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  • ChiSox get Giolito, Lopez, Dunning for Eaton
    White Sox acquired RHP Lucas Giolito, RHP Reynaldo Lopez, and RHP Dane Dunning from the Nationals for OF Adam Eaton.

    Advice: Giolito's prospect stock has somewhat cratered over the last year, but he's still very much the centerpiece of this deal and represents a big-time upgrade to the White Sox farm system -- what might suddenly be considered the top farm system in baseball. Giolito struggled in his first taste of the majors in 2016 and figures to open the 2017 season in the minors, but we'll see him on the south side of Chicago soon enough. And the tremendous upside isn't gone yet. Lopez and Dunning are also top-flight young right-handers. It's another huge haul for White Sox GM Rick Hahn. Today, 3:02 pm
  • 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. Today, 3:01 pm
    W, 3-2 @Sea
  • 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. Today, 2:58 pm
  • Servais does not see change in Diaz role
    Mariners manager Scott Servais said that he does not expect Edwin Diaz's role to change in 2017.

    Advice: Servais specifically mentioned the Indians' somewhat unconventional use of Andrew Miller -- utilized in the mid-to-late innings to great effect during the postseason -- but does not foresee Diaz taking on that kind of swing role. "Playing it out over the course of 162 games, it’s really hard to do that. You’ve got to be cautious where they’re at." The 22-year-old closer admitted at the end of the season that he was fighting through a tired arm, something that could certainly be playing into how the Mariners plan on using Diaz in 2017. Expect him to continue to pitch almost exclusively in the ninth inning. He posted a 2.79 ERA and 88/15 K/BB ratio over 51 2/3 frames last season while registering 18 saves. Today, 2:41 pm
    L, 3-2 vs Oak
  • Morosi: Rockies have interest in Stroman
    Jon Morosi of FOX Sports hears that the Rockies have shown interest in Marcus Stroman.

    Advice: While the Rockies are reportedly intrigued by Stroman, Morosi relays that they would not be willing to trade Charlie Blackmon straight-up for the 25-year-old right-hander. Stroman is coming off a 2016 season in which he held a 4.37 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 166/54 K/BB ratio over 204 innings pitched. This was his first season in the bigs with more than 20 starts. Today, 1:58 pm
  • 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. Today, 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. Today, 1:36 pm
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    L, 8-1 @LAA
  • 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. Today, 1:08 pm
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    L, 10-4 @StL
  • 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. Today, 12:53 pm
    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • 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. Today, 11:01 am
    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • 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. Today, 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. Today, 9:27 am
    L, 5-2 @Phi
  • Marlins reach one-year deal with LHP Locke
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins have a deal with left-hander Jeff Locke, pending a physical.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports hears that it's a one-year deal worth around $3 million. Locke was non-tendered by the Pirates last week posting a 5.44 ERA over 127 1/3 innings in 2016, but he's had better results in the past and it's worth noting that he'll be reunited with Jim Benedict in Miami. It's a reasonable gamble in a weak market for starting pitching. Today, 7:52 am
  • 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. Today, 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. Today, 6:09 am
  • 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. Today, 5:42 am
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    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • 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. Today, 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. Yesterday, 5:04 pm
  • Jeff Locke 'a possible fit' for Marlins'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. Monday, 3:25 pm
  • Giolito's name involved in Sale/Nats talks
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Lucas Giolito "is a name in the mix" in trade talks between the Nationals and White Sox involving Chris Sale.

    Advice: It appears that the Nationals might be shifting their attention more to Sale than Andrew McCutchen, although they seem to still be in active discussions for both. Giolito entered last season as arguably the top pitching prospect in baseball, but he disappointed in his first go-round in the majors and wasn't as dominant as hoped in the minors, either. Still, he's only 22 and his ceiling remains sky-high. In addition to Giolito, the Nats would figure to have to part with at least one additional high-end prospect in order to land Sale. Monday, 1:35 pm
  • Stroman to pitch for Team USA in WBC
    Marcus Stroman announced he will pitch for the United States in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

    Advice: It's a solid get for the United States, who should have an absolutely loaded pitching staff with Chris Archer, Jake Arrieta, Corey Kluber, Andrew Miller, Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander all on the team's preliminary roster. Stroman had a relatively disappointing year for the Jays in 2016, but impressed with a 3.28 ERA over the final two months. He led Toronto with 166 strikeouts. Saturday, 1:32 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. Saturday, 5:20 am
  • 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. Friday, 6:22 pm
    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • 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. Friday, 5:36 pm
    L, 3-2 @Ari
  • 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. Tuesday, 3:34 pm
  • 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 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. Tuesday, 7:06 am
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