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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Brett Anderson has agreed to a contract with the Cubs, pending a physical.

We can't consider Anderson passing the physical a slam dunk given all his previous physical issues. The left-hander didn't have any arm problems in 2016, but he was limited to just 11 1/3 innings with the Dodgers due to back, wrist and blister issues. He's made more than eight big league starts just once in his last five campaigns. However, Anderson has mostly pitched well when able to take the mound, and Rosenthal says the Cubs were impressed by a bullpen session the southpaw threw recently in Arizona. He'll be an option for their rotation, although he might be on the outside looking in as it stands right now.
Jan 23 - 9:51 PM

Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman on Monday didn't rule out re-signing Chase Utley even after the trade for Logan Forsythe.

"Never say never," Friedman said about the possibility of bringing back Utley. The second baseman would obviously have to be willing to accept a bench role, but perhaps he might consider it in order to remain in Los Angeles. Utley batted just .252/.319/.396 with 14 home runs for the Dodgers in 2016.
Jan 23 - 8:16 PM

Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News reports that Dae-Ho Lee has signed a four-year, $12.9 million contract with Korea's Lotte Giants.

It's the club he began his career with overseas before he played a few years in Japan and last season with the Mariners. Lee didn't embarrass himself in the majors with a .253/.312/.428 batting line and 14 homers, but it turned out to just be a one-year stint for the big first baseman.
Jan 23 - 7:45 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that "things appear to be heating up" with the market for Greg Holland.

Heyman says that the final three clubs involved in the bidding for Holland may be the Rockies, Nationals and a "mystery team." The former closer is reportedly seeking a two-year contract with an opt-out clause after the first year of the deal. Holland is coming back from Tommy John surgery and was throwing just 88-91 mph during a showcase in November, but he'll probably wind up being a bargain if he regains his arm strength.
Jan 23 - 7:31 PM

Rays signed RHP Shawn Tolleson to a one-year, $1 million contract.

Tolleson flamed out last season after beginning the year as the Rangers' closer and ultimately finished with an ugly 7.68 ERA across 37 appearances. However, he posted a 2.88 ERA with 145 strikeouts over 144 innings with Texas from 2014-15, making him a solid bounce-back candidate on a cheap deal.
Jan 23 - 7:24 PM

Rays acquired RHP Jose De Leon from the Dodgers in exchange for 2B Logan Forsythe.

The Rays have been excellent over the years at acquiring talented, cost-controlled young starting pitching and they've landed another one in De Leon. One of the top pitching prospects in the game, De Leon struggled in his brief audition with the Dodgers last season but has put up sub-3.00 ERAs and gaudy strikeout totals in the minors the last three campaigns. The Rays figure to keep him in the minors for a while to start 2017, but he should be in their rotation at some point in the upcoming season.
Jan 23 - 7:14 PM

Dodgers acquired 2B Logan Forsythe from the Rays in exchange for RHP Jose De Leon.

The Dodgers finally have their second baseman after months of trade talks with the Twins involving Brian Dozier that ultimately led to nothing. They refused to give up more than De Leon for Dozier but have landed Forsythe for De Leon straight up in a deal that makes sense for both sides. Forsythe has batted .273/.347/.444 over the last two seasons and is under team control for $15.5 million through 2018.
Jan 23 - 7:06 PM

Diamondbacks signed C Josh Thole to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

A career .242/.313/.306 hitter, the 30-year-old Thole enters a crowded catching situation in Arizona with Jeff Mathis, Chris Iannetta and Chris Herrmann already in tow. He seems unlikely to make the Opening Day roster.
Jan 23 - 7:00 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Dodgers and Rays are "deep into discussions" on a trade that would send Logan Forsythe to Los Angeles.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says the Rays will be getting Jose DeLeon for Forsythe and that the trade should be announced soon. It will be the second time Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has traded for Forsythe, as he was with the Rays when they acquired him from the Padres. Forsythe has batted .273/.347/.444 over the last two seasons and is under team control for $15.5 million through 2018.
Jan 23 - 6:49 PM

Seth Maness (elbow) will have a showcase for interested teams on February 6.

Maness is coming back from a potentially game-changing alternative to Tommy John surgery that involved a much shorter rehab process, as he had the operation last August but it hoping to be ready for Opening Day. The sinkerballer held a sub-3.00 ERA in each of his first two big league seasons but held a 3.98 mark over his last two years.
Jan 23 - 5:53 PM

Masahiro Tanaka will not pitch for Japan in the World Baseball Classic.

"Taking various things into consideration, it would be difficult so I will not participate," Tanaka told the Associated Press. The Yankees apparently left it up to Tanaka as to whether he'd pitch for his native country, but they're surely relieved he's decided against it. Tanaka has been pitching with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow since at least July of 2014 and is coming off a season where he threw 199 2/3 innings.
Jan 23 - 5:10 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Padres have made an offer of more than $1.75 million to Jered Weaver.

The $1.75 million figure is what San Diego paid Clayton Richard, Jhoulys Chacin and Trevor Cahill. It's unclear when the Padres made the offer, but it sounds like they'd still take Weaver if he's interested. Weaver holds an ugly 4.86 ERA over the last two seasons and his velocity has bottomed out, but perhaps he'd fare a bit better in the National League and at Petco Park.
Jan 23 - 4:57 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rangers and Rays "are believed to be in the mix" for Chris Carter.

Carter's agent, Dave Stewart, said in an interview earlier this month that he had talked to the Rangers about his client, but this is the first we've heard of the Rays' interest. The slugger is likely a backup plan for Texas, as they would still like to sign Mike Napoli. Tampa is known to be looking for a hitter, and Carter would make since especially since he can probably be had relatively cheaply at this point.
Jan 23 - 4:52 PM

Braves signed OF Xavier Avery to a minor league contract.

Avery, 27, hit .248/.332/.363 with six homers and 18 steals at the Triple-A level in the Orioles organization last season. He hasn't played in the majors since 2012 and is simply a depth guy.
Jan 23 - 4:39 PM

Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News reports that the Giants are nearing a minor league contract with Korean third baseman Jae-gyun Hwang.

Baggarly says Hwang will be paid $1.5 million if he makes the major league roster. The 29-year-old is coming off a big season with the Lotte Giants when he put up a .330/.391/.558 batting line with 26 home runs, 104 RBI and 24 stolen bases. He will compete for a bench job with the Giants but could potentially push Eduardo Nunez to a super utility role if he fares well.
Jan 23 - 4:29 PM



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