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    • Castro cleared of involvement in shooting
      Starlin Castro has been cleared of any involvement in a shooting in the Dominican Republic.

      Advice: Six people were injured in the shooting, which took place early Saturday morning at a nightclub. While early reports indicated that Castro was arrested or detained, his agent, Paul Kinzer, said that he went to the police station voluntarily and video proved his innocence. Dominican police rep Jacobo Mateo Moquete later announced that Castro was free after being cleared of any wrongdoing. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:50 pm
    • Report: Phillies sign Wandy to minors deal
      A source tells CSNPhilly.com that the Phillies have signed Wandy Rodriguez to a minor league contract.

      Advice: The deal is pending a physical, per the report. Multiple reports late Friday said the two sides were close to a deal, so it's not surprising that they got the details worked out. Rodriguez, 35, had a disastrous 6.75 ERA and 1.69 WHIP in 26 2/3 innings with the Pirates this past season, but he's been a decent pitcher when healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:24 pm
       
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      L, 4-1 @Cin
    • Dodgers to announce Anderson signing Monday
      Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times hears the Dodgers are expected to announce their signing of Brett Anderson on Monday.

      Advice: The one-year, $10 million deal was reported nearly two weeks ago, but the team waited to announce the deal until Anderson passed a physical and they were able to consult with medical specialists. The 26-year-old makes for a nice one-year gamble, as he's been good when healthy. Anderson had a 2.91 ERA over eight starts with the Rockies this past season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:57 pm
       
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      L, 10-5 @LAD
    • Steve Johnson (shoulder) good to play catch
      Steve Johnson (shoulder) has been cleared to begin playing catch.

      Advice: Johnson underwent surgery near the end of the season to have gone spurs removed after fighting through shoulder injuries the majority of the season. He should be ready to go for spring training. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:59 am
       
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      W, 1-0 @Tor
    • Twins sign Brayan Villarreal to minors deal
      Twins signed RHP Brayan Villarreal to a minor league contract.

      Advice: The 27-year-old struggled through an injury-plagued 2014 season, posting a 3.86 ERA and 1.43 WHIP over just 14 innings between the Red Sox Rookie League squad and Triple-A Pawtucket. He should have a chance to compete for a bullpen job with the Twins this spring. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:26 am
       
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      L, 9-5 vs NYY
    • Tyler Collins could crack Opening Day roster
      Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press believes that Tyler Collins will claim one of the final bench spots on the Tigers' Opening Day roster.

      Advice: The Tigers have been in the market for a left-handed power bat for their bench, and the best option may already be in-house with Collins. The 24-year-old outfielder hit .263/.335/.423 with 18 homers and 62 RBI in 121 contests at Triple-A Toledo in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:12 pm
    • Phillies nearing deal with Wandy Rodriguez
      According to multiple reports, the Phillies are nearing a minor league deal with free agent left-hander Wandy Rodriguez.

      Advice: The 35-year-old was an abomination for the Pirates in 2014, posting a 6.75 ERA and 1.69 WHIP over 26 2/3 innings while battling arthritis in his pitching elbow. It would make for a nice low-risk signing for the Phillies, though Rodriguez shouldn't be counted on for much. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:37 pm
       
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      L, 4-1 @Cin
    • Rafael Furcal suffers torn hamstring
      Dionisio Soldevila of ESPNDeportes.com reports that Rafael Furcal will miss the Dominican Winter League playoffs after tearing his hamstring.

      Advice: It's not clear which hamstring he tore, but it's obviously bad news for Furcal after he missed nearly all of the 2014 season with left hamstring issues. A timetable for his rehab isn't known at this time, but it would now seem unlikely that Furcal is able to land a contract before spring training. The 37-year-old infielder has played just nine games over the last two seasons due to injury. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:50 pm
       
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      L, 1-0 @Was
    • Report: Hiroki Kuroda to return to Japan
      Chugoku Shimbun and Sports Nippon report that Hiroki Kuroda will return to Japan to play for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp next season.

      Advice: Kuroda could have had another one-year contract with the Yankees if he wanted it, but it appears he'll return to his native country instead. The veteran right-hander will turn 40 in February but is coming off another fine season, having put up a 3.71 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and 146/35 K/BB ratio over 199 innings. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:53 pm
       
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      W, 9-5 @Bos
    • Clint Robinson signs on with Nationals
      Nationals signed 1B Clint Robinson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Robinson spent almost all of last season at Triple-A with the Dodgers, batting .312/.401/.534 with 18 homers and 80 RBI. He's merely organizational depth. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:25 pm
       
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      W, 1-0 vs Mia
    • Nationals sign Dan Uggla to minor league deal
      Nationals signed 2B Dan Uggla to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: General manager Mike Rizzo has history with Uggla, as he drafted him back in 2001 when he was Director of Scouting for the Diamondbacks. Uggla will turn 35 in March and batted just .149/.229/.213 in 157 plate appearances last season. There's a good possibility he's done, but he did at least land in a good spot, as the Nats have an opening at second base. That said, it's unlikely that they're done shopping for upgrades at the position. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:28 am
       
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      W, 1-0 vs Mia
    • J.C. Gutierrez re-signs with Giants
      Giants re-signed RHP J.C. Gutierrez to a minor league contract.

      Advice: The pact likely contains an invitation to spring training. Gutierrez held a 3.96 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 44/16 K/BB ratio over 63 2/3 innings for the World Champion Giants in 2014. He should get a legit shot at an Opening Day bullpen spot. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:58 am
       
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      W, 9-3 vs SD
    • Darin Downs outrighted to Triple-A
      Astros sent LHP Darin Downs outright to Triple-A Fresno.

      Advice: He's now off the 40-man roster but will be invited to spring training. Downs posted a 5.45 ERA and 1.36 WHIP across 45 appearances for the Astros in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:41 am
       
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      L, 8-3 @NYM
    • D'Backs re-sign Pacheco to minors contract
      Diamondbacks re-signed INF/C Jordan Pacheco to a minor league contract.

      Advice: The deal includes an invitation to spring training, where Pacheco should have a good shot at an Opening Day roster spot. The 28-year-old batted just .272/.298/.321 in 47 games this past season for Arizona, but he can play catcher and third base. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:47 am
       
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      L, 1-0 vs StL
    • Braves have discussed Avilan with other clubs
      Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports the Braves have discussed LHP Luis Avilan with other teams.

      Advice: The southpaw struggled to a 4.57 ERA over 43 1/3 innings this past season, but he still owns a 2.56 ERA for his career and won't be eligible for arbitration until 2016. If the 25-year-old Avilan is available, he'll surely draw some interest on the trade market. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:44 pm
    • Indians sign RHP Jeff Manship to minors deal
      Indians signed RHP Jeff Manship to a minor league contract.

      Advice: Manship had a 6.65 ERA over 20 relief appearances spanning 23 innings with the Phillies this past season. The 29-year-old was a non-roster invite last spring and won a role in the Phils' bullpen, and he'll look to do it again with the Tribe this year. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:38 pm
       
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      W, 7-2 vs TB
    • Rockies sign Roger Bernadina to minors deal
      Rockies signed OF Roger Bernadina to a minor league contract.

      Advice: Bernadina batted just .167/.304/.258 in 80 plate appearances this season between the Reds and Dodgers and for his career he's hit just .236/.307/.354. The 30-year-old is doubtful to have a significant impact for the Rockies, who have a ton of outfield depth. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:56 pm
       
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      L, 10-5 @LAD
    • Carlos Gonzalez (knee) cleared to swing bat
      Carlos Gonzalez (knee) announced Wednesday that he has been cleared to begin hitting.

      Advice: Gonzalez is coming off surgery in August to repair the patella tendon in his left knee, which had bothered him dating back to 2013. The 29-year-old could be a little behind at the start of spring training, but the hope is that he'll be ready for Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:20 am
    • Report: O's re-sign Delmon Young to 1-yr deal
      MASN Sports' Roch Kubatko reports that the Orioles have re-signed Delmon Young to a one-year contract, pending a physical.

      Advice: He'll be guaranteed $2.25 million and can reach $3 million with incentives. The physical is expected to be completed after January 1. Young hoped to find a multi-year deal after batting .302/.337/.442 with seven home runs and 30 RBI in 83 games with Baltimore this past season, but he ultimately lowered his demands to stick around for another year. The 29-year-old figures to see part-time at-bats again between the DH spot and left field. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:58 am
       
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      W, 1-0 @Tor
    • Rays could trade Ben Zobrist
      FOX Sports' Jon Morosi writes that "there's a decent chance" the Rays will trade Ben Zobrist before Opening Day.

      Advice: It reads as speculation, but it makes a lot of sense given how active the Rays have been on the trade front this offseason. Zobrist turns 34 in May and will make $7.5 million in 2015 before hitting free agency. His versatility would make him an attractive target for a number of teams and should fetch Tampa Bay a nice haul. Morosi lists the Mets, Nationals, Mariners, Rangers, Cubs, Reds, and Twins among the teams who could be a fit. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:21 am
       
      L, 7-2 @Cle
    • Orioles still interested in Venable, Smith
      Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are still interested in Seth Smith and Will Venable from the Padres.

      Advice: The Padres have a surplus of outfielders after acquiring Matt Kemp, Wil Myers and Justin Upton in recent days, so the Orioles could be able to find a match. Both Smith and Venable hit from the left side of the plate and could be used on the strong side of a platoon in Baltimore. Smith is signed through 2016 with a club option for 2017 while Venable can become a free agent after 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:15 am
    • Braves sign Jason Grilli to two-year contract
      Braves signed RHP Jason Grilli to a two-year, $8 million contract with a club option for 2017.

      Advice: The deal was reported earlier Tuesday and has now been made official. Grilli held a 4.00 ERA with 57 strikeouts over 54 innings for the Pirates and Angels this past season. The 38-year-old reliever should serve as the main setup man for closer Craig Kimbrel. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:50 pm
    • Braves to sign veteran reliever Jason Grilli
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Braves will sign Jason Grilli.

      Advice: Rosenthal says it's a two-year deal with a club option for a third year, while CBS Sports' Jon Heyman adds that Grilli will receive around $8 million. Grilli held a 4.00 ERA with 57 strikeouts over 54 innings for the Pirates and Angels this past season, pitching better down the stretch for the Halos after arriving via trade. The veteran reliever will help set up for Craig Kimbrel. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:56 pm
    • Twins sign Tim Stauffer to 1-year, $2.2M deal
      Twins signed RHP Tim Stauffer to a one-year, $2.2 million contract.

      Advice: Stauffer posted a 3.50 ERA and 67/23 K/BB ratio in three starts and 41 relief appearances this past season for the Padres. The 32-year-old righty was the fourth overall pick in the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft. He'll give Minnesota both rotation and bullpen depth. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:18 pm
       
      L, 3-0 @Det
    • Marlins claim Claiborne off waivers
      Marlins claimed RHP Preston Claiborne off waivers from the Yankees.

      Advice: Claiborne holds a career 3.79 ERA with 58 strikeouts over 71 1/3 innings of relief. He's a solid middle reliever who provided the Yankees' wrecked pitching staff with a little bit of stability during the 2014 season. He should continue to find relief innings with the Marlins in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:47 am
    • Orioles release Quintin Berry
      Orioles released OF Quintin Berry.

      Advice: The team claimed Ryan Lavarnway off of waivers and released Berry to make room. Berry's best attribute is his speed, as he stole 30 bases in the minors in 2014. He slashed .285/.382/.367 at Triple-A and could serve as a pinch-runner for whomever picks him up. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:26 am
       
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      W, 1-0 @Tor
    • Reds sign Nate Adcock to minors deal
      Reds signed RHP Nate Adcock to a minor league contract.

      Advice: Adcock pitched 10 innings for the Rangers in 2014, allowing five runs in his time with the team. He elected for free agency at the end of October. With a career 4.72 ERA at the minor league level, he's unlikely to make an impact on the Reds in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:49 am
       
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      W, 4-1 vs Pit
    • Preston Claiborne designated for assignment
      Yankees designated RHP Preston Claiborne for assignment.

      Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Gonzalez Germen. Claiborne, who turns 27 next month, holds a career 3.79 ERA with 58 strikeouts over 71 1/3 relief frames. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 12:27 pm
    • Phillies have interest in Rafael Furcal
      ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Phillies are "kicking the tires" on Rafael Furcal.

      Advice: Freddy Galvis is expected to take over at shortstop following the trade of Jimmy Rollins, but Furcal could be added as a backup option. The 37-year-old infielder was limited to just nine games for the Marlins this season due to leg issues after missing all of 2013 following Tommy John surgery. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 19, 10:03 am
       
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      L, 1-0 @Was
    • Smith given verbal assurance of no trade
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Seth Smith was given verbal assurance when he signed an extension that he would not be traded this offseason.

      Advice: As Rosenthal notes, the assurance came before A.J. Preller took over as general manager. However, the same ownership is still in place, and while they don't technically have to honor the verbal agreement, it would look pretty bad if they didn't. Smith has drawn trade interest with the Padres suddenly overflowing with outfielders, but it sounds like he might be staying put. Rotoworld.com
      Dec 18, 7:17 pm
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