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  • Tigers sign Eduardo Paredes to minors deal
    Tigers signed RHP Eduardo Paredes to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Paredes registered an ugly 6.87 ERA and 1.75 WHIP over 18 1/3 innings of relief with the Angels in 2018. The 23-year-old will try to turn things around in Detroit. His minor league numbers suggest he can be much better. 55 minutes ago
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  • Tigers sign Chris Smith to minors contract
    Tigers signed RHP Chris Smith to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Smith spent the entire 2018 season with the Triple-A affiliate of the Nationals, posting a 3.93 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and 65/21 K/BB ratio in 55 innings. He'll probably get a look next year with the rebuilding Tigers. Today, 11:59 am
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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
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
  • 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
  • SEA among teams in on Yanks' Sonny Gray
    According to Fancred's Jon Heyman, the Mariners are among the teams showing trade interest in Sonny Gray.

    Advice: It doesn't make a ton of sense on the surface with the Mariners conducting an aggressive organizational rebuild, but they probably feel he could post good numbers in the pitcher-friendly confines of Safeco Field (or whatever name it's going by) and then be flipped for prospects at some point next summer. Gray registered a disappointing 4.90 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 123/57 K/BB ratio over 130 1/3 innings with the Yankees in 2018. The Reds, Braves, and Padres have also expressed interest in acquiring the 29-year-old right-hander. Yesterday, 11:21 am
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  • Holland's preference is to stay in the NL
    According to T.R. Sullivan of, Derek Holland's preference in free agency is "to go back with the Giants or at least stay in [the] National League."

    Advice: Holland should have several different options to comb through this winter after posting a strong 3.57 ERA with 169 strikeouts over 171 1/3 innings with the Giants in 2018. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reported earlier this month that the 32-year-old left-hander was discussing multi-year contract offers with a number of teams. He could be waiting for Dallas Keuchel and/or J.A. Happ to set the cost for the secondary starting pitching market. Yesterday, 9:35 am
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  • A's interested in left-hander Hardy
    The A's have expressed interest in Tigers left-hander Blaine Hardy, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser.

    Advice: They should have just claimed him off waivers when he was free last spring. Hardy did a nice job both in relief and in the rotation for the Tigers last season, so he'd give the A's some extra flexibility on their staff should he be acquired. It seems like the Tigers see him as a reliever after picking up both Tyson Ross and Matt Moore in free agency. Yesterday, 8:48 am
  • Christian Bethancourt signs with KBO team
    Christian Bethancourt has agreed to a one-year contract with the NC Dinos of the Korea Baseball Organization.

    Advice: Bethancourt got $1 million guaranteed, which is probably more than he would have found on the MLB open market this winter. The 27-year-old catcher spent the 2018 season with the Triple-A affiliate of the Brewers and posted a strong .834 OPS with 20 home runs in 104 games. But he stands as a .222/.252/.316 career hitter in 489 major league plate appearances. Tuesday, 7:30 pm
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  • Phillies 'very aggressive' on RP Zach Britton
    According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Phillies "remain very aggressive" on free agent reliever Zach Britton.

    Advice: USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported something similar earlier in the day Tuesday. Rosenthal adds that other teams are in the mix, and Fancred's Jon Heyman says the Cardinals are one of them. Britton, 30, posted a 3.10 ERA in 40 2/3 innings this past season between the Orioles and Yankees and seems certain to fetch a multi-year deal this winter. We need a domino to fall on the free agent relief market. Tuesday, 6:34 pm
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  • Maeda to return to LAD rotation in 2019
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday at the Winter Meetings that Kenta Maeda will work as a starter in 2019.

    Advice: Maeda made 19 relief appearances (and 20 starts) for the Dodgers during the 2018 regular season and was used exclusively out of the bullpen in the playoffs. He should have a rotation spot on Opening Day next spring, though his role will probably again be subject to change as the season rolls along. The 30-year-old right-hander owns a 3.80 ERA, 1.178 WHIP, and 9.8 K/9 in 435 1/3 career major league innings. Tuesday, 5:12 pm
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    Kenta Maeda LAD - SP,RP
  • D-backs likely to use Bradley as closer
    Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said Tuesday that he's leaning toward using Archie Bradley as the team's closer in 2019.

    Advice: Bradley seemed to be the favorite for saves in Arizona entering 2018, but Lovullo anointed Brad Boxberger as his designated ninth-inning man at the tail end of spring training. Boxberger was non-tendered last month after struggling to a 4.39 ERA in 53 1/3 innings. Bradley posted a 3.64 ERA with 75 strikeouts over 71 2/3 frames. He had a 1.73 ERA in 73 innings in 2017. Tuesday, 2:36 pm
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