Shae Simmons (shoulder) feeling good
Shae Simmons | ATL
(January 23, 2015 6:01 PM EST)
Shae Simmons (shoulder) hasn't had any issues since beginning his offseason throwing program three weeks ago.
Simmons missed the final two months of last season with lingering shoulder soreness, but he didn't need surgery and has progressed as hoped so far. "I haven't had any issues, so I'm kind of excited about that," Simmons said. The 24-year-old reliever sits in the mid-90s with his fastball and is an intriguing bullpen arm if he can stay healthy.
Ben Rowen catches on with Dodgers
Ben Rowen | LA
(January 23, 2015 5:57 PM EST)
Dodgers signed RHP Ben Rowen to a minor league contract.
It's not clear whether he's been invited to spring training. Rowen holds a 1.72 ERA in his minor league career but hasn't been given an extended look in the majors presumably due to his unorthodox submariner style. He's worth a shot for the Dodgers.
Matt Eddy on Twitter
Lorenzo Quintana defects from Cuba
Lorenzo Quintana | INT
(January 23, 2015 5:54 PM EST)
Fangraph's Kiley McDaniel reports that catcher Lorenzo Quintana has defected from Cuba.
Quintana batted .270/.362/.413 with four homers over 35 games this past season in Serie Nacional and won a Gold Glove a few years ago. The 25-year-old is exempt from MLB’s international bonus pools since he's played more than five years in Cuba. He'll need to establish residency and be cleared by the OFAC before being allowed to sign with a major league club.
Kiley McDaniel on Twitter
Indians interested in Nolan Reimold
Nolan Reimold | ARZ
(January 23, 2015 5:01 PM EST)
Roch Kubatko of reports that the Indians are "showing a lot of interest" in Nolan Reimold.
Kubatko notes that Reimold nearly had a deal to return to the Orioles on the last day of the Winter Meetings, but it fell apart and now the Indians are looking like a more probable landing spot. Reimold has had numerous health issues over the years, as his 46 games played last season between the majors and minors was his highest total in three years.
Roch Kubatko on Twitter
A's, Eric Sogard avoid arbitration
Eric Sogard | OAK
(January 23, 2015 4:37 PM EST)
Athletics and INF Eric Sogard avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.075 million contract.
It's a bit under the midpoint of figures exchanged last week. Sogard is a career .235/.296/.317 hitter but has a solid glove and should break camp as a backup infielder.
Jon Heyman on Twitter
Astros, Marwin Gonzalez settle at $1.0625M
Marwin Gonzalez | HOU
(January 23, 2015 4:34 PM EST)
Astros and INF Marwin Gonzalez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.0625 million contract.
It's a shade under the midpoint of figures exchanged last week. Gonzalez hit .277/.327/.400 with six homers and 23 RBI in 285 at-bats last season and will function in a utility role in 2015.
Jon Heyman on Twitter
White Sox sign Engel Beltre to minors deal
Engel Beltre | CWS
(January 23, 2015 4:26 PM EST)
White Sox signed OF Engel Beltre to a minor league contract.
He should receive an invitation to big league camp in spring training. Beltre is an excellent defensive outfielder but has never been much with the bat and has had some injury issues. He figures to begin next season at Triple-A.
Matt Eddy on Twitter
Braves bring in another David Carpenter
David Carpenter | ATL
(January 23, 2015 4:25 PM EST)
Braves signed RHP David Carpenter to a minor league contract.
No, not that David Carpenter. The other one. This Carpenter elected free agency in September after being removed from the Angels' 40-man roster. The 27-year-old holds a 5.23 ERA over 30 major league relief appearances and is merely a depth addition.
Matt Eddy on Twitter
Braves claim Eury Perez off waivers
Eury Perez | ATL
(January 23, 2015 4:06 PM EST)
Braves claimed OF Eury Perez off waivers from the Yankees.
It's a good landing spot for the 24-year-old, as the Braves are lacking outfield depth following the trades of Justin Upton, Jason Heyward and Evan Gattis. Perez is a career .305/.360/.384 hitter in the minors and has plenty of speed. He should crack the Opening Day roster as a backup.
Derrick Robinson inks minors deal with Nats
Derrick Robinson | WAS
(January 23, 2015 2:48 PM EST)
Nationals signed OF Derrick Robinson to a minor league contract.
Robinson did not receive an invite to big league camp in spring training. The 27-year-old batted .255/.322/.323 over 102 games in 2013 with the Reds before missing all of last season following shoulder surgery.
William Ladson on Twitter