David Buchanan
David Buchanan will compete for one of two spots in Phillies' rotation
David Buchanan, SP, PHI
1/26/2015
News: Phillies starting pitcher David Buchanan said refininig his curveball has been a point of emphasis this offseason, as he prepares to compete for a spot in the rotation this spring, per The Philadelphia Inquirer.

“I had success with (my curveball) in certain games,” he said. “It started coming along there toward the end. But it’s definitely something that has a lot of work still to go. It’s definitely something I’m working on. It’s getting better, which is all I can ask for.”

There is two spots currently open in the rotation behind Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and Aaron Harang. Buchanan, Jerome Williams and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez are considered the leading candidates for the openings in the rotation. 

“There’s going to be some competition,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said last week. “I think that’s the only way that you can get better is by creating competition. I can’t sit here and tell you today that David Buchanan’s going to be one of our guys in the rotation, but he absolutely is going to get an opportunity to pitch in spring training and be ready and compete for one of those spots.”

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Jimmy Nelson
Brewers GM not looking to add another starting pitcher
Jimmy Nelson, SP, MIL
1/25/2015
News: Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said Sunday the team is not looking to add another starting pitcher to replace Yovani Gallardo.

"I don't think we have room for a notable starting pitcher," Melvin said. "We'd like to add a pitcher that could be a spot starter."

Milwaukee currently has Jimmy Nelson as their fifth starter, who went 2-9 in 2014 with a 4.93 ERA and 57 strikeouts for the club.

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Jhoulys Chacin
Rockies' Jhoulys Chacin ready for bounce back 2015 season
Jhoulys Chacin, SP, COL
1/25/2015
News: Rockies pitcher Jhoulys Chacin had a tough 2014 season. After injuring his shoulder in spring training, Chacin struggled in 11 starts, posting a 1-7 record with a 5.40 ERA in 63 1/3 innings. He suffered right rotator cuff strain, which forced him to miss nearly half the season.

However, manager Walt Weiss is happy with Chacin's progress this offseason.

"He's doing great. He's been throwing and working out really hard. He's had a really good offseason," Weiss said to The Denver Post.

Teammate and pitcher Jorge De La Rosa thinks 2015 will be much kinder to Chacin.

"He surprised me a lot," De La Rosa said. "He was playing catch with me every day (in Scottsdale, Ariz.), and his arm looks really good. His ball really had some life, and he's lost some weight. I think he's getting stronger. He's going to have a good year."

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Daniel Rodriguez
Orioles acquire Daniel Rodriguez from Braves for cash
Daniel Rodriguez, SP, ATL
1/23/2015
News: The Orioles have acquired pitcher Daniel Rodriguez for cash considerations in a trade with the Braves, masnsports.com reports.

Rodriguez played in the Mexican League from 2006 to 2012 before joining the Braves organization during the 2012 season. He went 6-13 with a 5.04 ERA and 111:49 K:BB ratio in 125 innings over 29 games (21 starts) with Triple-A Gwinnett in 2014.

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Ryan Vogelsong
Ryan Vogelsong signs one-year, $4 million deal with Giants
Ryan Vogelsong, SP, SF
1/23/2015
News: Free-agent pitcher Ryan Vogelsong has a one-year agreement with the San Francisco Giants, pending a physical, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman confirms on Friday. The team announced Friday.

Heyman reports Vogelsong's deal will pay him $4 million, plus incentives.

The 37-year-old Vogelsong, who was an All-Star on 2011, pitched with the club for the past four years. He went 8-13 with a 4.00 ERA in 32 starts for the Giants in 2014. He registered a 3.74 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP and 515:219 K:BB ratio over the last four seasons.

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Mike Minor
Braves' Minor not experiencing any shoulder discomfort
Mike Minor, SP, ATL
1/22/2015
News: Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor, who was shut down in late September due to shoulder inflammation, said he has not experienced any discomfort while playing catch, per MLB.com. He hopes to throw off a mound starting Friday.

Minor went 6-12 with a 4.77 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 25 starts last season.

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Tony Cingrani
Tony Cingrani considered a favorite for spot in Reds' rotation
Tony Cingrani, SP, CIN
1/22/2015
News: Reds manager Bryan Price said Thursday starting pitcher Tony Cingrani is one of the early favorites to win one of the final two spots in the team's rotation, per the Cincinnati Enquirer.

"We don't want to be giving away jobs on our ballclub in January," Price said.

Cingrani missed the final few months of the 2014 season due to a shoulder strain. He is 9-12 with a 3.49 ERA in 39 outings (29 starts) in his MLB career.

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Anthony DeSclafani
Reds manager 'very confident' DeSclafani will be in rotation
Anthony DeSclafani, SP, CIN
1/22/2015
News: Reds manager Bryan Price said he's "very confident" starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani will be part of the rotation, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. However, Price added DeSclafani will have to earn his spot in the rotation this spring.

The Reds acquired DeSclafani in the December trade that sent Mat Latos to the Marlins. He went 26-16 with a 3.23 ERA over three seasons in the minors.

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Jason Marquis
Reds sign Jason Marquis to minor-league deal
Jason Marquis, SP, CIN
1/21/2015
News: The Reds have signed pitcher Jason Marquis to a minor-league deal, the team announced.

Marquis, 36, spent last season recovering from Tommy John surgery before joining the Phillies in June. He made nine minor-league starts, putting up a 4.18 ERA. Marquis' deal includes an invite to spring training with the major-league club.

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Max Scherzer
Boras: Tigers 'were always in conversation' for Max Scherzer
Max Scherzer, SP, WAS
1/21/2015
News: Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowksi said Monday agent Scott Boras did reach out to him a few times this offseason about starting pitcher Max Scherzer, but no negotiations took place before Scherzer agreed to a seven-year, $210 million contract with the Nationals.

On Wednesday, Boras stayed away from any details regarding negotiations with the Tigers and was very complimentary of the Detroit organization, per MLB.com. Scherzer turned down a six-year, $144 million contract extension from the Tigers last spring.

“First of all, (owner) Mike Ilitch is much like the Lerner family: They’re owners that run their own shop. They do their own thing their own way,” Boras told MLB Network Radio. “I don’t think anyone should question anything about what the Tiger organization wants to do other than win.

"To suggest that, when a general manager makes a bright move and makes an offer for a player, I just don’t see the negative of it. And I don’t think that Mike Ilitch sees the negative of it either. And as you move forward and you continue to communicate, the Tigers and us were always in conversation, and the reason we were is that it was a place that Max Scherzer won 70 percent of his games there. He was a very important part to them potentiating them achieving Mike Ilitch’s goals in winning.

“When you have a wedding, you don’t really talk about who you dated, and I kind of leave it at that. Certainly there’s nothing that the Tigers don’t do. They cross every bridge and they’re very conscientious about how they pursue players. They had great value for Max and it was a great relationship. Obviously this fit for Max was something that was, in his mind, something better for him.”

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