Octavio Dotel to attempt to pitch in winter ball
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Free-agent reliever Octavio Dotel
will attempt to pitch in winter ball
in hopes of landing with a team in 2014, MLB.com reports.
Dotel, 40, dealt with elbow and forearm issues for most of 2013, allowing seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings over six appearances. He posted impressive numbers in a full 2012 season, going 5-3 with a 3.57 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 62:12 K:BB ratio in 58 innings with the Tigers.
Mike Scioscia expects Albert Pujols to rebound
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Angels first baseman Albert Pujols
, who got a clean bill of health earlier in December after missing the final two months of 2013 with a torn plantar fascia, is poised for a bounce-back season, according to manager Mike Scioscia.
"Albert is, he's swinging the bat. He's taking batting practice. He feels very strong physically," Scioscia said. "I think that I really feel that he's going to be the healthiest he's been, certainly from what he's been out here with us, probably a couple of years before that in St. Louis where he was banged up. I think the foot will be a non-issue."
Pujols will go back to playing primarily first base in 2014 after spending most of his time at DH in 2013.
Marlins an unlikely destination for Rickie Weeks
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Though the Marlins have reportedly shown interest in Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks
, a Brewers source told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Thursday that reports of Weeks going to the Marlins are untrue
Weeks is presumed to be expendable with the emergence of Scooter Gennett last year, but the Marlins have already signed Rafael Furcal to serve as their second baseman in 2014.
Brewers showing interest in Ike Davis
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The Brewers, who were in on Corey Hart and Logan Morrison for their vacancy at first base before the Mariners acquired both Wednesday, met with the Mets about first baseman Ike Davis
Thursday, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports.
The Mets have been trying to move Davis this offseason, hoping to open up first base for Lucas Duda, but general manager Sandy Alderson recently told The Star-Ledger that it isn't mandatory.
"Let me emphasize one thing: We're not in the business of giving players away," Alderson said.
Giants sign Michael Morse to a one-year deal
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The Giants have signed outfielder Michael Morse to a one-year deal worth $6 million
, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.
Morse struggled last season, hitting just .215/.270/.381 in 312 at-bats between the Mariners and Orioles. Morse battled through wrist and thigh injuries for much of the season before undergoing surgery on his wrist in August. The 31-year-old is expected to be the team's left fielder next season.
Rays express interest in Kevin Youkilis
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The Rays have expressed interest
in free-agent infielder Kevin Youkilis
, the Tampa Bay Times reports. However, Youkilis is looking to land with a West Coast team in order to be closer to his home in California, according to a previous report.
Youkilis suffered through injury last season, hitting just .219/.305/.343 with two home runs and eight RBI in 105 at-bats.
Eight teams interested in Johan Santana
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Eight teams have interest
in free-agent pitcher Johan Santana
, ESPN New York reports. The teams in on the free agent include the Orioles, Mets, Yankees, Twins, Rays, Royals, Brewers and Pirates.
Santana missed his second full season in three years due to a torn shoulder capsule, his second major injury on the shoulder. However, many teams will likely be interested in the two-time Cy Young winner, especially if he can be signed to a minor-league deal, or a major-league deal that is heavily laden with incentives.
Indians interested in Matt Guerrier
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The Indians are one of many teams
in on free-agent pitcher Matt Guerrier
, MLBDailyDish.com reports. Guerrier split last season between the Dodgers and Cubs, going 4-4 with a 4.01 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 30:17 K:BB ratio in 42 2/3 innings.
Reds interested in Yankees LF Brett Gardner
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The Reds have interest in Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner
, but trade talks between the two teams have no traction
as of yet, the New York Post
The Yankees, who have a surplus of potenital starters in the outfield after signing Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran, are said not to like Reds reliever Sean Marshall in a potential Gardner deal. Gardner, who is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2014 season, hit .273/.344/.416 with eight home runs, 52 RBI and 24 stolen bases in 539 at-bats last season.
Corey Hart could earn as much as $13 million
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FOXSports.com reports that first baseman/outfielder Corey Hart
will receive $5 million in base salary under his new deal with the Mariners. With incentives, Hart could earn up to $13 million for the 2014 season.
Hart and the Mariners agreed on a one-year deal Wednesday.