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    • Kelby Tomlinson SF 2B
      Diamondbacks' Kelby Tomlinson: Signs minors deal with Arizona
      9h ago

      Tomlinson signed a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks that includes an invitation to spring training, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.

      Tomlinson has served the Giants in a Quadruple-A utility role for the last four seasons, but struggled mightily in 2018 with a .207/.265/.264 slash line in 140 at-bats. The 28-year-old has never exceeded 200 at-bats in the majors and that seems unlikely to change with Arizona in 2019, especially with Eduardo Escobar signing a $21 million extension in October.

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    • Johnny Field MIN RF
      Cubs' Johnny Field: Moves to minors
      10h ago

      Field went unclaimed on waivers Tuesday and was sent outright to Triple-A Iowa.

      Field was claimed off waivers by the Cubs at the start of November and will remain in the organization after being removed from the 40-man roster last week. The 26-year-old should provide outfield depth for the Cubs next season after posting a .222/.254/.403 slash line over 83 games in his rookie campaign with the Rays and Twins.

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    • Jerry Vasto KC RP
      Cubs' Jerry Vasto: Sent to minors
      10h ago

      Vasto cleared waivers Tuesday and was assigned outright to Triple-A Iowa.

      Vasto was claimed off waivers by the Cubs at the end of October, but apparently went unclaimed after being waived this time around. The 26-year-old may have a chance in spring training to reclaim a spot on the 40-man roster after posting a 3.08 ERA and 1.34 WHIP at the Triple-A level with he Rockies and Royals in 2018.

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    • Hoby Milner TB RP
      Rays' Hoby Milner: Removed from 40-man roster
      11h ago

      Milner was designated for assignment by the Rays on Tuesday.

      The move comes as the Rays added numerous prospects to their 40-man roster in order to protect them from the Rule 5 draft. Milner saw only 7.1 major-league innings (14 appearances) between Philadelphia and Tampa Bay in 2018, and allowed eight runs (six earned) on five walks and nine hits, including three home runs.

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    • Oliver Drake MIN RP
      Rays' Oliver Drake: DFA'd by Rays
      11h ago

      Drake was designated for assignment by Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

      Drake was claimed by the Rays at the start of November and has now spent time with six organizations in 2018. The 31-year-old totaled a 5.29 ERA and 1.45 WHIP across 47.2 major-league innings this season.

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    • Christian Villanueva SD 3B
      Christian Villanueva: Joining Yomiuri Giants
      11h ago

      Villanueva (finger) was sold to the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan on Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

      It was originally reported that Villanueva was headed to the Hanshin Tigers, but he was actually sold to the Giants. The 27-year-old had a hot start with San Diego this season, but ended up with a .236/.299/.450 slash line before a broken finger ended his season in August. The Padres will instead look to their younger infield options, namely top prospect Fernando Tatis.

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    • Dustin Garneau CHW C
      Angels' Dustin Garneau: Inks deal with Angels
      1d ago

      Garneau has agreed to a minor-league contract with Los Angeles, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.

      Garneau became a free agent after spending time at Triple-A Charlotte and Nashville during the 2018 campaign. He'll likely begin the 2019 season with the Angels' Triple-A affiliate, the Salt Lake Bees, although he figures to have an opportunity to earn a roster spot during spring training. Garneau has appeared in just 88 major-league games over his eight-year professional career.

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    • Blake Swihart BOS C
      Red Sox's Blake Swihart: Will work as catcher in spring
      2d ago

      The Red Sox intend to have Swihart work primarily as a catcher in spring training, though he'll continue to take reps at other positions during the offseason, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

      With Christian Vazquez and Sandy Leon entering the 2018 season as the Red Sox's top two backstops, the Red Sox groomed the switch-hitting Swihart for a utility role in an attempt to maximize his opportunities. With the exception of Dustin Pedroia (knee), Boston generally enjoyed good health from most of its core contributors, resulting in Swihart making only 207 plate appearances. The lack of consistent playing time likely had a negative impact on Swihart's performance at the dish, with the 26-year-old managing a lowly .229/.285/.328 line (64 wRC+). That was still better offensive production than either Vazquez or Leon offered, so Swihart could get the chance to factor into the timeshare behind the plate more frequently if his defense is up to par. That has always been the main concern for Swihart, however, so if he fails to show improvement in that regard in spring, a long-awaited trade elsewhere could finally materialize.

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    • Kurt Suzuki ATL C
      Nationals' Kurt Suzuki: Signs with Nationals
      2d ago

      Suzuki agreed to a two-year contract with the Nationals on Monday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

      The deal is pending a physical. Suzuki will likely open the year as the primary backstop for Washington. He's been one of the better offensive catchers over the past two seasons despite his shared role with Tyler Flowers, posting a 116 wRC+ during that stretch -- the fourth best mark among catchers over that period.

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    • Jeff Mathis ARI C
      Rangers' Jeff Mathis: Inks deal with Texas
      6d ago

      Mathis has agreed to a two-year contract with the Rangers, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

      Mathis spent the last two seasons with the Diamondbacks, although he appeared in just 129 games over that span. He's certainly experienced struggles at the dish of late (.200/.272/.272 slash line last season) but adds value behind the plate. Mathis figures to have a shot to win the backup job behind Isiah Kiner-Falefa in spring training.

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    • Joe Hudson LAA C
      Cardinals' Joe Hudson: Signs with Cardinals
      7d ago

      Hudson inked a minor-league contract with St. Louis on Tuesday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

      Hudson made his major-league debut in 2018, playing in eight games for the Angels after spending a majority of the campaign at the Triple-A level. In just 12 plate appearances with Los Angeles, he went 2-for-12 with a double and one RBI. The 27-year-old will serve as additional catching depth in the Cardinals' system heading into next season.

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    • Beau Taylor OAK C
      Athletics' Beau Taylor: Returns to Oakland on minors pact
      7d ago

      Taylor re-signed Monday with the Athletics on a minor-league contract, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

      The contract likely includes an invitation to big-league spring training, though the 28-year-old is a long shot to crack to the Opening Day roster. Taylor will most likely be destined for the Athletics' Pacific Coast League affiliate in Las Vegas after slashing .248/.360/.348 across 431 plate appearances at Triple-A Nashville in 2018.

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    • Jose Miguel Fernandez LAA 1B
      Angels' Jose Miguel Fernandez: DFA'd by Angels
      13h ago

      Fernandez was designated for assignment Tuesday by Los Angeles.

      Fernandez was bumped off the 40-man roster to clear space for minor-league prospects ahead of the Rule 5 draft deadline. The 30-year-old hit .267 with two homers and 11 RBI over 36 games with the Angels in 2018.

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    • Jordan Patterson COL 1B
      Rockies' Jordan Patterson: Dropped from 40-man roster
      17h ago

      Patterson was designated for assignment by the Rockies on Tuesday.

      Patterson was dropped from the team's 40-man roster in order to free up space for prospects who need to be protected from the Rule 5 draft. The 26-year-old spent all of the 2018 season with Triple-A Albuquerque -- his third season at the level -- hitting .271/.367/.525 with 26 homers in 118 games. He'll take a spin through waivers to determine where he lands next.

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    • Steve Pearce BOS 1B
      Red Sox's Steve Pearce: Returns to Boston
      5d ago

      Pearce signed a one-year, $6.25 million contract with Boston on Friday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.

      It shouldn't come as any surprise that the Red Sox wanted Pearce back in the fold after he claimed World Series MVP honors for his role in the Fall Classic. Pearce was a valuable contributor for Boston after coming over in a trade from Toronto in late June, and finished the regular season with a slash line of .284/.378/.512, recording 11 home runs and 42 RBI in 76 games. He figures to serve as a platoon partner to Mitch Moreland next season, so look for Pearce in the lineup when a southpaw opposes the Red Sox.

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    • Justin Bour PHI 1B
      Phillies' Justin Bour: Outrighted from 40-man roster
      7d ago

      Bour was cast off the 40-man roster and outrighted to the minors Wednesday, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

      Bour is now available to be claimed off waivers after the Phillies elected to free up his 40-man spot for a younger prospect they want to protect ahead of the Rule 5 draft. The first baseman was traded to Philadelphia from Miami in mid-August, and wound up slashing just .224/.296/.347 with one home run and five RBI in his brief time on the diamond (49 plate appearances) with his new team. A disabled list stint due to an oblique injury didn't help matters, but Bour was barely utilized in Philadelphia, only making a handful of starts in his month-and-a-half stay. In 2017, Bour hit .289 with a .902 OPS, 25 home runs and 83 RBI, so he has the potential to to be a strong left-handed bat for a team in need. In the event that Bour clears waivers, expect him to reject an outright assignment to the minors and choose to become a free agent.

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    • Joe Mauer MIN 1B
      Joe Mauer: Announces retirement
      12d ago

      Mauer announced his retirement, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "The decision came down to my health and my family. The risk of concussion is always there, and I was reminded of that this season after missing over 30 games as a result of diving for a foul ball," he said.

      His retirement is not a surprise since Mauer had a dramatic sendoff in his last game, including putting on the catching gear for one last time for part of an inning. He retires with a career .306 batting average, .388 OBP, six All-Star appearances, three Gold Gloves and the Twins' franchise record for most times on base. Mauer's production declined after a concussion in 2013 moved him to first base and ended his time as a catcher, but he still has a strong case for the Hall of Fame.

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    • Wilmer Flores NYM 1B
      Mets' Wilmer Flores: Fully healthy
      15d ago

      General manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Flores (knee) is fully healthy, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.

      Flores was shut down in mid-September with early onset arthritis in his knees, but he's apparently back to full health heading into winter. At this point, it's unclear if the Mets will tender the utility man a contract after he hit .267/.319/.417 with 11 homers in 126 games in 2018.

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    • Kelby Tomlinson SF 2B
      Diamondbacks' Kelby Tomlinson: Signs minors deal with Arizona
      9h ago

      Tomlinson signed a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks that includes an invitation to spring training, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.

      Tomlinson has served the Giants in a Quadruple-A utility role for the last four seasons, but struggled mightily in 2018 with a .207/.265/.264 slash line in 140 at-bats. The 28-year-old has never exceeded 200 at-bats in the majors and that seems unlikely to change with Arizona in 2019, especially with Eduardo Escobar signing a $21 million extension in October.

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    • Cory Spangenberg SD 2B
      Padres' Cory Spangenberg: DFA'd by Padres
      14h ago

      Spangenberg was designated for assignment by San Diego on Tuesday.

      Spangenberg was bumped off the 40-man roster to make room for prospects prior to the Rule 5 draft deadline. The 27-year-old second baseman struggled to a .235/.298/.362 slash line through 116 games in 2018 after posting a .264/.322/.401 line the year before.

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    • Mike Freeman CHC 2B
      Indians' Mike Freeman: Inks minor-league deal
      14h ago

      Freeman signed a minor-league contract with Cleveland on Tuesday, T.J. Zuppe of The Athletic reports.

      Freeman was designated for assignment by the Cubs at the beginning of November. He figures to begin the 2019 season at Triple-A Columbus and serve as organizational depth.

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    • Engelb Vielma BAL 2B
      Orioles' Engelb Vielma: Cast off 40-man roster
      16h ago

      Vielma (knee) was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Tuesday.

      The move clears room for Dillon Tate, who was added to the 40-man roster in a corresponding move. Vielma appeared in just 18 games between Triple-A Norfolk and the big club in 2018 due to a fractured kneecap. He struggled at both stops, hitting just .143 for the Orioles and .184 for the Tides. The 24-year-old will now be subjected to waivers.

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    • Marco Hernandez BOS 2B
      Red Sox's Marco Hernandez: Unlikely to begin 2019 in majors
      2d ago

      Hernandez (shoulder) isn't expected to begin the 2019 season with the Red Sox, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.

      Hernandez underwent shoulder surgery in July -- his third shoulder surgery in less than 14 months. It's unclear if the injury will prevent him from breaking camp with the big club, or if the Red Sox are simply content with Brock Holt, Eduardo Nunez and Tzu-Wei Lin as their reserve infielders.

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    • Dustin Pedroia BOS 2B
      Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia: Won't require surgery
      2d ago

      President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Pedroia (knee) will not need surgery this offseason, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.

      Instead, Pedroia -- who was limited to just three games in 2018 due to lingering left knee inflammation -- will continue rehabbing through the middle of December before ramping up his activities from there. The veteran second baseman is expected to start running in January, and if all goes well, the hope if that he'll be ready for the start of the 2019 campaign.

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    • Christian Villanueva SD 3B
      Christian Villanueva: Joining Yomiuri Giants
      11h ago

      Villanueva (finger) was sold to the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan on Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

      It was originally reported that Villanueva was headed to the Hanshin Tigers, but he was actually sold to the Giants. The 27-year-old had a hot start with San Diego this season, but ended up with a .236/.299/.450 slash line before a broken finger ended his season in August. The Padres will instead look to their younger infield options, namely top prospect Fernando Tatis.

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    • Christian Villanueva SD 3B
      Christian Villanueva: Sold to Hanshin Tigers
      15h ago

      Villanueva (finger) was sold to the Hanshin Tigers of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan on Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

      Villanueva got off to a hot start with the Padres in 2018, but finished the season with a .236/.299/.450 line across 110 games -- his season was cut short in August due to a broken finger. With prospect Fernando Tatis waiting in the wings, the Padres opted to see Villanueva to the Japanese club.

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    • Adrian Beltre TEX 3B
      Adrian Beltre: Officially retires
      23h ago

      Beltre announced his retirement Tuesday.

      The Rangers were open to bringing Beltre back for less money and in a lesser role, but the 39-year-old third baseman opted to call it a career. He sails into the sunset with a .286/.339/.480 slash line, 477 home runs, 3,166 hits and 84 fWAR, which is significantly boosted by his legendary defense at the hot corner. There is a good chance he gets voted into the Hall of Fame five years from now.

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    • Rangel Ravelo STL 3B
      Cardinals' Rangel Ravelo: Inks minor-league deal with Cards
      2d ago

      Ravelo signed a minor-league contract with the Cardinals on Monday.

      The deal includes an invitation to spring training. Ravelo has spent each of the last three seasons at Triple-A, hitting .308/.392/.487 with 13 homers across 100 games with the Memphis Redbirds. With Matt Carpenter and Jose Martinez ahead of him on the depth chart, Ravelo looks to be an organizational depth piece in 2019.

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    • Pete Kozma DET 3B
      Tigers' Pete Kozma: Re-signs with former club
      12d ago

      Kozma agreed to a minor-league contract with Detroit on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training.

      Kozma will remain in the Tigers' organization for the second straight season after spending a majority of the 2018 campaign at the Triple-A level. He is set to compete for an Opening Day spot in spring training, but the 30-year-old shouldn't be viewed as anything more than a depth piece after slashing .217/.236/.348 in 27 games with the big-league team last year.

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    • Jung Ho Kang PIT 3B
      Pirates' Jung Ho Kang: Re-signs with former club
      13d ago

      Kang inked a one-year, $3 million deal with Pittsburgh on Thursday.

      Kang will return to the Pirates' organization after having his club option for the 2019 season declined in October. The club is hopeful that Kang can get back to being an everyday starter in the infield, though that seems a tad optimistic considering he hasn't played in more than a handful of games since the 2016 season. The third baseman dealt with a wrist injury for the final few months of this past campaign after missing the previous year-and-a-half due to legal issues in his native South Korea. Nevertheless, Kang will have a chance to win a starting job this spring, though a platoon role seems far more likely.

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    • Jurickson Profar TEX SS
      Rangers' Jurickson Profar: Could replace Beltre at third base
      20h ago

      General manager Jon Daniels said Profar is the likely candidate to step in as the Rangers' everyday third baseman in 2019, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

      Profar played all around the infield in 2018, appearing in more than 10 games at each of the four infield positions. With Adrian Beltre calling it quits, Profar looks primed to spend most of his time at the hot corner in 2019 -- something that could ultimately hurt his multi-position eligibility down the line. The 25-year-old hit .254/.335/.458 with 20 homers and 10 stolen bases in 146 games in 2018.

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    • Erick Aybar MIN SS
      Erick Aybar: Hoping to return to MLB
      2d ago

      Aybar is looking to make a comeback to the majors in 2019, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

      Aybar played in the Mexican League in 2018, hitting .291/.354/.401 with three homers and six steals across 43 games. The soon-to-be 35-year-old last played in the majors with the Padres in 2017, hitting .234/.300/.348 with seven homers and 11 stolen bases in 108 games.

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    • Aledmys Diaz TOR SS
      Astros' Aledmys Diaz: Dealt to Houston
      4d ago

      Diaz was traded from the Blue Jays to the Astros in exchange for Trent Thornton on Saturday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

      Diaz appeared in 130 games for Toronto in 2018, slashing .263/.303/.453 while launching 18 home runs. He figures to serve as a utility infielder for the Astros during the upcoming campaign.

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    • Carlos Correa HOU SS
      Astros' Carlos Correa: Undergoes nasal surgery
      11d ago

      Correa (nose) underwent surgery to repair a deviated septum Monday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

      Correa acknowledged that he was having issues breathing on the diamond during games this past year, so he elected to go the surgical route in order to correct this problem before the 2019 campaign. On the flip side, the shortstop stated that he doesn't expect to require back surgery this offseason after battling a back injury dating back to late June. Across 110 games this past year, he slashed .239/.323/.405 and will benefit from a few months of rest to get back to 100 percent.

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    • Corey Seager LAD SS
      Dodgers' Corey Seager: Nearing throwing program
      14d ago

      Seager (elbow/hip) is close to beginning a throwing program, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.

      Seager is currently working his way back from a pair of procedures he underwent during the season -- Tommy John surgery in May followed by a procedure in August to repair a torn left hip labrum. While the shortstop has yet to resume throwing or running, he's expected to do so in time for him to be ready for Opening Day, barring any setbacks.

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    • Dansby Swanson ATL SS
      Braves' Dansby Swanson: Undergoes wrist surgery
      14d ago

      Swanson underwent surgery Wednesday to remove a loose body from his left wrist. He's expected to be fully operational prior to spring training, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

      Swanson was forced to miss the final week of the regular season (and the NLDS) after suffering a partially torn ligament in his left hand. The shortstop apparently sustained a wrist injury as well, though this should be considered more of a "cleanup procedure" than anything and all signs point toward the 24-year-old being ready to go without any restrictions or limitations when spring training commences. In 136 games this year, he slashed .238/.304/.395 with 14 home runs, 59 RBI and 10 stolen bases.

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    • Johnny Field MIN RF
      Cubs' Johnny Field: Moves to minors
      10h ago

      Field went unclaimed on waivers Tuesday and was sent outright to Triple-A Iowa.

      Field was claimed off waivers by the Cubs at the start of November and will remain in the organization after being removed from the 40-man roster last week. The 26-year-old should provide outfield depth for the Cubs next season after posting a .222/.254/.403 slash line over 83 games in his rookie campaign with the Rays and Twins.

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    • Tim Locastro LAD CF
      Dodgers' Tim Locastro: Cast off 40-man
      12h ago

      Locastro was designated for assignment Tuesday.

      The Dodgers have serval better-qualified bench outfielders and utility men in house, so Locastro was a roster casualty as other players are protected from the Rule 5 draft. He hit .279/.389/.409 with four home runs and 18 steals in 356 plate appearances at Triple-A last season. His best role is as a pinch runner -- he has five steals in the majors and just 15 plate appearances.

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    • Derek Dietrich MIA LF
      Marlins' Derek Dietrich: Removed from 40-man roster
      12h ago

      Dietrich was designated for assignment by the Marlins on Tuesday, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.

      Dietrich was bumped off the 40-man to make room for minor-league prospects with the Rule 5 draft approaching. The 29-year-old first baseman pieced together a .265/.330/.421 slash line with 16 homers and 45 RBI over 149 games in 2018 and now seems destined to be claimed off waivers or head to free agency.

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    • Allen Cordoba SD LF
      Padres' Allen Cordoba: Dropped from 40-man roster
      14h ago

      Cordoba (thumb) was designated for assignment by the Padres on Tuesday.

      Cordoba slashed .206/.233/.310 in 45 games with High-A Lake Elsinore before undergoing season-ending surgery on his left thumb in mid-August. A former Rule 5 pick himself, Cordoba was DFA'd among a handful of other players so the Padres could protect other prospects from the Rule 5 draft.

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    • Braxton Lee MIA RF
      Marlins' Braxton Lee: Taken off 40-man roster
      15h ago

      Lee was designated for assignment by the Marlins on Tuesday, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.

      After struggling in his major-league debut in 2018 -- hitting just .176/.222/.176 across eight games -- the Marlins decided Lee was less important than other prospects in need of protection from the Rule 5 draft. Lee will now take a spin through waivers to determine his next landing spot.

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    • Leonys Martin CLE CF
      Indians' Leonys Martin: To have normal offseason
      15h ago

      Martin (illness) was officially cleared for regular offseason strength training and conditioning Tuesday, Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com reports.

      Martin suffered a major health scare in August and he spent time in the hospital while battling a life-threatening illness. Although he was shut down for the remainder of the 2018 season a few months ago, he was finally cleared to take part in normal offseason activities and will be at 100 percent for the start of spring training. Martin is in line to serve as Cleveland's starting center fielder for the 2019 campaign after inking a one-year deal at the end of October.

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    • Taylor Hearn PIT SP
      Rangers' Taylor Hearn: Joins 40-man roster
      11h ago

      Hearn was added to the Rangers' 40-man roster Tuesday.

      Hearn was traded from the Pirates to the Rangers at the July trade deadline for Keone Kela and is one of the organization's top pitching prospects, so it's unsurprising to see him protected from the Rule 5 draft. The 24-year-old lefty spent the 2018 season at the Double-A level and had a 3.12 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and .198 opponent batting average with Altoona prior to the trade but subsequently struggled with Frisco, posting a 5.04 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and .284 opponent batting average over 25 innings.

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    • Hector Perez HOU SP
      Blue Jays' Hector Perez: Placed on 40-man roster
      12h ago

      Perez was added to Toronto's 40-man roster Tuesday.

      Perez recorded a 3.86 ERA with 32 punchouts over 25 innings (five starts) with Double-A New Hampshire after being traded from the Astros at the end of July. He was granted protection from the Rule 5 draft to ensure he would remain with Toronto's farm system.

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    • Yennsy Diaz TOR SP
      Blue Jays' Yennsy Diaz: Selected to 40-man roster
      12h ago

      Diaz's contract was purchased by the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

      Diaz was promoted to the 40-man roster in an effort to protect him from the impending Rule 5 draft. The 22-year-old prospect hasn't pitched above High-A in his brief four-year professional career but he's experienced success within the lower levels of Toronto's farm system (2.08 ERA over 47 frames with Low-A Lansing in 2018) and appears to possess good arm talent.

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    • James Kaprielian NYY SP
      Athletics' James Kaprielian: Protected from Rule 5 draft
      13h ago

      Kaprielian joined the Athletics' 40-man roster Tuesday.

      Kaprielian missed the entire 2018 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in April 2017, but his return to instructional league action in October and addition to the 40-man roster are good indications of his current health. The 24-year-old last pitched in the minors at High-A Tampa in 2016 -- before being traded from the Yankees to the A's -- and officially has only eight minor-league games under his belt.

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    • Yadier Alvarez LAD SP
      Dodgers' Yadier Alvarez: Added to 40-man roster
      13h ago

      Alvarez was added to the Dodgers' 40-man roster Tuesday.

      Once considered a fairly elite pitching prospect, Alvarez's fantasy stock has plummeted in recent seasons. He has electric stuff, but struggles to throw strikes, and probably profiles better out of the bullpen long term. That said, he definitely has big-league stuff and could eventually become a late-inning reliever. If the Dodgers elect to go that route, he could reach the big leagues this summer.

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    • Parker Bridwell LAA SP
      Angels' Parker Bridwell: Bumped off 40-man roster
      13h ago

      Bridwell was designated for assignment by the Angels on Tuesday.

      Bridwell was removed from the 40-man roster to clear space for prospects prior to the Rule 5 draft. He got knocked around in five games for the big-league club in 2018, surrendering 13 runs over just 6.2 frames while punching out three.

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    • Jerry Vasto KC RP
      Cubs' Jerry Vasto: Sent to minors
      10h ago

      Vasto cleared waivers Tuesday and was assigned outright to Triple-A Iowa.

      Vasto was claimed off waivers by the Cubs at the end of October, but apparently went unclaimed after being waived this time around. The 26-year-old may have a chance in spring training to reclaim a spot on the 40-man roster after posting a 3.08 ERA and 1.34 WHIP at the Triple-A level with he Rockies and Royals in 2018.

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    • Hoby Milner TB RP
      Rays' Hoby Milner: Removed from 40-man roster
      11h ago

      Milner was designated for assignment by the Rays on Tuesday.

      The move comes as the Rays added numerous prospects to their 40-man roster in order to protect them from the Rule 5 draft. Milner saw only 7.1 major-league innings (14 appearances) between Philadelphia and Tampa Bay in 2018, and allowed eight runs (six earned) on five walks and nine hits, including three home runs.

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    • Oliver Drake MIN RP
      Rays' Oliver Drake: DFA'd by Rays
      11h ago

      Drake was designated for assignment by Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

      Drake was claimed by the Rays at the start of November and has now spent time with six organizations in 2018. The 31-year-old totaled a 5.29 ERA and 1.45 WHIP across 47.2 major-league innings this season.

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    • Casey Kelly SF RP
      Casey Kelly: Heading to KBO
      11h ago

      Kelly signed a contract with the LG Twins of the Korean Baseball Organization on Tuesday, Dan Kurtz of MyKBO.net reports.

      Kelly spent most of this season at Triple-A Sacramento but did make seven appearances with the Giants, and posted a 3.04 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 16:5 K:BB over 23.2 innings. The 29-year-old has seen major-league action with the Padres, Braves and Giants since debuting in 2012, with 2018 in San Francisco being his longest -- by innings -- and most successful stint. Kelly testing the waters in Korea makes sense as he seems firmly entrenched as a Quadruple-A arm in MLB.

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    • Alan Busenitz MIN RP
      Alan Busenitz: Shipped to Japan
      12h ago

      Busenitz's rights were sold to the Rakuten Eagles in Japan on Tuesday.

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