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Date: Team: Pos:
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

Royals and 3B Mike Moustakas avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $14.3 million contract.

The deal buys out the final two years of Moustakas' arbitration eligibility. The third baseman had requested $7 million when the two sides exchanged figures last month, with the Royals offering $4.2 million. It's a worthy raise for the 27-year-old after he batted .284/.348/.470 with 22 home runs and 82 RBI last season.
Feb 11 - 9:52 PM

Tyler Skaggs (elbow) said Thursday he's thrown five bullpen sessions already this year.

Skaggs resumed throwing last month after spending the entire 2015 season recovering from Tommy John surgery. He said he's throwing 45-50 pitches in sessions and said things "are going really well." Skaggs is guaranteed nothing heading into spring, and pitchers usually require some time to get back up to full speed once they get back on the mound, but few situations would be more friendly to an aspiring starter than the Angels. If he shows something, the 24-year-old could certainly leave camp as a member of the rotation.
Feb 11 - 7:22 PM

Yankees sent OF Lane Adams outright to Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre.

The team simultaneously extended Adams an invite to spring training as a non-roster invitee. Adams was claimed off waivers from the Royals in mid-January after hitting .281/.347/.445 with 16 homers, 62 RBI and 31 steals between Double-A and Triple-A last year.
Feb 11 - 6:39 PM

Brandon Maurer said Thursday that his shoulder feels healthy.

Maurer missed some time down the stretch last season due to right shoulder inflammation, but it's not an issue now. He also put on 15 pounds over the winter, presumably in an effort to help hold up over a full season. While he pitched exclusively out of the bullpen in 2015, he's expected to get a chance in the starting rotation this spring.
Feb 11 - 6:03 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are having "advanced" talks with free agent reliever Tommy Hunter.

Topkin adds that a deal doesn't appear close and that Hunter is talking with other teams. The 29-year-old posted a 4.18 ERA over 58 appearances last season between the Orioles and Cubs and is coming off core muscle surgery, but he's arguably the best free agent reliever left on the board.
Feb 11 - 5:58 PM

Pirates signed LHP Cory Luebke to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.

Luebke worked his way back from his second Tommy John surgery to throw seven minor league innings this past season. The 30-year-old hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012. Before the injuries he was a very successful starter and reliever, and with a little Bucs magic, maybe we haven't seen the last of Luebke yet.
Feb 11 - 4:48 PM

Pirates signed LHP Eric O'Flaherty to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.

O'Flaherty wasn't right in 2015, posting a 8.10 ERA and 21/18 K/BB ratio over 30 innings while dealing with left shoulder issues, but he's been an effective lefty reliever in the past. The Pirates have a track record of getting pitchers straightened out, so it's a near-ideal landing spot for the 31-year-old.
Feb 11 - 4:40 PM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said he plans to engage Adrian Beltre early in camp about a possible contract extension.

Beltre is on record as being interested in such a discussion, and last month it was reported that the sides had talked about the idea, at least in passing. Beltre has been a staple at third base for the Rangers since signing a six-year deal with the club in 2011. He will turn 37 years old just days after the start of the season.
Feb 11 - 4:38 PM

The Dodgers' six-year deal with Cuban free agent Yaisel Sierra is being held up by paperwork but is still "on track," per MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

The deal is expected to be in the $30-31 million range, Heyman added. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman last month said he expects Sierra to be in camp when spring training opens next week, and it's unclear if the paperwork will affect that timeline. Either way, there are no major holdups, per Heyman. Sierra is a right-hander with good stuff, and the Dodgers will try him as a starter to begin with.
Feb 11 - 4:16 PM

Ryan Pressly (lat) won't be limited in spring training.

Pressly missed the entire second half with a strained lat. He resumed throwing in December and has already arrived at the Twins' spring training facility in Fort Myers. "After getting shut down, the main goal was just getting into the offseason healthy," said Pressly. "But the lat is feeling really good, so if I can come back and still be in the upper 90s, that'd be nice." He'll be battling for a job in the Twins' bullpen.
Source: twins.com
Feb 11 - 3:42 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports confirms the White Sox are one of the teams considering free agent shortstop Ian Desmond.

It's not the first time we've heard the White Sox linked to Desmond. The Rays are also in the running, though so far both teams have been hesitant to give up a draft pick. Desmond is coming off a tough season with Washington. He led the National League in errors and finished second in the NL with 187 strikeouts. He may have to settle for a one-year deal and test the market again next winter.
Feb 11 - 3:28 PM

T.J. McFarland and Vance Worley could be on the roster bubble if the Orioles sign Yovani Gallardo.

Worley was considered the favorite for the No. 5 spot in Baltimore's starting rotation but that's not happening if the O's sign Gallardo. The Orioles probably don't need two long relievers, which means one of McFarland or Worley will be on the outside looking in. Nothing is official with Gallardo yet but Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reported the two sides are "optimistic."
Source: MASN Sports
Feb 11 - 3:14 PM

The Dodgers are looking to trade IF/OF Alex Guerrero, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

The Dodgers' outfield is full and the team has a cheaper utility option in Enrique Hernandez. Rosenthal suggests Guerrero's best fit is in the American League. The 29-year-old hit just .233 with 11 homers last season. He carries a $5 million base salary for 2016.
Feb 11 - 2:51 PM



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