Report: Pirates sign Wilkin Castillo to minor-league contract
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The Pirates signed catcher Wilkin Castillo
to a minor-league contract
Wednesday, sources told Fox Sports. The deal includes an invite to spring training.
Castillo is a career .314 hitter in 35 at-bats.
White Sox sign second baseman Gordon Beckham
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The White Sox signed second baseman Gordon Beckham
to a one-year contract
, the team announced.
Beckham spent more than five seasons with the White Sox. He is a career .245 hitter.
Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka
told the Japan Times
that his elbow feels fine
as he prepares for spring training, per The Star-Ledger
. Tanaka has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament that could eventually require Tommy John surgery.
Tanaka missed more than two months last season due to the injury. After the layoff, he was able to make two starts toward the end of the season and finished 13-5 with a 2.77 ERA.
"So far, so good -- including that [elbow]," Tanaka said.
The Yankees signed Tanaka last offseason to a seven-year, $155 million contract.
Mariners sign catcher John Baker to minor-league contract
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The Mariners signed catcher John Baker
to a minor-league contract
Wednesday, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.
The deal includes an invite to spring training. Baker will be given an opportunity to compete for the backup catching position. In 2014, Baker hit .192 with no home runs and 15 RBI in 182 at-bats.
Indians 3B Giovanny Urshela expected to be ready for spring training
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Indians third base prospect Giovanny Urshela
, who sprained a knee ligament in a Venezuelan winter league game in November, should be ready for spring training, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer
. Urshela, 23, is considered the most skilled defensive third baseman in the organization.
He likely will begin the season at Triple-A Columbus, but "could get a look" if Lonnie Chisenhall falters, the paper said.
Report: Nationals sign pitcher Casey Janssen to one-year contract
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The Nationals agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract
with pitcher Casey Janssen
on Wednesday, sources told FOXSports.com.
The deal also includes a mutual option for the 2016 season and a buyout. In 2014, Janssen made 50 relief appearances and produced a 3.94 ERA.
Hector Neris considered a 'sleeper' to make Phils' bullpen
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Coming off an outstanding performance in the Dominican Winter League, reliever Hector Neris
is a "sleeper candidate" to earn a spot in the Phillies' bullpen, reports Philly.com. Neris, 25, did not give up a run in 18 innings during the league's regular season, then allowed two runs in 8 1/3 postseason innings.
“It will be interesting to see who kind of takes the bull by the horns,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told the website. “We’re going to give some people opportunities to pitch, and typically what happens is the guy that’s performing the best and the guy that’s throwing the most consistently toward the end of spring, those are the guys that will make the club.”
Neris made his major-league debut last August, earning a win with one scoreless inning. That was his only appearance with the Phils.
Report: Mets not close to trading pitcher Dillon Gee
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While various clubs have expressed interest in Mets pitcher Dillon Gee
, the Mets are not in negotiations
to trade him anytime soon, reports MLB.com.
In 2014, Gee went 7-8 with a 4.00 ERA. The Mets are less than a month away from spring training and are also believed to be hesitant to depart with any of their starting pitchers.
Report: Matt Albers to throw in Houston on Feb. 10
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Wanting to prove his health, free-agent pitcher Matt Albers
will hold a throwing session
Feb. 10 in Houston, reports 1500ESPN.
Albers was shut down last season because of shoulder tendinitis after throwing 10 innings for the Astros. All teams were invited to the session.
Report: Angels talk extension with closer Huston Street
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The Angels have broached the subject
of a contract extension with closer Huston Street
and plan to start negotiations during spring training, reports MLB.com. The team exercised its $7 million opion on Street early in the offseason and "would like to lock the 31-year-old right-hander up before he hits free agency next winter," the report said.
Street converted 41 of 44 save opportunities last year, going 2-2 with a 1.37 ERA.