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  • Teams intrigued by Rangers reliever Kela
    MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan says other teams are "intrigued" by Rangers reliever Keone Kela.

    Advice: Kela missed a large chunk of the 2016 season following right elbow surgery and wound up with an unsightly 6.09 ERA, but the 23-year-old right-hander is a legitimate relief talent with club control that runs through 2020. He posted an outstanding 2.39 ERA and 68/18 K/BB ratio over 60 1/3 innings for the Rangers in 2015. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:27 am
  • Strahm to compete for spot in KC rotation
    Royals manager Ned Yost noted Monday that Matt Strahm will compete for a spot in the rotation next spring.

    Advice: Veteran right-hander Chris Young will be his primary competition. Strahm carries some intrigue as a deep fantasy sleeper after registering a 1.23 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 22 innings this summer out of the Kansas City bullpen. The young southpaw spent most of the year as a starter at Double-A. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:57 am
  • Phillies close to deal with Joaquin Benoit
    Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports that the Phillies are closing in on a deal with free agent right-hander Joaquin Benoit.

    Advice: The 39-year-old hurler missed the final week of the regular season and all of the postseason after tearing a muscle in his calf. After struggling in the first half of the season, Benoit posted a stellar 0.38 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 24/9 K/BB ratio across 23 2/3 innings after a deadline deal to the Blue Jays. He could compete for save chances with Jeanmar Gomez and Hector Neris. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:10 pm
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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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:23 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:13 pm
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  • Pirates willing to eat money to move Bastardo
    Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates are willing to eat some of Antonio Bastardo's $6.5 million salary in a trade.

    Advice: The Pirates currently have four lefties projected for their bullpen, but they'd like someone to take Bastardo off their hands. The southpaw is coming off a season where he posted a 4.52 ERA and walked 32 over 67 2/3 innings, but he did strike out 74. Walks are always an issue for Bastardo, but he's not a bad buy low option if the Pirates pay down a big chunk of his deal. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:32 am
  • Jacob Lindgren inks MLB deal with Braves
    Braves signed LHP Jacob Lindgren to a one-year contract.

    Advice: This is a long-term play by the Braves, as Lindgren was non-tendered by the Yankees following Tommy John surgery in August. The left-hander has a big arm and could be an asset for the Braves starting in 2018 if his stuff returns post-op. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:40 am
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  • 16 teams interested in Daniel Hudson
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that 16 teams have shown interest in Daniel Hudson.

    Advice: Hudson finished with a 5.22 ERA last season, but he struck out nearly a batter per inning and makes for a fine bounce-back option on the relief market. It's been reported previously that the Cubs are one of the clubs that's displayed interest in the reliever. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:36 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:57 am
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  • M's designate LHP Kiekhefer for assignment
    Mariners designated LHP Dean Kiekhefer for assignment.

    Advice: The Mariners had to make roster space for relievers Casey Fien and Marc Rzepczynski. Kiekehefer was claimed off waivers from the Cardinals about a month ago. He excelled in Triple-A last year (2.08 ERA in 29 games for Memphis) but had a hard time in the big leagues (5.32 ERA over 26 outings). Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:33 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:30 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:53 am
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  • Dodgers non-tender Louis Coleman on Friday
    Dodgers non-tendered RHP Louis Coleman.

    Advice: The 30-year-old right-hander was a staple of the Dodgers' bullpen in 2016, compiling a 4.69 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 45/24 K/BB ratio over 48 innings in his 61 appearances. Now a free agent, he'll look to secure a spring training invitation elsewhere. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:42 am
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  • Cubs do not tender contract to Conor Mullee
    Cubs non-tendered RHP Conor Mullee.

    Advice: The 28-year-old right-hander was claimed off of waivers from the Yankees in early November, but is now a free agent. He spent most of the 2016 season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he registered an outstanding 0.99 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 45/11 K/BB ratio across 36 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:25 am
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  • M's agree to two-year deal with Rzepczynski
    Mariners signed LHP Marc Rzepczynski to a two-year, $11 million contract.

    Advice: The 31-year-old southpaw will get $5.5 million each season. Rzepczynski compiled a 2.64 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 46/29 K/BB ratio over 47 2/3 innings between the Athletics and Nationals in 2016. He'll work as a left-handed specialist in the late innings, helping to get the ball to Mariners' closer Edwin Diaz. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:19 am
  • Yankees do not tender contract to Lindgren
    Yankees non-tendered LHP Jacob Lindgren.

    Advice: The 23-year-old southpaw underwent Tommy John surgery in August and is expected to miss the entire 2017 season while recovering. It's possible that the Yankees will try to retain the former first-round pick on a minor league contract. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:57 pm
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  • Mariners 'on verge' of deal with Rzepczynski
    According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Mariners are "on the verge" of signing free agent left-hander Marc Rzepczynski.

    Advice: Chris Cotillo of SB Nation hears it will be a two-year contract. "Scrabble" issued 29 walks over 47 2/3 innings this summer between the Athletics and Nationals, but he still managed a cool 2.64 ERA. The 31-year-old lefty specialist has held left-handed batters to a .222/.291/.298 slash line for his career. Rosenthal says there are only a few "last-minute details to cover" before the agreement with Seattle is made official. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:54 am
  • Benoit (calf) inteds to pitch in 2017
    Joaquin Benoit (calf) has resumed running and plans to pitch in 2017.

    Advice: Benoit tore a calf muscle in the final week of the regular season and was unable to pitch in the playoffs, but he's recovered now and has drawn interest on the free agent market. The 39-year-old proved he still has something left after posting a 0.38 ERA over 25 appearances with the Blue Jays down the stretch. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:12 am
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  • Report: Cubs interested in RHP Daniel Hudson
    Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs are one of several teams who have reached out to free agent reliever Daniel Hudson.

    Advice: Forced to move to the bullpen after multiple Tommy John surgeries, Hudson showed some promise in 2015, but he struggled to the tune of a 5.22 ERA over 70 appearances this past season. Still, he throws hard and misses bats, so the Cubs see him as a potential upside play. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:06 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:57 am
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