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All you need to know: MLB rumors, news roundup for Jan. 4

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Buck Showalter and the Orioles reportedly have starting pitching on the brain. (USATSI)
Buck Showalter and the Orioles reportedly have starting pitching on the brain. (USATSI)

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Saturday is in the books, so now let's have a look at all you need know regarding the MLB hot stove ...

SIGNINGS AND AGREEMENTS

- Padres: Have signed 3B Brandon Wood to a minor-league contract. The deal does not include an invitation to major-league spring training. Wood, now 28, was once one of the top prospects in all of baseball, but he was never able to transition to the highest level, mostly because of his struggles making contact. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2011. (Corey Brock via Twitter)

RUMORS, SPECULATION, ETC.

- Joel Hanrahan: Is ahead of schedule in his recovery from Tommy John surgery and is slated to throw for teams in spring training. (Tim Dierkes via Twitter)

- Aubrey Huff: Has officially announced his retirement from MLB and will now announce college baseball games for the Pac-12 Network. (Chris Cotillo, SBN)

- Nyjer Morgan: The veteran outfielder, 33, is open to returning to MLB next season after playing in Japan in 2013. (Jerry Crasnick, ESPN.com)

- Brad Penny: Has "thrown well" this offseason, according to Troy Renck. Penny, 35, didn't pitch last season but is angling for a comeback.

- Masahiro Tanaka: Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York speculates that the Mariners could be the Yankees' biggest competition when it comes to signing Tanaka.

- Blue Jays: Bullpen coach Pat Hentgen has be reassigned because of family issues. He'll be replaced by former MLB pitcher Bob Stanley. (Pete Abraham via Twitter)

- Orioles: MASN's Roch Kubatko writes that the O's top priority is starting pitching. They're still hoping to sign A.J. Burnett, who hasn't decided whether he's going to pitch in 2014 or retire. The Pirates are also hoping to re-sign Burnett. (Related: Orioles have work to do)

- Rockies: Co-owner Charlie Monfort pleaded guilty to DUI on Friday. He's been sentenced to two years of supervised probation.

- Twins: 2B prospect Eddie Rosario has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for a "drug of abuse" for the second time.

 
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