Indians signed 1B Russell Branyan to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Columbus.
Branyan, 38, sat out the 2013 season and has spent all of this year in the Mexican League, batting .296/.423/.620 with 19 homers over 65 games. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2011 but could potentially give the Tribe a pinch-hitting option next month.
Tigers purchased the contract of RHP Evan Reed from Triple-A Toledo.
Reed was removed from the 40-man roster earlier this season but is now getting another shot after posting a 4.24 ERA and 26/5 K/BB ratio over 23 1/3 frames for Toledo. The righty recently had sexual assault charges against him dismissed.
Tigers designated RHP Jose Ortega for assignment.
The move clears room on the 40-man roster for Evan Reed. Ortega has a big arm, but his velocity has been down this season and his control has always been an issue. It's possible someone will take a chance on the 25-year-old.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Jorge De La Rosa has been claimed and blocked on revocable waivers.
It's not clear who made the waiver claim or when it happened, but Heyman says "it was long enough ago that he is now considered blocked." De La Rosa would have been a solid get for a contender, as he holds a solid 4.19 ERA this season despite pitching half his games at Coors Field and boasts a 3.23 mark since the beginning of July. The left-hander will be a free agent this winter and Heyman says the Rockies will make him a qualifying offer if they're not able to lock him up on a long-term deal.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that both the Orioles and Nelson Cruz "have expressed an interest" in a contract extension.
Heyman cautions that "there's no definitive immediate word of any early negotiations," but it does appear the two sides are interested "in continuing the marriage, if possible." The report also adds that the O's will extend Cruz a qualifying offer this offseason if they're unable to lock him up on a long-term deal. After having to settle for a one-year, $8 million deal in late February, Cruz has gone on to hit a career-high 34 homers so far for Baltimore, a total that leads all of baseball.