Sabathia (knee) throwing bullpen sessions
CC Sabathia | NYY
(February 11, 2016 10:17 PM EST)
CC Sabathia (knee) began throwing bullpen sessions three weeks ago.
That's significant mostly because the big lefty has traditionally waited until the start of spring training to throw off a mound. Sabathia has motivation to be ahead of the curve coming into camp, as Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has already made it clear the 35-year-old won't be guaranteed a rotation spot. For his part, Sabathia said the chronic knee condition that has necessitated the use of a knee brace feels better than it has in a long time. We'll see if the adjustments lead to a new and improved Sabathia this spring.
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Royals, Moustakas reach two-year agreement
Mike Moustakas | KC
(February 11, 2016 9:52 PM EST)
Royals and 3B Mike Moustakas avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $14.3 million contract.
The deal buys out the final two years of Moustakas' arbitration eligibility. The third baseman had requested $7 million when the two sides exchanged figures last month, with the Royals offering $4.2 million. It's a worthy raise for the 27-year-old after he batted .284/.348/.470 with 22 home runs and 82 RBI last season.
Skaggs (elbow) up to five bullpen sessions
Tyler Skaggs | LAA
(February 11, 2016 7:22 PM EST)
Tyler Skaggs (elbow) said Thursday he's thrown five bullpen sessions already this year.
Skaggs resumed throwing last month after spending the entire 2015 season recovering from Tommy John surgery. He said he's throwing 45-50 pitches in sessions and said things "are going really well." Skaggs is guaranteed nothing heading into spring, and pitchers usually require some time to get back up to full speed once they get back on the mound, but few situations would be more friendly to an aspiring starter than the Angels. If he shows something, the 24-year-old could certainly leave camp as a member of the rotation.
Yanks outright Adams, invite him to spring
Lane Adams | NYY
(February 11, 2016 6:39 PM EST)
Yankees sent OF Lane Adams outright to Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre.
The team simultaneously extended Adams an invite to spring training as a non-roster invitee. Adams was claimed off waivers from the Royals in mid-January after hitting .281/.347/.445 with 16 homers, 62 RBI and 31 steals between Double-A and Triple-A last year.
Maurer says his shoulder feels healthy
Brandon Maurer | SD
(February 11, 2016 6:03 PM EST)
Brandon Maurer said Thursday that his shoulder feels healthy.
Maurer missed some time down the stretch last season due to right shoulder inflammation, but it's not an issue now. He also put on 15 pounds over the winter, presumably in an effort to help hold up over a full season. While he pitched exclusively out of the bullpen in 2015, he's expected to get a chance in the starting rotation this spring.
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Rays having advanced talks with Hunter
Tommy Hunter | CHC
(February 11, 2016 5:58 PM EST)
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are having "advanced" talks with free agent reliever Tommy Hunter.
Topkin adds that a deal doesn't appear close and that Hunter is talking with other teams. The 29-year-old posted a 4.18 ERA over 58 appearances last season between the Orioles and Cubs and is coming off core muscle surgery, but he's arguably the best free agent reliever left on the board.
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Pirates ink Luebke to minor league contract
Cory Luebke | PIT
(February 11, 2016 4:48 PM EST)
Pirates signed LHP Cory Luebke to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.
Luebke worked his way back from his second Tommy John surgery to throw seven minor league innings this past season. The 30-year-old hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012. Before the injuries he was a very successful starter and reliever, and with a little Bucs magic, maybe we haven't seen the last of Luebke yet.
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Pirates sign O'Flaherty to minor league deal
Eric O'Flaherty | PIT
(February 11, 2016 4:40 PM EST)
Pirates signed LHP Eric O'Flaherty to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.
O'Flaherty wasn't right in 2015, posting a 8.10 ERA and 21/18 K/BB ratio over 30 innings while dealing with left shoulder issues, but he's been an effective lefty reliever in the past. The Pirates have a track record of getting pitchers straightened out, so it's a near-ideal landing spot for the 31-year-old.
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Daniels plans to talk extension with Beltre
Adrian Beltre | TEX
(February 11, 2016 4:38 PM EST)
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said he plans to engage Adrian Beltre early in camp about a possible contract extension.
Beltre is on record as being interested in such a discussion, and last month it was reported that the sides had talked about the idea, at least in passing. Beltre has been a staple at third base for the Rangers since signing a six-year deal with the club in 2011. He will turn 37 years old just days after the start of the season.
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Sierra, Dodgers deal held up by paperwork
Yaisel Sierra | INT
(February 11, 2016 4:16 PM EST)
The Dodgers' six-year deal with Cuban free agent Yaisel Sierra is being held up by paperwork but is still "on track," per MLB Network's Jon Heyman.
The deal is expected to be in the $30-31 million range, Heyman added. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman last month said he expects Sierra to be in camp when spring training opens next week, and it's unclear if the paperwork will affect that timeline. Either way, there are no major holdups, per Heyman. Sierra is a right-hander with good stuff, and the Dodgers will try him as a starter to begin with.
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