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  • Brewers get lefty Alex Claudio from Rangers
    Brewers acquired LHP Alex Claudio from the Rangers for a competitive-balance Round A draft pick.

    Advice: That competitive-balance draft pick is expected to come in at No. 40 or No. 41 overall next June. Claudio had a rough season with the Rangers in 2018, but he put up a 2.66 ERA over his first 162 1/3 major league innings between 2014-2017 and he's held left-handed batters to a .194/.220/.278 slash line since breaking into the bigs. It's another big weapon for the already-stout Milwaukee bullpen. Today, 10:35 am
  • Royals acquire Rule 5 pick Ellis
    Rangers selected RHP Chris Ellis from the Cardinals with the seventh pick in the Rule 5 draft and traded him to the Royals.

    Advice: Ellis is joining his third organization, having been traded from the Angels to the Braves in the Andrelton Simmons deal and the Braves to the Cardinals for Jaime Garcia in 2016. He was 10-4 with a 3.93 ERA and a 124/37 K/BB ratio in 132 2/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A last season. The stuff is decent enough to maybe make him a fourth or fifth starter in the majors. He'll compete with fellow Rule 5 pick Sam McWilliams, among others, for a spot at the back of the Royals rotation. Today, 9:34 am
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  • PHI in pursuit of Andrew Miller, Zach Britton
    According to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia, the Phillies are "very much in pursuit" of free agent relievers Andrew Miller and Zach Britton.

    Advice: The free agent relief market has officially fired up, with Joe Kelly and Jeurys Familia both agreeing to three-year deals overnight. Salisbury writes that Miller and Britton are "getting a lot of action from teams" and that the Phillies are "right in the thick of the chase." Miller battled injuries in 2018 and wound up with a poor 4.24 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 45/16 K/BB ratio over 34 innings with the Indians, but he ranked among the top relievers in baseball from 2013-2017. Today, 7:00 am
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  • Jake Thompson signs with KBO's Lotte Giants
    Jake Thompson has agreed to a deal with the Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization.

    Advice: Thompson had a 4.96 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, and 14/11 K/BB ratio in 16 1/3 innings of relief this past season with the Phillies. The former top prospect should get another chance to work as a starting pitcher in the KBO. He's only 24 years old, so we wouldn't rule out an eventual return to Major League Baseball. Today, 5:56 am
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  • Breslow considering retirement at age 38
    Craig Breslow is considering retirement and has been talking to teams about a non-playing role, per Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston.

    Advice: Breslow, a Yale alum, has always seemed like a good bet to join a front office once his playing days were through. And it sounds like he is ready to make that transition this winter. The 38-year-old left-hander spent the 2018 season in the Blue Jays' minor league system, posting a 5.40 ERA across three different levels. Today, 5:49 am
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  • Familia does 3 yr, $30 million deal with Mets
    According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Mets have signed Jeurys Familia to a three-year, $30 million deal.

    Advice: The free agent relief market is finally rolling. Familia had interest from several teams, but he'll head back to a familiar spot and operate as a setup man under new Mets closer Edwin Diaz. Familia, 29, put up a 3.13 ERA with 83 strikeouts over 72 innings this past year between Queens and Oakland. Today, 5:42 am
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  • Dodgers to sign Joe Kelly for 3 yrs, $25 mil
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Dodgers and Joe Kelly are in agreement on a three-year, $25 million deal.

    Advice: Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray of The Athletic were first to report that a deal was close. Kelly gets a nice payday here despite posting an underwhelming 4.39 ERA and 1.36 WHIP over 65 2/3 regular-season innings with the Red Sox in 2018. He came up huge in the playoffs as Boston marched to the World Series title, yielding just one earned run and striking out 13 batters against zero walks in 11 1/3 frames. The 30-year-old right-hander will work in a setup role in Los Angeles. Today, 5:34 am
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  • D'backs may wait for summer to deal Greinke
    According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Diamondbacks "believe they’ll get a better return for Zack Greinke at the trade deadline instead of now."

    Advice: It's no secret that the Diamondbacks have been shopping Greinke -- in fact, Nightengale wrote in November that they were "highly likely" to trade the veteran right-hander this winter -- but there is understandably some hesitation from opposing clubs given that he's still owed $104.5 million on a contract that runs through 2021. That will be his age-37 season. Greinke, who posted a 3.21 ERA, 1.079 WHIP, and 199 strikeouts over 207 2/3 innings in 2018, might fetch more in terms of prospects when teams get desperate in the summer. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • O's willing to trade Alex Cobb in right deal
    MASN's Roch Kubatko writes that the Orioles have "definitely made it known" that they would move Alex Cobb in the right deal.

    Advice: Cobb had a dreadful first half in Baltimore this past season, but he did register a 2.59 ERA over his final 66 innings (11 starts) between July 13 and September 23. The 31-year-old right-hander is entering the second year of a four-year, $57 million contract. He's still owed $43 million of that. Kubatko notes that the O's would probably have to eat some money to get a substantial return. Yesterday, 8:16 pm
  • Mets talked extension with deGrom's agent
    According to Anthony DiComo of, the Mets had preliminary talks with Jacob deGrom's agents this week about a possible contract extension.

    Advice: The 2018 National League Cy Young Award winner is under the Mets' control for the next two seasons via salary arbitration, but there is clearly openness on both sides to discussing something long-term. Whether the two sides can ultimately agree on the length and price of a new deal is a different story, though it should perhaps be noted that new Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen used to personally represent deGrom at CAA. DiComo writes that it's "unlikely anything happens soon, and certainly possible nothing ever happens." Yesterday, 7:07 pm
  • Kimbrel reportedly seeking 6 years, $100M+
    Craig Kimbrel is looking for a six-year contract worth north of $100 million, per Jayson Stark of The Athletic.

    Advice: Stark heard that asking price from two different executives this week at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. Kimbrel has been one of the top closers in baseball for many years and should fetch a pretty massive deal on the open market this winter, but it remains to be seen whether he'll even be able to top the record five-year, $86 million contract that the Yankees gave Aroldis Chapman in December 2016. Chapman was 28 years old when he signed it. Kimbrel turns 32 next May. Yesterday, 6:52 pm
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  • Nationals are considering SP Wade Miley
    Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic hears that the Nationals are considering free agent left-hander Wade Miley.

    Advice: Washington has also been connected to free agent starter Anibal Sanchez in the hours since trading Tanner Roark to the Reds for a big-armed controllable reliever in Tanner Rainey. Miley struggled with injuries as a member of the Brewers in 2018, but he posted a shiny 2.57 ERA over 16 starts when healthy. The 32-year-old had a 5.61 ERA in 157 1/3 innings with the Orioles in 2017. Yesterday, 6:06 pm
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  • White Sox among clubs in on Adam Ottavino
    Jon Morosi of reports that the White Sox are among the teams with interest in free agent reliever Adam Ottavino.

    Advice: Ottavino has many suitors, including the Yankees, Mets, and Red Sox, which is no surprise after he registered a 2.43 ERA with 112 strikeouts over 77 2/3 innings with the Rockies in 2018. The 33-year-old right-hander is probably looking at a three-year deal this winter, but it's hard to say for sure until Craig Kimbrel or somebody else sets the market for top-tier free agent relievers. Yesterday, 5:52 pm
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  • Happ to sign with NYY for 2 yrs plus option
    According to's Mark Feinsand, the Yankees "have agreed to the structure on a contract" with J.A. Happ that would be for two years with an option for 2021.

    Advice: Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the deal will be worth $34 million guaranteed, with the option carrying a $17 million value if Happ reaches certain innings-pitched thresholds. Happ drew interest from several other teams over the last month-plus, including the Phillies and Astros, but it sounds like none of them were willing to offer a third year (even on an option) to the 36-year-old left-hander. He posted a sharp 3.65 ERA and 193/51 K/BB ratio in 177 2/3 innings this past season between the Blue Jays and Yanks. Yesterday, 5:29 pm
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  • Nats have discussed FA Anibal Sanchez
    According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Nationals have "kicked around" adding free agent starter Anibal Sanchez.

    Advice: The Nationals just traded Tanner Roark to the Reds, so they would seem certain to add a new starting pitcher at some point before the winter is through. Sanchez was terrific for the Braves in 2018, registering a 2.83 ERA and 1.08 WHIP over 136 2/3 innings. But the right-hander will turn 35 years old in February and he had a 6.41 ERA in 105 1/3 innings with the Tigers in 2017. Yesterday, 4:36 pm
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  • Nationals get Tanner Rainey for Tanner Roark
    Nationals acquired RHP Tanner Rainey from the Reds for RHP Tanner Roark.

    Advice: Rainey was lit up for 19 earned runs over his first seven major league innings in 2018, but he has posted good numbers in the upper minors, especially in the strikeouts department. The hard-throwing 25-year-old right-hander should be in the running for a spot in the Opening Day bullpen next spring in Nationals camp. Yesterday, 4:18 pm
  • Reds acquire starter Tanner Roark from Nats
    Reds acquired RHP Tanner Roark from the Nationals for RHP Tanner Rainey.

    Advice: A classic Tanner-for-Tanner swap. Roark registered an uninspiring 4.50 ERA over 361 2/3 innings in his last two seasons with the Nats, but he's been an effective starter in the past and should be an upgrade to the Cincinnati rotation in 2019. He's due to become a free agent next winter. The Reds are probably still on the hunt for at least one more starting pitcher. They've been connected to several. Yesterday, 4:12 pm
  • Rangers sign Lance Lynn for 3 years, $30M
    Lance Lynn has agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal with the Rangers, per's Mark Feinsand.

    Advice:'s T.R. Sullivan was first to report that an agreement was close. It's a big commitment to a guy who finished the 2018 season with a 4.77 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 156 2/3 innings, but Lynn did produce a 3.38 ERA over his first six years in the majors -- a span of 977 2/3 innings -- and he's only 31 years old. Texas will hope he can bounce back to that form he showed in St. Louis. Yesterday, 4:03 pm
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  • Shane Greene slated to close for Tigers
    Shane Greene will enter the spring as the Tigers' closer, according to manager Ron Gardenhire.

    Advice: That was expected. Greene will need to pitch a little better than he did last season in order to keep the job, but the Tigers' preference would be for him to get off to a strong start and generate some trade value. Joe Jimenez will likely remain second in line for saves in Detroit leading into 2019. Yesterday, 2:47 pm
  • Report: Dodgers, Reds continue to talk trade
    The Reds and Dodgers are still talking about a trade, one that could involve Homer Bailey and Matt Kemp.

    Advice: The Dodgers' motivation here would likely involve the luxury tax. They don't want Bailey, of course, but they could take him on if there's a deal that ultimately lowers their payroll for tax obligations. Alex Wood is one name perhaps also in the mix here, and we might see a larger three-team deal involving Yasiel Puig or others. Yesterday, 1:24 pm
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