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  • LAD, SF, BOS, CHC in on Johnny Cueto
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that, in addition to the Diamondbacks, Johnny Cueto has received interest from the Dodgers, Giants, Red Sox and Cubs, among others.

    Advice: It was reported earlier Monday that Cueto turned down a six-year, $120 million offer from the D'Backs. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick hears that the right-hander is looking for a contract in the $140-160 million range, and while it remains to be seen whether he'll get there, Heyman says "the market still favors Cueto." Since Cueto was traded during the 2015 season, the team that signs him this winter will not have to forfeit a draft pick. 40 minutes ago
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  • Twins ink Juan Centeno to minors deal
    Twins signed C Juan Centeno to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Centeno has hit .164/.227/.180 across 66 plate appearances over the last three seasons with the Mets and Brewers. He'll give the Twins some organizational catching depth. 53 minutes ago
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    L, 3-1 vs ChC
  • Aaron Thompson re-signs with Twins
    Twins re-signed LHP Aaron Thompson to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Thompson elected free agency after being removed from the Twins' 40-man roster last month, but he's now back with the club. The southpaw held a 5.01 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 17/11 K/BB ratio across 32 1/3 innings. in 2015. 55 minutes ago
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    L, 6-1 vs KC
  • Craig Gentry outrighted to Triple-A
    Athletics sent OF Craig Gentry outright to Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Gentry had a dreadful 2015, hitting .120/.196/.200 while spending most of the year at Triple-A. He's arbitration-eligible for a final time this winter. Today, 1:27 pm
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  • Cora says Olivera release story is 'not true'
    Criollos de Caguas manager Alex Cora says it's "not true" that Hector Olivera was released from the Puerto Rican Winter League team after arriving a day late from a visit in Miami with his ill sister.

    Advice: It's not clear which part of the story Cora is referring to as being less than factual. There should be some clarification coming soon. Olivera hit .275 (19-for-69) with zero homers and two doubles in 18 games with Caguas before getting released on Sunday afternoon. David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was told Monday that Olivera got permission to fly to Miami last week to visit his sister in the hospital and missed his flight back. Cora responded to a tweet from O'Brien stating: "David, that's not true." Today, 1:09 pm
    W, 6-0 vs StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • Hanley Ramirez will not be play winter ball
    A source indicated to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald that Hanley Ramirez will not play winter ball.

    Advice: Hanley told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes last week that he intended to play for the Licey Tigers in the Dominican Winter League, but the Red Sox never signed off on that plan and now there's some backtracking going on. "What he said was that he wishes to play, he wants to play. But it's only a wish," the source close to Ramirez told the Boston Herald. "It's not like he can say he's going to play." Hanley is being shopped for a possible trade by new Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, but it will be tough to move his contract. He was asked to drop 20 pounds at the end of the 2015 regular season. Today, 12:45 pm
  • '20 or so teams' calling on SP Shelby Miller
    According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, "20 or so teams" have checked on Braves right-hander Shelby Miller.

    Advice: But the asking price is extremely high at the moment, with the Braves reportedly requesting starting pitcher Luis Severino from the Yankees and center fielder Joc Pederson from the Dodgers. Miller is only 25 years old and registered a 3.02 ERA over 205-plus innings in 2015, but the rebuilding Braves want as much cost-controlled talent as possible as they point toward the opening of a new ballpark in 2017. Miller is eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter and can become a free agent after the 2018 season. Today, 12:27 pm
    W, 6-0 vs ^ StL; W, 2-0 vs StL
  • Zack Greinke's market is 'quietly heating up'
    A source tells ESPN's Jerry Crasnick that the market for Zack Greinke is "quietly heating up."

    Advice: Crasnick adds that the Dodgers and Giants "are both looking for some clarity" on the right-hander's expectations. Greinke opted out of the three years and $71 million remaining on his contract with Los Angeles and is now thought to be looking for a deal worth $30 million per year. The 32-year-old had a stellar 1.66 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 200/40 K/BB ratio in 222 2/3 innings this past season for the National League West champs, finishing second to Jake Arrieta in the NL Cy Young Award vote. Today, 11:41 am
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  • Indians outright Michael Choice to Triple-A
    Indians sent OF Michael Choice outright to Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: Choice was pushed off the Indians' 40-man roster last week. He has accepted a non-roster invite to spring training in 2016 and figures to open the year at Columbus. Today, 11:29 am
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    W, 3-1 vs Bos
  • Phillies claim Michael Mariot from the Royals
    Phillies claimed RHP Michael Mariot off waivers from the Royals.

    Advice: Mariot was designated for assignment by Kansas City on November 20. He posted a strong 2.32 ERA, 1.097 WHIP, and 72/16 K/BB ratio in 62 innings this past season for the Royals' Triple-A team and should have a decent shot at a bullpen spot with the rebuilding Phillies. Today, 11:05 am
  • Red Sox outright Josh Rutledge to Pawtucket
    Red Sox sent 2B Josh Rutledge outright to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Rutledge was designated for assignment earlier this month and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 26-year-old middle infielder is a .261/.310/.398 career hitter in 1,032 major league plate appearances -- the large majority of them having taken place at power-friendly Coors Field. Today, 10:34 am
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  • Marlins sign Paul Clemens to minors contract
    Marlins signed RHP Paul Clemens to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Clemens posted a rough 5.73 ERA and 1.64 WHIP between several different minor league teams in 2015. The 27-year-old righty will be organizational relief depth for Miami. Today, 9:36 am
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    W, 7-2 vs Mia
  • Justin Maxwell signs minors deal with Marlins
    Marlins signed OF Justin Maxwell to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Maxwell turned in a brutal .209/.275/.341 batting line in 274 plate appearances this summer for the Giants. He had a pretty good 2012 season with the Astros and played well in the second of 2013 with the Royals, but the 32-year-old probably won't ever be fantasy relevant. Today, 9:33 am
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  • Marlins sign Xavier Scruggs to minors deal
    Marlins signed 1B Xavier Scruggs to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Scruggs batted just .262/.279/.310 across 43 plate appearances this past season for the Cardinals, but the 28-year-old has flashed some promising power numbers at the upper levels of the minor leagues. He's a nice organizational-depth addition for the Fish. Today, 9:28 am
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  • Report: Johnny Cueto seeks $140-160 million
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick is hearing from clubs in the Johnny Cueto market that the free agent right-hander wants a contract in the $140-160 million range.

    Advice: Steve Gilbert of reported on Sunday that Cueto turned down a six-year, $120 million offer from the Diamondbacks -- after Arizona upped its initial $110 million offer. These are lofty expectations for a guy who posted a 4.76 ERA and 1.45 WHIP over his final 81 1/3 regular-season innings in 2015. But he was one of the best starters in baseball for a good four-year stretch with the Reds before sliding off the rails a bit in Kansas City. It only takes one inspired owner. Today, 9:18 am
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  • Mets unlikely to go four years on Ben Zobrist
    According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets are unlikely to go four years on Ben Zobrist.

    Advice: FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported over the weekend that Zobrist is the Mets' No. 1 offseason target, but handing out a four-year contract to a soon-to-be 35-year-old is not good business. Zobrist might have a big enough market to pull it off anyway, having been connected already to a dozen teams. The super-utilityman batted .276/.359/.450 for the A's and Royals in 2015 while appearing defensively at second base, third base, and both corner outfield spots. Today, 8:07 am
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  • Cueto turned down six years, $120M from AZ's Steve Gilbert reports that Johnny Cueto turned down a six-year, $120 million offer from the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: That revealing bit of news has been confirmed by a number of national reporters as well. Cueto had a rough finish to the 2015 regular season, posting a 4.76 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 81 1/3 innings after moving to Kansas City, but he somewhat redeemed himself in the playoffs and is now apparently seeking a contract in the $140-150 million range. Arizona is especially interested in the 29-year-old right-hander because his free agency is not tied to draft pick compensation. The Diamondbacks have the 13th overall pick in 2016. Today, 7:24 am
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    W, 6-1 ^ @Min
  • Cueto has rejected an offer from Diamondbacks
    Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that Johnny Cueto rejected an offer that the club made to him earlier this month.

    Advice: The club remains interested in the free agent right-hander, who is likely waiting to see how the market plays out for the top pitchers (David Price and Zack Greinke) before he signs. By all accounts, the Tigers inking Jordan Zimmermann to a five-year, $110 million contract on Sunday could actually hurt the market for Cueto, who is also seeking more than $20 million annually. Yesterday, 4:57 pm
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  • Rosenthal: Zobrist is Mets' 'No. 1 target'
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Ben Zobrist is the Mets' "No. 1 target" this offseason.

    Advice: It's not surprising, as they've been connected to him since early on in the offseason. Rosenthal notes that the Nationals, Braves and Giants, among other clubs, are also in on Zobrist. The report adds that the market for Zobrist is "likely to become more defined in next few days" and "willingness to guarantee a fourth year likely will be a deciding factor." Zobrist turns 35 next May, so giving him a four-year deal would be awfully risky. Yesterday, 9:31 am
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • D'Backs have met with Johnny Cueto's agent
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Diamondbacks met last week with Johnny Cueto's agent, Bryce Dixon.

    Advice: However, Rosenthal notes that Cueto's asking price is expected to extend beyond Arizona's comfort level. The report adds that the D'Backs are aiming to spend $15-18 million per season on a free agent starter, whereas, Cueto's price tag is likely to exceed $20 million. Arizona has also been connected to Jeff Samardzija, Kenta Maeda, Mike Leake, John Lackey and Yovani Gallardo among free agents and Shelby Miller among trade targets as they look for a starter. Yesterday, 8:33 am
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    W, 6-1 ^ @Min
  • Report: Red Sox trying to deal Hanley Ramirez
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are "trying to move" Hanley Ramirez.

    Advice: Cafardo adds that the Mariners, Orioles and Angels "seem to be the targets" as potential trade partners. Whether those clubs actually have interest in Ramirez or Boston just thinks they'd be a fit isn't clear. It was Cafardo who was told by five general managers earlier this month that they wouldn't trade for Ramirez even if the Red Sox paid half of what remains on his $68 million contract, so obviously dealing Hanley wouldn't be easy. Yesterday, 6:13 am
  • Indians designate Choice for assignment
    Indians designated OF Michael Choice for assignment.

    Advice: Choice gets the boot off the 40-man roster after Wednesday's acquisition of Kirby Yates. The former top prospect was acquired from the Rangers back in August and could soon be with his third organization in the past four months. Wednesday, 11:02 am
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    W, 3-1 vs Bos
  • Cardinals reportedly interested in Zobrist
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals are interested in Ben Zobrist.

    Advice: Really, who isn't these days? Zobrist would be a great fit for just about anyone, with teams like the Nationals and Mets reportedly among the most aggressive. The Cardinals already have their infield in place, so they are presumably looking at him as a super utility-type. Zobrist, who turns 35 next May, appears likely to land a three- or four-year deal this winter. Wednesday, 6:41 am
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • 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. Tuesday, 11:39 am
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    W, 6-1 @Min
  • 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. Tuesday, 9:38 am
  • 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. Monday, 2:59 pm
  • 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. Nov 21, 5:54 pm
  • Diamondbacks discussing Johnny Cueto
    According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Diamondbacks have had internal discussions about Johnny Cueto.

    Advice: It's obvious the Diamondbacks are looking to upgrade their starting pitching. They've already shown interest in big names like John Lackey, Shelby Miller and Yovani Gallardo. Cueto would top them all, but he'd also represent a major shift in strategy for the Diamondbacks, who are known for their conservative spending. It's going to take a nine-figure deal to land Cueto this offseason. Nov 21, 1:55 pm
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  • Royals designate RHP Mariot for assignment
    Royals designated RHP Michael Mariot for assignment.

    Advice: The 27-year-old hurler spent the majority of the 2015 season at Triple-A Omaha, compiling a 2.32 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 72/16 K/BB ratio in 62 innings. It's a true testament to the overall talent and depth in the Royals bullpen that they can't find room for Mariot on the 40-man roster. He shouldn't have any difficulty finding a new job this winter. Nov 20, 7:35 pm
  • Red Sox designate Rutledge for assignment
    Red Sox designated 2B Josh Rutledge for assignment.

    Advice: Rutledge saw 74 at-bats with the Red Sox in 2015. The 26-year-old infielder worked his way to a .284/.333/.338 triple-slash with a homer and 10 RBI during his stay with the big club. He initially came over to Boston as part of the club's trade of Shane Victorino to the Angels. Nov 20, 2:32 pm
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    L, 3-1 @Cle
  • Athletics designate Gentry for assignment
    Athletics designated OF Craig Gentry for assignment.

    Advice: Gentry saw 50 at-bats with the A's in 2015. He did very little with them. The veteran outfielder slashed just .120/.196/.200 in that limited stretch of action. Still, Gentry will likely find a home elsewhere, as he's a proven bench option if nothing else. Nov 20, 12:57 pm
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    L, 3-2 @Sea
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