Carlos Pimentel
Astros' Carlos Pimentel: To serve 56-game suspension
Carlos Pimentel, SP, SD
11/17/2017
News: Pimentel was suspended 56 games for a positive test of Stanozolol, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Pimental only appeared in 14 games for Houston's rookie-league team in 2017, posting a 4.66 ERA and a 21:6 K:BB over 19.1 innings out of the bullpen. He will miss over one-third of the 2018 campaign due to this failed test.

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Jake Arrieta
Jake Arrieta: Rejects qualifying offer
Jake Arrieta, SP, CHC
11/16/2017
News: Arrieta officially declined his qualifying offer from the Cubs on Thursday, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

As expected, Arrieta will head to free agency in search of a multi-year deal. He was never expected to accept the Cubs' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer, but the Cubs have now ensure themselves a draft pick should he sign elsewhere. The 31-year-old will be one of the most sought after starting pitchers in the market; he's compiled a combined 2.67 ERA and 1.03 WHIP over the past four seasons with Chicago.

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Lance Lynn
Lance Lynn: Does not accept qualifying offer
Lance Lynn, SP, STL
11/16/2017
News: Lynn declined the Cardinals' qualifying offer prior to Thursday's deadline, Bill Shaikin of The Los Angeles Times reports.

Following the rejection of his $17.4 million offer, Lynn will officially become a free agent and is ready to test the open market this winter. The 30-year-old started 33 games for St. Louis this past season, posting a 3.43 ERA and 1.23 WHIP over 186.1 innings.

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Alex Cobb
Rays' Alex Cobb: Rejects qualifying offer
Alex Cobb, SP, TB
11/16/2017
News: Cobb did not accept Tampa Bay's qualifying offer, and will officially hit the free-agent market, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Cobb will look for a multi-year deal in the open market this winter after declining the $17.4 million offer, which comes on the heels of earning just $12.2 million combined during the last three years with the Rays. The 30-year-old started 29 games this past season, and recorded a 3.66 ERA and 1.22 WHIP, with a 128:44 K:BB over the course of 179.1 innings. Wherever he winds up, Cobb will be a key cog in that organization's rotation.

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Deck McGuire
Blue Jays' Deck McGuire: Signs with Toronto
Deck McGuire, SP, TOR
11/16/2017
News: McGuire signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays on Thursday.

McGuire appeared in six big-league games with the Reds last season, allowing four earned runs off 10 hits and two walks while striking out 11 in 13.2 innings out of the bullpen. He spent a majority of the year with Double-A Pensacola, and will likely begin the 2018 season in the minors while serving as organizational depth for the Blue Jays, although he did earn an invite to spring training with the club.

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Jason Wheeler
Jason Wheeler: Signs with Korean club
Jason Wheeler, SP, LAD
11/15/2017
News: Wheeler signed a $575,000 deal with the Hanwha Eagles of the KBO League on Wednesday, Sung Min Kim of Sporting News reports.

Wheeler only appeared in two big-league games, with the Twins, this past season, and combined to play in 39 minor-league contests across three organizations. The 27-year-old will take his talents to Korea for the upcoming season, but could make a return in the MLB at some point in the future, although he likely won't register on any fantasy radars.

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Jake Peavy
Jake Peavy: Interested in playing next season
Jake Peavy, SP, SF
11/15/2017
News: Peavy is interested in returning to the field in 2018 after sitting out this past season, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

Peavy tried to latch on with an organization last spring, but was unable to find a home after posting a 5.54 ERA in 2016 with the Giants. During that season, he compiled a 1.43 WHIP and held a 102:36 K:BB over the course of 118.2 innings. In the event that he gets an opportunity somewhere, the 36-year-old could provide depth whether as a back-end starter or in a club's bullpen, but likely won't receive more than a minor-league contract for this upcoming season.

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Brian Johnson
Red Sox's Brian Johnson: To work as reliever in 2018
Brian Johnson, SP, BOS
11/13/2017
News: Johnson will be tried out as a reliever in 2018, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

Johnson split time between Triple-A Pawtucket and the Red Sox last season, compiling a 3.09 ERA in 17 starts for the PawSox and a 4.33 ERA in five starts for the big club. While he's worked solely as a starting pitcher through his first six seasons, the Red Sox -- who are in need of left-handed bullpen depth -- are set to try the 26-year-old southpaw out in a relief role. Johnson's expected to make the big club out of spring given he's out of options, so having him as a relief arm with the capability to spot start makes sense for a Red Sox team that is comfortable with their current starting rotation. At this point, it's unclear if the transition is a long-term move or simply for next season.

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Nick Martinez
Rangers' Nick Martinez: Undergoes sports hernia surgery
Nick Martinez, SP, TEX
11/13/2017
News: Martinez underwent surgery Monday to repair a sports hernia, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

At this point in time, it's expected that Martinez will be in full health once spring training arrives. During the 2017 season, Martinez posted an unimpressive 5.66 ERA and 1.37 WHIP over 23 games (111.1 innings).

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Adalberto Mejia
Twins' Adalberto Mejia: Lasts two innings
Adalberto Mejia, SP, MIN
11/12/2017
News: Mejia allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits and struck out two batters Thursday in his Dominican Winter League debut, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Mejia didn't pitch well during his first start of the Dominican Winter League, although he's likely shaking some of the rust off. The 24-year-old posted a 4.50 ERA in 2017 for the Twins over 98 innings pitched, and earned a spot in Minnesota's starting rotation. The good news is that Mejia is still very young and has plenty of time to improve. He'll look to have a better outing in his second start of winter league play.

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