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Indians acquire Brewer from D-backs; designate BarnesMLB.com 9 hours agoThe Indians added one pitcher to their roster Sunday and removed another, acquiring right-hander Charles Brewer from the D-backs in exchange for cash considerations and designating left-hander Scott Barnes for assignment.Upvote Share TweetMLB.com 19 hours agoThe D-backs traded right-handed pitcher Mike Bolsinger to the Dodgers on Saturday for cash considerations, the team announced, and sent right-hander Charles Brewer to the Indians.Upvote Share Tweet
Twins reportedly win bidding on Korean lefty YangMLB.com Nov 22 (yesterday)The Twins have won the bidding for Korean pitcher Hyeon-jong Yang and are nearing a deal with the left-hander, according to the St. Paul Pioneer-Press. The club has not confirmed the report.Upvote Share TweetThe Chicago White Sox snagged the lefty-hitting run producer they were looking for by agreeing to a two-year, $25 million deal with Adam LaRoche on Friday, sources confirmed to ESPN.Upvote Share Tweet
Tigers add outfielder Avery on Minors dealThe Tigers added depth to their outfield ranks and footspeed to their camp this week by signing former Orioles and Mariners farmhand Xavier Avery to a Minor League contract.Upvote Share Tweet
Down year doesn't derail White Sox hopes for JohnsonErik Johnson was penciled into the four-spot of the 2014 starting five, but his effort almost immediately didn't look anything like what the White Sox envisioned. Johnson made it through five starts with a 6.46 ERA before being moved back to Triple-A Ch…Upvote Share Tweet
White Sox reportedly asking about catcher MonteroThe White Sox are one of three teams inquiring about D-backs catcher Miguel Montero, according to a report Thursday in The Arizona Republic. Montero, 31, is a two-time All-Star who has drawn interest from the crosstown-rival Cubs and Dodgers, as well as…Upvote Share Tweet
Padres make Minors trade among roster movesThe Padres tidied up their 40-man roster on Thursday in advance of the Rule 5 Draft next month, pulling off a trade, adding three to the roster while shedding two other players. The Padres traded outfielder Reymond Fuentes to the Royals in exchange for …Upvote Share TweetThe Royals spiced up their 40-man roster moves on Thursday by making a trade, acquiring outfielder Reymond Fuentes from San Diego for Minor League pitcher Kyle Bartsch. They also promoted outfielder Jorge Bonifacio and shortstop Orlando Calixte, which b…Upvote Share Tweet
Tigers had talks with Astros about acquiring a catcherThe Tigers picked up the club option on Alex Avila's contract earlier this week, but they remain in the news surrounding catching. While Major League sources confirmed a report from FOXSports.com that Detroit had talks with the Astros about their catchi…Upvote Share Tweet
Top prospects Sano, Meyer, Rosario on 40-man rosterThe Twins added four players to their 40-man roster Thursday, including top prospects Miguel Sano, Alex Meyer and Eddie Rosario, to protect them from being selected in the Rule 5 Draft in December. Sano, Meyer and Rosario were all considered locks, but …Upvote Share Tweet
Tigers protect Nesbitt, Machado from Rule 5 DraftThe Tigers filled their 40-man roster Thursday, purchasing the contracts of relief prospect Angel Nesbitt and infielder Dixon Machado to protect them from next month's Rule 5 Draft.Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Nov 19 (5 days ago)Butler, who can contribute at multiple positions, said of the Royals, his old team: “We gave them a chance. It didn’t work out.”Upvote Share Tweet
Indians have decisions as Rule 5 Draft approachesMLB.com Nov 19 (4 days ago)Before the clock strikes midnight on Thursday night, Major League teams must decide which Rule 5 Draft-eligible players will be added to their respective 40-man rosters. The Indians currently have five open spots on their roster and a handful of interes…Upvote Share TweetKen Williams expects a very active and interesting Winter Meetings beginning on Dec. 8 in San Diego, based on the conversations he's already heard during Hot Stove talk getting increasingly warmer by the day.Upvote Share Tweet
Giants announce Spring Training scheduleThe World Series-champion Giants will open their Spring Training schedule on March 3 against the Athletics at newly renovated HoHoKam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., and they will face the American League-champion Royals on March 23 at Scottsdale Stadium.Upvote Share Tweet
Tigers may be weighing 'Scherzer or Price?'We can all agree (I think) that Max Scherzer is the top arm available in free agency. The dude turned down $144 million after his 2013 American League Cy Young Award-winning season and backed that up with a '14 season in which his numbers remained elite…Upvote Share Tweet
Gomes, Kluber form dynamic duo for IndiansTwo seasons ago, Corey Kluber and Yan Gomes competed for jobs with the Tribe during the spring, but both were shipped to Triple-A Columbus to start the year. It did not take long for the duo to join the Indians, seize regular roles and develop into one …Upvote Share Tweet
Indians add vet RHP Marcum with minors dealESPN.com Nov 18 (5 days ago)The Indians have signed free agent pitchers Shaun Marcum and Dustin Molleken to minor league contracts with non-roster invitations to training camp.Upvote Share TweetAfter entering as a substitute in the fourth inning of the MLB All-Stars' game against Samurai Japan on Tuesday, infielder Eduardo Nunez made the most of his opportunities. The Twins utility man was right in the thick of things from the minute he steppe…Upvote Share Tweet
Tigers pick up 2015 option on AvilaMLB.com Nov 17 (6 days ago)The Tigers announced Monday that they've picked up their $5.4 million option on Alex Avila, bypassing his final season of arbitration. The club option was part of the contract that the team and Avila's agent, Jim Murray, negotiated last winter to avoid …Upvote Share Tweet
Guthrie visits Japanese Hall of Fame exhibitMLB.com Nov 17 (7 days ago)Throughout his time at the Japan All-Star Series, Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie has learned much about his Japanese heritage. Guthrie has met relatives for the first time, eaten new foods and soaked up as much of the culture as possible. Sunday, th…Upvote Share Tweet
Ibanez Among Three Finalists For Rays JobNov 21ESPN's Jerry Crasnick breaks down Raul Ibanez, Kevin Cash and Don Wakamatsu as the finalists to replace Joe Maddon as the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays.
LaRoche, White Sox Agree To Two YearsNov 21ESPNChicago.com's Doug Padilla discusses Adam LaRoche and the White Sox agreeing to a two-year, $25 million deal and what the left-handed hitter will do for Chicago.
Buster's Blog: Butler Heads WestNov 19Buster Olney takes a look at Billy Butler's new three-year, $30 million deal with the Oakland Athletics and ponders who could be the next free agent to sign.
SweetSpot TV: Max ScherzerNov 17Eric Karabell and David Schoenfield take a look at Max Scherzer's free-agent stock.
‘The Opportunity To Do Something Special’Nov 21Follow The MMQB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The MMQB Newsletter Enter your email below to receive the best of The MMQB in your inbox each weekday
Planes, Bills and SnowmobilesNov 21I have covered the NFL for 30 years, and I must say I have never heard an NFL executive say he hoped a snowmobile would come up big for his team in advance of a game with big playoff implications. That happened Thursday night. The Buffalo Bills quite po…
As Chicago Bears prepare to face former coach Lovie Smith, it's tough not …Nov 20As the Bears prepare to face former coach Lovie Smith, it's tough not to second-guess their hiring of his successor, Marc Trestman, Michael Wilbon writes.
Three Games With Huge Playoff ImplicationsNov 20Follow The MMQB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The MMQB Newsletter Enter your email below to receive the best of The MMQB in your inbox each weekday