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Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the Orioles have interest in re-signing free agent right-hander Vance Worley.

Kubatko notes that after bringing back Mark Trumbo, the club may not be shopping at the high end of the free agent pitching market, which would rule out Jason Hammel. Worley was non-tendered by the O's in December rather than giving him a raise in his final year of arbitration. He was projected by MLBTradeRumors.com to earn $3.3 million in arbitration.
Source: MASN Sports
Jan 22 - 5:06 PM

Yordano Ventura has been killed in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic.

Christian Moreno of ESPN first reported the awful news, and the Royals have since confirmed it. Ventura's fellow countryman, Andy Marte, was killed in a separate accident, as well, in what has been a tragic morning for baseball. Ventura was just 25 years of age. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.
Jan 22 - 11:04 AM

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post was told by a source that the Nationals "have never been particularly high on" Matt Wieters.

Janes adds that the Nats "harbor concerns about (Wieters') defense and his health." The two sides have been connected this offseason because Washington could potentially use catcher help and Wieters' agent, Scott Boras, is known to have a good relationship with the Nationals. However, it doesn't sound like there's a fit here unless the market for Wieters really bottoms out. That's certainly possible given the lack of apparent options he has at this point.
Jan 22 - 10:40 AM

Preston Tucker has yet to take any swings this offseason after last September's surgery on his right shoulder.

Tucker estimated on Saturday that he's feeling about 95 percent, adding that "from what I'm limited to do, I feel great." He is slated for a doctor's visit in early February, at which point he expects to be cleared for full activity going into spring training. With the Astros' additions this offseason, there's a good chance Tucker will begin 2017 in the minors.
Jan 22 - 10:05 AM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said in an interview Saturday at TigerFest that he thinks JaCoby Jones could "use a little more time to develop."

General manager Al Avila said at TigerFest that Mikie Mahtook, Tyler Collins and Jones would compete for the center field job, but Ausmus didn't even mention Jones' name when asked about the position. Giving Jones more seasoning makes sense, as he had only 79 games of experience at Triple-A before a cup of coffee in 2016 and he could use time to try and cut down on his strikeouts. The 24-year-old has shown some power and speed in the minors but is far from a finished product.
Jan 22 - 9:57 AM

Tigers general manager Al Avila said in a radio interview at the team's TigerFest that Mikie Mahtook, Tyler Collins and JaCoby Jones will compete for playing time in center field.

Mahtook has the most experience in center field of the three, but he's coming off a season where he batted an ugly .195/.231/.292. It's a situation that's unlikely to bear much fruit for fantasy owners, and it's still possible the Tigers will acquire another outfielder. If they do wind up sticking with some form of the aforementioned trio in center field, look for a potential platoon of Collins and Mahtook, with Jones likely to begin the year in the minors.
Jan 22 - 9:43 AM

Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer considers Joaquin Benoit the favorite to close for the Phillies this season.

Jeanmar Gomez saved 37 games for the Phils in 2016, but he faded down the stretch and he's expected to have a different role in 2017. Hector Neris might be the team's most talented reliever, but he could be kept in a setup role for now. Benoit is 39 and got off to a rough start last season in Seattle, but he finished strong after going to Toronto with a 0.38 ERA across 25 appearances. Philly's goal is probably for Benoit to have a nice first half in the closer role and then trade him at the deadline.

Former top prospect Andy Marte has been killed in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic.

Marte never reached expectations after being ranked as one of the top prospects in the game back in the early 2000s, but that hardly seems to matter right now. The former Brave, Indian and Diamondback had played the last two seasons in Korea. He turned just 33 last October.
Jan 22 - 8:22 AM

MLB.com's Joe Frisaro doesn't expect the Marlins to seriously pursue Chris Carter or Mark Reynolds.

This comes a day after ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported the Marlins were interested in both players. Frisaro believes the Marlins are at their payroll limit and could open the year with a four-man bench featuring Derek Dietrich, A.J. Ellis, Miguel Rojas and Ichiro Suzuki. That would allow the Marlins to carry eight relievers. The Marlins have been looking for a platoon partner to pair with Justin Bour but now seem resigned to using him as their everyday first baseman.
Source: marlins.com
Jan 21 - 11:41 PM

Rangers GM Jon Daniels said the team has opened extension talks with Yu Darvish.

Per MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan, the sides have had "a couple of conversations" but nothing serious. Darvish is entering the last year of a six-year, $56 million deal but is more focused on pitching than his contract negotiations. "It's not about my contract," said Darvish. "I want to see how my body reacts and how I do." Darvish went 7-5 with a 3.41 ERA last year in his return from Tommy John surgery.
Jan 21 - 11:26 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Angels' decision to sign Luis Valbuena had more to do with the uncertainty surrounding Albert Pujols' health than a desire to shop C.J. Cron.

Some have suggested that Cron could be a goner now that Valbuena is on board but apparently that isn't the case. Pujols is coming off foot surgery and may not be ready for Opening Day. In that scenario, Valbuena would likely handle first base with Cron filling in at DH. If the Angels let Yunel Escobar walk in free agency next offseason, Valbuena could move to third base full time in 2018.
Source: Fox Sports
Jan 21 - 8:22 PM

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the market for free agent Ryan Hanigan "has started to pick up."

That's according to Hanigan's agent, Tom O'Connell. Hanigan hit just .171 for the Red Sox last year but has been in the league a long time and is still an excellent defensive catcher both in terms of pitch-framing and game-calling. The 36-year-old should land on his feet before spring training rolls around next month.
Source: Boston Globe
Jan 21 - 7:27 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe is hearing the Rays could trade Jake Odorizzi before the start of spring training.

Even after shipping Drew Smyly to the Mariners, the Rays still have a surplus of arms and could move one of them in the near future. Cafardo believes it's unlikely the Rays would move either Chris Archer or Alex Cobb, leaving Odorizzi as the most likely trade candidate. Odorizzi enjoyed one of his best seasons last year, logging a 3.69 ERA over a career-high 187 2/3 innings.
Source: Boston Globe
Jan 21 - 7:18 PM

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Bronson Arroyo is "making great progress" in his recovery from an elbow injury.

Arroyo plans to be ready for Opening Day and is hoping to latch on with a team by late February. Shoulder and elbow issues have sidelined Arroyo for most of the last three seasons. The 15-year veteran turns 40 next month.
Source: Boston Globe
Jan 21 - 7:08 PM

Free agent Sergio Romo drew interest from the Brewers before they signed Neftali Feliz.

That doesn't necessarily mean the Brewers are done pursuing him, though Romo wouldn't have a chance to close now that Feliz is on board. Romo has been met by crickets on the open market this winter. The Yankees were linked to him a month ago but obviously nothing came of that. The 33-year-old posted a respectable 2.64 ERA over 40 relief outings for the Giants last year.
Jan 21 - 6:53 PM


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