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Storylines: Maronde clears waivers, outrighted to Columbus

Storylines: Maronde clears waivers, outrighted to Columbus
Nick Maronde (Photo: Brad Mangin / Getty Images)
December 24, 2014
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Tribe News:

  • 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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User Comments

December 24, 2014 - 12:01 PM EST
Thanks everyone! Merry Christmas!

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.
December 24, 2014 - 11:38 AM EST
tony, has geo urshula been back for follow visit to the clinic since initial evaluation last month? the reason for asking is the conflicting diagnosis and prognosis. i sure hope he doesn't get to goodyear and find out that the first diagnosis was accurate. i know venezuela has lousy medical system their late leader went to cuba for treatment however if he needs knee surgery 2015 is lost year entirely. and frankly even though winter ball .398 is exciting average by any conventional or sabermatic perspective.
December 24, 2014 - 11:21 AM EST
Blue Jays, Red Sox, Padres, Marlins, Cubs, White Sox I can't remember seeing so many teams turn into "legit" contenders after December deals. There is a part of me that says this wholesale hack and hew stuff is antithetical to the team concept but on paper right now, these teams look like winners. I think it's going to come down to the pitching for all of them. John Axford should get a gig as a celebrity movie critic- Axford and Ebert. Brian Wilson should go WWE. Merry Christmas everybody!
December 24, 2014 - 11:21 AM EST

Thank you and Merry XMas
December 24, 2014 - 10:52 AM EST
Thought Axford signed with the Reds
Canadian Joe
December 24, 2014 - 10:51 AM EST
Hi Tony. Wishing you and all your contributors, and all fellow readers a Merry Christmas, from your northern neighbors !!!!
December 24, 2014 - 10:09 AM EST
He's supposedly coming along well but we really won't know Swisher's status until spring training starts and he gets on the field. Same with others coming off injury like Moss, Kipnis and Raburn. Teams for the most part will say everyone is "expected" to be fine for the start of spring training. We will see on all of these guys.....and underlying storyline for the start of spring training not really talked about much.
December 24, 2014 - 8:33 AM EST
Does anyone know where Nick Swisher is with his health and when he will be full go?? I was asking because if he's not ready then who the AB's should go to is pretty extensive.

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