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The major news that came yesterday was Toronto opting to sign J.A. Happ to a three-year, $36 million deal. The Blue Jays might not have received a Black Friday discount, but they added one of the more efficient free agent lefties.
Since the Athletics acquired Jed Lowrie from the Astros, Brett Lawrie could become available and ultimately moved.
This comes only hours after the Oakland Athletics re-acquired Jed Lowrie from the Houston Astros. Lowrie, who is a utility infielder but spent the majority of 2015 at third base, is likely to make one of Valencia or Lawrie obsolete heading into the 2016 season.
Ivan Nova was out with Tommy John surgery in 2014, but has still pitched well for the Yankees. He is a year away from free agency, which might motivate the Yankees to move him this winter.
Bud Norris signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal to join the Braves next season. He could be a bounce back candidate heading into 2016.
Norris struggled in 2015, a season he spent with both the Orioles and Padres. He made 38 appearances, 11 of them starts, posting a 6.72 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in 83 innings. All 11 of his starts and the majority of his innings came with the Orioles, for whom he had a 7.02 ERA. Baltimore released Norris on August 8 and he was picked up by the Padres three days later. He then made 20 relief appearances with San Diego, with a 5.40 ERA in 16⅔ innings.
At least five teams have expressed interest in David Price, and that number is only expected to increase in the coming weeks.
Nobody truly knows what the Dodgers are doing and that probably will not change.
Robinson Cano reportedly wants out of Seattle. Our Mike Bates says he should have demanded an opt-out clause.
Which is why I expect that a lot of the top free agents on the market today (the guys who are going to get six to ten year deals) will negotiate for opt out clauses like the one Zack Greinke used this year. Opt-out clauses aren't new
It is never too early to look at next year's free agent class.
Yasiel Puig is being investigated after an incident at a Miami bar.
Anthony Recker is heading to the Indians on a minor league deal.
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Today in Baseball History: On this day in 1964, Phillies third baseman Dick Allen was named National League Rookie of The Year.