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Brewers outright pitcher Ariel Pena to Triple-A


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(9:42 pm ET) The Brewers announced pitcher Ariel Pena has been outrighted to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

The move opens up a spot on the 40-man roster. Pena has yet to appear in a MLB game.


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."


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."


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: 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: 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.


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.


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: Rangers, Astros have inquired about Justin Upton


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) The Rangers have inquired about Braves outfielder Justin Upton, according to FOX Sports. The New York Post reported over the weekend the Astros have also inquired about Upton.

According to FOX Sports, the Rangers have shown interest in Upton in the past, but their current offseason focus is more on pitching.


Twins sign Argenis Diaz to minor league deal


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/22/2014) The Twins signed second baseman Argenis Diaz to a minor league contract.

Diaz is a career .242 hitter in 22 games.


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.


Yankees ink Jonathan Galvez to minor league deal


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/22/2014) The Yankees signed infielder Jonathan Galvez to a minor league contract.

Orioles sign Rey Navarro to major league contract


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/22/2014) The Orioles signed infielder Reynaldo Navarro to a major league contract Saturday, reports MASN.

Various teams were interested in signing Navarro to a minor league contract, but the Orioles had the best offer.

Through eight minor league seasons, Navarro is a career .265/.312/.375 hitter.


Josh Satin signs minor-league deal with Reds


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/22/2014) Josh Satin signed a minor-league deal with the Reds, according to ESPN New York on Saturday. Satin made the opening day roster for the Mets in 2014. The first baseman appeared in only 25 games and had three hits in 35 at-bats. He was outrighted off the 40-man roster on Oct. 31.

Dodgers' Matt Kemp drawing plenty of interest


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is drawing plenty of interest on the trade market, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The club is hesitant to deal Kemp, though a trade is possible. Kemp had an up-and-down season with Los Angeles in 2014. He started slowly after coming back from a leg injury, and was initially upset when moved out of center. Things turned in the second half, and Kemp finished with a .287/.346/.506 slash line. The Orioles, Mariners and Blue Jays could all have interest, according to Heyman.


Orioles discussing Reynaldo Navarro


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) The Orioles are discussing signing shortstop Reynaldo Navarro , according to MASN.

The 24-year-old Navarro is regarded as a strong defensive shortstop. He hit .296/.351/.409 over 230 at-bats at Triple-A last year. 


Report: Braves outfielder Justin Upton 'will be moved'


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) The Braves are looking to trade outfielder Justin Upton, and sources have indicated it’s only a matter of time before he is dealt.

“Justin Upton will be moved,” said another team executive, per the New York Post.

However, if any team is going to trade for Upton, the price will not be cheap. Reports have shown the Braves are asking for more in return than what they received for Jason Heyward.

Upton will make $14.5 million in 2015 and then become a free agent. In 2014, Upton hit .270 with 29 home runs and 102 RBI.

Report: Reds considering dealing high-priced veterans


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) The Reds are considering lowering their payroll by trading top position players, including slugging outfielder Jay Bruce, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

The team has made no secret of its desire to give up one of its starting pitchers, including premier talents such as Johnny Cueto and Mat Latos. But the Reds are also discussing possible swaps involving two-time All-Star right fielder Jay Bruce, major league sources have told Rosenthal.

The Reds have $75.5 million committed in 2015 and could try to vault back into playoff contention behind a healthy Joey Votto and Bruce. But it might not be a viable financial option. They spent $114 million on payroll last year and are projected to be at $120 million next season. Trading Bruce and one starting pitcher would reduce that figure significantly - Bruce alone will be owed $12 million.

One problem with that tactic is that the Reds would be trading an undervalued Bruce coming off a poor season in which he batted .217 with 18 home runs. However, the power-desperate Padres are reportedly inteterested in obtaining Bruce.


Rays send Joel Peralta to Dodgers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) The Rays and Dodgers made a four player deal on Thursday in order to finalize 40-man rosters.

Tampa Bay is receiving pitcher Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris. Los Angeles will receive Joel Peralta and pitcher Adam Liberatore . Peralta is the most well-known of the bunch. The 10-year veteran posted a 4.41 ERA over 63 1/3 innings with the Rays last year. 


Padres shore up 40-man roster


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The Padres have altered their 40-man roster.

The team purchased the contracts of Tayron Guerrero, Taylor Lindsey and Alex Dickerson . In order to make room for those adds, the team designated both Blaine Boyer and Yeison Ascensio for assignment. 


 
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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