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  • Jays ink J.A. Happ to three-year, $36M deal
    Blue Jays signed LHP J.A. Happ to a three-year, $36 million contract.

    Advice: The 33-year-old southpaw, helped by the tutelage of pitching coach Ray Searage, posted a 1.85 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 69/13 K/BB ratio over 63 1/3 innings down the stretch after a mid-season trade to the Pirates. Happ returns to Toronto where he previously pitched from 2012-2014 and his fantasy outlook takes a hit as a result, even with the prospect of generous run support. Still, Happ adds another quality arm to the back of what is becoming a deep and talented starting rotation. Yesterday, 4:58 pm
  • Randal Grichuk (elbow) yet to start throwing
    Brian Stull of CBS Sports reports that while Randal Grichuk (elbow) is feeling strong, he has yet to begin throwing.

    Advice: The outfielder missed time late in the season with a right elbow injury. He's expected to begin throwing late next month and should be fully healthy and ready to go for spring training. The 24-year-old had is coming off a strong 2015 campaign where he slashed .276/.329/.548 with 17 homers and 47 RBI in 103 games. Yesterday, 4:37 pm
  • Report: Puig involved in fight at nightclub
    Renato Bermudez of ESPN Deportes reports that Yasiel Puig was recently involved in a fight with a security guard at a Miami nightclub.

    Advice: Details on the altercation are limited at this point, but Puig reportedly came away from the fight with a bruise on his face. We'll surely find out more about the incident before long, but it's certainly not a good look for Puig, who has his detractors in and out of the organization due to attitude issues. He was limited to just 79 games this season because of injury. Yesterday, 12:03 pm
  • Indians ink Anthony Recker to minors deal
    Indians signed C Anthony Recker to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Recker batted just .125/.239/.213 in 32 games this past season for the Mets. He's merely a depth addition. Yesterday, 11:50 am
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    W, 3-1 vs Bos
  • Dayan Viciedo nearing deal with Japanese club reports that Dayan Viciedo is nearing a contract with the Chunichi Dragons of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball.

    Advice: Viciedo spent all of 2015 at the Triple-A level with a couple different teams, batting .287/.348/.450 with eight home runs across 276 plate appearances. He'll turn just 27 in March but has apparently decided signing with a club overseas is his best option. Yesterday, 10:34 am
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  • Athletics likely to trade INF Brett Lawrie
    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics are likely to trade Brett Lawrie following the acquisition of Jed Lowrie.

    Advice: Slusser says the trade for Lowrie "all but ensures" the A's will deal either Lawrie or Danny Valencia, and Lawrie "is considered the better bet to be traded." The report adds that both Lawrie and Valencia "are drawing interest" from American League clubs. Lawrie hasn't come close to reaching his full potential, hitting only .263/.316/.420 in his first five big league seasons, but he'll turn just 26 in January and is under team control through 2017, so it's not terribly surprisingly that some clubs appear to have interest. Yesterday, 7:22 am
  • 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. Thursday, 3:41 pm
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • Edwin Encarnacion (hernia) resumes workouts
    Edwin Encarnacion (hernia) began running on Thursday.

    Advice: Encarnacion tweeted a video of himself jogging with a friend (or perhaps trainer) in the Dominican Republic. He underwent surgery in late October to repair a sports hernia but is fully expected to be ready for the beginning of the 2016 season. The 32-year-old slugger registered a .929 OPS with 39 home runs and 111 RBI in 146 games this summer for the American League East-champion Blue Jays. Thursday, 11:32 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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. Wednesday, 11:02 am
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    W, 3-1 vs Bos
  • 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
  • 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. Wednesday, 7:29 am
    W, 4-0 vs Cin
  • Beat writer: Dodgers unlikely to trade Puig
    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times doesn't expect the Dodgers to move Yasiel Puig this offseason.

    Advice: Hernandez's reasoning is that Puig gives the Dodgers a right-handed bat in an outfield full of left-handers. Puig is still just 24 and the Dodgers see a lot of potential despite his lackluster 2015 campaign. Plus he has three years remaining on a relatively affordable deal. There have been rumors of a rift between Puig and ace Clayton Kershaw but for now, it doesn't look like the Dodgers are considering a trade. Saturday, 2:05 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
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