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  • Frankie Montas undergoes rib surgery Friday
    The Dodgers announced that Frankie Montas had surgery on Friday to remove his right first rib.

    Advice: Montas, the team's #4 ranked prospect, experienced a stress reaction in his rib, which necessitated the surgery. The team expects Montas to make a full recovery, though he'll be sidelined for 2-4 months. While it's a large enough setback to ensure he won't make the Opening Day roster, he should still find himself in Los Angeles, either as a starter or reliever, at some point in 2015. Today, 4:18 pm
  • Athletics designate Sean Nolin for assignment
    Athletics designated LHP Sean Nolin for assignment.

    Advice: The 26-year-old southpaw was a part of the package that the A's received from the Blue Jays in exchange for Josh Donaldson last season. He struggled in six starts with the big league club in 2015, posting a 5.28 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 15/12 K/BB ratio over 29 frames. The move comes as a slight surprise as Nolin was expected to compete for a spot in the starting rotation this spring. He should attract interest on waivers and could very well be on the move again soon. Today, 3:59 pm
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  • Chapman and Yankees settle at $11.325 million
    Yankees and LHP Aroldis Chapman avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $11.325 million contract.

    Advice: The compromise is slightly in Chapman's favor, as it's $275,000 over the midpoint from where the two sides filed at. The flame-throwing 28-year-old southpaw will make up one of the most dominant bullpen trios in the league, joining Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances. He's expected to begin the season in the closer's role, though he could face disciplinary action from the league under the new domestic violence policy. Today, 3:16 pm
  • Tommy Hunter inks one-year deal with Indians
    Indians signed RHP Tommy Hunter to a one-year, $2 million contract.

    Advice: Hunter's ERA was up last season at 4.18, but he had a sub-3.00 mark each of the previous two campaigns after a full-time move to the bullpen. The 29-year-old is recovering from core muscle surgery but should be ready to go by the time Opening Day rolls around. Today, 2:31 pm
  • Marlins sign Breslow to minor league deal
    Marlins signed LHP Craig Breslow to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Rob Bradford of says Breslow will earn $1.5 million if he makes the Opening Day roster. The left-hander attempted to market himself as a starter this winter, but it's unclear whether the Marlins will give him a chance to earn a rotation spot. Either way, he's likely to crack the Opening Day roster. Breslow held a 4.15 ERA over 65 innings for the Red Sox in 2015. Today, 1:24 pm
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  • Ian Desmond 'less of a target' for White Sox
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Ian Desmond "appears less of a target" for the White Sox than adding an outfielder.

    Advice: USA Today's Bob Nightengale also previously reported that the White Sox' supposed interest in Desmond was overblown. Rosenthal notes that the club likes Tyler Saladino at shortstop and believes top prospect Tim Anderson could be ready to take over at the position before the end of 2016. Desmond has been linked to both the White Sox and Rays recently, but neither destination looks terribly likely at the moment. The shortstop has gained little traction in the free agent market this winter. Today, 1:13 pm
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  • Orioles' 'first choice' is OF Dexter Fowler
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles' "first choice" as they look to add a hitter is Dexter Fowler.

    Advice: Baltimore's signing of Yovani Gallardo is expected to be made official soon, and since they've already forfeited a draft pick for that addition, it makes since to keep adding talent. Fowler would fit the Orioles' desire to fortify the lineup with another bat and also a leadoff hitter. If they're unable to lure Fowler, Rosenthal says the club's "backup plan" is a trade for Jay Bruce. Today, 1:05 pm
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  • Joe Mauer admits to having blurred vision
    Joe Mauer has revealed that he's occasionally dealt with blurred vision since his concussion issues in 2013.

    Advice: Mauer noted that bright sunshine has sometimes triggered the blurred vision, which he said, not surprisingly, has affected his pitch tracking. He'll experiment during spring training with sunglasses in hopes that it will help the issue. "I’ve always been kind of weird about my routine when it comes to stepping into the (batter’s) box, but it’s something I’ll give a shot this spring and see if it helps," Mauer said. Mauer's concussion issues forced him to move to first base and it seems obvious that it's also affected his production at the plate, as he's hit .270/.348/.376 the last two seasons after entering 2013 with a career .323/.405/.468 line. Today, 12:56 pm
  • Cubs claim C.J. Riefenhauser off waivers
    Cubs claimed LHP C.J. Riefenhauser off waivers from the Orioles.

    Advice: Riefenhauser had been designated for assignment last week after the O's acquired Odrisamer Despaigne. The left-hander posted a 5.52 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 17 relief appearances last season for the Rays. Today, 11:39 am
  • Denard Span to start in CF, bat leadoff
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed on Friday that Denard Span will start in center field and bat leadoff this season.

    Advice: There wasn't any doubt, but this is the first time Bochy has officially addressed it. The addition of Span pushes Angel Pagan out of both of the aforementioned roles, although he's now likely to receive the bulk of the at-bats in left field. Span is coming off a hip issue that limited him to just 61 games in 2015, but he'll enter 2016 with a clean bill of health. Today, 11:21 am
  • Bobby LaFromboise outrighted to Triple-A
    Phillies sent LHP Bobby LaFromboise outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

    Advice: LaFromboise had been designated for assignment but has cleared waivers and will remain in the organization. The left-hander held a 2.98 ERA and 52/21 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings at Triple-A in 2015. Today, 10:17 am
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  • Brewers ink Blaine Boyer to minors deal
    Brewers signed RHP Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Boyer put up a 2.49 ERA last season with the Twins, although that came along with just 22 strikeouts over 65 innings. He should be able to win a middle relief job. Today, 9:36 am
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  • Report: Padres have tried to trade Matt Kemp
    Robert Murray of reports that the Padres have tried to trade Matt Kemp this offseason.

    Advice: There were reports back in early December about the Padres dangling Kemp as they looked to acquire a shortstop. They've since signed Alexei Ramirez, but dealing Kemp and the $86 million left on his contract surely still appeals to San Diego. Whether another club would be willing to take Kemp's big contract on is another question, as the Padres would surely have to pick up a large portion of the deal. Murray was told by one source that the Padres have talked to the A's about Kemp, but Oakland is "not yet willing to pull the trigger." Today, 8:23 am
  • Orioles to target hitter after Gallardo
    MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles will target a hitter after they complete their contract with Yovani Gallardo.

    Advice: The club is hopeful of finishing the deal with Gallardo on Friday. Heyman lists Dexter Fowler, Jay Bruce and Pedro Alvarez as the bats the O's are considering. Alvarez is the only one that would cost just money, as they would have to trade for Bruce and forfeit a draft pick to sign Fowler. The O's had been hesitant to fork over a draft pick to sign Gallardo, but now that they're close to do that they probably won't be as squeamish about signing a guy like Fowler. Today, 7:11 am
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  • Orioles hope to wrap up Gallardo deal Friday
    MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles are hoping to complete a deal for Yovani Gallardo on Friday.

    Advice: Heyman indicates that the only hangup at this point is whether the contract will be for three years or three years plus an option. ESPN's Buster Olney reported previously that the deal is expected to be worth $40-45 million. The Orioles were resistant to give up their first-round pick to sign Gallardo, but ultimately they decided they needed a workhorse. Once the contract for Gallardo is completed, the O's are then expected to target a hitter. Today, 7:01 am
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  • Chad Jenkins outrighted to Triple-A
    Blue Jays sent RHP Chad Jenkins outright to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Jenkins cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week. The right-hander will remain in the organization as a depth guy. Today, 6:51 am
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  • Rays having advanced talks with Hunter
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are having "advanced" talks with free agent reliever Tommy Hunter.

    Advice: Topkin adds that a deal doesn't appear close and that Hunter is talking with other teams. The 29-year-old posted a 4.18 ERA over 58 appearances last season between the Orioles and Cubs and is coming off core muscle surgery, but he's arguably the best free agent reliever left on the board. Yesterday, 2:58 pm
  • Heyman: White Sox are in on Ian Desmond
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports confirms the White Sox are one of the teams considering free agent shortstop Ian Desmond.

    Advice: It's not the first time we've heard the White Sox linked to Desmond. The Rays are also in the running, though so far both teams have been hesitant to give up a draft pick. Desmond is coming off a tough season with Washington. He led the National League in errors and finished second in the NL with 187 strikeouts. He may have to settle for a one-year deal and test the market again next winter. Yesterday, 12:28 pm
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  • Orioles and Gallardo remain 'optimistic'
    While the Orioles have yet to strike a deal with free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo, "both sides appear to be pretty optimistic," according to's Brittany Ghiroli.

    Advice: Ghiroli said the two sides met Wednesday and now "the ball is in the Orioles' court." The Orioles had previously been hesitant to give up their first-round pick for Gallardo but now they seem open to it. Clearly Baltimore is in "win-now" mode. Dexter Fowler or Pedro Alvarez could be the next domino to fall for the O's once Gallardo gets squared away. Yesterday, 9:49 am
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  • Hunter still recovering from core muscle surgery
    Free agent RHP Tommy Hunter is rehabbing from core muscle surgery.

    Advice: It's unclear how far along he is in the recovery process, but the surgery is probably what has kept teams from pursuing Hunter this offseason. The right-hander had a rough year in 2015 but he can still bring the heat (his fastball averaged 96.2 mph last year) and has shown to be a capable late-inning arm throughout his career. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times previously reported Hunter could be a possibility for the Rays. Yesterday, 6:06 am
  • Olney: Gallardo could get 3 years, $40-45M
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the potential contract being discussed between the Orioles and free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo would be worth three years, $40-45 million.

    Advice: Nothing's official yet, but there's a ton of smoke here. Multiple outlets have reported that Gallardo and the O's are closing in on a contract. The club will have to surrender the 14th overall selection in this summer's amateur draft should they sign the soon-to-be 30-year-old right-hander, but he provides an upgrade for a rotation that has needed a boost. Last season, Gallardo pitched to a 3.42 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 121/68 K/BB ratio across 184 1/3 innings (33 starts) for the Rangers. Should the Orioles ink Gallardo to a contract, they could next pursue outfielder Dexter Fowler. Pedro Alvarez and Jay Bruce are outside options as well. Wednesday, 3:39 pm
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  • O's, Dexter Fowler have talked informally
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Orioles and free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler have had an "informal conversation" about a potential contract.

    Advice: FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal has reported that Fowler could be a follow-up target for the Orioles should they sign free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo, so it makes sense that the two parties have at least begun laying unofficial groundwork. A deal in the neighborhood of the two-year, $20 million contract the Dodgers gave Howie Kendrick could be in play for Fowler. Olney has previously reported that MLB executives don't see the 29-year-old outfielder drawing much more than that. His free agency is tied to draft pick compensation. Wednesday, 3:00 pm
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  • If O's sign Gallardo, Fowler could follow
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that if the Orioles sign free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo, they might target free agent OF Dexter Fowler.

    Advice: Gallardo and the O's are said to be nearing a possible contract agreement. Fowler could be next up if they can secure that. As to what Fowler might be able to draw from them, MLB executives indicated to ESPN's Buster Olney that a contract ceiling might be around the two-year, $20 million deal the Dodgers inked with Howie Kendrick. Should the Orioles strike a deal with Fowler, they would surrender the 29th pick in this summer's amateur draft. Wednesday, 2:10 pm
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  • Crasnick: Tweaks needed for Gallardo, O's
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that "some tweaks" remain before a potential contract is struck between free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo and the Orioles.

    Advice: Both MLB Network's Jon Heyman and FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported on Wednesday that the Orioles are in substantive talks with Gallardo. Crasnick writes that said talks are "gaining momentum," though nothing's official as of yet. Per Heyman, this could potentially be a three-year contract with a possible opt-out clause. Should a deal be struck, the Orioles would have to surrender the 14th overall selection in this summer's amateur draft. Gallardo turns 30 in late February. Wednesday, 2:03 pm
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  • Phillies designate LaFromboise for assignment
    Phillies designated LHP Bobby LaFromboise for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-acquired Taylor Featherston on the 40-man roster. LaFromboise was just claimed off waivers from the Angels late last month and he could soon be with his fourth organization since mid-December. Wednesday, 11:59 am
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  • Fowler could struggle to get more than 2/20
    According to ESPN's Buster Olney, MLB executives believe it will be "very difficult" for Dexter Fowler to get more than the two-year, $20 million deal Howie Kendrick received from the Dodgers.

    Advice: Kendrick's market didn't develop as he hoped this winter, in large part because he was attached to draft pick compensation. Fowler, Yovani Gallardo, and Ian Desmond are all suffering the same fate right now. There's always the chance that Fowler could beat Kendrick's deal, but that task is getting tougher with spring training rapidly approaching. Wednesday, 11:18 am
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  • O's, Gallardo moving closer to a deal
    MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles and free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo are moving closer to a deal.

    Advice: This confirms what was reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Heyman hears that the two sides are talking about three guaranteed years, though it sounds as if an opt-out could potentially be included. Nothing is done yet, but it would be interesting to see if adding Gallardo could provide the impetus for the O's to sign outfielder Dexter Fowler, another qualifying offer free agent. Wednesday, 7:58 am
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  • Rosenthal: O's making progress on Gallardo
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles are "making progress" in talks with free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo.

    Advice: The Orioles would surrender the No. 14 overall pick in this year's draft to sign Gallardo, which is something they have been reluctant to do until now, but his price could have dropped to the point where they are willing to get the deal done. Baltimore certainly could use another quality arm in their rotation after losing left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. Gallardo is coming off a career-low 3.42 ERA last season with the Rangers, but his strikeout rate has been in a steady decline. Wednesday, 7:24 am
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  • 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. Tuesday, 8:38 am
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  • 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. Monday, 5:05 pm
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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. Sunday, 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
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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