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    • Padres close to 1-yr deal with Josh Johnson
      Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that Josh Johnson is on the verge of a one-year deal with the Padres.

      Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says Johnson's base salary will be less than $2 million but he'll have the chance to make as much as $8 million through incentives. The Padres declined a $4 million option on Johnson back in October, but they have remained interested in bringing him back at a lesser rate. And it appears that they'll be able to get it done. The deal is expected to include incentives based on games started. The Padres just signed another injury-prone pitcher, Brandon Morrow, earlier this week. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:57 pm
       
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      L, 9-3 @SF
    • Medlen expected to pitch in second half
      Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Thursday that they are looking at Kris Medlen (elbow) as someone who will be able to contribute in the second half in 2015.

      Advice: Medlen, who is coming off a second Tommy John surgery this past March, was signed to a two-year, $8.5 million contract with a $10 million mutual option for 2017. The Royals are going to be extra careful about pushing him too soon. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:45 pm
    • Kevin Correia more engaged with 3-4 teams
      According to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, free agent Kevin Correia has become "more engaged" with 3-4 teams.

      Advice: In other words, he may be getting close to choosing a team. Correia posted a rough 5.44 ERA in 26 starts and three relief appearances this past season between the Dodgers and Twins. He should come very cheap. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:31 pm
       
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      W, 10-5 vs Col
    • Royals sign Kris Medlen to 2-yr, $8.5M pact
      Royals signed RHP Kris Medlen to a two-year, $8.5 million contract with a $10 million mutual option for 2017.

      Advice: Atlanta non-tendered Medlen earlier this month to avoid paying him nearly $6 million in 2015 via salary arbitration. He's recovering from a second Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and probably won't be ready by Opening Day for the Royals, but the 29-year-old boasts a 2.95 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 512 2/3 career major league innings. It's a worthwhile risk for Kansas City at only $8.5 million guaranteed. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:18 pm
    • Rockies 'looking at' starter Kyle Kendrick
      ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Rockies are "looking at" free agent Kyle Kendrick.

      Advice: Kendrick has a decent career groundball rate, which is a nice fit for the light air of Coors Field, but the 30-year-old right-hander also owns a putrid 4.42 career ERA and 4.9 career K/9 in eight major league seasons. Colorado continues to aim low. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:25 am
       
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      L, 2-1 vs Atl
    • Royals, Volquez do two-year, $20 million deal
      Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Royals have struck a two-year, $20 million contract with free agent starter Edinson Volquez.

      Advice: Volquez drew quite a bit of interest on the open market this winter after posting an impressive 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 140/71 K/BB ratio across 192 2/3 innings this past season for the Pirates. But he was one of the worst starting pitchers in baseball in 2013, so the Royals are taking a risk here that the sudden turnaround was legitimate. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:40 pm
       
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      L, 4-1 @Cin
    • Martin Perez (elbow) ready around A-S break
      Rangers GM Jon Daniels expects Martin Perez (elbow) to be ready around the 2015 All-Star break.

      Advice: Daniels watched video of Perez throwing on Wednesday and noted that the left-hander was making progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Perez had the procedure in May, and full recovery usually takes close to 15 months. He could carry some fantasy value in the second half of the 2015 season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:10 pm
    • Harvey may be held out until home opener
      Mets manager Terry Collins told the New York Post that in order to conserve innings, Matt Harvey might not pitch until the team's first home game.

      Advice: The Mets' home opener falls on April 13th. Harvey's recovering from Tommy John surgery, having missed the 2014 season. While he's expected to be fully healthy for the 2015 campaign, the team would like to limit his innings and keeping him under wraps until the home opener would work toward that cause. It's also possible that they skip a few starts throughout the season. In 2013, Harvey struck out 191 in 178+ innings while posting a 2.27 ERA. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:01 am
       
      W, 8-3 vs Hou
    • Albers reportedly still weighing options
      Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca writes that LHP Andrew Albers has not yet made a decision on where he plans on signing.

      Advice: This counteracts a report from late Tuesday night by Robert Murray, which indicated that Albers had signed a contract with the Blue Jays. Nicholson-Smith wrote that talks of a signed contract were "premature." Albers spent 2014 with the Hanwha Eagles of Korea, but the club declined his 2015 option. The 29-year-old posted a 4.05 ERA in 2013 for the Twins. He may well end up signing with the Blue Jays, but it's not set in stone quite yet. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:49 am
       
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      L, 3-0 @Det
    • Blue Jays ink Albers to minors deal
      Blue Jays signed LHP Andrew Albers to a minor league contract.

      Advice: The deal presumably includes an invitation to spring training. Albers, 29, posted a 4.05 ERA over 10 starts for the Twins in 2013 before spending last season in Korea. He's merely organizational depth. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:51 pm
       
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      L, 3-0 @Det
    • Indians GM: Gavin Floyd will be in rotation
      Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said Tuesday that the newly-signed Gavin Floyd has a spot in the rotation locked up.

      Advice: It's not a surprise, but it's nice to have some clarity. Antonetti said that Floyd will join Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer in the rotation, leaving Danny Salazar, T.J. House, Zach McAllister and Josh Tomlin to battle for the final spot in spring training. Salazar has to be considered the favorite. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:28 pm
    • Rays asking about Wisler, Alvarez, Smith
      Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that the Rays have been inquiring about Padres pitchers Matt Wisler, Burch Smith and R.J. Alvarez.

      Advice: Also, Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM says that catcher Austin Hedges has been discussed as the teams contemplate a deal that would send Wil Myers to San Diego. There's no word at this point whether the deal might be close, but there seems to be some smoke here. New Padres general manager A.J. Preller seems intent on shaking things up, first trading for Matt Kemp and now possibly adding Myers to the mix. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:55 pm
       
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      L, 9-3 @SF
    • Indians ink Gavin Floyd to one-year contract
      Indians signed RHP Gavin Floyd to a one-year, $4 million contract.

      Advice: Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish says the deal includes $6 million in performance-based bonuses. Floyd was limited to nine starts in 2014 due to a fractured olecranon in his right elbow. He also underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in 2013. But the expectation is that Floyd will be fully healthy by the start of the 2015 season, and there's a chance he'll wind up being a nice addition for the Tribe. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:16 pm
    • Yankees re-sign Capuano to one-year deal
      Yankees re-signed LHP Chris Capuano to a one-year contract.

      Advice: Capuano posted a 4.25 ERA in 12 starts down the stretch with New York this past season and now he projects to begin 2015 in the starting rotation. His role could change if the Yankees decide to splurge on another pitcher prior to spring training, but the veteran southpaw isn't a terrible placeholder. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:14 am
       
      W, 9-5 @Bos
    • White Sox agree to deal with Brad Penny
      Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the White Sox have reached an agreement with right-hander Brad Penny on a minor league deal.

      Advice: After sitting out the 2013 season, the 36-year-old Penny made it back to the majors this year with the Marlins and struggled to the tune of a 6.58 ERA over eight appearances. He'll provide some rotation depth in the spring. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:07 am
       
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      L, 6-4 vs KC
    • Harrison to have CT scan on back this week
      Matt Harrison will have a CT scan on his back this week.

      Advice: Harrison underwent spinal fusion surgery in June and hopes to begin a throwing program in January. He's still a big question mark for 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:56 am
    • Capuano back with Yanks on 1-yr, $5M deal
      Jack Curry of YES Network reports that the Yankees have re-signed Chris Capuano to a one-year, $5 million.

      Advice: Capuano considered a move to Japan this offseason, but he's back with the Yankees as back-end rotation insurance. The 36-year-old posted a 4.25 ERA and 55/19 K/BB ratio in 65 2/3 innings over 12 starts with New York down the stretch in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:37 am
       
      W, 9-5 @Bos
    • Capuano close to deal with unspecified team
      ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Chris Capuano is close to a deal with an unidentified team.

      Advice: Crasnick adds that the deal isn't with a Japanese team, which is notable given Capuano's previous comments about the possibility. The 36-year-old southpaw held a 4.35 ERA with 84 strikeouts over 97 1/3 innings for the Red Sox and Yankees this past season. He could fit as a starter or a reliever somewhere. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:42 am
       
      W, 9-5 @Bos
    • Brad Penny to make a decision this week
      Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that Brad Penny has narrowed his choices to three teams and will make a decision later this week.

      Advice: That he has three options to choose from is a feat in and of itself. Penny made it back to the majors in 2014 after sitting out the 2013 season but posted an ugly 6.58 ERA over eight appearances. He'll have to settle for a minor league deal. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 5:19 pm
       
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      L, 6-4 vs KC
    • Dodgers ink Brett Anderson to one-year deal
      ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Dodgers have signed left-hander Brett Anderson to a one-year, $10 million contract.

      Advice: Anderson could make an additional $4 million with incentives. It's hard to imagine anyone else came close to this offer given the southpaw's injury history, but the Dodgers can afford to take risks. Anderson was limited to just eight starts this past season and required surgery in August to repair a bulging disk in his lower back, but he doesn't turn 27 until February. There's some upside if he somehow manages to stay off the disabled list. Of course, we say that every year. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 2:19 pm
       
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      L, 10-5 @LAD
    • Royals ink RHP Pino to one-year deal
      Royals signed RHP Yohan Pino to a one-year contract.

      Advice: Exact terms aren't yet known. Pino, who turns 31 later this month, made 11 starts with the Twins in 2014 and posted a 5.07 ERA and 50/14 K/BB ratio over 60 1/3 innings. He was shut down in August with a minor strain of his ulnar collateral ligament, but he'll represent rotation depth if healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:34 pm
    • Harrison (back) to being throwing in January?
      Matt Harrison (back) is aiming to begin a throwing program sometime in January.

      Advice: Harrison underwent spinal fusion surgery in June, so he'll take it slow in his recovery. It's not clear if he's going to be ready for the start of the 2015 season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:02 pm
    • Indians pursuing left-hander Brett Anderson
      Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM reports that the Indians continue to pursue free agent left-hander Brett Anderson.

      Advice: The Twins, Astros, and Royals also reportedly have interest. Injuries have limited Anderson to just 19 starts over the past three seasons, but he doesn't turn 27 until February and was effective when healthy this past season. The upside could be worth it. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:05 pm
       
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      L, 10-5 @LAD
    • Twins have interest in RHP Kyle Kendrick
      Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that the Twins have interest in free agent right-hander Kyle Kendrick.

      Advice: The team even had a meeting about him at the Winter Meetings in San Diego, so it appears that he is a serious consideration. Kendrick owns a 4.42 ERA over eight seasons in the majors while averaging 4.9 K/9. He's the perfect Twin, really. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:01 am
       
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      L, 2-1 vs Atl
    • Edinson Volquez seeking two-year, $20M deal
      Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Edinson Volquez is seeking a two-year, $20 million contract.

      Advice: It's a reasonable asking price after Volquez put up a 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 140/71 K/BB ratio over 192 2/3 innings in a big bounce-back season with the Pirates. The market has been relatively quiet on the right-hander to this point, but the Twins are one team known to have interest. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:17 pm
       
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      L, 4-1 @Cin
    • Pirates unlikely to re-sign Edinson Volquez
      Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates are not expected to sign another starter once Francisco Liriano's deal is finalized.

      Advice: In other words, expect Edinson Volquez to move on. The Pirates had interest in retaining Volquez and even made him an offer, but it appears they don't plan to spend any more on their rotation after re-upping with Liriano. Volquez is receiving interest from the Twins after a big bounce-back season that saw him post a 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 140/71 K/BB ratio over 192 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:36 pm
       
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      L, 4-1 @Cin
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