Tyler Clippard RP OAK 3 Days

With Sean Doolittle (shoulder) not expected to be ready to start the season, Clippard appears in line to open 2015 as the A's closer.

The A's acquisition of Clippard last week is looking all the more important in light of Friday's news regarding Doolittle. While a firm timetable for Doolittle's return has not been set, he has been diagnosed with a slight rotator cuff tear and the expectation is that his recovery will push into the regular season. It appears Clippard, who saved 32 games for the Nationals in 2012, is the frontrunner for save opportunities, ahead of the likes of Eric O'Flaherty and Ryan Cook.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 3 Days

Doolittle has a slight rotator cuff tear in his left shoulder as well as "considerable" inflammation in the area and is not expected to be ready by the start of the season, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

Upon diagnosis, Doolittle was treated with a platelet-rich plasma injection, and the team will now wait until the inflammation dies down before re-evaluating him and determining the next step. With Doolittle not expected to be ready for Opening Day, the A's figure to turn to recent trade acquisition Tyler Clippard to handle ninth-inning duties to start the year. That said, Eric O'Flaherty, who served as the team's closer for a stretch last year when Doolittle was hurt, could see some opportunities based on the matchups.

Sean Doolittle RP OAK 3 Days

Doolittle has a small rotator cuff tear and is not expected to be ready for the start of the season, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

This is big and bad news for the A's. Doolittle was expected to start the season as the A's closer and now it is unclear when he will be ready. New acquisition Tyler Clippard will likely be the favorite to close games to start the season.

Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX 3 Days

Moreland (ankle) agreed to a one-year, $2.95 million contract with the Rangers on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest reports.

Reconstructive ankle surgery in mid-June ended Moreland's 2014 campaign, but the 29-year-old was cleared for a progressive running program last month and is expected to enter spring training without restriction. Moreland appears penciled in as the team's primary DH option heading into 2015, though he could lose out on at-bats against left-handed pitching (.227/.289/.347 vs LHP for career).

Ross Ohlendorf SP TEX 3 Days

Ohlendorf signed a minor league contract with the Rangers on Friday that includes an invite to spring training, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

The majority of Ohlendorf's appearances in the majors have come as a starter (80 of 124), but it seems likely he'll compete for a long-relief role with Texas this spring. Back issues prevented Ohlendorf from toeing the major league rubber for the Nationals last season, but he held right-handed hitters to a .227/.266/.386 batting line in his last (mostly) healthy season in 2013.

Gonzalez Germen RP CHC 3 Days

Germen was claimed off waivers by the Cubs on Friday.

Germen has now moved to his fourth team this offseason, starting with the Mets before being part of both the Yankees and then Rangers organizations. He now joins a Cubs bullpen that could offer him an opportunity at a roster spot out of spring training.

Shae Simmons RP ATL 3 Days

Simmons (shoulder) has not experienced any discomfort since he began his preseason throwing exercises three weeks ago, MLB.com reports.

Simmons burst onto the major league scene in late May, posting a 0.96 ERA in his first 20 appearances, but his shoulder began acting up in July. A late-August setback then ended his season, but the right-hander was cleared of any structural damage, with just rest prescribed to treat the issue. He is expected to progress to mound work next week.

David Carpenter RP LAA 3 Days

Carpenter signed a minor league contract with the Braves, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

The right-hander elected free agency from the Angels in September, ending their six-year business relationship. Since dominating at High-A (0.93 ERA) and Double-A (1.67 ERA), Carpenter has struggled mightily in parts of three seasons at the Triple-A level, in large due to his inability to consistently find the strike zone (5.2 BB/9).

David Carpenter RP LAA 3 Days

Carpenter signed a minor league contract with the Braves, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

The right-hander elected free agency from the Angels in September, ending their six-year business relationship. Since dominating at High-A (0.93 ERA) and Double-A (1.67 ERA), Carpenter has struggled mightily in parts of three seasons at the Triple-A level, in large due to his inability to consistently find the strike zone (5.2 BB/9).

Marwin Gonzalez 2B/SS HOU 3 Days

Gonzalez agreed to a one-year, $1.062 million contract with the Astros on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

Rather than take his case in front of an arbiter, Gonzalez decided to settle at $1.062 million, a figure closer to the one the Astros filed ($900,000) than the one Gonzalez filed ($1.4 million) last week. Regardless, it's a nice raise for the 25-year-old in his first year of arbitration. He'll enter spring training as one of the team's top infield utility options.