Trevor Bauer making key adjustments
"I saw some video of him the other day and he was good," manager Terry Francona told the Plain Dealer. "He’s making key adjustments. It’s exciting. Hopefully, we’ll see some results in spring training, but it’s exciting. He’s kind of revved up to come to camp to show who he is and what he’s about. You’re talking about a 23-year-old kid ... that would be great for us."
Bauer struggled with his control last season, walking 89 batters in 138 1/3 innings between the Indians and Triple-A Columbus. However, he was the third overall pick in 2011 and still has ample opportunity to deliver on his potential.
Cubs ask Blue Jays for top two pitching prospects for Samardzija
"I don’t know if I could quantify how far off that they might be," Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "We continue to have dialogue, so if you want to look at that as encouraging, I don’t know. It’s not so far out of the realm that we won’t continue to have talks."
Sanchez, 21, went 4-5 with a 3.34 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 75:40 K:BB ratio in 86 1/3 innings with high Class A Dunedin last season. Stroman, 22, went 9-5 with a 3.30 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 129:27 K:BB ratio in 111 2/3 innings with Double-A New Hampshire.
Rockies near multi-year deal with Boone Logan
Logan made 61 appearances with the Yankees last season, going 5-2 with a 3.23 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 50:13 K:BB ratio in 39 innings.
Royals, Jays have discussed Billy Butler trade
Butler, who is scheduled to reach free agency after the 2014 season, hit .289/.374/.412 with 15 home runs and 82 RBI in 582 at-bats last season while playing all 162 games. He has missed just 11 games over the last five seasons.
All signs point to Aroldis Chapman remaining closer
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"We feel we have the depth in our rotation now that we can continue to keep him in the bullpen," Jocketty said. "That's probably the plan going into spring training. We'll have him prepare for spring training like he has in the past. He'll come in and pitch a lot of innings in spring training, so he could go either way. In all likelihood when we get to spring training, we'll make a decision. I would think he'll continue to be our closer."
As for Chapman himself, he has no interest in closing at this stage of his career, he told USA Today.
"Starting hasn't even crossed my mind and I'm not going to do it either," he said. "I don't want to -- and it's difficult that I'd do it."
Price has said he may look to maximize Chapman's talents in other ways, such as bringing him in to pitch the eighth inning in certain situations.
Red Sox officially bring Mike Napoli back
Red Sox designate Alex Castellanos for assignment
Castellanos was acquired from the Dodgers late in October after being designated for assignment, and now the Red Sox will try to sneak him through waivers before sending him to the minors. He hit .257/.347/.468 with 19 home runs, 61 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 385 at-bats with Triple-A Albuquerque last season.
Ryan Madson recently scouted by Red Sox
Madson has missed two complete seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery and dealing with multiple setbacks. In his last action on the mound, Madson went 4-2 with a 2.37 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 62:16 K:BB ratio and 32 saves in 60 2/3 innings with the Phillies in 2011.
Reunion between Michael Young, Rangers possible
Young, the Rangers' all-time hit leader, spent his first 13 seasons in Texas before being traded last offseason. He hit .276/.336/.395 with eight home runs and 42 RBI in 468 at-bats with the Phillies before being dealt to the Dodgers at the end of August and going 16 for 51 in September.
Twins keeping tabs on Paul Maholm
Maholm made 26 starts with the Braves last season, going 10-11 with a 4.41 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 105:47 K:BB ratio in 153 innings.