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The MLB Daily Dish: MLB trade rumors and news for February 27, 2016

Kick your day off right with the latest news, rumors, and analysis covering what could, should, and will affect your club's roster.

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Cleveland outfielder Abraham Almonte was suspended 80 games for a positive steroid test. Does this mean an Austin Jackson signing could be imminent?
In his brief MLB career, Almonte has never been a great hitter, although he was impressive in 51 games with the Indians in 2015. His career line in 560 plate appearances is .244/.297/.378, and while his offensive contributions won't necessarily be missed, his suspension does throw a wrench into Cleveland's plans. However there is a potential solution waiting in the free agent pool.
Jose Bautista has made it clear how much money he wants. But the Blue Jays might have to choose between extending Bautista and keeping Edwin Encarnacion long-term.

Will Venable is headed to Cleveland on a minor league deal, while Shane Victorino heads to the Cubs.

Salvador Perez and the Royals are discussing an extension, according to Sam Mellinger of The Kansas City Star.

Houston has six starters in Spring Training but only five rotation spots. Whose job is it to lose?

Dave Dombrowski's deal with the Red Sox is for five years:

Drew Stubbs signed a minor league deal to join the Rangers:

Neal Cotts heads to the Astros on a minor league contract:

Rafael Betancourt is calling it a career:

A Jay Bruce trade does not appear to be imminent:

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