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Yu Darvish (elbow) is on track to begin throwing bullpen sessions in March.

Working his way back from Tommy John surgery, Darvish resumed a throwing program last August but hasn't been cleared for mound work just yet. The Rangers will obviously proceed cautiously with the right-hander during spring training and aren't expecting him to rejoin their rotation until some time in May.
Feb 9 - 5:51 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw off a mound on Tuesday.

It's the first time he's thrown off the bump since he underwent surgery back in October to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. Tanaka might be a little behind others in spring training, but he's fully expected to be ready to roll come Opening Day. The righty held a 3.51 ERA and 139/27 K/BB ratio over 154 innings last season.
Feb 9 - 4:29 PM

White Sox signed 1B Travis Ishikawa to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Ishikawa had a deal with the Mariners fall apart last month, but it didn't take him long to catch on elsewhere. The 32-year-old batted .206/.306/.302 with one homer over 72 plate appearances with the Pirates and Giants last season.
Feb 9 - 4:20 PM

White Sox signed RHP Mat Latos to a one-year, $3 million contract.

Latos is coming off a 2015 campaign that saw him bounce around with three different teams and post a 4.95 ERA. He's also not throwing as hard as he used to and has drawn criticism for being a poor clubhouse presence. That said, there's little risk in a $3 million investment and the White Sox were lacking rotation depth. He'll push Erik Johnson either to the bullpen or Triple-A.
Feb 9 - 4:15 PM

Rangers signed INF Doug Bernier to a minor league contract

The deal does not include an invitation to big league camp during spring training. Bernier, 35, was in the majors briefly with the Twins last season but spent most of the year at Triple-A, batting .256/.340/.306 with a couple homers.
Feb 9 - 4:06 PM

John Lamb required disc surgery on his back in December.

The procedure was unreported until now. The expectation is that Lamb will be a bit behind at the start of spring training and will likely get a late start on the season. The 25-year-old southpaw posted a 5.80 ERA and 58/19 K/BB ratio over 49 2/3 innings after coming over from the Royals last July in the Johnny Cueto deal.
Feb 9 - 2:31 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the White Sox have signed free agent right-hander Mat Latos.

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that it's a one-year, $3 million contract and the deal doesn't include incentives. Latos is coming off an inconsistent season where he posted a 4.95 ERA and 100/32 K/BB ratio over 116 1/3 innings between the Marlins, Dodgers, and Angels, but he's a fine gamble at these terms. He'll give Chicago some rotation depth on the cheap, but U.S. Cellular Field isn't the ideal environment for fantasy purposes.
Feb 9 - 1:54 PM

Mariners signed RHP Joel Peralta to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Peralta, who turns 40 in March, is coming off a rough season with the Dodgers where he posted a 4.34 ERA and 24/8 K/BB ratio over 29 innings while missing some time with neck and shoulder injuries. Still, he's a fine gamble at these terms.
Feb 9 - 1:53 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that free agent reliever Carlos Torres is weighing interest from three teams.

Torres drew a lot of interest from teams in Asia, but he plans to stay in MLB. The 33-year-old posted a mediocre 4.68 ERA and 48/18 K/BB ratio in 57 2/3 innings last season, but he has been a useful pitcher in the past and makes sense as a potential bounceback target. The Yankees are among the teams who have reportedly expressed interest.
Feb 9 - 1:44 PM

Jason Castro lost his arbitration hearing against the Astros and will make $5 million in 2016.

Castro requested $5.25 million when arbitration figures were exchanged last month, so it wasn't much of a difference, but the two sides were unable to avoid a hearing. The 28-year-old batted .211 with 11 homers and a .648 OPS over 104 games in 2015. He's going into his final year before free agency.
Feb 9 - 1:32 PM

Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that Cuban outfielder Lazaro Armenteros is expected to make a decision Wednesday on where he will sign.

It's the first day he's eligible to sign with a team. Sanchez hears that the Braves, Cubs, Dodgers, Padres and Phillies are among the nine teams with strong interest in the 16-year-old. Because of his age and experience level, he's subject to international signing guidelines. One possible scenario is that he could wait until the new international signing period begins on July 2 to sign with a team. While there were some mixed reviews from a recent showcase, he's reportedly commanding a bonus in the range of $15-20 million.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 9 - 1:24 PM

Kevin Plawecki underwent sinus surgery in December.

Plawecki said that his right sinus was completely blocked, which led to dizziness last season, especially after flights. Doctors believe that they have solved the issue, which is a relief to the young backstop. He's expected to serve as the backup in 2016, but given Travis d'Arnaud's injury history, there's always the chance he'll play a bigger role. Plawecki, who turns 25 later this month, batted .219/.280/.296 with three home runs and 21 RBI over 73 games as a rookie.
Feb 9 - 12:09 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick writes that free agent shortstop Ian Desmond is a "long shot" for the Rays.

There's been some chatter about the Rays being interested in Desmond, as he could be a bargain at this point of the winter, but the club doesn't want to give up a draft pick in order to sign him. There's always the chance that they could change their mind, but the 30-year-old appears likely to end up elsewhere. Many have pegged the White Sox as a logical fit for Desmond, but they are also reluctant to give up a pick.
Feb 9 - 11:38 AM

Josh Donaldson's new two-year deal with the Blue Jays is worth $28.65 million, according to the Associated Press.

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reported late Monday night that the two sides had agreed to a deal worth around $29 million, but now we have the exact number. Donaldson won his arbitration case against the Blue Jays last winter, but the two sides were able to avoid a hearing this time around. The 2015 AL MVP will still be under team control for one more year after this new deal expires.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Feb 9 - 11:20 AM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Royals are still talking to Salvador Perez about extending and redoing his contract.

Talks have been going on for most of the winter, so it would be a surprise if something doesn't get done. Perez might have the most team-friendly contract in the game, as he's owed just $2 million in 2016 with three club options for 2017-2019 which max out at $14.75 million. An extension would increase the guarantee involved, but it's a tricky proposition for the Royals, as Perez's heavy workload could take its toll on him as he moves closer to his 30s.
Feb 9 - 9:29 AM



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