Zach Lee
Mariners' Zach Lee: Designated for assignment
Zach Lee, SP, SEA
12/3/2016
News: Lee was designated for assignment on Friday, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

Lee was acquired by the Mariners in a trade with the Dodgers last June and figured to offer rotation depth while trying to find the stuff that made him a first-rounder and top prospect in the past. He did not accomplish the latter. The 25-year-old yielded a 7.39 ERA in 14 starts with Triple-A Tacoma and didn't see a major league inning with Seattle despite being on the 40-man roster in September.

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CC Sabathia
Yankees' CC Sabathia: Starts throwing program next week
CC Sabathia, SP, NYY
12/2/2016
News: Sabathia said Friday that his recovery from knee surgery is going well and he will begin a throwing program next week, the Boston Herald's Evan Drellich reports.

He underwent a routine cleanup of his knee after the season, and is not expected to be limited heading into spring training. Sabathia is coming off his best year since 2012, as he managed a 3.91 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. However, his 4.28 FIP and 152:65 K:BB in 179.2 innings suggest he may be due for a bit of regression in 2017. His spot in the Yankees' rotation is safe heading into the final year of his contract.

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Simon Castro
Athletics' Simon Castro: Signs minor league deal with Oakland
Simon Castro, SP, OAK
12/1/2016
News: Castro signed a minor league contract with Oakland on Thursday that includes an invite to spring training, CSN Bay Area reports.

Castro put together a solid showing at Triple-A Albuquerque in 2016, where he was one of the club's most-used relievers, as he threw for a 3.38 ERA and 1.20 WHIP over 53.1 innings (50 games). He also posted a 25.8 percent K-rate, which is well above his career average of 20 percent, and managed to walk batters at a career-low rate of 5.3 percent.

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Logan Verrett
Orioles' Logan Verrett: Traded to Orioles
Logan Verrett, SP, BAL
11/30/2016
News: Verrett was traded to the Orioles on Wednesday in exchange for cash, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.

Verrett was picked by the Orioles in the 2015 Rule 5 draft, so they have history with him. He managed a 2.84 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 31.2 innings as a reliever, but posted a 6.45 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 60 innings as a starter with the Mets last year. The Mets obviously were not going to be using him as a starter in 2017, but the Orioles could wind up trying him in that role at some point, considering some of the mediocre options they have used in recent seasons. That said, even if he were to find his way into the rotation, he would be unappealing in the majority fantasy formats. If he ends up relieving, then he becomes even less interesting, as he would be used in middle relief.

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Jarrett Grube
Blue Jays' Jarrett Grube: Signs with Blue Jays
Jarrett Grube, SP, TOR
11/29/2016
News: Grube signed a minor league contract with Toronto on Monday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

Grube is an unlikely candidate to make the big league squad, but part of the deal includes an invite to spring training. The 35-year-old posted a 3.92 ERA in 26 minor league outings in 2016. Grube, a righty, has logged just 0.2 major league innings (back in 2014 with the Angels).

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Nate Smith
Angels' Nate Smith: Added to 40-man roster
Nate Smith, SP, LAA
11/18/2016
News: Smith was added to the Angels' 40-man roster Friday.

The lefty developed a bout of elbow soreness late in the season but it seems it was a relatively minor issue, as the Angels used a 40-man spot to protect Smith from the Rule 5 draft. Smith went 8-9 with a 4.61 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 122:44 K:BB in 150.1 innings with Triple-A Salt Lake in 2016.

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Ryne Stanek
Rays' Ryne Stanek: Added to 40-man roster
Ryne Stanek, SP, TB
11/18/2016
News: Stanek was added to the Rays' 40-man roster Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

He reached the Triple-A level in 2016 but pitched exclusively out of the bullpen, suggesting his days as a starter are over. While that move may expedite the former first-round pick's arrival to the major leagues, it effectively does away with any remaining deep keeper league appeal Stanek may have had.

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Jaime Schultz
Rays' Jaime Schultz: Added to 40-man roster
Jaime Schultz, SP, TB
11/18/2016
News: Schultz was added to the Rays' 40-man roster Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Schultz was one of eight players the Rays added ahead of the Rule 5 roster deadline. The 25-year-old right-hander has battled control issues throughout his professional career (5.3 BB/9), but he's been able to limit the damage thanks in large part to a high K-rate. He will probably be a spot-start option in 2017 or maybe more depending on what the Rays do the rest of the offseason.

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Leonel Campos
Blue Jays' Leonel Campos: Claimed by Blue Jays off waivers
Leonel Campos, SP, TOR
11/18/2016
News: Campos was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays on Friday, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet Magazine reports.

Campos yielded a 5.73 ERA in 22 innings of major league work with the Rays in 2016 and is likely just bullpen depth. His 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings at least keeps him intriguing, but his 5.7 walks per nine dampens that considerably.

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Joe Gunkel
Orioles' Joe Gunkel: Added to 40-man roster
Joe Gunkel, SP, BAL
11/18/2016
News: Gunkel was added to the Orioles' 40-man roster on Friday.

Gunkel reached Triple-A Norfolk in 2016 and posted a 4.08 ERA in 141.1 innings there. He could figure into Baltimore's starting depth next season, but his lack of strikeouts (6.0 strikeouts per nine innings) keeps his ceiling limited as far as fantasy value goes.

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