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The Tigers signed Jordan Zimmermann to a 5-year, $110 million contract, making one of the first big splashes in the free agent market this winter.
Zimmermann has left his former team of the Nationals, who have been getting calls about Joe Ross.
Boston Globe columnist Nick Cafardo too wrote this morning that with Zimmermann and Fister departing, Ross would fit in the rotation, but also noted that the right-hander has been "[o]ne of the most sought-after pitchers of the offseason," though, "[f]or the moment, GM Mike Rizzo is resisting all offers."
Ross, helps fill one of the two holes left by the departing free agents, but, Cafardo notes, the Nationals, "...have other needs and Ross would bring a huge return."
The Diamondbacks have offered a six-year, $120 million deal to free agent pitcher Johnny Cueto, but Cueto wants to look at all of their options.
Sources confirm: #DBacks indeed offered Cueto six years, $120M, as reported by @SteveGilbertMLB. Cueto wants to explore free-agent options.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 30, 2015
Could Byung-ho Park be close to signing with the Twins?
Ben Zobrist is the number one target for the New York Mets this winter.
After signing J.A. Happ to a three-year deal, the Blue Jays have shifted their focus to the reliever market, including Ryan Madson.
After taking a small contract last year, Madson has re-established his value and despite his age and injury history, will be looking at a multi-year contract to finish off his career.MLB Trade Rumors predicts that he will sign for three years at $15 million.
Madson's signing will give the Blue Jays another right-handed late-inning option in case they are considering moving one of Roberto Osuna or Aaron Sanchez back into the rotation.
The Oakland A's are also very active in the free agent relief market, joining a bunch of other teams.
Lots of people expect the free agent relief market to pick up steam this week before winter meetings. Could get very busy.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) November 29, 2015
#MLB teams that are actively seeking relief pitching: ARI, ATL, BOS, DET, HOU, KC, LAD, NYM, OAK, PIT, TOR and WASH.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) November 29, 2015
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