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  • Padres non-tender Jose Pirela on Friday
    Padres non-tendered INF Jose Pirela.

    Advice: The move makes the 27-year-old a free agent. He has slashed an unimpressive .226/.246/.321 with one home run and eight RBI over 144 plate appearances in his career at the major league level. 25 minutes ago
  • Padres opt to non-tender Jon Edwards also
    Padres non-tendered RHP Jon Edwards.

    Advice: Edwards missed the entire 2016 campaign after suffering a flexor strain during spring training. The 28-year-old posted a 4.32 ERA, 1.68 WHIP and 22/16 K/BB ratio across 16 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Padres in 2015. He may have to settle for a minor league deal on the free agent market. 31 minutes ago
    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • Braves non-tender right-hander Chris Withrow
    Braves non-tendered RHP Chris Withrow.

    Advice: The 27-year-old hurler did a nice job out of the Braves' bullpen in 2016, registering a 3.58 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 28/17 K/BB ratio over 37 2/3 innings. He becomes another interesting option in what looks to be a deep middle relief market in free agency. 37 minutes ago
  • Braves and Paco Rodriguez avoid arbitration
    Braves and LHP Paco Rodriguez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $637,500 contract.

    Advice: Rodriguez missed the entire 2016 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He sports a stellar 2.53 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 91/30 K/BB ratio over 85 1/3 innings in his big league career though and could be big factor in the Braves' bullpen in 2017. 40 minutes ago
    W, 1-0 vs Det
  • Rangers do not tender contract to Hoying
    Rangers non-tendered OF Jared Hoying.

    Advice: Merely an auxiliary piece on their roster, the 27-year-old appeared in only 39 games for the Rangers in 2016 slashing a troublesome .217/.265/.261 with no homers and five RBI in 49 plate appearances. He'll look to latch on elsewhere as a free agent. Today, 3:45 pm
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    L, 6-4 vs TB
  • Cubs to sign Brian Duensing to one-year deal
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cubs have signed LHP Brian Duensing to a one-year, $2 million contract.

    Advice: It's a little surprise he was able to land a major league contract, as Duensing hasn't been very good the last two seasons (4.21 ERA, 34/24 K/BB ratio over 62 relief innings) and last year had elbow issues. Nevertheless, he'll be part of the Cubs' left-handed relief corps in 2017. Today, 2:49 pm
  • Avisail Garcia, White Sox avoid arbitration
    White Sox and OF Avisail Garcia avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3 million contract.

    Advice: Garcia has been a big disappointment to this point, putting up a .250/.308/.380 batting line in his first three full seasons in Chicago. He was arbitration-eligible for a second time this winter. Today, 2:44 pm
  • Seth Maness non-tendered by Cardinals
    Cardinals non-tendered RHP Seth Maness.

    Advice: Maness boasts a career 3.19 ERA out of the Cardinals' bullpen, but he had elbow surgery in August and could get a late start to next season. He's now a free agent. Today, 2:23 pm
    W, 10-4 vs Pit
  • 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. Today, 1:09 pm
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    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Pirates and Wade LeBlanc avoid arbitration
    Pirates and LHP Wade LeBlanc avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $750,000 contract with a $1.5 million option for 2018.

    Advice: He's guaranteed a total of $800,000 when adding in a $50,000 buyout for 2018. LeBlanc has posted a 4.39 ERA over 126 appearances -- 79 starts -- across parts of eight major league seasons. He should serve as a long reliever next season. Today, 9:45 am
  • Mets, Rene Rivera avoid arbitration
    Mets and C Rene Rivera avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

    Advice: Rivera saw more and more playing time down the stretch for the Mets this past season, although he batted only .222/.291/.341. He figures to share catching duties with Travis d'Arnaud in 2017. Today, 9:42 am
  • 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. Today, 9:40 am
  • Bryan Holaday non-tendered by Red Sox
    Red Sox non-tendered C Bryan Holaday.

    Advice: Holaday was scooped up off waivers by the Red Sox in August but didn't play much for them down the stretch. He's now a free agent. Today, 8:13 am
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    L, 2-1 vs Tor
  • White Sox likelier to trade Eaton than Abreu
    A rival executive told MLB Network's Jon Morosi that the White Sox are more likely to trade Adam Eaton than Jose Abreu at the winter meetings.

    Advice: The White Sox seem to be in the mode of listening to trade offers for virtually anyone on their roster, but it's not surprising that Eaton appears likelier than Abreu to be dealt. The outfielder should be able to fetch a nice return, as he's a career .284/.357/.414 hitter and is under team control for just $38.4 million through 2021. Today, 7:05 am
    L, 6-3 vs Min
  • Nats remain 'in lead' for Andrew McCutchen
    MLB Network's Jon Morosi reports that the Nationals remain "in (the) lead" for Andrew McCutchen, although the Rangers are "also in contact" with the Pirates.

    Advice: If McCutchen is traded to the Nationals there's a good chance it will happen on Friday, as the acquisition will affect what they do at the non-tender deadline. Cutch would take over in center field for the Nats, while Trea Turner would move to his natural position of shortstop and Danny Espinosa would be non-tendered. The Rangers are also looking for a center fielder, so they can't be ruled out as a serious contender for the former MVP. Today, 5:59 am
  • Bucs, Nats have 'ramped up' McCutchen talks
    ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the Pirates and Nationals have "ramped up" discussions toward an Andrew McCutchen trade.

    Advice: Stark hears the Nationals "would like to make this deal [Thursday]" -- before Friday's non-tender deadline -- because of the ripple effects it would create. There's talk of the Nationals sending top outfield prospect Victor Robles to Pittsburgh in return, along with a number of other pieces. Stark says the Pirates also want "controllable starting pitching." This thing could move quickly. Yesterday, 9:15 am
  • Report: McCutchen trade likelihood at 80%
    John Perrotto of FanRag Sports hears that there is an "80% chance" that the Pirates trade Andrew McCutchen by the end of the winter meetings.

    Advice: The smoke surrounding a potential McCutchen trade thickened considerably on Wednesday, with FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reporting that the outfielder is potentially the "most likely to go" among all rumored trade candidates in the early going. The Pirates aren't just fielding calls, either, as Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan relayed (also on Wednesday) that the team is aggressively courting potential trade and reaching out themselves. The Nationals, Rangers and Mariners have been linked to McCutchen this month. Wednesday, 3:03 pm
  • Pirates continue to explore McCutchen trade
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pirates continue to explore a potential trade involving Andrew McCutchen.

    Advice: In fact, Rosenthal writes that of all the big names available in trade, McCutchen "might be the most likely to go." The 30-year-old is coming off a career-worst season at the plate and advanced metrics weren't kind to him in center field, but he's owed just $14 million next season with a 14.5 million club option for 2018, so plenty of teams figure to be willing to take a chance on a turnaround. The Pirates are obviously going to ask for a major haul to give up their franchise player and could decide to hang on to him if their asking price isn't met. Rosenthal hears that the Nationals remain interested and also mentions the Rangers as a potential trade partner. Both clubs have the chips to get a deal done. Wednesday, 10:09 am
  • 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. Wednesday, 7:40 am
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    W, 10-7 vs Mia
  • Mets not expected to re-sign Rene Rivera
    Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News doesn't expect the Mets to bring back Rene Rivera.

    Advice: Rivera is projected to net $2.2 million in arbitration this winter, which is probably more than the Mets are willing to spend on a backup catcher. Ackert also expects the Mets to move on from utility man Kelly Johnson unless they can sign him on a cheap one-year deal. Rivera hit .222 this past season while serving as Noah Syndergaard's personal catcher. Saturday, 1:45 pm
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