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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
    • Motte's contract includes $2.5M in bonuses
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Jason Motte's one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Cubs includes $2.5 million in potential incentives.

      Advice: The deal appears to include incentives for games finished ($250,000 for 50-59 games finished) and appearances ($250,000 for 60 appearances, $250,000 for 65 appearances), which gives him a couple of different avenues depending on his role. The Cubs likely don't consider him a candidate for closer coming off a rough season, especially with some quality options already in-house, but things could change if his velocity bounces back to pre-Tommy John surgery level. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:54 pm
    • Royals outright Casey Coleman to AAA
      Royals sent RHP Casey Coleman outright to Triple-A Omaha.

      Advice: Coleman was designated for assignment by Kansas City last week and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 27-year-old is no longer on the Royals' 40-man roster. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:40 am
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    • Giants, Romo finalize two-year, $15M contract
      Giants re-signed RHP Sergio Romo to a two-year, $15 million contract.

      Advice: The free agent deal was agreed to last week and then officially announced Monday after Romo passed his pre-signing physical. The 31-year-old righty was probably hoping to hit it much bigger this winter in a relief market that has yielded four-year deals for David Robertson and Andrew Miller, but Romo finished the 2014 season with a relatively-underwhelming 3.72 ERA in 58 innings. He put up a 2.03 ERA in 225 2/3 innings between 2010-2013. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:35 am
    • Nationals sign Heath Bell to minors contract
      Nationals signed RHP Heath Bell to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Bell struggled mightily in 2014, posting a 7.27 ERA in 17 1/3 innings with the Rays and then even worse numbers with the Yankees' Triple-A team. The 37-year-old right-hander seems doubtful to have an impact in Washington. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:07 am
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    • Nate Jones (elbow) to begin throwing Jan.
      Nate Jones (elbow) is expected to begin a throwing program in early January.

      Advice: Jones underwent Tommy John surgery in late July and probably won't be ready to rejoin the White Sox until sometime next August. The 28-year-old right-hander owns a 3.55 ERA in 149 2/3 career innings of relief. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:40 am
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