Jeanmar Gomez
Phillies' Jeanmar Gomez: Will get chance to earn closing role
Jeanmar Gomez, RP, PHI
5:55 AM
News: Manager Pete Mackanin said Gomez will get a chance to earn his closing job back this spring, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports. "I'm going to give Gomez every opportunity to show that he's the guy that pitched the first five months and not the guy that pitched in September," Mackanin said.

Gomez racked up 37 saves last season before faltering in September and losing his job. Joaquin Benoit, Hector Neris and Edubray Ramos will also be in the mix for closing duties this spring, but it sounds like Gomez will get the nod for the job if he pitches well in camp.

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Blaine Boyer
Braves' Blaine Boyer: Joins Braves on minor league deal
Blaine Boyer, RP, MIL
1/17/2017
News: Boyer agreed to a minor league contract with the Braves on Tuesday that includes an invite to spring training, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

The 35-year-old Boyer is coming off a season in which he allowed 80 hits with a mere 26 strikeouts in 66 innings for Milwaukee, but Bowman suggests Boyer stands "a good chance" at an Opening Day roster spot. If Boyer is indeed in the Braves' bullpen at the start of the season, he will likely pitch primarily in mop-up duty.

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Trevor Cahill
Padres' Trevor Cahill: Will sign with San Diego
Trevor Cahill, RP, CHC
1/16/2017
News: Cahill will sign a one-year, $1.75 million contract with San Diego, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

Cahill is coming off one of his best seasons, in which he posted a 2.74 ERA over 65.2 innings in relief for the Cubs. The right-hander, a former starter with Arizona back in 2014, could be a candidate to join the Padres' starting rotation, since multiple spots are seemingly up for grabs.

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Tony Watson
Pirates' Tony Watson: Days in Pittsburgh likely numbered
Tony Watson, RP, PIT
1/14/2017
News: The Pirates and Watson were unable to reach agreement over a new contract prior to the Friday deadline and will head to arbitration, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Watson, who will become a free agent following the 2017 season, was reportedly offered only a one-year deal. It's apparent that the southpaw's time in Pittsburgh is dwindling and it wouldn't be surprising to see the team's current closer traded. Teams such as the Mariners have inquired as to his availability. Felipe Rivero and Juan Nicasio would become candidates for saves in the event Watson is dealt.

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Jeurys Familia
Mets' Jeurys Familia: Avoids arbitration
Jeurys Familia, RP, NYM
1/13/2017
News: Familia and the Mets avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.425 million contract on Friday, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports.

Familia earned a raise of over $3 million by dominating out of the Mets' bullpen for a second consecutive season and posting a career-high 51 saves in 2016. Familia is in line to serve as the Mets' closer again this season, but he is still facing a potential suspension for a domestic violence incident during the offseason, so it remains to be seen if he will fill that role Opening Day.

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George Kontos
Giants' George Kontos: Avoids arbitration
George Kontos, RP, SF
1/13/2017
News: Kontos agreed to a one-year deal with the Giants on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

The terms of the agreement were not announced. He figures to pitch in middle relief this season for the Giants and won't offer much fantasy value.

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Arodys Vizcaino
Braves' Arodys Vizcaino: Avoids arbitration
Arodys Vizcaino, RP, ATL
1/13/2017
News: Vizcaino (shoulder) agreed to a one-year, $1.55 million with the Braves on Friday, avoiding arbitration, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.

He is resting his ailing shoulder this winter, but is expected to be ready for spring training. Vizcaino is expected to enter the year as a setup man, and could be in the mix for saves if Jim Johnson falters in the ninth inning.

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Ian Krol
Braves' Ian Krol: Avoids arbitration
Ian Krol, RP, ATL
1/13/2017
News: Krol agreed to a one-year, $900,000 deal with the Braves on Friday, avoiding arbitration, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.

He pitched quite well out of the bullpen last year, posting a 3.18 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 56:13 K:BB in 51 innings. However, he is not particularly close to competing for saves, and should see most of his opportunities in middle relief in 2017.

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Randall Delgado
Diamondbacks' Randall Delgado: Avoids arbitration
Randall Delgado, RP, ARI
1/13/2017
News: Delgado agreed to a one-year deal with the Diamondbacks on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

The terms of the agreement were not announced. He should enter the year as a setup man for closer Fernando Rodney, and given Rodney's volatility, Delgado makes for an interesting end-game play in really deep leagues.

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Kevin Siegrist
Cardinals' Kevin Siegrist: Avoids arbitration
Kevin Siegrist, RP, STL
1/13/2017
News: Siegrist agreed to a one-year deal with the Cardinals on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

The terms of the agreement were not announced. This was Siegrist's first year as an arbitration-eligible player. He should once again man a setup role in the Cardinals' bullpen in 2017.

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