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Orioles and RHP Jim Johnson avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing to a one-year $6.5 million contract.

The agreed upon deal is around the midpoint of arbitration figures exchanged last month. He can also earn an additional $50,000 in performance bonuses based on games finished. The 29-year-old was arbitration-eligible for the third time this winter and is cashing in big after saving 51 games in 2012.
Fri, Feb 8, 2013 07:33:00 PM

Jed Lowrie (finger) may begin a rehab assignment this weekend.

Lowrie played catch on Tuesday, and the next step is a rehab assignment. Assuming he needs a few games to get up to game speed, Lowrie should be back in Oakland in the first few days of September.
Aug 27 - 6:22 PM

Leonys Martin went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI in Wednesday's 12-4 rout of the Mariners.

Martin hit an RBI single in the Rangers' four-run second inning and then singled and scored in the fourth. He capped off his productive afternoon with a two-run homer in the top of the sixth. Martin has not enjoyed the breakout season that many were predicting, but the dynamic 26-year-old is capable of putting up some big numbers down the stretch.
Aug 27 - 6:18 PM

Rockies placed C Wilin Rosario on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 23, with left wrist inflammation.

Rosario wasn't making swift enough progress from his sore left wrist, but it's not believed to be a major injury and he should be ready to return as soon as he is eligible. Rosario owns a disappointing .687 OPS with 10 home runs and 43 RBI in 91 games this year. He had an .801 OPS, 21 homers, and 79 RBI in 121 games last year.
Aug 27 - 5:24 PM

Xander Bogaerts (concussion) has been cleared to return to the Red Sox active roster on Saturday.

Bogaerts was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list last weekend, but he's been symptom-free since Monday and officially passed MLB's protocols on Wednesday. Bogaerts will try to finish the 2014 season on a positive note. He's batted just .223/.293/.333 so far.
Aug 27 - 5:18 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman was told Wednesday that there is "nothing at the moment going on with" the Astros and 2014 top overall pick Brady Aiken.

Kiley McDaniel of FanGraphs reported last week that the Astros might still be able to strike a deal with Aiken, even though the July 18 deadline to sign draft picks has long since passed. But that was apparently a misunderstanding. Heyman hears that the Astros are trying to work something out with Jacob Nix, a fifth-round pick who went unsigned after the Aiken negotiations fell through. Nix filed a grievance, and would seem to have a pretty solid case.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 27 - 5:06 PM

Manny Machado underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a partially-torn ligament in his right knee.

Doctors said nothing unusual was found and that the procedure went according to plan. Machado is hoping to be ready for the start of spring training next year, though that's not necessarily guaranteed to happen. This is the second season in a row he's been shut down early by a major knee injury.
Aug 27 - 4:41 PM

Athletics recalled LHP Drew Pomeranz from Triple-A Sacramento.

Pomeranz will start for the A's on Wednesday night against the Astros. He had a strong 2.91 ERA and 48/23 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings before being demoted in July and makes for a good fantasy streamer in Houston.
Aug 27 - 4:10 PM

Michael Wacha (shoulder) has been cleared to make his first rehab start Sunday at Double-A Springfield.

Wacha tossed a successful simulated game on Wednesday afternoon and is now ready to face live-game competition. The 23-year-old right-hander could be back in the Cardinals' starting rotation around the middle of September. He has been out since June 22 because of a stress reaction in his throwing shoulder.
Aug 27 - 4:04 PM

Adam Wainwright revealed Wednesday that he's been going through a "dead arm" phase.

Wainwright lost again Wednesday versus the Pirates and finished with a 5.17 ERA in six August outings. He entered the month with a 1.92 mark. The good news is that the tall right-hander thinks he's just about over the hump, saying he's "ready for September." The Cardinals could certainly use the first-half version of their ace in the final month.
Aug 27 - 4:00 PM

Ike Davis launched his second home run in as many days in Wednesday's victory over the Cardinals.

After belting a go-ahead, pinch-hit, three-run homer Tuesday, Davis got the start Wednesday and deposited an Adam Wainwright mistake well over the right-center field wall for a two-run shot in the second inning. The two runs wound up being all Jeff Locke and the Pirates' bullpen needed. Davis figures to see regular time against righties at first base if Pedro Alvarez (foot) is out a while.
Aug 27 - 3:46 PM

Yankees signed OF Chris Young to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Young was cut loose by the Mets earlier this month after batting just .205/.283/.346 with eight homers and 28 RBI over 254 at-bats. He's bottomed out offensively and is no longer great defensively, but at the league minimum Young is worth a shot. He figures to join the big league roster next month.
Aug 27 - 3:40 PM




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