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  1. Mariners give Nationals castoff Chris Young a rotation spot

    Mar 27, 2014, 12:48 PM EDT

    chris young getty

    Released by the Nationals earlier this week, Chris Young has signed with the Mariners. And unlike most of these scenarios Young is actually getting a major-league deal and a spot in Seattle’s starting rotation. Young is coming back from thoracic outlet syndrome and didn’t pitch in the majors at all last season, but he was…

  2. Rafael Furcal’s comeback will begin on the disabled list

    Mar 27, 2014, 12:19 PM EDT

    Rafael Furcal Marlins

    After missing all of last season following Tommy John elbow surgery Rafael Furcal signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Marlins, but his comeback has hit an immediate snag. Furcal hasn’t played since March 15 because of a strained hamstring, so he’ll begin the season on the disabled list and either Jeff Baker or…

  3. Francisco Liriano cleared for Opening Day start

    Mar 27, 2014, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Francisco Liriano‘s groin injury put his Opening Day start in jeopardy, but Tom Singer of MLB.com reports that the Pirates left-hander “has been given the green light” to pitch Game 1 against the Cubs. Liriano began last season on the disabled list with a broken right arm from an offseason accident and didn’t make his…

  4. Nationals re-sign Michael Gonzalez

    Mar 27, 2014, 11:17 AM EDT

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    Left-hander Michael Gonzalez has re-signed with the Nationals after being released by the team earlier this week. It’s a pattern we’ve seen often this spring: Veteran player on a minor-league contract gets released so the team doesn’t have to pay him a $100,000 “retention” bonus, goes looking for a big-league roster spot elsewhere, and then…

  5. Jose Valverde will be the Mets’ primary setup man

    Mar 27, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jose Valverde Mets

    Not only has Jose Valverde secured a spot in the Mets’ bullpen six weeks after joining the team on a minor-league deal, manager Terry Collins said yesterday that the 36-year-old will begin the season as the primary setup man. And with closer Bobby Parnell potentially not being available for a full workload as he returns…

  6. Bobby Abreu did not make the Phillies

    Mar 26, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

    Bobby Abreu

    Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Phillies informed Bobby Abreu he will not be on the Opening Day roster, ending his comeback attempt with the team he played for from 1998-2006. Abreu hit .263 with 10 walks for a nifty .429 on-base percentage in 16 games this spring, showing that his eye at the…

  7. White Sox claim Javy Guerra off waivers from Dodgers

    Mar 26, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

    Javy Guerra

    Javy Guerra was designated for assignment by the Dodgers to make room for Chone Figgins on the roster last week and the White Sox have claimed the 28-year-old reliever off waivers. Guerra spent most of last season at Triple-A, making just nine (bad) appearances for the Dodgers and missing time with an elbow injury, but…

  8. Rangers release Tommy Hanson

    Mar 26, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson

    Texas is desperate for rotation help right now with Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison, and Derek Holland all hurt, to the point that the Rangers have turned to Tanner Scheppers as their Opening Day starter despite his never starting an MLB game before. And yet they just released Tommy Hanson, who not so long ago was…

  9. Tanner Scheppers’ first big league start will be Opening Day

    Mar 26, 2014, 2:48 PM EDT

    Tanner Scheppers Rangers

    Here’s something you don’t see very often: Because of injuries knocking Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison, and Derek Holland out of the mix the Rangers have turned to Tanner Scheppers as their Opening Day starter and it will also be the 27-year-old right-hander’s first career start in the majors. Scheppers was an occasional starter in the…

  10. Baseball’s best prospect, Byron Buxton, is hurt

    Mar 26, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

    Byron Buxton

    Baseball’s consensus top prospect, 20-year-old Twins center fielder Byron Buxton, injured his left wrist diving for a ball on March 16 and the team announced today that he’s expected to begin the season on the disabled list. Buxton was slated for Double-A and his odds of reaching the majors this season were fairly slim to…

  11. Rays release Mark Lowe despite impressive spring

    Mar 26, 2014, 1:44 PM EDT

    Mark Lowe AP

    Mark Lowe has been fantastic this spring, throwing 10.1 innings with a 0.87 ERA and 12/1 K/BB ratio, but the Rays decided not to give him a spot in the Opening Day bullpen and granted the right-hander’s request to be released. Lowe was injured and ineffective for the Angels last season, but for the Rangers…

  12. Angels release Joe Blanton with $8.5 million left on contract

    Mar 26, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT

    Joe Blanton

    Last offseason the Angels signed Joe Blanton to a two-year, $15 million deal. He was horrendous, going 2-14 with a 6.04 ERA while getting dumped from the rotation and now, after a similarly terrible spring training, they’ve decided to simply release the 33-year-old right-hander. In doing so the Angels eat the $7.5 million Blanton is…

  13. Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock proposed to his girlfriend in Australia

    Mar 26, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

    A.J. Pollock Diamondbacks

    Sure, the Diamondbacks lost both games to the Dodgers during the season-opening series in Australia, but Arizona center fielder A.J. Pollock still had a productive time in Sydney. Steve Gilbert of MLB.com writes that Pollock proposed to his girlfriend, who’s from Australia, “while at the Bondi Beach cliff walk.” Gilbert notes that they met back…

  14. Starling Marte, Pirates agree to long-term extension

    Mar 26, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Last week Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reported that outfielder Starling Marte had turned down multiple long-term contract extension offers from the Pirates, but now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com says the two sides have agreed to a six-year, $31 million deal. Marte is still another year away from arbitration eligibility and under the…

  15. David Aardsma once had some not-so-good things to say about new Cardinals teammate Jhonny Peralta

    Mar 26, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    David Aardsma

    Right-hander David Aardsma just signed a minor-league deal with the Cardinals, which wouldn’t be particularly newsworthy except for the fact that Aardsma was very outspoken on Twitter back when the Cardinals signed Jhonny Peralta to a four-year, $53 million deal in November. Here’s an Aardsma tweet from the day Peralta signed, November 23: Apparently getting…

  16. Kevin Frandsen leaves the Phillies for the Nationals

    Mar 26, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Kevin Frandsen AP

    OK, so this probably isn’t big enough news to add any fuel to the rivalry, but infielder Kevin Frandsen is signing with the Nationals after declining an assignment to the minors from the Phillies yesterday. Frandsen forfeited a $900,000 salary by turning down the Phillies’ attempt to move him to Triple-A after taking him off…

  17. Nationals release Jamey Carroll

    Mar 25, 2014, 5:35 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Cleveland Indians

    Washington released 40-year-old Jamey Carroll, who was competing for the utility infielder job on a minor-league contract. Carroll looked just about done for the Twins and Royals last season, hitting .211 with a .518 OPS in 73 games while struggling to control the strike zone for the first time in his career. He’s also no…

  18. Comeback complete: Michael Pineda made the Yankees’ rotation

    Mar 25, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Michael Pineda missed each of the past two seasons recovering from shoulder surgery and has yet to throw a regular season pitch for the Yankees after they acquired him from the Mariners for Jesus Montero in January of 2012, but that’s about to change. Pineda is officially Joe Girardi’s choice for the fifth spot in…

  19. Rangers send Neftali Feliz back to the minors

    Mar 25, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Neftali Feliz was recovered enough from Tommy John elbow surgery to make six appearances for the Rangers in September of last season, throwing 4.2 scoreless innings, but after watching him pitch this spring the team has decided to send the 25-year-old former Rookie of the Year back to the minors. Feliz gave up 13 hits…

  20. Carlos Santana is the Indians’ starting third baseman

    Mar 25, 2014, 1:50 PM EDT

    Carlos Santana Indians

    For most of spring training reports from Indians camp suggested that Carlos Santana was struggling with his attempted transition from catcher to third base, but apparently manager Terry Francona disagreed with those assessments. Francona just told Jordan Bastian of MLB.com that Santana will be the Indians’ primary third base, which means last year’s primary third…

  21. Nationals release Michael Gonzalez

    Mar 25, 2014, 12:48 PM EDT

    mike gonzalez getty

    Washington’s bullpen is tough one to crack and Michael Gonzalez wasn’t able to so on a minor-league contract, so the Nationals have released the veteran left-hander. Gonzalez is 35 years old, but still seems capable of helping some teams as a middle reliever after posting a 4.68 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 50 innings for…

  22. Yu Darvish scratched from Opening Day start with neck injury

    Mar 25, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish

    Yu Darvish will not start on Opening Day for the Rangers, as the right-hander has been scratched from his Game 1 assignment due to a neck injury. Darvish woke up one morning with a stiff neck last week and had to miss his spring training start Friday. Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram…

  23. Rays release Erik Bedard

    Mar 25, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT

    Erik Bedard Getty

    Erik Bedard has said throughout spring training that he wouldn’t accept an assignment to Triple-A if he didn’t win a spot in the Rays’ rotation and sure enough after choosing rookie Jake Odorizzi for the fifth-starter job Tampa Bay released Bedard. He might still end up at Triple-A, or at least that’s what manager Joe…

  24. Johan Santana and Dylan Bundy are rehab buddies

    Mar 25, 2014, 10:50 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Baltimore Orioles

    Johan Santana is one of the best pitchers of this generation and he’s coming back from multiple shoulder surgeries at age 35. Dylan Bundy is one of the best pitching prospects in baseball and he’s coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery at age 21. They’re both in Orioles camp and Adam Berry of MLB.com…

  25. Marlins release Ty Wigginton

    Mar 25, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v St. Louis Cardinals

    This might be the end of the line for Ty Wigginton, who was released by the Marlins after failing to make the team on a minor-league contract. Wigginton was released by the Cardinals last season just 58 plate appearances into a two-year, $5 million contract and failed to latch on anywhere else before joining the…

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