Trevor Bauer making key adjustments
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Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer
is making key adjustments
to his delivery and is in the mix to battle for the final spot in the team's rotation in spring training, the Cleveland Plain Dealer
"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.
Astros GM prefers patience with Mark Appel
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Though Astros manager Bo Porter didn't rule out the possibility of 2013 first overall pick Mark Appel
making the team out of spring training Wednesday, general manager Jeff Luhnow sang a different tune in an interview with MLB Network Radio Tuesday, noting that they had the pitching depth to take their time with him.
"Mark had a tremendous college career," he said. "Whether we start him at [high Class A] Lancaster or at [Double-A Corpus Christi] next year [isn't decided]. But we're going to be patient with Mark. We're going to make sure that he has enough time to develop."
Appel had a 3.79 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 7.8 strikeouts per nine innings in 10 starts between two minor-league stops last year.
Blue Jays agree to deal with Tomo Ohka
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The Blue Jays have agreed to a minor-league deal
with knuckleball pitcher Tomo Ohka
, Sportsnet reports. The team may decide to start Ohka in Double-A New Hampshire in 2014.
Ohka's last major-league or minor-league exposure came in 2009 as a member of the Indians, but he has re-invented himself as a knuckleballer and will attempt a comeback.
Adam Wilk to attempt return to majors in 2014
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Free-agent pitcher Adam Wilk
will attempt to return to the majors
after spending last season in Korea, FOX Sports reports.
Wilk went 7-11 with a 2.77 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 128:28 K:BB ratio in 149 2/3 innings over 24 starts with Triple-A Toledo in 2012 before heading to Korea.
David Price wouldn't consider extension with Mariners
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News: David Price
's agent, Bo McKinnis, told FOXSports.com that the lefty would not sign an extension with the Mariners, should the Rays trade him there.
The Mariners have recently been cited as one of three teams -- along with the Rangers and Dodgers -- who stand the best chance of getting Price via trade this offseason.
Tigers say they won't trade Max Scherzer
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According to ESPN.com, the Tigers are telling other teams they do not plan on trading starting pitcher Max Scherzer
. Prior to the Tigers' trade of Prince Fielder to the Rangers, Scherzer had been a frequent subject of trade rumors, but general manager Dave Dombrowski has acknowledged that the team's newfound financial flexibility could make it easier to sign the American League Cy Young Award winner to a contract extension.
However, the organization reportedly has doubts about their ability to re-sign Scherzer.
Rays covet Taijuan Walker in David Price deal
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The Mariners are continuing their pursuit of Rays starting pitcher David Price
, and believe they have a trump card
if they want to pull the trigger. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported Monday the Mariners believe Price would be theirs if they were willing to include pitching prospect Taijuan Walker
The Mariners are hesitant to include Walker or fellow prospect James Paxton, and are instead looking to build an offer around a series of position prospects.
The Indians are open to trading
starting pitcher Justin Masterson
at the winter meetings, according to FOXSports.com. Masterson is entering his final season before free agency, and the Indians are reportedly looking for replacements that will be around longer.
Masterson made his first All-Star game last season, while going 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA in 193 innings. He has been with the Indians since 2009, when he was acquired via trade with the Red Sox.
White Sox looking to trade a starter
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Yahoo! Sports reports that the White Sox are looking to trade one of their starting pitchers this offseason. Their top preference would be to deal John Danks
, but he still has three years and $42.75 million left on his contract, making it improbable that he can be traded.
Jose Quintana and Hector Santiago are also on the market, though the White Sox were unwilling to part with Quintana in a deal to acquire third baseman Chase Headley from the Padres, according to previous reports.
White Sox not ruling out a Chris Sale trade
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FOXSports.com reports that the White Sox will listen to offers for rotation ace Chris Sale
. One general manager at the Winter Meetings said he thought "teams are pushing Chicago to consider" trading the 24-year-old lefty.
Sale finished the 2013 season with a 3.07 ERA and ranked fourth in the majors with 226 strikeouts.