Cubs' Brett Anderson: Signs with Cubs
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(1/23/2017) Anderson agreed to a deal with the Cubs on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

The deal is still pending a physical, which is an important note because Anderson has dealt with a myriad of injuries during his career. In his last healthy season with the Dodgers (2015), the lefty posted a respectable 3.69 ERA and 1.33 WHIP over 180.1 innings. He will likely supply starting pitching depth for the Cubs in 2017.

Clinton Hollon: Released by Blue Jays
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(1/23/2017) Hollon was released by the Blue Jays on Monday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

Hollon wasn't able to find his footing with the Blue Jays, as the former second round pick was twice suspended 50 games for testing positive for a drug of abuse. At just 22 years old, the young righty may find his way to another club, but his former disciplinary issues make him a risky asset.

Rays' Jose De Leon: Traded to Rays
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(1/23/2017) De Leon was traded to the Rays on Monday in exchange for second baseman Logan Forsythe.

This is a nice get for the Rays, as De Leon has been regarded as one of the top pitching prospects in baseball. The young righty did struggle in his four starts with the Dodgers in 2016, posting a 6.35 ERA and 15:7 K:BB over 17 innings. He may begin the season in the minor leagues, but is likely to make his way to the big league club sometime during 2017.

Tigers' Justin Verlander: Will start Opening Day
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(1/23/2017) Manager Brad Ausmus confirmed over the weekend that Verlander will start Opening Day against the White Sox, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Verlander's appointment does not come as a surprise, as he will start Opening Day for the ninth time in his career, the second most in team history behind only Jack Morris. Verlander had one of the best seasons of his career in 2016, finishing 16-9 with a 3.04 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 254:57 K:BB over 227.2 innings.

Tigers' Anibal Sanchez: Will prepare for starting role
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(1/21/2017) Sanchez will compete for a starting role in spring training, Jason Beck of reports.

The right-hander struggled throughout 2016, failing to bring his ERA below 4.08 in any month of the season. Those struggles resulted in some yo-yoing between the rotation and the bullpen -- he'd be demoted to relief only to return to a starting role out of necessity. Sanchez's walk and HR/9 rates have gotten progressively worse in recent years, and it's difficult to imagine he will suddenly reverse those trends in his age-33 season. Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Mike Pelfrey will be in the mix for rotation spots as well.

Tigers' Mike Pelfrey: Will stretch out, compete for rotation spot in spring training
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(1/21/2017) Pelfrey will stretch out during spring training and is set to compete for a rotation spot, Jason beck of reports.

Pelfrey made 22 starts for the Tigers last season but struggled mightily before being moved to the bullpen in late September. He went 4-10 as a starter with a 5.19 ERA and he allowed 14 home runs in 112.2 innings. While it appears he'll be given a shot to rejoin the rotation, he'd have to beat out the likes of lefty Matt Boyd or Buck Farmer over the course of spring training.

Red Sox's Drew Pomeranz: Receives offseason stem cell injection
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(1/21/2017) Pomeranz received a stem cell injection in his pitching elbow in October, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.

The left-hander pitched through elbow soreness in the latter portion of the 2016 season, and while his condition didn't require surgery, he did require an injection to alleviate the issue. Red Sox President Dave Dombrowski recently said that Pomeranz will likely slot in towards the back end of the rotation this season, which suggests that Pomeranz's elbow won't be an issue once pitchers and catchers report.

Rangers' Tyson Ross: Not expected to be ready Opening Day
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(1/19/2017) Ross (shoulder) isn't expected to be ready for Opening Day of the 2017 season, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

There's been little talk as to a potential return for Ross, who underwent thoracic outlet syndrome surgery in October. However, the Rangers have now said that they don't expect him to be healthy for Opening Day, as they're being cautious with the 29-year-old righty. A more specific timeframe for his return should become available after he has the chance to workout at spring training.

Angels' Matt Shoemaker: Cleared for normal pitching activity
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(1/19/2017) Shoemaker (head) has been cleared for normal pitching activity after doing full workouts this offseason, Jason Beck of reports.

Shoemaker missed the end of the 2016 season after he was hit by a line drive in early September, which resulted in a small skull fracture. He was on a roll at the time, posting a 2.83 ERA in the 130.1 innings leading up to the injury. He'll look to build on that success in spring training, where it appears he'll be a full go.

Red Sox's Steven Wright: Still rehabbing right shoulder
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(1/19/2017) Wright (shoulder) is still rehabbing his right shoulder but feels he'll be ready to go for spring training, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports.

Bursitis and rotator cuff irritation have plagued the 32-year-old knuckleballer since he was injured while pinch running Aug. 7 against the Dodgers. Before the injury, he was 13-6 with a 3.33 ERA. He appears destined for a spot at the back end of Boston's rotation in 2017.

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