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Free agent Chris Capuano considering playing in Japan in 2015


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3:54 pm ET) Free agent pitcher Chris Capuano confirmed the rumors of his interest to play in Japan during the 2015 season, reports MLB Network Radio.

“There’s a lot of truth to it,” Capuano said, per MLB Network Radio. “It piqued my interest back in 06. We’re considering it.”

In 2014, Capuano went 3-4 with a 4.28 ERA in 12 starts for the Red Sox and Yankees.


Report: White Sox viewed as a sleeper team for James Shields


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:50 pm ET) The White Sox appear to be a sleeper team to sign free agent starting pitcher James Shields, according to FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal. Previous reports have indicated the Marlins and Diamondbacks have shown interest in the 32-year-old pitcher.

Shields just finished his ninth season in the majors and second with the Royals. He has won 10-plus games in eight straight seasons. He had a 3.21 ERA over 34 starts in 2014.


Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman back to full strength


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:42 pm ET) Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman said he is back to full strength after being hobbled late in the season due to a Grade 3 hamstring strain, according to The Washington Post.

"It doesn’t hurt golfing or laying around the house," he said. "It’s good. I always have to continually change things because you have to evolve as you get older. It’s one thing I’ve realized. I’ll change some things up but I’ll be good to go."


Phillies invite five to spring training as non-roster players


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:30 pm ET) The Phillies announced Tuesday they signed pitcher Paul Clemens, catcher Rene Garcia, catcher Koyie Hill, infielder Chris Nelson and infielder Cord Phelps to minor-league contracts. All five players received invites to spring training as non-roster invitees.

Farrell confident Red Sox are 'making every attempt' to sign Lester


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:16 pm ET) Red Sox manager John Farrell said Tuesday that Boston remains in the mix to bring back starting pitcher Jon Lester, even though the Red Sox just agreed to big free-agent deals with Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez.

"Like everyone else in the free-agent market, that’s to be determined. He’s earned the right to get to this point in his career," Farrell said, per WEEI.com. "I’m sure there’s a lot of teams that have a lot of interest in him and deservedly so. Confident that we’re making every attempt internally here and the hope would be to get him back here. We’ll get a better read on that in the coming weeks. … We’re probably a quarter or a third of the way through the offseason so there’s time and a lot of options still available to us and it will be interesting to see what ends up on our roster."


Padres VP of scouting: Reports on Grandal 'were all good'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:09 pm ET) Padres vice president of scouting operations Don Welke said he heard good things about catcher Yasmani Grandal, who hit .328 with a .469 on-base percentage in the Dominican winter league. He also had seven doubles, two homers and 14 RBI in 19 games, while totaling 18 walks against 15 strikeouts.

"The reports were all good on Grandal," Welke said, per MLB.com. "He looked sharper offensively and defensively. You know he's doing good when quite a few teams express interest in him. I think he's got a chance to have a lot of impact."


Twins pitcher Anthony Swarzak outrighted to Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:00 pm ET) The Twins announced Tuesday they have outrighted pitcher Anthony Swarzak to Triple-A Rochester. He went 3-2 with a 4.60 ERA in 50 appearances (four starts) in 2014.

White Sox's Ventura expects Alexei Ramirez to remain with team


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:31 pm ET) White Sox manager Robin Ventura appears to be very confident shortstop Alexei Ramirez will be back with the team in 2015, despite Ramirez being mentioned heavily in trade rumors.

"I don't expect Alexei to go anywhere. I expect him to be my shortstop," Ventura said, per the Chicago Sun-Times.


Red Sox' Yoenis Cespedes open to playing in CF and RF


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:20 pm ET) Red Sox manager John Farrell said Tuesday he talked to outfielder Yoenis Cespedes following the news Boston was signing Hanley Ramirez to play in left field. Farrell said Cespedes is open to playing in center and right field.

Cespedes continues to be at the center of trade rumors. He is in the final year of his contract.


Ezequiel Carrera opts for free agency


(2:19 pm ET) Outfielder Ezequiel Carrera has opted for free agency after he declined an assignment to Triple-A Toledo. Carrera was designated for assignment Thursday after the Tigers claimed Josh Zeid off waivers. 

Carrera hit .261 in 69 plate appearances last season. 


Blue Jays sign Greg Burke to minor-league contract


(2:06 pm ET) The Blue Jays have signed right-handed pitcher Greg Burke to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training. 

Burke pitched 31 2/3 innings with the Rockies last season with a 5.68 ERA. 


Report: Dice-K heading back to Japan to continue playing career


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:58 pm ET) Veteran pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has apparently decided to return to Japan to continue his playing career, according to The Japan Times. Fukuoka Softbank Hawks team president Yoshimitsu Goto said Monday the team hopes to have a deal with Matsuzaka in place "in the coming days."

Matsuzaka was a highly touted international free agent when he signed with the Red Sox in December 2006. His MLB career peaked in 2008, when he went 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 29 starts for Boston. However, his career after that was marred by injury. He spent the last two seasons in the majors with the Mets, but he also played for the Indians' Triple-A team in 2013.

Matsuzaka went 56-43 with a 4.45 ERA and 1.40 WHIP over 158 MLB appearances (132 starts).


Report: Marlins checking in on Tigers SPs David Price, Rick Porcello


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:32 pm ET) Just a week removed from signing Giancarlo Stanton to a mega $325 million contract extension, the Marlins could be looking to add another big piece this offseason. The Marlins have reached out to the Tigers about the availability of pitchers David Price or Rick Porcello, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. However at this point, talks between the two sides don't appear to be serious.

Price is under contract through 2015 with the Tigers. He went 15-12 with a 3.26 ERA in 34 starts, 11 of which came for Detroit in 2014. Porcello is scheduled to be a free agent in 2016. He went 15-13 with 3.43 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in 32 games (31 starts) in 2014.


White Sox designate Scott Carroll for assignment


(1:17 pm ET) The White Sox have designated right-handed pitcher Scott Carroll for assignment. The move was made to make room for newly signed Adam LaRoche on the 40-man roster.

Carroll went 5-10 last season with a 4.80 ERA. 


Red Sox officially announce five-year deal for Pablo Sandoval


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:42 pm ET) The Red Sox officially announced Tuesday the signing of third baseman Pablo Sandoval to a five-year contract, which includes a club option for 2020.

Sandoval will receive a $3 million signing bonus. He will make $17 million a season from 2015-17, and then make $18 million in 2018 and 2019. The club option will be for $17 million, with a $5 million buyout.


Ryan Lavarnway taken off Red Sox's 40-man roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:36 pm ET) Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway was designated for assignment Tuesday to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Pablo Sandoval, who was signed to a five-year contract.

The former top-100 prospect hit .201 with five home runs, 17 doubles and 34 RBI in 97 games over four seasons for Boston. Lavarnway appeared in just nine games for Boston in 2014.


Report: M's have discussed trades for Kemp, Cespedes, Upton


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:27 pm ET) The Mariners have discussed trades on multiple right-handed hitting outfielders, including Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and Braves outfielder Justin Upton, according to FOX Sports reporter Jon Morosi.

All three players have been mentioned in trade rumors, and the Cespedes speculation has picked up in the last day with the Red Sox signing Hanley Ramirez, who is expected to move to the outfield. Cespedes and Upton are in the final year of their contracts, while Kemp is signed through 2019.


Report: Mets showing interest in reliever Craig Breslow


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:07 pm ET) The Mets have shown interest in free agent reliever Craig Breslow, sources told FOX Sports. The left-handed reliever went 2-4 with a 5.96 ERA and 1.86 WHIP in 60 relief appearances for Boston in 2014.

Report: Yankees unlikely to make a run at acquiring Troy Tulowitzki


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:18 am ET) While the Yankees are usually in the mix any time a big-name player is mentioned, it appears they will not make a run at acquiring Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to replace retired shortstop Derek Jeter. The Yankees acquiring Tulowitzki has always been considered a long shot, but there are now strong indications it won't happen, according to the New York Daily News.

According to the report, the Yankees are sending clear signals they have no interest in assuming the $114 million remaining on Tulowitzki's contract, which runs through 2020 and has a $15 million team option for 2021.


Vogelsong wants to return to Giants, but mutual interest isn't evident


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:00 am ET) Free agent pitcher Ryan Vogelsong said Tuesday he would like to return to the Giants, according to MLB Network Radio. However, he said the Giants didn't show mutual interest in their last conversation.

Vogelsong, who was an All-Star in 2011, went 8-13 with a 4.00 ERA in 32 starts in 2014. He is 39-35 with a 3.74 ERA over the last four seasons with San Francisco.


Report: Rockies among teams pursuing Kevin Correia


(9:29 am ET) The Rockies are interested in making a deal for right-hander Kevin Correia, according to the Pioneer Press. A source said Colorado is among a "group of teams" currently pursuing the 34-year-old pitcher, who pitched for the Dodgers last season. 

Correia went 7-17 with a 5.44 ERA in 2014. He has a career 4.03 ERA in 51 1/3 innings pitched at Coors Field.


Report: Blue Jays looking at Jay Bruce


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1:26 am ET) The Blue Jays are considering trading for Reds outfielder Jay Bruce, according to FoxSports.com.

The team is searching for a left-handed hitter, and Bruce hits the bill. Bruce will make a little over $12 million in both 2015 and 2016. He was a $13 million club option for 2017. 


Report: Marlins eyeing pitcher Johnny Cueto as trade target


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) Sources have indicated the Marlins are interested in trading for Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto, reports 790AM The Ticket.

With Cueto set to become a free agent after the 2015 season, reports have shown the Reds are interested in trading one of their starting pitchers. And with the Marlins in the market for a starting pitcher, it could be a perfect match.

In 2014, Cueto went 20-9 with a 2.25 ERA.


Report: Dodgers interested in trading for pitcher Cole Hamels


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) Along with the Red Sox and Blue Jays, the Dodgers have expressed interest in trading for Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, reports USA Today.

Before any trade can be made, Hamels must waive his limited no-trade clause. In 2014, Hamels went 9-9 with a 2.46 ERA in 30 starts.


Report: Red Sox will stick with Bogaerts as starting shortstop


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) The Red Sox will stick with Xander Bogaerts as the starting shortstop, despite the signing of Hanley Ramirez, two team sources told The Boston Globe. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports the plan is for Ramirez to play in left field.