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Braves SP Mike Foltynewicz set to compete for spot in rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:58 am ET) Newly acquired starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz, who was acquired in the Evan Gattis trade with Houston, will compete for the final spot in the Braves' rotation this spring. Bo Porter, who is now Atlanta's third-base coach after serving as the Astros manager, gave his scouting report of the 6-4, 220-pound right-hander to MLB.com.

"He definitely has the skill set," Porter said. "You look at the overall package -- he has an overpowering fastball, his breaking ball is something he started to use more once he arrived at the major-league level and his changeup is a work in progress. But when you look at his size and his competitiveness, he has that bulldog mentality."

Foltynewicz is considered the Braves' second-best prospect by MLB.com. He went 7-7 with a 5.08 ERA in 21 outings (18 starts) at Triple-A in 2014. He also made 16 relief appearances at the major-league level last season, going 0-1 with a 5.30 ERA.


Angels sign Stewart, Herrmann to minor-league deals


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2015) The Angels have signed pitchers Zach Stewart and Frank Herrmann to minor-league deals, according to the Los Angeles Times

Both players will receive an invite to spring training. Stewart, 28, spent last season in the minors. He posted a 4.58 ERA over 110 innings.

The 30-year-old Herrmann spent all of last season in Triple-A. He posted a 6.37 ERA over 29 2/3 innings. 


Braves sign pitcher Eric Stults to minor-league deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2015) The Braves announced Thursday they signed pitcher Eric Stults to a minor-league deal, per MLB.com. He also was invited to spring training.

The 35-year-old Stults went 8-17 with a 4.30 ERA in 32 starts last season for the Padres. He is 4-2 with a 4.26 ERA in four career outings (two starts) at Turner Field.


Rockies SP prospect Tyler Anderson will be limited at start of camp


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2015) The Rockies announced Thursday starting pitcher prospect Tyler Anderson will not be ready to pitch when spring camp opens Feb. 21, per The Denver Post.

"We are taking our time with this and we think it's best to take a conservative approach," trainer Keith Dugger said. "He will participate in camp, but he won't pitch. He'll take part in PFP (pitchers' fielding practice) and other activities. We think the prognosis is good for the long term."

Anderson had his season end in the Double-A playoffs last season due to elbow soreness. General manager Jeff Bridich said in December that Anderson's rehabilitation was going well and said it was "conceivable" he would be in the mix for a roster spot this spring. However, his slow recovery from the elbow injury could hinder his chances of making the opening day roster.

Anderson had a great year in 2014 before getting hurt. He went 7-4 with a 1.98 ERA in 23 starts for Double-A Tulsa. The 2011 first-round pick is 23-10 with a 2.39 ERA in 59 minor-league starts.

"We are going to do what's best for Tyler's long-term future with our club," Bridich said of having no specific timetable for Anderson.


Dodgers announce minor-league deals with Bedard, Rowen


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2015) The Dodgers have signed pitchers Erik Bedard and Ben Rowen to minor-league contracts with invitations to spring training, the team announced Wednesday.

Bedard, 35, spent 2014 with the Rays, going 4-6 with a 4.76 ERA and 64:29 K:BB ratio in 75 2/3 innings. He has posted a career 3.99 ERA and 8.6 K/9 rate since making his major-league debut in 2002.

Rowen, 26, debuted with the Rangers last season, giving up four earned runs in 8 2/3 innings in eight appearances while striking out seven batters and walking four (three intentional). He posted a 3.45 ERA and 31:9 K:BB ratio in 47 innings with Triple-A Round Rock in 2014.


Report: Mets not close to trading pitcher Dillon Gee


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2015) While various clubs have expressed interest in Mets pitcher Dillon Gee, the Mets are not in negotiations to trade him anytime soon, reports MLB.com.

In 2014, Gee went 7-8 with a 4.00 ERA. The Mets are less than a month away from spring training and are also believed to be hesitant to depart with any of their starting pitchers.


David Buchanan will compete for one of two spots in Phillies' rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2015) Phillies starting pitcher David Buchanan said refininig his curveball has been a point of emphasis this offseason, as he prepares to compete for a spot in the rotation this spring, per The Philadelphia Inquirer.

“I had success with (my curveball) in certain games,” he said. “It started coming along there toward the end. But it’s definitely something that has a lot of work still to go. It’s definitely something I’m working on. It’s getting better, which is all I can ask for.”

There is two spots currently open in the rotation behind Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Aaron Harang. Buchanan, Jerome Williams and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez are considered the leading candidates for the openings in the rotation. 

“There’s going to be some competition,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said last week. “I think that’s the only way that you can get better is by creating competition. I can’t sit here and tell you today that David Buchanan’s going to be one of our guys in the rotation, but he absolutely is going to get an opportunity to pitch in spring training and be ready and compete for one of those spots.”


Brewers GM not looking to add another starting pitcher


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said Sunday the team is not looking to add another starting pitcher to replace Yovani Gallardo.

"I don't think we have room for a notable starting pitcher," Melvin said. "We'd like to add a pitcher that could be a spot starter."

Milwaukee currently has Jimmy Nelson as their fifth starter, who went 2-9 in 2014 with a 4.93 ERA and 57 strikeouts for the club.


Rockies' Jhoulys Chacin ready for bounce back 2015 season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Rockies pitcher Jhoulys Chacin had a tough 2014 season. After injuring his shoulder in spring training, Chacin struggled in 11 starts, posting a 1-7 record with a 5.40 ERA in 63 1/3 innings. He suffered right rotator cuff strain, which forced him to miss nearly half the season.

However, manager Walt Weiss is happy with Chacin's progress this offseason.

"He's doing great. He's been throwing and working out really hard. He's had a really good offseason," Weiss said to The Denver Post.

Teammate and pitcher Jorge De La Rosa thinks 2015 will be much kinder to Chacin.

"He surprised me a lot," De La Rosa said. "He was playing catch with me every day (in Scottsdale, Ariz.), and his arm looks really good. His ball really had some life, and he's lost some weight. I think he's getting stronger. He's going to have a good year."


Orioles acquire Daniel Rodriguez from Braves for cash


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) The Orioles have acquired pitcher Daniel Rodriguez for cash considerations in a trade with the Braves, masnsports.com reports.

Rodriguez played in the Mexican League from 2006 to 2012 before joining the Braves organization during the 2012 season. He went 6-13 with a 5.04 ERA and 111:49 K:BB ratio in 125 innings over 29 games (21 starts) with Triple-A Gwinnett in 2014.


Ryan Vogelsong signs one-year, $4 million deal with Giants


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) Free-agent pitcher Ryan Vogelsong has a one-year agreement with the San Francisco Giants, pending a physical, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman confirms on Friday. The team announced Friday.

Heyman reports Vogelsong's deal will pay him $4 million, plus incentives.

The 37-year-old Vogelsong, who was an All-Star on 2011, pitched with the club for the past four years. He went 8-13 with a 4.00 ERA in 32 starts for the Giants in 2014. He registered a 3.74 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP and 515:219 K:BB ratio over the last four seasons.


Braves' Minor not experiencing any shoulder discomfort


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor, who was shut down in late September due to shoulder inflammation, said he has not experienced any discomfort while playing catch, per MLB.com. He hopes to throw off a mound starting Friday.

Minor went 6-12 with a 4.77 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 25 starts last season.


Tony Cingrani considered a favorite for spot in Reds' rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Reds manager Bryan Price said Thursday starting pitcher Tony Cingrani is one of the early favorites to win one of the final two spots in the team's rotation, per the Cincinnati Enquirer.

"We don't want to be giving away jobs on our ballclub in January," Price said.

Cingrani missed the final few months of the 2014 season due to a shoulder strain. He is 9-12 with a 3.49 ERA in 39 outings (29 starts) in his MLB career.


Report: Astros not told they're out of running with Ryan Vogelsong


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) The Houston Astros have yet to be told they're out of the running with free-agent pitcher Ryan Vogelsong, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. Vogelsong was nearing a deal with Houston on Tuesday, but shifted course the following day, and is now serious talks with the San Francisco Giants, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The 37-year-old posted a 4.00 ERA over 184 2/3 innings with San Francisco last year.


Reds manager 'very confident' DeSclafani will be in rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Reds manager Bryan Price said he's "very confident" starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani will be part of the rotation, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. However, Price added DeSclafani will have to earn his spot in the rotation this spring.

The Reds acquired DeSclafani in the December trade that sent Mat Latos to the Marlins. He went 26-16 with a 3.23 ERA over three seasons in the minors.


Ryan Vogelsong in serious discussions with the Giants


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) Free-agent pitcher Ryan Vogelsong has shifted course, and is now in serious talks with the Giants, confirms CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The news was initially reported by FoxSports.com.

Vogelsong was nearing a deal with the Astros on Tuesday, but the two sides couldn't come to an agreement. With Houston possibly out of the picture, Vogelsong has turned his attention to his former team. The 37-year-old posted a 4.00 ERA over 184 2/3 innings with San Francisco last year. 


Reds sign Jason Marquis to minor-league deal


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) The Reds have signed pitcher Jason Marquis to a minor-league deal, the team announced.

Marquis, 36, spent last season recovering from Tommy John surgery before joining the Phillies in June. He made nine minor-league starts, putting up a 4.18 ERA. Marquis' deal includes an invite to spring training with the major-league club.


Boras: Tigers 'were always in conversation' for Max Scherzer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowksi said Monday agent Scott Boras did reach out to him a few times this offseason about starting pitcher Max Scherzer, but no negotiations took place before Scherzer agreed to a seven-year, $210 million contract with the Nationals.

On Wednesday, Boras stayed away from any details regarding negotiations with the Tigers and was very complimentary of the Detroit organization, per MLB.com. Scherzer turned down a six-year, $144 million contract extension from the Tigers last spring.

“First of all, (owner) Mike Ilitch is much like the Lerner family: They’re owners that run their own shop. They do their own thing their own way,” Boras told MLB Network Radio. “I don’t think anyone should question anything about what the Tiger organization wants to do other than win.

"To suggest that, when a general manager makes a bright move and makes an offer for a player, I just don’t see the negative of it. And I don’t think that Mike Ilitch sees the negative of it either. And as you move forward and you continue to communicate, the Tigers and us were always in conversation, and the reason we were is that it was a place that Max Scherzer won 70 percent of his games there. He was a very important part to them potentiating them achieving Mike Ilitch’s goals in winning.

“When you have a wedding, you don’t really talk about who you dated, and I kind of leave it at that. Certainly there’s nothing that the Tigers don’t do. They cross every bridge and they’re very conscientious about how they pursue players. They had great value for Max and it was a great relationship. Obviously this fit for Max was something that was, in his mind, something better for him.”


Dodgers' Brett Anderson expects to be ready for spring training


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson expects to be ready for spring training, according to MLB.com.

Anderson had back surgery in August, but said he's rehab has gone well. He's been able to throw from 150 feet, and plans to throw off a mound for the first time next week. Anderson posted a 2.91 ERA over 43 1/3 innings before having surgery. 


Agent Boras denies report Nationals' Strasburg wants to be traded


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg isn't eligible for free agency until after the 2016 season, but a report surfaced this week claiming Strasburg is available in a trade and open to leaving Washington.

However, Strasburg's agent -- Scott Boras -- made sure to deny the report Wednesday at the press conference of another one of his clients -- Max Scherzer, who just signed a seven-year deal with the Nationals.

“We don’t know where that came from,” Boras said Wednesday, per The Washington Times. “Stephen Strasburg wants to play here and wants to be with Max Scherzer and grow. I don’t know who the writer was, but the writer certainly never called us and he never called Stephen.”

The Nationals selected Strasburg with the No. 1 pick in the 2009 MLB draft. He made the All-Star team in 2012 and is 43-30 with a 3.02 ERA in five MLB seasons.


Nationals' Williams on Tanner Roark: 'He's preparing to start'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) There is a lot of speculation brewing about what the Nationals will do now that they have six starting pitchers but only five rotation spots. The popular belief is that if they don't trade a pitcher, then Tanner Roark is headed to the bullpen.

But it appears it might be too early to assume Roark will be bumped out of the rotation.

"He's preparing to start," Nationals manager Matt Williams said Wednesday, per MASNsports.com.

The 28-year-old right-hander Roark went 15-10 with a 2.85 ERA in 31 starts last season. Roark told The Washington Post on Tuesday that he would be OK with a move to the bullpen. With the addition of Max Scherzer, the Nationals rotation features Roark, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Doug Fister and Jordan Zimmermann.

“When you sign a caliber guy like Scherzer and me being the fifth guy last year -- and I hope everybody stays, which would be great -- it’s just out of my hands,” Roark said. “I’d think I’d be the odd man out unfortunately. It is what it is. I’m glad to be on the team and helping out the team as best as I can. If I get moved to the bullpen, I’ve done it before and I know I can do it."


Nationals officially announce seven-year deal for Max Scherzer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) The Nationals officially announced Wednesday they signed starting pitcher Max Scherzer to a seven-year contract.

“We are delighted to welcome Max Scherzer to our organization,” said Theodore N. Lerner, principal owner of the Nationals. “An incredibly talented and widely-feared pitcher, Max brings even more depth to an already outstanding rotation. We are confident he will make significant contributions to our pursuit of winning a World Series championship.”

Although the team did not release the financial terms of the deal, Scherzer is expected to make $210 million, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. However, half of the money is deferred. Scherzer will receive $105 million from 2015-21 and another $105 million from 2022-28.

Scherzer arrives in Washington having made the All-Star team the last two years. He is 91-50 with a 3.58 ERA over seven MLB seasons with the Diamondbacks and Tigers. He won the AL Cy Young in 2013 after going 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA.

“We could not be happier to add a player of Max’s caliber to our stable of starting pitchers,” general manager Mike Rizzo said. “It’s not every day that a team adds a Cy Young Award winner to its roster. He is a playoff-tested ace, and we’re excited to call him a part of our family.”


Marlins not expecting Jose Fernandez back until after June 1


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) Marlins owner Jeffery Loria said he expects starting pitcher Jose Fernandez, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, to return sometime after June 1, according to The Miami Herald

Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill agreed and said Monday about Fernandez's return, "We’re still thinking June, July area."

“Once we get him on the mound, we’ll get a little more clarity," Hill said. "When you’re dealing with those injuries, you’re always cautiously optimistic.

“He’s worked extremely hard. He’s done a tremendous job doing everything he needs to do to get himself back. We won’t put a timetable on it. We don’t want him to feel any pressure.”

The 22-year-old Fernandez was a breakout star in 2013. He not only made the All-Star team, but he won the NL Rookie of the Year and finished third in the NL Cy Young race. Fernandez made eight starts in 2014 before having Tommy John surgery.


Astros trade Corporan to Rangers for Bostick; RP Germen DFA'd


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) The Rangers acquired catcher Carlos Corporan from the Astros on Wednesday in exchange for pitcher Akeem Bostick. Rangers pitcher Gonzalez Germen was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Corporan.

The 31-year-old Corporan joins the Rangers after spending the last four seasons with the Astros. He is a career .226 hitter with 17 home runs, 21 doubles and 63 RBI in 199 games. Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said Corporan will be the backup catcher to Robinson Chirinos, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The 19-year-old Bostick was a second-round draft pick in 2013. He is 9-7 with a 4.46 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 35 career appearances (26 starts) in the minors. He played at Class A Hickory in 2014.

Germen was acquired in a trade with the Yankees on Tuesday. It is the third time this offseason he has been designated for assignment.


Dontrelle Willis inks minor-league deal with Brewers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) Two-time All-Star pitcher Dontrelle Willis will attempt another major-league comeback, as he agreed to a minor-league deal with the Brewers on Wednesday. His contract includes an invite to major-league spring training.

The 33-year-old Willis hasn't pitched in the majors since 2011 with the Reds. Although, he worked out for a bunch of scouts Tuesday, according to Crasnick.

"I feel like a rookie,'' Willis said. "This is very humbling. It's going to seem surreal until I see my name on a uniform in spring training. I just can't believe it.''

Willis was part of the Giants organization last spring until he was released in April. He pitched in the independent Atlantic League for two starts and made two relief appearances for Triple-A Fresno last season. 

He is 72-69 with a 4.17 ERA over nine MLB seasons. He won the NL Rookie of the Year in 2003.


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

Nolan Arenado, Rockies
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