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Baltimore and Boston are both clubs seeking pitching depth and have expressed interest in James Shields:
James Shields signed with the Padres in 2015, and in his first year with the club, threw 202.1 innings, posted an ERA of 3.91, along with an FIP of 4.45. It was the least productive year of his major league career (by fWAR) but as someone who's thrown at least 200 innings for nine consecutive seasons, it makes sense that he'd still draw interest on the trade market.
After overcoming cancer, Daniel Norris will open the season on the disabled list with a back injury.
A veteran reliever remains on the Yankees' wish list:
Nobody is better on back-end of the pen than yanks, but they may look to add a veteran reliever or 2 to fill middle innings— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 25, 2016
Dexter Fowler could have been $23 million richer:
As if fowler taking13M over the O's' 33M offer wasn't confounding enough, hear balt woulda done 36/3. 23M left on table!— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 26, 2016
Jose Veras will be out serving a PED suspension:
#Reds minor league RHP Jose Veras suspended 72-games for performance enhancement substance.— Jamie Ramsey (@Jamieblog) March 25, 2016
Felix Perez is no longer with the Orioles:
OF Felix Perez, who signed a minor league contract with #Orioles earlier this month, requested his release from team.— Rich Dubroff (@RichDubroffCSN) March 25, 2016
A pair of lefty relievers might soon be available:
Two lefty relievers who soon could be free: #Pirates’ Cory Luebke (opt-out Tuesday) and #Nationals’ Sean Burnett (opt-out week from today).— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 25, 2016
Justin Ruggiano might not be in a position to make the Rangers' roster:
Teams looking for an outfielder might get a crack at Justin Ruggiano, who is out of options and on the bubble to make #Rangers’ roster.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 24, 2016
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