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Tyler Clippard is still on the market and both the Diamondbacks and Rays are thought to be interested.
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Lou Piniella will spend 2016 working for the Reds:
#Reds announce they have hired Lou Piniella to serve in a consulting capacity as a senior advisor. Will spend time w/ team at springtraining— John Fay (@johnfayman) February 5, 2016
Although it was initially unclear, the Diamondbacks have spoken with Clippard's agent:
#Dbacks have had discussions with Tyler Clippard's camp.— Jack Magruder (@JackMagruder) February 6, 2016
San Diego is not viewing 2016 as a rebuilding year, according to Dennis Lin of The San Diego Union-Tribune:
Two weeks before pitchers and catchers report for spring training, the Union-Tribune approached the Padres’ owners and top executives about their vision for the upcoming season and beyond. While their replies might be perceived as posturing in an All-Star year — and they continue to maintain that hosting the Midsummer Classic has no bearing on their strategy — their words were presented in no uncertain terms.
Gavin Floyd is headed to Toronto on a major league deal:
gavin Floyd deal with jays is MLB deal for $1M, plus $1M in incentives based on days on active roster— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 6, 2016
Jesse Chavez will earn $4 million after winning his arbitration hearing with the Blue Jays:
Breaking news: Congratulations to @BlueJays RHP Jesse Chavez on winning his salary arbitration!— Sosnick Cobbe Karon (@SosnickCobbe) February 6, 2016
Cleveland has offered Juan Uribe about $3 million, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.
Chicago avoided arbitration with Jake Arrieta:
Arrieta agrees to $10.7 million, 1-year contract. #Cubs— Jay Cohen (@jcohenap) February 6, 2016
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