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ESPN Chicago's Bruce Levine was told by two sources that the Dodgers are close to acquiring Carlos Marmol from the Cubs.

Marmol was designated for assignment by the Cubs last week, but multiple teams have shown interest in taking him on as a reclamation project. It's not known who the Cubs would receive in return, but Levine hears that the Dodgers will absorb some of the $5 million still owed to Marmol for this season. Accomplishing that would be a win from the Cubs' perspective. The 30-year-old has a 5.86 ERA and 32/21 K/BB ratio in 27 2/3 innings this season.
Mon, Jul 1, 2013 05:25:00 PM

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Diamondbacks are shopping Aaron Hill, Cody Ross, and Trevor Cahill.

D'Backs general manager Dave Stewart has denied Heyman's source, for what that's worth. Hill was very good in 2012 and 2013, but he had a rough 2014 season and is owed a total of $24 million in 2015-2016. These aren't exactly blockbuster trade chips for the Diamondbacks, who are rebuilding under new chief baseball officer Tony La Russa.
Mar 2 - 12:48 PM

Carlos Gonzalez (knee) ran the bases in Rockies camp Monday for the first time this spring.

Troy Tulowitzki did the same. Gonzalez is recovering from August surgery to repair the patellar tendon in his left knee, and Tulo is on his way back from a hip procedure. Both players are expected to be ready for the beginning of the 2015 regular season.
Mar 2 - 12:25 PM

Chase Utley won't appear in any spring games this week due to lingering ankle soreness.

Utley suffered a mild right ankle sprain during a workout in January and the Phillies are easing him along in camp. The 36-year-old second baseman is not yet in danger of missing any regular-season action. He should only need around 40-50 at-bats in the Grapefruit League.
Mar 2 - 11:49 AM

Adam Wainwright (abdomen) threw over 30 pitches in a bullpen session Monday in Cardinals camp.

Wainwright mixed in a variety of pitches and drew positive reviews from onlookers. It was his first time on a mound since being diagnosed last week with an abdominal strain. "His arm feels good," manager Mike Matheny told reporters after the workout. "It’s in a great slot. Everything’s coming out nice, he’s just got to stay on top of it." The veteran right-hander is on track to start for the Cardinals on Opening Night against the Cubs.
Mar 2 - 10:53 AM

Victor Martinez (knee) has arrived at Tigers camp.

And he's expected to go through his first spring workout Monday morning. Martinez needed surgery on February 10 to repair the medial meniscus in his left knee and probably won't get into Grapefruit League games for at least two weeks. The veteran designated hitter is not certain to be ready for the opening of the 2015 regular season, though the Tigers are saying for now that he will be a go.
Mar 2 - 8:59 AM

Addison Reed (shoulder) is 2-2 1/2 weeks away from throwing off a mound.

Reed has battled some shoulder soreness at the beginning of camp but says it's now completely gone. While the closer is a couple weeks behind his normal schedule, he remains on track to be ready for Opening Day, barring any setbacks. If he should experience a bump in the road and need a disabled list stint, Brad Ziegler would likely fill in at closer. Reed put up a 4.25 ERA and 69/15 K/BB ratio over 59 1/3 innings for the Diamondbacks last season.
Mar 1 - 2:39 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Sunday that he's expecting Garrett Richards (knee) to rejoin the rotation 2-3 weeks into the season.

The club had previously not dismissed the possibility of Richards being ready by Opening Day, but they've now conceded that he'll begin the season on the disabled list. His recovery from patella tendon surgery is going well, though, as he's throwing bullpen sessions and will do simulated pitchers' fielding practice on Sunday. Richards is coming off a breakout 2014 campaign that included a 2.61 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 164/51 K/BB ratio over 168 2/3 innings.
Mar 1 - 12:00 PM

Dodgers signed RHP Mike Adams to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Adams, 36, had a terrible time staying healthy during his tenure with the Phillies, making just 50 appearances over two seasons. He pitched well when healthy, though, posting a 3.50 ERA with 44 strikeouts across 43 2/3 innings. The veteran reliever should have a good shot to make the Opening Day roster as long as he's healthy.
Mar 1 - 11:20 AM

Jose Fernandez (elbow) will throw off a mound on Sunday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery.

He's slated to throw 15 fastballs during the session. Fernandez will be built up slowly from there, eventually mixing breaking balls into his mound work. The Marlins will obviously proceed extra cautiously with their young ace, as Fernandez isn't expected back until mid-June at the earliest. He had Tommy John surgery last May.
Mar 1 - 10:32 AM

Padres manager Bud Black on Friday listed Wil Myers as an option to hit leadoff.

"(Yangervis) Solarte, (Wil) Venable, (Cameron) Maybin and Myers – let’s start there," Black said. Myers is the only one of the names Black listed who's guaranteed a spot in the lineup, so it's a reasonable guess that he's the top candidate to bat leadoff. While not a prototypical leadoff hitter, Myers did sport a nice .354 on-base percentage during his American League Rookie of the Year-winning 2013 campaign. Solarte could hit leadoff should he win the third base job, but Will Middlebrooks is the favorite to start there.
Mar 1 - 10:28 AM

Blue Jays signed OF Dayan Viciedo to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The deal will pay Viciedo $2.5 million if he makes the team out of spring. Viciedo can be a useful player against left-handed pitching, but his days as a viable everyday starting outfielder have gone. Viciedo hit 21 homers last season, so at the very least he can provide some additional pop for the Jays.
Feb 28 - 8:55 PM




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