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.
Yeison Asencio RF SD 2 Days
Asencio cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A El Paso, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Asencio proved well prepared for the move up to Triple-A late in 2014, as he hit .333/.372/.568 with five homers in just 21 games with El Paso, from .284/.323/.409 in 117 games with Double-A San Antonio to begin the year. However, the Padres needed to protect some of their more promising prospects from the Rule 5 draft and Asencio was the casualty, though he could work his way back onto the 40-man eventually.
Juan Francisco 1B/3B.. BOS 2 Days
The Red Sox designated Francisco for assignment Tuesday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
The team had to clear room on the 40-man roster with Hanley Ramirez's signing becoming official, and Francisco was the casualty. A waiver acquisition from Toronto, Francisco ended up spending less than a week in the Red Sox organization, and after he hit just .220/.291/.456 in 2014, the 27-year-old will likely have to settle for another minor league deal this winter.
Jackson Williams C LAA 2 Days
Williams (knee) cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday.
It's hardly surprising that no team was willing to take a chance on Williams, considering his .235/.307/.361 batting line in parts of five seasons at the Triple-A level. The Angels grabbed him off waivers from the Rockies in late October but seemingly just for organizational depth.
Alfredo Marte OF LAA 2 Days
Marte cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday.
Marte's stay on the Angels' 40-man roster lasted just over six weeks, with the team bumping him following the acquisition of Dan Robertson last Thursday. The 25-year-old Marte has hit just .174/.236/.282 in 66 games at the major league level and will likely spend most, if not all, of the 2015 campaign as organizational depth in the minors.
Michael Roth RP LAA 2 Days
Roth has elected free agency.
The left-hander went 11-7 with a 2.62 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 22 starts at Double-A Arkansas in 2014, but it wasn't enough to save his spot on the 40-man roster, as the Angels designated him for assignment last week. He hasn't had success at the major league level to this point (7.79 ERA), but Roth is still just 24 and shouldn't have any trouble latching on with another organization.
Jose Abreu 1B/DH CWS 2 Days
Abreu will see the majority of the starts at first base in 2015, with Adam LaRoche only expected to play about two games a week at the position, ESPNChicago.com reports.
LaRoche's signing last week created some uncertainty as to Abreu's role at first base, as LaRoche grades out as a superior defender, but manager Robin Ventura provided some clarity Tuesday. He suggested Abreu has earned the right to remain at first base, adding that "part of it is you want to keep him comfortable." Thus, will be LaRoche who serves as the primary option at DH next season, seeing in the neighborhood of 50-60 games at first.
Adam LaRoche 1B CWS 2 Days
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Tuesday that he sees LaRoche playing about two games a week at first base next season, ESPNChicago.com reports.
LaRoche is a former Gold Glove winner at first base and clearly has an edge over Jose Abreu, defensively, but the White Sox don't want to penalize Abreu after his AL Rookie of the Year campaign by taking away his defensive responsibilities. Thus, LaRoche will serve primarily as the DH, Ventura clarified, likely only seeing in the range of 50-60 games at first in 2015.