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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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:10 pm
  • Padres nab Skip Schumaker on minors deal
    Padres signed INF/OF Skip Schumaker to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: The Reds unsurprisingly declined a $2.5 million option on Schumaker shortly after last season ended and he wound up settling for a non-guaranteed deal. However, the veteran utility player stands a good chance at winning an Opening Day roster spot with the ability to play second base and all three outfield spots. Schumaker, 36, batted .242/.306/.336 with one homer last season in Cincinnati. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:24 pm
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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. Rotoworld.com 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 BaseballEssential.com 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:27 pm
  • Brad Ziegler to remain Diamondbacks' closer
    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Brad Ziegler will remain the Diamondbacks' closer following the addition of Tyler Clippard.

    Advice: The D'Backs finally landed the late-inning reliever they had been seeking, but Ziegler will stay at the back-end of the bullpen. The side-armer isn't your prototypical closer, but he converted 30-of-32 save chances while putting up a 1.85 ERA last season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:21 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:20 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:19 pm
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  • '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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:38 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:16 am
  • Orioles still mulling pursuit of Gallardo
    Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:18 am
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  • Passan: Harper to the Yankees 'inevitable'
    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Bryce Harper's "future marriage" with the Yankees is considered "inevitable by most in the sport."

    Advice: We've been hearing "Harper to New York" speculation for years and it probably isn't going away any time soon. The Yankees were noticeably absent from this year's free agent proceedings and have a ton of money coming off the books with Carlos Beltran, Aroldis Chapman, Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira all hitting free agency in the next two years. Letting those players go would pave the way for New York to make a serious run at Harper. If he continues to progress, Harper could be in line for a $400 million deal when his contract expires after 2018. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:35 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:25 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:40 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:45 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:12 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:41 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:30 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:28 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:45 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:36 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:18 pm
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  • D'Backs looking to add a late-inning arm?
    GM Dave Stewart said the Diamondbacks are open to trading for a late-inning reliever.

    Advice: The addition of Jean Segura could allow the D'Backs to flip one of their infielders for a late-inning arm. The Diamondbacks also saved $6.5 million by trading Aaron Hill on Saturday. That money could be used toward adding a reliever. As well as Brad Ziegler pitched last season, he's a 36-year-old sidearmer with a below average fastball. He's not the Diamondbacks' long-term solution at closer. Rotoworld.com Jan 30, 5:52 pm
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