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Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that Yoan Moncada has been cleared by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and is licensed as an unblocked national.

David Hastings, the agent for Moncada, believes that his client should now be cleared to sign with any MLB team. The 19-year-old is subject to international signing guidelines. He has attracted interest from more than a dozen teams and has already held private workouts with the Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers among others. He's expected to command a signing bonus of at least $30 million.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 30 - 11:30 PM

Brandon Finnegan (arm) notes that he's now feeling better after experiencing arm trouble early in the offseason.

The hard-throwing southpaw admitted, "I felt like I tore everything in my arm" when throwing this winter. While that's a shocking a troublesome admission, it's good to hear that he feels better and appears to be over the issue. The 21-year-old appeared in seven games for the Royals in September, allowing just one run (1.29 ERA) while posting a 10/1 K/BB ratio in seven innings.
Jan 30 - 9:29 PM

Red Sox signed RHP Alexi Ogando to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

The deal became official with Ogando passing his physical on Friday. He also has the potential to earn up to an additional $1.5 million in incentives. He struggled through an injury-plagued 2014 season, posting a 6.84 ERA and 1.92 WHIP in 25 innings with the Rangers, but remains a very talented arm. It's a nice low-risk signing for the Red Sox to bolster their bullpen.
Jan 30 - 7:12 PM

Red Sox designated LHP Drake Britton for assignment.

He was the roster casualty to make room for the recently signed Alexi Ogando. The 25-year-old southpaw appeared in seven games for the Red Sox in 2014, hurling 6 2/3 scoreless innings while posting a 4/2 K/BB ratio. He won't be out of work for long.
Jan 30 - 7:07 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that 5+ teams are in on Joe Thatcher.

Cotillo adds that while there's plenty of interest, "no signing is imminent." Thatcher is coming off a fine season, having put up a 3.86 ERA and 27/4 K/BB ratio across 30 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old is likely to require only a one-year contract.
Jan 30 - 5:59 PM

Peter Moylan (elbow) said Friday that he's doing "fantastic" in his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

"I’m doing fantastic, mate. Dropped 35 pounds." said Moylan. "My goal is to be 100 percent by end of spring. Ball is coming out great, though. Probably have to throw for some teams right around the start of spring to gauge interest, but there have already been some nibbles, which is encouraging." Moylan said he's still mulling whether to sign a deal soon or wait to sign until after the season gets underway. His career ERA is 2.80, but Moylan is 36 and returning from a second Tommy John surgery, so he's far from a safe bet.
Jan 30 - 5:44 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that Phil Coke is "in talks with multiple teams."

Coke, 32, has posted a 4.48 ERA over the past two seasons but that apparently hasn't stopped clubs from being interested. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported last week that the reliever has lost 15 pounds this offseason, so he's at least putting in the conditioning effort as he aims to bounce back in 2015.
Jan 30 - 5:12 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that the market on Joe Beimel is "thawing."

He adds that three teams are currently interested in the lefty, "with more likely to jump in." The Mariners are known to be interest in bringing Beimel back, but it sounds like they could face some competition. Beimel held a 2.20 ERA in 45 innings for Seattle last season.
Jan 30 - 5:07 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox "have expressed a willingness" to trade Edward Mujica.

It's not terribly surprising, as Mujica was decent but not great last season (3.90 ERA, 43/14 K/BB ratio over 60 innings) and is owed $4.75 million in 2015. The Red Sox have also added a couple bullpen arms in recent days in Robbie Ross and Alexi Ogando. Boston might have to eat a little money in order to move Mujica.
Jan 30 - 4:00 PM

Rockies designated LHP Jayson Aquino for assignment.

They needed to clear room on the 40-man roster following a trade with the Braves. Aquino, 22, has struggled while moving up the organizational ladder, posting a 5.13 ERA in 18 starts between High- and Double-A in 2014. He seems likely to clear waivers.
Jan 30 - 3:55 PM

Orioles and 1B/OF Steve Pearce avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.7 million contract.

It's the exact midpoint between arbitration figures exchanged earlier this month. Pearce is slated to be Baltimore's regular designated hitter in 2015 after last year's surprising showing.
Jan 30 - 3:52 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox are in agreement with Alexi Ogando on a one-year contract.

The deal is pending a physical, and Ogando can't be considered a sure thing to pass it given his elbow and shoulder issues in recent seasons. It's worth $1.5 million plus another $1.5 million available in incentives. The health concerns are why the Rangers decided to non-tender him next month, but it's not a surprise that there was interest given his career 3.35 ERA. Ogando has both started and relieved but would likely do the latter in Boston.
Jan 30 - 3:50 PM

Braves acquired Cs Chris O'Dowd and Jose Briceno from the Rockies in exchange for RHPs David Hale and Gus Schlosser.

O'Dowd is a career .260/.327/.362 hitter in the minors and has displayed very little power. As a 24-year-old with barely any experience above A-ball, he's not really a prospect.
Jan 30 - 3:47 PM

Braves acquired Cs Jose Briceno and Chris O’Dowd from the Rockies in exchange for RHPs David Hale and Gus Schlosser.

Briceno, 22, wasn't listed by Baseball America as one of the Rockies' top-10 prospects, but he sports a solid .280/.342/.433 batting line in his minor league career and has double-digit homers in back-to-back seasons. The Venezuelan native seems likely to begin 2015 at High-A.
Jan 30 - 3:44 PM

Rockies acquired RHPs Gus Schlosser and David Hale from the Braves in exchange for Cs Jose Briceno and Chris O’Dowd.

Gus Schlosser was non-tendered by the Braves last month before being re-signed. The 26-year-old held a 7.64 ERA in 15 relief appearances for Atlanta last season, but he boasts a career 3.11 ERA in the minors. While he pitched mostly as a starter on the farm, Schlosser seems likelier to be a potential bullpen fit for the Rockies.
Jan 30 - 3:41 PM


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