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  • Rangers want Tolleson back on minors deal
    MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan hears that the Rangers are trying to re-sign Shawn Tolleson to a minor league contract and talks are "on-going."

    Advice: Tolleson began last season as the Rangers' closer, but he wound up posting a 7.68 ERA over 37 appearances and was removed from the 40-man roster. You'd think even after the rough year that he'd be able to land a major league contract from someone, but apparently that's not the case. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:55 pm
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    L, 6-4 vs TB
     
  • Seven teams interested in Santiago Casilla
    Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that seven teams are showing interest in Santiago Casilla.

    Advice: Casilla flamed out at the tail-end of his Giants career, but he still had a career-best strikeout rate in 2016 and might be one of the more underrated free agent relief options. The 36-year-old might have to settle for a setup job, however. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:27 pm
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    W, 7-1 vs LAD
     
  • Jeremy Guthrie wants bullpen job in 2017
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Jeremy Guthrie will play winter ball in Australia and is hoping to land a major league bullpen job for 2017.

    Advice: Guthrie spent all of last season in the minors after holding a 5.95 ERA over 148 1/3 innings for the Royals in 2015. He'll turn 38 next April and will surely have to settle for a minor league contract. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:14 pm
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    L, 3-2 @Ari
     
  • Dodgers among teams in on Greg Holland
    MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Dodgers are showing interest in Greg Holland.

    Advice: Holland missed 2016 following Tommy John surgery and was sitting only at 88-91 mph during a tryout last month, but he should steadily regain arm strength. Any team that signs the former closer would surely want him on an incentive-laden contract. The Red Sox are one other club that's shown some interest. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:36 pm
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    L, 3-2 vs Cle
     
  • Christian Bergman inks minors deal with M's
    Mariners signed RHP Christian Bergman to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Bergman, 28, holds a career 5.79 ERA over 55 appearances -- 15 starts -- at the big league level for the Rockies. He'll surely enjoy getting out of Denver but is nothing more than an organizational arm. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:32 pm
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    L, 6-4 vs Mil
     
  • Jeff Locke 'a possible fit' for Marlins
    MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports that Jeff Locke is "a possible fit" with the Marlins.

    Advice: Locke was non-tendered by the Pirates last week after putting up a 5.44 ERA over 127 1/3 innings in 2016. He had a much better career 4.16 ERA before last season, however, and is just 29. The left-hander can surely be had cheaply. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:25 pm
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    L, 10-4 @StL
     
  • Blue Jays, Padres in on Neftali Feliz
    MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and Padres are among the teams that have checked in on Neftali Feliz.

    Advice: He's also drawn interest from the Nationals. Feliz had a nice bounce-back season for the Pirates in 2016, putting up a 3.52 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 61/21 K/BB ratio across 53 2/3 innings. He could potentially be in the mix to close in San Diego. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:20 pm
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    L, 10-4 @StL
     
  • NYM interested in Orioles reliever Brad Brach
    Buster Olney of ESPN confirms that the Mets have expressed interest in Orioles reliever Brad Brach.

    Advice: There's some thought that it could be part of a Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce trade proposal. Brach, a dominant 30-year-old setup man, posted a terrific 2.05 ERA, 1.038 WHIP, and 92/25 K/BB ratio over 79 innings this past season out of the Baltimore bullpen. He is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter and will remain under club control through 2018. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:08 pm
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    W, 5-2 @NYY
     
  • Joaquin Benoit to earn $7.5M from Phillies
    Joaquin Benoit will make $7.5 million on his new one-year free agent contract with the Phillies.

    Advice: That info comes from Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Benoit agreed to the one-year deal with Philly on Sunday and it should be finalized later this week after the veteran right-hander passes a physical. He finished strong with the Blue Jays in 2016, posting a 0.38 ERA and 24/9 K/BB ratio in 23 2/3 innings after a deadline trade from the Mariners. Benoit was dreadful during his short time in Seattle. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:55 pm
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    W, 2-1 @Bos
     
  • Astros claim Ashur Tolliver from Angels
    Astros claimed LHP Ashur Tolliver off waivers from the Angels.

    Advice: Tolliver had a cup of coffee with the Orioles in 2016, but it didn't go well and he was designated for assignment in late August. He spent the majority of the season in the minors, posting a 2.23 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 44 1/3 innings between four different levels. It might be a sneaky-good pickup for Houston. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:29 am
  • Nats are pursuing free agent RP Neftali Feliz
    According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, the Nationals are pursuing free agent Neftali Feliz.

    Advice: Washington is also believed to be in the mix for veteran reliever Brad Ziegler, along with several other contending teams. Feliz, 28, registered a cool 3.52 ERA, 1.137 WHIP, and 61/21 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings this summer out of the Pirates' bullpen. He may be able to command a multi-year deal in this market. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:10 am
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    L, 10-4 @StL
     
  • Giants showing interest in lefty Howell
    According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Giants have expressed interest in free agent J.P. Howell.

    Advice: Howell was a disappointment with the Dodgers in 2016, registering a 4.09 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 64 appearances, but he did produce a brilliant 1.97 ERA between 2013-2015. Pretty much every team in baseball is seeking lefty relief help. He should do well for himself in this market as a 33-year-old potential bounceback candidate. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:47 am
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    L, 7-1 @SF
     
  • Ziegler drawing big interest from contenders
    A source told SB Nation's Chris Cotillo that free agent Brad Ziegler has drawn interest from nine of the 10 teams that made the playoffs in 2016.

    Advice: That source is probably Ziegler's agent, but it's no surprise the veteran reliever is generating significant attention in this market after he registered a 2.25 ERA across 68 innings between the Diamondbacks and Red Sox in 2016. Mike Puma of the New York Post says the Mets are among the interested teams. There are also probably some non-contenders involved. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:24 am
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    L, 2-1 vs Tor
     
  • Teams intrigued by Rangers reliever Kela
    MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan says other teams are "intrigued" by Rangers reliever Keone Kela.

    Advice: Kela missed a large chunk of the 2016 season following right elbow surgery and wound up with an unsightly 6.09 ERA, but the 23-year-old right-hander is a legitimate relief talent with club control that runs through 2020. He posted an outstanding 2.39 ERA and 68/18 K/BB ratio over 60 1/3 innings for the Rangers in 2015. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:27 am
  • Strahm to compete for spot in KC rotation
    Royals manager Ned Yost noted Monday that Matt Strahm will compete for a spot in the rotation next spring.

    Advice: Veteran right-hander Chris Young will be his primary competition. Strahm carries some intrigue as a deep fantasy sleeper after registering a 1.23 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 22 innings this summer out of the Kansas City bullpen. The young southpaw spent most of the year as a starter at Double-A. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:57 am
  • Phillies close to deal with Joaquin Benoit
    Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports that the Phillies are closing in on a deal with free agent right-hander Joaquin Benoit.

    Advice: The 39-year-old hurler missed the final week of the regular season and all of the postseason after tearing a muscle in his calf. After struggling in the first half of the season, Benoit posted a stellar 0.38 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 24/9 K/BB ratio across 23 2/3 innings after a deadline deal to the Blue Jays. He could compete for save chances with Jeanmar Gomez and Hector Neris. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:10 pm
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    W, 2-1 @Bos
     
  • Jacob Lindgren inks MLB deal with Braves
    Braves signed LHP Jacob Lindgren to a one-year contract.

    Advice: This is a long-term play by the Braves, as Lindgren was non-tendered by the Yankees following Tommy John surgery in August. The left-hander has a big arm and could be an asset for the Braves starting in 2018 if his stuff returns post-op. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:40 am
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    W, 1-0 vs Det
     
  • Diamondbacks have reached out to Ziegler
    According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Diamondbacks have "reached out" to free agent Brad Ziegler.

    Advice: They've also touched base with Daniel Hudson. Those two were teammates on the Diamondbacks until Ziegler joined Boston at this year's trade deadline. Ziegler is also familiar with new D'backs' GM Mike Hazen, who held the same position in Boston this past season. The 37-year-old has reportedly drawn interest from a dozen teams and would be a nice consolation prize for clubs that miss out on top-tier closers like Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:33 pm
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    L, 2-1 vs Tor
     
  • Pirates do not tender contract to Jeff Locke
    Pirates non-tendered LHP Jeff Locke.

    Advice: The club designated Locke for assignment earlier in the week but weren't able to find a trade partner prior to Friday's deadline. He'll look for another opportunity on the free agent market. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:20 am
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    L, 10-4 @StL
     
  • Yankees do not tender contract to Lindgren
    Yankees non-tendered LHP Jacob Lindgren.

    Advice: The 23-year-old southpaw underwent Tommy John surgery in August and is expected to miss the entire 2017 season while recovering. It's possible that the Yankees will try to retain the former first-round pick on a minor league contract. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:57 pm
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    W, 1-0 vs Det
     
  • Benoit (calf) inteds to pitch in 2017
    Joaquin Benoit (calf) has resumed running and plans to pitch in 2017.

    Advice: Benoit tore a calf muscle in the final week of the regular season and was unable to pitch in the playoffs, but he's recovered now and has drawn interest on the free agent market. The 39-year-old proved he still has something left after posting a 0.38 ERA over 25 appearances with the Blue Jays down the stretch. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:12 am
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    W, 2-1 @Bos
     
  • Pirates DFA left-hander Jeff Locke
    Pirates designated LHP Jeff Locke for assignment.

    Advice: Pittsburgh didn't want to pay Locke a raise over the $3.025 million he earned in 2016 after watching him post a 5.44 ERA in 127 1/3 innings (19 starts, 11 relief appearances). He would have been entering his second turn through salary arbitration. The 29-year-old left-hander is now a free agent. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:34 pm
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    L, 10-4 @StL
     
  • Report: Around 12 teams interested in Zielger
    Chris Cotillo of SB Nation hears from a source that about 12 teams are interested in free agent reliever Brad Ziegler.

    Advice: Cotillo writes that Ziegler is "emerging as a strong Plan B" for teams who aren't willing to spend on the big-name relievers like Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen, and even Mark Melancon. It's a logical sales pitch for his agent to make. Ziegler doesn't fit the mold of a dominant late-inning reliever, but he owns a 2.44 ERA in the majors and induces a ton of ground balls. He turned 37 last month. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:38 am
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    L, 2-1 vs Tor
     
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