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  • D'Backs, Rodney do one-year, $2.75M deal
    Fernando Rodney has agreed to a one-year, $2.75 million contract with the Diamondbacks, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

    Advice: Heyman says there are "many, many" performance-based incentives included in the deal. Rodney posted a rough 5.89 ERA over his final 36 2/3 innings this past season with the Marlins, but he got off to a good start in San Diego and might have a little something left in the tank as he heads to the desert. The plan is for him to open the 2017 season as the Diamondbacks' closer. Good luck with that. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:02 pm
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  • Report: Chapman has $92 mil offer on table
    According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, one team has offered $92 million to Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: And there's a decent chance his price tag climbs even higher given all the interest. Among those in pursuit: the Yankees, Nationals, and Marlins. Chapman, 28, registered a 1.55 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 90/18 K/BB ratio in 58 innings this summer between the Yankees and Cubs before helping to bring the north side of Chicago its first World Series championship since 1908. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:57 pm
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  • Loria signs off on Jansen, Chapman pursuits
    ESPN's Jayson Stark hears that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has "signed off on spending the money to sign Kenley Jansen or Aroldis Chapman."

    Advice: It's probably going to be in the range of $100 million for one of those guys given the kind of attention they're generating from big-market teams. Jansen, 29, registered a dominant 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings this past year for the Dodgers. Chapman, 28, had a 1.55 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 90/18 K/BB ratio in 58 innings between the Yankees and Cubs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:46 pm
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  • D'Backs close to an agreement with Rodney
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Diamondbacks are close to a deal with Fernando Rodney.

    Advice: Rodney was also said to be drawing interest from the Padres, with whom he enjoyed success at the opening of the 2016 season. The veteran right-hander went on to struggle mightily with the Marlins, registering an 11.57 ERA in September and October. This is probably not going to be a substantial contract -- and it probably won't work out very well either -- but Rodney might be the favorite for saves in Arizona coming out of camp next spring. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:09 pm
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  • Diamondbacks, Padres aiming for Rodney
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says the Diamondbacks and Padres are among the teams "taking aim" at free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.

    Advice: Miami declined a $4.5 million club option on Rodney in early November after he posted a 5.89 ERA across 36 2/3 innings in a Marlins uniform. He did have some early success this summer with San Diego, but the 39-year-old isn't going to be able to command very much guaranteed money leading into 2017. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:59 pm
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  • Nationals showing interest in Jose Quintana
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals have expressed interest in White Sox starter Jose Quintana.

    Advice: Washington failed to land Chris Sale despite an aggressive pursuit, and now the team is apparently looking back to the south side of Chicago. Quintana registered a 3.20 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 181 strikeouts in 208 innings this summer for the White Sox and has topped the 200-inning plateau four years in a row. The 27-year-old southpaw ranks among the most underrated starting pitchers in the majors. He's also on a very team-friendly contract that can run through 2020. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:04 pm
  • Yanks have made offers to Chapman, Jansen
    MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports that the Yankees have made contract offers to both Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen.

    Advice: It sure appears the Yanks are committed to getting one of the two top-flight closers, and they obviously have the cash to pull it off. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported Tuesday afternoon that offers for Chapman are already past $80 million, and there's some thought that the number could climb past $100 million. Jansen will want something similar. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:00 pm
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  • Red Sox announce blockbuster deal for Sale
    Red Sox acquired LHP Chris Sale from the White Sox for INF Yoan Moncada, RHP Michael Kopech, OF Luis Alexander Basabe, and RHP Victor Diaz.

    Advice: It's a massive haul of prospects -- Moncada and Kopech being the centerpieces -- but the Red Sox get one of the top starting pitchers in baseball to line up next to David Price and 2016 American League Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello. Sale, 27, registered 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 exercised. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:02 pm
  • Blevins seeking three-year deal
    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Jerry Blevins is seeking a three-year deal worth $5.5 million to $6 million per season.

    Advice: In other words, he's probably close to as good as gone as far as the Mets are concerned. Blevins should have no problem finding a multi-year deal elsewhere. The 33-year-old thrived out of New York's bullpen in 2016, posting a 2.79 ERA and 52/15 K/BB ratio over 42 innings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:52 pm
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  • Heyman: Offers for Chapman past $80 million
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, offers for free agent closer Aroldis Chapman are past $80 million.

    Advice: That's to be expected after Mark Melancon landed a four-year, $62 million deal (a new record deal for a reliever) from the Giants on Monday. Chapman is aiming for a six-year deal and is drawing interest from teams like the Yankees, Marlins, and Dodgers. There's even a chance that the Nationals could be in the mix. Kenley Jansen remains in the market and figures to land a big contract too, but Chapman is in a good spot right now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:39 pm
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  • Giants sign Morris to minor league deal
    Giants signed RHP Bryan Morris to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that Morris will make a $1.25 million base salary if he's in the majors and could max out at $2 million. The 29-year-old missed half of the 2016 season after undergoing back surgery, but he's a nice buy-low as the Giants try to retool their bullpen. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:25 am
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  • Giants to sign Morris to minors deal
    The Giants are expected to sign right-hander Bryan Morris to a minor league contract.

    Advice: New Giants closer Mark Melancon said in his introductory press conference Monday that he had talked to Morris about playing with the Giants and general manager Bobby Evans later confirmed that he'll be in camp with a non-roster invitee assuming there are no hiccups. He presumably still needs to pass a physical. The 29-year-old posted a 3.06 ERA in 24 appearances with the Marlins in 2016 before undergoing surgery in June to repair a herniated lumbar disk. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:55 am
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  • Report: Red Sox to acquire LHP Chris Sale
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox will acquire left-hander Chris Sale from the White Sox.

    Advice: Oh baby. The Red Sox are paying a big price, as top prospects Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech are involved, as well as two other prospects. The Nationals were said to be in the lead late Monday, but Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski is known for being aggressive on the trade front and he was able to get his man. More details should pour in soon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:14 am
  • Report: BoSox have 'built momentum' for Sale
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears from multiple sources that the Red Sox have "built momentum" toward a deal with the White Sox for Chris Sale.

    Advice: Buckle up. Rosenthal notes that this doesn't mean that the Nationals are out on Sale, but the sense is that the Red Sox are stronger at the moment. Given that the Nationals offer reportedly centered around Victor Robles and Lucas Giolito, it will have to be a whopper of an offer. It's hard to say Sale wouldn't be worth it. He carries a very team-friendly contract which would keep him under team control for three more years. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:57 am
  • Rangers asked Reds about Dan Straily
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers asked the Reds about Dan Straily in addition to Billy Hamilton.

    Advice: Nothing is said to be close. Straily, 27, is coming off a surprising 2016 where he posted a 3.76 ERA and 162/73 K/BB ratio over 191 1/3 innings. He's not yet eligible for arbitration. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:54 am
  • Report: Red Sox 'strongly in mix' for Sale
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox "remain strongly" in the mix for White Sox left-hander Chris Sale.

    Advice: Rosenthal adds that the Nationals are still involved, but apparently a deal isn't as close as it appeared late Monday night. It's worth noting that those talks centered around top prospects Victor Robles and Lucas Giolito, so the cost for the Red Sox would be considerable. While this is just speculation for now, the White Sox could potentially insist on Yoan Moncada as part of the deal. Things are getting very interesting here. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:43 am
  • Rangers have inquired about LHP Wilson
    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers have talked to the Tigers about the availability of Justin Wilson.

    Advice: It's not a big surprise, as MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported late last week that Wilson has "received perhaps the largest number of inquiries" among the Tigers' trade candidates. The 29-year-old southpaw posted a mediocre 4.14 ERA while allowing a career-high six home runs in 2016, but his 65/17 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings shows why teams are targeting him. He earned $1.525 million in 2016 and will be arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:11 am
  • Phillies designate Mariot for assignment
    Phillies designated RHP Michael Mariot for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Joaquin Benoit on the 40-man roster. Mariot, 28, owns a 5.98 ERA over 44 appearances at the major league level. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:06 am
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  • Astros ink C.J. Riefenhauser to minors deal
    Astros signed LHP C.J. Riefenhauser to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Riefenhauser, who turns 27 in January, was released by the Cubs back in August. The southpaw put up a 4.55 ERA and 26/18 K/BB ratio over 27 2/3 innings in Triple-A this past season and hasn't appeared in the majors since 2015. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:45 am
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  • Bucs have checked in on De La Rosa, Fister
    Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates have checked on free agents Jorge De La Rosa and Doug Fister.

    Advice: Biertempfel writes that the Pirates were simply doing their due diligence and nothing appears to be imminent with either pitcher. De La Rosa posted a 5.51 ERA and 108/63 K/BB ratio over 134 innings with the Rockies in 2016 and has expressed a willingness to potentially work as a multi-inning reliever. Fister, who turns 33 in February, is coming off a 4.64 ERA over 32 starts with the Astros. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:29 am
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  • Red Sox officially acquire Tyler Thornburg
    Red Sox acquired RHP Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers for INFs Travis Shaw and Maurico Dubon, RHP Josh Pennington, and a player to be named later or cash considerations.

    Advice: The Red Sox paid a big price in the way of players, but Thornburg comes cheaper in the way of money than the going rate for relievers in free agency. The 28-year-old broke out in 2016 by posting a 2.15 ERA with 90 strikeouts in 67 innings. He even saved 13 games late in the year, though he’ll be setting up for Craig Kimbrel with his new club. Thornburg will be arbitration-eligible this winter, so he’s under team control for three seasons. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:04 am
  • Report: Yankees focused on Aroldis Chapman
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that the Yankees are focused on Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: Heyman notes that Kenley Jansen is also being talked to, but Chapman is the team's first choice. And that makes sense, as they know Chapman well and he isn't tied to draft pick compensation. The hard-throwing left-hander told Marly Rivera of ESPN on Monday that he wants a six-year contract. Heyman writes that the Yankees won't do that, but that five years looks like a good bet. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:31 am
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  • Rays not hearing what they want for Archer
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Rays are not hearing what they want for right-hander Chris Archer.

    Advice: At this stage, the Rays are much more likely to move either Alex Cobb or Drew Smyly. Archer has a very reasonable contract with a pair of club options for 2019 and 2020, so the Rays don't necessarily have a sense of urgency to move him. They can wait if the offers aren't blowing them away. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:46 am
  • Red Sox to acquire Thornburg from Brewers
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox have acquired Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers.

    Advice: The return package hasn't been confirmed, but Travis Shaw is expected to be part of the deal while prospects Mauricio Dubon and Josh Pennington are also reportedly involved. It's a high price, but the Red Sox feel that's worth it to bring Thornburg aboard in a set-up role. The 28-year-old is coming off a brilliant 2016 where he posted a 2.15 ERA and 90/25 K/BB ratio over 67 innings. He's arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, which makes him cheaper than some of the huge prices we are seeing in free agency. With Thornburg out of the picture, the Brewers will likely go with Corey Knebel as their closer in 2017. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:24 am
  • Cubs, Dodgers at 'forefront' for Greg Holland
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cubs and Dodgers are at the forefront of talks for free agent reliever Greg Holland.

    Advice: Heyman also notes that most or all of the teams involved for Chapman and Jansen are in, so there are still a bunch of ways this could potentially go. Holland missed 2016 following Tommy John surgery and wasn't hitting his normal velocity during a showcase last month, but he's still in the process of regaining arm strength. Teams obviously aren't scared off at this point in his rehab. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:50 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:54 pm
  • '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. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:20 pm
  • Dodgers among teams in on Greg Holland
    MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Dodgers are showing interest in Greg Holland.

    Advice: Holland missed 2016 following Tommy John surgery and was sitting only at 88-91 mph during a tryout last month, but he should steadily regain arm strength. Any team that signs the former closer would surely want him on an incentive-laden contract. The Red Sox are one other club that's shown some interest. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:36 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:05 am
  • Chapman seeks six-year free agent contract
    Aroldis Chapman told Marly Rivera of ESPN that he wants a six-year contract.

    Advice: "The only thing I have expressed is that I would like a six-year contract," said the free agent reliever. "I know that doesn't mean that I will get it, but that's what I would like to sign. There are rumors out there that I requested $100 million and that's not true at all. I believe he who deserves something, does not need to demand it." Gotta like the confidence. Chapman might wait for Kenley Jansen to sign and then try to top that number. The 28-year-old flamethrower from Cuba posted a 1.55 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 90/18 K/BB ratio in 58 innings this summer between the Yankees and Cubs. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:55 am
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  • Report: Marlins owner 'loves' Aroldis Chapman
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria "loves" Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: Spending something close to $100 million on a closer doesn't seem like a wise move for a team with many other needs, but Loria hasn't always pushed wise moves. Chapman may be waiting for Kenley Jansen and Mark Melancon to sign first, which would set the market for the elite closer options. Chapman, 28, put up a 1.55 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 90/18 K/BB ratio in 58 innings this summer between the Yankees and Cubs. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:56 am
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  • NYY, MIA, WSH, SF, CHC, LAD in on Jansen
    According to Jim Bowden of ESPN, the teams currently in on free agent Kenley Jansen are the Nationals, Marlins, Yankees, Giants, Cubs, and Dodgers.

    Advice: It's going to be a big-time bidding war that could last well into the offseason. Jansen, thought to be seeking close to $100 million, registered a stellar 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings this past year for the Dodgers. Aroldis Chapman and Mark Melancon are also out there in free agency as elite-level closer options. When one domino falls, the others will soon. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:46 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:13 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:13 pm
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  • Archer a likelier target for Braves than Sale
    MLB.com'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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:11 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:49 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:54 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:38 am
  • Wilson most popular among DET trade chips?
    Justin Wilson has "received perhaps the largest number of inquiries" of the Tigers' trade candidates, per Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

    Advice: You'd think J.D. Martinez or Miguel Cabrera would be more popular, but pretty much every team needs left-handed relief help. Wilson struggled with the Tigers in 2016, but he owns a sharp 3.28 career ERA and 258 strikeouts in 258 major league innings. The 29-year-old is arbitration-eligible for the second time after earning $1.525 million this past season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:11 pm
  • Aroldis Chapman 'too rich' for the Nationals?
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears the Nationals believe Aroldis Chapman "is too rich for their taste."

    Advice: Chapman is thought to be seeking a contract in the range of $100 million, as is Kenley Jansen. Washington might just go ahead and re-sign Mark Melancon, who posted a terrific 1.64 ERA in 71 1/3 innings this summer between the Nationals and Pirates. Melancon is still going to cost a pretty penny in this market, but not as much as the other two (who carry much higher strikeout rates). Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:37 am
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  • Quintana to pitch for Colombia in WBC
    Jose Quintana will pitch for Team Colombia in the World Baseball Classic in March.

    Advice: This, according to his agent, Melvin Roman. Jon Morosi of MLB.com notes that Quintana could potentially start the WBC opener against Team USA. The White Sox are expected to be a seller this offseason, but trade chatter regarding Quintana has been surprisingly quiet thus far. That could obviously change at any time. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:06 am
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