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  • 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. 27 minutes ago
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  • 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. Today, 8:11 am
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  • Hyun-Jin Ryu may not be ready for Opening Day
    According to Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times, there's a chance that Hyun-Jin Ryu may not be ready for Opening day.

    Advice: Dilbeck believes that the biggest decision that the Dodgers will face in spring training is whether or not Ryu, who is returning from shoulder surgery, will be ready to open the season in the starting rotation. If he isn't deemed ready to take the ball every fifth day, he could begin the year on a minor league rehab assignment with Alex Wood filling the void in the rotation. Yesterday, 7:19 pm
  • 'Quite a bit of interest' in Alex Cobb
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that there's been "quite a bit of interest" in Alex Cobb this offseason.

    Advice: However, he adds that the Rays "are likely to hold on to their pitching for now." Cobb missed all of 2015 and will be absent for much of 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery last May. Given that, it's hard to imagine the Rays getting a suitable offer for him. The right-hander is under team control through 2017. Yesterday, 7:38 am
  • Teams hesitant to commit $6-8M to Cliff Lee
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that teams have been "unsure about devoting $6-8 million, plus incentives" to Cliff Lee.

    Advice: It's certainly understandable after Lee missed most of the last two seasons with elbow issues. Lee's agent, Darek Braunecker, said last month that his client would need a "perfect" situation if he's to pitch in 2016, and it doesn't sound like that situation is close to presenting itself. The left-hander turned 37 last August. Yesterday, 7:36 am
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  • Six teams interested in Matt Thornton
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe hears that Matt Thornton is receiving interest from six teams.

    Advice: The southpaw has gained little traction this winter despite posting a 2.18 ERA and holding left-handed batters to a .198/.205/.279 batting line last season. Thornton's age (39) and strikeout rate (5.0 K/9 in 2015) must be working against him, and Cafardo notes that the veteran reliever "probably won’t get a major league deal." The Braves, Pirates and Twins have been connected to Thornton at various points this offseason. Yesterday, 7:23 am
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  • 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. Yesterday, 7:16 am
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  • 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. Yesterday, 5:18 am
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  • Rays still looking for bullpen depth
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times mentioned free agents Tommy Hunter, Burke Badenhop and Ryan Webb as "legit possibilities" for the Rays.

    Advice: Tampa Bay is looking to beef up its bullpen after trading Jake McGee to Colorado last week. The Rays have also been linked to Tyler Clippard though he might be out of their price range. Hunter is coming off a disappointing season (4.18 ERA in 58 appearances) but has been a solid late-inning and middle relief option throughout his career. The hard-throwing right-hander is reportedly holding out for a two-year deal. Saturday, 8:23 pm
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  • Chicago teams asking Rays for starting pitching
    The White Sox and Cubs have spoken with the Rays about acquiring a starting pitcher.

    Advice: Jake Odorizzi has been the subject of trade rumors all offseason. The White Sox and Cubs have also checked in on Desmond Jennings, who could be available now that Corey Dickerson has been added to what should be a crowded Rays' outfield. Odorizzi is a native of southern Illinois. The right-hander is under team control through 2019. Saturday, 3:37 pm
  • 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
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  • Rodney leaves game with leg tightness
    Fernando Rodney left a game with leg tightness earlier this week.

    Advice: The injury came Thursday while Rodney was pitching for the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean Series. His exit was considered precautionary. It doesn't sound like anything serious but it's lousy timing as Rodney finalized a one-year deal with the Padres mere hours before getting hurt. The two-time All-Star turns 39 next month. Saturday, 1:17 pm
  • Blue Jays designate Jenkins for assignment
    Blue Jays designated RHP Chad Jenkins for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Gavin Floyd whose signing was announced on Saturday. The 28-year-old Jenkins owns a career 3.31 ERA and 1.25 WHIP across 100 2/3 big league innings and should attract interest from other clubs seeking bullpen help. Saturday, 10:17 am
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  • Blue Jays sign Gavin Floyd to one-year deal
    Blue Jays signed RHP Gavin Floyd to a one-year, $1 million contract.

    Advice: Floyd also has the potential to earn an additional $1 million in incentives based on days that he's on the active roster. It's unclear if the Jays plan to use him in the rotation or out of the bullpen where he finished the 2015 campaign with the Indians. Saturday, 9:40 am
  • Jesse Chavez wins arbitration hearing vs Jays
    Jesse Chavez won his arbitration case against the Blue Jays and will make $4 million in 2016.

    Advice: Chavez and the Jays were only $400,000 apart when submitting figures, so the Jays aren't hurt too badly by the right-hander winning here. The 32-year-old right-hander posted a 4.18 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 136/48 K/BB ratio over 157 innings for the Athletics in 2015. The signing leaves American League MVP Josh Donaldson as the only arbitration-eligible Blue Jay who remains unsigned. Saturday, 9:36 am
  • Chavez's arbitration ruling expected Saturday
    The Associated Press reports that the arbitration hearing between the Blue Jays and Jesse Chavez was heard on Friday, with a ruling expected on Saturday.

    Advice: The two sides are only $400,000 apart, with Chavez requesting $4 million and the Jays countering at $3.6 million. Acquired via trade from the Athletics this winter, Chavez could function in a swingman role for the Blue Jays in 2016, depending on how they choose to proceed with Aaron Sanchez. Saturday, 7:18 am
  • Cubs and Arrieta avoid arbitration at $10.7M
    Cubs and RHP Jake Arrieta avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $10.7 million contract.

    Advice: The agreed-upon sum is $450,000 above the midpoint that the two sides filed at. It marks the largest one-year deal in history for a pitcher with four years of service time. The reigning National League Cy Young Award winner is fresh off an unbelievable 2015 season where he registered a 1.77 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 236/48 K/BB ratio over 229 innings. He'll be arbitration-eligible again after next season, though there have been rumblings that the Cubs and Arrieta have been in discussions on a multi-year contract extension. Friday, 8:55 pm
  • Joe Nathan still expecting to pitch this year
    Dave Pepe, the agent for free agent Joe Nathan said Friday that his workouts are going well and that the right-hander definitely plans on pitching this season.

    Advice: Pepe also added that they're not necessarily in a rush to sign a contract, moreso seeking the best overall opportunity. The 41-year-old hurler owns 377 career saves and could be a nice low-risk addition to team's looking to bolster the back end of their bullpen. Friday, 5:40 pm
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  • 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
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  • Orioles avoid arbitration with Zach Britton
    Orioles and LHP Zach Britton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.75 million contract.

    Advice: It's the exact midpoint between the figures that each side filed at. With Britton now under contract, the Orioles have settled with all of their arbitration-eligible players. The 28-year-old has developed into one of the top closers in the league, coming off a phenomenal 2015 campaign where he posted a 1.92 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 79/14 K/BB ratio across 65 2/3 innings. Friday, 3:53 pm
  • A.J. Schugel outrighted to Triple-A
    Pirates sent RHP A.J. Schugel outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Schugel finally gets to stay in the same organization after being designated for assignment three times since December. The righty will provide depth in the minors. Friday, 11:49 am
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  • 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
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  • Angels claim Christian Friedrich off waivers
    Angels claimed LHP Christian Friedrich off waivers from the Rockies.

    Advice: Friedrich owns a career 5.81 ERA and has battled injuries since the Rockies took him in the first round of the 2008 Draft. However, as a big lefty with decent velocity, it's not surprising that another club is taking a shot on him. He'll compete for a spot in the Angels' bullpen. Friday, 10:44 am
  • JJ Hoover wins arbitration case vs. Reds
    JJ Hoover won his arbitration case against the Reds and will make $1.4 million in 2016.

    Advice: There was only a $175,000 difference between figures exchanged by the two sides last month, but they were unable to avoid a hearing and Hoover wound up being victorious. The reliever is the favorite to serve as the Reds' closer in 2016, so his arbitration cost is going to rise rapidly if he hangs on to that job. Friday, 9:45 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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  • Gavin Floyd, Blue Jays in agreement on deal
    The Blue Jays and free agent Gavin Floyd are in agreement on a deal, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.

    Advice: The agreement is pending a physical. Floyd didn't pitch until September last season after re-fracturing the olecranon bone in his right elbow in March. He struggled in three minor league starts following his return, posting an 11.57 ERA before putting up a more respectable 2.70 ERA in seven relief appearances with the Indians down the stretch. Floyd will provide some rotation depth for the Jays. Thursday, 6:41 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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  • Britton has arb. hearing set for Feb. 17
    Zach Britton and the Orioles have an arbitration hearing set for February 17.

    Advice: Now that the Orioles and Brian Matusz have come to an agreement, Britton is the team's last remaining arbitration case. The closer requested $7.9 million and was offered $5.6 million by Baltimore when figures were exchanged last month. There's still a chance they could settle before a hearing. Thursday, 2:41 pm
  • O's, Brian Matusz avoid arb. at $3.9 million
    Orioles and LHP Brian Matusz avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.9 million contract.

    Advice: Matusz requested $4.4 million and was offered $3.5 million by the Orioles when figures were exchanged last month, so the two sides settle for a little under the midpoint. The soon-to-be 29-year-old posted a 2.94 ERA and 56/20 K/BB ratio over 49 relief innings last season and is going into his final year of team control. Thursday, 2:35 pm
  • Cubs, Arrieta to have arb. hearing on Feb. 9
    Jake Arrieta is scheduled to have an arbitration hearing with the Cubs on February 9 in Arizona.

    Advice: Arrieta requested a $13 million salary and was offered $7.5 million from the Cubs' front office when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. That's a huge gap -- $5.5 million to be exact -- so this will be a very interesting result. Arrieta won the 2015 National League Cy Young Award after posting a 22-6 record, 1.77 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 236/48 K/BB ratio across 229 innings. He had a brilliant 0.75 ERA over his final 15 regular-season starts. Thursday, 11:50 am
  • Gavin Floyd (elbow) throwing off a mound
    Gavin Floyd (elbow) has been throwing off a mound without issue for the last two weeks.

    Advice: Floyd was offered a tryout at the Orioles' minicamp in Sarasota, Florida in early January but didn't feel like he was ready. Now that he has ramped up his offseason workouts, the O's might take another look. Floyd re-fractured the olecranon bone in his right elbow last March and did not make an appearance until September. He is probably going to have to settle for a non-guaranteed minor league deal. Thursday, 11:31 am
  • 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
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  • Padres will look at Villanueva as a starter
    Padres GM A.J. Preller said the club will look at Carlos Villanueva as a starter this spring.

    Advice: Chances are he'll end up back in a long-relief role, but it's worth a try. Villanueva posted an impressive 2.95 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 55/21 K/BB ratio in 61 innings of relief last season for the Cardinals. He did start five games for the Cubs in 2014, and he started 44 games for the Cubs and Blue Jays between 2011-2013. San Diego offers the kind of home pitching environment that could allow the 32-year-old right-hander to flourish in a more extended role. Thursday, 11:17 am
  • Padres finalize $2M deal with veteran Rodney
    Padres signed RHP Fernando Rodney to a one-year, $1.6 million contract with a $2 million club option for 2017.

    Advice: That option comes with a $400,000 buyout, so the total guaranteed money in the deal is $2 million. Rodney can also earn up to $5 million via performance-based incentives, and there are incentives built into the second-year option as well. The veteran right-hander posted an underwhelming 4.74 ERA and 58/29 K/BB ratio in 62 2/3 innings last season between the Mariners and Cubs, but he could get the first shot at saving games this year in San Diego. This will be his age-39 season. Thursday, 10:55 am
  • Orioles DFA left-hander C.J. Riefenhauser
    Orioles designated LHP C.J. Riefenhauser for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a 40-man roster spot for Odrisamer Despaigne, who was acquired from the Padres on Thursday afternoon for minor league pitcher Jean Cosme. Reifenhauser, 26, posted a 5.52 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 17 relief appearances last season for the Rays. Baltimore acquired Riefenhauser in the Mark Trumbo and Steve Clevenger trade, after the Mariners had acquired Riefenhauser from Tampa Bay in November. Thursday, 10:49 am
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  • Smyly wins arb. case, will earn $3.75 million
    Drew Smyly won his arbitration case against the Rays and will make $3.75 million in 2016.

    Advice: Tampa Bay countered at $3.2 million when arbitration figures were exchanged last month and then lost the panel's ruling after a Wednesday hearing in Phoenix, Arizona. Smyly missed a large chunk of time in 2015 to a labrum tear in his shoulder, but he registered an impressive 3.11 ERA and 10.4 K/9 in 12 starts when healthy. The 26-year-old left-hander boasts a 2.52 ERA in 19 starts since joining the Rays in mid-2014. Thursday, 10:29 am
  • Orioles acquire Odrisamer Despaigne from SD
    Orioles acquired RHP Odrisamer Despaigne from the Padres for RHP Jean Cosme.

    Advice: Despaigne posted an ugly 5.80 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 69/32 K/BB ratio in 125 2/3 innings last season for the Padres, but he carries three minor league options and gives the O's some much-needed organizational pitching depth. The 28-year-old right-hander will probably open the 2016 season at Triple-A Norfolk, unless he can secure a long-relief role with a strong showing this spring. He does have experience as a starter too. Thursday, 10:18 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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  • Smyly's arbitration ruling to come on Thursday
    Drew Smyly had his arbitration hearing on Wednesday.

    Advice: A ruling is expected to come on Thursday. Smyly asked for $3.75 million when arbitration figures were exchanged in January while the Rays offered $3.2 million. The left-hander earned $2.65 million in 2015, so either way he's getting a raise. Smyly pitched well last season (3.11 ERA, 10.4 K/9), though shoulder issues limited him to just 12 starts. Wednesday, 6:29 pm
  • Pirates designate Schugel for assignment
    Pirates designated RHP A.J. Schugel for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-acquired Jesse Biddle on the 40-man roster. Schugel was just claimed off waivers from the Mariners in January and could soon be with his fourth organization in the span of the two months. Wednesday, 11:02 am
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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
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  • Royals release RHP Coleman
    Royals released RHP Louis Coleman.

    Advice: Coleman was designated for assignment last week to make room for Ian Kennedy on the Royals' 40-man roster. He passed through waivers unclaimed and will now have the ability to test the open market. The 29-year-old pitched almost exclusively in the minors in 2015, but has enjoyed some success in the majors in the past and shouldn't be out of work for long. Wednesday, 10:12 am
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  • Thornton waiting for team to show interest
    Free agent reliever Matt Thornton said on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Wednesday that he's "waiting for a team to show serious interest."

    Advice: Thornton believes that he has proved himself and has considered walking away from the game if he doesn't get a guaranteed major league deal. The 39-year-old posted a 2.18 ERA and 23/11 K/BB ratio over 41 1/3 innings with the Nationals last season and held left-handed batters to a .198/.205/.279 batting line. Wednesday, 8:19 am
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  • 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. Feb 1, 1:18 pm
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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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  • Louis Coleman designated for assignment
    Royals designated RHP Louis Coleman for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Ian Kennedy. With a career 3.20 ERA and over a strikeout per inning in his 152 relief appearances, Coleman could draw some interest on waivers. Jan 29, 9:18 am
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  • Hoover 'certainly a front-runner' to closer
    Reds manager Bryan Price said Thursday that JJ Hoover is "certainly a front-runner" to become the team's closer, but the job won't be handed to him.

    Advice: Hoover was the club's best reliever not named Aroldis Chapman last season, so it stands to reason that he'd slide into the ninth inning with Chapman no longer around. However, Price indicated that there would be a competition for the gig. "I’m going to wait and see," Price said. "I think he’s certainly a front-runner for this opportunity, but I don’t think I’m quite ready to be assigning roles for on the team just quite yet. We’ll see what the final roster looks like coming out of spring training. He’s absolutely in contention for the position." Jumbo Diaz is another potential option to close for the Reds, but Hoover looks like the clear favorite. Jan 29, 6:50 am
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