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  • Jays ink J.A. Happ to three-year, $36M deal
    Blue Jays signed LHP J.A. Happ to a three-year, $36 million contract.

    Advice: The 33-year-old southpaw, helped by the tutelage of pitching coach Ray Searage, posted a 1.85 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 69/13 K/BB ratio over 63 1/3 innings down the stretch after a mid-season trade to the Pirates. Happ returns to Toronto where he previously pitched from 2012-2014. He adds another quality arm to the back of what is becoming a deep and talented starting rotation. Today, 4:58 pm
  • Randal Grichuk (elbow) yet to start throwing
    Brian Stull of CBS Sports reports that while Randal Grichuk (elbow) is feeling strong, he has yet to begin throwing.

    Advice: The outfielder missed time late in the season with a right elbow injury. He's expected to begin throwing late next month and should be fully healthy and ready to go for spring training. The 24-year-old had is coming off a strong 2015 campaign where he slashed .276/.329/.548 with 17 homers and 47 RBI in 103 games. Today, 4:37 pm
  • Report: Puig involved in fight at nightclub
    Renato Bermudez of ESPN Deportes reports that Yasiel Puig was recently involved in a fight with a security guard at a Miami nightclub.

    Advice: Details on the altercation are limited at this point, but Puig reportedly came away from the fight with a bruise on his face. We'll surely find out more about the incident before long, but it's certainly not a good look for Puig, who has his detractors in and out of the organization due to attitude issues. He was limited to just 79 games this season because of injury. Today, 12:03 pm
  • Indians ink Anthony Recker to minors deal
    Indians signed C Anthony Recker to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Recker batted just .125/.239/.213 in 32 games this past season for the Mets. He's merely a depth addition. Today, 11:50 am
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    W, 3-1 vs Bos
  • Dayan Viciedo nearing deal with Japanese club reports that Dayan Viciedo is nearing a contract with the Chunichi Dragons of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball.

    Advice: Viciedo spent all of 2015 at the Triple-A level with a couple different teams, batting .287/.348/.450 with eight home runs across 276 plate appearances. He'll turn just 27 in March but has apparently decided signing with a club overseas is his best option. Today, 10:34 am
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  • Athletics likely to trade INF Brett Lawrie
    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics are likely to trade Brett Lawrie following the acquisition of Jed Lowrie.

    Advice: Slusser says the trade for Lowrie "all but ensures" the A's will deal either Lawrie or Danny Valencia, and Lawrie "is considered the better bet to be traded." The report adds that both Lawrie and Valencia "are drawing interest" from American League clubs. Lawrie hasn't come close to reaching his full potential, hitting only .263/.316/.420 in his first five big league seasons, but he'll turn just 26 in January and is under team control through 2017, so it's not terribly surprisingly that some clubs appear to have interest. Today, 7:22 am
  • Royals release LHP Wandy Rodriguez
    Royals released LHP Wandy Rodriguez.

    Advice: The southpaw had a 1.13 ERA over eight innings at Triple-A Omaha. Rodriguez, 36, will attempt to catch on elsewhere, but his best days are certainly behind him. Yesterday, 3:41 pm
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • Edwin Encarnacion (hernia) resumes workouts
    Edwin Encarnacion (hernia) began running on Thursday.

    Advice: Encarnacion tweeted a video of himself jogging with a friend (or perhaps trainer) in the Dominican Republic. He underwent surgery in late October to repair a sports hernia but is fully expected to be ready for the beginning of the 2016 season. The 32-year-old slugger registered a .929 OPS with 39 home runs and 111 RBI in 146 games this summer for the American League East-champion Blue Jays. Yesterday, 11:32 am
  • Braves sign Joel de la Cruz to minors deal
    Braves signed RHP Joel de la Cruz to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The 26-year-old right-hander had a 3.31 ERA, 1.245 WHIP, and 42/22 K/BB ratio in 84 1/3 innings this past season between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre -- minor league affiliates of the Yankees. He has never appeared in a major league game, but de la Cruz will have a decent shot at changing that with the rapidly-rebuilding Braves. Yesterday, 9:48 am
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    W, 6-0 vs StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • Pirates sign Curtis Partch to minors contract
    Pirates signed RHP Curtis Partch to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Partch posted a decent 3.53 ERA and 81/26 K/BB ratio in 63 2/3 innings this summer for the Triple-A affiliate of the Giants. He'll act as relief depth now for Pittsburgh. Yesterday, 8:56 am
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    L, 7-3 vs Col
  • Dodgers re-sign Matt West to minors deal
    Dodgers re-signed RHP Matt West to a minor league contract.

    Advice: West made two scoreless relief appearances this summer for the Dodgers. He spent the majority of the season between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City. Consider the 27-year-old organizational bullpen depth. Yesterday, 8:26 am
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    W, 6-3 vs SD
  • Braves sign Bud Norris to one-year contract
    Braves signed RHP Bud Norris to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

    Advice: Norris was designated for assignment by the Orioles in early August and finished out the 2015 campaign in a Padres uniform. Between the two clubs, the 30-year-old right-hander held a bloated 6.72 ERA and 1.57 WHIP across 83 innings. He appeared in 38 games overall, with 11 starts in that mix. Norris has had serviceable seasons in the past, but there's no real fantasy upside here. Wednesday, 1:27 pm
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    Bud Norris Atl - SP,RP
    W, 6-0 vs StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • Brandon Gomes elects free agency
    Brandon Gomes has elected free agency.

    Advice: Gomes, who was designated for assignment last week, chose free agency after refusing an outright assignment to Triple-A Durham. The 31-year-old is coming off a 4.27 ERA and 44/15 K/BB ratio over 59 innings this past season and will hope to find a bullpen job elsewhere. Wednesday, 12:31 pm
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    W, 12-3 vs Tor
  • 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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  • Rays outright Gomes to Triple-A
    Rays sent RHP Brandon Gomes outright to Triple-A Durham.

    Advice: Gomes cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week. He has three days to decide whether to accept the minor league assignment or refuse and test free agency. The 31-year-old posted a 4.27 ERA and 44/15 K/BB ratio over 59 innings this past season. Wednesday, 11:17 am
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    W, 12-3 vs Tor
  • Cubs acquire Rex Brothers from Rockies
    Cubs acquired LHP Rex Brothers from the Rockies for LHP Wander Cabrera.

    Advice: Brothers was designated for assignment by the Rockies last week. The 27-year-old was once thought of as a future closer, but control problems have been a major issue for him. Getting out of Colorado should be a good thing for him, as well as hooking up with Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio. It's a smart flier for Chicago. Wednesday, 11:04 am
  • Indians acquire Kirby Yates from Rays
    Indians acquired RHP Kirby Yates from the Rays for cash considerations.

    Advice: Yates was designated for assignment last week after posting an ugly 7.97 ERA in 20 appearances with the Rays this season while allowing 10 home runs in just 20 1/3 innings. The 28-year-old was much better in 2014 and the Indians will try to get him back on track. Wednesday, 10:58 am
    W, 3-1 vs Bos
  • Mariners outright LHP Hultzen to Triple-A
    Mariners sent LHP Danny Hultzen outright to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Hultzen cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last Friday. While the 2011 No. 2 overall pick is a familiar name, it's not surprising that he's staying put. Shoulder problems have limited him to just 43 2/3 innings over the past three seasons. Wednesday, 10:55 am
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    W, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Report: Wei-Yin Chen aims for 5-yr, $85M deal
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Wei-Yin Chen is seeking a deal worth $85 million over five years.

    Advice: It sounds crazy on the surface, but Chen owns a 3.72 ERA (110 ERA+) over his first four seasons in the majors while calling the American League East home. The 30-year-old is arguably the second-best left-handed starter on the market behind David Price. Chen's agent Scott Boras will surely remind teams of this as he attempts to reach the lofty asking price. Wednesday, 10:33 am
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    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Report: Dodgers have contacted Ryan Madson
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Dodgers have contacted free agent reliever Ryan Madson.

    Advice: While Kenley Jansen is an excellent closer, the bridge to the ninth inning proved to be a shaky one in 2015. The Dodgers have been mentioned as a possible trade partner for Aroldis Chapman and a fit for Darren O'Day in free agency, but Madson makes for an appealing alternative after reviving his career with a 2.13 ERA and 58/14 K/BB ratio over 63 1/3 innings with the Royals this season. The Long Beach, California native could land a multi-year deal in a weak market for relievers. Wednesday, 10:15 am
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • Athletics reunited with Jed Lowrie in trade
    Athletics acquired INF Jed Lowrie from the Astros for RHP Brendan McCurry.

    Advice: Lowrie signed a three-year contract with the Astros last winter, but he's headed back to Oakland after just one season. The 31-year-old got off to a great start in 2015 before suffering a thumb injury in late April and just couldn't get back on track with the bat after returning during the second half. It's unclear what the Athletics have in mind for him, but he's likely to receive regular playing time in 2016. Wednesday, 8:51 am
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    Jed Lowrie Oak - 3B,SS
    L, 3-2 @Sea
  • O's acquire L.J. Hoes from Astros
    Orioles acquired OF L.J. Hoes from the Astros for cash considerations.

    Advice: Hoes was designated for assignment by the Astros last week and the Orioles jumped at the opportunity at a reunion. The 25-year-old has struggled in sporadic opportunities in the majors, but he's coming off a strong season in Triple-A where he batted .295/.383/.400 over 99 games. He figures to compete for a bench job in the spring. Wednesday, 8:38 am
    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • White Sox sign Alex Avila to one-year deal
    White Sox signed C Alex Avila to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

    Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman passed along the contract details. Avila, who turns 29 in January, struggled through injuries this season while batting just .191 with four home runs and a .626 OPS over 67 games. However, he's a gamble at this price. Avila figures to share playing time behind the plate with Tyler Flowers in 2016. Wednesday, 8:22 am
    L, 6-0 vs Det
  • Pirates acquire Allen Webster from D'Backs
    Pirates acquired RHP Allen Webster from the Diamondbacks for cash considerations.

    Advice: Webster was designated for assignment last week after a disastrous season between the majors and the minors. Still, he won't be 26 until February and isn't far removed from being considered a top prospect. He'll be an intriguing project for Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage, who obviously has a number of success stories at this point. If there's any chance of him meeting his potential, it's probably here. Wednesday, 8:12 am
  • Report: A's acquire Jed Lowrie from Astros
    Jane Lee of reports that the Athletics have acquired Jed Lowrie from the Astros.

    Advice: No word yet on who is headed back to Houston. Lowrie, who previously played with the Athletics from 2013-2014, batted .222 with nine home runs and a .712 OPS in 69 games this past season. He's owed $7.5 million in 2016 and $6.5 million in 2017 while his contract includes a $6 million club option or $1 million buyout for 2018. He's yet another moving part for Oakland's infield. Wednesday, 8:06 am
    Player Note
    Jed Lowrie Oak - 3B,SS
    L, 3-2 @Sea
  • Braun (back) expects to be 100 pct. by spring
    Ryan Braun (back) said Wednesday that he expects to be 100 percent when spring training begins in February.

    Advice: "That's the plan," explained Braun, who underwent surgery in October to repair a herniated disc in his lower back. "All the rehab stuff is something I'll probably incorporate every day when it comes to my preparation and routine. I'll figure it out as I go. It's obviously still new to me. As I get back into baseball stuff, I'll figure out which exercises I'll want to continue to do and be a part of my routine." Braun underwent a cryotherapy procedure on his right thumb last October and again this June, but there are no plans for another one this offseason unless he feels discomfort when he begins swinging a bat in January. Wednesday, 8:00 am
    L, 3-1 vs ChC
  • Bradley penciled in as CF in 2016
    Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated on WEEI's "Hot Stove Show" on Tuesday night that Jackie Bradley is penciled in as the starting center fielder for 2016.

    Advice: What Bradley brings defensively can't be questioned, so the Red Sox are hoping that the progress he showed with the bat down the stretch is for real. The 25-year-old continues to pop up in trade rumors, but assuming he stays put this winter, Farrell envisions having Mookie Betts in right field and Rusney Castillo in left. Wednesday, 7:18 am
  • 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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  • Orioles could reunite with L.J. Hoes
    Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports wrote that the Orioles "still have interest" in free agent OF L.J. Hoes.

    Advice: Hoes elected to become a free agent in mid-October after spending the 2015 season with the Astros. He managed four hits in 15 at-bats with the big league squad. The 25-year-old outfielder was actually drafted by the Orioles in the third round of the 2008 amateur draft. For his career, he's the owner of a .237/.289/.328 batting line. Sunday, 12:14 pm
    W, 9-4 vs NYY
  • Brothers 'very surprised' after being DFA'ed
    Rex Brothers told the Denver Post he was "very surprised in a lot of ways" by the Rockies' decision to designate him for assignment.

    Advice: Brothers was one of four players the Rockies designated for assignment on Friday. The 27-year-old southpaw reliever indicated that the move knocked him off balance. "I thought I had put myself in a really good place to be in the Rockies' bullpen next season," Brothers said. GM Jeff Bridich explained the move as part of a need for a "fresh start." Brothers was once considered to have closer potential, but pitched just 10 1/3 innings for the Rockies in 2015. In his last full season in the bigs in 2014, he struggled to a 5.59 ERA and 1.84 WHIP across 56 1/3 innings. Just based on reputation, he should find a new home easily enough, but a closer's job is no longer in the cards barring a statistical turnaround. Sunday, 8:35 am
  • Beat writer: Dodgers unlikely to trade Puig
    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times doesn't expect the Dodgers to move Yasiel Puig this offseason.

    Advice: Hernandez's reasoning is that Puig gives the Dodgers a right-handed bat in an outfield full of left-handers. Puig is still just 24 and the Dodgers see a lot of potential despite his lackluster 2015 campaign. Plus he has three years remaining on a relatively affordable deal. There have been rumors of a rift between Puig and ace Clayton Kershaw but for now, it doesn't look like the Dodgers are considering a trade. Saturday, 2:05 pm
  • Allen Webster gets designated for assignment
    Diamondbacks designated RHP Allen Webster for assignment.

    Advice: The former top prospect, who was acquired by the Diamondbacks in last season's trade that sent Wade Miley to the Red Sox, owns a troublesome 6.13 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 76/66 K/BB ratio over 120 1/3 innings at the big league level. He's talented enough that other teams will be willing to give him a shot this winter. Friday, 7:52 pm
  • Rockies designate Rex Brothers for assignment
    Rockies designated LHP Rex Brothers for assignment.

    Advice: The long-heralded closer of the future for the Rockies was never able to deliver when given his chances in the Rockies bullpen. He still has a live arm, which means there will be teams willing to take a chance on him, but he has to be able to throw strikes much more consistently than he has. Friday, 5:20 pm
  • Rays designate Kirby Yates for assignment
    Rays designated RHP Kirby Yates for assignment.

    Advice: After a strong debut with the big league club in 2014, Yates took a major step back by registering a 7.97 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 21/7 K/BB ratio over his 20 1/3 innings in 2015. If he refuses the assignment, he should be able to land a minor league deal with a spring training invitation elsewhere. Friday, 5:02 pm
    W, 3-1 vs Bos
  • Rays designate Brandon Gomes for assignment
    Rays designated RHP Brandon Gomes for assignment.

    Advice: The 31-year-old right-hander becomes a casualty of the talent being too deep in the Rays organization. He was a respectable member of their bullpen in 2015, posting a 4.27 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 44/15 K/BB ratio over 59 innings. If he elects free agency, he shouldn't have a problem landing on his feet elsewhere. Friday, 4:59 pm
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    W, 12-3 vs Tor
  • Mariners DFA Danny Hultzen
    Mariners designated LHP Danny Hultzen for assignment.

    Advice: Hultzen has been on the shelf since May thanks to shoulder issues. The 27-year-old southpaw was the second overall selection in the 2011 amateur draft. He hasn't thrown more than 35 innings since 2012, when he turned in a 3.05 ERA over 124 frames. Friday, 10:35 am
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    W, 3-2 vs Oak
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