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  • Report: Cardinals ink Fowler pending physical
    FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals will sign Dexter Fowler to a five-year deal worth at least $80 million, pending a physical.

    Advice: Fowler has been confirmed to be in St. Louis to take a pre-signing physical. The center fielder turned down a $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Cubs and was believed to be seeking a four-year deal for about $18 million per year. It appears the Cardinals trumped the field by offering a fifth year and at least $16 million annually. One year after the Cubs poached Jason Heyward and John Lackey from the Cardinals, they get a measure of revenge by prying Fowler away from the World Series champs. Fowler gives the Cardinals a badly-needed upgrade in center field and should find a home near the top of the lineup. He owns a .366 career on-base percentage. Randal Grichuk will move from center to left field with Matt Holliday out of the picture. Today, 6:59 pm
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  • Tyrell Jenkins traded to the Rangers
    Rangers acquired RHP Tyrell Jenkins and LHP Brady Feigl from the Braves for RHP Luke Jackson.

    Advice: This trade amounts to both clubs swapping 2010 supplemental first-round draft picks who failed to live up to expectations. Jenkins was drafted by the Cardinals and briefly garnered some buzz on top prospect lists but was ultimately unable to generate enough strikeouts to justify the hype. He was traded to the Braves prior to the 2015 season. He pitched 52 innings this year in his rookie campaign but walked more batters than he whiffed, leading to a poor 5.88 ERA. He is unlikely to ever be worthy of fantasy rosters. Today, 5:31 pm
  • Luke Jackson traded to the Braves
    Braves acquired RHP Luke Jackson from the Rangers for RHP Tyrell Jenkins and LHP Brady Feigl.

    Advice: Jackson has thrown 18 major-league innings over the past two seasons with an 8.50 ERA. The 25-year-old reliever throws hard and racked up lots of strikeouts in the minor leagues but struggled with his control. The Braves are likely to use him as a middle reliever if he makes the team at all. His high strikeout rate gives him the potential to move into a higher leverage role if he can limit the walks. Today, 5:26 pm
  • Report: Uehara reaches agreement with Cubs
    Koji Uehara has reached a deal to join the Cubs, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

    Advice: We're still awaiting confirmation regarding the particulars, but a report out of Japan pegs it as a one-year deal in the neighborhood of $4.5 million. This represents a bit of a bargain for the veteran set-up man as long as he stays on the mound. He figures to be the eighth-inning bridge to new Cubs closer Wade Davis. Uehara has a career 2.53 ERA and 0.86 WHIP in 437 2/3 innings. His ERA bumped up to 3.45 this season despite an elite 12.06 punchouts per nine innings. He is a right-handed pitcher, but has actually fared better versus left-handed batters. Today, 4:01 pm
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  • BoSox finalize 1-yr, $5.5M deal with Moreland
    Red Sox signed 1B Mitch Moreland to a one-year, $5.5 million contract.

    Advice: The agreement was reached Tuesday during the Winter Meetings and then finalized Thursday after Moreland passed his pre-signing physical. He is expected to serve as Boston's regular first baseman in 2017 after earning Gold Glove honors at the position with Texas in 2016. That means Hanley Ramirez will DH -- a role he's well-suited for. Today, 12:50 pm
  • Halos showed interest in Cards' Kolten Wong
    SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that the Angels showed interest in Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong at the Winter Meetings.

    Advice: Cotillo adds, however, that the Cardinals are "asking a lot" and "unlikely to move him" this offseason. Wong batted just .240/.327/.355 with five home runs and seven stolen bases in 121 games this past year for St. Louis, but he plays good defense and remains an intriguing all-around talent at age 26. It doesn't make much sense for the Cardinals to sell low. Lock him in as their starter at the keystone for 2017. Today, 12:21 pm
  • Rockies 'remain deeply involved' for Trumbo
    According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Rockies "remain deeply involved in talks for free agent Mark Trumbo."

    Advice: It echoes a recent report from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, who suggested Wednesday that the Rockies are not done spending despite handing out a five-year, $70 million contract to Ian Desmond at the Winter Meetings. Trumbo led the majors in homers this past year with 47 and his bat would obviously fit well at Coors Field, though there are defensive limitations. He'd have to play a lot of first base in the National League, and it's scary to imagine him trying to cover any ground in the Colorado outfield. What the Rockies really need is pitching. Today, 11:55 am
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  • Marlins may target FA reliever Neftali Feliz
    According to's Joe Frisaro, free agent Neftali Feliz is a "candidate" for the Marlins.

    Advice: That might be the fallback plan if the Marlins aren't able to wrangle in Kenley Jansen. Feliz posted a nice 3.52 ERA, 1.137 WHIP, and 61/21 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings this summer out of the Pirates' bullpen. He's also said to be drawing open-market interest from the Nationals, Blue Jays, and Padres. Today, 10:36 am
  • Boras, Cubs to talk Arrieta extension in Jan.
    Jake Arrieta's agent Scott Boras said he plans to discuss a contract extension with the Cubs in January.

    Advice: The two sides will meet at that point to sort out Arrieta's salary for 2017, his final year of arbitration. It's possible (though probably not likely) that they go ahead and work out something long term instead. Arrieta, 30, posted a 3.10 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 190/76 K/BB ratio in 197 1/3 regular-season innings this summer for the Cubs before helping the franchise to its first World Series title since 1908. He's due a big raise from the $10.7 million he made in 2016. Today, 10:11 am
  • Nats have discussed CHW's David Robertson
    MASN's Mark Zuckerman reports that the Nationals have discussed David Robertson with the White Sox.

    Advice: Washington missed out on Aroldis Chapman, who has agreed to an $86 million contract with the Yankees, and might be finding Kenley Jansen's asking price too high. Robertson posted an underwhelming 3.47 ERA over 62 1/3 innings this past season for Chicago, but he still has good swing-and-miss stuff and the Nationals seem desperate to acquire a late-inning reliever of some sort. There could certainly be a match here. Robertson, 31, is owed $12 million in 2017 and $13 million in 2018. Today, 9:08 am
  • Tigers select Daniel Stumpf in Rule 5 Draft
    Tigers selected LHP Daniel Stumpf from the Royals with the No. 11 pick in the Rule 5 Draft.

    Advice: Stumpf was also selected in last year's Rule 5 Draft, so this routine is nothing new for him. He allowed six earned runs in five innings with the Phillies in 2016, but the 25-year-old southpaw did have some success at the Double-A level and will compete for a spot in the Detroit bullpen next spring. Today, 7:30 am
  • Red Sox get Josh Rutledge back in Rule 5
    Red Sox selected INF Josh Rutledge from the Rockies with the No. 14 pick in the Rule 5 Draft.

    Advice: Rutledge spent the entire 2016 season with the Red Sox before inking a minor league contract with the Rockies in late November. Now he'll head back to Boston. The 27-year-old utility infielder has batted just .262/.312/.397 in 333 career games at the MLB level. Today, 7:11 am
  • Rangers sign Cesar Puello to minors deal
    Rangers signed OF Cesar Puello to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Puello posted a cool .413 on-base percentage in 78 games this past season with the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, though it came with only five home runs in 289 plate appearances. The 25-year-old outfielder has never appeared in a game at the major league level and seems doubtful to crack the Opening Day roster with Texas. Today, 6:59 am
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  • Rangers re-sign Jared Hoying to minors deal
    Ranger re-signed OF Jared Hoying to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Hoying was non-tendered by the Rangers earlier this month, but he's now back with the club on a non-roster invite to major league camp. The 27-year-old outfielder appeared in 39 games with Texas in 2016, slashing just .217/.265/.261 with no homers and five RBI. Today, 6:56 am
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  • NYM finding 'limited market' for OF Jay Bruce
    Mike Puma of the New York Post says there is a "limited market" at the moment for Jay Bruce.

    Advice: Puma adds that the Rangers and Blue Jays -- two possible trade partners for Bruce -- have shown only "minimal interest" so far. Bruce struggled down the stretch with New York after an August 1 trade from Cincinnati, batting just .219/.294/.391 with eight home runs in 50 games. He is owed $13 million in 2017 on the final year of his current deal. Today, 6:50 am
  • Braves release righty Williams Perez
    Braves released RHP Williams Perez.

    Advice: The move clears a 40-man roster spot just ahead of Thursday morning's Rule 5 Draft. Perez posted a dreadful 6.04 ERA over 53 2/3 innings this summer for Atlanta before suffering an elbow impingement in September. He will probably have to settle for a non-guaranteed minor league contract in free agency. Today, 6:08 am
  • Cardinals unlikely to part with SP Alex Reyes
    Cardinals GM John Mozeliak indicated Wednesday that he will not trade Alex Reyes.

    Advice: "Alex has such high value we would have had to have been overwhelmed to do something," said Mozeliak, in reference to this week's wild trade market. "And perhaps the way to think about it is maybe we didn’t have the next tier that was good enough to compete with some of the names that are being bantered about. So we have that gap." Reyes is certainly the Cardinals' most prized prospect, having registered a 1.57 ERA with 52 strikeouts over his first 46 major league innings in 2016. He should open the 2017 season as a member of the St. Louis rotation. Today, 5:40 am
  • Red Sox pushing for Clay Buchholz trade
    A source told WEEI's Rob Bradford that the Red Sox have "prioritized" dealing Clay Buchholz over Drew Pomeranz.

    Advice: Pomeranz figures to draw the better offers, but that's also because he's the better, more reliable pitcher. Buchholz registered an ugly 4.78 ERA in 139 1/3 innings (21 starts, 16 relief appearances) this past season for the Red Sox, yet still had his $13.5 million club option picked up for 2017. He did finish strong in the second half. And there should be some kind of low-level trade market for him. Today, 5:32 am
  • Nats making a push for closer Kenley Jansen
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports the Nationals are "making a push" for Kenley Jansen.

    Advice: It looked like a two-team race between the Dodgers and Marlins just a bit ago, but the Nats were in serious pursuit of Aroldis Chapman before he signed with the Yankees and remain desperate for a dominant late-inning arm. Jansen may try to top Chapman's five-year, $86 million agreement with New York. The right-hander posted a ridiculous 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings this past year for the Dodgers. Today, 5:12 am
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  • Phils see Joseph as regular first baseman
    Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said Tuesday that they are currently viewing Tommy Joseph as their regular first baseman.

    Advice: Klentak didn't rule out the possibility of adding another option for first base, but Joseph hit .257/.308/.505 with 21 homers and 47 RBI over 107 games as a rookie in 2016 and they are prepared to see what he can do with an everyday role. "If that changes by virtue of an additional player acquisition, then we'll adjust," said Klentak. "But Tommy showed pretty well for himself all year long and we're excited to see what he can do in a little more of a regular role this coming year." Joseph was better against lefties than he was against righties, but he can be a cheap power source in fantasy leagues in 2017. Yesterday, 7:16 am
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