Angels signed INF Roberto Baldoquin.
The Angels and the 20-year-old Cuban infielder agreed to an $8 million signing bonus in November, and the deal became official after he passed his physical. The Angels view him as a shortstop, and he should be close to major-league ready. Even so, Baldoquin will likely start the season in the high minors to get acclimated to the professional game.
The Rays and Twins aren't believed to be the winning bidders on Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported the Rays news, while Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN relayed the information on the Twins on Twitter. The Giants, per Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News, never made a bid for the services of the 27-year-old. Plenty of teams are being eliminated, but the winning bidder hasn't been identified as of yet.
Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reports the Yankees and Braves are two teams that did not submit bids for Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang.
We know that the Nexen Heroes accepted the highest bid from an MLB team -- slightly over $5 million -- but we don't yet know which team that is. Bowden has eliminated two teams, both of which make sense given that they both appear to be set at the shortstop position. The Padres were previously eliminated by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. We'll likely know which team did win the right to negotiate exclusively with Kang soon.
Giants general manager Brian Sabean said Saturday that the team does not plan to talk to free agent right-hander Max Scherzer.
The Giants have talked to James Shields this winter, so there were some rumblings that they may have some interest in Scherzer as well, but it appears that they have no desire to entertain the massive payday that he is looking to find. With the Yankees also out on Scherzer, his market for potential destinations appears to be dwindling.
According to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports, Nick Hundley has a two-year offer on the table from another team, making a return to the Orioles unlikely.
The O's had been hoping to re-sign the veteran backstop to a one-year deal as an insurance policy behind Matt Wieters. In 218 at-bats between the Padres and Orioles in 2014, Hundley hit .243/.273/.358.
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Phillies could have interest in free agent infielder Asdrubal Cabrera.
The Phillies have a large vacancy to fill at the shortstop after dealing Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers, and Cabrera is one of the top names available on the free agent market. According to Crasnick though, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. would first have to shed some payroll to create the requisite flexibility to add the veteran infielder.
Indians signed LHP Scott Downs to a minor league contract.
The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training. The 38-year-old southpaw posted a 4.97 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 25/20 K/BB ratio over 38 innings with the White Sox and Royals in 2014. Once considered one of the top left-handed specialists in the game, Downs represents a nice low-risk signing for the Indians.
Pirates released RHP Josh Lindblom.
Lindblom was designated for assignment by the team last week, just a few days after he was claimed off waivers from the Athletics. He'll reportedly head to the Korean Baseball Organization where he's expected to sign with the Lotte Giants.