Rangers, J.P. Arencibia making progress towards deal
Angels sign Clay Rapada to minor-league deal
Jerome Williams sparking interest in four teams
Williams spent the last three seasons with the Angels, going 19-18 with a 4.46 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 6.0 K/9 rate and 2.7 BB/9 rate in 351 innings.
Marlins, Rafael Furcal agree to one-year deal
Furcal played 31 games at second base during his rookie season in 2000, and his only other exposure at the position was four games in 2002 and one game ni 2004. He missed all of 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in the spring.
Report: Curtis Granderson seeks four years, $64 million
Report: Royals haven't offered Carlos Beltran $48 million
ESPN previously reported that Beltran had that exact offer from the Royals, but if a deal with those terms is on the table, it isn't yet coming from Kansas City, according to Thursday's report.
White Sox sign Ronald Belisario to one-year deal
The Dodgers chose not to tender Belisario a contract by Monday's deadline. He went 5-7 with a 3.97 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 49:28 K:BB ratio in 68 innings last season.
Heyman: M's to offer nine years, $225 million to Robinson Cano
The team is looking to top the Yankees' offer, thought to be no higher than $175 million, by $50 million in the hopes of bringing him west. Cano was in Seattle Thursday to meet with Mariners officials face to face.
Report: Cubs offer more than $55 million to Jeff Samardzija
CSNChicago.com reported in late November that there was a high probability Samardzija gets traded this offseason, but until that happens, the team will continue to attempt to lock him up long-term. He went 8-13 with a 4.34 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 214:78 K:BB ratio in 213 2/3 innings in 2013.
Javier Baez sticking at shortstop for now
"I think it’ll be an easy transition for him if and when that time comes," Epstein said. "He hasn’t even reached Triple-A yet. There’s plenty of time to do it. You don’t want to take shortstop away from a kid. Once you move off shortstop, it’s really hard to move back.
"There may be a time in the future when he moves on a permanent basis, and there may be time when we move just to give him versatility. In Spring Training, he’ll play plenty of shortstop and that might be a time to move him around as well.”
Baez hit .282/.341/.578 with 37 home runs, 111 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 517 at-bats between high Class A and Double-A last season.