Ben Rowen RP TEX 1 Day
Rowen was released by the Rangers on Friday.
It should only be a matter of time before the 26-year-old right-hander latches on elsewhere. While he struggled to a 4.15 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in eight appearances with the big club last season, Rowen has a 1.72 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 3.50 GO/AO in the minors, including 2.39 ERA and 1.01 WHIP at Triple-A.
Josh Lindblom SP PIT 1 Day
Lindblom was released by the Pirates on Friday.
The Pirates claimed Lindblom off waivers earlier this month, but his stay on the 40-man lasted just a few days, as the team bumped him when Radhames Liz's signing became official. Lindblom already has a new gig lined up; he will pitch for the Lotte Giants of the Korean Baseball Organization, having signed one-year, $850,000 deal.
Scott Downs RP CLE 1 Day
Downs signed a minor league contract with the Indians on Saturday that includes an invite to spring training, MLB.com reports.
Downs was much better after making the jump from the White Sox to the Royals in July, posting a 3.14 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 17 appearances with Kansas City, but the Royals seemingly had little interest in bringing him back given their bullpen depth. As it were, the 38-year-old will remain in the AL Central but join Cleveland, with an opportunity to earn a specialist role in the spring. Downs has held opposing lefties to a .219/.287/.322 batting line for his career.
Preston Claiborne RP NYY 1 Day
Claiborne was designated for assignment by the Yankees on Friday, ESPNNewYork.com reports.
While Claiborne went 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 18 appearances with the big club last season, he had just a 16:10 K:BB and benefited from a 3.3% HR/FB rate. The right-hander also turned in a 1.52 WHIP at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and with Gonzalez Germen coming aboard from the Mets, the Yankees decided to bump Claiborne from the 40-man roster. He'll now be subjected to waivers.
Gonzalez Germen RP NYY 1 Day
Germen was traded to the Yankees on Friday for cash, ESPNNewYork.com reports.
The Yankees designated Preston Claiborne for assignment in a corresponding move. Germen got off to a strong start in 2014, with just three hits and one run allowed in his first seven appearances with the Mets, but things went south in a hurry and the right-hander finished with a 4.75 ERA and 1.45 WHIP for the season. He will still likely compete for one of the team's final bullpen spots in the spring.
David Wright 3B NYM 2 Days
Wright (shoulder) has started swinging a bat, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports.
He will visit Mets hitting coach Kevin Long in January, presumably for an evaluation of his swing mechanics amid his recovery from a shoulder injury. He appears to be making good progress, and the hope remains that he will be ready for the start of spring training.
Ryan Hanigan C BOS 2 Days
The Padres traded Hanigan to the Red Sox on Friday for third baseman Will Middlebrooks, MLB.com reports.
Two days after the Rays shipped Hanigan to San Diego, the Padres flipped the 34-year-old to Boston for yet another power bat in Middlebrooks. Hanigan hit just .218/.318/.324 in 84 games last season, his first in the American League, but his value comes in the form of pitch framing and defense. Look for Hanigan to play second fiddle to Christian Vazquez in the early going this upcoming season.
Will Middlebrooks 3B SD 2 Days
The Red Sox traded Middlebrooks to the Padres on Friday for catcher Ryan Hanigan, MLB.com reports.
After Middlebrooks hit .288/.325/.509 with 15 homers and 54 RBI in 75 games in 2012, there seemed to be little doubt that he was the future at third base for Boston. However, his luster has faded considerably since that time, as injuries and ineffectiveness have plagued him the past two years. Still, his pop alone may be enough to give him the inside track over Yangervis Solarte for the starting job at third base next season, but everything will hinge on the health of his hand come spring.
Kendry Flores SP MIA 2 Days
The Giants traded Flores to the Marlins on Friday, along with Luis Castillo, in exchange for third baseman Casey McGehee, Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
The right-hander enjoyed tremendous success at the Low-A level as a 21-year-old in 2013, striking out more than eight batters for every one he walked (137:17 K:BB) and giving up 43 runs in 141.2 innings (2.73 ERA). That success didn't carry over to High-A in 2014 (4.09 ERA), but Flores makes for a decent buy-low for Miami.
Bryan Price RP CLE 2 Days
Price has been invited to attend major league camp for spring training, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Price lost his spot on the Indians' 40-man roster earlier this month when the team acquired Brandon Moss from Oakland, but he will be afforded an opportunity to compete for a bullpen role in the spring. It's a nice gesture, but Price will have to really impress during Cactus League play to erase the memory of his struggles with the big club last season (20.25 ERA, .500 BAA).