Tim Stauffer
Twins sign pitcher Tim Stauffer
Tim Stauffer, SP, MIN
12/23/2014
News: The Twins have signed pitcher Tim Stauffer to a one-year deal.

Stauffer will make $2.2 million next season. The 32-year-old posted a 3.50 ERA over 64 1/3 innings last year. He was mostly used in relief, though did manage to start three games. 

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Nick Maronde
Nick Maronde clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A Columbus
Nick Maronde, SP, CLE
12/23/2014
News: Left-hander Nick Maronde cleared waivers was outrighted to Triple-A Columbus by the Indians. He has been extended a non roster major league spring invite, per the team's official website. Maronde posted a 12.79 ERA in 6 1/3 innings last season.
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Phil Hughes
Twins make it official: Hughes in the fold for three years
Phil Hughes, SP, MIN
12/22/2014
News: What was reported is now official - the Twins have announced that they have signed a three-year contract extension with right-hander and 2014 standout Phil Hughes for $42 million.

Hughes thrived away from Yankee Stadium, where he yielded 59 home runs in 2012 and 2013 combined. Pitching in more spacious Target Field, he allowed just 16 dingers last season and finished 16-20 with a 3.52 ERA.

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Juan Oramas
Blue Jays claim LHP Juan Oramas off waivers
Juan Oramas, SP, TOR
12/19/2014
News: The Blue Jays have claimed left-handed pitcher Juan Oramas off waivers from the Padres on Friday, per the team's official website. Oramas posted a 5.61 ERA primarily as a starter last season at Triple-A.
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Kris Medlen
Royals not counting on Kris Medlen until the second half
Kris Medlen, SP, KC
12/18/2014
News: The Royals do not expect pitcher Kris Medlen to return until the second half of the season.

General manager Dayton Moore told reporters he expects Medlen to be a factor down the stretch. Medlen is coming off Tommy John surgery, and the team will give him time to recover. Medlen had the surgery last March. Typically, it takes about a year for pitchers to recover, but the Royals aren't banking on Medlen being healthy right away.

Prior to having the surgery, Medlen posted a 3.11 ERA over 197 innings in 2013. 

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Andrew Albers
Report: Andrew Albers signs with Blue Jays
Andrew Albers, SP, MIN
12/16/2014
News: The Blue Jays have signed left-hander Andrew Albers to a deal, a source told MLBDailyRumors.com on Tuesday. Albers spent 2014 pitching in South Korea. The Canadian hurler went 6-13 in 28 starts with a 5.89 ERA overseas. In 2013, he went 2-5 with a 4.05 ERA in 10 starts for Minnesota.
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Gavin Floyd
Gavin Floyd signs one-year, $4M deal with Indians, will be in rotation
Gavin Floyd, SP, CLE
12/16/2014
News: The Indians announced Tuesday they signed pitcher Gavin Floyd to a one-year contract. Floyd will earn $4 million in base salary and could earn $6 million in performance bonuses, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

General manager Chris Antonetti said Floyd will be part of the starting rotation. Floyd's 2014 season with the Braves ended in late June when he underwent surgery for a fractured elbow. Antonetti said Tuesday the fracture in Floyd's elbow has healed and the team expects him to be ready for full activity in spring training.

Floyd was limited to nine starts in 2014 after missing most of the season in 2013 due to Tommy John surgery. He went 2-2 with a 2.65 ERA last season. He is 72-72 with a 4.40 ERA in 11 MLB seasons.

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Matt Harrison
Rangers' Matt Harrison could return to throwing in January
Matt Harrison, SP, TEX
12/16/2014
News: Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison's back came back as clean after an X-ray was performed Monday. Harrison, who displaced a vertebra in his back in May, has a CT scan scheduled for Wednesday, which he hopes will allow him to start throwing in January. 

Harrison only made four appearances in 2014, throwing 17.1 innings with 4.15 ERA. 

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Jeff Samardzija
White Sox will attempt to extend Jeff Samardzija
Jeff Samardzija, SP, CHW
12/15/2014
News: The White Sox are expected to try and extend pitcher Jeff Samardzija before he reaches free agency, according to CSNChicago.

The news shouldn't come as a surprise. Samardzija is under control for just one season, but has been adamant about reaching free agency. General manager Rick Hahn said the club will attempt to get Samardzija to sign a long-term deal, but understands these things take time. "I look forward to Jeff getting to know us and know what we are about and understanding how he fits and how he can fit for the foreseeable future," Hahn said.

Samardzija has been quiet about signing a long-term deal, saying he needs to get used to his new organization first. "Long-term deals are all about relationships and the future," Samardzija said. "For me, to be able to be on this team all year and really get to know all the players and what the future holds is exciting."

Samardzija posted a 2.99 ERA over 219 2/3 innings last season.  

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Ervin Santana
Ervin Santana has team option for 2019 and vesting option for 2020
Ervin Santana, SP, MIN
12/15/2014
News: Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana will make $13.5 million per season over the next four seasons, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. His contract also includes a $14 million team option for 2019, which has a $1 million buyout.

There is also a $14 million vesting option for 2020. It vests if Santana throws 400 innings in 2017 and 2018, and throws at least 200 innings in '18. He also has to pass a physical.

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