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Giants designated OF Chris Dominguez for assignment.

The 28-year-old is a career .269/.309/.436 hitter in the minors and went 1-for-18 in a cup of coffee with the big club last September. There's a good chance he clears waivers and remains in the organization.
Jan 29 - 8:23 PM

Phillies designated LHP Cesar Jimenez for assignment.

Jimenez, 30, holds a 2.73 ERA over the last two seasons with the Phillies but put up an ugly 19/17 K/BB ratio over 33 innings. He could draw some interest on waivers.
Jan 29 - 7:05 PM

Phillies signed RHP Chad Billingsley to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

The deal can get all the way up to $8 million if he reaches his performance incentives. Billingsley has made just two starts over the last two seasons due to elbow issues but should be recovered from flexor tendon surgery for the beginning of the 2015 campaign. He should be able to crack the Philadelphia rotation if healthy and is a nice low-risk move for the rebuilding Phillies.
Jan 29 - 6:54 PM

Braves signed LHP Eric Stults to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The Padres cut ties with Stults in November after he posted a 4.30 ERA across 32 starts last season. The 35-year-old southpaw is yet another name to add to a lengthy list of fifth starter candidates this spring.
Jan 29 - 5:41 PM

Rockies prospect left-hander Tyler Anderson will be a limited participant in spring training because of an elbow injury.

Anderson dealt with a stress fracture in his elbow in 2013 and apparently he's now dealing with a similar issue, so the Rockies are going to be cautious. "We are taking our time with this and we think it's best to take a conservative approach," said Rockies head trainer Keith Dugger. "He will participate in camp, but he won't pitch. He'll take part in PFP (pitchers' fielding practice) and other activities. We think the prognosis is good for the long term." The 25-year-old was great when healthy last season, posting a 1.93 ERA and 106/40 K/BB ratio in 118 innings over 23 starts with Double-A Tulsa, but his outlook for 2015 and beyond is a bit murky at the moment.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 29 - 5:33 PM

Jayson Werth will begin serving his five-day jail sentence in Fairfax County, Virginia on Friday.

Werth was handed the five-day sentence Thursday in the Fairfax County General Circuit Court after pleading guilty to reckless driving. He got busted back in July for driving his Porsche 105 mph in a 55 mph zone along Interstate 495. The 35-year-old outfielder will be on time for spring training, though January 9 shoulder surgery is going to keep him from activities for the first several weeks of camp. Werth is questionable for Opening Day.
Jan 29 - 1:46 PM

Brandon Beachy isn't planning to sign with a team until sometime in early- to mid-February.

Beachy was said to be close to a deal with an undisclosed club late last week, but those talks apparently fell apart. Here's the statement from Beachy's agent, Rob Martin: "Brandon has decided not to sign a contract at this time. With each day his arm is getting stronger and he’s feeling even more confident about his progress. Thus, he is going to continue with his throwing program and make a decision closer to spring training." The 28-year-old right-hander is recovering from his second Tommy John elbow surgery.
Jan 29 - 1:20 PM

Jayson Werth was sentenced to five days in jail after pleading guilty to reckless driving Thursday in Fairfax County General Circuit Court.

Werth got busted back in July for driving his Porsche 105 mph in a 55 mph zone along a stretch of Interstate 495 in Northern Virginia. He was originally sentenced 10 days in jail, but his successful appeal has cut the punishment in half. The 35-year-old outfielder will presumably try to do the time before spring training, but he may not be allowed to pick the dates.
Jan 29 - 12:11 PM

Reds manager Bryan Price said Wednesday that he wants Devin Mesoraco to catch 145 games in 2015.

Mesoraco made only 104 starts at catcher in 2014 yet still managed to slug 25 home runs. He'll have a much bigger workload this season, assuming good health. "Realistically, I see him as a Yadier Molina type guy who is going to catch 145 games a year," Price told Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News.
Jan 29 - 9:48 AM

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports hears the Blue Jays have been in contact with representatives for free agent Rafael Soriano.

Soriano saved 32 games for the Nationals last season but fell apart late and saw his $14 million option for 2015 declined in October. He hasn't generated much interest on the open market, but the Jays, in need of a late-inning option, could prove to be a good match. The 35-year-old's price tag should continue to go down as spring training nears.
Jan 28 - 10:44 PM

The Blue Jays have been in contact with the representatives for Francisco Rodriguez, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.

Casey Janssen signed with the Nationals in free agency, guaranteeing that the Jays will need to look elsewhere to find saves next year. Morosi said the club is also talking to reps for Rafael Soriano and Burke Badenhop, so they're keeping their options open. The Brewers are another team that has been linked to K-Rod in recent days.
Jan 28 - 10:42 PM

Marlins designated RHP Arquimedes Caminero for assignment.

Caminero tossed a few innings for the big club last year but spent the majority of the time at Triple-A, registering a 4.86 ERA in 63 innings of work. He was designated for assignment to make room for Ichiro Suzuki on the 40-man roster.
Jan 28 - 8:20 PM

Giants released 2B Marco Scutaro.

Scutaro was designated for assignment on January 21 to make room for Norichika Aoki. The 39-year-old is due $6.67 million this year, a number the Giants were obviously more comfortable eating than keeping him on the 40-man roster. His career may very well be over.
Jan 28 - 8:15 PM

Mets and RHP Jenrry Mejia avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.595 million contract.

Mejia had asked for $3 million and the Mets had offered $2.1 million when the sides exchanged figures, so Mejia appears to be the winner in the deal. Mejia posted a 3.65 ERA with 98 strikeouts in 93 2/3 innings this past season, registering 28 saves while filling in for Bobby Parnell. Parnell should be back early in the season, so Mejia will likely return to a setup role.
Jan 28 - 7:34 PM

Braves designated OF Jose Constanza for assignment.

Constanza lost his 40-man roster spot Wednesday to Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano, whose four-year, $6 million contract with the Braves is now official. Constanza, 31, is a .273/.316/.323 hitter in 112 career games at the major league level. He'll probably clear waivers.
Jan 28 - 4:25 PM



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