The Indians traded left-hander Scott Barnes to the Orioles for cash considerations on Wednesday, with Baltimore also signing infielder Rey Navarro to a Major League contract.
In a move that added depth to the pool of outfielders, and potentially their bench, the Reds signed Brennan Boesch to a Minor League contract and invited him to big league camp at Spring Training.
Ryan Braun won't know for sure until he gets back to the grind of baseball and fends off a few 95-mph inside fastballs. But so far, the Brewers right fielder believes his thumb surgery was a success.
The American League East is still baseball's strongest division, top to bottom, and the Red Sox's signing of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez only underscores its competitiveness.
At this point, it's uncertain if the Dodgers are the Yankees of the West or if the Yankees are the Dodgers of the East. They are baseball's preeminent payroll superpowers, and they've both been eerily quiet in the early going of the Hot Stove season. We know from history that this can change in a hurry.
Korean left-hander Hyeon-jong Yang will not pitch in North America next season after a report out of Korea by the Yonhap News Agency on Wednesday indicated the Kia Tigers of the Korean Baseball Organization were unhappy with the highest bid and rejected it.
The Cubs have reportedly extended a six-year offer to Jon Lester that is worth an amount "north of" $135 million, according to CSNChicago.com.
Although Pablo Sandoval is just beginning to get a taste of his new home, Boston's new third baseman is having no trouble adjusting to his new teammates, especially Hanley Ramirez and David Ortiz.
After trying to sign Pablo Sandoval to what would have been the largest contract in club history, the Padres might not find offensive help in free agency after all. A source told MLB.com on Tuesday that the Padres are heavily focused on trades, with Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes a potential match.
Fresh off investing over $180 million in two hitters, the Red Sox are hardly done reconstructing their roster. There is pitching to go get, and owner John Henry made it clear that he isn't going to hold back the front office when it comes to investing properly in the starting rotation.
Perennial contenders in baseball have a core, and while the Giants still have Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey, losing Pablo Sandoval could have a big impact on their future success.
The Boston Red Sox agreed with left fielder Hanley Ramirez on a four-year contract through the 2018 season on Tuesday. To make room on the 40-man roster, infielder Juan Francisco was designated for assignment.
After missing out on retaining third baseman Pablo Sandoval, the Giants have reportedly shifted their focus to acquiring free-agent pitcher Jon Lester, who is scheduled to meet with the club next week.
While evaluating trade options involving Justin Upton, the Braves have continued to aggressively pursue Yasmany Tomas, the Cuban sensation who could immediately fill one of the corner-outfield positions in Atlanta.
Angels left-hander Michael Roth left the organization on Tuesday, electing to become a free agent just 28 months into his professional career after clearing waivers. Outfielder Alfredo Marte and catcher Jackson Williams, both of whom were claimed by the Angels this offseason, also cleared waivers but were outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Now that Hanley Ramirez has returned to Boston, the Dodgers will try to add a shortstop, short term. Corey Seager, the 20-year-old can't-miss prospect, is close but not yet ready.
After an examination last week, Cliff Lee has been cleared to begin his normal offseason throwing program next week, a good sign for the left-hander as he recovers from an elbow issue that sidelined him for the final two months of the 2014 season.