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Padres signed C Hunter Redman to a minor league contract.

The 23-year-old backstop spent the past two seasons in the Dodgers organization, slashing .263/.311/.386 with two homers and five RBI in just 57 at-bats. He's nothing more than organizational depth for the Friars.
Feb 7 - 5:38 PM

Freddy Garcia will retire from baseball after pitching for his native Venezuela in the Caribbean Series championship game on Sunday.

Garcia, 39, threw 7 1/3 innings in Triple-A for the Dodgers last season but spent most of the last two years in Taiwan, Venezuela and Mexico. It's been a fine career, as Garcia held a 4.15 ERA across 2,264 innings over parts of 15 major league seasons. He made two All-Star teams and finished runner-up in the 1999 American League Rookie of the Year voting.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 7 - 11:16 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that there's been "quite a bit of interest" in Alex Cobb this offseason.

However, he adds that the Rays "are likely to hold on to their pitching for now." Cobb missed all of 2015 and will be absent for much of 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery last May. Given that, it's hard to imagine the Rays getting a suitable offer for him. The right-hander is under team control through 2017.
Source: Boston Globe
Feb 7 - 10:38 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that teams have been "unsure about devoting $6-8 million, plus incentives" to Cliff Lee.

It's certainly understandable after Lee missed most of the last two seasons with elbow issues. Lee's agent, Darek Braunecker, said last month that his client would need a "perfect" situation if he's to pitch in 2016, and it doesn't sound like that situation is close to presenting itself. The left-hander turned 37 last August.
Source: Boston Globe
Feb 7 - 10:36 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe hears that Matt Thornton is receiving interest from six teams.

The southpaw has gained little traction this winter despite posting a 2.18 ERA and holding left-handed batters to a .198/.205/.279 batting line last season. Thornton's age (39) and strikeout rate (5.0 K/9 in 2015) must be working against him, and Cafardo notes that the veteran reliever "probably won’t get a major league deal." The Braves, Pirates and Twins have been connected to Thornton at various points this offseason.
Source: Boston Globe
Feb 7 - 10:23 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Astros have inquired on Tyler Clippard.

Clippard's market appears to finally be picking up, as the Diamondbacks and Rays have also been connected to the reliever in recent days. The right-hander's 2015 campaign wasn't his best, as he saw his strikeout rate drop and walk rate rise. However, Clippard has been one of the best and most reliable relievers in baseball over the last seven seasons and will turn just 31 in a week.
Source: Boston Globe
Feb 7 - 10:16 AM

Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that the Orioles are "checking medicals again and weighing the pros and cons" of signing Yovani Gallardo.

It was Kubatko who suggested a week ago that the O's would probably move on from Gallardo and were more likely to acquire a starter via trade. However, he's now saying they "definitely are reconsidering" despite their hesitancy to forfeit the No. 14 overall pick. Gallardo's peripherals and velocity have been heading in the wrong direction, but his durability could be a big boost for an O's team that lost Wei-Yin Chen this offseason.
Source: MASN Sports
Feb 7 - 8:18 AM

Cuban OF Yordanis Linares will work out for teams in Baja, California on February 16.

Fellow Cuban Alexei Bell is holding his workout one day earlier. Linares posted a .311 average in 209 games before leaving Cuba last summer. Bell can sign with any team as an international free agent but the 26-year-old Linares is subject to spending restrictions because he doesn't have enough professional experience.
Feb 6 - 11:50 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times mentioned free agents Tommy Hunter, Burke Badenhop and Ryan Webb as "legit possibilities" for the Rays.

Tampa Bay is looking to beef up its bullpen after trading Jake McGee to Colorado last week. The Rays have also been linked to Tyler Clippard though he might be out of their price range. Hunter is coming off a disappointing season (4.18 ERA in 58 appearances) but has been a solid late-inning and middle relief option throughout his career. The hard-throwing right-hander is reportedly holding out for a two-year deal.
Feb 6 - 11:23 PM

Trading James Loney would allow the Rays to use Corey Dickerson as their primary DH.

Trading Loney is at the top of Tampa Bay's to-do list, though his $8 million salary could make that difficult. If the Rays are able to deal Loney, Logan Morrison and Steve Pearce would form a platoon at first base with Dickerson at DH and Desmond Jennings, Kevin Kiermaier and Steven Souza occupying the three outfield spots. Dickerson has already said he's open to DHing.
Feb 6 - 10:52 PM

White Sox GM Rick Hahn believes Carson Fulmer could arrive in the major leagues by 2017.

"I don't think that's an unreasonable expectation," said Hahn at last week's Sox Fest. "The good ones have a way of forcing that time frame and letting you know when they're ready." While 2017 remains Fulmer's ETA, he could make it to the big leagues sooner if a spot opens up in the White Sox bullpen. The 22-year-old posted a 2.05 ERA in eight games for High-A Winston-Salem last year in his first taste of minor league action.
Source: CSN Chicago
Feb 6 - 10:14 PM

The White Sox and Cubs have spoken with the Rays about acquiring a starting pitcher.

Jake Odorizzi has been the subject of trade rumors all offseason. The White Sox and Cubs have also checked in on Desmond Jennings, who could be available now that Corey Dickerson has been added to what should be a crowded Rays' outfield. Odorizzi is a native of southern Illinois. The right-hander is under team control through 2019.
Source: CBS Chicago
Feb 6 - 6:37 PM

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Bryce Harper's "future marriage" with the Yankees is considered "inevitable by most in the sport."

We've been hearing "Harper to New York" speculation for years and it probably isn't going away any time soon. The Yankees were noticeably absent from this year's free agent proceedings and have a ton of money coming off the books with Carlos Beltran, Aroldis Chapman, Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira all hitting free agency in the next two years. Letting those players go would pave the way for New York to make a serious run at Harper. If he continues to progress, Harper could be in line for a $400 million deal when his contract expires after 2018.
Source: Yahoo Sports
Feb 6 - 5:35 PM

Alex Speier of the Boston Globe doesn't believe the Red Sox are in a rush to sign Mookie Betts or Xander Bogaerts to extensions.

The Red Sox have plenty of time to work that out as neither player is even arbitration-eligible yet. While signing Betts and Bogaerts to extensions now would save money, that isn't a huge concern for a big-market club like the Red Sox. Even if Boston did offer extensions, Betts and Bogaerts would probably wait until the new CBA to sign their deals anyway.
Source: Boston Globe
Feb 6 - 5:20 PM

The Diamondbacks have had discussions with Tyler Clippard.

We knew the Diamondbacks were interested but this is the first we've heard of the two sides actually talking. Arizona has been searching high and low for late-inning help and Clippard has a proven track record with 53 saves and a lifetime ERA of 2.88. The Rays have also shown interest in Clippard.
Feb 6 - 4:25 PM



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