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  • Marlins have made Jansen $80+ million offer
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Marlins have made Kenley Jansen an offer of five years and over $80 million.

    Advice: Passan says it's "almost at the level" of Aroldis Chapman's offer, so it appears to be in the $80-85 million range. It's obviously a massive total, especially when factoring in that the Marlins would also have to forfeit the No. 13 overall pick to sign Jansen. The Dodgers really want to bring Jansen back, but it remains to be seen whether they'd be willing to contend with the Marlins' offer. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:14 pm
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  • Richie Shaffer a casualty of Heston trade
    Mariners designated INF Richie Shaffer for assignment.

    Advice: Shaffer has been DFA'ed as the corresponding roster move following the Mariners' trade for Chris Heston. The 25-year-old first baseman has largely struggled at the major league level when given opportunities, slashing .213/.310/.410 with a quintet of homers and 10 RBI. He has whiffed 50 times in 142 plate appearances in the bigs. The Mariners initially acquired him in a mid-November trade with the Rays. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:18 pm
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  • Royals likely out of the running for Holland
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports passes along word that the Royals are likely "priced out" on Greg Holland.

    Advice: Holland pitched his first six major league seasons in a Royals uniform. Tommy John surgery forced him to miss the 2016 season. The 31-year-old right-hander put on an early November showcase as proof of his ongoing recovery and was said to hit 88-91 MPH during that workout. He was reportedly looking for a two-year contract worth in the neighborhood of $22 million, but that might be tough to dig out. Heyman hears that the Cubs and Dodgers are showing heavy interest in the veteran reliever. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:53 pm
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  • Chris Bassitt continues Tommy John rehab
    A's trainer Nick Paparesta said that Chris Bassitt (elbow) is on track in his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

    Advice: Bassitt underwent Tommy John surgery at the beginning of May and subsequently missed the entire 2016 season. While Paparesta said that the 27-year-old right-hander is currently in great shape, he probably won't be ready for a return to the mound until some point in the summer of 2017. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:01 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:45 pm
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  • Yankees have shown interest in Sergio Romo
    According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Yankees have expressed interest in free agent reliever Sergio Romo.

    Advice: Shea says "several teams" have also made the call. Romo battled elbow problems in 2016 and only pitched 30 2/3 regular-season innings for the Giants, but he still managed a 2.64 ERA and boasts a career ERA of 2.58 with a career K/9 of 10.2. The veteran righty will turn 34 years old next March. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:48 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:24 pm
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    W, 10-7 vs Mia
     
  • Report: Tigers talked to Marlins about Wilson
    Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Tigers got in touch with the Marlins to gauge their interest in reliever Justin Wilson.

    Advice: It's unclear if the Marlins were receptive, but the Marlins could consider multiple avenues if they miss out on Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen. Wilson earned $1.525 million this past season while posting a 4.14 ERA and 65/17 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings. He's reportedly been a popular name in trade talks. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:00 pm
  • Report: Tigers talked to Marlins about Wilson
    Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Tigers got in touch with the Marlins to gauge their interest in reliever Justin Wilson.

    Advice: It's unclear if the Marlins were receptive, but the Marlins could consider multiple avenues if they miss out on Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen. Wilson earned $1.525 million this past season while posting a 4.14 ERA and 65/17 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings. He's reportedly been a popular name in trade talks. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:00 pm
  • Boras: Alvarez could play some OF in 2017
    Agent Scott Boras said Wednesday that Pedro Alvarez could play some outfield in 2017.

    Advice: Or at least that's what Boras is trying to pitch to teams. Can't blame him for trying, but Alvarez is best-utilized as a designated hitter, which limits the potential landing spots. Alvarez batted .249/.322/.504 with 22 homers in 376 plate appearances with the Orioles this past season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:38 pm
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  • Showalter says O's interested in C Castillo
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed Wednesday that the club has interest in free agent catcher Welington Castillo.

    Advice: Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports first reported the club's interest after Castillo was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks late last week. The Rays have reached an agreement with Wilson Ramos, taking one potential suitor out of the mix for Castillo. With Matt Wieters on the free agent market, Showalter also acknowledged that the club has discussed a possible reunion with Nick Hundley. Michael Bourn and Michael Saunders were also mentioned as outfield targets. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:12 pm
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  • Marlins down on chances of signing Jansen
    Mark Saxon of ESPN hears that the Marlins "aren't feeling great" about their chances of signing free agent closer Kenley Jansen.

    Advice: It's unclear what has changed, but this would seem to be good news for the Dodgers, especially if you consider that the Yankees' first choice would be to sign Aroldis Chapman. We know that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has given his blessing to signing either Jansen or Chapman, but it's unclear how high he'd be willing to go to get one of them. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:35 am
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  • Dodgers talked Frazier, still prefer Turner
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that the Dodgers like Todd Frazier and have talked to the White Sox about a potential trade, but their first choice remains keeping Justin Turner.

    Advice: It's no secret they'd like to keep Turner, but apparently they aren't willing to give him a five-year contract to do it. Even if Frazier doesn't end up on the Dodgers, the White Sox figure to find a match somewhere as they continue their rebuild. Frazier is due to become a free agent after 2017. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:46 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:23 am
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  • Giants not bringing back familiar trio
    Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com reports that the Giants aren't planning reunions with Sergio Romo, Santiago Casilla, or Javier Lopez.

    Advice: It's the end of an era in San Francisco, as the trio has been present for World Series victories in 2010, 2012, and 2014. Per Pavlovic, the Giants are excited about teaming new closer Mark Melancon up with some of their younger arms. Bryan Morris is also expected to be in the mix after signing a minor league deal. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:00 am
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  • 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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  • Marlins considering Junichi Tazawa
    Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday that the club is considering Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa.

    Advice: We've heard about Uehara before, but Tazawa is a new name in regard to the Marlins. Ultimately, it's not surprising to hear he's in the mix, as the Marlins are targeting pitchers at all levels in the market. Tazawa, 30, posted a 4.17 ERA and 54/14 K/BB ratio over 49 2/3 innings this past season with Boston. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:06 am
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  • Twins interested in Clayton Richard
    Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that the Twins have some interest in free agent left-hander Clayton Richard.

    Advice: Richard, 33, struggled with a 6.43 ERA over 25 relief appearances with the Cubs this past season before finishing with a 2.52 ERA and 34/24 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings over nine starts and two relief appearances with the Padres. The southpaw is not going to move the needle much, but he's someone who could fit in a swingman role. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:42 am
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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 Tuesday, 7:46 pm
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  • Dodgers interested in 3B Todd Frazier
    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Dodgers have expressed interest in White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier.

    Advice: There's mutual interest in Justin Turner returning to Los Angeles, but the Dodgers are monitoring the potential alternatives. Now that the White Sox have traded Chris Sale, it makes sense that Frazier will also be on the block. He's under team control for one more season before hitting free agency. Frazier hit just .225 with a .302 on-base percentage in 2016, but he slugged a career-high 40 homers. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:51 am
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  • 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 Tuesday, 9:11 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 Tuesday, 5:50 am
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  • 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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  • 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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  • DH Pedro Alvarez is on radar for Red Sox
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Pedro Alvarez is on the Red Sox's radar.

    Advice: Heyman says that Boston is "favoring a short-term deal" as they look to fill David Ortiz's vacated designated hitter spot, so they appear likelier to sign an Alvarez, Matt Holliday or Mike Napoli rather than an Edwin Encarnacion. Alvarez batted .249/.322/.504 with 22 homers over just 376 plate appearances for the Orioles this past season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:42 am
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  • Orioles also interested in Welington Castillo
    Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the Orioles have interest in free agent catcher Welington Castillo.

    Advice: They join the Braves and Rays as clubs that are already known to have interest in the backstop that was cut loose by the Diamondbacks on Friday. With Matt Wieters not expected to return, the O's are currently set to open the season with Caleb Joseph as their primary catcher unless they bring another option in through trade or free agency. They have also expressed interest in Nick Hundley. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:23 am
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  • Rays, others interested in Welington Castillo
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays, as well as other clubs, have expressed interest in Welington Castillo.

    Advice: Castillo was a surprising non-tender by the Diamondbacks on Friday and should be able to land himself a multi-year deal in free agency. Given the struggles of the Rays' trio of catchers in 2016 (Curt Casali, Luke Maile, Bobby Wilson), Castillo would represent a significant upgrade in terms of offense. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:09 am
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  • Diamondbacks non-tender Welington Castillo
    Diamondbacks non-tendered C Welington Castillo.

    Advice: This move comes as quite a surprise, as Castillo was the club's starting catcher and coming off of a fine offensive season where he slashed .264/.322/.423 with 14 homers and 68 RBI in 457 plate appearances. Chris Herrmann now ascends to the top of the depth chart, but it's incredibly likely that the D'Backs will now add another backstop either through trade or free agency. As for Castillo, he was projected to earn around $6 million in arbitration, but now suddenly becomes one of the most appealing catchers on the free agent market. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:16 pm
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  • 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
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