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Giants Claim Tom Murphy From Rockies  

The Giants have claimed catcher Tom Murphy off waivers from the Rockies, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports (via Twitter). Colorado reportedly placed the 27-year-old Murphy, who is out of minor league options, on waivers over the weekend. The move to acquire Murphy comes just one day after San Francisco acquired another out-of-options catcher, Erik…

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2019-03-25 13:18:56



Blue Jays Re-Sign John Axford To Minor League Deal  

The Blue Jays announced that they’ve re-signed right-hander John Axford to a minor league contract. He had been in camp with the Jays for much of Spring Training but was cut loose from that deal when he was diagnosed with a stress reaction in his right elbow. Because he’ll be sidelined for at least a…

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2019-03-25 11:03:55



Offseason In Review: Toronto Blue Jays  

This is the latest post of MLBTR's annual Offseason in Review series, in which we take stock of every team's winter dealings. The Blue Jays added some veteran stopgaps to their roster, while saying goodbye to some of the best-known members of their 2015-16 playoff teams. Major League Signings Freddy Galvis, SS: One year, $5MM…

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2019-03-25 07:33:20



Royals Select Lucas Duda, Release Brian Goodwin  

The Royals announced Monday that they’ve selected the contract of veteran first baseman Lucas Duda and requested unconditional release waivers on outfielder Brian Goodwin. Duda will make the Kansas City Opening Day roster, while the out-of-options Goodwin, who’d previously been viewed as a strong candidate to log ample time in right field this coming season,…

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2019-03-25 06:03:59



Rays Broached Extension Talks To Willy Adames, Brent Honeywell  

The Rays have traditionally been pretty aggressive in locking up young players to early-career extensions, as evidenced by their recent deals with Blake Snell and Brandon Lowe.  Beyond that duo, Willy Adames and Brent Honeywell told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that they had also been approached about long-term deals. Adames has been…

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2019-03-25 04:17:36



Marlins Release Dan Straily  

8:44am: Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill announced to reporters that Straily has been released by the organization (Twitter link via Joe Frisaro of MLB.com). Mish tweets that Straily is going on release waivers today, meaning he’ll become a free agent if he clears on Wednesday at 1pm ET. Assuming that happens, he’ll receive…

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2019-03-25 01:12:51



Tigers Re-Sign Bobby Wilson To Minor League Deal  

After being released by the Tigers yesterday, veteran catcher Bobby Wilson will re-sign with the club on a minor league pact today, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com (Twitter link). He will join the Tigers’ Triple-A affiliate in Toledo. Wilson entered spring training on a minor league deal, hoping to earn a roster spot as…

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2019-03-24 20:46:12



Dodgers Sign Justin Grimm To Minor League Deal  

The Dodgers have signed right-hander Justin Grimm to a minor league contract, tweets J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group. The signing comes after Grimm decided to opt out of his previous deal with the Indians. Grimm, 30, will join the Dodgers hoping to return to his Cubs form after a dreadful 2018 season.…

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2019-03-24 17:21:31



AL East Notes: Red Sox, Tepera, Norris, Trumbo  

Chris Sale’s freshly-inked 5-year contract extension will leave the Red Sox searching for answers to a number of questions as they move forward, writes Rob Bradford of WEEI. With Sale’s contract including an opt-out after 2022, the Red Sox could find themselves in a tricky situation at that time. Bradford notes that the contracts of…

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2019-03-24 17:15:58



Diamondbacks Return Rule 5 Pick Nick Green To Yankees  

The Diamondbacks will return Rule 5 selection Nick Green to the Yankees, per a Yankees team announcement (Twitter link). After clearing waivers, Green, who turns 24 tomorrow, will rejoin his former club, having fallen short of the Diamondbacks’ Opening Day roster. Green’s problems in spring training stemmed from a lack of control, as he walked…

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2019-03-24 14:36:07



Matt Duffy To Begin Season On Injured List  

The Rays have elected to shut down infielder Matt Duffy for two weeks, tweets Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, citing back and hamstring injuries. Duffy, then, will begin the regular season on the injured list, and his absence may extend beyond the minimum 10 days on the IL. More to come.

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2019-03-24 13:31:53



MLBTR Chat With Mark Polishuk  

Click here to join the Sunday chat about all things baseball, moderated by MLBTR’s Mark Polishuk

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2019-03-24 11:53:56



Giants Acquire Erik Kratz  

10:02am: Kratz is indeed going to San Francisco for Hinojosa, per an announcement from the Brewers. 9:40am: The Brewers will acquire shortstop C.J. Hinojosa from the Giants, Robert Murray and Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic report. Milwaukee may send veteran catcher Erik Kratz to San Francisco, Murray and Baggarly suggest. Hinojosa had been with the…

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2019-03-24 11:37:47



Indians Sign Brad Miller  

The Indians have signed infielder/outfielder Brad Miller to a major league contract, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. Paul Hoynes of cleveland.com first connected Miller to the Tribe earlier this weekend. To make room for Miller, the Indians placed rehabbing right-hander Danny Salazar on the 60-day injured list. It’s a one-year pact for the ISE Baseball…

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2019-03-24 10:41:29



Rockies Option Jeff Hoffman To Triple-A  

The Rockies have optioned right-handed pitcher Jeff Hoffman to Triple-A Albuquerque, according to Nick Groke of The Athletic (Twitter link). The move leaves Colorado with 28 players in Major League camp. Hoffman, the Blue Jays’ first-round choice in the 2014 MLB draft, will face a pivotal year in 2019, as his future in the organization…

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2019-03-24 06:27:29



Cubs Sign Tim Collins, Designate Brian Duensing  

The Cubs have signed left-handed reliever Tim Collins to a one-year, major league deal and designated fellow southpaw reliever Brian Duensing for assignment, Jesse Rogers of ESPN tweets. Collins, an Octagon client, will report to Triple-A with his new team. Collins hit the open market Friday when the Twins released him, ending a short stay…

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2019-03-24 06:23:39



Latest On Extension Talks Between Mets, Jacob deGrom  

There has been cavalcade of extensions across Major League Baseball this spring, but it doesn’t appear Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom will become the latest star to ink a new deal. Speaking about his future Saturday, deGrom told Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, Tim Healey of Newsday and other reporters that his optimism about signing before his…

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2019-03-24 04:19:36



Rockies Place Tom Murphy On Waivers  

The Rockies have placed catcher Tom Murphy on waivers, according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com. The club is hoping to find a trade partner for the out-of-options Murphy, per Harding. Regardless, it’ll enter the season with Chris Iannetta and Tony Wolters as its catchers. A third-round pick of the Rockies in 2012 and a former…

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2019-03-24 02:57:27



Blue Jays To Sign Daniel Hudson  

The Blue Jays have agreed to a one-year, major league contract with reliever Daniel Hudson, per Shi Davidi of Sportsnet. Hudson is a client of Jet Sports Management. It was a short stay in team-less limbo for Hudson, whom the Angels released from his minor league contract Friday. Hudson struggled during the spring as a…

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2019-03-24 02:38:48



NL West Notes: Holland, Kratz, Giants, Garcia, Shaw  

The latest from the NL West… The Diamondbacks will use Greg Holland as their closer, Torey Lovullo told reporters (including the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro) today.  The veteran reliever didn’t exactly impress during Spring Training, posting a 12.27 ERA over 3 2/3 IP, yet Lovullo said the D’Backs made their decision based in part on…

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2019-03-24 02:30:19



AL Central Notes: Ramirez, Indians, Tigers, Jones, Eloy  

The Indians received a scare when Jose Ramirez fouled a ball off his left knee during the third inning of today’s game against the White Sox.  Ramirez had to be carted off the field, though it seems as though the worst was avoided, as x-rays came back negative on the injury.  (ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan was…

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2019-03-24 02:25:51



NL Notes: Rendon, Freeman, Dodgers, Padres  

Even though it’s extension season in Major League Baseball, a new deal between the Nationals and contract-year third baseman Anthony Rendon doesn’t appear imminent. General manager Mike Rizzo said Saturday there isn’t anything new to report vis-a-vis Rendon, nor does the recent flood of extensions across the majors have any effect on the two sides’…

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2019-03-24 02:11:31



Giants Designate Jose Lopez  

The Giants have designated right-hander Jose Lopez for assignment, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic tweets. His roster spot will go to catcher Erik Kratz, whom the Giants acquired from the Brewers on Sunday. It was a short stay on the Giants’ 40-man roster for Lopez, a 25-year-old who joined the team via waivers from the…

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2019-03-24 02:06:12



Orioles Notes: Catchers, Cobb, Hays  

Here’s the latest out of Baltimore: Neither Andrew Susac nor Carlos Perez will make the Orioles’ roster, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports (Twitter links). The two out-of-options catchers had been vying for a roster spot on a team whose only 40-man catchers are Chance Sisco, the just-claimed Pedro Severino and the injured Austin Wynns. Even…

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2019-03-24 01:51:08



Rangers Return Rule 5 Pick Jordan Romano To Blue Jays  

The Rangers have returned Rule 5 selection Jordan Romano to the Blue Jays after the right-hander cleared waivers, tweets Shi Davidi of Sportsnet. Having been placed on waivers Thursday, the 25-year-old Romano was offered to his previous club today and will rejoin the Blue Jays after failing to make the Rangers’ Opening Day roster. Despite…

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2019-03-24 01:47:49



Central Notes: Tribe, Cubs, Brewers, Royals  

Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor and second baseman Jason Kipnis will open the season on the 10-day injured list, per Paul Hoynes of cleveland.com. It’s disappointing but not surprising news for Lindor, who’s working back from the right calf strain he suffered in early February. Kipnis is also dealing with a right calf strain, one that…

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2019-03-24 01:34:36



Red Sox Place Sandy Leon On Waivers  

The Red Sox have placed catcher Sandy Leon on waivers, as per WEEI.com’s Evan Drellich (Twitter link). The move comes after months of trade rumors surrounding Boston’s catching situation, as the team didn’t plan on keeping all three of Leon, Christian Vazquez, and Blake Swihart on its Opening Day roster.  No deals materialized, however, as…

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2019-03-24 01:28:18



NL Notes: Chen, Gyorko, d'Arnaud, Kendrick  

Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen will open the year in the Marlins’ bullpen, Wells Dusenbery of the Sun Sentinel tweets. It’s the latest less-than-ideal development in what has been a subpar Marlins tenure for Chen. The 33-year-old did take this setback in stride, though, per Dusenbery. Now in the fourth season of a five-year, $80MM contract, Chen…

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2019-03-24 01:16:15



Offseason In Review: Oakland Athletics  

This is the latest post of MLBTR's annual Offseason in Review series, in which we take stock of every team's winter dealings. After surprising their way to the the majors’ fourth-best record in 2018, the low-budget Athletics made a series of short-term commitments this past offseason. Major League Signings Joakim Soria, RP: two years, $15MM…

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2019-03-24 01:05:58



Yankees Acquire Mike Tauchman From Rockies  

Per a team release, the Yankees have acquired OF Mike Tauchman from Colorado for lefty Phillip Diehl. Left-hander Jordan Montgomery was placed on the 60-day IL to make 40-man room for the outfielder. Tauchman, 28, has just 69 MLB plate appearances under his belt despite a monster minor-league performance over the last two seasons. With…

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2019-03-23 21:31:46



AL East Notes: Red Sox, Duffy, Rays, Sabathia  

After chronicling some Blue Jays notes earlier today, let’s take a look around the rest of the American League East… “Unless something completely unanticipated happened,” Dave Dombrowski figures the Red Sox will halt all extension talks by Opening Day, the team president of baseball operations told the media (including Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com).  Most players…

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2019-03-23 20:57:07



Roster Notes: Rox, Brewers, Phils, Nats, Reds, Marlins  

The latest on several teams’ rosters… First baseman Mark Reynolds will make the Rockies’ roster, Nick Groke of The Athletic tweets. A Rockie from 2016-17, Reynolds rejoined the club on a minor league deal this past January after spending last season with the Nationals. In his return to Colorado, the 35-year-old Reynolds will back up…

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2019-03-23 20:17:47



Giants Acquire Michael Reed From Twins  

Per Dan Hayes of the Athletic, the Giants have acquired OF Michael Reed from Minnesota for OF John Andreoli and cash. Per Kerry Crowley of the Mercury News, lefty Steven Okert was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man. Reed, 26, was in camp with the Twins after an outstanding AAA performance in the…

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2019-03-23 17:35:45



Braves Acquire Matt Joyce  

Per Kerry Crowley of the San Jose Mercury News, the Braves have acquired outfielder Matt Joyce from the Giants for cash considerations. It’ll be the third team this week for the 34-year-old Joyce, who was released Tuesday by Cleveland after the team informed him he wouldn’t crack the Opening Day roster. Joyce enjoyed a late-career renaissance…

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2019-03-23 15:57:48



Mets Assign Six NRI Veterans To Minor League Camp  

The Mets have cut several veterans at Spring Training on minor league contracts from their Major League camp.  Carlos Gomez, Adeiny Hechavarria, Rajai Davis, Hector Santiago, Ryan O’Rourke, and Devin Mesoraco are the non-roster invitees who have all been told they aren’t making the Opening Day roster.  (Tim Healey of Newsday was one of several…

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2019-03-23 14:58:02



Giants Release Rene Rivera  

The Giants have released catcher Rene Rivera from his minor league contract, as reported by several members of the Giants beat (including NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic). Rivera and Stephen Vogt were the two veterans brought into the Giants’ camp on minor league deals to compete with Aramis Garcia for the backup role behind…

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2019-03-23 11:05:06



Blue Jays Release John Axford  

The Blue Jays have released reliever John Axford, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet tweets. Additionally, reliever Bud Norris didn’t make the Jays’ roster, per Davidi, but they have given him a $100K retention bonus to stay in the fold. Axford, whom the Blue Jays signed to a minor league contract in February, had been battling for…

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2019-03-23 09:39:04



Pirates To Add Francisco Liriano, Melky Cabrera To Opening Day Roster  

The Pirates have announced that left-hander Francisco Liriano and outfielder Melky Cabrera will be on the team’s 25-man roster for Opening Day.  (MLB.com’s Adam Berry was among those to report the news.)  Since both players are in camp on minor league contracts, the Bucs will still need to make some room on their 40-man roster. …

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2019-03-23 08:53:50



Mets Sign Ruben Tejada  

Per his agents at Primetime Sports Group, the Mets have signed IF Ruben Tejada to a minors deal. Tejada, 29, spent his first nine professional seasons with the Mets organization, debuting at the tender age of 20 midway through the 2010 season.  The Panamanian quickly established himself as a solid shortstop option for New York,…

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2019-03-23 08:31:59



Jason Hammel Announces Retirement  

In a surprising development, veteran right-hander Jason Hammel has told the Rangers that he is retiring after 13 Major League seasons.  Hammel had signed a minor league deal with the Rangers this winter, and was informed yesterday that he had made the team’s Opening Day roster. More analysis to come…

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2019-03-23 08:23:17



Giants Notes: Pillar, Guyer, Choo, Harper  

The latest on the Giants’ search for outfield help… Cameron Maybin’s release has left the Giants in need of a right-handed hitting center fielder who can complement Steven Duggar.  To this end, the club has “looked into Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar and Brandon Guyer,” Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes.  Guyer…

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2019-03-23 08:02:36



Orioles, Giants Swap Mike Yastrzemski, Tyler Herb  

Per team releases, the Orioles and Giants have swung a minor deal, with righty Tyler Herb headed to Baltimore and outfielder Mike Yastrzemski going to San Francisco. Yastrzemski, 28, is the grandson of Hall-of-Famer Carl Yastrzemski. He’s made a six-year lap through the Oriole farm, with early highs eventually offset by upper-minors woes. His 2018…

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2019-03-23 06:59:11



Scooter Gennett To Spend 8-12 Weeks On Injured List  

Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett will be sidelined for the next 8-12 weeks due to a right groin strain, Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports (Twitter link).  Gennett suffered the injury yesterday during the second inning of the Reds’ Spring Training game, while making an awkward slide on a fielding play. The news is…

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2019-03-23 06:55:28



Minor MLB Transactions: 3/22/2019  

Here are a few minor moves to round out the day’s transactions … The Brewers announced that they inked reliever Michael Tonkin after he was released by the Rangers earlier today. Tonkin has pitched in parts of five seasons with the Twins and threw last year in Japan. The 29-year-old allowed just two hits and one earned…

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2019-03-23 05:22:44



Tigers Select Gordon Beckham's Contract, Release Bobby Wilson  

The Tigers have selected the contract of veteran infielder Gordon Beckham, as per a team announcement.  Right-hander Michael Fulmer (who will undergo Tommy John surgery) was placed on the 60-day IL in order to create room for Beckham on the 40-man roster.  Infielder Ronny Rodriguez was also optioned to Triple-A. In another move, the Tigers…

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2019-03-23 04:59:17



Twins Release Tim Collins, Adam Rosales  

The Twins have released lefty Tim Collins and infielder Adam Rosales, the team announced. Both were Article XX(B) free agents, meaning they’d have required $100K retention bonuses if kept but not added to the 40-man roster. With the Minnesota organization deciding to head in a different direction with its final roster spots, it was obviously…

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2019-03-23 04:50:22



Cubs Release Junichi Tazawa  

Per Chris Cotillo of Masslive.com, the Cubs have released reliever Junichi Tazawa. Tazawa had a strong spring for Chicago, striking out nine in just 5 2/3 IP while not allowing a run. The 32-year-old was fighting for the last spot in the Cubs pen, but was on the heels of back-to-back dreadful campaigns in 2017…

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2019-03-23 04:26:40



Giants To Select Contracts Of Nick Vincent, Yangervis Solarte, Gerardo Parra  

The Giants have decided to carry a trio of veteran players who were in camp on minor-league deals, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic was among those to report on Twitter. Reliever Nick Vincent, infielder Yangervis Solarte, and outfielder Gerardo Parra are all headed onto the 40-man roster. All three have had success at the MLB…

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2019-03-23 04:03:22



Cubs Option Ian Happ  

In a surprise move, the Cubs have optioned outfielder/infielder Ian Happ to Triple-A Iowa, manager Joe Maddon announced Saturday (via Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic). Happ’s “not happy” about the demotion, Maddon revealed. The decision comes in the wake of a miserable spring for the 24-year-old Happ, who batted an awful .135/.196/.192 in 52 at-bats…

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2019-03-23 03:16:54



Bryan Holaday, Pedro Alvarez Opt Out Of Marlins Deals  

8:50pm: First baseman Pedro Alvarez has also opted out of his deal, per MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, who adds that outfielder Harold Ramirez will not exercise his out clause. Both Holaday and Alvarez have 48 hours to decide whether to go to Triple-A New Orleans, Frisaro notes. Alvarez has raked this spring with a .324/.400/.647 line…

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2019-03-23 03:12:41



Blue Jays Notes: Borucki, Stroman, Buchholz, Pentecost  

Here’s the latest from the Blue Jays’ camp in Dunedin… Ryan Borucki will miss at least one regular season start as a precautionary measure after the right-hander felt elbow pain during a recent start in minor league camp.  The Athletic’s John Lott (Twitter links) was among those to report the news from Jays manager Charlie…

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2019-03-23 03:10:16



Orioles Claim Pedro Severino  

Per a team release, the Orioles have claimed catcher Pedro Severino off waivers from the Nationals.  In a corresponding move, the club has designated INF Stevie Wilkerson for assignment. Severino, 25, hasn’t hit much at the MLB level since debuting late in 2015, slashing just .187/.273/.287 (47 wRC+) in 282 career big-league plate appearances. The…

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2019-03-23 01:10:40



Latest On Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole Extension Possibilities  

4:27pm: Owner Jim Crane acknowledged that there are talks with at least some realistic possibility of a deal, as MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reports on Twitter. “I don’t think anything is final, but if it’s going to get done it’s going to get done before we get out of here,” said Crane in reference to the conclusion…

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2019-03-22 20:36:17



Braves Reportedly “Still In” On Craig Kimbrel  

5:59pm: Whether or not there’s ongoing contact, the Braves have yet to make Kimbrel an offer, per MLB.com’s Mark Bowman (via Twitter). 4:10pm: The Braves are “still in” the market for veteran reliever Craig Kimbrel, according to David O’Brien of The Athletic (Twitter link). According to O’Brien’s sources, the race at this point is down to…

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2019-03-22 20:18:48



Royals Sign Lucas Duda  

The Royals have inked veteran first baseman Lucas Duda to a minor-league deal, per a club announcement. He had been cut loose recently by the Twins. Duda, 33, played with Kansas City last year. Though he failed to return to his prior levels of output, he turned in a nearly league-average slash line (.241/.313/.418) and…

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2019-03-22 19:48:25



Brewers To Sign Alex Wilson  

2:55pm: The deal includes a $750K base salary along with unspecified incentives, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). 12:44pm: Murray tweets that Wilson’s contract is a Major League deal. He’ll be added to the 40-man roster once he passes a physical, which is taking place today. 12:35pm: The Brewers are in agreement with…

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2019-03-22 15:22:53



Matt Olson Undergoes Hand Surgery  

Athletics first baseman Matt Olson has undergone hand surgery, per a club announcement. The procedure “involved a right hamate excision,” according to the team. Olson’s timeline to return to competitive action is not yet clear, though there are plenty of comparable situations to look to for precedent. Hamate removals are rather common for hitters; the…

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2019-03-22 14:52:30



Giants Return Rule 5 Pick Drew Ferguson To Astros  

The Giants have returned Rule 5 pick Drew Ferguson to the Astros after the outfielder cleared waivers, Maria Guardado of MLB.com tweets. Ferguson was designated for assignment yesterday when the Giants acquired another pick in this past year’s Rule 5 Draft, Connor Joe, from the Reds. Ferguson, 26, struggled in big league camp with San…

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2019-03-22 13:12:14



Reds Reassign Nick Senzel To Minor League Camp  

The Reds announced a slew of players who’ve been reassigned to minor league camp Friday, headlined by top prospect Nick Senzel. Cincinnati’s decision to do so has prompted a response from Senzel’s agent, Joel Wolfe of Wasserman, who spoke harshly of the organization’s decision to ESPN’s Jeff Passan (Twitter link). “I don’t believe I’ve ever…

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2019-03-22 13:05:44



Rich Hill To Begin Season On Injured List  

Dodgers lefty Rich Hill will open the season on the injured list with what the team has described to the media as a medial collateral ligament strain in his left knee (Twitter links via Ken Gurnick of MLB.com). The team also revealed that lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu will start Opening Day, with right-hander Ross Stripling is lined…

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2019-03-22 11:12:30



Red Sox, Chris Sale Agree To Extension  

The Red Sox and ace Chris Sale are closing in on a contract extension, as first reported by Alex Speier of the Boston Globe. Sale, a client of Jet Sports Management, will receive $145MM over five seasons (2020-24) if he passes a physical, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports (Twitter links).   Earlier this spring, both Sale…

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2019-03-22 08:58:54



Astros, Justin Verlander Reportedly “Moving Toward” Extension  

The Astros and ace righty Justin Verlander are “moving toward” an extension, according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter). While contract details aren’t yet nailed down, Feinsand says the contract under consideration is “believed” to be for two years and something around $66MM in guaranteed money. That would dovetail with the contractual range suggested earlier…

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2019-03-22 06:16:34



Angels Release Daniel Hudson  

The Angels have released righty Daniel Hudson, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times tweets. As an Article XX(B) free agent, Hudson would have commanded a $100K roster bonus had he not been added to the 40-man roster. The Halos decided to go in a different direction after taking a look at the 32-year-old in…

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2019-03-22 06:06:38



Latest On Blue Jays' Injuries And Roster Plans  

There are suddenly quite a few moving parts when it comes to the Blue Jays’ roster situation. As Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports, ongoing developments continue to create uncertainty even as camp draws to a close. Blue Jays skipper Charlie Montoyo revealed today that neither Ryan Tepera nor John Axford will be an option to start the season…

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2019-03-22 04:15:28



Giants Release Cameron Maybin  

The Giants announced that they have released veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin, as Kerry Crowley of the Bay Area News Group was among those to tweet. It is not clear at this time if Maybin opted out of his contract. While it had seemed at one point that Maybin would likely crack Giants roster out of…

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2019-03-22 02:35:43



Justin Grimm Opts Out Of Deal With Indians  

Righty Justin Grimm has opted out of his minor-league contract with the Indians, the club announced. He’ll head back onto the open market in search of a new deal. Grimm, 30, was looking for a chance to bounce back after a brutal 2018 campaign. He performed well in camp, allowing just one earned run while…

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2019-03-22 01:30:26



Cardinals Nearing Extension With Paul Goldschmidt  

The Cardinals are closing in on an extension with first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). If he passes a physical, Goldschmidt will remain a Cardinal for five additional seasons at a price of $130MM, per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (via Twitter), thus setting a new contractual…

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2019-03-21 22:17:29



Hunter Pence Makes Rangers' Roster; Willie Calhoun Optioned To Triple-A  

The Rangers have informed veteran outfielder Hunter Pence that he’s made the Opening Day roster, tweets MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan. Young outfielder Willie Calhoun, meanwhile, will be optioned to Triple-A Nashville. Sullivan also adds that Rule 5 pick Jordan Romano has been informed he will not make the roster. While many fans may have hoped that…

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2019-03-21 16:45:43



Braves Outright Sam Freeman  

The Braves have outrighted left-hander Sam Freeman, per a club announcement. He has been assigned to Triple-A but will have the right instead to elect free agency. Now 31, Freeman joined the Atlanta organization as a minor-league free agent in advance of the 2017 season. He ended up turning in a worthwhile campaign and being…

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2019-03-21 16:06:23



Phillies Release Drew Butera, Andrew Romine  

The Phillies have released catcher Drew Butera and infielder Andrew Romine, per a club announcement. Both had been in camp on minor-league deals with March 21st opt-out provisions, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia notes on Twitter. Clearly, the Philadelphia organization had determined that neither player would make its active roster. The 35-year-old Butera, a…

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2019-03-21 14:55:48



Red Sox “Actively” Discussing Sandy Leon Trades  

The Red Sox are currently in “active” trade talks with other clubs regarding a potential Sandy Leon swap, Buster Olney and Marly Rivera of ESPN report (via Twitter). As has long been anticipated, something will have to give with regard to Boston’s catching situation between now and Opening Day. The Sox are carrying three catchers…

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2019-03-21 14:40:28



Corey Knebel Headed For Elbow Exam  

Brewers closer Corey Knebel will have his right elbow examined today, manager Craig Counsell revealed to reporters (Twitter link via Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel). The Athletic’s Robert Murray had previously written that he was taking a step back from throwing due to elbow discomfort. Counsell acknowledged that there is some cause for concern.…

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2019-03-21 12:34:26



Marlins Select Contract Of Curtis Granderson  

The Marlins announced Thursday that they’ve selected the contract of veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson while optioning fellow outfielder Austin Dean to Triple-A New Orleans. Three non-roster players — lefty Mike Kickham, righty Hector Noesi and catcher Rodrigo Vigil — were all reassigned to minor league camp, too. Miami now has a full 40-man roster. Granderson,…

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2019-03-21 11:06:16



Braves Sign Josh Tomlin To Minor League Deal  

7:25am: MLB.com’s Mark Bowman tweets that Tomlin will start Saturday’s Grapefruit League game for the Braves and could potentially break camp with the club as a long reliever. If not, it appears he’ll head to Triple-A Gwinnett. 7:04am: The Braves announced Thursday that they’ve signed right-hander Josh Tomlin to a minor league contract. He’ll be…

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2019-03-21 11:04:02



Giants Acquire Connor Joe, Designate Drew Ferguson  

The Giants have acquired utilityman Connor Joe from the Reds, per a club announcement. Righty Jordan Johnson and cash considerations are headed to Cincinnati in return. To open a 40-man roster spot, the Giants designated outfielder Drew Ferguson for assignment. Both Joe and Ferguson were selected in last December’s Rule 5 draft. The former went…

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2019-03-21 08:38:07



Brad Miller Opts Out Of Contract With Dodgers  

Infielder Brad Miller has opted out of his minor-league deal with the Dodgers, per a club announcement. He’s heading back onto the open market. Miller, 29, had joined the organization in hopes of being the latest infielder to resurrect his career in Los Angeles. While he showed well in spring action, he obviously wasn’t ticketed…

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2019-03-21 07:43:42



2020-21 MLB Free Agents  

The following players are projected to reach free agency after the 2020 MLB season (two full seasons from now).  Numbers in parentheses represent the age at which the player will play the 2021 season.  Click here to view our list of players projected to reach free agency after the 2019 season. If you see any…

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2019-03-21 07:04:28



Alex Wilson Opts Out Of Contract With Indians  

Righty reliever Alex Wilson has opted out of his contract with the Indians, per a club announcement. He will head back onto the open market in search of a better opportunity elsewhere. Wilson, 32, had been competing for a spot in the Cleveland bullpen. Had he earned a nod, his minor-league deal would have provided…

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2019-03-21 06:51:30



Rays To Extend Blake Snell  

2:00pm: Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports the yearly breakdown (Twitter link). Snell will be paid a $3MM signing bonus and earn $1MM in 2019. He’ll then be paid salaries of $7MM, $10.5MM, $12.5MM and $16MM in the subsequent four seasons. That $16MM salary in 2023 can increase by up to $2MM based…

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2019-03-21 05:03:34



MLBTR Chat Transcript: Extension Season  

Click here to read a transcript of today’s chat with host Jeff Todd.

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2019-03-21 04:17:01



AL Central Notes: Hanley, Rosario, Turnbull  

Hanley Ramirez has a March 24 opt-out date in his minor league contract with the Indians, tweets Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal. They’ve been trying to get the veteran slugger as many at-bats as possible in a short period of time in order to make their best judgment on whether he can help…

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2019-03-21 04:08:47



Athletics Shut Down Luzardo For 4-6 Weeks; Olson To Be Evaluated For Hand Injury  

The Athletics have received some unwelcome injury news in the past 12 hours or so, as general manager David Forst revealed prior to Tuesday’s game against the Mariners in Tokyo that top pitching prospect Jesus Luzardo will be shut down for four to six weeks due to a strain in the rotator cuff of his…

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2019-03-21 02:15:57



Phillies Release Trevor Plouffe, Gregorio Petit  

The Phillies announced Thursday that they’ve released four non-roster invitees to Spring Training: infielders Trevor Plouffe and Gregorio Petit as well as left-handers Edward Paredes and Jeremy Bleich. The Phils also optioned lefty James Pazos and right-hander Drew Anderson to Triple-A. Plouffe, 32, was the Twins’ primary third baseman from 2013-16 and provided a solid…

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2019-03-21 01:29:15



Ichiro Suzuki Announces Retirement  

9:20am: Ichiro has now formally announced his retirement via a Mariners press release. The future Hall of Famer included the following statement: “I have achieved so many of my dreams in baseball, both in my career in Japan and, since 2001, in Major League Baseball. I am honored to end my big league career where…

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2019-03-21 01:16:16



Ryan Flaherty Opts Out Of Indians Deal; Wilson, Grimm Won't Make Roster  

The Indians announced Wednesday that a pair of veteran non-roster invitees have been informed that they will not make the Opening Day club: right-hander Justin Grimm and infielder Ryan Flaherty. While the club indicated that the pair is weighing opt-out clauses, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman tweets that Flaherty has already declared his intent to exercise…

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2019-03-20 21:09:53



Mets Notes: Alonso, Smith, Non-Roster Vets, Bunting  

The Mets could potentially carry Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith on the active roster to open the regular season, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com tweets. Skipper Mickey Callaway says the two first baseman won't function in a platoon if that does indeed come to pass, but he didn’t divulge how playing time between the two would be divided. Deesha Thosar…

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2019-03-20 19:50:45



Angels Outright Kaleb Cowart  

The Angels announced that infielder/relief pitcher Kaleb Cowart has cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A Salt Lake, thus clearing a spot on the 40-man roster. Cowart has bounced around the league a bit since the end of the 2018 campaign. The Mariners claimed him from the Angels back in December but lost him…

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2019-03-20 17:59:41



White Sox Agree To Extension With Eloy Jimenez  

The White Sox have reportedly struck a historic extension with top prospect Eloy Jimenez. If he passes a physical, Jimenez stands to receive a record-shattering $43MM guarantee over six seasons, with a pair of option years that cost a cumulative $32MM. There’s also said to be a $2.5MM MVP bonus. This contract will easily set…

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2019-03-20 12:53:49



Mookie Betts Does Not Expect To Reach Extension With Red Sox  

In the midst of a run of extensions around the game — in particular, yesterday’s $360MM Mike Trout agreement — Red Sox star Mookie Betts faced another round of questions about his future in Boston from reporters including Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald (links to Twitter). While he again expressed that he’s fond of the…

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2019-03-20 12:32:15



Giants Sign Matt Joyce  

The Giants announced Wednesday that they’ve signed Matt Joyce to a minor league contract. He’ll be in camp for what’s left of Major League Spring Training. Joyce is represented by ACES. The Giants will be the second stop for Joyce this spring, as he spent the bulk of camp with the Indians before being granted…

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2019-03-20 11:21:18



Twins Release Lucas Duda  

The Twins have released first baseman Lucas Duda, as Dan Hayes of The Athletic was among those to report (Twitter link). The move comes in advance of the opt-out clause his contract provided on Saturday. Duda, 33, has long been quite a productive MLB hitter, though he hit a wall late in the 2017 season…

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2019-03-20 09:36:46



AL Notes: Gio, Armstrong, Herrera, Tepera/Axford  

Newly minted Yankees lefty Gio Gonzalez says it was an easy choice to join the New York organization, as George A. King III of the New York Post and MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch cover (Twitter links). The offer from the Yanks “was pretty much” the only one he got all winter long, says the veteran southpaw. It has…

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2019-03-20 09:10:36



Braves Rumors: Duvall, Outfield, Pitching Staff  

It seems the Braves may be looking at alternatives in the outfield, with David O'Brien of The Athletic tweeting that Adam Duvall's hold on a roster spot is "tenuous at best." The Braves acquired Duvall from the Reds in a minor trade last July, and while they didn’t give up much in the way of long-term value, the trade…

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2019-03-20 06:59:11



Rays, Brandon Lowe Agree To Extension  

The Rays have agreed to a six-year, $24MM contract extension with infielder/outfielder Brandon Lowe, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). The contract contains a pair of club options that would buy out a pair of would-be free-agent seasons as well. Lowe is a client of the Bledsoe Agency. Lowe has just 43 games…

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2019-03-20 06:14:16



Brewers Release Josh Tomlin  

The Brewers announced today that they have released right-hander Josh Tomlin. He had been in camp as a non-roster invitee after signing a minors deal but opted out of his deal, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports (via Twitter). That news gives some clarity to the organization’s rotation picture, though Tomlin had a tough…

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2019-03-20 05:53:22



Royals Shift Ian Kennedy To Bullpen  

The Royals announced yesterday that they will utilize veteran right-hander Ian Kennedy as a reliever this year, as Lynn Worthy of the Kansas City Star was among those to report. Kennedy, 34, says he’s up for the switch despite having made only a pair of prior relief appearances way back in 2008-09. In the intervening…

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2019-03-20 05:51:17



Injury/Rehab Notes: Kershaw, Jeffress, Nelson, Darvish, Phillies  

It’s been a fait accompli for weeks now, but Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts made it official today that Clayton Kershaw will open the season on the injured list (link via Jorge Castillo of the L.A. Times). Kershaw has been slowed by inflammation in his left shoulder for much of the spring and has not been pitching in…

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2019-03-20 04:11:09



Anthony Rendon On Contract Talks With Nationals  

The Nationals have held ongoing contract talks with third baseman Anthony Rendon, with optimism at times of reaching a long-term deal. But Rendon says he rejected an offer in late February (around the time that Nolan Arenado signed his new deal with the Rockies) and that talks have “kind of come to a halt lately,”…

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2019-03-20 03:48:28



Orioles Release Alcides Escobar  

The Orioles announced this afternoon that veteran shortstop Alcides Escobar, who had been in camp as a non-roster invitee, has been granted his release. He’s now a free agent. Escobar went 7-for-32 with a pair of doubles, four strikeouts and four walks in his brief time with the Orioles this spring before exercising an opt-out…

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2019-03-20 02:37:55



Padres' Jacob Nix Diagnosed With UCL Tear  

Padres right-hander Jacob Nix has a “small” tear in his right ulnar collateral ligament, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. He’ll be evaluated by Dr. Neal ElAttrache before determining whether to undergo surgery. Depending on the extent of the tear, Nix could opt for a non-surgical route — platelet-rich plasma and stem cell…

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2019-03-19 18:47:32






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