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Mariners sent RHP Logan Bawcom outright to Triple-A Tacoma.

Bawcom was designated for assignment by the M's last week to clear a 40-man roster spot for new outfielder Justin Ruggiano. Bawcom, 26, posted a 4.93 ERA in 40 relief appearances this past year at Triple-A.
Dec 22 - 3:10 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports confirms that the Padres have re-signed Josh Johnson.

It's a one-year deal worth $1 million guaranteed, and it also includes another $6.25 million in performance-based incentives. Johnson missed the entire 2014 season due to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery -- the second of his career. He should be recovered sometime in May or early June.
Source: Yahoo Sports
Dec 22 - 2:46 PM

Giants sent 1B Angel Villalona outright to Triple-A Fresno.

Villalona is now off San Francisco's 40-man roster. He was once considered a top corner infield prospect, but the 24-year-old batted just .230/.289/.382 in 107 games this past season in the minor leagues, playing mostly first base and DH. Villalona has never appeared in a major league game.
Dec 22 - 2:27 PM

Cubs sent RHP Donn Roach outright to Triple-A Iowa.

Chicago claimed Roach off waivers from the Padres in mid-November, but he was then removed from the Cubs' 40-man roster this past weekend to clear space for some newer acquisitions. The 25-year-old righty posted a 4.75 ERA across 30 1/3 innings in 2014 for San Diego.
Dec 22 - 2:07 PM

Cubs sent INF Logan Watkins outright to Triple-A Iowa.

Watkins was designated for assignment last week. He is a .233/.269/.301 career hitter in 110 major league plate appearances and is no longer on the Cubs' 40-man roster.
Dec 22 - 2:05 PM

Twins signed 1B/OF Brock Peterson to a minor league contract.

Peterson is 31 years old and has only logged 28 career plate appearances at the major league level, but his Triple-A numbers are very good. He could get a shot in Minnesota at some point during the 2015 season.
Source: MiLB.com
Dec 22 - 1:45 PM

Royals sent OF Moises Sierra outright to Triple-A Omaha.

Sierra batted just .230/.265/.342 in 170 plate appearances this past season between the Blue Jays and White Sox. The Royals then picked him up off waivers in October, but he got designated for assignment last week to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for Alex Rios.
Dec 22 - 1:42 PM

Royals sent RHP Casey Coleman outright to Triple-A Omaha.

Coleman was designated for assignment by Kansas City last week and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 27-year-old is no longer on the Royals' 40-man roster.
Dec 22 - 1:40 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Pirates won the bidding for Korean infielder Jung-Ho Kang.

Pittsburgh's front office now has exclusive negotiating rights to attempt to work out a major league contract with Kang. There have been questions raised about the 27-year-old's defensive capabilities, especially at the shortstop position, but Kang batted .356/.459/.739 with 40 home runs and 117 RBI in 117 games this past season for the Nexen Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization. Jordy Mercer hit .255/.305/.387 in 2014 as the Bucs' primary starter at short.
Dec 22 - 12:38 PM

Giants re-signed RHP Sergio Romo to a two-year, $15 million contract.

The free agent deal was agreed to last week and then officially announced Monday after Romo passed his pre-signing physical. The 31-year-old righty was probably hoping to hit it much bigger this winter in a relief market that has yielded four-year deals for David Robertson and Andrew Miller, but Romo finished the 2014 season with a relatively-underwhelming 3.72 ERA in 58 innings. He put up a 2.03 ERA in 225 2/3 innings between 2010-2013.
Dec 22 - 12:35 PM

Nationals signed RHP Heath Bell to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Bell struggled mightily in 2014, posting a 7.27 ERA in 17 1/3 innings with the Rays and then even worse numbers with the Yankees' Triple-A team. The 37-year-old right-hander seems doubtful to have an impact in Washington.
Dec 22 - 12:07 PM

Nate Jones (elbow) is expected to begin a throwing program in early January.

Jones underwent Tommy John surgery in late July and probably won't be ready to rejoin the White Sox until sometime next August. The 28-year-old right-hander owns a 3.55 ERA in 149 2/3 career innings of relief.
Dec 22 - 11:40 AM

According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Padres do not intend to trade Wil Myers.

Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News reported over the weekend that the Padres have expressed interested in acquiring Phillies ace Cole Hamels and that Myers, whom the Padres just acquired from the Rays, could be included in the deal. But Lin hears Monday from "sources within the organization" that Myers will be in center field for San Diego on Opening Day 2015. Let's not rule anything out quite yet.
Dec 22 - 10:45 AM

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Yankees have checked in with the Rockies on Troy Tulowitzki.

Heyman reported late last week that the Mets and Rockies had been "quietly discussing" the parameters of a Tulowitzki trade, but the two sides have not been able to find a match. And while the Yankees also have a big hole at shortstop, they probably don't possess the kind of elite-level prospects that Colorado would want in a return package. Heyman writes Monday that it "remains unclear how committed the Rockies-owning Monfort brothers are to trading the beloved Tulo."
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 22 - 9:30 AM

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that Phil Hughes has agreed to a three-year, $42 million contract extension with the Twins.

The extension wipes out the final two years and $16 million on Hughes' original three-year, $24 million deal with the Twins. So it's essentially a five-year, $58 million pact, and it'll keep Hughes in Minnesota through the 2019 season. The 28-year-old right-hander revitalized his career in 2014, posting a 3.52 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 186/16 K/BB ratio across 209 2/3 innings. He had a 5.19 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 2013, his final year with the Yankees.
Dec 22 - 8:59 AM



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