Jesus Flores C KC 4 Hrs
Flores has signed a minor league deal with the Braves, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
A former back-up for the Nationals, Flores has fallen onto hard times, hitting .200 in Triple-A for the Rays, Dodgers, and Royals' affiliates across the last two seasons. He will compete for a back-up spot in spring training, but it's doubtful he comes anywhere close to the major league roster without an injury to Christian Bethancourt and A.J. Pierzynski.
Elian Herrera SS/3B.. MIL 5 Hrs
Herrera has been designated for assignment to make room for the newly signed Neal Cotts.
Herrera served as a bench bat and occasional fill-in at several positions for the Brewers in 2012, but doesn't have the plate discipline or power to make any real impact on offense. His 2.1 percent walk rate was one of the ten worst in the league (minimum 100 plate appearances). The 29-year-old could be picked up on waivers for a team looking for a utility player capable of covering pretty much any position in the infield or outfield.
Michael Foltynewicz RP ATL 6 Hrs
Foltynewicz is considered one of the early favorites to win the Braves' No. 5 starting spot, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.
Along with Foltynewicz, lefty Eric Stults, who will attend spring training as a non-roster invitee, is a leading candidate to win the job, while two veterans returning from injury -- Wandy Rodriguez and Chien-Ming Wang -- probably lag a bit further behind. As by far the youngest of the contenders for the gig, the 23-year-old Foltynewicz would seem to have the most upside of the group, but he'll probably need a dominant spring to avoid a deployment at Triple-A Gwinnett. Acquired from the Astros two weeks earlier in the Evan Gattis trade, Foltynewicz struggled in his first taste of the big leagues last season with Houston, compiling a 5.30 ERA and 1.60 WHIP over 18.2 innings, all of which came out of the bullpen.
Chad Billingsley SP PHI 11 Hrs
The Phillies do not expect Billingsley (elbow) to be ready to pitch in the majors until late April or early May, the team's official site reports.
Billingsley is recovering from right flexor tendon surgery that he had last June. He could join the Phillies' rotation when healthy and is a candidate to be traded midseason.
Allen Craig 1B/LF.. BOS 11 Hrs
Craig said a foot injury impacted his preparation for the 2014 season and added that there are no such problems has he prepares for the 2015 season, the Boston Herald reports. From 2011-2013, Craig hit .312 with an .863 OPS, but fell off to .215 and .594 last season.
Craig said his foot felt fine for most of the 2014 season, but feels it impacted his leg strength. At this point, with Mike Napoli at first base and a crowded corner-outfield group, Craig is somewhat redundant on the roster. That situation suggests a possible trade, but with his value at a career low, the Red Sox are loath to move Craig. Both Craig and the club are motivated to let the healthy version of the player report to spring training and build toward the season.
Chris Dominguez RF SF 18 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 MIL 20 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 21 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 BOS 21 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 BOS 21 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.