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    • Dodgers to announce Anderson signing Monday
      Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times hears the Dodgers are expected to announce their signing of Brett Anderson on Monday.

      Advice: The one-year, $10 million deal was reported nearly two weeks ago, but the team waited to announce the deal until Anderson passed a physical and they were able to consult with medical specialists. The 26-year-old makes for a nice one-year gamble, as he's been good when healthy. Anderson had a 2.91 ERA over eight starts with the Rockies this past season. Rotoworld.com
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      L, 10-5 @LAD
    • Steve Johnson (shoulder) good to play catch
      Steve Johnson (shoulder) has been cleared to begin playing catch.

      Advice: Johnson underwent surgery near the end of the season to have gone spurs removed after fighting through shoulder injuries the majority of the season. He should be ready to go for spring training. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:59 am
       
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      W, 1-0 @Tor
    • Twins sign Brayan Villarreal to minors deal
      Twins signed RHP Brayan Villarreal to a minor league contract.

      Advice: The 27-year-old struggled through an injury-plagued 2014 season, posting a 3.86 ERA and 1.43 WHIP over just 14 innings between the Red Sox Rookie League squad and Triple-A Pawtucket. He should have a chance to compete for a bullpen job with the Twins this spring. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:26 am
       
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      L, 9-5 vs NYY
    • Phillies nearing deal with Wandy Rodriguez
      According to multiple reports, the Phillies are nearing a minor league deal with free agent left-hander Wandy Rodriguez.

      Advice: The 35-year-old was an abomination for the Pirates in 2014, posting a 6.75 ERA and 1.69 WHIP over 26 2/3 innings while battling arthritis in his pitching elbow. It would make for a nice low-risk signing for the Phillies, though Rodriguez shouldn't be counted on for much. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:37 pm
       
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      L, 4-1 @Cin
    • Report: Hiroki Kuroda to return to Japan
      Chugoku Shimbun and Sports Nippon report that Hiroki Kuroda will return to Japan to play for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp next season.

      Advice: Kuroda could have had another one-year contract with the Yankees if he wanted it, but it appears he'll return to his native country instead. The veteran right-hander will turn 40 in February but is coming off another fine season, having put up a 3.71 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and 146/35 K/BB ratio over 199 innings. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:53 pm
       
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      W, 9-5 @Bos
    • J.C. Gutierrez re-signs with Giants
      Giants re-signed RHP J.C. Gutierrez to a minor league contract.

      Advice: The pact likely contains an invitation to spring training. Gutierrez held a 3.96 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 44/16 K/BB ratio over 63 2/3 innings for the World Champion Giants in 2014. He should get a legit shot at an Opening Day bullpen spot. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:58 am
       
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      W, 9-3 vs SD
    • Darin Downs outrighted to Triple-A
      Astros sent LHP Darin Downs outright to Triple-A Fresno.

      Advice: He's now off the 40-man roster but will be invited to spring training. Downs posted a 5.45 ERA and 1.36 WHIP across 45 appearances for the Astros in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:41 am
       
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      L, 8-3 @NYM
    • Braves have discussed Avilan with other clubs
      Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports the Braves have discussed LHP Luis Avilan with other teams.

      Advice: The southpaw struggled to a 4.57 ERA over 43 1/3 innings this past season, but he still owns a 2.56 ERA for his career and won't be eligible for arbitration until 2016. If the 25-year-old Avilan is available, he'll surely draw some interest on the trade market. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:44 pm
    • Indians sign RHP Jeff Manship to minors deal
      Indians signed RHP Jeff Manship to a minor league contract.

      Advice: Manship had a 6.65 ERA over 20 relief appearances spanning 23 innings with the Phillies this past season. The 29-year-old was a non-roster invite last spring and won a role in the Phils' bullpen, and he'll look to do it again with the Tribe this year. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:38 pm
       
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      W, 7-2 vs TB
    • Brandon Gomes outrighted to Triple-A
      Rays sent RHP Brandon Gomes outright to Triple-A Durham.

      Advice: He had been designated for assignment but has cleared waivers and will remain in the organization. Gomes will be in spring training as a non-roster invitee. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:17 pm
       
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      L, 7-2 @Cle
    • Twins sign Tim Stauffer to 1-year, $2.2M deal
      Twins signed RHP Tim Stauffer to a one-year, $2.2 million contract.

      Advice: Stauffer posted a 3.50 ERA and 67/23 K/BB ratio in three starts and 41 relief appearances this past season for the Padres. The 32-year-old righty was the fourth overall pick in the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft. He'll give Minnesota both rotation and bullpen depth. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:18 pm
       
      L, 3-0 @Det
    • Blue Jays claim Scott Barnes from Rangers
      Blue Jays claimed LHP Scott Barnes off waivers from the Rangers.

      Advice: Barnes has a 5.20 ERA in 27 2/3 career innings at the major league level, but he posted decent numbers last season at Triple-A. The 27-year-old lefty could compete for a spot in Toronto's bullpen next spring. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:37 pm
    • Athletics outright Fernando Rodriguez to AAA
      Athletics sent RHP Fernando Rodriguez outright to Triple-A.

      Advice: The righty was knocked off the 40-man roster Thursday to make room for left-hander Eury de la Rosa. Rodriguez allowed just one run over nine relief innings for the A's last season. He also put up a sterling 1.97 ERA to go with 53 strikeouts in 45-plus innings at Triple-A and could be a valuable relief arm in 2015 if the A's need help. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:23 pm
       
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      W, 4-0 @Tex
    • Indians outright Maronde to AAA
      Indians sent LHP Nick Maronde outright to Triple-A Columbus.

      Advice: Maronde cleared waivers on Tuesday. The club outrighted him to Triple-A and extended a non-roster invite to spring training. Maronde has somewhat terrifying walk numbers, as he dished out 38 free passes over 41 innings in 2014. Unless he's able to show consistent improvement with his control, it's doubtful he sees much time with the big club. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:11 pm
       
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      W, 7-2 vs TB
    • Marlins claim Claiborne off waivers
      Marlins claimed RHP Preston Claiborne off waivers from the Yankees.

      Advice: Claiborne holds a career 3.79 ERA with 58 strikeouts over 71 1/3 innings of relief. He's a solid middle reliever who provided the Yankees' wrecked pitching staff with a little bit of stability during the 2014 season. He should continue to find relief innings with the Marlins in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:47 am
    • Preston Claiborne designated for assignment
      Yankees designated RHP Preston Claiborne for assignment.

      Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Gonzalez Germen. Claiborne, who turns 27 next month, holds a career 3.79 ERA with 58 strikeouts over 71 1/3 relief frames. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:27 pm
    • Brandon Gomes designated for assignment
      Rays designated RHP Brandon Gomes for assignment.

      Advice: The Rays needed some space on the 40-man roster following the three-team deal with the Padres and Nationals. Gomes, 30, holds a 4.17 ERA with 100 strikeouts over 108 career relief innings. He could draw some interest on waivers. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:58 am
       
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      L, 7-2 @Cle
    • A's DFA right-hander Fernando Rodriguez
      Athletics designated RHP Fernando Rodriguez for assignment.

      Advice: Oakland signed Rodriguez to a one-year deal on December 2, avoiding arbitration, but it was only worth around $100,000 more than the major league minimum. He got bumped from the A's 40-man roster Thursday to clear a spot for new left-hander Eury de la Rosa. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:11 am
       
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      W, 4-0 @Tex
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