Marlins released C Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
This confirms a report from CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. The Marlins expressed optimism for finding a trade partner after they designated Saltalamacchia for assignment last week, but nothing has materialized. This means that the Marlins will be responsible for the remainder of his three-year, $21 million contract and he'll be free to sign with another club at the major league minimum. He should have no shortage of suitors as a free agent. The Royals, Rays, and Diamondbacks are among the teams who have been mentioned as possibilities.
The Indians could call up left-hander Bruce Chen or right-hander Shaun Marcum from Triple-A Columbus to pitch Saturday against the Twins.
The Indians need a fill-in option with TJ House (shoulder) on the disabled list and Zach McAllister appears to have found a home in the bullpen, so Chen and Marcum are the most realistic options. Chen owns a 1.74 over five starts in Triple-A while Marcum has a 2.00 ERA over three starts. The Indians would have to make a move to add either of them to the 40-man roster.
Joe Blanton has a May 15 opt-out in his minor league contract with the Royals.
Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors reports that Blanton has turned down offers from Asian clubs over the past few weeks and wants to return to MLB. The 34-year-old owns a 3.71 ERA and 20/7 K/BB ratio in 26 2/3 innings over four starts and one relief appearance with the Royals' Triple-A affiliate. He didn't pitch in the majors last year.
Christian Yelich (back) will likely be activated from the disabled list Friday.
The original timeline had him returning Thursday, but the Marlins want him to play another minor league rehab game. He's 1-for-5 with a walk and a stolen base over his first two games with High-A Jupiter. Yelich has been sidelined for two weeks with a herniated disk in his back.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman writes that Rougned Odor is a candidate for a demotion.
It's unclear whether Heyman is just speculating or has inside information, but it wouldn't be surprising if the possibility is on the table. The 21-year-old has struggled to the tune of a .146/.263/.244 batting line across his first 25 games this season. He was rushed to the majors out of need last year, so some more seasoning in the minors might not be the worst thing for him.
The Padres acquired the rights of catcher Yenier Bello from the Joplin Blasters of the independent American Association.
The Braves signed Bello out of Cuba last year, but he was given his release this spring. The 30-year-old will provide some organizational depth behind the plate.
Jerry Sands has accepted his assignment to Triple-A Columbus.
Sands cleared waivers after being designated for assignment by the Indians last week. The 27-year-old will continue to provide outfield depth in the minors.
ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Brewers are not willing to trade Jonathan Lucroy.
The Brewers look like obvious sellers at the moment, with names like Kyle Lohse and Matt Garza likely to be dealt. Lucroy would obviously net a bigger return than either of them, but the Brewers see him as a core player. The 28-year-old is making $3 million this season and $4 million next year while his contract includes a $5.25 million club option for 2017.