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  • Jeff Francis inks minors deal with Jays
    Blue Jays signed LHP Jeff Francis to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: A Canadian native, Francis held a 5.85 ERA over 12 appearances for the Reds, A's and Yankees this season. He figures to compete for a long relief role with the Blue Jays. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:57 am
     
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    W, 9-5 @Bos
  • Tigers extend qualifying offer to Scherzer
    Tigers extended a one-year qualifying offer to Max Scherzer.

    Advice: The offer is worth $15.3 million, but Scherzer will obviously decline it. His gamble in turning down the Tigers' $144 million extension offer last spring worked out, as he's now in position to get more than that on the open market. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:32 am
     
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    W, 3-0 vs Min
  • Taylor Jordan removed from 60-day DL
    Nationals activated RHP Taylor Jordan from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Jordan missed the last few months of the season before eventually having surgery in September to remove bone chips from his right elbow. He'll be fine for spring training but will likely begin the season at Triple-A. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:16 am
     
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    W, 1-0 vs Mia
  • Josh Johnson to test out free agency
    Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that Josh Johnson will test out free agency rather than re-sign with the Padres during their exclusive negotiating window.

    Advice: Both sides are interested in working out a new deal, with Johnson saying he feels he has "unfinished business" with the Padres after missing the season following Tommy John surgery. However, it appears that, not surprisingly, the right-hander will give other teams a chance at him before committing to the Padres again. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:08 am
     
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    L, 9-3 @SF
  • Matsuzaka to get big offer to return to Japan
    Sports Hochi reports that the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks plan to offer Daisuke Matsuzaka a four-year contract worth about $3.58 million per season.

    Advice: He'd be crazy to turn that kind of money down, as Matsuzaka would have to take a minor league deal from a major league club. The right-hander has said previously that he'd be open to returning to Japan if they give him a chance to start. It would be shocking if Matsuzaka turns the offer down. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:58 am
     
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    W, 8-3 vs Hou
  • Johan Santana removed from 60-day DL
    Orioles activated LHP Johan Santana from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Santana's comeback attempt from another shoulder surgery ended in June when he tore his Achilles tendon. The lefty will have to settle for another minor league deal this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:52 am
     
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    W, 1-0 @Tor
  • Mike Pelfrey activated from 60-day DL
    Twins activated RHP Mike Pelfrey from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Pelfrey missed most of the season after having surgery to relieve pressure on the ulnar nerve in his throwing elbow. He's expected to be fine for spring training and should have a spot at the back-end of the Twins' rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:30 am
  • A.J. Griffin activated from 60-day DL
    Athletics activated RHP A.J. Griffin from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Griffin missed the 2014 season after having Tommy John surgery in late April. He's probably going to be sidelined until around midseason next year. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:22 am
  • Jarrod Parker activated from 60-day DL
    Athletics activated RHP Jarrod Parker from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Parker, of course, missed the season due to a second Tommy John surgery. He seems likely to get a late start to the 2015 campaign. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:20 am
  • Gavin Floyd activated from 60-day DL
    Braves activated RHP Gavin Floyd from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Floyd pitched pretty well after returning from Tommy John surgery but unfortunately saw his season cut short due to surgery in June to repair a fractured olecranon in his right elbow. He'll be a free agent this offseason and is expected to be healthy for spring training. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:15 am
     
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    W, 2-1 @Phi
  • Homer Bailey activated from 60-day DL
    Reds activated RHP Homer Bailey from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: The first year of Bailey's six-year, $105 million contract didn't go well, as he posted a disappointing 3.71 ERA before having surgery last month to repair a tear in his flexor tendon. The right-hander expects to be ready for the start of the 2015 campaign. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:13 am
  • Josh Beckett activated from 60-day DL
    Dodgers activated RHP Josh Beckett from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Beckett announced earlier this month that he planned to retire, though he's yet to officially file retirement papers. He will undergo surgery next May to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:01 am
     
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    W, 10-5 vs Col
  • Paul Maholm removed from 60-day DL
    Dodgers activated LHP Paul Maholm from the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Maholm's season ended in early August due to a torn ACL. It's not clear whether the rehab will affect his availability for spring training. Maholm is a free agent this winter. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:00 am
     
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    W, 10-5 vs Col
  • Padres decline Johnson's $4 million option
    Padres decline RHP Josh Johnson's $4 million option for 2015.

    Advice: Johnson, of course, missed the 2014 campaign following Tommy John surgery and could get a late start to next season. However, he and the Padres are both interested in working out a smaller, likely incentive-laden deal. The right-hander has ample upside when healthy, which isn't terribly often. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:57 pm
     
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    L, 9-3 @SF
  • Orioles pick up Wei-Yin Chen's 2015 option
    Orioles exercised LHP Wei-Yin Chen's $4.75 million option for 2015.

    Advice: It's a no-brainer. Chen has put up a 3.86 ERA and 1.27 WHIP across 86 starts over the last three seasons for the Orioles, proving to be a bargain after coming over from Japan. He'll be a big part of the Baltimore rotation again next season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:09 pm
  • Reds officially exercise Cueto's $10M option
    Reds exercised RHP Johnny Cueto's $10 million club option for 2015.

    Advice: Of course they did. Cueto was among the best pitchers in the majors in 2014, posting a career-high 20 wins with a 2.25 ERA and 242 strikeouts across 243 2/3 innings. He should be a fantasy ace again next season and then hit it big on the free agent market heading into 2016. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:48 am
     
    W, 4-1 vs ^ Pit
  • Reds exercise '15 option on Johnny Cueto
    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Reds have exercised their $10 million club option on Johnny Cueto for 2015.

    Advice: The Reds have yet to make an official announcement, but it's a no-brainer. Cueto stayed healthy and dominated this season, posting a career-high 20 wins to go along with a 2.25 ERA and 242/65 K/BB ratio over 243 2/3 innings. He can become a free agent after the 2015 season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:26 am
     
    W, 4-1 vs ^ Pit
  • Taylor Jordan undergoes elbow surgery
    Taylor Jordan underwent surgery last month to remove bone chips from his right elbow.

    Advice: Jordan missed the last few months of the season with elbow issues, so it's no surprise that an operation was needed. The good news is that he's expected to be fine for spring training. He'll likely begin 2015 in the Triple-A rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:20 pm
     
    Disabled List
    W, 1-0 vs Mia
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