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Francisco Liriano (arm) will throw off the slope of the mound Monday.

He won't throw from the rubber, but it's the first time he's thrown from any part of the mound since he fractured his right (non-throwing) arm. Liriano said he has no pain and has full motion with the arm. He'll miss the start of the regular season but isn't expected to be out long.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 10:22:00 AM

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the holdup with the Matt Kemp trade is due to the physical revealing arthritis in both of Kemp's hips.

Kemp's agent, Junior Spivey, told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal on Thursday morning that "everything is OK" and he is "just waiting on the final details" of the deal to be sorted out, but maybe this thing really will fall apart. Kemp is signed through 2019, and hip arthritis sounds like the type of ailment that is only going to get worse as he moves later into his 30s. Kemp was supposed to be headed to the Padres along with catcher Tim Federowicz in exchange for Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland, and Zach Eflin. Nightengale says the Friars are consulting medical experts.
Dec 18 - 12:07 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said this week that Matt Wieters (elbow) might not be ready for Opening Day.

Wieters underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in mid-June and that procedure usually requires 8-10 months of recovery time for position players. "I think Manny [Machado] makes the start of the year, and I think Matt is very close thereafter," Showalter said. "But we won’t put either one of these guys on the field until it’s time to go, and try to keep the finish line in mind."
Dec 18 - 10:51 AM

According to Jim Allen of the Kyodo News, the Hiroshima Carp have informed right-handed starter Kenta Maeda that he will not be posted this offseason.

Maeda has been wanting to pitch in Major League Baseball for a couple of years, but he can't become an unrestricted free agent until after the 2017 season and his Japanese club is not willing to let him go early. There was talk in October that the 26-year-old would be able to command upwards of $130 million if posted this winter. He owns a terrific 2.44 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 1,303 1/3 career innings for Hiroshima.
Dec 18 - 9:13 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Marlins, Braves and Giants have all shown interest in free agent Jake Peavy.

The Marlins' interest is contingent on Dan Haren following through with his inclination to retire after being dealt away from the west coast. Both the Braves and Giants are looking for pitching, with the Giants having missed out on a number of big-ticket free agents thus far this winter. Peavy had a 4.11 ERA this past season and shouldn't cost a team too much in terms of dollars or years.
Dec 17 - 7:18 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Royals have struck a two-year, $20 million contract with free agent starter Edinson Volquez.

Volquez drew quite a bit of interest on the open market this winter after posting an impressive 3.04 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 140/71 K/BB ratio across 192 2/3 innings this past season for the Pirates. But he was one of the worst starting pitchers in baseball in 2013, so the Royals are taking a risk here that the sudden turnaround was legitimate.
Dec 17 - 5:40 PM

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM, the three-team Wil Myers trade is "done."

Bowden has the breakdown of who's heading where: Padres shortstop prospect Trea Turner and pitching prospect Joe Ross will go to the Nationals. Myers, Ryan Hanigan, and minor league pitchers Jose Castillo and Gerardo Reyes will go to the Padres. Steven Souza, Travis Ott, Rene Rivera, Burch Smith, and Jake Bauers will go to the Rays (with Ott and Souza coming from the Nats). All the players involved need to pass physicals before the trade can be made official.
Dec 17 - 5:33 PM

Nick Markakis underwent fusion surgery Wednesday to repair a herniated disk in his neck.

The expectation is that Markakis will be able to begin baseball-related activities by mid-February, but the Braves are probably going to take it easy on him in camp this spring just to be safe. The 31-year-old outfielder signed a four-year, $44 million free agent contract with Atlanta in early December. He'll be the team's leadoff man and right fielder in 2015.
Dec 17 - 4:43 PM

Marlins signed 1B/OF Michael Morse to a two-year, $16 million contract.

Morse hit .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games for the Giants last season. While he is 32 years old, Morse has shown a consistent bat when he's healthy and at a cheap price, he should provide nice numbers and veteran leadership for a Marlins offense that's coming together this off-season.
Dec 17 - 3:22 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that the Giants have re-signed Sergio Romo to a two-year, $15 million deal.

Romo had an up-and-down 2014 season, ending the year with a 3.72 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 59/12 K/BB ratio over 58 innings. While he drew interest from multiple big-market teams, he's apparently decided that he's most comfortable remaining with the reigning champs. They'll be getting him on a relatively cheap deal in comparison to other relievers this off-season.
Dec 17 - 2:53 PM

Mariners acquired OF Justin Ruggiano from Cubs for RHP Matt Brazis.

Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reported that the deal was done. Ruggiano hit .281/.337/.429 over 81 games in 2014. Health will be the primary concern with Ruggiano, though, as he underwent ankle surgery near the end of the 2014 campaign. He will compete for a starting job and, if nothing else, should be a serviceable backup bat for the M's.
Dec 17 - 12:35 PM

Red Sox acquired RHP Anthony Varvaro from the Braves for RHP Aaron Kurcz and cash considerations.

Varvaro was designated for assignment by the Braves several days ago. He's been a solid bullpen contributor, posting a 2.99 ERA over 153 appearances in the last four seasons. In 2014, he put up a 2.63 ERA. He should serve as a quality arm and supply the Red Sox with a nice depth piece.
Dec 17 - 12:18 PM




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