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Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that 5+ teams are in on Joe Thatcher.

Cotillo adds that while there's plenty of interest, "no signing is imminent." Thatcher is coming off a fine season, having put up a 3.86 ERA and 27/4 K/BB ratio across 30 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old is likely to require only a one-year contract.
Jan 30 - 5:59 PM

Peter Moylan (elbow) said Friday that he's doing "fantastic" in his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

"I’m doing fantastic, mate. Dropped 35 pounds." said Moylan. "My goal is to be 100 percent by end of spring. Ball is coming out great, though. Probably have to throw for some teams right around the start of spring to gauge interest, but there have already been some nibbles, which is encouraging." Moylan said he's still mulling whether to sign a deal soon or wait to sign until after the season gets underway. His career ERA is 2.80, but Moylan is 36 and returning from a second Tommy John surgery, so he's far from a safe bet.
Jan 30 - 5:44 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that Phil Coke is "in talks with multiple teams."

Coke, 32, has posted a 4.48 ERA over the past two seasons but that apparently hasn't stopped clubs from being interested. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported last week that the reliever has lost 15 pounds this offseason, so he's at least putting in the conditioning effort as he aims to bounce back in 2015.
Jan 30 - 5:12 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that the market on Joe Beimel is "thawing."

He adds that three teams are currently interested in the lefty, "with more likely to jump in." The Mariners are known to be interest in bringing Beimel back, but it sounds like they could face some competition. Beimel held a 2.20 ERA in 45 innings for Seattle last season.
Jan 30 - 5:07 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox "have expressed a willingness" to trade Edward Mujica.

It's not terribly surprising, as Mujica was decent but not great last season (3.90 ERA, 43/14 K/BB ratio over 60 innings) and is owed $4.75 million in 2015. The Red Sox have also added a couple bullpen arms in recent days in Robbie Ross and Alexi Ogando. Boston might have to eat a little money in order to move Mujica.
Jan 30 - 4:00 PM

Rockies designated LHP Jayson Aquino for assignment.

They needed to clear room on the 40-man roster following a trade with the Braves. Aquino, 22, has struggled while moving up the organizational ladder, posting a 5.13 ERA in 18 starts between High- and Double-A in 2014. He seems likely to clear waivers.
Jan 30 - 3:55 PM

Orioles and 1B/OF Steve Pearce avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.7 million contract.

It's the exact midpoint between arbitration figures exchanged earlier this month. Pearce is slated to be Baltimore's regular designated hitter in 2015 after last year's surprising showing.
Jan 30 - 3:52 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox are in agreement with Alexi Ogando on a one-year contract.

The deal is pending a physical, and Ogando can't be considered a sure thing to pass it given his elbow and shoulder issues in recent seasons. It's worth $1.5 million plus another $1.5 million available in incentives. The health concerns are why the Rangers decided to non-tender him next month, but it's not a surprise that there was interest given his career 3.35 ERA. Ogando has both started and relieved but would likely do the latter in Boston.
Jan 30 - 3:50 PM

Braves acquired Cs Chris O'Dowd and Jose Briceno from the Rockies in exchange for RHPs David Hale and Gus Schlosser.

O'Dowd is a career .260/.327/.362 hitter in the minors and has displayed very little power. As a 24-year-old with barely any experience above A-ball, he's not really a prospect.
Jan 30 - 3:47 PM

Braves acquired Cs Jose Briceno and Chris O’Dowd from the Rockies in exchange for RHPs David Hale and Gus Schlosser.

Briceno, 22, wasn't listed by Baseball America as one of the Rockies' top-10 prospects, but he sports a solid .280/.342/.433 batting line in his minor league career and has double-digit homers in back-to-back seasons. The Venezuelan native seems likely to begin 2015 at High-A.
Jan 30 - 3:44 PM

Rockies acquired RHPs Gus Schlosser and David Hale from the Braves in exchange for Cs Jose Briceno and Chris O’Dowd.

Gus Schlosser was non-tendered by the Braves last month before being re-signed. The 26-year-old held a 7.64 ERA in 15 relief appearances for Atlanta last season, but he boasts a career 3.11 ERA in the minors. While he pitched mostly as a starter on the farm, Schlosser seems likelier to be a potential bullpen fit for the Rockies.
Jan 30 - 3:41 PM

Rockies acquired RHPs David Hale and Gus Schlosser from the Braves in exchange for Cs Jose Briceno and Chris O’Dowd.

Hale, 27, has posted a 3.02 ERA but has struck out just 58 over 98 1/3 innings the last two seasons with the Braves. He'll be going from a pretty pitcher-friendly park to an extremely hitter-friendly one, but his groundball tendencies should help at least. Hale should compete for a spot in the Rockies' rotation.
Jan 30 - 3:38 PM

Pirates re-signed RHP Josh Wall to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Wall was removed from the Pirates' 40-man roster in the second half of last season and became a minor league free agent, but he's opted to return. The 28-year-old held a 3.25 ERA with over a strikeout per inning at Triple-A last season but was roughed up in his two appearances in the majors.
Jan 30 - 2:54 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said this week that Victor Martinez could catch some early on in the season if Miguel Cabrera (ankle) is ready by Opening Day.

The Tigers play the Pirates on April 13-15 in Pittsburgh, meaning the designated hitter won't be available to use. "If Miggy's available, then Victor would be an option at catcher," Ausmus said. If Cabrera's recovery drags into the regular season, V-Mart would be used at first base. Obviously it could potentially be big news for Martinez's fantasy value if you're in a league that only requires only a minimal amount of playing time at a position to gain eligibility.
Jan 30 - 2:48 PM

Eli Whiteside has retired from baseball.

Whiteside, 35, signed a minor league deal with the Braves earlier this offseason, but he's changed his mind and decided to take a coaching position in the Giants' organization instead. The defense-first catcher batted .210/.265/.327 across parts of six seasons for the Orioles, Giants and Cubs.
Jan 30 - 2:44 PM



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