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Indians president Mark Shapiro indicated Sunday that the team would consider signing Corey Kluber to a long-term contract extension.

When asked about the idea, Shapiro noted that Kluber has everything that the organization looks for in a player and that "He has all the precursors that we would look for to enter into a multiyear agreement." The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner will make the league minimum in 2015 before being eligible for salary arbitration for the first time next offseason.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 25 - 11:23 PM

Glen Perkins (forearm, elbow) believes that he is fully recovered from the forearm strain and nerve irritation that ended his season prematurely, and he'll be ready to go for the start of spring training.

Perkins underwent a precautionary MRI early in the offseason that ruled out any structural damage to his UCL. The Twins closer began his throwing program in mid-December and by all accounts everything has gone smoothly. While there's always risk involved with elbow and arm injuries, it looks like Perkins will be ready for the start of the season.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 25 - 11:05 PM

Orioles and INF Ryan Flaherty avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.075 million contract.

It's a nice raise over the $513,000 that he made in 2014. Flaherty can also earn an additional $25,000 for reaching 400 plate appearances. He'll be in an open competition in spring training to be the O's starting second baseman, though his fantasy value remains limited.
Jan 25 - 9:54 PM

Jered Weaver focused on bulking up over the winter in an effort to be stronger and have the ability to consistently pitch deeper into games in 2015.

Weaver pitched at a weight of 199 pounds in 2014 and currently sits at 224, which he says is about as high as it has ever been. The 32-year-old hurler logged 213 1/3 innings in 2014, but only lasted eight or more innings four times, and only averaged 6 1/3 innings over his final 12 starts.
Jan 25 - 8:05 PM

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Brewers are considering bringing back free agent closer Francisco Rodriguez.

According to Haudricourt, Brewers owner Mark Attanasio has had conversations in recent days with Scott Boras, the agent for K-Rod. It appears as if trade talks for Jonathan Papelbon have fallen apart and the team doesn't feel secure relying solely on Jonathan Broxton in the late innings. Rodriguez had a career resurgence in the Brewers bullpen in 2014, saving 44 games while posting a 3.04 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 73/18 K/BB ratio in 68 frames.
Jan 25 - 7:15 PM

Mariners re-signed OF Endy Chavez to a minor league contract.

The veteran outfielder will compete for a reserve role with the M's. He has the ability to handle all three outfield positions defensively and also adds an element of speed off the bench.
Jan 25 - 5:37 PM

Alex Meyer has admitted to being open to the idea of pitching out of the bullpen if it's in the best interest of the Twins.

Meyer is expected to compete for a rotation spot this spring, and his future in the organization is still as a starter, but if he doesn't win a spot he could still help the team in a spot starter/long relief role.
Jan 25 - 5:31 PM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels took the time during Fan Fest on Saturday to shoot down the rumors of Josh Hamilton returning to the Rangers.

Daniels called the chances of the team dealing for the outfielder "small", a response that drew applause from the Rangers faithful in attendance. The Angels have made no secret of their desire to trade Hamilton, who is still owed $83 million over the next three seasons, but it appears as though the Rangers can safely be crossed off the list of potential destinations.
Jan 25 - 4:55 PM

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin reiterated Sunday that the team is not looking to add a starting pitcher after dealing Yovani Gallardo to the Rangers this week.

The team is committed to utilizing Jimmy Nelson as their fifth starter this season, and Melvin indicated that if the team did add another hurler it would be a "spot starter" type. The 25-year-old Nelson posted a 1.46 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 114/32 K/BB ratio over 111 innings at Triple-A Nashville in 2014 and makes for a very intriguing sleeper option in fantasy drafts this spring.
Jan 25 - 4:44 PM

Tyler Thornburg (elbow) has already begun throwing bullpen sessions.

Thornburg was diagnosed last August with "weakness" in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, but he didn't have surgery and has been encouraged with his progress following a PRP injection. He expects to be ready for Opening Day, but it's usually just a matter of time that surgery is needed when the UCL is involved.
Jan 25 - 1:54 PM

Jim Henderson (shoulder) began throwing off a mound last week.

He's slated to have his first true bullpen sessions this week after surgery last August to repair his labrum and rotator cuff. The Brewers referred to the operation as a "cleanup," but it's always worrisome when the labrum and rotator cuff are involved. However, Henderson is optimistic about being ready to go come Opening Day.
Jan 25 - 12:42 PM

Taijuan Walker will compete with Roenis Elias and Erasmo Ramirez for the fifth spot in the Mariners' rotation.

"The more competition, the better," Walker said. "It brings the best out of everyone who is fighting for a spot." The top prospect is obviously the big name here, but Elias could be the favorite for the No. 5 spot after posting a 3.85 ERA and 1.31 WHIP over 29 starts last season. Walker did finish strong with a 1.96 ERA in September and also pitched well in two Arizona Fall League starts. Fantasy owners will be rooting for him during spring training.
Jan 25 - 10:36 AM

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said Saturday that Boone Logan (elbow) is completely healthy.

Logan had surgery last September to remove a small bone spur from his left elbow -- the second straight year he had an operation on his elbow. His recovery dragged on longer than expected the first time, but the rehab has evidently gone better this time around and he'll enter spring training with no restrictions. Logan will look to bounce back in 2015 after holding a 6.84 ERA and 1.68 WHIP over 35 appearances in his first season with the Rockies.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 25 - 10:14 AM

Reds manager Bryan Price said that Anthony DeSclafani is "certainly one of the favorites to make our rotation."

As it stands right now, Tony Cingrani and DeSclafani look like the favorites to come away with the No. 4 and No. 5 spots, respectively. However, they'll face competition from Cuban Raisel Iglesias, David Holmberg, Dylan Axelrod and Jason Marquis. Acquired from the Marlins in the Mat Latos trade, DeSclafani struggled in his brief time in the majors in 2014 but boasts a career 3.23 ERA in the minors and has middle-of-the-rotation upside.
Jan 25 - 9:52 AM

A source told Teri Thompson, Bill Madden and Michael O'Keefe of the New York Daily News that Alex Rodriguez is "noticeably thinner and 'massless' than in previous years."

Rodriguez will turn 40 in the middle of the season and has had past hip issues, so taking off some weight is probably wise. Slated for the designated hitter role in 2015, A-Rod remains a poor bet health-wise and is coming off a year-long suspension, so his appeal in fantasy leagues is limited. The Daily News report also stated that Rodriguez offered to meet face-to-face with Yankees executives in order to apologize for his role in the Biogenesis scandal, but the club declined the invite.
Jan 25 - 9:31 AM


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