Report: Puig involved in fight at nightclub
Yasiel Puig | LA
(November 27, 2015 3:03 PM EST)
Renato Bermudez of ESPN Deportes reports that Yasiel Puig was recently involved in a fight with a security guard at a Miami nightclub.
Details on the altercation are limited at this point, but Puig reportedly came away from the fight with a bruise on his face. We'll surely find out more about the incident before long, but it's certainly not a good look for Puig, who has his detractors in and out of the organization due to attitude issues. He was limited to just 79 games this season because of injury.
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Indians ink Anthony Recker to minors deal
Anthony Recker | CLE
(November 27, 2015 2:50 PM EST)
Indians signed C Anthony Recker to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Recker batted just .125/.239/.213 in 32 games this past season for the Mets. He's merely a depth addition.
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Norberto close to deal with Japanese team
Jordan Norberto | TB
(November 27, 2015 1:37 PM EST) reports that Jordan Norberto is nearing a contract with the Chunichi Dragons of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball.
Norberto, who will turn 29 next month, held a 4.96 ERA over 45 1/3 innings at Triple-A Durham with the Rays in 2015. He's battled shoulder woes the last few years and hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012.
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Dayan Viciedo nearing deal with Japanese club
Dayan Viciedo | CWS
(November 27, 2015 1:34 PM EST) reports that Dayan Viciedo is nearing a contract with the Chunichi Dragons of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball.
Viciedo spent all of 2015 at the Triple-A level with a couple different teams, batting .287/.348/.450 with eight home runs across 276 plate appearances. He'll turn just 27 in March but has apparently decided signing with a club overseas is his best option.
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Athletics likely to trade INF Brett Lawrie
Brett Lawrie | OAK
(November 27, 2015 10:22 AM EST)
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics are likely to trade Brett Lawrie following the acquisition of Jed Lowrie.
Slusser says the trade for Lowrie "all but ensures" the A's will deal either Lawrie or Danny Valencia, and Lawrie "is considered the better bet to be traded." The report adds that both Lawrie and Valencia "are drawing interest" from American League clubs. Lawrie hasn't come close to reaching his full potential, hitting only .263/.316/.420 in his first five big league seasons, but he'll turn just 26 in January and is under team control through 2017, so it's not terribly surprisingly that some clubs appear to have interest.
San Francisco Chronicle
Royals release LHP Wandy Rodriguez
Wandy Rodriguez | KC
(November 26, 2015 6:41 PM EST)
Royals released LHP Wandy Rodriguez.
The southpaw had a 1.13 ERA over eight innings at Triple-A Omaha. Rodriguez, 36, will attempt to catch on elsewhere, but his best days are certainly behind him.
Edwin Encarnacion (hernia) resumes workouts
Edwin Encarnacion | TOR
(November 26, 2015 2:32 PM EST)
Edwin Encarnacion (hernia) began running on Thursday.
Encarnacion tweeted a video of himself jogging with a friend (or perhaps trainer) in the Dominican Republic. He underwent surgery in late October to repair a sports hernia but is fully expected to be ready for the beginning of the 2016 season. The 32-year-old slugger registered a .929 OPS with 39 home runs and 111 RBI in 146 games this summer for the American League East-champion Blue Jays.
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Angels sign Edward Paredes to minors deal
Edward Paredes | LAA
(November 26, 2015 1:01 PM EST)
Angels signed LHP Edward Paredes to a minor league contract.
Paredes put up a cool 3.32 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 73/22 K/BB ratio in 57 innings this summer for the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League. The 29-year-old southpaw has never pitched in a major league game and is no more than organizational depth for the Halos.
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Braves sign Joel de la Cruz to minors deal
Joel de la Cruz | ATL
(November 26, 2015 12:48 PM EST)
Braves signed RHP Joel de la Cruz to a minor league contract.
The 26-year-old right-hander had a 3.31 ERA, 1.245 WHIP, and 42/22 K/BB ratio in 84 1/3 innings this past season between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre -- minor league affiliates of the Yankees. He has never appeared in a major league game, but de la Cruz will have a decent shot at changing that with the rapidly-rebuilding Braves.
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Diamondbacks sign UTIL Anthony Seratelli
Anthony Seratelli | ARZ
(November 26, 2015 12:14 PM EST)
Diamondbacks signed UTIL Anthony Seratelli to a minor league contract.
Seratelli batted just .183/.329/.233 in 74 plate appearances this year for the Seibu Lions of the Japanese Pacific League, but he can play all around the diamond defensively. The 32-year-old will probably be stationed at Triple-A Reno when the 2016 season begins.
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