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Blue Jays claimed C Juan Graterol off waivers from the Angels.

It's the fourth time Graterol has been claimed off waivers this offseason. He started out the winter with the Angels, before moving to the Reds and then the Diamondbacks and then back to Anaheim. Now the 27-year-old catcher will prepare for camp with the Blue Jays.
Jan 23 - 2:36 PM

Blue Jays signed INF Gregorio Petit to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Petit batted just .245/.299/.348 in 223 plate appearances last season as a utilityman for the Angels. The 32-year-old will be on the outside looking in for an Opening Day roster spot with Toronto.
Jan 23 - 2:32 PM

White Sox signed RHP Anthony Swarzak to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Swarzak had a rough 5.52 ERA in 31 innings (26 appearances) last season out of the Yankees' bullpen. The right-hander will struggle to earn a major league roster spot out of White Sox camp.
Jan 23 - 2:25 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Blue Jays have expressed interest in free agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Saltalamacchia could be used as a backup to Russell Martin in Toronto in 2017. He struggled badly in the second half of the 2016 season with Detroit after getting off to a really promising start. Truth be told, Salty has always been an inconsistent player. A one-year deal should do the trick here.
Jan 23 - 2:07 PM

Rangers signed LHP Jeff Malm to a minor league contract.

Malm had an impressive 2.06 ERA and 57/13 K/BB ratio in 48 innings last season between High-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Tulsa. Originally drafted as a first baseman and corner outfielder out of a Las Vegas high school, 2017 will be his third year as a pitcher.
Jan 23 - 1:59 PM

Padres signed RHP Barry Enright to a minor league contract.

Enright hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2013 and spent the last two seasons in the Mexican League. The 30-year-old right-hander will probably open the 2017 season with Triple-A El Paso. He's nothing more than organizational depth for San Diego.
Jan 23 - 1:47 PM

Mets released RHP Christian Montgomery.

Montgomery scored a $250,000 signing bonus from the Mets when he was drafted out of high school in 2011, but the right-hander went on to register a 5.65 ERA over parts of five minor league seasons and failed to advance past Low-A ball. At this point he is a 24-year-old non-prospect.
Jan 23 - 1:40 PM

Blue Jays released RHP Clinton Hollon.

Hollon, a second-round pick of the Blue Jays in 2013, was hit with a 50-game suspension last May following a second positive test for a drug of abuse and wound up sitting out the entire 2016 season. It's not clear what his status is for 2017. Clearly there are some off-field issues.
Jan 23 - 1:12 PM

James McCann told reporters Sunday that he is "in the best shape of my life."

It's that time of year, people. McCann said he spent the offseason committed to getting healthier, and it apparently shows. The 26-year-old catcher batted .221/.272/.358 with 12 home runs and 48 RBI in 105 games last season for the Tigers. We should naturally see some improvement in 2017.
Jan 23 - 11:53 AM

Corey Dickerson said Monday that he has dropped 25 pounds.

Dickerson told reporters that he hopes the weight loss will help his running, swinging, and throwing. The 27-year-old outfielder posted a disappointing .761 OPS in 148 games last season with the Rays, after managing an .879 OPS in 265 games with the Rockies between 2013-2015. Look for better all-around play from Dickerson in 2017. He'll be a late-round flier in mixed fantasy leagues.
Jan 23 - 11:42 AM

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the Orioles have interest in re-signing free agent right-hander Vance Worley.

Kubatko notes that after bringing back Mark Trumbo, the club may not be shopping at the high end of the free agent pitching market, which would rule out Jason Hammel. Worley was non-tendered by the O's in December rather than giving him a raise in his final year of arbitration. He was projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $3.3 million in arbitration.
Source: MASN Sports
Jan 22 - 5:06 PM

Yordano Ventura has been killed in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic.

Christian Moreno of ESPN first reported the awful news, and the Royals have since confirmed it. Ventura's fellow countryman, Andy Marte, was killed in a separate accident, as well, in what has been a tragic morning for baseball. Ventura was just 25 years of age. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.
Jan 22 - 11:04 AM

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post was told by a source that the Nationals "have never been particularly high on" Matt Wieters.

Janes adds that the Nats "harbor concerns about (Wieters') defense and his health." The two sides have been connected this offseason because Washington could potentially use catcher help and Wieters' agent, Scott Boras, is known to have a good relationship with the Nationals. However, it doesn't sound like there's a fit here unless the market for Wieters really bottoms out. That's certainly possible given the lack of apparent options he has at this point.
Jan 22 - 10:40 AM

Preston Tucker has yet to take any swings this offseason after last September's surgery on his right shoulder.

Tucker estimated on Saturday that he's feeling about 95 percent, adding that "from what I'm limited to do, I feel great." He is slated for a doctor's visit in early February, at which point he expects to be cleared for full activity going into spring training. With the Astros' additions this offseason, there's a good chance Tucker will begin 2017 in the minors.
Jan 22 - 10:05 AM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said in an interview Saturday at TigerFest that he thinks JaCoby Jones could "use a little more time to develop."

General manager Al Avila said at TigerFest that Mikie Mahtook, Tyler Collins and Jones would compete for the center field job, but Ausmus didn't even mention Jones' name when asked about the position. Giving Jones more seasoning makes sense, as he had only 79 games of experience at Triple-A before a cup of coffee in 2016 and he could use time to try and cut down on his strikeouts. The 24-year-old has shown some power and speed in the minors but is far from a finished product.
Jan 22 - 9:57 AM



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