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The Red Sox are considering free agent LHPs Neal Cotts and Franklin Morales, according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe.

The Red Sox are looking to replace lefty specialist Craig Breslow. Morales has history with Boston having pitched there from 2011-2013. Cotts is five years older than Morales but he was downright dominant against lefties last year, limiting them to a .186 average in 98 at-bats. Morales comes with the added benefit of starting experience (47 career starts) and could fill in as a spot starter if needed.
Feb 11 - 11:07 AM

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Orioles feel that Pedro Alvarez could be their Kendrys Morales.

Morales experienced an offensive resurgence after moving to DH full-time and the Orioles feel Alvarez could contribute in a similar way. Camden Yards is a great park for left-handed hitters, as Chris Davis has proven in recent years. Of course, signing Alvarez would likely force the Orioles to use Mark Trumbo in right field where he would be a defensive liability. The Orioles have also checked in on Dexter Fowler.
Feb 11 - 10:27 AM

Ryan Lawrence of PhillyVoice expects Brett Oberholtzer to win the No. 5 spot in the Phillies' starting rotation.

Adam Morgan is also in the running but Oberholtzer has more big league experience and is out of minor league options. Vince Velasquez has a higher ceiling than both of them but another year of seasoning in Triple-A couldn't hurt. Oberholtzer and Velasquez were both acquired from Houston this winter as part of the Ken Giles trade.
Feb 11 - 9:56 AM

David Hernandez will head into spring training as the favorite for the closer's role in Philadelphia.

Used as a starter early in his career, Hernandez has settled in as a reliable late-inning relief option. Though he's mostly been limited to setup duty, Hernandez did log 11 saves with the Diamondbacks in 2011 while filling in for J.J. Putz. Andrew Bailey, Ernesto Frieri and Edward Mujica all have closing experience so Hernandez should face plenty of competition this spring.
Feb 11 - 9:40 AM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports Cuban outfielder Lazaro Armenteros is expected to sign either Thursday or Friday.

Armenteros recently spent four days at the Padres' facility, which could make them the favorite. The 16-year-old has also drawn interest from the Braves, Cubs, Dodgers and Phillies. There was speculation Armenteros would hold out until the next international signing period on July 2, but apparently he's ready to choose a team right now. He should be looking at a bonus in the $15-20 million range.
Feb 11 - 9:19 AM

Free agent RHP Tommy Hunter is rehabbing from core muscle surgery.

It's unclear how far along he is in the recovery process, but the surgery is probably what has kept teams from pursuing Hunter this offseason. The right-hander had a rough year in 2015 but he can still bring the heat (his fastball averaged 96.2 mph last year) and has shown to be a capable late-inning arm throughout his career. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times previously reported Hunter could be a possibility for the Rays.
Feb 11 - 9:06 AM

Jacob deGrom said he'd be open to signing a long-term contract with the Mets.

"I’m a little bit older so I might be more willing to do something like that,’’ said deGrom. "You just have to look at what is fair so both sides get a decent deal." DeGrom was the best starter on a team that advanced to the World Series last year but his contract doesn't expire until 2020. If the Mets do decide to lock up deGrom long-term, Madison Bumgarner's six-year, $35.56 million extension with San Francisco could be used as a blueprint.
Feb 11 - 8:38 AM

Angels signed RHP Javy Guerra to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Guerra had himself a rough season in 2015. Not only was he outrighted from the 40-man roster of the White Sox in May, he was then hit with a 50-game suspension in early July after failing a drug test. Back in 2014 -- prior to all that messiness -- the 30-year-old right-hander held a 2.91 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 38/20 K/BB ratio in 46 1/3 innings with Chicago. It's a no-risk bullpen flier for the Angels, but there's not any real fantasy upside here.
Feb 10 - 8:42 PM

Braves signed RHP Carlos Torres to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Torres was designated for assignment by the Mets in a surprise late-January move and subsequently elected to become a free agent. There was interest from the Asian market, but the 33-year-old right-hander opted for a Braves team that should allow him a semi-clear path to an Opening Day bullpen gig. Torres was excellent with the Mets in 2014 before struggling in 2015. He's a decent bet for a bounceback in 2016.
Feb 10 - 7:58 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the potential contract being discussed between the Orioles and free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo would be worth three years, $40-45 million.

Nothing's official yet, but there's a ton of smoke here. Multiple outlets have reported that Gallardo and the O's are closing in on a contract. The club will have to surrender the 14th overall selection in this summer's amateur draft should they sign the soon-to-be 30-year-old right-hander, but he provides an upgrade for a rotation that has needed a boost. Last season, Gallardo pitched to a 3.42 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 121/68 K/BB ratio across 184 1/3 innings (33 starts) for the Rangers. Should the Orioles ink Gallardo to a contract, they could next pursue outfielder Dexter Fowler. Pedro Alvarez and Jay Bruce are outside options as well.

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez hears that Cuban outfielder Lazaro Armenteros continues to weigh his destination options.

Sanchez previously reported that Armenteros would make his team decision on Wednesday. That could still happen, though the hour is drawing late. Among the teams considered potential landing spots for "Lazarito" are the Braves, Cubs, Dodgers, Padres, and Phillies. Should he be unable to reach a decision at this early juncture, it's possible he just waits until July 2, when the next international signing period begins. Armenteros is said to be looking for a bonus in the $15-20 million range.
Feb 10 - 6:26 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Orioles and free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler have had an "informal conversation" about a potential contract.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal has reported that Fowler could be a follow-up target for the Orioles should they sign free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo, so it makes sense that the two parties have at least begun laying unofficial groundwork. A deal in the neighborhood of the two-year, $20 million contract the Dodgers gave Howie Kendrick could be in play for Fowler. Olney has previously reported that MLB executives don't see the 29-year-old outfielder drawing much more than that. His free agency is tied to draft pick compensation.
Feb 10 - 6:00 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Reds

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Jay Bruce is a possible trade target for the Orioles.

Rosenthal adds, however, that it's uncertain whether the O's would actually have the prospects -- or being willing to deal the prospects -- to get a deal done. In early December, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported that the Reds had only received "a couple" feeling-out calls regarding the 28-year-old Bruce. In 580 at-bats last season, Bruce hit .226/.294/.434 with 26 homers and 87 RBI. After notching batting averages above .250 in five of his first six seasons, he's failed to crack .230 in either of his past two campaigns.
Feb 10 - 5:27 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles are interested in free agent 1B Pedro Alvarez.

The Orioles have their fingers in seemingly every pot this week, with rumors flying that they are close to a deal with Yovani Gallardo and might then target Dexter Fowler after Gallardo. Now throw Alvarez in there just for good measure. The 29-year-old was non-tendered by the Pirates at the beginning of December after hitting .243/.318/.469 with 27 homers and 77 RBI across 437 at-bats during the 2015 campaign. He'd join the Orioles' DH and first base rotation.
Feb 10 - 5:19 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that if the Orioles sign free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo, they might target free agent OF Dexter Fowler.

Gallardo and the O's are said to be nearing a possible contract agreement. Fowler could be next up if they can secure that. As to what Fowler might be able to draw from them, MLB executives indicated to ESPN's Buster Olney that a contract ceiling might be around the two-year, $20 million deal the Dodgers inked with Howie Kendrick. Should the Orioles strike a deal with Fowler, they would surrender the 29th pick in this summer's amateur draft.
Feb 10 - 5:10 PM



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