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  • Yu Darvish (elbow) cleared to begin throwing
    Yu Darvish (elbow) has been cleared for throwing.

    Advice: Darvish underwent a checkup MRI on his right elbow Tuesday in Arlington, Texas and it showed no remaining inflammation. He'll spend the next several weeks working out in the Dallas area and should be 100 percent for the beginning of the 2015 season. Darvish was limited to 144 1/3 innings in 2014 after throwing 209 2/3 innings in 2013. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:07 pm
  • Harrell agrees to $900K contract in Korea
    Lucas Harrell has agreed to a one-year, $900,000 contract with Korea's LG Twins.

    Advice: The 29-year-old right-hander had a 9.49 ERA in three starts this past season with the Astros and likely would have had to settle for a non-guaranteed minor league contract had he remained in the United States. Harrell may try to return to MLB if things go well for him next season in the Korean Baseball Organization. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:15 pm
     
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    L, 1-0 vs StL
  • 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
    Today, 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
    Today, 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
    Today, 11:28 am
     
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  • Report: Daisuke Matsuzaka to return to Japan
    According to the Japan Times, Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected to return to Japan to pitch for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks.

    Advice: The deal isn't official yet, but it appears to be a forgone conclusion. "Pitchers who can start are a valuable commodity, so we will do our best to get him," said team president Yoshimitsu Goto. "We hope to get this done in the coming days." Matsuzaka, now 34, last pitched in Japan in 2006 before leaving to sign with the Red Sox. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:01 am
     
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    W, 8-3 vs Hou
  • White Sox designate Carroll for assignment
    White Sox designated RHP Scott Carroll for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Adam LaRoche on the 40-man roster. Carroll, 29, had a 4.80 ERA and 64/45 K/BB ratio in 129 1/3 innings across 19 starts and seven relief appearances this past season. There's not much upside here, but he could draw some interest from other teams. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:17 am
     
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    L, 6-4 vs KC
  • Marlins called Tigers about Price, Porcello
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that that the Marlins have called the Tigers to inquire about the availability of David Price and Rick Porcello.

    Advice: Talks are not believed to be serious, so it might have simply been a matter of due diligence. Still, it makes sense that the Marlins would at least call. Price and Porcello can both become free agents after 2015, so Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski could be willing to be creative. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:01 am
     
    W, 3-0 vs ^ Min
  • 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
    Today, 9:21 am
     
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  • 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
    Today, 7:55 am
     
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  • Rockies among teams interested in Correia
    Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Rockies are among a "group of teams" showing early interest in free agent right-hander Kevin Correia.

    Advice: Correia, 34, had a rough 5.44 ERA over 26 starts and six relief appearances this season between the Twins and Dodgers. He has decent career numbers at Coors Field, but things probably wouldn't get much better with a move to Colorado. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:03 am
     
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    W, 10-5 vs Col
  • Dodgers among teams in pursuit of Hamels
    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the Dodgers have joined the pursuit of Phillies starter Cole Hamels.

    Advice: That pursuit includes the Red Sox, who Nightengale earlier Monday classified as having "had the most serious talks" regarding Hamels. The Dodgers have the prospects and the payroll muscle to get a deal done, and Hamels would certainly strengthen a rotation that already includes Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Dan Haren. If the Phillies do decide to deal their ace, they appear to be in a good position to do so. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:07 pm
     
    L, 2-1 vs ^ Atl
  • Dodgers pick up ex-Rockies' hurler Nicasio
    Dodgers acquired RHP Juan Nicasio from the Rockies for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

    Advice: Colorado designated Nicasio for assignment last week, allowing new Dodgers' honcho Andrew Friedman to swoop in and acquire him at a (presumed) discount. However it turns out, consider it a worthwhile gamble. Yes, Nicasio has posted an ugly career ERA of 5.03 over four seasons in the majors. That number, of course, was compiled in Coors Field. Nicasio, the owner of a nice right arm, still retains a little upside, and has already proven, by the age of 28, to be capable of both starting and pitching out of the bullpen. In Los Angeles, he'll be a swing man, and a possible possessor of NL-only intrigue at some point in 2015 if the Dodgers suffer rotational injuries. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:22 pm
     
    W, 10-5 vs Col
  • 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
    Yesterday, 12:43 pm
     
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    W, 4-0 @Tex
  • BoSox have had most serious talks for Hamels
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Red Sox "have had the most serious talks" with the Phillies regarding a trade for ace Cole Hamels.

    Advice: Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported a few weeks ago that the Red Sox had already rejected a couple of trade proposals from the Phillies, but the dynamic has changed now that the Sox have signed both Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. It's easy to make matches between Boston's surpluses and Philly's needs. Hamels, 30, is owed $96 million over the next four seasons with a $24 million option for 2019, but that's not terrible money in this market for a starter of his caliber. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:20 am
     
    L, 2-1 vs ^ Atl
  • 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
    Yesterday, 6:10 am
     
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  • Marlins reportedly kicking tires on Miley
    According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Marlins have discussed the possibility of trading for LHP Wade Miley.

    Advice: The Marlins are in the market for a veteran starter and could potentially trade Nathan Eovaldi (4.37 ERA in 199+ innings in 2014) or another pitching prospect. Last season with the Diamondbacks, Miley was 8-12 with a 4.34 ERA and a 183/75 K/BB ratio in 201+ innings. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:38 am
     
    L, 1-0 vs StL
  • '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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  • D'backs deal Bolsinger to Dodgers for cash
    Dodgers acquired RHP Mike Bolsinger from the Diamondbacks for cash considerations.

    Advice: The D'backs had previously designated Bolsinger for assignment. In Bolsinger, the Dodgers are getting a 26-year-old right-hander who had a 5.50 ERA in 52 1/3 innings this past season. Bolsinger may start or pitch in relief for the Dodgers. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:28 pm
     
    W, 10-5 vs Col
  • Rockies sign Justin Miller to minors contract
    Rockies signed RHP Justin Miller to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The 27-year-old hurler cracked the big leagues for the first time in 2014, posting a 5.11 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 5/2 K/BB ratio over 12 1/3 innings with the Tigers. He'll function as organizational bullpen depth in Colorado. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:36 am
     
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    L, 10-5 @LAD
  • Rockies sign John Lannan to minors contract
    Rockies signed LHP John Lannan to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The 30-year-old southpaw posted a 6.75 ERA over 56 innings of work at Triple-A Las Vegas in 2014. Given the Rockies struggles both in the rotation and the bullpen, it would be surprising to see him not get a shot at some point during the 2015 season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:29 am
     
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  • Phillies sign Paul Clemens to minors contract
    Phillies signed RHP Paul Clemens to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The 26-year-old right-hander appeared in 13 games out of the Astros bullpen in 2014, registering a 5.84 ERA, 1.66 WHIP and 16/13 K/BB ratio over 24 2/3 innings. With his ability to start and pitch in relief, he'll provide valuable organizational depth for the Phillies. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:59 am
     
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    L, 2-1 vs Atl
  • Lester to meet with two more teams next week
    Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Jon Lester is scheduled to meet with at least two teams next week.

    Advice: Lester met with Red Sox, Cubs and Braves this week. The Cardinals have been mentioned as one potential landing spot for Lester, so they could be one of the clubs the left-hander visits next week. The Red Sox reportedly have offered Lester a six-year deal in the $110-120 million range. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:47 pm
     
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    W, 4-0 @Tex
  • Rockies haven't ruled out re-signing Anderson
    Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies are interested in re-signing Brett Anderson.

    Advice: They declined his $12 million option for 2015 but would be willing to bring him back at a lesser rate. Anderson has plenty of upside when healthy, but he simply hasn't been able to take the mound regularly, making just 19 starts over the last three seasons. The Royals and Astros have also expressed interest in the lefty. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:53 am
     
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    L, 10-5 @LAD
  • Alexi Ogando won't pitch in Winter Ball
    Alexi Ogando will not pitch in the Dominican Republic Winter League as originally planned.

    Advice: No reason was given for the change, but the Rangers could had just decided to give Ogando extra rest after he was limited to just 25 innings this season due to elbow issues. The right-hander is arbitration-eligible again this offseason. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:25 am
     
    L, 4-0 vs Oak
  • Yu Darvish's MRI pushed back to next week
    A scheduled MRI on Yu Darvish's right elbow has been pushed back to next week.

    Advice: It appears to merely just be a scheduling conflict, as the Rangers still expect the MRI to come back clean. Darvish's season ended early due to elbow inflammation, but he's expected to be cleared to offseason work next week assuming the MRI reveals no issues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:21 am
  • Jesse Biddle added to 40-man roster
    Phillies purchased the contract of LHP Jesse Biddle from Double-A Reading.

    Advice: Biddle had a rough 2014, holding a 5.03 ERA over 16 Double-A outings. He remains one of the Phillies' best pitching prospects, however, and is now protected from the Rule 5 Draft. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:37 pm
  • Braves don't make offer to Jon Lester
    David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Braves did not make an offer to Jon Lester during their meeting Thursday.

    Advice: Braves president of baseball operations John Hart conceded Thursday that it was a "long shot" that they could afford Lester. It's possible an offer could still be forthcoming, or they could have just decided after meeting with the left-hander that they simply couldn't afford him. The common thought is that it will come down to the Red Sox and Cubs. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:26 pm
     
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  • Pirates add Kingham to 40-man roster
    Pirates purchased the contract of RHP Nick Kingham from Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft. One of the Pirates' best pitching prospects, Kingham held a 3.34 ERA with 119 strikeouts over 159 innings between Double- and Triple-A this season. He could make his debut at some point in 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:15 pm
  • Noah Syndergaard added to 40-man roster
    Mets purchased the contract of RHP Noah Syndergaard from Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft. Syndergaard disappointed in 2014, holding a 4.60 ERA with 145 strikeouts over 133 frames in his first taste of Triple-A. Still, he's only 22 and remains one of the best pitching prospects in the game. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:41 pm
  • Dodgers add Zach Lee to 40-man roster
    Dodgers purchased the contract of RHP Zach Lee from Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Lee was ranked the No. 84 prospect by Baseball Prospectus prior to the 2014 season. He struggled with the move from Double-A to Triple-A, posting an inflated 5.38 ERA over 150 innings, while striking out only 97. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:00 pm
     
    W, 10-5 vs Col
  • Diamondbacks DFA Bolsinger
    Diamondbacks designated RHP Mike Bolsinger for assignment.

    Advice: In 52+ innings at the major league level in 2014, Bolsinger put up an ugly 5.50 ERA. He allowed 66 hits and struck out 48 in that span. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:40 pm
     
    W, 10-5 vs Col
  • Nationals add Cole to 40-man roster
    Nationals purchased the contract of RHP A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse.

    Advice: Cole is now protected from the Rule-5 Draft. He is a legitimate prospect, having been ranked at No. 69 by Baseball America prior to the 2014 season. The righty went 7-0 with a 3.43 ERA at Triple-A last season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:55 pm
     
    W, 1-0 vs Mia
  • Nicasio designated for assignment by Rockies
    Colorado Rockies designate Juan Nicasio for assignment.

    Advice: The corresponding move was to add LHP Tyler Anderson to the 40-man. Nicasio has a career ERA of 5.03 over four seasons in the majors. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:28 pm
     
    W, 10-5 vs Col
  • 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
     
    W, 1-0 vs Mia
  • Twins add Alex Meyer to their 40-man roster
    Twins purchased the contract of RHP Alex Meyer from Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Meyer is now on the Twins' 40-man roster and thus protected from December's Rule 5 Draft. The 24-year-old right-hander registered a 3.52 ERA and 153/64 K/BB ratio in 130 1/3 innings this past season at the Triple-A level. He should make his MLB debut in early 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:15 am
  • Report: Nats have made Zimmermann available
    According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Nationals are informing teams that Jordan Zimmermann is available.

    Advice: But it's going to require a "strong return" to pluck him away, adds Nightengale. Zimmermann had a career year in 2014 at age 28, posting a superb 2.66 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 182/29 K/BB ratio across 199 2/3 innings. He also threw a no-hitter on the final day of the regular season. The right-hander is owed $16.5 million in 2015 and can then become a free agent. The Nats obviously feel they won't be able to lock him up long term. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:08 am
  • Braves meeting Thursday with SP Jon Lester
    Jayson Stark of ESPN confirms that the Braves are meeting Thursday with free agent left-hander Jon Lester.

    Advice: "Is it a long shot? Yeah, it's a long shot," acknowledged Braves president of baseball operations John Hart. "(But) we're keeping all the doors open." Lester reportedly received a six-year offer worth around $110-120 million earlier this week from the Red Sox, and he's also said to be drawing interest from the Cubs and Cardinals. The 30-year-old 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
    Thursday, 7:39 am
     
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  • Astros have checked in on FA Brett Anderson
    Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros have checked in on Brett Anderson.

    Advice: Drellich notes that Anderson is a Houston native and fits the Astros' desire for a high-upside free agent starter who should come cheap. The Rockies declined a $12 million option on the 26-year-old left-hander after he made just eight starts in 2014 due to yet another string of injuries. Anderson owns a 3.73 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 494 career major league innings. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:10 pm
     
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    L, 10-5 @LAD
  • Cafardo: Red Sox reject Phils' Hamels offers
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox have rejected "a couple" trade proposals from the Phillies involving Cole Hamels.

    Advice: It's not clear what the offers were, but Cafardo expects the Phillies to re-open trade talks with the Red Sox soon. Philly is looking to clean house this winter, and by far their best trade chip is Hamels, who has a relatively reasonable contract and won't come cheaply. In addition to the Red Sox, the Cubs and Blue Jays are two other clubs known to have interest in the left-hander. Rotoworld.com
    Nov 16, 7:04 am
     
    L, 2-1 vs ^ Atl
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