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  • Alex Cobb asking for around $20M AAV
    Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Alex Cobb's asking price of "about $20 million per year" has "lowered the temperature" on the Cubs' interest.

    Advice: It's been reported that Cobb is the Cubs' top target as they look to fill out their rotation, but it sounds like they're hoping he lowers his demands. Chicago has been connected to Danny Salazar and Danny Duffy via trade as they seek alternatives. If he did wind up signing with the Cubs, Cobb would be reunited with pitching coach Jim Hickey. Today, 6:34 am
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  • Wade LeBlanc drawing significant interest
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Wade LeBlanc is drawing interest from six teams.

    Advice: The Pirates declined LeBlanc's $1.25 million option for 2018, but it sounds like he's not going to have a hard time finding new work. The left-hander posted a 4.50 ERA and 54/17 K/BB ratio over 68 relief innings in 2017. Today, 6:20 am
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  • Rosenthal: Gallardo headed back to Brewers
    The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reports the Brewers and free agent starter Yovani Gallardo are in agreement on a deal.

    Advice: Gallardo was the Brewers' second-round pick in 2004 and had some really strong years at the top of Milwaukee's rotation. Things have gone less well in recent years, as the 31-year-old has bounced around American League clubs with little success. This past season, he posted a 5.72 ERA in 130 2/3 innings for the Mariners before the team declined his option last month. No terms of the deal were immediately available. Yesterday, 2:53 pm
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  • Report: Cubs showing interest in Yu Darvish
    Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago hears the Cubs are showing interest in free agent Yu Darvish.

    Advice: Their interest makes sense, as the team is bracing for the loss of free agent starters Jake Arrieta and John Lackey and still has designs on vying for a World Series title in 2018. Darvish's case is an interesting one, as a few years ago he was set for a big payday this winter before Tommy John surgery and some shaky outings down the stretch last season muddied the water. Still, the 31-year-old is near the top of the list of free agent starters available, and the Dodgers, Astros and Twins, among others, are believed to be in competition for the right-hander as well. Yesterday, 2:00 pm
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  • Braves acquire Brandon McCarthy from Dodgers
    Braves acquired RHP Brandon McCarthy, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, LHP Scott Kazmir, INF Charlie Culberson and cash considerations from the Dodgers for OF Matt Kemp.

    Advice: The 34-year-old hurler should make for a nice addition to the Braves' starting rotation. McCarthy posted a 3.98 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 72/27 K/BB ratio over 92 2/3 innings with the Dodgers in 2017. Durability is the biggest issue with McCarthy, as he has logged a total of 155 2/3 innings over the last three seasons. Yesterday, 12:02 pm
  • Braves acquire Scott Kazmir in Kemp trade
    Braves acquired LHP Scott Kazmir, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, RHP Brandon McCarthy, INF Charlie Culberson and cash considerations from the Dodgers for OF Matt Kemp.

    Advice: The 33-year-old southpaw missed the entire 2017 season while battling continued issues with his left arm and hip. He's nothing but a lottery ticket for the Braves at this stage. Yesterday, 12:00 pm
  • Yankees agree to one-year deal with Sabathia
    Mark Feinsand of reports that the Yankees have agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract with CC Sabathia.

    Advice: The deal is pending a physical. It will be the 10th season spent in New York for the 37-year-old southpaw who posted a 3.69 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in a resurgent 2017 season. He give the Yankees much needed depth in the starting rotation, but it's likely they'll still be in the market for additional arms despite this signing. Yesterday, 9:47 am
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  • Max Scherzer over nagging injuries from 2017
    Max Scherzer told fans at Nationals' WinterFest on Saturday that he's fully recovered from the nagging neck, calf and hamstring injuries that plagued him throughout the 2017 season.

    Advice: Despite the injuries, Scherzer still dominated the Nationals League en route to the Cy Young Award. The fact that he'll be fully healthy heading into 2018 only adds fuel to his already sky-high fantasy value. Yesterday, 8:33 am
  • Matt Moore traded to Rangers for prospects
    Rangers acquired LHP Matt Moore and international signing bonus pool money from the Giants for minor league RHPs Sam Wolff and Israel Cruz.

    Advice: The Giants wanted to unload Moore's $9 million 2018 salary to free up "resources to address our position player needs" according to general manager Bobby Evans. Moore was an elite prospect before flourishing in his first four major league seasons. His performance tailed off badly over the last three years and he can be viewed as a reclamation project for the Rangers. He went 6-15 with a 5.52 ERA in 174 1/3 innings for the Giants in 2017. Friday, 6:59 pm
  • Koehler to sign with Dodgers
    Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports the Dodgers will sign RHP Tom Koehler to a one year deal.

    Advice: The 31-year-old began the 2017 season in the Marlins' rotation but was sent to the minors after getting pounded in 12 starts. He went 1-5 with a 7.92 ERA in 55 2/3 innings. He was then traded to the Blue Jays and turned things around to the tune of a 2.65 ERA in 17 innings, mostly in relief. Despite that late-season success he was non-tendered by Toronto last week in an effort to avoid paying him the $6 million he was expected to earn via the arbitration process. The Dodgers will likely use him as a middle reliever in 2018. Friday, 5:14 pm
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    Tom Koehler Tor - SP,RP
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  • Chavez considering offers from five teams
    Jerry Crasnick of reports that Jesse Chavez has received offers from five teams and will make a decision this weekend.

    Advice: He went 7-11 with a 5.35 ERA in 21 starts and 17 relief appearances with the Angels last year. He would like to start but may have to prove himself in a swingman role first. The Brewers are the only team known to have made their interest in Chavez public. Friday, 4:48 pm
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  • NYY, PIT 'continuing to talk' about SP Cole
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees and Pirates "are continuing to talk about Gerrit Cole."

    Advice: Heyman says that Clint Frazier would likely be part of any package the Pirates would get for Cole, which backs up a previous report from the New York Post's George King. Cole is coming off a season when he held a 4.26 ERA and 196/55 K/BB ratio over 203 innings. He's under team control through 2019. Friday, 2:19 pm
  • Sandy Alcantara part of return for Ozuna
    Marlins acquired RHP Sandy Alcantara, OF Magneuris Sierra, RHP Zac Gallen, and LHP Daniel Castano from the Cardinals for OF Marcell Ozuna.

    Advice: Alcantara is the headliner of this package for Miami and the most highly-rated prospect the Marlins have acquired between all their different trades so far this winter, including the Giancarlo Stanton and Dee Gordon swaps. The hard-throwing 22-year-old right-hander has the upside of a potential No. 2 major league starter, though he has to figure out his control issues before he can meet that kind of lofty long-term outlook. There are some talent evaluators who believe Alcantara might ultimately wind up as a reliever. Another full season in the minors would probably do him a whole lot of good. Thursday, 11:34 am
  • Rangers pursuit of Zack Greinke 'pretty dead'
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rangers' pursuit of Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke is "said to be pretty dead."

    Advice: USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported earlier this week that the Rangers were offering only "marginal prospects" for the Arizona ace, and the Diamondbacks are not interested in a straight salary-dump. Heyman says there are three other teams in the mix. It is believed that one of them is the Phillies. Greinke finished fourth in the NL Cy Young balloting in 2017, but he's owed a whopping $126.5 million over the next four seasons and the Diamondbacks want to free up some cash to re-sign J.D. Martinez. Thursday, 10:34 am
  • Diamondbacks pick Albert Suarez in Rule 5
    Diamondbacks selected RHP Albert Suarez from the Giants with the 14th pick in the Rule 5 draft.

    Advice: Suarez has pitched in the big leagues for parts of the last two seasons, though the results haven't been all that great. The 28-year-old right-hander will be competing for a long relief spot in Diamondbacks camp next spring. Thursday, 7:36 am
  • Royals acquire RHP Keller in Rule 5 draft
    Reds selected RHP Brad Keller from the Diamondbacks with the fifth pick in the Rule 5 draft and traded him to the Royals.

    Advice: Keller, a sinkerballer, went 10-9 with a 4.68 ERA, a 111/57 K/BB ratio and just seven homers allowed in 130 2/3 innings in Double-A last year. Given his groundball tendencies, he really made more sense for the Reds in their park than the Royals in theirs. Still, he'll compete for a spot at the back of the rotation. Thursday, 6:47 am
  • Report: Nats not sure they can afford Arrieta
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals aren't sure they can afford to sign Jake Arrieta.

    Advice: Heyman also reports that the Nationals could instead consider the trade market for starters like Tampa Bay's Chris Archer and Jake Odorizzi, or Arizona's Zack Greinke. This could be a ploy to try and lower Arrieta's demands, but if he really does want the reported $200 million that agent Scott Boras is asking for, they may have to turn their attention to the trade market. Wednesday, 7:14 pm
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  • Asking price too high for Reds RP Iglesias
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the asking price of Raisel Iglesias has caused teams to "give up" on acquiring him this offseason.

    Advice: Iglesias is 27 and has shown flashes of brilliance in his time with the Reds while saving 28 games for the club last year, so it certainly makes sense that Cincinnati would ask for a substantial package for the right-hander, especially considering his extremely friendly contract. With the Reds unlikely to be anywhere near the playoffs in 2018, we'll see if teams become more active in pursuing Iglesias during the regular season. Wednesday, 5:26 pm
  • Michael Pineda inks two-year deal with Twins
    Twins signed RHP Michael Pineda to a two-year, $10 million contract.

    Advice: Pineda underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery this past July and might not pitch in a live game in 2018, but he should be fully recovered by the start of spring training in 2019. The 28-year-old starter owns a 4.05 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 9.1 K/9 in 680 career major league innings. It's a nice gamble for Minnesota, even though the pay-off will require some patience. Wednesday, 6:47 am
  • Glasnow could open 2018 in Bucs' bullpen
    Tyler Glasnow could open the 2018 season in the Pirates' bullpen.

    Advice: "I don't want to single him out, but we are more open to one, maybe two young starters being in the bullpen to start the season, with the idea in the long term we believe they're starting pitchers," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Tuesday at the Winter Meetings. Glasnow posted excellent numbers as a starter this past season at Triple-A Indianapolis, but at the major league level he got hammered to the tune of a 7.69 ERA in 13 starts and two relief appearances. Wednesday, 5:57 am
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