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Cincinnati upgraded its bullpen Saturday afternoon, signing Ross Ohlendorf to a major league deal:
Kansas City signed Ohlendorf to a minor-league deal earlier this off-season, but he opted out of the contract earlier this week. Although he has experience as a starter, Ohlendorf will likely pitch out of Cincinnati's bullpen since the club does not have much depth beyond closer J.J. Hoover.
Will Smith was set to open the season as one of two closing options for the Brewers. After tearing a ligament, he will likely open the year on the disabled list.
Baltimore is seeking left-handed relief depth, and Sean Burnett might be an option.
Andrew Amaro is no longer with the Phillies:
#Phillies release OF Andrew Amaro, a 35th-round pick last year out of the U. of Tampa. He is the nephew of former GM Ruben Amaro Jr.— Matt Eddy (@MattEddyBA) March 25, 2016
Houston and Los Angeles completed a minor deal Saturday:
Minor league Astros-Angels trade: the Astros have traded RHP Troy Scribner to the Angels for cash.— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) March 26, 2016
It doesn't appear Michael Brantley will be ready for Opening Day, according to Cleveland.com's Paul Hoynes.
Carlos Quentin might be back on the market:
The Twins told Carlos Quentin to take a few days before deciding what he wants to do after being reassigned to minor league camp.— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) March 26, 2016
Joba Chamberlain earned a spot in the Indians' bullpen:
Indians announce that Joba Chamberlain will make team. Urshela, Adams, Butler, Gonzalez optioned to Triple-A. Moore re-assigned to Minors.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) March 26, 2016
Houston wants to add a catcher and is considering external options:
Told today that it’s probable the Astros go outside of the organization for a back-up catcher. 60-40 if you like assigning numbers to things— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) March 25, 2016
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