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Indians acquired RHP Charles Brewer from the Indians for cash considerations.

The Diamondbacks had designated Brewer for assignment on Thursday. The right-hander had a cup of coffee with the club in 2013, but he spent all of this past season in the minors. The 26-year-old will be pitching depth for the Indians.
Nov 22 - 11:59 PM

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports the Astros have contacted the agent for David Robertson to express their interest in the free agent closer.

MLB.com's Brian McTaggart previously reported the Astros were aggressively seeking a top closer, so it makes sense that they would be interested in Robertson. The 29-year-old is said to be looking for a contract along the lines of what Jonathan Papelbon got from the Phillies, so if the Astros are willing to pony up the two could be a match. A return to the Yankees is also a strong possibility, and as many as a half-dozen teams have reached out to express their interest in the right-hander.
Nov 22 - 11:39 PM

Dodgers designated LHP Jarret Martin for assignment.

Martin was designated for assignment to make room for Mike Bolsinger on the 40-man roster. The 25-year-old had a 3.29 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 54 2/3 innings with Double-A Chattanooga this past season.
Nov 22 - 8:31 PM

Dodgers acquired RHP Mike Bolsinger from the Diamondbacks for cash considerations.

The D'backs had previously designated Bolsinger for assignment. In Bolsinger, the Dodgers are getting a 26-year-old right-hander who had a 5.50 ERA in 52 1/3 innings this past season. Bolsinger may start or pitch in relief for the Dodgers.
Nov 22 - 8:28 PM

The Twins are set to name Neil Allen as their new pitching coach, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

Allen spent the past four seasons as the pitching coach at Triple-A Durham in the Rays' system, helping bring along a number of talented arms. Allen has no major league coaching experience. The 56-year-old spent 11 seasons in the majors as a pitcher with the Mets, Cardinals, Yankees, White Sox and Indians.
Nov 22 - 7:01 PM

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports the Orioles and free agent Rey Navarro have reached an agreement on a major league deal, pending a physical.

Kubatko reported the two sides were close on Friday, noting that the O's were looking to stockpile strong defensive shortstops. In Navarro, they get a 24-year-old who hit .282/.343/.435 in the Reds' minor league system this past season. Navarro is regarded as a plus defensive shortstop and should have a good shot at earning a bench job in spring.
Nov 22 - 6:34 PM

Reds signed RHP Jose Cisnero to a minor league contract.

Cisnero was outrighted off the Astros' 40-man roster earlier this month. Cisnero, 25, had Tommy John surgery in May, so he won't be ready by the time spring rolls around.
Nov 22 - 5:44 PM

The Giants are "expected to make a serious bid on Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas" if Pablo Sandoval signs elsewhere, according to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.

With the Padres reportedly having made the biggest offer to Sandoval and the Red Sox believed to be his preference at the moment, things don't look promising for a Sandoval return to San Francisco. In that event, Shea said the club will turns its focus to the 24-year-old Tomas. They wouldn't be the only team interested, either -- Tomas has suitors in the Padres, Braves and Phillies, among others.
Nov 22 - 5:24 PM

John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle hears the Padres' offer to Pablo Sandoval is the highest the free agent has received thus far.

The Padres were believed to have made the offer Friday. Shea also said he believes that despite the large offer, Sandoval is still leaning toward signing with the Red Sox. The Giants have been asked to make their best offer to the third baseman recently as well, suggesting things may be moving toward a conclusion. Multiple sources say a decision is expected within the next week.
Nov 22 - 5:20 PM

Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Blue Jays are no longer believed to be in the mix for free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval.

While the Jays had initial interest, there has been no communication between them and Sandoval's agent in the past 48 hours. The Red Sox, Giants and Padres are believed to have offers on the table to the hulking third baseman, with a five-year, $95 million deal from the Red Sox reportedly the leader in the clubhouse at the moment. A resolution to this situation is expected in the coming days, but it looks like the Jays won't be the winner in this sweepstakes.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Nov 22 - 3:00 PM

Giants signed INF Carlos Triunfel to a minor league contract.

The slick-fielding 24-year-old owns a horrifying .160/.188/.235 slash line over 81 career at-bats in the big leagues. He'll look to compete for a reserve infielder role with the Giants.
Nov 22 - 2:37 PM

Phillies signed INF Chris Nelson to a minor league contract.

The 29-year-old utility man appeared in 27 games for the Padres during the 2014 season, slashing .233/.296/.274 with seven RBI in 73 at-bats. His versatility should allow him to compete for a reserve role with the Phillies.
Nov 22 - 2:25 PM

Rockies signed RHP Jose Ortega to a minor league contract.

The 26-year-old hurler was bombed in his only appearance with the Tigers during the 2014 season, but posted a somewhat respectable 3.57 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 48/36 K/BB ratio over 58 frames at Triple-A Toledo. He'll provide bullpen depth in the minors for the Rockies.
Nov 22 - 1:38 PM

Rockies signed RHP Justin Miller to a minor league contract.

The 27-year-old hurler cracked the big leagues for the first time in 2014, posting a 5.11 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 5/2 K/BB ratio over 12 1/3 innings with the Tigers. He'll function as organizational bullpen depth in Colorado.
Nov 22 - 1:36 PM

Rockies signed RHP Brett Marshall to a minor league contract.

The 24-year-old right-hander was abysmal at Triple-A Louisville during the 2014 season, posting a 1-10 record, 6.53 ERA, 1.82 WHIP and 59/51 K/BB ratio over 70 1/3 innings. He's nothing more than organizational depth at this point.
Nov 22 - 1:34 PM



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