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  • Sneed could be heading to pitch in Japan
    Multiple reports state that free agent right-handed pitcher Cy Sneed is being pursued by the Tokyo Yakult Swallows.

    Advice: This is the same club that signed former Pittsburgh Pirate Jose Osuna recently. Sneed, 28, appeared in 18 games with the Astros in 2020, and he registered a 5.71 ERA, 1.85 WHIP and 21/10 K/BB ratio. He's been an up-and-down arm over the last couple of seasons, and a successful stint in Japan could help improve his stock going forward. Yesterday, 8:44 pm
  • Jose Osuna signs with Tokyo Yakult Swallows
    Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Jose Osuna has signed with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. 

    Advice: The Pirates designated Osuna for assignment last week, and he's found a new home relatively quickly. The 27-year-old hit just .205/.244/.397 last year with four homers and a 16/4 K/BB ratio in 82 plate appearances. The year before, however, Osuna hit 10 homers with a .756 OPS in 95 games. If Osuna hits well in Japan, it certainly seems likely that he could be back in an MLB role in a year or two. Yesterday, 5:46 pm
    New Player Note
    José Osuna Pit - 1B,3B,OF
  • Report: Prosecutor to request warrant for Martinez
    Hector Gomez of Z101 Sports reports that prosecutor Osvaldo Bonilla will request a warrant against Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez.

    Advice: The warrant comes after Martinez participated in a street party the previous weekend in the Dominican Republic. He will be charged with violating all the social distancing protocols and the mandatory use of masks at the gathering. A statement on Monday from the Cardinals acknowledged that they were "gathering details  about his participation after a video surfaced that showed him riding a motorbike with a passenger through a crowd on on a seaside street. More information on the potential arrest should present itself in the coming days, but it's possible Martinez will face disciplinary action on top of any punishment he receives for the violation. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch tweets that the hurler is expected to pay fines, according to a representative. Yesterday, 5:23 pm
  • Molina notes that Yankees, Mets, others interested
    In an interview with Mas Que Pelota, free agent catcher Yadier Molina mentioned that the Yankees, Mets, Padres and Angels have shown interest this offseason. 

    Advice: Molina, 38, also notes that he would like to return to St. Louis, and that he wants to play two more seasons. This comes a couple weeks after a report from Jon Heyman of MLB Network noting that there were 3-f4 other teams long with the Yankees, Mets and Cardinals were interested in the backstop. It still seems very likely that the potential Hall of Famer stays in St. Louis, but it doesn't appear it will be from a lack of interest. Yesterday, 1:12 pm
  • Report says no charges coming for Randy Arozarena
    According to the Mexican newspaper PorEsto, Randy Arozarena has been released after a 48-hour hold and will not face charges for a domestic incident involving his daughter and his daughter's mother.

    Advice: Arozarena was detained in Mexico's Yucatan state on Tuesday on allegations of domestic violence and a disagreement over custody of the young child. His lawyer, Carlos Chable, told PorEsto that "there were not enough elements to bring it to trial" (translated from Spanish) and that "there is no longer a crime to prosecute" (also translated). Arozarena could still be subject to some sort of discipline from Major League Baseball once the commissioner's office completes its own investigation into the incident, which was partially caught on video. Yesterday, 9:34 am
  • Wander Franco being evaluated for arm injury
    Rays SS prospect Wander Franco is headed back to the United States for further evaluation of an arm injury.

    Advice: Franco came down with discomfort in his right biceps earlier this week while playing for Leones del Escogido of the Dominican Winter League, and there's at least some level of concern that it might be serious. The 19-year-old shortstop, widely considered the top overall prospect in baseball, had batted .350/.435/.500 with one home run and one stolen base through five games (23 plate appearances) this winter in the DOWL. Yesterday, 7:31 am
  • Derek Law inks minors deal with Twins
    Twins signed RHP Derek Law to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Law broke the news himself on his Twitter account. The 30-year-old reliever didn't pitch in the majors at all in 2020 and has had trouble replicating the success from his rookie season back in 2016. Wednesday, 5:12 pm
    Player Note
    Derek Law Tex - SP,RP
  • Brian O'Grady released by Rays
    Rays released 1B/OF Brian O'Grady.

    Advice: O'Grady had been designated for assignment and is now a free agent after clearing waivers. The 28-year-old will probably have to settle for a minor league contract. Wednesday, 2:12 pm
  • Renfroe now on the market after clearing waivers
    Rays released OF Hunter Renfroe.

    Advice: Renfroe cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week and is now officially a free agent. The 28-year-old is coming off a rotten 2020 campaign which saw him post a .156/.252/.393 batting line, and the Rays didn't want to give him a raise in arbitration. Renfroe doesn't hit righties very well, but he crushes lefties and is a solid defender who also comes with three years of team control. He'll have suitors. Wednesday, 12:59 pm
  • Pirates DFA first baseman Will Craig on Wed.
    Pirates designated 1B Will Craig for assignment.

    Advice: Ashton Goudeau, claimed off waivers from the Rockies on Wednesday, will fill the vacant 40-man roster spot. Craig, 26, went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his first taste of MLB action this past season in Pittsburgh. Wednesday, 12:18 pm
  • Indians DFA right-hander Adam Cimber on Wed.
    Indians designated RHP Adam Cimber for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears out a 40-man roster spot for Jordan Humphreys, who was claimed off waivers from the Giants on Wednesday. Cimber has posted a 4.37 ERA over his last 68 major league innings between 2019-2020. Wednesday, 12:15 pm
  • Orioles officially release Renato Nunez; now FA
    Orioles released 1B/DH Renato Nunez.

    Advice: Nunez went unclaimed on waivers, but he should now command multiple offers in free agency after putting up a strong .816 OPS with 12 home runs and 31 RBI over 52 games for Baltimore during the shortened 2020 campaign. NL teams may have been hesitant to claim him given the still-uncertain DH situation for 2021. Wednesday, 12:10 pm
  • Orioles DFA right-hander Thomas Eshelman
    Orioles designated RHP Thomas Eshelman for assignment.

    Advice: This move opens up a 40-man roster spot for Chris Shaw, who has been claimed off waivers from the Giants. Eshelman, 26, holds a career 5.22 ERA and 38/20 K/BB ratio in 70 2/3 total major league frames. Wednesday, 12:08 pm
  • Indians claim Jordan Humphreys from the Giants
    Indians claimed RHP Jordan Humphreys off waivers from the Giants.

    Advice: Humphreys was designated for assignment by the Giants last week. The 24-year-old has yet to appear in a major league game but owns a promising 2.60 ERA with 177 strikeouts in 169 2/3 career minor league innings. Wednesday, 12:06 pm
  • Orioles claim Chris Shaw off waivers from SF
    Orioles claimed 1B/OF Chris Shaw off waivers from the Giants.

    Advice: Thomas Eshelman has been designated for assignment by Baltimore in a corresponding roster move. Shaw, 27, has put up strong numbers in the upper minors but is a career .153/.244/.222 hitter at the MLB level. Wednesday, 12:03 pm
  • Rangers claim catcher Aramis Garcia from SF
    Rangers claimed C Aramis Garcia off waivers from the Giants.

    Advice: Garcia was designated for assignment by San Francisco last week amid a big 40-man roster purge. The 27-year-old is a career .229/.270/.419 hitter in 111 plate appearances at the major league level. Wednesday, 12:01 pm
  • Diamondbacks officially release Junior Guerra
    Diamondbacks released RHP Junior Guerra.

    Advice: Guerra was designated for assignment by the D-backs last Friday and will now officially hit the free agent market. The 35-year-old native of Venezuela has enjoyed some success in the majors, working as both a starter and reliever, so there should be offers out there for him this winter. He registered a 3.04 ERA with 21 strikeouts over 23 2/3 innings during MLB's condensed 2020 campaign, and he earned three saves for Arizona in 2019. Wednesday, 11:51 am
  • Red Sox outright RHP Ryan Weber to AAA level
    Red Sox sent RHP Ryan Weber outright to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Weber was a DFA for the Red Sox last Friday but will remain with the organization for now. The 30-year-old right-hander owns a career 4.86 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 99/35 K/BB ratio in 157 1/3 major league innings. Wednesday, 11:40 am
    Player Note
    Ryan Weber Bos - SP,RP
  • Red Sox outright LHP Matt Hall to AAA Pawtucket
    Red Sox sent LHP Matt Hall outright to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Hall was designated for assignment last week after surrendering 18 runs in just 8 2/3 innings this season. Wednesday, 11:38 am
  • Red Sox DFA right-hander Robert Stock on Wed.
    Red Sox designated RHP Robert Stock for assignment.

    Advice: This move clears out a 40-man roster spot for right-hander Joel Payamps, who was claimed off waivers from the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. Stock throws hard but has struggled to a 7.13 ERA in 24 innings over the last two seasons between San Diego and Boston. The 31-year-old right-hander is now on the waiver wire. Wednesday, 11:36 am
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