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  • Sneed could be heading to pitch in Japan
    Multiple reports state that free agent right-handed pitcher Cy Sneed is being pursued by the Tokyo Yakult Swallows.

    Advice: This is the same club that signed former Pittsburgh Pirate Jose Osuna recently. Sneed, 28, appeared in 18 games with the Astros in 2020, and he registered a 5.71 ERA, 1.85 WHIP and 21/10 K/BB ratio. He's been an up-and-down arm over the last couple of seasons, and a successful stint in Japan could help improve his stock going forward.  Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:44 pm
     
  • Report: Prosecutor to request warrant for Martinez
    Hector Gomez of Z101 Sports reports that prosecutor Osvaldo Bonilla will request a warrant against Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez.

    Advice: The warrant comes after Martinez participated in a street party the previous weekend in the Dominican Republic. He will be charged with violating all the social distancing protocols and the mandatory use of masks at the gathering. A statement on Monday from the Cardinals acknowledged that they were "gathering details  about his participation after a video surfaced that showed him riding a motorbike with a passenger through a crowd on on a seaside street. More information on the potential arrest should present itself in the coming days, but it's possible Martinez will face disciplinary action on top of any punishment he receives for the violation. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch tweets that the hurler is expected to pay fines, according to a representative.  Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:23 pm
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    W, 5-2 vs Mil
     
  • Derek Law inks minors deal with Twins
    Twins signed RHP Derek Law to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Law broke the news himself on his Twitter account. The 30-year-old reliever didn't pitch in the majors at all in 2020 and has had trouble replicating the success from his rookie season back in 2016. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:12 pm
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    Derek Law Tex - SP,RP
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    W, 8-4 vs Hou
     
  • Indians DFA right-hander Adam Cimber on Wed.
    Indians designated RHP Adam Cimber for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears out a 40-man roster spot for Jordan Humphreys, who was claimed off waivers from the Giants on Wednesday. Cimber has posted a 4.37 ERA over his last 68 major league innings between 2019-2020. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:15 pm
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    W, 8-6 vs Pit
     
  • Orioles DFA right-hander Thomas Eshelman
    Orioles designated RHP Thomas Eshelman for assignment.

    Advice: This move opens up a 40-man roster spot for Chris Shaw, who has been claimed off waivers from the Giants. Eshelman, 26, holds a career 5.22 ERA and 38/20 K/BB ratio in 70 2/3 total major league frames. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:08 pm
     
  • Diamondbacks officially release Junior Guerra
    Diamondbacks released RHP Junior Guerra.

    Advice: Guerra was designated for assignment by the D-backs last Friday and will now officially hit the free agent market. The 35-year-old native of Venezuela has enjoyed some success in the majors, working as both a starter and reliever, so there should be offers out there for him this winter. He registered a 3.04 ERA with 21 strikeouts over 23 2/3 innings during MLB's condensed 2020 campaign, and he earned three saves for Arizona in 2019. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:51 am
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    W, 11-3 vs Col
     
  • Red Sox outright RHP Ryan Weber to AAA level
    Red Sox sent RHP Ryan Weber outright to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Weber was a DFA for the Red Sox last Friday but will remain with the organization for now. The 30-year-old right-hander owns a career 4.86 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 99/35 K/BB ratio in 157 1/3 major league innings. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:40 am
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    Ryan Weber Bos - SP,RP
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    W, 9-1 @Atl
     
  • Red Sox outright LHP Matt Hall to AAA Pawtucket
    Red Sox sent LHP Matt Hall outright to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Hall was designated for assignment last week after surrendering 18 runs in just 8 2/3 innings this season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:38 am
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    W, 9-1 @Atl
     
  • Red Sox DFA right-hander Robert Stock on Wed.
    Red Sox designated RHP Robert Stock for assignment.

    Advice: This move clears out a 40-man roster spot for right-hander Joel Payamps, who was claimed off waivers from the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. Stock throws hard but has struggled to a 7.13 ERA in 24 innings over the last two seasons between San Diego and Boston. The 31-year-old right-hander is now on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:36 am
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    W, 9-1 @Atl
     
  • Red Sox claim Joel Payamps from Diamondbacks
    Red Sox claimed RHP Joel Payamps off waivers from the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Payamps got designated for assignment by Arizona last week as teams were reshuffling their 40-man rosters in preparation for next month's Rule 5 Draft. The 26-year-old has made just four career MLB appearances. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:33 am
     
  • Royals outright Gabe Speier to Triple-A Omaha
    Royals sent LHP Gabe Speier outright to Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: Speier was designated for assignment last week and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 25-year-old left-hander holds a career 7.62 ERA and 1.85 WHIP in just 13 total innings of work at the big league level. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:20 am
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    W, 3-1 vs Det
     
  • Rockies outright Jesus Tinoco to Triple-A level
    Rockies sent RHP Jesus Tinoco outright to Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Tinoco was designated for assignment by Colorado last week but will remain with the organization after passing through waivers unclaimed. The 25-year-old has a career 4.03 ERA in 44 2/3 major league innings. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:16 am
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    L, 3-11 @Ari
     
  • Pirates claim Ashton Goudeau off waivers from COL
    Pirates claimed RHP Ashton Goudeau off waivers from the Rockies.

    Advice: Goudeau was designated for assignment by Colorado on Friday and has now found a new home. He made his major league debut this year at age 28 and went on to allow seven runs in 8 1/3 innings of relief. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:03 am
     
  • Reds get Hoffman in four-player trade with COL
    Reds acquired RHP Jeff Hoffman and RHP Case Williams from the Rockies for RHP Robert Stephenson and OF Jameson Hannah.

    Advice: Hoffman had some buzz back in 2015, when he was the headlining piece in the Rockies' trade of Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto, but he has struggled to the tune of a career 6.40 ERA in 38 starts and 30 relief appearances at the MLB level. That includes a 9.28 ERA over 21 1/3 innings of relief with the Reds in 2020. The former first-round pick of the Blue Jays could get another chance to start in Cincinnati and may stumble into better rate stats given the change in ballparks, but this move still doesn't boost his fantasy profile all that much. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:57 am
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  • Rockies, Reds officially announce four-player deal
    Rockies acquired RHP Robert Stephenson and OF Jameson Hannah from the Reds for RHP Jeff Hoffman and RHP Case Williams.

    Advice: The four-player swap is now official upon the completion of all the necessary physical exams. Stephenson is probably the most intriguing name here given his ability to miss bats -- 9.6 career K/9 -- but the former first-round pick holds a 5.15 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 208 total innings at the major league level, which does not bode well for his fantasy outlook as he moves out to Coors Field. The 27-year-old right-hander worked exclusively in relief for the Reds in 2019 and 2020, though he does have previous experience as a starting pitcher. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:48 am
  • Reds acquiring Jeff Hoffman in four-player trade
    FanSided's Robert Murray reports that the Reds have acquired Jeff Hoffman and Case Williams from the Rockies for Robert Stephenson and Jameson Hannah.

    Advice: Hoffman is a former first-round pick of the Blue Jays and was the centerpiece of the Troy Tulowitzki trade from 2015, but the 27-year-old right-hander has gone on to register a rough 6.40 ERA in 230 2/3 innings (38 starts, 30 relief appearances) for Colorado. Stephenson has a similar story as a former first-round pick of Cincinnati who holds a career 5.15 ERA at the MLB level. Physical exams are currently being conducted. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:31 am
    W, 5-3 @Min
     
  • Cardinals 'gathering details' on Martinez incident
    In a statement Monday, the Cardinals acknowledged that they are "gathering details" about Carlos Martinez's participation in a street party this past weekend in the Dominican Republic.

    Advice: Martinez can be seen in videos riding a motorbike with a female passenger through a large crowd of people on a seaside street, with loud music blaring. He was not wearing a face covering of any kind, and neither were many of the people surrounding him. The full statement from the Cardinals: "The St. Louis Cardinals were informed earlier today that Carlos Martínez had participated in a public gathering event this past weekend in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. We are currently gathering details from this event, but it is our understanding that Carlos was not arrested nor are there any pending legal charges against him. Certainly, we would not condone anyone from our organization knowingly violating community laws or health regulations." Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:08 pm
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    W, 5-2 vs Mil
     
  • Rockies designate Ashton Goudeau for assignment
    Rockies designated RHP Ashton Goudeau for assignment.

    Advice: The 28-year-old became a roster casualty as the Rockies looked to clear room on the 40-man roster on Friday to protect a couple of players from the Rule-5 draft. Goudeau was hit hard in his time with the big league club in 2020, posting a 7.56 ERA, 2.04 WHIP and 22 K/BB ratio across 8 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:21 pm
     
  • Rockies designate Jesus Tinoco for assignment
    Rockies designated RHP Jesus Tinoco for assignment.

    Advice: The 25-year-old right-hander actually pitched well during his time with the Rockies and Marlins in 2020, compiling a 1.04 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 6/7 K/BB ratio over 8 2/3 innings. With so many teams in the market for bullpen depth, Tinoco could generate some interest -- though he'll likely have to settle for a minor league contract. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:19 pm
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    L, 3-11 @Ari
     
  • Royals designate Gabe Speier for assignment Friday
    Royals designate LHP Gabe Speier for assignment.

    Advice: The 25-year-old southpaw has struggled in limited action at the big league level over the last two seasons, compiling a 7.62 ERA, 1.85 WHIP and 16/10 K/BB ratio over 13 innings of work. It's unclear if he'll accept the outright assignment or try to peddle his wares elsewhere on the open market. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:19 pm
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    W, 3-1 vs Det
     
  • Diamondbacks designate Joel Payamps for assignment
    Diamondbacks designated RHP Joel Payamps for assignment.

    Advice: The 26-year-old hurler appeared in just two games for the Diamondbacks in 2020, pitching to a 3.00 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 2/3 K/BB ratio over three innings. There's a decent chance that he'll accept the outright assignment and continue to provide minor league bullpen depth. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:09 pm
     
  • D'Backs designate Junior Guerra for assignment
    Diamondbacks designated RHP Junior Guerra for assignment.

    Advice: The 35-year-old right-hander did a nice job out of the Diamondbacks bullpen during the 2020 season, registering a 3.04 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 21/15 K/BB ratio across 23 2/3 innings. He obviously didn't fit into the club's long-term plans though, so they'll better utilize his spot on the 40-man roster. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:06 pm
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    W, 11-3 vs Col
     
  • Red Sox designate Ryan Weber for assignment Friday
    Red Sox designated RHP Ryan Weber for assignment.

    Advice: The 30-year-old hurler logged some innings for the Red Sox during their disappointing 2020 season, registering a 4.40 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 27/14 K/BB ratio over 43 innings in his 17 appearances (five starts). Wherever he winds up, Weber can continue to be ignored for fantasy purposes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:48 pm
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    Ryan Weber Bos - SP,RP
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    W, 9-1 @Atl
     
  • Red Sox designate Matt Hall for assignment
    Red Sox designated LHP Matt Hall for assignment.

    Advice: The 27-year-old southpaw struggled during his time with the Red Sox in 2020, compiling a horrifying 18.69 ERA, 3.12 WHIP and 9/10 K/BB ratio over 8 2/3 innings. It's unclear if he'll accept the outright assignment or attempt to explore his options elsewhere in free agency. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:46 pm
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    W, 9-1 @Atl
     
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