in just 22 games for the Mets in 2018, hitting .143/.246/.224. Even if Lobaton breaks camp with the Mariners, he doesn't figure to provide much fantasy value given his career .215/.293/.319 triple-slash.

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    • Yadier Molina STL C
      Cardinals' Yadier Molina: Set for minor procedure
      3d ago

      Molina will undergo a minor knee procedure sometime this upcoming week, Brian Stull of St. Louis Baseball Weekly reports.

      Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak indicated that Molina's surgery will be a "very small procedure" and he anticipates the catcher will be sidelined for just a few days, so there doesn't appear to be any concern over his status moving forward. The procedure will take place in St. Louis by team doctors.

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    • Tuffy Gosewisch MIL C
      Brewers' Tuffy Gosewisch: Agrees to deal with Brewers
      4d ago

      Gosewisch inked a minor-league contract with Milwaukee that includes an invite to spring training.

      Gosewisch has played in 137 major-league games over the course of his career, though only 11 of those have come since the start of the 2017 season. He spent the entirety of this past year at Triple-A Syracuse in the Nationals' system, slashing just .219/.310/.335 with three home runs and 25 RBI. The 35-year-old doesn't have a path to big-league playing time with Manny Pina, Erik Kratz and Jacob Nattingham ahead of him on the Brewers' depth chart.

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    • Carson Kelly ARI C
      Diamondbacks' Carson Kelly: Dealt to D-backs
      6d ago

      Kelly was traded from the Cardinals to the Diamondbacks along with Luke Weaver, Andrew Young and a draft pick in exchange for Paul Goldschmidt.

      This is excellent for Kelly's fantasy value, as he was relatively blocked in St. Louis, but now joins a team that had Alex Avila and John Ryan Murphy as the incumbents behind the dish. Kelly's defense is generally regarded as above average, but his stock has dipped in the past calendar year, as he logged a 120 wRC+ at Triple-A in 2017 and followed that up with a 107 wRC+ in a return trip to the Pacific Coast League in 2018. He has a .154 average and zero home runs in 131 MLB plate appearances, but has a chance to be relevant as a low-power/decent-average option this season, particularly in two-catcher leagues.

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    • Miguel Cabrera DET 1B
      Tigers' Miguel Cabrera: Should be ready for spring training
      20h ago

      Cabrera (biceps) has started hitting and is expected to be 100 percent for the start of spring training, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

      Cabrera's season came to an end in June when he ruptured the tendon in his left biceps, forcing him to undergo a surgical procedure. However, he recently sent his general manager, Al Avila, a video of himself hitting. Avila stated that Cabrera looked good in the video and that he's going to be healthy come February.

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    • Paul Goldschmidt STL 1B
      Cardinals' Paul Goldschmidt: Headed to St. Louis
      6d ago

      The Diamondbacks traded Goldschmidt to the Cardinals on Wednesday in exchange for Luke Weaver, Carson Kelly, Andrew Young and a 2019 Competitive Balance Round B draft pick, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports.

      Talks between the two clubs quickly escalated Wednesday afternoon, and a deal has been struck to send the perennial All-Star to St. Louis. Goldschmidt will immediately provide a strong middle-of-the-order bat to the Cardinals after slashing .290/.389/.533 with 33 home runs and 83 RBI last season, which is all the more impressive considering he was barely above the Mendoza Line at the end of May.

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    • Justin Bour PHI 1B
      Justin Bour: Cast off roster
      11d ago

      Bour was non-tendered by the Phillies on Friday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.

      Bour was booted off the 40-man roster earlier in the month to make space for a prospect prior to the Rule 5 draft, and he'll search for work elsewhere following the Phillies' latest move. The 30-year-old first baseman slashed .227/.341/.404 with 20 home runs and 59 RBI over 141 games in 2018.

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    • C.J. Cron MIN 1B
      Twins' C.J. Cron: Avoids arbitration with Twins
      11d ago

      Cron agreed to a one-year, $4.8 million contract with Minnesota on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

      Cron was scooped up off waivers by the Twins after being designated for assignment by the Rays. He should add much-needed power to Minnesota's lineup in 2019 after launching 30 homers a year ago.

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    • Tommy Joseph TEX 1B
      Tommy Joseph: Signs overseas
      15d ago

      Joseph signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the LG Twins of the KBO on Monday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.

      Joseph spent most of the 2018 season with Triple-A Round Rock, hitting .284/.353/.549 with 21 homers across 84 games for the Express. Across parts of two major-league seasons -- most recently in 2017 -- Joseph compiled a .247/.297/.460 with 43 homers in 249 games.

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    • Jordan Patterson COL 1B
      Mets' Jordan Patterson: Claimed by Mets
      15d ago

      Patterson was claimed off waivers by the Mets on Monday.

      Patterson was recently designated for assignment by Colorado after spending the entirety of the 2018 campaign with the Rockies' Triple-A club. He will provide some additional outfield depth to the Mets' organization, though it's likely that he's back at the Triple-A level to begin next season. In 118 games with Albuquerque, he hit .271 with an .892 OPS and 76 RBI.

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    • Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B
      Phillies' Cesar Hernandez: Battled through broken foot
      1h ago

      Hernandez played with a broken foot for much of the second half of the season after fouling a pitch off his foot in July, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.

      The injury wasn't serious enough to require surgery and has since healed, general manager Matt Klentak said Tuesday. The effect of the injury can be seen in the second baseman's stats. Through July 20, he was hitting .273/.381/.386 with 14 steals, but after that date he swiped just five bags while hitting .223/.319/.326. If the Phillies trust that his second-half struggles were purely injury-related, Hernandez could return to a spot near the top of the team's lineup in 2019, but if not, the team could potentially look for an upgrade at the position.

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    • Scooter Gennett CIN 2B
      Reds' Scooter Gennett: Reds deny trade rumors
      1d ago

      Contrary to earlier reports at the MLB Winter Meetings, the Reds are not 'actively shopping' Gennett, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

      This isn't a full-on denial of trade talks -- it's important to parse the difference between 'not actively shopping' and 'we aren't trading.' Trading Gennett would allow the Reds to play top prospect Nick Senzel at second base, rather than asking him to learn the outfield.

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    • Jonathan Schoop MIN 2B
      Twins' Jonathan Schoop: Joins Minnesota on one-year deal
      5d ago

      Schoop signed a one-year, $7 million contract with the Twins on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

      Schoop will move west to Minnesota after being non-tendered by the Brewers earlier in the offseason. The 27-year-old struggled between Milwaukee and Baltimore in 2018, hitting just .233/.266/.416 across a combined 131 games at both stops. That said, he owns a career .258 average and has topped 20 homers in each of the past three seasons, so he could make for a sneaky late-round target in fantasy drafts given his open path to playing time in Minnesota.

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    • Kody Eaves DET 2B
      Tigers' Kody Eaves: Returns on minor-league deal
      6d ago

      Eaves agreed to a minor-league contract with the Tigers that includes an invitation to spring training.

      Eaves is unlikely to make the big-league roster after spending the majority of this past season at the Double-A level. He did earn a promotion to Triple-A Toledo in late July but hit just .160/.232/.240 with four RBI and 21 strikeouts in 22 games with the Mud Hens.

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    • Robinson Cano NYM 2B
      Mets' Robinson Cano: On track for spring training
      7d ago

      Cano underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee following the 2018 season, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

      The surgery, which was performed by the Mets' medical director, Dr. David Altchek, while Cano was still a member of the Mariners, was considered minor. The veteran second baseman is expected to be fully healthy by the time spring training rolls around. Cano was traded to the Mets earlier in the week and will immediately slot in as the team's everyday second baseman, hitting in the heart of the order.

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    • Robinson Cano NYM 2B
      Mets' Robinson Cano: Heading to Mets
      8d ago

      The Mariners have agreed to trade Cano to the Mets along with Edwin Diaz and cash considerations in exchange for Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn and Gerson Bautista, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

      Cano has waived his no-trade clause, so the deal will be official once physicals have been completed Monday. From a fantasy perspective, the second baseman will trade a key role in a mediocre lineup in a tough park in Seattle for a very similar situation in New York. Owners in dynasty leagues may worry that the move to the National League removes his ability to transition to designated hitter as he ages, though he remained a capable second baseman as a 35-year-old last season, so that may not be an issue for at least a few more years.

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    • Kaleb Cowart LAA 3B
      Mariners' Kaleb Cowart: Headed to Seattle
      1d ago

      Cowart was claimed off waivers by the Mariners on Monday.

      A first-round pick back in 2010, Cowart has hit a miserable .177/.241/.293 in 162 major-league games over parts of four seasons with the Angels. His versatility is interesting, as he appeared at all four infield positions as well as left field last season, but he's yet to hit well enough to deserve a roster spot even as a utility man. The rebuilding Mariners have at-bats available, but Cowart has shown very little reason to believe that he'll seize the opportunity and suddenly become a significant fantasy asset. Cowart will get the chance to try to be a two-way player, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports, which could theoretically make him interesting in some leagues, but the odds of an effective performance on either side of the ball are low.

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    • Rio Ruiz ATL 3B
      Orioles' Rio Ruiz: Claimed by Orioles
      1d ago

      Ruiz was claimed off waivers by the Orioles on Monday.

      Ruiz appeared in 72 games for the Braves over the last three seasons, hitting just .189/.282/.302. His .264/.333/.409 line in three seasons at the Triple-A level suggests the potential for at least competent performance, but as a player who is limited to the corners defensively, his ceiling is quite low. He now finds himself in an organization which lacks established players all around the diamond, but it would be a surprise to see him break out and become a real asset in 2019.

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    • Carlos Asuaje SD 3B
      Padres' Carlos Asuaje: Designated for assignment
      4d ago

      Asuaje was designated for assignment by San Diego on Friday, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.

      Asuaje played in 79 games for the Padres this past year but slashed a dreadful .196/.286/.280 with just two home runs and 19 RBI. This move allowed the club to free up another spot on the 40-man roster while Asuaje will take a spin through waivers to determine if he will remain in the organization.

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    • Kris Bryant CHC 3B
      Cubs' Kris Bryant: Set to resume hitting in January
      4d ago

      Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Thursday that Bryant has progressed from his left shoulder injury as expected and should resume hitting in January, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

      Bryant ended the year in the lineup for the Cubs, but he was playing at less-than-optimal health once he returned in September following an extended stay on the disabled list. That was reflected in his underwhelming numbers over the season's final month, during which the third baseman slashed .265/.354/.422. Fortunately for Bryant, surgery wasn't deemed necessary to address the shoulder, with the 26-year-old instead opting for rest and rehab to treat the matter. Epstein's update suggests everything has gone according to plan for Bryant during the first couple months of the offseason, so the expectation remains that he'll enter spring training without any limitations.

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    • Ronald Torreyes MIN 3B
      Twins' Ronald Torreyes: Signs with Minnesota
      5d ago

      Torreyes inked a one-year, $800,000 major-league deal with the Twins on Thursday, Brandon Warne of Zone Coverage reports.

      Torreyes was traded from the Yankees to the Cubs in late November and failed to have his contract tendered by Chicago for this upcoming season. The 26-year-old did well to secure a big-league contract and will serve as added depth all around the infield for the Twins during the 2019 campaign. Across 41 games with the Yankees last year, he slashed .280/.294/.370 with seven RBI and eight extra-base hits.

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    • Josh Donaldson ATL 3B
      Braves' Josh Donaldson: Expected to bat second
      6d ago

      The Braves are anticipating Donaldson hitting second in the order during the 2019 season, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

      Per O'Brien, Ronald Acuna will sit atop the order or man the cleanup spot while Freddie Freeman hits third. Ozzie Albies and Ender Inciarte are also under consideration to bat leadoff. Prior to Donaldson's injury-plagued 2018 campaign, he slashed .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs and 78 RBI in 2017. The Braves are obviously betting on Donaldson staying healthy and returning to that form after signing him to a one-year, $23 million deal. Donaldson is in line to be the club's everyday third baseman while Johan Camargo takes on a utility role to begin the year.

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    • Troy Tulowitzki TOR SS
      Troy Tulowitzki: Released by Blue Jays
      9m ago

      Tulowitzki (heel) was released by the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

      The Blue Jays will still have to pay the $38 million that remains on the shortstop's contract. A five-time All-Star with the Rockies, Tulowitzki's career has been wrecked by injuries since a mid-2015 trade to Toronto. He was an effective enough player for the first year and a half with his new team but played in just 66 games in 2017 and none in 2018, with bilateral bone spurs keeping him on the disabled list all season. If the Blue Jays prefer an empty roster spot over keeping him around despite the financial commitment, that doesn't bode well for the likelihood of another team taking a chance on him, though his past success could be enough to at least earn him a minor-league deal.

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    • Yadiel Rivera MIA SS
      Marlins' Yadiel Rivera: Cast off 40-man roster
      1h ago

      Rivera was outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports.

      Rivera was dropped from Miami's 40-man roster ahead of Thursday's Rule 5 draft. The utility man hit just .173/.269/.216 across 111 games (160 plate appearances) with the Marlins in 2018.

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    • Corey Seager LAD SS
      Dodgers' Corey Seager: Continues smooth recovery
      17h ago

      Seager (elbow) has transitioned from rehab to training and remains on track in his recovery process, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.

      Seager is still making his way back from Tommy John surgery that took place in May of 2018. The Dodgers feel good about how he's progressing to this point, although they'll evaluate him further in January. If all goes according to plan, Seager should be ready to play on Opening Day.

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    • Mauricio Dubon MIL SS
      Brewers' Mauricio Dubon: To begin 2019 at Triple-A
      18h ago

      Dubon (knee) will start the 2019 season at Triple-A San Antonio, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.

      Dubon underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL back in May, and although he should be healthy for spring training, general manager David Stearns stated that Dubon won't get a shot at earning a spot on the roster for Opening Day. However, the 24-year-old second baseman could certainly make his major-league debut sometime during the 2019 campaign.

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    • Christian Colon ATL SS
      Reds' Christian Colon: Inks MiLB deal with Reds
      19h ago

      Colon agreed to a minor-league contract with Cincinnati on Monday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

      Colon failed to emerge in the big leagues last season, spending the 2018 campaign at the Triple-A level (98 games). He figures to begin the 2019 season with Triple-A Louisville.

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    • J.P. Crawford SEA SS
      Mariners' J.P. Crawford: Shipped to Seattle
      8d ago

      Crawford was traded to Seattle on Monday along with Carlos Santana in exchange for Jean Segura, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

      There are reportedly other pieces of the deal yet to be disclosed. Formerly a very highly rated prospect, Crawford has yet to put things together at the big-league level, recording a .214/.333/.358 slash line, though he's still just 23 and has appeared in just 72 games. He improved to .255/.369/.479 over his last 42 games after an early season swing adjustment, suggesting that he's not far off from living up to his promise. He'll have a clearer path to playing time in Seattle and could thrive in a regular role, though his carrying tools are defense and the ability to take a walk, so he may help the Mariners more than he helps most fantasy teams.

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    • Andrew McCutchen NYY CF
      Phillies' Andrew McCutchen: Agrees to deal with Phillies
      30m ago

      McCutchen agreed to a three-year contract with the Phillies on Tuesday, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.

      The deal is still pending a physical, and the specific terms remain unknown, but McCutchen will be returning to Pennsylvania -- albeit with a different team -- after spending time with the Giants and Yankees in 2018. The veteran outfielder hit a combined .255/.368/.424 with 20 homers and 14 stolen bases across 155 games between San Francisco and New York. He should immediately step into a starting role for the Phillies, hitting in a favorable spot in the order.

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    • Bradley Zimmer CLE CF
      Indians' Bradley Zimmer: Rehab progressing well
      2h ago

      Zimmer's rehab following July shoulder surgery is going well, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

      The outfielder has been rehabbing at the Indians' spring facility in Goodyear, Arizona. He is expected to begin a throwing program and a hitting program soon. The 26-year-old appeared in just 34 games prior to the injury in 2018, hitting .226/.281/.330 with two homers and four steals.

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    • Jordan Patterson CIN RF
      Reds' Jordan Patterson: Comes back on MiLB deal
      19h ago

      Patterson inked a minor-league contract with the Reds on Monday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

      Patterson spent the 2018 season at Triple-A, slashing .271/.367/.525 over 118 games. Although he was non-tendered by the Reds at the end of November, Cincinnati has elected to keep him within the organization. He'll start the 2019 campaign with the Bats.

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    • Colby Rasmus BAL CF
      Colby Rasmus: Done with baseball
      1d ago

      Rasmus is "done and enjoying life," Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports.

      There hasn't been a formal retirement announcement, but this appears to be as close as we're likely to get from a player who elected to step away from the game in midseason in each of the last two years. Assuming he's done for good this time, Rasmus will end a 10-year career with a .241/.310/.436 slash line, 891 hits and 166 homers.

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    • Mike Gerber DET RF
      Giants' Mike Gerber: Claimed by Giants
      1d ago

      Gerber was claimed off waivers by the Giants on Monday.

      Gerber got his first taste of big-league action with the Tigers last season but hit a miserable .095/.170/.119 in 47 plate appearances, striking out 44.7 percent of the time. He hit better but not particularly well in 74 games for Triple-A Toledo, recording a .213/.277/.411 line with a 32.6 percent strikeout rate. If he can get back to the form he showed in previous seasons, posting a wRC+ of at least 116 at every minor-league stop through 2017, he could at least fight for a bench spot in San Francisco.

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    • Billy Hamilton CIN CF
      Royals' Billy Hamilton: Latches on with Kansas City
      1d ago

      Hamilton will sign with the Royals on Monday, pending a physical, Jim Bowden of The Athletic reports.

      Through six seasons with the Reds, Hamilton stole 277 bases but hit just .245/.298/.333, leading to a non-tender at the end of November. Those steals have made the center fielder a fantasy stud in the past, but he'll need to play frequently enough to rack up a total high enough to overcome his severe drawbacks in other categories. His speed also took a hit last season, as he swiped just 34 bags after grabbing at least 56 in each of the four previous seasons. The Royals have no established center fielders or top prospects for him to compete with, but Brian Goodwin could still challenge for playing time if Hamilton is a huge negative at the plate. There is no denying that his fantasy stock is trending way up now that he is with a team where playing time is readily available.

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    • Jordan Lyles MIL SP
      Pirates' Jordan Lyles: Signs with Pirates
      19m ago

      Lyles agreed to a contract with the Pirates on Tuesday, pending a physical, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports.

      Lyles has found a new home in the NL Central after the Brewers declined his club option following the 2018 campaign. The 28-year-old right-hander spent time in San Diego and Milwaukee last season, posting a combined 4.11 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 84:28 K:BB across 87.2 innings (eight starts, 35 appearances). He'll compete for a rotation spot during spring training, though he's likely on the outside looking in given his career 5.28 ERA over 115 starts.

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    • Brett Graves MIA SP
      Marlins' Brett Graves: Outrighted to minors
      2h ago

      Graves was outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday, Andre Fernandez of The Athletic reports.

      Graves was cast off the team's 40-man roster in order to free up space ahead of Thursday's Rule 5 draft. Despite never having pitched at Triple-A, the 25-year-old made his major-league debut in 2018, posting a 5.40 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 21:12 K:BB across 33.1 innings of relief.

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    • Ivan Nova PIT SP
      White Sox's Ivan Nova: Acquired by White Sox
      2h ago

      Nova was traded by the Pirates to the White Sox on Tuesday, pending a medical review, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

      The White Sox will hope that Nova can help stabilize the back of the rotation as the team attempts to head towards competitiveness. "Stable" seems to adequately describe the 31-year-old, who has posted three straight seasons with an ERA between 4.14 and 4.19. He won't strike out many players (just a 16.7 percent strikeout rate in each of the last two seasons), but his consistency makes him a useful option in deep leagues. Pittsburgh will receive minor-league pitcher Yordi Rosario and international bonus pool money in return, per Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com.

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    • Shohei Ohtani LAA SP
      Angels' Shohei Ohtani: Regains full range of motion
      18h ago

      Ohtani (elbow) continues to make progress after undergoing Tommy John surgery and now has full range of motion in his right elbow, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

      Ohtani is set for an evaluation by doctors from the United States sometime in January. Although he won't be ready to begin a hitting program just yet, it's positive news that he's continuing to make significant progress without setbacks. Expect more news on Ohtani's recovery to surface over the course of the next few months.

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    • Danny Salazar CLE SP
      Indians' Danny Salazar: To begin throwing shortly
      18h ago

      Salazar (shoulder) is expected to start a throwing program sometime this week in Arizona, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

      Salazar underwent season-ending surgery on his right shoulder back in July, and it's unclear as to whether he'll be cleared for a normal spring training. The Indians figure to ease him back into throwing and will see how his shoulder responds. An update on Salazar's status should come closer to February.

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    • Tyson Ross STL SP
      Tigers' Tyson Ross: Signs with Detroit
      23h ago

      Ross signed a one-year, $5.75 million contract with the Tigers on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

      Ross threw 149.2 innings last year with the Padres and Cardinals, recording a 4.15 ERA and striking out 19.2 percent of batters while walking 9.8 percent. The Tigers would love Ross to get back close to the form that saw him post three straight seasons with an ERA below 3.30 from 2013 to 2015 before Thoracic Outlet Syndrome derailed his career, though he'll be a useful piece if he can simply be a healthy innings eater as the team navigates through a rebuild.

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      New Rangers manager Chris Woodward told TR Sullivan of MLB.com that Leclerc "might be more a two- or three-inning guy, that can pitch some significant innings for us that gives us more a chance to win more games."

      Woodward used the word "creative" multiple times to describe how he will approach handling his pitching staff in 2019, and added that he will have to "maximize every guy that we have." Leclerc was excellent after taking over as the Rangers' closer last season, posting a 29:6 K:BB while going 12-for-12 in save opportunities over his final 18 innings (all scoreless). We still like Leclerc's chances of being the primary closer, but he may pitch more in the seventh and eighth, and perhaps even occasionally as an opener, when the situation calls for it.

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      Triggs (shoulder) is expected to have a normal spring training, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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      Athletics' Paul Blackburn: Expected to have normal spring
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      Blackburn (elbow) should be healthy for the start of spring training, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

      Blackburn was shut down from throwing in July due to tendinitis in his right elbow, although the Athletics believe he'll be good to go come February. The starting rotation is far from set, but he'll be a candidate to earn a spot near the back end during spring training.

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    • Ryan Meisinger BAL RP
      Cardinals' Ryan Meisinger: Scooped by Cardinals
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      Meisinger was claimed off waivers by the Cardinals on Monday.

      Meisinger made his major-league debut with the Orioles in 2018, posting a 6.43 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 21:10 K:BB across 21 innings. He also spent time with Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk, notching a 4.42 ERA across 18.1 innings with the Baysox while compiling a 2.28 ERA and 11.7 K/9 across 27.2 innings with the Tides. The 24-year-old will likely serve as organizational bullpen depth in 2019.

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    • Michael Lorenzen CIN RP
      Reds' Michael Lorenzen: Could see time in outfield
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      Lorenzen could see some playing time in the outfield under new manager David Bell, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

      In a small sample of 92 career plate appearances, Lorenzen has looked like a capable big-league hitter, posting a .250/.276/.500 slash line (good for a 101 wRC+) with six homers. His 31.5 percent strikeout rate and 2.2 percent walk rate cast some doubt on the idea that he should hit on a regular basis, however. As a pitcher, Lorenzen's 3.11 ERA in 81 innings last season was solid, but as a player who worked primarily as a non-closing reliever, his fantasy value was limited. If he does become something approaching a true two-way player, that would have appeal in certain formats, though it's not clear yet just how often Bell intends to use him in the field.

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    • Robby Scott BOS RP
      Reds' Robby Scott: Sent to Reds
      1d ago

      Scott was claimed off waivers by the Reds on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

      Scott spent most of the 2018 campaign with Triple-A Pawtucket, posting a 1.86 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 11.7 K/9 across 48.1 innings with the PawSox. He struggled across nine appearances with the big club, allowing six runs in 6.2 innings, though he posted a respectable 3.79 ERA and 0.98 WHIP across 35.2 innings with the Red Sox in 2017. Scott figures to work as a lefty specialist or middle-relief option for the Reds in 2019.

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      Rays' C.J. Cron: Designated for assignment
      21d ago

      Cron was removed from the Rays' 40-man roster Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

      Cron cranked 30 home runs over 140 games for the Rays in 2018, but he's been moved off the 40-man roster with the team deciding he's not worth $5-plus million for 2019. Tampa Bay could pull off a trade, or he could be claimed off waivers or simply head to free agency.

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    • Shohei Ohtani LAA DH
      Angels' Shohei Ohtani: Recovery going well
      29d ago

      Ohtani (elbow) said his recovery from Tommy John surgery is going well, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports. "I feel like so far it's going really well, no setbacks," Ohtani said. "I think I'm right on schedule and maybe a little bit ahead."

      Ohtani underwent surgery at the beginning of October, which will keep him from pitching until 2020 -- though he's still expected to be able to hit in 2019. The two-way star is making encouraging progress, as he recently regained full range of motion in his elbow, according to Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic. That said, a concrete timetable for Ohtani isn't expected to come into focus into at least January.

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      Angels' Shohei Ohtani: On track in recovery
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      Ohtani (elbow) is progressing on schedule in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports.

      Ohtani went under the knife at the beginning of October, and he's inching closer to regaining full extension of his elbow. While the two-way superstar is making encouraging progress, general manager Billy Eppler said a concrete timetable for Ohtani won't emerge until at least January. Though he won't be able to pitch until 2020, Ohtani is expected to be able to hit in 2019.

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    • Evan Gattis HOU DH
      Evan Gattis: Fails to receive qualifying offer
      11/02/2018

      Gattis did not receive a $17.9 million qualifying offer from Houston on Friday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

      Gattis slashed .226/.284/.452 with 25 home runs and 78 RBI in 128 games for the Astros this past season during his fourth year with the organization. He will now hit the free-agent market after making $6.7 million in 2018. Gattis only made a couple appearances behind the plate this season, so it's likely that he will try to find a home in the American League as a designated hitter.

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    • J.D. Martinez BOS DH
      Red Sox's J.D. Martinez: Starts in left field Friday
      10/26/2018

      Martinez (ankle) will start in left field and bat cleanup in Game 3 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Friday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

      There was some concern that Martinez wouldn't be able to take the field Friday night due to an ankle injury, but the 31-year-old didn't have any issues in pre-game drills so he'll be ready to go for Game 3. Since there's no DH in the Dodgers' National League park, Andrew Benintendi will begin Friday's contest on the bench as Martinez patrols left field.

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    • J.D. Martinez BOS DH
      Red Sox's J.D. Martinez: May not start due to ankle injury
      10/26/2018

      Red Sox manager Alex Cora wouldn't commit to having J.D. Martinez (ankle) start in right field in Friday's Game 3 of the World Series, ESPN reports.

      However, Martinez said he planned on playing in Game 3. Martinez aggravated a sore right ankle while running the bases in Game 2, but remained in the game. Without the DH at an NL park, Martinez will need to play the outfield to stay in the lineup. Cora also said he wouldn't move Mookie Betts to second base in order to keep both Jackie Bradley Jr. and Andrew Benintendi in the lineup.

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