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Padres signed RHP Seth Rosin to a minor league contract.

Rosin made one appearance for the Phillies last season but spent nearly all of the year at Triple-A, posting a 3.29 ERA across 47 relief appearances. The 27-year-old will give San Diego some depth from the right side.
Feb 8 - 6:22 PM

Dodgers signed INF Brandon Hicks to a minor league contract.

Hicks, 30, batted only .220/.308/.326 at Triple-A with the Giants last season. He'll fill some organizational depth.
Feb 8 - 6:16 PM

Dodgers re-signed RHP Chin-Hui Tsao to a minor league contract.

Tsao, 34, made it up briefly to the majors with the Dodgers last season but spent the bulk of the year at Triple-A, holding a 2.77 ERA and 42/11 K/BB ratio over 39 innings. He's simply a depth guy.
Feb 8 - 6:14 PM

Diamondbacks designated LHP Will Locante for assignment.

The move clears a spot on a 40-man roster for Tyler Clippard. Locante struggled in his first taste of Double-A last season, posting a 5.79 ERA and 38/34 K/BB ratio over 42 innings. Despite those numbers, some team may take a shot on the hard-throwing southpaw.
Feb 8 - 5:34 PM

Mets signed OF Roger Bernadina to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Bernadina, 31, spent last season at Triple-A with the Rockies, batting .276/.383/.466 with 15 homers and 20 steals. He can play all three outfield spots and provides the Mets with a depth option.
Feb 8 - 5:25 PM

Diamondbacks signed RHP Tyler Clippard to a two-year, $12.25 million contract.

The reliever will receive a $4 million signing bonus and be paid $4.1 million in 2016 and $4.15 million in 2017. Clippard saw his strikeout rate drop and walk rate rise last season, but he boasts a career 2.88 ERA and will turn just 31 later this month. He will set up for Brad Ziegler.
Feb 8 - 4:27 PM

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Brad Ziegler will remain the Diamondbacks' closer following the addition of Tyler Clippard.

The D'Backs finally landed the late-inning reliever they had been seeking, but Ziegler will stay at the back-end of the bullpen. The side-armer isn't your prototypical closer, but he converted 30-of-32 save chances while putting up a 1.85 ERA last season.
Feb 8 - 4:21 PM

Tyler Clippard has agreed to a two-year, $12.25 million free agent contract with the Diamondbacks, per FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

Clippard gets a $4 million signing bonus, a $4.1 million salary for 2016, and $4.15 million in 2017. The 30-year-old right-hander did not finish strong last season, but he still wound up with a cool 2.92 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 71 total innings between the A's and Mets. And he owns a 2.88 ERA for his career. Clippard should be an upgrade to the Diamondbacks' setup corps and there's a chance he could vulture saves at some point from closer Brad Ziegler.
Feb 8 - 4:00 PM

Indians signed RHP Craig Stammen to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Stammen was limited to five appearances in 2015 due to an elbow injury that required surgery, but he should be close to full health leading into the 2016 season. If he has a strong showing during Cactus League play, there may be a spot for him in the Indians' Opening Day bullpen. The 32-year-old right-hander owns a 3.91 career ERA, and he boasts a 2.80 ERA since becoming a full-time reliever in 2011.
Feb 8 - 2:33 PM

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic is hearing that the Diamondbacks have made progress toward an agreement with free agent reliever Tyler Clippard.

Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart acknowledged last week that Clippard would be a good fit for the club, and now it appears he is close to getting his man. The 30-year-old right-hander experienced some struggles down the stretch in 2015, but he still finished with a decent 2.92 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 71 total innings between the A's and Mets. Clippard boasts a 2.88 ERA in 562 career major league frames.
Feb 8 - 11:11 AM

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports that Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel has defected from his native country.

His younger brother Lourdes Gourriel, 22, has also reportedly defected. Yulieski, a 31-year-old third baseman and sometimes second baseman, batted .535 with a 1.615 OPS and 10 home runs over 23 games last season in Cuba's Serie Nacional. He had a 1.009 OPS in 49 games the season before. The well-built native of Sancti Spiritus is an established international slugger who has represented Cuba in all three World Baseball Classics and spent part of the 2014 campaign in Japan. He should do very well for himself once he is granted MLB free agency. Lourdes, the younger Gourriel brother, has been called Cuba's best young prospect.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 8 - 11:01 AM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Indians are working toward a deal with Craig Stammen.

Stammen made just five appearances in 2015 before requiring surgery for a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. The soon-to-be 32-year-old was non-tendered by the Nationals in early December. It's not clear what his new deal with the Indians will be worth. Look for something more official by Monday evening.
Feb 8 - 10:39 AM

Jason Castro will have an arbitration hearing with the Astros on Monday afternoon.

And a ruling should come Tuesday. Castro requested a $5.25 million salary for 2016 and was offered $5 million from the Astros' front office when arbitration figures were exchanged in mid-January. Now three arbitrators will choose one of those numbers. Castro, 28, is in his third and final year of arbitration, meaning he can become a free agent next winter.
Feb 8 - 8:20 AM

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.
Feb 7 - 10:19 PM

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.
Feb 7 - 8:58 PM


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