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    • Phillies nearing deal with Wandy Rodriguez
      According to multiple reports, the Phillies are nearing a minor league deal with free agent left-hander Wandy Rodriguez.

      Advice: The 35-year-old was an abomination for the Pirates in 2014, posting a 6.75 ERA and 1.69 WHIP over 26 2/3 innings while battling arthritis in his pitching elbow. It would make for a nice low-risk signing for the Phillies, though Rodriguez shouldn't be counted on for much. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:37 pm
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    • Report: Hiroki Kuroda to return to Japan
      Chugoku Shimbun and Sports Nippon report that Hiroki Kuroda will return to Japan to play for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp next season.

      Advice: Kuroda could have had another one-year contract with the Yankees if he wanted it, but it appears he'll return to his native country instead. The veteran right-hander will turn 40 in February but is coming off another fine season, having put up a 3.71 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and 146/35 K/BB ratio over 199 innings. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:53 pm
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    • J.C. Gutierrez re-signs with Giants
      Giants re-signed RHP J.C. Gutierrez to a minor league contract.

      Advice: The pact likely contains an invitation to spring training. Gutierrez held a 3.96 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 44/16 K/BB ratio over 63 2/3 innings for the World Champion Giants in 2014. He should get a legit shot at an Opening Day bullpen spot. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:58 am
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    • Darin Downs outrighted to Triple-A
      Astros sent LHP Darin Downs outright to Triple-A Fresno.

      Advice: He's now off the 40-man roster but will be invited to spring training. Downs posted a 5.45 ERA and 1.36 WHIP across 45 appearances for the Astros in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:41 am
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    • Braves have discussed Avilan with other clubs
      Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports the Braves have discussed LHP Luis Avilan with other teams.

      Advice: The southpaw struggled to a 4.57 ERA over 43 1/3 innings this past season, but he still owns a 2.56 ERA for his career and won't be eligible for arbitration until 2016. If the 25-year-old Avilan is available, he'll surely draw some interest on the trade market. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:44 pm
    • Indians sign RHP Jeff Manship to minors deal
      Indians signed RHP Jeff Manship to a minor league contract.

      Advice: Manship had a 6.65 ERA over 20 relief appearances spanning 23 innings with the Phillies this past season. The 29-year-old was a non-roster invite last spring and won a role in the Phils' bullpen, and he'll look to do it again with the Tribe this year. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:38 pm
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    • Braves sign Jason Grilli to two-year contract
      Braves signed RHP Jason Grilli to a two-year, $8 million contract with a club option for 2017.

      Advice: The deal was reported earlier Tuesday and has now been made official. Grilli held a 4.00 ERA with 57 strikeouts over 54 innings for the Pirates and Angels this past season. The 38-year-old reliever should serve as the main setup man for closer Craig Kimbrel. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:50 pm
    • Brandon Gomes outrighted to Triple-A
      Rays sent RHP Brandon Gomes outright to Triple-A Durham.

      Advice: He had been designated for assignment but has cleared waivers and will remain in the organization. Gomes will be in spring training as a non-roster invitee. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:17 pm
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    • Twins sign Tim Stauffer to 1-year, $2.2M deal
      Twins signed RHP Tim Stauffer to a one-year, $2.2 million contract.

      Advice: Stauffer posted a 3.50 ERA and 67/23 K/BB ratio in three starts and 41 relief appearances this past season for the Padres. The 32-year-old righty was the fourth overall pick in the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft. He'll give Minnesota both rotation and bullpen depth. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:18 pm
    • Blue Jays claim Scott Barnes from Rangers
      Blue Jays claimed LHP Scott Barnes off waivers from the Rangers.

      Advice: Barnes has a 5.20 ERA in 27 2/3 career innings at the major league level, but he posted decent numbers last season at Triple-A. The 27-year-old lefty could compete for a spot in Toronto's bullpen next spring. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:37 pm
    • Athletics outright Fernando Rodriguez to AAA
      Athletics sent RHP Fernando Rodriguez outright to Triple-A.

      Advice: The righty was knocked off the 40-man roster Thursday to make room for left-hander Eury de la Rosa. Rodriguez allowed just one run over nine relief innings for the A's last season. He also put up a sterling 1.97 ERA to go with 53 strikeouts in 45-plus innings at Triple-A and could be a valuable relief arm in 2015 if the A's need help. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:23 pm
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    • Indians outright Maronde to AAA
      Indians sent LHP Nick Maronde outright to Triple-A Columbus.

      Advice: Maronde cleared waivers on Tuesday. The club outrighted him to Triple-A and extended a non-roster invite to spring training. Maronde has somewhat terrifying walk numbers, as he dished out 38 free passes over 41 innings in 2014. Unless he's able to show consistent improvement with his control, it's doubtful he sees much time with the big club. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:11 pm
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    • Blue Jays claim Preston Guilmet off waivers
      Blue Jays claimed RHP Preston Guilmet off waivers from the Pirates.

      Advice: The Pirates acquired Guilmet from the Orioles in early October. He was designated for assignment to make room for Corey Hart. The reliever allowed six runs in 10+ innings for the Orioles in 2014. He'll serve as organizational bullpen depth moving forward. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:52 am
    • Marlins claim Claiborne off waivers
      Marlins claimed RHP Preston Claiborne off waivers from the Yankees.

      Advice: Claiborne holds a career 3.79 ERA with 58 strikeouts over 71 1/3 innings of relief. He's a solid middle reliever who provided the Yankees' wrecked pitching staff with a little bit of stability during the 2014 season. He should continue to find relief innings with the Marlins in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:47 am
    • Cubs claim Mike Kickham off waivers
      Cubs claimed LHP Mike Kickham off waivers from the Giants.

      Advice: Kickham's mainly a reliever, but has made several spot starts for the Giants over the last few seasons. In 28+ innings in 2013, he allowed 46 hits and struggled to the tune of a 10.16 ERA. He spent most of 2014 in Triple-A, where he compiled a 4.46 ERA. While he hasn't shown much in the majors, he could see some action with the Cubs if they need a lefty to fill relief innings. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:07 am
    • Reds sign Nate Adcock to minors deal
      Reds signed RHP Nate Adcock to a minor league contract.

      Advice: Adcock pitched 10 innings for the Rangers in 2014, allowing five runs in his time with the team. He elected for free agency at the end of October. With a career 4.72 ERA at the minor league level, he's unlikely to make an impact on the Reds in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:49 am
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    • Cardinals sign Walden to two-year contract
      Cardinals signed RHP Jordan Walden to a two-year, $6.6 million contract.

      Advice: The new deal also included a club option for 2017 at $5.25 million. With the contract, Walden and the club avoided arbitration. The reliever came over from the Braves along with Jason Heyward in a November trade. Walden is coming off of a 2.88 ERA, 62 strikeout season. He should see setup duty with the Cardinals, as they'll be trying out Carlos Martinez in the rotation during the coming season. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:12 am
    • Red Sox sign LHP Casey Crosby to minors deal
      Red Sox signed LHP Casey Crosby to a minor league contract.

      Advice: Crosby was once a highly touted prospect, but he has not appeared in the majors since 2012. The lefty posted a 5.71 ERA over 17+ innings for the Tigers' Triple-A club in 2014. The 26-year-old will serve as organizational depth for the Red Sox. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:16 am
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    • Haren 'holding out hope' for trade to SD, LAA
      According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, starter Dan Haren is "holding out hope" for a trade to the Angels or Padres.

      Advice: Haren told ESPN Los Angeles in November that he would rather retire than pitch for a team located outside of Southern California due to family reasons, and now that pledge will be put to the test following the December 11 trade that sent him from the Dodgers to the Marlins. Haren had an underwhelming 4.02 ERA and 145/36 K/BB ratio in 186 innings this past season for the Dodgers and a 4.67 ERA in 2013 for the Nationals, so moving him might not be all that easy for Miami. He is 34 years old. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:51 pm
    • Padres re-sign SP Josh Johnson for $1 million
      Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports confirms that the Padres have re-signed Josh Johnson.

      Advice: It's a one-year deal worth $1 million guaranteed, and it also includes another $6.25 million in performance-based incentives. Johnson missed the entire 2014 season due to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery -- the second of his career. He should be recovered sometime in May or early June. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:46 am
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