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  • Aaron Sanchez SP | TOR

    Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez: Could begin throwing Tuesday

    Sanchez (finger) is being evaluated in Florida on Monday and could begin playing catch in the near future, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

    Sanchez spent most of the 2017 campaign on the disabled list with blister issues on his finger, making just eight starts (36 innings) and last appearing in a game in July. If everything checks out, the 25-year-old could be cleared to resume throwing as early as Tuesday. A healthy Sanchez will look to get back on track after last year's injury-riddled campaign, as he posted an impressive 3.00 ERA in 30 starts (192 innings) in 2016.

  • Tigers' Victor Alcantara: Outrighted from 40-man

    Alcantara cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Toledo on Monday, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    The move opens up a spot on the Tigers' 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 draft. Alcantara spent most of 2017 in the minors, posting a 3.62 ERA across 74.2 innings between Toledo and Double-A Erie. He struggled during a brief September stint with the big club, allowing seven runs in 7.1 innings of relief. He'll stick around as organizational pitching depth in 2018.

  • Steven Wright SP | BOS

    Red Sox's Steven Wright: Arrested on domestic assault charges

    Wright (knee) was arrested on domestic assault charges over the weekend, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.

    The Wright family released a statement, claiming the incident was a verbal argument and that he did not raise a hand to anyone. The Red Sox also released a statement saying that police and MLB are both looking into the matter. Under MLB's personal conduct policy, players can and have been suspended when the commissioner's office finds cause, so it's possible that a suspension could be coming for Wright. He ended the year on the DL after undergoing left knee surgery in May.

  • Mike Fiers RP | DET

    Tigers' Mike Fiers: Inks deal with Tigers

    Fiers agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million deal with the Tigers on Thursday, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports.

    The rebuilding Tigers will take a shot on the 32-year-old Fiers, presumably with the hopes of flipping him at the trade deadline if he's able to piece together a productive first half of the season. The righty spent the last few years with the Astros, posting an ERA of 4.48 in 2016 and 5.22 in 2017. He's been trending in the wrong direction recently, but with his modest price tag the Tigers figured he was worth taking a gamble on. Fiers doesn't currently warrant fantasy consideration heading into most 2018 drafts.

  • Eric Jokisch SP | ARI

    Athletics' Eric Jokisch: Inks farm deal with A's

    Jokisch signed a minor-league deal with the Athletics on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Jokisch has been playing professional baseball since 2010 but has only logged 14.1 major-league innings during his eight-year career. He spent the 2017 season with Triple-A Reno of the Diamondbacks' organization, posting a pedestrian 4.21 ERA over 134.2 innings of work. Despite his lackluster resume, he'll get an opportunity to play his way onto an Athletics roster that lacks reliable left-handed pitching depth.

  • Henry Owens SP | BOS

    Red Sox's Henry Owens: Placed on outright waivers

    Owens was placed on outright waivers by the Red Sox on Wednesday, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports.

    Owens spent all of last season in the minors after a pair of brief major-league stints in 2015 and 2016. The big southpaw has flashed potential in the past, but his dreadful control problems were ultimately too much to overlook, as he walked 115 batters in 126 innings between Double- and Triple-A last season. The move effectively removes Owens from Boston's 40-man roster; he'll take a spin through waivers to determine where he'll wind up next.

  • Wily Peralta SP | KC

    Royals' Wily Peralta: Signs with Royals

    Peralta signed a one-year contract with the Royals on Tuesday that includes a club option for 2018, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

    It's been a tough couple of years for Peralta. Since being named the Opening Day starter for Milwaukee in 2016, the 28-year-old hurler has struggled to a 5.79 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 145:75 K:BB across 185 major-league innings. He was also shifted to the bullpen last season after posting a 6.08 ERA across his first eight starts, though he continued to struggle in that role, compiling a brutal 11.94 ERA across 17.1 innings before ultimately being designated for assignment. Still, he boasts a high-90s fastball, and it's possible the change of scenery could help him return to his pre-2016 form (4.02 ERA in 519.2 innings from 2012-15), whether that be in the bullpen or as a starter.

  • Enrique Burgos SP | DET

    Tigers' Enrique Burgos: Joins Tigers on minor-league deal

    Burgos signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers on Tuesday which includes an invitation to spring training.

    Burgos failed to make a major-league appearance last season for the first time since 2014, instead splitting time between Arizona and Atlanta's Triple-A affiliates and struggling to a 5.60 ERA and 39:26 K:BB across 35.1 innings. The 27-year-old has flashed high strikeout potential in the past -- fanning an impressive 82 batters in 68.1 innings during a pair of major-league stints with the Diamondbacks in 2015 and 2016 -- but he'll need to lower his walk rate (5.9 career BB/9) if he wants to make it back to the big-league bullpen next season.

  • Rangers' Chi Chi Gonzalez: Back with Rangers on minors deal

    Gonzalez (elbow) signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Monday.

    The deal includes an invitation to spring training, but Gonzalez isn't expected to be recovered in time to participate after undergoing Tommy John surgery in August. The 2013 first-round pick has struggled during his brief time in the majors, compiling a 5.06 FIP and 37:41 K:BB across 77.1 innings.

  • Red Sox's Tyler Thornburg: Avoids arbitration

    Thornburg agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with the Red Sox on Monday, avoiding arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    After being acquired from the Brewers prior to the 2017 season, Thornburg missed all of last year with shoulder issues that eventually led to thoracic outlet syndrome surgery in mid-June. He's expected to be healthy heading into spring training, and he could prove to be a crucial bullpen piece for the Red Sox if he's able to regain his 2016 form (2.15 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 90:25 K:BB in 67 innings with Milwaukee).