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Indians acquire Charles Brewer for cash considerations


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) The Indians acquired pitcher Charles Brewer from the Diamondbacks for cash considerations Saturday.

Brewer was designated for assignment by Arizona on Thursday as they tidied up the 40-man roster in preparation for the Rule 5 Draft. He went 11-12 with a 4.46 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 138:48 K:BB ratio in 169 2/3 innings over 29 starts between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno in 2014.


Report: Jon Lester expected to meet with two other teams


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) Athletics pitcher Jon Lester is expected to meet with at least two other teams next week, according to WEEI.

Lester has already met with the Red Sox, Cubs and Braves. The identity of the other two teams is unknown at this time. Lester posted a 2.46 ERA over 219 2/3 innings last year. 


Rangers' Yu Darvish will have an MRI on injured elbow next week


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) The Rangers have pushed back the date of starting pitcher Yu Darvish's MRI on his right elbow to next week, according to the Dallas Morning News. Darvish is expected to start a throwing program in December, depending on the results of that exam. 

Rays finalize 40-man roster


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) The Rays have finalized the 40-man roster on Thursday.

The team designated Cole Figueroa, Michael Kohn and Jose Molina for assignment, freeing up space on the roster. The team then added Matt AndrieseRyan Brett , Grayson Garvin, Mikie Mahtook  and Justin O’Conner to the 40-man roster. 


Rangers shore up 40-man roster


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) The Rangers have made changes to the 40-man roster.

The team purchased the contracts of Jorge Alfaro , Hanser Alberto, Jerad Eickhoff and Luke Jackson . All four players will now be protected from the Rule 5 draft. In order to make room on the 40-man roster, the team designated outfielder Jim Adduci for assignment. 


Astros add Michael Feliz to 40-man roster


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) The Astros have added pitcher Michael Feliz to the 40-man roster.

The 21-year-old Feliz was a late addition to the roster. He posted a 4.03 ERA over 102 2/3 innings at Class A last season. Feliz struck out 111 batters.


Diamondbacks shore up 40-man roster


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Diamondbacks have shored up their 40-man roster Thursday.

The team purchased the contract of pitcher Kevin Munson and A.J. Schugel . Both players are now unavailable for the Rule-5 draft. In order to make room on the roster, the team designated Mike Bolsinger and Charles Brewer for assignment. 


Jays' GM: Happ penciled in as No. 5 SP, but Sanchez will be SP depth


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Thursday starting pitcher J.A. Happ is penciled in to the final spot in the team's rotation as of late November, according to MLB Network Radio.

However, he added the team wants prospect Aaron Sanchez to remain stretched out as a starter in the spring.


Orioles add pitchers Wilson, Wright to 40-man roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Orioles announced Thursday they added pitchers Tyler Wilson and Mike Wright to the 40-man roster.

Wilson split the 2014 season between Double-A and Triple-A, going 14-8 with a 3.67 ERA and 157 strikeouts in 28 starts (166 2/3 innings). Wright was 5-11 with a 4.61 ERA in 26 starts at Triple-A.


White Sox make slew of roster moves, take Belisario off 40-man roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The White Sox announced Thursday they added pitcher Frankie Montas, infielder Rangel Ravelo, infielder Tyler Saladino and catcher Kevan Smith to the 40-man roster. They also outrighted outfielder Jared Mitchell to Triple-A Charlotte.

Chicago claimed pitcher Onelki Garcia off waivers from the Dodgers and designated pitcher Ronald Belisario for assignment to clear a roster spot.


Indians add five players to 40-man roster Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Indians announced Thursday they added pitcher Cody Anderson, pitcher Shawn Armstrong, pitcher Ryan Merritt, infielder Giovanny Urshela and infielder Tony Wolters to the 40-man roster.

Report: Orioles prospect Hunter Harvey (elbow) cleared by doctors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) Orioles starting pitcher prospect Hunter Harvey, whose season ended early in 2014 due to elbow tightness, has been cleared by team doctors, according to The Baltimore Sun. Harvey was was diagnosed with a flexor mass strain in late July and shut down for the remainder of the minor-league season.

He went 7-5 with a 3.18 ERA in 17 starts for Class A Delmarva, while recording 106 strikeouts in 87 2/3 innings.


Blue Jays add Ryan Tepera to 40-man roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Blue Jays announced Thursday they added pitcher Ryan Tepera to the 40-man roster. Tepera went 7-3 with a 3.66 ERA in 51 relief appearances for Triple-A Buffalo in 2014.

Swihart among four players added to Red Sox's 40-man roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Red Sox announced Thursday they added infielder Sean Coyle, pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, catcher Blake Swihart and infielder Travis Shaw to the 40-man roster.

Sano, Meyer, Rosario added to Twins' 40-man roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Twins announced Thursday they added starting pitcher Alex Meyer, pitcher Jason Wheeler, outfielder Eddie Rosario and third baseman Miguel Sano to the 40-man roster.

Report: Red Sox offer to Jon Lester worth $110-$120 million


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) The Red Sox offer to pitcher Jon Lester is reportedly between $110-$120 million, according to the Boston Globe

The reported offer is for six years. The 30-year-old Lester has already drawn significant interest on the market, and has been projected to earn more than the Red Sox reported offer. Lester is coming off a season in which he posted a 2.46 ERA over 219 2/3 innings. 


Report: Red Sox extend contract offer to Jon Lester


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) The Red Sox have made a contract offer to free agent starting pitcher Jon Lester, a major-league source told ESPN. However, the team is not expecting a quick decision.

One industry source said the Red Sox made an "aggressive" offer to Lester, and added it was longer than the four-year offer the team made in March, according to CSNNE.com.

Lester met with the Cubs on Tuesday and is reportedly set to meet with the Braves on Thursday. It's been reported that six teams are interested in signing the veteran left-handed hurler.

Baseball analyst Peter Gammons indicated during an interview Tuesday with WEEI in Boston that Lester returning to the Red Sox is a strong possibility. Lester began his MLB career in 2006 with Boston and remained with the team until being traded to Oakland at the 2014 non-waiver deadline in late July.

"I think the one thing -- obviously the Cubs are going to make every play -- I get the feeling the Cubs think he’s going to go back to Boston," Gammons said Tuesday.


Report: Cardinals 'in pursuit' of free agent SP Jon Lester


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) The Cardinals are reportedly joining the Jon Lester sweepstakes. According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SeriusXM, the Cardinals are "in pursuit" of the free agent pitcher.

Lester went 16-11 with a 2.46 ERA in 32 starts between the Red Sox and Athletics in 2014. The three-time All-Star, has been drawing interest from the Cubs, Braves and Red Sox. According to an earlier report from baseball analyst Peter Gammons, the Cubs believe Lester could be returning to Boston.

Oliver Drake signs major-league contract with Orioles


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) Oliver Drake signed a major-league contract with the Orioles on Tuesday, per the team's official website. Drake spent the past three seasons at Double-A Bowie. He posted a 3.08 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP over 52 2/3 innings of work in 2013.

Analyst: Cubs feel Jon Lester might be headed back to Red Sox


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) While there are reportedly six teams interested in signing free agent starting pitcher Jon Lester, one of those teams -- the Cubs -- believe Lester could be returning to Boston, baseball analyst Peter Gammons said during an interview with WEEI on Tuesday.

Lester is meeting with the Cubs on Tuesday and reportedly set to meet with the Braves on Thursday.

"I think the one thing -- obviously the Cubs are going to make every play -- I get the feeling the Cubs think he’s going to go back to Boston," Gammons said. "I think it’s very smart for Lester and his agents to hold for another week. I think there is a feeling it is going to go past Thanksgiving, maybe into the first week into December and the hope is that the Yankees look at that starting rotation and they think -- I mean how do they know [Masahiro] Tanaka, [Michael] Pineda and [Ivan] Nova are going to be healthy next year and they start thinking about, 'OK, we have great bullpen, but…'

"That is Red Sox ownership’s worst nightmare — the Yankees and Theo Epstein negotiating against them. But, after spring training when ACES told them [they would see what the market bears], they are finding out the market is going to bare more than they ever imagined."


Indians sign Ps Marcum, Molleken to minor-league deals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) The Indians signed pitchers Shaun Marcum and Dustin Molleken to minor-league contracts Tuesday. Both players received invites to major-league spring training as non-roster invitees.

Report: Orioles might consider trading starting pitcher Bud Norris


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) The Orioles might consider trading starting pitcher Bud Norris, sources told FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal. Norris is projected to receive $8.7 million in arbitration, according to MLBTradeRumors.com.

Norris went 15-8 with a 3.65 ERA in 28 starts in 2014. The 15 wins were a career best. He is 53-57 with a 4.23 ERA in his six-year MLB career.


Report: Orioles getting 'moderate' interest on Ubaldo Jimenez


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) The Orioles are receiving "moderate" trade interest for starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, according to FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal.

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported last week the Orioles began fielding trade inquiries on Jimenez, who struggled in 2014 after signing a four-year, $50 million contract. He went 6-9 with a 4.81 ERA in 25 outings (22 starts) after going 13-9 with a 3.30 ERA in 32 starts for Cleveland in 2013.


Report: Braves to meet with free agent SP Jon Lester on Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) Free agent starting pitcher Jon Lester will meet with the Braves on Thursday, according to FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal.

The three-time All-Star was 16-11 with a 2.46 ERA in 32 starts between the Red Sox and Athletics in 2014. He is 116-67 with a 3.58 ERA in his nine-year MLB career.


Report: Royals have had discussions with Lester's agents


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/14/2014) While Royals general manager Dayton Moore said the team is in discussions with every player, sources have indicated the Royals have spoken to pitcher Jon Lester’s agents, reports Fox Sports Kansas City.

"We are talking to everyone at this point," Moore said, per Fox Sports Kansas City. "We are trying to determine what the best direction is for our organization in regards to available players. That's all I can really say."

Lester is one of the most coveted pitchers on the free-agent market, with the Cubs and Red Sox showing the most interest.


 
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Fan Poll

Which of these third basemen would you want on your teams for the second half?

Nolan Arenado, Rockies
17%
Manny Machado, Orioles
25%
Todd Frazier, Reds
33%
Martin Prado, Diamondbacks
4%
Kyle Seager, Mariners
17%
Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
4%

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