Alexi Ogando will not pitch in the Dominican Republic Winter League as originally planned.
No reason was given for the change, but the Rangers could had just decided to give Ogando extra rest after he was limited to just 25 innings this season due to elbow issues. The right-hander is arbitration-eligible again this offseason.
A scheduled MRI on Yu Darvish's right elbow has been pushed back to next week.
It appears to merely just be a scheduling conflict, as the Rangers still expect the MRI to come back clean. Darvish's season ended early due to elbow inflammation, but he's expected to be cleared to offseason work next week assuming the MRI reveals no issues.
Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Thursday after the team designated Ike Davis for assignment that they've "essentially committed" to Pedro Alvarez at first base.
Huntington previously had refused to rule out Alvarez remaining at third base, but with his throwing issues and Josh Harrison's emergence at the hot corner, a move to first for Alvarez was inevitable. Alvarez slugged 36 homers in 2013, but that number was cut in half in 2014 and he hit just .231/.312/.405 overall. His season ended early due to a stress reaction in his left foot, but he didn't need surgery and is expected to have a normal offseason.
MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports that Craig Counsell has pulled out of the running for the Rays' manager job.
Counsell was one of 10 candidate to interview for the gig. He will continue with his job as special assistant to Brewers general manager Doug Melvin.
Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that there has been "plenty of interest" in David Ross.
However, he adds that there's "nothing imminent" in terms of Ross signing on somewhere. The veteran catcher batted just .184/.260/.368 in 50 games this past season, but his bat has been more potent in the past and he's well-regarded as a receiver and clubhouse guy.
Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Cubs, Dodgers and White Sox have talked to the Diamondbacks about a trade involving Miguel Montero.
It's not clear how far along the talks with those teams have gotten, but Piecoro does note that the inquiries "have not picked up significantly" since the Russell Martin signing. The D'Backs are shopping Montero in hopes of clearing some payroll space, possibly so that they can add some pitching.
A Wayne County judge has reinstated two sexual assault charges against former Tigers pitcher Evan Reed.
Reed, 28, was accused of raping a 45-year-old woman on March 30 in a hotel room at Motor City Casino but had two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct dropped in August. His lawyer has appealed the reinstatement of the charges.
MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports that the Padres and Braves "have emerged as the favorites" for Yasmany Tomas.
The Phillies had universally been considered the favorites to sign the Cuban slugger, but they've apparently now bowed out. Sanchez that Tomas is seeking $15 million per season on a 5-7 year deal, though he hasn't ruled out the possibility of signing a shorter-term, higher-value deal that would allow him to hit free agency again sooner. The Braves are a new entrant into the Tomas sweepstakes and might have to make another trade or two in order to clear space for the outfielder.