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Lonnie Chisenhall will undergo surgery to repair a fractured ulna bone in his right forearm.

A previous report indicated that Chisenhall suffered a broken bone in his wrist, but it's actually his forearm. Either way, he's expected to miss four to six weeks.
Fri, Jun 29, 2012 11:04:00 PM

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel gets the impression that the Brewers would like to pull off a trade with the Phillies for closer Jonathan Papelbon.

As Haudricourt notes, the situation is complicated, as Papelbon is owed $13 million in 2015 and carries a $13 million vesting option for 2016 should he finish 48 games. He has a no-trade clause, so he may ask for the option to be fully guaranteed in order to accept a deal. If the Brewers are unlikely to work out a deal for Papelbon, they could still look for Francisco Rodriguez as a fallback.
Jan 28 - 1:49 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that a reunion is possible between the White Sox and Gordon Beckham.

The White Sox traded Beckham to the Angels in August, but he was non-tendered in December and is still out there in free agency. Cotillo hears that Chicago might be emerging as the "most likely destination" for him. Beckham hit just .226/.271/.348 with nine homers over 127 games last season and would likely have to accept a diminished role in his return.
Jan 28 - 1:40 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Nationals have signed reliever Casey Janssen to a one-year, $5 million contract.

The deal includes a mutual option for 2016. Janssen should at least be a candidate for the set-up role following the Tyler Clippard trade, but he could find himself in the mix for saves if Drew Storen stumbles. The 33-year-old posted a 3.94 ERA and 28/7 K/BB ratio over 45 1/3 innings last season while going 25-for-30 in save chances.
Jan 28 - 10:45 AM

Marlins signed OF Ichiro Suzuki to a one-year contract.

The deal is expected to be for around $2 million. Suzuki batted .284/.324/.340 with one homer and 15 steals last season for the Yankees and is 156 hits away from 3,000 for his major league career. Ichiro is 41 and has faded in recent years, but on a modest one-year deal as a fourth outfielder he's worth a shot.
Jan 27 - 10:12 PM

Orioles acquired OF Travis Snider from the Pirates in exchange for LHP Stephen Tarpley and a player to be named later.

The Orioles have been searching for a left-handed bat all offseason and have finally landed one. A former top prospect, Snider has largely been a disappointment to this point, but he'll turn just 27 next week and had a big second half last season, batting .288/.356/.524 with nine homers. He could be a good fit at Camden Yards, a park that caters well to left-handed power.
Jan 27 - 8:46 PM

MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports that the Angels plan to discuss a contract extension with Huston Street during spring training.

They've already broached the subject with Street himself, but it sounds like they'll really get into it once camp opens. Street is currently slated for free agency next winter after making $7 million in 2015, but the Angels would like to tack on at least one more year. The 31-year-old recorded a career-high 41 saves in 2014 and boasts a 1.98 ERA over the last three seasons.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Jan 27 - 8:06 PM

Red Sox acquired LHP Robbie Ross from the Rangers in exchange for RHP Anthony Ranaudo.

Ross put up a 2.62 ERA as a reliever for the Rangers from 2012-13 before struggling when tried in the rotation last season. The Red Sox have enough starting depth and need left-handed relief help, so Ross is bound for the bullpen. Ranaudo is a former sandwich round pick who has been terrific in the minors the last two years but struggled with the big club. He could be given a chance to compete for a rotation spot but might be ticketed for Triple-A.
Jan 27 - 6:36 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada is close to being granted free agency after it's been determined he no longer needs a specific unblocking license.

One source told Passan that Moncada could gain free agency in as little as two weeks. Passan also adds that the Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers are considered the favorites to sign the Cuban, with the Cubs also a possibility (though they'd have to wait until July 2 to sign him). According to the report, Moncada’s signing bonus "should exceed $30 million and could go much higher." The club that signs him will also have to pay a lot in penalties for going over the international spending limit.
Source: Yahoo Sports
Jan 27 - 6:20 PM

According to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki, the Brewers and Blue Jays are both still interested in Jonathan Papelbon.

The Brewers and Phillies have been talking for weeks, but recent reports have suggested that the momentum toward an actual swap has died. The Jays' interest seems a little fresher. Papelbon is owed $13 million in 2015 and carries a $13 million vesting option for 2016 should he finish 48 games. The veteran reliever has a no-trade clause and may ask Milwaukee or Toronto to make that option guaranteed if a deal gets close. For what it's worth, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal is still hearing that the Blue Jays' interest in Papelbon is "extremely limited."
Source: MLBlogs
Jan 27 - 5:59 PM

Royals and OF Jarrod Dyson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.225 million contract.

Dyson, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, requested $1.6 million and was offered $900,000 from the Royals when figures were exchanged earlier this month. The two sides ultimately settled for a little under the midpoint, but Dyson can make up the difference ($25,000) if he reaches 350 plate appearances in 2015. The 30-year-old batted .269/.324/.327 with 36 stolen bases last season and figures to have a semi-regular role in Kansas City's outfield again in 2015.
Jan 27 - 1:47 PM

Mariners re-signed OF Franklin Gutierrez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Gutierrez missed the entire 2014 campaign after being diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis and hasn't played 100 games in a season since 2010 due to a variety of injuries. He's healthy now, though, and the M's are willing to give him a shot in big league camp this spring. Gutierrez used to be an elite defender and wasn't a slouch with the bat, but he's nearly 32 now and obviously can't be counted on to stay healthy.
Jan 26 - 7:29 PM




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