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  • K-Rod is 'available for the right price'
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes that Francisco Rodriguez is "available for the right price."

    Advice: The Tigers want to contend in 2017 but also want to slash payroll, and K-Rod is one of the pieces they'll consider moving. The veteran closer is coming off a fine season that saw him put up a 3.24 ERA and 52/21 K/BB ratio over 58 1/3 innings while recording 34 saves. He'll make $6 million in 2017. Rotoworld.com 14 minutes ago
  • 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. Rotoworld.com 21 minutes ago
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com 25 minutes ago
  • 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 45 minutes ago
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  • 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." Rotoworld.com Today, 7:06 am
  • 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 Today, 6:57 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:42 pm
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  • 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). Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:24 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:37 pm
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  • Mariners add right-hander Casey Fien
    Mariners signed RHP Casey Fien to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.

    Advice: They also agreed to terms with left-hander Marc Rzepczynski while designating Dean Kiekhefer and Zach Lee for assignment. Fien spent last season shuttling between the majors and Triple-A. Overall, he finished with a 5.39 ERA over 39 relief appearances for the Dodgers and Twins. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:25 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:01 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:54 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 Yesterday, 7:25 am
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  • Cubs don't tender contract to Zac Rosscup
    Cubs non-tendered LHP Zac Rosscup.

    Advice: The 28-year-old southpaw missed the majority of the 2016 season after undergoing shoulder surgery. He registered a 4.39 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 29/13 K/BB ratio over 26 2/3 innings with the big league club in 2015. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:23 am
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  • Rockies non-tender righty Matt Carasiti
    Rockies non-tendered RHP Matt Carasiti.

    Advice: The 25-year-old hurler appeared in 19 games for the Rockies in 2016, registering a frightening 9.19 ERA and 2.30 WHIP across 15 2/3 innings. He'll look to latch on elsewhere, presumably on a minor league pact. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:07 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:00 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:38 am
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  • 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." Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:09 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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  • NYY, LAD, TEX, HOU in on Rich Hill
    Jim Bowden of ESPN.com 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:41 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Nov 25, 1:12 pm
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