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  • 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. 53 minutes ago
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  • 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. Today, 4:59 pm
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  • 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." Today, 4:26 pm
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  • 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. Today, 3:56 pm
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  • Yankees re-sign left-hander Joe Mantiply
    Yankees re-signed LHP Joe Mantiply to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Mantiply was released by the Yankees at the end of November and will remain off the 40-man roster, but he could jump back on at some point in 2017 if the Yankees need lefty relief help. Mantiply, 25, had a 2.73 ERA and 69/12 K/BB ratio over 59 1/3 innings this summer between Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo -- affiliates of the Tigers. Today, 3:51 pm
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  • Brew Crew's Geltz opts for free agency
    Steve Geltz has elected free agency.

    Advice: Geltz was outrighted to Triple-A Colorado Springs over the weekend. While he has elected to become a free agent rather than accept that assignment, the possibility remains that he could re-up with the Brewers prior to spring training. The club initially picked the 29-year-old right-hander up off waivers from the Rays at the end of November. He pitched to a rough 5.74 ERA in 26 2/3 frames with Tampa Bay last season. Today, 3:50 pm
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  • 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. Today, 3:01 pm
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  • 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. Today, 2:58 pm
  • 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. Today, 2:57 pm
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  • 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. Today, 2:45 pm
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  • 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. Today, 2:41 pm
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  • Orioles not looking to move Britton, Machado
    Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said that the team has no intention of trading Zach Britton or Manny Machado.

    Advice: Duquette indicated that the Orioles are looking to build around their core players, meaning there doesn't figure to be a ton of jostling with the team's bigger names this offseason. Britton led the American League with 47 saves last season while Machado cracked 37 homers and drove in 96 runs. Today, 2:18 pm
  • Britton turns down invite from Team USA
    Zach Britton has turned down an invitation to pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.

    Advice: And the Orioles are probably thrilled with that decision. Britton was tremendous in 2016, registering a 0.54 ERA in 67 innings with an AL-leading 47 saves. He deserves to take it a little easy next spring. Today, 1:57 pm
  • Yankees have shown interest in Sergio Romo
    According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Yankees have expressed interest in free agent reliever Sergio Romo.

    Advice: Shea says "several teams" have also made the call. Romo battled elbow problems in 2016 and only pitched 30 2/3 regular-season innings for the Giants, but he still managed a 2.64 ERA and boasts a career ERA of 2.58 with a career K/9 of 10.2. The veteran righty will turn 34 years old next March. Today, 1:48 pm
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  • 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. Today, 1:08 pm
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  • 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. Today, 1:04 pm
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  • Report: Tigers talked to Marlins about Wilson
    Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Tigers got in touch with the Marlins to gauge their interest in reliever Justin Wilson.

    Advice: It's unclear if the Marlins were receptive, but the Marlins could consider multiple avenues if they miss out on Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen. Wilson earned $1.525 million this past season while posting a 4.14 ERA and 65/17 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings. He's reportedly been a popular name in trade talks. Today, 1:00 pm
  • Marlins bring back McGowan on 1-year deal
    The Marlins are bringing back right-hander Dustin McGowan on a one-year deal, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

    Advice: This confirms a report from Joe Frisaro of No word yet on the terms involved. McGowan, who turns 35 in March, bounced back as a member of Miami's bullpen last season by putting up a 2.82 ERA and 63/33 K/BB ratio in 67 innings. Today, 12:00 pm
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  • Street/Bedrosian/Bailey to compete for closer
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday that he's planning to have Huston Street, Cam Bedrosian, and Andrew Bailey compete for the closer job in spring training.

    Advice: Street would seem to have the edge, but he isn't going to have the job handed to him after an injury-plagued season where he posted an ugly 6.45 ERA and 14/12 K/BB ratio over 22 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old required minor knee surgery in August, but he's expected to be ready for spring training. Bedrosian is the closer of the future here, but Bailey had a strong finish in the role. Today, 11:45 am
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  • 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. Today, 11:35 am
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  • 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. Today, 11:22 am
  • Cubs acquire closer Wade Davis from Royals
    Cubs acquired RHP Wade Davis from the Royals for OF Jorge Soler.

    Advice: Medicals weren’t a sure thing after Davis’ forearm issues from last season, but the Cubs were apparently satisfied with what they saw. If healthy, Davis is a tremendous pickup for the back-end of this bullpen. The 31-year-old wasn’t as dominant by his usual insanely lofty standards in 2016, but he owns an incredible 1.18 ERA in 185 appearances over the last three seasons. He’s going into his final year of team control. Today, 10:57 am
  • Giants not bringing back familiar trio
    Alex Pavlovic of reports that the Giants aren't planning reunions with Sergio Romo, Santiago Casilla, or Javier Lopez.

    Advice: It's the end of an era in San Francisco, as the trio has been present for World Series victories in 2010, 2012, and 2014. Per Pavlovic, the Giants are excited about teaming new closer Mark Melancon up with some of their younger arms. Bryan Morris is also expected to be in the mix after signing a minor league deal. Today, 10:00 am
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  • 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. Today, 9:33 am
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  • Marlins close to bringing back McGowan
    Joe Frisaro of reports that the Marlins are close to bringing back Dustin McGowan.

    Advice: It's expected to be a major league deal. McGowan made the Marlins out of spring training last year and posted a 2.82 ERA and 63/33 K/BB ratio over 67 innings. Today, 8:05 am
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  • 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. Today, 7:52 am
  • Davis-Soler will be a one-for-one swap
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal confirms that if a deal is completed between the Cubs and Royals, it will be a one-for-one swap with Wade Davis and Jorge Soler.

    Advice: There had been some chatter about other prospects potentially going to the Royals, but it will be a straight-up swap. Davis carries some health questions and the Cubs are apparently going over his medicals before the deal is finalized, but given the recent price of top-tier relievers, this has a chance to be a great move if he can stay healthy in his walk year. Soler still possesses considerable upside, but he's an expendable piece in Chicago. Today, 7:45 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. Today, 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. Today, 6:17 am
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  • 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. Today, 6:09 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. Today, 5:59 am
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  • 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. Today, 5:42 am
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  • Report: Cubs/Royals agree to Davis-Soler deal
    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Cubs and Royals have agreed to a Wade Davis-Jorge Soler swap, pending medicals.

    Advice: It's not a done deal, but assuming the Cubs don't have any issues with Davis' medical records, it could be announced Wednesday morning. On the surface, it's not an overwhelming return for Davis, but he only has one year remaining on his contract and he's coming off a season where he was bothered by some forearm issues. Still, there's no questioning his ability if healthy. The 31-year-old owns a 1.18 ERA over the last three seasons and will immediately take over the closer role in Chicago. As for Soler, his star has faded a bit over the past two seasons, but there's huge power potential here and the Royals will happily take a chance on him. Today, 5:05 am
  • D'Backs, Rodney do one-year, $2.75M deal
    Fernando Rodney has agreed to a one-year, $2.75 million contract with the Diamondbacks, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

    Advice: Heyman says there are "many, many" performance-based incentives included in the deal. Rodney posted a rough 5.89 ERA over his final 36 2/3 innings this past season with the Marlins, but he got off to a good start in San Diego and might have a little something left in the tank as he heads to the desert. The plan is for him to open the 2017 season as the Diamondbacks' closer. Good luck with that. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 7:57 pm
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  • 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. Yesterday, 7:46 pm
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  • Cubs close to getting Wade Davis for Soler
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs are close to acquiring Wade Davis from the Cubs for outfielder Jorge Soler.

    Advice: There was a late push from the Nationals, but they apparently weren't able to beat the Cubs' offer of Soler. Davis is coming off a year filled with forearm troubles, but he still managed a 1.87 ERA in 43 1/3 innings and the 31-year-old right-hander holds a brilliant 1.18 ERA over the last three seasons. He is probably going to open the 2017 campaign as the Cubs' closer. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports says the trade is "seriously down the road" but probably won't be fully completed until sometime Wednesday. Chicago is probably poring over Davis' medical records. Yesterday, 7:35 pm
  • D'Backs close to an agreement with Rodney
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Diamondbacks are close to a deal with Fernando Rodney.

    Advice: Rodney was also said to be drawing interest from the Padres, with whom he enjoyed success at the opening of the 2016 season. The veteran right-hander went on to struggle mightily with the Marlins, registering an 11.57 ERA in September and October. This is probably not going to be a substantial contract -- and it probably won't work out very well either -- but Rodney might be the favorite for saves in Arizona coming out of camp next spring. Yesterday, 7:09 pm
  • Diamondbacks, Padres aiming for Rodney
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says the Diamondbacks and Padres are among the teams "taking aim" at free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.

    Advice: Miami declined a $4.5 million club option on Rodney in early November after he posted a 5.89 ERA across 36 2/3 innings in a Marlins uniform. He did have some early success this summer with San Diego, but the 39-year-old isn't going to be able to command very much guaranteed money leading into 2017. Yesterday, 6:59 pm
  • Nats making late push for Royals' Wade Davis
    Jayson Stark of ESPN reports the Nationals "have made a late a push" for Royals closer Wade Davis.

    Advice: ESPN's Buster Olney reported an hour ago that the Cubs were closing in on a trade for Davis, but it seems the Nats are trying to beat Chicago's offer. Davis registered a 1.87 ERA and 47/16 K/BB ratio in 43 1/3 innings this summer for Kansas City while fighting through forearm troubles. He is due to become a free agent next winter, with a $10 million salary locked in for 2017. Look for something more official soon. Yesterday, 6:07 pm
  • Wade Davis to Cubs 'far from a certain thing'
    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, "there could be a snag" in the trade that was supposed to send Wade Davis to the Cubs.

    Advice: ESPN's Buster Olney just reported that the Cubs were closing in on acquiring Davis, but Passan says the deal "never was done" and is "far from a certain thing at this point." Davis struggled with forearm issues in 2016, but he boasts a 1.18 ERA over the last three years and seems to be drawing heavy trade interest at the Winter Meetings. Kansas City will find a partner eventually if the motivation is there. Yesterday, 5:46 pm
  • Report: Cubs close to trade for Wade Davis
    ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Cubs are closing in on a trade for Royals closer Wade Davis.

    Advice: Not wanting to wade into the big-money waters of the free agent closer market, the Cubs have decided to replace Aroldis Chapman via trade. No word yet on what's headed to Kansas City in return. Davis boasts a 1.18 ERA over the last three seasons, though he did battle forearm problems in 2016 and saw a drop in both velocity and strikeout rate. Yesterday, 5:18 pm
  • 'Increasing expectation' that KC trades Davis
    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, there is "an increasing expectation" that the Royals will trade closer Wade Davis.

    Advice: Passan adds that it "could happen soon." There's known to be some level of interest from the Cubs, Dodgers, and Mets, though Davis would fit just about anywhere as long as the pre-trade physical goes smoothly. He posted a 1.87 ERA and 47/16 K/BB ratio over 43 1/3 innings this past season for the Royals, fighting through some mid-summer arm troubles. Since the beginning of the 2014 campaign, the 31-year-old right-hander boasts a 1.18 ERA in 182 2/3 frames. Davis is scheduled to become a free agent next winter. Yesterday, 4:07 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 2:00 pm
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  • 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. Yesterday, 12:39 pm
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  • Dodgers, Royals engaged in trade talks
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Dodgers and Royals are engaged in trade discussions, but that progress is slow.

    Advice: Wade Davis is a logical target as the Dodgers weigh an alternative to free agents Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman for the closer role, but they could also be talking about third baseman Mike Moustakas with Justin Turner's return in question. Davis and Moustakas are both due to become free agents after 2017. Yesterday, 12:15 pm
  • Mets have talked to Royals about Davis
    Andy Martino of SNY reports that the Mets have talked to the Royals about Wade Davis.

    Advice: It appears to be due diligence more than anything else, as Martino writes that it's hard to see a fit in regard to prospects and cost. The Mets are currently trying to flip Jay Bruce or Curtis Granderson to clear some salary and perhaps get a reliever in return. There are just better matches out there for Kansas City. Yesterday, 9:33 am
  • Rangers have inquired about LHP Wilson
    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers have talked to the Tigers about the availability of Justin Wilson.

    Advice: It's not a big surprise, as MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported late last week that Wilson has "received perhaps the largest number of inquiries" among the Tigers' trade candidates. The 29-year-old southpaw posted a mediocre 4.14 ERA while allowing a career-high six home runs in 2016, but his 65/17 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings shows why teams are targeting him. He earned $1.525 million in 2016 and will be arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter. Yesterday, 9:11 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 7:31 am
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  • 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
  • Chapman seeks six-year free agent contract
    Aroldis Chapman told Marly Rivera of ESPN that he wants a six-year contract.

    Advice: "The only thing I have expressed is that I would like a six-year contract," said the free agent reliever. "I know that doesn't mean that I will get it, but that's what I would like to sign. There are rumors out there that I requested $100 million and that's not true at all. I believe he who deserves something, does not need to demand it." Gotta like the confidence. Chapman might wait for Kenley Jansen to sign and then try to top that number. The 28-year-old flamethrower from Cuba posted a 1.55 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 90/18 K/BB ratio in 58 innings this summer between the Yankees and Cubs. Monday, 10:55 am
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  • 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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  • Brewers send Steve Geltz outright to Triple-A
    Brewers sent RHP Steve Geltz outright to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander was claimed off waivers from the Rays last week. This move temporarily removes him from the club's 40-man roster, though he's still expected to secure an invitation to spring training where he will compete for a spot in the team's Opening Day bullpen. Saturday, 7:53 am
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  • 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
  • Wilson most popular among DET trade chips?
    Justin Wilson has "received perhaps the largest number of inquiries" of the Tigers' trade candidates, per Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

    Advice: You'd think J.D. Martinez or Miguel Cabrera would be more popular, but pretty much every team needs left-handed relief help. Wilson struggled with the Tigers in 2016, but he owns a sharp 3.28 career ERA and 258 strikeouts in 258 major league innings. The 29-year-old is arbitration-eligible for the second time after earning $1.525 million this past season. Thursday, 12:11 pm
  • 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
  • Brewers claim Steve Geltz from the Rays
    Brewers claimed RHP Steve Geltz off waivers from the Rays.

    Advice: Geltz was designated for assignment by Tampa Bay earlier this month. He posted an underwhelming 5.74 ERA in 26 2/3 innings of relief this past season for the Rays, but his peripheral numbers have always been decent and the 29-year-old right-hander figures to be in the running for an Opening Day bullpen job next spring with the Brewers. Nov 28, 11:57 am
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