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Blue Jays exercised their $3 million option on Jason Grilli.

Added 11/04/16 7:50 pm (EST)   Source
Grilli will turn 40 years of age next week, but he has proven himself to still be an effective, late-inning reliever. After being dealt from Atlanta to Toronto in the middle of this past regular season, Grilli posted a 3.64 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 58-to-19 K/BB ratio across 42.0 innings.
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Keuchel (shoulder) will throw his first live batting practice session over the weekend, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Added 9:56 am (EST)
The left-hander is set to take an important step toward being ready for Opening Day. The Astros are being careful with the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner's recovery from left rotator cuff inflammation. He said he tried to pitch through it for just about all of 2016, so better management of the injury -- or any other one moving forward -- could do wonders for his durability. Keuchel could be worth a buy-low gamble in mixed fantasy drafts if he progresses strongly through his five scheduled spring outings.
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Collins strained a left lat muscle and won't be able to throw for 10-14 days, though he'll likely be available to hit and run, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

Added 9:32 am (EST)
This may put him a bit behind in Detroit's crowded center field competition, which also includes Mikie Mahtook and JaCoby Jones, possibly along with spring invitee Anthony Gose. Still, Collins looks like the favorite and could warrant a look on AL-only draft days.
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Scherzer (finger) will throw only his secondary pitches during his Saturday mound session because he still can't grip his fastball without feeling pain, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

Added 9:23 am (EST)
As Janes said in her tweet, that fact "makes it slightly less encouraging" that he's throwing. The stress fracture that will help keep Scherzer out of the World Baseball Classic is suddenly making his prospective fantasy owners nervous. Still, Scherzer probably doesn't need much spring work to get back in the swing, though his timetable may dip into the regular season a bit. There's more reason to bump Scherzer down draft boards later into the second round, though he shouldn't be written there in Sharpie. The prognosis has time to improve.
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Ogando has signed a contract for 2017 to play in South Korea with the Hanwha Eagles, the Yonhap News Agency reports.

Added 9:20 am (EST)
Ogando had a 3.94 ERA with the Braves last season, but wasn't able to stay in the majors all season as he had command issues, walking 23 batters in 32 innings resulting in a 1.72 WHIP.
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The Nationals officially announced their signing of Wieters, Jamal Collier of MLB.com reports.

Added 9:17 am (EST)
The pact pays the backstop $10 million in 2017 with an $11 million option for 2018. His poor 2016 doesn't take away the upside he has at the catcher position in fantasy leagues. The vet could wind up a huge value pick somewhere in the top 200 selections of a mixed-league board.
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Villanueva has signed a one-year, $1. 5 million contract for 2017 to play in South Korea with the Hanwha Eagles, the Yonhap News Agency reports.

Added 9:17 am (EST)
He struggled with a 5.96 ERA last season with San Diego. At age 33, Villanueva's days in MLB may be over.
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Beliveau, nearly two-years removed from shoulder surgery, said he's close to being back to full health, the Toronto Sun reports.

Added 8:43 am (EST)
The 30-year-old has experience a taxing rehab process full of ups and downs. Last year, Beliveau returned to the mound for the first time since surgery and pitched 49.2 innings in the Orioles' minor-league system (recording a 2.54 ERA), and then shut it down for a couple of months after the season ended. The left-hander, who signed with the Jays in December, says he's feeling close to 100 percent and trying to establish a spot in the bullpen.
Chris Smith Headshot

Smith, who underwent surgery on his left knee in October, is back to full strength, Sportsnet reports.

Added 7:50 am (EST)
The procedure was "very routine" and allowed the 28-year-old to arrive in Dunedin for early for camp. Armed with a 95-mph fastball and an above-average slider, Smith's likelihood of contributing at the MLB level was echoed by Jays' manager John Gibbons. "He's got everything he needs," Gibbons said. "He's one of the priority guys we're looking at. We want to see what he can do." As a reliever with minor-league options remaining, Smith can be sent to Triple-A Buffalo without having to clear waivers. That would seem to lessen his chances of breaking camp with the team given that other arms in Dunedin are out of options. Still, opportunities are sure to arise over the course of the season for the right-handed Smith, especially now that MLB has implemented a 10-day disabled list.
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Giolito expressed frustration at being yanked around last season when he was up and down with the Nationals, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports. "The time in the big leagues was definitely fun. But going up and down a lot can be like a grind. Getting on the plane, doing this, you're pitching the next day. You have to be able to try and stay level headed and focus on the next day or task at hand. But when you're moving around a lot it can be difficult," said the pitcher.

Added 6:36 am (EST)
Giolito, who posted a 6.75 ERA and walked 12 batters in 21.1 innings while up with Washington last year, felt part of his struggles were the result of him being called up to Washington on five separate occasions. He feels his new organization, which isn't expected to be involved in the heat of a pennant race, will allow a young pitcher to settle in. Giolito is likely to start the season at Triple-A Charlotte, but once he's promoted to Chicago, he's expected to remain there regardless of performance results.
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