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Red Sox optioned RHP Noe Ramirez to Triple-A Pawtucket; re-assigned OFs Brian Bogusevic, Rusney Castillo and Allen Craig; 3B Matt Dominguez, C Jake DePew and RHP Hector Velasquez to minor league camp.

Ramirez struck out 17 batters in 9 2/3 relief innings this spring, but that wasn't enough to land an Opening Day roster spot. He'll be up with the big club eventually.

Indians optioned RHP Mike Clevinger to Triple-A Columbus.

Clevinger has really struggled this spring (11.12 ERA), but he didn't have much of a shot to make the Opening Day roster, anyway. He'll be part of Columbus' rotation.

Indians optioned RHP Joseph Colon to Triple-A Columbus; re-assigned INF Chris Colabello, Cs Erik Kratz and Adam Moore, LHP Tyler Olson, OFs Daniel Robertson and Bradley Zimmer and INF Richie Shaffer to minor league camp.

Shaffer opened some eyes this spring with four home runs following a swing change that he's worked on, but it wasn't enough to make the roster. Top prospect Zimmer figures to get a chance this season given the uncertainty in the Indians' outfield.

Rockies placed RHP Chad Bettis on the 60-day disabled list with testicular cancer.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Mark Reynolds. Bettis began chemotherapy last week and is slated to miss most of the season.

Rockies purchased the contract of INF Mark Reynolds from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Reynolds will serve as the Rockies' regular first baseman until Ian Desmond (hand) returns. He batted .282/.356/.450 with 14 homers over 441 plate appearances with Colorado last season and isn't a bad short-term option in deeper fantasy formats.

Tigers released RHP Mark Lowe.

Lowe signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Tigers last winter but won't make it to the end of the deal (although the Tigers will still pay him). The veteran reliever struck out a batter per inning for Detroit last season but also posted an ugly 7.11 ERA over 54 appearances. He's put up a 5.19 ERA over nine appearances this spring. Lowe should be able to catch on elsewhere pretty quickly now that he can be had at the veteran minimum.

Tigers optioned C John Hicks to Triple-A Toledo; re-assigned OF Anthony Gose, RHPs Ruben Alaniz, Joe Jimenez, Logan Kensing, Arcenio Leon, Edward Mujica and 1B Dominic Ficiciello to minor league camp.

There aren't any surprise cuts in this group. Hicks didn't have a shot at a roster spot as long as James McCann and Alex Avila were healthy.

Twins optioned RHP Jose Berrios to Triple-A Rochester.

Berrios looked like the clear favorite for the fifth spot in the rotation after Trevor May (elbow) went down, but he fell behind others in part because he was away for the World Baseball Classic. That's the way the Twins are spinning it, anyway. The 22-year-old held an ugly 8.02 ERA in 14 starts with Minnesota last season and will work on building up his stamina at Rochester. He'll get a shot with the big club soon enough.

Twins reassigned 1Bs Ben Paulsen and Matt Hague and INF Benji Gonzalez to minor league camp.

Paulsen couldn't force his way onto the Opening Day roster despite hitting .314/.400/.457 with a homer and five RBI in Grapefruit League competition. He'll function as depth at Triple-A to begin the season.

Twins released OF Drew Stubbs; re-assigned Drew Rucinski to minor league camp.

Stubbs exercised the opt-out clause in his minor league contract after being told he would not make the Opening Day roster. The speedy outfielder will not try to catch on elsewhere quickly before Opening Day, although there's a good chance he'll have to go to the minors first.

Brewers acquired C Tyler Heineman from the Astros for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

With the injury to Andrew Susac, the Brewers were hurting for organizational catching depth, so the addition of Heineman will help. The 25-year-old hit .259/.344/.351 with three homers and 14 RBI in 73 games at Triple-A Fresno in 2016.

Brewers optioned LHP Brent Suter to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

He held a 4.00 ERA this spring over eight appearances. Suter had a solid 3.32 ERA over 21 2/3 frames for the Brewers last season and should get an opportunity again eventually as a starter or long reliever.

Yankees released LHP Jon Niese.

Niese got a late start to spring training while working his way back from knee surgery, which kept him from ever being under real consideration for one of the open spots in the Yankees' rotation. The club is open to the left-hander sticking around as depth at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as he builds up stamina, although it's unclear whether Niese is considering that.

Athletics released LHP Ross Detwiler.

Detwiler exercised the opt-out clause in his contract after being told he wasn't going to make the Opening Day roster. The lefty holds an 11.88 ERA this spring and a 6.73 ERA in the majors the last two seasons.

Athletics optioned RHP Jesse Hahn to Triple-A Nashville.

Hahn had a shot to open the season in the rotation, but he posted an 8.80 ERA over 15 1/3 innings in the Cactus League. That wasn't going to cut it, especially after last year's 6.02 ERA with the big club. Hahn will try to get on track with Nashville.

Phillies released LHP Sean Burnett.

Burnett requested his release after evidently being told he wasn't going to crack the Opening Day roster. The veteran southpaw held a 2.00 ERA this spring, although he didn't record a single strikeout over nine innings. Burnett should be able to find another job quickly, but he might have to spend some time in the minors.

Mariners optioned RHP Chris Heston to Triple-A Tacoma; re-assigned LHP Nick Hagadone and RHPs Cody Martin and Jean Machi to minor league camp.

Heston was acquired from the Giants over the winter as rotation depth, but he was never under serious consideration for an Opening Day roster spot. He'll start for Tacoma.

Rays signed C Derek Norris to a one-year, $1.2 million contract.

The deal was reported Friday and is now official. Norris is also owed another $700,000 from the Nationals and will be under team control through 2018. The veteran catcher is coming off an awful season that saw him bat just .186/.255/.328, and he's also been dinged for his defense. However, the Rays are viewing him as an upgrade over Jesus Sucre, Curt Casali and Luke Maile until Wilson Ramos (knee) is ready.

Rays placed RHP Kevin Gadea on the 60-day disabled list with right elbow tendinitis.

The Rays had been set to offer the Rule 5 pick back to the Mariners, but instead they'll stash him on the DL. The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Derek Norris.

Nationals re-assigned INF Brandon Snyder to minor league camp.

Snyder has posted an .854 OPS in Grapefruit League play, but it wasn't enough to land a bench spot. He'll provide minor league depth.


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