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  • Erik Johnson on track to earn rotation spot
    White Sox GM Rick Hahn indicated that Erik Johnson's a front-runner to be part of the White Sox rotation in 2016.

    Advice: Said Hahn, "So if Opening Day were today, then I think Johnson is penciled in to that spot in the rotation right now. In all probability, once we get closer to spring, there will be some competition for him to earn that spot." The spot in question is the one vacated by free agent starter Jeff Samardzija. Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, Carlos Rodon and John Danks are already slotted into the rotation. Johnson, 25, made six starts for the White Sox in 2015 and held a 3.34 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 30/17 K/BB ratio across 35 innings. Today, 2:14 pm
  • 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. Today, 1:27 pm
    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. Today, 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. Today, 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. Today, 11:04 am
  • Indians designate Choice for assignment
    Indians designated OF Michael Choice for assignment.

    Advice: Choice gets the boot off the 40-man roster after Wednesday's acquisition of Kirby Yates. The former top prospect was acquired from the Rangers back in August and could soon be with his third organization in the past four months. Today, 11:02 am
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    W, 3-1 vs Bos
  • 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. Today, 10:58 am
  • Mariners outright LHP Hultzen to Triple-A
    Mariners sent LHP Danny Hultzen outright to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Hultzen cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last Friday. While the 2011 No. 2 overall pick is a familiar name, it's not surprising that he's staying put. Shoulder problems have limited him to just 43 2/3 innings over the past three seasons. Today, 10:55 am
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    W, 3-2 vs Oak
  • A's still see Semien as their shortstop
    Athletics general manager David Forst indicated Wednesday that he still sees Marcus Semien as their starting shortstop.

    Advice: With Jed Lowrie back in Oakland, it's only natural that Forst would be asked about Semien, who led the majors with 35 errors this past season. However, it appears that they didn't acquire Lowrie with shortstop in mind. It's possible he could play second base or third. Today, 10:51 am
    L, 3-2 @Sea
  • A's release RHP A.J. Griffin
    Athletics released RHP A.J. Griffin.

    Advice: Griffin was designated for assignment last week after the Athletics signed free agent left-hander Rich Hill. The 27-year-old showed promise from 2012-2013, but required Tommy John surgery in April of 2014 and encountered numerous setbacks while trying to make in back this past season. Someone will surely take a chance on him, but he probably will have to settle for a minor league deal at this point. Today, 10:42 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. Today, 10:15 am
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • O's acquire L.J. Hoes from Astros
    Orioles acquired OF L.J. Hoes from the Astros for cash considerations.

    Advice: Hoes was designated for assignment by the Astros last week and the Orioles jumped at the opportunity at a reunion. The 25-year-old has struggled in sporadic opportunities in the majors, but he's coming off a strong season in Triple-A where he batted .295/.383/.400 over 99 games. He figures to compete for a bench job in the spring. Today, 8:38 am
  • Braun (back) expects to be 100 pct. by spring
    Ryan Braun (back) said Wednesday that he expects to be 100 percent when spring training begins in February.

    Advice: "That's the plan," explained Braun, who underwent surgery in October to repair a herniated disc in his lower back. "All the rehab stuff is something I'll probably incorporate every day when it comes to my preparation and routine. I'll figure it out as I go. It's obviously still new to me. As I get back into baseball stuff, I'll figure out which exercises I'll want to continue to do and be a part of my routine." Braun underwent a cryotherapy procedure on his right thumb last October and again this June, but there are no plans for another one this offseason unless he feels discomfort when he begins swinging a bat in January. Today, 8:00 am
  • Pirates sign 1B/OF Jake Goebbert
    Pirates signed 1B/OF Jake Goebbert to a one-year contract.

    Advice: No word on the terms involved, but he has been added to the team's 40-man roster. Goebbert, 28, batted .294/.392/.452 with 10 home runs and 62 RBI over 122 games this season with the Padres' Triple-A affiliate. He appeared in 51 games with the Padres back in 2014. With his experience between first base and the outfield, Goebbert figures to compete for a bench spot in the spring. Today, 7:46 am
  • Report: Pirates' Pedro Alvarez open to trade
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Pedro Alvarez would be open to a trade.

    Advice: It's a real possibility, as the Pirates are shopping him, as well as Neil Walker and Mark Melancon. While there's nothing to indicate that they are interested, Heyman speculates that the Orioles could be a fit. Alvarez turns 29 in February and batted .243/.318/.469 with 27 home runs and 77 RBI over 150 games this past season. He made $5.75 million in 2015 and will be arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter. Today, 7:29 am
  • Jays agree to send Hague to Japanese team
    According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of, the Blue Jays have agreed to send Matt Hague to the Hanshin Tigers of Japan's Central League for $300,000.

    Advice: The deal is not yet official, but Hague has been removed from Toronto's 40-man roster. Hague earned a September call-up with the Blue Jays this season after winning the International League MVP Award by batting .338/.416/.468 with 11 home runs and 92 RBI over 136 games with Triple-A Buffalo. He turned 30 in August. Today, 6:33 am
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  • Orioles could reunite with L.J. Hoes
    Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports wrote that the Orioles "still have interest" in free agent OF L.J. Hoes.

    Advice: Hoes elected to become a free agent in mid-October after spending the 2015 season with the Astros. He managed four hits in 15 at-bats with the big league squad. The 25-year-old outfielder was actually drafted by the Orioles in the third round of the 2008 amateur draft. For his career, he's the owner of a .237/.289/.328 batting line. Sunday, 12:14 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. Sunday, 8:35 am
  • 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. Friday, 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. Friday, 5:02 pm
  • 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. Friday, 4:59 pm
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    W, 12-3 vs Tor
  • Athletics DFA starter A.J. Griffin
    Athletics designated RHP A.J. Griffin for assignment.

    Advice: The A's just signed Rich Hill to a one-year contract, with Griffin's designation acting as their corresponding move. The 27-year-old right-hander's recovering from Tommy John surgery and has been hit by several setbacks on his hopeful return to health. He'll likely be ready for spring training, assuming he finds an eventual landing spot. Friday, 1:07 pm
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    L, 3-2 @Sea
  • Mariners DFA Danny Hultzen
    Mariners designated LHP Danny Hultzen for assignment.

    Advice: Hultzen has been on the shelf since May thanks to shoulder issues. The 27-year-old southpaw was the second overall selection in the 2011 amateur draft. He hasn't thrown more than 35 innings since 2012, when he turned in a 3.05 ERA over 124 frames. Friday, 10:35 am
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    W, 3-2 vs Oak
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