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  • Sneed could be heading to pitch in Japan
    Multiple reports state that free agent right-handed pitcher Cy Sneed is being pursued by the Tokyo Yakult Swallows.

    Advice: This is the same club that signed former Pittsburgh Pirate Jose Osuna recently. Sneed, 28, appeared in 18 games with the Astros in 2020, and he registered a 5.71 ERA, 1.85 WHIP and 21/10 K/BB ratio. He's been an up-and-down arm over the last couple of seasons, and a successful stint in Japan could help improve his stock going forward. Yesterday, 8:44 pm
  • Report: Prosecutor to request warrant for Martinez
    Hector Gomez of Z101 Sports reports that prosecutor Osvaldo Bonilla will request a warrant against Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez.

    Advice: The warrant comes after Martinez participated in a street party the previous weekend in the Dominican Republic. He will be charged with violating all the social distancing protocols and the mandatory use of masks at the gathering. A statement on Monday from the Cardinals acknowledged that they were "gathering details  about his participation after a video surfaced that showed him riding a motorbike with a passenger through a crowd on on a seaside street. More information on the potential arrest should present itself in the coming days, but it's possible Martinez will face disciplinary action on top of any punishment he receives for the violation. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch tweets that the hurler is expected to pay fines, according to a representative. Yesterday, 5:23 pm
  • Derek Law inks minors deal with Twins
    Twins signed RHP Derek Law to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Law broke the news himself on his Twitter account. The 30-year-old reliever didn't pitch in the majors at all in 2020 and has had trouble replicating the success from his rookie season back in 2016. Wednesday, 5:12 pm
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  • Indians DFA right-hander Adam Cimber on Wed.
    Indians designated RHP Adam Cimber for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears out a 40-man roster spot for Jordan Humphreys, who was claimed off waivers from the Giants on Wednesday. Cimber has posted a 4.37 ERA over his last 68 major league innings between 2019-2020. Wednesday, 12:15 pm
  • Orioles DFA right-hander Thomas Eshelman
    Orioles designated RHP Thomas Eshelman for assignment.

    Advice: This move opens up a 40-man roster spot for Chris Shaw, who has been claimed off waivers from the Giants. Eshelman, 26, holds a career 5.22 ERA and 38/20 K/BB ratio in 70 2/3 total major league frames. Wednesday, 12:08 pm
  • Indians claim Jordan Humphreys from the Giants
    Indians claimed RHP Jordan Humphreys off waivers from the Giants.

    Advice: Humphreys was designated for assignment by the Giants last week. The 24-year-old has yet to appear in a major league game but owns a promising 2.60 ERA with 177 strikeouts in 169 2/3 career minor league innings. Wednesday, 12:06 pm
  • Diamondbacks officially release Junior Guerra
    Diamondbacks released RHP Junior Guerra.

    Advice: Guerra was designated for assignment by the D-backs last Friday and will now officially hit the free agent market. The 35-year-old native of Venezuela has enjoyed some success in the majors, working as both a starter and reliever, so there should be offers out there for him this winter. He registered a 3.04 ERA with 21 strikeouts over 23 2/3 innings during MLB's condensed 2020 campaign, and he earned three saves for Arizona in 2019. Wednesday, 11:51 am
  • Red Sox outright RHP Ryan Weber to AAA level
    Red Sox sent RHP Ryan Weber outright to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Weber was a DFA for the Red Sox last Friday but will remain with the organization for now. The 30-year-old right-hander owns a career 4.86 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 99/35 K/BB ratio in 157 1/3 major league innings. Wednesday, 11:40 am
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  • Red Sox outright LHP Matt Hall to AAA Pawtucket
    Red Sox sent LHP Matt Hall outright to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Hall was designated for assignment last week after surrendering 18 runs in just 8 2/3 innings this season. Wednesday, 11:38 am
  • Red Sox DFA right-hander Robert Stock on Wed.
    Red Sox designated RHP Robert Stock for assignment.

    Advice: This move clears out a 40-man roster spot for right-hander Joel Payamps, who was claimed off waivers from the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. Stock throws hard but has struggled to a 7.13 ERA in 24 innings over the last two seasons between San Diego and Boston. The 31-year-old right-hander is now on the waiver wire. Wednesday, 11:36 am
  • Red Sox claim Joel Payamps from Diamondbacks
    Red Sox claimed RHP Joel Payamps off waivers from the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Payamps got designated for assignment by Arizona last week as teams were reshuffling their 40-man rosters in preparation for next month's Rule 5 Draft. The 26-year-old has made just four career MLB appearances. Wednesday, 11:33 am
  • Royals outright Gabe Speier to Triple-A Omaha
    Royals sent LHP Gabe Speier outright to Triple-A Omaha.

    Advice: Speier was designated for assignment last week and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 25-year-old left-hander holds a career 7.62 ERA and 1.85 WHIP in just 13 total innings of work at the big league level. Wednesday, 11:20 am
  • Rockies outright Jesus Tinoco to Triple-A level
    Rockies sent RHP Jesus Tinoco outright to Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Tinoco was designated for assignment by Colorado last week but will remain with the organization after passing through waivers unclaimed. The 25-year-old has a career 4.03 ERA in 44 2/3 major league innings. Wednesday, 11:16 am
  • Pirates claim Ashton Goudeau off waivers from COL
    Pirates claimed RHP Ashton Goudeau off waivers from the Rockies.

    Advice: Goudeau was designated for assignment by Colorado on Friday and has now found a new home. He made his major league debut this year at age 28 and went on to allow seven runs in 8 1/3 innings of relief. Wednesday, 11:03 am
  • Reds get Hoffman in four-player trade with COL
    Reds acquired RHP Jeff Hoffman and RHP Case Williams from the Rockies for RHP Robert Stephenson and OF Jameson Hannah.

    Advice: Hoffman had some buzz back in 2015, when he was the headlining piece in the Rockies' trade of Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto, but he has struggled to the tune of a career 6.40 ERA in 38 starts and 30 relief appearances at the MLB level. That includes a 9.28 ERA over 21 1/3 innings of relief with the Reds in 2020. The former first-round pick of the Blue Jays could get another chance to start in Cincinnati and may stumble into better rate stats given the change in ballparks, but this move still doesn't boost his fantasy profile all that much. Wednesday, 10:57 am
  • Rockies, Reds officially announce four-player deal
    Rockies acquired RHP Robert Stephenson and OF Jameson Hannah from the Reds for RHP Jeff Hoffman and RHP Case Williams.

    Advice: The four-player swap is now official upon the completion of all the necessary physical exams. Stephenson is probably the most intriguing name here given his ability to miss bats -- 9.6 career K/9 -- but the former first-round pick holds a 5.15 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 208 total innings at the major league level, which does not bode well for his fantasy outlook as he moves out to Coors Field. The 27-year-old right-hander worked exclusively in relief for the Reds in 2019 and 2020, though he does have previous experience as a starting pitcher. Wednesday, 10:48 am
  • Blue Jays have 'checked in on' reliever Brad Hand
    Jon Morosi of reports that the Blue Jays have "checked in on" free agent reliever Brad Hand.

    Advice: It was reported earlier -- on Wednesday morning -- that the Dodgers have also shown interest in Hand, who got cut loose by the Indians late last month despite registering a 2.05 ERA and an MLB-high 16 saves during the condensed 2020 campaign. Morosi notes that the Jays have other pressing needs but are seeking a left-handed option to join Jordan Romano and Rafael Dolis at the back end of the bullpen. Wednesday, 10:15 am
  • Report: Giants interested in FA LHP Jon Lester
    Jon Morosi of reports that the Giants are interested in free agent left-hander Jon Lester.

    Advice: The Giants are in need of a starter with Drew Smyly departing and Lester previously considered signing with the Giants before landing with the Cubs during his last foray into free agency. The 36-year-old became a free agent at the end of October after the Cubs declined his $25 million option for 2021. It came as no surprise after he posted a 5.16 ERA and 42/17 K/BB ratio in 61 innings across 12 starts this past season. He'd mostly be an innings-eater at this point of his career. Tuesday, 9:16 am
  • Report: Reds open to moving RHP Sonny Gray
    Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic hears from rival clubs that the Reds are "open to moving" right-hander Sonny Gray.

    Advice: Gray is owed $10 million in each of the next two seasons with a $12 million club option for 2023, so it makes sense that the Reds would at least listen to clubs who might view him as a bargain compared to the pitchers available in free agency. The question is whether the Reds could deal Gray and still remain competitive next season, especially with Trevor Bauer already expected to depart via free agency. They'd almost certainly require younger and cheaper talent who could help them right away. Gray, 31, posted a 3.70 ERA and 72/26 K/BB ratio in 56 innings across 11 regular season starts this past season. Tuesday, 6:55 am
  • Braves announce 1-yr, $15M deal with RHP Morton
    Braves signed RHP Charlie Morton to a one-year, $15 million contract.

    Advice: The Braves have made a habit out of these one-year deals and this one could pay off big-time. Morton will join a rotation which already includes Max Fried, Ian Anderson, and the recently added Drew Smyly. With Kyle Wright and Bryse Wilson offering depth, the Braves don't necessarily have to rush back Mike Soroka has he returns from his Achilles tear. The Braves still have some work to do with Marcell Ozuna on the free agent market, but they are off to a good start in trying to secure another NL East title. Tuesday, 6:22 am
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