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  • Tyler Chatwood 'drawing widespread interest'
    MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that Tyler Chatwood "is drawing widespread interest."

    Advice: One source told Morosi that it's "probable" the right-hander nets a multi-year contract this offseason. Chatwood, who turns 28 next month, holds a pedestrian 4.31 ERA in his career, but teams are intrigued by what he could do away from Coors Field. He posted a 3.49 ERA and .695 opponents' OPS away from the thin Denver air in 2017. The Orioles and Rangers are two clubs known to have interest in Chatwood, but it sounds like there are probably a bunch more that have checked in with his agent. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:05 am
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  • Rays' Alex Colome 'likely to be dealt'
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times writes of Alex Colome this offseason that the closer "figures to be a hot topic and likely to be dealt."

    Advice: Colome is entering his first of three arbitration years this winter, so it makes sense that the cost-conscious Rays would be looking to trade him while his value is high. Slated to turn 29 next month, Colome boasts a 2.63 ERA and 129/38 K/BB ratio across 123 1/3 frames over the last two seasons as the Rays' closer. He led all of baseball with 47 saves in 2017. The Cardinals are one teams that's already been connected to Colome. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:03 am
  • Phillies keeping tabs on RP Jake McGee
    MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Phillies are among the teams interested in Jake McGee.

    Advice: As Morosi points out, McGee and new Phillies skipper Gabe Kapler were actually teammates with the Rays in 2010. The hard-throwing left-hander struggled in 2016 in his first season with the Rockies but bounced back with a nice showing in 2017, putting up a 3.61 ERA and 58/16 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings while notching three saves. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:54 am
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  • Cardinals, Rockies interested in Kintzler
    MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Cardinals and Rockies are showing interest in Brandon Kintzler.

    Advice: He could potentially close for either team, depending on what other bullpen pieces they might bring in. Kintzler saved 29 games while posting a 3.03 ERA for the Twins and Nationals this past season while making his first All-Star team. He doesn't miss bats, which is a big reason why many clubs would probably prefer him as a setup man, but he could be a fallback option for the ninth inning in a lot of places. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:50 am
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  • Greg Holland rejects qualifying offer
    RHP Greg Holland rejected the Rockies' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: Holland had already previously declined his $15 million player option and is now officially a free agent after turning down his qualifying offer. He really struggled in the second half for the Rockies in 2017 but will get a multi-year contract this winter, anyway. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:31 am
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  • Wade Davis turns down qualifying offer
    RHP Wade Davis rejected the Cubs' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: It was a formality, as Davis is the top reliever hitting the free agent market this offseason and is set to receive a big multi-year contract. He put up a 2.30 ERA and 79/28 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings while notching 32 saves for the Cubs in 2017. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:29 am
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  • Ryan O'Rourke signs with Orioles
    Orioles signed LHP Ryan O'Rourke to a minor league contract.

    Advice: O'Rourke underwent Tommy John surgery at the beginning of May, so he'll likely miss at least the first couple of months of next season. The 29-year-old had a 4.98 ERA in 47 innings for the Twins between 2015 and 2016. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:26 pm
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  • Blue Jays sign former 1st-rounder McGuire
    Blue Jays signed RHP Deck McGuire to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

    Advice: McGuire was a first-round flop with the Blue Jays after being taken 11th overall in 2010, so it's surprising that he would want back in. He's coming off his best season as a pro, going 9-9 with a 2.79 ERA and 170 strikeouts in 168 innings for Double-A Pensacola and then posting a 2.63 ERA in two starts and four relief appearances for the Reds in September. His stuff is fringy, and it still seems like a long shot that he'll have a significant major league career. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:06 pm
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  • Padres interested in re-signing Chacin
    The Padres are showing interest in retaining free agents Jhoulys Chacin and Craig Stammen and could be open to two-year deals.

    Advice: The Padres already gave free-agent-to-be Clayton Richard a two-year deal in September. They would expect a bit of a discount on a multiyear deal for Jhoulys and/or Stammen, but that might work out if either veteran is looking for some stability. Chacin, coming off his best season since 2013, has pitched for four teams in three years since getting let go by the Rockies. There should be a fair amount of interest in him as a fourth or fifth starter, but most suitors will only want to go one year. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:44 pm
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  • White Sox acquire Thyago Vieira from SEA
    White Sox acquired RHP Thyago Vieira from the Mariners for international slot money.

    Advice: Vieira is a hard-throwing relief prospect whose fastball has been clocked as high as 103 mph. He made his major league debut with Seattle in 2017, throwing a flawless ninth inning at the end of a blowout loss to the Orioles. It's a nice pickup for Chicago. The 24-year-old right-hander will compete for a spot in the Opening Day bullpen next spring in White Sox camp. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:07 am
  • Cubs looking at FA reliever Brandon Morrow
    According to Patrick Mooney of NBC Sports Chicago, the Cubs have identified free agent reliever Brandon Morrow as an offseason target.

    Advice: Morrow put up a stellar 2.06 ERA and 50/9 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 regular-season innings for the Dodgers and then shut down the Cubs in the National League Championship Series. Mooney says the Cubs "are also expected to monitor" the market for free agent Addison Reed as they look for new late-inning relief options. The asking price on Orioles closer Zach Britton is said to be "too high." Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:54 am
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  • Athletics acquire Pagan, prospect for Healy
    Athletics acquired RHP Emilio Pagan and INF Alexander Campos from the Mariners for INF/DH Ryon Healy.

    Advice: Pagan isn't a household name, but he was quietly one of the better relievers for Seattle during the 2017 season. He struck out 56 hitters with just eight walks in his 50 1/3 innings, and despite giving up seven homers in that time frame his ERA was still a solid 3.22. With a fastball that can get into the high-90s and an improving breaking ball, Pagan could be a high-leverage reliever for Oakland in 2018. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:59 pm
  • Mets showing major interest in Minor
    The Mets have shown interest in Mike Minor, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

    Advice: Minor was one of the major surprises of the 2017 season (pardon the pun), pitching 65 games with an ERA of 2.57 and 88 strikeouts in just under 78 innings after missing the last two season. There weren't many things that went right for the Mets last year, and the bullpen wasn't an exception. There are rumors that he'd like another chance at starting, but considering how well he pitched in a high-leverage role last year, that's his most likely path to a big deal. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:03 pm
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  • O's showing interest in SP Tyler Chatwood
    According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Orioles are showing interest in free agent starter Tyler Chatwood.

    Advice: Chatwood might not be the sexiest name on this free agent market, but when you consider park factors (specifically the Coors Field effect) his numbers rank right up there with some of the available second-tier starters. The 27-year-old right-hander is also younger than many of the other guys out there. Baltimore badly needs rotation help and will probably be looking for it on a variety of fronts. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:14 pm
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  • Jason Wheeler signs deal with KBO team
    Jason Wheeler has signed a one-year, $575,000 contract with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization.

    Advice: Wheeler made his major league debut with the Twins in 2017 and allowed five runs -- three earned -- in two relief appearances totaling three innings. The 27-year-old left-hander will try to re-establish himself in South Korea. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:54 am
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  • Rays, Cards have talked Alex Colome trade
    According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Rays and Cardinals have discussed a possible Alex Colome trade.

    Advice: St. Louis is in search of a closer this winter with Juan Nicasio and Seung Hwan Oh hitting free agency and Trevor Rosenthal out through 2018 following Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. Colome led all major leaguers in saves in 2017 with 47 and he boasts a 2.63 ERA with 129 strikeouts over his last 123 1/3 innings. The 28-year-old right-hander carries three years of arbitration eligibility. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:51 am
  • Bradley likely to remain reliever in 2018
    Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen indicated that Archie Bradley will likely remain a reliever in 2018.

    Advice: "We're going to bring him into camp, stretch him out, but it's likely he's going to be in the 'pen," Hazen told reporters at the GM Meetings in Orlando. "We haven't specifically discussed his role. I think he'll continue in the back-end of the bullpen. We haven't ruled out closing, but we'll see what happens as we put the team together." The former starting pitching prospect excelled as a full-time reliever in 2017, delivering a 1.73 ERA in 73 regular-season innings. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:36 am
  • Alex Reyes (elbow) ready around May 1?
    Cardinals president John Mozeliak suggested Tuesday that Alex Reyes (elbow) will likely make his 2018 debut around the beginning of May.

    Advice: Reyes underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last February and missed the entire 2017 season. "Maybe we think about his season beginning more like on May 1 and possibly rolling him in the bullpen," Mozeliak told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Depending on what we may accomplish this offseason." The young right-hander delivered an exceptional 1.57 ERA with 52 strikeouts over his first 46 major league innings in 2016. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:52 am
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  • Jake Peavy plans to pitch next season
    Jake Peavy has been telling teams that he plans to pitch in 2018.

    Advice: Peavy sat out the entire 2017 season to spend time with his four sons following a divorce from his wife. The 36-year-old right-hander had a 5.54 ERA in 118 2/3 innings with the Giants in 2016 and will likely have to settle for a non-guaranteed minor league contract or an incentive-driven one-year deal on this winter's free agent market. But he figures to get a shot somewhere. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:45 am
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  • Green will come to ST as a starter
    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that Chad Green will be brought to spring training as a starting pitcher.

    Advice: Cashman said that a return to a bullpen role is considered a fallback. Green pitched almost exclusively in relief this season while posting a dominant 1.83 ERA and 103/17 K/BB ratio over 69 innings. His role could ultimately depend on what the Yankees do this offseason. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:30 pm
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  • Chris Tillman only seeking one-year contract
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick hears that free agent right-hander Chris Tillman is looking for a one-year deal.

    Advice: Crasnick says the low expectations from Tillman have "enhanced his appeal to MLB teams in search of starting help." Tillman, 29, struggled to a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances this summer with the Orioles, but he registered a 3.81 ERA in 143 starts between 2012-2016. He'll look to re-establish his value next season, perhaps in a more pitcher-friendly environment than Baltimore. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:57 am
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  • Cards meet with agents for Reed, Morrow
    According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak met Sunday with the representatives for Addison Reed and Brandon Morrow.

    Advice: Reed and Morrow have the same representatives as Yu Darvish, but it's no secret that the Cardinals are prioritizing late-inning relief. Reed posted a 2.84 ERA and 76/15 K/BB ratio over 76 innings this season between the Mets and the Red Sox. He offers plenty in the way of closing experience. As for Morrow, he put up a 2.05 ERA and 50/9 K/BB ratio in 43 2/3 innings during the regular season before some heavy usage during the postseason. Both figure to be attractive names, as they won't require giving up a draft pick like Greg Holland and Wade Davis. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:58 pm
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  • Report: Mets see Peralta as possible swingman
    Mike Puma of the New York Post writes that the Mets view free agent right-hander Wily Peralta as a potential swingman option.

    Advice: It's not going to excite many Mets fans, as Peralta struggled with a 7.85 ERA and 52/32 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings with the Brewers this season and was even outrighted off the 40-man roster in August. The 28-year-old probably won't require more than a minor league deal, which could be why the Mets are willing to take a look at him. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:34 pm
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  • Report: Cubs, Dodgers in touch about Britton
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cubs and Dodgers are among the teams who have contacted the Orioles about Zach Britton.

    Advice: Heyman hears that the Orioles are at least willing to listen to offers for Britton, who has one year of team control remaining and is due to get a raise in arbitration from the $11.4 million he made in 2017. The Cubs are a natural fit with Wade Davis on the free agent market, but the Dodgers were in touch with the Orioles about Britton this summer even though they have All-Star closer Kenley Jansen under contract. Britton missed time with flexor tendon and knee issues this season while posting a 2.89 ERA, 15 saves, and a 29/18 K/BB ratio over 37 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:58 pm
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  • May (elbow) progressing with throwing
    Trevor May (elbow) made 75 throws from a distance of 105 feet on Monday.

    Advice: May wrote via Twitter that he was "fired up" about his throwing session. The 28-year-old missed the entire season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March, but he has a pretty good shot at being ready for Opening Day. It's unclear whether the Twins plan to use him as a starter or reliever initially. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:08 pm
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  • Braves have interest in RP Peter Moylan
    David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Braves are among the teams that have expressed interest in Peter Moylan.

    Advice: Moylan, of course, has had two previous stints with Atlanta. The soon-to-be 39-year-old posted a 3.49 ERA while tying for the major league lead with 79 appearances in 2017 and held righties to a .161/.244/.236 batting line. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:08 pm
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  • Nick Martinez undergoes sport hernia surgery
    Nick Martinez recently underwent sports hernia surgery.

    Advice: Martinez is expected to be ready for the beginning of spring training. The 27-year-old holds a career 4.77 ERA across four seasons with the Rangers while working as a swingman. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:09 am
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  • Giants show interest in Brandon Morrow
    John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants have "checked in on" Brandon Morrow.

    Advice: They'll have competition, as Shea notes that "many teams are calling on Morrow," who posted a 2.06 ERA and 50/9 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 relief innings for the Dodgers this season. The Giants are expected to go after at least one reliever this winter as they look to stabilize things ahead of closer Mark Melancon. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:52 am
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  • No player will accept $17.4M qualifying offer
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that none of the nine players extended one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offers will accept it.

    Advice: Neil Walker and Jeremy Hellickson accepted the qualifying offer last offseason, but it's not a surprise this time around that they've all opted to turn it down. All nine players -- Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Jake Arrieta, Alex Cobb, Wade Davis, Greg Holland, Lance Lynn and Carlos Santana -- should be able to easily find multi-year contracts on the open market this winter. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:55 am
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  • Deck McGuire has elected free agency
    Deck McGuire has elected free agency.

    Advice: The 28-year-old pitched well, posting a 2.63 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 11/2 K/BB ratio over 13 2/3 innings for the Reds in 2017. It's a bit curious, given their utter lack of quality pitching depth, that the Reds couldn't find a spot for him on the 40-man roster. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:37 am
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  • Heyman: Rockies want Holland back long-term
    FanRag Sports reporter Jon Heyman believes that the Rockies would like to bring Greg Holland back on a long-term deal.

    Advice: Long-term deal is obviously subjective, and as a a 31-year-old pitcher who has a history with injuries, anything over a year offers risk. Heyman reports that the Rockies feel that keeping Holland keeps the Colorado bullpen deep, and for most of the year, the reliever was highly effective in that closer's spot. Heyman also reports that the Cardinals and Cubs have shown interest in Holland, so Colorado will have competition in signing the closer. Because he received the qualifying offer, any team that signs Holland will be subject to giving up a draft pick this summer. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:06 am
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  • Twins interested in Kintzler reunion
    The Pioneer Press's Mike Berardino reports that the Twins have expressed interest in bringing back free agent Brandon Kintzler.

    Advice: That makes plenty of sense; Kintzler did a great job for the Twins before being sent to the Nationals at the deadline and he'll be quite a bit more affordable than the top closers on the market. The Nationals could also attempt to retain him, and several contenders could pursue him as a setup man. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:53 pm
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  • Brandon Morrow hopes to remain with Dodgers
    Brandon Morrow told MLB Network Radio on Thursday that he'd like to remain with the Dodgers as a free agent.

    Advice: Morrow qualified the statement with an "all things being equal," suggesting that he wants to get out there and get the biggest deal he can. Of course, the Dodgers have the flexibility to be generous. One imagines they'll make a significant bid to keep him. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:44 pm
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