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Rangers placed RHP Alexi Ogando on the 15-day disabled list with biceps tendinitis.

Ogando felt some pain during Wednesday's start against the Athletics and will now get some extended rest. Cory Burns will take his spot on the roster while Josh Lindblom will start in his place next Monday against Oakland.
Thu, May 16, 2013 04:52:00 PM

Chugoku Shimbun and Sports Nippon report that Hiroki Kuroda will return to Japan to play for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp next season.

Kuroda could have had another one-year contract with the Yankees if he wanted it, but it appears he'll return to his native country instead. The veteran right-hander will turn 40 in February but is coming off another fine season, having put up a 3.71 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and 146/35 K/BB ratio over 199 innings.
Dec 26 - 3:53 PM

Nationals signed 2B Dan Uggla to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

General manager Mike Rizzo has history with Uggla, as he drafted him back in 2001 when he was Director of Scouting for the Diamondbacks. Uggla will turn 35 in March and batted just .149/.229/.213 in 157 plate appearances last season. There's a good possibility he's done, but he did at least land in a good spot, as the Nats have an opening at second base. That said, it's unlikely that they're done shopping for upgrades at the position.
Dec 26 - 11:28 AM

Kenta Maeda has officially re-signed with the Hiroshima Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball.

Maeda, considered one of the top pitching talents in Japan, has been saying for years that he wants to join a Major League Baseball team. But the Hiroshima Carp again refused to post him this winter and the 26-year-old right-hander can't become an unrestricted free agent until after the 2017 season. He owns an outstanding 2.44 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 1,303 1/3 career innings for Hiroshima.
Source: Japan Times
Dec 24 - 4:34 PM

Carlos Gonzalez (knee) announced Wednesday that he has been cleared to begin hitting.

Gonzalez is coming off surgery in August to repair the patella tendon in his left knee, which had bothered him dating back to 2013. The 29-year-old could be a little behind at the start of spring training, but the hope is that he'll be ready for Opening Day.
Dec 24 - 2:20 PM

Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves and A.J. Pierzynski have agreed to a one-year contract, pending a physical.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez apparently let the cat out of the bag while at a Honeybaked Ham on Wednesday and Bowman was able to confirm the story's validity. We're not kidding. Pierzynski, 37, batted just .251/.288/.337 in 362 plate appearances this past season between the Red Sox and Cardinals and should back up young Christian Bethancourt in 2015. The deal is expected to become official after January 1.
Dec 24 - 1:50 PM

MASN Sports' Roch Kubatko reports that the Orioles have re-signed Delmon Young to a one-year contract, pending a physical.

He'll be guaranteed $2.25 million and can reach $3 million with incentives. The physical is expected to be completed after January 1. Young hoped to find a multi-year deal after batting .302/.337/.442 with seven home runs and 30 RBI in 83 games with Baltimore this past season, but he ultimately lowered his demands to stick around for another year. The 29-year-old figures to see part-time at-bats again between the DH spot and left field.
Dec 24 - 11:58 AM

Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are still interested in Seth Smith and Will Venable from the Padres.

The Padres have a surplus of outfielders after acquiring Matt Kemp, Wil Myers and Justin Upton in recent days, so the Orioles could be able to find a match. Both Smith and Venable hit from the left side of the plate and could be used on the strong side of a platoon in Baltimore. Smith is signed through 2016 with a club option for 2017 while Venable can become a free agent after 2015.
Dec 24 - 9:15 AM

Braves signed RHP Jason Grilli to a two-year, $8 million contract with a club option for 2017.

The deal was reported earlier Tuesday and has now been made official. Grilli held a 4.00 ERA with 57 strikeouts over 54 innings for the Pirates and Angels this past season. The 38-year-old reliever should serve as the main setup man for closer Craig Kimbrel.
Dec 23 - 9:50 PM

Cubs signed C David Ross to a two-year, $5 million contract.

The deal was agreed to last Friday and then finalized Tuesday evening after Ross passed his pre-signing physical. Ross has batted just .197/.276/.374 in 287 plate appearances since the beginning of the 2013 season, but the Cubs clearly value his defense and veteran leadership. The 37-year-old should be Miguel Montero's primary backup in 2015.
Dec 23 - 5:56 PM

Twins signed RHP Tim Stauffer to a one-year, $2.2 million contract.

Stauffer posted a 3.50 ERA and 67/23 K/BB ratio in three starts and 41 relief appearances this past season for the Padres. The 32-year-old righty was the fourth overall pick in the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft. He'll give Minnesota both rotation and bullpen depth.
Dec 23 - 5:18 PM

Cardinals signed RHP Jordan Walden to a two-year, $6.6 million contract.

The new deal also included a club option for 2017 at $5.25 million. With the contract, Walden and the club avoided arbitration. The reliever came over from the Braves along with Jason Heyward in a November trade. Walden is coming off of a 2.88 ERA, 62 strikeout season. He should see setup duty with the Cardinals, as they'll be trying out Carlos Martinez in the rotation during the coming season.
Dec 23 - 1:12 PM




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