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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. Yesterday, 5:31 pm
    L, 6-4 vs TB
  • 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. Yesterday, 4:21 pm
    L, 6-4 vs TB
  • Boras, Cubs to talk Arrieta extension in Jan.
    Jake Arrieta's agent Scott Boras said he plans to discuss a contract extension with the Cubs in January.

    Advice: The two sides will meet at that point to sort out Arrieta's salary for 2017, his final year of arbitration. It's possible (though probably not likely) that they go ahead and work out something long term instead. Arrieta, 30, posted a 3.10 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 190/76 K/BB ratio in 197 1/3 regular-season innings this summer for the Cubs before helping the franchise to its first World Series title since 1908. He's due a big raise from the $10.7 million he made in 2016. Yesterday, 10:11 am
  • Braves release righty Williams Perez
    Braves released RHP Williams Perez.

    Advice: The move clears a 40-man roster spot just ahead of Thursday morning's Rule 5 Draft. Perez posted a dreadful 6.04 ERA over 53 2/3 innings this summer for Atlanta before suffering an elbow impingement in September. He will probably have to settle for a non-guaranteed minor league contract in free agency. Yesterday, 6:08 am
    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 5:32 am
  • Francis Marte could offer HOU midseason help
    Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said that RHP prospect Francis Marte could see a potential midseason call-up in 2017.

    Advice: "Francis Martes is getting close, and I could see him following the Lance McCullers path of starting in either Double A or Triple A," Luhnow said, "and somewhere in the middle of the season getting a call up to the big leagues." Luhnow indicated that the 21-year-old right-hander -- Baseball America's preseason No. 20 prospect for 2016 -- just needs "a little more seasoning." Pitching for Double-A Corpus Christi this past season, Marte posted a 3.30 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 131/47 K/BB ratio across 125 1/3 innings. Luhnow also said on Wednesday that the team had no plans to move Marte in trade unless they receive a "significant" offer. Wednesday, 7:28 pm
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    L, 8-1 @LAA
  • Astros and Braves balk at Quintana price
    The Houston Chronicle's Jake Kaplan and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien relay that the Astros and Braves, respectively, feel the price for Jose Quintana is too high.

    Advice: Braves general manager John Coppolella put it in blunt terms, saying, "Do we want a No. 1 starter, is Chris Sale a No. 1 starter? Yes. Do we want Jose Quintana? I don’t think Jose Quintana is Chris Sale." Fair enough, the Quintana does offer a very reliable arm (200 innings in four consecutive seasons, none with an ERA over 3.55). The 27-year-old southpaw will be under team control through the 2020 season. While the White Sox are almost certainly giddy over their haul of prospects received in the Chris Sale and Adam Eaton trades, they might have to drop their asking price on Quintana if they are going to move him. Wednesday, 7:04 pm
  • Giants trade righty Chris Heston to Mariners
    Mariners acquired RHP Chris Heston from the Giants for a player to be named later.

    Advice: Seattle will hope Heston can bounce back from a dismal, injury-riddled 2016 that saw him register a 4.54 ERA at Triple-A Sacramento and a 10.80 ERA in the major leagues. He did perform well in 2015, delivering a 3.95 ERA in 177 2/3 innings for San Francisco while whiffing 141 batters. Heston will compete for a spot in the Mariners' rotation next spring. Wednesday, 3:57 pm
    L, 3-2 vs Oak
  • 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. Wednesday, 3:01 pm
    W, 3-2 @Sea
  • Servais does not see change in Diaz role
    Mariners manager Scott Servais said that he does not expect Edwin Diaz's role to change in 2017.

    Advice: Servais specifically mentioned the Indians' somewhat unconventional use of Andrew Miller -- utilized in the mid-to-late innings to great effect during the postseason -- but does not foresee Diaz taking on that kind of swing role. "Playing it out over the course of 162 games, it’s really hard to do that. You’ve got to be cautious where they’re at." The 22-year-old closer admitted at the end of the season that he was fighting through a tired arm, something that could certainly be playing into how the Mariners plan on using Diaz in 2017. Expect him to continue to pitch almost exclusively in the ninth inning. He posted a 2.79 ERA and 88/15 K/BB ratio over 51 2/3 frames last season while registering 18 saves. Wednesday, 2:41 pm
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    Edwin Díaz Sea - SP,RP
    L, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Report: M's working on trade for SF's Heston
    According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Mariners are discussing a trade for Giants starter Chris Heston.

    Advice: Heston was a nice innings-eater for San Francisco in 2015, but he allowed six runs in just five innings at the major league level this past year while fighting through oblique issues. It'd be a buy-low type of situation for Seattle, though Heston has never been considered a great talent. He turns 29 years old next April. Wednesday, 1:59 pm
    L, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Martes unlikely to move without big trade
    Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said that it would take a "significant" offer to move RHP prospect Francis Martes.

    Advice: Luhnow indicated that Martes is a hot target, but barring a blockbuster trade, it sounds as though the Astros would prefer to hang onto the 21-year-old right-hander. Prior to the 2016 season, Baseball America ranked Martes as the No. 20 prospect in baseball. Wednesday, 1:36 pm
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    L, 8-1 @LAA
  • Pirates are hoping to retain Ivan Nova
    Casey Stern of MLB Network Radio hears that the Pirates are hoping to retain Ivan Nova.

    Advice: Nova came over to the Pirates in a trade with the Yankees over the summer. In 11 starts with his new club, the 29-year-old right-hander pitched to a sharp 3.06 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 52/3 K/BB ratio. It is not yet known what other clubs might be sniffing around on the veteran hurler. Wednesday, 1:08 pm
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    Iván Nova Pit - SP,RP
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    L, 10-4 @StL
  • 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. Wednesday, 11:22 am
  • Giants shopping RHP Chris Heston
    Jerry Crasnick of reports that the Giants are shopping right-hander Chirs Heaton.

    Advice: Heston posted a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts as a rookie in 2015, but he logged just fine innings in the majors in 2016 and was unable to make it back after suffering an oblique strain toward the end of June. He figures to draw some interest. Wednesday, 9:56 am
    L, 3-2 vs Oak
  • D-Backs most open to moving Miller, Corbin
    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are most open to discussing Shelby Miller and Patrick Corbin in trade talks.

    Advice: The Diamondbacks have been willing to discuss their starting pitcher depth at the Winter Meetings this week after recently acquiring Taijuan Walker, but Piecoro hears that the asking price is high and that other clubs feel a deal likely won't get done. "I think they’re hesitant to deal any of them because they haven’t had the time to evaluate and know exactly what they have," one source told Piecoro on the topic of the new D-Backs' front office. Miller was acquired as part of a blockbuster deal with the Braves just one year ago, but he disappointed with a rough 6.15 ERA in 20 starts in 2016. Patrick Corbin has shown upside in the past, but he struggled with a 5.15 ERA in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery and finished the year in the bullpen. Wednesday, 9:46 am
  • Wheeler open to move to bullpen
    Zack Wheeler (elbow) said Tuesday that he's open to a move to the bullpen.

    Advice: Wheeler was unable to make it back in 2016 after suffering multiple setbacks in his rehab from Tommy John surgery. The Mets are going to be cautious with him next season, so they are keeping their opens open in regard to his potential role. Wheeler's preference would be to start, but he's open-minded on the situation. "Whatever is best for my health is fine with me," said Wheeler. Wednesday, 9:27 am
    L, 5-2 @Phi
  • Braves have interest in Jose Quintana
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Braves have interest in trading for White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.

    Advice: Join the club. The Braves were also interested in Chris Sale, but they weren't willing to pay the high price the Red Sox ultimately did. Quintana is still going to fetch a tremendous return, but he should be more palatable for the Braves and others. We know that the Astros and perhaps the Nationals are among the other teams involved. Quintana is signed to a team-friendly deal that could keep him under club control through 2020. Wednesday, 6:44 am
  • Report: Tigers getting hits on Sanchez
    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports hears that the Tigers are getting hits on right-hander Anibal Sanchez.

    Advice: This is in line with what Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was hearing in mid-November. Sanchez is owed $16 million in 2017 with a $5 million buyout on his option for 2018, so the Tigers are going to have to cover some portion of his remaining salary in order to make a deal feasible. However, as Rosenthal notes, the Tigers could save some money by dealing him and Justin Wilson, who has drawn a lot of interest at the Winter Meetings. Sanchez is coming off a 5.87 ERA and 135/53 K/BB ratio over 153 1/3 innings this past season. Wednesday, 6:09 am
  • White Sox in 'serious talks' about Quintana
    According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the White Sox are already engaged in serious talks with several teams about left-hander Jose Quintana.

    Advice: After moving their ace Chris Sale to the Red Sox on Tuesday, it's no surprise that they are seeing what is out there for one of the most underrated pitchers in the game. Nightengale names the Nationals and Astros among the interested clubs, but FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Washington is not interested in adding another starter. Either way, the White Sox shouldn't have a problem finding a match given the weak market for starting pitching. Wednesday, 5:15 am
  • Nationals showing interest in Jose Quintana
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals have expressed interest in White Sox starter Jose Quintana.

    Advice: Washington failed to land Chris Sale despite an aggressive pursuit, and now the team is apparently looking back to the south side of Chicago. Quintana registered a 3.20 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 181 strikeouts in 208 innings this summer for the White Sox and has topped the 200-inning plateau four years in a row. The 27-year-old southpaw ranks among the most underrated starting pitchers in the majors. He's also on a very team-friendly contract that can run through 2020. Tuesday, 5:04 pm
  • Quintana to pitch for Colombia in WBC
    Jose Quintana will pitch for Team Colombia in the World Baseball Classic in March.

    Advice: This, according to his agent, Melvin Roman. Jon Morosi of notes that Quintana could potentially start the WBC opener against Team USA. The White Sox are expected to be a seller this offseason, but trade chatter regarding Quintana has been surprisingly quiet thus far. That could obviously change at any time. Tuesday, 7:06 am
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