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MLB Trade Rumors: a clearinghouse for legitimate baseball free agent and trade rumors. MLBTradeRumors.com is a clearinghouse for relevant, legitimate baseball rumors. The site focuses on the hot stove - trades and free agent signings. MLBTR has new material 365 days a year, and attempts to post all rumors with analysis as soon as they are



AL East Notes: Scott, Rays, Worley, Blue Jays  

Red Sox skipper John Farrell announced to reporters today that left-hander Robby Scott will be on the team’s Opening Day roster in place of the injured Tyler Thornburg (Twitter link via the Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham). Scott, 27, made his Major League debut with Boston last season and tossed six shutout innings after a standout…

2017-03-30 03:35:23
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Dillon Gee Exercises Opt-Out Clause  

Right-hander Dillon Gee has utilized the opt-out provision in his minor league deal with the Rangers, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). Texas will have 48 hours to add Gee to its 40-man roster. If the Rangers decide against adding Gee to the roster, he’ll become a free agent that can sign with…

2017-03-30 02:57:40
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Cardinals Add Eric Fryer To 40-Man Roster  

The Cardinals announced on Wednesday that they’ve selected the contract of catcher Eric Fryer and placed injured left-hander Zach Duke on the 60-day disabled list to create a spot on the 40-man roster. The 31-year-old Fryer batted .267/.336/.319 in 133 plate appearances as a backup between St. Louis and Pittsburgh last season and returned to…

2017-03-30 01:30:07
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NL Central Notes: Reds, Wong, Hutchison, Szczur  

In an appearance on the podcast hosted by C. Trent Rosecrans and Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Reds president of baseball operations Dick Williams shared some interesting thoughts on his team and possible areas for innovation. (You can find a writeup of Williams’ comments and a link to the podcast right here.) Williams spoke in particular…

2017-03-29 17:22:29
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Steven Matz Unlikely To Be Ready For Opening Day  

Mets lefty Steven Matz isn’t likely to be ready for the Opening Day roster, skipper Terry Collins told reporters including MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo (Twitter links). The southpaw has been dealing with elbow soreness and is headed for an examination — likely an MRI, per the manager — to further determine the root of the problem. At last…

2017-03-29 14:30:32
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Twins, Paul Clemens Agree To Minors Deal  

The Twins are in agreement on a minor league deal with right-hander Paul Clemens, reports SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo (via Twitter). The Ballengee client was recently released by the Padres. While the 29-year-old won’t factor into Minnesota’s Opening Day roster plans, he can serve as a depth option for an unstable rotation and as a…

2017-03-29 12:18:49
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AL East Notes: Yankees, Duffy, Sucre, Rutledge, Smith, Price  

The rotation picture is slowly coming into focus for the Yankees, who still haven’t made clear who’ll round out their staff. As George A. King III of the New York Post reports, though, the organization has decided that Adam Warren will open the year in the bullpen while Luis Cessa will start out in the minors.…

2017-03-29 12:15:33
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Pirates Release Jared Hughes  

The Pirates have requested release waivers on righty Jared Hughes, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). Pittsburgh had previously agreed to a $2.825MM arbitration with Hughes and will remain responsible for at least a portion (roughly one-sixth) of that amount, unless another team places a claim. Hughes, 31, has turned in stellar…

2017-03-29 11:55:11
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AL Central Notes: Haley, Twins, Rondon, Infante, Tigers, Chisenhall  

Here’s the latest on some final roster decisions being made in the AL Central: Rule 5 righty Justin Haley will crack the Twins’ Opening Day roster, as Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reported on Twitter and skipper Paul Molitor later confirmed. He and Michael Tonkin will round out the Minnesota pen to start the…

2017-03-29 08:16:19
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Pitching Notes: Smyly, Yankees, Wright, Gee, Swarzak  

There’s some degree of uncertainty surrounding Drew Smyly’s left arm, writes Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. Smyly was scratched from his scheduled start this coming Friday due to the fact that he didn’t feel good coming out of his last bullpen session. The southpaw was slated to meet with the Mariners’ team doctor today,…

2017-03-29 07:32:44
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Nationals Release Vance Worley  

The Nationals have announced the release of veteran righty Vance Worley. With several other pitchers re-assigned to minor-league camp, fellow righty Jeremy Guthrie is left as the only non-roster hurler in MLB camp, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post notes (Twitter links). Clearly, Worley won’t make the club as a long man, though perhaps he…

2017-03-29 07:23:31
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Offseason In Review: Miami Marlins  

This is the latest entry in MLBTR's Offseason In Review series. The full index of Offseason In Review posts can be found here. Faced with the daunting prospect of making up for the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez, the Marlins focused on bolstering their pitching staff in hopes of staging an elusive run at the…

2017-03-29 06:29:11
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Tigers Place Steven Moya On Outright Waivers  

2:29pm: Moya is actually on outright waivers, not release waivers, Stark clarifies on Twitter. Regardless, he’s departing the 40-man roster and can be taken by another organization. If he does clear waivers, though, Detroit would be able to retain control. 2:20pm: The Tigers have placed outfielder Steven Moya on release waivers, according to ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark…

2017-03-29 05:21:10
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Blue Jays Right-Hander Bo Schultz Undergoes Tommy John Surgery  

The Blue Jays announced today that right-handed reliever Bo Schultz underwent Tommy John surgery. The operation, performed by Dr. Timothy Altchek, will cost Schultz the entirety of the 2017 season and likely part of the 2018 campaign as well, depending on his recovery. The 31-year-old Schultz was a quality member of the Toronto relief corps…

2017-03-29 04:25:35
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Jeurys Familia Receives 15-Game Suspension  

Mets reliever Jeurys Familia will receive a 15-game suspension under the league’s domestic violence policy, as Billy Witz of the New York Times first reported (links to Twitter). Familia has agreed to accept those terms, per the league’s announcement. The decision comes after months of speculation. Familia was arrested last fall on charges of assaulting his wife,…

2017-03-29 03:15:43
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Quick Hits: Pagan, Tigers, Giants, M. Upton, Rangers, Brewers, BoSox  

The expectation is that free agent outfielder Angel Pagan will choose his next team in the coming days, reports Jim Bowden of ESPN.com. The Tigers are among the clubs that have shown interest in Pagan, according to both Bowden and Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press. However, a Pagan-Tigers union “doesn’t sound like a…

2017-03-29 02:16:12
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Orioles Place Rule 5 Pick Aneury Tavarez On Waivers  

The Orioles have placed outfielder Aneury Tavarez, one of their two picks in last year’s Rule 5 Draft, on outright waivers, reports Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun. If no team claims Tavarez, the 24-year-old will be offered back to the Red Sox organization, from which he was selected in December. Any club that claims…

2017-03-29 02:13:50
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West Notes: Giants, Halos, D-backs, Dodgers, Mariners  

The Giants have informed 38-year-old shortstop Jimmy Rollins that he won’t make their roster, Andrew Baggarly of the East Bay Times was among those to report. San Francisco is now awaiting word on whether the longtime Phillie and 2007 NL MVP will accept a minor league assignment, per manager Bruce Bochy, but Baggarly notes that…

2017-03-29 01:22:17
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Nationals Place Clint Robinson On Outright Waivers  

The Nationals have placed first baseman Clint Robinson on outright waivers, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports on Twitter. That opens a 40-man spot and also seemingly resolves the competition between Robinson and recent signee Adam Lind, who’ll presumably back up Ryan Zimmerman at first base, function as a lefty bench bat, and perhaps even see some…

2017-03-28 21:12:04
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Yankees To Re-Sign Jon Niese To Minors Deal  

The Yankees are bringing back left-hander Jon Niese on a minor league contract, reports George A. King III of the New York Post (Twitter link). New York released Niese on Sunday, but the expectation was that he’d quickly rejoin the organization if he couldn’t land a major league deal elsewhere. Niese’s new pact comes with…

2017-03-28 20:40:33
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Tigers To Use Anibal Sanchez In Relief; Shopping Mike Pelfrey  

The Tigers appear to be waving the white flag with a pair of longtime starters set to rake in sizable paydays this year. Right-hander Anibal Sanchez will open the season as a long reliever, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press. Meanwhile, the team is shopping fellow righty Mike Pelfrey, and it’s willing…

2017-03-28 18:36:27
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MLBTR Chat Transcript: 3/28/17  

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

2017-03-28 18:28:52
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East Notes: Mets, Yanks, Marlins, Orioles, Nats  

Major League Baseball could suspend Mets closer Jeurys Familia as early as Tuesday for an alleged domestic violence incident last October, report Kristie Ackert and Christian Red of the New York Daily News. The Mets are only expecting the league to ban Familia for approximately 15 games, per Ackert and Red, who note that the…

2017-03-28 16:02:56
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FOX Sports Hires A.J. Pierzynski As Full-Time Analyst  

Per an announcement from the FOX Sports Network, veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski has agreed to serve as a full-time analyst for the upcoming season. He is expected to do color work and appear on the “MLB Whiparound” show. Pierzynski, 40, spent each of the past two seasons with the Braves. While he was quite productive…

2017-03-28 15:19:30
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Cubs Return Rule 5 Pick Caleb Smith To Yankees  

The Cubs are returning left-hander Caleb Smith to the Yankees, reports Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago (Twitter link). Chicago selected Smith in the Rule 5 draft in December. The 25-year-old Smith potentially could have made the Cubs’ bullpen as a southpaw swingman, but they’ll instead go with Mike Montgomery and Brian Duensing as their lefty…

2017-03-28 14:18:33
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Article XX(B) Free Agent Decisions  

With five days to go until Opening Day, decisions are due at noon eastern on players who qualify as Article XX(B) free agents. The rule applies to players who a) have six or more years of service; b) finished the prior season on a 40-man roster or on the 60-day DL; and c) signed Minor League deals over…

2017-03-28 12:57:09
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D-Backs Claim Christian Walker  

The Diamondbacks have claimed first baseman/outfielder Christian Walker off waivers from the Reds, as Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer was among those to tweet. The move opens a roster spot for the addition of infieder Scooter Gennett. It’s not the first time that Walker has changed hands over the offseason. He bounced previously from…

2017-03-28 11:33:23
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Rockies Sign Ryan Hanigan To Minor League Deal  

The Rockies have signed catcher Ryan Hanigan to a minor league contract, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag (on Twitter). Hanigan, who came available when the Phillies released him Monday, will earn at a $1.25MM rate if he cracks the Rockies’ roster, tweets Thomas Harding of MLB.com. The 36-year-old Hanigan didn’t last long as a…

2017-03-28 09:47:40
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Braves Release Paco Rodriguez  

The Braves have released lefty Paco Rodriguez, Mark Bowman of MLB.com was among those to report on Twitter. He had been competing with Eric O’Flaherty and Kevin Chapman for a spot in the Opening Day pen. Rodriguez, 25, has been working back from a Tommy John procedure he underwent in October of 2015. He did…

2017-03-28 09:18:36
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Cubs Release Munenori Kawasaki  

The Cubs have released infielder Munenori Kawasaki, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times was among those to report on Twitter. In addition to avoiding Article XX(B) obligations, the move allows Kawasaki to look for a shot at making another organization’s Opening Day roster. If Kawasaki isn’t able to find greener pastures, says Wittenmyer, the Cubs…

2017-03-28 07:58:26
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Orioles Acquire Alec Asher  

The Orioles have acquired righty Alec Asher from the Phillies, per a team announcement. Baltimore will send a player to be named in the transaction, which gives Philadelphia an open 40-man spot. This is the second trade the 25-year-old Asher has been a part of since the Rangers chose him in the fourth round of…

2017-03-28 05:46:14
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Diamondbacks Release Gregor Blanco  

9:29pm: Arizona would like to re-sign Blanco, per Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic (Twitter links). With an oblique injury slowing Blanco, the club wasn’t “comfortable making the call on him for the Opening Day roster tomorrow” (the Article XX(B) deadline), thus leading to tonight’s move. 9:11pm: The Diamondbacks have released veteran outfielder Gregor Blanco, per…

2017-03-28 05:18:03
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Rays To Acquire Peter Bourjos  

11:09pm: Bourjos is indeed heading to the Rays in exchange for cash considerations, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports on Twitter. 10:41pm: The Rays are “working on a deal to acquire” outfielder Peter Bourjos from the White Sox, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (Twitter links). Bourjos, who’ll turn 30 in a few days,…

2017-03-28 04:37:56
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Reds Claim Scooter Gennett  

The Reds have claimed second baseman Scooter Gennett off waivers from the Brewers, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports on Twitter. It’s not yet clear what the corresponding 40-man roster move will be. Gennett, 26, agreed to a $2.525MM contract over the winter to avoid arbitration; that’ll now be the responsibility of his…

2017-03-28 04:13:12
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Phillies Release Chris Coghlan  

The Phillies have announced the release of veteran outfielder/infielder Chris Coghlan. He was an Article XX(B) free agent, meaning today was the deadline for the organization either to promise him an active roster spot or commit to paying him a $100K retention bonus. Coghlan, 31, had signed a minors pact over the offseason and seemingly…

2017-03-28 03:36:31
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Dodgers To Sign Justin Masterson  

The Dodgers have agreed to a minor-league deal with free-agent righty Justin Masterson, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). Additional terms were not reported. Masterson, who recently turned 32, had been looking for a new organization after failing to receive a shot at the majors last year with the Pirates. He threw…

2017-03-28 02:20:46
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Central Notes: Quintana, ChiSox, Reds, Pirates  

The White Sox are primed to open the season with top starter and well-known trade candidate Jose Quintana in their rotation, notes Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). Chicago has been shopping Quintana over the past few months, but it still hasn’t found a proposal to its liking and likely won’t by Opening Day.…

2017-03-28 01:59:59
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Tyler Thornburg Likely To Open Season On DL  

Red Sox righty Tyler Thornburg is likely to open the season on the disabled list after an “upper right trapezius spasm” prevented him from taking the mound yesterday, as Ian Browne of MLB.com was among those to report on Twitter. It’s not clear that the trap issue is a significant one; far from it, in fact.…

2017-03-28 01:54:31
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Minor MLB Transactions: 3/27/2017  

Here are today’s minor moves from around the league: The KBO’s Lotte Giants have released righty Parker Markel, the Yonhap News Agency in Korea reports. Markel struck a deal with the Giants over the offseason but never pitched in a regular-season game with them. The decision was apparently Markel’s, as he asked for the termination…

2017-03-27 21:55:39
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Royals Roster Notes: Moylan, Mondesi, Soler, Gore  

A number of Royals moves on Monday moved the team closer to setting their 25-man roster for the start of the season, as Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star and other reporters have noted. Here’s the breakdown of where the Royals’ roster stands: First, the team optioned lefty Scott Alexander and outfielders Billy Burns…

2017-03-27 14:15:21
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Rangers Release James Loney  

The Rangers have announced they’ve released veteran first baseman James Loney. They’ve also optioned righty Eddie Gamboa to Triple-A Round Rock and reassigned outfielder Jared Hoying to Round Rock. In addition, righty Anthony Bass and catcher Steven Lerud have been told they haven’t made the team, according to MLB.com’s TR Sullivan (on Twitter). Bass will…

2017-03-27 13:41:42
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Scott Kazmir To Begin Season On DL  

Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir will begin the season on the disabled list, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times tweets. “It’s something with the hip,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told McCullough. Kazmir has dealt with hip tightness this spring, and his velocity was in the 82-84 MPH range less than two weeks ago. He pitched…

2017-03-27 12:35:25
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Phillies Release Bryan Holaday, Ryan Hanigan  

Veteran catcher Bryan Holaday has exercised the opt-out clause in his minor-league deal with the Phillies, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick tweets. The Phillies told Holaday he wouldn’t make the team’s Opening Day roster. The Phillies have also released veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan, tweets MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. It therefore appears Andrew Knapp has made the team as the…

2017-03-27 11:30:59
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Blue Jays Tell Mat Latos He Won't Make Team  

Blue Jays righty Mat Latos has been told he won’t make the team, and Latos must now decide whether to accept a Triple-A assignment from the club or become a free agent, according to Jays radio broadcaster Mike Wilner (Twitter links). In addition, another Jays righty, Bo Schultz, is seeing a physician in New York…

2017-03-27 11:28:50
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Nationals Release Joe Nathan, Matt Albers  

Veteran closer Joe Nathan has been told he will not make the Nationals and has opted out of his minor-league deal with the team, according to tweets from various reporters, including Jamal Collier of MLB.com and Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post. The Nationals have announced that they’ve formally released Nathan, along with fellow righty Matt Albers.…

2017-03-27 09:09:59
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Cardinals “Making Progress” In Contract Talks With Yadier Molina  

The Cardinals are “making major progress” in extension talks with star catcher Yadier Molina, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag. With positive momentum toward a deal, it now seems an accord is “getting close,” per the report. Molina said over the weekend that he would not be willing to discuss a new deal during the…

2017-03-27 08:50:08
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AL Notes: Lindor, Swihart, Astros  

Yesterday, we heard word of extension talks between Francisco Lindor and the Indians that was broken by a unique source — Cleveland GM Mike Chernoff’s six-year-old son, Brody. Brody said during a game broadcast that his dad was “trying to get Lindor to play for seven more years.” But the young Chernoff had his facts wrong, according to…

2017-03-27 08:43:57
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Reds Release Ryan Raburn  

The Reds have released outfielder Ryan Raburn, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes (Twitter links). As Buchanan previously noted, Raburn was an Article XX(B) free agent, meaning that the team had until tomorrow to add him to their roster, and if they hadn’t, either offer him a $100K retention bonus or release him. The…

2017-03-27 07:15:48
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Rosenthal's Latest: Lucroy, Lindor, Ahmed, D'backs, Ryu  

Here are highlights from the latest column by FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal: Catcher Jonathan Lucroy and the Rangers recently shelved talks about an extension. It’s not entirely clear what happened, but one possibility could be that Lucroy is waiting for a new Yadier Molina deal with the Cardinals, a contract that would help set his value.…

2017-03-27 06:37:57
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AL Notes: Heaney, Refsnyder, Rays, Frazier, Gentry  

Angels southpaw Andrew Heaney signed a precedent-setting contract with Fantex in September 2015, and discussed the unique arrangement with Pedro Moura of the L.A. Times.  “You can look it at as marketing your brand.  You can look at it as an insurance policy,” Heaney said.  “Obviously, money to one person is totally different than money…

2017-03-27 05:33:18
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Alejandro De Aza Expected To Opt Out Of Athletics Contract  

Alejandro De Aza is expected to exercise the opt-out clause in his minor league deal with the A’s on Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.  De Aza is the second notable A’s veteran to opt out in as many days, after Ross Detwiler used his clause earlier today. De Aza signed his…

2017-03-27 05:16:31
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NL Central Notes: Peralta, Rangers, Arroyo, Bard  

Here’s the latest from the NL Central… Some Rangers officials watched Brewers righty Wily Peralta start this weekend as Texas continues to look for rotation depth, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.  It’s been a rough pair of seasons for Peralta, who was limited to 108 2/3 IP in 2015 due to an…

2017-03-27 05:15:46
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NL Notes: Diamondbacks, Braves, Mets, Stubbs  

The Diamondbacks drafted both Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock in 2009 and the two have been teammates for years, but they might not remain in the same organization for long, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic writes. If the Snakes don’t contend this season — and that doesn’t appear particularly likely after a disappointing 2016 — the…

2017-03-27 05:06:34
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Hyun-Jin Ryu Named To Dodgers' Rotation  

The Dodgers will utilize lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu out of the rotation when camp breaks, manager Dave Roberts told reporters including Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times (Twitter links). That leaves Brandon McCarthy and Alex Wood still battling for the fifth and final rotation job, though both will end up on the MLB roster. It’s…

2017-03-27 04:30:58
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Orioles Release Michael Bourn, Chris Johnson  

The Orioles have announced the releases of outfielder Michael Bourn and infielder Chris Johnson. In Bourn’s case, he utilized his opt-out clause, with the team evidently unwilling to place him on the 40-man roster. Of course, Bourn has missed most of spring camp with a broken finger, which sapped any chance at making the Opening Day…

2017-03-27 03:12:39
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Braves Sign David Hernandez To Minor League Deal  

The Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract, the team announced. The right-hander hit the market when the Giants released him Friday. [RELATED: Updated Braves Depth Chart] The 31-year-old Hernandez would provide another experienced bullpen option if he were to make the Braves, who have fellow 30-something relievers on hand in…

2017-03-26 21:14:17
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Minor MLB Transactions: 3/26/17  

Here are the latest minor moves from around baseball, with the newest transactions at the top of the post… The Brewers have acquired catcher Tyler Heineman from the Astros, as per the Crew’s official Twitter feed.  Houston receive cash or a player to be named later in return.  Heineman, 25, was an eighth-round pick for…

2017-03-26 20:13:15
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AL Notes: Orioles, Indians, Tigers, Red Sox  

Orioles scout Todd Frohwirth passed away Sunday at the age of 54, the team confirmed. Frohwirth had worked as a scout with the club since 2003, and he was previously a reliever with the O’s from 1991-93. He also pitched for the Phillies and Angels during his career, which spanned from 1987-96. Orioles legend Jim…

2017-03-26 15:33:42
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AL Central Notes: Lindor, Tilson, Twins, Falvey  

The Indians have made a habit of signing young stars to extensions, and it isn’t any surprise that the team has apparently been in talks with shortstop Francisco Lindor.  The specific nature of the talks may have been revealed by a unique source — Brody Chernoff, the six-year-old son of Tribe GM Mike Chernoff (as…

2017-03-26 14:29:29
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Yankees Release Jon Niese  

12:37pm: Niese will take 24 to 48 hours to see if any other teams are interested in his services, per Sherman, but he’s “leaning toward” re-upping with the Yankees. Niese would then begin the year in extended spring training, where he’d work to increase the mid-80s fastball velocity he has flashed this spring (Twitter links).…

2017-03-26 13:27:17
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Rockies Select Mark Reynolds' Contract  

The Rockies have officially selected the contract of first baseman Mark Reynolds, as per a team announcement.  In a corresponding move to create roster space, Chad Bettis has been placed on the 60-day DL as the right-hander continues his battle with testicular cancer. Reynolds rejoined the Rockies on a minor league deal in February that…

2017-03-26 13:12:14
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NL Notes: Mets, Reds, Giants, Dodgers  

Mets right-hander Matt Harvey continued to allay concerns regarding his early spring velocity dip on Sunday. For the second straight outing, Harvey’s fastball sat in the 92 to 94 mph range and topped out at 97 mph, per Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News. “I couldn’t be happier than where I am now…

2017-03-26 12:57:15
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MLBTR Originals  

A roundup of MLBTR’s original content from the past week: In a fascinating, extremely detailed piece, MLBTR contributor and former Cubs front office man Chuck Wasserstrom went back in time to the team’s active offseason after the 2006 campaign. The Cubs won just 66 games in 2006, leading the Tribune Company – which owned the…

2017-03-26 08:48:20
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Latest On Kolten Wong  

3:22pm: Wong asked the Post-Dispatch to clarify his earlier comments and emphasized that he’d like to remain a Cardinal. Wong’s full statement is available at this link. Here’s an excerpt: “I’m not trying to sell my self to any other team. My play speaks for itself and what kind of player I can be. I…

2017-03-26 07:54:32
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Offseason In Review: Tampa Bay Rays  

This is the latest entry in MLBTR's Offseason In Review series. The full index of Offseason In Review posts can be found here. The Rays struck an interesting balance between keeping their payroll in check and adding young talent, while also making some significant additions that point towards postseason hopes in 2017. Major League Signings Wilson Ramos, C:…

2017-03-26 06:20:56
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East Notes: Mets, Yankees, Red Sox, Nationals  

In unwelcome news for the Mets, left-hander Steven Matz is dealing with elbow irritation and won’t make his scheduled start Monday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com was among those to report (Twitter links here). Doctors have assured Matz that he doesn’t have ligament damage, per DiComo, and the 25-year-old insists he’s fine and will throw off…

2017-03-26 06:03:51
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Drew Stubbs Opts Out Of Twins Deal  

Outfielder Drew Stubbs has opted out of his minor league contract with the Twins, according to Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press (Twitter link). The Twins informed Stubbs on Sunday that he wasn’t going to make their big league roster. The 32-year-old Stubbs will now look for an opportunity elsewhere, he told Berardino. "Obviously, first…

2017-03-26 04:58:01
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AL Notes: Rays, Twins, Athletics  

The Rays are on the lookout for a right-handed bat, which would come in the form of either a shortstop or an outfielder, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Their preference is to to land an outfielder who has options and can back up center fielder Kevin Kiermaier, per Topkin, who lists Bryce…

2017-03-26 04:43:43
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The Inner Monologue of @DimTillard Part 2  

A few weeks ago I blogged my Inner Monologue for MLB Trade Rumors.  They decided it didn’t suck that bad, and asked if I’d write down some more thoughts… so now, back by not a whole lot of demand, my Inner Monologue Part 2! It’s 4:08pm on Saturday March 25th, 2017.  My name is Tim…

2017-03-26 03:56:26
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Phillies Release Sean Burnett  

The Phillies have released veteran left-hander Sean Burnett, according to a team announcement. The reliever, who had an opt-out in his minor league contract for Sunday, requested his release. At his best, Burnett was a high-end bullpen option from 2009-12, when he combined for a 2.86 ERA and a 55.4 percent ground-ball rate with the…

2017-03-26 03:23:21
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Tigers Place Mark Lowe On Release Waivers  

The Tigers have placed reliever Mark Lowe on unconditional release waivers, reports Jason Beck of MLB.com (Twitter link). The right-hander is due a $5.5MM salary this year, so he’ll likely clear waivers and become a free agent. Lowe had to compete for a roster spot with Detroit this spring, which wasn’t the outcome the team…

2017-03-26 03:01:27
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NL Notes: Cubs, Padres, Cardinals, Dodgers  

Unlike last season, when he took nearly three weeks to accept a summer demotion to Triple-A, Cubs infielder Tommy La Stella would be willing to head to the minors without incident this year, according to manager Joe Maddon (via Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago). A season-opening role with Triple-A Iowa is a possibility for La…

2017-03-25 17:12:35
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Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Yanks, WBC, Sox, Twins, Tigers, Brewers  

This week in baseball blogs: The Runner Sports asks whether Orioles third baseman Manny Machado or Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper would make for a better free agent target for the Yankees after the 2018 season. The Unbalanced explains why Team USA’s victory in the World Series Baseball Classic is a big deal. Baseball Hot…

2017-03-25 16:46:42
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A's Ross Detwiler Likely To Opt Out Of Contract  

With little chance to make the Athletics’ season-opening roster, left-hander Ross Detwiler is likely to opt out of his minor league contract Sunday, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. It’s unclear whether other teams will have interest in Detwiler if he becomes a free agent, per Slusser, but it seems he’d rather test…

2017-03-25 14:57:56
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Minor MLB Transactions: 3/25/17  

Here are the latest minor moves from around baseball, with the newest transactions at the top of the post… The Astros released left-hander C.J. Riefenhauser, as per Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle (Twitter link).  Riefenhauser signed a minor league deal with the Astros in December.  The southpaw has been part of two rather notable…

2017-03-25 13:56:42
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Injury Notes: Lagares, Rodon, Gray, Morse  

Here are some updates on some injury situations throughout baseball… Juan Lagares left today’s Spring Training game with a left oblique strain, according to Newsday’s Marc Carig and other reporters.  The former Gold Glove winner is slated is slated to play a valuable reserve role for the Mets this season, particularly since Curtis Granderson is…

2017-03-25 11:32:10
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Rangers Table Extension Talks With Jonathan Lucroy  

The Rangers and Jonathan Lucroy have tabled negotiations about a contract extension, the catcher tells Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Twitter link).  It isn’t known whether the two sides will re-open talks prior to Opening Day or afterwards.  Since many players prefer to avoid having contract talks carry into the season, it could…

2017-03-25 09:25:07
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Cafardo's Latest: Braves, Quintana, Martes, Hosmer  

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe shares a few hot stove items in his weekly notes column… The Braves have had some interest in trading for White Sox lefty Jose Quintana, though Atlanta president of baseball operations John Hart says his rebuilding team isn’t quite ready to make that kind of major deal.  “We're still…

2017-03-25 08:49:59
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NL East Notes: Nationals, Phillies, Marlins  

The Nationals have “kind of settled on” their choice for a closer, Dusty Baker told Jamal Collier of MLB.com, but the manager hasn’t revealed the decision to anyone competing for the role. Koda Glover, Shawn Kelley and Blake Treinen have all been vying for the job this spring, and it appears the inexperienced Glover is…

2017-03-25 08:01:56
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AL East Notes: Dombrowski, Rasmus, Rays, Alvarez, Shapiro  

While the Red Sox pitching depth has been a cause of concern this spring, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski doesn’t think the team is going to add any more starting pitchers, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe writes.  “Not that you don't constantly keep a pulse of everything as far as you can, but…

2017-03-25 07:10:56
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5 Key Stories: 3/18/17 – 3/24/17  

Here are the top stories from the last week of coverage on MLBTR… Will Smith to undergo Tommy John surgery.  The Giants bullpen took a big hit with the news that Smith will undergo TJ surgery next week, bringing an unfortunate conclusion to the ongoing elbow troubles that have plagued Smith all spring.  Smith, acquired…

2017-03-25 06:54:21
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Braves Release Blaine Boyer  

The Braves have released right-hander Blaine Boyer, the club announced via Twitter.  Boyer was in camp on a minor league contract. Boyer, 35, posted a 3.95 ERA, 1.53 K/BB and just a 3.5 K/9 over 66 relief innings with the Brewers last season.  That low strikeout rate is typical of Boyer’s career (he has just…

2017-03-25 05:28:22
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Latest On Yadier Molina Extension Talks  

Yadier Molina has set Opening Day as the deadline to reach a contract extension with the Cardinals, the catcher tells MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch (Twitter links) and other reporters.  Like most players, Molina doesn’t want to be distracted by negotiations dragging on into the season.  If a new deal isn’t reached, the longtime St. Louis star…

2017-03-25 05:25:06
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NL Notes: Peralta, Aybar, Padres' Pen, Bradley, Goeddel, Susac  

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny suggested Friday that Jhonny Peralta, not Jedd Gyorko, will win the team’s third base job, according to Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “He's looked as good as we had hoped,” Matheny said of the 34-year-old Peralta, who dealt with a thumb injury last season and slashed a modest .260/.307/.408…

2017-03-25 05:19:52
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Diamondbacks Release Kevin Jepsen  

The Diamondbacks have released right-hander Kevin Jepsen, as per a club press release.  Jepsen signed a minor league deal with Arizona last month that would have paid him $2.25MM in base salary if he reached the big league roster. The 32-year-old suffered through a rough 2016 season with the Twins and Rays, posting a 5.98…

2017-03-25 04:56:59
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Indians Notes: Lindor, Ramirez, Jackson, Shaffer  

It was on this day in 1910 that the Chalmers Auto Company announced that a new car would be awarded to the batting champions from the American and National League.  This innocent promotion ended up leading to a memorable controversy, as Cleveland’s Nap Lajoie “won” the AL batting title after collecting eight hits in nine…

2017-03-25 04:46:20
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Rangers Discussing Extension With Nomar Mazara  

The Rangers have been in talks with outfielder Nomar Mazara about a contract extension, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports (Twitter link), though there aren’t any signs that the two sides are close to a deal.  Mazara is represented by ISE Baseball, an agency that has negotiated early-career extensions for such notable players as Madison Bumgarner,…

2017-03-25 04:08:44
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Rangers Close To Extension With Rougned Odor  

The Rangers are “increasingly optimistic” of finalizing a contract extension with second baseman Rougned Odor before Spring Training is over, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.  The deal “may only be lacking formalities” at this point.  Grant reports the deal is six years in length, while FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Odor…

2017-03-25 02:32:23
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Indians Nearing Extension With Jose Ramirez  

The Indians are close to finalizing a four-year deal with infielder Jose Ramirez, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. When it’s completed, the contract is expected to promise Ramirez $26MM, Passan tweets. It will also include a pair of options valued at $11MM and $13MM, respectively; escalators could push the total value of the deal’s six possible…

2017-03-24 22:05:25
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Rays To Sign Derek Norris  

3:40pm: Norris will earn $1.2MM and can add another $800K via incentives, Topkin tweets. That’ll be on top of the $688K or so he’s owed by the Nationals under the arb arrangement he had reached at the outset of his short-lived stint in D.C. 1:28pm: Free agent catcher Derek Norris will sign with the Rays, reports…

2017-03-24 21:52:37
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Indians Return Rule 5 Pick Hoby Milner To Phillies  

The Indians have returned lefty Hoby Milner to the Phillies, per a club announcement. Milner, 26, was taken with the 27th pick in last winter’s Rule 5 draft. Fresh off of a World Series run, Cleveland obviously would’ve needed to be rather impressed to give the 26-year-old an active roster spot. He did rack up…

2017-03-24 19:55:06
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Diamondbacks Return Rule 5 Pick Tyler Jones To Yankees  

The Diamondbacks have returned righty Tyler Jones to the Yankees, the clubs announced. Taken in the Rule 5 draft, Jones evidently wasn’t going to crack the Arizona active roster; instead, he will head to Triple-A after the Yankees accepted him back. Jones, 27, enjoyed something of a breakout season in 2016. Working at Double-A Trenton,…

2017-03-24 16:12:54
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AL Notes: White Sox, Rangers, Astros, Yankees  

White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada initially took Boston’s offseason decision to trade him in a package for ace Chris Sale “as a very personal rejection,” his father, David, told Eli Saslow of ESPN The Magazine. But, thanks in part to teammate and first baseman Jose Abreu, Moncada has adjusted well to the changing of…

2017-03-24 12:37:25
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J.D. Martinez To Open Season On DL  

Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez has been diagnosed with a sprain of the lisfranc ligament in his right foot, as MLB.com’s Jason Beck reports (Twitter links). He is not expected to re-start baseball activities for at least three to four weeks and will require a cast for seven to ten days. That’s obviously not the best news…

2017-03-24 11:35:26
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Will Smith Likely To Undergo Tommy John Surgery  

Giants left-hander Will Smith will decide Friday whether to undergo Tommy John surgery on his ailing elbow, but it doesn’t appear he’ll avoid the procedure. Both doctors who examined the reliever’s elbow this week have recommended the surgery, manager Bruce Bochy announced Thursday (via Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area). Smith’s elbow has been an…

2017-03-24 11:28:52
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Pitching Notes: Cubs, Rangers, White Sox, Indians  

The Cubs have tabbed left-hander Brett Anderson to open the season as their fifth starter, tweets Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago. Consequently, fellow southpaw Mike Montgomery, whom Anderson beat out, will head to the bullpen. At $3.5MM, Anderson received one of the biggest contracts the Cubs handed out during an offseason devoid of free agent…

2017-03-24 10:30:14
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Giants Release David Hernandez  

The Giants have released veteran righty David Hernandez, as Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area was among those to report on Twitter. Hernandez asked to be cut loose upon being informed that he would not crack the active roster to start the season. Hernandez, 31, always faced an uphill battle to make the club with…

2017-03-24 09:39:08
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Minor MLB Transactions: 3/24/17  

The latest minor moves from around baseball: Longtime major league reliever Joe Beimel has signed with the New Britain Bees of the independent Atlantic League, the team announced. The 39-year-old left-hander pitched for seven different big league teams from 2001-15, a 680-inning stretch in which he posted a 4.06 ERA, 5.02 K/9, 3.6 BB/9 and…

2017-03-24 09:25:13
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Phillies, Blue Jays Interested In Angel Pagan  

The Phillies are the newest team to be linked to Angel Pagan, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports (via Twitter).  The Blue Jays are also still connected to the Pagan hunt, though previous reports had indicated that Toronto was content with its current mix of left field options. Pagan would be something of a curious fit,…

2017-03-24 05:45:58
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Latest On Jung Ho Kang  

Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang’s status for 2017 remains in question as a result of his December arrest in South Korea on charges of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. Kang, who admitted guilt in February, earned a suspended eight-month prison sentence March 3 and has been waiting since…

2017-03-24 03:49:27
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