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  • Mets ink Stolmy Pimentel to minors deal
    Mets signed RHP Stolmy Pimentel to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Pimentel, 25, holds a mediocre 4.39 ERA over 33 career relief appearances but has struck out a batter per frame. He'll compete for a bullpen job in spring training. 45 minutes ago
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    W, 1-0 vs Was
  • Report: Giants interested in RHP John Lackey
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants are among the teams interested in free agent right-hander John Lackey.

    Advice: Rosenthal notes that the Giants are examining a "wide range of options." They are seen as a threat to land Zack Greinke, but Lackey would be a fine fallback. The veteran right-hander had a career-best 2.77 ERA across 33 starts this past season. He turned 37 in October, but should be able to land a two or three-year deal in free agency. Today, 12:05 pm
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    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 @Atl
  • Jays ink LHP Diamond to minor league deal
    Blue Jays signed LHP Scott Diamond to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Diamond, who previously pitched for the Twins, posted a 3.71 ERA and 91/26 K/BB ratio over 150 1/3 innings this past season with the Rays' Triple-A affiliate. The 29-year-old Ontario native will provide some rotation depth. Today, 11:54 am
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    L, 4-0 @Pit
  • Report: Nationals interested in Ben Zobrist
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal writes that the Nationals are interested in free agent Ben Zobrist.

    Advice: Rosenthal writes that the Nationals are in need of a left-handed hitting infielder and outfielder. The switch-hitting Zobrist is capable of playing all over and has been a target for the Nationals in the past, so it's a natural fit. Of course, the same could be said for several teams, including the NL East rival Mets. Today, 11:39 am
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • Braves re-sign Lavarnway to minors deal
    Braves re-signed C Ryan Lavarnway to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Lavarnway played in 27 games with the Braves this past season while batting .227/.311/.394 with two home runs and six RBI over 74 plate appearances. The 28-year-old has a chance to serve as A.J. Pierzynski's backup if the Braves decide to give Christian Bethancourt some time in the minors. Today, 11:16 am
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    W, 6-0 vs StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • Braves sign Tuiasosopo to minor league deal
    Braves signed OF Matt Tuiasosopo to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Tuiasosopo, 29, spent the 2015 season with the Triple-A affiliate for the White Sox while batting .230/.344/.447 with 18 home runs and 52 RBI over 103 games. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2013 as a member of the Tigers, but with the Braves in tear-down mode, anything is possible. Today, 11:12 am
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Braves sign Brignac to minor league deal
    Braves signed INF Reid Brignac to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Brignac, who turns 30 in January, appeared in 17 games with the Marlins this past season and owns a lowly .219/.266/.310 batting line in the majors. He's simply organizational fodder at this point. Today, 11:08 am
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    L, 7-2 @Phi
  • Braves ink d'Arnaud to minors deal
    Braves signed INF Chase d'Arnaud to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: D'Arnaud appeared in nine games with the Phillies this past season and spent most of the year in Triple-A. He turns 29 in January and appears likely to serve as organizational depth for the 2016 campaign. Today, 11:01 am
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    W, 7-2 vs Mia
  • Padres drawing trade interest in Margot
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi, the Padres are drawing trade interest in prospect outfielder Manuel Margot.

    Advice: Margot, 21, was just acquired from the Red Sox this month in the Craig Kimbrel deal. Padres general manager A.J. Preller has shown that he likes to wheel and deal, but one source told Rosenthal that the odds are 80-20 against a trade. It would take another high impact player/prospect for the Padres to even consider the possibility. Today, 10:14 am
  • Nats ink Schafer to minor league deal
    Nationals signed OF Logan Schafer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Schafer appeared in 69 games with the Brewers this season and owns a .212/.286/.319 batting line in the majors. The 29-year-old plays all three outfield positions and could be a bench player for the Nationals in 2016. Today, 10:04 am
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    L, 1-0 @NYM
  • Dombrowski: No winter ball plans for Hanley
    Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday that there's "no plan in place" for Hanley Ramirez to play winter ball.

    Advice: Ramirez told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes that he was planning to play for the Licey Tigers in the Dominican Winter League, but Dombrowski said "presently this is only a rumor." It's unclear whether the possibility has been scratched altogether, but clearly there has been a miscommunication between the two sides. Ramirez currently projects to serve as Boston's regular first baseman in 2016 and he could get some time at his new position if he ends up playing winter ball. Today, 9:38 am
  • Report: Mariners expected to trade Trumbo
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick was told by several rival executives that they expect the Mariners to trade Mark Trumbo this offseason.

    Advice: Trumbo currently projects to be the primary first baseman in 2016, but a lot can change over the winter. It's worth noting that new Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto, formerly with the Angels, has traded him before. Trumbo projects to make in excess of $9 million in his final year of arbitration. He turns 30 in January and batted .262/.310/.449 with 22 home runs and 64 RBI over 142 games this past season. Today, 7:12 am
    W, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Lincecum (hip) to throw for teams in January
    Tim Lincecum (hip) plans to hold a showcase for interested teams in January.

    Advice: Lincecum underwent surgery in September to repair a torn labrum in his hip and fix an impingement. His rehab process is ahead of schedule and he could receive clearance to begin throwing when he visits his surgeon for a follow-up in December. The hope is that he might be able to regain some velocity now that his hip pain is gone. The 31-year-old was limited to just 15 starts this past season and owns a 4.68 ERA (75 ERA+) over the past four seasons. Today, 5:55 am
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    L, 7-3 vs Col
  • Angels considering run at Jason Heyward
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi report that the Angels "aren’t ruling out a pursuit" of Jason Heyward.

    Advice: The report notes that the Angels "are only in the preliminary stages" in their search for an everyday outfielder and Heyward is just one of the names they're considering. If the Halos did land Heyward, they would have the reigning Gold Glove-winning right fielders from both leagues (they'd move Kole Calhoun to left field to accommodate Heyward). The Cardinals would love to re-sign Heyward but know they'll be facing plenty of competition. Yesterday, 6:47 pm
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    L, 6-0 @Atl; L, 2-0 @Atl
  • James Paxton throwing simulated games
    James Paxton threw a seven-inning simulated game on Monday.

    Advice: He'll throw another seven-inning sim game again soon. Paxton was limited to just 13 starts in 2015 for the second straight season due to injury, and the Mariners are doing what they can to help build up his stamina. The left-hander also participated in the Arizona Fall League. Yesterday, 5:05 pm
  • Mike Zunino to begin 2016 in minors?
    Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said that Chris Iannetta will serve as the club's "primary catcher" in 2016.

    Advice: That would seem to indicate former top prospect Mike Zunino will begin next season back in the minors. Zunino was sent down to Triple-A in late August last year after hitting an embarrassing .174/.230/.300 over 112 games. Some more seasoning for the 24-year-old probably is the right move. Yesterday, 4:55 pm
  • D'Backs, Matt Reynolds avoid arbitration
    Diamondbacks and LHP Matt Reynolds avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $675,000 contract.

    Advice: Zach Buchanan of passed along the contract details, which includes a $25,000 bonus if he reaches 55 appearances. The left-hander held a 4.61 ERA in his first year back from Tommy John surgery, although he struck out 18 over 13 2/3 frames. Yesterday, 3:42 pm
  • White Sox sign Phillippe Aumont
    White Sox signed RHP Phillippe Aumont to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The former top prospect holds a 6.80 ERA with 34 walks over 43 2/3 innings at the big league level. Slated to turn 27 in January, Aumont is just a depth guy. Yesterday, 3:34 pm
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    L, 6-0 vs Det
  • Drew Rucinski signs on with Cubs
    Cubs signed RHP Drew Rucinski to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Rucinski has struggled in his brief time in the majors (6.28 ERA) and didn't pitch well at Triple-A in 2015 (5.69 ERA), either. However, his numbers prior to 2015 were much more promising. Yesterday, 3:29 pm
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    W, 3-1 @Mil
  • John Hicks designated for assignment
    Mariners designated C John Hicks for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Chris Iannetta. Hicks, 26, had just two hits in 32 at-bats in his first taste of the majors this past season. Yesterday, 3:14 pm
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  • Steve Tolleson catches on with Orioles
    Orioles signed INF Steve Tolleson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Tolleson is a career .245/.299/.372 hitter over parts of four big league seasons but offers plenty of defensive versatility. He played in 29 games with the Orioles in 2012. Yesterday, 3:02 pm
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Hanley Ramirez to play winter ball
    Enrique Rojas of reports that Hanley Ramirez will play for the Licey Tigers in the Dominican Winter League.

    Advice: Ramirez said that he'll serve mainly as Licey's designated hitter, although he'll also play some first base. The news is surely welcomed by the Red Sox as Ramirez transitions to first base next season. Staying active could also help Hanley show up to spring training slimmer, which Boston has told him they'd prefer. Yesterday, 2:59 pm
  • Stark: Nats want to trade Papelbon and Storen
    ESPN's Jayson Stark has been told by three teams that the Nationals are looking to trade both Jonathan Papelbon and Drew Storen.

    Advice: Most assumed one of them would go, with Storen probably the most likely. However, it appears that the Nats are aiming to really remake their bullpen, with Stark saying they're targeting Aroldis Chapman, Darren O'Day and others. Papelbon and Storen were reportedly pursued by the Tigers before they traded for Francisco Rodriguez. Yesterday, 2:30 pm
  • Hak-Ju Lee catches on with Giants
    Giants signed INF Hak-Ju Lee to a minor league contract.

    Advice: A former top prospect, Lee has just never progressed with the bat in the upper minors, hitting only .220/.303/.304 this past season at Triple-A. He just turned 25 earlier this month, though, so he's worth a shot on a minor league deal. Yesterday, 2:01 pm
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    W, 12-3 vs Tor
  • Johnny Hellweg inks minors deal with Padres
    Padres signed RHP Johnny Hellweg to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Hellweg really struggled in his first year back from Tommy John surgery in 2015, posting a 6.06 ERA and 39/52 K/BB ratio over 61 innings in the minors. He was once a nice prospect, and San Diego is as nice a landing spot as any, but Hellweg obviously has things to work on before he has a shot to make an impact in the majors. Yesterday, 1:59 pm
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    L, 3-1 vs ChC
  • 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. Yesterday, 8:04 am
  • Tigers discussed Papelbon, Storen with Nats
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that before acquiring Francisco Rodriguez from the Brewers, the Tigers discussed Jonathan Papelbon and Drew Storen with the Nationals.

    Advice: Ultimately, it appears that the asking price on either of the Nats relievers were too high for new general manager Al Avila's liking. The Tigers still need several quality relievers to round out their bullpen, but it appears as though they'll be shopping in the mid-range market rather that the elite options. Sunday, 4:56 pm
  • Report: Red Sox have 'inquired' about Lackey
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe said the Red Sox have "inquired" about John Lackey.

    Advice: Lackey won a World Series with Boston in 2013 before being swapped for Joe Kelly and Allen Craig at the following year's trade deadline. Boston's interest appears to be pretty limited as the Red Sox are hoping to land an ace like Zack Greinke or David Price. The Giants and Cubs have emerged as the favorites for Lackey while Cafardo says the Cardinals are "keeping their toes in the water." Saturday, 6:58 pm
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    L, 6-0 ^ @Atl; L, 2-0 @Atl
  • Hanley Ramirez not drawing much trade interest
    Five general managers told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that they wouldn't trade for Hanley Ramirez even if the Red Sox agreed to cover half of his remaining salary.

    Advice: Ramirez was a total bust this year, hitting .249 with 19 homers while playing horrendous defense in left field. With three years and $66 million left on his contract, the Red Sox are going to have a tough time moving him. David Ortiz has decided to retire after next year, which could open the door for Ramirez to DH full time beginning in 2017. He'll start next season at first base. Saturday, 5:54 pm
  • 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. Saturday, 5:27 pm
  • Padres add OF Margot to 40-man roster
    Padres purchased the contract of OF Manuel Margot from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Margot, who was acquired from the Red Sox last week in the Craig Kimbrel trade, is now on the Padres' 40-man roster. The 21-year-old is coming off an impressive season between High-A and Double-A and likely isn't far off from the majors. Thursday, 8:20 pm
  • Jocketty says 'nothing close' with Chapman
    Reds president of baseball operations Walt Jocketty said Wednesday that there's no trade that's close for Aroldis Chapman, but that he hopes to move the closer before the Winter Meetings.

    Advice: The Red Sox and Tigers are likely off the board as possibilities now, but Chapman should still have plenty of suitors. The Astros, Yankees, Diamondbacks, Blue Jays, and Nationals are among the other teams who reportedly have interest in the flamethrower. Over six seasons of work with the Reds, Chapman holds a 2.17 ERA with a 546/155 K/BB ratio across 319 innings. He's under team control for one more year, so the Reds are unlikely to get a package back like the Padres did for Craig Kimbrel, but the price figures to be high. Wednesday, 6:48 pm
  • Report: Mets 'very interested' in Ben Zobrist
    Tim Rohan of the New York Times hears from a league source that the Mets are "very interested" in Ben Zobrist.

    Advice: Join the club. Still, the Mets' interest appears to be strong and genuine, as they met with his representatives at the recent GM Meetings and held a conference call with him on Wednesday. With his versatility, Zobrist is drawing interest from around 10 teams at the moment. Despite turning 35 next May, it's possible he could land a four-year deal this winter. Wednesday, 12:46 pm
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  • Tigers have inquired on closers via trade
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Tigers have inquired on closers on the trade market, but aren't comfortable with the asking prices.

    Advice: Rosenthal uses the Reds' Aroldis Chapman and the Yankees' Andrew Miller as two examples, but plenty more are rumored to be available at the moment, including the Pirates' Mark Melancon, the Phillies' Ken Giles, and the Rays' Brad Boxberger and Jake McGee. Either way, the club isn't prepared to give up the players it would likely take to land them. It's worth noting that the Tigers are also talking about a reunion with free agent reliever Joakim Soria. Wednesday, 5:50 am
  • Mets have reached out to Ben Zobrist's agent
    According to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, the Mets have reached out to the agent of Ben Zobrist.

    Advice: Davidoff states in the same report that the Yankees are not interested in Zobrist despite their need for infield help. The veteran utilityman has already been connected to close to a dozen teams this offseason after hitting .276/.359/.450 with 13 home runs, 36 doubles, and 56 RBI in 126 games this past year between Oakland and Kansas City. Zobrist, 34, is probably looking for a three- or four-year deal. Nov 16, 11:55 am
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  • Red Sox inquired about Aroldis Chapman
    Reds GM Dick Williams said the Red Sox inquired about Aroldis Chapman but a deal was never imminent.

    Advice: This was before Boston swapped four prospects for Padres closer Craig Kimbrel on Friday night. "We talked to them," said Williams. "The Red Sox moved really quickly. We never got far down the road." Chapman, Jay Bruce, Brandon Phillips, Todd Frazier and Joey Votto could all be offered as trade chips as Cincinnati begins its rebuilding process this offseason. Peter Gammons said Thursday the Reds were expected to deal Chapman by the end of the weekend. Nov 14, 3:10 pm
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