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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 Yesterday, 8:23 pm
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  • Chicago teams asking Rays for starting pitching
    The White Sox and Cubs have spoken with the Rays about acquiring a starting pitcher.

    Advice: Jake Odorizzi has been the subject of trade rumors all offseason. The White Sox and Cubs have also checked in on Desmond Jennings, who could be available now that Corey Dickerson has been added to what should be a crowded Rays' outfield. Odorizzi is a native of southern Illinois. The right-hander is under team control through 2019. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:37 pm
  • Diamondbacks still pursuing Clippard
    The Diamondbacks have had discussions with Tyler Clippard.

    Advice: We knew the Diamondbacks were interested but this is the first we've heard of the two sides actually talking. Arizona has been searching high and low for late-inning help and Clippard has a proven track record with 53 saves and a lifetime ERA of 2.88. The Rays have also shown interest in Clippard. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:25 pm
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  • 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 Yesterday, 1:17 pm
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  • Blue Jays designate Jenkins for assignment
    Blue Jays designated RHP Chad Jenkins for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Gavin Floyd whose signing was announced on Saturday. The 28-year-old Jenkins owns a career 3.31 ERA and 1.25 WHIP across 100 2/3 big league innings and should attract interest from other clubs seeking bullpen help. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:17 am
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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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 9:36 am
  • Cubs and Arrieta avoid arbitration at $10.7M
    Cubs and RHP Jake Arrieta avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $10.7 million contract.

    Advice: The agreed-upon sum is $450,000 above the midpoint that the two sides filed at. It marks the largest one-year deal in history for a pitcher with four years of service time. The reigning National League Cy Young Award winner is fresh off an unbelievable 2015 season where he registered a 1.77 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 236/48 K/BB ratio over 229 innings. He'll be arbitration-eligible again after next season, though there have been rumblings that the Cubs and Arrieta have been in discussions on a multi-year contract extension. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:55 pm
  • Joe Nathan still expecting to pitch this year
    Dave Pepe, the agent for free agent Joe Nathan said Friday that his workouts are going well and that the right-hander definitely plans on pitching this season.

    Advice: Pepe also added that they're not necessarily in a rush to sign a contract, moreso seeking the best overall opportunity. The 41-year-old hurler owns 377 career saves and could be a nice low-risk addition to team's looking to bolster the back end of their bullpen. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:40 pm
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  • Orioles avoid arbitration with Zach Britton
    Orioles and LHP Zach Britton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.75 million contract.

    Advice: It's the exact midpoint between the figures that each side filed at. With Britton now under contract, the Orioles have settled with all of their arbitration-eligible players. The 28-year-old has developed into one of the top closers in the league, coming off a phenomenal 2015 campaign where he posted a 1.92 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 79/14 K/BB ratio across 65 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:53 pm
  • A.J. Schugel outrighted to Triple-A
    Pirates sent RHP A.J. Schugel outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: Schugel finally gets to stay in the same organization after being designated for assignment three times since December. The righty will provide depth in the minors. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:49 am
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  • Angels claim Christian Friedrich off waivers
    Angels claimed LHP Christian Friedrich off waivers from the Rockies.

    Advice: Friedrich owns a career 5.81 ERA and has battled injuries since the Rockies took him in the first round of the 2008 Draft. However, as a big lefty with decent velocity, it's not surprising that another club is taking a shot on him. He'll compete for a spot in the Angels' bullpen. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:44 am
  • JJ Hoover wins arbitration case vs. Reds
    JJ Hoover won his arbitration case against the Reds and will make $1.4 million in 2016.

    Advice: There was only a $175,000 difference between figures exchanged by the two sides last month, but they were unable to avoid a hearing and Hoover wound up being victorious. The reliever is the favorite to serve as the Reds' closer in 2016, so his arbitration cost is going to rise rapidly if he hangs on to that job. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:45 am
  • Orioles expressing interest in Tim Lincecum
    Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are "one of several teams" expressing interest in Tim Lincecum.

    Advice: Lincecum, who is making his way back from hip surgery, was reportedly set to begin throwing off a mound last week and is expected to hold a showcase for interested clubs soon. Encina isn't sure what the Orioles' level of interest is at this point, although that could become clearer after the showcase. Lincecum posted a 4.13 ERA over 15 starts last season before being shut down with his hip issue. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:14 am
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  • Report: O's still interested in FA Gallardo
    Sources tell Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that the Orioles remain interested in free agent Yovani Gallardo.

    Advice: Recent reports suggested the O's wouldn't have interest in Gallardo because he would cost the team the No. 14 overall pick in June's MLB Draft, but Rosenthal said the price for the right-hander could fall to the point that it would make sense for the club. The team acquired potential starter Odrisamer Despaigne on Thursday, but their rotation remains a weakness and they'll need help from somewhere to compete in a loaded AL East. The market for the 30-year-old has been cold and getting colder as teams go alternative routes in their search for starting pitching help. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:30 pm
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  • O's, Brian Matusz avoid arb. at $3.9 million
    Orioles and LHP Brian Matusz avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.9 million contract.

    Advice: Matusz requested $4.4 million and was offered $3.5 million by the Orioles when figures were exchanged last month, so the two sides settle for a little under the midpoint. The soon-to-be 29-year-old posted a 2.94 ERA and 56/20 K/BB ratio over 49 relief innings last season and is going into his final year of team control. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:35 pm
  • Padres will look at Villanueva as a starter
    Padres GM A.J. Preller said the club will look at Carlos Villanueva as a starter this spring.

    Advice: Chances are he'll end up back in a long-relief role, but it's worth a try. Villanueva posted an impressive 2.95 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 55/21 K/BB ratio in 61 innings of relief last season for the Cardinals. He did start five games for the Cubs in 2014, and he started 44 games for the Cubs and Blue Jays between 2011-2013. San Diego offers the kind of home pitching environment that could allow the 32-year-old right-hander to flourish in a more extended role. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:17 am
  • Orioles DFA left-hander C.J. Riefenhauser
    Orioles designated LHP C.J. Riefenhauser for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a 40-man roster spot for Odrisamer Despaigne, who was acquired from the Padres on Thursday afternoon for minor league pitcher Jean Cosme. Reifenhauser, 26, posted a 5.52 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 17 relief appearances last season for the Rays. Baltimore acquired Riefenhauser in the Mark Trumbo and Steve Clevenger trade, after the Mariners had acquired Riefenhauser from Tampa Bay in November. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:49 am
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  • Smyly wins arb. case, will earn $3.75 million
    Drew Smyly won his arbitration case against the Rays and will make $3.75 million in 2016.

    Advice: Tampa Bay countered at $3.2 million when arbitration figures were exchanged last month and then lost the panel's ruling after a Wednesday hearing in Phoenix, Arizona. Smyly missed a large chunk of time in 2015 to a labrum tear in his shoulder, but he registered an impressive 3.11 ERA and 10.4 K/9 in 12 starts when healthy. The 26-year-old left-hander boasts a 2.52 ERA in 19 starts since joining the Rays in mid-2014. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:29 am
  • Orioles acquire Odrisamer Despaigne from SD
    Orioles acquired RHP Odrisamer Despaigne from the Padres for RHP Jean Cosme.

    Advice: Despaigne posted an ugly 5.80 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 69/32 K/BB ratio in 125 2/3 innings last season for the Padres, but he carries three minor league options and gives the O's some much-needed organizational pitching depth. The 28-year-old right-hander will probably open the 2016 season at Triple-A Norfolk, unless he can secure a long-relief role with a strong showing this spring. He does have experience as a starter too. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:18 am
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