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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Nationals have signed reliever Casey Janssen to a one-year, $5 million contract.

The deal includes a mutual option for 2016. Janssen should at least be a candidate for the set-up role following the Tyler Clippard trade, but he could find himself in the mix for saves if Drew Storen stumbles. The 33-year-old posted a 3.94 ERA and 28/7 K/BB ratio over 45 1/3 innings last season while going 25-for-30 in save chances.
Jan 28 - 10:45 AM

Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that the Mets aren't close to trading Dillon Gee.

The Mets have shopped Gee for most of the offseason and a deal has appeared close at times, but they have been unable to find a match yet. Still, things could change with spring training rapidly approaching. The Rockies, Padres, Royals, and Twins are among the teams who have been linked to him this winter.
Jan 28 - 9:28 AM

Matt Albers (shoulder) will have a showcase for teams on February 10 in Houston.

Albers was limited to eight appearances in 2014 due to shoulder problems, so he wants to prove his health. The 32-year-old capable of being a useful middle reliever, so someone will likely take a chance on him assuming he's feeling good. Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN notes that the Twins are open to adding another bullpen arm.
Jan 28 - 9:24 AM

Marlins signed OF Ichiro Suzuki to a one-year contract.

The deal is expected to be for around $2 million. Suzuki batted .284/.324/.340 with one homer and 15 steals last season for the Yankees and is 156 hits away from 3,000 for his major league career. Ichiro is 41 and has faded in recent years, but on a modest one-year deal as a fourth outfielder he's worth a shot.
Jan 27 - 10:12 PM

Matt Moore (elbow) threw off a mound Tuesday for the first time since having Tommy John surgery.

The session went off without a hitch. Moore went under the knife last April and the Rays plan to bring him along cautiously, not expecting him to rejoin the rotation until June. He's a risky fantasy investment for 2015.
Jan 27 - 9:23 PM

Orioles designated C Michael Ohlman for assignment.

They needed to make room for the addition of Travis Snider, and Ohlman was expendable since the O's are loaded with catchers on their 40-man roster. The 24-year-old hit .236/.310/.318 with two homers at Double-A last season.
Jan 27 - 8:51 PM

Pirates acquired LHP Stephen Tarpley and a player to be named later from the Orioles in exchange for OF Travis Snider.

A third-round pick in 2013, Tarpley has posted a 3.31 ERA and 85/27 K/BB ratio over 87 so far in his pro career, though he's yet to play for a full-season club. Slated to turn 22 next month, the southpaw was not ranked by Baseball America among the team's top 10 prospects, but he came in at No. 9 for Baseball Prospectus.
Jan 27 - 8:50 PM

Orioles acquired OF Travis Snider from the Pirates in exchange for LHP Stephen Tarpley and a player to be named later.

The Orioles have been searching for a left-handed bat all offseason and have finally landed one. A former top prospect, Snider has largely been a disappointment to this point, but he'll turn just 27 next week and had a big second half last season, batting .288/.356/.524 with nine homers. He could be a good fit at Camden Yards, a park that caters well to left-handed power.
Jan 27 - 8:46 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the trade sending Travis Snider to the Orioles is "believed to be done."

The Pirates are expected to receive left-handed pitching prospect Stephen Tarpley and a player to be named later in return. Tarpley, who will turn 22 next month, holds a 3.31 ERA while striking out a batter per inning in his first 87 innings in the lower minors. He is not among the Orioles' top 10 prospects as listed by Baseball America. Snider will make $2.1 million in 2015 and is arbitration-eligible for a final time in 2016.
Jan 27 - 8:25 PM

MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports that the Angels would be open to discussing an extension with Chris Iannetta.

However, those talks likely wouldn't take place until after Opening Day. Iannetta will make $5.53 million in 2015 and is currently slated to hit free agency next winter. The 31-year-old backstop has batted .238/.357/.386 with 27 homers over the last three seasons for the Angels.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Jan 27 - 8:13 PM

MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports that the Angels plan to discuss a contract extension with Huston Street during spring training.

They've already broached the subject with Street himself, but it sounds like they'll really get into it once camp opens. Street is currently slated for free agency next winter after making $7 million in 2015, but the Angels would like to tack on at least one more year. The 31-year-old recorded a career-high 41 saves in 2014 and boasts a 1.98 ERA over the last three seasons.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Jan 27 - 8:06 PM

Dodgers signed LHP Jeremy Horst to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Horst, 29, spent all of last season at Triple-A with the Phillies, posting a 3.98 ERA with 57 strikeouts over 63 1/3 frames. He struggled in the majors with Philly in 2013 but overall boasts a 3.34 ERA while striking out nearly a batter per innings across his 72 major league relief appearances. He's a nice depth add at the very least.
Jan 27 - 7:40 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Marlins are expected to finalize their one-year, $2 million contract with Ichiro Suzuki in the next couple days.

Ichiro still needs to take a physical before the deal becomes official. The veteran outfielder batted .284/.324/.340 with one homer and 15 steals last season for the Yankees. He'll be the Marlins' fourth outfielder.
Jan 27 - 7:30 PM

Rangers acquired RHP Anthony Ranaudo from the Red Sox in exchange for LHP Robbie Ross.

A former sandwich round pick, Ranaudo has posted a sub-3.00 ERA in the minors each of the last two seasons but struggled mightily with a 4.81 ERA and 15/16 K/BB ratio over 39 1/3 innings in the majors. He has big velocity, but the righty has command issues and might be destined for the bullpen over the long haul. For now, the Rangers could give him a shot to compete for a rotation spot.
Jan 27 - 6:40 PM

Red Sox acquired LHP Robbie Ross from the Rangers in exchange for RHP Anthony Ranaudo.

Ross put up a 2.62 ERA as a reliever for the Rangers from 2012-13 before struggling when tried in the rotation last season. The Red Sox have enough starting depth and need left-handed relief help, so Ross is bound for the bullpen. Ranaudo is a former sandwich round pick who has been terrific in the minors the last two years but struggled with the big club. He could be given a chance to compete for a rotation spot but might be ticketed for Triple-A.
Jan 27 - 6:36 PM



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