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Report: Red Sox express willingness to trade Edward Mujica


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) The Red Sox have expressed a willingness to trade reliever Edward Mujica, a source told FOX Sports. The right-handed reliever is set to make $4.75 million in 2015.

Mujica, who was an All-Star with St. Louis in 2013, went 2-4 with a 3.90 ERA and eight saves in his first season with Boston in 2014.


Red Sox agree to deal with pitcher Alexi Ogando


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) The Red Sox have agreed to a deal with pitcher Alexi Ogando, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. It is a one-year, $1.5 million contract, which includes $1.5 million in bonuses, according to USA Today.

Ogando has been a free agent since being non-tendered by the Rangers in December. Ogando made just 27 relief appearances in 2014 due to an elbow injury. He went 2-3 with a 6.84 ERA.

Ogando, who was an All-Star in 2011, also has experience starting at the major-league level, going 19-12 with a 3.40 ERA in 48 career starts.


Report: Angels talk extension with closer Huston Street


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2015) The Angels have broached the subject of a contract extension with closer Huston Street and plan to start negotiations during spring training, reports MLB.com. The team exercised its $7 million opion on Street early in the offseason and "would like to lock the 31-year-old right-hander up before he hits free agency next winter," the report said.

Street converted 41 of 44 save opportunities last year, going 2-2 with a 1.37 ERA.


Red Sox trade Anthony Ranaudo to Rangers for Robbie Ross


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2015) The Red Sox and Rangers announced a two player trade Tuesday where Boston sent Anthony Ranaudo to Texas and the Rangers sent Robbie Ross to the Red Sox, both teams announced.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday Ranaudo is in play to become the No. 5 starter in the rotation, but if he doesn't win the job, he will likely start in the minors.

Ranaudo posted a 4-3 record with a 4.81 ERA in 2014 for Boston in 39 1/3 innings pitched. Ross went 3-6 with a 6.20 ERA in 78 1/3 innings for the Rangers.


Mariners' McClendon toying with idea of using Wilhelmsen as starter


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2015) The acquisition of J.A. Happ means Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon doesn't have to head into spring training with long reliever Tom Wilhelmsen competing for a spot in the rotation.

However, McClendon hasn't totally given up on the idea of Wilhelmsen potentially transitioning to a starting role down the road, per MLB.com.

"I don't think it's totally dead," McClendon said. "I would say it's probably a long shot. My plan, as we speak right now, is to maybe stretch him out in spring and just play with it a little bit and see what happens, but I think it's a long shot. He was just so good in the role he was in, it'd be hard to take him out of that role."

Wilhelmsen pitched multiple innings in 24 of his 57 appearances last year. The former closer went 3-2 with a 2.27 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 79 1/3 innings.

"I really tried not to change anything at all, [other than] try to simplify a little bit," Wilhelmsen said. "If I was going in in the fourth inning, I knew I'd have to throw two or three innings and I just really attacked the zone. But it's not like you don't attack the zone any other time. It's the same thing. You have to get outs."


Angels invite reliever Frank Herrmann to spring training


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2015) The Angels announced they've invited reliever Frank Herrmann to spring training as a non-roster invitee. Herrmann, 30, spent the previous five years in the Indians' organization, last pitching in the majors in 2012.

Rays' Jake McGee plays catch for first time since elbow surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2015) The Rays announced Monday reliever Jake McGee played catch for the first time since undergoing elbow surgery in December. McGee is still expected to miss the start of the season.

Twins' Glen Perkins says he's 100 percent


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Twins reliever Glen Perkins said he's 100 percent heading into the season, according to MLB.com.

Perkins missed the last two weeks of the regular season due to a forearm injury, but said that's no longer a problem. He took two weeks off once the season concluded, and went for a precautionary MRI just to make sure the injury wasn't serious. "I took two weeks off and started doing shoulder stuff as part of the rehab to strengthen it and everything went well," Perkins said. "I started throwing again in mid-December. The way I've been able to ramp up throwing, everything has been good."

The 31-year-old Perkins posted a 3.65 ERA over 61 2/3 innings last season.


Tigers sign pitcher Al Alburquerque for $1.725 million


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) The Tigers have re-signed pitcher Al Alburquerque to a $1.725 million contract with a $12,500 bonus for 75 appearances, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Alburquerque originally filed for $2.05 million in arbitration while Detroit offered $1.375 million, according to Heyman. The team made the deal official Sunday, avoiding arbitration.

The five-year veteran went 3-1 in 2014 with a 2.51 ERA in 72 games. 


Twins' Brian Duensing avoids arbitration, signs one-year deal


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) Twins pitcher Brian Duensing avoided arbitration after agreeing to a one-year, $2.7 million contract for the 2015 season, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

In 2014, Duensing went 3-3 with a 3.31 ERA.


Athletics' Sean Doolittle tears rotator cuff, not expected for start of season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) Athletics closer Sean Doolittle has a slight tear in his left rotator cuff and is not expected to be ready for the beginning of the season, the team announced Friday.

Doolittle also has considerable inflammation in his shoulder and has received a PRP injection. The team will re-evaluate Doolittle at a later date before determining the next step. Doolittle had 22 saves in 2014 with 89 strikeouts and a 2.73 ERA.


Tigers' Ian Krol working on improving work ethic


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) Tigers reliever Ian Krol blamed his worth ethic for his collapse last season, according to MLive.com.

"I slipped up in my workouts," Krol said. "In season, my work ethic wasn't as hard as it is in the offseason."

Krol was acquired in the four-player trade that sent former Tigers starter Doug Fister to Washington. He got off to a strong start, posting an ERA of 3.38 in April and an ERA of 1.59 in May. Krol landed on the disabled list in June with shoulder inflammation, and was never the same. He finished with a 4.96 ERA with a 1.684 WHIP in 32 2/3 innings for the Tigers last season.

Krol's solution this offseason was to add approximately 15 pounds to his frame, in hopes of being able to handle a heavier workload, along with additional velocity to his fastball.

"One thing I'm trying to get a grasp on is being consistent throughout the season," Krol said. "I need to have a workout regiment throughout the week throughout the season to keep me healthy.

"I don't think the workload was too much. I just think it was my fault by not catching up or keeping up with my arm exercises or getting in the gym."


Tigers' Joe Nathan alters offseason workouts to stay fresh


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Tigers reliever Joe Nathan altered his offseason workouts in order to stay fresh, according to MLB.com.

Nathan admitted that he doesn't want people to think he's washed up after last year. "I don’t want people thinking that I’m done," he said. "I think coming into not just the spring, but coming into the season, I want to prove to myself and other people I still have something left in the tank."

In order to get off to a quicker start, Nathan decided to work more on his agility during the offseason. "It’s almost like I’m going back to the younger days as far as agility-type stuff and seeing if we can get some more in my legs, keep my spring in my legs, as opposed to just doing squats and squats and squats," he said. 

Nathan added that he's lifting more weight than he ever has, and said his range of motion has improved. The 40-year-old Nathan posted a 4.81 ERA over 58 innings last year. 


Brad Ausmus sets Tigers bullpen roles for 2015, Nathan to close


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced his tentative plans for his bullpen this season, according to mlive.com.

Ausmus said that, in an ideal world, Bruce Rondon would be used in the seventh inning, Joakim Soria would pitch in the eighth and Joe Nathan would close games out. Rondon is a bit of a question mark, as he's coming off March Tommy John Surgery. He's expected to be fully healthy by spring training, but the team will move him along slowly at first.

After a midseason trade brought him to Detroit, Soria was actually a better pitcher than Nathan. Despite that, Nathan managed to hold onto the closer role.

That appears to be the case again heading into 2015. Nathan posted a 4.81 ERA over 58 innings last season. It was his highest ERA since 2011. Nathan still managed to save 35 games with the club. 


Blue Jays' Sanchez would like to start, but OK with bullpen role


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez said he would like to be part of the rotation coming out of spring training, but added he is OK with whatever role the team has in store, per Sportsnet.ca.

“I would like to start, but I understand the situation,” Sanchez said. ”We have a good team this year and have a chance to win a lot of ballgames. If that means me pitching at the back-end of the bullpen helps this team win more games, then obviously that’s what I’m here to do.”

Sanchez reiterated he would be comfortable if the team asked him to close out games.

“I find myself in one-run ball games almost every time out,” he said. “That’s what I live for. I’d rather have the game in my hands than anyone else’s, so I learned to go out there and attack these guys.”


Penny, Carroll among players signed to minor-league deals by ChiSox


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) The White Sox announced Thursday they signed 15 players to minor-league contracts, which included invites to spring training.

The 15 players were pitchers Jairo Asencio, Scott Carroll, Jesse Crain, Logan Kensing, Arcenio Leon, J.D. Martin, Brad Penny, Zach Phillips, Joe Savery, catchers George Kottaras and Geovany Soto, infielders Juan Diaz and Andy LaRoche, and outfielders Tony Campana and Michael Taylor


Jesse Crain back with White Sox on minor-league deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Reliever Jesse Crain, who missed the 2014 season after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery last winter, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the White Sox.He also received an invite to spring training.

Crain is throwing from 120 feet and feels good, according to CSN Chicago. Crain pitched for the White Sox from 2011-13.


Nationals sign pitcher Evan Meek to minor-league deal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) The Nationals have signed pitcher Evan Meek to a minor-league deal, according to MLB.com.

The 31-year-old Meek spent last season moving between the majors and the minors with the Orioles. He posted a 5.79 ERA over 23 1/3 innings in the majors. Meek was outrighted to Triple-A in October, but decided to reject the move, becoming a free-agent. The deal includes an invite to spring training. 


Tigers' Bruce Rondon, Jose Iglesias considered good to go


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon and shortstop Jose Iglesias are good to go, according to the Detroit News.

Rondon is recovering from March Tommy John surgery, but is nearing a return. Iglesias missed all of last season due to a shin issue. General manager Dave Dombrowski said that although both players were healthy, the team would take it easy with them early in spring training. 

Rondon posted a 3.45 ERA over 28 2/3 innings back in 2013. Iglesias hit .303/.349/.386 between Boston and Detroit. 


Four pitchers vying for spot in Rangers' rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) With the addition of Yovani Gallardo, there is one less spot open in the Rangers' rotation. Derek Holland, Yu Darvish and Colby Lewis are also expected to be in the rotation, therefore the last spot could go to either Ross Detwiler, Nick Martinez, Nick Tepesch or Lisalverto Bonilla, per MLB.com.

"There is definitely a spot open," pitching coach Mike Maddux said. "You have to seize the opportunity. Nobody is given a job and once you earn a job, you still have to earn the right to stay here."


Orioles re-sign Steve Johnson to minor-league deal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) The Orioles have re-signed pitcher Steve Johnson to a minor-league deal, according to MASN. 

Johnson spent all of 2014 in the minors. Over three levels, he posted a 6.23 ERA. In September, it was determined Johnson would undergo surgery to remove a large bone spur from his shoulder. He was cleared to play catch in December.


Report: Red Sox to sign Dana Eveland to minor-league contract


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) The Red Sox signed relief pitcher Dana Eveland to a minor-league contract, sources told MLBDailyDish.com. The deal includes an invite to spring training.

The left-handed Eveland went 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA in 27 1/3 innings for the Mets in 2014.


Twins SP prospect Berrios's top goal is to make opening day roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2015) Twins starting pitcher prospect Jose Berrios had a breakout campaign in 2014, going 12-8 with a 2.76 ERA in 25 starts. He started the season in high Class A before finishing the year with one start in Triple-A.

Berrios entered last season as a top-100 prospect and did nothing to hurt his reputation. In fact, he might have even boosted it. 

Now the 20-year-old right-hander has his mind set on making the Twins' opening day roster.

"My first goal is to play in the big leagues from opening day," he told MLB.com. "That is my first goal -- to play in the major leagues. Then my next goal is to play the season strong and healthy. I want to work hard all of the year."

With the majors on his mind, Berrios is working on adding a two-seam fastball to his repertoire.

"I throw a fastball, changeup, curveball," he said. "My best pitch is a strike. Every pitch I throw for a strike is my best pitch. I want to learn a two-seam fastball this year for 2015. I'm working on that this offseason. I need a pitch for the big hitters in the major leagues. I have a fastball, changeup, curveball, but I need one more pitch to compete with those hitters."


Angels' Yoslan Herrera heading to Japan


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) Angels pitcher Yoslan Herrera is heading to Japan next season, the team confirmed. 

Herrera was released by Los Angeles on Monday, and will pursue a career with the Yokohama BayStars. Herrera posted a 2.70 ERA over 16 2/3 major-league innings last season. 


Brewers trade Yovani Gallardo to Rangers for three players


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) The Rangers have finalized the trade for Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Brewers will receive infielder Luis Sardinas, reliever Corey Knebel and pitching prospect Marcos Diplan in the trade.

The 28-year-old Gallardo is in the last year of his contract. He won less than 10 games in 2014 for the first time in the last six seasons. He is 89-64 with a 3.69 ERA in eight MLB seasons. 

The 21-year-old Sardinas made his MLB debut in 2014, batting .261 with six doubles, eight RBI and five stolen bases in 43 games. He had been considered a top-100 prospect by MLB.com in 2013 and 2014. He had a .289/.336/.355/.691 slash line in the minors.

The 23-year-old Knebel was traded for the second time in a year. He was traded from Detroit to Texas in July. He also made his MLB debut in 2014, posting a 6.23 ERA in eight relief outings for Detroit. He struck out 11 in 8 2/3 innings. He is 7-2 with a 1.65 ERA in two minor-league seasons.

The 18-year-old Diplan went 7-2 with a 1.54 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 13 starts in the Dominican Summer League in 2014. The Rangers signed Diplan in July 2013 for $1.3 million, per MLB.com.


 
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