Renato Bermudez of ESPN Deportes reports that Yasiel Puig was recently involved in a fight with a security guard at a Miami nightclub.
Details on the altercation are limited at this point, but Puig reportedly came away from the fight with a bruise on his face. We'll surely find out more about the incident before long, but it's certainly not a good look for Puig, who has his detractors in and out of the organization due to attitude issues. He was limited to just 79 games this season because of injury.
Indians signed C Anthony Recker to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Recker batted just .125/.239/.213 in 32 games this past season for the Mets. He's merely a depth addition.
Sanspo.com reports that Jordan Norberto is nearing a contract with the Chunichi Dragons of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball.
Norberto, who will turn 29 next month, held a 4.96 ERA over 45 1/3 innings at Triple-A Durham with the Rays in 2015. He's battled shoulder woes the last few years and hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012.
Sanspo.com reports that Dayan Viciedo is nearing a contract with the Chunichi Dragons of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball.
Viciedo spent all of 2015 at the Triple-A level with a couple different teams, batting .287/.348/.450 with eight home runs across 276 plate appearances. He'll turn just 27 in March but has apparently decided signing with a club overseas is his best option.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics are likely to trade Brett Lawrie following the acquisition of Jed Lowrie.
Slusser says the trade for Lowrie "all but ensures" the A's will deal either Lawrie or Danny Valencia, and Lawrie "is considered the better bet to be traded." The report adds that both Lawrie and Valencia "are drawing interest" from American League clubs. Lawrie hasn't come close to reaching his full potential, hitting only .263/.316/.420 in his first five big league seasons, but he'll turn just 26 in January and is under team control through 2017, so it's not terribly surprisingly that some clubs appear to have interest.