Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Blue Jays are no longer believed to be in the mix for free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval.
While the Jays had initial interest, there has been no communication between them and Sandoval's agent in the past 48 hours. The Red Sox, Giants and Padres are believed to have offers on the table to the hulking third baseman, with a five-year, $95 million deal from the Red Sox reportedly the leader in the clubhouse at the moment. A resolution to this situation is expected in the coming days, but it looks like the Jays won't be the winner in this sweepstakes.
Giants signed INF Carlos Triunfel to a minor league contract.
The slick-fielding 24-year-old owns a horrifying .160/.188/.235 slash line over 81 career at-bats in the big leagues. He'll look to compete for a reserve infielder role with the Giants.
Phillies signed INF Chris Nelson to a minor league contract.
The 29-year-old utility man appeared in 27 games for the Padres during the 2014 season, slashing .233/.296/.274 with seven RBI in 73 at-bats. His versatility should allow him to compete for a reserve role with the Phillies.
Rockies signed RHP Jose Ortega to a minor league contract.
The 26-year-old hurler was bombed in his only appearance with the Tigers during the 2014 season, but posted a somewhat respectable 3.57 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 48/36 K/BB ratio over 58 frames at Triple-A Toledo. He'll provide bullpen depth in the minors for the Rockies.
Rockies signed RHP Justin Miller to a minor league contract.
The 27-year-old hurler cracked the big leagues for the first time in 2014, posting a 5.11 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 5/2 K/BB ratio over 12 1/3 innings with the Tigers. He'll function as organizational bullpen depth in Colorado.