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  • Royals avoid arbitration with Tim Collins
    Royals and LHP Tim Collins avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.475 million contract.

    Advice: There was some thought that he could be non-tendered after missing 2015 following Tommy John surgery, but Collins will remain in Kansas City at the same salary he had this past season. The owners of a career 3.54 ERA over four campaigns, Collins is expected to get a late start to 2016 as he continues his recovery. Today, 6:09 pm
  • Braves bring back vet reliever Jim Johnson
    Braves signed RHP Jim Johnson to a one-year contract.

    Advice:'s Mark Bowman says the reliever will receive $2.5 million. Johnson had a nice bounce-back showing with the Braves in 2015, posting a 2.25 ERA over 49 appearances. He was dealt to the Dodgers at the trade deadline and flopped with a 10.13 mark across 23 games. Johnson was closing for Atlanta when they traded him, but he figures to be used in a setup role in 2016. Today, 3:09 pm
    W, 6-0 vs StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • Aaron Thompson re-signs with Twins
    Twins re-signed LHP Aaron Thompson to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Thompson elected free agency after being removed from the Twins' 40-man roster last month, but he's now back with the club. The southpaw held a 5.01 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 17/11 K/BB ratio across 32 1/3 innings. in 2015. Today, 1:46 pm
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    L, 6-1 vs KC
  • Fernando Abad outrighted to Triple-A
    Athletics sent LHP Fernando Abad outright to Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: It's a minor surprise that he cleared waivers, but apparently no one wanted to pay his roughly $1.5 million arbitration figure. Abad holds a 2.90 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 128/44 K/BB ratio over 142 2/3 relief innings across the last three seasons, so the A's will gladly keep him around for depth. Today, 1:24 pm
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    L, 3-2 @Sea
  • Mets expected to tender Jenrry Mejia's Anthony DiComo reports that the Mets will "likely" tender Jenrry Mejia a contract for next season.

    Advice: It wasn't a given, as Mejia will get a raise this winter after making $2.595 million during a suspension-shortened 2015. He'll miss much of 2016 to his second PED suspension, but the Mets have decided it's worth it if they can have his big arm in the bullpen in the second half. Today, 1:19 pm
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    W, 1-0 vs Was
  • Phillies claim Michael Mariot from the Royals
    Phillies claimed RHP Michael Mariot off waivers from the Royals.

    Advice: Mariot was designated for assignment by Kansas City on November 20. He posted a strong 2.32 ERA, 1.097 WHIP, and 72/16 K/BB ratio in 62 innings this past season for the Royals' Triple-A team and should have a decent shot at a bullpen spot with the rebuilding Phillies. Today, 11:05 am
  • Marlins sign Paul Clemens to minors contract
    Marlins signed RHP Paul Clemens to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Clemens posted a rough 5.73 ERA and 1.64 WHIP between several different minor league teams in 2015. The 27-year-old righty will be organizational relief depth for Miami. Today, 9:36 am
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    W, 7-2 vs Mia
  • Chapman hires Marc Anthony as agent
    Aroldis Chapman is now being represented by Marc Anthony's Magnus Media.

    Advice: Yes, the singer and actor who was once married to Jennifer Lopez. This is the first pro-athlete client for Anthony's firm, which has teamed with Praver Shapiro Sports Management to expand into different areas of the entertainment world. Praver Shapiro already has Latin baseball players like Adeiny Hechavarria, Jorge Soler, Raisel Iglesias, and Juan Uribe under its wing. Chapman is expected to be traded this winter by the Reds and he can become a free agent following the 2016 season. The 27-year-old left-hander is the most dominant reliever in baseball, with 546 strikeouts in 316 career innings. Today, 6:57 am
  • Blue Jays interested in reliever Ryan Madson
    According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Blue Jays have expressed interest in free agent reliever Ryan Madson.

    Advice: Crasnick reports that the Jays are in the market to upgrade their bullpen and prefer relievers with prior closing experience. The 35-year-old right-hander certainly fits that bill, having 55 career saves under his belt, 32 of them as the Phillies stopper in 2011. Yesterday, 2:10 pm
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • Trevor Cahill considering signing with Bucs
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Pirates are one of the teams being considered by Trevor Cahill.

    Advice: It's unclear whether the Pirates have made Cahill an offer or just shown interest in the right-hander. The appeal on Cahill's side is easy to see, as pitching coach Ray Searage is a magician who has resurrected the careers of more than a few hurlers. Cahill would prefer a one-year contract where he's allowed a chance to start. The sinkerballer holds a 5.45 ERA and 1.55 WHIP since the beginning of 2014 but did pitch well down the stretch last season for the Cubs as a reliever. Yesterday, 8:12 am
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    W, 3-1 @Mil
  • Bowden: Rays 'determined' to move Boxberger
    According to ESPN's Jim Bowden, the Rays are "determined" to trade Brad Boxberger and it will be a "surprise" if they don't.

    Advice: Bowden adds that the Rays feel his trade value "will never be higher" after collecting 41 saves this past season. Ideally, the Rays would use Boxberger to acquire a hitter, though his mediocre 3.71 ERA could limit outside interest. Bowden lists the Astros, Blue Jays, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Nationals, Orioles, Tigers and Yankees as potential fits for Boxberger. Saturday, 7:58 pm
  • One executive calls Papelbon 'untradeable'
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports was told by one executive that Jonathan Papelbon is "untradeable."

    Advice: Papelbon just turned 35, his $11 million salary is far from a bargain and he's gained a reputation for being a clubhouse headache. That's three strikes right there. Of course, he's still one of the best closers in baseball and there's bound to be at least one team willing to look past those shortcomings. Papelbon has one year left on his contract. Saturday, 2:17 pm
  • Braves sign Joel de la Cruz to minors deal
    Braves signed RHP Joel de la Cruz to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The 26-year-old right-hander had a 3.31 ERA, 1.245 WHIP, and 42/22 K/BB ratio in 84 1/3 innings this past season between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre -- minor league affiliates of the Yankees. He has never appeared in a major league game, but de la Cruz will have a decent shot at changing that with the rapidly-rebuilding Braves. Thursday, 9:48 am
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    W, 6-0 vs StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • Pirates sign Curtis Partch to minors contract
    Pirates signed RHP Curtis Partch to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Partch posted a decent 3.53 ERA and 81/26 K/BB ratio in 63 2/3 innings this summer for the Triple-A affiliate of the Giants. He'll act as relief depth now for Pittsburgh. Thursday, 8:56 am
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    L, 7-3 vs Col
  • Dodgers re-sign Matt West to minors deal
    Dodgers re-signed RHP Matt West to a minor league contract.

    Advice: West made two scoreless relief appearances this summer for the Dodgers. He spent the majority of the season between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City. Consider the 27-year-old organizational bullpen depth. Thursday, 8:26 am
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    W, 6-3 vs SD
  • Braves sign Bud Norris to one-year contract
    Braves signed RHP Bud Norris to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

    Advice: Norris was designated for assignment by the Orioles in early August and finished out the 2015 campaign in a Padres uniform. Between the two clubs, the 30-year-old right-hander held a bloated 6.72 ERA and 1.57 WHIP across 83 innings. He appeared in 38 games overall, with 11 starts in that mix. Norris has had serviceable seasons in the past, but there's no real fantasy upside here. Wednesday, 1:27 pm
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    W, 6-0 vs StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • Brandon Gomes elects free agency
    Brandon Gomes has elected free agency.

    Advice: Gomes, who was designated for assignment last week, chose free agency after refusing an outright assignment to Triple-A Durham. The 31-year-old is coming off a 4.27 ERA and 44/15 K/BB ratio over 59 innings this past season and will hope to find a bullpen job elsewhere. Wednesday, 12:31 pm
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    W, 12-3 vs Tor
  • Rays outright Gomes to Triple-A
    Rays sent RHP Brandon Gomes outright to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Gomes cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week. He has three days to decide whether to accept the minor league assignment or refuse and test free agency. The 31-year-old posted a 4.27 ERA and 44/15 K/BB ratio over 59 innings this past season. Wednesday, 11:17 am
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    W, 12-3 vs Tor
  • Cubs acquire Rex Brothers from Rockies
    Cubs acquired LHP Rex Brothers from the Rockies for LHP Wander Cabrera.

    Advice: Brothers was designated for assignment by the Rockies last week. The 27-year-old was once thought of as a future closer, but control problems have been a major issue for him. Getting out of Colorado should be a good thing for him, as well as hooking up with Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio. It's a smart flier for Chicago. Wednesday, 11:04 am
  • Indians acquire Kirby Yates from Rays
    Indians acquired RHP Kirby Yates from the Rays for cash considerations.

    Advice: Yates was designated for assignment last week after posting an ugly 7.97 ERA in 20 appearances with the Rays this season while allowing 10 home runs in just 20 1/3 innings. The 28-year-old was much better in 2014 and the Indians will try to get him back on track. Wednesday, 10:58 am
    W, 3-1 vs Bos
  • Athletics designate Coulombe for assignment
    Athletics designated LHP Daniel Coulombe for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-acquired Jed Lowrie on the 40-man roster. Coulombe was just claimed off waivers from the Dodgers in September after spending mos of the 2015 season in the minors. Wednesday, 10:38 am
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    L, 3-2 @Sea
  • Report: Dodgers have contacted Ryan Madson
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Dodgers have contacted free agent reliever Ryan Madson.

    Advice: While Kenley Jansen is an excellent closer, the bridge to the ninth inning proved to be a shaky one in 2015. The Dodgers have been mentioned as a possible trade partner for Aroldis Chapman and a fit for Darren O'Day in free agency, but Madson makes for an appealing alternative after reviving his career with a 2.13 ERA and 58/14 K/BB ratio over 63 1/3 innings with the Royals this season. The Long Beach, California native could land a multi-year deal in a weak market for relievers. Wednesday, 10:15 am
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • Todd Redmond catches on with Orioles
    Orioles signed RHP Todd Redmond to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Redmond was up and down with the Blue Jays the last three years in a swingman role, holding a 4.13 ERA with 149 strikeouts over 168 frames. He's not a bad depth guy to have around. Tuesday, 2:51 pm
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Orioles re-sign Pedro Beato to minors deal
    Orioles re-signed RHP Pedro Beato to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Beato spent all of 2015 at Triple-A Norfolk, posting a 2.65 ERA and 61/25 K/BB ratio over 74 2/3 innings. He'll most likely begin 2016 back at Norfolk. Tuesday, 2:49 pm
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Kevin Gausman undergoes LASIK surgery
    Kevin Gausman said Tuesday that he "can see like a hawk" after undergoing LASIK surgery three days after the season ended.

    Advice: "I see 20-15 now," Gausman said. "I can see like a hawk. It's been great." The right-hander will now be able to ditch the goggles he used to wear on the mound and the improved eyesight surely can only help. Gausman has a huge arm and has shown flashes of brilliance with the Orioles the last three seasons but will be looking to have a true breakout season in 2016. Tuesday, 2:26 pm
    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • White Sox pick up Tommy Kahnle in a trade
    White Sox acquired RHP Tommy Kahnle from the Rockies in exchange for RHP Yency Almonte.

    Advice: Kahnle was removed from the Rockies' 40-man roster last week in a pretty surprising move. He was one of Colorado's most effective relievers for much of 2015, even ascending to the closer role at one point, but a really rough week in September helped push his final ERA to 4.86. While he has major control issues, Kahnle gets strikeouts and groundballs, so he's worth a gamble for the White Sox. Tuesday, 2:09 pm
  • Mets ink Stolmy Pimentel to minors deal
    Mets signed RHP Stolmy Pimentel to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Pimentel, 25, holds a mediocre 4.39 ERA over 33 career relief appearances but has struck out a batter per frame. He'll compete for a bullpen job in spring training. Tuesday, 1:28 pm
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    W, 1-0 vs Was
  • Stark: Nats want to trade Papelbon and Storen
    ESPN's Jayson Stark has been told by three teams that the Nationals are looking to trade both Jonathan Papelbon and Drew Storen.

    Advice: Most assumed one of them would go, with Storen probably the most likely. However, it appears that the Nats are aiming to really remake their bullpen, with Stark saying they're targeting Aroldis Chapman, Darren O'Day and others. Papelbon and Storen were reportedly pursued by the Tigers before they traded for Francisco Rodriguez. Nov 23, 2:30 pm
  • Dodgers have expressed interest in Chapman
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Dodgers have expressed interest in Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: Heyman says the Dodgers are "very focused on a bullpen that needs upgrading," and will likely address some of those holes before turning back to Zack Greinke and the starting pitching market. Chapman is the most dominant reliever in the sport, boasting 546 strikeouts in 319 career innings, and he would make sense for any club looking to be competitive in 2016. Los Angeles certainly has the prospects to pull it off. Nov 23, 8:04 am
  • Tigers discussed Papelbon, Storen with Nats
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that before acquiring Francisco Rodriguez from the Brewers, the Tigers discussed Jonathan Papelbon and Drew Storen with the Nationals.

    Advice: Ultimately, it appears that the asking price on either of the Nats relievers were too high for new general manager Al Avila's liking. The Tigers still need several quality relievers to round out their bullpen, but it appears as though they'll be shopping in the mid-range market rather that the elite options. Nov 22, 4:56 pm
  • Brothers 'very surprised' after being DFA'ed
    Rex Brothers told the Denver Post he was "very surprised in a lot of ways" by the Rockies' decision to designate him for assignment.

    Advice: Brothers was one of four players the Rockies designated for assignment on Friday. The 27-year-old southpaw reliever indicated that the move knocked him off balance. "I thought I had put myself in a really good place to be in the Rockies' bullpen next season," Brothers said. GM Jeff Bridich explained the move as part of a need for a "fresh start." Brothers was once considered to have closer potential, but pitched just 10 1/3 innings for the Rockies in 2015. In his last full season in the bigs in 2014, he struggled to a 5.59 ERA and 1.84 WHIP across 56 1/3 innings. Just based on reputation, he should find a new home easily enough, but a closer's job is no longer in the cards barring a statistical turnaround. Nov 22, 8:35 am
  • Trevor Cahill wants to be a starter again
    Agent John Boggs said his client Trevor Cahill would prefer to start but "would accept a bullpen spot if he doesn't secure a starting job."

    Advice: He may not have much of a say on the matter. Cahill was dismal as a starter last season, going 0-3 with an 8.03 ERA in three starts. He was far more effective in middle relief, logging a solid 2.12 ERA over his last 11 outings. The 27-year-old has pitched for four teams since 2011. Nov 21, 8:02 pm
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    W, 3-1 @Mil
  • Report: Reds wanted massive haul for Chapman
    According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Reds and Red Sox discussed a trade for Aroldis Chapman but the Reds wanted more than what the Red Sox eventually sent to San Diego in the Craig Kimbrel trade.

    Advice: President of baseball operations Walt Jocketty said earlier this week the Reds weren't close to trading Chapman and now we have a better idea why. Many people around baseball thought the Padres got a huge return for Kimbrel, so Cincinnati's asking price for Chapman must be through the roof. The Astros, Blue Jays, Diamondbacks, Nationals and Yankees are just a few of the teams that have been linked to Chapman this offseason. Nov 21, 5:27 pm
  • Royals designate RHP Mariot for assignment
    Royals designated RHP Michael Mariot for assignment.

    Advice: The 27-year-old hurler spent the majority of the 2015 season at Triple-A Omaha, compiling a 2.32 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 72/16 K/BB ratio in 62 innings. It's a true testament to the overall talent and depth in the Royals bullpen that they can't find room for Mariot on the 40-man roster. He shouldn't have any difficulty finding a new job this winter. Nov 20, 7:35 pm
  • Rockies designate Tommy Kahnle for assignment
    Rockies designated RHP Tommy Kahnle for assignment.

    Advice: Kahnle is another in a day of surprising cuts from the Rockies. He started out the 2015 strong and even ascended to the closer's role before crashing and burning, resulting in a demotion to Triple-A in late August. He shouldn't have much difficulty finding a new club. Nov 20, 5:27 pm
  • Rockies designate Rex Brothers for assignment
    Rockies designated LHP Rex Brothers for assignment.

    Advice: The long-heralded closer of the future for the Rockies was never able to deliver when given his chances in the Rockies bullpen. He still has a live arm, which means there will be teams willing to take a chance on him, but he has to be able to throw strikes much more consistently than he has. Nov 20, 5:20 pm
  • Rays designate Kirby Yates for assignment
    Rays designated RHP Kirby Yates for assignment.

    Advice: After a strong debut with the big league club in 2014, Yates took a major step back by registering a 7.97 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 21/7 K/BB ratio over his 20 1/3 innings in 2015. If he refuses the assignment, he should be able to land a minor league deal with a spring training invitation elsewhere. Nov 20, 5:02 pm
    W, 3-1 vs Bos
  • Rays designate Brandon Gomes for assignment
    Rays designated RHP Brandon Gomes for assignment.

    Advice: The 31-year-old right-hander becomes a casualty of the talent being too deep in the Rays organization. He was a respectable member of their bullpen in 2015, posting a 4.27 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 44/15 K/BB ratio over 59 innings. If he elects free agency, he shouldn't have a problem landing on his feet elsewhere. Nov 20, 4:59 pm
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    W, 12-3 vs Tor
  • Athletics designate Abad for assignment
    Athletics designated LHP Fernando Abad for assignment.

    Advice: Abad pitched well enough in relief for the A's during the 2015 campaign, holding a 4.15 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 45/19 K/BB ratio across 47 2/3 innings. The 29-year-old southpaw has had enough major league success that he should latch on elsewhere in a middle relief capacity. Nov 20, 1:00 pm
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    L, 3-2 @Sea
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