White Sox add Adrian Nieto to catcher mix
"Any time you take a guy in Rule 5, you are rushing his development a little bit, so it's a longer shot of it working out," general manager Rick Hahn said. "But this kid made some real nice strides in 2013 in terms of development. We figure bring him in and give him the shot and have some competition. It doesn't mean by any means we are done in terms of our search for potential upgrades. This is another avenue to try to bring in some talent."
Nieto hit .285 with 11 homers and an .821 OPS in 390 at-bats at Class A Potomac last season.
Patrick Schuster the other half of Anthony Bass deal
"I have a little history with him," Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said. "We drafted him with Arizona. He's progressed through professional ball. The last two years he's been a reliever and we had a really good report on him this summer from the Cal League. He's gotten some lefties out and actually has pitches for right-handed hitters and also keeps the ball on the ground. He was worth a shot in the Rule 5."
Justin Smoak, Jesus Montero both available
Justin Smoak looked like he was having a breakout season in 2013, hitting .273 with an .821 OPS as late as Aug. 16, but he hit just .152 with a .562 OPS the rest of the way. After another failed attempt to secure the starting catcher job, Montero was sent to the minors to learn first base before getting hit with a 50-game suspension for his connection to the Biogenesis clinic. He also had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.
Braves making strong push for Jeff Samardzija
The Blue Jays, Orioles and Diamondbacks have also been linked to the 28-year-old right-hander this offseason. Samardzija went 8-13 with a 4.34 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 9.0 strikeouts per nine innings in a career-high 213 2/3 innings last year.
Tigers reach deal with Joba Chamberlain
ESPN reports that the
The right-hander used to be one of the top setup men in the game but has struggled with injuries and inconsistency over the last few years. He had a 4.93 ERA, 1.74 WHIP and 8.1 stirkeouts per nine innings in 45 appearances for the Yankees last season.
Marlins an unlikely destination for Rickie Weeks
Weeks is presumed to be expendable with the emergence of Scooter Gennett last year, but the Marlins have already signed Rafael Furcal to serve as their second baseman in 2014.
Astros, Rangers both in on Shin-Soo Choo
According to FOXSports.com, the
Choo is seeking a seven-year deal and reportedly already has one on the table, though the team is unknown.
Baltimore looks like landing spot for Grant Balfour
According to FOXSports.com, the
Balfour recorded 38 saves as the Athletics closer last season, posting a 2.59 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings in 65 appearances.
Robinson Cano deal becomes final
Cano was considered the top free agent on the market. He hit .314 over his final five seasons with the Yankees, averaging 28.4 home runs and 102.6 RBI.
Teams showing interest in Shaun Marcum
Free agent right-hander
Marcum went 1-10 with a 5.29 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 14 appearances, including 12 starts, for the Mets last season, but he went 33-19 with a 3.62 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 85 starts in the three years prior.