Chris Dominguez RF SF 4 Hrs
Dominguez was designated for assignment by the Giants on Thursday.
Dominguez, a third-round pick in 2009, earned his first promotion to the big club last season by batting .274/.307/.460 with 21 homers and 85 RBI in 131 games with Triple-A Fresno. He did not fare well with the big club, however, going 1-for-18 in eight games, and his high-strikeout, low-walk tendencies ultimately cost him his spot on the 40-man roster. Dominguez will now be subjected to waivers.
Neal Cotts RP TEX 7 Hrs
Cotts has reached an agreement to sign with the Brewers, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Cotts posted a 4.32 ERA over 66.2 innings out of the Texas bullpen last season, but his peripherals were more impressive, and he recorded a 1.11 ERA in 2013. He'll likely work as a middle reliever for the Brewers.
Cesar Jimenez RP PHI 7 Hrs
Jimenez was designated for assignment Thursday evening.
Jimenez was DFA'd to make room on the 40-man roster for Chad Billingsley, who the Phillies signed to a one-year contract Thursday. Jimenez only made 16 of his 56 appearances in the majors last season, and while he posted a 1.69 ERA, his 8:7 K:BB was far from encouraging. At best, he'll land a spot at the back of Philadelphia's bullpen.
Bryan LaHair 1B CLE 7 Hrs
LaHair signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox, SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports.
A surprise All-Star back in 2012, LaHair fell off dramatically in the second half of that season, and he hasn't played in the majors since. He struggled at the Double-A level in 2014, so there's little reason to think he'll help the Red Sox this season.
Felipe Paulino SP CWS 7 Hrs
Paulino (shoulder) signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox, SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports.
After undergoing Tommy John surgery during the 2012 season, Paulino bounced back to open 2014 in the White Sox's starting rotation. He posted an 11.29 ERA over four starts, before landing on the disabled list due to a shoulder injury. He aggravated the injury during his rehab assignment, and then spent the rest of the season on the 60-day DL. Paulino figures to open 2015 in the minor leagues, if he's healthy enough to pitch.
Jay Jackson SP SD 7 Hrs
Jackson signed a minor league contract with the Padres that includes an invite to spring training.
Jackson reached the Triple-A level as a 21-year-old in 2009 but has been unable to break through to the majors in five years since. In 532.2 innings at Triple-A, Jackson has posted a 5.17 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 7.3 K/9. Chances are, he'll merely serve as organizational depth in 2015.
Chad Billingsley SP LAD 7 Hrs
Billingsley (elbow) has reached an agreement to sign with the Phillies, mlb.com's Todd Zolecki reports.
After missing the entire 2014 season in the wake of April 2013 Tommy John surgery, Billingsley will hope to take the mound in a game for the first time in nearly two years. He underwent flexor tendon surgery back in June, and while the questions about his health are obviously substantial, Billingsley did well to land with a team that lacks depth in the rotation. Health permitting, he figures to compete for a spot in the starting rotation.
J. C. Boscan C KC 7 Hrs
Boscan signed a minor league contract with the Royals that includes an invite to spring training.
Boscan failed to reach the majors last season for the first time since 2009, as he instead spent the year with the Dodger' Double-A Chattanooga affiliate, posting a dismal .495 OPS in 52 games. The spring training invite is a nice gesture, but the 35-year-old journeyman will almost certainly play out the season, and perhaps the rest of his career, as organizational depth in the minors.
Eric Stults SP SD 8 Hrs
Stults signed a minor league contract with the Braves on Thursday that includes an invite to spring training, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Stults elected free agency from the Padres after being DFA'd in November, ending his two-year tenure with the club. The soft-tossing lefty was knocked around to the tune of a 4.30 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 176 innings last season, but he will provide some veteran security depth behind a young corps of starters in Atlanta.
Tyler Anderson RP COL 8 Hrs
Anderson (elbow) will be a limited participant in spring training, the Denver Post reports.
Back in November, Rockies GM Jeff Bridich said Anderson wasn't at risk of missing the start of spring training, but the lefty's elbow simply has not improved as expected. The plan now is for Anderson to take part in pitchers' fielding practice and other activities at the start of camp, but he will not actually pitch. Doctors have recommended the Rockies take a conservative approach to Anderson's recovery.