The White Sox and Tigers have interest in free agent Justin Masterson, per Paul Hoynes.
It had already been reported that the Indians and Twins were interested in Masterson's services as well. Hoynes adds that the Royals could consider Masterson if they cannot retain James Shields. The right-hander is coming off of a 5.88 ERA, but with his injury woes behind him, he's primed for a bounce-back season. Masterson turns 30 years old in March.
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians are "out" on free agent Chase Headley.
The Indians made a few inquiries but have already determined that Headley, who's being courted by several teams, will cost too much. Cleveland is not expected to be a big player in this year's free agent market. Headley seems most likely to re-sign with the Yankees, though the Giants have suddenly emerged as an intriguing potential match with Pablo Sandoval walking as a free agent.
J.C. Gutierrez has elected free agency.
The 31-year-old right-hander pitched 63 2/3 innings for the World Champion Giants in 2014, registering a 3.96 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 44/16 K/BB ratio. With so many teams around the league desperate for quality depth in the bullpen, he shouldn't have any trouble landing on his feet elsewhere.
Braves sent INF Ramiro Pena outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.
Pena was designated for assignment earlier in the week to make room on the 40-man roster. He was arbitration eligible this winter, which may have played a role in the move as well. It's unclear if he'll accept the assignment or attempt to find a better opportunity elsewhere through free agency.
Rob Bradford of WEEI reports that Jon Lester isn't expected to make a decision anytime soon on where he'll sign.
Lester is still said to be early in the free agent process and is still meeting with interested teams. The Red Sox remain optimistic at a reunion with the prized left-hander, though the Cubs, Braves, Giants and Cardinals are among many others interested in his services.