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  • Rosenthal: Samardzija not in potential trade
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the potential trade that the Athletics are working on does not include right-hander Jeff Samardzija.

    Advice: Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the A's are close to what was called a "very significant deal" and that Jeff Samardzija was likely to be included. They do appear to be on the verge of something significant though and are expected to receive multiple players back in return. Stay tuned as this story continue to evolve. Rotoworld.com
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  • A's could be close to dealing Jeff Samardzija
    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics are close to a "very significant deal" involving Jeff Samardzija.

    Advice: Slusser notes that the team would receive several pieces back in return, and that the A's are targeting hitters. The 29-year-old right-hander, who is set to hit free agency after the 2015 season, posted a terrific 2.99 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 202/43 K/BB ratio over 219 2/3 innings with the A's and Cubs in 2014. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
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  • Victorino thinks he should man right field
    Shane Victorino said Friday that as long as he's healthy, he should be the Red Sox starting right fielder in 2015.

    Advice: Victorino told Rob Bradford of MLB.com, "Obviously health will dictate that. But if I’m healthy if there’s a better outfielder in right field then show me and go out there and do it. I’m not saying that in a cocky or arrogant way. It’s just how confident I am to know I should be the starting right fielder." Barring any further trades, the Red Sox are staring at a massive jog jam in the outfield and on the left side of the infield. If Hanley Ramirez starts in left field as expected and Rusney Castillo patrols center, either Victorino or Yoenis Cespedes will be the odd-man out. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:16 pm
  • Nationals continue to check in on Cabrera
    James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals continue to check in on free agent infielder Asdrubal Cabrera.

    Advice: Cabrera struggled down the stretch with the Nats in 2014, hitting just .229/.312/.389, though his ability to handle both second base and shortstop make him a strong bench bat. The Athletics are one of several teams known to have interest in Cabrera. Rotoworld.com
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  • Marlins could use Crow as starter
    Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Friday that the team could give the newly acquired Aaron Crow a chance to start.

    Advice: Crow has pitched exclusively in relief in the majors, but he came up through the minors as a starter. Ultimately, the Marlins are just keeping their options open and Crow seems likely to remain a reliever. "We know he has started," said Hill. "It’s still early in the offseason and we’re not sure how the rest of the offseason will unfold in terms of what else we add to our pitching staff, but we love the flexibility. We love the thought he could possibly be a starting option for us, but at a minimum we know he’ll be a valuable bullpen piece and just add to the overall depth of our staff." Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:49 pm
  • Strop needed stitches in non-throwing elbow
    Pedro Strop received 3-4 stitches in his left (non-throwing elbow) as a result of a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Thursday.

    Advice: He also was given precautionary X-rays, which came back negative. It was surely a scare for the Cubs' reliever, but Strop will be fine. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:00 am
  • Ronald Belisario elects free agency
    Ronald Belisario has elected free agency.

    Advice: Belisario had been removed from the White Sox' 40-man roster earlier this month. The veteran reliever served as Chicago's closer for a portion of the 2014 season but ultimately posted a 5.56 ERA and 1.45 WHIP over 66 1/3 innings. He might have to settle for a minor league deal this winter. Rotoworld.com
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  • Nationals, Fister haven't talked extension
    James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that there have been "no talks for months" between the Nationals and Doug Fister regarding a contract extension.

    Advice: The team offered Fister a long-term deal shortly after they traded for him last offseason, but it was turned down and talks apparently haven't rekindled. It's undoubtedly the reason the Nationals are willing to listen to offers for Fister, as reported by USA Today's Bob Nightengale last week. Both Fister and Jordan Zimmermann are slated for free agency after next season and the Nats know that they likely can't keep both of them. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:53 am
  • Royals get Brian Flynn from Marlins
    Royals acquired LHP Brian Flynn and RHP Reid Redman from the Marlins in exchange for RHP Aaron Crow.

    Advice: Flynn holds an 8.64 ERA over 25 innings at the big league level but has flashed some promise in the minors. He's a big left-hander who could either wind up as a back-end of the rotation starter or possible bullpen arm. Flynn will turn just 25 in April. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:39 am
  • Marlins acquire Aaron Crow from Royals
    Marlins acquired RHP Aaron Crow from the Royals in exchange for LHP Brian Flynn and RHP Reid Redman.

    Advice: FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal first reported the deal, and it's now been made official. Crow was an All-Star in his rookie season back in 2011, but his stuff and results have declined steadily since then. He held a 4.12 ERA with just 34 strikeouts over 59 innings in 2014 and could have been facing a non-tender this winter with another raise via arbitration coming. The Marlins will hope the 28-year-old can rediscover his stuff in the National League. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:20 am
  • Padres re-sign Jason Lane to minors deal
    Padres re-signed LHP Jason Lane to a minor league contract.

    Advice: It's not clear whether the deal includes an invitation to spring training. Lane, a former outfielder, allowed one run over 10 1/3 frames for the Padres in 2014. He's merely a depth addition. Rotoworld.com
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  • Tony Campana inks minors deal with White Sox
    White Sox signed OF Tony Campana to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Campana's wife, Whitney, revealed the news of her husband's signing on Twitter. The deal presumably contains an invitation to spring training, where Campana will compete for a bench job. The speedy outfielder batted just .187/.197/.227 in 44 games in the majors this past season for the Angels and Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com
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  • Royals re-sign Jason Frasor for $1.25 million
    Royals re-signed RHP Jason Frasor to a one-year, $1.25 million contract with a $2 million mutual option for 2016.

    Advice: There's a $550,000 buyout attached to the option, so the deal will net Frasor at least $1.8 million. He can also earn an additional $500,000 in incentives in both 2015 and 2016. The Royals' big three at the back-end of the bullpen deservedly received most of the attention, but Frasor was also terrific for them in middle relief, posting a 1.53 ERA in 23 appearances after coming over in a trade with the Rangers. The 37-year-old should have another effective year or two left in the tank. Rotoworld.com
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  • Anthony Swarzak elects free agency
    Anthony Swarzak has elected free agency.

    Advice: 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'll find a home somewhere, but it might be on a minor league deal. Rotoworld.com
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  • Martinez would have 'soft cap' on innings
    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said that Carlos Martinez will have a "soft cap" on his innings next season if he wins a spot in the rotation.

    Advice: As it stands right now, Martinez is the favorite over Marco Gonzales for the No. 5 spot following the trade of Shelby Miller. Mozeliak noted that the club would keep an eye on Martinez's workload during the season so that they will have him available to contribute down the stretch. Working mostly as a reliever, Martinez threw just 99 2/3 frames in 2014. He's never thrown more than 108 innings in a season as a pro. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:42 am
  • Jon Lester not visiting with Cardinals
    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that, "as of this week," the Cardinals have no plans to bring in Jon Lester for a visit.

    Advice: It contradicts an earlier report from Peter Gammons, who said the team planned to have Lester in next week. However, Goold does note that the Cards are keeping their finger on the pulse of the pitching market and could ultimately have interest in Lester or another top-shelf starter. As it stands right now, Carlos Martinez is the favorite to open next season as their No. 5 starter. Rotoworld.com
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  • Olney: Melky prefers to not re-sign with Jays
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Melky Cabrera's preference is to not re-sign with the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The reasoning is that he wants to get away from the artificial surface at Rogers Centre. Cabrera was already looking unlikely to end up back in Toronto after the club signed Russell Martin to an $82 million contract. The outfielder is said to prefer to play on the East Coast or in the Midwest. Rotoworld.com
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  • Pedro Strop involved in car accident
    Pedro Strop was involved in a car accident in the Dominican Republic on Thursday.

    Advice: It sounds like he'll be alright, as the Cubs say reports on the pitcher's status are "encouraging." There are no further details available at the moment, but we'll be sure to update Strop's status once more is known. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:39 am
  • Lester not expected to make decision soon
    Rob Bradford of WEEI reports that Jon Lester isn't expected to make a decision anytime soon on where he'll sign.

    Advice: Lester is still said to be early in the free agent process and is still meeting with interested teams. The Red Sox remain optimistic at a reunion with the prized left-hander, though the Cubs, Braves, Giants and Cardinals are among many others interested in his services. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:52 pm
     
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  • 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
    Wednesday, 4:16 pm
     
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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
    Tuesday, 4:47 pm
     
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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
    Tuesday, 12:25 pm
     
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  • 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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  • 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
    Tuesday, 11:28 am
     
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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
    Tuesday, 9:21 am
     
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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
    Tuesday, 7:55 am
     
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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
    Monday, 12:43 pm
     
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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
    Monday, 6:10 am
     
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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
    Sunday, 11:27 am
     
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  • 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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  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:25 am
  • White Sox have interest in FA Melky Cabrera
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the White Sox are interested in free agent Melky Cabrera.

    Advice: Heyman also names the Orioles and Mariners as potential fits for the 30-year-old outfielder, who batted .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI in 139 games this past season for the Blue Jays. He rejected a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer from Toronto earlier this month, so his free agency is tied to draft pick compensation. The Jays are probably out of the mix to re-sign Cabrera because they spent $82 million on catcher Russell Martin. Rotoworld.com
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