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Red Sox designated RHP Franklin German for assignment.


Jan 30   5:29 PM

The Red Sox needed to free up a spot on their 40-man roster after acquiring Richard Bleier from the Marlins on Monday and German was the odd-man out this time. The 25-year-old hurler spent the majority of the 2022 season at Triple-A Worcester where he compiled a 2.58 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and a 46/16 K/BB ratio over 38 1/3 innings of work. He could attract some interest on waivers from team's looking for extra bullpen depth.


Red Sox acquired LHP Richard Bleier from the Marlins for RHP Matt Barnes and cash considerations.


Jan 30   5:07 PM

Bleier has been a reliable workhorse the last two seasons with the Marlins, compiling a serviceable 3.23 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 76/16 K/BB ratio across 108 2/3 innings (123 appearances). The 35-year-old southpaw gives the Red Sox another left-handed option in their bullpen and figures to pitch in middle relief situations. He'll make $3.5 million this season and has a $3.75 million club option for 2024.


Brewers signed OF Monte Harrison to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.


Jan 30   4:17 PM

The 27-year-old returns to the organization that made him a second round pick way back in 2014. He was ultimately dealt to the Marlins as part of the deal that sent Christian Yelich to the Brewers. Harrison spent the 2022 season in the Angels organization where he hit .236/.326/.389 with nine homers, 40 RBI and 28 stolen bases in 82 games at Triple-A Salt Lake.


Phillies designated RHP Sam Coonrod for assignment.


Jan 30   2:50 PM

The Phillies brought in a plethora of relievers this offseason via trades and free agency, which made Coonrod expendable to make room for veteran utility infielder Josh Harrison on the club's 40-man roster. The 30-year-old righty made 12 relief appearances last season for Philadelphia and should be able to latch on somewhere else this spring.


Ji Hwan Bae is expected to focus on a single position this spring.


Jan 30   1:33 PM

Bae came up through the Pirates' system as a middle infielder and figures to occupy a versatile bench role this season. However, Pittsburgh's plan appears to be having him focus on a single spot heading into the regular season. The 23-year-old stole 30 bases in 108 games last year at Triple-A Indianapolis and could make an impact for fantasy managers in deeper mixed leagues if he winds up playing everyday.


Rangers president of baseball operations Chris Young told reporters on Saturday that José Leclerc could easily be the team's closer this season.


Jan 30   1:16 PM

It certainly sounds like Leclerc is the front-runner for saves this season in Texas, but Young added that the Rangers have a number of pitchers with closing experience, specifically citing Jonathan Hernández, Ian Kennedy, Brett Martin and even Brock Burke as potential ninth-inning options. Leclerc should be considered the favorite for early-season saves, but he's had control issues in the past, which could open the door for someone else to step into the role. It's a situation worth monitoring closely at the outset of the 2023 season.  


Yankees hired Brad Wilkerson as an assistant hitting coach.


Jan 30   11:31 AM

Wilkerson played eight seasons in the majors from 2001 through 2008 and will replace Hensley Meulens on Yankees manager Aaron Boone's staff heading into the 2023 season.


Phillies extended RHP prospect Andrew Painter a non-roster invitation to spring training.


Jan 30   11:31 AM

Painter will compete for a spot in the Phillies' season-opening starting rotation this spring in Grapefruit League action. He'll need to be added to Philadelphia's 40-man roster to make that a reality, but he's under strong consideration to open the 2023 season in the majors. The dynamic 19-year-old right-hander is considered one of the top pitching prospects in baseball after posting a sublime 1.56 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 155/25 K/BB ratio across 103 2/3 innings (22 starts) last season across three levels in the lower minors. He's one to watch this spring for fantasy managers.


Blue Jays extended LHP prospect Ricky Tiedemann a non-roster invitation to spring training.


Jan 30   11:10 AM

Tiedemann heads to major-league camp for the first time in his professional career after compiling a strong 2.17 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 117/29 K/BB ratio across 78 2/3 innings (18 starts) last season across three minor-league levels. The 20-year-old southpaw was the Blue Jays' third-round selection in the 2021 MLB Draft and is considered among the top-50 prospects in baseball entering the 2023 campaign.


Blue Jays signed C Steve Berman to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.


Jan 30   10:53 AM

Berman split last season between the Blue Jays and Twins at the Triple-A level, batting .212/.342/.392 with eight homers and one steal across 261 plate appearances. The 28-year-old backstop provides Toronto with some emergency catching depth behind firmly-entrenched starters Alejandro Kirk and Danny Jansen.


Sam Blum of The Athletic reports that the Angels have extended SS prospect Zach Neto a non-roster invitation to spring training.


Jan 30   10:36 AM

Neto was selected 13th overall by the Angels in last summer's MLB Draft and posted a stellar .299/.377/.476 triple-slash line with five homers and five steals across 167 plate appearances between High-A Tri-City and Double-A Rocket City. The 21-year-old infielder is a consensus top-100 prospect entering the 2023 season, but will likely require some additional seasoning in the upper minors before making his big-league debut. He'll be worth monitoring this season for fantasy managers in deeper mixed leagues.


According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, free agent right-hander Michael Wacha is seeking a two-year, $30 million contract.


Jan 30   10:36 AM

Wacha was linked to the Twins earlier this offseason, but they're likely out of the mix now after acquiring right-hander Pablo López from the Marlins in exchange for infielder Luis Arraez. He's also been tabbed as a potential Orioles' target, but they landed southpaw Cole Irvin from the Athletics last week, which likely takes them out of the mix too. The 31-year-old veteran righty posted a stellar 3.32 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 104/31 K/BB ratio across 127 1/3 innings (23 starts) last season for the Red Sox. He's arguably the top starting pitchers left out there on the free agent market.


Mets pitching coach Jeremy Hefner told the New York Post that Tylor Megill and David Peterson will likely open the regular season at Triple-A Syracuse.


Jan 30   8:58 AM

The Mets have three starting pitchers over the age of 35 -- Justin Verlander, Max Schezer and Carlos Carrasco -- which means that Megill and Peterson are extremely likely get an opportunity at some point this season to step into New York's starting rotation. It would make sense to bump them both to the bullpen as multi-inning relief weapons, but it sounds like the Mets want to keep both of them stretched out to be ready to fill-in, if necessary this season.


Mets signed 1B Dariel Gomez to a minor league contract.


Jan 30   8:40 AM

Gomez spent the last two seasons in the Mariners' minor-league system. The 26-year-old first baseman, who has yet to play above the High-A level, provides the Mets with some additional organizational depth.


Ethan Roberts (elbow) has begun a throwing program.


Jan 30   8:40 AM

Roberts is still recovering after undergoing Tommy John surgery last June. The 25-year-old righty reliever surrendered seven runs over 7 2/3 innings (nine appearances) last season in his big-league debut. He'll likely be ready to return sometime in the second half of the 2023 season.


Diamondbacks re-signed INF Jake Hager to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.


Jan 30   8:40 AM

Hager got into 28 contests last season for the Diamondbacks, tallying 12 hits in 50 at-bats. The versatile 29-year-old infielder is capable of filling in at multiple spots and will continue to serve as quality organizational depth for Arizona.


Athletics general manager David Forst told reporters that Paul Blackburn (finger) and James Kaprielian (shoulder) have progressed well in their rehab and it's "reasonable to expect both guys to be ready to go" once the season begins.


Jan 30   12:59 AM

Blackburn was in the midst of a career year before being shut down in August due to lingering discomfort in the middle finger of his pitching hand. The 29-year-old finished last season with a 4.28 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and 89/30 K/BB ratio across 111 1/3 innings. Kaprielian tossed 134 innings with a 4.23 ERA and 1.34 WHIP for Oakland before undergoing offseason shoulder surgery. Both pitchers have an excellent shot at making the Athletics' season-opening rotation, especially after lefty Cole Irvin was shipped to Baltimore earlier this week.


According to Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic, Nick Ahmed (shoulder) has been swinging "full go" for about a month and is not expected to be limited when spring training begins.


Jan 29   1:48 PM

Ahmed has been bothered by shoulder pain for the past three seasons and underwent shoulder surgery to remove two bone spurs and some additional clean-up work. The 32-year-old was limited to 17 games last season and while is not a boost offensively, he has won the Gold Glove twice and should improve the infield defense in Arizona.


Athletics general manager David Forst told reporters that Paul Blackburn (finger) and James Kapreilian (shoulder) have progressed well in their rehab and it's "reasonable to expect both guys to be ready to go" once the season begins.


Jan 29   1:48 PM

Blackburn was in the midst of a career year before being shut down in August due to lingering discomfort in the middle finger of his pitching hand. The 29-year-old finished last season with a 4.28 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and 89/30 K/BB ratio across 111 1/3 innings. Kapreilian tossed 134 innings with a 4.23 ERA and 1.34 WHIP for Oakland before undergoing offseason shoulder surgery. Both pitchers have an excellent shot at making the Athletics' season-opening rotation, especially after lefty Cole Irvin was shipped to Baltimore earlier this week.


Athletics general manager David Forst told reporters that Paul Balckburn and James Kapreilian have progressed well in their rehab and it's "reasonable to expect both guys to be ready to go" once the season begins.


Jan 29   11:37 AM

Blackburn was in the midst of a career year before being shut down in August due to lingering discomfort in the middle finger of his pitching hand. The 29-year-old finished the season with a 4.28 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and 89/30 K/BB ratio across 111 1/3 innings. Kapreilian tossed 134 innings with a 4.23 ERA and 1.34 WHIP for Oakland before undergoing shoulder surgery in the off-season. Both pitchers have an excellent shot at making the rotation, especially with the trade that sent Cole Irvin to Baltimore. 


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