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A source tells FOX Sports' Jon Morosi that the Blue Jays have kept in touch with representatives for free agent Burke Badenhop.

Morosi reported last week that the Jays were among the clubs talking with Badenhop. Another team reported to be interested, the Nationals, recently signed Casey Janssen -- the Jays' former closer -- likely taking them out of the mix. Badenhop had a 2.29 ERA in 70 2/3 innings with the Red Sox last season, and his familiarity with the AL East could be viewed as an asset by the Jays.
Jan 28 - 10:49 PM

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports hears the Blue Jays have been in contact with representatives for free agent Rafael Soriano.

Soriano saved 32 games for the Nationals last season but fell apart late and saw his $14 million option for 2015 declined in October. He hasn't generated much interest on the open market, but the Jays, in need of a late-inning option, could prove to be a good match. The 35-year-old's price tag should continue to go down as spring training nears.
Jan 28 - 10:44 PM

The Blue Jays have been in contact with the representatives for Francisco Rodriguez, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.

Casey Janssen signed with the Nationals in free agency, guaranteeing that the Jays will need to look elsewhere to find saves next year. Morosi said the club is also talking to reps for Rafael Soriano and Burke Badenhop, so they're keeping their options open. The Brewers are another team that has been linked to K-Rod in recent days.
Jan 28 - 10:42 PM

Marlins designated RHP Arquimedes Caminero for assignment.

Caminero tossed a few innings for the big club last year but spent the majority of the time at Triple-A, registering a 4.86 ERA in 63 innings of work. He was designated for assignment to make room for Ichiro Suzuki on the 40-man roster.
Jan 28 - 8:20 PM

Giants released 2B Marco Scutaro.

Scutaro was designated for assignment on January 21 to make room for Norichika Aoki. The 39-year-old is due $6.67 million this year, a number the Giants were obviously more comfortable eating than keeping him on the 40-man roster. His career may very well be over.
Jan 28 - 8:15 PM

Mets and RHP Jenrry Mejia avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.595 million contract.

Mejia had asked for $3 million and the Mets had offered $2.1 million when the sides exchanged figures, so Mejia appears to be the winner in the deal. Mejia posted a 3.65 ERA with 98 strikeouts in 93 2/3 innings this past season, registering 28 saves while filling in for Bobby Parnell. Parnell should be back early in the season, so Mejia will likely return to a setup role.
Jan 28 - 7:34 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish hears free agent Todd Coffey is drawing interest from 5-6 teams and could sign soon.

After missing the entire 2013 season due to Tommy John surgery, Coffey put up an impressive 1.93 ERA in 37 1/3 innings with the Mariners' Triple-A team last season. The 34-year-old may be hard-pressed to find a major league deal, but he could pitch his way into a team's bullpen this spring.
Jan 28 - 7:02 PM

Angels and 3B David Freese avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.425 million contract.

Freese asked for $7.6 million and was offered $5.25 million from the Angels when arbitration figures were exchanged on January 16. The two sides found the midpoint. Freese batted just .260/.321/.383 in 2014 for Anaheim, but he'll open the 2015 season as the club's starting third baseman. He can become a free agent next fall.
Jan 28 - 5:04 PM

Braves designated OF Jose Constanza for assignment.

Constanza lost his 40-man roster spot Wednesday to Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano, whose four-year, $6 million contract with the Braves is now official. Constanza, 31, is a .273/.316/.323 hitter in 112 career games at the major league level. He'll probably clear waivers.
Jan 28 - 4:25 PM

White Sox designated OF Dayan Viciedo for assignment.

The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Gordon Beckham on the 40-man roster. The White Sox and Viciedo recently avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.4 million contract, but he became the odd man out on the roster after Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche were brought into the fold over the winter. Viciedo batted just .231 with a .686 OPS last season, but he should draw some interest with his pop from the right side of the plate.
Jan 28 - 2:24 PM

White Sox signed INF Gordon Beckham to a one-year, $2 million contract.

Beckham failed to live up to expectations before his first stint with the White Sox came to an end last August, but now he's back. We're not expecting much from a fantasy perspective, but the 28-year-old gives the White Sox as a platoon option against lefties, either at second base or third. GM Rick Hahn now has a handful of options at both positions and we might not know until later on in spring training how it will shake out, especially with Carlos Sanchez and Micah Johnson.
Jan 28 - 2:23 PM

Casey Janssen will make a $3.5 million salary with the Nationals this season.

It was reported that Janssen will be guaranteed $5 million in the deal, but the additional $1.5 million is part of a mutual option for 2016. The 33-year-old is expected to function as a set-up man for Washington and provides insurance for closer Drew Storen.
Jan 28 - 2:21 PM

Pirates signed OF/C Wilkin Castillo to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Castillo hasn't appeared in the majors since 2009 as a member of the Reds and spent last year in the Mexican League. The 30-year-old will serve as organizational depth.
Jan 28 - 2:12 PM

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel gets the impression that the Brewers would like to pull off a trade with the Phillies for closer Jonathan Papelbon.

As Haudricourt notes, the situation is complicated, as Papelbon is owed $13 million in 2015 and carries a $13 million vesting option for 2016 should he finish 48 games. He has a no-trade clause, so he may ask for the option to be fully guaranteed in order to accept a deal. If the Brewers are unable to work out a deal for Papelbon, they could still look to Francisco Rodriguez as a fallback.
Jan 28 - 1:49 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that a reunion is possible between the White Sox and Gordon Beckham.

The White Sox traded Beckham to the Angels in August, but he was non-tendered in December and is still out there in free agency. Cotillo hears that Chicago might be emerging as the "most likely destination" for him. Beckham hit just .226/.271/.348 with nine homers over 127 games last season and would likely have to accept a diminished role in his return.
Jan 28 - 1:40 PM



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