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  • One executive calls Papelbon 'untradeable'
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports was told by one executive that Jonathan Papelbon is "untradeable."

    Advice: Paplebon 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. Today, 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
  • 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
  • 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. Wednesday, 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. Wednesday, 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. Wednesday, 11:04 am
  • 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. Wednesday, 10:58 am
    W, 3-1 vs Bos
  • Athletics designate Coulombe for assignment
    Athletics designated LHP Daniel Coulombe for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-acquired Jed Lowrie on the 40-man roster. Coulombe was just claimed off waivers from the Dodgers in September after spending mos of the 2015 season in the minors. Wednesday, 10:38 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. Wednesday, 10:15 am
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • Todd Redmond catches on with Orioles
    Orioles signed RHP Todd Redmond to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Redmond was up and down with the Blue Jays the last three years in a swingman role, holding a 4.13 ERA with 149 strikeouts over 168 frames. He's not a bad depth guy to have around. Tuesday, 2:51 pm
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Orioles re-sign Pedro Beato to minors deal
    Orioles re-signed RHP Pedro Beato to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Beato spent all of 2015 at Triple-A Norfolk, posting a 2.65 ERA and 61/25 K/BB ratio over 74 2/3 innings. He'll most likely begin 2016 back at Norfolk. Tuesday, 2:49 pm
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Kevin Gausman undergoes LASIK surgery
    Kevin Gausman said Tuesday that he "can see like a hawk" after undergoing LASIK surgery three days after the season ended.

    Advice: "I see 20-15 now," Gausman said. "I can see like a hawk. It's been great." The right-hander will now be able to ditch the goggles he used to wear on the mound and the improved eyesight surely can only help. Gausman has a huge arm and has shown flashes of brilliance with the Orioles the last three seasons but will be looking to have a true breakout season in 2016. Tuesday, 2:26 pm
    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • White Sox pick up Tommy Kahnle in a trade
    White Sox acquired RHP Tommy Kahnle from the Rockies in exchange for RHP Yency Almonte.

    Advice: Kahnle was removed from the Rockies' 40-man roster last week in a pretty surprising move. He was one of Colorado's most effective relievers for much of 2015, even ascending to the closer role at one point, but a really rough week in September helped push his final ERA to 4.86. While he has major control issues, Kahnle gets strikeouts and groundballs, so he's worth a gamble for the White Sox. Tuesday, 2:09 pm
  • Mets ink Stolmy Pimentel to minors deal
    Mets signed RHP Stolmy Pimentel to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Pimentel, 25, holds a mediocre 4.39 ERA over 33 career relief appearances but has struck out a batter per frame. He'll compete for a bullpen job in spring training. Tuesday, 1:28 pm
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    W, 1-0 vs Was
  • 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
  • D'Backs, Matt Reynolds avoid arbitration
    Diamondbacks and LHP Matt Reynolds avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $675,000 contract.

    Advice: Zach Buchanan of passed along the contract details, which includes a $25,000 bonus if he reaches 55 appearances. The left-hander held a 4.61 ERA in his first year back from Tommy John surgery, although he struck out 18 over 13 2/3 frames. Monday, 3:42 pm
  • White Sox sign Phillippe Aumont
    White Sox signed RHP Phillippe Aumont to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The former top prospect holds a 6.80 ERA with 34 walks over 43 2/3 innings at the big league level. Slated to turn 27 in January, Aumont is just a depth guy. Monday, 3:34 pm
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    L, 6-0 vs Det
  • Drew Rucinski signs on with Cubs
    Cubs signed RHP Drew Rucinski to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Rucinski has struggled in his brief time in the majors (6.28 ERA) and didn't pitch well at Triple-A in 2015 (5.69 ERA), either. However, his numbers prior to 2015 were much more promising. Monday, 3:29 pm
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    W, 3-1 @Mil
  • Brian Schlitter inks minors deal with Rockies
    Rockies signed RHP Brian Schlitter to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Schlitter holds a career 5.40 ERA with just 42 strikeouts across 71 2/3 relief innings in the majors. If he makes it up to the big club in 2016, those numbers aren't likely to improve with the righty calling Coors Field home. Monday, 3:20 pm
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    W, 7-3 @SF
  • 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
  • Diamondbacks sign Drabek to minors contract
    Diamondbacks signed RHP Kyle Drabek to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Drabek pitched in the majors only three times in 2015, but he's a former top prospect with a decent minor league track record. The 27-year-old righty could see some time with the Diamondbacks at some point in 2016. Monday, 12:58 pm
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    W, 5-3 vs Hou
  • CLE, DET, SD interested in Tommy Hunter
    Rich Dubroff of reports that the Indians, Tigers, and Padres are among the teams showing interest in free agent right-hander Tommy Hunter.

    Advice: Hunter posted an underwhelming 4.18 ERA in 60 1/3 innings of relief this year between the Orioles and Cubs, but he showed pretty good command (47/14 K/BB ratio) through the run-control struggles and he was excellent for Chicago in 2014. Teams are likely viewing him as a low-risk, potentially-high-reward bullpen addition. This is one- or two-year deal territory. Monday, 9:36 am
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    W, 3-1 @Mil
  • 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. Sunday, 4:56 pm
  • Nats near the top of Darren O'Day suitor list
    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Nationals "have joined the Dodgers" as leaders for the services of free agent reliever Darren O'Day.

    Advice: On Saturday, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman wrote that the race for O'Day was of the three-team variety, between the Braves, Nationals and Dodgers. Crasnick's report supports Heyman's assertion. Also of note, O'Day's wife works as a television reporter in Washington D.C. The 33-year-old reliever's said to be looking for a deal in the range of four years and $28-36 million. In 65 1/3 innings during the Orioles' 2015 campaign, he held a 1.52 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 82/14 K/BB ratio. Sunday, 8:54 am
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • 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
  • Three teams in the running for O'Day?
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports said the race for Darren O'Day "could shape up as a three-team competition" between the Braves, Nationals and Dodgers.

    Advice: O'Day's wife is a television reporter in DC while his family lives near Atlanta. O'Day's link to the Dodgers isn't as strong, but they'll be able to offer him the most money. The A's, Cubs, Red Sox, Royals and Tigers have also shown interest. O'Day is hoping for a deal similar to the one Andrew Miller signed with the Yankees last offseason. Saturday, 6:16 pm
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • 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. Saturday, 5:27 pm
  • Athletics express interest in Darren O'Day
    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics have joined the scores of teams interested in free agent right-hander Darren O'Day.

    Advice: Perhaps the top reliever on the free agent market, O'Day has seen considerable interest from a wide array of suitors already. Though he's 33-years-old, he shouldn't have a problem securing the four-year deal that he's seeking in the range of $28-$36 million. Friday, 7:42 pm
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Rockies designate Tommy Kahnle for assignment
    Rockies designated RHP Tommy Kahnle for assignment.

    Advice: Kahnle is another in a day of surprising cuts from the Rockies. He started out the 2015 strong and even ascended to the closer's role before crashing and burning, resulting in a demotion to Triple-A in late August. He shouldn't have much difficulty finding a new club. Friday, 5:27 pm
  • 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
    W, 3-1 vs Bos
  • 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
  • Braves' interest in O'Day has 'evaporated'
    Mark Bowman of writes that the Braves' interest in free agent reliever Darren O'Day has "evaporated" as his cost has risen.

    Advice: Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported earlier Thursday evening that the Braves were pursuing O'Day, but Bowman hears that the club merely had initial interest. The 33-year-old is said to be asking for a four-year contract in the range of $28-36 million, which probably isn't the wisest strategy for a team who is clearly rebuilding. Even if the Braves are out, O'Day should have no problem finding a deal close to his asking price. Thursday, 9:02 pm
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Braves among clubs pursuing Darren O'Day
    A source tells Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that the Braves are pursuing free agent reliever Darren O'Day.

    Advice: The Braves are widely believed to be packing it in for the 2016 season, but chasing a veteran reliever who is going to command a four-year deal for relatively big money doesn't jibe with that assumption. Braves general manager John Coppolella has said as much, saying the club isn't tanking despite trading Andrelton Simmons and reportedly shopping a number of other players. O'Day would likely close in Atlanta. The Dodgers, Tigers, Red Sox and Nationals are among the teams also rumored to be in on the 33-year-old. Thursday, 7:27 pm
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Dodgers in 'big time' pursuit of Darren O'Day
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick heard from a source that the Dodgers are pursuing Darren O'Day "big time."

    Advice: And they certainly have the money to get what they want. O'Day is said to be seeking a four-year contract in the $28-36 million range after posting a 1.52 ERA across 65 1/3 innings for the Orioles in 2015. He has a 1.92 ERA in 263 innings over the last four seasons. Detroit, Boston, and Washington have also been connected to the 33-year-old free agent right-hander. Thursday, 11:50 am
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Jocketty says 'nothing close' with Chapman
    Reds president of baseball operations Walt Jocketty said Wednesday that there's no trade that's close for Aroldis Chapman, but that he hopes to move the closer before the Winter Meetings.

    Advice: The Red Sox and Tigers are likely off the board as possibilities now, but Chapman should still have plenty of suitors. The Astros, Yankees, Diamondbacks, Blue Jays, and Nationals are among the other teams who reportedly have interest in the flamethrower. Over six seasons of work with the Reds, Chapman holds a 2.17 ERA with a 546/155 K/BB ratio across 319 innings. He's under team control for one more year, so the Reds are unlikely to get a package back like the Padres did for Craig Kimbrel, but the price figures to be high. Wednesday, 6:48 pm
  • Report: O'Day seeks deal in $28-36M range
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Darren O'Day is asking for a four-year deal in the range of $28-36 million.

    Advice: In other words, comparable to Andrew Miller's deal from last offseason. It's hard to say he won't get it, as O'Day is at or near the top of the class of free agent relievers. The 33-year-old sidearmer owns a 1.92 ERA over the past four seasons. With several contenders reportedly interested, he's going to land a huge contract. Wednesday, 10:47 am
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Tigers have inquired on closers via trade
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Tigers have inquired on closers on the trade market, but aren't comfortable with the asking prices.

    Advice: Rosenthal uses the Reds' Aroldis Chapman and the Yankees' Andrew Miller as two examples, but plenty more are rumored to be available at the moment, including the Pirates' Mark Melancon, the Phillies' Ken Giles, and the Rays' Brad Boxberger and Jake McGee. Either way, the club isn't prepared to give up the players it would likely take to land them. It's worth noting that the Tigers are also talking about a reunion with free agent reliever Joakim Soria. Wednesday, 5:50 am
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