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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
  • Mariners have interest in Nori Aoki
    Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the Mariners are interested in Nori Aoki.

    Advice: "At this point," an industry source told Dutton, "there appears to be real interest (in Aoki) from the Mariners. Whether that leads to a deal is anybody’s guess." Aoki played well for the Giants this past season when healthy, hitting .287/.353/.380 slash line with 14 stolen bases in 93 games. He ended the year with concussion issues but reportedly entered the offseason with a clean bill of health. The Giants declined a $5.5 million option on Aoki earlier this month. Yesterday, 5:47 pm
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    L, 7-3 vs Col
  • 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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    W, 6-1 ^ @Min
  • 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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    L, 6-1 vs KC
  • Pederson not discussed in Miller trade talks
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Joc Pederson's name has not been involved in trade talks with the Braves regarding Shelby Miller.

    Advice: It contradicts an earlier report from Robert Murray of The Dodgers are talking to the Braves about a trade for Miller, but Heyman says they've made it clear they'd rather trade prospects rather than deal from the major league roster. Pederson is under team control through 2020. Yesterday, 1:34 pm
  • Craig Gentry outrighted to Triple-A
    Athletics sent OF Craig Gentry outright to Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Gentry had a dreadful 2015, hitting .120/.196/.200 while spending most of the year at Triple-A. He's arbitration-eligible for a final time this winter. Yesterday, 1:27 pm
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    L, 3-2 @Sea
  • Cora says Olivera release story is 'not true'
    Criollos de Caguas manager Alex Cora says it's "not true" that Hector Olivera was released from the Puerto Rican Winter League team after arriving a day late from a visit in Miami with his ill sister.

    Advice: It's not clear which part of the story Cora is referring to as being less than factual. There should be some clarification coming soon. Olivera hit .275 (19-for-69) with zero homers and two doubles in 18 games with Caguas before getting released on Sunday afternoon. David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was told Monday that Olivera got permission to fly to Miami last week to visit his sister in the hospital and missed his flight back. Cora responded to a tweet from O'Brien stating: "David, that's not true." Yesterday, 1:09 pm
    W, 6-0 vs StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • '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
  • 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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    W, 6-3 vs SD
  • Indians outright Michael Choice to Triple-A
    Indians sent OF Michael Choice outright to Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: Choice was pushed off the Indians' 40-man roster last week. He has accepted a non-roster invite to spring training in 2016 and figures to open the year at Columbus. Yesterday, 11:29 am
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    W, 3-1 vs Bos
  • 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
  • Red Sox outright Josh Rutledge to Pawtucket
    Red Sox sent 2B Josh Rutledge outright to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Rutledge was designated for assignment earlier this month and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 26-year-old middle infielder is a .261/.310/.398 career hitter in 1,032 major league plate appearances -- the large majority of them having taken place at power-friendly Coors Field. Yesterday, 10:34 am
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    L, 3-1 @Cle
  • 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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    W, 7-2 vs Mia
  • Justin Maxwell signs minors deal with Marlins
    Marlins signed OF Justin Maxwell to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Maxwell turned in a brutal .209/.275/.341 batting line in 274 plate appearances this summer for the Giants. He had a pretty good 2012 season with the Astros and played well in the second of 2013 with the Royals, but the 32-year-old probably won't ever be fantasy relevant. Yesterday, 9:33 am
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    L, 7-2 @Phi
  • 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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    W, 6-1 ^ @Min
  • 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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    W, 6-1 ^ @Min
  • 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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    W, 6-1 ^ @Min
  • 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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    W, 6-1 ^ @Min
  • Indians designate Choice for assignment
    Indians designated OF Michael Choice for assignment.

    Advice: Choice gets the boot off the 40-man roster after Wednesday's acquisition of Kirby Yates. The former top prospect was acquired from the Rangers back in August and could soon be with his third organization in the past four months. Wednesday, 11:02 am
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    W, 3-1 vs Bos
  • 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. Monday, 8:04 am
  • 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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    W, 6-1 ^ @Min
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