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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports said Padres general manager A.J. Preller remains in touch with the Phillies regarding Cole Hamels.

The Padres' interest in Hamels has been known, and Rosenthal says Preller is "clearly not done trying to upgrade" his roster. A Hamels trade would likely include a few of the Padres' remaining top prospects, a price Preller has balked at thus far. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro is on record as saying he thinks Hamels will be in a Phillies uniform this season, so a trade is far from a certainty.
Jan 31 - 11:01 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Brandon Workman will enter spring training as a reliever.

Workman made 15 starts for the Red Sox last season but struggled, going 1-10 with a 5.17 ERA. Perhaps he'll find more success in the bullpen.
Source: WEEI.com
Jan 31 - 6:09 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports the Rays are likely to sign Alexi Casilla to a minor league deal.

Casilla batted .278/.328/.340 with 20 steals in the Orioles' minor league system last year. Topkin believes Casilla could compete for a bench job with the Rays.
Jan 31 - 5:55 PM

Rays signed RHP Ronald Belisario to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Belisario was close to a deal with the Blue Jays Thursday -- to the point that some media outlets were reporting the deal was completed -- before that fell apart. He struggled with the White Sox last season but should have a chance to win a job in a wide open Rays bullpen.
Jan 31 - 5:51 PM

MLB sent a memo to teams telling them to hold off on signing Cuban players until they figure out how to proceed, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) sent an email to Yoan Moncada and other players seeking "specific licenses" from the government to let them know that they are considered unblocked, but obviously that doesn't mean those players are free to sign with a club. Still, now that it's in MLB's court the process should start moving soon. When he's cleared to sign, Moncada will garner a huge signing bonus from some team.
Jan 31 - 4:54 PM

Alex Gordon (wrist) said he's easing into his offseason routine following January surgery on his right wrist.

"We really don’t have a timetable," Gordon said. "We’re just going to see how it feels. Obviously, it’s spring training. So we don’t want to rush anything. If it feels good, we’ll be aggressive with it. But if it’s not feeling good, we’ll take it slow." Gordon can lose the cast on his right wrist on February 9, and he said he expects to miss about a week's worth of spring training games. He remains hopeful that he'll be ready for Opening Day, but it's far from a certainty.
Jan 31 - 4:25 PM

Angels and RHP Garrett Richards avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.2 million contract.

Richards asked for $3.8 million and the Angels offered $2.4 million, so they settled just above the midpoint. Richards is working his way back from left patellar tendon surgery in August, and he's shooting to be ready for the start of the season. After a spectacular 2014 season, hopes are high for the 26-year-old.
Jan 31 - 4:14 PM

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and several top team executives attended a private workout for Cuban infielder Hector Olivera on Saturday.

More than 200 scouts were in attendance for Olivera's private workout in the Dominican Republic last week and several teams have already expressed strong interest. Major League Baseball is still working out the details on the new policy for signing these Cuban free agents, and there have been rumblings that the clearance could come at some point next week.
Jan 31 - 3:51 PM

Matt Harrison (back) continues to progress in his recovery and is now throwing from 90 feet.

He could extend that distance to 105 feet next week and is already working on his mechanics. The 29-year-old southpaw is recovering from spinal fusion surgery last summer and is a major question mark for the Rangers heading into the 2015 season.
Jan 31 - 3:27 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Padres have discussed trading for Brewers shortstop Luis Sardinas.

The Brewers picked up Sardinas as he key piece of the Yovani Gallardo trade from the Rangers in mid-January. Rosenthal notes that there have been no recent discussions between the two clubs though. The Brewers organization appears to be very high on the young infielder, so flipping him elsewhere seems very unlikely.
Jan 31 - 3:22 PM

Orioles signed LHP Mark Hendrickson to a minor league contract.

The deal includes an invitation to spring training for the 40-year-old southpaw. He hasn't appeared in the big leagues since the 2011 season and pitched for the York Revolution in the Independent Atlantic League last season. He'll compete for a spot in the O's bullpen.
Jan 31 - 1:54 PM

Bud Norris indicated Saturday that he and the Orioles have yet to discuss a long-term contract extension.

"I haven’t heard anything of that. I love it here...I don’t see a reason why I’d want to leave, but that’s out of my control" he stated when asked about his desire to remain with the O's after this season. The 29-year-old is coming off his finest season yet, where he compiled a 3.65 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 139/52 K/BB ratio while winning 15 games.
Jan 31 - 1:43 PM

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette admitted Saturday that the team would still like to add another bullpen arm before the season.

The O's are set at the back end with Zach Britton reprising his role as the team's closer and Darren O'Day and Tommy Hunter returning in their setup capacity. While the free agent market for viable relievers is thinning, there are still intriguing low-risk options who could provide depth.
Jan 31 - 11:04 AM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that David Aardsma will throw a bullpen session for interested teams in Tempe on Monday.

Aardsma's agent, Jamie Murphy, stated that his client is "looking to showcase added velocity after a change in mechanics and an extremely intense offseason workout regimen." The former closer has dealt with a wide array of injuries in recent years, appearing in just 44 games since the end of the 2010 season. If healthy, he makes for an intriguing low-risk signing for teams in need of bullpen depth.
Jan 31 - 9:47 AM

Rangers signed LHP Juan Perez to a minor league contract.

The 36-year-old southpaw opted to sit out the 2014 season after he was unable to secure a job in the Blue Jays bullpen during the spring. He'll compete for a spot as a situational left-hander for the Rangers.
Jan 31 - 9:40 AM



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