Storylines: Maronde clears waivers, outrighted to Columbus
- Left-handed pitcher Nick Maronde has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Columbus. He has been given a non-roster invite to Major League spring training. Even if he does not make the big league team out of spring training the Indians can assign him to the minors and control him for the duration of the 2015 season unless they release him – or they roster him and then DFA him again.
- Former Indians pitchers Scott Barnes and Preston Guilmet were both claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays on Tuesday. This is now the fourth team Barnes has been on this offseason.
- Former Indians third baseman Jack Hannahan has signed a one-year $1 million deal with the LG Twins in Korea.
Other News and Notes:
- The Giants have resigned right-handed pitcher Jake Peavy to a two-year $24 million deal. The deal includes a full no-trade clause.
- According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports he notes that the Blue Jays are searching for a closer via the trade market. If they are unable to find one through that avenue they may look to free agency. Some potential trade options include Jonathan Papelbon and Tyler Clippard, and on the free agent front former closers Rafael Soriano, Francisco Rodriguez, Josh Axford and Brian Wilson are still available.
- The Cubs signed catcher David Ross to a two-year $5 million contract.
- The Braves have signed reliever Jason Grilli to a two-year $8 million deal with a third year club option.
- The Cardinals signed reliever Jordan Walden to a two-year $6.6 million deal to avoid arbitration. The deal also includes a club option for 2017.
- The Twins signed right-handed reliever Tim Stauffer to a one-year $2.2 million deal.
- Dodgers top man Andrew Friedman was on the radio on Tuesday and says they are still looking for bullpen help.
- Infielder Ian Stewart has signed a minor league deal with the Nationals.
- First baseman Brett Wallace has signed a minor league deal with the Padres.
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As for Urshela, add him to the Swisher, Moss and Kipnis list as a player we are not going to get a clear report on his health status until spring training starts.
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