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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 owner of a career 3.54 ERA over four campaigns, Collins is expected to get a late start to 2016 as he continues his recovery. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Sunday, 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. Sunday, 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
  • 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
  • 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. Monday, 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. Monday, 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
  • 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
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