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  • D'Backs, Pollock avoid arb. with 2-year deal
    Diamondbacks and OF A.J. Pollock avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $10.25 million contract.

    Advice: The deal buys out Pollock's first two years of arbitration eligibility. The outfielder certainly earned the raise after a breakout 2015 season that saw him bat .315/.367/.498 with 20 homers, 39 stolen bases and 111 runs scored. He'll patrol center field for the D'Backs again in 2016. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:26 pm
  • Jays, Donaldson reach two-year, $29M pact
    Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays have signed Josh Donaldson to a two-year contract worth nearly $29 million.

    Advice: The Blue Jays are a file and trial team, so they needed to reach a multi-year pact in order to avoid an arbitration hearing next week. Donaldson's new contract leaves him with one more year of arbitration eligibility before he hits free agency after the 2018 campaign. The reigning American League MVP batted .297/.371/.568 with 41 home runs, 123 RBI and 122 runs scored in 2015. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:10 pm
  • Padres nab Skip Schumaker on minors deal
    Padres signed INF/OF Skip Schumaker to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: The Reds unsurprisingly declined a $2.5 million option on Schumaker shortly after last season ended and he wound up settling for a non-guaranteed deal. However, the veteran utility player stands a good chance at winning an Opening Day roster spot with the ability to play second base and all three outfield spots. Schumaker, 36, batted .242/.306/.336 with one homer last season in Cincinnati. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:24 pm
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  • Yovani Gallardo talking to three teams
    SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that the Orioles and two other clubs are in talks with Yovani Gallardo's agent.

    Advice: Cotillo adds that the Rockies no longer appear to be in the mix for the right-hander. The Orioles have been connected to Gallardo for a while now and have a need for a reliable starter, but they're hesitant to part with the No. 14 overall pick. Gallardo figures to be looking for a deal similar to Ian Kennedy's five-year, $70 million pact. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:05 pm
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  • Report: Martinez, Tigers do two-year deal
    SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that the Tigers and J.D. Martinez have agreed to a two-year contract.

    Advice: Robert Murray of BaseballEssential.com hears that the deal, which buys out Martinez's final two years of arbitration eligibility, is worth $18.5 million. The 28-year-old slashed .282/.344/.535 with 38 home runs and 102 RBI across 158 games last season for the Tigers. He'll operate as the Tigers' regular right fielder again in 2016. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:00 pm
  • Padres ink Seth Rosin to minors deal
    Padres signed RHP Seth Rosin to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Rosin made one appearance for the Phillies last season but spent nearly all of the year at Triple-A, posting a 3.29 ERA across 47 relief appearances. The 27-year-old will give San Diego some depth from the right side. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:22 pm
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  • D'Backs' two-year deal with Clippard official
    Diamondbacks signed RHP Tyler Clippard to a two-year, $12.25 million contract.

    Advice: The reliever will receive a $4 million signing bonus and be paid $4.1 million in 2016 and $4.15 million in 2017. Clippard saw his strikeout rate drop and walk rate rise last season, but he boasts a career 2.88 ERA and will turn just 31 later this month. He will set up for Brad Ziegler. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:27 pm
  • Brad Ziegler to remain Diamondbacks' closer
    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Brad Ziegler will remain the Diamondbacks' closer following the addition of Tyler Clippard.

    Advice: The D'Backs finally landed the late-inning reliever they had been seeking, but Ziegler will stay at the back-end of the bullpen. The side-armer isn't your prototypical closer, but he converted 30-of-32 save chances while putting up a 1.85 ERA last season. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:21 pm
  • Astros, Castro have arb. hearing on Monday
    Jason Castro will have an arbitration hearing with the Astros on Monday afternoon.

    Advice: And a ruling should come Tuesday. Castro requested a $5.25 million salary for 2016 and was offered $5 million from the Astros' front office when arbitration figures were exchanged in mid-January. Now three arbitrators will choose one of those numbers. Castro, 28, is in his third and final year of arbitration, meaning he can become a free agent next winter. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:20 am
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu may not be ready for Opening Day
    According to Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times, there's a chance that Hyun-Jin Ryu may not be ready for Opening day.

    Advice: Dilbeck believes that the biggest decision that the Dodgers will face in spring training is whether or not Ryu, who is returning from shoulder surgery, will be ready to open the season in the starting rotation. If he isn't deemed ready to take the ball every fifth day, he could begin the year on a minor league rehab assignment with Alex Wood filling the void in the rotation. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:19 pm
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  • 'Quite a bit of interest' in Alex Cobb
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that there's been "quite a bit of interest" in Alex Cobb this offseason.

    Advice: However, he adds that the Rays "are likely to hold on to their pitching for now." Cobb missed all of 2015 and will be absent for much of 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery last May. Given that, it's hard to imagine the Rays getting a suitable offer for him. The right-hander is under team control through 2017. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:38 am
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  • Teams hesitant to commit $6-8M to Cliff Lee
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that teams have been "unsure about devoting $6-8 million, plus incentives" to Cliff Lee.

    Advice: It's certainly understandable after Lee missed most of the last two seasons with elbow issues. Lee's agent, Darek Braunecker, said last month that his client would need a "perfect" situation if he's to pitch in 2016, and it doesn't sound like that situation is close to presenting itself. The left-hander turned 37 last August. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:36 am
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  • Six teams interested in Matt Thornton
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe hears that Matt Thornton is receiving interest from six teams.

    Advice: The southpaw has gained little traction this winter despite posting a 2.18 ERA and holding left-handed batters to a .198/.205/.279 batting line last season. Thornton's age (39) and strikeout rate (5.0 K/9 in 2015) must be working against him, and Cafardo notes that the veteran reliever "probably won’t get a major league deal." The Braves, Pirates and Twins have been connected to Thornton at various points this offseason. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:23 am
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  • Rays still looking for bullpen depth
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times mentioned free agents Tommy Hunter, Burke Badenhop and Ryan Webb as "legit possibilities" for the Rays.

    Advice: Tampa Bay is looking to beef up its bullpen after trading Jake McGee to Colorado last week. The Rays have also been linked to Tyler Clippard though he might be out of their price range. Hunter is coming off a disappointing season (4.18 ERA in 58 appearances) but has been a solid late-inning and middle relief option throughout his career. The hard-throwing right-hander is reportedly holding out for a two-year deal. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:23 pm
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  • Corey Dickerson to DH full-time in Tampa?
    Trading James Loney would allow the Rays to use Corey Dickerson as their primary DH.

    Advice: Trading Loney is at the top of Tampa Bay's to-do list, though his $8 million salary could make that difficult. If the Rays are able to deal Loney, Logan Morrison and Steve Pearce would form a platoon at first base with Dickerson at DH and Desmond Jennings, Kevin Kiermaier and Steven Souza occupying the three outfield spots. Dickerson has already said he's open to DHing. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:52 pm
  • Passan: Harper to the Yankees 'inevitable'
    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Bryce Harper's "future marriage" with the Yankees is considered "inevitable by most in the sport."

    Advice: We've been hearing "Harper to New York" speculation for years and it probably isn't going away any time soon. The Yankees were noticeably absent from this year's free agent proceedings and have a ton of money coming off the books with Carlos Beltran, Aroldis Chapman, Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira all hitting free agency in the next two years. Letting those players go would pave the way for New York to make a serious run at Harper. If he continues to progress, Harper could be in line for a $400 million deal when his contract expires after 2018. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:35 pm
  • Sox in no hurry to extend Betts and Bogaerts
    Alex Speier of the Boston Globe doesn't believe the Red Sox are in a rush to sign Mookie Betts or Xander Bogaerts to extensions.

    Advice: The Red Sox have plenty of time to work that out as neither player is even arbitration-eligible yet. While signing Betts and Bogaerts to extensions now would save money, that isn't a huge concern for a big-market club like the Red Sox. Even if Boston did offer extensions, Betts and Bogaerts would probably wait until the new CBA to sign their deals anyway. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:20 pm
  • Rodney leaves game with leg tightness
    Fernando Rodney left a game with leg tightness earlier this week.

    Advice: The injury came Thursday while Rodney was pitching for the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean Series. His exit was considered precautionary. It doesn't sound like anything serious but it's lousy timing as Rodney finalized a one-year deal with the Padres mere hours before getting hurt. The two-time All-Star turns 39 next month. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:17 pm
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  • Blue Jays sign Gavin Floyd to one-year deal
    Blue Jays signed RHP Gavin Floyd to a one-year, $1 million contract.

    Advice: Floyd also has the potential to earn an additional $1 million in incentives based on days that he's on the active roster. It's unclear if the Jays plan to use him in the rotation or out of the bullpen where he finished the 2015 campaign with the Indians. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:40 am
  • Jesse Chavez wins arbitration hearing vs Jays
    Jesse Chavez won his arbitration case against the Blue Jays and will make $4 million in 2016.

    Advice: Chavez and the Jays were only $400,000 apart when submitting figures, so the Jays aren't hurt too badly by the right-hander winning here. The 32-year-old right-hander posted a 4.18 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 136/48 K/BB ratio over 157 innings for the Athletics in 2015. The signing leaves American League MVP Josh Donaldson as the only arbitration-eligible Blue Jay who remains unsigned. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:36 am
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