Report: Phillies, Wandy Rodriguez agree to minor-league deal
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:27 pm ET) The Phillies and pitcher Wandy Rodriguez have agreed to a minor-league deal, pending a physical, CSNPhilly.com reports.

Rodriguez missed much of 2014 with a knee injury, finishing 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA and 20:8 K:BB ratio in 26 2/3 innings over six starts. Prior to 2014, he posted ERAs under 3.80 in each of his previous six seasons.


Report: Wandy Rodriguez close to signing with the Phillies
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) Pitcher Wandy Rodriguez is traveling to Philadelphia in order to take a physical, according to Phillies Spanish play-by-play man, Angel Castillo. 

If that physical goes well, Rodriguez is expected to sign with the club. The 35-year-old had knee surgery in June, but decided to pitch in winter ball in order to show major-league teams he had something left in the tank. Rodriguez posted a 6.75 ERA over 26 2/3 innings with the Pirates before he was shut down for the season. 


Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to return to Japan
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda will return to pitch in Japan next season, confirms CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. A Hiroshima newspaper was the first to have the report.

The 39-year-old Kuroda spent seven seasons in the United States. He posted a career 3.45 ERA over 1319 innings. After spending the first four seasons of his career with the Dodgers, Kuroda joined the Yankees. He remained with the organization for three seasons, but made sure his contract went year-to-year so that he could return to Japan when ready. Kuroda plans to continue his baseball career in Japan, and will pitch for the Hiroshima Carp next year. 


Report: Yankees have yet to be informed of Hiroki Kuroda's plans
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) The Yankees have yet to be informed of pitcher Hiroki Kuroda's plans for next year, according to the New York Times.

A Hiroshima newspaper reported Kuroda will return to Japan next season, ending a seven-year run in the United States. The 39-year-old posted a 3.71 ERA over 199 innings with New York last season. Kuroda had signed one-year deals the past couple of offseasons so that he could return to Japan when ready.


Report: RHP Hiroki Kuroda heading back to Japan
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) Veteran right-hander Hiroki Kuroda is heading back to Japan, thereby ending his career with the Yankees, per various reports.

Kuroda, who will be 40 years old in February, pitched seven seasons in the major leagues, including the last three in the Big Apple. He finished 2014 with an 11-9 record and 3.71 ERA.


Twins sign pitcher Tim Stauffer
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) The Twins have signed pitcher Tim Stauffer to a one-year deal.

Stauffer will make $2.2 million next season. The 32-year-old posted a 3.50 ERA over 64 1/3 innings last year. He was mostly used in relief, though did manage to start three games. 

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Nick Maronde clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A Columbus
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) Left-hander Nick Maronde cleared waivers was outrighted to Triple-A Columbus by the Indians. He has been extended a non roster major league spring invite, per the team's official website. Maronde posted a 12.79 ERA in 6 1/3 innings last season.

Giants announce signing of RHP Jake Peavy
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) Giants officially announced the signing of right-hander Jake Peavy on Tuesday, per the team's official website. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported last week that Peavy agreed to a two-year, $24 million deal.

Peavy went 6-4 with a 2.17 ERA for the Giants after an in-season trade from Boston. For his career, Peavy is 139-111 with a 3.53 ERA and 2,027 strikeouts over 13 seasons.

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Cubs claim LHP Michael Kickham on waivers
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) The Cubs have claimed left-hander Michael Kickham on waivers Tuesday, reports the Bay Area News. After logging 28 1/3 innings in 2013, Kickham made only two big-league appearances in 2014, coughing up five earned runs over two innings of work. He went 8-8 with a 4.43 ERA over 27 starts (148 1/3 innings) at Triple-A Fresno.

Red Sox sign Casey Crosby, Mario Martinez to minor-league deals
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) The Red Sox have signed pitcher Casey Crosby and infielder Mario Martinez to a minor-league contracts. Crosby has not pitched in a major league game since 2012. Martinez hit .268 over 463 at-bats at Class A Salem.

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