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  • Pirates showing interest in Justin Masterson
    Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates are interested in Justin Masterson.

    Advice: Masterson is looking for a one-year deal in hopes of rebuilding his value, and there's wouldn't be a better landing spot than Pittsburgh, where he could work with pitching guru Ray Searage. Slated to turn 31 in March, Masterson held an ugly 5.61 over 59 1/3 innings for the Red Sox in 2015 and had arthroscopic right shoulder surgery in September. He's expected to be healthy for spring training. 56 minutes ago
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  • Greinke to pick either Dodgers or Giants soon
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Zack Greinke is expected to soon choose between signing with either the Dodgers or Giants.

    Advice: Rosenthal says it will be a five- or six-year contract and might top the $31 million average annual value of the deal David Price just agreed to with the Red Sox. That would be quite a haul for a 32-year-old pitcher, but Greinke is coming off a stellar season that saw him put up a 1.66 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 200/40 K/BB ratio in 222 2/3 innings. USA Today's Bob Nightengale says the Dodgers are "still the favorites" to lock up the righty. Today, 2:16 pm
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  • Red Sox, Price agree to 7-year, $217M deal
    Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox and David Price have agreed to a seven-year, $217 million contract.

    Advice: New general manager Dave Dombrowski was dead-set on getting an ace this winter, and he's locked up the best one on the market to a record-setting contract. The deal just barely edges out Clayton Kershaw's contract for the highest ever for a pitcher and is the seventh-richest contract for any player in history. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says the deal also contains an opt-out clause after the third year. Guaranteeing any 30-year-old pitcher this much money is a big risk, but Price at the very least should give Boston a frontline stud for a few years. Today, 1:57 pm
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  • Reds ink J.C. Ramirez to minors deal
    Reds signed RHP J.C. Ramirez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Ramirez, 27, posted a 5.32 ERA and 16/11 K/BB ratio over 23 2/3 innings this past season while making stops with the Diamondbacks and Mariners. He'll attempt to win a bullpen job in the spring. Today, 12:20 pm
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  • O'Day could decide on team by Winter Meetings
    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Darren O'Day is "currently weighing his offers" and could make a decision before the Winter Meetings begin next Monday.

    Advice: We haven't heard much about a return to the Orioles until now, but Connolly hears that the club recently made a formal offer which has been deemed "competitive." The Nationals, Braves, and Dodgers are among the other clubs in the mix. O'Day is reportedly looking for a four-year deal in the $28-36 million range and appears likely to get it as the top option in a weak market for relievers. Today, 10:52 am
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  • BoSox, Cubs would match up for Miller deal
    Jerry Crasnick of was told by a person familiar with the Braves' thinking that the Red Sox and Cubs are teams that could match up for a Shelby Miller trade.

    Advice: This doesn't mean that the Braves are close to a deal with either club, but they apparently have some targets in mind. Crasnick hears that the Braves are specifically "smitten" with Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler, though there's nothing to indicate Chicago would be open to such a deal. Around 20 teams have reportedly contacted the Braves about Miller, who is under team control for three more seasons. Today, 10:44 am
    W, 6-0 vs ^ StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • Report: Samardzija 'gaining increased notice'
    ESPN's Buster Olney writes that Jeff Samardzija is "gaining increased notice" on the free agent market.

    Advice: Samardzija is coming off a disappointing 2015 with the White Sox where he posted a 4.96 ERA over 32 starts, but Olney writes that teams are intrigued by him since he has less mileage on his arm than other pitchers at this stage. The 30-year-old rejected a qualifying offer to test free agency, so he's tied to draft pick compensation. Today, 10:39 am
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  • 'Seemingly certain' Minor to be non-tendered
    Mark Bowman of writes that it's "seemingly certain" that Mike Minor will be non-tendered.

    Advice: Minor is coming off surgery in May to repair a torn labrum and has yet to throw from a mound on a regular basis. The southpaw made $5.6 million via arbitration in 2015 and the Braves don't feel he's worth another hefty price tag. He could return at a lesser rate, but he'll have the ability to talk to 29 other teams if the Braves cut him loose. Today, 10:28 am
    W, 6-0 vs StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • Duensing says he hasn't heard from Twins
    Brian Duensing told Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that he hasn't heard from the Twins so far this offseason.

    Advice: "Haven’t heard anything from anyone," Duensing wrote to Berardino. The 32-year-old is on the open market this winter after posting a 4.25 ERA over 55 relief appearances this season while posting a career-low 4.4 K/9. The Twins might be ready to turn the page. Today, 10:09 am
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  • Report: Royals, Young having positive talks
    Jeffrey Flanagan of reports that the Royals and Chris Young have had "encouraging talks" about a new contract.

    Advice: The Royals have made it known they'd like to bring Young back and the veteran right-hander indicated after the World Series that he's open to a return. The 36-year-old posted a 3.06 ERA this season between the rotation and bullpen and played a critical role during the postseason. The Royals landed him with an incentive-laden contract last winter, but his demands will understandably be higher this time around. Today, 10:05 am
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  • Twins interested in retaining LHP Cotts
    Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins "definitely have interest" in bringing back free agent reliever Neal Cotts.

    Advice: Cotts was acquired from the Brewers in August and showed enough down the stretch for the Twins to consider bringing him back. The southpaw turns 35 in March and posted a 3.41 ERA and 58/22 K/BB ratio over 63 1/3 innings overall in 2015. Today, 9:58 am
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  • Dodgers, Joe Wieland avoid arbitration
    Dodgers and RHP Joe Wieland avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $590,000 contract.

    Advice: Wieland was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter and will receive the same salary he did in 2015. The 25-year-old made two starts for the Dodgers this season and had a 4.59 ERA and 92/25 K/BB ratio over 113 2/3 innings in Triple-A. He'll serve as rotation depth again in 2016. Today, 7:23 am
  • Indians ink Joba Chamberlain to minors deal
    Indians signed RHP Joba Chamberlain to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: After recent stops with the Tigers and Royals, Chamberlain will stay in the American League Central. The 30-year-old posted a 4.88 ERA and 23/9 K/BB ratio over 27 2/3 innings at the major league level this season and will attempt to win a bullpen job in the spring. Today, 7:13 am
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  • Royals avoid arbitration with Tim Collins
    Royals and LHP Tim Collins avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.475 million contract.

    Advice: There was some thought that he could be non-tendered after missing 2015 following Tommy John surgery, but Collins will remain in Kansas City at the same salary he had this past season. The owner of a career 3.54 ERA over four campaigns, Collins is expected to get a late start to 2016 as he continues his recovery. Yesterday, 6:09 pm
  • Braves bring back vet reliever Jim Johnson
    Braves signed RHP Jim Johnson to a one-year contract.

    Advice:'s Mark Bowman says the reliever will receive $2.5 million. Johnson had a nice bounce-back showing with the Braves in 2015, posting a 2.25 ERA over 49 appearances. He was dealt to the Dodgers at the trade deadline and flopped with a 10.13 mark across 23 games. Johnson was closing for Atlanta when they traded him, but he figures to be used in a setup role in 2016. Yesterday, 3:09 pm
    W, 6-0 vs StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • LAD, SF, BOS, CHC in on Johnny Cueto
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that, in addition to the Diamondbacks, Johnny Cueto has received interest from the Dodgers, Giants, Red Sox and Cubs, among others.

    Advice: It was reported earlier Monday that Cueto turned down a six-year, $120 million offer from the D'Backs. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick hears that the right-hander is looking for a contract in the $140-160 million range, and while it remains to be seen whether he'll get there, Heyman says "the market still favors Cueto." Since Cueto was traded during the 2015 season, the team that signs him this winter will not have to forfeit a draft pick. Yesterday, 2:01 pm
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  • Aaron Thompson re-signs with Twins
    Twins re-signed LHP Aaron Thompson to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Thompson elected free agency after being removed from the Twins' 40-man roster last month, but he's now back with the club. The southpaw held a 5.01 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 17/11 K/BB ratio across 32 1/3 innings in 2015. Yesterday, 1:46 pm
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  • Fernando Abad outrighted to Triple-A
    Athletics sent LHP Fernando Abad outright to Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: It's a minor surprise that he cleared waivers, but apparently no one wanted to pay his roughly $1.5 million arbitration figure. Abad holds a 2.90 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 128/44 K/BB ratio over 142 2/3 relief innings across the last three seasons, so the A's will gladly keep him around for depth. Yesterday, 1:24 pm
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  • Mets expected to tender Jenrry Mejia's Anthony DiComo reports that the Mets will "likely" tender Jenrry Mejia a contract for next season.

    Advice: It wasn't a given, as Mejia will get a raise this winter after making $2.595 million during a suspension-shortened 2015. He'll miss much of 2016 to his second PED suspension, but the Mets have decided it's worth it if they can have his big arm in the bullpen in the second half. Yesterday, 1:19 pm
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  • '20 or so teams' calling on SP Shelby Miller
    According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, "20 or so teams" have checked on Braves right-hander Shelby Miller.

    Advice: But the asking price is extremely high at the moment, with the Braves reportedly requesting starting pitcher Luis Severino from the Yankees and center fielder Joc Pederson from the Dodgers. Miller is only 25 years old and registered a 3.02 ERA over 205-plus innings in 2015, but the rebuilding Braves want as much cost-controlled talent as possible as they point toward the opening of a new ballpark in 2017. Miller is eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter and can become a free agent after the 2018 season. Yesterday, 12:27 pm
    W, 6-0 vs ^ StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • Tigers, Zimmermann finalize 5-yr, $110M pact
    Tigers signed RHP Jordan Zimmermann to a five-year, $110 million contract.

    Advice: The deal was agreed to on Sunday morning and then finalized Monday with an introductory press conference in Detroit. Zimmermann took a step back in 2015 after a tremendous 2014, and there's some risk here for the Tigers that the decline will continue. But maybe the 29-year-old returns to front-line form and new general manager Al Avila gets away with buying (relatively) cheap. Zimmermann owns a sharp 3.32 career ERA and 1.159 career WHIP. Yesterday, 12:10 pm
  • Zack Greinke's market is 'quietly heating up'
    A source tells ESPN's Jerry Crasnick that the market for Zack Greinke is "quietly heating up."

    Advice: Crasnick adds that the Dodgers and Giants "are both looking for some clarity" on the right-hander's expectations. Greinke opted out of the three years and $71 million remaining on his contract with Los Angeles and is now thought to be looking for a deal worth $30 million per year. The 32-year-old had a stellar 1.66 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 200/40 K/BB ratio in 222 2/3 innings this past season for the National League West champs, finishing second to Jake Arrieta in the NL Cy Young Award vote. Yesterday, 11:41 am
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  • Phillies claim Michael Mariot from the Royals
    Phillies claimed RHP Michael Mariot off waivers from the Royals.

    Advice: Mariot was designated for assignment by Kansas City on November 20. He posted a strong 2.32 ERA, 1.097 WHIP, and 72/16 K/BB ratio in 62 innings this past season for the Royals' Triple-A team and should have a decent shot at a bullpen spot with the rebuilding Phillies. Yesterday, 11:05 am
  • Marlins sign Paul Clemens to minors contract
    Marlins signed RHP Paul Clemens to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Clemens posted a rough 5.73 ERA and 1.64 WHIP between several different minor league teams in 2015. The 27-year-old righty will be organizational relief depth for Miami. Yesterday, 9:36 am
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  • Report: Johnny Cueto seeks $140-160 million
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick is hearing from clubs in the Johnny Cueto market that the free agent right-hander wants a contract in the $140-160 million range.

    Advice: Steve Gilbert of reported on Sunday that Cueto turned down a six-year, $120 million offer from the Diamondbacks -- after Arizona upped its initial $110 million offer. These are lofty expectations for a guy who posted a 4.76 ERA and 1.45 WHIP over his final 81 1/3 regular-season innings in 2015. But he was one of the best starters in baseball for a good four-year stretch with the Reds before sliding off the rails a bit in Kansas City. It only takes one inspired owner. Yesterday, 9:18 am
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  • Padres will only move Ross for 'monster' deal
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Padres will only consider trading Tyson Ross for a "monster" return package.

    Advice: Ross is under club control for two more seasons via salary arbitration, so the stance makes sense. It's a timely bit of posturing on the part of the Padres heading into next week's Winter Meetings in Nashville. Ross, 28, posted a 3.26 ERA and 212/84 K/BB ratio in 196 innings this past season for San Diego. He had a 2.81 ERA for the Friars in 2014. Yesterday, 7:42 am
  • Cueto turned down six years, $120M from AZ's Steve Gilbert reports that Johnny Cueto turned down a six-year, $120 million offer from the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: That revealing bit of news has been confirmed by a number of national reporters as well. Cueto had a rough finish to the 2015 regular season, posting a 4.76 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 81 1/3 innings after moving to Kansas City, but he somewhat redeemed himself in the playoffs and is now apparently seeking a contract in the $140-150 million range. Arizona is especially interested in the 29-year-old right-hander because his free agency is not tied to draft pick compensation. The Diamondbacks have the 13th overall pick in 2016. Yesterday, 7:24 am
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  • Chapman hires Marc Anthony as agent
    Aroldis Chapman is now being represented by Marc Anthony's Magnus Media.

    Advice: Yes, the singer and actor who was once married to Jennifer Lopez. This is the first pro-athlete client for Anthony's firm, which has teamed with Praver Shapiro Sports Management to expand into different areas of the entertainment world. Praver Shapiro already has Latin baseball players like Adeiny Hechavarria, Jorge Soler, Raisel Iglesias, and Juan Uribe under its wing. Chapman is expected to be traded this winter by the Reds and he can become a free agent following the 2016 season. The 27-year-old left-hander is the most dominant reliever in baseball, with 546 strikeouts in 316 career innings. Yesterday, 6:57 am
  • Cueto has rejected an offer from Diamondbacks
    Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that Johnny Cueto rejected an offer that the club made to him earlier this month.

    Advice: The club remains interested in the free agent right-hander, who is likely waiting to see how the market plays out for the top pitchers (David Price and Zack Greinke) before he signs. By all accounts, the Tigers inking Jordan Zimmermann to a five-year, $110 million contract on Sunday could actually hurt the market for Cueto, who is also seeking more than $20 million annually. Sunday, 4:57 pm
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  • Heyman: Zimmermann, Tigers agree to contract
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Tigers and Jordan Zimmermann have agreed to terms on a contract.

    Advice: Fox Sports' Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal reported late Saturday that talks between the two sides were heating up and they've now apparently crossed the finish line. Morosi hears that the deal is for five years and around $110 million. The Tigers' first-round pick is protected, so they'll forfeit a second-rounder for signing Zimmermann. The 29-year-old held a 3.66 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with 164 strikeouts over 201 2/3 frames for the Nationals in 2015. Sunday, 8:45 am
  • D'Backs have met with Johnny Cueto's agent
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Diamondbacks met last week with Johnny Cueto's agent, Bryce Dixon.

    Advice: However, Rosenthal notes that Cueto's asking price is expected to extend beyond Arizona's comfort level. The report adds that the D'Backs are aiming to spend $15-18 million per season on a free agent starter, whereas, Cueto's price tag is likely to exceed $20 million. Arizona has also been connected to Jeff Samardzija, Kenta Maeda, Mike Leake, John Lackey and Yovani Gallardo among free agents and Shelby Miller among trade targets as they look for a starter. Sunday, 8:33 am
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  • Nationals getting hits on Ross this winter
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Joe Ross has been "one of the most sought-after pitchers of the offseason."

    Advice: Cafardo notes that Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo "is resisting all offers" for Ross at the moment. Trading the young right-hander just doesn't make any sense for the Nats, as they're poised to lose Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister in free agency and need Ross in their rotation. Ross is under team control through 2021. Sunday, 6:19 am
    L, 1-0 @NYM
  • Tigers one of a 'handful' of Zimmermann suitors
    SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports the Tigers are one of a "handful" of "serious suitors" for Jordan Zimmermann.

    Advice: Cotillo said it's unclear who the favorite is. Fox Sports' Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal reported that Zimmermann was in serious talks with the Tigers but a deal doesn't appear to be imminent. Zimmermann would be the first big free agent domino to fall if he signs. The 29-year-old went 13-10 in 33 starts this past season with 164 strikeouts and a 3.66 ERA. Saturday, 9:00 pm
  • Report: Tigers in serious talks with Zimmermann
    Fox Sports' Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal report the Tigers are in discussions with Jordan Zimmermann.

    Advice: Morosi and Rosenthal are hearing from multiple sources that the talks have become serious. Detroit is looking for an ace after losing Max Scherzer last offseason and David Price at the trade deadline. Zimmermann is among the top arms in this year's free agent class and should earn a nine-figure deal when all is said and done. The two-time All-Star has also been linked to the Dodgers. Saturday, 8:33 pm
  • CHC, STL, LAD, SF, BOS top suitors for Price
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs, Cardinals, Dodgers, Giants and Red Sox have the most interest in free agent left-hander David Price.

    Advice: For what it's worth, the Blue Jays aren't expected to be a major factor. ESPN's Buster Olney reported earlier Wednesday that there's a "high expectation" among executives involved in the bidding for Price that the Red Sox will have the highest offer. However, Rosenthal notes that Price "values comfort even more than most players" and Boston might not be his ideal fit. That could obviously change if Boston blows him out of the water with an offer, but with the number of teams involved in the bidding, it would be a shock if he doesn't land a contract north of $200 million. Wednesday, 11:21 am
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  • Red Sox expected to have high offer for Price
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that there's a "high expectation" among executives involved in the bidding for David Price that the Red Sox will have the highest offer.

    Advice: There's a strong belief that Price will end up with a deal in excess of $200 million, which could give him the biggest free agent contract of the offseason. The Red Sox have an obvious need at the top of their rotation and new team president Dave Dombrowski has acquired him before with the Tigers, so it's a logical fit. However, teams like the Cubs and Dodgers have been considered the early favorites until now. With these kind of numbers being thrown around, a return to Toronto sounds unlikely. Wednesday, 6:01 am
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  • Dodgers have expressed interest in Chapman
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Dodgers have expressed interest in Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: Heyman says the Dodgers are "very focused on a bullpen that needs upgrading," and will likely address some of those holes before turning back to Zack Greinke and the starting pitching market. Chapman is the most dominant reliever in the sport, boasting 546 strikeouts in 319 career innings, and he would make sense for any club looking to be competitive in 2016. Los Angeles certainly has the prospects to pull it off. Nov 23, 8:04 am
  • Nats near the top of Darren O'Day suitor list
    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Nationals "have joined the Dodgers" as leaders for the services of free agent reliever Darren O'Day.

    Advice: On Saturday, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman wrote that the race for O'Day was of the three-team variety, between the Braves, Nationals and Dodgers. Crasnick's report supports Heyman's assertion. Also of note, O'Day's wife works as a television reporter in Washington D.C. The 33-year-old reliever's said to be looking for a deal in the range of four years and $28-36 million. In 65 1/3 innings during the Orioles' 2015 campaign, he held a 1.52 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 82/14 K/BB ratio. Nov 22, 8:54 am
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  • Three teams in the running for O'Day?
    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports said the race for Darren O'Day "could shape up as a three-team competition" between the Braves, Nationals and Dodgers.

    Advice: O'Day's wife is a television reporter in DC while his family lives near Atlanta. O'Day's link to the Dodgers isn't as strong, but they'll be able to offer him the most money. The A's, Cubs, Red Sox, Royals and Tigers have also shown interest. O'Day is hoping for a deal similar to the one Andrew Miller signed with the Yankees last offseason. Nov 21, 6:16 pm
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  • Report: Reds wanted massive haul for Chapman
    According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Reds and Red Sox discussed a trade for Aroldis Chapman but the Reds wanted more than what the Red Sox eventually sent to San Diego in the Craig Kimbrel trade.

    Advice: President of baseball operations Walt Jocketty said earlier this week the Reds weren't close to trading Chapman and now we have a better idea why. Many people around baseball thought the Padres got a huge return for Kimbrel, so Cincinnati's asking price for Chapman must be through the roof. The Astros, Blue Jays, Diamondbacks, Nationals and Yankees are just a few of the teams that have been linked to Chapman this offseason. Nov 21, 5:27 pm
  • Diamondbacks discussing Johnny Cueto
    According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Diamondbacks have had internal discussions about Johnny Cueto.

    Advice: It's obvious the Diamondbacks are looking to upgrade their starting pitching. They've already shown interest in big names like John Lackey, Shelby Miller and Yovani Gallardo. Cueto would top them all, but he'd also represent a major shift in strategy for the Diamondbacks, who are known for their conservative spending. It's going to take a nine-figure deal to land Cueto this offseason. Nov 21, 1:55 pm
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  • Dodgers identify Zimmermann as top target
    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Dodgers have identified Jordan Zimmermann as a top target this winter.

    Advice: The club has also expressed interest in David Price as well as retaining Zack Greinke. If they were to secure a deal with Zimmermann, he would require draft pick compensation after he turned down a qualifying offer from the Nationals. Nov 21, 11:36 am
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