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Dustin Pedroia (knee) has resumed running.

Pedroia is testing his surgically-repaired left knee; an injury that limited the 35-year-old to just three games in 2018. It's still up in the air whether or not the second baseman will be ready for the start of the 2019 season, but Pedroia told reporters that he feels better than he did at this point last year. We should know more on how he reacts to the running program soon.
Jan 17 - 7:20 PM

Nationals signed LHP Vidal Nuno to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Nuno gets a split-level deal, with Heyman saying that the southpaw will get $1.3 million if he's on the Nationals. He pitched well for the Rays in 17 games last year with a 1.64 ERA, but he wasn't called up until May 23 and battled a hamstring injury over the summer. He should compete for one of the final spots in the Washington bullpen for the 2019 campaign.
Jan 17 - 6:27 PM

Marlins signed RHP Hector Noesi to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

It's a split-level deal, says Heyman, that will pay the right-hander $800,000 if he's pitching for the Marlins. It also contains "many" incentives. We haven't seen Noesi pitch in the majors since 2015, but in 2016-17, he won 35 games -- 20 in 2017 -- for the Kia Tigers of the Korean Baseball Organization. He should get a chance to compete for a spot on the Marlins' pitching staff, but he'll be hard to trust given his lack of success (5.30 ERA in 395 1/3 innings) as an MLB pitcher.
Jan 17 - 6:24 PM

Red Sox president of operations Dave Dombrowski told reporters on Thursday that it's unlikely Carson Smith (shoulder) is ready for the start of the season.

The Red Sox brought back Smith as a non-roster invite, but it sounds like we won't get to see the 29-year-old pitch in spring training. Injuries have plagued Smith since he was acquired from the Mariners in the deal for Wade Miley, and he has appeared in just 29 games since the 2016 season.
Jan 17 - 5:21 PM

Chris Cotillo of Mass Live writes that the odds of Craig Kimbrel returning to the Red Sox look slim.

Red Sox president of operations Dave Dombrowski recently mentioned that Boston "lost two guys" in the bullpen, and it's easy to believe that he meant Joe Kelly -- who signed with the Dodgers -- and Kimbrel. A report earlier in January from Evan Drellich from NBC Boston said that the reliever's market was crazy low, and it's possible that's due to his asking price. The reliever market is starting to thin out, so teams that struck out could come calling again. It just doesn't sound like Boston is going to be one of those teams right now. Dombrowski also mentions that Ryan Brasier, Matt Barnes, Steven Wright and Tyler Thornburg all have a chance to be the closer for the Red Sox. None of those names are Craig Kimbrel.
Jan 17 - 4:32 PM

The Athletic's Dave O'Brien reports that the Braves are not interested in a trade for Sonny Gray.

Earlier on Thursday, Fancred's Jon Heyman reported that the Yankees are "working hard" to move Gray, and mentioned the Braves as one of several teams that have been connected to the right-hander. O'Brien mentions that Atlanta could make a move for a starter, but Gray is not one of their targets at this point.
Jan 17 - 4:24 PM

Padres signed RHP Carlos Torres to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Torres, 36, appeared in 10 games with the Nationals with a 6.52 ERA before being designated for assignment. After going unclaimed, he pitched 50 2/3 innings with a 3.55 ERA for Triple-A Syracuse. He could win a spot as the 11th or 12th pitcher on the San Diego staff, but he most likely will be insurance that spends most of the season at the Triple-A level again.
Jan 17 - 4:02 PM

According to Fancred's Jon Heyman, the Yankees are getting calls on relievers Jonathan Holder and Tommy Kahnle.

Sonny Gray is far more likely to be traded than those two, but the Yanks could explore some offers after securing Adam Ottavino to a three-year, $27 million deal on Thursday and Zach Britton for three years, $39 million earlier this month. Holder would command a big return as a cost-controlled 25-year-old who registered a 3.14 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 60/19 K/BB ratio over 66 innings in 2018. Kahnle struggled last year but has flashed elite stuff in the recent past.
Jan 17 - 2:55 PM

Orioles sent C Andrew Susac outright to Triple-A Norfolk.

Susac was designated for assignment last week to clear a 40-man roster spot for infielder Hanser Alberto. The 29-year-old catcher is a career .221/.283/.373 hitter in exactly 300 plate appearances at the major league level.
Jan 17 - 2:30 PM

Fancred's Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are "working hard now" on a trade of Sonny Gray.

They've been trying to move Gray all winter, so this isn't breaking news, but the 29-year-old right-hander has become even more expendable to New York following the three-year, $27 million free agent agreement with Adam Ottavino. Heyman notes that the Reds, Giants, Brewers, Athletics, Padres, Braves, and Mariners have all been connected to Gray at various points this offseason. The former Oakland ace posted a disappointing 4.90 ERA in 23 starts and seven relief appearances last year, so the return will be light. He's due $7.5 million in 2019.
Jan 17 - 2:27 PM

Nationals sent INF Matt Reynolds outright to Triple-A Fresno.

Reynolds was designated for assignment by the Nationals last week to clear a roster spot for Brian Dozier. The 28-year-old Reynolds holds a weak .223/.295/.340 career batting line over 127 major league games.
Jan 17 - 2:09 PM

ESPN's Jeff Passan reports that the Yankees have a three-year, $27 million agreement in place with free agent reliever Adam Ottavino.

It's only pending a physical exam. Ottavino adds another lethal arm to the Yankees' bullpen, joining Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Adam Ottavino, Zach Britton, and Chad Green in what should be the most dominant relief corps in baseball. Ottavino, 33, registered a spectacular 2.43 ERA (193 ERA+) with 112 strikeouts over 77 2/3 innings with the Rockies last season. The right-hander will likely work in a setup or mid-inning role in New York.
Jan 17 - 1:44 PM

Alex Reyes (lat) has been throwing for the last couple of weeks at the Cardinals' spring training complex in Jupiter, Florida.

"He is currently long-tossing without limitation and beginning to practice his pitching mechanics," Cardinals president John Mozeliak wrote in an email to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "(He) will likely start mound progression in the next 1-2 weeks." Reyes appears poised to enter camp with a clean bill of health after logging just four major league innings over the last two seasons due to lat and elbow injuries. He will be looked at for a range of different roles this spring, including starting pitcher and high-leverage reliever. The young right-hander warrants monitoring in all standard fantasy leagues.
Jan 17 - 10:32 AM

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

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