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|Braves expected to trade Justin Upton||11-21-2014|
|Justin Upton LF ATL|
Joel Sherman of the New York Post was told by an executive that Justin Upton "will be moved" this offseason.
New York Post
|The Braves dealt Jason Heyward earlier this week, but they don't plan to stop there. Like Heyward, Upton is set for free agency after next season, and the interest in him, according to Sherman, is "significant." Sherman adds that the price is steep, with the Braves looking for a bigger package than it took to land Heyward. The Mariners have long had interest in Upton and would appear to be a fit.|
|Alexi Ogando won't pitch in Winter Ball||11-21-2014|
|Alexi Ogando P TEX|
Alexi Ogando will not pitch in the Dominican Republic Winter League as originally planned.
Dallas Morning News
|No reason was given for the change, but the Rangers could had just decided to give Ogando extra rest after he was limited to just 25 innings this season due to elbow issues. The right-hander is arbitration-eligible again this offseason.|
|Yu Darvish's MRI pushed back to next week||11-21-2014|
|Yu Darvish P TEX|
A scheduled MRI on Yu Darvish's right elbow has been pushed back to next week.
Dallas Morning News
|It appears to merely just be a scheduling conflict, as the Rangers still expect the MRI to come back clean. Darvish's season ended early due to elbow inflammation, but he's expected to be cleared to offseason work next week assuming the MRI reveals no issues.|
|Pirates commit to Pedro Alvarez at 1B||11-21-2014|
|Pedro Alvarez 3B PIT|
Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Thursday after the team designated Ike Davis for assignment that they've "essentially committed" to Pedro Alvarez at first base.
|Huntington previously had refused to rule out Alvarez remaining at third base, but with his throwing issues and Josh Harrison's emergence at the hot corner, a move to first for Alvarez was inevitable. Alvarez slugged 36 homers in 2013, but that number was cut in half in 2014 and he hit just .231/.312/.405 overall. His season ended early due to a stress reaction in his left foot, but he didn't need surgery and is expected to have a normal offseason.|
|Craig Counsell won't get Rays' job||11-21-2014|
|Evan Longoria 3B TB|
MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports that Craig Counsell has pulled out of the running for the Rays' manager job.
Adam McCalvy on Twitter
|Counsell was one of 10 candidate to interview for the gig. He will continue with his job as special assistant to Brewers general manager Doug Melvin.|
|'Plenty of interest' in David Ross||11-21-2014|
|David Ross C BOS|
Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that there has been "plenty of interest" in David Ross.
Chris Cotillo on Twitter
|However, he adds that there's "nothing imminent" in terms of Ross signing on somewhere. The veteran catcher batted just .184/.260/.368 in 50 games this past season, but his bat has been more potent in the past and he's well-regarded as a receiver and clubhouse guy.|
|Cubs, Dodgers, White Sox in on Miguel Montero||11-21-2014|
|Miguel Montero C ARZ|
Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Cubs, Dodgers and White Sox have talked to the Diamondbacks about a trade involving Miguel Montero.
|It's not clear how far along the talks with those teams have gotten, but Piecoro does note that the inquiries "have not picked up significantly" since the Russell Martin signing. The D'Backs are shopping Montero in hopes of clearing some payroll space, possibly so that they can add some pitching.|
|Reed's sexual assault charges reinstated||11-21-2014|
|Evan Reed P DET|
A Wayne County judge has reinstated two sexual assault charges against former Tigers pitcher Evan Reed.
Robert Allen on Twitter
|Reed, 28, was accused of raping a 45-year-old woman on March 30 in a hotel room at Motor City Casino but had two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct dropped in August. His lawyer has appealed the reinstatement of the charges.|
|Rays get Jose Dominguez from Dodgers||11-21-2014|
|Jose Dominguez P TB|
|Rays acquired RHPs Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris from the Dodgers in exchange for RHP Joel Peralta and LHP Adam Liberatore.||Dominguez hasn't fared well in his brief time in the majors, but he can touch triple-digits on the radar gun, which obviously makes him quite appealing. He should crack the Rays' Opening Day bullpen.|
|Michael Kohn designated for assignment||11-21-2014|
|Michael Kohn P TB|
|Rays designated RHP Michael Kohn for assignment.||The Rays just signed Kohn last month, but the right-hander will now be eligible for the Rule 5 Draft. The 28-year-old holds a 3.67 ERA with 107 strikeouts across 110 1/3 frames at the major league level, though he's also walked 73.|
|Cole Figueroa designated for assignment||11-21-2014|
|Cole Figueroa 2B TB|
|Rays designated INF Cole Figueroa for assignment.||Figueroa batted just .233/.286/.326 through 23 games this past season at the major league level. The 27-year-old figures to clear waivers.|
|Dodgers get Peralta from TB in 4-player deal||11-21-2014|
|Joel Peralta P LAD|
|Dodgers acquired RHP Joel Peralta and LHP Adam Liberatore from the Rays in exchange for RHPs Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris.||The Rays exercised Peralta's $2.5 million option for 2015 earlier this month (he has $2.5 million club options for 2016 and 2017, as well) but have now decided to deal him for a bit of payroll space. The 38-year-old put up a 3.58 ERA and 293/84 K/BB ratio over 269 1/3 frames the last four years for the Rays and will work in a setup role for the Dodgers.|