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  • Marlins have made Jansen $80+ million offer
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Marlins have made Kenley Jansen an offer of five years and over $80 million.

    Advice: Passan says it's "almost at the level" of Aroldis Chapman's offer, so it appears to be in the $80-85 million range. It's obviously a massive total, especially when factoring in that the Marlins would also have to forfeit the No. 13 overall pick to sign Jansen. The Dodgers really want to bring Jansen back, but it remains to be seen whether they'd be willing to contend with the Marlins' offer. Today, 9:14 pm
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    L, 7-1 @SF
  • Angels to play it safe with Garrett Richards
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia said that the team will not overwork Garrett Richards (elbow) in 2017.

    Advice: Richards underwent stem cell treatment for a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament in May, ending his season at that very early juncture. He is expected to be ready for spring training, but the Angels are going to be reasonably cautious as the season unfolds. Said Scioscia, "You’re not going to see Garrett throwing 220 innings next year. I hate to put a floor on (the innings) and have to get into a range right now, but I can tell you that we are going to be very, very careful with where Garrett is and make sure that he rebounds and maintains his stuff." Richards has pitched more than 170 innings just once in his big league career. Today, 6:39 pm
    W, 8-1 vs Hou
  • NYY open to trading Gardner within AL East
    Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Wednesday at the Winter Meetings that he would not be afraid to trade Brett Gardner within the American League East.

    Advice: Orioles manager Buck Showalter expressed some doubt about that earlier, but it all comes down to the return package for the rapidly-rebuilding Yanks. If the price is right, they'll go ahead and flip Gardner. The 33-year-old outfielder is under contract for $12 million in 2017 and $11 million in 2018 with a $12.5 million club option (or $2 million buyout) for 2019. Today, 5:50 pm
  • Giants trade righty Chris Heston to Mariners
    Mariners acquired RHP Chris Heston from the Giants for a player to be named later.

    Advice: Seattle will hope Heston can bounce back from a dismal, injury-riddled 2016 that saw him register a 4.54 ERA at Triple-A Sacramento and a 10.80 ERA in the major leagues. He did perform well in 2015, delivering a 3.95 ERA in 177 2/3 innings for San Francisco while whiffing 141 batters. Heston will compete for a spot in the Mariners' rotation next spring. Today, 3:57 pm
    L, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Chris Bassitt continues Tommy John rehab
    A's trainer Nick Paparesta said that Chris Bassitt (elbow) is on track in his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

    Advice: Bassitt underwent Tommy John surgery at the beginning of May and subsequently missed the entire 2016 season. While Paparesta said that the 27-year-old right-hander is currently in great shape, he probably won't be ready for a return to the mound until some point in the summer of 2017. Today, 3:01 pm
    W, 3-2 @Sea
  • ChiSox land Lopez, others in Eaton deal
    White Sox acquired RHP Reynaldo Lopez, RHP Dane Dunning, and RHP Lucas Giolito from the Nationals for OF Adam Eaton.

    Advice: Lopez entered the 2016 season as a top-100 prospect and went on to post a 4.91 ERA, 1.568 WHIP, and 42/22 K/BB ratio over his first 44 major league innings (six starts, five relief appearances). Those obviously aren't the most enticing numbers, but he's a big-time talent at age 22 and should see action out of the White Sox rotation in 2017. He could even earn a spot out of spring training if things go well and the Pale Hose continue to move big pieces. Today, 2:58 pm
  • Servais does not see change in Diaz role
    Mariners manager Scott Servais said that he does not expect Edwin Diaz's role to change in 2017.

    Advice: Servais specifically mentioned the Indians' somewhat unconventional use of Andrew Miller -- utilized in the mid-to-late innings to great effect during the postseason -- but does not foresee Diaz taking on that kind of swing role. "Playing it out over the course of 162 games, it’s really hard to do that. You’ve got to be cautious where they’re at." The 22-year-old closer admitted at the end of the season that he was fighting through a tired arm, something that could certainly be playing into how the Mariners plan on using Diaz in 2017. Expect him to continue to pitch almost exclusively in the ninth inning. He posted a 2.79 ERA and 88/15 K/BB ratio over 51 2/3 frames last season while registering 18 saves. Today, 2:41 pm
    L, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Report: M's working on trade for SF's Heston
    According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Mariners are discussing a trade for Giants starter Chris Heston.

    Advice: Heston was a nice innings-eater for San Francisco in 2015, but he allowed six runs in just five innings at the major league level this past year while fighting through oblique issues. It'd be a buy-low type of situation for Seattle, though Heston has never been considered a great talent. He turns 29 years old next April. Today, 1:59 pm
    L, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Yankees have shown interest in Sergio Romo
    According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Yankees have expressed interest in free agent reliever Sergio Romo.

    Advice: Shea says "several teams" have also made the call. Romo battled elbow problems in 2016 and only pitched 30 2/3 regular-season innings for the Giants, but he still managed a 2.64 ERA and boasts a career ERA of 2.58 with a career K/9 of 10.2. The veteran righty will turn 34 years old next March. Today, 1:48 pm
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    W, 7-1 vs LAD
  • Marlins ink AJ Ellis to one-year, $2.5M deal
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports the Marlins have signed catcher A.J. Ellis to a one-year, $2.5 million deal.

    Advice: Ellis will head to Miami to act as J.T. Realmuto's backup catcher. The veteran hit just .216/.301/.298 in 2016 between the Dodgers and Phillies, but his clubhouse rep is exceptional and he's had some decent seasons in the past. Today, 1:28 pm
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    W, 5-2 vs NYM
  • Jays sign Brett Oberholtzer to minors deal
    Blue Jays signed LHP Brett Oberholtzer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Oberholtzer, 27, posted an ugly 5.89 ERA and 54/29 K/BB ratio over 70 1/3 innings this past season between the Phillies and Angels. He became a free agent after being outrighted off the Angels' 40-man roster last month. Today, 1:04 pm
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    W, 8-1 vs Hou
  • Boras: Wieters might not sign until January
    Agent Scott Boras said Wednesday that his client Matt Wieters might not sign until January.

    Advice: Wieters' market has been rather quiet after he put up an underwhelming .711 OPS (87 OPS+) in 2016 while also taking a step back behind the plate. The Orioles didn't make him a qualifying offer this time, so at least he doesn't have draft pick compensation attached. Boras said he has talked to several teams, but he appears content with waiting out the market. Today, 12:29 pm
    W, 5-2 @NYY
  • Report: Rangers meet with Mets
    T.R. Sullivan of reports that the Rangers met with the Mets on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's well known that the Mets are trying to trade Texas native Jay Bruce, so that's presumably what was discussed. Curtis Granderson is another possibility, though they'd prefer to keep him. The Rangers could still have room for an outfielder even after re-signing Carlos Gomez, as they could put Shin-Soo Choo in the DH spot or even Bruce. The Mets would likely ask for a reliever or prospects in return. Bruce is owed $13 million in 2017 before hitting free agency. Today, 12:17 pm
    L, 5-2 @Phi
  • Marlins down on chances of signing Jansen
    Mark Saxon of ESPN hears that the Marlins "aren't feeling great" about their chances of signing free agent closer Kenley Jansen.

    Advice: It's unclear what has changed, but this would seem to be good news for the Dodgers, especially if you consider that the Yankees' first choice would be to sign Aroldis Chapman. We know that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has given his blessing to signing either Jansen or Chapman, but it's unclear how high he'd be willing to go to get one of them. Today, 11:35 am
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    L, 7-1 @SF
  • Cubs acquire closer Wade Davis from Royals
    Cubs acquired RHP Wade Davis from the Royals for OF Jorge Soler.

    Advice: Medicals weren’t a sure thing after Davis’ forearm issues from last season, but the Cubs were apparently satisfied with what they saw. If healthy, Davis is a tremendous pickup for the back-end of this bullpen. The 31-year-old wasn’t as dominant by his usual insanely lofty standards in 2016, but he owns an incredible 1.18 ERA in 185 appearances over the last three seasons. He’s going into his final year of team control. Today, 10:57 am
  • Giants not bringing back familiar trio
    Alex Pavlovic of reports that the Giants aren't planning reunions with Sergio Romo, Santiago Casilla, or Javier Lopez.

    Advice: It's the end of an era in San Francisco, as the trio has been present for World Series victories in 2010, 2012, and 2014. Per Pavlovic, the Giants are excited about teaming new closer Mark Melancon up with some of their younger arms. Bryan Morris is also expected to be in the mix after signing a minor league deal. Today, 10:00 am
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    W, 7-1 vs LAD
  • Giants shopping RHP Chris Heston
    Jerry Crasnick of reports that the Giants are shopping right-hander Chirs Heaton.

    Advice: Heston posted a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts as a rookie in 2015, but he logged just fine innings in the majors in 2016 and was unable to make it back after suffering an oblique strain toward the end of June. He figures to draw some interest. Today, 9:56 am
    L, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Market for Bruce, Granderson has been slow
    Buster Olney of ESPN reports that trade talks regarding Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson have been "very slow moving."

    Advice: Olney writes that there's still a glut of free agent outfielders, so they might have to wait for some of the dominoes to fall before they find a match. Not surprisingly, the Mets would reportedly prefer to deal Bruce rather than Granderson. Today, 8:13 am
    L, 5-2 @Phi
  • Davis-Soler will be a one-for-one swap
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal confirms that if a deal is completed between the Cubs and Royals, it will be a one-for-one swap with Wade Davis and Jorge Soler.

    Advice: There had been some chatter about other prospects potentially going to the Royals, but it will be a straight-up swap. Davis carries some health questions and the Cubs are apparently going over his medicals before the deal is finalized, but given the recent price of top-tier relievers, this has a chance to be a great move if he can stay healthy in his walk year. Soler still possesses considerable upside, but he's an expendable piece in Chicago. Today, 7:45 am
  • Marlins considering Junichi Tazawa
    Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday that the club is considering Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa.

    Advice: We've heard about Uehara before, but Tazawa is a new name in regard to the Marlins. Ultimately, it's not surprising to hear he's in the mix, as the Marlins are targeting pitchers at all levels in the market. Tazawa, 30, posted a 4.17 ERA and 54/14 K/BB ratio over 49 2/3 innings this past season with Boston. Today, 7:06 am
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    L, 2-1 vs Tor
  • Twins interested in Clayton Richard
    Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that the Twins have some interest in free agent left-hander Clayton Richard.

    Advice: Richard, 33, struggled with a 6.43 ERA over 25 relief appearances with the Cubs this past season before finishing with a 2.52 ERA and 34/24 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings over nine starts and two relief appearances with the Padres. The southpaw is not going to move the needle much, but he's someone who could fit in a swingman role. Today, 5:42 am
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    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • Gardner seen as possible fit for Orioles
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Orioles are seen as a possible fit in a Brett Gardner trade.

    Advice: The Orioles are looking into a host of options for their lineup, both on the free agent and trade front. While Gardner would be a nice fit as a possible leadoff man in Baltimore, Heyman writes that they would want their division rivals to cover some of his remaining salary. The 33-year-old is owed $12 million in 2017, $11 million in 2018, and there's a $2 million buyout on his $12.5 million club option for 2019. Those aren't unreasonable terms, so the Yankees can probably do better if they are truly shopping him. Today, 5:34 am
  • Report: Cubs/Royals agree to Davis-Soler deal
    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Cubs and Royals have agreed to a Wade Davis-Jorge Soler swap, pending medicals.

    Advice: It's not a done deal, but assuming the Cubs don't have any issues with Davis' medical records, it could be announced Wednesday morning. On the surface, it's not an overwhelming return for Davis, but he only has one year remaining on his contract and he's coming off a season where he was bothered by some forearm issues. Still, there's no questioning his ability if healthy. The 31-year-old owns a 1.18 ERA over the last three seasons and will immediately take over the closer role in Chicago. As for Soler, his star has faded a bit over the past two seasons, but there's huge power potential here and the Royals will happily take a chance on him. Today, 5:05 am
  • Loria signs off on Jansen, Chapman pursuits
    ESPN's Jayson Stark hears that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has "signed off on spending the money to sign Kenley Jansen or Aroldis Chapman."

    Advice: It's probably going to be in the range of $100 million for one of those guys given the kind of attention they're generating from big-market teams. Jansen, 29, registered a dominant 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings this past year for the Dodgers. Chapman, 28, had a 1.55 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 90/18 K/BB ratio in 58 innings between the Yankees and Cubs. Yesterday, 7:46 pm
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    L, 7-1 @SF
  • Cubs close to getting Wade Davis for Soler
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs are close to acquiring Wade Davis from the Cubs for outfielder Jorge Soler.

    Advice: There was a late push from the Nationals, but they apparently weren't able to beat the Cubs' offer of Soler. Davis is coming off a year filled with forearm troubles, but he still managed a 1.87 ERA in 43 1/3 innings and the 31-year-old right-hander holds a brilliant 1.18 ERA over the last three seasons. He is probably going to open the 2017 campaign as the Cubs' closer. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports says the trade is "seriously down the road" but probably won't be fully completed until sometime Wednesday. Chicago is probably poring over Davis' medical records. Yesterday, 7:35 pm
  • Nats making late push for Royals' Wade Davis
    Jayson Stark of ESPN reports the Nationals "have made a late a push" for Royals closer Wade Davis.

    Advice: ESPN's Buster Olney reported an hour ago that the Cubs were closing in on a trade for Davis, but it seems the Nats are trying to beat Chicago's offer. Davis registered a 1.87 ERA and 47/16 K/BB ratio in 43 1/3 innings this summer for Kansas City while fighting through forearm troubles. He is due to become a free agent next winter, with a $10 million salary locked in for 2017. Look for something more official soon. Yesterday, 6:07 pm
  • Wade Davis to Cubs 'far from a certain thing'
    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, "there could be a snag" in the trade that was supposed to send Wade Davis to the Cubs.

    Advice: ESPN's Buster Olney just reported that the Cubs were closing in on acquiring Davis, but Passan says the deal "never was done" and is "far from a certain thing at this point." Davis struggled with forearm issues in 2016, but he boasts a 1.18 ERA over the last three years and seems to be drawing heavy trade interest at the Winter Meetings. Kansas City will find a partner eventually if the motivation is there. Yesterday, 5:46 pm
  • Report: Cubs close to trade for Wade Davis
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Cubs are closing in on a trade for Royals closer Wade Davis.

    Advice: Not wanting to wade into the big-money waters of the free agent closer market, the Cubs have decided to replace Aroldis Chapman via trade. No word yet on what's headed to Kansas City in return. Davis boasts a 1.18 ERA over the last three seasons, though he did battle forearm problems in 2016 and saw a drop in both velocity and strikeout rate. Yesterday, 5:18 pm
  • 'Increasing expectation' that KC trades Davis
    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, there is "an increasing expectation" that the Royals will trade closer Wade Davis.

    Advice: Passan adds that it "could happen soon." There's known to be some level of interest from the Cubs, Dodgers, and Mets, though Davis would fit just about anywhere as long as the pre-trade physical goes smoothly. He posted a 1.87 ERA and 47/16 K/BB ratio over 43 1/3 innings this past season for the Royals, fighting through some mid-summer arm troubles. Since the beginning of the 2014 campaign, the 31-year-old right-hander boasts a 1.18 ERA in 182 2/3 frames. Davis is scheduled to become a free agent next winter. Yesterday, 4:07 pm
  • Yankees drawing interest in Brett Gardner
    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that he has received interest in Brett Gardner.

    Advice: The Yankees are listening, but nothing sounds imminent. "He's here not because I can't move him; he's here because I'm not comfortable moving him, or haven't been satisfied in my asks that would make me move him," said Cashman. "You're going through the process, and you see if that changes. So far to this point, I've said no to a lot of different concepts thrown my way on it." Gardner is still under contract for two years at $26 million. Yesterday, 12:48 pm
  • Dodgers, Royals engaged in trade talks
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Dodgers and Royals are engaged in trade discussions, but that progress is slow.

    Advice: Wade Davis is a logical target as the Dodgers weigh an alternative to free agents Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman for the closer role, but they could also be talking about third baseman Mike Moustakas with Justin Turner's return in question. Davis and Moustakas are both due to become free agents after 2017. Yesterday, 12:15 pm
  • Mets have talked to Royals about Davis
    Andy Martino of SNY reports that the Mets have talked to the Royals about Wade Davis.

    Advice: It appears to be due diligence more than anything else, as Martino writes that it's hard to see a fit in regard to prospects and cost. The Mets are currently trying to flip Jay Bruce or Curtis Granderson to clear some salary and perhaps get a reliever in return. There are just better matches out there for Kansas City. Yesterday, 9:33 am
  • Blue Jays still have interest in Jay Bruce
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Blue Jays still have some interest in Jay Bruce.

    Advice: However, he adds that they're "offering little" for the Mets outfielder. The Mets are looking to trade Bruce after they re-signed Yoenis Cespedes, but they've received more interest on the market in Curtis Granderson. Bruce slugged 33 home runs in 2016, but he hit just .219/.294/.391 down the stretch for the Mets and his glove has really slipped in recent years. Monday, 9:02 pm
    L, 5-2 @Phi
  • NYY, MIA, WSH, SF, CHC, LAD in on Jansen
    According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the teams currently in on free agent Kenley Jansen are the Nationals, Marlins, Yankees, Giants, Cubs, and Dodgers.

    Advice: It's going to be a big-time bidding war that could last well into the offseason. Jansen, thought to be seeking close to $100 million, registered a stellar 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings this past year for the Dodgers. Aroldis Chapman and Mark Melancon are also out there in free agency as elite-level closer options. When one domino falls, the others will soon. Monday, 7:46 am
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    L, 7-1 @SF
  • Marlins showing interest in A.J. Ellis
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Marlins are showing interest in free agent A.J. Ellis.

    Advice: Miami needs a new backup catcher with Jeff Mathis having signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the Diamondbacks last week. Ellis batted just .216/.301/.298 in 2016, but he's a well-liked guy with a decent career OBP of .340. It's a pretty good fit. Monday, 5:44 am
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    W, 5-2 vs NYM
  • Bruce's no-trade list hasn't changed
    Chris Cotillo of SB Nation hears that Jay Bruce's eight-team no-trade list hasn't changed since the summer.

    Advice: Bruce has the ability to block deals to the Yankees, Red Sox, Athletics, Rays, Marlins, Twins, Indians, and Diamondbacks. The Mets re-signed Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year, $110 million contract, so the club is now shopping both Bruce and Curtis Granderson. Bruce had a rough transition in New York and could welcome the change in scenery, perhaps even to a team on his no-trade list. He's owed a very reasonable $13 million in 2017 before hitting free agency. Wednesday, 11:29 am
    L, 5-2 @Phi
  • Mutual interest between Phils and A.J. Ellis
    ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that there is mutual interest between the Phillies and free agent catcher A.J. Ellis.

    Advice: Stark says it would be a "catcher, leader, unofficial coach" type of role for the 35-year-old backstop, who was dealt from the Dodgers to the Phillies this past August for Carlos Ruiz. Ellis batted just .216/.301/.298 overall in 2016, though he did finish strong in his 35 plate appearances down the stretch with Philadelphia. Tuesday, 4:22 pm
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    W, 5-2 vs NYM
  • Blue Jays making a push for Mets' Jay Bruce
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick confirms the Blue Jays are "making a push" for Jay Bruce.

    Advice: Bruce became somewhat expendable for the Mets on Tuesday with the re-signing of Yoenis Cespedes, though there's also talk of Curtis Granderson being shopped. Crasnick notes the Blue Jays tried to acquire Bruce last spring, but a three-team swap with the Reds and Angels ultimately fell through. Jim Bowden of ESPN also tied Toronto to Bruce earlier this month. There's long been interest, and Bruce's bat probably would play very well in the American League East. Tuesday, 2:40 pm
    L, 5-2 @Phi
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