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  1. Jesse Crain has a calf strain

    Feb 20, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Jesse Crain injured his right calf the other day. Evan Drellich reports that an MRI has confirmed the original diagnosis of a strain. While Bo Porter characterized the diagnosis as good news — coulda been worse – it’s just the latest in a series of health issues for Crain. He had biceps surgery in the offseason…

  2. Red Sox sign Francisco Cordero to minor league deal

    Feb 16, 2014, 1:27 PM EDT

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    As first reported by beat writer John Tomase of the Boston Herald, the Red Sox have signed veteran right-hander Francisco Cordero to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Cordero sat out the entire 2013 season after undergoing major shoulder surgery in early April. He surrendered 61 hits and 35 runs (33…

  3. Jeff Samardzija on extension talks with Cubs: emotional attachment “only goes so far”

    Feb 14, 2014, 10:10 PM EDT

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    The Cubs and starter Jeff Samardzija recently agreed to a salary of $5.345 million for the 2014 season to avoid arbitration. It offered nothing in the way of progress between the two sides, who have been discussing a multi-year contract extension. The Cubs reportedly offered the right-hander $55 million over five years back in December,…

  4. Rays likely to sign Erik Bedard

    Feb 13, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT

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    Confirming recent speculation from Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times hears that the Rays are likely to sign veteran left-hander Erik Bedard to a minor league contract. Bedard made 26 starts with the Astros last season, his most since 2007 with the Orioles. However, while he managed to…

  5. Jake Arrieta expected to miss start of season after bout with shoulder soreness

    Feb 13, 2014, 8:41 PM EDT

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    Jake Arrieta was expected to compete for a rotation spot with the Cubs this spring, but it sounds like he’ll have to wait to get his opportunity. According to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said today that Arrieta felt shoulder tightness over the winter and is not expected to be ready…

  6. Brett Wallace clears waivers, gets camp invite

    Feb 12, 2014, 6:08 PM EDT

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    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that first baseman Brett Wallace has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City. He will be in Astros camp this spring as a non-roster invitee, hoping to earn back his 40-man roster spot. Wallace was designated for assignment by the Houston front office last week to…

  7. Jarred Cosart apologizes for using a homophobic slur on Twitter

    Feb 10, 2014, 9:31 PM EDT

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    Astros right-hander Jarred Cosart learned a valuable lesson today on how to handle himself on social media. Cosart was joking around with Phillies minor league outfielder (and former teammate) Tyson Gillies on Twitter and used a homophobic slur to describe Canadian pop musician Justin Bieber. The tweet was soon deleted and he eventually issued the…

  8. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  9. Astros designate Brett Wallace for assignment

    Feb 6, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

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    To make room for free agent signing Jerome Williams on the 40-man roster the Astros have designated first baseman Brett Wallace for assignment. Wallace was once a top prospect, but it turned out he couldn’t really play third base defensively and never developed into the impact bat many people pegged him for in the minors.…

  10. Jesse Crain is finally throwing again

    Feb 5, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jesse Crain

    After numerous setbacks that caused him to miss the entire second half of last season and kept him sidelined throughout the offseason Jesse Crain is finally throwing again. Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that Crain threw Monday and plans to do so again today and Friday as he prepares for spring training with the Astros.…

  11. What are the Astros aiming for exactly?

    Feb 3, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Having finished with baseball’s worst record three straight years, the Astros have mastered the art of being bad. And it’s worked out for them; thanks to their early draft picks and some veteran-for-prospects trades, they now boast one of the game’s very best farm systems. That left the Astros with a decision to make entering…

  12. Jesse Crain still not ready to begin throwing

    Jan 27, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jesse Crain

    Houston took a risk in signing Jesse Crain after he missed the entire second half with shoulder problems, although a one-year, $3.25 million deal is certainly a reasonable risk to take on a potential impact bullpen arm. His status for Opening Day remains in question, as CSNHouston.com reports that Crain won’t even begin throwing for…

  13. Cubs sign Pedro Strop to a one-year deal to avoid arbitration

    Jan 17, 2014, 6:31 PM EDT

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    The Cubs and 28-year-old reliever Pedro Strop have avoided arbitration with a one-year deal worth $1.325 million, reports Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. This was Strop’s first year of arbitration eligibility. The Cubs acquired Strop along with Jake Arrieta in a trade with the Orioles on July 2 last season. They sent Scott Feldman…

  14. Derek Holland required microfracture knee surgery

    Jan 14, 2014, 10:13 PM EDT

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    Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News shares the update: The Texas Rangers acknowledged on Tuesday that left-hander Derek Holland underwent micro-fracture surgery on the left knee last week. The procedure underscores why the Rangers have said they are planning on Holland to be out until the All-Star break. In the surgery, Rangers medical director…

  15. Astros may make Jason Castro available

    Jan 5, 2014, 9:50 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Oakland Athletics

    Catcher Jason Castro was the Astros’ most productive player throughout the 2013 season but they may make him available in a trade depending on the development of catching prospect Max Stassi and their ability to sign Castro to a contract extension, writes Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Castro, 26, is eligible for arbitration for the…

  16. Astros sign Jesse Crain

    Dec 31, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

    Jesse Crain

    Hey, actual news on December 31! Jesse Crain has agreed to a one-year contract with the Astros, who add the veteran right-hander to a bullpen mix that also recently added Chad Qualls on a two-year, $6 million deal. Crain was having a career-year for the White Sox when shoulder problems derailed him in late June.…

  17. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

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    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  18. Padres trade outfielder Jesus Guzman to the Astros for shortstop Ryan Jackson

    Dec 18, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

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    MLB.com’s Corey Brock passes along word of this minor transaction … More #Padres action: The team has traded Jesus Guzman to the #Astros for INF Ryan Jackson. — Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) December 18, 2013 Guzman, 29, is a .259/.324/.418 career hitter in 930 plate appearances at the major league level. He’s limited defensively to the…

  19. Rockies acquire Drew Stubbs from Indians for Josh Outman

    Dec 18, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

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    It sounds like the Rockies are committed to playing Carlos Gonzales is center field after trading away Dexter Fowler, but they’ve picked up an alternative just in case. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Rockies have acquired Drew Stubbs from the Indians in exchange for left-hander Josh Outman. Stubbs is probably best suited for…

  20. Report: Rockies acquire Brett Anderson from Athletics

    Dec 10, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

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    4:32 p.m. EST update: FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Rockies are acquiring Anderson from the A’s in return for left-hander Drew Pomeranz and right-hander Chris Jensen. Anderson’s addition will likely leave Juan Nicasio and Jordan Lyles battling for one spot in Colorado’s rotation. The A’s still have six starters without him, a total…

  21. Rockies trade Dexter Fowler to Astros for Jordan Lyles

    Dec 3, 2013, 5:25 PM EDT

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    Trade rumors have been swirling around Dexter Fowler for a while now and the Rockies have sent the center fielder to the Astros in exchange for right-hander Jordan Lyles and outfielder Brandon Barnes. Fowler is 27 years old with two seasons remaining before free agency and the Astros’ payroll is so low that the fact…

  22. Angels sign Wade LeBlanc

    Nov 11, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Miami Marlins

    Stockpiling rotation depth, the Angels have signed Wade LeBlanc to a minor-league contract after inking Chris Volstad to a minor-league deal last week. LeBlanc posted a 5.40 ERA in 55 innings for the Marlins and Astros this year and the 28-year-old left-hander has a 4.51 career ERA in 417 innings spent mostly as a starter.…

  23. Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo to interview this week for Cubs’ managerial opening

    Nov 3, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

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    Now that the World Series has concluded and the champagne-soaked streets of Boston have begun to dry, members of the Red Sox coaching staff can begin adding their names to interview lists for the various managerial vacancies around the majors. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo plans to do…

  24. Cubs interviewed Brad Ausmus for manager job

    Nov 2, 2013, 9:54 AM EDT

    Brad Ausmus

    Add another name to the list of candidates for Cubs manager. Tony Andracki of CSNChicago.com reports that the Cubs interviewed Padres special assistant and former major league catcher Brad Ausmus for their managerial opening yesterday. He becomes the sixth reported candidate to interview, joining former Mariners manager Eric Wedge, Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch, Padres bench…

  25. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

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