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  • Lester to meet with two more teams next week
    Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Jon Lester is scheduled to meet with at least two teams next week.

    Advice: Lester met with Red Sox, Cubs and Braves this week. The Cardinals have been mentioned as one potential landing spot for Lester, so they could be one of the clubs the left-hander visits next week. The Red Sox reportedly have offered Lester a six-year deal in the $110-120 million range. Rotoworld.com
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  • 'Increasingly likely' Miller gets four years
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that it's "increasingly likely" Andrew Miller will get a four-year contract.

    Advice: Morosi says that Miller "already has multiple offers of at least three years," so it appears a team might have to guarantee a fourth year to push them over the top. He also notes that Miller is expected to eclipse the previous high-water mark for a reliever with no closing experience, which currently sits at $6 million per season. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported last week that Miller was receiving interest from 22 teams. Rotoworld.com
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  • Rockies haven't ruled out re-signing Anderson
    Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies are interested in re-signing Brett Anderson.

    Advice: They declined his $12 million option for 2015 but would be willing to bring him back at a lesser rate. Anderson has plenty of upside when healthy, but he simply hasn't been able to take the mound regularly, making just 19 starts over the last three seasons. The Royals and Astros have also expressed interest in the lefty. Rotoworld.com
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  • Yankees discussing Jason Grilli internally
    WFAN's Sweeny Murti reports that the Yankees have internally discussed Jason Grilli as a possible bullpen target.

    Advice: Grilli would be a backup option if they're not able to re-sign Robertson, as he could set up and Dellin Betances could slide into the closer role. The 38-year-old posted a 4.00 ERA with 57 strikeouts over 54 innings for the Pirates and Angels this past season. Rotoworld.com
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  • Nats ink Bruce Billings to minors deal
    Nationals signed RHP Bruce Billings to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Billings made it up to the majors briefly this past season but spent most of the year at Triple-A with the Yankees and Dodgers, posting a 5.27 ERA over 95 2/3 innings. He'll likely be part of Triple-A Syracuse's rotation. Rotoworld.com
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  • Alexi Ogando won't pitch in Winter Ball
    Alexi Ogando will not pitch in the Dominican Republic Winter League as originally planned.

    Advice: No reason was given for the change, but the Rangers could had just decided to give Ogando extra rest after he was limited to just 25 innings this season due to elbow issues. The right-hander is arbitration-eligible again this offseason. Rotoworld.com
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  • Yu Darvish's MRI pushed back to next week
    A scheduled MRI on Yu Darvish's right elbow has been pushed back to next week.

    Advice: It appears to merely just be a scheduling conflict, as the Rangers still expect the MRI to come back clean. Darvish's season ended early due to elbow inflammation, but he's expected to be cleared to offseason work next week assuming the MRI reveals no issues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:21 am
  • Reed's sexual assault charges reinstated
    A Wayne County judge has reinstated two sexual assault charges against former Tigers pitcher Evan Reed.

    Advice: Reed, 28, was accused of raping a 45-year-old woman on March 30 in a hotel room at Motor City Casino but had two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct dropped in August. His lawyer has appealed the reinstatement of the charges. Rotoworld.com
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  • Rays get Jose Dominguez from Dodgers
    Rays acquired RHPs Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris from the Dodgers in exchange for RHP Joel Peralta and LHP Adam Liberatore.

    Advice: Dominguez hasn't fared well in his brief time in the majors, but he can touch triple-digits on the radar gun, which obviously makes him quite appealing. He should crack the Rays' Opening Day bullpen. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:01 am
  • Michael Kohn designated for assignment
    Rays designated RHP Michael Kohn for assignment.

    Advice: The Rays just signed Kohn last month, but the right-hander will now be eligible for the Rule 5 Draft. The 28-year-old holds a 3.67 ERA with 107 strikeouts across 110 1/3 frames at the major league level, though he's also walked 73. Rotoworld.com
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  • Dodgers get Peralta from TB in 4-player deal
    Dodgers acquired RHP Joel Peralta and LHP Adam Liberatore from the Rays in exchange for RHPs Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris.

    Advice: The Rays exercised Peralta's $2.5 million option for 2015 earlier this month (he has $2.5 million club options for 2016 and 2017, as well) but have now decided to deal him for a bit of payroll space. The 38-year-old put up a 3.58 ERA and 293/84 K/BB ratio over 269 1/3 frames the last four years for the Rays and will work in a setup role for the Dodgers. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:46 am
  • J.C. Gutierrez designated for assignment
    Giants designated RHP J.C. Gutierrez for assignment.

    Advice: Gutierrez put up a 3.96 ERA with 44 strikeouts over 63 2/3 innings for the World Champs this season. He'll likely have to settle for a minor league deal this winter. Rotoworld.com
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  • Braves don't make offer to Jon Lester
    David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Braves did not make an offer to Jon Lester during their meeting Thursday.

    Advice: Braves president of baseball operations John Hart conceded Thursday that it was a "long shot" that they could afford Lester. It's possible an offer could still be forthcoming, or they could have just decided after meeting with the left-hander that they simply couldn't afford him. The common thought is that it will come down to the Red Sox and Cubs. Rotoworld.com
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  • Mariners claim Olmos from Marlins
    Mariners claimed LHP Edgar Olmos off waivers from the Marlins.

    Advice: The 23-year old made five appearances at the major league level last year. He gave up nine runs over five innings. He'll serve as bullpen depth for the Mariners. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:13 pm
  • White Sox DFA righty Ronald Belisario
    White Sox designated RHP Ronald Belisario for assignment.

    Advice: Belisario served as Chicago's closer for a stretch this summer, but he wound up with an ugly 5.56 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 66 1/3 total innings. The 31-year-old right-hander has posted good numbers in the past and should draw interest on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
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  • Doug Fister 'available if deal makes sense'
    Doug Fister "is available if a deal makes sense," according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

    Advice: Fister is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2015 season, so the Nats are dangling him on the trade market in the event that they're presented with an attractive return package. They're doing the same with Jordan Zimmermann, who is also entering his contract year. Fister, 30, posted a stellar 2.41 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 164 innings this past season for Washington. Rotoworld.com
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  • Braves meeting Thursday with SP Jon Lester
    Jayson Stark of ESPN confirms that the Braves are meeting Thursday with free agent left-hander Jon Lester.

    Advice: "Is it a long shot? Yeah, it's a long shot," acknowledged Braves president of baseball operations John Hart. "(But) we're keeping all the doors open." Lester reportedly received a six-year offer worth around $110-120 million earlier this week from the Red Sox, and he's also said to be drawing interest from the Cubs and Cardinals. The 30-year-old registered a 2.46 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 220/48 K/BB ratio in 219 2/3 innings this past season between Boston and Oakland. Rotoworld.com
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  • Red Sox 'willing to negotiate' with Lester
    A source tells Rob Bradford of WEEI.com that the Red Sox have shown a "willingness to negotiate" with free agent Jon Lester.

    Advice: It was reported that the club made an offer in the range of $110-120 million over six years earlier this week. That's significantly higher than the four-year, $70 million offer the BoSox were reported to have extended to Lester in spring, and it appears they would be open to going even higher if necessary. The team isn't alone in its pursuit of the 30-year-old, as the Cubs, Braves and Cardinals have all been linked to Lester in recent days as well. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:19 pm
     
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  • Report: Red Sox offering Lester $110-120M
    According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox's offer to free agent Jon Lester "falls into the $110-120 million range over six years."

    Advice: Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston said Wednesday morning that the Red Sox are not expecting a quick decision from Lester, who can shop this proposal around to other teams to jack up the price. The 30-year-old left-hander is also believed to be drawing serious interest from the Cubs, Braves, and Cardinals. He had a 2.46 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 220/48 K/BB ratio in 219 2/3 innings this past season between Boston and Oakland. Rotoworld.com
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  • Reed's sexual assault dismissal appealed
    The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office has appealed the dismissal of criminal sexual conduct charges against Evan Reed.

    Advice: The appeal will be heard Friday morning. Reed, 28, was accused of raping a 45-year-old woman on March 30 in a hotel room at Motor City Casino. He was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, but all of the charges were dismissed in August. Reed elected free agency earlier this month after being removed from the Tigers' 40-man roster. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:22 am
     
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  • Red Sox make contract offer to Jon Lester
    Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com reports that the Red Sox have made a contract offer to Jon Lester.

    Advice: It's not clear what the offer is or if it's their final one, but either way Edes says the club is not expecting a quick decision from the left-hander. The Cubs are generally viewed as the Red Sox' biggest competitors for Lester, with the Braves and Cardinals are also reportedly interested. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:42 am
     
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  • Cardinals joining pursuit of SP Jon Lester?
    According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM, the Cardinals have joined the Jon Lester sweepstakes.

    Advice: St. Louis has six legitimate starting pitchers between Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, Lance Lynn, John Lackey, Carlos Martinez, and Marco Gonzales, but Waino recently underwent elbow surgery and Wacha dealt with shoulder problems throughout 2014, so maybe there's some fire to this smoke. Lester is also being courted by the Red Sox, Cubs, and Braves. The 30-year-old left-hander had a 2.46 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 220/48 K/BB ratio in 219 2/3 innings this past season between Boston and Oakland. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:17 pm
     
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  • Astros have checked in on FA Brett Anderson
    Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros have checked in on Brett Anderson.

    Advice: Drellich notes that Anderson is a Houston native and fits the Astros' desire for a high-upside free agent starter who should come cheap. The Rockies declined a $12 million option on the 26-year-old left-hander after he made just eight starts in 2014 due to yet another string of injuries. Anderson owns a 3.73 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 494 career major league innings. Rotoworld.com
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  • Jon Lester has meeting this week with Braves
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Braves have a meeting scheduled with Jon Lester this week.

    Advice: Atlanta acquired pitching help in the form of Shelby Miller on Monday, and it appears they will at least entertain the possibility of signing Lester. The left-hander will undoubtedly get a contract well north of $100 million, and it remains to be seen if the Braves will realistically go that high. The Cubs and Red Sox at this point appear to be the primary contenders for Lester's services. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:47 am
     
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  • Blue Jays 'very aggressive' for Andrew Miller
    Sportsnet's Jeff Blair reports that the Blue Jays are being "very aggressive" in their pursuit of Andrew Miller.

    Advice: Blair was told this by a source from a team that's competing with the Jays and others for Miller's services. Miller would likely close with Toronto with Casey Janssen expected to depart as a free agent. The left-hander doesn't have experience in the ninth inning but nonetheless is going to be paid like the elite reliever he is. Rotoworld.com
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  • Royals have had talks with Jon Lester's rep
    Jeffery Flanagan of FOX Sports Kansas City reports that the Royals have had preliminary discussions with the agents for Jon Lester.

    Advice: However, a Royals source told Flanagan, "I don't know how much I would read into that." The Royals do appear to at least be checking in on most situations, as they're also in on Yosmany Tomas. However, they probably can't realistically expect sign any marquee free agent. Lester will undoubtedly get a contract well north of $100 million. Rotoworld.com
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  • Miller piques interest of '22 teams'
    According to Jon Heyman on Twitter, 22 teams have shown interest in relief pitcher Andrew Miller.

    Advice: Heyman noted that the "rumored Cubs" probably won't be the ones to sign him, as "[they] are only looking to lengthen their pen." Miller is one of the top relief arms on the market and the 29-year-old is reportedly looking for somewhere in the ballpark of a four-year deal. Since turning fully over to reliever, Miller has a 2.57 ERA and a 14.6 K/9. Rotoworld.com
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  • Blue Jays meet with reps for Andrew Miller
    Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports the Blue Jays recently met with representatives for Andrew Miller.

    Advice: The Jays are just the latest team rumored to be interested in the 29-year-old. Miller's asking price is said to be sky high -- he's seeking a four-year deal -- and as one of the best relievers on the market, he might just get what he's looking for. The Cardinals and Red Sox are also believed to be interested in the lefty. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:07 pm
     
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  • Report: Lester to visit with Cubs next week
    Jon Lester will visit the Cubs for a formal meeting next week, a source tells Bruce Levine of 670 The Score.

    Advice: The Cubs have always been a logical destination for Lester -- the team is in the market for a legit ace, and Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein was with the Red Sox during part of Lester's tenure there. The Cubs are one of six teams reportedly in on the 30-year-old. Rotoworld.com
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  • Report: Andrew Miller seeking four-year deal
    According to Jason Mastrodonato of MassLive.com, free agent reliever Andrew Miller is "seeking at least a four-year deal."

    Advice: Mastrodonato also quoted his industry source as saying the average annual value (AAV) of a deal shorter than four years would need to be "astounding" for him to consider it. A four-year deal would be largely unprecedented for a non-closer, even one with Miller's pedigree. The 29-year-old lefty has a 2.57 ERA and 14.6 K/9 since converting to relief full-time in 2012. A huge group of teams, including the Red Sox, are reportedly interested in acquiring Miller's services. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:18 pm
     
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  • Red Sox to meet with Miller's agent on Wed.
    Andrew Miller's agent, Mark Rodgers, was scheduled to meet with the Red Sox on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rodgers told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that he saved the Red Sox for his final meeting with teams. Miller seems to be drawing interest from just about every front office in baseball after posting a terrific 2.02 ERA and 103/17 K/BB ratio in 62 1/3 innings this past season between Boston and Baltimore. Some clubs are said to be viewing him as an option at closer. Rotoworld.com
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  • Miller's agent says his client could close
    Andrew Miller's agent, Mark Rodgers, told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com that his client is drawing interest from teams in need of a closer.

    Advice: "I think Andrew's evolution in the bullpen and his numbers this year fortify the belief in baseball that he's a closer-in-waiting -- and maybe the time for waiting is over," said Rogers. While Rogers didn't mention who could be in the mix for his client, the Yankees, Red Sox, and Dodgers are among the teams in the market for late-inning help. Rogers didn't rule out the possibility that Miller could sign somewhere as a set-up man or a Plan B for an established closer. Of course, the money will likely dictate where he will go. Miller, 29, had an outstanding 2.02 ERA with a 103/17 K/BB ratio over 62 1/3 innings this past season between the Red Sox and Orioles. Rotoworld.com
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  • Cardinals meet with Andrew Miller's reps
    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak met with Andrew Miller's representatives on Tuesday.

    Advice: It was Goold who said a week ago that he has "been told a few times" that the Cards planned to target Andrew Miller this offseason. Whether or not he winds up in a price range that they approve of remains to be seen, as the lefty reliever will be in high demand this winter. Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reported earlier Tuesday that the White Sox and Cubs are interested in Miller. Rotoworld.com
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  • CHW, CHC among teams in on Andrew Miller
    Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports that the White Sox and Cubs are among the clubs interested in signing free agent reliever Andrew Miller.

    Advice: It seems like just about every team in baseball is chasing Miller, who registered an outstanding 2.02 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, and 103/17 K/BB ratio across 62 1/3 innings this past season between the Red Sox and Orioles. The 29-year-old left-hander should hit it big on a market that is flush with cash. His free agency is not tied to draft pick compensation. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:44 pm
     
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  • Royals to meet with Brett Anderson this week
    Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star hears that the Royals are expected to meet with the representatives for Brett Anderson this week.

    Advice: Anderson became a free agent this month after the Rockies bought out his $12 million option for 2015 for $1.5 million. The injury-plagued southpaw had a 2.91 ERA across eight starts this season and could be an interesting gamble for someone. Rotoworld.com
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