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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press believes that Tyler Collins will claim one of the final bench spots on the Tigers' Opening Day roster.

The Tigers have been in the market for a left-handed power bat for their bench, and the best option may already be in-house with Collins. The 24-year-old outfielder hit .263/.335/.423 with 18 homers and 62 RBI in 121 contests at Triple-A Toledo in 2014.
Dec 26 - 10:12 PM

Chugoku Shimbun and Sports Nippon report that Hiroki Kuroda will return to Japan to play for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp next season.

Kuroda could have had another one-year contract with the Yankees if he wanted it, but it appears he'll return to his native country instead. The veteran right-hander will turn 40 in February but is coming off another fine season, having put up a 3.71 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and 146/35 K/BB ratio over 199 innings.
Dec 26 - 3:53 PM

Rays signed RHP Jhan Marinez to a minor league contract.

Marinez struck out 46 over 40 1/3 innings but held a 6.69 ERA between Double- and Triple-A last season. The 26-year-old is merely an organizational add.
Dec 26 - 10:02 AM

Astros sent LHP Darin Downs outright to Triple-A Fresno.

He's now off the 40-man roster but will be invited to spring training. Downs posted a 5.45 ERA and 1.36 WHIP across 45 appearances for the Astros in 2014.
Dec 26 - 8:41 AM

Indians signed RHP Jeff Manship to a minor league contract.

Manship had a 6.65 ERA over 20 relief appearances spanning 23 innings with the Phillies this past season. The 29-year-old was a non-roster invite last spring and won a role in the Phils' bullpen, and he'll look to do it again with the Tribe this year.
Dec 24 - 6:38 PM

MASN Sports' Roch Kubatko reports that the Orioles have re-signed Delmon Young to a one-year contract, pending a physical.

He'll be guaranteed $2.25 million and can reach $3 million with incentives. The physical is expected to be completed after January 1. Young hoped to find a multi-year deal after batting .302/.337/.442 with seven home runs and 30 RBI in 83 games with Baltimore this past season, but he ultimately lowered his demands to stick around for another year. The 29-year-old figures to see part-time at-bats again between the DH spot and left field.
Dec 24 - 11:58 AM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi writes that "there's a decent chance" the Rays will trade Ben Zobrist before Opening Day.

It reads as speculation, but it makes a lot of sense given how active the Rays have been on the trade front this offseason. Zobrist turns 34 in May and will make $7.5 million in 2015 before hitting free agency. His versatility would make him an attractive target for a number of teams and should fetch Tampa Bay a nice haul. Morosi lists the Mets, Nationals, Mariners, Rangers, Cubs, Reds, and Twins among the teams who could be a fit.
Source: FOX Sports
Dec 24 - 11:21 AM

Rays sent RHP Brandon Gomes outright to Triple-A Durham.

He had been designated for assignment but has cleared waivers and will remain in the organization. Gomes will be in spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Dec 23 - 7:17 PM

Twins sent C Eric Fryer outright to Triple-A Rochester.

Fryer is now off Minnesota's 40-man roster. The 29-year-old catcher is a .246/.321/.339 career hitter.
Dec 23 - 5:22 PM

Twins sent OF Chris Parmelee outright to Triple-A Rochester.

Parmelee was designated for assignment by Minnesota earlier this month and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 26-year-old hit just .256/.307/.384 with seven homers and 28 RBI in 87 games with the Twins in 2014.
Dec 23 - 5:21 PM

Twins signed RHP Tim Stauffer to a one-year, $2.2 million contract.

Stauffer posted a 3.50 ERA and 67/23 K/BB ratio in three starts and 41 relief appearances this past season for the Padres. The 32-year-old righty was the fourth overall pick in the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft. He'll give Minnesota both rotation and bullpen depth.
Dec 23 - 5:18 PM

Blue Jays claimed LHP Scott Barnes off waivers from the Rangers.

Barnes has a 5.20 ERA in 27 2/3 career innings at the major league level, but he posted decent numbers last season at Triple-A. The 27-year-old lefty could compete for a spot in Toronto's bullpen next spring.
Dec 23 - 4:37 PM

Athletics sent RHP Fernando Rodriguez outright to Triple-A.

The righty was knocked off the 40-man roster Thursday to make room for left-hander Eury de la Rosa. Rodriguez allowed just one run over nine relief innings for the A's last season. He also put up a sterling 1.97 ERA to go with 53 strikeouts in 45-plus innings at Triple-A and could be a valuable relief arm in 2015 if the A's need help.
Dec 23 - 3:23 PM

Indians sent LHP Nick Maronde outright to Triple-A Columbus.

Maronde cleared waivers on Tuesday. The club outrighted him to Triple-A and extended a non-roster invite to spring training. Maronde has somewhat terrifying walk numbers, as he dished out 38 free passes over 41 innings in 2014. Unless he's able to show consistent improvement with his control, it's doubtful he sees much time with the big club.
Dec 23 - 3:11 PM

Twins signed OF Wilkin Ramirez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Ramirez spent time in the majors with the Twins back in 2013, when he hit a serviceable .272/.302/.370 in 81 at-bats. He spent most of 2014 at Double-A. It's unlikely that Ramirez will see significant time with the Twins next season. Should he crack the Opening Day roster, it will be as a backup outfielder.
Dec 23 - 2:58 PM



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