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Tigers signed C Hector Sanchez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

A career .238/.273/.367 hitter over parts of seven major league seasons, Sanchez spent all of 2018 at Triple-A in the Giants organization. The veteran catcher will compete for the backup job behind Grayson Greiner.
Jan 21 - 7:53 PM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Tigers will invite pitching prospect Casey Mize to spring training.

The No. 1 overall pick in last year's Draft, Mize posted a 3.95 ERA and 14/3 K/BB ratio over 13 2/3 innings between the Gulf Coast League and High-A in his first taste of pro ball. He'll turn 22 in May and should move quickly, although Mize doesn't figure to reach the majors until 2020 at the earliest.
Jan 21 - 6:37 PM

Yankees signed RHP Danny Farquhar to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage from a ruptured aneurysm last April when he was with the White Sox, which knocked him out for the rest of the season. He's recovered well, though, and will try to return to the majors at some point with the Yankees.
Jan 21 - 5:45 PM

Mariners designated INF/RHP Kaleb Cowart for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Shed Long. Cowart was claimed off waivers from the Angels last month and the M's had planned to try him as a reliever in addition to infielder. We'll see if he passes through waivers this time.
Jan 21 - 5:28 PM

Yankees acquired OF Josh Stowers from the Mariners for 2B Shed Long.

The Yanks picked up Long from the Reds in the Sonny Gray deal but will flip him for Stowers, who was a second-round pick in last year's Draft. The 21-year-old batted .260/.380/.410 with five homers and 20 steals over 58 games in Short-Season ball in 2018. He was ranked by as the Mariners' No. 10 prospect.
Jan 21 - 5:26 PM

Mariners acquired 2B Shed Long from the Yankees for OF Josh Stowers.

Long came from the Reds in the Sonny Gray deal but has been flipped to Seattle. The 23-year-old batted .261/.353/.412 with 12 homers and 19 steals at the Double-A level in 2018. He's already on the 40-man roster and could debut at some point in 2019.
Jan 21 - 5:23 PM

Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Monday that Shohei Ohtani will soon have a follow-up appointment regarding his surgically-repaired right elbow.

Ohtani required Tommy John surgery on his elbow in early October and his rehab has gone swimmingly until this point. The Angels could soon get more of a firm timetable on his hitting plan, but it's too soon to say right now. For that reason, his readiness for Opening Day is a question mark. Obviously pitching is out the window in 2019, but the hope is that he'll see a lot of time out of the DH spot. He could still make a major fantasy impact.
Jan 21 - 1:22 PM

Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Monday that Alex Meyer (shoulder) won't be ready for Opening Day.

Meyer, 29, missed all of last season following labrum surgery and encountered a setback in August which required a cortisone shot. The Angels released him in November before bringing him back on a minor league deal. He's not expected to begin throwing until February, so it's just not realistic that he'll be ready for the start of the season. Meyer showed some interesting flashes with the Angels in 2017 before injuring his shoulder, but it's tough to know what to expect from him moving forward.
Jan 21 - 1:03 PM

LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune hears that the Twins plan to use Martin Perez as a starting pitcher.

Perez has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Twins for around $3.5 million. The southpaw has good numbers against left-handed batters, so there was some speculation that he could get a look out of the bullpen. However, there's not much to get excited about here in the rotation. The 27-year-old put up a 6.22 ERA and 52/36 K/BB ratio across 85 1/3 innings for the Rangers in 2018.
Jan 21 - 12:55 PM

Angels general manager Billy Eppler confirmed that Cody Allen will serve as the club's closer in 2019.

That was the assumption after news of the signing came down, but it's now official. Allen will receive an $8.5 million salary in his one-year deal with the Angels and could make an additional $2.5 million depending on games finished. The 30-year-old saw a drop-off with his stuff last season as well an increase in his walk rate, but he's in a favorable situation for a rebound.
Jan 21 - 12:37 PM

Angels designated RHP Miguel Almonte for assignment.

This move was made to free up a spot on the 40-man roster for Cody Allen, whose signing became official on Sunday. Almonte, 25, appeared in eight games out of the Angels' bullpen in 2018, registering a troublesome 10.29 ERA, 1.71 WHIP and 7/3 K/BB ratio across seven frames. He could pass through waivers unclaimed and continue to serve as minor league bullpen depth for the Angels.
Jan 20 - 8:00 PM

Rafael Devers acknowledged Saturday that he's fully healthy and noticeably slimmer than he was during the 2018 season.

Devers told fans at their annual Winter Weekend event, "I feel healthy right now... I think I’m in a good place. Last year, I had a lot of injuries and I think it was a product of the weight. Thankfully, I feel much better now and I’ve been focusing on it a lot more this offseason." The 22-year-old also hired a nutritionist this offseason and has also worked hard on improving his overall conditioning.
Jan 20 - 4:12 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports reports that the Reds are among about 10 teams that are showing interest in Shawn Kelley.

Chris Cotillo of reported earlier Sunday that the Red Sox were also in on Kelley. Kelley will turn 35 in April and has an extensive injury history, but he's consistently piled up strikeouts when on the mound. He'll be a good middle reliever somewhere if he can stay healthy.
Jan 20 - 1:44 PM

Angels signed RHP Cody Allen to a one-year, $8.5 million contract.

He can earn an additional $2.5 million in games finished incentives. Allen didn't have an ideal walk year with a 4.70 ERA for the Indians, but he misses a lot of bats and has a good shot at a bounce-back season if he can stay healthy. He's in line to serve as the Angels' closer.
Jan 20 - 1:25 PM

Chris Cotillo of reports that the Red Sox "have been in contact" with Shawn Kelley.

Cotillo says that the Red Sox are in active discussions with multiple free agent relievers and the team is hoping to sign someone to a contract in the $2-3 million range. Kelley's velocity was down in 2018, but he still managed to post a 2.94 ERA and 50/11 K/BB ratio over 49 innings. Cotillo lists Brad Brach, Greg Holland, A.J. Ramos, Justin Wilson and Oliver Perez as other possible targets for the Red Sox and adds that Sergio Romo and Adam Warren "are not likely to land in Boston."
Jan 20 - 12:51 PM

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