Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Friday that the team could give the newly acquired Aaron Crow a chance to start.
Crow has pitched exclusively in relief in the majors, but he came up through the minors as a starter. Ultimately, the Marlins are just keeping their options open and Crow seems likely to remain a reliever. "We know he has started," said Hill. "It’s still early in the offseason and we’re not sure how the rest of the offseason will unfold in terms of what else we add to our pitching staff, but we love the flexibility. We love the thought he could possibly be a starting option for us, but at a minimum we know he’ll be a valuable bullpen piece and just add to the overall depth of our staff."
Pedro Strop received 3-4 stitches in his left (non-throwing elbow) as a result of a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Thursday.
He also was given precautionary X-rays, which came back negative. It was surely a scare for the Cubs' reliever, but Strop will be fine.
Ronald Belisario has elected free agency.
Belisario had been removed from the White Sox' 40-man roster earlier this month. The veteran reliever served as Chicago's closer for a portion of the 2014 season but ultimately posted a 5.56 ERA and 1.45 WHIP over 66 1/3 innings. He might have to settle for a minor league deal this winter.
James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that there have been "no talks for months" between the Nationals and Doug Fister regarding a contract extension.
The team offered Fister a long-term deal shortly after they traded for him last offseason, but it was turned down and talks apparently haven't rekindled. It's undoubtedly the reason the Nationals are willing to listen to offers for Fister, as reported by USA Today's Bob Nightengale last week. Both Fister and Jordan Zimmermann are slated for free agency after next season and the Nats know that they likely can't keep both of them.
Royals acquired RHP Reid Redman and LHP Brian Flynn from the Marlins in exchange for RHP Aaron Crow.
A former infielder, Redman has taken to the mound quickly, posting a 2.00 ERA with 93 strikeouts over 90 innings in his first two pro seasons. He reached Double-A last season and turned 26 last week, so it's possible he could challenge for a promotion in 2015 even with his limited experience as a pitcher.