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  • Blue Jays designate Jenkins for assignment
    Blue Jays designated RHP Chad Jenkins for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Gavin Floyd whose signing was announced on Saturday. The 28-year-old Jenkins owns a career 3.31 ERA and 1.25 WHIP across 100 2/3 big league innings and should attract interest from other clubs seeking bullpen help. Today, 10:17 am
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  • Blue Jays sign Gavin Floyd to one-year deal
    Blue Jays signed RHP Gavin Floyd to a one-year, $1 million contract.

    Advice: Floyd also has the potential to earn an additional $1 million in incentives based on days that he's on the active roster. It's unclear if the Jays plan to use him in the rotation or out of the bullpen where he finished the 2015 campaign with the Indians. Today, 9:40 am
  • Joe Nathan still expecting to pitch this year
    Dave Pepe, the agent for free agent Joe Nathan said Friday that his workouts are going well and that the right-hander definitely plans on pitching this season.

    Advice: Pepe also added that they're not necessarily in a rush to sign a contract, moreso seeking the best overall opportunity. The 41-year-old hurler owns 377 career saves and could be a nice low-risk addition to team's looking to bolster the back end of their bullpen. Yesterday, 5:40 pm
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  • Tyler Clippard the Diamondbacks' top target
    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Diamondbacks are interested in adding a late-inning reliever with Tyler Clippard representing their top target.

    Advice: General manager Dave Stewart admitted on Thursday that the club could have interest in the veteran right-hander. While Brad Ziegler was fantastic in the closer's role in 2015, the club is lacking depth in the late innings, and Clippard would add another strong arm with previous closing experience. Yesterday, 4:47 pm
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  • Orioles avoid arbitration with Zach Britton
    Orioles and LHP Zach Britton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.75 million contract.

    Advice: It's the exact midpoint between the figures that each side filed at. With Britton now under contract, the Orioles have settled with all of their arbitration-eligible players. The 28-year-old has developed into one of the top closers in the league, coming off a phenomenal 2015 campaign where he posted a 1.92 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 79/14 K/BB ratio across 65 2/3 innings. Yesterday, 3:53 pm
  • A.J. Schugel outrighted to Triple-A
    Pirates sent RHP A.J. Schugel outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Schugel finally gets to stay in the same organization after being designated for assignment three times since December. The righty will provide depth in the minors. Yesterday, 11:49 am
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  • Rays considering reliever Tyler Clippard
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are among the teams considering Tyler Clippard.

    Advice: The low-budget Rays might not be able to offer Clippard the most money, but the reliever is a Florida native and the state has no personal income tax. The Diamondbacks are another club that has indicated they'd be interested in Clippard, who put up a 2.92 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 64/31 K/BB ratio over 71 innings last season between the A's and Mets. Yesterday, 11:45 am
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  • Angels claim Christian Friedrich off waivers
    Angels claimed LHP Christian Friedrich off waivers from the Rockies.

    Advice: Friedrich owns a career 5.81 ERA and has battled injuries since the Rockies took him in the first round of the 2008 Draft. However, as a big lefty with decent velocity, it's not surprising that another club is taking a shot on him. He'll compete for a spot in the Angels' bullpen. Yesterday, 10:44 am
  • JJ Hoover wins arbitration case vs. Reds
    JJ Hoover won his arbitration case against the Reds and will make $1.4 million in 2016.

    Advice: There was only a $175,000 difference between figures exchanged by the two sides last month, but they were unable to avoid a hearing and Hoover wound up being victorious. The reliever is the favorite to serve as the Reds' closer in 2016, so his arbitration cost is going to rise rapidly if he hangs on to that job. Yesterday, 9:45 am
  • Gavin Floyd, Blue Jays in agreement on deal
    The Blue Jays and free agent Gavin Floyd are in agreement on a deal, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.

    Advice: The agreement is pending a physical. Floyd didn't pitch until September last season after re-fracturing the olecranon bone in his right elbow in March. He struggled in three minor league starts following his return, posting an 11.57 ERA before putting up a more respectable 2.70 ERA in seven relief appearances with the Indians down the stretch. Floyd will provide some rotation depth for the Jays. Thursday, 6:41 pm
  • Britton has arb. hearing set for Feb. 17
    Zach Britton and the Orioles have an arbitration hearing set for February 17.

    Advice: Now that the Orioles and Brian Matusz have come to an agreement, Britton is the team's last remaining arbitration case. The closer requested $7.9 million and was offered $5.6 million by Baltimore when figures were exchanged last month. There's still a chance they could settle before a hearing. Thursday, 2:41 pm
  • O's, Brian Matusz avoid arb. at $3.9 million
    Orioles and LHP Brian Matusz avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.9 million contract.

    Advice: Matusz requested $4.4 million and was offered $3.5 million by the Orioles when figures were exchanged last month, so the two sides settle for a little under the midpoint. The soon-to-be 29-year-old posted a 2.94 ERA and 56/20 K/BB ratio over 49 relief innings last season and is going into his final year of team control. Thursday, 2:35 pm
  • Gavin Floyd (elbow) throwing off a mound
    Gavin Floyd (elbow) has been throwing off a mound without issue for the last two weeks.

    Advice: Floyd was offered a tryout at the Orioles' minicamp in Sarasota, Florida in early January but didn't feel like he was ready. Now that he has ramped up his offseason workouts, the O's might take another look. Floyd re-fractured the olecranon bone in his right elbow last March and did not make an appearance until September. He is probably going to have to settle for a non-guaranteed minor league deal. Thursday, 11:31 am
  • Diamondbacks may look at RP Tyler Clippard
    Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart suggested Thursday that he might make a play for free agent Tyler Clippard.

    Advice: "We have not talked to his people, (but) that is a good name," Stewart told the Arizona Republic when asked about Clippard. "I know we talked about it internally, so I think there’s a pretty good possibility we will (reach out), at least just to see." Clippard, who turns 31 years old next week, posted a 2.92 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 64/31 K/BB ratio in 71 innings of relief last season between the A's and Mets. He is probably still holding out for a multi-year deal. Thursday, 11:28 am
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  • Padres will look at Villanueva as a starter
    Padres GM A.J. Preller said the club will look at Carlos Villanueva as a starter this spring.

    Advice: Chances are he'll end up back in a long-relief role, but it's worth a try. Villanueva posted an impressive 2.95 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 55/21 K/BB ratio in 61 innings of relief last season for the Cardinals. He did start five games for the Cubs in 2014, and he started 44 games for the Cubs and Blue Jays between 2011-2013. San Diego offers the kind of home pitching environment that could allow the 32-year-old right-hander to flourish in a more extended role. Thursday, 11:17 am
  • Padres finalize $2M deal with veteran Rodney
    Padres signed RHP Fernando Rodney to a one-year, $1.6 million contract with a $2 million club option for 2017.

    Advice: That option comes with a $400,000 buyout, so the total guaranteed money in the deal is $2 million. Rodney can also earn up to $5 million via performance-based incentives, and there are incentives built into the second-year option as well. The veteran right-hander posted an underwhelming 4.74 ERA and 58/29 K/BB ratio in 62 2/3 innings last season between the Mariners and Cubs, but he could get the first shot at saving games this year in San Diego. This will be his age-39 season. Thursday, 10:55 am
  • Orioles DFA left-hander C.J. Riefenhauser
    Orioles designated LHP C.J. Riefenhauser for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a 40-man roster spot for Odrisamer Despaigne, who was acquired from the Padres on Thursday afternoon for minor league pitcher Jean Cosme. Reifenhauser, 26, posted a 5.52 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 17 relief appearances last season for the Rays. Baltimore acquired Riefenhauser in the Mark Trumbo and Steve Clevenger trade, after the Mariners had acquired Riefenhauser from Tampa Bay in November. Thursday, 10:49 am
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  • Orioles acquire Odrisamer Despaigne from SD
    Orioles acquired RHP Odrisamer Despaigne from the Padres for RHP Jean Cosme.

    Advice: Despaigne posted an ugly 5.80 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 69/32 K/BB ratio in 125 2/3 innings last season for the Padres, but he carries three minor league options and gives the O's some much-needed organizational pitching depth. The 28-year-old right-hander will probably open the 2016 season at Triple-A Norfolk, unless he can secure a long-relief role with a strong showing this spring. He does have experience as a starter too. Thursday, 10:18 am
  • Familia avoids arbitration with one-year deal
    Mets and RHP Jeurys Familia avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.1 million contract.

    Advice: Familia wanted $4.8 million while the Mets offered $3.3 million so this is a pretty fair compromise. The 26-year-old flamethrower emerged as one of baseball's top closers last year with 43 saves out of 48 chances. He was especially dominant in the postseason, contributing a 0.61 ERA across 12 appearances. Familia is under team control through 2018. Wednesday, 4:04 pm
  • Mets to use a sixth starter this season
    GM Sandy Alderson said the Mets plan to use a sixth starter throughout the year.

    Advice: Zack Wheeler is expected to return from Tommy John surgery in July, but even before that, the Mets plan to use spot starters to keep their rotation fresh. Logan Verrett and Sean Gilmartin could both be used in this capacity, though neither one has much starting experience. Verrett made four starts last year while Gilmartin started just once. Despite the team's plan to utilize a sixth starter, Alderson said he doesn't expect any of his pitchers to be on an innings limit. That includes Steven Matz, who pitched 141 innings between the majors and minors last year. Wednesday, 1:22 pm
  • Yankees have reached out to RHP Torres
    Brandon Kuty of reports that the Yankees are among 20 teams who have reached out to free agent reliever Carlos Torres.

    Advice: Torres passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment by the Mets last month. The 33-year-old posted a mediocre 4.68 ERA and 48/18 K/BB ratio in 57 2/3 innings last season, but his average fastball velocity was higher than ever before and he was an important piece in the Mets' bullpen in 2014. There's a chance he'll have to settle for a minor league deal, but it's worth noting that he has also drawn interest from teams in Asia. Wednesday, 12:04 pm
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  • Pirates designate Schugel for assignment
    Pirates designated RHP A.J. Schugel for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-acquired Jesse Biddle on the 40-man roster. Schugel was just claimed off waivers from the Mariners in January and could soon be with his fourth organization in the span of the two months. Wednesday, 11:02 am
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  • Phillies acquire RHP Medina from Pirates
    Phillies acquired RHP Yoervis Medina from the Pirates for LHP Jesse Biddle.

    Advice: Medina was outrighted off the Pirates' 40-man roster last week, so he'll be a non-roster invitee with the Phillies in the spring. The 27-year-old owns a 3.08 ERA, 9.1 K/9 and 4.9 BB/9 over 146 appearances in the majors. He'll provide some bullpen depth for Philadelphia. Wednesday, 11:00 am
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  • Mets done giving out major league deals
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that the club is done giving out major league deals this winter.

    Advice: Alderson also said that he assumes Tyler Clippard will land a major league deal, so it's safe to say he'll end up elsewhere. The soon-to-be 31-year-old was shaky down the stretch last season and during the postseason, but someone will surely take a chance on his reputation and track record. The Mets reportedly haven't ruled out adding another bullpen arm, but apparently they'll look to minor league deals. Wednesday, 10:36 am
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  • Royals release RHP Coleman
    Royals released RHP Louis Coleman.

    Advice: Coleman was designated for assignment last week to make room for Ian Kennedy on the Royals' 40-man roster. He passed through waivers unclaimed and will now have the ability to test the open market. The 29-year-old pitched almost exclusively in the minors in 2015, but has enjoyed some success in the majors in the past and shouldn't be out of work for long. Wednesday, 10:12 am
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  • O's likely looking internal for fifth starter
    Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun writes that "the likelihood is growing" that the Orioles will look internally to fill the fifth spot in the starting rotation.

    Advice: The Orioles are keeping their options open in the free agent and trade markets, but they remain reluctant to give up their first-round pick to sign Yovani Gallardo. Barring a late addition, Baltimore is looking at a group which includes the likes of Vance Worley, Tyler Wilson, Mike Wright, and possibly even Brian Matusz. Worley has the most starting experience of the bunch and might be the early front-runner. Wednesday, 10:03 am
  • Thornton waiting for team to show interest
    Free agent reliever Matt Thornton said on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Wednesday that he's "waiting for a team to show serious interest."

    Advice: Thornton believes that he has proved himself and has considered walking away from the game if he doesn't get a guaranteed major league deal. The 39-year-old posted a 2.18 ERA and 23/11 K/BB ratio over 41 1/3 innings with the Nationals last season and held left-handed batters to a .198/.205/.279 batting line. Wednesday, 8:19 am
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  • Edgar Ibarra catches on with Phillies
    Phillies signed LHP Edgar Ibarra to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Ibarra, 26, made two relief appearances for the Angels last season and held a 5.43 ERA with over a strikeout per frame at Triple-A. He'll provide left-handed relief depth. Tuesday, 1:29 pm
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  • O's ink LHP Dwyer to minor league deal
    Orioles signed LHP Chris Dwyer to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Dwyer, a former highly-regarded prospect, posted a 4.01 ERA and 63/55 K/BB ratio over 92 innings with the Royals' Triple-A affiliate last season. He turns 28 in April and will serve as organizational depth. Tuesday, 12:26 pm
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  • George Kontos, Giants avoid arbitration
    Giants and RHP George Kontos avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.15 million contract.

    Advice: It's just a hair above the midpoint of figures exchanged last month. A first-time arbitration-eligible player as a Super 2 qualifier, Kontos held a 2.33 ERA and 0.94 WHIP over 73 1/3 frames in 2015. Monday, 1:20 pm
  • Carlos Torres elects to become free agent
    Carlos Torres has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Torres was placed on waivers by the Mets last week and passed through unclaimed. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York suspects that he might now take his talents to Asia rather than settling for a minor league deal. Torres, 33, posted an ugly 4.68 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and 48/18 K/BB ratio in 57 2/3 innings of relief last year for the Mets. He registered a cool 3.06 ERA across 97 innings for New York in 2014. Monday, 10:24 am
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  • Marlins considering veteran Kyle Lohse
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Marlins are interested in Kyle Lohse.

    Advice: Not surprisingly, the market has been quiet for Lohse this winter after he posted a 5.85 ERA last season for the Brewers. He's now 37 and will surely have to settle for a minor league contract, but on a non-guaranteed deal he could be a worthy depth addition. Sunday, 10:33 am
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  • Yost won't commit to No. 4 and 5 starters
    Royals manager Ned Yost on Friday wouldn't commit to who will serve as his No. 4 and No. 5 starters this season.

    Advice: Yordano Ventura, Edinson Volquez and Ian Kennedy are locked into the first three spots, but there will be a competition in spring training to fill out the rest of the rotation. "We’ll see," Yost said. "Again, I’ve got a lot of confidence in Chris Young; I’ve got a lot of confidence in Kris Medlen. Danny Duffy is a guy, as we saw last year, he could be very valuable out of the pen. He could be very valuable as a starter, too." Based on that response, it sounds like Duffy might be the most likely of the group to wind up in the bullpen. He arguably has the most upside of the three pitchers, but the southpaw has been inconsistent in the rotation and was dominant last season after a move to relief, tossing 8 1/3 scoreless frames with a 12/2 K/BB ratio. Sunday, 7:10 am
  • Pirates outright Yoervis Medina to Triple-A
    Pirates sent RHP Yoervis Medina outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: The 27-year-old right-hander, somewhat surprisingly, passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment last week. He'll still have a chance to compete for a spot in the Pirates bullpen during the spring. Saturday, 5:34 am
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  • Mets place Carlos Torres on waivers
    Adam Rubin of reports that the Mets have placed Carlos Torres on waivers.

    Advice: They were reportedly talking to multiple teams about a trade but were unable to make anything happen. Torres will undoubtedly be claimed off waivers, and his new team will be responsible for his $1.05 million salary. Friday, 2:54 pm
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  • Louis Coleman designated for assignment
    Royals designated RHP Louis Coleman for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Ian Kennedy. With a career 3.20 ERA and over a strikeout per inning in his 152 relief appearances, Coleman could draw some interest on waivers. Friday, 9:18 am
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  • Hoover 'certainly a front-runner' to closer
    Reds manager Bryan Price said Thursday that JJ Hoover is "certainly a front-runner" to become the team's closer, but the job won't be handed to him.

    Advice: Hoover was the club's best reliever not named Aroldis Chapman last season, so it stands to reason that he'd slide into the ninth inning with Chapman no longer around. However, Price indicated that there would be a competition for the gig. "I’m going to wait and see," Price said. "I think he’s certainly a front-runner for this opportunity, but I don’t think I’m quite ready to be assigning roles for on the team just quite yet. We’ll see what the final roster looks like coming out of spring training. He’s absolutely in contention for the position." Jumbo Diaz is another potential option to close for the Reds, but Hoover looks like the clear favorite. Friday, 6:50 am
  • Rockies designate Friedrich for assignment
    Rockies designated LHP Christian Friedrich for assignment.

    Advice: A first-round pick in the 2008 MLB Draft, Friedrich never gained traction at the major league level with the Rockies. He owns a career 5.81 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 167 1/3 innings in the majors. Some team might remember his pedigree and take a shot on the 28-year-old, but he hasn't given anyone a reason to do so with his performance. Thursday, 6:02 pm
  • Report: Carlos Torres drawing trade interest
    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish hears multiple teams are in trade talks with the Mets regarding Carlos Torres.

    Advice: Torres was designated for assignment last week, a bit of a surprise despite holding a 4.68 ERA in relief this past season. The 33-year-old will likely land in a spot where he'll be used in middle relief in the majors this season. Thursday, 3:35 pm
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