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  • Zimmermann getting injections for neck pain
    Tigers general manager Al Avila said Monday that Jordan Zimmermann went to a specialist and received "injections in certain parts of his neck that block those areas where he had pain."

    Advice: Zimmermann posted a 0.55 ERA in April last season but then a 6.84 ERA the rest of the way as he battled through neck and groin ailments. Avila said Zimmermann "reports no pain" while doing physical therapy since the injections and is set to receive one more injection this winter. "He’s feeling very good right now and so we’re keeping our fingers crossed that that carries into spring training, into the season and that fixes everything," Avila said. While it's potentially good news that the injections have helped Zimmermann, this is still very much a fingers crossed situation. The health issues and drop in velocity make the righty a sketchy fantasy proposition going into 2017. Today, 8:23 pm
    L, 1-0 @Atl
  • Tigers sizing up market for Greene, Wilson
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Tigers are "seeing what they can get" for Shane Greene and Justin Wilson.

    Advice: Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported last week that the Tigers were getting lots of hits on Wilson, and it appears they're putting out feelers with Greene, too. Greene posted a 5.55 ERA out of the Tigers' bullpen last season, but he did have a 48/13 K/BB ratio over 47 innings. Today, 8:14 pm
  • Cubs, Dodgers in on left-hander Derek Holland
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cubs and Dodgers are showing interest in Derek Holland.

    Advice: Heyman lists the Nationals and Red Sox as other possible landing spots for Holland. The Pirates have also been connected to the left-hander. The Rangers declined Holland's $11 million option for 2017, but the southpaw appears to be drawing a pretty healthy amount of interest on the open market. Holland posted a 4.95 ERA in 2016 and hasn't made more than 20 starts since 2013. Today, 7:23 pm
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    L, 6-4 vs TB
  • Red Sox 'checked in' with ChiSox on Sale
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox "checked in" with the White Sox on Monday regarding Chris Sale.

    Advice: It was Rosenthal who reported that the Nationals' pursuit of Sale was gaining steam, but he cautions that it's "not necessarily a one-team race" for the left-hander. Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has downplayed a potential pursuit of a marquee starter, but that doesn't automatically mean he won't try for one. Today, 6:54 pm
    L, 6-3 vs Min
  • 'Legitimate chance' Sale traded to Nationals
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that there is a "legitimate chance" Chris Sale is traded to the Nationals for a package headed by Victor Robles and Lucas Giolito.

    Advice: Rosenthal says that the two teams are "haggling over the final pieces in the deal," so it sounds like they could complete something relatively soon. It had looked like the Nats were focused on Andrew McCutchen, but they've shifted their attention to Sale as they look to form a super rotation that would consist of Sale, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Tanner Roark and Gio Gonzalez or Joe Ross. Giving up both Giolito and Robles would sting, but it would be hard to pass up putting together a starting five like that. Today, 6:20 pm
    L, 6-3 vs Min
  • Rays 'getting a lot of hits' on Alex Cobb
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rays are "getting a lot of hits" on Alex Cobb.

    Advice: The Rangers are one club known to be in on Cobb. Heyman notes that plenty of teams are interested in Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi, as well. Cobb put up a disappointing 8.59 ERA over five starts late last season for the Rays after making his way back from Tommy John surgery, but he should be much better in 2017 as he's further removed from the operation. Cobb will be a free agent after next season. Today, 5:54 pm
  • Jeremy Guthrie wants bullpen job in 2017
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Jeremy Guthrie will play winter ball in Australia and is hoping to land a major league bullpen job for 2017.

    Advice: Guthrie spent all of last season in the minors after holding a 5.95 ERA over 148 1/3 innings for the Royals in 2015. He'll turn 38 next April and will surely have to settle for a minor league contract. Today, 4:14 pm
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    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • Christian Bergman inks minors deal with M's
    Mariners signed RHP Christian Bergman to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Bergman, 28, holds a career 5.79 ERA over 55 appearances -- 15 starts -- at the big league level for the Rockies. He'll surely enjoy getting out of Denver but is nothing more than an organizational arm. Today, 3:32 pm
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    L, 6-4 vs Mil
  • 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. Today, 3:25 pm
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    L, 10-4 @StL
  • Rangers have discussed Alex Cobb with Rays
    Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Rangers have talked to the Rays about Alex Cobb.

    Advice: It's a fit that makes sense, as the Rangers are in the market for pitching and have been connected to a few Rays starters dating back to the trade deadline. Cobb put up an ugly 8.59 ERA over five starts late last season for the Rays after returning from Tommy John surgery, but he should be better equipped for success in 2017. It will be his contract year. Today, 2:13 pm
  • Giolito's name involved in Sale/Nats talks
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Lucas Giolito "is a name in the mix" in trade talks between the Nationals and White Sox involving Chris Sale.

    Advice: It appears that the Nationals might be shifting their attention more to Sale than Andrew McCutchen, although they seem to still be in active discussions for both. Giolito entered last season as arguably the top pitching prospect in baseball, but he disappointed in his first go-round in the majors and wasn't as dominant as hoped in the minors, either. Still, he's only 22 and his ceiling remains sky-high. In addition to Gioliot, the Nats would figure to have to part with at least one additional high-end prospect in order to land Sale. Today, 1:35 pm
  • 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. Today, 12:11 pm
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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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    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
  • 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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