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  • Royals release LHP Wandy Rodriguez
    Royals released LHP Wandy Rodriguez.

    Advice: The southpaw had a 1.13 ERA over eight innings at Triple-A Omaha. Rodriguez, 36, will attempt to catch on elsewhere, but his best days are certainly behind him. Yesterday, 3:41 pm
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • 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. Wednesday, 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. Wednesday, 1:27 pm
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    Bud Norris Atl - SP,RP
    W, 6-0 vs StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • 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. Wednesday, 10:55 am
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    W, 3-2 vs Oak
  • 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. Wednesday, 10:42 am
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    L, 3-2 @Sea
  • Pirates acquire Allen Webster from D'Backs
    Pirates acquired RHP Allen Webster from the Diamondbacks for cash considerations.

    Advice: Webster was designated for assignment last week after a disastrous season between the majors and the minors. Still, he won't be 26 until February and isn't far removed from being considered a top prospect. He'll be an intriguing project for Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage, who obviously has a number of success stories at this point. If there's any chance of him meeting his potential, it's probably here. Wednesday, 8:12 am
  • Jays ink LHP Diamond to minor league deal
    Blue Jays signed LHP Scott Diamond to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Diamond, who previously pitched for the Twins, posted a 3.71 ERA and 91/26 K/BB ratio over 150 1/3 innings this past season with the Rays' Triple-A affiliate. The 29-year-old Ontario native will provide some rotation depth. Tuesday, 11:54 am
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    L, 4-0 @Pit
  • Lincecum (hip) to throw for teams in January
    Tim Lincecum (hip) plans to hold a showcase for interested teams in January.

    Advice: Lincecum underwent surgery in September to repair a torn labrum in his hip and fix an impingement. His rehab process is ahead of schedule and he could receive clearance to begin throwing when he visits his surgeon for a follow-up in December. The hope is that he might be able to regain some velocity now that his hip pain is gone. The 31-year-old was limited to just 15 starts this past season and owns a 4.68 ERA (75 ERA+) over the past four seasons. Tuesday, 5:55 am
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    L, 7-3 vs Col
  • Yusmeiro Petit could be non-tendered
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Giants could non-tender Yusmeiro Petit.

    Advice: Petit had a decent year for San Francisco in 2015, posting a 3.67 ERA and 59/15 K/BB ratio across 76 innings. However, he made $2.1 million and is due for another raise in his final year of arbitration. Petit should be a nice swingman or possibly fifth starter wherever he winds up. Monday, 5:34 pm
    L, 7-3 vs Col
  • Johnny Hellweg inks minors deal with Padres
    Padres signed RHP Johnny Hellweg to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Hellweg really struggled in his first year back from Tommy John surgery in 2015, posting a 6.06 ERA and 39/52 K/BB ratio over 61 innings in the minors. He was once a nice prospect, and San Diego is as nice a landing spot as any, but Hellweg obviously has things to work on before he has a shot to make an impact in the majors. Monday, 1:59 pm
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    L, 3-1 vs ChC
  • 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. Saturday, 8:02 pm
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    W, 3-1 @Mil
  • Brandon Maurer to close for Padres?
    According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Brandon Maurer could be an option for the Padres in the ninth inning following some of their recent trades.

    Advice: With Craig Kimbrel and Joaquin Benoit both gone, the Padres are painfully short on late-inning arms. Of course, the Padres are also thin on starting pitching and Maurer could find his way into the starting rotation. Maurer has made 21 career starts, though he was used exclusively out of the pen in 2015. Lin said the Padres plan to add a middle reliever this offseason. Saturday, 2:22 pm
  • Giants add Clayton Blackburn to 40-man roster
    Giants purchased the contract of RHP Clayton Blackburn from Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: The 22-year-old hurler dazzled in his first taste of Triple-A in 2015, posting a 2.85 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 99/32 K/BB ratio in 123 innings. He should debut with the Giants at some point during the upcoming season. Saturday, 5:26 am
  • Giants purchase contract of RHP Kyle Crick
    Giants purchased the contract of RHP Kyle Crick from Double-A Richmond.

    Advice: One of the top prospects in the Giants organization, the 22-year-old is now protected from the Rule 5 draft. He had a disappointing 2015 season, registering a 3.29 ERA, 1.79 WHIP and 73/66 K/BB ratio in 63 innings of work. Saturday, 5:23 am
    L, 7-3 vs Col
  • Cubs purchase contract of Pierce Johnson
    Cubs purchased the contract of RHP Pierce Johnson from Double-A Tennessee.

    Advice: The 24-year-old right-hander spent the entire 2015 campaign at Double-A Tennessee, compiling a 2.08 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 72/32 K/BB ratio over 95 innings. He's expected to begin the 2016 season at Triple-A Iowa and could be an option as a spot starter for the big league club. Friday, 9:02 pm
  • Allen Webster gets designated for assignment
    Diamondbacks designated RHP Allen Webster for assignment.

    Advice: The former top prospect, who was acquired by the Diamondbacks in last season's trade that sent Wade Miley to the Red Sox, owns a troublesome 6.13 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 76/66 K/BB ratio over 120 1/3 innings at the big league level. He's talented enough that other teams will be willing to give him a shot this winter. Friday, 7:52 pm
  • 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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