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  • 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. Yesterday, 7:28 pm
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    L, 8-1 @LAA
  • Cubs remain interested in bringing back Wood
    Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said that the team remains in contact with Travis Wood.

    Advice: If the Cubs are to re-sign Wood, they might have a bit of elbowing to do. At least if you are to believe the pitcher's agent. Darek Braunecker said on Wednesday that a whopping 10 teams are in on Wood. This past season, the 29-year-old southpaw pitched to a sharp 2.95 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 61 innings with the World Series champs. Depending on which team signs him, Wood could work as either a reliever or a starter. The Marlins are said to be looking at him in a starting capacity. Yesterday, 6:22 pm
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    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Marlins officially lock down Jeff Locke
    Marlins signed LHP Jeff Locke to a one-year, $3 million contract.

    Advice: "[Locke] gives us another starting option who we think is in line for a bounce-back year, and he has the ability to give us quality innings," said president of baseball operations Michael Hill at Wednesday's introductory press conference. The 29-year-old southpaw was non-tendered by the Pirates at the beginning of December after pitching to a 5.44 ERA across 127 1/3 frames in 2016. He will compete for a spot at the back of the rotation with the Marlins this spring. Yesterday, 5:55 pm
  • Travis Wood drawing interest from 10 teams
    Travis Wood's agent Darek Braunecker said his client is receiving interest from 10 teams.

    Advice: That might sound like typical agent-speak, but Wood figures to do very well for himself in this market after posting a 2.95 ERA and 1.13 WHIP over 61 innings of relief for the Cubs in 2016. He has experience as a starter and some teams might be viewing him as a rotation option for 2017, but a bullpen role is probably best. Yesterday, 4:59 pm
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    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 3:01 pm
    W, 3-2 @Sea
  • ChiSox land Lopez, others in Eaton deal
    White Sox acquired RHP Reynaldo Lopez, RHP Dane Dunning, and RHP Lucas Giolito from the Nationals for OF Adam Eaton.

    Advice: Lopez entered the 2016 season as a top-100 prospect and went on to post a 4.91 ERA, 1.568 WHIP, and 42/22 K/BB ratio over his first 44 major league innings (six starts, five relief appearances). Those obviously aren't the most enticing numbers, but he's a big-time talent at age 22 and should see action out of the White Sox rotation in 2017. He could even earn a spot out of spring training if things go well and the Pale Hose continue to move big pieces. Yesterday, 2:58 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 2:41 pm
    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. Yesterday, 1:59 pm
    L, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Chad Kuhl currently a contender for rotation
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said that Chad Kuhl is currently in a position to earn a spot in the starting rotation out of spring training.

    Advice: Garrit Cole and Jameson Taillon are locks to start next season. Beyond that pair, the Pirates are still weighing their options. In 14 starts last season, Kuhl pitched to a 4.20 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 53/20 K/BB ratio. Yesterday, 1:53 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 1:36 pm
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    L, 8-1 @LAA
  • Jays sign Brett Oberholtzer to minors deal
    Blue Jays signed LHP Brett Oberholtzer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Oberholtzer, 27, posted an ugly 5.89 ERA and 54/29 K/BB ratio over 70 1/3 innings this past season between the Phillies and Angels. He became a free agent after being outrighted off the Angels' 40-man roster last month. Yesterday, 1:04 pm
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    W, 8-1 vs Hou
  • 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. Yesterday, 9:56 am
    L, 3-2 vs Oak
  • 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. Yesterday, 9:27 am
    L, 5-2 @Phi
  • Marlins reach one-year deal with LHP Locke
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins have a deal with left-hander Jeff Locke, pending a physical.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that it's a one-year deal worth around $3 million. Locke was non-tendered by the Pirates last week posting a 5.44 ERA over 127 1/3 innings in 2016, but he's had better results in the past and it's worth noting that he'll be reunited with Jim Benedict in Miami. It's a reasonable gamble in a weak market for starting pitching. Yesterday, 7:52 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. Yesterday, 6:09 am
  • Twins interested in Clayton Richard
    Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that the Twins have some interest in free agent left-hander Clayton Richard.

    Advice: Richard, 33, struggled with a 6.43 ERA over 25 relief appearances with the Cubs this past season before finishing with a 2.52 ERA and 34/24 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings over nine starts and two relief appearances with the Padres. The southpaw is not going to move the needle much, but he's someone who could fit in a swingman role. Yesterday, 5:42 am
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    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • Mets don't intend to trade Gsellman
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has told teams that he has no intention of trading Robert Gsellman.

    Advice: The Mets have received calls on Gsellman, but he's viewed as important rotation depth now that Bartolo Colon is out of the picture. The 23-year-old surprised with a 2.42 ERA and 42/15 K/BB ratio over 44 2/3 innings as a rookie in 2016. Tuesday, 11:49 am
    L, 5-2 @Phi
  • Pirates, White Sox in mix for Derek Holland
    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Derek Holland's current market appears to be the Pirates and White Sox.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported late Monday night that the Cubs and Dodgers were showing interest, so things could still evolve here. But the Pirates have looked like a logical fit all along as the southpaw tries to get his career back on track. The 30-year-old posted a 4.95 ERA and 67/35 K/BB ratio over 107 1/3 innings this past season. He hasn't made 30 starts in a season since 2013. Tuesday, 11:45 am
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    L, 6-4 vs TB
  • Rangers asked Reds about Dan Straily
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers asked the Reds about Dan Straily in addition to Billy Hamilton.

    Advice: Nothing is said to be close. Straily, 27, is coming off a surprising 2016 where he posted a 3.76 ERA and 162/73 K/BB ratio over 191 1/3 innings. He's not yet eligible for arbitration. Tuesday, 9:54 am
    L, 7-4 vs ChC
  • Cubs, Dodgers in on left-hander Derek Holland
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cubs and Dodgers are showing interest in Derek Holland.

    Advice: Heyman lists the Nationals and Red Sox as other possible landing spots for Holland. The Pirates have also been connected to the left-hander. The Rangers declined Holland's $11 million option for 2017, but the southpaw appears to be drawing a pretty healthy amount of interest on the open market. Holland posted a 4.95 ERA in 2016 and hasn't made more than 20 starts since 2013. Monday, 7:23 pm
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    L, 6-4 vs TB
  • Jeff Locke 'a possible fit' for Marlins's Joe Frisaro reports that Jeff Locke is "a possible fit" with the Marlins.

    Advice: Locke was non-tendered by the Pirates last week after putting up a 5.44 ERA over 127 1/3 innings in 2016. He had a much better career 4.16 ERA before last season, however, and is just 29. The left-hander can surely be had cheaply. Monday, 3:25 pm
  • Pirates plan to meet with Derek Holland reps
    Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Pirates officials are planning to meet with the representatives for Derek Holland during the Winter Meetings.

    Advice: Pittsburgh has been a reported suitor for Holland since mid-November, and it sounds like the two parties are ready to get serious about contract negotiations. There are few better places for a pitcher to try to revitalize his career, so the interest is likely mutual. Holland posted a rough 4.95 ERA and 1.41 WHIP across 107 1/3 innings with the Rangers in 2016, prompting Texas to decline his $11 million option for 2017. Monday, 8:30 am
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    L, 6-4 vs TB
  • 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. Saturday, 5:20 am
  • 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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