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Amazing Mets 2016 (ID# 53916)
  • Braves release righty Williams Perez
    Braves released RHP Williams Perez.

    Advice: The move clears a 40-man roster spot just ahead of Thursday morning's Rule 5 Draft. Perez posted a dreadful 6.04 ERA over 53 2/3 innings this summer for Atlanta before suffering an elbow impingement in September. He will probably have to settle for a non-guaranteed minor league contract in free agency. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:08 am
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  • Cardinals unlikely to part with SP Alex Reyes
    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak indicated Wednesday that he will not trade Alex Reyes.

    Advice: "Alex has such high value we would have had to have been overwhelmed to do something," said Mozeliak, in reference to this week's wild trade market. "And perhaps the way to think about it is maybe we didn’t have the next tier that was good enough to compete with some of the names that are being bantered about. So we have that gap." Reyes is certainly the Cardinals' most prized prospect, having registered a 1.57 ERA with 52 strikeouts over his first 46 major league innings in 2016. He should open the 2017 season as a member of the St. Louis rotation. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:40 am
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  • Red Sox pushing for Clay Buchholz trade
    A source told WEEI's Rob Bradford that the Red Sox have "prioritized" dealing Clay Buchholz over Drew Pomeranz.

    Advice: Pomeranz figures to draw the better offers, but that's also because he's the better, more reliable pitcher. Buchholz registered an ugly 4.78 ERA in 139 1/3 innings (21 starts, 16 relief appearances) this past season for the Red Sox, yet still had his $13.5 million club option picked up for 2017. He did finish strong in the second half. And there should be some kind of low-level trade market for him. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:32 am
  • Pirates have touched base with Tyson Ross
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Bill Brink reports that the Pirates have been in contact with Tyson Ross.

    Advice: Ross was non-tendered by the Padres on December 2. The 29-year-old right-hander is said to be seeking a contract in the range of $9-11 million. He made only one start in 2016 before undergoing season-ending surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. Per the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant, the Rangers are also showing interest in Ross. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:48 pm
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  • Francis Marte could offer HOU midseason help
    Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said that RHP prospect Francis Marte could see a potential midseason call-up in 2017.

    Advice: "Francis Martes is getting close, and I could see him following the Lance McCullers path of starting in either Double A or Triple A," Luhnow said, "and somewhere in the middle of the season getting a call up to the big leagues." Luhnow indicated that the 21-year-old right-hander -- Baseball America's preseason No. 20 prospect for 2016 -- just needs "a little more seasoning." Pitching for Double-A Corpus Christi this past season, Marte posted a 3.30 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 131/47 K/BB ratio across 125 1/3 innings. Luhnow also said on Wednesday that the team had no plans to move Marte in trade unless they receive a "significant" offer. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:28 pm
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  • Astros and Braves balk at Quintana price
    The Houston Chronicle's Jake Kaplan and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien relay that the Astros and Braves, respectively, feel the price for Jose Quintana is too high.

    Advice: Braves general manager John Coppolella put it in blunt terms, saying, "Do we want a No. 1 starter, is Chris Sale a No. 1 starter? Yes. Do we want Jose Quintana? I don’t think Jose Quintana is Chris Sale." Fair enough, the Quintana does offer a very reliable arm (200 innings in four consecutive seasons, none with an ERA over 3.55). The 27-year-old southpaw will be under team control through the 2020 season. While the White Sox are almost certainly giddy over their haul of prospects received in the Chris Sale and Adam Eaton trades, they might have to drop their asking price on Quintana if they are going to move him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:04 pm
  • Cubs remain interested in bringing back Wood
    Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said that the team remains in contact with Travis Wood.

    Advice: If the Cubs are to re-sign Wood, they might have a bit of elbowing to do. At least if you are to believe the pitcher's agent. Darek Braunecker said on Wednesday that a whopping 10 teams are in on Wood. This past season, the 29-year-old southpaw pitched to a sharp 2.95 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 61 innings with the World Series champs. Depending on which team signs him, Wood could work as either a reliever or a starter. The Marlins are said to be looking at him in a starting capacity. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:22 pm
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  • Travis Wood drawing interest from 10 teams
    Travis Wood's agent Darek Braunecker said his client is receiving interest from 10 teams.

    Advice: That might sound like typical agent-speak, but Wood figures to do very well for himself in this market after posting a 2.95 ERA and 1.13 WHIP over 61 innings of relief for the Cubs in 2016. He has experience as a starter and some teams might be viewing him as a rotation option for 2017, but a bullpen role is probably best. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:59 pm
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  • Giants trade righty Chris Heston to Mariners
    Mariners acquired RHP Chris Heston from the Giants for a player to be named later.

    Advice: Seattle will hope Heston can bounce back from a dismal, injury-riddled 2016 that saw him register a 4.54 ERA at Triple-A Sacramento and a 10.80 ERA in the major leagues. He did perform well in 2015, delivering a 3.95 ERA in 177 2/3 innings for San Francisco while whiffing 141 batters. Heston will compete for a spot in the Mariners' rotation next spring. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:57 pm
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  • ChiSox land Lopez, others in Eaton deal
    White Sox acquired RHP Reynaldo Lopez, RHP Dane Dunning, and RHP Lucas Giolito from the Nationals for OF Adam Eaton.

    Advice: Lopez entered the 2016 season as a top-100 prospect and went on to post a 4.91 ERA, 1.568 WHIP, and 42/22 K/BB ratio over his first 44 major league innings (six starts, five relief appearances). Those obviously aren't the most enticing numbers, but he's a big-time talent at age 22 and should see action out of the White Sox rotation in 2017. He could even earn a spot out of spring training if things go well and the Pale Hose continue to move big pieces. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:58 pm
  • Report: M's working on trade for SF's Heston
    According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Mariners are discussing a trade for Giants starter Chris Heston.

    Advice: Heston was a nice innings-eater for San Francisco in 2015, but he allowed six runs in just five innings at the major league level this past year while fighting through oblique issues. It'd be a buy-low type of situation for Seattle, though Heston has never been considered a great talent. He turns 29 years old next April. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:59 pm
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  • Chad Kuhl currently a contender for rotation
    Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said that Chad Kuhl is currently in a position to earn a spot in the starting rotation out of spring training.

    Advice: Garrit Cole and Jameson Taillon are locks to start next season. Beyond that pair, the Pirates are still weighing their options. In 14 starts last season, Kuhl pitched to a 4.20 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 53/20 K/BB ratio. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:53 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:36 pm
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  • Pirates are hoping to retain Ivan Nova
    Casey Stern of MLB Network Radio hears that the Pirates are hoping to retain Ivan Nova.

    Advice: Nova came over to the Pirates in a trade with the Yankees over the summer. In 11 starts with his new club, the 29-year-old right-hander pitched to a sharp 3.06 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 52/3 K/BB ratio. It is not yet known what other clubs might be sniffing around on the veteran hurler. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:08 pm
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  • Jays sign Brett Oberholtzer to minors deal
    Blue Jays signed LHP Brett Oberholtzer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Oberholtzer, 27, posted an ugly 5.89 ERA and 54/29 K/BB ratio over 70 1/3 innings this past season between the Phillies and Angels. He became a free agent after being outrighted off the Angels' 40-man roster last month. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:04 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:53 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:01 am
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  • Giants shopping RHP Chris Heston
    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Giants are shopping right-hander Chirs Heaton.

    Advice: Heston posted a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts as a rookie in 2015, but he logged just fine innings in the majors in 2016 and was unable to make it back after suffering an oblique strain toward the end of June. He figures to draw some interest. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:56 am
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  • D-Backs most open to moving Miller, Corbin
    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are most open to discussing Shelby Miller and Patrick Corbin in trade talks.

    Advice: The Diamondbacks have been willing to discuss their starting pitcher depth at the Winter Meetings this week after recently acquiring Taijuan Walker, but Piecoro hears that the asking price is high and that other clubs feel a deal likely won't get done. "I think they’re hesitant to deal any of them because they haven’t had the time to evaluate and know exactly what they have," one source told Piecoro on the topic of the new D-Backs' front office. Miller was acquired as part of a blockbuster deal with the Braves just one year ago, but he disappointed with a rough 6.15 ERA in 20 starts in 2016. Patrick Corbin has shown upside in the past, but he struggled with a 5.15 ERA in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery and finished the year in the bullpen. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:46 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:27 am
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  • Braves have interest in Jose Quintana
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Braves have interest in trading for White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.

    Advice: Join the club. The Braves were also interested in Chris Sale, but they weren't willing to pay the high price the Red Sox ultimately did. Quintana is still going to fetch a tremendous return, but he should be more palatable for the Braves and others. We know that the Astros and perhaps the Nationals are among the other teams involved. Quintana is signed to a team-friendly deal that could keep him under club control through 2020. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:44 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:09 am
  • White Sox in 'serious talks' about Quintana
    According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the White Sox are already engaged in serious talks with several teams about left-hander Jose Quintana.

    Advice: After moving their ace Chris Sale to the Red Sox on Tuesday, it's no surprise that they are seeing what is out there for one of the most underrated pitchers in the game. Nightengale names the Nationals and Astros among the interested clubs, but FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Washington is not interested in adding another starter. Either way, the White Sox shouldn't have a problem finding a match given the weak market for starting pitching. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:15 am
  • 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 Tuesday, 5:04 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:22 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:36 pm
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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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