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  • Tyrell Jenkins traded to the Rangers
    Rangers acquired RHP Tyrell Jenkins and LHP Brady Feigl from the Braves for RHP Luke Jackson.

    Advice: This trade amounts to both clubs swapping 2010 supplemental first-round draft picks who failed to live up to expectations. Jenkins was drafted by the Cardinals and briefly garnered some buzz on top prospect lists but was ultimately unable to generate enough strikeouts to justify the hype. He was traded to the Braves prior to the 2015 season. He pitched 52 innings this year in his rookie campaign but walked more batters than he whiffed, leading to a poor 5.88 ERA. He is unlikely to ever be worthy of fantasy rosters. 30 minutes ago
    L, 6-4 vs TB
  • Luke Jackson traded to the Braves
    Braves acquired RHP Luke Jackson from the Rangers for RHP Tyrell Jenkins and LHP Brady Feigl.

    Advice: Jackson has thrown 18 major-league innings over the past two seasons with an 8.50 ERA. The 25-year-old reliever throws hard and racked up lots of strikeouts in the minor leagues but struggled with his control. The Braves are likely to use him as a middle reliever if he makes the team at all. His high strikeout rate gives him the potential to move into a higher leverage role if he can limit the walks. 35 minutes ago
  • Report: Jenkins traded to the Rangers
    Keith Law of ESPN reports that the Braves have traded right-hander Tyrell Jenkins to the Rangers.

    Advice: Per multiple reports, left-hander Brady Feigl will also go to the Rangers while hard-throwing right-hander Luke Jackson is headed to the Braves. There has yet to be an official announcement. Jenkins, 24, was a first-round pick by the Cardinals in 2010 and garnered some attention as a top 100 prospect for a couple of years before being traded to the Braves prior to the 2015 season. He pitched 52 innings for the Braves this year with a 5.88 ERA. He walked 33 batters and fanned only 26. The Rangers will see if there's something to salvage here. Today, 4:21 pm
    L, 6-4 vs TB
  • Report: Uehara reaches agreement with Cubs
    Koji Uehara has reached a deal to join the Cubs, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

    Advice: We're still awaiting confirmation regarding the particulars, but a report out of Japan pegs it as a one-year deal in the neighborhood of $4.5 million. This represents a bit of a bargain for the veteran set-up man as long as he stays on the mound. He figures to be the eighth-inning bridge to new Cubs closer Wade Davis. Uehara has a career 2.53 ERA and 0.86 WHIP in 437 2/3 innings. His ERA bumped up to 3.45 this season despite an elite 12.06 punchouts per nine innings. He is a right-handed pitcher, but has actually fared better versus left-handed batters. Today, 4:01 pm
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    L, 2-1 vs Tor
  • Report: Cubs close to signing Koji Uehara
    Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports that Koji Uehara is close to signing with the Cubs.

    Advice: No deal is official, but Nikkan Sports in Japan says it's a one-year deal at $4.5 million. If true, the Cubs have made big strides to rebuild their bullpen after moving on from Aroldis Chapman. Chicago acquired former Royals closer Wade Davis in a trade on Wednesday. Uehara will be 42 years old next season, but remains a top setup reliever. He threw 47 innings this year with seven saves and a 3.45 ERA. He posts elite strikeout rates year after year but has struggled to stay on the mound due to injury. He is unlikely to see save chances in 2017, but his ratios make him a solid fantasy option even in leagues that don't use holds as a category. He has a career 2.53 ERA with 93 saves in 387 games since leaving Japan in 2009. Today, 1:59 pm
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    L, 2-1 vs Tor
  • Marlins may target FA reliever Neftali Feliz
    According to's Joe Frisaro, free agent Neftali Feliz is a "candidate" for the Marlins.

    Advice: That might be the fallback plan if the Marlins aren't able to wrangle in Kenley Jansen. Feliz posted a nice 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's also said to be drawing open-market interest from the Nationals, Blue Jays, and Padres. Today, 10:36 am
    L, 10-4 @StL
  • Nats have discussed CHW's David Robertson
    MASN's Mark Zuckerman reports that the Nationals have discussed David Robertson with the White Sox.

    Advice: Washington missed out on Aroldis Chapman, who has agreed to an $86 million contract with the Yankees, and might be finding Kenley Jansen's asking price too high. Robertson posted an underwhelming 3.47 ERA over 62 1/3 innings this past season for Chicago, but he still has good swing-and-miss stuff and the Nationals seem desperate to acquire a late-inning reliever of some sort. There could certainly be a match here. Robertson, 31, is owed $12 million in 2017 and $13 million in 2018. Today, 9:08 am
    L, 6-3 vs Min
  • Tigers select Daniel Stumpf in Rule 5 Draft
    Tigers selected LHP Daniel Stumpf from the Royals with the No. 11 pick in the Rule 5 Draft.

    Advice: Stumpf was also selected in last year's Rule 5 Draft, so this routine is nothing new for him. He allowed six earned runs in five innings with the Phillies in 2016, but the 25-year-old southpaw did have some success at the Double-A level and will compete for a spot in the Detroit bullpen next spring. Today, 7:30 am
  • Cardinals unlikely to part with SP Alex Reyes
    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak indicated Wednesday that he will not trade Alex Reyes.

    Advice: "Alex has such high value we would have had to have been overwhelmed to do something," said Mozeliak, in reference to this week's wild trade market. "And perhaps the way to think about it is maybe we didn’t have the next tier that was good enough to compete with some of the names that are being bantered about. So we have that gap." Reyes is certainly the Cardinals' most prized prospect, having registered a 1.57 ERA with 52 strikeouts over his first 46 major league innings in 2016. He should open the 2017 season as a member of the St. Louis rotation. Today, 5:40 am
    W, 10-4 vs Pit
  • Red Sox pushing for Clay Buchholz trade
    A source told WEEI's Rob Bradford that the Red Sox have "prioritized" dealing Clay Buchholz over Drew Pomeranz.

    Advice: Pomeranz figures to draw the better offers, but that's also because he's the better, more reliable pitcher. Buchholz registered an ugly 4.78 ERA in 139 1/3 innings (21 starts, 16 relief appearances) this past season for the Red Sox, yet still had his $13.5 million club option picked up for 2017. He did finish strong in the second half. And there should be some kind of low-level trade market for him. Today, 5:32 am
  • Nats making a push for closer Kenley Jansen
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the Nationals are "making a push" for Kenley Jansen.

    Advice: It looked like a two-team race between the Dodgers and Marlins just a bit ago, but the Nats were in serious pursuit of Aroldis Chapman before he signed with the Yankees and remain desperate for a dominant late-inning arm. Jansen may try to top Chapman's five-year, $86 million agreement with New York. The right-hander posted a ridiculous 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings this past year for the Dodgers. Today, 5:12 am
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  • Marlins have made Jansen $80+ million offer
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Marlins have made Kenley Jansen an offer of five years and over $80 million.

    Advice: Passan says it's "almost at the level" of Aroldis Chapman's offer, so it appears to be in the $80-85 million range. It's obviously a massive total, especially when factoring in that the Marlins would also have to forfeit the No. 13 overall pick to sign Jansen. The Dodgers really want to bring Jansen back, but it remains to be seen whether they'd be willing to contend with the Marlins' offer. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
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    L, 7-1 @SF
  • Yankees bring back Chapman on five-year deal
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees have agreed to terms with Aroldis Chapman on a five-year, $86 million contract.

    Advice: Mark Melancon set a new record for a reliever contract earlier this week with his $62 million deal, but Chapman's contract obviously blows it out of the water. Rosenthal says the deal includes an opt-out after the first three years, a full no-trade clause for the first three years and a limited no-trade for the final two years. ESPN's Marly Rivera said the limited no-trade portion stipulates that Chapman can't be dealt to a team in California. Chapman will return to being the Yankees' closer, with Dellin Betances moving back to a setup role. Yesterday, 8:41 pm
  • NYY will only sign one of Chapman, Jansen
    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that the team will not sign both Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen.

    Advice: No huge surprise there, as both players could potentially draw contracts north of $90 million. ESPN's Jayson Stark has reported that the Marlins and Yankees have both floated five-year contracts to the pair of relievers, but Chapman would be the Bombers' preference here. The Dodgers also remain an interested party, and the Nationals are expected to make a big push. Yesterday, 5:18 pm
  • Chapman and Jansen drawing five-year offers
    Jayson Stark of ESPN reports that both the Yankees and Marlins have offered Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen five-year contracts.

    Advice: Stark relays that the Dodgers are also keenly interested in both of these free agent closers, though the length of their potential offers aren't known at this juncture. The Yankees' interest in Chapman is well-documented, but Stark shines a light on the Marlins, writing that sources with knowledge of the team's thinking "describe them as being significantly more interested than previously believed." The Nationals are also in the mix for Chapman, with USA Today's Bob Nightengale passing along word earlier on Wednesday that the team is "firmly in the hunt." Yesterday, 4:26 pm
  • Nats 'firmly in the hunt' for Aroldis Chapman
    According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Nationals are "firmly in the hunt" for Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: Washington has money to spend after acquiring center fielder Adam Eaton and his team-friendly contract from the White Sox, and it sounds like the focal point now is a dominant closer. Kenley Jansen could be another option for Washington if the pursuit of Chapman falls through. Chapman obviously has very close ties to Nationals manager Dusty Baker, but cash is king in these types of situations. Jansen and Chapman are both said to be seeking $100 million contracts. Yesterday, 3:56 pm
  • Chris Bassitt continues Tommy John rehab
    A's trainer Nick Paparesta said that Chris Bassitt (elbow) is on track in his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

    Advice: Bassitt underwent Tommy John surgery at the beginning of May and subsequently missed the entire 2016 season. While Paparesta said that the 27-year-old right-hander is currently in great shape, he probably won't be ready for a return to the mound until some point in the summer of 2017. Yesterday, 3:01 pm
    W, 3-2 @Sea
  • Agent confirms: Nathan wants to pitch in '17
    David Pepe, the agent for Joe Nathan, said that his client wants to pitch in 2017.

    Advice: FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reported likewise over the weekend, with confirmation now coming from Nathan's representative. The 42-year-old reliever saw 10 games with the Cubs and Giants last season, tossing 6 1/3 scoreless frames in that space. While Pepe referred to Nathan as the "Energizer Bunny," fantasy players would best be advised to steer clear given his age and injury history. Yesterday, 2:57 pm
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    W, 7-1 vs LAD
  • Perkins (shoulder) on track for spring work
    Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said that Glen Perkins has made "solid progress" in his rehab from shoulder surgery.

    Advice: Perkins underwent significant labrum surgery in late June. Falvey indicated that given the pace of his rehab, it is "reasonable" that the veteran closer will be able to pitch in games during spring training at some point. A more clarified timetable figures to be passed along after the calendar flips to 2017 and the team has a better idea of just how close Perkins is to a return to the mound. He started into a light throwing program near the end of October. Yesterday, 2:45 pm
    W, 6-3 @CWS
  • Marlins down on chances of signing Jansen
    Mark Saxon of ESPN hears that the Marlins "aren't feeling great" about their chances of signing free agent closer Kenley Jansen.

    Advice: It's unclear what has changed, but this would seem to be good news for the Dodgers, especially if you consider that the Yankees' first choice would be to sign Aroldis Chapman. We know that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has given his blessing to signing either Jansen or Chapman, but it's unclear how high he'd be willing to go to get one of them. Yesterday, 11:35 am
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    L, 7-1 @SF
  • Nats have discussed Colome trade with Rays
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Nationals have talked with the Rays about a potential Alex Colome trade.

    Advice: The Nationals are on the lookout for a closer and Colome would certainly fit the bill, as he put up a 1.97 ERA with 37 saves and a 71/15 K/BB ratio over 56 2/3 innings this past season. But the cost is going to be considerable. The 27-year-old Colome isn't even eligible for arbitration yet. Yesterday, 11:22 am
  • Yanks, Marlins, Dodgers waiting on closers
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees, Marlins, and Dodgers are awaiting word from Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen.

    Advice: Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported early Wednesday that "there's an increasing sense" that Jansen and Chapman could be close to making decisions on where to sign. Heyman notes that Chapman is the Yankees' top choice while the Dodgers would prefer a reunion with Jansen. The Marlins are the wild card here and are open to signing either. Both closers should land deals north of $80 million. Yesterday, 9:33 am
  • Marlins considering Junichi Tazawa
    Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday that the club is considering Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa.

    Advice: We've heard about Uehara before, but Tazawa is a new name in regard to the Marlins. Ultimately, it's not surprising to hear he's in the mix, as the Marlins are targeting pitchers at all levels in the market. Tazawa, 30, posted a 4.17 ERA and 54/14 K/BB ratio over 49 2/3 innings this past season with Boston. Yesterday, 7:06 am
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  • Chapman, Jansen close to making decisions?
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports hears that "there's an increasing sense" among teams in the elite-closer market that Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman could be close to making decisions on where to sign.

    Advice: It's crunch time in negotiations. We've already heard that Chapman reportedly has a $92 million offer on the table from someone. Jansen's deal should fall in a similar range. The Marlins, Yankees, Dodgers, and Nationals are all linked here in some form or fashion. Yesterday, 6:17 am
  • White Sox could wait on Robertson trade
    FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports that David Robertson has drawn trade interest, but that a trade will likely wait to see who misses out on Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen.

    Advice: It's not the worst way to play it, though the right offer could change the timing here. The Cubs are reportedly close to landing Wade Davis, so that leaves teams like the Dodgers, Yankees, Nationals, and Marlins in the mix for a high-profile closer. Robertson posted a 3.47 ERA and 75/32 K/BB ratio over 62 1/3 innings this past season and he's owed $12 million in 2017 and $13 million in 2018. Yesterday, 5:59 am
    L, 6-3 vs Min
  • Report: Chapman has $92 mil offer on table
    According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, one team has offered $92 million to Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: And there's a decent chance his price tag climbs even higher given all the interest. Among those in pursuit: the Yankees, Nationals, and Marlins. Chapman, 28, registered a 1.55 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 90/18 K/BB ratio in 58 innings this summer between the Yankees and Cubs before helping to bring the north side of Chicago its first World Series championship since 1908. Tuesday, 7:57 pm
  • Loria signs off on Jansen, Chapman pursuits
    ESPN's Jayson Stark hears that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has "signed off on spending the money to sign Kenley Jansen or Aroldis Chapman."

    Advice: It's probably going to be in the range of $100 million for one of those guys given the kind of attention they're generating from big-market teams. Jansen, 29, registered a dominant 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings this past year for the Dodgers. Chapman, 28, had a 1.55 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 90/18 K/BB ratio in 58 innings between the Yankees and Cubs. Tuesday, 7:46 pm
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    L, 7-1 @SF
  • Yanks have made offers to Chapman, Jansen's Bryan Hoch reports that the Yankees have made contract offers to both Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen.

    Advice: It sure appears the Yanks are committed to getting one of the two top-flight closers, and they obviously have the cash to pull it off. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported Tuesday afternoon that offers for Chapman are already past $80 million, and there's some thought that the number could climb past $100 million. Jansen will want something similar. Tuesday, 2:00 pm
  • Red Sox have moved on from Koji Uehara
    Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski said the club has moved on from free agent Koji Uehara.

    Advice: Boston made an offer a few days ago, but Uehara wasn't ready to give an answer and the Tyler Thornburg addition now makes the veteran reliever unnecessary to the club's needs for 2017. Uehara turns 42 years old next April, but he did finish strong in 2016 and there should be a market for him if he wants to remain in the United States. Tuesday, 1:43 pm
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    L, 2-1 vs Tor
  • Heyman: Offers for Chapman past $80 million
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, offers for free agent closer Aroldis Chapman are past $80 million.

    Advice: That's to be expected after Mark Melancon landed a four-year, $62 million deal (a new record deal for a reliever) from the Giants on Monday. Chapman is aiming for a six-year deal and is drawing interest from teams like the Yankees, Marlins, and Dodgers. There's even a chance that the Nationals could be in the mix. Kenley Jansen remains in the market and figures to land a big contract too, but Chapman is in a good spot right now. Tuesday, 12:39 pm
  • Report: Yankees focused on Aroldis Chapman
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that the Yankees are focused on Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: Heyman notes that Kenley Jansen is also being talked to, but Chapman is the team's first choice. And that makes sense, as they know Chapman well and he isn't tied to draft pick compensation. The hard-throwing left-hander told Marly Rivera of ESPN on Monday that he wants a six-year contract. Heyman writes that the Yankees won't do that, but that five years looks like a good bet. Tuesday, 7:31 am
  • 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. Monday, 3:20 pm
    L, 10-4 @StL
  • 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. Monday, 11:10 am
    L, 10-4 @StL
  • NYY, MIA, WSH, SF, CHC, LAD in on Jansen
    According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the teams currently in on free agent Kenley Jansen are the Nationals, Marlins, Yankees, Giants, Cubs, and Dodgers.

    Advice: It's going to be a big-time bidding war that could last well into the offseason. Jansen, thought to be seeking close to $100 million, registered a stellar 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings this past year for the Dodgers. Aroldis Chapman and Mark Melancon are also out there in free agency as elite-level closer options. When one domino falls, the others will soon. Monday, 7:46 am
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  • Joe Nathan looking to continue career in 2017
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Joe Nathan is still looking to continue his career in 2017 and has received interest from several clubs.

    Advice: Everyone is always on the lookout for bullpen help, so it's likely that the 42-year-old hurler will at least get a shot someplace. Nathan appeared in 10 games for the Cubs and Giants in 201, hurling 6 1/3 scoreless innings and posting a 9/4 K/BB ratio. Sunday, 6:23 pm
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    W, 7-1 vs LAD
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