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  • Report: Giants have reached out to 3B Headley
    The Giants have reached out to free agent Chase Headley, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

    Advice: That's not surprising, with Pablo Sandoval leaving to sign with the Red Sox on Tuesday. Heyman does note that, despite their contact with Headley, that the Giants "seem more enthused ... about some of the outfield options." The Indians and Yankees are among the other teams interested in Headley. Rotoworld.com
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  • Sox owner Henry optimistic on signing Lester
    Red Sox owner John Henry said he's optimistic about the team signing free agent Jon Lester.

    Advice: "I am. I'm hopeful," Henry said. He has also said the team won't be concerned about exceeding the $189 million luxury tax to improve the ballclub. The Red Sox just announced the Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez signings Tuesday, but it appears that won't preclude them from pursuing Lester. The Cubs, Braves, Giants and Cardinals are also rumored to be involved. Rotoworld.com
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  • Angels outright Jackson Williams to Triple-A
    Angels sent C Jackson Williams outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Williams was designated for assignment by Anaheim last week and passed through waivers without drawing a claim. The 28-year-old catcher will function as organizational depth for Anaheim in 2015. Rotoworld.com
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  • Jim Adduci signs contract with Korean team
    Jim Adduci has signed a one-year, $650,000 contract with the Lotte Giants of the KBO.

    Advice: Adduci was released by the Rangers earlier this week so that he could pursue this better-paying opportunity in Korea. The 29-year-old outfielder batted just .168/.239/.228 in 114 plate appearances this past season for Texas. He was a 42nd-round pick of the Marlins in 2003. Rotoworld.com
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  • Yu Darvish (elbow) cleared to begin throwing
    Yu Darvish (elbow) has been cleared for throwing.

    Advice: Darvish underwent a checkup MRI on his right elbow Tuesday in Arlington, Texas and it showed no remaining inflammation. He'll spend the next several weeks working out in the Dallas area and should be 100 percent for the beginning of the 2015 season. Darvish was limited to 144 1/3 innings in 2014 after throwing 209 2/3 innings in 2013. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:07 pm
  • Harrell agrees to $900K contract in Korea
    Lucas Harrell has agreed to a one-year, $900,000 contract with Korea's LG Twins.

    Advice: The 29-year-old right-hander had a 9.49 ERA in three starts this past season with the Astros and likely would have had to settle for a non-guaranteed minor league contract had he remained in the United States. Harrell may try to return to MLB if things go well for him next season in the Korean Baseball Organization. Rotoworld.com
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  • Report: Cubs offer Lester 'north of' $135M
    David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reports that the Cubs have offered free agent left-hander Jon Lester a six-year deal worth "north of" $135 million.

    Advice: This is the biggest reported offer to Lester thus far, topping the six-year, $110-120 million offer he reportedly received from the Red Sox. This is shaping up to be more than a two-team race, as the Braves, Giants, and Cardinals are also involved. In fact, Kaplan pegs the Giants as a serious threat. Perhaps something close to a $25 million AAV isn't so far-fetched after all. Rotoworld.com
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  • Bruce can block trades to eight teams
    Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports that Reds outfielder Jay Bruce can block trades to the Blue Jays, Yankees, Athletics, Rays, Diamondbacks, Red Sox, Marlins, and Twins.

    Advice: The Blue Jays have reportedly talked about the possibility of acquiring Bruce, but he would have to waive his no-trade clause in order for a deal to happen. This doesn't rule out Toronto as a possibility, as players often leverage their no-trade clauses for some sort of incentive. Bruce, 27, is $12 million in 2015 and $12.5 million in 2016 and his contract includes a $13 million team option for 2017 with a $1 million buyout. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:19 pm
  • Twins outright RHP Swarzak to Triple-A
    Twins sent RHP Anthony Swarzak outright to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: The move clears him from the 40-man roster. Swarzak, 29, had a 4.60 ERA and 47/28 K/BB ratio in 86 innings over 46 relief appearances and four starts this past season. He can reject the minor league assignment and become a free agent. Rotoworld.com
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  • Lester expected to exceed $25M AAV
    Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports that Jon Lester's AAV (average annual value) is expected to exceed $25 million per season when he signs with a team.

    Advice: That's a lot of dough. Only three pitchers (Felix Hernandez, Justin Verlander, and Clayton Kershaw) have ever signed a contract with an AAV of $25 million or more. Lester has reportedly received a six-year offer from the Red Sox worth between $110-120 million, but it sounds like he'll end up getting more before all is said and done. Rotoworld.com
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  • Carrera chooses to become free agent
    Ezequiel Carrera has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Carrera was designated for assignment last week. The 27-year-old batted .261/.301/.348 in 45 games with the Tigers this season and should latch on elsewhere as a backup outfielder. Rotoworld.com
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  • Report: Daisuke Matsuzaka to return to Japan
    According to the Japan Times, Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected to return to Japan to pitch for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks.

    Advice: The deal isn't official yet, but it appears to be a forgone conclusion. "Pitchers who can start are a valuable commodity, so we will do our best to get him," said team president Yoshimitsu Goto. "We hope to get this done in the coming days." Matsuzaka, now 34, last pitched in Japan in 2006 before leaving to sign with the Red Sox. Rotoworld.com
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  • Cespedes open to playing CF, RF
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Tuesday that Yoenis Cespedes has expressed a willingness to play center field or right field.

    Advice: With agreements with Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez in place, Farrell discussed the situation with Cespedes on Monday. Many have speculated that the additions have all but punched his ticket out of town, but the Red Sox are still weighing their options. Cespedes can become a free agent after 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:53 am
  • Report: Phillies 'love' Mookie Betts
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick writes that the Phillies "love" Mookie Betts of the Red Sox.

    Advice: Aw, that's sweet. The Phillies are shopping Cole Hamels as part of their rebuilding effort and the Red Sox have plenty of moving parts to trade, so the two sides match up quite well. Betts would be a logical fit in a potential return package. Rotoworld.com
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  • Indians among teams interested in Headley
    Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports that the Indians are among the teams who have shown interest in free agent third baseman Chase Headley.

    Advice: While the Indians are interested, Castrovince writes that it's unclear whether they have made an offer. The Yankees plan to make a strong push to bring Headley back, but the Giants appear likely to pursue him now that Pablo Sandoval has left for the Red Sox. Rotoworld.com
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  • Lester draws serious interest from five teams
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that there are at least five teams "seriously interested" in free agent left-hander Jon Lester.

    Advice: While the money will obviously be an important factor in his decision, Lester also values comfort. This could give an edge to the Red Sox or the Braves in his adopted hometown of Atlanta. The Cubs, Giants, and Cardinals are also believed to be in the mix. The Red Sox have reportedly offered Lester a six-year deal worth between $110 and $120 million and Heyman hears that they could be willing to go to $130 million to get a deal done. Rotoworld.com
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  • Mariners talking trade for outfielders
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners have had trade talks for multiple right-handed hitting outfielders, including Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, Yoenis Cespedes of the Red Sox, and Justin Upton of the Braves.

    Advice: Kemp and Upton have been been connected to the Mariners in the past, so it's no surprise to see them come up as possibilities once again. Morosi notes that the Red Sox have been interested in Hisashi Iwakuma before, but it's unclear whether the Mariners would be willing to give him up in a deal for Cespedes. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:11 am
  • Mets have shown interest in LHP Breslow
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Mets have shown interest in free agent reliever Craig Breslow.

    Advice: The Mets are targeting a left-handed reliever this offseason, but aren't willing to pay the high price for Andrew Miller, so Breslow is a logical fit. The 34-year-old had a disappointing 5.96 ERA and 37/28 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings with the Red Sox this season, but he has bounceback potential. Rotoworld.com
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  • Jon Lester to visit with Cardinals next week
    Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com reports that Jon Lester plans to visit with the Cardinals next week.

    Advice: Gammons adds that Lester "perhaps" could then make a decision at the end of that week ahead of the Winter Meetings. Most have viewed the Cubs and Red Sox as the favorites to sign the left-hander, but the Cards, Braves, Giants, Blue Jays and Royals have also expressed interest. Part of the appeal with Lester is that it won't cost a team a draft pick to sign him. Rotoworld.com
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  • Report: Yankees not expected to be in on Tulo
    Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that there are "strong indications" that the Yankees will not be in on Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

    Advice: To start with, rival officials who have spoken with the Rockies over the past two weeks are under the impression that Tulowitzki will not be traded. However, even putting that aside, Martino hears that the Yankees are not interested in taking on the remainder of his contract. While the 30-year-old is elite when healthy and a perfect replacement for Derek Jeter on paper, he's owed $114 million over the next six seasons. Things could change, but the Yankees appear likely to do something less splashy. Rotoworld.com
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  • Looking for lefty pop, Jays discussing Bruce
    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports the Blue Jays have talked about Jay Bruce as a possible acquisition target.

    Advice: The Jays, according to Morosi, are looking to add a left-handed bat to their lineup, and the Reds are rumored to be considering dealing the 27-year-old. Bruce would be a nice addition for a team that has lost Adam Lind and possibly Melky Cabrera from the left side. The Padres are among the other teams reportedly talking to the Reds about the slugger. Rotoworld.com
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  • Adduci released, headed to Asia next?
    Rangers released OF Jim Adduci.

    Advice: Adduci intends to play in Asia next season, very probably in Japan. The Rangers are in the process of selling his rights, which today's move makes possible. Adduci, 30 in May, slashed only .189/.259/.242 over 148 big league plate appearances. Rotoworld.com
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  • Red Sox still 'very much engaged' on Lester
    Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are "still very much engaged" with Jon Lester.

    Advice: The Sox have signed both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval in the last 12-24 hours, but they're apparently not done spending in this market. Lester is also drawing serious interest from the Cubs and Braves, and the Giants, Cardinals, Blue Jays, and Royals have also been linked. The 30-year-old left-hander registered a 2.46 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 220/48 K/BB ratio in 219 2/3 innings this past season between Boston and Oakland. Rotoworld.com
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  • Giants could be in play for FA SP Jon Lester
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Giants' savings on Pablo Sandoval "could put them in play" for free agent starter Jon Lester.

    Advice: Sandoval is reportedly headed to Boston (along with Hanley Ramirez) on a five-year deal worth around $100 million. That has left the defending World Series-champion Giants scrambling to reload -- Cuban defector Yasmany Tomas is known to be a target, and Rosenthal suggests that third baseman Chase Headley might become an option to take over for Sandoval at third base. Lester would obviously be a fantastic addition to the San Francisco pitching staff. The Cubs, Braves, Red Sox, Cardinals, Blue Jays, and Royals are also believed to have serious interest. Rotoworld.com
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  • 'At least six teams' interested in Lester
    Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that "at least six teams" have interest in free agent LHP Jon Lester.

    Advice: The three teams known to have met with the free agent are the Red Sox, Cubs and Braves. Rosenthal also wrote that the Cardinals, Blue Jays and Royals "have interest" in Lester. He speculated that the Yankees could possibly jump into the mix, but at this point, that's just speculation. The Red Sox reportedly offered Lester a six-year deal worth between $110 and $120 million. Rotoworld.com
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  • Matt Kemp drawing significant trade interest
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Dodgers are drawing significant trade interest in outfielder Matt Kemp.

    Advice: While the Dodgers would much rather prefer to trade Carl Crawford or Andre Ethier to free up the logjam in their outfield, they would certainly get a much better return package if unloading Kemp. They would also be free of the five years and $107 million remaining on Kemp's contract through 2019, which would allow them to be even more aggressive on the free agent market. If Kemp is indeed dealt, Joc Pederson could take over the reins in center field. Rotoworld.com
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  • Lester to meet with two more teams next week
    Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Jon Lester is scheduled to meet with at least two teams next week.

    Advice: Lester met with Red Sox, Cubs and Braves this week. The Cardinals have been mentioned as one potential landing spot for Lester, so they could be one of the clubs the left-hander visits next week. The Red Sox reportedly have offered Lester a six-year deal in the $110-120 million range. Rotoworld.com
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  • Yu Darvish's MRI pushed back to next week
    A scheduled MRI on Yu Darvish's right elbow has been pushed back to next week.

    Advice: It appears to merely just be a scheduling conflict, as the Rangers still expect the MRI to come back clean. Darvish's season ended early due to elbow inflammation, but he's expected to be cleared to offseason work next week assuming the MRI reveals no issues. Rotoworld.com
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  • Jim Adduci designated for assignment
    Rangers designated OF Jim Adduci for assignment.

    Advice: The Rangers are attempting to sell his rights to a team in Japan. Adduci hit in the minors, but he'll turn 30 in May and has managed just a .189/.259/.242 line over 148 big league plate appearances. Rotoworld.com
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  • Pads, others have talked to Reds about Bruce
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Reds "have engaged in preliminary discussions" about a trade involving Jay Bruce.

    Advice: Rosenthal adds that the Padres are one of the clubs the Reds have spoken to about Bruce. Although they're not committing to dealing the outfielder, the Reds are weighing a variety of options as they consider trimming the payroll. Bruce is coming off the worst season of his career, but the Reds attribute at least part of his struggles to coming back too soon from knee surgery. Rosenthal says the outfielder rejected two contract extension proposals before the 2014 season. Bruce is under control through 2017. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:39 pm
  • Braves don't make offer to Jon Lester
    David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Braves did not make an offer to Jon Lester during their meeting Thursday.

    Advice: Braves president of baseball operations John Hart conceded Thursday that it was a "long shot" that they could afford Lester. It's possible an offer could still be forthcoming, or they could have just decided after meeting with the left-hander that they simply couldn't afford him. The common thought is that it will come down to the Red Sox and Cubs. Rotoworld.com
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  • Angels designate Williams for assignment
    Angles designated C Jackson Williams for assignment.

    Advice: The Angels had just recently activated Williams from the 60-day disabled list after claiming him off waivers from the Rockies. He was recovering from a torn meniscus in his knee. Rotoworld.com
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  • Tigers DFA outfielder Ezequiel Carrera
    Tigers designated OF Ezequiel Carrera for assignment.

    Advice: Carrera batted just .261/.301/.348 in 45 games this past season for the Tigers, but he has good speed and can play all over the outfield, so the 27-year-old should draw interest from other teams on waivers. Rotoworld.com
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