According to Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times, there's a chance that Hyun-Jin Ryu may not be ready for Opening day.
Dilbeck believes that the biggest decision that the Dodgers will face in spring training is whether or not Ryu, who is returning from shoulder surgery, will be ready to open the season in the starting rotation. If he isn't deemed ready to take the ball every fifth day, he could begin the year on a minor league rehab assignment with Alex Wood filling the void in the rotation.
Jorge Vazquez clubbed a solo homer in the ninth inning on Sunday, leading Mexico to a 5-4 victory over Venezuela in the championship game of the Caribbean Series.
Mexico jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the contest before Venezula battled back with four straight runs to take a 4-2 advantage in the seventh. Mexico added a pair of their own in the bottom half of the seventh to tie the game, setting the stage for Vazquez's dramatic blast. The 33-year-old hasn't played professionally stateside since being released by the Yankees in 2012, but was the shining star on a large stage on Sunday.
Padres signed C Hunter Redman to a minor league contract.
The 23-year-old backstop spent the past two seasons in the Dodgers organization, slashing .263/.311/.386 with two homers and five RBI in just 57 at-bats. He's nothing more than organizational depth for the Friars.
Freddy Garcia will retire from baseball after pitching for his native Venezuela in the Caribbean Series championship game on Sunday.
Garcia, 39, threw 7 1/3 innings in Triple-A for the Dodgers last season but spent most of the last two years in Taiwan, Venezuela and Mexico. It's been a fine career, as Garcia held a 4.15 ERA across 2,264 innings over parts of 15 major league seasons. He made two All-Star teams and finished runner-up in the 1999 American League Rookie of the Year voting.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that there's been "quite a bit of interest" in Alex Cobb this offseason.
However, he adds that the Rays "are likely to hold on to their pitching for now." Cobb missed all of 2015 and will be absent for much of 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery last May. Given that, it's hard to imagine the Rays getting a suitable offer for him. The right-hander is under team control through 2017.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that teams have been "unsure about devoting $6-8 million, plus incentives" to Cliff Lee.
It's certainly understandable after Lee missed most of the last two seasons with elbow issues. Lee's agent, Darek Braunecker, said last month that his client would need a "perfect" situation if he's to pitch in 2016, and it doesn't sound like that situation is close to presenting itself. The left-hander turned 37 last August.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe hears that Matt Thornton is receiving interest from six teams.
The southpaw has gained little traction this winter despite posting a 2.18 ERA and holding left-handed batters to a .198/.205/.279 batting line last season. Thornton's age (39) and strikeout rate (5.0 K/9 in 2015) must be working against him, and Cafardo notes that the veteran reliever "probably won’t get a major league deal." The Braves, Pirates and Twins have been connected to Thornton at various points this offseason.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Astros have inquired on Tyler Clippard.
Clippard's market appears to finally be picking up, as the Diamondbacks and Rays have also been connected to the reliever in recent days. The right-hander's 2015 campaign wasn't his best, as he saw his strikeout rate drop and walk rate rise. However, Clippard has been one of the best and most reliable relievers in baseball over the last seven seasons and will turn just 31 in a week.