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White Sox have acquired RHP Tommy Kahnle from the Rockies in exchange for minor-league RHP Yency Almonte.

Prior to the trade, Kahnle had been a member of the Rockies for the past two seasons. This past season, the 26-year-old right-handed pitcher posted a 0-1 record with a 4.86 ERA, 39 strikeouts in 33.1 innings and a 1.77 WHIP. Kahnle is not a recommended fantasy option for the upcoming season. Analysis: Noah Weintraub

Mets signed pitcher Stolmy Pimentel to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.

Aside from defense, it was clear that the Mets had a problem getting the ball from their starters to their closer last year. Pimentel is not a big name reliever by any means however if he has a solid enough spring he could show the Mets somethings. If he makes the team he'd be a low-leverage middle reliever in the pen. Analysis: Matt Selz

Padres signed Johnny Hellweg to a minor league contract.

The 27-year-old is a former notable prospect, but injuries and inconsistencies have derailed him for most of his twenties. Hellweg has to be happy to end up in the pitchers haven of San Diego, however he needs to work his way through the minor league system before pitching in PetCo Park.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Cubs signed RHP Drew Rucinski to a minor league deal.

The 26-year old hasn't seen much success in his two stints in two years at the big show. That being said, the Cubs signed him to a minor league contract hoping he'll rebound in their organization. Analysis: James Grande

Mariners designated John Hicks for assignment.

The Mariners sign one catcher in Iannetta and designate another for assignment, that being John Hicks. In 32 at-bats during his rookie season in 2015, he had just two hits. Is that bad? Yeah, that's what we call bad. Hicks can only hope to be claimed and if he becomes a free agent, to be signed. Analysis: James Grande

Mariners signed C Chris Iannetta to a one-year deal.

The 10-year pro has found a new home in Seattle. He's coming off a season where he hit a putrid .188 and threw out only 25-percent of base-stealers while the league average was 32-percent. Iannetta does possess some power as he's hit 100 home-runs over his career. He will most likely be in a platoon role but can manage to start consecutive days as he's done throughout his entire career. Analysis: James Grande

Orioles have signed IF Steve Tolleson to a minor league contract with an invite spring training.

Tolleson who's been a utility man in scarce chances with the Blue Jays over the past two seasons was signed by the Orioles on Monday. He was given an invite to spring training with hopes to make the big league team. In four Major League seasons, the 32-year old is a .245 hitter. Analysis: James Grande

Toronto signs former Yankees INF David Adams to minor league contract.

A depth signing is what this amounts to for Toronto as their infield depth is very set on the major league level. Adams should have no fantasy relevancy presuming the several guys in front of him stay healthy. Analysis: Matt Selz

Shelby Miller is reportedly drawing interest from the Dodgers and Giants.

Several teams have reportedly kicked the tires on the 25-year-old righty this off-season following his very good campaign in 2015. Atlanta is in desperate need of young controllable position players following a bunch of trades that have empty the reserves to get pitching. San Francisco seems to be the top candidate to land Miller in exchange for a proven young infielder. Analysis: Matt Selz

Hanley Ramirez is set to play winter ball in the Dominican Republic.

A lot of players play in winter ball to keep their skills up in the off-season. There was no question that Ramirez's offense played well in Fenway but what didn't was his terrible outfield defense. Ramirez could be playing more at first this upcoming season which could change his fantasy value. Analysis: Matt Selz

The Dodgers have had preliminary discussions with the Reds about acquiring Aroldis Chapman

It should be interesting to see exactly how interested the Dodgers would be in bringing on Chapman since they still have control over Kenley Jansen and are going to have to start negotiating with him soon to avoid arbitration once again. Should the Dodger really pay the price to acquire an elite arm like Chapman, they would likely have to find a trade for Jansen as well. Analysis: Howard Bender

The Tigers are unlikely to re-sign free agent Rajai Davis.

The acquisition of Cameron Maybin and the desire to give Tyler Collins a shot at the left field job will likely hold the Tiger back from making any sort of an effort to bring back the veteran speedster. Davis struggled last year with a few minor injuries but was fairly disappointing even when healthy. He batted just .258 over 370 plate appearances and with just 18 steals, broke a six-year run of no fewer than 20 SB in a year. There should be some iunterest in him around the league, but at 35 years old, it seems unlikely that anyone is going to offer him anything more than a two or three-year deal. Analysis: Howard Bender

Buster Olney of ESPN reports, Orioles owner Peter Angelos is personally involved in the Orioles effort to re-sign Chris Davis.

Because that's what every general manager wants -- an owner getting involved with day-to-day operations and free agent negotiations. Davis turned down a $15M-plus qualifying offer to test the open market and the Orioles need to retain him if they're going to continue trying to compete in the AL East. His 47-homer rebound season in 2015 is likely to land him a multi-year offer somewhere in the $20M per year range, so if Angelos is going to really get involved, he better have his checkbook in hand. Analysis: Howard Bender

Dave Roberts' deal is for three years with a fourth year option as the new manager of the Dodgers

This seems like a generous offer for a guy that hasn't yet managed in the big leagues. He has been the bench coach for the Padres the last couple of seasons but considering a new manager typically operates on a two-year deal this one goes well over that threshold. He inherits a talented roster that should be favored to win the division once again in 2016. Analysis: Matt Selz

The Cubs are reportedly pursuing Zack Greinke more than David Price this off-season.

With Winter Meetings being this week a lot of talk about free agency will come out and the Cubs appear to be the biggest possible spenders out there when it comes to pitching. Greinke or Price would massively bolster and already talented rotation but Chicago could be thinking the former might be cheaper than the latter since he is older and would command a shorter contract.  Analysis: Matt Selz


Ray’s Ramblings: Nothing To See Here   |
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MLB: Ray’s Ramblings: Nothing To See Here

OK, there is something to see. Iannetta to the Mariners. Lincecum hoping surgery helps. Parra still looking for a team and some numbers for fun as we approach Turkey Day.

2016 MLB Free Agent Tracker |
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MLB: 2016 MLB Free Agent Tracker

A complete guide to all the MLB free agent movement for the 2016 fantasy baseball season

Ray’s Ramblings: Offseason Deals  |
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MLB: Ray’s Ramblings: Offseason Deals

The A's dealt Chavez & signed Hill and the Tigers added Maybin. Elsewhere, will Jose Fernandez have an innings pitched limit? Finally, Rosario to become a free agent.

Daily Trends: MVP and Cy Young Awards |
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MLB: Daily Trends: MVP and Cy Young Awards

Ray Flowers discusses the big-4 awards in major league baseball – the MVP and Cy Young awards in the AL and NL. Were the right choices made?

Ray’s Ramblings: Rookies of the Year |
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MLB: Ray’s Ramblings: Rookies of the Year

Another day, another deal in major league baseball, this one highlighted by two boringly named outfielders – Jones and Martin. Ray also touches on the AL and NL Rookie of the Year winners.

Ray’s Ramblings: Kimbrel Dealt To Red Sox |
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MLB: Ray’s Ramblings: Kimbrel Dealt To Red Sox

Craig Kimbrel, the best closer in baseball, has been dealt to the Red Sox as the turnstile dealing of relievers continues in the major league offseason heading into the 2016 season.

Daily Trends: November 13, 2015 |
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MLB: Daily Trends: November 13, 2015

The Angels added Simmons. AJP returned to the Braves. The Yankees added Hicks. Rasmus returned to the Astros. Ray Flowers breaks down the four moves.

Ray’s Ramblings: Reliever Roulette |
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MLB: Ray’s Ramblings: Reliever Roulette

The Mariners and Padres make a deal centered around a reliever, and oh those relievers. Everyone seems to want to make a deal to add one.

Ray’s Ramblings: Brantley/Bundy Down |
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MLB: Ray’s Ramblings: Brantley/Bundy Down

Michael Brantley may not be ready for the start of the 2016 season. Ditto Dylan Bundy. As for Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers want him to remake his body. Meanwhile, the Marlins are unsure about Marcell Ozuna being part of their organization.

Ray’s Ramblings: Mariners & Rays Deal   |
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MLB: Ray’s Ramblings: Mariners & Rays Deal

The Mariners and Rays completed a six player deal last week. Ray Flowers gives his thoughts on the players who are changing zip codes.