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  • Rangers acquire Herrera from Yankees
    Rangers acquired RHP Ronald Herrera from the Yankees for LHP Reiver Sanmartin.

    Advice: Herrera will be on the Rangers' 40-man roster. The 22-year-old made two appearances in the majors this season and posted a strong 1.91 ERA and 57/15 K/BB ratio over 75 1/3 innings in the minors. He has a chance to be a useful bullpen arm. Today, 10:03 am
  • Report: Alcantara part of Stanton offer
    Craig Mish of SiriusXM reports that prospect right-hander Sandy Alcantara was part of the Cardinals' reported proposal for Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

    Advice: Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported Sunday that the Cardinals have made a formal trade offer for Stanton. The Giants are also in the mix here and can't beat the quality of prospects that the Cardinals have, but Stanton ultimately controls the process due to his no-trade clause. Alcantara, a hard-throwing 22-year-old, made eight appearances with the Cardinals this year and posted a 4.31 ERA and 106/54 K/BB ratio over 125 1/3 innings in Double-A. Today, 9:21 am
  • Logan Verrett signs with KBO
    Logan Verrett has signed with the NC Dinos of the Korea Baseball Organization.

    Advice: Verrett opted to go overseas after electing free agency last month. The 27-year-old made four appearances with the Orioles this past season and posted a 5.10 ERA over two starts and 38 relief appearances in Triple-A. Today, 5:45 am
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  • Tyler Chatwood 'drawing widespread interest''s Jon Morosi reports that Tyler Chatwood "is drawing widespread interest."

    Advice: One source told Morosi that it's "probable" the right-hander nets a multi-year contract this offseason. Chatwood, who turns 28 next month, holds a pedestrian 4.31 ERA in his career, but teams are intrigued by what he could do away from Coors Field. He posted a 3.49 ERA and .695 opponents' OPS away from the thin Denver air in 2017. The Orioles and Rangers are two clubs known to have interest in Chatwood, but it sounds like there are probably a bunch more that have checked in with his agent. Yesterday, 11:05 am
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  • Rays' Alex Colome 'likely to be dealt'
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times writes of Alex Colome this offseason that the closer "figures to be a hot topic and likely to be dealt."

    Advice: Colome is entering his first of three arbitration years this winter, so it makes sense that the cost-conscious Rays would be looking to trade him while his value is high. Slated to turn 29 next month, Colome boasts a 2.63 ERA and 129/38 K/BB ratio across 123 1/3 frames over the last two seasons as the Rays' closer. He led all of baseball with 47 saves in 2017. The Cardinals are one teams that's already been connected to Colome. Yesterday, 6:03 am
  • Phillies keeping tabs on RP Jake McGee's Jon Morosi reports that the Phillies are among the teams interested in Jake McGee.

    Advice: As Morosi points out, McGee and new Phillies skipper Gabe Kapler were actually teammates with the Rays in 2010. The hard-throwing left-hander struggled in 2016 in his first season with the Rockies but bounced back with a nice showing in 2017, putting up a 3.61 ERA and 58/16 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings while notching three saves. Yesterday, 5:54 am
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  • Cardinals, Rockies interested in Kintzler's Jon Morosi reports that the Cardinals and Rockies are showing interest in Brandon Kintzler.

    Advice: He could potentially close for either team, depending on what other bullpen pieces they might bring in. Kintzler saved 29 games while posting a 3.03 ERA for the Twins and Nationals this past season while making his first All-Star team. He doesn't miss bats, which is a big reason why many clubs would probably prefer him as a setup man, but he could be a fallback option for the ninth inning in a lot of places. Yesterday, 5:50 am
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  • Greg Holland rejects qualifying offer
    RHP Greg Holland rejected the Rockies' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: Holland had already previously declined his $15 million player option and is now officially a free agent after turning down his qualifying offer. He really struggled in the second half for the Rockies in 2017 but will get a multi-year contract this winter, anyway. Friday, 8:31 am
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  • Wade Davis turns down qualifying offer
    RHP Wade Davis rejected the Cubs' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

    Advice: It was a formality, as Davis is the top reliever hitting the free agent market this offseason and is set to receive a big multi-year contract. He put up a 2.30 ERA and 79/28 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings while notching 32 saves for the Cubs in 2017. Friday, 8:29 am
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  • Ryan O'Rourke signs with Orioles
    Orioles signed LHP Ryan O'Rourke to a minor league contract.

    Advice: O'Rourke underwent Tommy John surgery at the beginning of May, so he'll likely miss at least the first couple of months of next season. The 29-year-old had a 4.98 ERA in 47 innings for the Twins between 2015 and 2016. Thursday, 5:26 pm
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  • Blue Jays sign former 1st-rounder McGuire
    Blue Jays signed RHP Deck McGuire to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

    Advice: McGuire was a first-round flop with the Blue Jays after being taken 11th overall in 2010, so it's surprising that he would want back in. He's coming off his best season as a pro, going 9-9 with a 2.79 ERA and 170 strikeouts in 168 innings for Double-A Pensacola and then posting a 2.63 ERA in two starts and four relief appearances for the Reds in September. His stuff is fringy, and it still seems like a long shot that he'll have a significant major league career. Thursday, 2:06 pm
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  • Padres interested in re-signing Chacin
    The Padres are showing interest in retaining free agents Jhoulys Chacin and Craig Stammen and could be open to two-year deals.

    Advice: The Padres already gave free-agent-to-be Clayton Richard a two-year deal in September. They would expect a bit of a discount on a multiyear deal for Jhoulys and/or Stammen, but that might work out if either veteran is looking for some stability. Chacin, coming off his best season since 2013, has pitched for four teams in three years since getting let go by the Rockies. There should be a fair amount of interest in him as a fourth or fifth starter, but most suitors will only want to go one year. Thursday, 1:44 pm
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  • White Sox acquire Thyago Vieira from SEA
    White Sox acquired RHP Thyago Vieira from the Mariners for international slot money.

    Advice: Vieira is a hard-throwing relief prospect whose fastball has been clocked as high as 103 mph. He made his major league debut with Seattle in 2017, throwing a flawless ninth inning at the end of a blowout loss to the Orioles. It's a nice pickup for Chicago. The 24-year-old right-hander will compete for a spot in the Opening Day bullpen next spring in White Sox camp. Thursday, 9:07 am
  • Cubs looking at FA reliever Brandon Morrow
    According to Patrick Mooney of NBC Sports Chicago, the Cubs have identified free agent reliever Brandon Morrow as an offseason target.

    Advice: Morrow put up a stellar 2.06 ERA and 50/9 K/BB ratio over 43 2/3 regular-season innings for the Dodgers and then shut down the Cubs in the National League Championship Series. Mooney says the Cubs "are also expected to monitor" the market for free agent Addison Reed as they look for new late-inning relief options. The asking price on Orioles closer Zach Britton is said to be "too high." Thursday, 8:54 am
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  • Athletics acquire Pagan, prospect for Healy
    Athletics acquired RHP Emilio Pagan and INF Alexander Campos from the Mariners for INF/DH Ryon Healy.

    Advice: Pagan isn't a household name, but he was quietly one of the better relievers for Seattle during the 2017 season. He struck out 56 hitters with just eight walks in his 50 1/3 innings, and despite giving up seven homers in that time frame his ERA was still a solid 3.22. With a fastball that can get into the high-90s and an improving breaking ball, Pagan could be a high-leverage reliever for Oakland in 2018. Wednesday, 5:59 pm
  • Mets showing major interest in Minor
    The Mets have shown interest in Mike Minor, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

    Advice: Minor was one of the major surprises of the 2017 season (pardon the pun), pitching 65 games with an ERA of 2.57 and 88 strikeouts in just under 78 innings after missing the last two season. There weren't many things that went right for the Mets last year, and the bullpen wasn't an exception. There are rumors that he'd like another chance at starting, but considering how well he pitched in a high-leverage role last year, that's his most likely path to a big deal. Wednesday, 1:03 pm
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    Mike Minor KC - SP,RP
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  • Jason Wheeler signs deal with KBO team
    Jason Wheeler has signed a one-year, $575,000 contract with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization.

    Advice: Wheeler made his major league debut with the Twins in 2017 and allowed five runs -- three earned -- in two relief appearances totaling three innings. The 27-year-old left-hander will try to re-establish himself in South Korea. Wednesday, 10:54 am
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  • Bradley likely to remain reliever in 2018
    Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen indicated that Archie Bradley will likely remain a reliever in 2018.

    Advice: "We're going to bring him into camp, stretch him out, but it's likely he's going to be in the 'pen," Hazen told reporters at the GM Meetings in Orlando. "We haven't specifically discussed his role. I think he'll continue in the back-end of the bullpen. We haven't ruled out closing, but we'll see what happens as we put the team together." The former starting pitching prospect excelled as a full-time reliever in 2017, delivering a 1.73 ERA in 73 regular-season innings. Wednesday, 8:36 am
  • Alex Reyes (elbow) ready around May 1?
    Cardinals president John Mozeliak suggested Tuesday that Alex Reyes (elbow) will likely make his 2018 debut around the beginning of May.

    Advice: Reyes underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last February and missed the entire 2017 season. "Maybe we think about his season beginning more like on May 1 and possibly rolling him in the bullpen," Mozeliak told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Depending on what we may accomplish this offseason." The young right-hander delivered an exceptional 1.57 ERA with 52 strikeouts over his first 46 major league innings in 2016. Wednesday, 6:52 am
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    Álex Reyes StL - SP,RP
  • Jake Peavy plans to pitch next season
    Jake Peavy has been telling teams that he plans to pitch in 2018.

    Advice: Peavy sat out the entire 2017 season to spend time with his four sons following a divorce from his wife. The 36-year-old right-hander had a 5.54 ERA in 118 2/3 innings with the Giants in 2016 and will likely have to settle for a non-guaranteed minor league contract or an incentive-driven one-year deal on this winter's free agent market. But he figures to get a shot somewhere. Wednesday, 6:45 am
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    Jake Peavy SF - SP,RP
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