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    • Rockies showing interest in Harang, Correia
      MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports that the Rockies are showing interest in Aaron Harang, Kevin Correia and Kyle Kendrick.

      Advice: Their interest in Correia and Kendrick had already been reported, but Harang's name is new. Harding also lists the Rockies as having interest in Josh Johnson, but he's reportedly close to re-signing with the Padres. Harang had a solid season for the Braves in 2014, posting a 3.57 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, and 161/71 K/BB ratio in 204 1/3 innings. However, he's a flyball pitcher who would probably be a terrible fit at Coors Field. Rotoworld.com
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    • Padres close to 1-yr deal with Josh Johnson
      Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that Josh Johnson is on the verge of a one-year deal with the Padres.

      Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says Johnson's base salary will be less than $2 million but he'll have the chance to make as much as $8 million through incentives. The Padres declined a $4 million option on Johnson back in October, but they have remained interested in bringing him back at a lesser rate. And it appears that they'll be able to get it done. The deal is expected to include incentives based on games started. The Padres just signed another injury-prone pitcher, Brandon Morrow, earlier this week. Rotoworld.com
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    • Medlen expected to pitch in second half
      Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Thursday that they are looking at Kris Medlen (elbow) as someone who will be able to contribute in the second half in 2015.

      Advice: Medlen, who is coming off a second Tommy John surgery this past March, was signed to a two-year, $8.5 million contract with a $10 million mutual option for 2017. The Royals are going to be extra careful about pushing him too soon. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:45 pm
    • Kevin Correia more engaged with 3-4 teams
      According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, free agent Kevin Correia has become "more engaged" with 3-4 teams.

      Advice: In other words, he may be getting close to choosing a team. Correia posted a rough 5.44 ERA in 26 starts and three relief appearances this past season between the Dodgers and Twins. He should come very cheap. Rotoworld.com
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    • Royals sign Kris Medlen to 2-yr, $8.5M pact
      Royals signed RHP Kris Medlen to a two-year, $8.5 million contract with a $10 million mutual option for 2017.

      Advice: Atlanta non-tendered Medlen earlier this month to avoid paying him nearly $6 million in 2015 via salary arbitration. He's recovering from a second Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and probably won't be ready by Opening Day for the Royals, but the 29-year-old boasts a 2.95 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 512 2/3 career major league innings. It's a worthwhile risk for Kansas City at only $8.5 million guaranteed. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:18 pm
    • Rockies 'looking at' starter Kyle Kendrick
      ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Rockies are "looking at" free agent Kyle Kendrick.

      Advice: Kendrick has a decent career groundball rate, which is a nice fit for the light air of Coors Field, but the 30-year-old right-hander also owns a putrid 4.42 career ERA and 4.9 career K/9 in eight major league seasons. Colorado continues to aim low. Rotoworld.com
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    • Marlins, Braves, Giants interested in Peavy
      According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Marlins, Braves and Giants have all shown interest in free agent Jake Peavy.

      Advice: The Marlins' interest is contingent on Dan Haren following through with his inclination to retire after being dealt away from the west coast. Both the Braves and Giants are looking for pitching, with the Giants having missed out on a number of big-ticket free agents thus far this winter. Peavy had a 4.11 ERA this past season and shouldn't cost a team too much in terms of dollars or years. Rotoworld.com
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    • Royals, Volquez do two-year, $20 million deal
      Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Royals have struck a two-year, $20 million contract with free agent starter Edinson Volquez.

      Advice: Volquez drew quite a bit of interest on the open market this winter after posting an impressive 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 140/71 K/BB ratio across 192 2/3 innings this past season for the Pirates. But he was one of the worst starting pitchers in baseball in 2013, so the Royals are taking a risk here that the sudden turnaround was legitimate. Rotoworld.com
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    • Martin Perez (elbow) ready around A-S break
      Rangers GM Jon Daniels expects Martin Perez (elbow) to be ready around the 2015 All-Star break.

      Advice: Daniels watched video of Perez throwing on Wednesday and noted that the left-hander was making progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Perez had the procedure in May, and full recovery usually takes close to 15 months. He could carry some fantasy value in the second half of the 2015 season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:10 pm
    • Giants continue to show interest in Shields
      Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the Giants were exploring a "wide-range" of pitching options, including James Shields.

      Advice: The Giants were in on Jon Lester last month and continue to search for a big-name starter to fill out their rotation. The team met with Shields last week and according to Rosenthal, continues to show interest. The Giants have also been attached to Max Scherzer, though it's reasonable to assume that Scherzer might be beyond their price range if he really is seeking a $200 million deal. Rotoworld.com
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    • Harvey may be held out until home opener
      Mets manager Terry Collins told the New York Post that in order to conserve innings, Matt Harvey might not pitch until the team's first home game.

      Advice: The Mets' home opener falls on April 13th. Harvey's recovering from Tommy John surgery, having missed the 2014 season. While he's expected to be fully healthy for the 2015 campaign, the team would like to limit his innings and keeping him under wraps until the home opener would work toward that cause. It's also possible that they skip a few starts throughout the season. In 2013, Harvey struck out 191 in 178+ innings while posting a 2.27 ERA. Rotoworld.com
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    • Albers reportedly still weighing options
      Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca writes that LHP Andrew Albers has not yet made a decision on where he plans on signing.

      Advice: This counteracts a report from late Tuesday night by Robert Murray, which indicated that Albers had signed a contract with the Blue Jays. Nicholson-Smith wrote that talks of a signed contract were "premature." Albers spent 2014 with the Hanwha Eagles of Korea, but the club declined his 2015 option. The 29-year-old posted a 4.05 ERA in 2013 for the Twins. He may well end up signing with the Blue Jays, but it's not set in stone quite yet. Rotoworld.com
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    • Blue Jays ink Albers to minors deal
      Blue Jays signed LHP Andrew Albers to a minor league contract.

      Advice: The deal presumably includes an invitation to spring training. Albers, 29, posted a 4.05 ERA over 10 starts for the Twins in 2013 before spending last season in Korea. He's merely organizational depth. Rotoworld.com
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    • Indians GM: Gavin Floyd will be in rotation
      Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said Tuesday that the newly-signed Gavin Floyd has a spot in the rotation locked up.

      Advice: It's not a surprise, but it's nice to have some clarity. Antonetti said that Floyd will join Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer in the rotation, leaving Danny Salazar, T.J. House, Zach McAllister and Josh Tomlin to battle for the final spot in spring training. Salazar has to be considered the favorite. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:28 pm
    • Rays asking about Wisler, Alvarez, Smith
      Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that the Rays have been inquiring about Padres pitchers Matt Wisler, Burch Smith and R.J. Alvarez.

      Advice: Also, Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM says that catcher Austin Hedges has been discussed as the teams contemplate a deal that would send Wil Myers to San Diego. There's no word at this point whether the deal might be close, but there seems to be some smoke here. New Padres general manager A.J. Preller seems intent on shaking things up, first trading for Matt Kemp and now possibly adding Myers to the mix. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:55 pm
       
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    • Padres finalize 1-yr, $2.5M deal with Morrow
      Padres signed RHP Brandon Morrow to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

      Advice: Morrow can earn up to $5 million in performance-based bonuses if he's starting and up to $1 million if he's in a relief role. The 30-year-old right-hander was limited to 33 1/3 innings this past season in Toronto because of a finger injury, but he's flashed dominance at times over the course of his eight-year major league career. This could become a good bargain for the Friars. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:53 pm
    • Indians ink Gavin Floyd to one-year contract
      Indians signed RHP Gavin Floyd to a one-year, $4 million contract.

      Advice: Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish says the deal includes $6 million in performance-based bonuses. Floyd was limited to nine starts in 2014 due to a fractured olecranon in his right elbow. He also underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in 2013. But the expectation is that Floyd will be fully healthy by the start of the 2015 season, and there's a chance he'll wind up being a nice addition for the Tribe. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:16 pm
    • Yankees re-sign Capuano to one-year deal
      Yankees re-signed LHP Chris Capuano to a one-year contract.

      Advice: Capuano posted a 4.25 ERA in 12 starts down the stretch with New York this past season and now he projects to begin 2015 in the starting rotation. His role could change if the Yankees decide to splurge on another pitcher prior to spring training, but the veteran southpaw isn't a terrible placeholder. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:14 am
       
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    • Dodgers finalize contract with RHP McCarthy
      Dodgers signed RHP Brandon McCarthy to a four-year, $48 million contract.

      Advice: The two sides reached an agreement last week and now the deal is official. McCarthy was fantastic down the stretch for the Yankees this season, posting a 2.89 ERA and 82/13 K/BB ratio over 90 1/3 innings. His injury history makes him a risk, but he'll have a good chance to repeat those numbers with a move over to the National League and a pitcher-friendly home ballpark. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:52 am
    • White Sox agree to deal with Brad Penny
      Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the White Sox have reached an agreement with right-hander Brad Penny on a minor league deal.

      Advice: After sitting out the 2013 season, the 36-year-old Penny made it back to the majors this year with the Marlins and struggled to the tune of a 6.58 ERA over eight appearances. He'll provide some rotation depth in the spring. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:07 am
       
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    • Harrison to have CT scan on back this week
      Matt Harrison will have a CT scan on his back this week.

      Advice: Harrison underwent spinal fusion surgery in June and hopes to begin a throwing program in January. He's still a big question mark for 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:56 am
    • Capuano back with Yanks on 1-yr, $5M deal
      Jack Curry of YES Network reports that the Yankees have re-signed Chris Capuano to a one-year, $5 million.

      Advice: Capuano considered a move to Japan this offseason, but he's back with the Yankees as back-end rotation insurance. The 36-year-old posted a 4.25 ERA and 55/19 K/BB ratio in 65 2/3 innings over 12 starts with New York down the stretch in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:37 am
       
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    • Yankees not expected to be in on Scherzer
      Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York hears that the Yankees are "absolutely not" in on free agent right-hander Max Scherzer.

      Advice: Some have suspected that the Yankees are lying on the weeds in the situation, but they appear to be setting their sights a bit lower in free agency. The market for Scherzer has been suspiciously quiet so far this winter, but he's intent on landing a contract around $200 million. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:20 am
       
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    • Capuano close to deal with unspecified team
      ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Chris Capuano is close to a deal with an unidentified team.

      Advice: Crasnick adds that the deal isn't with a Japanese team, which is notable given Capuano's previous comments about the possibility. 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. He could fit as a starter or a reliever somewhere. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:42 am
       
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    • Morrow's deal with Padres worth $2.5M
      Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that Brandon Morrow's one-year contract with the Padres carries a $2.5 million guarantee.

      Advice: Morrow will have the chance to earn $5 million in bonuses for starting and $1 million for relieving, which gives the Padres some flexibility about his role for 2015. The 30-year-old threw just 33 1/3 innings for the Blue Jays this past season due to a finger injury. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:27 am
    • Padres, Brandon Morrow agree on one-year deal
      Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that the Padres and right-hander Brandon Morrow have agreed to a one-year contract, pending a physical.

      Advice: No word yet on the exact terms involved, but FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that the Padres had offered around $2.5 million plus incentives. Injuries have limited the 30-year-old to just 87 2/3 innings over the past two seasons, but he's immensely talented and PETCO Park is a nice place to attempt to rebuild his value. He'll presumably get a chance to win a rotation spot with the Padres, especially if they end up moving an arm for another bat. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:28 am
    • Brad Penny to make a decision this week
      Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that Brad Penny has narrowed his choices to three teams and will make a decision later this week.

      Advice: That he has three options to choose from is a feat in and of itself. Penny made it back to the majors in 2014 after sitting out the 2013 season but posted an ugly 6.58 ERA over eight appearances. He'll have to settle for a minor league deal. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 5:19 pm
       
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    • Dodgers ink Brett Anderson to one-year deal
      ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Dodgers have signed left-hander Brett Anderson to a one-year, $10 million contract.

      Advice: Anderson could make an additional $4 million with incentives. It's hard to imagine anyone else came close to this offer given the southpaw's injury history, but the Dodgers can afford to take risks. Anderson was limited to just eight starts this past season and required surgery in August to repair a bulging disk in his lower back, but he doesn't turn 27 until February. There's some upside if he somehow manages to stay off the disabled list. Of course, we say that every year. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 2:19 pm
       
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    • Royals ink RHP Pino to one-year deal
      Royals signed RHP Yohan Pino to a one-year contract.

      Advice: Exact terms aren't yet known. Pino, who turns 31 later this month, made 11 starts with the Twins in 2014 and posted a 5.07 ERA and 50/14 K/BB ratio over 60 1/3 innings. He was shut down in August with a minor strain of his ulnar collateral ligament, but he'll represent rotation depth if healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:34 pm
    • Marlins may consider trading SP Dan Haren
      According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Marlins may consider trading Dan Haren if he would truly rather retire than pitch for them next season.

      Advice: Haren said in mid-November that he wouldn't pitch for a team outside of Los Angeles because he wants to remain close to his family, but the Dodgers moved him to the Marlins anyway in a blockbuster Winter Meetings trade. Haren, 34, hasn't announced whether he plans to stick by that statement. He should be of interest to a number of teams on the West Coast if the Marlins begin to shop him. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:58 am
    • Astros 'sleeper team' in Hamels trade talks
      Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Astros are a "sleeper team" when it comes to a potential landing spot for Cole Hamels.

      Advice: The Astros have been aggressive in retooling their bullpen this winter, but they could use help in the rotation, as well. Hamels has a no-trade list and it's unclear if Houston is on it, so it's possible they'd have to agree to pick up his $20 million option for 2019 in order to make a deal work. Cafardo lists the Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers, Padres, Rangers and possibly the Giants as having interest in Hamels. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 8:37 am
       
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    • Josh Lindblom close to deal with Lotte of KBO
      Jeeho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency hears Josh Lindblom is close to a deal with Lotte Giants of the Korean Baseball Organization.

      Advice: Lindblom was designated for assignment by the Pirates Friday after being claimed off waivers from the Athletics a few days earlier. The right-hander threw 4 2/3 innings with the A's this past season, and he's appeared in major league games each of the past four years. Going overseas so quickly would be a bit of a surprise for the 27-year-old. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:48 pm
       
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    • Cardinals maintain they're not in on Scherzer
      Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the Cardinals are not active suitors for Max Scherzer.

      Advice: It's not the first time the team has openly denied interest in the pitcher, but they continue to be linked to him. That's likely due in large part to the fact that Scherzer went to Parkway Central High School in the St. Louis area, making the Cardinals a potential homecoming for the 30-year-old. Despite the Cardinals' disinterest, Scherzer has no shortage of suitors around the league. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:32 pm
       
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    • Cubs officially announce Jon Lester signing
      Cubs signed LHP Jon Lester to a six-year, $155 million contract.

      Advice: The deal was agreed to earlier in the week, but it took a few days to iron out all of the specifics in the contract. The Cubs will hold a press conference on Monday afternoon to formally introduce their new ace. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:33 am
    • Padres make one-year offer to Brandon Morrow
      Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Padres have made a one-year incentive-laden offer to free agent hurler Brandon Morrow.

      Advice: If there was ever a perfect place for Morrow to spend a season and attempt to rebuild his value, the friendly confines of Petco Park would certainly be it. The 30-year-old has dealt with a wide array of injuries the past few years, logging only 87 2/3 innings the past two seasons. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:31 pm
    • Josh Lindblom designated for assignment
      Pirates designated RHP Josh Lindblom for assignment.

      Advice: Lindblom had just been claimed off waivers earlier this week. The 27-year-old made one appearance in the majors this past season and posted a 5.79 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 60/26 K/BB ratio over 84 innings in Triple-A. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:54 pm
       
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    • Tigers GM says not actively pursuing Scherzer
      Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said Thursday that he is not in "active pursuit" of Max Scherzer.

      Advice: The Tigers traded Rick Porcello to the Red Sox on Thursday morning, leaving some to speculate that Detroit's front office was clearing space for a run at re-signing Max Scherzer. But then Dombrowski and Co. quickly snatched Alfredo Simon away from the Reds. Maybe they truly are all set. Scherzer isn't expected to sign until later in the offseason and will likely command around $200 million. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:16 am
       
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    • Dan Haren gets shipped to Marlins
      Dan Haren was sent from the Dodgers to the Marlins in Wednesday's seven-player deal.

      Advice: Haren, who picked up his $10 million player option to remain with the Dodgers earlier this winter, could retire rather than report to the Marlins, though he indicated that he'll take a little time to make his decision. Reports indicate that the Dodgers will send the Marlins the $10 million whether Haren pitches or not. Ideally, he'd go to Miami, which is pretty much the perfect ballpark for him. It's as tough of a homer park for left-handed hitters as any in baseball. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:57 pm
    • McCarthy to get 4 years, $48M from Dodgers
      FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that Brandon McCarthy's new four-year deal with the Dodgers will be worth $48 million.

      Advice: That's precisely what McCarthy was believed to be looking for. He probably could have done better than $12 million per year on a two-year deal, but a long-term contract was a priority. The 31-year-old right-hander finished strong in 2014, posting a 2.89 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 82/13 K/BB ratio in 90 1/3 innings after a mid-season trade that sent him from Arizona to New York. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:15 pm
    • Report: Dodgers nearing deal with McCarthy
      Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports the Dodgers are close to a four-year deal with free agent Brandon McCarthy.

      Advice: The Dodgers dealt Dan Haren to the Marlins just a few hours prior to the report, and it appears they're moving quickly to fill the rotation spot he vacated. McCarthy was very good after a mid-season trade to the Yankees, owning a 2.89 ERA and 82/13 K/BB ratio over 90 innings. It's unclear if the McCarthy signing will preclude the Dodgers from getting involved with James Shields or other free agent starters. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:28 pm
    • Report: Giants and Red Sox meet with Shields
      Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports the Giants and Red Sox met with James Shields on Wednesday.

      Advice: Shields' market has begun to pick up in the wake of the Jon Lester signing. The free agent met with the Rangers over the weekend, and now two more suitors have emerged. The 32-year-old is also believed to be a fit on the Dodgers if they're able to move Matt Kemp in the coming days. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:16 pm
       
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    • Dodgers and Phillies discussed Chase Utley
      Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports the Dodgers and Phillies discussed Chase Utley in the course of Jimmy Rollins negotiations.

      Advice: Obviously the deal appears to be done without Utley being included, but it's interesting nonetheless. The Phillies have begun to tear it down, and the 30-year-old Utley doesn't appear to be exempt from the rebuild. Utley is due $90 million over the next four seasons, but he would still be easier to move than some of the Phillies big chips. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:49 pm
       
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    • Dodgers have checked in on Peavy, others
      Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports hears the Dodgers are checking in on a number of free agent pitchers, including Jake Peavy.

      Advice: Peavy hasn't generated a lot of buzz this winter after winning a World Series ring with the Giants in October. The 33-year-old had a 4.11 ERA between the Giants and Red Sox this past season, eclipsing 200 innings for just the second time since 2007. With some of the big names starting to come off the board, Peavy and others should find a new home soon. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:51 pm
       
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    • Haren being included in Gordon/Heaney talks
      Dan Haren is included in a potential deal that would send Dee Gordon to the Marlins for Andrew Heaney and others, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

      Advice: Last month, Haren said he would retire if the Dodgers traded him outside of Los Angeles. The club is putting him to a test by sending him about as far away from LA as possible, in a baseball sense. Haren already exercised his $10 million player option for 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:38 pm
    • Report: TEX met with Shields last weekend
      According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Rangers met with James Shields last weekend.

      Advice: Cotillo says the Rangers are "expected to be serious contenders to sign the right-hander." Shields' market should begin to develop in haste now that Jon Lester has settled with the Cubs on a six-year, $155 million free agent contract. The 32-year-old Shields will likely be seeking a deal worth more than $100 million. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:34 pm
       
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    • Harrison (back) to being throwing in January?
      Matt Harrison (back) is aiming to begin a throwing program sometime in January.

      Advice: Harrison underwent spinal fusion surgery in June, so he'll take it slow in his recovery. It's not clear if he's going to be ready for the start of the 2015 season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:02 pm
    • Indians pursuing left-hander Brett Anderson
      Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM reports that the Indians continue to pursue free agent left-hander Brett Anderson.

      Advice: The Twins, Astros, and Royals also reportedly have interest. Injuries have limited Anderson to just 19 starts over the past three seasons, but he doesn't turn 27 until February and was effective when healthy this past season. The upside could be worth it. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:05 pm
       
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    • Red Sox haven't reenaged Phils on Hamels
      ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Red Sox haven't reengaged the Phillies regarding a trade for Cole Hamels since missing out on Jon Lester.

      Advice: It's only been a little over 12 hours since Lester made his decision to sign with the Cubs, so this ultimately doesn't mean much. The Red Sox match up well in a deal for Hamels and the two sides will almost certainly talk soon. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:46 am
       
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    • Report: Giants interested in Phillies' Hamels
      Jayson Stark of ESPN hears that the Giants are interested in a trade for Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.

      Advice: This means that all three teams who missed out on Jon Lester (also including the Red Sox and Dodgers) are expected to be involved for Hamels. The Phillies wouldn't have it any other way. Things have been quiet for Hamels thus far, but it should heat up very soon. However, the combination of money owed to Hamels and the prospects required to make a deal could limit the number of teams involved. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:46 am
       
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    • Twins have interest in RHP Kyle Kendrick
      Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that the Twins have interest in free agent right-hander Kyle Kendrick.

      Advice: The team even had a meeting about him at the Winter Meetings in San Diego, so it appears that he is a serious consideration. Kendrick owns a 4.42 ERA over eight seasons in the majors while averaging 4.9 K/9. He's the perfect Twin, really. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:01 am
       
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    • Lester gets $30M signing bonus from Cubs
      Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that Jon Lester's signing bonus with the Cubs is worth $30 million.

      Advice: Wowza. The bonus will be paid out over the life of his six-year, $155 million contract. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports hears that $20 million will be paid up front while the remaining $10 million will be more spread out. The deal carries a full no-trade clause. The seventh year option is worth $25 million and carries a $10 million buyout. It will vest if he reaches 200 innings in 2020 or 400 total innings between 2019-20. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:38 am
    • Report: Two owners met with Scherzer's agent
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that two unidentified team owners flew to the Winter Meetings in San Diego to meet with Max Schezer's agent Scott Boras on Tuesday.

      Advice: Now that Jon Lester has decided to sign with the Cubs, the market for Scherzer should begin to heat up. The losers for Lester (Dodgers, Red Sox, Giants) could all be possibilities while Heyman mentions the Yankees and Cardinals among the other potential suitors. ESPN's Buster Olney reported Tuesday that the Tigers were prepared to spend big money to bring back Scherzer, but that was later shot down by GM Dave Dombrowski. Scherzer is reportedly looking for a contract north of $200 million. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:00 am
       
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    • Lester's deal with CHC has bonus of $20M-plus
      ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Jon Lester's deal with the Cubs includes a signing bonus of at least $20 million.

      Advice: Well, that probably made the decision a little bit easier. Nothing has been officially announced yet, but Lester has reportedly agreed to a six-year, $155 million contract with the Cubs. There's an option for a seventh year which could bring the max total to $170 million. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:39 am
    • Cubs, Lester agree at six years, $155 million
      Jon Lester is signing with the Cubs for six years and $155 million, FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal and Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan are reporting.

      Advice: According to Passan, the Red Sox offered $135 million for six years. It's certainly the right call for Lester; it's not like the Red Sox lacked the ability to match the Cubs offer and the Cubs' future is probably brighter anyway. He'll lead a rotation that also includes Jake Arrieta and Jason Hammel. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:30 pm
    • Cubs in 'strong position' to land Jon Lester
      Andy Martino of the New York Daily News was told by major league sources that the Cubs are in "strong position" to land Jon Lester.

      Advice: Martino cautions that the Cubs haven't been told they're getting Lester yet and the Red Sox have "remained in the mix." However, he also notes that the industry has considered the Cubs the front-runners "all along" and "that feeling intensified" late Tuesday night. The expectation has been that Lester's decision will be revealed Tuesday, but Martino says it might not come until Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:08 pm
    • Jon Lester expected to get $155-160 million
      Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that the "industry expectation" is that Jon Lester's contract will fall in the $155-160 million range.

      Advice: We've seen $150 million as a nice round number thrown out there, so it's not a surprise that a team would fork over a bit more to push themselves over the top. Lester has eliminated the Giants and Dodgers and is expected to decide soon whether to sign with the Cubs or Red Sox. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:22 pm
    • Edinson Volquez seeking two-year, $20M deal
      Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Edinson Volquez is seeking a two-year, $20 million contract.

      Advice: It's a reasonable asking price after Volquez put up a 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 140/71 K/BB ratio over 192 2/3 innings in a big bounce-back season with the Pirates. The market has been relatively quiet on the right-hander to this point, but the Twins are one team known to have interest. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:17 pm
       
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    • Dodgers out on Jon Lester pursuit
      Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers are out of the bidding for Jon Lester.

      Advice: Lester had already eliminated the Giants and now he's officially crossed the Dodgers off his list. As many figured all along, the left-hander will wind up signing with either the Red Sox or Cubs. A decision could be revealed at some point Tuesday night. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:07 pm
    • Morosi: Scherzer looking for $200+ million
      FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that Max Scherzer is looking for a contract in excess of $200 million.

      Advice: It's not surprising that he'd ask for that kind of dough. After all, he went on to have another terrific season after rejecting a $144 million extension offer from the Tigers last spring. Whether Scherzer is able to get that large of a contract remains to be seen. The common thought is that he'll get the biggest deal of any pitcher this winter, but over $200 million would be significantly higher than the numbers being thrown out for Jon Lester. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:00 pm
       
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    • Giants ruled out of Jon Lester sweepstakes
      Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans told Eno Sarris of Fangraphs.com that Jon Lester will not be signing with his club.

      Advice: "We did not receive a rose," Evans said. It's not surprising after Evans indicated earlier Tuesday that the Giants were in the "back seat" as far as Lester goes. While the Dodgers haven't officially been ruled out for Lester at this point, it appears that this is going to come down to the Red Sox and Cubs. Lester could make a decision later Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:16 pm
    • Dombrowski shoots down Max Scherzer report
      Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday that a report saying the Tigers were prepared to spend "big, big dollars" on Max Scherzer was "not accurate."

      Advice: "I can 100 percent guarantee you that our situation has not changed whatsoever," Dombrowski added. The report earlier Tuesday was from ESPN's Buster Olney, who is quite trustworthy. Dombrowski seemed adamant in his stance, but it's the rumor season so it's anyone's guess as to how far the Tigers might be willing to go to keep Scherzer. The righty rejected a $144 million extension offer from Detroit last spring. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:55 pm
       
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    • Pirates unlikely to re-sign Edinson Volquez
      Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates are not expected to sign another starter once Francisco Liriano's deal is finalized.

      Advice: In other words, expect Edinson Volquez to move on. The Pirates had interest in retaining Volquez and even made him an offer, but it appears they don't plan to spend any more on their rotation after re-upping with Liriano. Volquez is receiving interest from the Twins after a big bounce-back season that saw him post a 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 140/71 K/BB ratio over 192 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:36 pm
       
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    • Jon Lester decision could come Tuesday
      ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Jon Lester's decision is "nearing the finish line."

      Advice: Olney adds that Lester "soon will have final options to choose from" and it's "reasonable" to think a decision will come Tuesday night. It contradicts a report from Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, who said not long ago that Lester's agents are not at the stage to present their client with final offers. However, things can move quickly during the Winter Meetings, so there's no reason to doubt Olney's report. Lester is choosing between the Cubs, Red Sox, Giants and Dodgers, with the first two clubs looking like the favorites. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:42 pm
    • Lester's reps not prepared with final offers
      Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Jon Lester's agents are not at the stage to present their client with final offers from teams.

      Advice: Most of the speculation was that a final resolution was expected to come down on Tuesday, but it's possible that won't be the case. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported early Tuesday morning that Lester has four offers on the table in the six-year, $150 million range and that one team could push it to seven years, $175 million. Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans said Tuesday on SiriusXM that he believes his team is in the "back seat" for Lester and pegged the Cubs and Red Sox as the favorites. The Dodgers are also believed to be in the mix. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:42 pm
    • Phils not actively shopping Hamels this week
      Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston hears that the Phillies are not actively trying to move Cole Hamels at this week's Winter Meetings.

      Advice: They really don't need to be. The Phillies could just wait to see how the free agent starting pitcher market plays out (especially in regard to Jon Lester and Max Scherzer) before getting serious about moving Hamels. There's no sense of urgency to do it this week. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:25 pm
       
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    • Tigers ready to spend big to retain Scherzer
      ESPN's Buster Olney writes that the Tigers' primary focus "is on retaining Max Scherzer."

      Advice: Olney adds that the Detroit front office is "prepared to spend big, big dollars" to lock up the free agent right-hander. Scherzer's market should begin to develop once Jon Lester settles on a team. The Red Sox, Yankees, Dodgers, Nationals, Phillies, Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, and Blue Jays are among the other deep-pocketed teams that could be ready to line up bids. The money is going to get outrageous. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:41 am
       
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    • Morrow drawng interest as a starter
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that right-hander Brandon Morrow is drawing interest as a starting pitcher.

      Advice: Injuries have limited the 30-year-old Morrow to just 87 2/3 innings over the past two seasons. He still has plenty of upside if healthy, but it's hard to count on him. He'll likely have to settle for an incentive-laden contract. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 8, 12:26 pm
    • Pirates claim Lindblom off waivers
      Pirates claimed RHP Josh Lindblom off waivers from the Athletics.

      Advice: Lindblom was designated for assignment by the A's late last month. The 27-year-old made one appearance in the majors this past season and posted a 5.79 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 60/26 K/BB ratio over 84 innings in Triple-A. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 8, 12:04 pm
       
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    • Cardinals have considered run at Scherzer
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman writes that the Cardinals "have apparently at least considered" making a run at free agent right-hander Max Scherzer.

      Advice: Heyman hears that the Cardinals met at some point on Scherzer and that a couple of the team's players or former players have called to recruit him. The free agent right-hander is from Missouri, so they have that going for him, but his price tag could approach $200 million. They'll likely get priced out of the mix. His market should come into clearer focus after Jon Lester makes a decision on where to sign. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 8, 11:16 am
       
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    • Report: Hamels is likely 'Plan B' for Red Sox
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that pursuing a trade for Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels is likely the "Plan B" for the Red Sox if they are unable to sign free agent left-hander Jon Lester.

      Advice: However, Rosenthal hears that it's "not out of the question" that the Red Sox could end up landing both. Hamels would come with a significant cost in prospects, but the Red Sox match up well with the Phillies as a potential trade partner. The 30-year-old southpaw is owed $96 million over the next four seasons with a $24 million option for 2019, which is a very solid value in this market. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 8, 8:46 am
       
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