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  • KC hasn't felt 'overwhelmed' on Dyson offers
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Royals "haven't felt overwhelmed by offers" for outfielder Jarrod Dyson.

    Advice: Probably because the guy is a .260/.325/.353 career hitter in the major leagues and due to become a free agent next winter. Dyson plays great defense and has tremendous speed, but the Royals can't expect to get much talent in return. They might just hold on to Dyson, per Heyman, in the event a realistic trade partner can be found for Lorenzo Cain. Dyson was known to be drawing interest from the Orioles, Athletics, Rangers, and Cardinals. 52 minutes ago
  • Nieuwenhuis underwent nerve release surgery
    Brewers general manager David Stearns said that Kirk Nieuwenhuis underwent nerve release surgery after the close of the 2016 season.

    Advice: Nerve release surgeries and sports hernia surgeries are similar, but the good news for Nieuwenhuis is that the former has a speedier recovery attached to it. He initially injured his abdomen in mid-September. It would appear that the 29-year-old outfielder is on track for spring training barring a setback. Today, 3:37 pm
  • 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
    W, 6-3 @CWS
  • O's have spoken to Royals about OF Dyson
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Orioles have spoken to the Royals about Jarrod Dyson.

    Advice: It's becoming very likely that Dyson is moved, and the Orioles and Athletics seem to be his most aggressive suitors. There's also been talk of interest from the Cardinals and Rangers. Dyson owns an ugly .260/.325/.353 career batting line at the major league level, but he's a great defensive outfielder and excellent baserunner. He'd fit well on pretty much any MLB roster, though probably not in an everyday role. Today, 2:43 pm
  • Martes unlikely to move without big trade
    Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said that it would take a "significant" offer to move RHP prospect Francis Martes.

    Advice: Luhnow indicated that Martes is a hot target, but barring a blockbuster trade, it sounds as though the Astros would prefer to hang onto the 21-year-old right-hander. Prior to the 2016 season, Baseball America ranked Martes as the No. 20 prospect in baseball. Today, 1:36 pm
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    L, 8-1 @LAA
  • Danny Espinosa to play for Mexico in WBC
    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said that Danny Espinosa will play for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.

    Advice: Whether Espinosa is actually with the Nationals come the spring is another question entirely. Rizzo floated in early November that the 29-year-old shortstop is a potential trade candidate. While there hasn't been a ton of smoke on the actual trading front as of yet, a move here remains possible. In 516 at-bats last season, Espinosa hit just .209/.306/.378. He did clock a career-best 24 homers in that space, so it wasn't all awful. Today, 1:24 pm
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    Danny Espinosa Was - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Boras: Gomez turned down multi-year offers
    Scott Boras, the agent for Carlos Gomez, said that his client turned down multi-year offers in favor of re-signing with the Rangers for one season.

    Advice: Gomez will be coming back to the Rangers on a one-year, $11.5 million contract, which was agreed to on Tuesday night. Said Boras, "He really found something with the hitting coach and the staff that allowed him for the first time in his career to be selective at the plate. He felt he wanted to continue in with that group. He actually turned down multi-year offers to bet on himself for that reason." In 33 games with the Rangers after being released by the Astros in August, the 31-year-old outfielder slashed .284/.362/.543 while swatting eight homers and swiping five bags. Today, 1:17 pm
  • Report: Ross' asking price in $9-11M range
    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Tyson Ross' asking price is in the $9-11 million range.

    Advice: And according to Grant, that may not include incentives. The Padres opted to non-tender Ross rather than give him a similar salary through arbitration, but some team might be willing to take a chance even as he's making his way back from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. There's just not much out there in free agency. Today, 12:53 pm
    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • 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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    L, 10-7 @Was
  • 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
    W, 8-1 vs Hou
  • Rangers have done 'homework' on RHP Ross
    According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers have done "significant homework" on free agent right-hander Tyson Ross.

    Advice: Ross was non-tendered by the Padres last week after making just one start in 2016 before undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. He's a big question mark for the start of 2017 and beyond, but the state of the free agent market will make him intriguing to plenty of teams. Today, 11:01 am
    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • Blue Jays showing interest in Iannetta
    Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that the Blue Jays are showing "real interest" in free agent catcher Chris Iannetta.

    Advice: The Blue Jays are looking at him as a potential backup to Russell Martin. Iannetta owns a rough .199/.298/.332 batting line over the last two seasons. Today, 10:23 am
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    L, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Wheeler open to move to bullpen
    Zack Wheeler (elbow) said Tuesday that he's open to a move to the bullpen.

    Advice: Wheeler was unable to make it back in 2016 after suffering multiple setbacks in his rehab from Tommy John surgery. The Mets are going to be cautious with him next season, so they are keeping their opens open in regard to his potential role. Wheeler's preference would be to start, but he's open-minded on the situation. "Whatever is best for my health is fine with me," said Wheeler. Today, 9:27 am
    L, 5-2 @Phi
  • Snitker: Swanson could hit second in 2017
    Braves manager Brian Snitker said Wednesday that he thinks Dansby Swanson could handle hitting second in 2017.

    Advice: Swanson mostly batted eighth as a rookie in 2016 while batting .302/.361/.442 over 145 plate appearances. They wanted to ease him into things, but Snitker thinks he's ready for the challenge. "(Hitting him second) is something I will talk to the guys about and we will get a feel for it in spring training and see where we’re at," said Snitker. "I feel right now — ask me today, yeah, I feel very comfortable about him there." Batting behind Ender Inciarte and in front of Freddie Freeman and Matt Kemp opens the door for some useful fantasy value. Today, 9:22 am
  • 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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    L, 10-7 @Was
  • 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
  • Phils see Joseph as regular first baseman
    Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said Tuesday that they are currently viewing Tommy Joseph as their regular first baseman.

    Advice: Klentak didn't rule out the possibility of adding another option for first base, but Joseph hit .257/.308/.505 with 21 homers and 47 RBI over 107 games as a rookie in 2016 and they are prepared to see what he can do with an everyday role. "If that changes by virtue of an additional player acquisition, then we'll adjust," said Klentak. "But Tommy showed pretty well for himself all year long and we're excited to see what he can do in a little more of a regular role this coming year." Joseph was better against lefties than he was against righties, but he can be a cheap power source in fantasy leagues in 2017. Today, 7:16 am
    W, 5-2 vs NYM
  • 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
  • Rangers, Carlos Gomez reunite for $11.5 mil
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rangers have re-signed outfielder Carlos Gomez.

    Advice: He'll get a one-year, $11.5 million contract, per FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. It's a bit surprising Gomez couldn't find a multi-year deal in this weak free agent market, but his dreadful tenure with Houston likely scared teams away. Gomez batted .284/.362/.543 with eight homers and five steals in 33 games down the stretch this past season with Texas, after getting released by the Astros in early August. He will probably open the 2017 campaign as the Rangers' starting center fielder. Yesterday, 8:48 pm
  • TEX looking into reunion with Carlos Gomez
    Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that the Rangers "are looking into a reunion with Carlos Gomez."

    Advice: They even met with his representatives Tuesday at the Winter Meetings, presumably to open contract negotiations. Gomez flourished down the stretch with Texas in 2016, slashing .284/.362/.543 with eight homers and five steals in 33 games. Other teams are probably scared off by how poorly he performed in Houston. His free agent market should really be healthier than it is right now. Yesterday, 8:23 pm
  • A's 'very interested' in Royals' Jarrod Dyson
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears the Athletics are "very interested" in Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson.

    Advice: Several other teams have inquired, including the Cardinals, Orioles, and Rangers. Dyson owns a rough .260/.325/.353 career batting line at the major league level, but he's a good and versatile defensive outfielder and he's also among the fastest players in MLB even at age 32. Dyson is due to become a free agent next winter. Yesterday, 5:00 pm
  • 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
  • Rangers, Carlos Gomez having discussions
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that "there's been talk" between the Rangers and Carlos Gomez.

    Advice: Heyman cautions, however, that there's "no evidence" anything is close between the two parties. The Rangers are want a right-handed hitting center fielder and Gomez played well for them down the stretch last season, so it's no surprise that there appears to be some interest in a potential reunion. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported last month that Gomez might want a five-year contract, but it's hard to see him getting that. Monday, 2:09 pm
  • Cardinals expressing interest in Jarrod Dyson
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals are expressing interest in Jarrod Dyson.

    Advice: The Cards have also been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Dyson's teammate, Lorenzo Cain. Like Cain, Dyson is heading into his walk year, but of course he would cost significantly less in terms of prospects you'd have to surrender for him. Dyson, 32, sports a pedestrian .260/.325/.353 career batting line, but he would give St. Louis the defensive upgrade they're looking for in center field. Monday, 1:39 pm
  • Dansby Swanson 'untouchable' in Sale talks
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Braves have "made clear" that Dansby Swanson is "untouchable" in trade talks for Chris Sale.

    Advice: It's no surprise, of course, as Swanson is one of the most highly thought of young players in the game and he's slated to open 2017 as the Braves' starting shortstop. Atlanta probably still has enough talent to acquire Sale even without including Swanson, with Ozzie Albies seeming likely to headline a package. The Braves and Nationals look like the two most aggressive teams for Sale, with the Astros, Rangers, Red Sox and Dodgers also in the mix. Sunday, 8:28 am
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • Kirk Nieuwenhuis avoids arbitration
    Brewers and OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $900,000 contract.

    Advice: It's a split contract, as he'll make that much if he's in the majors but his salary will fall to $275,000 if he's in the minors. Nieuwenhuis hit just .209/.324/.385 for the Brewers last season but did pop 13 homers. Friday, 9:40 am
  • Royals getting 'multiple inquiries' on Dyson
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Royals are getting "multiple inquiries" on Jarrod Dyson.

    Advice: Dyson could be an underrated target for a team looking for a center fielder, as he's excellent defensively and is coming off a career-best .728 OPS. As Crasnick notes, however, Dyson is currently in line to serve on the strong side of a platoon in right field for the Royals, so they'd probably have to acquire another outfielder if they dealt the speedster. Dyson is 32 and is slated for free agency after next season. Friday, 9:37 am
  • 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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