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  • White Sox, Tigers interested in Masterson
    The White Sox and Tigers have interest in free agent Justin Masterson, per Paul Hoynes.

    Advice: It had already been reported that the Indians and Twins were interested in Masterson's services as well. Hoynes adds that the Royals could consider Masterson if they cannot retain James Shields. The right-hander is coming off of a 5.88 ERA, but with his injury woes behind him, he's primed for a bounce-back season. Masterson turns 30 years old in March. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:27 pm
     
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  • Indians are 'out' on free agent Chase Headley
    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians are "out" on free agent Chase Headley.

    Advice: The Indians made a few inquiries but have already determined that Headley, who's being courted by several teams, will cost too much. Cleveland is not expected to be a big player in this year's free agent market. Headley seems most likely to re-sign with the Yankees, though the Giants have suddenly emerged as an intriguing potential match with Pablo Sandoval walking as a free agent. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:10 am
     
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  • Braves outright Ramiro Pena to Triple-A
    Braves sent INF Ramiro Pena outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Pena was designated for assignment earlier in the week to make room on the 40-man roster. He was arbitration eligible this winter, which may have played a role in the move as well. It's unclear if he'll accept the assignment or attempt to find a better opportunity elsewhere through free agency. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:03 pm
     
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    Ramiro Peña Atl - 2B,3B,SS
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  • 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 4:16 pm
     
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    L, 6-4 vs KC
  • Padres, Dodgers have talked Matt Kemp trade
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Padres and Dodgers have discussed a Matt Kemp trade.

    Advice: Rosenthal adds, however, that there's been "nothing that recent" and there is "no deal close." Kemp finished the 2014 season in fine form and would give the San Diego offense a needed boost, but the Dodgers may opt to keep him now that Hanley Ramirez has signed with Red Sox. Los Angeles probably needs retain the right-handed power that Kemp provides. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:21 pm
     
    W, 10-5 vs Col
  • NYY offered PHI 'utility player' for Rollins
    ESPN's Jayson Stark heard from two sources that the Yankees offered the Phillies "a utility player" for shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

    Advice: That didn't get the job done. The Phillies seem to have a lofty asking price for Rollins, who turns 36 years old this week and is owed $11 million next season in the final year of his four-year, $44 million deal. They're simply not going to be able to get a top prospect or young, productive major league talent in exchange for the veteran shortstop. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:03 pm
  • Royals acquire Jackson from Dodgers
    Royals acquired INF Ryan Jackson from the Dodgers for cash considerations.

    Advice: Jackson was claimed off waivers from the Padres earlier this month, but now he's on the move again. The 26-year-old infielder was limited to just 11 games in the minors this season due to a right wrist injury which required surgery. He'll hope for better luck on the health front in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:12 pm
  • Yanks talked to Phillies about Jimmy Rollins
    According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Yankees talked to the Phillies about acquiring shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

    Advice: However, the Phillies' asking price was too high, so the Yankees have moved on. Oh, Ruben. Rollins, who has a full no-trade clause, batted .243/.323/.394 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI over 138 games this past season. He turns 36 this week and is owed $11 million next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:12 am
  • Blaine Boyer elects free agency
    Blaine Boyer has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Boyer was designated for assignment last week. The 33-year-old right-hander had a 3.57 ERA over 32 relief appearances with the Padres this past season. He'll attempt to latch on elsewhere. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:04 am
     
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  • Rays designate Sean Rodriguez for assignment
    Rays designated INF/OF Sean Rodriguez for assignment.

    Advice: Due another raise through arbitration, Rodriguez was considered a likely non-tender candidate, so the Rays simply decided to cut ties a little bit early. He could draw interest on waivers due to his versatility. Rodriguez batted .211/.258/.443 with 12 home runs over 259 plate appearances this past season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:33 am
     
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    Seán Rodríguez TB - 1B,2B,3B,OF
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  • Rays ink Ernesto Frieri to a one-year deal
    Rays signed RHP Ernesto Frieri to a one-year, $800,000 contract.

    Advice: Frieri could make as much as $3.15 million with incentives. The 29-year-old is coming off a nightmare year in which he posted a 7.34 ERA over 48 appearances between the Angels and Pirates, but he has enjoyed great success in the past. Known for their success with reclamation projects, the Rays will attempt to strike gold once again. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:26 am
  • O's acquire Barnes from Indians
    Orioles acquired LHP Scott Barnes from the Indians for cash considerations.

    Advice: Barnes was designated for assignment by the Indians over the weekend after the acquisition of Charles Brewer. The 27-year-old southpaw appeared in 22 games in the majors from 2012-2013 and had a 3.69 ERA and 35/16 K/BB ratio over 31 2/3 innings at the Triple-A level this past season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:24 am
  • Yanks will only go three years for Headley
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are only willing to offer a three-year deal to Chase Headley.

    Advice: There aren't many options at third base in free agency now that Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez are off the market, so Headley likely believes that he can do better. The Giants, Sandoval's former team, could be positioned to make a run at him. If Headley manages to do better elsewhere, the Yankees would likely go with Martin Prado at third base. As for second base, the Yankees could turn to prospects Robert Refsnyder or Jose Pirela or an outside option. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:00 am
     
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  • Ryan Braun says thumb is back to 100 percent
    Ryan Braun said Wednesday that his right thumb is back to 100 percent since surgery.

    Advice: Braun underwent a cryotherapy procedure on October 2 in hopes of fixing an inflamed nerve at the base of his thumb that has bothered him for nearly two years. He quickly resumed swinging a bat and hasn't had any setbacks. "It definitely worked," Braun said Wednesday. The real test will be playing in games, but this is encouraging news for the Brewers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:08 am
     
    L, 5-2 vs ChC
  • Indians have contacted Kendrys Morales
    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians have contacted free agent designated hitter/first baseman Kendrys Morales.

    Advice: Hoynes writes that Morales could be an option if the Indians manage to unload Nick Swisher. He could also qualify as insurance for Swisher, who had surgery on both of his knees in August. Morales will likely come at a discount after batting just .218/.274/.338 with eight home runs and 42 RBI over 98 games this past season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:52 am
     
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    W, 4-1 vs LAA
  • Yanks won't get in bidding war for Headley
    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News hears from one industry source that it's unlikely the Yankees will engage in a bidding war for Chase Headley.

    Advice: On the heels of the Red Sox signing both Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, two industry sources tell Feinsand that Headley is now likely to land a four-year deal worth between $56-60 million. It's unclear whether the Yankees are willing to go that far, as they have Martin Prado in-house as an alternative for third base. The Giants could emerge as the primary competition for Headley now that Sandoval is with Boston. The Indians have also been mentioned as a possibility, but Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that he will be too expensive. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:48 am
     
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    W, 9-5 @Bos
  • Marlins called about Chris Davis, Evan Gattis
    According to Clark Spencer and Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Marlins have inquired about trades for Chris Davis of the Orioles and Evan Gattis of the Braves.

    Advice: These are just two of the options the Marlins are looking at as they attempt to upgrade from Garrett Jones at first base. They would likely have to give up quality pieces for either player, potentially including top prospect left-hander Andrew Heaney. Davis is under team control though 2015 while Gattis is under team control through 2018. Mike Morse gives the Marlins an alternative in free agency, but the club only has "lukewarm" interest in signing him. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:29 am
     
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    Chris Davis Bal - 1B,3B
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    W, 1-0 @Tor
  • Report: Giants have reached out to 3B Headley
    The Giants have reached out to free agent Chase Headley, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

    Advice: That's not surprising, with Pablo Sandoval leaving to sign with the Red Sox on Tuesday. Heyman does note that, despite their contact with Headley, that the Giants "seem more enthused ... about some of the outfield options." The Indians and Yankees are among the other teams interested in Headley. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:11 pm
     
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    W, 9-5 @Bos
  • 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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  • 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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  • Indians among teams interested in Headley
    Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports that the Indians are among the teams who have shown interest in free agent third baseman Chase Headley.

    Advice: While the Indians are interested, Castrovince writes that it's unclear whether they have made an offer. The Yankees plan to make a strong push to bring Headley back, but the Giants appear likely to pursue him now that Pablo Sandoval has left for the Red Sox. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:40 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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  • Mariners talking trade for outfielders
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners have had trade talks for multiple right-handed hitting outfielders, including Matt Kemp of the Dodgers, Yoenis Cespedes of the Red Sox, and Justin Upton of the Braves.

    Advice: Kemp and Upton have been been connected to the Mariners in the past, so it's no surprise to see them come up as possibilities once again. Morosi notes that the Red Sox have been interested in Hisashi Iwakuma before, but it's unclear whether the Mariners would be willing to give him up in a deal for Cespedes. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:11 am
     
    W, 10-5 vs Col
  • 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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  • Dodgers waive Jackson to create 40-man room
    Dodgers designated INF Ryan Jackson for assignment.

    Advice: Jackson was the low-man on LA's 40-man roster totem pole, which is a bad place to be when the club inevitably decides to make an MLB transaction. Decide the Dodgers did on Monday, trading for Juan Nicasio. Jackson, 26, very well could receive waiver claims. He has, in fact, never passed through the waiver process untouched, getting claimed twice (and, separately, traded a different time). The former fifth-round pick of the Cardinals suffered through a rough 2014 campaign highlighted by a serious wrist injury that stole most of his season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:28 pm
  • 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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    W, 4-0 @Tex
  • 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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  • Indians designate Scott Barnes for assignment
    Indians designated LHP Scott Barnes for assignment.

    Advice: The team acquired Charles Brewer from the Diamondbacks for cash considerations on Saturday. The designation of Barnes was their way of making room on the roster. Barnes pitched 8+ innings with the Indians last season and allowed seven runs over that stretch. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:09 am
  • Matt Kemp drawing significant trade interest
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Dodgers are drawing significant trade interest in outfielder Matt Kemp.

    Advice: While the Dodgers would much rather prefer to trade Carl Crawford or Andre Ethier to free up the logjam in their outfield, they would certainly get a much better return package if unloading Kemp. They would also be free of the five years and $107 million remaining on Kemp's contract through 2019, which would allow them to be even more aggressive on the free agent market. If Kemp is indeed dealt, Joc Pederson could take over the reins in center field. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:16 pm
     
    W, 10-5 vs Col
  • Lester to meet with two more teams next week
    Rob Bradford of WEEI.com 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. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:47 pm
     
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  • Blaine Boyer designated for assignment
    Padres designated RHP Blaine Boyer for assignment.

    Advice: Boyer pitched pretty decently for San Diego in 2014, holding a 3.57 ERA over 32 relief appearances. He was arbitration-eligible, though, and the Padres decided they had a better use for the 40-man roster spot. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:11 pm
     
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    L, 9-3 @SF
  • 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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    L, 6-4 vs KC
  • Braves designate Ramiro Pena for assignment
    Braves designated 2B Ramiro Pena for assignment.

    Advice: Pena batted .245/.304/.347 in a reserve role this past season. The 29-year-old was removed from the 40-man roster so the club could protect some young players from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:27 pm
     
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    Ramiro Peña Atl - 2B,3B,SS
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    W, 2-1 @Phi
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:05 pm
     
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    W, 1-0 @Ari
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