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Date: Team: Pos:

Orioles hired Doug Brocail as pitching coach.

Brocail spent the last three seasons serving as the pitching coach for the Rangers. He also worked with new Orioles general manager Mike Elias back in Houston. Baltimore ranked dead-last in team ERA last year with a brutal 5.18 combined mark, and there's probably not much Brocail can do to improve the situation without an influx of better talent.
Jan 15 - 4:16 PM

Rangers claimed OF John Andreoli off waivers from the Mariners.

The Mariners got Andreoli back from the Orioles in late October, but he was designated for assignment last week. The 28-year-old hit .230/.284/.262 over 67 plate appearances at the major league level in 2018 and will serve as outfield depth with his new club.
Jan 15 - 3:06 PM

Leonys Martin (illness) told Mandy Bell of that he now feels 100 percent.

Martin fought a life-threatening bacterial infection last August, but he was cleared for full baseball activities back in November and should have no restrictions going into spring training. The 30-year-old projects to begin 2019 as the starting center fielder with Cleveland.
Jan 15 - 9:34 AM

Red Sox signed LHP Daniel Schlereth to a minor league contract.

Schlereth split his time last season between independent ball and the minors in the Mariners organization. He hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012 and is merely organizational depth.
Jan 14 - 9:03 PM

Dennis Lin and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic report that the Indians, Padres and Reds have discussed a three-team trade that would send Corey Kluber to Cincinnati.

The Padres would want to acquire Nick Senzel from the Reds in the trade, but Lin cautions that Cincy "does not want to move" the top prospect and "no deal is close" at this time. San Diego is on the lookout for a third baseman and it appears this is just one of the scenarios they've kicked around. The Padres have been connected to Kluber a few times this offseason, but Lin says it would be to flip him to another team.
Jan 14 - 8:24 PM

Yankees designated INF/OF Tim Locastro for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for DJ LeMahieu. Locastro went from the Dodgers to the Yankees via the waiver process earlier this offseason and could draw interest on waivers again.
Jan 14 - 5:02 PM

Yankees signed 2B DJ LeMahieu to a two-year, $24 million contract.

The deal was first reported last Friday and has now been made official. LeMahieu is expected to play all over the infield for the Yankees, although given Troy Tulowitzki's injury history there's a good chance Gleyber Torres will wind up sliding over to shortstop and LeMahieu will settle in at his customary second base (at least until Didi Gregorius returns).
Jan 14 - 5:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rays are "closing in" on Avisail Garcia.

It'll be a one-year, $3.5 million deal, with Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports adding that the pact could be worth as much as $6 million if Garcia hits his incentives. Garcia was non-tendered by the White Sox earlier this offseason, as they weren't keen on giving him a raise in his final year of arbitration eligibility. In Tampa, the 27-year-old figures to be in the mix for playing time in right field and also in the designated hitter spot. Garcia posted a .885 OPS in 2017, but he fell off to a .719 OPS in 2018 and was limited to just 93 games because of injury.
Jan 14 - 4:06 PM

Twins designated RHP John Curtiss for assignment.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Blake Parker. Curtiss has struggled in his brief opportunities in the majors over the last two seasons but has posted nice numbers in the minors. It's possible the 25-year-old could draw some interest on waivers.
Jan 14 - 3:40 PM

Athletics first-rounder Kyler Murray announced Monday that he has officially declared for the NFL Draft.

This is a procedural move that was expected and doesn't necessarily shut the door on Murray playing baseball. However, while the A's reportedly could entice the Heisman Trophy winner into choosing baseball by giving him an MLB contract, the smart money remains on him ultimately picking football. Murray is expected to be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft.
Jan 14 - 3:34 PM

Twins signed RHP Blake Parker to a one-year, $1.8 million contract.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the deal could max out at $3.2 million if he's on the active roster for 160 days. He remains under team control for 2020. Parker was non-tendered by the Angels at the end of November after posting a 3.26 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 70/19 K/BB ratio across 66 1/3 innings in 2018. He has closing experience and should take over a late-inning role with his new club.
Jan 14 - 1:29 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski is holding a showcase for MLB teams on Tuesday.

Rzepczynski was brutal in 2018, posting a 6.97 ERA and 2.52 ERA over 23 appearances between the Mariners and Indians. The 33-year-old has had some success as a specialist in the past, but he's likely going to have to settle for a minor league deal wherever he lands.
Jan 14 - 12:12 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that it's said that things have begun to "ramp up" in Sonny Gray trade talks.

The Yankees have apparently become more active with word that CC Sabathia received clearance to pitch following a December 11 angioplasty procedure. Heyman hears that six teams are believed to be involved in talks, including the Reds. Some other teams connected to Gray include the Braves, Padres, Brewers, Athletics, and Mariners. Gray is coming off a disappointing 4.90 ERA over 23 starts last season. The Yankees and Gray recently avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.5 million contract for 2019, but it would be a surprise if he sticks around.
Jan 14 - 11:46 AM

The Cubs have hired Craig Breslow as the team's director of strategic initiatives for baseball operations.

Breslow double-majored in molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale, so it always figured that teams would eventually attempt to hire him for a front office role. According to the team, he'll "help to evaluate and implement data-based processes throughout all facets of Baseball Operations. He will also support the organization’s pitching infrastructure in Player Development and the major leagues." The 38-year-old spent the 2018 season in the Blue Jays' minor league system, posting a 5.40 ERA across three different levels. He'll wrap up his playing career with a 3.45 ERA over 576 appearances in the majors between stops with the Red Sox, Twins, Athletics, Indians, Diamondbacks, Padres, and Marlins.
Jan 14 - 11:31 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rangers remain in contact with free agent relievers Cody Allen and Adam Ottavino.

In a later tweet, Rosenthal also mentions Adam Warren as a potential target. Allen has been somewhat of a forgotten name in this relief market, although that's begun to change with names like Andrew Miller and David Robertson no longer available. Rosenthal does say that the Rangers are more likely to spread their available dollars on less-expensive options, and they need to sign an infielder as well. If Allen or Ottavino did come to Texas, they'd be clear favorites to win the closing job.
Jan 14 - 11:07 AM

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