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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. 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

Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said Tuesday that Garrett Richards (knee) is currently running on 75 percent of his body weight.

He expects the right-hander to be running at 100 percent next week and then progresses to throwing off a mound. Richards, who is working his way back from left patellar tendon surgery, has been long-tossing from 125-150 feet. The Angels hope he'll be ready by Opening Day.
Jan 27 - 6:25 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada is close to being granted free agency after it's been determined he no longer needs a specific unblocking license.

One source told Passan that Moncada could gain free agency in as little as two weeks. Passan also adds that the Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers are considered the favorites to sign the Cuban, with the Cubs also a possibility (though they'd have to wait until July 2 to sign him). According to the report, Moncada’s signing bonus "should exceed $30 million and could go much higher." The club that signs him will also have to pay a lot in penalties for going over the international spending limit.
Source: Yahoo Sports
Jan 27 - 6:20 PM

According to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki, the Brewers and Blue Jays are both still interested in Jonathan Papelbon.

The Brewers and Phillies have been talking for weeks, but recent reports have suggested that the momentum toward an actual swap has died. The Jays' interest seems a little fresher. Papelbon is owed $13 million in 2015 and carries a $13 million vesting option for 2016 should he finish 48 games. The veteran reliever has a no-trade clause and may ask Milwaukee or Toronto to make that option guaranteed if a deal gets close.
Source: MLBlogs
Jan 27 - 5:59 PM

According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles and Pirates "are closing in on the framework" of a trade involving outfielder Travis Snider.

Connolly says the O's would give up one or two minor leaguers who aren't currently on the 40-man roster if this deal can be completed. Snider had a very good second half for the Pirates in 2014, but the 26-year-old is behind star prospect Gregory Polanco on the depth chart in right field. He'd be a pretty nice fit for the Orioles, who've missed out on all the decent free agent outfielders. Pittsburgh avoided arbitration with Snider on January 16 with a one-year, $2.1 million deal. He's under control through 2016.
Jan 27 - 5:31 PM

Garrett Richards' arbitration hearing is set for February 11.

Both sides will hope to avoid actually going to that hearing, but this is a somewhat complicated case. Richards had a sensational 2014 regular season, but he needed major knee surgery in late August after tearing his left patellar tendon. The 26-year-old right-hander asked for a salary of $3.8 million and the Angels offered $2.4 million when arbitration figures were exchanged on January 16.
Jan 27 - 5:21 PM

Giants and SS Brandon Crawford avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.175 million contract.

Crawford requested $3.95 million from the Giants and was offered $2.4 million when arbitration figures were exchanged on January 16. The two sides agreed at the midpoint. Crawford, 27, was eligible for salary arbitration for the first time in his career.
Jan 27 - 4:30 PM

Kyle Simon has been suspended 50 games following a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

Simon was traded from the Orioles to the Phillies in the Jim Thome trade back in June 2012 and then selected by the Rockies on the minor league side of this winter's Rule 5 Draft. Colorado has since released him. The 24-year-old right-hander posted a pedestrian 3.93 ERA, 1.295 WHIP, and 41/21 K/BB ratio in 75 2/3 innings last season between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Jan 27 - 4:18 PM

Chad James has been suspended 50 games for amphetamines.

James was the 18th overall pick in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft, but he's not really a prospect anymore at age 24. The left-hander had an underwhelming 1.36 WHIP and 35/22 K/BB ratio in 42 2/3 innings last season for the Rangers' High-A Myrtle Beach affiliate.
Jan 27 - 4:15 PM

Robert Carson has been suspended 50 games after a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

Carson spent the majority of the 2014 season in the Dodgers' minor league system and re-signed with them on a minor league deal in October. The 26-year-old left-hander owns a 6.82 ERA in 33 major league innings.
Jan 27 - 4:06 PM

Yankees signed C Eddy Rodriguez to a minor league contract.

He'll presumably receive an invite to major league spring training. Rodriguez had a brief stint with the Padres in 2012, but he's basically a career minor leaguer. The 29-year-old figures to serve as a backup catcher in Triple-A.
Jan 27 - 3:49 PM

Angels signed RHP Zach Stewart to a minor league contract.

The deal doesn't include an invite to major league spring training. Stewart, 28, owns a 6.82 ERA in the majors and posted a 4.58 ERA in 14 starts and six relief appearances with the Braves' Triple-A affiliate last year. He'll provide some starting depth.
Jan 27 - 3:29 PM

Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said Tuesday that Roberto Baldoquin will not be in major league camp this spring.

When Baldoquin signed with the Angels for $8 million in December, the expectation was that he would be in big league camp, but he's not expected to make the Opening Day roster and Dipoto believes it's best for his development if he simply stays on the minor league side. "At age 20 and being removed from competitive play for so long, we wanted to make sure Roberto got as much attention as possible," said Dipoto. "He’ll take it slow. We’re in no rush. We’re not looking to accelerate his development and faster than it's going to go." Baldoquin is expected to begin the season at Class-A Inland Empire before hopefully advancing to Double-A Arkansas. The Angels view him as their eventual replacement for Erick Aybar at shortstop.
Jan 27 - 3:23 PM

Rockies general Jeff Bridich told FOX Sports' Jon Morosi on Tuesday that it's "highly, highly unlikely" either Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez will be dealt before Opening Day.

There's been some debate about whether the Rockies actually want to move them at all, but Tulowitzki is coming off hip surgery and Gonzalez is working his way back from knee surgery, so teams likely want to see how they look in the spring and/or the early part of the season before seriously thinking about the possibility. Tulo is owed $114 million over the next six seasons while CarGo is owed $53 million over the next three seasons.
Jan 27 - 2:48 PM



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