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Pomeranz gets stem cell injection in elbow 01-21-2017
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Drew Pomeranz underwent a stem cell injection in his pitching elbow in October.

Pete Abraham on Twitter
Pomeranz pitched through elbow discomfort which seemed to really hurt his performance in the second half of the 2016 season. The southpaw has indicated that his arm feels strong and pain-free since he began throwing, which is a very encouraging sign heading into 2017.
Verlander tabbed to start on Opening Day 01-21-2017
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Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced at TigerFest on Saturday that Justin Verlander will start on Opening Day.

Anthony Fenech on Twitter
It comes as no surprise that the club's ace will start on Opening Day against the White Sox, but now it's official. The runner-up in the American League Cy Young voting, Verlander compiled a 3.04 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 254/57 K/BB ratio over 227 2/3 innings in 2016. He has been a popular commodity in early fantasy drafts, going inside the top ten starting pitchers.
Red Sox expected to go to hearing with Abad 01-21-2017
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Red Sox team president Dave Dombrowski said Saturday that the club expects to go to an arbitration hearing with Fernando Abad.

Pete Abraham on Twitter
Abad requested $2.7 million from the club when arbitration figures were exchanged while the Red Sox countered at $2 million. MLBTradeRumors.com projected that he would earn $2 million through the arbitration process, which would point to the Red Sox winning in a potential hearing.
Red Sox close to deal with Drew Pomeranz 01-21-2017
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Red Sox team president Dave Dombrowski said Saturday that the club is close settling on a contract with Drew Pomeranz.

Evan Drellich on Twitter
Pomeranz requested $5.7 million when arbitration figures were exchanged while the Red Sox countered at $3.6 million. An agreement somewhere in the middle, around $4.65 million seems a likely compromise for the 28-year-old hurler.
Braves agree to one-year deal with Suzuki 01-21-2017
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Adding details to an earlier report, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Braves' agreement with Kurt Suzuki will be for one year and $1.5 million.

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
The deal also includes a potential $2.5 million in incentives. Suzuki is expected to serve in a platoon with Tyler Flowers behind the plate. The Braves now appear to be set behind the plate, which takes away one of the few potential landing spots that were remaining for Matt Wieters.
Braves have deal in place with Kurt Suzuki 01-21-2017
Kurt Suzuki C ATL
Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that the Braves have agreed to a contract with free agent catcher Kurt Suzuki.

Chris Cotillo on Twitter
Financial terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed. The Braves have been on the hunt for an upgrade behind the plate, and the 33-year-old backstop will be a nice compliment to incumbent Tyler Flowers. Suzuki hit .258/.301/.403 with eight homers and 49 RBI for the Twins in 2016.
Nationals sign Irving Falu to minors contract 01-21-2017
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Nationals signed INF Irving Falu to a minor league contract.

Baseball America
The 33-year-old infielder hasn't appeared in the big leagues since the 2014 season. He finished the 2016 season in the Royals' organization, slashing .267/.297/.404 with four homers and 27 RBI over 172 plate appearances at Triple-A Omaha. He adds depth for the Nats at the Triple-A level.
Angels sign Cody Buckel to minor league deal 01-21-2017
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Angels signed RHP Cody Buckel to a minor league contract.

Baseball America
The 24-year-old hurler was released by the Rangers in April and sat out the rest of the 2016 season. He owns a 3.99 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 10.0 K/9 over 372 1/3 innings in his minor league career. He'll function as organizational bullpen depth for the Angels.
Rick Porcello declines offer to play in WBC 01-21-2017
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Rick Porcello, who was on the provisional roster, declined an invitation to play for the United States in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Scott Lauber on Twitter
The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner wants to instead focus on building up his arm strength and preparing for the regular season. The 28-year-old finally put it all together in his second season with the Red Sox, going 22-4 with a sparkling 3.15 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 189/32 K/BB ratio across 223 innings.
Tigers re-sign David Martinez to minors pact 01-21-2017
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Tigers re-signed RHP David Martinez to a minor league contract.

Baseball America
The 29-year-old hurler split his 2016 season between Triple-A Rochester (Twins) and Double-A Erie (Tigers) where he compiled a 5.96 ERA, 1.63 WHIP and 75/23 K/BB ratio across 93 2/3 innings. He'll function as organizational depth for the Tigers.