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Red Sox manager John Farell said Friday that Carson Smith (elbow) could be ready to rejoin the Red Sox in late May or early June.

Smith underwent Tommy John surgery in May and has received glowing reports thus far in his recovery. A return in late May would be just over 12 months after undergoing the procedure. The 27-year-old was a dominant late-inning force before his injury and should provide a major boost to the Red Sox' bullpen upon his return.
Jan 20 - 8:22 PM

Yu Darvish confirmed Friday that he will not participate in the World Baseball Classic.

Darvish was limited to just 100 1/3 innings in 2016, after missing the entire 2015 season while rehabbing after Tommy John surgery. The right-hander noted that it's too risky for him to be pitching in key games so early in the season. The 30-year-old is entering the final season of his contract with the Rangers.
Jan 20 - 7:47 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that Team Israel has been in contact with Jason Kipnis about him representing their country in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Kipnis has yet to make a decision on his participation. While he has previously identified himself as a Roman Catholic, his father is Jewish which provides him the opportunity to play for Team Israel should he choose to.
Jan 20 - 7:31 PM

Padres designated OF Jabari Blash for assignment.

The 27-year-old hit just .169/.298/.324 with three homers, five RBI and a 34/11 K/BB ratio in 84 plate appearances with the Padres in 2016. There's a chance that he could pass through waivers unclaimed and continue to function as minor league depth for the Friars.
Jan 20 - 6:52 PM

Padres signed RHP Trevor Cahill to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

The 28-year-old right-hander reportedly had offers on the table from several other clubs, but chose the Padres because he believed they provided him the best chance of starting in the rotation. Pitching in the friendly confines of Petco Park is certainly a boost to his fantasy value as well. Cahill registered a 2.74 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 66/35 K/BB ratio over 65 2/3 innings with the Cubs in 2016.
Jan 20 - 6:49 PM

Brewers signed RHP Joba Chamberlain to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Chamberlain, 31, put up a solid 2.25 ERA and 18/11 K/BB ratio over 20 relief innings for the Indians last season but got released around midseason and didn't catch on anywhere else. He'll have to pitch his way onto the Opening Day roster again but has a decent shot at a middle relief job.
Jan 20 - 5:46 PM

Cubs signed RHP Jim Henderson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Henderson had a decent bounce-back season in 2016 with the Mets after missing a year and a half with shoulder issues, posting a 4.11 ERA and 40/14 K/BB ratio over 35 relief innings. The 34-year-old will attempt to win one of the final spots in the Cubs' bullpen.
Jan 20 - 4:55 PM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Friday that he's yet to decide who will be his closer this season.

The A's officially signed Santiago Casilla on Friday, and he'll be in the mix for saves along with Ryan Madson, Sean Doolittle and perhaps others. Madson led the club with 30 saves last season and might have the initial leg up for the role going into 2017, but he would figure to have a short leash in that instance. The A's have a deep bullpen, but it might be a headache-inducing one for fantasy owners as they try to figure out who will get the most chances in the ninth inning.
Jan 20 - 2:35 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Marlins are interested in adding a right-handed hitting first baseman and have discussed Chris Carter and Mark Reynolds, among others.

The Marlins have Justin Bour to start at first base against right-handers, but they'd like to add a bat to platoon with him. It seems likely that Carter will be seeking a full-time job following a 41-homer season, although his market has been very quiet to this point. Reynolds had a nice season in Colorado in 2016 (.282/.356/.450) but would surely be more receptive to a platoon role.
Jan 20 - 2:27 PM

Athletics signed OF Alejandro De Aza to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

De Aza hit only .205/.297/.321 last season with the Mets and will turn 33 just after Opening Day, but he's been plenty useful in a part-time role before. He should have a pretty decent chance to win a bench job with Oakland.
Jan 20 - 1:13 PM

Athletics designated OF Brett Eibner for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Santiago Casilla. Eibner hit only .193/.266/.353 in 208 plate appearances last season for the A's and Royals and turned 28 last month. He could clear waivers.
Jan 20 - 1:09 PM

Athletics signed RHP Santiago Casilla to a two-year, $11 million contract.

The deal, which also includes a possible $3 million more in incentives, was reported earlier this month and is now official. Casilla lost his closer job last season with the Giants but actually had a nice year overall with a 3.57 ERA and a 65/19 K/BB ratio in 58 innings. He should work in a setup role initially but could potentially find his way into some saves.
Jan 20 - 1:06 PM

Orioles designated OF Adam Brett Walker for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the return of Mark Trumbo. Walker has gone from the Twins to the Brewers to the Orioles on waivers this winter and is now back on them again. It's possible he'll be claimed again by another club.
Jan 20 - 11:07 AM

Orioles re-signed DH/1B/OF Mark Trumbo to a three-year, $37.5 million contract.

The deal was reported Thursday and is now official after Trumbo passed his physical. Jim Bowden of ESPN and Sirius XM adds that the contract also includes a limited no-trade clause that allows Trumbo to block a deal to seven teams. Trumbo was reportedly asking for $80 million just last month, but the market for power this winter simply hasn't been nearly as robust as the free agents had hoped. He will be the Orioles' primary designated hitter, although it's possible he could play some right field and first base.
Jan 20 - 11:04 AM

Marcus Stroman said Friday that he will go to an arbitration hearing with the Blue Jays.

There's only a $300,000 gap between what Stroman requested ($3.4 million) and what the Jays offered ($3.1 million), but evidently there's no hope of the two sides working out an agreement prior to a hearing. Stroman, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason as a Super 2 qualifier, held a 4.37 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 166/54 K/BB ratio across 204 innings with Toronto in 2016.
Jan 20 - 10:56 AM



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