Free agent Chris Capuano considering playing in Japan in 2015
Free agent pitcher
“There’s a lot of truth to it,” Capuano said, per MLB Network Radio. “It piqued my interest back in 06. We’re considering it.”
In 2014, Capuano went 3-4 with a 4.28 ERA in 12 starts for the
Report: White Sox viewed as a sleeper team for James Shields
Shields just finished his ninth season in the majors and second with the Royals. He has won 10-plus games in eight straight seasons. He had a 3.21 ERA over 34 starts in 2014.
Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman back to full strength
"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."
Phillies invite five to spring training as non-roster players
Farrell confident Red Sox are 'making every attempt' to sign Lester
"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."
Padres VP of scouting: Reports on Grandal 'were all good'
"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."
Twins pitcher Anthony Swarzak outrighted to Triple-A
Giants third base coach Tim Flannery resigns Tuesday
Tim Flannery has resigned from his post as the
Flannery said he wants to spend more time with his family as one reasons for him stepping down after 33 years in pro baseball. He has spent the last eight seasons with the Giants. He totaled 18 years as a coach, which included 15 years at the major-league level.
"I call it the god-damned blessed road," Flannery said. "I’ve buried friends. I’ve put friends in rehab. I’ve watched marriages dissolve. There’s a lot of collateral damage in this lifestyle I’ve had for 33 years. I’m going to send myself home safely.
"Physically, the grind of the season, and the way I demand how I work and what I expect of myself, I just didn’t feel I was capable in a quick turnaround to do it again.
"I had no desire to manage. This has all been thought-out. This is not a knee-jerk reaction. So then you ask yourself, what else are you going to do? Keep coaching third till drop over? Win a fourth world championship? A fifth? What else can I do in the next phase of my life? I need to stay home a little while and enjoy what we have just accomplished, or else it doesn’t mean anything."
White Sox's Ventura expects Alexei Ramirez to remain with team
"I don't expect Alexei to go anywhere. I expect him to be my shortstop," Ventura said, per the Chicago Sun-Times.
Red Sox' Yoenis Cespedes open to playing in CF and RF
Cespedes continues to be at the center of trade rumors. He is in the final year of his contract.
Stats produced in the AFL's 32-game schedule have to be taken with a grain of salt, but our Al Melchior says they can still provide insight for some players' near-term Fantasy value.