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  • Reynolds receives interest from the Giants
    Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports the Giants have reached out to Mark Reynolds in their search for a powerful bench bat.

    Advice: The Giants' payroll has reached $200 million for the first time ever. Because they are subject to the luxury tax they would have to pay a 50 percent penalty on top of any free agent salary. The 33-year-old Reynolds' season ended early after he broke his hand in mid-September. He hit .282/.356/.450 with 14 home runs and 53 RBI in 118 games with the Rockies. Moving from Coors Field to AT&T Park would likely put a dent in his power output. 30 minutes ago
    L, 6-4 vs Mil
  • Papelbon unlikely to sign anytime soon
    Jonathan Papelbon is not currently looking to sign with a major league team.

    Advice: The 36-year-old spent most of this season as the Nationals' closer before being displaced by Mark Melancon at the trade deadline. He registered 19 saves in 22 chances and finished with a 4.37 ERA in 35 innings. He was released by the club in mid-August and opted not to sign anywhere else despite interest from multiple teams -- including the Red Sox. Papelbon's agent Seth Levinson said today that Papelbon is focusing on a private family matter and will not decide on his baseball future until that matter is resolved. Papelbon ranks ninth on the all-time save leaders' list with 368. After breaking into the majors in 2005, Papelbon has delivered a 2.44 career ERA with 808 strikeouts in 725 2/3 innings with the Red Sox, Phillies and Nationals. Today, 5:24 pm
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    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Caminero may leave MLB for Japan
    Arquimedes Caminero is reportedly leaning toward leaving the Mariners to play for the Yomiuri Giants in Japan.

    Advice: This comes as a surprise considering Caminero is one of the hardest throwers in the league and has a career 3.83 ERA in 149 games. His fastball averaged 98.8 MPH this year across 60 2/3 innings with the Pirates and Mariners. Today, 2:11 pm
  • Daniel Murphy working to strengthen legs
    Daniel Murphy has made it a priority this offseason to strengthen his legs in order to avoid a recurrence of the problems he dealt with during the 2016 season.

    Advice: Murphy was bothered by a hamstring injury off-and-on throughout the 2016 season which eventually led to strained glute that shut him down for a good portion of September. Even with the leg issues, Murphy won the National League batting title and slashed .347/.390/.595 with 25 homers and 104 RBI over 142 games in his first year with the Nationals. Today, 10:16 am
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • White Sox asking price is high for Quintana
    According to Peter Gammons, the White Sox asked the Astros for Francis Martes, Kyle Tucker and Joe Musgrove in exchange for Jose Quintana.

    Advice: With the return package that White Sox general manager Rick Hahn was able to secure from the Nationals in the Adam Eaton trade, it's no wonder that he's shooting for the moon in every possible deal. It seems likely though that he'll have to lower his demands as the offseason progresses if he indeed wishes to trade off Quintana and other veterans that he's looking to deal. Today, 10:06 am
  • Gerrit Cole to begin throwing program Monday
    Gerrit Cole (elbow) announced at Pirates' Fan Fest on Saturday that he's fully healthy and will begin his throwing program on Monday.

    Advice: Cole took a few months to rest after the season to allow the swelling and inflammation in his pitching elbow to subside. Provided there are no setbacks along the way in his throwing program, he should enter spring training without any restrictions. Today, 9:16 am
  • Strasburg to begin throwing around January 1
    In an interview with Grant Paulsen on MLB Network Radio, Stephen Strasburg said he will begin throwing around January 1.

    Advice: Strasburg battled various injuries including elbow trouble throughout the 2016 season but is expected to have a normal and healthy off-season. He won't have any restrictions in spring training, though he still carries considerable injury risk. Today, 8:02 am
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Cubs have continued dialogue with Tyson Ross
    According to Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago, the Cubs have had continued dialogue with free agent right-hander Tyson Ross since the winter meetings ended.

    Advice: The 29-year-old hurler was limited to just one start in 2016 before shoulder woes wiped out his season. He's reportedly seeking a contract in the range of $9-11 million, which is around what he would've made through the arbitration process had he been tendered a contract by the Padres. Today, 6:42 am
    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • D'Backs sign Reymond Fuentes to minors deal
    Diamondbacks signed OF Reymond Fuentes to a minor league contract.

    Advice: The 25-year-old was a first round selection of the Red Sox in the 2009 draft. He appeared in 13 games for the Royals in 2016, slashing .317/.364/.341 with five RBI in 44 plate appearances. He'll likely be given an opportunity to compete for a reserve outfield spot on the club's Opening Day roster. Yesterday, 7:55 pm
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    W, 3-2 vs SD
  • Phillies sign Daniel Nava to minors contract
    Phillies signed 1B/OF Daniel Nava to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Nava elected to become a free agent in early November after he was outrighted off of the Angels 40-man roster. The 33-year-old will compete for a bench spot on the Phillies' Opening Day roster. Yesterday, 6:34 pm
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    W, 5-2 vs NYM
  • Castillo emerges as O's top catching target
    Dan Connolly of reports that Welington Castillo has emerged as the Orioles' top catching target.

    Advice: The Orioles don't want to head into the season with Caleb Joseph as their primary catcher and they've expressed interest in other free agent catchers such as Nick Hundley as well. Castillo, who was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks last week, and his representatives have reportedly been in discussions with the Orioles since the winter meetings ended with expressed optimism that a multi-year deal could get done. Yesterday, 4:08 pm
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    W, 3-2 vs SD
  • Jeff Ferrell re-ups with Tigers
    Tigers re-signed RHP Jeff Ferrell to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Ferrell made it up for a few appearances with the Tigers in 2015 but last season was in the minors, holding a 4.76 ERA over nine appearances. He'll represent organizational depth. Yesterday, 1:34 pm
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    L, 1-0 @Atl
  • Cards announce five-year contract with Fowler
    Cardinals signed OF Dexter Fowler to a five-year, $82.5 million contract.

    Advice: FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal passed along the contract numbers for Fowler, who also received a full no-trade clause. The Cardinals entered the offseason looking for a new center fielder and possible leadoff man and they now have one in Fowler, who batted .276/.393/.447 with 13 homers, 48 RBI and 13 steals over 125 games this past season. He'll allow the Cards to move Matt Carpenter down to the middle of the batting order and Randal Grichuk to left field. Yesterday, 8:19 am
    W, 10-4 vs Pit
  • Twins in mix for Matt Dominguez
    Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN reports that the Twins "remain in the mix" for Matt Dominguez on a minor league contract.

    Advice: Wolfson says Dominguez is mulling over a few offers and is expected to decide in the next 72 hours. The 27-year-old would probably be a long shot to win an Opening Day roster spot regardless of where he signs, but Minnesota wouldn't be a bad landing spot. Yesterday, 7:42 am
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    W, 2-1 @Bos
  • Yankees expected to hang on to Chase Headley
    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman indicated Thursday that he'll hang on to Chase Headley.

    Advice: Cashman shopped Headley around but evidently didn't like the offers presented to him. "I've turned down what was presented to me," Cashman said. "I don't think there's going to be any other opportunities that way at the time being. I'm still getting hits on (Brett Gardner) but the Headley stuff, I've decided to pass on and keep Chase." Headley batted .251/.329/.383 with 14 home runs in 2016 and is owed $34 million over the next two seasons. Yesterday, 5:37 am
    L, 5-2 vs Bal
  • Report: Cardinals ink Fowler pending physical
    FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals will sign Dexter Fowler to a five-year deal worth at least $80 million, pending a physical.

    Advice: Fowler has been confirmed to be in St. Louis to take a pre-signing physical. The center fielder turned down a $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Cubs and was believed to be seeking a four-year deal for about $18 million per year. It appears the Cardinals trumped the field by offering a fifth year and at least $16 million annually. One year after the Cubs poached Jason Heyward and John Lackey from the Cardinals, they get a measure of revenge by prying Fowler away from the World Series champs. Fowler gives the Cardinals a badly-needed upgrade in center field and should find a home near the top of the lineup. He owns a .366 career on-base percentage. Randal Grichuk will move from center to left field with Matt Holliday out of the picture. Thursday, 6:59 pm
    W, 10-4 vs Pit
  • Cards made 'over-the-top' offer to Fowler
    According to beat writer Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals made an "over-the-top offer" to be sure they landed free agent center fielder Dexter Fowler.

    Advice: Multiple reports state Fowler is on his way to St. Louis for a pre-signing physical. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports confirms that the deal is done and that it's expected to be big, perhaps in the $80-90 million range. It's safe to say he got the $18 million AAV (average annual value) he was seeking. Fowler is tied to draft pick compensation after rejecting a $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Cubs. He registered a solid .276/.393/.447 slash-line with 13 homers, 48 RBI, and 13 steals over 125 games this past season. Thursday, 5:55 pm
    W, 10-4 vs Pit
  • Report: Fowler to take physical in STL on Fri
    According to Frank Cusumano of KSDK Sports, free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler is scheduled to take a physical in St. Louis on Friday.

    Advice: Cusumano says that he confirmed the information with the team. This would seem to indicate that the Cardinals have reached an agreement with Fowler and that the physical would be the formality to making things official. No word yet on the terms involved, but Fowler's reps were said to be looking for $18 million annually in a mulit-year pact. The 30-year-old is coming off a strong season for the World Series champion Cubs where be batted .276/.393/.447 with 13 homers, 48 RBI, and 13 steals over 125 games. While the defense isn't great in center field, it would fit into the team's goals of adding some speed and athleticism this winter. Thursday, 4:14 pm
    W, 10-4 vs Pit
  • Pirates have touched base with Tyson Ross
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Bill Brink reports that the Pirates have been in contact with Tyson Ross.

    Advice: Ross was non-tendered by the Padres on December 2. The 29-year-old right-hander is said to be seeking a contract in the range of $9-11 million. He made only one start in 2016 before undergoing season-ending surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. Per the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant, the Rangers are also showing interest in Ross. Wednesday, 8:48 pm
    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • 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
  • Report: Ross' asking price in $9-11M range
    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Tyson Ross' asking price is in the $9-11 million range.

    Advice: And according to Grant, that may not include incentives. The Padres opted to non-tender Ross rather than give him a similar salary through arbitration, but some team might be willing to take a chance even as he's making his way back from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. There's just not much out there in free agency. Wednesday, 12:53 pm
    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • Showalter says O's interested in C Castillo
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed Wednesday that the club has interest in free agent catcher Welington Castillo.

    Advice: Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports first reported the club's interest after Castillo was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks late last week. The Rays have reached an agreement with Wilson Ramos, taking one potential suitor out of the mix for Castillo. With Matt Wieters on the free agent market, Showalter also acknowledged that the club has discussed a possible reunion with Nick Hundley. Michael Bourn and Michael Saunders were also mentioned as outfield targets. Wednesday, 12:12 pm
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    W, 3-2 vs SD
  • Rangers have done 'homework' on RHP Ross
    According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers have done "significant homework" on free agent right-hander Tyson Ross.

    Advice: Ross was non-tendered by the Padres last week after making just one start in 2016 before undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. He's a big question mark for the start of 2017 and beyond, but the state of the free agent market will make him intriguing to plenty of teams. Wednesday, 11:01 am
    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • 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
  • 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
  • Cards offer to Fowler in 4-yr, $60M range
    Mark Saxon of ESPN hears from a rival executive that the Cardinals' offer to free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler is in the same range as the four-year, $60 million offer from the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Meanwhile, Fowler is aiming for a multi-year deal worth $18 million per season. The Blue Jays and Cardinals aren't that far off at the moment, so perhaps the first one willing to budge on the AAV (average annual value) will get him. Tuesday, 12:06 pm
    W, 10-4 vs Pit
  • Cardinals have made initial offer to Fowler
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals met with the agents for Dexter Fowler on Monday and made an initial offer.

    Advice: The Cardinals have mentioned as a fit for Fowler for a while, so it's no surprise that they are involved. The question is how far they are willing to go to get him. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Blue Jays have made a four-year, $60 million offer, though his agents are aiming for $18 million annually on a multi-year deal. Tuesday, 5:11 am
    W, 10-4 vs Pit
  • Cardinals could be in play for Dexter Fowler
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cardinals are a strong possibility for free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler.

    Advice: The Cardinals would presumably love to steal the leadoff hitter away from their division-rival Cubs while filling their void in center field. Fowler, who is seeking around $18 million per year in a multi-year deal, has also drawn interest from the Blue Jays. Sunday, 6:28 pm
    W, 10-4 vs Pit
  • Orioles also interested in Welington Castillo
    Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the Orioles have interest in free agent catcher Welington Castillo.

    Advice: They join the Braves and Rays as clubs that are already known to have interest in the backstop that was cut loose by the Diamondbacks on Friday. With Matt Wieters not expected to return, the O's are currently set to open the season with Caleb Joseph as their primary catcher unless they bring another option in through trade or free agency. They have also expressed interest in Nick Hundley. Saturday, 11:23 am
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    W, 3-2 vs SD
  • Rays, others interested in Welington Castillo
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays, as well as other clubs, have expressed interest in Welington Castillo.

    Advice: Castillo was a surprising non-tender by the Diamondbacks on Friday and should be able to land himself a multi-year deal in free agency. Given the struggles of the Rays' trio of catchers in 2016 (Curt Casali, Luke Maile, Bobby Wilson), Castillo would represent a significant upgrade in terms of offense. Saturday, 8:09 am
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    W, 3-2 vs SD
  • 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. Friday, 6:22 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. Friday, 5:36 pm
    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • 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. Friday, 4:16 pm
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    W, 3-2 vs SD
  • Report: Fowler's reps aiming for $18M per yr
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Dexter Fowler's representatives believe he can get $18 million per season on a multi-year deal.

    Advice: What a difference a year makes. Fowler ended up settling for a one-year, $8 million deal to return to the Cubs last offseason after draft pick compensation impacted his market, but the outlook is much rosier this time after he batted .276/.393/.447 with 13 homers, 48 RBI, and 13 steals over 125 games in 2016. Granted, Fowler wasn't nearly as productive after the start of June, but he's a switch-hitter with proven on-base ability. Heyman hears that the Cardinals, Blue Jays, and Giants are among the clubs believed to have interest. Thursday, 4:29 pm
    W, 10-4 vs Pit
  • Cubs unlikely to re-sign Dexter Fowler
    Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer indicated Wednesday that the club is unlikely to re-sign Dexter Fowler.

    Advice: It's not a big surprise, especially after the club signed Jon Jay on Tuesday. "We'd never close the door on Dexter, but we're aware that's something that may not happen for us," said Hoyer. Fowler rejected a qualifying offer from the Cubs and while he had to settle for a one-year deal to return to Chicago last offseason, he should have no problem landing a lucrative multi-year contract this time around. The Blue Jays are among the teams who reportedly have interest. The Cubs appear set to move on with Jay and Albert Almora in center field, but Jason Heyward is also an option if they want to go with Ben Zobrist and Kyle Schwarber in the corner spots. Wednesday, 11:04 am
    W, 10-4 vs Pit
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