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Update: Manager Bob Melvin says he will go with closer by committee for now.

As we reported earlier and can also be found in the comments section of the latest Closer Report, Melvin will make his in-game decisions based on situation, handedness and who pitched the night before. Luke Gregerson, Ryan Cook, Sean Doolittle and even Dan Otero will be in the mix for saves now.ANALYST: Howard Bender

Zach LaVine won the MVP in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night.

Before trying to defend his dunk title, from last year, on Saturday, the Minnesota PG played in the Rising Stars Challenge with fellow Freshman and Sophomores in the league. He posted a 30 point seven rebound performance in the defense-less game that ended 157-154 in favor of the U.S. team. LaVine makes the second straight T'wolves player to win the award with Andrew Wiggins winning it last year. LaVine will now turn his attention to winning the dunk title once again in the Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday night. Analysis: Matt Selz

Recent reports indicate that the Browns will re-sign Travis Benjamin.

Benjamin, 26, was one of the few bright spots on the Browns last season, establishing himself as one of the best on their thin receiving group. Benjamin had 966 yards and 5 touchdowns on the season--both career highs.  Analysis: Ben Diamond

Joe Mauer said that lingering concussion symptoms has affects his hitting and given him blurred vision.

Mauer was hit by a fastball in the head in 2013, forcing him to abandon catcher. The resulting concussion gave him blurred vision, making it nearly impossible for him to catch and also caused him to struggle at the plate.  Analysis: Ben Diamond

Domingo Santana will be the leading candidate to take over for Khris Davis in left field in 2016.

Santana will now get to start, and although he may not put up starter-worthy numbers next year, the Brewers can afford to allow the power bat to learn on the job as a rebuilding club. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Athletics general manager David Forst confirmed that Khris Davis will be the team's everyday left fielder in 2016.

Davis will replace Coco Crisp as the team's starting left fielder in Oakland. This isn't surprising, given Davis' big power and Crisp's inability to stay on the field in recent seasons. Analysis: Ben Diamond

According to recent reports, Matt Forte will is unlikely to receive more than $4 million per year in the open market.

Forte is a very good player, but as a 30-year old running back, he's just too risky to be paid more. Aging running backs aren't the most intriguing players, even when they're as talented as Forte. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Rockies invited non-roster RHP Nelson Gonzalez, RHP Jeff Hoffman, RHP Shane Carle, RHP Matt Carasiti and LHP Harrison Musgrave to spring training.

The big name here is Hoffman, who the Rockies got in the Troy Tulowitzki trade. Hoffman has ace-caliber talent, with the main thing holding him back being Tommy John surgery. So far, Hoffman's run into problems and should go into 2016 relatively unlimited. He's one of the few pitchers who could put up front-end numbers despite being stuck at Coors Field. Hoffman won't make the big league club out of Spring Training, but could get a late season call-up if all goes well.  Analysis: Ben Diamond

Giants will be present at Tim Lincecum’s (hip) showcase, Lincecum won’t throw for teams until he’s 100 percent.

Lincecum is recovering from offseason hip surgery, and there are a few teams interested in taking a shot on him. The former ace may be converted to a reliever, but there's a chance that Lincecum could recapture some of his past success in short-stints out of the bullpen. That said, it's hard to imagine Lincecum opening the year on a major league roster.  Analysis: Ben Diamond

Percy Harvin's contract with the Bills was voided on Friday. He is now a free agent.

Harvin just hasn't been able to find success since leaving the Vikings, and now he's moved on from another team. The injury prone yet talented wide receiver could sign with another team, but retirement is also an option that Harvin's brought up in the past. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Coco Crisp is expected to remain with the Athletics in the outfield and as the designated hitter.

With the trade for Khris Davis, the Athletics now have a full outfield without a starting spot for Coco Crisp. Davis is a clear upgrade over the injury-prone and old outfielder in Crisp, who is now likely to be a fourth outfielder and occasional DH. Crisp is unlikely to get enough playing time to be worth a look in fantasy leagues. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Frankie Montas had rib resection surgery Friday to remove his right first rib.

Montas, considered a top-100 prospect by some publications, had rib surgery on Friday that will keep him out for 2-4 months. The Dodgers hoped that Montas would contribute for the team this season, but it's hard to see that happening now. Montas has an elite fastball that can hit triple-digits, but his delivery and command are messy leading many to believe he's a reliever long term. That said, Montas has the pitches to be a shutdown closer. His upside won't be hurt by the surgery, but his risk and ETA to the majors are a bit higher now. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Walter Tavares was recalled from the D-League.

With the Hawks still without Tiago Splitter, they have been dressing 7'3" Walter Tavares for depth. Tavares has been averaging 9.8 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in only 21 minutes per game in the D-League. It appears the Atlanta sent Tavares down to get him extra repetitions and he is now back with the team after All Star Weekend is finished.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Athletics designated Sean Nolin for assignment.

In order to clear room on the 40-man roster for Khris Davis, the Athletics have designated for assignment a left-handed pitcher. Sean Nolin who came to Oakland in the Josh Donaldson trade, will be open to the waiver process and could be claimed due to his being a southpaw. Nolin was 2 - 2 in Triple-A last year but may be on his way to a career as a reliever if he wants to stick in the majors. With Oakland as a starter, Nolin was 1 - 2 with a 5.28 ERA and 1.62 WHIP.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Athletics traded C Jacob Nottingham to the Brewers.

Catcher Jacob Nottingham has once again been traded, but the Brewers general manager knows Nottingham well as he came from the Astros front office. Nottingham was a part of the trade to acquire Scott Kazmir. The young catcher will now assume the role of eventual replacement for Jonathan Lucroy for Milwaukee. Nottingham hit .316/.372/.505 in the minors last year with 17 home runs and 82 RBI in 119 games.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Athletics traded Bubby Derby to the Brewers.

Bubby Derby was a sixth round draft choice by Oakland out of San Diego State University. Derby has been traded by Oakland to the Brewers in return for Khris Davis. The young pitcher only appeared in 14 games last year for the A's but did sport a 11.3 strikeouts per nine total along with 1.21 ERA in 37 1/3 innings pitched. Derby will now join the growing list of pitching prospects in Milwaukee.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

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