Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports the Astros have contacted the agent for David Robertson to express their interest in the free agent closer.
MLB.com's Brian McTaggart previously reported the Astros were aggressively seeking a top closer, so it makes sense that they would be interested in Robertson. The 29-year-old is said to be looking for a contract along the lines of what Jonathan Papelbon got from the Phillies, so if the Astros are willing to pony up the two could be a match. A return to the Yankees is also a strong possibility, and as many as a half-dozen teams have reached out to express their interest in the right-hander.
Dodgers designated LHP Jarret Martin for assignment.
Martin was designated for assignment to make room for Mike Bolsinger on the 40-man roster. The 25-year-old had a 3.29 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 54 2/3 innings with Double-A Chattanooga this past season.
Dodgers acquired RHP Mike Bolsinger from the Diamondbacks for cash considerations.
The D'backs had previously designated Bolsinger for assignment. In Bolsinger, the Dodgers are getting a 26-year-old right-hander who had a 5.50 ERA in 52 1/3 innings this past season. Bolsinger may start or pitch in relief for the Dodgers.
The Twins are set to name Neil Allen as their new pitching coach, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.
Allen spent the past four seasons as the pitching coach at Triple-A Durham in the Rays' system, helping bring along a number of talented arms. Allen has no major league coaching experience. The 56-year-old spent 11 seasons in the majors as a pitcher with the Mets, Cardinals, Yankees, White Sox and Indians.
Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports the Orioles and free agent Rey Navarro have reached an agreement on a major league deal, pending a physical.
Kubatko reported the two sides were close on Friday, noting that the O's were looking to stockpile strong defensive shortstops. In Navarro, they get a 24-year-old who hit .282/.343/.435 in the Reds' minor league system this past season. Navarro is regarded as a plus defensive shortstop and should have a good shot at earning a bench job in spring.