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Jayson Werth will undergo an X-ray on his left ankle Wednesday.

Werth fouled a ball off his ankle on Monday and is still dealing with soreness. He told reporters Tuesday that he's confident it's not broken, but the Nationals will play it safe. Consider the right fielder day-to-day for now.
Wed, May 1, 2013 04:12:00 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.
Source: MLBlogs
Jan 27 - 5:59 PM

According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles and Pirates "are closing in on the framework" of a trade involving outfielder Travis Snider.

Connolly says the O's would give up one or two minor leaguers who aren't currently on the 40-man roster if this deal can be completed. Snider had a very good second half for the Pirates in 2014, but the 26-year-old is behind star prospect Gregory Polanco on the depth chart in right field. He'd be a pretty nice fit for the Orioles, who've missed out on all the decent free agent outfielders. Pittsburgh avoided arbitration with Snider on January 16 with a one-year, $2.1 million deal. He's under control through 2016.
Jan 27 - 5:31 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

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Astros are "among the team" looking at Kevin Correia.

The Astros weren't able to land Ryan Vogelsong, so they're moving on to other back-end starter types. In addition to Correia, they've also been connected to Kyle Kendrick. Correia held a 5.44 ERA in 26 starts and three relief appearances last season between the Dodgers and Twins, so he shouldn't cost much.
Jan 26 - 7:24 PM

Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels "remain hopeful" Garrett Richards (knee) will be ready for Opening Day.

This is a more optimistic tone than manager Mike Scioscia offered last month, as the skipper said at the time he expected Richards to miss the first 4-6 weeks of the season. It remains possible that Richards won't quite be ready by April 6, but his return is anticipated sometime in April. General manager Jerry Dipoto said Monday that Richards, who is working his way back from left patellar tendon surgery, is "steadily increasing his running" on a treadmill and "continues to work through his throwing program with no issues to report."
Jan 26 - 6:38 PM

Orioles and RHP Bud Norris avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $8.8 million contract.

Norris asked for $10.25 million and was offered $7.5 million from the O's when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this month. He settled slightly below the midpoint of those filings. The one-year deal, which covers Norris' final season of arbitration, also carries a $25,000 bonus for reaching 180 innings, a $50,000 bonus for reaching 200 innings, and $50,000 for a Gold Glove Award or All-Star nod.
Jan 26 - 3:58 PM

Reds signed C Devin Mesoraco to a four-year, $28 million contract extension.

Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors was first with the report. This deal buys out all three of Mesoraco's arbitration years along with his first year of free agency. He can test the market at age 30. Mesoraco posted an excellent .273/.359/.534 batting line with 25 home runs in 114 games last season for the Reds and is capable of even better in the years ahead. He should remain a fantasy stud for as long as he's in power-friendly Cincinnati.
Jan 26 - 3:28 PM

Jake McGee played catch Monday for the first time since his December elbow surgery.

It was arthroscopic surgery, not Tommy John, so McGee is on track to join the Rays' bullpen around late April or early May. The 28-year-old left-hander had a spectacular 2014 season and should reclaim ninth-inning duties soon after he is activated. Kevin Jepsen, Brad Boxberger, and Ernesto Frieri are the fill-in candidates at closer.
Jan 26 - 1:12 PM

Maikel Franco hit .337/.344/.570 with four home runs over 22 games in the Dominican Winter League playoffs.

Franco also had a strong regular season for Gigantes del Cibao. He didn't do much last September with the Phillies, but the 22-year-old third base prospect has posted big-time slugging numbers at every level of the minors and could take on significant fantasy value at some point in 2015. Cody Asche is expected to open the year at the hot corner for Philly. Ryan Howard still has to be plugged in at first base.
Jan 26 - 12:00 PM




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