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Nationals signed RHP Scott Copeland to a minor league contract.

Copeland made one scoreless relief appearance with the Mets in 2018 and had a 3.43 ERA in 22 starts between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas. The 31-year-old right-hander could turn out to be a nice depth piece for Washington this summer, but he probably won't be in consideration for the Opening Day roster.
Jan 16 - 10:15 PM

Dodgers signed RHP Luis Vasquez to a minor league contract.

Vasquez will turn 33 years old in April and has never appeared in a game at the MLB level. He holds an uninspiring 5.49 ERA in 306 2/3 career minor league frames.
Jan 16 - 10:03 PM

Reds signed RHP Johendi Jiminian to a minor league contract.

Jiminian, a 26-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, posted a 3.49 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 52/31 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings (16 starts) last season with the Double-A affiliate of the Mariners. He will be organizational pitching depth for Cincinnati.
Jan 16 - 9:59 PM

Cubs signed OF Evan Marzilli to a minor league contract.

Marzilli, who turns 28 years old this March, batted .260/.345/.382 with two home runs and one stolen base in 148 plate appearances last season with the Triple-A affiliate of the Diamondbacks. He will function as minor league outfield depth for the Cubs in 2019.
Jan 16 - 9:56 PM

Diamondbacks signed RHP Ryan Newell to a minor league contract.

Newell spent the first half of the 2018 season serving out an 80-game PED suspension before delivering a 1.93 ERA in 14 innings of relief with the Double-A affiliate of the Marlins. The 27-year-old former seventh-round pick has yet to appear in a major league game.
Jan 16 - 9:52 PM

Twins signed INF/OF Drew Maggi to a minor league contract.

Maggi can play all over the diamond defensively, but the 29-year-old has never appeared in a major league game and he posted an underwhelming .678 OPS with one home run in 232 at-bats last season for the Triple-A affiliate of the Indians. He'll be minor league depth for Minnesota in 2019.
Jan 16 - 8:57 PM

Eric Skoglund has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for PED violations.

He tested positive for Ostarine and Ligandrol, types of androgen receptor modulating drugs. Royals general manager Dayton Moore said in a statement that Skoglund "unknowingly made a mistake" and "will have to accept his suspension." The 26-year-old former third-round pick has mostly struggled at the major league level, holding a 6.03 ERA in 88 career innings. He made 13 starts and one relief appearance for the rebuilding Royals last season.
Jan 16 - 5:12 PM

Shawn Tolleson has retired from baseball.

Tolleson had another setback in his recovery from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and will shut it down for good. The 30-year-old right-hander (he turns 31 this weekend) posted a 3.92 ERA in 218 career major league innings between 2012-2016. He got a single AL Cy Young Award vote in 2015 after racking up 35 saves with the Rangers alongside a 2.99 ERA.
Jan 16 - 5:04 PM

Fancred's Jon Heyman hears that the White Sox's reported offer of seven years, $175 million to Manny Machado is "way off."

ESPN's Buster Olney presented those numbers on Wednesday afternoon. Word is the White Sox aren't willing to go beyond seven years for Machado -- or Bryce Harper, for that matter -- but Heyman writes that the dollar value in this case "almost surely begins with a 2," as in $200-million-plus. The Phillies and Yankees are the only other two teams that have been connected publicly to Machado, though darkhorses could certainly emerge if the price drops well below the $300 million he was believed to be demanding at the start of the winter. Machado's agent Dan Lozano released a statement Wednesday evening decrying "completely wrong" reports about the market for his client. The saga continues.
Jan 16 - 4:27 PM

Diamondbacks acquired INF/OF Tim Locastro from the Yankees for LHP Ronald Roman and cash considerations.

Locastro began the offseason as a member of the Dodgers before getting scooped up by the Yankees in a November waiver trade. New York then designated him for assignment on Monday. The versatile 26-year-old spent the majority of the 2018 season at Triple-A Oklahoma City, batting .279/.389/.409 with four home runs and 18 stolen bases in 83 games there. He'll be a depth piece at multiple positions for Arizona, including shortstop.
Jan 16 - 4:12 PM

ESPN's Jeff Passan reports that the Diamondbacks and Wilmer Flores have come to terms on a one-year, $4.25 million contract with a $6 million club option for 2020.

It's a fit that makes a lot of sense. Flores is bad defensively everywhere other than first base (and not particularly good there), but the Diamondbacks have plenty of flexibility there with Jake Lamb able to move between the corners, Eduardo Escobar able to play throughout the infield and Ketel Marte perhaps moving to center field. Flores will be asked to play against lefties and could take on a significant role against righties if he has a good start.
Jan 16 - 3:25 PM

Cubs claimed LHP Ian Clarkin off waivers from the White Sox.

Would it be cheating just to use the same writeup as we did in November, when the Cubs originally claimed Clarkin off waivers from the White Sox? The White Sox reclaimed him a week later, only to again drop him from their 40-man roster last week. The injury-plagued Clarkin will open 2019 in the minors, though whether that happens with the Cubs or some other organization is still up in the air. He had a 4.76 ERA in 12 starts and 13 relief appearances in a 2018 season spent mostly at Double-A Birmingham.
Jan 16 - 3:09 PM

ESPN's Pedro Gomez believes that Wilmer Flores is on the verge of signing with an NL West team.

Of the NL West teams, the Diamondbacks and Padres would seem to make the most sense. The Diamondbacks could have him platoon with Jake Lamb at first and also start against righties on occasion, with Lamb at third and Eduardo Escobar somewhere else on the diamond. The Padres have a vacancy for him at third, but his defensive issues there would be a problem.
Jan 16 - 2:38 PM

White Sox sent OF Charlie Tilson outright to Triple-A Charlotte.

Tilson, who was expected to be the White Sox's center fielder two years ago, struggled mightily last season (.577 OPS in Triple-A, .623 OPS in 106 AB in the majors) after missing 2017 with a foot injury. It's possible he'll rebound and play his way back into the mix for the White Sox this season, but there wasn't much reason for anyone to claim him off waivers.
Jan 16 - 1:48 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney says the White Sox's offer to Manny Machado is $175 million for seven years.

He's not the first to say this, but it lends some weight to the previous reports. Obviously, Machado is worth more than $25 million per year, but that doesn't much matter unless someone else steps up. The Phillies and Yankees are his other known suitors at the moment. You'd have to think that other teams would jump into the mix if Machado's market craters to the point where he is seriously considering this White Sox offer. The 26-year-old was said to be seeking a 10-year deal worth more than $300 million at the outset of the offseason.
Jan 16 - 12:24 PM

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