MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports that the Rockies are showing interest in Aaron Harang, Kevin Correia and Kyle Kendrick.
Their interest in Correia and Kendrick had already been reported, but Harang's name is new. Harding also lists the Rockies as having interest in Josh Johnson, but he's reportedly close to re-signing with the Padres. Harang had a solid season for the Braves in 2014, posting a 3.57 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, and 161/71 K/BB ratio in 204 1/3 innings. However, he's a flyball pitcher who would probably be a terrible fit at Coors Field.
Cubs signed RHP Anthony Carter to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Carter, 28, spent most of last season in Japan but held a 3.47 ERA with 79 strikeouts over 62 1/3 innings at Triple-A for the Red Sox in 2013. He's never appeared in a major league game.
Stephen Vogt had the walking boot removed from his surgically-repaired right foot Thursday.
Vogt had surgery in October to repair the plantar plates in his foot. It's an injury he dealt with throughout the second half of the season and he noted Thursday that it's the first time since July he can put a shoe on his right foot and walk without any pain. Vogt will be fine for the start of spring training.
Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that Josh Johnson is on the verge of a one-year deal with the Padres.
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says Johnson's base salary will be less than $2 million but he'll have the chance to make as much as $8 million through incentives. The Padres declined a $4 million option on Johnson back in October, but they have remained interested in bringing him back at a lesser rate. And it appears that they'll be able to get it done. The deal is expected to include incentives based on games started. The Padres just signed another injury-prone pitcher, Brandon Morrow, earlier this week.
Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Thursday that they are looking at Kris Medlen (elbow) as someone who will be able to contribute in the second half in 2015.
Medlen, who is coming off a second Tommy John surgery this past March, was signed to a two-year, $8.5 million contract with a $10 million mutual option for 2017. The Royals are going to be extra careful about pushing him too soon.