Wandy Rodriguez on track for spring training
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Pirates starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez
is recovering from arthritis in his left elbow that ended his last season, but general manager Neil Huntington told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Rodriguez is making expected progress
. Rodriguez has begun a throwing program, and should be ready by the start of next season.
"Early stages of throwing program, feeling good," Huntington said Monday. "On track for spring training."
Rodriguez appeared in 12 games for the Pirates in 2013, posting a 3.59 ERA in 62 2/3 innings of work.
Report: Cubs offer more than $55 million to Jeff Samardzija
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The Cubs have offered pitcher Jeff Samardzija
a higher deal
than five years and $55 million, 670thescore.com reports.
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.
Sammy Solis likely not far away
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Nationals pitching prospect Sammy Solis
, whose 2013 season was mainly spent recovering from Tommy John surgery, had a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League, going 5-2 with a 2.12 ERA and 29 strikeouts to seven walks in 29 innings. The performance led general manager Mike Rizzo to believe the 25-year-old is close to breaking into the majors
"I just think he needs to log innings," Rizzo told MASNSports.com. "He is a guy that his progression was cut short by the Tommy John injury and surgery. But when he is performing and he was healthy ... he pitched extremely well. He is a stuff left-hander that we think his stuff can play in the big leagues in the short term. He gives us some depth in the rotation and a guy that we feel that can help us in the major leagues very soon."
Solis, who Baseball America rates as the No. 5 prospect in the Nationals organization with Robbie Ray now with Detroit, had a 3.32 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 6.5 strikeouts per nine innings in 14 appearances, including 13 starts, in the lower levels of the minors last year.
Stephen Strasburg could miss start of spring training
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Nationals manager Matt Williams said that pitcher Stephen Strasburg
could miss the first four or five days
of spring training though his rehab is going fine, MASN reports.
Strasburg had bone chips removed from his right elbow in late October, and at that time he was given a four-to-six-week timetable to resume throwing.
Phillies sign Jeff Manship to minor-league deal
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The Phillies have signed pitcher Jeff Manship
to a minor-league deal with an invitiation to spring training. He went 0-5 with a 7.04 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 18:12 K:BB ratio in 30 2/3 innings with the Rockies last season.
Will Smith won't necessarily pitch in relief
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Though left-hander Will Smith
, who the Brewers acquired from the Royals in exchange for outfielder Norhichika Aoki Thursday, appeared to break through as a reliever last year, posting a 2.45 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 11.7 strikeouts per nine innings over 18 appearances after successfully transitioning in the minors, the Brewers are open to using him in the starting rotation
, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"I told him to come to camp as a starter and then we'll see," said general manager Doug Melvin. "He has pitched some good games in relief with a lights-out breaking ball. We'll take a look at him and see where he fits best."
Smith has a 5.48 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 6.1 strikeouts per nine innings in 17 career starts. The Brewers already have Tyler Thornburg, Jimmy Nelson, Johnny Hellweg and Hiram Burgos to compete for their final rotation spot.
The Rockies acquired starting pitcher Jordan Lyles
along with outfielder Brandon Barnes from the Astros Tuesday in exchange for outfielder Dexter Fowler. Lyles, who Baseball America
ranked among its top 100 prospects in 2010 and 2011, compiled a 5.35 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in three seasons with the Astros.
He had a couple of encouraging stretches in 2013, but his season ended with him allowing seven earned runs in back-to-back starts in September. He allowed four earned runs over five innings in his only career start at Coors Field back in 2012.
Ross Detwiler not assured spot in rotation
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Nationals pitcher Ross Detwiler
is not assured a spot in the team's rotation next season, according to CSN.
General manager Mike Rizzo would not commit to Detwiler being the team's fifth start. He'll likely have to battle with Taylor Jordan and Tanner Roark for the spot. Detwiler had a 4.04 ERA in 71 1/3 innings last season.
Eric Stults avoids arbitration
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Padres pitcher Eric Stults
agreed to a new deal with the club, avoiding arbitration.
Stults will be under contract for $2.75 million next season. He had a breakout year in 2013, tossing 203.2 innings with a 3.93 ERA.
Phillies heading to arbitration with four
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The Phillies offered contracts to four arbitration-eligible players Monday, ahead of midnight deadline. Pitchers Kyle Kendrick
and Antonio Bastardo
were tendered contracts, along with outfielders Ben Revere
and John Mayberry
The team still has a chance to avoid arbitration with all four players, by negotiating contracts for 2014 prior to the Jan. 17 deadline. Otherwise, they will exchange salary figures at arbitration hearings in February.