Daisuke Matsuzaka P NYM 16 Hrs
Matsuzaka has apparently decided to pitch in Japan next season with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks expressing interest in signing him, the Japan Times reports.
It's still possible that Matsuzaka may only want to return to Japan if he doesn't get an offer from a MLB team, so he may wait awhile to make a decision.
Cliff Lee SP PHI 21 Hrs
Lee (elbow) has received clearance to begin his offseason throwing program, CSN Philly reports.
Lee was examined by the Phillies' team doctor last week. He will begin throwing next week and expects to be ready for the start of spring training.
Tony Cingrani SP CIN 1 Day
Cingrani (shoulder) could compete either for a rotation or bullpen spot in spring training, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
The Reds are being especially cautious with Cingrani due to the nature of his injury, but have been optimistic so far with his progress. Right now the Reds' rotation is spoken for, but between injuries to Homer Bailey and Mat Latos, and the contract situations of Latos, Johnny Cueto, Mike Leake and Alfredo Simon (all four will be free agents after the 2015 season), it's not hard to envision a rotation spot opening up.
Vic Black RP NYM 1 Day
Black, whose season was cut short due to shoulder and neck weakness, has started a workout regimen, Newsday reports.
Black has suffered from neck woes the past two seasons, each opt which were cut short due to the ailment. When healthy in 2015, he posted a 2.60 ERA and 1.298 WHIP in 34.2 innings for the Mets while stranding nearly all of his inherited runners. If healthy, Black should open 2015 as the team's seventh-inning reliever.
Cole Figueroa 2B/3B TB 1 Day
Figueroa was placed on release waivers Monday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Figueroa is now on track to become a free agent unless he's claimed by another team by Wednesday's deadline. If he goes unclaimed, the Rays will be responsible for his 2015 salary. In 43 at-bats for the Rays last season, Figueroa hit .233 with six RBI and four strikeouts.
Jose Molina C TB 1 Day
Molina was placed on release waivers Monday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The move is the last step for Molinaw, who was DFA'd last week, before he becomes a free agent. The 39-year-old is unlikely to be claimed off release waivers by Wednesday and will be in the market for a new team. If he does go unclaimed, the Rays will be responsible for his $2.75 million salary for the 2015 season.
Pablo Sandoval 3B BOS 1 Day
Sandoval will officially sign with the Red Sox, pending a physical, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports confirms.
Sandoval is reportedly joining the Red Sox on a five-year deal worth close to $100 million. The highly sought-after third baseman reportedly had offers from the Padres and Giants, but he'll come to Boston to join Hanley Ramirez in what will be a revamped Red Sox lineup. The 28-year-old Sandoval, a three-time World Series champion and the 2012 World Series MVP, hit .279/.324/.415 with 73 RBI and 16 home runs last season.
Ryan Jackson SS LAD 1 Day
Jackson (wrist) was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Monday.
Jackson was removed from the 40-man roster to make room for the newly-acquired Juan Nicasio. He missed the majority of the 2014 season after undergoing wrist surgery following a 2013 season that saw him record seven at-bats with the Cardinals. He will likely be ready for spring training, though it will likely begin in the minor leagues.
Ed Lucas 1B/2B.. TEX 1 Day
Lucas signed a minor league contract with the Rangers on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Lucas spent most of the season with the Marlins, .251/.283/.296 with one home run and nine RBI over 179 at-bats. He also spent a little time with the team's Triple-A club in New Orleans, but was claimed off waivers by the Rangers in the offseason. Lucas was later assigned to Triple-A Round Rock, and now will get a chance to show what he's got in spring training.
Juan Nicasio P LAD 1 Day
Nicasio was traded to the Dodgers on Monday for either a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Nicasio struggled over the span off 93.2 innings with the Rockies last season to the tune of a 5.38 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 2014. Part of the poor numbers can be attributed to his home park being Coors Field, but his numbers on the road (4.78 ERA, 1.62 WHIP) weren't that much better. It's unclear what role the Dodgers have in mind for Nicasio, but he could fight for a spot in the back end of the rotation or in the bullpen.