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Hot Stove Dispatches

From Rotoworld:

The Padres told agent John Boggs on Monday that they’re targeting a power-hitting left fielder and probably won’t re-sign Dave Roberts.  It had become pretty obvious. “If the priority for the Padres is a power bat and you are Dave Roberts, OK, fine, you can’t do anything about it,” Boggs said. “We can’t force the issue with the Padres.” Roberts isn’t going to be hurting for work. The Cubs, Brewers, Rockies, White Sox and Giants are among those interested. The Padres are pursuing Gary Sheffield at the moment. They could have Brian Giles or Josh Barfield take over as their leadoff hitter.

David Wright and Ryan Howard homered as the MLB All-Stars went up 4-0 in the series in Japan by winning 7-2 on Tuesday. Jose Reyes had two hits and two RBI, and Andruw Jones drew three of the MLB team’s 10 base on balls. Starter Chris Young pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings. Both runs came off John Maine in the fifth. The MLB team has never swept the Japanese team in the five-game series since the format started in 1986. John Lackey is due to start Wednesday’s finale.

Yorvit Torrealba hit his first homer Sunday for Los Llanos of the Venezuelan Winter League. He’s 3-for-19 in five games. Torrealba is currently DHing to make up for some of the at-bats he missed out on due to a strained shoulder last season. He’s expected back with the Rockies to compete with Chris Iannetta for a starting job next spring.

Willy Aybar went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI as the third baseman for Licey of the DWL on Saturday. Aybar is getting a chance to team up with his brother, Erick, to form the left side of Licey’s infield. Willy is having the better go of it offensively so far. He’s batting .327/.407/.519 in 52 at-bats.