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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. Today, 3:37 pm
  • 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. Today, 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. Today, 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. Yesterday, 8:55 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 6:14 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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  • 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
  • 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
  • Mets to use a sixth starter this season
    GM Sandy Alderson said the Mets plan to use a sixth starter throughout the year.

    Advice: Zack Wheeler is expected to return from Tommy John surgery in July, but even before that, the Mets plan to use spot starters to keep their rotation fresh. Logan Verrett and Sean Gilmartin could both be used in this capacity, though neither one has much starting experience. Verrett made four starts last year while Gilmartin started just once. Despite the team's plan to utilize a sixth starter, Alderson said he doesn't expect any of his pitchers to be on an innings limit. That includes Steven Matz, who pitched 141 innings between the majors and minors last year. Wednesday, 1:22 pm
  • Pirates acquire Jesse Biddle from Phillies
    Pirates acquired LHP Jesse Biddle from the Phillies for RHP Yoervis Medina.

    Advice: This confirms reports from Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Jim Salisbury of Once a mainstay on top 100 prospect lists, Biddle had Tommy John surgery back in October and was designated for assignment last week. The 24-year-old will miss the entire 2015 season, but Pittsburgh is known for revitalizing pitchers, so this is as good of a landing spot as he could have hoped for. Wednesday, 10:53 am
  • O's likely looking internal for fifth starter
    Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun writes that "the likelihood is growing" that the Orioles will look internally to fill the fifth spot in the starting rotation.

    Advice: The Orioles are keeping their options open in the free agent and trade markets, but they remain reluctant to give up their first-round pick to sign Yovani Gallardo. Barring a late addition, Baltimore is looking at a group which includes the likes of Vance Worley, Tyler Wilson, Mike Wright, and possibly even Brian Matusz. Worley has the most starting experience of the bunch and might be the early front-runner. Wednesday, 10:03 am
  • Pirates to acquire LHP Biddle from Phillies
    Jim Salisbury of reports that the Pirates have acquired prospect left-hander Jesse Biddle from the Phillies.

    Advice: It's unclear what the Phillies will receive in return. Biddle had Tommy John surgery in October, so he'll be in rehab mode for all of 2016, but Pittsburgh is a nice landing spot for him given their penchant for turning pitchers around. While Biddle's career has veered off track, he's still just 24 years old. Wednesday, 8:33 am
  • Buehrle hasn't ruled out comeback
    According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle is leaving the door open for a possible comeback.

    Advice: Crasnick writes that Buehrle isn't planning to sign with a team at this point, but he's not quite ready to announce his retirement either. This ultimately isn't far off from what was reported by Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish last month. Buehrle turns 37 in March and had a 3.81 ERA over 32 starts for the Blue Jays last season. Tuesday, 11:39 am
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  • Wheeler (elbow) on track for July return
    Zack Wheeler (elbow) is projected to rejoin the Mets' rotation in July.

    Advice: Wheeler underwent Tommy John surgery last March and also had his flexor pronator repaired. The Mets are playing things safe with his rehab process, so he has yet to throw off a mound. "I was supposed to be on the mound the beginning of January, but the doctors have decided 15 months is the new 12 months, so they pushed me back about a month," said Wheeler. There's still a long way to go, but a return out of the All-Star break appears to be realistic. Bartolo Colon was brought back on a one-year deal over the winter and will hold down a spot in the rotation for now. Tuesday, 6:23 am
  • Feldman (shoulder) says he'll be 100% for ST
    Scott Feldman (shoulder) said Monday that he expects to be 100 percent for the beginning of spring training.

    Advice: Feldman was shut down last September due to a sprained right shoulder, but he's been on a throwing program this offseason and says he feels "better than I have in years." The Astros don't seem to be convinced, as they recently signed Doug Fister, which could push Feldman to the bullpen or maybe the disabled list to start the season. Monday, 1:52 pm
  • 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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  • Andrew Cashner of interest to the Orioles
    Roch Kubatko of reports that the Orioles have trade interest in Andrew Cashner.

    Advice: The O's are one of the clubs that have been connected to Yovani Gallardo, who is arguably the best free agent pitcher still on the market. However, Kubatko hears that Baltimore is now "much more reluctant" to surrender the No. 14 overall pick to sign Gallardo and instead is more likely to acquire rotation help via the trade route. Cashner posted a disappointing 4.34 ERA in 2015 but did manage to make 30 starts for the first time in his big league career. He'll earn $7.15 million in 2016 before hitting free agency next winter. Monday, 1:06 pm
  • Folty (rib) won't be ready for start of ST
    Michael Foltynewicz (ribs) just began a long-tossing program last week and does not expect to be fully ready for the start of spring training.

    Advice: Which means he likely won't be an option for the Braves at the beginning of the 2016 regular season. Foltynewicz had a rib removed from the right side of his rib cage in late September to alleviate a buildup of blood cots. A lengthy period of inactivity followed that procedure, and he told David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he is down 20 pounds (not in a good way). The hard-throwing right-hander posted a rough 5.71 ERA in 15 starts and three relief appearances last season for the Braves and his foreseeable future isn't all that bright. Monday, 9:31 am
  • 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. Saturday, 7:00 pm
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  • Jesse Biddle designated for assignment
    Phillies designated LHP Jesse Biddle for assignment.

    Advice: Biddle was the Phillies' top pitching prospect a couple years ago, but he's had two straight disappointing campaigns and underwent Tommy John surgery back in October. It seems likely that he'll clear waivers. Friday, 11:50 am
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