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Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Sunday that Yadier Molina (thumb) is making steady progress.

Molina underwent surgery in mid-July for a torn ligament in his right thumb and is not expected to return for at least another four weeks. "What we're hearing is good," Matheny told reporters on Sunday afternoon. "There’s not a lot going on. It’s just healing time." A.J. Pierzynski and Tony Cruz will continue to share time behind the plate for St. Louis.
Mon, Aug 4, 2014 10:54:00 AM

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Brewers are considering bringing back free agent closer Francisco Rodriguez.

According to Haudricourt, Brewers owner Mark Attanasio has had conversations in recent days with Scott Boras, the agent for K-Rod. It appears as if trade talks for Jonathan Papelbon have fallen apart and the team doesn't feel secure relying solely on Jonathan Broxton in the late innings. Rodriguez had a career resurgence in the Brewers bullpen in 2014, saving 44 games while posting a 3.04 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 73/18 K/BB ratio in 68 frames.
Jan 25 - 7:15 PM

The Brewers and Phillies haven't talked about a possible Jonathan Papelbon trade in two days, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"It doesn’t appear there’s any momentum to it right now," said Brewers general manager Doug Melvin. "It could be revived later, I guess, but right now there’s nothing happening. "Whatever traction there was seems to have dissipated." Haudricourt said the main issues remain Papelbon's no-trade clause and a vesting $13 million option in 2016, part of which the Brewers would ask the Phillies to pick up. At this point, someone will have to give some ground to make a deal work.
Jan 24 - 6:56 PM

The Athletics announced Friday that Sean Doolittle is dealing with a slight tear in his rotator cuff, as well as inflammation and irritation in his throwing shoulder.

The hard-throwing southpaw had a PRP injection in an attempt to alleviate the issue and at the moment isn't expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. The recently acquired Tyler Clippard is likely to begin the season as the A's closer and has tremendous appeal for those speculating on saves in early fantasy drafts.
Jan 23 - 7:43 PM

Giants re-signed RHP Ryan Vogelsong to a one-year, $4 million contract.

He'll have the chance to earn more through incentives. Vogelsong chose the Giants over the Astros even though he'll likely enter the season as a long reliever if Matt Cain (elbow) and Tim Hudson (ankle) progress as hoped. The 37-year-old held a 4.00 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 32 starts with the defending champs last year.
Jan 23 - 5:05 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins are "still discussing" James Shields.

It appears that the Marlins' front office wants Shields, but Rosenthal says they need to convince owner Jeffrey Loria it's an investment worth making. Those talks are "ongoing," Rosenthal notes. Shields is said to prefer the West Coast and is shooting for a five-year, $125 million contract, but some executives believe he might have to wind up settling for a four-year deal in the $70-80 million range.
Jan 23 - 1:04 PM

Cubs and OF Dexter Fowler avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $9.5 million contract.

It's $150,000 below the midpoint of figures exchanged last week between Fowler and the Astros. Fowler hit .276/.375/.399 with eight homers, 35 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 116 games last season for Houston and is expected to patrol center field in Chicago. He's currently slated to hit free agency next offseason.
Jan 23 - 12:50 PM

SiriusXM's Craig Mish reports that the Marlins have agreed to a contract with Ichiro Suzuki.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says it's a one-year deal for around $1 million, which are the terms Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported on Wednesday. Ichiro, who will serve as the club's No. 4 outfielder, batted .284/.324/.340 with one homer and 15 steals last season for the Yankees. He's 156 hits away from 3,000 for his major league career.
Jan 23 - 12:20 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark reports that the "last remaining obstacle" to a trade sending Jonathan Papelbon to the Brewers is deciding how much money from the reliever's $13 million 2016 option the Phillies would pick up.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal indicated earlier Friday that a deal wasn't close, but based on Stark's report it appears it could be coming together quickly. Papelbon would need to waive his no-trade clause in order to be shipped to Milwaukee, but Stark says that won't be an issue. Papelbon is owed $13 million in 2015 and has a $13 million vesting option for 2016 should he finish 48 games, but the reliever would want the option picked up in order to agree to a trade.
Jan 23 - 9:55 AM

Braves signed OF Jonny Gomes to a one-year, $4 million contract.

The deal also contains a $3 million vesting option for 2016, which turns into a team option if it doesn't vest. Gomes traditionally has been on contending teams but apparently got the best offer from the rebuilding Braves. The 34-year-old batted just .234/.327/.330 with six homers last season, but he has a career .861 OPS versus lefties and is expected to platoon in left field with Zoilo Almonte.
Jan 22 - 10:19 PM

White Sox signed C Geovany Soto to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Soto drew quite a bit of interest this winter, but no team was apparently willing to offer a guaranteed major league contract to the 32-year-old catcher, who appeared in just 24 games last season due to injuries. Soto hasn't been an effective major league hitter since 2011, but he plays above-average defense behind the plate. He could see a decent amount of action as Tyler Flowers' backup in Chicago.
Jan 22 - 2:53 PM

Mariners trainer Rick Griffin said Thursday morning that Jesus Montero has already met his recommended spring training reporting weight of 235 lbs.

Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune says Montero was playing at around 275 lbs. in 2014, so this is a big drop. A scout famously sent Montero ice cream last year at Triple-A -- a nod to the former top prospect's recent issues with weight and determination that resulted in that scout's firing. Montero threw the ice cream back at the scout and wound up on suspension for the final few weeks of the minor league season. Maybe he's gotten his act together at age 25, but Montero is not even worth a flier in standard fantasy leagues for the 2015 season.
Jan 22 - 1:40 PM




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