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General manager Erik Neander said Brandon Lowe is in the mix of outfielders competing for a spot on the Rays' Opening Day roster, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Ryan Lavarnway signed a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to spring training with the Yankees on Thursday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

Seattle traded Guillermo Heredia to Tampa Bay on Thursday along with Mike Zunino and Michael Plassmeyer in exchange for Mallex Smith and Jake Fraley.

The Mariners traded Mike Zunino to the Rays on Thursday along with Guillermo Heredia and Michael Plassmeyer in exchange for Mallex Smith and Jake Fraley.

The Rays traded Mallex Smith to the Mariners on Thursday along with Jake Fraley in exchange for Mike Zunino, Guillermo Heredia and Michael Plassmeyer.

Jett Bandy signed a one-year minor-league contract with Texas on Thursday, Gerry Fraley of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Jung Ho Kang inked a one-year, $3 million deal with Pittsburgh on Thursday.

Corey Seager (elbow/hip) is close to beginning a throwing program, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.

Jake Smolinski signed a minor-league contract with the Rays on Wednesday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.

General manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Jeff McNeil is "penciled in" as the Mets' starting second baseman in 2019, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

Gary Sanchez will undergo left shoulder surgery this offseason and is expected to be ready by Opening Day, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.

Francisco Rodriguez has expressed a desire to return to Major League Baseball next season, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Rick Ankiel underwent "ligament reattachment" elbow surgery in October and expects to be sidelined from throwing until early summer, Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports.

Jose Reyes is preparing to continue his career during the 2019 season, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports.

Dansby Swanson underwent surgery Wednesday to remove a loose body from his left wrist. He's expected to be fully operational prior to spring training, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

Brendan Rodgers is recovering from shoulder tightness, which is why he was scratched from the Arizona Fall League roster, Tracy Ringolsby of InsideTheSeams.com reports. "Instead of trying to push it to get him ready for the fall league we decided it was best to allow him to rest and strengthen this offseason," said Zach Wilson, Rockies senior director-player development. "It's a minor issue but best to get him physically ready for 2019."

General manager Brian Cashman said Sonny Gray "has got a good make-up, I just don't think this is the right spot for him," Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports.

CC Sabathia (knee) signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the Yankees on Tuesday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.

Lance McCullers underwent Tommy John surgery Tuesday and will miss the entire 2019 season, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

General manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Travis d'Arnaud (elbow) is on track to be fully healthy for Opening Day, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.