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  • Lance Lynn rejects Cardinals qualifying offer
    RHP Lance Lynn rejected the Cardinals' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: Lynn's velocity and peripherals in his first season back from Tommy John surgery went south, but he still posted a 3.43 ERA. He's arguably at the top of the second tier of free agent starters. Today, 8:41 am
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  • Alex Cobb rejects Rays' qualifying offer
    RHP Alex Cobb rejected the Rays' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: Cobb might not wind up getting that much on an average annual basis on his new contract, but he's in line to receive a multi-year deal this winter, making it a pretty easy call to reject the offer. He held a 3.66 ERA and 128/44 K/BB ratio over 179 1/3 innings this past season in his first full year back from Tommy John surgery. Today, 8:26 am
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  • Jake Arrieta rejects Cubs' qualifying offer
    RHP Jake Arrieta rejected the Cubs' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: He's now officially a free agent. Arrieta will turn 32 before Opening Day next season, but he is still in line to receive a big multi-year contract on the market this winter. Today, 8:23 am
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  • Qualifying offer declined by all nine FAs
    Alex Cobb and every other free agent given qualifying offers declined said offer prior to Thursday's 5 p.m. deadline.

    Advice: There wasn't much doubt this was coming. Since the rewards have been lessened, no team gave a qualifying offer to a borderline player who might have accepted it, such as Zack Cozart or Andrew Cashner. Cobb, Greg Holland and Wade Davis might ultimately sign for less per year than the $17.4 million the qualifying offer was worth, but all will get multiyear deals. It certainly wasn't a consideration for the other six to get the offer: Eric Hosmer, Jake Arrieta, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Carlos Santana and Lance Lynn. Yesterday, 2:25 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. Yesterday, 1:44 pm
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  • Scherzer wins 2nd straight NL Cy Young
    The BBWAA announced Wednesday that Max Scherzer was named the National League Cy Young Award winner.

    Advice: Scherzer received 27 first-place votes, with Kershaw receiving the other three. Stephen Strasburg finished third. It hasn't been long since we had someone win back-to-back Cy Youngs in the NL as Kershaw did it in 2012-13, but it doesn't make the feat any less impressive. The Washington ace was exceptional again in 2017, registering a 2.51 ERA and leading the NL with 268 strikeouts. Wednesday, 3:52 pm
  • Kluber wins second AL Cy Young Award
    The BBWAA announced Wednesday that Corey Kluber was named the American League Cy Young Award winner.

    Advice: He received 28-of-30 first-place votes en route to his second career Cy Young Award. Chris Sale finished second with the other two votes, and Luis Severino finished third. This was Sale's award to lose up until August, but a strong finish by Kluber along with Sale's struggles to finish the season turned the tide. The 31-year-old right-hander had another stellar season for the Indians, with a 2.25 ERA and 265 strikeouts in just under 204 innings while leading Cleveland to another AL Central title. Wednesday, 3:20 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. Wednesday, 1:03 pm
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    Mike Minor KC - SP,RP
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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. Wednesday, 12:14 pm
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  • 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. 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. Wednesday, 6:52 am
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    Álex Reyes StL - SP,RP
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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. Wednesday, 6:45 am
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    Jake Peavy SF - SP,RP
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  • Cubs have met with Alex Cobb's agent
    Patrick Mooney of NBC Sports Chicago reports that the Cubs have already met with Alex Cobb's agent, Danny Horwits.

    Advice: Given Cobb's history with Cubs manager Joe Maddon and new pitching coach Jim Hickey, it's one of the more logical fits out there. As these situations usually do, it will come down to the money, but there's mutual interest here. Cobb hasn't officially turned down his qualifying offer from the Rays, but it's a foregone conclusion. The 30-year-old posted a 3.66 ERA and 128/44 K/BB ratio over 179 1/3 innings this season in his first full year back from Tommy John surgery. Tuesday, 7:20 pm
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  • Mets remain open to extension for deGrom
    According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets remain open to a contract which would buy out Jacob deGrom's remaining arbitration years.

    Advice: DeGrom made $4.05 million via arbitration in 2017 as a Super Two player, so he still has three years of arbitration remaining. The Mets would surely love to buy out a free agent year or two as well, but at least getting some cost certainty during his arbitration years would be nice. DeGrom will also be 30 years old next year, so it could make sense from his perspective as well. Puma writes that there haven't been any talks with deGrom's agents, but that figures to change as the offseason moves along. Tuesday, 1:46 pm
  • 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. Tuesday, 1:30 pm
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  • Cubs haven't ruled out reunion with Lackey
    Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer hasn't ruled out the possibility of John Lackey returning to the team next season.

    Advice: "It's certainly something we're going to talk about," said Hoyer. Jon Lester hinted toward the end of the regular season that Lackey could be retiring, but he's not ready to walk away just yet. The 39-year-old posted a 4.59 ERA and 149/53 K/BB ratio over 170 2/3 innings this season. The Cubs are expected to be in the market for starting pitching this offseason, so they are willing to be flexible here. Tuesday, 1:14 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. Tuesday, 10:57 am
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  • Twins' top offseason target is Yu Darvish?
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, "there are hints" that Yu Darvish is at the top of the Twins' offseason wish list.

    Advice: It would be an uncharacteristic move for cost-conscious Minnesota to jump up and snag a top-tier free agent, but the team is badly in need of pitching help and Twins general manager Thad Levine was part of the contingent that brought Darvish over from Japan when he was with the Rangers. Heyman notes that the Twins also have interest in Jake Arrieta as well as "next-tier starters" Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb. They're also in touch with some high-dollar free agent relievers, like Wade Davis and Greg Holland. Tuesday, 7:25 am
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  • Rays 'gauging interest' in SP Chris Archer
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rays are "gauging interest in some of their top players," including Chris Archer.

    Advice: There is always talk of payroll reduction and rolling rebuilds out of Tampa Bay, but Archer figures to carry a sky-high asking price on the trading block because of his team-friendly contract that can extend another four years. The 2017 All-Star is due just $6.4 million in 2018 and $7.6 million in 2019 with a $9 million club option for 2020 and an $11 million option for 2021. He holds a career 3.63 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 9.7 K/9 in 967 major league innings. Tuesday, 6:57 am
  • 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. Monday, 5:34 pm
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  • Johnson expected to pitch in relief
    Rob Bradford of writes that it "sounds like" Brian Johnson is moving to the bullpen.

    Advice: Johnson functioned as rotation insurance this past season, posting a 3.09 ERA over 17 starts in Triple-A and a 4.33 ERA over five starts in the majors, but he also missed some time with shoulder issues. He'll be out of options next spring, so the Red Sox could keep him around in a swingman role. Monday, 1:54 pm
  • 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. Monday, 11:09 am
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  • Alex Cobb hasn't make QO decision yet
    Alex Cobb told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that he has not made a decision yet on whether he'll accept the Rays' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported earlier Monday that all nine of the players who were made qualifying offers would decline them. The report will almost surely wind up being true, but it appears Cobb hasn't officially made up his mind yet. The deadline to make a decision is Thursday. Monday, 10:44 am
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  • Heyman: Cardinals looking at Darvish, Arrieta
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cardinals "are looking at high-end starters, including Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta."

    Advice: Heyman does add the caveat that "they will first investigate the trade market before committing to a big-ticket free agent." President of baseball operations John Mozeliak has stated that a middle-of-the-order bat and a closer are bigger priorities for the Cardinals this winter than a starter, but it sounds like they'll still at least kick the tires on Darvish and Arrieta. However, if they do add a starter they might ultimately wind up settling on a lesser name, whether it be via trade or free agent signing. Monday, 8:18 am
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  • Twins have asked Reds about Raisel Iglesias
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Twins have inquired with the Reds on the availability of closer Raisel Iglesias.

    Advice: The Twins are exploring all avenues for upgrades to their bullpen, so reaching out to the Reds is simply doing their due diligence. It would be very surprising if the Reds actually had any interest in dealing the 27-year-old right-hander. He's fresh off of an impressive 2017 season where he posted a 2.49 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 92/27 K/BB ratio across 76 innings of work and is under team control through the 2021 season. Sunday, 5:58 pm
  • Yankees haven't discussed deal with Sabathia
    Yankees' general manager Brian Cashman said Sunday that he has yet to discuss a contract for next season with CC Sabathia or his agent, Kyle Thousand.

    Advice: Cashman did note however that he may see Thousand during the upcoming general manager meetings. The 37-year-old hurler had a very nice season for the Yankees in 2017 and posted a 2.37 ERA across his four starts in the postseason. A reunion seems to make sense for both sides, provided they can work out the financials. Sunday, 5:54 pm
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  • Zimmermann could be trade target for Nats
    Drew Douglas of District on Deck opines that Jordan Zimmermann could be a possible trade target for the Nationals this winter.

    Advice: The logic makes sense, as Joe Ross is set to miss the entire season while recovering from Tommy John surgery so the Nationals should be in the market for another starting pitcher. Zimmermann achieved the greatest success of his career while with the club from 2007-2015 and the Tigers are entering a full rebuild and should be open to dealing the right-hander. The Tigers would have to eat plenty of the $74 million remaining on his contract though to receive any sort of attractive prospects in return. Saturday, 5:18 am
  • Hickey would welcome Cobb to Cubs
    New Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey believes the Cubs should pursue Alex Cobb.

    Advice: Considering Hickey was Cobb's pitching coach in Tampa Bay just about 15 minutes ago, you would think his advice would be taken into consideration. "I’d say, ‘Go ahead, good job, yeah I’m on board,'" Hickey said on the Spiegel and Parkins Show on Thursday. Hickey also noted that they've already discussed several free-agent starters and relievers. Considering the Cubs need for pitching, and the Tampa Bay connection, this one almost makes too sense. Friday, 6:54 am
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  • Twins considering a run at top free agent SP
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Twins are "considering a run at one of the big free-agent starters."

    Advice: Heyman lists Yu Darvish, Jake Arrieta, Lance Lynn, and Alex Cobb among the top tier of available starting pitchers. Darvish and Arrieta might prove to be a little too rich for Minnesota given that late-inning relief help is also on the club's offseason shopping list, but Lynn or Cobb could make financial sense. Lynn owns a sharp 3.38 career ERA and fared pretty well in 2017, his first year after Tommy John surgery. St. Louis made him a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer earlier this month, which he is expected to reject. Thursday, 6:06 am
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  • Kluber wins AL Players Choice pitching award
    Corey Kluber won the Players Choice Outstanding AL Pitcher Award on Wednesday.

    Advice: Kluber was competing with Chris Sale and Luis Severino for this particular piece of hardware. Cleveland's right-handed ace is also a strong candidate for AL Cy Young Award honors after registering a 2.25 ERA and 265 strikeouts in just under 204 innings in 2017. Wednesday, 5:30 pm
  • Scherzer wins Players Choice NL Award
    Max Scherzer was named the Outstanding Pitcher of the National League in the MLB Players Choice Awards on Wednesday.

    Advice: Scherzer takes home the honor over Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. It could be a sign of things to come for Scherzer's NL Cy Young Award chances. The Washington right-hander lead the NL in strikeouts with 268, and he had a 2.51 ERA in just under 201 innings pitched. Wednesday, 5:24 pm
  • Foltynewicz hires new representation.
    Mike Foltywicz has hired Victor Menocal and Casey Close of Excel Sports Management as his new representation.

    Advice: Foltynewicz qualified for arbitration this winter as a Super Two player, so he enters the negotiation side for the first time since he was drafted in the first-round back in 2010. The 26-year-old right-hander went 10-13 in 2017 with a 4.79 ERA with 143 strikeouts in 154 innings. Wednesday, 1:02 pm
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  • Cesar Valdez elects to become free agent
    Cesar Valdez has elected to become a free agent.

    Advice: Valdez was outrighted off Toronto's 40-man roster earlier this month. The veteran right-hander posted an ugly 7.63 ERA in 30 2/3 innings (four starts, seven relief appearances) this year between the Athletics and Blue Jays. Wednesday, 8:58 am
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  • John Lackey, 39, plans to pitch next season
    Sources tell Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that free agent John Lackey intends to pitch in 2018.

    Advice: Cubs teammate Jon Lester hinted toward the end of the regular season that 2017 would likely be Lackey's final year, but the veteran right-hander apparently isn't quite ready to hang it up. Lackey, 39, registered a 4.59 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 149/53 K/BB ratio across 170 2/3 innings this summer with Chicago before being relegated to long relief duties during the postseason. He's earned more than $140 million in his 15-year major league career, so he'll probably care more about joining a contender than seeking the richest contract possible. It'll probably be a one-year deal wherever he lands. Tuesday, 4:44 pm
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