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  • Lester to meet with two more teams next week
    Rob Bradford of 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.
    Today, 1:47 pm
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  • Rockies haven't ruled out re-signing Anderson
    Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies are interested in re-signing Brett Anderson.

    Advice: They declined his $12 million option for 2015 but would be willing to bring him back at a lesser rate. Anderson has plenty of upside when healthy, but he simply hasn't been able to take the mound regularly, making just 19 starts over the last three seasons. The Royals and Astros have also expressed interest in the lefty.
    Today, 11:53 am
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  • Alexi Ogando won't pitch in Winter Ball
    Alexi Ogando will not pitch in the Dominican Republic Winter League as originally planned.

    Advice: No reason was given for the change, but the Rangers could had just decided to give Ogando extra rest after he was limited to just 25 innings this season due to elbow issues. The right-hander is arbitration-eligible again this offseason.
    Today, 8:25 am
    L, 4-0 vs Oak
  • 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.
    Today, 8:21 am
  • Luke Jackson added to 40-man roster
    Rangers purchased the contract of RHP Luke Jackson from Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Jackson struck out over a batter per inning but held a 5.40 ERA between Double- and Triple-A this past season. Still, the Rangers didn't want to expose the former sandwich round pick to the Rule 5 Draft.
    Yesterday, 8:08 pm
  • Jesse Biddle added to 40-man roster
    Phillies purchased the contract of LHP Jesse Biddle from Double-A Reading.

    Advice: Biddle had a rough 2014, holding a 5.03 ERA over 16 Double-A outings. He remains one of the Phillies' best pitching prospects, however, and is now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
    Yesterday, 6:37 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.
    Yesterday, 5:26 pm
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  • Cubs add C.J. Edwards to 40-man roster
    Cubs purchased the contract of RHP C.J. Edwards from Double-A Tennessee.

    Advice: One of the game's top pitching prospects, Edwards dealt with shoulder issues in 2014 but pitched well when healthy, holding a 2.44 ERA with 46 strikeouts over 48 Double-A frames. He could return to Double-A to start 2015.
    Yesterday, 4:21 pm
  • Jameson Taillon added to 40-man roster
    Pirates purchased the contract of RHP Jameson Taillon from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: One of the top pitching prospects in the game, Taillon missed all of 2014 and will likely be out until around midseason of next season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
    Yesterday, 4:17 pm
  • Pirates add Kingham to 40-man roster
    Pirates purchased the contract of RHP Nick Kingham from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft. One of the Pirates' best pitching prospects, Kingham held a 3.34 ERA with 119 strikeouts over 159 innings between Double- and Triple-A this season. He could make his debut at some point in 2015.
    Yesterday, 4:15 pm
  • Noah Syndergaard added to 40-man roster
    Mets purchased the contract of RHP Noah Syndergaard from Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft. Syndergaard disappointed in 2014, holding a 4.60 ERA with 145 strikeouts over 133 frames in his first taste of Triple-A. Still, he's only 22 and remains one of the best pitching prospects in the game.
    Yesterday, 3:41 pm
  • Dodgers add Zach Lee to 40-man roster
    Dodgers purchased the contract of RHP Zach Lee from Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Lee was ranked the No. 84 prospect by Baseball Prospectus prior to the 2014 season. He struggled with the move from Double-A to Triple-A, posting an inflated 5.38 ERA over 150 innings, while striking out only 97.
    Yesterday, 3:00 pm
    W, 10-5 vs Col
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 2:40 pm
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  • Report: Nationals could target Scherzer
    Major league sources told MLB Daily Dish that if the Nationals trade Jordan Zimmermann or Doug Fister, it could open up room to sign Max Scherzer.

    Advice: Earlier on Thursday, it was reported by Bob Nightengale of USA Today that the Nationals were looking to move Doug Fister. Zimmermann also told the Washington Post that he had not had discussions about a contract extension with the team. Should either Fister or Zimmermann (or both) be shipped out of town, it's possible that it would free up room for the Nationals to target Max Scherzer. Scherzer's most likely landing place is probably back with the Tigers, while the Yankees have also been mentioned, though only as lurkers. For now.
    Yesterday, 2:09 pm
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  • Nationals add Cole to 40-man roster
    Nationals purchased the contract of RHP A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: Cole is now protected from the Rule-5 Draft. He is a legitimate prospect, having been ranked at No. 69 by Baseball America prior to the 2014 season. The righty went 7-0 with a 3.43 ERA at Triple-A last season.
    Yesterday, 1:55 pm
    W, 1-0 vs Mia
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 1:28 pm
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  • Marlins add Justin Nicolino to 40-man roster
    Marlins purchased the contract of LHP Justin Nicolino from Double-A Jacksonville.

    Advice: Nicolino was a second-round pick of the Marlins in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft and has a strong 2.64 ERA in 497 2/3 career minor league innings. The 22-year-old left-hander could make his MLB debut in 2015.
    Yesterday, 12:56 pm
  • Red Sox add Eduardo Rodriguez to 40-man
    Red Sox purchased the contract of LHP Eduardo Rodriguez from Double-A Portland.

    Advice: Rodriguez was acquired from the Orioles in July for Andrew Miller. The left-hander was rated a Top 100 prospect last spring by Baseball America and is now protected from selection in December's Rule 5 Draft.
    Yesterday, 11:16 am
  • Doug Fister 'available if deal makes sense'
    Doug Fister "is available if a deal makes sense," according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

    Advice: Fister is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2015 season, so the Nats are dangling him on the trade market in the event that they're presented with an attractive return package. They're doing the same with Jordan Zimmermann, who is also entering his contract year. Fister, 30, posted a stellar 2.41 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 164 innings this past season for Washington.
    Yesterday, 9:25 am
    W, 1-0 vs Mia
  • Twins add Alex Meyer to their 40-man roster
    Twins purchased the contract of RHP Alex Meyer from Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Meyer is now on the Twins' 40-man roster and thus protected from December's Rule 5 Draft. The 24-year-old right-hander registered a 3.52 ERA and 153/64 K/BB ratio in 130 1/3 innings this past season at the Triple-A level. He should make his MLB debut in early 2015.
    Yesterday, 9:15 am
  • Report: Nats have made Zimmermann available
    According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Nationals are informing teams that Jordan Zimmermann is available.

    Advice: But it's going to require a "strong return" to pluck him away, adds Nightengale. Zimmermann had a career year in 2014 at age 28, posting a superb 2.66 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 182/29 K/BB ratio across 199 2/3 innings. He also threw a no-hitter on the final day of the regular season. The right-hander is owed $16.5 million in 2015 and can then become a free agent. The Nats obviously feel they won't be able to lock him up long term.
    Yesterday, 9:08 am
  • Braves meeting Thursday with SP Jon Lester
    Jayson Stark of ESPN confirms that the Braves are meeting Thursday with free agent left-hander Jon Lester.

    Advice: "Is it a long shot? Yeah, it's a long shot," acknowledged Braves president of baseball operations John Hart. "(But) we're keeping all the doors open." Lester reportedly received a six-year offer worth around $110-120 million earlier this week from the Red Sox, and he's also said to be drawing interest from the Cubs and Cardinals. The 30-year-old 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.
    Yesterday, 7:39 am
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  • Red Sox 'willing to negotiate' with Lester
    A source tells Rob Bradford of that the Red Sox have shown a "willingness to negotiate" with free agent Jon Lester.

    Advice: It was reported that the club made an offer in the range of $110-120 million over six years earlier this week. That's significantly higher than the four-year, $70 million offer the BoSox were reported to have extended to Lester in spring, and it appears they would be open to going even higher if necessary. The team isn't alone in its pursuit of the 30-year-old, as the Cubs, Braves and Cardinals have all been linked to Lester in recent days as well.
    Wednesday, 5:19 pm
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  • Report: Marlins have interest in Masterson
    The Marlins have interest in free agent Justin Masterson, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

    Advice: Masterson is drawing interest from the Twins and Cubs, among others. The Indians' 2014 Opening Day starter struggled to a 5.88 ERA this past season, in part due to injury, but he was an All-Star in 2013 and could be a buy-low candidate for a team that misses out on one of the frontline starters.
    Wednesday, 5:05 pm
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    W, 1-0 @Ari
  • Marlins have checked in on RHP Jason Hammel
    According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Marlins have interest in free agent Jason Hammel.

    Advice: It was previously reported that as many as 12 teams had interest in the right-hander. Hammel was having a great year with the Cubs before a mid-season trade to the A's, and he still finished with a 3.47 ERA and 163/44 K/BB ratio over 176 1/3 innings. He may have to wait to sign until some of the bigger free agent fish are reeled in.
    Wednesday, 5:01 pm
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    W, 4-0 @Tex
  • Report: Red Sox offering Lester $110-120M
    According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox's offer to free agent Jon Lester "falls into the $110-120 million range over six years."

    Advice: Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston said Wednesday morning that the Red Sox are not expecting a quick decision from Lester, who can shop this proposal around to other teams to jack up the price. The 30-year-old left-hander is also believed to be drawing serious interest from the Cubs, Braves, and Cardinals. He had 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.
    Wednesday, 2:40 pm
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    W, 4-0 @Tex
  • Dan Haren says he won't pitch outside of LA
    Dan Haren told Mark Saxon of ESPN on Wednesday that he won't pitch outside of Los Angeles.

    Advice: In other words, he'll retire if the Dodgers trade him this winter (to a team other than the Angels). "My signing with the Dodgers last year and my decision to exercise my player option were based on my desire to play in Southern California near my family," Haren told ESPN in an email. "I had other opportunities but at this point in my career I have no interest in playing in a city away from my family."
    Wednesday, 1:50 pm
    W, 10-5 vs Col
  • KC focusing on Santana, Liriano for SP help
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Royals are focusing on Ervin Santana and Francisco Liriano as they seek rotation help.

    Advice: The Royals have checked in with Jon Lester and James Shields, but their price tags are almost surely going to be too high. Liriano reportedly wants a 3-4 year deal worth at least $12 million annually, and Santana is probably seeking a similar pact. Heyman says Kansas City will also consider Brandon McCarthy, Edinson Volquez and Jason Hammel and will be keeping tabs on the trade market, as well.
    Wednesday, 7:50 am
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    W, 2-1 @Phi
  • Liriano seeking 3-4 year deal at $12M AAV
    Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Francisco Liriano is looking for a three- or four-year deal worth at least $12 million annually.

    Advice: It's not an unreasonable asking price. Liriano rejected the Pirates' $15.3 million qualifying offer and is looking for a multi-year contract after posting a 3.20 ERA with 338 strikeouts over 323 1/3 frames the last two seasons in Pittsburgh. Even with draft pick compensation attached to him, the southpaw shouldn't have trouble landing such a deal.
    Wednesday, 7:15 am
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    L, 4-1 @Cin
  • Yankees unlikely to make run at Max Scherzer
    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that the Yankees "have not abandoned their plan to stay away from the top batch of free agents."

    Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported on Monday that while the Yanks are mostly shopping for second- and third-tier free agents, they may make an exception when it comes to Max Scherzer. But, while you can never officially rule the Bombers out for a free agent until they sign elsewhere, it doesn't appear at this time that they'll deviate from their plan for anyone. Feinsand says the Yanks have spoken to Scherzer's agent, Scott Boras, but that conversation was likely about another client, Stephen Drew.
    Wednesday, 6:50 am
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    W, 3-0 vs Min
  • Red Sox make contract offer to Jon Lester
    Gordon Edes of reports that the Red Sox have made a contract offer to Jon Lester.

    Advice: It's not clear what the offer is or if it's their final one, but either way Edes says the club is not expecting a quick decision from the left-hander. The Cubs are generally viewed as the Red Sox' biggest competitors for Lester, with the Braves and Cardinals are also reportedly interested.
    Wednesday, 5:42 am
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    W, 4-0 @Tex
  • Cardinals joining pursuit of SP Jon Lester?
    According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM, the Cardinals have joined the Jon Lester sweepstakes.

    Advice: St. Louis has six legitimate starting pitchers between Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, Lance Lynn, John Lackey, Carlos Martinez, and Marco Gonzales, but Waino recently underwent elbow surgery and Wacha dealt with shoulder problems throughout 2014, so maybe there's some fire to this smoke. Lester is also being courted by the Red Sox, Cubs, and Braves. The 30-year-old left-hander had 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.
    Tuesday, 2:17 pm
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    W, 4-0 @Tex
  • Astros have checked in on FA Brett Anderson
    Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros have checked in on Brett Anderson.

    Advice: Drellich notes that Anderson is a Houston native and fits the Astros' desire for a high-upside free agent starter who should come cheap. The Rockies declined a $12 million option on the 26-year-old left-hander after he made just eight starts in 2014 due to yet another string of injuries. Anderson owns a 3.73 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 494 career major league innings.
    Tuesday, 1:10 pm
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    L, 10-5 @LAD
  • Jon Lester has meeting this week with Braves
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Braves have a meeting scheduled with Jon Lester this week.

    Advice: Atlanta acquired pitching help in the form of Shelby Miller on Monday, and it appears they will at least entertain the possibility of signing Lester. The left-hander will undoubtedly get a contract well north of $100 million, and it remains to be seen if the Braves will realistically go that high. The Cubs and Red Sox at this point appear to be the primary contenders for Lester's services.
    Tuesday, 6:47 am
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  • Heyman: Yankees could consider Scherzer
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Max Scherzer is the one marquee free agent the Yankees are "seriously considering."

    Advice: Heyman says the Yankees "have had brief contact" with Scherzer's agent, Scott Boras, since the GM Meetings, and the club "may revisit their inclination not to make any big expenditures this winter." The Yankees' rotation is loaded with question marks, so they'll have to bring in someone. They also have interest in re-signing Brandon McCarthy. Scherzer's market has been slow to develop thus far, which is no surprise for a Boras client.
    Monday, 7:19 pm
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  • Tigers still expected to be in on Scherzer
    In an interview with MLB Network Radio on Sunday, super agent Scott Boras indicated that he still expects the Tigers to be in on Max Scherzer.

    Advice: Boras didn't quite come out and say it, but hasn't heard anything to indicate that they are out on the All-Star right-hander. With an owner willing to spend money, there's reason to believe that the $144 million extension offer the Tigers made to Scherzer during the season is still on the table.
    Sunday, 1:21 pm
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  • Twins show interest in Justin Masterson
    Darren Wolfson of reports that the Twins have inquired about Justin Masterson.

    Advice: Not surprisingly, there's been a good amount of interest in Masterson as a bounce-back candidate, as the Cubs, Red Sox and Indians are also reportedly considering the right-hander. Masterson suffered through an injury-plagued 2014 season that saw him post a 5.88 ERA, but he could rebound in 2015 if he can stay healthy.
    Sunday, 10:59 am
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    W, 1-0 @Ari
  • Royals have had talks with Jon Lester's rep
    Jeffery Flanagan of FOX Sports Kansas City reports that the Royals have had preliminary discussions with the agents for Jon Lester.

    Advice: However, a Royals source told Flanagan, "I don't know how much I would read into that." The Royals do appear to at least be checking in on most situations, as they're also in on Yosmany Tomas. However, they probably can't realistically expect sign any marquee free agent. Lester will undoubtedly get a contract well north of $100 million.
    Friday, 1:17 pm
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  • Dan Haren's name surfacing in trade talks
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Dan Haren's name "has surfaced in trade talks."

    Advice: Haren last month exercised his $10 million player option for 2015 in order to remain with the Dodgers, but it's possible they may try to deal him. However, Heyman notes that the southern California native could choose to retire if he's traded anywhere besides to the Angels. Haren posted a 4.02 ERA and a 145/36 K/BB ratio over 186 innings for the Dodgers this season.
    Friday, 10:23 am
    W, 10-5 vs Col
  • Justin Masterson dealt with multiple injuries
    Justin Masterson's agent, Randy Rowley, has revealed that his client pitched with ribcage and shoulder ailments this season in addition to his reported knee injury.

    Advice: Masterson first felt soreness in his ribcage during spring training and it apparently nagged at him throughout the season. Rowley says it was that ailment that caused the righty to alter his mechanics, which eventually led to a sore knee. An MRI in September revealed that Masterson had a right shoulder impingement, but he was given a cortisone shot and kept pitching (though he had been demoted to the bullpen at that point). Rowley says that Masterson is finally healthy, and if that's the case he could be a wise investment on a one-year contract as he tries to re-establish his value. The Cubs, Red Sox and Indians are reportedly interested in the righty.
    Friday, 7:57 am
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    W, 1-0 @Ari
  • Indians kicking tires on Masterson
    Paul Hoynes wrote that the Indians might have interest in bringing back Justin Masterson.

    Advice: The team traded Masterson to the Cardinals at the trade deadline, but might be willing to tango with him once more. Masterson rejected a $45 million deal from the Tribe last spring training. His value is not where it was back then. He struggled with injuries and posted an ugly 5.88 ERA and 116/69 K/BB ratio over 128 2/3 innings. The Cardinals demoted him to the bullpen in September.
    Thursday, 2:54 pm
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    W, 1-0 @Ari
  • Report: Lester to visit with Cubs next week
    Jon Lester will visit the Cubs for a formal meeting next week, a source tells Bruce Levine of 670 The Score.

    Advice: The Cubs have always been a logical destination for Lester -- the team is in the market for a legit ace, and Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein was with the Red Sox during part of Lester's tenure there. The Cubs are one of six teams reportedly in on the 30-year-old.
    Wednesday, 4:38 pm
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  • Cubs not in talks for Zimmermann after all?
    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs are "not getting" Jordan Zimmermann from the Nationals.

    Advice: Patrick Mooney of and Bruce Levine of are hearing the same thing as Sullivan, which is in direct contrast to an earlier report from Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. It appears that there's not any smoke here after all, but things could always change. The Cubs are almost surely going to get a frontline start this offseason, whether it's through trade or free agency.
    Tuesday, 7:31 pm
  • Cubs interested in Justin Masterson
    Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Cubs are interested in Justin Masterson.

    Advice: One source went as far as saying he "expected" the Cubs to complete a deal for the right-hander. Masterson had an awful 2014 season, posting a 5.88 ERA and 116/69 K/BB ratio over 128 2/3 innings. He dealt with injury, though, and was an All-Star in 2013, so the Cubs would hope he can regain his old form. Wittenmyer says Masterson is willing to sign a one-year deal in order to re-establish himself.
    Tuesday, 6:15 pm
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    W, 1-0 @Ari
  • Report: Cubs in talks for Jordan Zimmermann
    Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Cubs are in talks with the Nationals to acquire Jordan Zimmermann.

    Advice: Wittenmyer says the deal "would have to include at least one" of the Cubs' young middle infielders and the team "likely will need assurances they can extend Zimmermann to finalize a deal." Zimmermann will make $16.5 million in 2015 in his final year before free agency. He rejected a five-year, $85-million extension offer from the Nationals last year before agreeing to a two-year deal. Zimmermann posted a 2.66 ERA and 1.07 WHIP for the Nats this season.
    Tuesday, 6:00 pm
  • Biddle having elbow checked out
    Phillies prospect left-hander Jesse Biddle is headed home from Puerto Rico in order to have his elbow checked out.

    Advice: The Phillies are being cautious, but it's another bad break in a tough year for Biddle. The 23-year-old had a rough 5.03 ERA and 80/44 K/BB ratio in 82 1/3 innings over 16 starts this season in Double-A.
    Tuesday, 11:48 am
  • Royals to meet with Brett Anderson this week
    Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star hears that the Royals are expected to meet with the representatives for Brett Anderson this week.

    Advice: Anderson became a free agent this month after the Rockies bought out his $12 million option for 2015 for $1.5 million. The injury-plagued southpaw had a 2.91 ERA across eight starts this season and could be an interesting gamble for someone.
    Tuesday, 9:59 am
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    L, 10-5 @LAD
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