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  • D'Backs, Rodney do one-year, $2.75M deal
    Fernando Rodney has agreed to a one-year, $2.75 million contract with the Diamondbacks, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

    Advice: Heyman says there are "many, many" performance-based incentives included in the deal. Rodney posted a rough 5.89 ERA over his final 36 2/3 innings this past season with the Marlins, but he got off to a good start in San Diego and might have a little something left in the tank as he heads to the desert. The plan is for him to open the 2017 season as the Diamondbacks' closer. Good luck with that. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
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  • Report: Chapman has $92 mil offer on table
    According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, one team has offered $92 million to Aroldis Chapman.

    Advice: And there's a decent chance his price tag climbs even higher given all the interest. Among those in pursuit: the Yankees, Nationals, and Marlins. Chapman, 28, registered a 1.55 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 90/18 K/BB ratio in 58 innings this summer between the Yankees and Cubs before helping to bring the north side of Chicago its first World Series championship since 1908. Yesterday, 7:57 pm
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  • Loria signs off on Jansen, Chapman pursuits
    ESPN's Jayson Stark hears that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has "signed off on spending the money to sign Kenley Jansen or Aroldis Chapman."

    Advice: It's probably going to be in the range of $100 million for one of those guys given the kind of attention they're generating from big-market teams. Jansen, 29, registered a dominant 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, and 104/11 K/BB ratio in 68 2/3 innings this past year for the Dodgers. Chapman, 28, had a 1.55 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 90/18 K/BB ratio in 58 innings between the Yankees and Cubs. Yesterday, 7:46 pm
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  • Nationals showing interest in Jose Quintana
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Nationals have expressed interest in White Sox starter Jose Quintana.

    Advice: Washington failed to land Chris Sale despite an aggressive pursuit, and now the team is apparently looking back to the south side of Chicago. Quintana registered a 3.20 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 181 strikeouts in 208 innings this summer for the White Sox and has topped the 200-inning plateau four years in a row. The 27-year-old southpaw ranks among the most underrated starting pitchers in the majors. He's also on a very team-friendly contract that can run through 2020. Yesterday, 5:04 pm
  • Rangers considering Colby Lewis reunion
    According to's T.R. Sullivan, a reunion between free agent starter Colby Lewis and the Rangers is "making more sense" for club officials.

    Advice: That comes after an exploration of the starting pitching market, which is as dry as it's been in years. Lewis, 37, posted a respectable 3.71 ERA, 1.126 WHIP, and 73/28 K/BB ratio across 116 1/3 innings (19 starts) this past season with Texas. Yesterday, 2:48 pm
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  • Rangers, Reds talking DeSclafani and Straily
    T.R. Sullivan of reports that the Rangers have spoken to the Reds about starters Anthony DeSclafani and Dan Straily.

    Advice: Sullivan notes that the Reds "need relief" and that Rangers setup man Jeremy Jeffress is "of interest," but it doesn't sound like these discussions are very far along. DeSclafani posted a cool 3.28 ERA, 1.216 WHIP, and 105/30 K/BB ratio in 123 1/3 innings this past season for Cincinnati and he is under club control through 2020. He should command much more than bullpen help, but the Reds don't always operate in the wisest of ways. Yesterday, 2:38 pm
  • Red Sox have moved on from Koji Uehara
    Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski said the club has moved on from free agent Koji Uehara.

    Advice: Boston made an offer a few days ago, but Uehara wasn't ready to give an answer and the Tyler Thornburg addition now makes the veteran reliever unnecessary to the club's needs for 2017. Uehara turns 42 years old next April, but he did finish strong in 2016 and there should be a market for him if he wants to remain in the United States. Yesterday, 1:43 pm
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  • Red Sox announce blockbuster deal for Sale
    Red Sox acquired LHP Chris Sale from the White Sox for INF Yoan Moncada, RHP Michael Kopech, OF Luis Alexander Basabe, and RHP Victor Diaz.

    Advice: It's a massive haul of prospects -- Moncada and Kopech being the centerpieces -- but the Red Sox get one of the top starting pitchers in baseball to line up next to David Price and 2016 American League Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello. Sale, 27, registered a 3.34 ERA, 1.037 WHIP, and 233/45 K/BB ratio over 226 2/3 innings for the White Sox in 2016 and carries a very team-friendly contract that can run through 2019 if all the options are exercised. Yesterday, 1:02 pm
  • Blevins seeking three-year deal
    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Jerry Blevins is seeking a three-year deal worth $5.5 million to $6 million per season.

    Advice: In other words, he's probably close to as good as gone as far as the Mets are concerned. Blevins should have no problem finding a multi-year deal elsewhere. The 33-year-old thrived out of New York's bullpen in 2016, posting a 2.79 ERA and 52/15 K/BB ratio over 42 innings. Yesterday, 12:52 pm
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  • Dodgers want Maeda to add mass for 2017
    The Dodgers want Kenta Maeda to bulk up so he pitch on regular rest more often in 2017.

    Advice: Maeda only made 13 of his 32 starts in 2016 on four days' rest and logged a total of 175 2/3 innings. He wasn't nearly as effective in the second half (2.95 ERA in the first half compared to a 4.25 ERA in the second half), so the additional mass could help him maintain his performance for a full season. Yesterday, 12:22 pm
  • Pirates, White Sox in mix for Derek Holland
    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Derek Holland's current market appears to be the Pirates and White Sox.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported late Monday night that the Cubs and Dodgers were showing interest, so things could still evolve here. But the Pirates have looked like a logical fit all along as the southpaw tries to get his career back on track. The 30-year-old posted a 4.95 ERA and 67/35 K/BB ratio over 107 1/3 innings this past season. He hasn't made 30 starts in a season since 2013. Yesterday, 11:45 am
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  • Giants sign Morris to minor league deal
    Giants signed RHP Bryan Morris to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that Morris will make a $1.25 million base salary if he's in the majors and could max out at $2 million. The 29-year-old missed half of the 2016 season after undergoing back surgery, but he's a nice buy-low as the Giants try to retool their bullpen. Yesterday, 11:25 am
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  • Rangers asked Reds about Dan Straily
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers asked the Reds about Dan Straily in addition to Billy Hamilton.

    Advice: Nothing is said to be close. Straily, 27, is coming off a surprising 2016 where he posted a 3.76 ERA and 162/73 K/BB ratio over 191 1/3 innings. He's not yet eligible for arbitration. Yesterday, 9:54 am
  • Rangers have inquired about LHP Wilson
    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers have talked to the Tigers about the availability of Justin Wilson.

    Advice: It's not a big surprise, as MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported late last week that Wilson has "received perhaps the largest number of inquiries" among the Tigers' trade candidates. The 29-year-old southpaw posted a mediocre 4.14 ERA while allowing a career-high six home runs in 2016, but his 65/17 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings shows why teams are targeting him. He earned $1.525 million in 2016 and will be arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter. Yesterday, 9:11 am
  • Phillies designate Mariot for assignment
    Phillies designated RHP Michael Mariot for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Joaquin Benoit on the 40-man roster. Mariot, 28, owns a 5.98 ERA over 44 appearances at the major league level. Yesterday, 9:06 am
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  • Astros ink C.J. Riefenhauser to minors deal
    Astros signed LHP C.J. Riefenhauser to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Riefenhauser, who turns 27 in January, was released by the Cubs back in August. The southpaw put up a 4.55 ERA and 26/18 K/BB ratio over 27 2/3 innings in Triple-A this past season and hasn't appeared in the majors since 2015. Yesterday, 8:45 am
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  • Bucs have checked in on De La Rosa, Fister
    Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates have checked on free agents Jorge De La Rosa and Doug Fister.

    Advice: Biertempfel writes that the Pirates were simply doing their due diligence and nothing appears to be imminent with either pitcher. De La Rosa posted a 5.51 ERA and 108/63 K/BB ratio over 134 innings with the Rockies in 2016 and has expressed a willingness to potentially work as a multi-inning reliever. Fister, who turns 33 in February, is coming off a 4.64 ERA over 32 starts with the Astros. Yesterday, 8:29 am
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  • Red Sox officially acquire Tyler Thornburg
    Red Sox acquired RHP Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers for INFs Travis Shaw and Maurico Dubon, RHP Josh Pennington, and a player to be named later or cash considerations.

    Advice: The Red Sox paid a big price in the way of players, but Thornburg comes cheaper in the way of money than the going rate for relievers in free agency. The 28-year-old broke out in 2016 by posting a 2.15 ERA with 90 strikeouts in 67 innings. He even saved 13 games late in the year, though he’ll be setting up for Craig Kimbrel with his new club. Thornburg will be arbitration-eligible this winter, so he’s under team control for three seasons. Yesterday, 8:04 am
  • Rays not hearing what they want for Archer
    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Rays are not hearing what they want for right-hander Chris Archer.

    Advice: At this stage, the Rays are much more likely to move either Alex Cobb or Drew Smyly. Archer has a very reasonable contract with a pair of club options for 2019 and 2020, so the Rays don't necessarily have a sense of urgency to move him. They can wait if the offers aren't blowing them away. Yesterday, 6:46 am
  • Cubs, Dodgers at 'forefront' for Greg Holland
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cubs and Dodgers are at the forefront of talks for free agent reliever Greg Holland.

    Advice: Heyman also notes that most or all of the teams involved for Chapman and Jansen are in, so there are still a bunch of ways this could potentially go. Holland missed 2016 following Tommy John surgery and wasn't hitting his normal velocity during a showcase last month, but he's still in the process of regaining arm strength. Teams obviously aren't scared off at this point in his rehab. Yesterday, 5:50 am
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