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Diamondbacks avoided arbitration with INF Cliff Pennington by agreeing to a one-year, $3.275 million contract.

The veteran infielder slashed .254/.340/.350 with a pair of homers and 10 RBI in 68 contests with the Diamondbacks in 2014. He'll reprise his utility role in 2014, serving as a fill-in option at shortstop, second base and third base.
Dec 28 - 11:04 PM

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Tigers have not had any discussions with David Price this offseason regarding a long-term contract extension.

The 29-year-old southpaw is set to hit free agency after the 2015 season, and the Tigers would certainly prefer to keep him around if possible. They may be waiting to see how the market for Max Scherzer plays out before opening discussions on a long-term deal with Price.
Dec 28 - 10:32 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has indicated that Jason Heyward is likely to start off next season hitting second in the batting order.

"I can see Jason as a ‘2’ or ‘3’ guy," said Matheny. "And I really like him in the ‘2’ hole." General manager John Mozeliak said last month that the team was toying with the idea of moving Matt Carpenter down in the order, but it appears at this point Matheny is leaning towards keeping the third baseman in the leadoff spot directly ahead of Heyward. The former Braves spent 94 of his 148 starts last season in the leadoff spot.
Dec 28 - 2:31 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Dan Uggla played through an undetected concussion last season.

It's not clear when Uggla suffered the concussion, but Cafardo says the condition "was confirmed by doctors this offseason." While it's hard to entirely blame Uggla's hideous .149/.229/.213 batting line in 2014 on the concussion issue, it's certainly something worth noting. Uggla inked a minor league deal with the Nationals on Friday and could get a chance to compete for their second base job.
Source: Boston Globe
Dec 28 - 11:33 AM

Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports that Japanese infielder Takashi Toritani is "mulling offers" from the Blue Jays and Padres.

A Scott Boras client, Toritani could potentially start at his familiar position of shortstop with the Padres, while the Blue Jays would ask him to move to second base. Toritani, 33, batted .313/.406/.415 with eight home runs and 10 stolen bases in 144 games with the Hanshin Tigers of Nippon Professional Baseball in 2014. He's a free agent, so it will not require a posting fee to sign him. However, it's not a given that he'll come to the states, as Toritani could ultimately decide to re-sign with Hanshin. The infielder is expected to require only a 1-2 year contract and will make a decision sometime next month.
Source: Toronto Star
Dec 28 - 9:33 AM

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



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