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Starlin Castro has been cleared of any involvement in a shooting in the Dominican Republic.

Six people were injured in the shooting, which took place early Saturday morning at a nightclub. While early reports indicated that Castro was arrested or detained, his agent, Paul Kinzer, said that he went to the police station voluntarily and video proved his innocence. Dominican police rep Jacobo Mateo Moquete later announced that Castro was free after being cleared of any wrongdoing.
Dec 27 - 9:50 PM

A source tells CSNPhilly.com that the Phillies have signed Wandy Rodriguez to a minor league contract.

The deal is pending a physical, per the report. Multiple reports late Friday said the two sides were close to a deal, so it's not surprising that they got the details worked out. Rodriguez, 35, had a disastrous 6.75 ERA and 1.69 WHIP in 26 2/3 innings with the Pirates this past season, but he's been a decent pitcher when healthy.
Dec 27 - 7:24 PM

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times hears the Dodgers are expected to announce their signing of Brett Anderson on Monday.

The one-year, $10 million deal was reported nearly two weeks ago, but the team waited to announce the deal until Anderson passed a physical and they were able to consult with medical specialists. The 26-year-old makes for a nice one-year gamble, as he's been good when healthy. Anderson had a 2.91 ERA over eight starts with the Rockies this past season.
Dec 27 - 4:57 PM

The Dodgers are close to signing RHP Chin-Hui Tsao, according to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.

Tsao last pitched in the majors in 2007, and he's been out of baseball entirely since being expelled from the Taiwanese league on game-fixing charges in 2009. Tsao, 33, has a 5.40 ERA in 88 1/3 innings in MLB for his career. The right-hander was previously a member of the Dodgers before leaving the majors.
Dec 27 - 4:37 PM

Steve Johnson (shoulder) has been cleared to begin playing catch.

Johnson underwent surgery near the end of the season to have gone spurs removed after fighting through shoulder injuries the majority of the season. He should be ready to go for spring training.
Dec 27 - 2:59 PM

Twins signed RHP Brayan Villarreal to a minor league contract.

The 27-year-old struggled through an injury-plagued 2014 season, posting a 3.86 ERA and 1.43 WHIP over just 14 innings between the Red Sox Rookie League squad and Triple-A Pawtucket. He should have a chance to compete for a bullpen job with the Twins this spring.
Dec 27 - 10:26 AM

Marlins signed LHP Patrick Urckfitz to a minor league contract.

The deal includes an invitation to spring training. The 26-year-old left-hander had spent the first seven seasons of his professional career in the Astros organization. He had a nice season in 2014, registering a 2.68 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 42/20 K/BB ratio across 53 2/3 innings between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Dec 27 - 9:54 AM

Reds signed C Kyle Skipworth to a minor league contract.

The 24-year-old backstop spent most of the 2014 campaign at Triple-A New Orleans where he slashed an unimpressive .216/.292/.407 with 10 homers and 30 RBI in 70 games. He's nothing more than organizational catching depth for the Reds.
Dec 27 - 9:48 AM

Giants signed LHP Braulio Lara to a minor league contract.

The 26-year-old southpaw comes over from the Rays organization where he spent the first seven years of his minor league career. He struggled in 2014, posting a 5.77 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and 57/31 K/BB ratio over 57 2/3 innings between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham.
Dec 27 - 9:35 AM

Orioles signed RHP Kenn Kasparek to a minor league contract.

The 29-year-old hurler has a solid season in 2014 where he compiled a 2.55 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 42/8 K/BB ratio over 49 1/3 innings between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis for the Pirates. He'll provide organizational bullpen depth for the O's and stands a decent chance of making his big league debut at some point during the 2015 season.
Dec 27 - 9:32 AM

Brewers signed OF Ben Guez to a minor league contract.

The 27-year-old outfielder has spent his entire seven-year minor league career to date in the Tigers organization. He spent the 2014 season at Triple-A Toledo where he slashed .230/.320/.423 with 16 homers and 50 RBI in 119 games. He'll function as organizational depth for the Brewers.
Dec 27 - 9:25 AM

Orioles signed LHP Frank Gailey to a minor league contract.

The 29-year-old southpaw spent the 2014 season in the Athletics organization where he posted a 3.46 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 44/21 K/BB ratio over 52 innings at Double-A Midland. He'll add to the organizational bullpen depth for the O's.
Dec 27 - 9:21 AM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press believes that Tyler Collins will claim one of the final bench spots on the Tigers' Opening Day roster.

The Tigers have been in the market for a left-handed power bat for their bench, and the best option may already be in-house with Collins. The 24-year-old outfielder hit .263/.335/.423 with 18 homers and 62 RBI in 121 contests at Triple-A Toledo in 2014.
Dec 26 - 10:12 PM

According to multiple reports, the Phillies are nearing a minor league deal with free agent left-hander Wandy Rodriguez.

The 35-year-old was an abomination for the Pirates in 2014, posting a 6.75 ERA and 1.69 WHIP over 26 2/3 innings while battling arthritis in his pitching elbow. It would make for a nice low-risk signing for the Phillies, though Rodriguez shouldn't be counted on for much.
Dec 26 - 7:37 PM

Dionisio Soldevila of ESPNDeportes.com reports that Rafael Furcal will miss the Dominican Winter League playoffs after tearing his hamstring.

It's not clear which hamstring he tore, but it's obviously bad news for Furcal after he missed nearly all of the 2014 season with left hamstring issues. A timetable for his rehab isn't known at this time, but it would now seem unlikely that Furcal is able to land a contract before spring training. The 37-year-old infielder has played just nine games over the last two seasons due to injury.
Dec 26 - 5:50 PM



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