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|Mariners re-sign Chavez to minor league deal||01-25-2015|
|Endy Chavez RF SEA|
Mariners re-signed OF Endy Chavez to a minor league contract.
Tacoma News Tribune
|The veteran outfielder will compete for a reserve role with the M's. He has the ability to handle all three outfield positions defensively and also adds an element of speed off the bench.|
|Meyer willing to pitch out of Twins bullpen||01-25-2015|
|Alex Meyer P MIN|
Alex Meyer has admitted to being open to the idea of pitching out of the bullpen if it's in the best interest of the Twins.
Mike Berardino on Twitter
|Meyer is expected to compete for a rotation spot this spring, and his future in the organization is still as a starter, but if he doesn't win a spot he could still help the team in a spot starter/long relief role.|
|Rangers not interested in return of Hamilton||01-25-2015|
|Josh Hamilton LF LAA|
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels took the time during Fan Fest on Saturday to shoot down the rumors of Josh Hamilton returning to the Rangers.
Dallas Morning News
|Daniels called the chances of the team dealing for the outfielder "small", a response that drew applause from the Rangers faithful in attendance. The Angels have made no secret of their desire to trade Hamilton, who is still owed $83 million over the next three seasons, but it appears as though the Rangers can safely be crossed off the list of potential destinations.|
|Brewers not looking to add starting pitcher||01-25-2015|
|Jimmy Nelson P MLW|
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin reiterated Sunday that the team is not looking to add a starting pitcher after dealing Yovani Gallardo to the Rangers this week.
Andrew Gruman on Twitter
|The team is committed to utilizing Jimmy Nelson as their fifth starter this season, and Melvin indicated that if the team did add another hurler it would be a "spot starter" type. The 25-year-old Nelson posted a 1.46 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 114/32 K/BB ratio over 111 innings at Triple-A Nashville in 2014 and makes for a very intriguing sleeper option in fantasy drafts this spring.|
|Tyler Thornburg (elbow) throwing off mound||01-25-2015|
|Tyler Thornburg P MLW|
Tyler Thornburg (elbow) has already begun throwing bullpen sessions.
Todd Rosiak on Twitter
|Thornburg was diagnosed last August with "weakness" in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, but he didn't have surgery and has been encouraged with his progress following a PRP injection. He expects to be ready for Opening Day, but it's usually just a matter of time that surgery is needed when the UCL is involved.|
|Jim Henderson (shoulder) throwing off mound||01-25-2015|
|Jim Henderson P MLW|
Jim Henderson (shoulder) began throwing off a mound last week.
Adam McCalvy on Twitter
|He's slated to have his first true bullpen sessions this week after surgery last August to repair his labrum and rotator cuff. The Brewers referred to the operation as a "cleanup," but it's always worrisome when the labrum and rotator cuff are involved. However, Henderson is optimistic about being ready to go come Opening Day.|
|Taijuan Walker to compete for No. 5 spot||01-25-2015|
|Taijuan Walker P SEA|
Taijuan Walker will compete with Roenis Elias and Erasmo Ramirez for the fifth spot in the Mariners' rotation.
Tacoma News Tribune
|"The more competition, the better," Walker said. "It brings the best out of everyone who is fighting for a spot." The top prospect is obviously the big name here, but Elias could be the favorite for the No. 5 spot after posting a 3.85 ERA and 1.31 WHIP over 29 starts last season. Walker did finish strong with a 1.96 ERA in September and also pitched well in two Arizona Fall League starts. Fantasy owners will be rooting for him during spring training.|
|Boone Logan (elbow) fully healthy||01-25-2015|
|Boone Logan P COL|
Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said Saturday that Boone Logan (elbow) is completely healthy.
|Logan had surgery last September to remove a small bone spur from his left elbow -- the second straight year he had an operation on his elbow. His recovery dragged on longer than expected the first time, but the rehab has evidently gone better this time around and he'll enter spring training with no restrictions. Logan will look to bounce back in 2015 after holding a 6.84 ERA and 1.68 WHIP over 35 appearances in his first season with the Rockies.|
|DeSclafani a 'favorite' to make Reds rotation||01-25-2015|
|Anthony DeSclafani P CIN|
Reds manager Bryan Price said that Anthony DeSclafani is "certainly one of the favorites to make our rotation."
|As it stands right now, Tony Cingrani and DeSclafani look like the favorites to come away with the No. 4 and No. 5 spots, respectively. However, they'll face competition from Cuban Raisel Iglesias, David Holmberg, Dylan Axelrod and Jason Marquis. Acquired from the Marlins in the Mat Latos trade, DeSclafani struggled in his brief time in the majors in 2014 but boasts a career 3.23 ERA in the minors and has middle-of-the-rotation upside.|
|Alex Rodriguez 'noticeably thinner'||01-25-2015|
|Alex Rodriguez 3B NYY|
A source told Teri Thompson, Bill Madden and Michael O'Keefe of the New York Daily News that Alex Rodriguez is "noticeably thinner and 'massless' than in previous years."
New York Daily News
|Rodriguez will turn 40 in the middle of the season and has had past hip issues, so taking off some weight is probably wise. Slated for the designated hitter role in 2015, A-Rod remains a poor bet health-wise and is coming off a year-long suspension, so his appeal in fantasy leagues is limited. The Daily News report also stated that Rodriguez offered to meet face-to-face with Yankees executives in order to apologize for his role in the Biogenesis scandal, but the club declined the invite.|