On the MLB hot stove front, here's all that's worth knowing for Saturday, Feb. 1 ...
TRANSACTIONS & AGREEMENTS
- Red Sox: CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports that the Sox have signed OF Corey Brown to a minor-league contract.
RUMORS, SPECULATION, TIDBITS
- Orioles: GM Dan Duquette says the team will soon approach SS J.J. Hardy about a contract extension ... 3B Manny Machado (left knee surgery) has been cleared by doctors to resume hitting, running and fielding grounders. (Stephania Bell, ESPN.com) ... LHP Wei-Yin Chen (right knee) says he expects to be ready for the start of the season. (Roch Kubatko via Twitter)
- Royals: Ace James Shields says he'd "definitely be open-minded" toward signing an extension with the Royals. He's eligible for free agency after the upcoming season. (Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star)