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Rockies activated RHP Eddie Butler from the 15-day disabled list; option him to Double-A Tulsa.

Butler had been expected to rejoin the Rockies' rotation on Tuesday, but those plans were altered after he was touched up for six runs on eight hits and three walks in a rehab start for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday. He should get another shot later this season, but for now he'll continue to hone his craft. "Just giving him time to get sharp," manager Walt Weiss said. "He's been out for a while. He's had a couple rehab starts. But we're giving him time to get everything in order and be ready to come back and help us. He's probably going to need more time."
Source: Denver Post
Jul 20 - 8:28 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are only willing to offer a three-year deal to Chase Headley.

There aren't many options at third base in free agency now that Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez are off the market, so Headley likely believes that he can do better. The Giants, Sandoval's former team, could be positioned to make a run at him. If Headley manages to do better elsewhere, the Yankees would likely go with Martin Prado at third base. As for second base, the Yankees could turn to prospects Robert Refsnyder or Jose Pirela or an outside option.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 26 - 11:00 AM

Ryan Braun said Wednesday that his right thumb is back to 100 percent since surgery.

Braun underwent a cryotherapy procedure on October 2 in hopes of fixing an inflamed nerve at the base of his thumb that has bothered him for nearly two years. He quickly resumed swinging a bat and hasn't had any setbacks. "It definitely worked," Braun said Wednesday. The real test will be playing in games, but this is encouraging news for the Brewers.
Nov 26 - 10:08 AM

According to Clark Spencer and Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Marlins have inquired about trades for Chris Davis of the Orioles and Evan Gattis of the Braves.

These are just two of the options the Marlins are looking at as they attempt to upgrade from Garrett Jones at first base. They would likely have to give up quality pieces for either player, potentially including top prospect left-hander Andrew Heaney. Davis is under team control though 2015 while Gattis is under team control through 2018. Mike Morse gives the Marlins an alternative in free agency, but the club only has "lukewarm" interest in signing him.
Nov 26 - 8:29 AM

Corey Brock of MLB.com said it's believed the Padres have talked with the Red Sox about a potential trade for Yoenis Cespedes.

After falling short in the Pablo Sandoval sweepstakes, Brock cites a source that said the club has turned its attention to trades. Among the possible targets is Cespedes, who could be on his way out of a crowded Red Sox outfield. Brock mentions Ian Kennedy as a potential match in a trade, a name that has been brought up often when gossiping about a hypothetical deal between the clubs. Where there's smoke there's usually fire, but for now we'll have to settle for smoke.
Nov 25 - 11:45 PM

The Giants have reached out to free agent Chase Headley, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

That's not surprising, with Pablo Sandoval leaving to sign with the Red Sox on Tuesday. Heyman does note that, despite their contact with Headley, that the Giants "seem more enthused ... about some of the outfield options." The Indians and Yankees are among the other teams interested in Headley.
Nov 25 - 9:11 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports the Giants have initiated talks with a number of free agents, including Max Scherzer.

In the wake of losing Pablo Sandoval to the Red Sox, the Giants have "cast a wide net" in looking for an impact signing. Jon Lester, Nelson Cruz, Nick Markakis and Chase Headley are other free agents Heyman lists as options, as well as Braves outfielder Justin Upton. Scherzer's market is wide open at this point and probably won't be settled anytime soon. The Nationals and Tigers are some clubs who have been linked.
Nov 25 - 8:58 PM

Red Sox signed SS Hanley Ramirez to a four-year, $88 million contract.

The deal includes a $22 million vesting option for a fifth year. With the Red Sox, Ramirez will most likely man left field, a spot at which he hasn't logged a single inning in his pro career. Defense is not why they signed him, though, and HanRam and fellow new addition Pablo Sandoval should give punch to the middle of the Red Sox order for years to come.
Nov 25 - 6:18 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports the Rays are willing to listen to trade offers for Yunel Escobar.

The Rays, Rosenthal notes, are willing to listen on just about anyone. In Escobar, a team would be acquiring a good defensive shortstop -- if 2014 was the statistical outlier -- with a team-friendly deal through 2017, potentially. If Escobar were to be dealt, the Rays have other internal shortstop options in Ben Zobrist and possibly Nick Franklin who could fill in in the short term.
Nov 25 - 6:05 PM

Yu Darvish (elbow) has been cleared for throwing.

Darvish underwent a checkup MRI on his right elbow Tuesday in Arlington, Texas and it showed no remaining inflammation. He'll spend the next several weeks working out in the Dallas area and should be 100 percent for the beginning of the 2015 season. Darvish was limited to 144 1/3 innings in 2014 after throwing 209 2/3 innings in 2013.
Source: MLBlogs
Nov 25 - 5:07 PM

David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reports that the Cubs have offered free agent left-hander Jon Lester a six-year deal worth "north of" $135 million.

This is the biggest reported offer to Lester thus far, topping the six-year, $110-120 million offer he reportedly received from the Red Sox. This is shaping up to be more than a two-team race, as the Braves, Giants, and Cardinals are also involved. In fact, Kaplan pegs the Giants as a serious threat. Perhaps something close to a $25 million AAV isn't so far-fetched after all.
Nov 25 - 3:25 PM

According to the Japan Times, Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected to return to Japan to pitch for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks.

The deal isn't official yet, but it appears to be a forgone conclusion. "Pitchers who can start are a valuable commodity, so we will do our best to get him," said team president Yoshimitsu Goto. "We hope to get this done in the coming days." Matsuzaka, now 34, last pitched in Japan in 2006 before leaving to sign with the Red Sox.
Source: Japan Times
Nov 25 - 2:01 PM




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