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Doug Fister was pulled from a minor league start Thursday in Nationals camp because of a lat strain.

Fister has already been battling elbow inflammation and can probably now be ruled out for the first few weeks of April. The Nationals should provide a status update shortly. Fister was acquired from the Tigers over the winter for utility infielder Steve Lombardozzi and minor league left-handers Ian Krol and Robbie Ray. Because of Fister's injury, Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan will both be in the Nationals' season-opening rotation.
Thu, Mar 27, 2014 03:30:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Brett Anderson has agreed to a contract with the Cubs, pending a physical.

We can't consider Anderson passing the physical a slam dunk given all his previous physical issues. Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan says the contract is worth $3.5 million and contains incentives that could push the total to $10 million. Anderson didn't have any arm problems in 2016, but he was limited to just 11 1/3 innings with the Dodgers due to back, wrist and blister issues. He's made more than eight big league starts just once in his last five campaigns. However, Anderson has mostly pitched well when able to take the mound, and Rosenthal says the Cubs were impressed by a bullpen session the southpaw threw recently in Arizona. He'll be an option for their rotation, although he might be on the outside looking in as it stands right now.
Jan 23 - 9:51 PM

Dodgers acquired 2B Logan Forsythe from the Rays in exchange for RHP Jose De Leon.

The Dodgers finally have their second baseman after months of trade talks with the Twins involving Brian Dozier that ultimately led to nothing. They refused to give up more than De Leon for Dozier but have landed Forsythe for De Leon straight up in a deal that makes sense for both sides. Forsythe has batted .273/.347/.444 over the last two seasons and is under team control for $15.5 million through 2018.
Jan 23 - 7:06 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rangers and Rays "are believed to be in the mix" for Chris Carter.

Carter's agent, Dave Stewart, said in an interview earlier this month that he had talked to the Rangers about his client, but this is the first we've heard of the Rays' interest. The slugger is likely a backup plan for Texas, as they would still like to sign Mike Napoli. Tampa is known to be looking for a hitter, and Carter would make since especially since he can probably be had relatively cheaply at this point.
Jan 23 - 4:52 PM

Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News reports that the Giants are nearing a minor league contract with Korean third baseman Jae-gyun Hwang.

Baggarly says Hwang will be paid $1.5 million if he makes the major league roster. The 29-year-old is coming off a big season with the Lotte Giants when he put up a .330/.391/.558 batting line with 26 home runs, 104 RBI and 24 stolen bases. He will compete for a bench job with the Giants but could potentially push Eduardo Nunez to a super utility role if he fares well.
Jan 23 - 4:29 PM

Yordano Ventura has been killed in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic.

Christian Moreno of ESPN first reported the awful news, and the Royals have since confirmed it. Ventura's fellow countryman, Andy Marte, was killed in a separate accident, as well, in what has been a tragic morning for baseball. Ventura was just 25 years of age. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.
Jan 22 - 11:04 AM

Rangers GM Jon Daniels said the team has opened extension talks with Yu Darvish.

Per MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan, the sides have had "a couple of conversations" but nothing serious. Darvish is entering the last year of a six-year, $56 million deal but is more focused on pitching than his contract negotiations. "It's not about my contract," said Darvish. "I want to see how my body reacts and how I do." Darvish went 7-5 with a 3.41 ERA last year in his return from Tommy John surgery.
Jan 21 - 11:26 PM

Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports free agent Tim Lincecum has no plans to retire.

Lincecum didn't look like he had much left in the tank last season but isn't ready to hang up his cleats just yet. The two-time Cy Young winner is still hoping to get another shot as a big-league starter, though a minor league deal is probably the best he can hope for. Lincecum logged a dismal 9.18 ERA over nine starts for the Angels last season. He turns 33 in June.
Jan 21 - 5:02 PM

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that the Braves have agreed to a contract with free agent catcher Kurt Suzuki.

Financial terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed. The Braves have been on the hunt for an upgrade behind the plate, and the 33-year-old backstop will be a nice complement to incumbent Tyler Flowers. Suzuki hit .258/.301/.403 with eight homers and 49 RBI for the Twins in 2016.
Jan 21 - 11:19 AM

Rangers signed 1B James Loney to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The deal will pay Loney $1 million if he makes the big league club. The 32-year-old slashed .265/.307/.397 with nine homers and 34 RBI in 366 plate appearances with the Mets in 2016. As it stands currently, the Rangers plan on rolling out a platoon of Ryan Rua and Jurickson Profar at first base.
Jan 20 - 9:29 PM

Padres signed RHP Trevor Cahill to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

The 28-year-old right-hander reportedly had offers on the table from several other clubs, but chose the Padres because he believed they provided him the best chance of starting in the rotation. Pitching in the friendly confines of Petco Park is certainly a boost to his fantasy value as well. Cahill registered a 2.74 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 66/35 K/BB ratio over 65 2/3 innings with the Cubs in 2016.
Jan 20 - 6:49 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Marlins are interested in adding a right-handed hitting first baseman and have discussed Chris Carter and Mark Reynolds, among others.

The Marlins have Justin Bour to start at first base against right-handers, but they'd like to add a bat to platoon with him. It seems likely that Carter will be seeking a full-time job following a 41-homer season, although his market has been very quiet to this point. Reynolds had a nice season in Colorado in 2016 (.282/.356/.450) but would surely be more receptive to a platoon role.
Jan 20 - 2:27 PM




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