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Red Sox manager John Farrell said Brandon Workman will enter spring training as a reliever.

Workman made 15 starts for the Red Sox last season but struggled, going 1-10 with a 5.17 ERA. Perhaps he'll find more success in the bullpen.
Source: WEEI.com
Jan 31 - 6:09 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports the Rays are likely to sign Alexi Casilla to a minor league deal.

Casilla batted .278/.328/.340 with 20 steals in the Orioles' minor league system last year. Topkin believes Casilla could compete for a bench job with the Rays.
Jan 31 - 5:55 PM

Rays signed RHP Ronald Belisario to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Belisario was close to a deal with the Blue Jays Thursday -- to the point that some media outlets were reporting the deal was completed -- before that fell apart. He struggled with the White Sox last season but should have a chance to win a job in a wide open Rays bullpen.
Jan 31 - 5:51 PM

Alex Gordon (wrist) said he's easing into his offseason routine following January surgery on his right wrist.

"We really don’t have a timetable," Gordon said. "We’re just going to see how it feels. Obviously, it’s spring training. So we don’t want to rush anything. If it feels good, we’ll be aggressive with it. But if it’s not feeling good, we’ll take it slow." Gordon can lose the cast on his right wrist on February 9, and he said he expects to miss about a week's worth of spring training games. He remains hopeful that he'll be ready for Opening Day, but it's far from a certainty.
Jan 31 - 4:25 PM

Angels and RHP Garrett Richards avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.2 million contract.

Richards asked for $3.8 million and the Angels offered $2.4 million, so they settled just above the midpoint. Richards is working his way back from left patellar tendon surgery in August, and he's shooting to be ready for the start of the season. After a spectacular 2014 season, hopes are high for the 26-year-old.
Jan 31 - 4:14 PM

Matt Harrison (back) continues to progress in his recovery and is now throwing from 90 feet.

He could extend that distance to 105 feet next week and is already working on his mechanics. The 29-year-old southpaw is recovering from spinal fusion surgery last summer and is a major question mark for the Rangers heading into the 2015 season.
Jan 31 - 3:27 PM

Orioles signed LHP Mark Hendrickson to a minor league contract.

The deal includes an invitation to spring training for the 40-year-old southpaw. He hasn't appeared in the big leagues since the 2011 season and pitched for the York Revolution in the Independent Atlantic League last season. He'll compete for a spot in the O's bullpen.
Jan 31 - 1:54 PM

Bud Norris indicated Saturday that he and the Orioles have yet to discuss a long-term contract extension.

"I haven’t heard anything of that. I love it here...I don’t see a reason why I’d want to leave, but that’s out of my control" he stated when asked about his desire to remain with the O's after this season. The 29-year-old is coming off his finest season yet, where he compiled a 3.65 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 139/52 K/BB ratio while winning 15 games.
Jan 31 - 1:43 PM

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette admitted Saturday that the team would still like to add another bullpen arm before the season.

The O's are set at the back end with Zach Britton reprising his role as the team's closer and Darren O'Day and Tommy Hunter returning in their setup capacity. While the free agent market for viable relievers is thinning, there are still intriguing low-risk options who could provide depth.
Jan 31 - 11:04 AM

Rangers signed LHP Juan Perez to a minor league contract.

The 36-year-old southpaw opted to sit out the 2014 season after he was unable to secure a job in the Blue Jays bullpen during the spring. He'll compete for a spot as a situational left-hander for the Rangers.
Jan 31 - 9:40 AM

Rangers signed LHP Juan Perez to a minor league contract.

The 36-year-old southpaw opted to sit out the 2014 season after he was unable to secure a job in the Blue Jays bullpen during the spring. He'll compete for a spot as a situational left-hander for the Rangers.
Jan 31 - 9:39 AM

Royals re-signed Brian Bocock to a minor league contract.

The 29-year-old infielder hasn't appeared in the big leagues since the 2010 campaign. He'll continue to function as organizational depth for the Royals.
Jan 31 - 9:26 AM

Red Sox signed C Luis Martinez to a minor league contract.

The 29-year-old backstop split the 2014 campaign between the Angels and Athletics organizations, slashing .242/.319/.364 with four homers and 25 RBI in 67 games at Triple-A. He's nothing more than organizational catching depth for the Red Sox.
Jan 31 - 9:18 AM

Jonathan Schoop indicated Friday that he's been working hard this offseason to cut his weight in order to be lighter and faster for the upcoming season.

The 23-year-old infielder ended the 2014 campaign at 228 pounds and would like to get that number down around 215-220 prior to spring training. The goal is to add quickness and range on defense while providing more speed on the basepaths. While he hit just .209/.244/.354 last season, he did manage to club 16 homers and is the favorite to start the season as the O's primary second baseman.
Source: MASN Sports
Jan 31 - 8:47 AM

Brandon Finnegan (arm) notes that he's now feeling better after experiencing arm trouble early in the offseason.

The hard-throwing southpaw admitted, "I felt like I tore everything in my arm" when throwing this winter. While that's a shocking a troublesome admission, it's good to hear that he feels better and appears to be over the issue. The 21-year-old appeared in seven games for the Royals in September, allowing just one run (1.29 ERA) while posting a 10/1 K/BB ratio in seven innings.
Jan 30 - 9:29 PM



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