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  • John Lamb has disc surgery on back
    John Lamb required disc surgery on his back in December.

    Advice: The procedure was unreported until now. The expectation is that Lamb will be a bit behind at the start of spring training and will likely get a late start on the season. The 25-year-old southpaw posted a 5.80 ERA and 58/19 K/BB ratio over 49 2/3 innings after coming over from the Royals last July in the Johnny Cueto deal. Today, 11:31 am
  • Report: White Sox sign RHP Mat Latos
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the White Sox have signed free agent right-hander Mat Latos.

    Advice: Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that it's a one-year, $3 million contract and the deal doesn't include incentives. Latos is coming off an inconsistent season where he posted a 4.95 ERA and 100/32 K/BB ratio over 116 1/3 innings between the Marlins, Dodgers, and Angels, but he's a fine gamble at these terms. He'll give Chicago some rotation depth on the cheap, but U.S. Cellular Field isn't the ideal environment for fantasy purposes. Today, 10:54 am
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  • M's ink RHP Joel Peralta to minor league deal
    Mariners signed RHP Joel Peralta to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Peralta, who turns 40 in March, is coming off a rough season with the Dodgers where he posted a 4.34 ERA and 24/8 K/BB ratio over 29 innings while missing some time with neck and shoulder injuries. Still, he's a fine gamble at these terms. Today, 10:53 am
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  • Torres deciding between three teams
    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that free agent reliever Carlos Torres is weighing interest from three teams.

    Advice: Torres drew a lot of interest from teams in Asia, but he plans to stay in MLB. The 33-year-old posted a mediocre 4.68 ERA and 48/18 K/BB ratio in 57 2/3 innings last season, but he has been a useful pitcher in the past and makes sense as a potential bounceback target. The Yankees are among the teams who have reportedly expressed interest. Today, 10:44 am
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  • Jason Castro loses arb. case, will make $5M
    Jason Castro lost his arbitration hearing against the Astros and will make $5 million in 2016.

    Advice: Castro requested $5.25 million when arbitration figures were exchanged last month, so it wasn't much of a difference, but the two sides were unable to avoid a hearing. The 28-year-old batted .211 with 11 homers and a .648 OPS over 104 games in 2015. He's going into his final year before free agency. Today, 10:32 am
  • Plawecki had sinus surgery in December
    Kevin Plawecki underwent sinus surgery in December.

    Advice: Plawecki said that his right sinus was completely blocked, which led to dizziness last season, especially after flights. Doctors believe that they have solved the issue, which is a relief to the young backstop. He's expected to serve as the backup in 2016, but given Travis d'Arnaud's injury history, there's always the chance he'll play a bigger role. Plawecki, who turns 25 later this month, batted .219/.280/.296 with three home runs and 21 RBI over 73 games as a rookie. Today, 9:09 am
  • Report: Ian Desmond a 'long shot' for Rays
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick writes that free agent shortstop Ian Desmond is a "long shot" for the Rays.

    Advice: There's been some chatter about the Rays being interested in Desmond, as he could be a bargain at this point of the winter, but the club doesn't want to give up a draft pick in order to sign him. There's always the chance that they could change their mind, but the 30-year-old appears likely to end up elsewhere. Many have pegged the White Sox as a logical fit for Desmond, but they are also reluctant to give up a pick. Today, 8:38 am
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  • Donaldson's deal with Blue Jays worth $28.65M
    Josh Donaldson's new two-year deal with the Blue Jays is worth $28.65 million, according to the Associated Press.

    Advice: Shi Davidi of reported late Monday night that the two sides had agreed to a deal worth around $29 million, but now we have the exact number. Donaldson won his arbitration case against the Blue Jays last winter, but the two sides were able to avoid a hearing this time around. The 2015 AL MVP will still be under team control for one more year after this new deal expires. Today, 8:20 am
  • Royals, Salvador Perez still talking contract
    MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Royals are still talking to Salvador Perez about extending and redoing his contract.

    Advice: Talks have been going on for most of the winter, so it would be a surprise if something doesn't get done. Perez might have the most team-friendly contract in the game, as he's owed just $2 million in 2016 with three club options for 2017-2019 which max out at $14.75 million. An extension would increase the guarantee involved, but it's a tricky proposition for the Royals, as Perez's heavy workload could take its toll on him as he moves closer to his 30s. Today, 6:29 am
  • Agent to watch Lincecum throw Wed.
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Tim Lincecum's agent, Rick Thurman, will watch his client throw on Wednesday.

    Advice: The two sides will then come up with a plan about when to hold a showcase for teams in Tempe, Arizona. Lincecum is making his way back from surgery last September to repair a torn labrum and impingement in his left hip. The Orioles, Marlins, and Rangers are among the clubs expected to be in attendance for his upcoming showcase. Today, 5:47 am
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  • D'Backs, Pollock avoid arb. with 2-year deal
    Diamondbacks and OF A.J. Pollock avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $10.25 million contract.

    Advice: The deal buys out Pollock's first two years of arbitration eligibility. The outfielder certainly earned the raise after a breakout 2015 season that saw him bat .315/.367/.498 with 20 homers, 39 stolen bases and 111 runs scored. He'll patrol center field for the D'Backs again in 2016. Yesterday, 8:26 pm
  • Jays, Donaldson reach two-year, $29M pact
    Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays have signed Josh Donaldson to a two-year contract worth nearly $29 million.

    Advice: The Blue Jays are a file and trial team, so they needed to reach a multi-year pact in order to avoid an arbitration hearing next week. Donaldson's new contract leaves him with one more year of arbitration eligibility before he hits free agency after the 2018 campaign. The reigning American League MVP batted .297/.371/.568 with 41 home runs, 123 RBI and 122 runs scored in 2015. Yesterday, 8:10 pm
  • Yovani Gallardo talking to three teams
    SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that the Orioles and two other clubs are in talks with Yovani Gallardo's agent.

    Advice: Cotillo adds that the Rockies no longer appear to be in the mix for the right-hander. The Orioles have been connected to Gallardo for a while now and have a need for a reliable starter, but they're hesitant to part with the No. 14 overall pick. Gallardo figures to be looking for a deal similar to Ian Kennedy's five-year, $70 million pact. Yesterday, 5:05 pm
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  • Report: Martinez, Tigers do two-year deal
    SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that the Tigers and J.D. Martinez have agreed to a two-year contract.

    Advice: Robert Murray of hears that the deal, which buys out Martinez's final two years of arbitration eligibility, is worth $18.5 million. The 28-year-old slashed .282/.344/.535 with 38 home runs and 102 RBI across 158 games last season for the Tigers. He'll operate as the Tigers' regular right fielder again in 2016. Yesterday, 5:00 pm
  • Padres ink Seth Rosin to minors deal
    Padres signed RHP Seth Rosin to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Rosin made one appearance for the Phillies last season but spent nearly all of the year at Triple-A, posting a 3.29 ERA across 47 relief appearances. The 27-year-old will give San Diego some depth from the right side. Yesterday, 3:22 pm
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  • D'Backs' two-year deal with Clippard official
    Diamondbacks signed RHP Tyler Clippard to a two-year, $12.25 million contract.

    Advice: The reliever will receive a $4 million signing bonus and be paid $4.1 million in 2016 and $4.15 million in 2017. Clippard saw his strikeout rate drop and walk rate rise last season, but he boasts a career 2.88 ERA and will turn just 31 later this month. He will set up for Brad Ziegler. Yesterday, 1:27 pm
  • D'Backs, Clippard reach 2-yr, $12.25M deal
    Tyler Clippard has agreed to a two-year, $12.25 million free agent contract with the Diamondbacks, per FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

    Advice: Clippard gets a $4 million signing bonus, a $4.1 million salary for 2016, and $4.15 million in 2017. The 30-year-old right-hander did not finish strong last season, but he still wound up with a cool 2.92 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 71 total innings between the A's and Mets. And he owns a 2.88 ERA for his career. Clippard should be an upgrade to the Diamondbacks' setup corps and there's a chance he could vulture saves at some point from closer Brad Ziegler. Yesterday, 1:00 pm
  • Diamondbacks making progress with Clippard
    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic is hearing that the Diamondbacks have made progress toward an agreement with free agent reliever Tyler Clippard.

    Advice: Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart acknowledged last week that Clippard would be a good fit for the club, and now it appears he is close to getting his man. The 30-year-old right-hander experienced some struggles down the stretch in 2015, but he still finished with a decent 2.92 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 71 total innings between the A's and Mets. Clippard boasts a 2.88 ERA in 562 career major league frames. Yesterday, 8:11 am
  • Astros, Castro have arb. hearing on Monday
    Jason Castro will have an arbitration hearing with the Astros on Monday afternoon.

    Advice: And a ruling should come Tuesday. Castro requested a $5.25 million salary for 2016 and was offered $5 million from the Astros' front office when arbitration figures were exchanged in mid-January. Now three arbitrators will choose one of those numbers. Castro, 28, is in his third and final year of arbitration, meaning he can become a free agent next winter. Yesterday, 5:20 am
  • Astros have inquired on Tyler Clippard
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Astros have inquired on Tyler Clippard.

    Advice: Clippard's market appears to finally be picking up, as the Diamondbacks and Rays have also been connected to the reliever in recent days. The right-hander's 2015 campaign wasn't his best, as he saw his strikeout rate drop and walk rate rise. However, Clippard has been one of the best and most reliable relievers in baseball over the last seven seasons and will turn just 31 in a week. Sunday, 7:16 am
  • Orioles still mulling pursuit of Gallardo
    Roch Kubatko of reports that the Orioles are "checking medicals again and weighing the pros and cons" of signing Yovani Gallardo.

    Advice: It was Kubatko who suggested a week ago that the O's would probably move on from Gallardo and were more likely to acquire a starter via trade. However, he's now saying they "definitely are reconsidering" despite their hesitancy to forfeit the No. 14 overall pick. Gallardo's peripherals and velocity have been heading in the wrong direction, but his durability could be a big boost for an O's team that lost Wei-Yin Chen this offseason. Sunday, 5:18 am
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  • Diamondbacks still pursuing Clippard
    The Diamondbacks have had discussions with Tyler Clippard.

    Advice: We knew the Diamondbacks were interested but this is the first we've heard of the two sides actually talking. Arizona has been searching high and low for late-inning help and Clippard has a proven track record with 53 saves and a lifetime ERA of 2.88. The Rays have also shown interest in Clippard. Saturday, 1:25 pm
  • Tyler Clippard the Diamondbacks' top target
    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Diamondbacks are interested in adding a late-inning reliever with Tyler Clippard representing their top target.

    Advice: General manager Dave Stewart admitted on Thursday that the club could have interest in the veteran right-hander. While Brad Ziegler was fantastic in the closer's role in 2015, the club is lacking depth in the late innings, and Clippard would add another strong arm with previous closing experience. Friday, 4:47 pm
  • Rays considering reliever Tyler Clippard
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are among the teams considering Tyler Clippard.

    Advice: The low-budget Rays might not be able to offer Clippard the most money, but the reliever is a Florida native and the state has no personal income tax. The Diamondbacks are another club that has indicated they'd be interested in Clippard, who put up a 2.92 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 64/31 K/BB ratio over 71 innings last season between the A's and Mets. Friday, 11:45 am
  • Orioles expressing interest in Tim Lincecum
    Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are "one of several teams" expressing interest in Tim Lincecum.

    Advice: Lincecum, who is making his way back from hip surgery, was reportedly set to begin throwing off a mound last week and is expected to hold a showcase for interested clubs soon. Encina isn't sure what the Orioles' level of interest is at this point, although that could become clearer after the showcase. Lincecum posted a 4.13 ERA over 15 starts last season before being shut down with his hip issue. Friday, 6:14 am
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  • Josh Donaldson's arb. hearing set for Feb. 15
    Josh Donaldson's arbitration hearing with the Blue Jays is set for February 15.

    Advice: The Blue Jays were a "file-and-trial" team under former general manager Alex Anthopoulos, and president Mark Shapiro has said the club plans to continue that approach for at least this season. The hope is that a long-term contract between the two sides will be worked out, but it's unclear how good the chances are of that happening. Donaldson is under team control through 2018. Friday, 5:12 am
  • Jays hoping for long-term deal with Donaldson
    Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said the team is "going to work toward a multi-year deal" with Josh Donaldson.

    Advice: Donaldson is under team control through 2018, giving the team some leverage, but the reigning AL MVP surely won't sign on for a long-term deal cheaply. Presently, the two sides are just $450,000 apart in arbitration figures filed last month, so there shouldn't be any problem getting something done for 2016 if extension talks don't progress. The third baseman is a fantasy monster heading into the season after batting .297/.371/.568 with 41 home runs, 123 RBI and 122 runs scored last year. Thursday, 4:48 pm
  • Report: O's still interested in FA Gallardo
    Sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that the Orioles remain interested in free agent Yovani Gallardo.

    Advice: Recent reports suggested the O's wouldn't have interest in Gallardo because he would cost the team the No. 14 overall pick in June's MLB Draft, but Rosenthal said the price for the right-hander could fall to the point that it would make sense for the club. The team acquired potential starter Odrisamer Despaigne on Thursday, but their rotation remains a weakness and they'll need help from somewhere to compete in a loaded AL East. The market for the 30-year-old has been cold and getting colder as teams go alternative routes in their search for starting pitching help. Thursday, 3:30 pm
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  • Diamondbacks may look at RP Tyler Clippard
    Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart suggested Thursday that he might make a play for free agent Tyler Clippard.

    Advice: "We have not talked to his people, (but) that is a good name," Stewart told the Arizona Republic when asked about Clippard. "I know we talked about it internally, so I think there’s a pretty good possibility we will (reach out), at least just to see." Clippard, who turns 31 years old next week, posted a 2.92 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 64/31 K/BB ratio in 71 innings of relief last season between the A's and Mets. He is probably still holding out for a multi-year deal. Thursday, 11:28 am
  • Lincecum could be in Rangers' price range
    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News expects the Rangers to pursue cheaper options like Tim Lincecum and Gavin Floyd instead of more expensive free agents like Yovani Gallardo and Dexter Fowler.

    Advice: GM Jon Daniels recently said "We are in the range of where we'll end up payroll-wise," which suggests the Rangers are through making big moves. The Rangers will be present for Lincecum's showcase later this month and it's possible they could sign him to a minor league deal and try him on for size in spring training. Grant conceded Texas could still make a play for Gallardo if his price drops low enough. Wednesday, 8:39 pm
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  • Tigers still negotiating with J.D. Martinez
    The Tigers are still discussing one and two-year deals with J.D. Martinez, according to Fox Sports' Jon Morosi.

    Advice: There was talk of a long-term extension last month, but those negotiations have clearly been scaled back. Martinez carries two more years of salary arbitration (including this year), so neither of the deals being discussed now would cut into his potential free agency. The two sides were $2 million apart when arbitration figures were exchanged in January. If a compromise can't be reached, the Tigers will be subject to their first arbitration hearing since 2001. Martinez led Detroit with 38 homers and 102 RBI last season. Wednesday, 1:45 pm
  • Yankees have reached out to RHP Torres
    Brandon Kuty of reports that the Yankees are among 20 teams who have reached out to free agent reliever Carlos Torres.

    Advice: Torres passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment by the Mets last month. The 33-year-old posted a mediocre 4.68 ERA and 48/18 K/BB ratio in 57 2/3 innings last season, but his average fastball velocity was higher than ever before and he was an important piece in the Mets' bullpen in 2014. There's a chance he'll have to settle for a minor league deal, but it's worth noting that he has also drawn interest from teams in Asia. Wednesday, 12:04 pm
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  • Mets done giving out major league deals
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that the club is done giving out major league deals this winter.

    Advice: Alderson also said that he assumes Tyler Clippard will land a major league deal, so it's safe to say he'll end up elsewhere. The soon-to-be 31-year-old was shaky down the stretch last season and during the postseason, but someone will surely take a chance on his reputation and track record. The Mets reportedly haven't ruled out adding another bullpen arm, but apparently they'll look to minor league deals. Wednesday, 10:36 am
  • O's could be moving on from Yovani Gallardo
    Roch Kubatko hears that it's "more realistic" that the Orioles acquire a starter through trade rather than free agency.

    Advice: The O's have been connected to Yovani Gallardo and according to Kubatko "were deep in discussions" with the right-hander's agent. However Kubatko now says Baltimore is "much more reluctant" to give up the No. 14 overall pick that it would take to sign Gallardo. With the Astros having signed Doug Fister and the Rockies' interest reportedly overblown, Gallardo's suitors seem to be falling by the wayside. Monday, 1:18 pm
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  • Carlos Torres elects to become free agent
    Carlos Torres has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Torres was placed on waivers by the Mets last week and passed through unclaimed. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York suspects that he might now take his talents to Asia rather than settling for a minor league deal. Torres, 33, posted an ugly 4.68 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and 48/18 K/BB ratio in 57 2/3 innings of relief last year for the Mets. He registered a cool 3.06 ERA across 97 innings for New York in 2014. Feb 1, 10:24 am
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  • Giants unlikely to re-sign Tim Lincecum
    Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News doesn't expect the Giants to re-sign Tim Lincecum.

    Advice: Re-signing Lincecum wouldn't make much sense as the Giants already have a full rotation. Lincecum will throw for teams at a showcase next month. He's five months removed from hip surgery. The Marlins and Padres have both shown interest in Lincecum, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Jan 30, 7:00 pm
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  • Royals and Salvador Perez work on extension
    Salvador Perez confirmed Friday that his agents and the Royals have been working towards a multi-year contract extension.

    Advice: Perez isn't sure that a deal will get done before spring training, but seems fairly confident that the two sides will be able to come to an agreement. The 25-year-old backstop has won three straight gold gloves behind the dish and been an All-Star each of the past three seasons. He has also been extremely durable, averaging 143 games per year over that span. Jan 30, 7:44 am
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