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  • Strop needed stitches in non-throwing elbow
    Pedro Strop received 3-4 stitches in his left (non-throwing elbow) as a result of a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Thursday.

    Advice: He also was given precautionary X-rays, which came back negative. It was surely a scare for the Cubs' reliever, but Strop will be fine. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:00 am
  • Ronald Belisario elects free agency
    Ronald Belisario has elected free agency.

    Advice: Belisario had been removed from the White Sox' 40-man roster earlier this month. The veteran reliever served as Chicago's closer for a portion of the 2014 season but ultimately posted a 5.56 ERA and 1.45 WHIP over 66 1/3 innings. He might have to settle for a minor league deal this winter. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:55 am
     
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  • Nationals, Fister haven't talked extension
    James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that there have been "no talks for months" between the Nationals and Doug Fister regarding a contract extension.

    Advice: The team offered Fister a long-term deal shortly after they traded for him last offseason, but it was turned down and talks apparently haven't rekindled. It's undoubtedly the reason the Nationals are willing to listen to offers for Fister, as reported by USA Today's Bob Nightengale last week. Both Fister and Jordan Zimmermann are slated for free agency after next season and the Nats know that they likely can't keep both of them. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:53 am
  • Royals get Brian Flynn from Marlins
    Royals acquired LHP Brian Flynn and RHP Reid Redman from the Marlins in exchange for RHP Aaron Crow.

    Advice: Flynn holds an 8.64 ERA over 25 innings at the big league level but has flashed some promise in the minors. He's a big left-hander who could either wind up as a back-end of the rotation starter or possible bullpen arm. Flynn will turn just 25 in April. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:39 am
  • Marlins acquire Aaron Crow from Royals
    Marlins acquired RHP Aaron Crow from the Royals in exchange for LHP Brian Flynn and RHP Reid Redman.

    Advice: FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal first reported the deal, and it's now been made official. Crow was an All-Star in his rookie season back in 2011, but his stuff and results have declined steadily since then. He held a 4.12 ERA with just 34 strikeouts over 59 innings in 2014 and could have been facing a non-tender this winter with another raise via arbitration coming. The Marlins will hope the 28-year-old can rediscover his stuff in the National League. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:20 am
  • Padres re-sign Jason Lane to minors deal
    Padres re-signed LHP Jason Lane to a minor league contract.

    Advice: It's not clear whether the deal includes an invitation to spring training. Lane, a former outfielder, allowed one run over 10 1/3 frames for the Padres in 2014. He's merely a depth addition. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:14 am
     
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  • Tony Campana inks minors deal with White Sox
    White Sox signed OF Tony Campana to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Campana's wife, Whitney, revealed the news of her husband's signing on Twitter. The deal presumably contains an invitation to spring training, where Campana will compete for a bench job. The speedy outfielder batted just .187/.197/.227 in 44 games in the majors this past season for the Angels and Diamondbacks. Rotoworld.com
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  • Royals re-sign Jason Frasor for $1.25 million
    Royals re-signed RHP Jason Frasor to a one-year, $1.25 million contract with a $2 million mutual option for 2016.

    Advice: There's a $550,000 buyout attached to the option, so the deal will net Frasor at least $1.8 million. He can also earn an additional $500,000 in incentives in both 2015 and 2016. The Royals' big three at the back-end of the bullpen deservedly received most of the attention, but Frasor was also terrific for them in middle relief, posting a 1.53 ERA in 23 appearances after coming over in a trade with the Rangers. The 37-year-old should have another effective year or two left in the tank. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:35 am
     
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  • Michael Kohn outrighted to Triple-A
    Rays sent RHP Michael Kohn outright to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: He's now cleared waivers twice since September after being removed from a pair of 40-man rosters. Kohn should still have a shot to crack the Rays' Opening Day roster if he accepts the assignment in lieu of free agency. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:17 am
     
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    L, 7-2 @Cle
  • Anthony Swarzak elects free agency
    Anthony Swarzak has elected free agency.

    Advice: Swarzak, 29, had a 4.60 ERA and 47/28 K/BB ratio in 86 innings over 46 relief appearances and four starts this past season. He'll find a home somewhere, but it might be on a minor league deal. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:15 am
     
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  • Martinez would have 'soft cap' on innings
    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said that Carlos Martinez will have a "soft cap" on his innings next season if he wins a spot in the rotation.

    Advice: As it stands right now, Martinez is the favorite over Marco Gonzales for the No. 5 spot following the trade of Shelby Miller. Mozeliak noted that the club would keep an eye on Martinez's workload during the season so that they will have him available to contribute down the stretch. Working mostly as a reliever, Martinez threw just 99 2/3 frames in 2014. He's never thrown more than 108 innings in a season as a pro. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:42 am
  • Jon Lester not visiting with Cardinals
    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that, "as of this week," the Cardinals have no plans to bring in Jon Lester for a visit.

    Advice: It contradicts an earlier report from Peter Gammons, who said the team planned to have Lester in next week. However, Goold does note that the Cards are keeping their finger on the pulse of the pitching market and could ultimately have interest in Lester or another top-shelf starter. As it stands right now, Carlos Martinez is the favorite to open next season as their No. 5 starter. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:38 am
     
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    W, 4-0 @Tex
  • Olney: Melky prefers to not re-sign with Jays
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Melky Cabrera's preference is to not re-sign with the Blue Jays.

    Advice: The reasoning is that he wants to get away from the artificial surface at Rogers Centre. Cabrera was already looking unlikely to end up back in Toronto after the club signed Russell Martin to an $82 million contract. The outfielder is said to prefer to play on the East Coast or in the Midwest. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:42 am
     
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  • Pedro Strop involved in car accident
    Pedro Strop was involved in a car accident in the Dominican Republic on Thursday.

    Advice: It sounds like he'll be alright, as the Cubs say reports on the pitcher's status are "encouraging." There are no further details available at the moment, but we'll be sure to update Strop's status once more is known. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:39 am
  • White Sox, Tigers interested in Masterson
    The White Sox and Tigers have interest in free agent Justin Masterson, per Paul Hoynes.

    Advice: It had already been reported that the Indians and Twins were interested in Masterson's services as well. Hoynes adds that the Royals could consider Masterson if they cannot retain James Shields. The right-hander is coming off of a 5.88 ERA, but with his injury woes behind him, he's primed for a bounce-back season. Masterson turns 30 years old in March. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:27 pm
     
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    W, 1-0 @Ari
  • Indians are 'out' on free agent Chase Headley
    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians are "out" on free agent Chase Headley.

    Advice: The Indians made a few inquiries but have already determined that Headley, who's being courted by several teams, will cost too much. Cleveland is not expected to be a big player in this year's free agent market. Headley seems most likely to re-sign with the Yankees, though the Giants have suddenly emerged as an intriguing potential match with Pablo Sandoval walking as a free agent. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:10 am
     
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    W, 9-5 ^ @Bos
  • Lester not expected to make decision soon
    Rob Bradford of WEEI reports that Jon Lester isn't expected to make a decision anytime soon on where he'll sign.

    Advice: Lester is still said to be early in the free agent process and is still meeting with interested teams. The Red Sox remain optimistic at a reunion with the prized left-hander, though the Cubs, Braves, Giants and Cardinals are among many others interested in his services. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:52 pm
     
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  • White Sox outright Belisario to Triple-A
    White Sox sent RHP Ronald Belisario outright to Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander passed through waivers unclaimed. He'll now have to decide whether to accept the outright assignment or to hit the free agent market and attempt to find a better opportunity elsewhere. He posted a 5.56 ERA and 1.45 WHIP over 66 1/3 innings with the club in 2014. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:16 pm
     
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  • Yanks will only go three years for Headley
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are only willing to offer a three-year deal to Chase Headley.

    Advice: There aren't many options at third base in free agency now that Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez are off the market, so Headley likely believes that he can do better. The Giants, Sandoval's former team, could be positioned to make a run at him. If Headley manages to do better elsewhere, the Yankees would likely go with Martin Prado at third base. As for second base, the Yankees could turn to prospects Robert Refsnyder or Jose Pirela or an outside option. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:00 am
     
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  • Yanks won't get in bidding war for Headley
    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News hears from one industry source that it's unlikely the Yankees will engage in a bidding war for Chase Headley.

    Advice: On the heels of the Red Sox signing both Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, two industry sources tell Feinsand that Headley is now likely to land a four-year deal worth between $56-60 million. It's unclear whether the Yankees are willing to go that far, as they have Martin Prado in-house as an alternative for third base. The Giants could emerge as the primary competition for Headley now that Sandoval is with Boston. The Indians have also been mentioned as a possibility, but Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that he will be too expensive. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:48 am
     
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    W, 9-5 ^ @Bos
  • Report: Giants have reached out to 3B Headley
    The Giants have reached out to free agent Chase Headley, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

    Advice: That's not surprising, with Pablo Sandoval leaving to sign with the Red Sox on Tuesday. Heyman does note that, despite their contact with Headley, that the Giants "seem more enthused ... about some of the outfield options." The Indians and Yankees are among the other teams interested in Headley. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:11 pm
     
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    W, 9-5 ^ @Bos
  • Sox owner Henry optimistic on signing Lester
    Red Sox owner John Henry said he's optimistic about the team signing free agent Jon Lester.

    Advice: "I am. I'm hopeful," Henry said. He has also said the team won't be concerned about exceeding the $189 million luxury tax to improve the ballclub. The Red Sox just announced the Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez signings Tuesday, but it appears that won't preclude them from pursuing Lester. The Cubs, Braves, Giants and Cardinals are also rumored to be involved. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:47 pm
     
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    W, 4-0 @Tex
  • Report: Cubs offer Lester 'north of' $135M
    David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reports that the Cubs have offered free agent left-hander Jon Lester a six-year deal worth "north of" $135 million.

    Advice: This is the biggest reported offer to Lester thus far, topping the six-year, $110-120 million offer he reportedly received from the Red Sox. This is shaping up to be more than a two-team race, as the Braves, Giants, and Cardinals are also involved. In fact, Kaplan pegs the Giants as a serious threat. Perhaps something close to a $25 million AAV isn't so far-fetched after all. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:25 pm
     
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    W, 4-0 @Tex
  • Twins outright RHP Swarzak to Triple-A
    Twins sent RHP Anthony Swarzak outright to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: The move clears him from the 40-man roster. Swarzak, 29, had a 4.60 ERA and 47/28 K/BB ratio in 86 innings over 46 relief appearances and four starts this past season. He can reject the minor league assignment and become a free agent. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:55 am
     
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    L, 3-0 @Det
  • Lester expected to exceed $25M AAV
    Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports that Jon Lester's AAV (average annual value) is expected to exceed $25 million per season when he signs with a team.

    Advice: That's a lot of dough. Only three pitchers (Felix Hernandez, Justin Verlander, and Clayton Kershaw) have ever signed a contract with an AAV of $25 million or more. Lester has reportedly received a six-year offer from the Red Sox worth between $110-120 million, but it sounds like he'll end up getting more before all is said and done. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:28 am
     
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  • Indians among teams interested in Headley
    Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports that the Indians are among the teams who have shown interest in free agent third baseman Chase Headley.

    Advice: While the Indians are interested, Castrovince writes that it's unclear whether they have made an offer. The Yankees plan to make a strong push to bring Headley back, but the Giants appear likely to pursue him now that Pablo Sandoval has left for the Red Sox. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:40 am
     
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  • Lester draws serious interest from five teams
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that there are at least five teams "seriously interested" in free agent left-hander Jon Lester.

    Advice: While the money will obviously be an important factor in his decision, Lester also values comfort. This could give an edge to the Red Sox or the Braves in his adopted hometown of Atlanta. The Cubs, Giants, and Cardinals are also believed to be in the mix. The Red Sox have reportedly offered Lester a six-year deal worth between $110 and $120 million and Heyman hears that they could be willing to go to $130 million to get a deal done. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:21 am
     
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    W, 4-0 @Tex
  • Jon Lester to visit with Cardinals next week
    Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com reports that Jon Lester plans to visit with the Cardinals next week.

    Advice: Gammons adds that Lester "perhaps" could then make a decision at the end of that week ahead of the Winter Meetings. Most have viewed the Cubs and Red Sox as the favorites to sign the left-hander, but the Cards, Braves, Giants, Blue Jays and Royals have also expressed interest. Part of the appeal with Lester is that it won't cost a team a draft pick to sign him. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:55 am
     
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  • Red Sox still 'very much engaged' on Lester
    Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are "still very much engaged" with Jon Lester.

    Advice: The Sox have signed both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval in the last 12-24 hours, but they're apparently not done spending in this market. Lester is also drawing serious interest from the Cubs and Braves, and the Giants, Cardinals, Blue Jays, and Royals have also been linked. The 30-year-old left-hander registered a 2.46 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 220/48 K/BB ratio in 219 2/3 innings this past season between Boston and Oakland. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:43 pm
     
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  • Giants could be in play for FA SP Jon Lester
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Giants' savings on Pablo Sandoval "could put them in play" for free agent starter Jon Lester.

    Advice: Sandoval is reportedly headed to Boston (along with Hanley Ramirez) on a five-year deal worth around $100 million. That has left the defending World Series-champion Giants scrambling to reload -- Cuban defector Yasmany Tomas is known to be a target, and Rosenthal suggests that third baseman Chase Headley might become an option to take over for Sandoval at third base. Lester would obviously be a fantastic addition to the San Francisco pitching staff. The Cubs, Braves, Red Sox, Cardinals, Blue Jays, and Royals are also believed to have serious interest. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:10 am
     
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  • 'At least six teams' interested in Lester
    Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that "at least six teams" have interest in free agent LHP Jon Lester.

    Advice: The three teams known to have met with the free agent are the Red Sox, Cubs and Braves. Rosenthal also wrote that the Cardinals, Blue Jays and Royals "have interest" in Lester. He speculated that the Yankees could possibly jump into the mix, but at this point, that's just speculation. The Red Sox reportedly offered Lester a six-year deal worth between $110 and $120 million. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:27 am
     
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  • 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
    Friday, 5:57 am
     
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  • White Sox DFA righty Ronald Belisario
    White Sox designated RHP Ronald Belisario for assignment.

    Advice: Belisario served as Chicago's closer for a stretch this summer, but he wound up with an ugly 5.56 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 66 1/3 total innings. The 31-year-old right-hander has posted good numbers in the past and should draw interest on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:26 pm
     
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  • Doug Fister 'available if deal makes sense'
    Doug Fister "is available if a deal makes sense," according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

    Advice: Fister is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2015 season, so the Nats are dangling him on the trade market in the event that they're presented with an attractive return package. They're doing the same with Jordan Zimmermann, who is also entering his contract year. Fister, 30, posted a stellar 2.41 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 164 innings this past season for Washington. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:25 am
  • White Sox have interest in FA Melky Cabrera
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the White Sox are interested in free agent Melky Cabrera.

    Advice: Heyman also names the Orioles and Mariners as potential fits for the 30-year-old outfielder, who batted .301/.351/.458 with 16 home runs and 73 RBI in 139 games this past season for the Blue Jays. He rejected a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer from Toronto earlier this month, so his free agency is tied to draft pick compensation. The Jays are probably out of the mix to re-sign Cabrera because they spent $82 million on catcher Russell Martin. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:13 am
     
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  • Report: Marlins have interest in Masterson
    The Marlins have interest in free agent Justin Masterson, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

    Advice: Masterson is drawing interest from the Twins and Cubs, among others. The Indians' 2014 Opening Day starter struggled to a 5.88 ERA this past season, in part due to injury, but he was an All-Star in 2013 and could be a buy-low candidate for a team that misses out on one of the frontline starters. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:05 pm
     
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    W, 1-0 @Ari
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