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Blue Jays re-signed LHP Colt Hynes to a minor league contract.

Hynes, 30, pitched in five games with the Jays last season and held a 3.67 ERA over 49 relief appearances at Triple-A with the Dodgers and Jays. He'll provide some left-handed relief depth.
Feb 12 - 3:42 PM

Cubs designated LHP Edgar Olmos for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for C.J. Riefenhauser. Olmos was claimed off waivers by the Cubs back in December.
Feb 12 - 2:57 PM

Cubs claimed LHP C.J. Riefenhauser off waivers from the Orioles.

Riefenhauser had been designated for assignment last week after the O's acquired Odrisamer Despaigne. The left-hander posted a 5.52 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 17 relief appearances last season for the Rays.
Feb 12 - 2:39 PM

Diamondbacks sent LHP Will Locante outright to Triple-A Reno.

He cleared waivers after being removed from the 40-man roster. Locante held a 5.79 ERA and 38/34 K/BB ratio over 42 innings at Double-A last season.
Feb 12 - 2:27 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed on Friday that Denard Span will start in center field and bat leadoff this season.

There wasn't any doubt, but this is the first time Bochy has officially addressed it. The addition of Span pushes Angel Pagan out of both of the aforementioned roles, although he's now likely to receive the bulk of the at-bats in left field. Span is coming off a hip issue that limited him to just 61 games in 2015, but he'll enter 2016 with a clean bill of health.
Feb 12 - 2:21 PM

Phillies sent LHP Bobby LaFromboise outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

LaFromboise had been designated for assignment but has cleared waivers and will remain in the organization. The left-hander held a 2.98 ERA and 52/21 K/BB ratio over 54 1/3 innings at Triple-A in 2015.
Feb 12 - 1:17 PM

Brewers signed RHP Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Boyer put up a 2.49 ERA last season with the Twins, although that came along with just 22 strikeouts over 65 innings. He should be able to win a middle relief job.
Feb 12 - 12:36 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) indicated Friday that he "can't say for sure" whether he'll be ready for Opening Day.

Tanaka underwent arthroscopic surgery in late November to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. He began throwing from a mound this week and says he's "perfectly healthy," although it wouldn't be a surprise if the Yankees take it slowly with him this spring. Ultimately, he should be fine well in advance of Opening Day. The bigger injury concern with Tanaka remains the partially torn ulnar collateral ligament that he's been pitching through.
Feb 12 - 12:08 PM

Robert Murray of BaseballEssential.com reports that the Padres have tried to trade Matt Kemp this offseason.

There were reports back in early December about the Padres dangling Kemp as they looked to acquire a shortstop. They've since signed Alexei Ramirez, but dealing Kemp and the $86 million left on his contract surely still appeals to San Diego. Whether another club would be willing to take Kemp's big contract on is another question, as the Padres would surely have to pick up a large portion of the deal. Murray was told by one source that the Padres have talked to the A's about Kemp, but Oakland is "not yet willing to pull the trigger."
Feb 12 - 11:23 AM

The agent for Cuban outfielder Lazaro Armenteros, Charles Hairston, said Friday that his client is not close to a decision.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported previously that a decision from "Lazarito" was expected Thursday or Friday of this week, but obviously that's not going to happen. Hairston noted that new teams are in the mix for Armenteros, which could be the reason for the delay. "For a 16 year-old, it’s easy to want to just play ball," Hairston said. "But he wants to do what’s best for his family. He’s being very mature." Hairston offered no hint at a potential timetable for his client's decision. The Padres, Braves, Cubs, Dodgers and Phillies are among the clubs known to have interest.
Feb 12 - 10:16 AM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles will target a hitter after they complete their contract with Yovani Gallardo.

The club is hopeful of finishing the deal with Gallardo on Friday. Heyman lists Dexter Fowler, Jay Bruce and Pedro Alvarez as the bats the O's are considering. Alvarez is the only one that would cost just money, as they would have to trade for Bruce and forfeit a draft pick to sign Fowler. The O's had been hesitant to fork over a draft pick to sign Gallardo, but now that they're close to do that they probably won't be as squeamish about signing a guy like Fowler.
Feb 12 - 10:11 AM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles are hoping to complete a deal for Yovani Gallardo on Friday.

Heyman indicates that the only hangup at this point is whether the contract will be for three years or three years plus an option. ESPN's Buster Olney reported previously that the deal is expected to be worth $40-45 million. The Orioles were resistant to give up their first-round pick to sign Gallardo, but ultimately they decided they needed a workhorse. Once the contract for Gallardo is completed, the O's are then expected to target a hitter.
Feb 12 - 10:01 AM

Blue Jays sent RHP Chad Jenkins outright to Triple-A Buffalo.

Jenkins cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week. The right-hander will remain in the organization as a depth guy.
Feb 12 - 9:51 AM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

MLB Network's Jon Heyman hears the Reds believe the Orioles have the prospects to swing a deal for Jay Bruce.

That bit of information is almost certainly a follow-up to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal's report Wednesday that the Orioles would have interest in a trade for Bruce but it was uncertain that the O's could pull off such a deal. The Orioles are looking at a number of different options for adding a bat, including signing a free agent like Dexter Fowler or Pedro Alvarez, and it's unlikely that they would look to acquire more than one. While the O's seem to have a lot of plates in the air, the market for Bruce has been quiet for much of the winter.
Feb 11 - 10:40 PM

CC Sabathia (knee) began throwing bullpen sessions three weeks ago.

That's significant mostly because the big lefty has traditionally waited until the start of spring training to throw off a mound. Sabathia has motivation to be ahead of the curve coming into camp, as Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has already made it clear the 35-year-old won't be guaranteed a rotation spot. For his part, Sabathia said the chronic knee condition that has necessitated the use of a knee brace feels better than it has in a long time. We'll see if the adjustments lead to a new and improved Sabathia this spring.
Feb 11 - 10:17 PM



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