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  • J.C. Gutierrez elects to become free agent
    J.C. Gutierrez has elected free agency.

    Advice: The 31-year-old right-hander pitched 63 2/3 innings for the World Champion Giants in 2014, registering a 3.96 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 44/16 K/BB ratio. With so many teams around the league desperate for quality depth in the bullpen, he shouldn't have any trouble landing on his feet elsewhere. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:05 pm
     
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    W, 9-3 vs SD
  • White Sox outright Belisario to Triple-A
    White Sox sent RHP Ronald Belisario outright to Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander passed through waivers unclaimed. He'll now have to decide whether to accept the outright assignment or to hit the free agent market and attempt to find a better opportunity elsewhere. He posted a 5.56 ERA and 1.45 WHIP over 66 1/3 innings with the club in 2014. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:16 pm
     
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    L, 6-4 vs KC
  • Blaine Boyer elects free agency
    Blaine Boyer has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Boyer was designated for assignment last week. The 33-year-old right-hander had a 3.57 ERA over 32 relief appearances with the Padres this past season. He'll attempt to latch on elsewhere. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:04 am
     
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    L, 9-3 @SF
  • Rays ink Ernesto Frieri to a one-year deal
    Rays signed RHP Ernesto Frieri to a one-year, $800,000 contract.

    Advice: Frieri could make as much as $3.15 million with incentives. The 29-year-old is coming off a nightmare year in which he posted a 7.34 ERA over 48 appearances between the Angels and Pirates, but he has enjoyed great success in the past. Known for their success with reclamation projects, the Rays will attempt to strike gold once again. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:26 am
  • O's acquire Barnes from Indians
    Orioles acquired LHP Scott Barnes from the Indians for cash considerations.

    Advice: Barnes was designated for assignment by the Indians over the weekend after the acquisition of Charles Brewer. The 27-year-old southpaw appeared in 22 games in the majors from 2012-2013 and had a 3.69 ERA and 35/16 K/BB ratio over 31 2/3 innings at the Triple-A level this past season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:24 am
  • Capuano considering pitching in Japan
    Chris Capuano said during an interview with MLB Network Radio on Tuesday that he is considering signing a Japanese team.

    Advice: This confirms reports out of Japan from earlier this month. "There's a lot of truth to it," said Capuano." It piqued my interest back in '06... we're considering it." The 36-year-old southpaw held a 4.35 ERA with 84 strikeouts over 97 1/3 innings for the Red Sox and Yankees this past season. It could be difficult for him to find a guaranteed spot in a starting rotation in MLB, so an opportunity in Japan could be more appealing. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:29 am
     
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    W, 9-5 @Bos
  • Michael Roth elects to become free agent
    Michael Roth has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Roth was designated for assignment last week but had the option to test the open market and took it. The 24-year-old left-hander has a rough 7.79 ERA and 1.70 WHIP in 32 1/3 career major league innings. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:01 pm
     
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    L, 4-1 @Sea
  • 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
    Tuesday, 1:15 pm
     
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    L, 1-0 vs StL
  • 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
    Tuesday, 11:55 am
     
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    L, 3-0 @Det
  • 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
    Tuesday, 11:01 am
     
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    W, 8-3 vs Hou
  • White Sox designate Carroll for assignment
    White Sox designated RHP Scott Carroll for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Adam LaRoche on the 40-man roster. Carroll, 29, had a 4.80 ERA and 64/45 K/BB ratio in 129 1/3 innings across 19 starts and seven relief appearances this past season. There's not much upside here, but he could draw some interest from other teams. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:17 am
     
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    L, 6-4 vs KC
  • 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
    Tuesday, 8:55 am
     
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    L, 9-5 vs NYY
  • Rockies among teams interested in Correia
    Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Rockies are among a "group of teams" showing early interest in free agent right-hander Kevin Correia.

    Advice: Correia, 34, had a rough 5.44 ERA over 26 starts and six relief appearances this season between the Twins and Dodgers. He has decent career numbers at Coors Field, but things probably wouldn't get much better with a move to Colorado. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:03 am
     
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    W, 10-5 vs Col
  • Dodgers pick up ex-Rockies' hurler Nicasio
    Dodgers acquired RHP Juan Nicasio from the Rockies for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

    Advice: Colorado designated Nicasio for assignment last week, allowing new Dodgers' honcho Andrew Friedman to swoop in and acquire him at a (presumed) discount. However it turns out, consider it a worthwhile gamble. Yes, Nicasio has posted an ugly career ERA of 5.03 over four seasons in the majors. That number, of course, was compiled in Coors Field. Nicasio, the owner of a nice right arm, still retains a little upside, and has already proven, by the age of 28, to be capable of both starting and pitching out of the bullpen. In Los Angeles, he'll be a swing man, and a possible possessor of NL-only intrigue at some point in 2015 if the Dodgers suffer rotational injuries. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:22 pm
     
    W, 10-5 vs Col
  • Indians designate Scott Barnes for assignment
    Indians designated LHP Scott Barnes for assignment.

    Advice: The team acquired Charles Brewer from the Diamondbacks for cash considerations on Saturday. The designation of Barnes was their way of making room on the roster. Barnes pitched 8+ innings with the Indians last season and allowed seven runs over that stretch. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:09 am
  • Indians acquire RHP Brewer from Diamondbacks
    Indians acquired RHP Charles Brewer from the Indians for cash considerations.

    Advice: The Diamondbacks had designated Brewer for assignment on Thursday. The right-hander had a cup of coffee with the club in 2013, but he spent all of this past season in the minors. The 26-year-old will be pitching depth for the Indians. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:59 pm
  • Report: Astros interested in David Robertson
    Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports the Astros have contacted the agent for David Robertson to express their interest in the free agent closer.

    Advice: MLB.com's Brian McTaggart previously reported the Astros were aggressively seeking a top closer, so it makes sense that they would be interested in Robertson. The 29-year-old is said to be looking for a contract along the lines of what Jonathan Papelbon got from the Phillies, so if the Astros are willing to pony up the two could be a match. A return to the Yankees is also a strong possibility, and as many as a half-dozen teams have reached out to express their interest in the right-hander. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:39 pm
     
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    W, 9-5 @Bos
  • D'backs deal Bolsinger to Dodgers for cash
    Dodgers acquired RHP Mike Bolsinger from the Diamondbacks for cash considerations.

    Advice: The D'backs had previously designated Bolsinger for assignment. In Bolsinger, the Dodgers are getting a 26-year-old right-hander who had a 5.50 ERA in 52 1/3 innings this past season. Bolsinger may start or pitch in relief for the Dodgers. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:28 pm
     
    W, 10-5 vs Col
  • Cisnero signs minor league contract with Reds
    Reds signed RHP Jose Cisnero to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Cisnero was outrighted off the Astros' 40-man roster earlier this month. Cisnero, 25, had Tommy John surgery in May, so he won't be ready by the time spring rolls around. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:44 pm
     
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    W, 4-1 vs Pit
  • Rockies sign Jose Ortega to minor league deal
    Rockies signed RHP Jose Ortega to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The 26-year-old hurler was bombed in his only appearance with the Tigers during the 2014 season, but posted a somewhat respectable 3.57 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 48/36 K/BB ratio over 58 frames at Triple-A Toledo. He'll provide bullpen depth in the minors for the Rockies. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:38 am
     
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    L, 10-5 @LAD
  • Rockies sign Justin Miller to minors contract
    Rockies signed RHP Justin Miller to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The 27-year-old hurler cracked the big leagues for the first time in 2014, posting a 5.11 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 5/2 K/BB ratio over 12 1/3 innings with the Tigers. He'll function as organizational bullpen depth in Colorado. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:36 am
     
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    L, 10-5 @LAD
  • Rockies sign Brett Marshall to minors deal
    Rockies signed RHP Brett Marshall to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The 24-year-old right-hander was abysmal at Triple-A Louisville during the 2014 season, posting a 1-10 record, 6.53 ERA, 1.82 WHIP and 59/51 K/BB ratio over 70 1/3 innings. He's nothing more than organizational depth at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:34 am
     
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    L, 10-5 @LAD
  • Rockies sign John Lannan to minors contract
    Rockies signed LHP John Lannan to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The 30-year-old southpaw posted a 6.75 ERA over 56 innings of work at Triple-A Las Vegas in 2014. Given the Rockies struggles both in the rotation and the bullpen, it would be surprising to see him not get a shot at some point during the 2015 season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:29 am
     
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    L, 10-5 @LAD
  • Diamondbacks ink Caleb Clay to minors pact
    Diamondbacks signed RHP Caleb Clay to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The 26-year-old right-hander joined the Angels organization midway through the 2014 season after pitching the first half of the year in the Korean Baseball Organization. He posted a 5.09 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 45/17 K/BB ratio over 76 frames at Triple-A Salt Lake. He'll function as organizational rotation depth for the D'Backs. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:28 am
     
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    L, 1-0 vs StL
  • White Sox sign Joe Savery to minors contract
    White Sox signed LHP Joe Savery to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The deal should include an invitation to spring training as well. The 29-year-old southpaw appeared in just three games with the Athletics in 2014, hurling four scoreless innings. He was terrific at Triple-A Sacramento, compiling a 2.84 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 45/17 K/BB ratio over 44 1/3 innings. He'll have a strong chance of cracking the White Sox bullpen on Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:34 am
     
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    L, 6-4 vs KC
  • Braves release southpaw Jonny Venters
    Braves released LHP Jonny Venters.

    Advice: The 29-year-old hurler is expected to miss the entire 2015 season as he continues to recover from a third Tommy John surgery. Once healthy, he should be able to find an opportunity elsewhere on a minor league pact. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:25 am
     
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    W, 2-1 @Phi
  • Blaine Boyer designated for assignment
    Padres designated RHP Blaine Boyer for assignment.

    Advice: Boyer pitched pretty decently for San Diego in 2014, holding a 3.57 ERA over 32 relief appearances. He was arbitration-eligible, though, and the Padres decided they had a better use for the 40-man roster spot. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:11 pm
     
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    L, 9-3 @SF
  • J.C. Gutierrez designated for assignment
    Giants designated RHP J.C. Gutierrez for assignment.

    Advice: Gutierrez put up a 3.96 ERA with 44 strikeouts over 63 2/3 innings for the World Champs this season. He'll likely have to settle for a minor league deal this winter. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:17 pm
     
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    W, 9-3 vs SD
  • Diamondbacks designate Brewer for assignment
    Diamondbacks designated RHP Charles Brewer for assignment.

    Advice: Brewer had a brief stay in the majors with Arizona in 2014. He pitched in four games and allowed two runs over six innings. He'll try to latch on as bullpen depth elsewhere. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:44 pm
  • Diamondbacks DFA Bolsinger
    Diamondbacks designated RHP Mike Bolsinger for assignment.

    Advice: In 52+ innings at the major league level in 2014, Bolsinger put up an ugly 5.50 ERA. He allowed 66 hits and struck out 48 in that span. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:40 pm
     
    W, 10-5 vs Col
  • Angels designate Michael Roth for assignment
    Angels designated LHP Michael Roth for assignment.

    Advice: Teams have been moving and shaking today in order to prepare for the Rule-5 draft. Roth was a victim of this. He's a non-prospect. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:33 pm
     
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    L, 4-1 @Sea
  • Nicasio designated for assignment by Rockies
    Colorado Rockies designate Juan Nicasio for assignment.

    Advice: The corresponding move was to add LHP Tyler Anderson to the 40-man. Nicasio has a career ERA of 5.03 over four seasons in the majors. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:28 pm
     
    W, 10-5 vs Col
  • White Sox DFA righty Ronald Belisario
    White Sox designated RHP Ronald Belisario for assignment.

    Advice: Belisario served as Chicago's closer for a stretch this summer, but he wound up with an ugly 5.56 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 66 1/3 total innings. The 31-year-old right-hander has posted good numbers in the past and should draw interest on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:26 pm
     
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    L, 6-4 vs KC
  • Braves designate LHP Venters for assignment
    Braves designated LHP Jonny Venters for assignment.

    Advice: Two Tommy John surgeries have kept Venters from pitching in the majors since 2012. The southpaw is expected to miss the 2015 season as well, and the Braves decided their 40-man roster spot could be better used. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:24 pm
     
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    W, 2-1 @Phi
  • Capuano not close to deal with Japanese club
    Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that Chris Capuano is not close to signing a contract with a Japanese team.

    Advice: A report earlier Monday from Nikkan Sports in Japan stated that Capuano is in talks with two Nippon Professional Baseball clubs, but it appears he's still weighing his options. The 36-year-old held a 4.35 ERA with 84 strikeouts over 97 1/3 innings for the Red Sox and Yankees this past season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:41 pm
     
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    W, 9-5 @Bos
  • Chris Capuano talking to Japanese teams
    Nikkan Sports in Japan reports that Chris Capuano is in talks with two Nippon Professional Baseball clubs.

    Advice: It's not clear whether a deal is close to going down, but it appears Capuano has chosen to head overseas rather than accept what might be a minor league deal in the states. The left-hander put up a 4.35 ERA with 84 strikeouts over 97 1/3 innings for the Red Sox and Yankees this past season. He turned 36 in August. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:03 pm
     
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    W, 9-5 @Bos
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