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  • White Sox sign Joe Savery to minors contract
    White Sox signed LHP Joe Savery to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The deal should include an invitation to spring training as well. The 29-year-old southpaw appeared in just three games with the Athletics in 2014, hurling four scoreless innings. He was terrific at Triple-A Sacramento, compiling a 2.84 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 45/17 K/BB ratio over 44 1/3 innings. He'll have a strong chance of cracking the White Sox bullpen on Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:34 am
     
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    L, 6-4 vs KC
  • Braves release southpaw Jonny Venters
    Braves released LHP Jonny Venters.

    Advice: The 29-year-old hurler is expected to miss the entire 2015 season as he continues to recover from a second Tommy John surgery. Once healthy, he should be able to find an opportunity elsewhere on a minor league pact. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:25 am
     
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    W, 2-1 @Phi
  • '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
    Yesterday, 12:53 pm
     
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    W, 1-0 @Tor
  • 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
    Yesterday, 11:53 am
     
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    L, 10-5 @LAD
  • 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
    Yesterday, 11:03 am
     
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    L, 4-1 @Sea
  • 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
    Yesterday, 9:20 am
     
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    W, 1-0 vs Mia
  • 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
    Yesterday, 8:25 am
     
    L, 4-0 vs Oak
  • 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
    Yesterday, 7:07 am
     
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    W, 3-0 vs Min
  • 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 5:57 am
     
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    L, 7-2 @Cle
  • 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Thursday, 6:17 pm
     
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    W, 9-3 vs SD
  • Ryan Mattheus elects free agency
    Ryan Mattheus has elected free agency.

    Advice: Mattheus hasn't pitched very well the last two years, other than a brief stint with the Nationals last season. Still, he's had some success in the past and won't have trouble latching on elsewhere. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:37 pm
     
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    W, 1-0 vs Mia
  • Diamondbacks designate Brewer for assignment
    Diamondbacks designated RHP Charles Brewer for assignment.

    Advice: Brewer had a brief stay in the majors with Arizona in 2014. He pitched in four games and allowed two runs over six innings. He'll try to latch on as bullpen depth elsewhere. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:44 pm
     
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    L, 1-0 vs StL
  • White Sox claim Onelki Garcia from Dodgers
    White Sox claimed LHP Onelki Garcia off waivers from the Dodgers.

    Advice: Garcia missed basically the entire 2014 season after undergoing surgery on his pitching elbow last November. The left-hander should be healthy for the start of the 2015 campaign and will be trying to win a spot in the White Sox bullpen next spring in camp. He has a 3.06 career ERA and 9.9 career K/9 in the minors. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:40 pm
  • Braves designate LHP Venters for assignment
    Braves designated LHP Jonny Venters for assignment.

    Advice: Two Tommy John surgeries have kept Venters from pitching in the majors since 2012. The southpaw is expected to miss the 2015 season as well, and the Braves decided their 40-man roster spot could be better used. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:24 pm
     
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    W, 2-1 @Phi
  • 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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    W, 3-0 vs Min
  • 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
    Tuesday, 1:10 pm
     
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    L, 10-5 @LAD
  • 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
    Monday, 3:26 pm
     
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    W, 1-0 @Tor
  • 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
    Thursday, 1:44 pm
     
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    W, 1-0 @Tor
  • 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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    W, 1-0 @Tor
  • 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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    W, 1-0 @Tor
  • 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
    Wednesday, 2:25 pm
     
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    W, 1-0 @Tor
  • 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
    Wednesday, 7:22 am
     
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    W, 1-0 @Tor
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