Wilson, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback, was selected in the Rule 5 draft Thursday by the Rangers, the Dallas Morning News reports.
The Rangers do not expect Wilson, who played minor league baseball for two seasons in the Rockies organization, to leave his day job as an NFL QB. They intend to use him as a motivational speaker at spring training for their minor-league players. And as the report notes, it also means the Rangers now have the best quarterback in Dallas.
The Marlins traded Ruggiano to the Cubs on Thursday in exchange for Brian Bogusevic.
On the heels of a 2012 campaign in which Ruggiano hit .313/.374/.535 in 91 games, the 31-year-old slashed just .222/.298/.396 with Miami last season. He did hit 18 homers and swipe 15 bags, however, and considering the Cubs' lack of quality outfield options, Ruggiano could very well push for a starting spot, perhaps in center field, next spring.
The Cubs traded Bogusevic to the Marlins on Thursday in exchange for Justin Ruggiano.
In a swap of four-A outfielders, Miami lands a left-handed bat in Bogusevic, who was a first-round pick back in 2005. While devoid of any real power or speed, Bogusevic has hit with consistency and displayed above average on-base skills at the Triple-A level (.280/.366/.411), and it appears he'll at least compete for the everyday job in center field.
Hernandez agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Phillies on Thursday, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.
The 6-foot-4 Hernandez will head to Philly, presumably to round out the team's starting rotation, after going 6-13 with a 4.89 ERA and a career-best 2.97 K:BB ratio in 32 appearances (24 starts) with the Rays last season. Now 33, Hernandez is not overly dominant, but he's a serviceable and cost-efficient No. 5 starter.
12/12/13 - 7:23AM ETMike Morse
: (Wrist) Signs With Giants
Morse (wrist) agreed to a one-year contract with the Giants on Thursday, pending a physical, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
A late-season rental by the Orioles, Morse went just 3-for-29 with zero extra-base hits with Baltimore before being shut down due to a nagging wrist injury. Overall, Morse hit .226/.283/.410 with 13 homers (eight of which came in April) and 27 RBI. He's expected to be fully recovered from arthroscopic wrist surgery by the time spring training rolls around, and figures to make a case to overtake, or perhaps platoon with, Gregor Blanco in left field.
12/12/13 - 7:13AM ETCody Allen
: May Not Close for Tribe
The Indians think Allen could handle the closing job, but appear set on bringing in a veteran to handle those duties, MLB.com reports. "We just want as many good pitchers as we can in the bullpen," general manager Chris Antonetti said. "We feel that Cody and Bryan (Shaw) are both capable of pitching in that role, if that's the way our roster takes shape this winter. In an ideal world, we would prefer to bring in a guy, or multiple guys, that have late-inning experience."
Allen would still appear to be the leading in-house candidate to take over the closer role following the offseason departures of Chris Perez and Joe Smith, but the team seems likely to add a veteran arm with late-game experience to the mix, which could push Allen back into a setup role.
The Indians believe that Carrasco is ready to win a starting rotation spot this spring, MLB.com reports. "We envision him starting a lot of games for us," manager Terry Francona said on Wednesday. "That's the goal, to come in, be a starter and log a bunch of innings, and kind of take off. I think we all feel it's his time to take the ball and go."
Carrasco saw action in both a starting and relief role last year but appears set to enter spring training with a goal of earning a spot at the back end of the Cleveland starting rotation. He'll compete with Josh Tomlin and Trevor Bauer for a spot in the rotation.
The Mets and Colon have agreed on a two-year deal worth $20 million, pending a physical, Sweeney Murti of WFAN Radio and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports report.
The Mets were rumored to be in on Colon for a little while but were only looking to give a one-year deal. Now that the deal is all but official, pending a physical, Colon provides a good bridge until Noah Syndergaard and/or Rafael Montero are ready this summer, with Matt Harvey out for all of 2014 after Tommy John surgery.
Morrison has been traded to Seattle for reliever Carter Capps, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.
With a few teams interested in acquiring Morrison's services, it's somewhat surprising that he only returned a hard-throwing reliever coming off of a down year. Nevertheless, Morrison enters a mix in Seattle where he should see time, along with Corey Hart, between first base and DH.
12/11/13 - 11:43AM ETCorey Hart
: (Knee) Headed To Seattle
Hart (knee) agreed to a one-year contract with the Mariners on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports.
After receiving full medical clearance last week, Hart was finally able to begin fielding offers, and it seems the Mariners outbid the Brewers for his services. Hart, now 31, is coming off surgeries on both knees, but should have every opportunity to thrive at the plate next year, health permitting, hitting behind the recently-acquired Robinson Cano.
Mulder is attempting to make a comeback to Major League Baseball, ESPN reports.
Mulder retired in 2009 following a pair of left shoulder surgeries that limited his effectiveness on the mound. However, after examining current Dodgers reliever Paco Rodriguez' delivery from his home television in October, Mulder suddenly conceptualized a similar pitching approach that could revive his playing career. The former 20-game winner has since hosted a workout for three teams and is now looking to parlay his rejuvenated delivery into a spring training invitation. After a few years out of the game, it appears Mulder may creep back onto fantasy radars in 2014, although as a lower-level option.
The Rockies traded Pomeranz to the A's on Tuesday along with Chris Jensen in exchange for Brett Anderson, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports.
To this point, Pomeranz has failed to live up to expectations as the fifth overall pick in the 2010 entry draft, but he's still just 25 years old, and a change of scenery may be all he needs to finally break out. He's a nightmare against southpaws (.165/.248/.209), and has displayed swing-and-miss stuff in the minors (10.0 K/9), but still needs to rein in his control a bit (4.6 BB/9 in majors). Chances are, Pomeranz will at least compete for a rotation spot next spring.
The A's traded Anderson to the Rockies on Tuesday in exchange for Drew Pomeranz and Chris Jensen, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports.
A foot injury derailed Anderson's 2013 season in May, after the left-hander posted a 6.21 ERA in his first six appearances of the year. He worked in long relief upon his return in August, but figures to return to a starting role with Colorado. It's a logical fit for the Rockies, as Anderson can keep the ball on the ground (54.9 career GB%) and thus out of the thin air at Coors Field.
12/10/13 - 12:37PM ETAdam Eaton
: Traded To White Sox
The Diamondbacks agreed to trade Eaton to the White Sox on Tuesday in a three-team deal with the Angels, Nick Piecoro of AZCentral.com reports. The White Sox gave up pitcher Hector Santiago - who will head to Anaheim - in exchange for Eaton's services, while Mark Trumbo will head to Arizona from Anaheim and Tyler Skaggs will move to Anaheim from Arizona.
Eaton was moving quickly up fantasy draft boards last spring before a sprained UCL put him out of action, and he went on to slash a rather underwhelming .252/.314/.360 in 66 games after his return in July. Still just 25 years old, Eaton has displayed good on-base skills and speed in the minors, and figures to at least compete for a starting role next spring.
The Diamondbacks agreed to trade Skaggs to the Angels on Tuesday in a three-team deal with the White Sox, Nick Piecoro of AZCentral.com reports. Mark Trumbo will head from Anaheim to Arizona, Hector Santiago will go from the White Sox to Anaheim, and Adam Eaton will move from Arizona to the White Sox to complete the deal.
The 22-year-old has struggled in the majors to this point (5.43 ERA), but the Angels were desperate for some pitching help and Skaggs, a former first-round pick, has some upside. He's proven capable of missing bats in the minors (9.8 K/9), and while he would likely benefit from some more seasoning in the minors, Skaggs figures to be thrown into the deep end right away in his first year with the Angels.
12/10/13 - 12:12PM ETMark Trumbo
: Traded To Diamondbacks
The Angels agreed to trade Trumbo to the Diamondbacks on Tuesday in a three-team deal with the White Sox, Nick Piecoro of AZCentral.com reports. Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago are headed to the Angels, with Adam Eaton joining the White Sox.
The Diamondbacks will get a right-handed power bat and some much needed-protection for Paul Goldschmidt in Trumbo, who figures to play almost exclusively at the corner outfield spots with Goldschmidt locked in at first base.
Davis has signed a two-year deal with the Tigers, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.
Presumably, Davis will become part of the Tigers' plan in left field, where his speed could become a significant asset in the loaded Detroit lineup on days where the Tigers are facing a lefty. In his career, Davis has maintained a .294/.354/.425 line against southpaws.
GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said the Phillies can't count on Gonzalez being a member of the team's rotation at the start of next season, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "It is a concern because he hasn't pitched competitively for a long time," Amaro said. "But we're going to do everything we can to prepare him to do that."
Gonzalez's recent workload has been minimal. He pitched in some showcase games and international tournaments for scouts, but he has not pitched much outside of that and was not sent to pitch in the winter leagues. He is scheduled to begin a workout program Monday in Florida. Gonzalez is still a favorite to earn a rotation spot next spring, but expect the Phillies to bring in some veteran competition.
Manager Ryne Sandberg said Galvis could start two to three times a week for the Phillies next season, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
Galvis is not guaranteed a roster spot, but he is the favorite to open 2014 as the Phillies' top utility infielder. He will see time at third, second and short. He has also played some in left field, so an occasional start there is also a possibility.