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  • Rangers want Tolleson back on minors deal
    MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan hears that the Rangers are trying to re-sign Shawn Tolleson to a minor league contract and talks are "on-going."

    Advice: Tolleson began last season as the Rangers' closer, but he wound up posting a 7.68 ERA over 37 appearances and was removed from the 40-man roster. You'd think even after the rough year that he'd be able to land a major league contract from someone, but apparently that's not the case. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:55 pm
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  • Seven teams interested in Santiago Casilla
    Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that seven teams are showing interest in Santiago Casilla.

    Advice: Casilla flamed out at the tail-end of his Giants career, but he still had a career-best strikeout rate in 2016 and might be one of the more underrated free agent relief options. The 36-year-old might have to settle for a setup job, however. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:27 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:14 pm
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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 Today, 3:36 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:32 pm
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  • Jeff Locke 'a possible fit' for Marlins
    MLB.com'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. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:25 pm
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  • Blue Jays, Padres in on Neftali Feliz
    MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and Padres are among the teams that have checked in on Neftali Feliz.

    Advice: He's also drawn interest from the Nationals. Feliz had a nice bounce-back season for the Pirates in 2016, putting up a 3.52 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 61/21 K/BB ratio across 53 2/3 innings. He could potentially be in the mix to close in San Diego. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:20 pm
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  • Melancon deal has opt-out after second season
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Mark Melancon's four-year contract with the Giants includes an opt-out after the second season.

    Advice: Melancon got a front-loaded deal, as he'll make $34 million of his $62 million contract in the first two years when you factor in his $20 million signing bonus. It might still be unlikely that he opts out of being paid $28 million for his age 34-35 seasons, but if he remains an elite closer for the next two years it's a possibility. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:54 pm
  • Cubs 'among most serious' suitors of RP Davis
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs are "among most serious" of the early suitors for Wade Davis.

    Advice: It essentially confirms an earlier report from MLB Network's Jon Morosi. The Cubs don't appear to have real interest in re-signing Aroldis Chapman, but Davis would be a great alternative if he can manage to stay healthy next season. He posted a 1.87 ERA and 47/16 K/BB ratio over 43 1/3 innings in 2016 but battled arm issues in the second half. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:26 pm
  • Giants make deal with Mark Melancon official
    Giants signed RHP Mark Melancon to a four-year, $62 million contract.

    Advice: Melancon still needs to take a physical, but general manager Bobby Evans made the deal official on Monday. It was a virtual certainty that the Giants were going to bring in a closer this winter after all the problems they had in the ninth inning in 2016. They didn't want to pay up for Kenley Jansen or Aroldis Chapman but were willing to hand Melancon what is currently the largest contract ever for a reliever. Melancon will turn 32 in March. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:17 pm
  • NYM interested in Orioles reliever Brad Brach
    Buster Olney of ESPN confirms that the Mets have expressed interest in Orioles reliever Brad Brach.

    Advice: There's some thought that it could be part of a Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce trade proposal. Brach, a dominant 30-year-old setup man, posted a terrific 2.05 ERA, 1.038 WHIP, and 92/25 K/BB ratio over 79 innings this past season out of the Baltimore bullpen. He is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter and will remain under club control through 2018. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:08 pm
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  • Joaquin Benoit to earn $7.5M from Phillies
    Joaquin Benoit will make $7.5 million on his new one-year free agent contract with the Phillies.

    Advice: That info comes from Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Benoit agreed to the one-year deal with Philly on Sunday and it should be finalized later this week after the veteran right-hander passes a physical. He finished strong with the Blue Jays in 2016, posting a 0.38 ERA and 24/9 K/BB ratio in 23 2/3 innings after a deadline trade from the Mariners. Benoit was dreadful during his short time in Seattle. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:55 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:11 pm
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  • Astros claim Ashur Tolliver from Angels
    Astros claimed LHP Ashur Tolliver off waivers from the Angels.

    Advice: Tolliver had a cup of coffee with the Orioles in 2016, but it didn't go well and he was designated for assignment in late August. He spent the majority of the season in the minors, posting a 2.23 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 44 1/3 innings between four different levels. It might be a sneaky-good pickup for Houston. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:29 am
  • Nats are pursuing free agent RP Neftali Feliz
    According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, the Nationals are pursuing free agent Neftali Feliz.

    Advice: Washington is also believed to be in the mix for veteran reliever Brad Ziegler, along with several other contending teams. Feliz, 28, registered a cool 3.52 ERA, 1.137 WHIP, and 61/21 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings this summer out of the Pirates' bullpen. He may be able to command a multi-year deal in this market. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:10 am
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  • 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 Today, 10:55 am
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  • Giants showing interest in lefty Howell
    According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Giants have expressed interest in free agent J.P. Howell.

    Advice: Howell was a disappointment with the Dodgers in 2016, registering a 4.09 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 64 appearances, but he did produce a brilliant 1.97 ERA between 2013-2015. Pretty much every team in baseball is seeking lefty relief help. He should do well for himself in this market as a 33-year-old potential bounceback candidate. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:47 am
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  • Cubs have inquired on KC closer Wade Davis
    Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Cubs have inquired on Royals closer Wade Davis.

    Advice: Mark Melancon is already off the board (Giants) and it doesn't sound like the Cubs want to step into the astronomical bidding wars for Kenley Jansen or Aroldis Chapman. Davis would certainly be a good fallback, though he did battle forearm issues late in the 2016 season. The 31-year-old right-hander owns a 1.18 ERA over his last 185 appearances with Kansas City. He's due to become a free agent next winter. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:39 am
  • Ziegler drawing big interest from contenders
    A source told SB Nation's Chris Cotillo that free agent Brad Ziegler has drawn interest from nine of the 10 teams that made the playoffs in 2016.

    Advice: That source is probably Ziegler's agent, but it's no surprise the veteran reliever is generating significant attention in this market after he registered a 2.25 ERA across 68 innings between the Diamondbacks and Red Sox in 2016. Mike Puma of the New York Post says the Mets are among the interested teams. There are also probably some non-contenders involved. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:24 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:18 am
  • Giants, Melancon reach 4-year, $62M contract
    Mark Melancon has agreed to a contract with the Giants, per Buster Olney of ESPN.

    Advice: Joel Sherman of the New York Post says it's a four-year, $62 million deal. Late-inning bullpen issues were a big problem for the Giants in 2016, especially in the second half and postseason, and Melancon brings a terrific amount of stability to that department. He doesn't have the strikeout rates of some other top-tier closers (like free agents Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen) but the 31-year-old right-hander boasts a 1.80 ERA and 0.91 WHIP over his last 290 innings dating back to the beginning of the 2013 season. An official announcement should be coming soon, after Melancon passes his pre-signing physical. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:43 am
  • Teams intrigued by Rangers reliever Kela
    MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan says other teams are "intrigued" by Rangers reliever Keone Kela.

    Advice: Kela missed a large chunk of the 2016 season following right elbow surgery and wound up with an unsightly 6.09 ERA, but the 23-year-old right-hander is a legitimate relief talent with club control that runs through 2020. He posted an outstanding 2.39 ERA and 68/18 K/BB ratio over 60 1/3 innings for the Rangers in 2015. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:27 am
  • Royals' Wade Davis available, creating buzz
    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, closer Wade Davis is creating buzz among opposing executives.

    Advice: Passan goes as far as to call Davis the "likeliest Royal to move" this winter in a trade. Lorenzo Cain might also be on the block given his looming free agency and what it would cost to lock him up long term. Davis, 31, posted a 1.87 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 47/16 K/BB ratio in 43 1/3 innings this year for Kansas City while fighting through some forearm issues. He has a ridiculous 1.18 ERA over his last 182 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:13 am
  • Strahm to compete for spot in KC rotation
    Royals manager Ned Yost noted Monday that Matt Strahm will compete for a spot in the rotation next spring.

    Advice: Veteran right-hander Chris Young will be his primary competition. Strahm carries some intrigue as a deep fantasy sleeper after registering a 1.23 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 22 innings this summer out of the Kansas City bullpen. The young southpaw spent most of the year as a starter at Double-A. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:57 am
  • SF close to agreement with Mark Melancon
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal confirms the Giants are close to an agreement with Mark Melancon.

    Advice: Les Shapiro of Mile High Sports Radio AM 1340 was the first on this report. Melancon fits the Giants' obvious need for a closer and this deal -- if finalized -- should jumpstart the bidding for fellow elite relievers Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman. Melancon, 31, had a brilliant 1.64 ERA, 0.897 WHIP, and 65/12 K/BB ratio in 71 1/3 innings this summer between the Pirates and Nationals. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:45 am
  • 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 Today, 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 Today, 7:46 am
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  • Giants nearing an agreement with Melancon?
    Les Shapiro of Mile High Sports Radio AM 1340 is being told the Giants are wrapping up a deal with free agent closer Mark Melancon.

    Advice: It's not the greatest source, but there have been many other rumblings connecting Melancon to the Giants over the last couple of weeks. Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reported Monday morning that the Nationals made a four-year offer to Melancon worth less than $60 million and that it probably wasn't going to be enough to get a deal done because Melancon and his agent already had better proposals on the table. There could very well be legs here on a deal with San Francisco. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:26 am
  • Nationals out on FA closer Mark Melancon?
    According to Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post, the Nationals made a four-year offer to Mark Melancon but it was worth less than $60 million.

    Advice: Which could mean the Nats are out of the running, because Melancon reportedly has multiple four-year offers on the table in the $60 million range. And it doesn't sound like Washington is planning a pursuit of Aroldis Chapman or Kenley Jansen, who are both thought to be seeking something close to $100 million. Melancon, 31, posted a brilliant 1.64 ERA, 0.897 WHIP, and 65/12 K/BB ratio in 71 1/3 innings this summer between the Pirates and Nationals. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:51 am
  • Phillies close to deal with Joaquin Benoit
    Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports that the Phillies are closing in on a deal with free agent right-hander Joaquin Benoit.

    Advice: The 39-year-old hurler missed the final week of the regular season and all of the postseason after tearing a muscle in his calf. After struggling in the first half of the season, Benoit posted a stellar 0.38 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 24/9 K/BB ratio across 23 2/3 innings after a deadline deal to the Blue Jays. He could compete for save chances with Jeanmar Gomez and Hector Neris. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:10 pm
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  • Joe Nathan looking to continue career in 2017
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Joe Nathan is still looking to continue his career in 2017 and has received interest from several clubs.

    Advice: Everyone is always on the lookout for bullpen help, so it's likely that the 42-year-old hurler will at least get a shot someplace. Nathan appeared in 10 games for the Cubs and Giants in 201, hurling 6 1/3 scoreless innings and posting a 9/4 K/BB ratio. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:23 pm
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  • Marlins want one of the 'big three' closers
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Marlins "seem intent on trying to beat some big-market teams for the services of one of the 'big three' closers."

    Advice: The Marlins' interest in Kenley Jansen had been reported previously, but Heyman says that Miami is showing interest in Aroldis Chapman and Mark Melancon, as well, in their hopes of building a "super bullpen." Melancon's market has been heating up of late and the feeling had been that he was down to the Nationals and Giants, but it looks like the Marlins might sneak in there. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:06 pm
  • Pirates willing to eat money to move Bastardo
    Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates are willing to eat some of Antonio Bastardo's $6.5 million salary in a trade.

    Advice: The Pirates currently have four lefties projected for their bullpen, but they'd like someone to take Bastardo off their hands. The southpaw is coming off a season where he posted a 4.52 ERA and walked 32 over 67 2/3 innings, but he did strike out 74. Walks are always an issue for Bastardo, but he's not a bad buy low option if the Pirates pay down a big chunk of his deal. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:32 am
  • Jacob Lindgren inks MLB deal with Braves
    Braves signed LHP Jacob Lindgren to a one-year contract.

    Advice: This is a long-term play by the Braves, as Lindgren was non-tendered by the Yankees following Tommy John surgery in August. The left-hander has a big arm and could be an asset for the Braves starting in 2018 if his stuff returns post-op. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:40 am
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  • 16 teams interested in Daniel Hudson
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that 16 teams have shown interest in Daniel Hudson.

    Advice: Hudson finished with a 5.22 ERA last season, but he struck out nearly a batter per inning and makes for a fine bounce-back option on the relief market. It's been reported previously that the Cubs are one of the clubs that's displayed interest in the reliever. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:36 am
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  • Iglesias, Cingrani, Lorenzen in mix to close
    Reds manager Bryan Price said Saturday that he would be comfortable using Raisel Iglesias, Tony Cingrani and Michael Lorenzen in the closer role.

    Advice: Iglesias was the Reds' main closer down the stretch last season and fared well, and he's also the most talented pitcher of the aforementioned trio. But, while Iglesias is probably first in line for saves, Price seems to be leaning toward using all three pitchers in the role and often having them pitch multiple innings at a time. "I'd say right now that we have a series of guys that I'm comfortable with in the ninth inning and that would include (Raisel) Iglesias, (Tony) Cingrani and (Michael Lorenzen)," Price said. "Should we stay with this format – which I intend to do – all three of those guys and maybe more could have opportunities in save situations. At this point in time, there's no defined closer. There are multiple options and I'd like to stick with the philosophy that we're going to have our multi-inning guys, so we're going to need multi-closers." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:06 am
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  • Diamondbacks have reached out to Ziegler
    According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Diamondbacks have "reached out" to free agent Brad Ziegler.

    Advice: They've also touched base with Daniel Hudson. Those two were teammates on the Diamondbacks until Ziegler joined Boston at this year's trade deadline. Ziegler is also familiar with new D'backs' GM Mike Hazen, who held the same position in Boston this past season. The 37-year-old has reportedly drawn interest from a dozen teams and would be a nice consolation prize for clubs that miss out on top-tier closers like Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:33 pm
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  • Report: Melancon has 'multiple' four-year offers
    Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal confirms Mark Melancon has received multiple four-year offers for at least $60 million.

    Advice: Rosenthal said those offers came from the Giants, Nationals and "perhaps one other" club. The Giants' offer is reportedly the strongest. Things seem to be moving quickly on Melancon and it wouldn't be a surprise if he signed during the Winter Meetings, which start tomorrow in Maryland. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:06 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:20 am
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  • Yankees do not tender contract to Lindgren
    Yankees non-tendered LHP Jacob Lindgren.

    Advice: The 23-year-old southpaw underwent Tommy John surgery in August and is expected to miss the entire 2017 season while recovering. It's possible that the Yankees will try to retain the former first-round pick on a minor league contract. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:57 pm
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  • Iglesias, Lorenzen will remain in Reds 'pen
    Reds manager Bryan Price and general manager Dick Williams on Friday committed to using Raisel Iglesias and Michael Lorenzen as relievers next season.

    Advice: It's no surprise, as Price indicated back in October that he might use the duo as potential multiple-inning closers in 2017. Both Iglesias (1.98 ERA, 54/19 K/BB ratio over 50 innings) and Lorenzen (2.88 ERA, 48/13 K/BB ratio over 50 innings) thrived in the bullpen in 2016. Iglesias probably as a leg up on the closer role. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:00 pm
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  • Talks with Mark Melancon are 'moving along'
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that talks with Mark Melancon are "moving along."

    Advice: Crasnick says that the Nationals and Giants are "still in the mix" for the closer. He adds that the Giants could be in better position to make a deal for Melancon work since the Nats are currently focused on a trade for Andrew McCutchen and possibly Chris Sale. Melancon is expected to land a contract in the four-year, $60 million range, according to Crasnick. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:09 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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  • Benoit (calf) inteds to pitch in 2017
    Joaquin Benoit (calf) has resumed running and plans to pitch in 2017.

    Advice: Benoit tore a calf muscle in the final week of the regular season and was unable to pitch in the playoffs, but he's recovered now and has drawn interest on the free agent market. The 39-year-old proved he still has something left after posting a 0.38 ERA over 25 appearances with the Blue Jays down the stretch. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:12 am
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  • Report: Cubs interested in RHP Daniel Hudson
    Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs are one of several teams who have reached out to free agent reliever Daniel Hudson.

    Advice: Forced to move to the bullpen after multiple Tommy John surgeries, Hudson showed some promise in 2015, but he struggled to the tune of a 5.22 ERA over 70 appearances this past season. Still, he throws hard and misses bats, so the Cubs see him as a potential upside play. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:06 am
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  • Rockies have checked in on Melancon
    Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich confirmed Tuesday that the club has checked in on free agent closer Mark Melancon.

    Advice: "I won’t say much," said Bridich. "Like we have done with a lot of guys, we have had conversations, and we have checked in on Mark." There's been natural speculation here since Melancon is from Colorado, but contenders like the Giants, Nationals, and Dodgers figure to be in the mix here, so the bidding could get higher than the Rockies' comfort level. As of now, Adam Ottavino projects to be the Rockies' closer in 2017. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:40 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:34 pm
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  • Report: Around 12 teams interested in Zielger
    Chris Cotillo of SB Nation hears from a source that about 12 teams are interested in free agent reliever Brad Ziegler.

    Advice: Cotillo writes that Ziegler is "emerging as a strong Plan B" for teams who aren't willing to spend on the big-name relievers like Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen, and even Mark Melancon. It's a logical sales pitch for his agent to make. Ziegler doesn't fit the mold of a dominant late-inning reliever, but he owns a 2.44 ERA in the majors and induces a ton of ground balls. He turned 37 last month. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:38 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:49 am
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  • Nationals enter the mix for Aroldis Chapman
    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports the Nationals have emerged as a potential suitor for free agent reliever Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: The Nationals had Chapman on their radar this summer before the Yankees traded him to the Cubs. Washington's own All-Star closer Mark Melancon is now a free agent, which has rekindled the team's interest in Chapman. Melancon would certainly be the cheaper option of the two as Chapman is expected to command a multi-year deal in the range of $100 million. Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is also a free agent. It's a strong market for stud closers. Rotoworld.com Nov 26, 6:39 pm
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