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  • Nationals continue to work on McCutchen trade
    According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the Pirates and Nationals are still working on a potential trade involving Andrew McCutchen.

    Advice: The two sides are reportedly "working on a lot of different angles" and appear intent on getting a deal done. The superstar would be a tremendous fit in center field for the Nationals while allowing Trea Turner to shift back to shortstop. When there's this much smoke, there's usually fire, so look for the two sides to continue working until a deal gets consummated. Yesterday, 7:58 pm
  • Giants agree to one-year deal with Adrianza
    Giants avoided arbitration with INF Ehire Adrianza, agreeing to a one-year contract.

    Advice: The deal will pay Adrianza $600,000 if he's in the big leagues or $300,000 if he spends the season in the minor leagues. The 27-year-old appeared in 40 games for the Giants in 2016, slashing .254/.299/.381 with a pair of homers and seven RBI in 63 at-bats. Yesterday, 6:27 pm
    W, 7-1 vs LAD
  • Padres non-tender backstop Hector Sanchez
    Padres non-tendered C Hector Sanchez.

    Advice: While not the biggest name of the six players that the Padres non-tendered on Friday, Sanchez could make for an intriguing option on the free agent market. The 27-year-old has hit .241/.278/.354 with 13 homers and 95 RBI over 646 plate appearances in his major league career. Yesterday, 6:04 pm
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    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • Padres non-tender Jose Pirela on Friday
    Padres non-tendered INF Jose Pirela.

    Advice: The move makes the 27-year-old a free agent. He has slashed an unimpressive .226/.246/.321 with one home run and eight RBI over 144 plate appearances in his career at the major league level. Yesterday, 6:02 pm
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    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • Padres non-tender Erik Johnson on Friday
    Padres non-tendered RHP Erik Johnson.

    Advice: The 26-year-old is expected to miss the entirety of the 2017 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in October. He could make for an interesting option on the free agent market on an incentive-laden minor league deal. Yesterday, 5:59 pm
    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • Braves non-tender right-hander Chris Withrow
    Braves non-tendered RHP Chris Withrow.

    Advice: The 27-year-old hurler did a nice job out of the Braves' bullpen in 2016, registering a 3.58 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 28/17 K/BB ratio over 37 2/3 innings. He becomes another interesting option in what looks to be a deep middle relief market in free agency. Yesterday, 5:50 pm
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    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Braves and Paco Rodriguez avoid arbitration
    Braves and LHP Paco Rodriguez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $637,500 contract.

    Advice: Rodriguez missed the entire 2016 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He sports a stellar 2.53 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 91/30 K/BB ratio over 85 1/3 innings in his big league career though and could be big factor in the Braves' bullpen in 2017. Yesterday, 5:47 pm
    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • D'Backs agree to two-year deal with Mathis
    Nick Piecoro of AZCentral Sports reports that the Diamondbacks have agreed to a two-year, $4 million contract with Jeff Mathis.

    Advice: It seems like the Diamondbacks are looking to cut payroll this offseason, which prompted the non-tendering of Welington Castillo and the signing of the veteran Mathis. He's likely to share time behind the dish with Chris Herrmann and perhaps Oscar Hernandez, but is a poor bet for any type of fantasy production even in the hitter-friendly home ballpark. Mathis is a career .197/.254/.308 hitter in 2273 career plate appearances. Yesterday, 5:44 pm
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    L, 10-7 @Was
  • Brewers non-tender slugger Chris Carter
    Brewers non-tendered 1B Chris Carter.

    Advice: After designating him for assignment earlier in the week the Brewers attempted to trade the veteran slugger but to no avail. He'll join a free agent market that is currently flush with power-hitting options from the right side of the plate, so he may have to wait for a few of the bigger dominoes to fall before landing a deal. Yesterday, 5:41 pm
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    W, 6-4 @Col
  • Diamondbacks agree to deal with Jeff Mathis
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Diamondbacks have agreed to a contract with free agent backstop Jeff Mathis.

    Advice: Nick Piecoro of AZCentral Sports was first to report that the two sides had been in discussions, and now Heyman reports that they have reached a deal. The Diamondbacks now have three catchers on the roster, with Mathis joining Chris Herrmann and Oscar Hernandez. Yesterday, 4:36 pm
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    L, 10-7 @Was
  • Diamondbacks have had contact with Mathis
    Nick Piecoro of AZCentral Sports reporst that the Diamondbacks have been in contact with free agent catcher Jeff Mathis.

    Advice: The Diamondbacks surprisingly opted to non-tender Welington Castillo on Friday and are now in the market for depth behind the plate. Mathis, 33, hit just .238/.267/.33 with a pair of homers and 15 RBI in 126 at-bats for the Marlins in 2016. He'd simply be a depth signing for the D'Backs and shouldn't be counted on to be the full-time starter behind the plate. Yesterday, 4:25 pm
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    L, 10-7 @Was
  • Diamondbacks non-tender Welington Castillo
    Diamondbacks non-tendered C Welington Castillo.

    Advice: This move comes as quite a surprise, as Castillo was the club's starting catcher and coming off of a fine offensive season where he slashed .264/.322/.423 with 14 homers and 68 RBI in 457 plate appearances. Chris Herrmann now ascends to the top of the depth chart, but it's incredibly likely that the D'Backs will now add another backstop either through trade or free agency. As for Castillo, he was projected to earn around $6 million in arbitration, but now suddenly becomes one of the most appealing catchers on the free agent market. Yesterday, 4:16 pm
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    W, 3-2 vs SD
  • Diamondbacks non-tender Rubby De La Rosa
    Diamondbacks non-tendered RHP Rubby De La Rosa.

    Advice: The right-hander was shut down early in the season with elbow troubles and there have been some rumblings that a second Tommy John surgery could be in his future. The former top prospect compiled a 4.26 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 54/20 K/BB ratio over his 50 2/3 innings in 2016. Yesterday, 4:13 pm
    W, 3-2 vs SD
  • Rangers do not tender contract to Hoying
    Rangers non-tendered OF Jared Hoying.

    Advice: Merely an auxiliary piece on their roster, the 27-year-old appeared in only 39 games for the Rangers in 2016 slashing a troublesome .217/.265/.261 with no homers and five RBI in 49 plate appearances. He'll look to latch on elsewhere as a free agent. Yesterday, 3:45 pm
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    L, 6-4 vs TB
  • Anthony Recker avoids arbitration with Braves
    Braves and C Anthony Recker avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $800,000 contract.

    Advice: Recker was in his second year of arbitration eligibility. The career .200/.284/.350 hitter will compete for the backup catcher job in 2017. Yesterday, 2:53 pm
  • Avisail Garcia, White Sox avoid arbitration
    White Sox and OF Avisail Garcia avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3 million contract.

    Advice: Garcia has been a big disappointment to this point, putting up a .250/.308/.380 batting line in his first three full seasons in Chicago. He was arbitration-eligible for a second time this winter. Yesterday, 2:44 pm
  • Seth Maness non-tendered by Cardinals
    Cardinals non-tendered RHP Seth Maness.

    Advice: Maness boasts a career 3.19 ERA out of the Cardinals' bullpen, but he had elbow surgery in August and could get a late start to next season. He's now a free agent. Yesterday, 2:23 pm
    W, 10-4 vs Pit
  • Jeff Manship non-tendered by Indians
    Indians non-tendered RHP Jeff Manship.

    Advice: Manship has pitched well the last two seasons for the Indians with a 2.07 ERA, but they didn't want to pay him a raise in arbitration. He's now a free agent. Yesterday, 2:20 pm
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    W, 3-2 @KC
  • Vance Worley non-tendered by Orioles
    Orioles non-tendered RHP Vance Worley.

    Advice: The O's have opted not to give "Vanimal" a raise in his final year of arbitration eligibility after he posted a 3.53 ERA over 35 appearances -- four starts -- last season. He's now a free agent. Yesterday, 1:52 pm
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    W, 5-2 @NYY
  • Cole Figueroa hired for Rays front office job
    The Rays have hired Cole Figueroa as a baseball development assistant in their front office.

    Advice: Figueroa is just 29 but evidently didn't like the opportunities he was presented as a player anymore so he's decided to move upstairs. He batted .208/.250/.286 over parts of three major league seasons. Yesterday, 1:15 pm
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    L, 10-7 @Was
  • Talks with Mark Melancon are 'moving along'
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that talks with Mark Melancon are "moving along."

    Advice: Crasnick says that the Nationals and Giants are "still in the mix" for the closer. He adds that the Giants could be in better position to make a deal for Melancon work since the Nats are currently focused on a trade for Andrew McCutchen and possibly Chris Sale. Melancon is expected to land a contract in the four-year, $60 million range, according to Crasnick. Yesterday, 1:09 pm
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    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Yonder Alonso, A's avoid arbitration
    Athletics and 1B Yonder Alonso avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4 million contract.

    Advice: Alonso looked like an obvious non-tender candidate after batting just .253/.316/.367 with seven home runs in his first season in Oakland, but the A's are apparently not ready to give up on him yet. He should be in line to again receive the bulk of the playing time at first base against right-handers. Yesterday, 11:41 am
  • Ian Desmond a backup CF option for Nationals
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals are considering Adam Eaton, Dexter Fowler, Carlos Gomez and Ian Desmond as backup options for center field.

    Advice: Heyman notes that the Nationals "remain focused" on a trade for Andrew McCutchen, but they are preparing backup plans in the event they're not able to work something out for the Pirates outfielder. Desmond is the most interesting name of the aforementioned bunch, of course, given that he's spent most of his career with the Nats. He played shortstop for them, but Washington appears intent on moving Trea Turner in to his natural position of shortstop and adding a center fielder. Yesterday, 9:53 am
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    L, 6-4 vs TB
  • Jacob deGrom (elbow) nearing throwing program
    Jacob deGrom (elbow) said Friday that he's close to beginning a throwing program.

    Advice: DeGrom had surgery in September to repair ulnar nerve damage in his right elbow. He added Friday that he's feeling much better than he did pre-op, as he's now able to snap his fingers without discomfort. DeGrom is not expected to be limited at the beginning of spring training. Yesterday, 8:23 am
  • Braves still interested in Sale, Archer
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Braves are still interested in Chris Sale and Chris Archer.

    Advice: The Braves have replenished their rotation depth this offseason with the additions of R.A. Dickey, Bartolo Colon and Jaime Garcia. They might not necessarily be looking to add another starter, but if it's someone on another level like Sale or Archer they'd apparently be open to it. Not surprisingly, Crasnick notes that the Braves prefer Sale. He also says they're "very reluctant" to part with infield prospect Ozzie Albies in any deal but are "getting a lot of hits" on him. Yesterday, 7:38 am
    L, 6-3 vs Min
  • White Sox likelier to trade Eaton than Abreu
    A rival executive told MLB Network's Jon Morosi that the White Sox are more likely to trade Adam Eaton than Jose Abreu at the winter meetings.

    Advice: The White Sox seem to be in the mode of listening to trade offers for virtually anyone on their roster, but it's not surprising that Eaton appears likelier than Abreu to be dealt. The outfielder should be able to fetch a nice return, as he's a career .284/.357/.414 hitter and is under team control for just $38.4 million through 2021. Yesterday, 7:05 am
    L, 6-3 vs Min
  • Five teams at 'forefront' of Sale trade talks
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals, Astros, Red Sox, Rangers and Braves "are starting to separate themselves at the forefront" in trade talks for Chris Sale.

    Advice: Heyman cautions that it "doesn’t mean that any one of these teams is sure to get him, or even that Sale will definitely be traded," but for now it appears it's the aforementioned five clubs involved in the most serious trade talks for the ace lefty. He also lists the Dodgers as a possible suitor for Sale and says the Cardinals, Blue Jays and Giants "look to be on the periphery." Yesterday, 6:09 am
    L, 6-3 vs Min
  • Nats remain 'in lead' for Andrew McCutchen
    MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Nationals remain "in (the) lead" for Andrew McCutchen, although the Rangers are "also in contact" with the Pirates.

    Advice: If McCutchen is traded to the Nationals there's a good chance it will happen on Friday, as the acquisition will affect what they do at the non-tender deadline. Cutch would take over in center field for the Nats, while Trea Turner would move to his natural position of shortstop and Danny Espinosa would be non-tendered. The Rangers are also looking for a center fielder, so they can't be ruled out as a serious contender for the former MVP. Yesterday, 5:59 am
  • Yankees considering Holliday for DH spot
    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that Matt Holliday is "a name the Yankees have thrown around."

    Advice: The expectation is that Edwin Encarnacion will likely command a contract beyond what the Yankees are comfortable with, but they have backup options that include Carlos Beltran, Mike Napoli and Holliday. Holliday batted .246/.322/.461 with 20 homers and 62 RBI in an injury-shortened 2016 season and is probably best off as a designated hitter at this point in his career. Yesterday, 5:51 am
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    W, 10-4 vs Pit
  • Bucs, Nats have 'ramped up' McCutchen talks
    ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Pirates and Nationals have "ramped up" discussions toward an Andrew McCutchen trade.

    Advice: Stark hears the Nationals "would like to make this deal [Thursday]" -- before Friday's non-tender deadline -- because of the ripple effects it would create. There's talk of the Nationals sending top outfield prospect Victor Robles to Pittsburgh in return, along with a number of other pieces. Stark says the Pirates also want "controllable starting pitching." This thing could move quickly. Thursday, 9:15 am
  • Report: McCutchen trade likelihood at 80%
    John Perrotto of FanRag Sports hears that there is an "80% chance" that the Pirates trade Andrew McCutchen by the end of the winter meetings.

    Advice: The smoke surrounding a potential McCutchen trade thickened considerably on Wednesday, with FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reporting that the outfielder is potentially the "most likely to go" among all rumored trade candidates in the early going. The Pirates aren't just fielding calls, either, as Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan relayed (also on Wednesday) that the team is aggressively courting potential trade and reaching out themselves. The Nationals, Rangers and Mariners have been linked to McCutchen this month. Wednesday, 3:03 pm
  • Pirates continue to explore McCutchen trade
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pirates continue to explore a potential trade involving Andrew McCutchen.

    Advice: In fact, Rosenthal writes that of all the big names available in trade, McCutchen "might be the most likely to go." The 30-year-old is coming off a career-worst season at the plate and advanced metrics weren't kind to him in center field, but he's owed just $14 million next season with a 14.5 million club option for 2018, so plenty of teams figure to be willing to take a chance on a turnaround. The Pirates are obviously going to ask for a major haul to give up their franchise player and could decide to hang on to him if their asking price isn't met. Rosenthal hears that the Nationals remain interested and also mentions the Rangers as a potential trade partner. Both clubs have the chips to get a deal done. Wednesday, 10:09 am
  • Rockies have checked in on Melancon
    Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich confirmed Tuesday that the club has checked in on free agent closer Mark Melancon.

    Advice: "I won’t say much," said Bridich. "Like we have done with a lot of guys, we have had conversations, and we have checked in on Mark." There's been natural speculation here since Melancon is from Colorado, but contenders like the Giants, Nationals, and Dodgers figure to be in the mix here, so the bidding could get higher than the Rockies' comfort level. As of now, Adam Ottavino projects to be the Rockies' closer in 2017. Wednesday, 7:40 am
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    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Rockies downplay possible Holliday reunion
    Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich downplayed the possibility of a reunion with free agent Matt Holliday.

    Advice: Holliday has said that he's open to a return to the Rockies, but given the team's outfield depth, he'd be looking at a full-time move to first base. He just saw his first exposure at the position in 2016, so the Rockies are mulling over the potential alternatives. "We have just now started looking into the reality of Matt," said Bridich. "With the way that our outfield is situated… the outfield for Matt doesn’t make a whole lot of sense right now. So right now we are just trying to wrap our minds around whether he’s a viable option at first base." The Rockies reportedly haven't ruled out a return for Mark Reynolds and Chris Carter, who was recently designated for assignment by the Brewers, could also be a possibility at first base. Wednesday, 7:33 am
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    W, 10-4 vs Pit
  • Brewers have active trade talks for Carter
    Adam McCalvy of reports that the Brewers are having active trade talks involving Chris Carter.

    Advice: It was reported Monday that the Brewers were planning to non-tender Carter, but he was designated for assignment on Tuesday in order to make way for his replacement, Eric Thames, on the 40-man roster. Teams probably wouldn't have to give up much in the way of value to acquire the veteran slugger at this point, but they could just take their chances and see if he ends up hitting the open market. We should know more in the next couple of days. Tuesday, 9:15 am
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    W, 6-4 @Col
  • Brewers designate Chris Carter for assignment
    Brewers designated 1B Chris Carter for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears the way for the newly-signed Eric Thames on the 40-man roster. We learned on Monday that the Brewers were planning to non-tender Carter. They now have a couple of days to find a trade partner before Friday's non-tender deadline. Carter tied Colorado's Nolan Arenado for the NL lead with 41 homers this past season while batting .222/.321/.499 over 160 games. His price tag should be reasonable through arbitration (MLB Trade Rumors projects him at $8.1 million in 2017), so he could draw some interest. Otherwise, he'll try his luck in free agency for the second straight year. Tuesday, 6:08 am
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    W, 6-4 @Col
  • Report: Brewers to non-tender Chris Carter
    USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Brewers will non-tender Chris Carter.

    Advice: Brewers general manager David Stearns said last month that he planned for Carter to return as the club's first baseman in 2017, but he apparently had a change of heart. It's the second offseason in a row that Carter has been non-tendered, and this time it comes after a 41-homer season. He was projected by to earn $8.1 million in arbitration. Carter should have no trouble landing a starting job somewhere. Monday, 6:29 pm
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    W, 6-4 @Col
  • Sale's price tag higher than it was in July?
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the asking price for Chris Sale in trade talks is "maybe even higher" than it was in July.

    Advice: The likelihood of the White Sox trading Sale seems higher now than it did in July, but there are also presumably more teams in on the bidding. Heyman adds that the hope is the trade talks for the left-hander will pick up during the winter meetings. Sale has finished in the top-six in American League Cy Young voting in all five of his seasons as a starter and is owed just $38 million over the next three seasons. Friday, 1:12 pm
    L, 6-3 vs Min
  • Yankees sniffing around Matt Holliday
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees have inquired on free agent outfielder Matt Holliday.

    Advice: Holliday is coming off a 2016 campaign in which he hit .246/.322/.461 with 20 homers and 62 RBI over 382 at-bats. A broken thumb suffered in August forced him out for an extended period of time and he ultimately appeared in just 110 games for the Cards. At this juncture, it isn't known quite what kind of a contract Holliday might draw on the open market. He turns 37 in January. Wednesday, 3:53 pm
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    W, 10-4 vs Pit
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