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  • Marlins showing 'some interest' in Fister
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Marlins are showing "some interest" in Doug Fister.

    Advice: But the primary focus for Miami at the moment is a front-line closer (think Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen). Fister should come pretty cheap this winter after posting an underwhelming 4.64 ERA and 115/62 K/BB ratio in 180 1/3 innings this summer for Houston. 26 minutes ago
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    L, 8-1 @LAA
  • WSH meeting with White Sox on Chris Sale
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears the Nationals are meeting with the White Sox about Chris Sale on Monday afternoon at the Winter Meetings.

    Advice: Heyman adds that the Nats are "said to be stepping up" for the ace left-hander. Sale is also drawing heavy interest from the Astros, Braves, and Red Sox, and it's a safe guess that other teams have checked in. The 27-year-old delivered a 3.34 ERA, 1.037 WHIP, and 233/45 K/BB ratio over 226 2/3 innings for the White Sox in 2016 and carries a very team-friendly contract that can run through 2019 if all the options are picked up. Today, 11:05 am
    L, 6-3 vs Min
  • Royals gauging trade interest in Danny Duffy
    MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Royals are "gauging trade interest" in Danny Duffy.

    Advice: Wade Davis and Lorenzo Cain also appear to be on the block in Kansas City. Duffy is set up for a big payday in arbitration this winter after producing a fantastic 3.51 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 188 strikeouts over 179 2/3 innings with the Royals in 2016. Morosi suggests he could be a fallback plan for teams that don't want to meet the high demand on Chris Sale. Today, 10:18 am
  • Dodgers, Rich Hill finalize 3-year, $48M deal
    Dodgers re-signed LHP Rich Hill to a three-year, $48 million contract.

    Advice: The deal was agreed to in principle over the weekend and then finalized Monday morning after the veteran left-hander passed his physical. Hill excelled when healthy in 2016, producing a 2.12 ERA and 129 strikeouts in 110 1/3 innings between the Athletics and Dodgers. He'll carry big-time fantasy potential (but some of the same durability concerns) into 2017 -- what will be his age-37 campaign. Today, 10:06 am
  • 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. Today, 8:30 am
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    L, 6-4 vs TB
  • Astros and Nats trying hardest for Chris Sale
    According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the "perception of outside executives" is that the Astros and Nationals are trying hardest on a Chris Sale trade.

    Advice: Those execs place the Braves as the next-likeliest suitor. Getting the White Sox to trade Sale is going to take a bevy of young talent, but all three of these organizations are rich in that department. Sale, 27, posted a 3.34 ERA, 1.037 WHIP, and 233/45 K/BB ratio across 226 2/3 innings this past season for the Southsiders. He's on a team-friendly contract that carries options through 2019. Today, 7:13 am
    L, 6-3 vs Min
  • Astros shopping McHugh and Fiers
    ESPN's Jayson Stark reports the Astros are shopping Collin McHugh and Mike Fiers.

    Advice: They're both coming off disappointing years, but it's a weak free agent market for starting pitching so there could be some suitors out there. Stark says the ultra-active Astros are trying "to create roster and payroll flexibility" as they consider other moves. Today, 6:00 am
  • De La Rosa willing to work out of bullpen
    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Jorge De La Rosa has been informing interested teams that he's willing to work out of the bullpen as a multi-inning reliever.

    Advice: De La Rosa hasn't been a popular name in the early free agent market, but could prove to be useful in a swing role with the ability to work multiple innings or get left-handers out. The 35-year-old registered a 5.51 ERA, 1.64 WHIP and 108/63 K/BB ratio across 134 frames with the Rockies in 2016. Yesterday, 6:13 pm
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    L, 6-4 vs Mil
  • Archer a likelier target for Braves than Sale's Mark Bowman reports that if the Braves trade for a top starter, Chris Archer is the "most likely" target.

    Advice: It's been reported that the Braves are one of the main suitors for Chris Sale, but Bowman says the White Sox are insisting on Dansby Swanson being included in any deal and the Braves consider that a non-starter. That said, it doesn't sound like Atlanta is close to anything on Archer, either, with Bowman adding that so far "the Rays' ask far exceeds the Braves' comfort zone." It could all be posturing at this point, of course. Yesterday, 11:11 am
  • 10 clubs have contacted Jason Hammel's agent
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that "about 10 team" have called Jason Hammel's agent, Alan Nero.

    Advice: Cafardo adds of Hammel that the Marlins "might be one to watch for his services." It's not surprising that the right-hander is drawing plenty of interest, as he's one of the best arms in a weak crop of free agent starters. Hammel posted a 3.83 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 144/53 K/BB ratio over 166 innings last season for the Cubs. Yesterday, 8:00 am
    W, 7-4 @Cin
  • Astros could field offers for Collin McHugh
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Astros would listen to trade offers for Collin McHugh.

    Advice: The Astros seemingly need to add and not subtract from their rotation, but it appears they'd send McHugh elsewhere in order to make room for an upgrade. McHugh can often be inconsistent, but he's put up a nice 3.71 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 505/148 K/BB ratio across 543 innings over the last three seasons in Houston. He's arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason. Yesterday, 7:56 am
  • Iglesias, Cingrani, Lorenzen in mix to close
    Reds manager Bryan Price said Saturday that he would be comfortable using Raisel Iglesias, Tony Cingrani and Michael Lorenzen in the closer role.

    Advice: Iglesias was the Reds' main closer down the stretch last season and fared well, and he's also the most talented pitcher of the aforementioned trio. But, while Iglesias is probably first in line for saves, Price seems to be leaning toward using all three pitchers in the role and often having them pitch multiple innings at a time. "I'd say right now that we have a series of guys that I'm comfortable with in the ninth inning and that would include (Raisel) Iglesias, (Tony) Cingrani and (Michael Lorenzen)," Price said. "Should we stay with this format – which I intend to do – all three of those guys and maybe more could have opportunities in save situations. At this point in time, there's no defined closer. There are multiple options and I'd like to stick with the philosophy that we're going to have our multi-inning guys, so we're going to need multi-closers." Yesterday, 7:06 am
    L, 7-4 vs ChC
  • Zach Eflin (knees) begins throwing program
    Zach Eflin (knees) began a throwing program on Wednesday.

    Advice: Eflin had a patellar tendinopathy on both knees in August after dealing with pain in his knees he says since Little League. "All of a sudden to go out there and do what I love with no pain, It’s an unbelievable feeling," Eflin said. "I never thought that this day would come that I would be pain-free throwing. I thought that I would always go through it, that it was always something I could deal with it. I’m really, really excited to see what my body can handle when it’s healthy." Eflin will compete in spring training for a spot in the Phillies' rotation. Yesterday, 6:57 am
    W, 5-2 vs NYM
  • Deal between Dodgers and Hill 'will get done'
    ESPN's Jim Bowden reports a deal between the Dodgers and free agent Rich Hill "will get done."

    Advice: Bowden said an official announcement is expected on Sunday. According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Hill's new deal is expected to be in the neighborhood of three years and $48 million. That's a big raise for Hill, who inked a one-year, $6 million pact with Oakland last offseason. The 36-year-old had his best season in 2016, contributing a stellar 2.12 ERA over 110 1/3 innings. Saturday, 7:42 pm
  • Astros looking to add a top starting pitcher
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Astros are looking to add a top-tier starting pitcher.

    Advice: The offseason is young, but the Astros have already made improvements to their lineup by adding Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and Josh Reddick. Now the Astros are going for the jugular by trying to add a top starting pitcher. Chris Archer is one of the pitchers they covet (Chris Sale is also on their short list), though the sense around Tampa Bay is that the Rays aren't eager to trade their best arm. The Astros have the pieces to pull off a big trade and Heyman speculates that Alex Bregman could be part of a return package for an ace like Archer or Sale. Saturday, 5:49 pm
  • Dodgers 'getting closer' to re-signing Hill
    According to Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers are "getting closer" to re-signing free agent Rich Hill.

    Advice: A source told Peter Gammons earlier today that Hill and the Dodgers were in agreement on a three-year deal worth over $40 million. That could very well be the case, but it doesn't look like a deal will be finalized before Sunday. Hill was limited to only seven starts in the second half because of blister issues but was excellent when healthy last season (2.12 ERA over 20 outings for the Dodgers and A's). Saturday, 5:24 pm
  • Seattle designates Zach Lee for assignment
    Mariners designated RHP Zach Lee for assignment.

    Advice: Lee spent all of 2016 in the minor leagues, compiling a disappointing 6.14 ERA over 27 outings at Triple-A. His only big league appearance came with the Dodgers in 2015. Saturday, 4:37 pm
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    L, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Orioles looking to trade one of their starters
    Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports the Orioles are likely to trade one of Ubaldo Jimenez, Yovani Gallardo or Wade Miley.

    Advice: Encina's exact words were that a "five-man rotation won't likely include all three." Encina notes that Miley would probably draw the most interest considering that teams put a premium on left-handed starters. However, trading Jimenez, who is due $13.5 million next season, would save Baltimore the most money. Jimenez was nearly sent to the Padres at this year's trade deadline. Expect the Orioles to field offers for all three at the Winter Meetings. Saturday, 3:30 pm
  • Stroman to pitch for Team USA in WBC
    Marcus Stroman announced he will pitch for the United States in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

    Advice: It's a solid get for the United States, who should have an absolutely loaded pitching staff with Chris Archer, Jake Arrieta, Corey Kluber, Andrew Miller, Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander all on the team's preliminary roster. Stroman had a relatively disappointing year for the Jays in 2016, but impressed with a 3.28 ERA over the final two months. He led Toronto with 166 strikeouts. Saturday, 1:32 pm
  • Hill leaning toward staying with Dodgers?
    According to Peter Gammons, one team with interest in Rich Hill thinks that he has a three-year deal with the Dodgers worth more than $40 million.

    Advice: This doesn't mean that a deal is done, but it certainly wouldn't be surprising if he ultimately returned to Los Angeles. The Dodgers need all of the help that they can get in their rotation, and bringing back the veteran left-hander would be a great first step toward stabilizing their pitching staff. Saturday, 12:01 pm
  • Nationals are still in talks for Chris Sale
    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Nationals remain in trade discussions with the White Sox for Chris Sale.

    Advice: They're also talking to the Pirates about Andrew McCutchen. It would seem to be an either/or scenario, as it's hard to see the Nationals having the ammunition to acquire both. Rosenthal notes that the Red Sox are also interested in Sale, though the White Sox would have to lower their asking price to get a deal done. Saturday, 11:54 am
    L, 6-3 vs Min
  • Reds don't tender contract to Keyvius Sampson
    Reds non-tendered RHP Keyvius Sampson.

    Advice: The 25-year-old right-hander was designated for assignment last week, but the Reds were unable to find a trade partner. Sampson appeared in 31 games for the Reds over the past two seasons, compiling a 5.60 ERA, 1.75 WHIP and 84/53 K/BB ratio over 91 2/3 innings. Saturday, 7:28 am
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    L, 7-4 vs ChC
  • 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
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    L, 10-4 @StL
  • 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 non-tender Erik Johnson on Friday
    Padres non-tendered RHP Erik Johnson.

    Advice: The 26-year-old is expected to miss the entirety of the 2017 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in October. He could make for an interesting option on the free agent market on an incentive-laden minor league deal. Friday, 5:59 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 Rubby De La Rosa
    Diamondbacks non-tendered RHP Rubby De La Rosa.

    Advice: The right-hander was shut down early in the season with elbow troubles and there have been some rumblings that a second Tommy John surgery could be in his future. The former top prospect compiled a 4.26 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 54/20 K/BB ratio over his 50 2/3 innings in 2016. Friday, 4:13 pm
    W, 3-2 vs SD
  • Iglesias, Lorenzen will remain in Reds 'pen
    Reds manager Bryan Price and general manager Dick Williams on Friday committed to using Raisel Iglesias and Michael Lorenzen as relievers next season.

    Advice: It's no surprise, as Price indicated back in October that he might use the duo as potential multiple-inning closers in 2017. Both Iglesias (1.98 ERA, 54/19 K/BB ratio over 50 innings) and Lorenzen (2.88 ERA, 48/13 K/BB ratio over 50 innings) thrived in the bullpen in 2016. Iglesias probably as a leg up on the closer role. Friday, 3:00 pm
    L, 7-4 vs ChC
  • Angels ink John Lamb to minors deal
    Angels signed LHP John Lamb to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: The Rays traded for but then released Lamb last month. He had back surgery in October and will get a late start to next season, but he's a nice no-risk move for a team like the Angels. Friday, 2:31 pm
    W, 8-1 vs Hou
  • Vance Worley non-tendered by Orioles
    Orioles non-tendered RHP Vance Worley.

    Advice: The O's have opted not to give "Vanimal" a raise in his final year of arbitration eligibility after he posted a 3.53 ERA over 35 appearances -- four starts -- last season. He's now a free agent. Friday, 1:52 pm
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    W, 5-2 @NYY
  • Ryan Weber outrighted to Triple-A
    Mariners sent RHP Ryan Weber outright to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: Weber cleared waivers after being designated for assignment and will remain in the organization. The righty posted a 5.45 ERA and 23/5 K/BB ratio over 36 1/3 innings with the Braves in 2016. Friday, 11:43 am
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    L, 3-2 vs Oak
  • CC Sabathia (knee) to start throwing Monday
    CC Sabathia (knee) will begin a throwing program on Monday.

    Advice: Sabathia underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in October. The big left-hander had an underrated bounce-back campaign in 2016, posting a 3.91 ERA and 152/65 K/BB ratio in 179 2/3 innings over 30 starts. He'll be ready to roll for the start of spring training. Friday, 9:48 am
    L, 5-2 vs Bal
  • Pirates and Wade LeBlanc avoid arbitration
    Pirates and LHP Wade LeBlanc avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $750,000 contract with a $1.5 million option for 2018.

    Advice: He's guaranteed a total of $800,000 when adding in a $50,000 buyout for 2018. LeBlanc has posted a 4.39 ERA over 126 appearances -- 79 starts -- across parts of eight major league seasons. He should serve as a long reliever next season. Friday, 9:45 am
    L, 10-4 @StL
  • Jacob deGrom (elbow) nearing throwing program
    Jacob deGrom (elbow) said Friday that he's close to beginning a throwing program.

    Advice: DeGrom had surgery in September to repair ulnar nerve damage in his right elbow. He added Friday that he's feeling much better than he did pre-op, as he's now able to snap his fingers without discomfort. DeGrom is not expected to be limited at the beginning of spring training. Friday, 8:23 am
  • Braves still interested in Sale, Archer
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Braves are still interested in Chris Sale and Chris Archer.

    Advice: The Braves have replenished their rotation depth this offseason with the additions of R.A. Dickey, Bartolo Colon and Jaime Garcia. They might not necessarily be looking to add another starter, but if it's someone on another level like Sale or Archer they'd apparently be open to it. Not surprisingly, Crasnick notes that the Braves prefer Sale. He also says they're "very reluctant" to part with infield prospect Ozzie Albies in any deal but are "getting a lot of hits" on him. Friday, 7:38 am
    L, 6-3 vs Min
  • Five teams at 'forefront' of Sale trade talks
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals, Astros, Red Sox, Rangers and Braves "are starting to separate themselves at the forefront" in trade talks for Chris Sale.

    Advice: Heyman cautions that it "doesn’t mean that any one of these teams is sure to get him, or even that Sale will definitely be traded," but for now it appears it's the aforementioned five clubs involved in the most serious trade talks for the ace lefty. He also lists the Dodgers as a possible suitor for Sale and says the Cardinals, Blue Jays and Giants "look to be on the periphery." Friday, 6:09 am
    L, 6-3 vs Min
  • 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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    Jeff Locke Pit - SP,RP
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    L, 10-4 @StL
  • NYY, LAD, TEX, HOU in on Rich Hill
    Jim Bowden of reports that the Yankees, Dodgers, Rangers, and Astros are in full pursuit of free agent left-hander Rich Hill.

    Advice: Bowden also notes that the Red Sox and Orioles are in the mix, though apparently to a lesser extent. It's no surprise to see this group of contenders vying for the services of arguably the top starting pitcher in a weak class of free agents. There's been speculation about him landing a three-year deal in the range of $45 million, but the competition could at least increase the annual salary. Hill missed a bunch of time this past season due to a lingering blister issue, but he posted a brilliant 2.12 ERA over 20 starts between the Athletics and Dodgers. Tuesday, 12:41 pm
  • Report: Doug Fister 'name of interest' to M's
    Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that free agent right-hander Doug Fister is a "name of interest" for the Mariners.

    Advice: The Mariners picked up Rob Whalen and Max Povse from the Braves in the Alex Jackson trade on Monday, but they are looking for some veteran depth after parting with Taijuan Walker in the Jean Segura deal late last week. Fister, who was originally drafted by the Mariners in 2006, is coming off a 4.64 ERA and 115/62 K/BB ratio over 180 1/3 innings with the Astros this past season. The Mariners are considering additional options, including those on the trade block. Tuesday, 8:49 am
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    L, 8-1 @LAA
  • Ryan Weber designated for assignment
    Mariners designated RHP Ryan Weber for assignment.

    Advice: Weber was claimed off waivers from the Braves earlier this month and now loses his 40-man roster spot after the M's made a trade with the Braves. The 26-year-old held a 5.45 ERA and 23/5 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings over two starts and 14 relief appearances in 2016. Monday, 6:19 pm
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    Ryan Weber Sea - SP,RP
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    L, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Keyvius Sampson designated for assignment
    Reds designated RHP Keyvius Sampson for assignment.

    Advice: Sampson, who will turn 26 in January, has put up a 5.60 ERA while splitting time between the Reds' rotation and bullpen the last two seasons. He'll catch on with a minor league deal somewhere. Monday, 1:10 pm
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    L, 7-4 vs ChC
  • Sale's price tag higher than it was in July?
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the asking price for Chris Sale in trade talks is "maybe even higher" than it was in July.

    Advice: The likelihood of the White Sox trading Sale seems higher now than it did in July, but there are also presumably more teams in on the bidding. Heyman adds that the hope is the trade talks for the left-hander will pick up during the winter meetings. Sale has finished in the top-six in American League Cy Young voting in all five of his seasons as a starter and is owed just $38 million over the next three seasons. Nov 25, 1:12 pm
    L, 6-3 vs Min
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