Alexi Ogando P TEX 23 Hrs
Ogando (elbow) has opted against pitching in the Dominican Winter League, the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Ogando has pitched at the Rangers' Dominican Academy to test his elbow, but the Rangers had hoped that he would test it out in game action.
Ryan Jackson SS KC 1 Day
Jackson (wrist) was traded to the Royals on Wednesday.
Jackson spent most of the 2014 season on the disabled list, but hit .278/.352/.346 with three home runs and 34 RBI with Triple-A Memphis in 2013. He plays mostly at third base and shortstop, two positions of strength for the Royals with Mike Moustakas and Alcides Escobar. However, he played a little outfield and second base as well, eventually making him a candidate as a bench utility player.
Brennan Boesch RF/DH CIN 1 Day
Boesch has signed a minor league contract with the Reds, with an invitation to their major league camp, MLB.com reports.
Boesch has spent most of the past couple of seasons in the minors with a few different teams. In 79 major league plate appearances last year with the Angels, Boesch hit just .187 with more strikeouts than hits. He will have a chance to improve on those numbers though if he can earn a depth outfielding spot with the Reds this season.
Sean Rodriguez 1B/2B.. TB 1 Day
Rodriguez has been designated for assignment by Tampa Bay.
Rodriguez struggled down the stretch of last season, which likely influenced the Rays' decision to demote him during the offseason. He will now be placed on waivers, but if Rodriguez goes unclaimed, he will be free to sign with any team or accept his assignment to triple-A.
Ernesto Frieri RP TB 1 Day
Frieri signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Rays on Wednesday.
Frieri was released by the Pirates in early September, and remained a free agent for the remainder of the season. The Rays have decided to take a chance on him, but signed him on a highly-incentived contract, with a chance to make up to $2 million next season if he pitches well enough. He will compete for a spot in the Rays' bullpen in spring training.
Scott Barnes RP BAL 1 Day
Barnes was traded to the Orioles on Wednesday.
Barnes was designated for assignment by the Indians on Sunday, who decided to look for a trade partner. He could have an outside shot of cracking the Orioles' roster in the bullpen with a strong spring training.
Ryan Braun LF/RF MIL 1 Day
Braun said Wednesday that the cryotherapy procedure he underwent Oct. 2 "definitely worked" and he doesn't have any pain in his thumb, MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports.
Braun has been bothered off-and-on by th ethumb injury over the last two seasons, but now is reportedly at full health. "Right now, I don't feel any [discomfort], and I haven't been able to say that for two years," he said. "I think I've told you guys, it [bothered him] shaking hands, writing you know, just everyday activities. Now I don't feel it at all, so I'm excited." While he felt good, he also expressed caution, suggesting spring training should determine more about the condition of his thumb.
Mario Hollands P PHI 2 Days
Hollands (elbow) is on track to be ready for spring training, the Phillies' official site reports.
GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said Hollands, who is recovering from a strained left flexor tendon, has been cleared to have a normal offseason. He'll compete for a bullpen spot in the spring.
Rusney Castillo CF BOS 2 Days
Castillo is set to join Criollos de Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter Leauge on Dec. 2, WEEI.com reports.
Castillo had his stint in the Arizona Fall League end early because of a bruised thumb, putting in jeopardy his ability to play in Puerto Rico. However, the thumb is better and he's scheduled to get 100 plate appearances Caguas. The league runs through the end of December.
Ariel Pena SP MIL 2 Days
Pena (elbow) was outrighted off the Brewers' 40-man roster Tuesday.
After being stuck at the Double-A level for two seasons, Pena made the jump to Triple-A Nashville as a 25-year-old in 2014, but the results weren't pretty (4.56 ERA, 1.33 WHIP). The right-hander has posted strong strikeout rates at each level but has also had some major issues with walks (5.3 BB/9 last season), and it seems the Brewers lost hope that he could develop into a serviceable major leaguer.