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12/23/2014 | Braves reach agreement with veteran reliever Grilli

Jason Grilli and the Braves have reached an agreement on a two-year, $8.25 million deal that includes a $3 million option for the 2017 season.


12/23/2014 | Angels invite 20 non-roster players to Spring Training

The Angels have invited 20 non-roster players, including 10 pitchers, three catchers, four infielders and three outfielders, to Spring Training.


12/23/2014 | Twins sign right-hander Stauffer to 1-year deal

The Twins strengthened their bullpen on Tuesday as they signed right-hander Tim Stauffer to a one-year deal worth $2.2 million.


12/23/2014 | Barnes claimed by Blue Jays; Rowen a free agent

Former Rangers left-hander Scott Barnes was claimed on waivers by the Blue Jays on Tuesday, while right-hander Ben Rowen cleared waivers and is now a free agent.


12/23/2014 | Maronde clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A

The Indians maintained a layer of depth on Tuesday, when left-hander Nick Maronde cleared waivers. Cleveland subsequently sent the pitcher outright to Triple-A Columbus and extended an invitation to attend Spring Training with the Major League club.


12/23/2014 | Mets prospect Mazzilli suspended

Major League Baseball has suspended Mets prospect L.J. Mazzilli 50 games for a second positive test of a "drug of abuse," in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment program.


12/23/2014 | Dodgers send outfielder Jensen to Triple-A

Kyle Jensen, who was acquired Nov. 17 from the Marlins, was outrighted to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday.


12/23/2014 | Cubs add pitcher, lose two players via waivers

The Cubs shuffled the roster Tuesday, claiming left-handed pitcher Mike Kickham off waivers from the Giants and losing two players whom they had claimed last Friday.


12/23/2014 | Peavy thrilled to stay with Giants on 2-year deal

The Giants officially signed Jake Peavy on Tuesday to a two-year deal, which reportedly includes a $4 million signing bonus, a full no-trade clause and award incentives.


12/23/2014 | Cueto won't talk contract beyond Opening Day

Not wanting to be sidetracked over prolonged contract negotiations, Reds ace Johnny Cueto has set a deadline for an extension to be completed with the club. Cueto and the Reds have until Opening Day to work out a deal, agent Bryce Dixon said.


12/23/2014 | O's claim Lavarnway off waivers, release Berry

The Orioles claimed catcher Ryan Lavarnway off waivers from the Cubs on Tuesday and released outfielder Quintin Berry.


12/23/2014 | No need to wait: Cubs have a spot for Bryant

If top prospect Kris Bryant is healthy and in form in Spring Training, he's got to be in the Cubs' Opening Day lineup.


12/23/2014 | To celebrate anniversary, Doziers help others

When it came time to plan their offseason, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier and his wife, Renee, realized it would mean much more to them if they spent their anniversary helping others in Nicaragua instead of on a relaxing vacation.


12/23/2014 | Cardinals sign Walden to two-year contract

The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to terms with reliever Jordan Walden, avoiding arbitration. The right-hander, acquired in the Jason Heyward trade Nov. 17, agreed to a two-year contract that also includes a team option for the 2017 season.


12/23/2014 | Hannahan heads to Korea on 1-year deal

Free-agent third baseman/first baseman Jack Hannahan has signed a one-year contract to play with the LG Twins in Seoul, South Korea, MLB.com learned on Tuesday.


12/23/2014 | Pleskoff's picks: Top 10 prospects

It is always difficult to rank prospects. Why is pitcher X better than hitter X in the rankings? Again, the results are in the eyes of the person compiling the lists. Given the landscape of individual difference, I offer my own 2015 Top 10 Prospect list. For me, each has the upside of an impact player.


12/23/2014 | Competitive balance yields a league of contenders

At this very moment, 26 of baseball's 30 teams believe they are good enough to go to the playoffs. To put it another way, 26 teams might consider their 2015 season a success only if they end up with one of the 10 postseason berths. Welcome to baseball's new landscape.


12/23/2014 | By any metric, Trout's 2014 was a year for the ages

Remember all that time we spent debating how to pick the American League's Most Valuable Player, from the merits of Wins Above Replacement to the importance of residing on a winning team to the overall significance of traditional statistics? Yeah, 2014 wasn't really about that. Instead, it was the year Mike Trout finally got his due.


12/23/2014 | Marlins Park hosts nail-biter of a Miami Beach Bowl

Marlins Park may be months away from hosting baseball games, but fans in attendance on Monday were treated to a sports thriller of a different kind, as the ballpark played host to the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl, in which Memphis defeated BYU, 55-48, in a double-overtime nail-biter.


12/22/2014 | Ross eager for chance to compete for spot with Nats

New National Joe Ross joins an organization that has a plethora of pitching in the Major Leagues and the farm system, and he can't wait for his chance to compete.


12/22/2014 | Rockies' Perkins breaks out power in ABL play

The second half of the 2014/2015 Australian Baseball League season saw the first-place Adelaide Bite extend their lead in the standings by sweeping the Sydney Blue Sox. Canberra caught Brisbane in the standings by taking three of four from the Bandits and the Perth Heat finished a busy week in Melbourne by taking three of five from the Aces.


12/22/2014 | Can Kang provide plenty of bang for Bucs?

Who knows how this will all work out. The Pirates' winning bid on Korean infielder Jung-Ho Kang is an intriguing development, if not yet a Disney movie.


12/22/2014 | Scutaro has back surgery, out 4-6 months

Marco Scutaro's future with the Giants appears to be questionable after general manager Brian Sabean announced Monday that the second baseman recently underwent back surgery in Miami.


12/22/2014 | AL West movement defined by minor moves

Clubs in the American League West have been relatively quiet this winter as they try to build on their success of the 2014 season. Here's a team-by-team glance at what's happened in the division so far this winter, and what remains to be done.


12/22/2014 | Twins recognize quality with Hughes' extension

Right-hander Phil Hughes threw a first-pitch strike 72.5 percent of the time in 2014, tops in baseball. Strikeouts and walks don't tell the whole story of his professional rebirth in the Twin Cities, but they say plenty.




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