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Report: Tigers, White Sox show interest in Justin Masterson


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:47 pm ET) The Tigers and White Sox have joined the Royals, Twins and Cubs as teams to show interest in free-agent pitcher Justin Masterson, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Masterson's agent is scheduled to meet with teams over Thanksgiving weekend. The pitcher struggled in 2014, going 7-9 with a 5.88 ERA in 25 starts.


Yankees' Sabathia confident he can return to being 200-inning pitcher


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2014) Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia continues to deliver positive updates coming off July knee surgery.

"The knee, I have no complaints," Sabathia told YES Network. "I’m able to do all of my workouts. … I’m changing a few things. Not as much pounding and running. I’m in the pool a lot, on different machines to get cardio, (on the) bike. Just adding a few different things to get some cardio in."

Despite coming off surgery and being limited to eight starts (46 innings) in 2014, Sabathia feels he can get back to being a 30-start, 200-inning pitcher in 2015.

"Yeah, for sure," he said. "I feel like I can. If you asked me that a couple of months ago, I would have said, ‘I don’t know,’ but the way I’m feeling now and being able to work out, definitely."


Mets SP Matt Harvey eager for the start of spring training


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2014) Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey, who missed the 2014 season recovering from Tommy John surgery, said "spring training can't come quick enough" during a radio interview Tuesday with WFAN.

"My whole goal is to be able to face hitters in February as soon as I get down to Florida," Harvey said, per NJ.com. "I haven't faced any hitters. I haven't done any batting practice."

Harvey, who was an All-Star in 2013, is 12-10 with a 2.39 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in 36 career starts. He is also striking out 9.9 batters per nine innings.


Giants turn attention to Cruz, Scherzer after Sandoval departure


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) With the Red Sox officially signing Pablo Sandoval, the Giants have begun talks with a variety of free agents including pitcher Max Scherzer and outfielder Nelson Cruz, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Sandoval’s departure allows the Giants to focus their assets elsewhere and the Giants have also expressed interest in Nick Markakis, Torii Hunter and Chase Headley.


Report: Reported Cubs' offer to Jon Lester is not accurate


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) Sources have indicated the reported six-year, $135 million contract the Cubs offered pitcher Jon Lester is not accurate, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Along with the Cubs, the Red Sox, Giants, Braves and Cardinals have expressed serious interest in signing the left-handed pitcher, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Despite the various teams involved, Red Sox owner John Henry said he is ‘hopeful’ the Red Sox can lure Lester back to Boston, reports WEEI.com.


Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish cleared to begin throwing


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) An MRI revealed Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish suffered no damage to his right elbow and has been cleared to begin his normal throwing routine. The Rangers expect Darvish to begin throwing in early December.

Darvish was placed on the DL in August with right elbow inflammation and was later shut down for the season. Before being placed on the DL, Darvish went 10-7 with a 3.06 ERA in 22 starts.


Report: Cubs have made 'significant offer' to Jon Lester


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) The Cubs have made a substantial offer to free agent starting pitcher Jon Lester, according to CSNChicago.com.

"What I'm hearing is the Chicago Cubs have made a significant offer -- significant north of $135 million," David Kaplan of CSN said Tuesday during his "Kap and Haugh" radio show. Kaplan added the Cubs' offer is a six-year deal.

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported Tuesday five clubs are seriously interested in signing the veteran left-handed pitcher. They are the Red Sox, Braves, Cubs, Giants and Cardinals. Lester is expected to make his decision sometime after Thanksgiving.


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


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) 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."


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


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) 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


(11/25/2014) 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. 


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


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) 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


(11/25/2014) 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: 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.


Rockies trade pitcher Juan Nicasio to Dodgers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) The Rockies announced Monday they traded pitcher Juan Nicasio to the Dodgers in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Nicasio was designated for assignment Thursday.

Nicasio was 21-22 with a 5.03 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in four seasons with the Rockies. He made 88 appearances and 69 starts.


Phillies SP Cliff Lee cleared to start offseason throwing program


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee, who missed the final two months of the 2014 season due to a left elbow strain, has been cleared to begin his offseason throwing program, according to CSNPhilly.com. 

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Lee would begin his offseason throwing program next Monday and be ready for the start of spring training.

"Originally we planned to have him throwing in mid-November, but we moved it back because he had been sick for about a week," Amaro said. "His strength is back now. His elbow feels good. He’s pain-free and doing great, ready to begin his normal throwing program on Dec. 1."

The Phillies are hopeful Lee, who was limited to 13 starts in 2014, is past his elbow problems.

"We think he’s over it," Amaro said. "He’s been able to do all his strength work and he hasn’t felt it at all. We’ll know more when he starts throwing."


Report: Marlins have discussed Eovaldi-Miley trade


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) The Marlins, who are seeking a veteran starting pitcher, have discussed trading starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi or a pitching prospect to the Diamondbacks for starting pitcher Wade Miley, according The Miami Herald.

Eovaldi was 6-14 with a 4.37 ERA in 33 starts last season, while Miley went 8-12 with a 4.34 ERA in 33 starts. Both players have four years of MLB experience.


Report: Giants have shown interest in Jon Lester


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) The Giants could be in play to sign a starting pitcher this offseason, a source told FOX Sports. San Francisco has shown interest in free agent pitcher Jon Lester.

Lester has already met with the Red Sox, Cubs and Braves.


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.


Athletics sign Ryan Verdugo to minor league deal


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/22/2014) The Athletics signed pitcher Ryan Verdugo to a minor league contract.

Verdugo last pitched at the major league level in 2012, producing a 32.40 ERA in one start.


Dodgers trade for pitcher Mike Bolsinger


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/22/2014) The Dodgers acquired pitcher Mike Bolsinger from the Diamondbacks in exchange for cash, reports MLB.com.

The Dodgers also designated pitcher Jarret Martin for assignment.


Braves sign Jake Brigham to minor league deal


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/22/2014) The Braves signed pitcher Jake Brigham to a minor league contract.

Brigham has yet to make his MLB debut.


Rockies sign five pitchers to minor league contracts


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/22/2014) Looking to add pitching depth in the minors, the Rockies signed pitchers Jose Ortega, Justin Miller, Brett Marshall, Aaron Laffey and John Lannan to minor league contracts.

Rockies still interested in bringing back Brett Anderson


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) The Rockies are interested in bringing back pitcher Brett Anderson, according to the Denver Post

The team is hoping Anderson will take a pay cut to re-sign with the club. Anderson posted a 2.91 ERA over 43 1/3 innings before undergoing back surgery. 


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. 


 
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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%

Total Votes: 3,689