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    • Haren yet to decide about playing for Marlins
      Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Friday that Dan Haren has yet to decide whether he'll play for the Marlins in 2015.

      Advice: "He'll make his decision," Hill said. "We haven't put any timelines on it." Haren said last month that he has "no interest" in playing somewhere other than in Southern California near his family, but it sounds like he's at least considering the possibility of playing in Miami. The Marlins would like to have him, but they're covered money-wise with the Dodgers agreeing to pay Haren's $10 million salary as part of last week's trade. If Haren decides he doesn't want to play in Miami, the Marlins would look to deal him to a team in California or nearby. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:50 pm
    • Braves get Max Fried in Upton deal
      Braves acquired LHP Max Fried, INF Jace Peterson, 3B Dustin Peterson, OF Mallex Smith and the fourth international bonus pool slot from the Padres in exchange for OF Justin Upton and RHP Aaron Northcraft.

      Advice: Fried was ranked before the season by Baseball America as the No. 53 prospect in the game, but he had elbow troubles and eventually had Tommy John surgery in August. He has top-of-the-rotation upside if he can re-gain his pre-op stuff, but obviously there's some risk here. Rotoworld.com
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    • Yankees acquire Nathan Eovaldi from Marlins
      Yankees acquired RHP Nathan Eovaldi, 1B/OF Garrett Jones and RHP Domingo German from the Marlins in exchange for INF/OF Martin Prado, RHP David Phelps and cash considerations.

      Advice: Eovaldi has underperformed relative to his stuff to this point, posting a 4.07 ERA with just 321 strikeouts over 460 big league innings. However, he'll turn just 25 in February and is among the hardest-throwing starters in the game. The move from Marlins Park to Yankee Stadium hurts his fantasy value, but the stuff is there for a potential breakout if some tweaks can be made. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:40 am
    • Marlins get David Phelps from Yankees
      Marlins acquired RHP David Phelps from the Yankees in the Nathan Eovaldi trade.

      Advice: Phelps posted a 4.38 ERA over 113 innings for the Yankees in 2014 while battling some elbow issues. He holds a career 4.21 ERA but has struck out 267 over 299 1/3 frames. The righty figures to have a good shot to take Eovaldi's spot in the Marlins' rotation. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:37 am
    • Yankees, Marlins to swap Prado, Eovaldi
      Jack Curry of YES Network reports that the Yankees and Marlins are on the verge of a deal that would send Nathan Eovaldi to New York and Martin Prado to Miami.

      Advice: The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson says that the trade would also include Garrett Jones going to New York and David Phelps going to Miami, and the New York Post's Joel Sherman hears that the Yankees will receive pitching prospect Domingo German. Eovaldi has produced inconsistent results to this point with a 4.07 ERA, but he throws really hard and will turn just 25 in February. The Marlins are expected to put Prado at third base, which means Casey McGehee is headed to the bench. Phelps should slide into Eovaldi's rotation spot in Miami, while Jones looks like a backup option at first base and designated hitter in New York. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:14 am
    • Burch Smith headed to Tampa Bay
      Rays acquired RHP Burch Smith from the Padres in the Wil Myers trade.

      Advice: Smith had a lost year in 2014 due to forearm issues, but he boasts a career 3.71 ERA with 246 strikeouts over 228 1/3 innings in the minors. If healthy, he could find his way into the Rays' rotation in short order. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:43 am
    • Rangers showing interest in Brandon Beachy
      Brandon Beachy's agent, Robert Martin, told Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News that the Rangers are among the teams showing interest in his client.

      Advice: "Several teams are still reviewing his medicals," Martin said via e-mail. "I do not think a decision is imminent, but he does have multiple offers." Beachy, who is working his way back from a second Tommy John surgery, was non-tendered by the Braves earlier this month. He probably won't contribute much in the first half next season, but Beachy holds a career 3.23 ERA over 46 starts and is worth a gamble on an incentive-laden deal. Rotoworld.com
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    • Yankees president rules out Scherzer pursuit
      Yankees president Randy Levine indicated Thursday that the chances the team will go after Max Scherzer are "virtually none."

      Advice: "The chances of us bringing in a guy for six [years] and $25 million or over in my opinion is virtually none,'' Levine said. "At the end of the day you have to be realistic in any organization.'' CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has been beating the Scherzer-to-the-Yankees drum for a while, or at least saying it's a possibility, but every other outlet has consistently said it's not going to happen. The Yankees need rotation help but already have two massive pitching contracts on the books with CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka. Rotoworld.com
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    • Blue Jays ink Andrew Albers to minors deal
      Blue Jays signed LHP Andrew Albers to a minor league contract.

      Advice: The deal presumably includes an invitation to spring training. Albers, 29, posted a 4.05 ERA over 10 starts for the Twins in 2013 before spending last season in Korea. He's merely organizational depth. Rotoworld.com
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    • Jake Peavy re-ups with Giants for two years
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Jake Peavy has re-signed with the Giants on a two-year, $24 million contract.

      Advice: Peavy gets a $4 million signing bonus and will then earn $7 million in 2015 and $13 million in 2016. The Giants also gave the veteran right-hander a full no-trade clause. Peavy thrived for the Giants down the stretch after coming over in a trade from the Red Sox, posting a 2.17 ERA across 12 starts. He'll turn 34 in May but should still have a couple decent years left as long as he can remain healthy. Rotoworld.com
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    • Athletics get Jesse Hahn from Padres
      Athletics acquired RHPs Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez from the Padres in exchange for C Derek Norris, RHP Seth Streich and international bonus slot 117.

      Advice: Hahn had a breakout showing with the Padres in 2014, posting a 3.07 ERA while striking out 70 over 73 1/3 innings. He's had past arm issues, but if he can stay healthy he should maintain plenty of fantasy upside pitching half his games at O.co Coliseum. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:56 pm
    • Joe Wieland acquired by Dodgers
      Dodgers acquired RHP Joe Wieland from the Padres in the Matt Kemp trade.

      Advice: Wieland has logged just 85 1/3 innings since the beginning of 2012 due to elbow issues, but he'll enter spring training healthy. The Dodgers are set in their rotation for now, but Wieland will be among the top candidates to fill in once the inevitable Brett Anderson injury comes. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:39 pm
    • Padres close to 1-yr deal with Josh Johnson
      Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that Josh Johnson is on the verge of a one-year deal with the Padres.

      Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says Johnson's base salary will be less than $2 million but he'll have the chance to make as much as $8 million through incentives. The Padres declined a $4 million option on Johnson back in October, but they have remained interested in bringing him back at a lesser rate. And it appears that they'll be able to get it done. The deal is expected to include incentives based on games started. The Padres just signed another injury-prone pitcher, Brandon Morrow, earlier this week. Rotoworld.com
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    • Medlen expected to pitch in second half
      Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Thursday that they are looking at Kris Medlen (elbow) as someone who will be able to contribute in the second half in 2015.

      Advice: Medlen, who is coming off a second Tommy John surgery this past March, was signed to a two-year, $8.5 million contract with a $10 million mutual option for 2017. The Royals are going to be extra careful about pushing him too soon. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:45 pm
    • Kevin Correia more engaged with 3-4 teams
      According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, free agent Kevin Correia has become "more engaged" with 3-4 teams.

      Advice: In other words, he may be getting close to choosing a team. Correia posted a rough 5.44 ERA in 26 starts and three relief appearances this past season between the Dodgers and Twins. He should come very cheap. Rotoworld.com
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    • Royals sign Kris Medlen to 2-yr, $8.5M pact
      Royals signed RHP Kris Medlen to a two-year, $8.5 million contract with a $10 million mutual option for 2017.

      Advice: Atlanta non-tendered Medlen earlier this month to avoid paying him nearly $6 million in 2015 via salary arbitration. He's recovering from a second Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and probably won't be ready by Opening Day for the Royals, but the 29-year-old boasts a 2.95 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 512 2/3 career major league innings. It's a worthwhile risk for Kansas City at only $8.5 million guaranteed. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:18 pm
    • Rockies 'looking at' starter Kyle Kendrick
      ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Rockies are "looking at" free agent Kyle Kendrick.

      Advice: Kendrick has a decent career groundball rate, which is a nice fit for the light air of Coors Field, but the 30-year-old right-hander also owns a putrid 4.42 career ERA and 4.9 career K/9 in eight major league seasons. Colorado continues to aim low. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:25 am
       
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    • Marlins, Braves, Giants interested in Peavy
      According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Marlins, Braves and Giants have all shown interest in free agent Jake Peavy.

      Advice: The Marlins' interest is contingent on Dan Haren following through with his inclination to retire after being dealt away from the west coast. Both the Braves and Giants are looking for pitching, with the Giants having missed out on a number of big-ticket free agents thus far this winter. Peavy had a 4.11 ERA this past season and shouldn't cost a team too much in terms of dollars or years. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:18 pm
       
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    • Albers reportedly still weighing options
      Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca writes that LHP Andrew Albers has not yet made a decision on where he plans on signing.

      Advice: This counteracts a report from late Tuesday night by Robert Murray, which indicated that Albers had signed a contract with the Blue Jays. Nicholson-Smith wrote that talks of a signed contract were "premature." Albers spent 2014 with the Hanwha Eagles of Korea, but the club declined his 2015 option. The 29-year-old posted a 4.05 ERA in 2013 for the Twins. He may well end up signing with the Blue Jays, but it's not set in stone quite yet. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:49 am
       
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    • Blue Jays ink Albers to minors deal
      Blue Jays signed LHP Andrew Albers to a minor league contract.

      Advice: The deal presumably includes an invitation to spring training. Albers, 29, posted a 4.05 ERA over 10 starts for the Twins in 2013 before spending last season in Korea. He's merely organizational depth. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:51 pm
       
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    • Yankees not expected to be in on Scherzer
      Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York hears that the Yankees are "absolutely not" in on free agent right-hander Max Scherzer.

      Advice: Some have suspected that the Yankees are lying on the weeds in the situation, but they appear to be setting their sights a bit lower in free agency. The market for Scherzer has been suspiciously quiet so far this winter, but he's intent on landing a contract around $200 million. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:20 am
       
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    • Marlins may consider trading SP Dan Haren
      According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Marlins may consider trading Dan Haren if he would truly rather retire than pitch for them next season.

      Advice: Haren said in mid-November that he wouldn't pitch for a team outside of Los Angeles because he wants to remain close to his family, but the Dodgers moved him to the Marlins anyway in a blockbuster Winter Meetings trade. Haren, 34, hasn't announced whether he plans to stick by that statement. He should be of interest to a number of teams on the West Coast if the Marlins begin to shop him. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:58 am
    • Cardinals maintain they're not in on Scherzer
      Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the Cardinals are not active suitors for Max Scherzer.

      Advice: It's not the first time the team has openly denied interest in the pitcher, but they continue to be linked to him. That's likely due in large part to the fact that Scherzer went to Parkway Central High School in the St. Louis area, making the Cardinals a potential homecoming for the 30-year-old. Despite the Cardinals' disinterest, Scherzer has no shortage of suitors around the league. Rotoworld.com
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    • Tigers GM says not actively pursuing Scherzer
      Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said Thursday that he is not in "active pursuit" of Max Scherzer.

      Advice: The Tigers traded Rick Porcello to the Red Sox on Thursday morning, leaving some to speculate that Detroit's front office was clearing space for a run at re-signing Max Scherzer. But then Dombrowski and Co. quickly snatched Alfredo Simon away from the Reds. Maybe they truly are all set. Scherzer isn't expected to sign until later in the offseason and will likely command around $200 million. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:16 am
       
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    • Dan Haren gets shipped to Marlins
      Dan Haren was sent from the Dodgers to the Marlins in Wednesday's seven-player deal.

      Advice: Haren, who picked up his $10 million player option to remain with the Dodgers earlier this winter, could retire rather than report to the Marlins, though he indicated that he'll take a little time to make his decision. Reports indicate that the Dodgers will send the Marlins the $10 million whether Haren pitches or not. Ideally, he'd go to Miami, which is pretty much the perfect ballpark for him. It's as tough of a homer park for left-handed hitters as any in baseball. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:57 pm
    • Dodgers have checked in on Peavy, others
      Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports hears the Dodgers are checking in on a number of free agent pitchers, including Jake Peavy.

      Advice: Peavy hasn't generated a lot of buzz this winter after winning a World Series ring with the Giants in October. The 33-year-old had a 4.11 ERA between the Giants and Red Sox this past season, eclipsing 200 innings for just the second time since 2007. With some of the big names starting to come off the board, Peavy and others should find a new home soon. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:51 pm
       
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    • Haren being included in Gordon/Heaney talks
      Dan Haren is included in a potential deal that would send Dee Gordon to the Marlins for Andrew Heaney and others, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

      Advice: Last month, Haren said he would retire if the Dodgers traded him outside of Los Angeles. The club is putting him to a test by sending him about as far away from LA as possible, in a baseball sense. Haren already exercised his $10 million player option for 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:38 pm
    • Twins have interest in RHP Kyle Kendrick
      Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that the Twins have interest in free agent right-hander Kyle Kendrick.

      Advice: The team even had a meeting about him at the Winter Meetings in San Diego, so it appears that he is a serious consideration. Kendrick owns a 4.42 ERA over eight seasons in the majors while averaging 4.9 K/9. He's the perfect Twin, really. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:01 am
       
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    • Report: Two owners met with Scherzer's agent
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that two unidentified team owners flew to the Winter Meetings in San Diego to meet with Max Schezer's agent Scott Boras on Tuesday.

      Advice: Now that Jon Lester has decided to sign with the Cubs, the market for Scherzer should begin to heat up. The losers for Lester (Dodgers, Red Sox, Giants) could all be possibilities while Heyman mentions the Yankees and Cardinals among the other potential suitors. ESPN's Buster Olney reported Tuesday that the Tigers were prepared to spend big money to bring back Scherzer, but that was later shot down by GM Dave Dombrowski. Scherzer is reportedly looking for a contract north of $200 million. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:00 am
       
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    • Morosi: Scherzer looking for $200+ million
      FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that Max Scherzer is looking for a contract in excess of $200 million.

      Advice: It's not surprising that he'd ask for that kind of dough. After all, he went on to have another terrific season after rejecting a $144 million extension offer from the Tigers last spring. Whether Scherzer is able to get that large of a contract remains to be seen. The common thought is that he'll get the biggest deal of any pitcher this winter, but over $200 million would be significantly higher than the numbers being thrown out for Jon Lester. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:00 pm
       
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    • Padres willing to discuss trading Jesse Hahn
      Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown reports that the Padres are willing to trade Jesse Hahn in order to add offense.

      Advice: Hahn was terrific in his first go-round in the majors last season, holding a 3.07 ERA while striking out 70 over 73 1/3 innings. He's under team control for many more years, so the cost wouldn't be cheap. The Padres are also shopping Andrew Cashner, Ian Kennedy and Tyson Ross. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:56 pm
    • Dombrowski shoots down Max Scherzer report
      Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday that a report saying the Tigers were prepared to spend "big, big dollars" on Max Scherzer was "not accurate."

      Advice: "I can 100 percent guarantee you that our situation has not changed whatsoever," Dombrowski added. The report earlier Tuesday was from ESPN's Buster Olney, who is quite trustworthy. Dombrowski seemed adamant in his stance, but it's the rumor season so it's anyone's guess as to how far the Tigers might be willing to go to keep Scherzer. The righty rejected a $144 million extension offer from Detroit last spring. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:55 pm
       
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    • Tigers ready to spend big to retain Scherzer
      ESPN's Buster Olney writes that the Tigers' primary focus "is on retaining Max Scherzer."

      Advice: Olney adds that the Detroit front office is "prepared to spend big, big dollars" to lock up the free agent right-hander. Scherzer's market should begin to develop once Jon Lester settles on a team. The Red Sox, Yankees, Dodgers, Nationals, Phillies, Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, and Blue Jays are among the other deep-pocketed teams that could be ready to line up bids. The money is going to get outrageous. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:41 am
       
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