The clock is ticking on the top free agent starters, who have roughly three weeks to sign before pitchers and catchers begin reporting to spring training in Florida and Arizona. Matt Garza's deal with the Brewers reportedly hit a snag on Thursday and there was no update on Friday. Here is the rest of the day's hot stove news.
FREE AGENT SIGNINGS
Red Sox: Signed LHP Jose Mijares to a minor league pact with an invitation to spring training (Fox Sports) ... Agreed to a minor league deal with OF Scott Cousins. He gets an invite to spring training. Cousins is best remembered for breaking Buster Posey's ankle in a home plate collision a few years ago.
RUMORS & SPECULATION
C Yenier Bello: The Cuban backstop has been cleared and can now sign with any team as a free agent. He's considered a backup more than a starter. (MLB.com)
RHP Odrisamer Despaigne: The Cuban right-hander has officially been declared a free agent and is eligible to sign with any team. Despaigne is considered a reliever long-term. (MLB.com)