Player News

Date: Team: Pos:

Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Friday that the team could give the newly acquired Aaron Crow a chance to start.

Crow has pitched exclusively in relief in the majors, but he came up through the minors as a starter. Ultimately, the Marlins are just keeping their options open and Crow seems likely to remain a reliever. "We know he has started," said Hill. "It’s still early in the offseason and we’re not sure how the rest of the offseason will unfold in terms of what else we add to our pitching staff, but we love the flexibility. We love the thought he could possibly be a starting option for us, but at a minimum we know he’ll be a valuable bullpen piece and just add to the overall depth of our staff."
Nov 28 - 4:49 PM

Pedro Strop received 3-4 stitches in his left (non-throwing elbow) as a result of a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Thursday.

He also was given precautionary X-rays, which came back negative. It was surely a scare for the Cubs' reliever, but Strop will be fine.
Nov 28 - 1:00 PM

Ronald Belisario has elected free agency.

Belisario had been removed from the White Sox' 40-man roster earlier this month. The veteran reliever served as Chicago's closer for a portion of the 2014 season but ultimately posted a 5.56 ERA and 1.45 WHIP over 66 1/3 innings. He might have to settle for a minor league deal this winter.
Nov 28 - 12:55 PM

James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that there have been "no talks for months" between the Nationals and Doug Fister regarding a contract extension.

The team offered Fister a long-term deal shortly after they traded for him last offseason, but it was turned down and talks apparently haven't rekindled. It's undoubtedly the reason the Nationals are willing to listen to offers for Fister, as reported by USA Today's Bob Nightengale last week. Both Fister and Jordan Zimmermann are slated for free agency after next season and the Nats know that they likely can't keep both of them.
Nov 28 - 12:53 PM

Royals acquired RHP Reid Redman and LHP Brian Flynn from the Marlins in exchange for RHP Aaron Crow.

A former infielder, Redman has taken to the mound quickly, posting a 2.00 ERA with 93 strikeouts over 90 innings in his first two pro seasons. He reached Double-A last season and turned 26 last week, so it's possible he could challenge for a promotion in 2015 even with his limited experience as a pitcher.
Nov 28 - 12:46 PM

Royals acquired LHP Brian Flynn and RHP Reid Redman from the Marlins in exchange for RHP Aaron Crow.

Flynn holds an 8.64 ERA over 25 innings at the big league level but has flashed some promise in the minors. He's a big left-hander who could either wind up as a back-end of the rotation starter or possible bullpen arm. Flynn will turn just 25 in April.
Nov 28 - 12:39 PM

Marlins acquired RHP Aaron Crow from the Royals in exchange for LHP Brian Flynn and RHP Reid Redman.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal first reported the deal, and it's now been made official. Crow was an All-Star in his rookie season back in 2011, but his stuff and results have declined steadily since then. He held a 4.12 ERA with just 34 strikeouts over 59 innings in 2014 and could have been facing a non-tender this winter with another raise via arbitration coming. The Marlins will hope the 28-year-old can rediscover his stuff in the National League.
Nov 28 - 12:20 PM

Padres re-signed LHP Jason Lane to a minor league contract.

It's not clear whether the deal includes an invitation to spring training. Lane, a former outfielder, allowed one run over 10 1/3 frames for the Padres in 2014. He's merely a depth addition.
Nov 28 - 12:14 PM

White Sox signed OF Tony Campana to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Campana's wife, Whitney, revealed the news of her husband's signing on Twitter. The deal presumably contains an invitation to spring training, where Campana will compete for a bench job. The speedy outfielder batted just .187/.197/.227 in 44 games in the majors this past season for the Angels and Diamondbacks.
Nov 28 - 12:03 PM

Royals re-signed RHP Jason Frasor to a one-year, $1.25 million contract with a $2 million mutual option for 2016.

There's a $550,000 buyout attached to the option, so the deal will net Frasor at least $1.8 million. He can also earn an additional $500,000 in incentives in both 2015 and 2016. The Royals' big three at the back-end of the bullpen deservedly received most of the attention, but Frasor was also terrific for them in middle relief, posting a 1.53 ERA in 23 appearances after coming over in a trade with the Rangers. The 37-year-old should have another effective year or two left in the tank.
Nov 28 - 10:35 AM

Rays sent RHP Michael Kohn outright to Triple-A Durham.

He's now cleared waivers twice since September after being removed from a pair of 40-man rosters. Kohn should still have a shot to crack the Rays' Opening Day roster if he accepts the assignment in lieu of free agency.
Nov 28 - 10:17 AM

Anthony Swarzak has elected free agency.

Swarzak, 29, had a 4.60 ERA and 47/28 K/BB ratio in 86 innings over 46 relief appearances and four starts this past season. He'll find a home somewhere, but it might be on a minor league deal.
Nov 28 - 10:15 AM

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said that Carlos Martinez will have a "soft cap" on his innings next season if he wins a spot in the rotation.

As it stands right now, Martinez is the favorite over Marco Gonzales for the No. 5 spot following the trade of Shelby Miller. Mozeliak noted that the club would keep an eye on Martinez's workload during the season so that they will have him available to contribute down the stretch. Working mostly as a reliever, Martinez threw just 99 2/3 frames in 2014. He's never thrown more than 108 innings in a season as a pro.
Nov 28 - 9:42 AM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that, "as of this week," the Cardinals have no plans to bring in Jon Lester for a visit.

It contradicts an earlier report from Peter Gammons, who said the team planned to have Lester in next week. However, Goold does note that the Cards are keeping their finger on the pulse of the pitching market and could ultimately have interest in Lester or another top-shelf starter. As it stands right now, Carlos Martinez is the favorite to open next season as their No. 5 starter.
Nov 28 - 9:38 AM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Melky Cabrera's preference is to not re-sign with the Blue Jays.

The reasoning is that he wants to get away from the artificial surface at Rogers Centre. Cabrera was already looking unlikely to end up back in Toronto after the club signed Russell Martin to an $82 million contract. The outfielder is said to prefer to play on the East Coast or in the Midwest.
Nov 28 - 8:42 AM



Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Video Center

  •  
    NBA 6-Pack: Friday

    NBA 6-Pack: Friday
  •  
    Beer

    Beer's NFL 6 Pack - QB & RB
  •  
    RotoPat: Week 13 Rankings

    RotoPat: Week 13 Rankings
  •  
    Levitan: Thanksgiving options

    Levitan: Thanksgiving options
  •  
    Levitan: Week 13 start options

    Levitan: Week 13 start options
  •  
    Wednesday

    Wednesday's Fantasy Minute
  •  
    NBA 6-Pack: Tuesday

    NBA 6-Pack: Tuesday
  •  
    Levitan: Week 13 Waiver Wire

    Levitan: Week 13 Waiver Wire