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  • Stroman to pitch for Team USA in WBC
    Marcus Stroman announced he will pitch for the United States in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

    Advice: It's a solid get for the United States, who should have an absolutely loaded pitching staff with Chris Archer, Jake Arrieta, Corey Kluber, Andrew Miller, Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander all on the team's preliminary roster. Stroman had a relatively disappointing year for the Jays in 2016, but impressed with a 3.28 ERA over the final two months. He led Toronto with 166 strikeouts. 25 minutes ago
  • Rich Hill could have agreement with Dodgers
    According to Peter Gammons, could have an agreement with the Dodgers on a three-year deal worth more than $40 million.

    Advice: Gammons cites a club official from a rival team who had been in the market for Hill as well. The Dodgers need all of the help that they can get in their rotation, and bringing back the veteran left-hander would be a great first step toward stabilizing their pitching staff. Today, 12:01 pm
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    L, 7-1 @SF
  • Nationals are still in talks for Chris Sale
    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Nationals remain in trade discussions with the White Sox for Chris Sale.

    Advice: They're also talking to the Pirates about Andrew McCutchen. It would seem to be an either/or scenario, as it's hard to see the Nationals having the ammunition to acquire both. Rosenthal notes that the Red Sox are also interested in Sale, though the White Sox would have to lower their asking price to get a deal done. Today, 11:54 am
    L, 6-3 vs Min
  • Reds don't tender contract to Keyvius Sampson
    Reds non-tendered RHP Keyvius Sampson.

    Advice: The 25-year-old right-hander was designated for assignment last week, but the Reds were unable to find a trade partner. Sampson appeared in 31 games for the Reds over the past two seasons, compiling a 5.60 ERA, 1.75 WHIP and 84/53 K/BB ratio over 91 2/3 innings. Today, 7:28 am
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    L, 7-4 vs ChC
  • 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. Today, 5:20 am
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    L, 10-4 @StL
  • Padres could have interest in re-signing Ross
    Padres general manager A.J. Preller said Friday that the club would consider re-signing Tyson Ross at a lower cost.

    Advice: Ross spent the past four years as the ace of the Padres' staff before being non-tendered on Friday. Shoulder woes limited him to just one start in 2016 while earning $9.625 million. Yesterday, 6:22 pm
    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
  • Padres choose to non-tender ace Tyson Ross
    Padres non-tendered RHP Tyson Ross.

    Advice: The 29-year-old right-hander made just one start before he was shut down for the season with a shoulder issue. He eventually required surgery in October for thoracic outlet syndrome which puts his status in question for the start of the 2017 season. Still, it's a bit of a surprising move after Ross pitched to a 3.16 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 9.2 K/9 over 522 innings since joining the club in 2013. He'll be an interesting commodity on the free agent market. Yesterday, 5:36 pm
    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • 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
  • Iglesias, Lorenzen will remain in Reds 'pen
    Reds manager Bryan Price and general manager Dick Williams on Friday committed to using Raisel Iglesias and Michael Lorenzen as relievers next season.

    Advice: It's no surprise, as Price indicated back in October that he might use the duo as potential multiple-inning closers in 2017. Both Iglesias (1.98 ERA, 54/19 K/BB ratio over 50 innings) and Lorenzen (2.88 ERA, 48/13 K/BB ratio over 50 innings) thrived in the bullpen in 2016. Iglesias probably as a leg up on the closer role. Yesterday, 3:00 pm
  • Angels ink John Lamb to minors deal
    Angels signed LHP John Lamb to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: The Rays traded for but then released Lamb last month. He had back surgery in October and will get a late start to next season, but he's a nice no-risk move for a team like the Angels. Yesterday, 2:31 pm
    W, 8-1 vs Hou
  • 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
  • Ryan Weber outrighted to Triple-A
    Mariners sent RHP Ryan Weber outright to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Weber cleared waivers after being designated for assignment and will remain in the organization. The righty posted a 5.45 ERA and 23/5 K/BB ratio over 36 1/3 innings with the Braves in 2016. Yesterday, 11:43 am
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    L, 3-2 vs Oak
  • CC Sabathia (knee) to start throwing Monday
    CC Sabathia (knee) will begin a throwing program on Monday.

    Advice: Sabathia underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in October. The big left-hander had an underrated bounce-back campaign in 2016, posting a 3.91 ERA and 152/65 K/BB ratio in 179 2/3 innings over 30 starts. He'll be ready to roll for the start of spring training. Yesterday, 9:48 am
    L, 5-2 vs Bal
  • Pirates and Wade LeBlanc avoid arbitration
    Pirates and LHP Wade LeBlanc avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $750,000 contract with a $1.5 million option for 2018.

    Advice: He's guaranteed a total of $800,000 when adding in a $50,000 buyout for 2018. LeBlanc has posted a 4.39 ERA over 126 appearances -- 79 starts -- across parts of eight major league seasons. He should serve as a long reliever next season. Yesterday, 9:45 am
    L, 10-4 @StL
  • 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
  • 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
  • Marlins hope to keep Phelps in bullpen
    Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Thursday that he hopes to keep David Phelps in the bullpen in 2017.

    Advice: Nothing is set in stone yet, but the Marlins signed Edinson Volquez on Thursday and additional rotation depth will solidify Phelps in a middle relief role, where he enjoyed a breakout in 2016. "Ideally, if we can keep a deep bullpen, we can keep him as that multi-inning effective bridge to the back-end guys," said Hill. "He impacts more games for us that way. But we know he has the versatility if he has to move into the rotation to do that seamlessly and not miss a beat." Phelps saw an uptick in velocity this past season while posting a 2.28 ERA and 114/38 K/BB ratio in 86 2/3 innings across five starts and 59 relief appearances. Thursday, 5:22 pm
    L, 10-7 @Was
  • Matz (elbow) expects to begin throwing soon
    Steven Matz (elbow) expects to begin throwing soon.

    Advice: Matz underwent surgery in October to remove a large bone spur from his left elbow, but he expects to have a normal offseason. The southpaw also dealt with a shoulder issue toward the end of 2016, but fortunately didn't need surgery to address it. The 25-year-old owns a 3.16 ERA with 8.7 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9 through his first 28 starts in the majors, so the potential is clearly there. But questions about his durability linger. Thursday, 4:19 pm
    L, 5-2 @Phi
  • Cards acquire RHP Ellis from Braves
    Cardinals acquired RHP Chris Ellis from the Braves as part of the Jaime Garcia trade.

    Advice: Ellis might be the most interesting name in this deal for Cardinals fans to follow. Acquired as part of the Andrelton Simmons deal with the Angels last winter, the 24-year-old posted a 2.75 ERA through 13 starts in Double-A this past season before fading with a 6.52 ERA over 15 starts after a promotion to Triple-A Gwinnett. He has walked 158 batters over 302 1/3 innings in pro ball, so progress is obviously needed in regard to his control. Thursday, 3:50 pm
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    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Cards acquire John Gant from Braves
    Cardinals acquired RHPs John Gant and Chris Ellis, and INF Luke Dykstra from the Braves for LHP Jaime Garcia.

    Advice: Gant is the most familiar name of the group, though none of the players involved are considered top prospects. Known for his unique delivery and deception, the 24-year-old posted a 4.86 ERA and 49/21 K/BB ratio in 50 innings over seven starts and 13 relief appearances as a rookie this past season. He provides rotation insurance, but could find a home out of the bullpen in St. Louis. Thursday, 3:41 pm
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    John Gant StL - SP,RP
    W, 10-4 vs Pit
  • Braves pick up LHP Jaime Garcia from Cards
    Braves acquired LHP Jaime Garcia from the Cardinals for RHPs John Gant and Chris Ellis, and INF Luke Dykstra.

    Advice: The deal was originally reported by Mark Saxon of and it’s now official. Garcia is the third addition to the Braves’ rotation this offseason, joining Bartolo Colon and R.A. Dickey. The 30-year-old southpaw managed to stay healthy in 2016, but he disappointed with a 4.67 ERA over 30 starts and two relief appearances while allowing a career-high 26 home runs in 171 2/3 innings. The Braves are taking a chance on a rebound and perhaps the potential to turn him into a trade chip. As for the Cardinals, they managed to dump his salary and get three prospects in return. Thursday, 3:40 pm
  • Report: Braves acquire Jaime Garcia from STL
    Mark Saxon of reports that the Braves have acquired left-hander Jaime Garcia from the Cardinals.

    Advice: The Cardinals are expected to receive three prospects in return. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that right-hander Chris Ellis and infielder Luke Dykstra are among them. Meanwhile, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation hears John Gant will also go to St. Louis. With Garcia, the Braves have added yet another veteran starting pitcher to go along with Bartolo Colon and R.A. Dickey. Garcia is coming off a 4.67 ERA and 150/57 K/BB ratio over 171 2/3 innings - his highest total since 2011 -- this past season and is owed $12 million in 2017 before hitting free agency. The Braves could potentially flip him to a contender if he has a strong first half. It's a smart buy for the rebuilding club. Thursday, 3:05 pm
  • Walker says he pitched through bone spurs
    Taijuan Walker said Thursday that he was dealing with 10 bone spurs in his right foot this past season.

    Advice: Ouch. Walker said that the bone spurs impacted his ability to push off and use lower body, which would certainly explain why he faded after getting off to a strong start. He finally had surgery in October to remove a bone fragment from his ankle. The Diamondbacks acquired him as the centerpiece of the Jean Segura trade last week and clearly believe in his potential. Interestingly, Walker noted Thursday that he would like to use his two-seamer more often, especially as he makes the move to Chase Field. Walker gave up 27 home runs in just 134 1/3 innings this past season. Thursday, 1:20 pm
    W, 3-2 vs SD
  • Marlins, Volquez finalize 2-yr, $22M contract
    Marlins signed RHP Edinson Volquez to a two-year, $22 million contract.

    Advice: Volquez will make $9 million in 2017 and $13 million in 2018 on a deal that was agreed to at the beginning of this week. It's a nice pickup for the Marlins, who badly needed rotation help and still do. Volquez has averaged 187 innings per season over the last five seasons, though he did struggle with the Royals in 2016. The 33-year-old carries some bounceback potential into the National League and spacious Marlins Park. Thursday, 12:43 pm
  • KIA Tigers of KBO re-sign Hector Noesi
    The KIA Tigers of the Korea Baseball Organization have re-signed Hector Noesi to a one-year, $1.7 million contract.

    Advice: The length and monetary figure are identical to what Noesi initially signed for with the Tigers last November. During his five-year MLB career with the Yankees, Mariners, Rangers and White Sox, Noesi pitched to a 5.30 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 279/146 K/BB ratio over 395 1/3 frames. In his initial stint in the KBO, Noesi pitched to a 3.40 ERA over 206 innings. He notched a quality start in 21 of his 31 outings. Wednesday, 9:01 pm
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    L, 6-3 vs Min
  • Orioles acquire RHP Logan Verrett from Mets
    Orioles acquired RHP Logan Verrett from the Mets for cash considerations.

    Advice: The Orioles actually selected Verrett from the Mets in the Rule 5 Draft two years ago, but eventually lost him on waivers. The 26-year-old owns a 4.65 ERA and 105/58 K/BB ratio over 139 1/3 innings in the majors. He could be an option for a swingman role. Wednesday, 10:21 am
    W, 5-2 @NYY
  • Tanaka wants to pitch for Japan in WBC
    Masahiro Tanaka told the Japan Times that he hopes to pitch for Japan in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

    Advice: The Yankees surely have an opinion on that, so Tanaka indicated that nothing has been set in stone about his involvement. It's worth noting that Tanaka has the ability to opt out of his contract after 2017 and test free agency, so it might be in his best interests to take it easy in the spring and focus on the season ahead. Wednesday, 7:25 am
    L, 5-2 vs Bal
  • 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. Tuesday, 3:34 pm
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    L, 10-4 @StL
  • NYY, LAD, TEX, HOU in on Rich Hill
    Jim Bowden of reports that the Yankees, Dodgers, Rangers, and Astros are in full pursuit of free agent left-hander Rich Hill.

    Advice: Bowden also notes that the Red Sox and Orioles are in the mix, though apparently to a lesser extent. It's no surprise to see this group of contenders vying for the services of arguably the top starting pitcher in a weak class of free agents. There's been speculation about him landing a three-year deal in the range of $45 million, but the competition could at least increase the annual salary. Hill missed a bunch of time this past season due to a lingering blister issue, but he posted a brilliant 2.12 ERA over 20 starts between the Athletics and Dodgers. Tuesday, 12:41 pm
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    L, 7-1 @SF
  • Ryan Weber designated for assignment
    Mariners designated RHP Ryan Weber for assignment.

    Advice: Weber was claimed off waivers from the Braves earlier this month and now loses his 40-man roster spot after the M's made a trade with the Braves. The 26-year-old held a 5.45 ERA and 23/5 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings over two starts and 14 relief appearances in 2016. Monday, 6:19 pm
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    Ryan Weber Sea - SP,RP
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    L, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Marlins nearing two-year deal with Volquez
    Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins are close to signing Edinson Volquez to a two-year contract.

    Advice: SB Nation's Chris Cotillo says the deal is worth $22 million ($9 million in 2017 and $13 million in 2018). It's a pretty penny to pay for a guy who put up a 5.37 ERA and 139/76 K/BB ratio over 189 1/3 innings this past season. The right-hander is now 33, but if he's going to have a bounce-back season it would figure to come in the National League and in a pitcher-friendly park. The Marlins likely aren't done adding rotation help. Monday, 5:37 pm
  • Keyvius Sampson designated for assignment
    Reds designated RHP Keyvius Sampson for assignment.

    Advice: Sampson, who will turn 26 in January, has put up a 5.60 ERA while splitting time between the Reds' rotation and bullpen the last two seasons. He'll catch on with a minor league deal somewhere. Monday, 1:10 pm
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    L, 7-4 vs ChC
  • 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
  • M's, D-Backs swap Taijuan Walker, Jean Segura
    Diamondbacks acquired RHP Taijuan Walker and SS Ketel Marte from the Mariners for 2B Jean Segura, OF Mitch Haniger and LHP Zac Curtis.

    Advice: A Thanksgiving Eve blockbuster. In Walker, the Diamondbacks will be bringing in a 24-year-old right-hander who still figures to have several years of development left on his bones before he reaches whatever his ceiling might hold for him. This past season, he pitched to a 4.22 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 119/37 K/BB ratio across 25 starts covering 134 1/3 innings. Foot and ankle injuries took their toll during the summer and Walker underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone fragment from his right ankle in mid-October. He is expected to be ready for spring training, albeit wearing all new duds. Wednesday, 7:57 pm
    W, 3-2 vs SD
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