MLB Rumors

Report: Orioles hitting coach Jim Presley being reassigned
by Michael Hurcomb |

Orioles hitting coach Jim Presley will not return to the role in 2015, an industry source told The Baltimore Sun. He has been reassigned, but the specifics of his new job have not been determined.

The move apparently is in regards to personal issues and not job performance, according to the report. He has a contract that runs through the 2015 season. Presley has been the team's hitting coach the last four seasons.

The Orioles had 200 or more homers in each of the last three seasons under Presley. In 2014, the Orioles were sixth in the AL in runs scored and first in the majors in home runs with 211.

The Orioles will begin interviewing for a new hitting coach this week.

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Report: Rangers have inquired about Mariners OF Saunders
by Michael Hurcomb |

The Rangers have inquired about Rangers outfielder Michael Saunders, according to ESPN. However, the Rangers' interest is mild.

Saunders has a .231 average, .384 slugging percentage and .685 OPS in 553 games over six seasons for the Mariners. He also has 51 home runs, 82 doubles and 182 RBI.

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Rangers sign Ed Lucas to minor-league deal
by Michael Hurcomb |

The Rangers announced Monday they signed infielder Ed Lucas to a minor-league deal, which include an invite to spring training, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Lucas hit .251 with one home run, five doubles and nine RBI in 69 games with the Marlins last season. He has a .255 average in 163 career MLB games.

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Jim Adduci headed to play overseas after release by Rangers
by Michael Hurcomb |

The Rangers announced Monday outfielder Jim Adduci was placed on unconditional release waivers for purpose of playing in Asia in 2015. Adduci was designated for assignment Friday.

Adduci hit .189 with one home run, four doubles and eight RBI in 61 games for the Rangers since 2013.

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Dodgers INF Ryan Jackson designated for assignment Monday
by Michael Hurcomb |

Dodgers infielder Ryan Jackson was designated for assignment Monday. Jackson has played only 20 MLB games -- all with the Cardinals -- and last appeared in the majors in 2013.

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Rockies trade pitcher Juan Nicasio to Dodgers
by Michael Hurcomb |

The Rockies announced Monday they traded pitcher Juan Nicasio to the Dodgers in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Nicasio was designated for assignment Thursday.

Nicasio was 21-22 with a 5.03 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in four seasons with the Rockies. He made 88 appearances and 69 starts.

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Jayson Nix becomes free agent after declining Triple-A assignment
by Michael Hurcomb |

Royals infielder Jayson Nix has elected free agency after declining an assignment to Triple-A Omaha. Nix appeared in 41 games last season between the Phillies, Pirates and Royals.

He is a career .212 hitter with 38 home runs, 55 doubles and 130 RBI in 466 games.

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Report: Braves have talked with A.J. Pierzynski about backup role
by Michael Hurcomb |

The Braves have talked to free agent A.J. Pierzynski about serving as their backup catcher, according to Pierzynski spent the 2014 season with Boston and St. Louis, batting .251 with five home runs and 37 RBI in 102 games.

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Phillies SP Cliff Lee cleared to start offseason throwing program
by Michael Hurcomb |

Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee, who missed the final two months of the 2014 season due to a left elbow strain, has been cleared to begin his offseason throwing program, according to 

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Lee would begin his offseason throwing program next Monday and be ready for the start of spring training.

"Originally we planned to have him throwing in mid-November, but we moved it back because he had been sick for about a week," Amaro said. "His strength is back now. His elbow feels good. He’s pain-free and doing great, ready to begin his normal throwing program on Dec. 1."

The Phillies are hopeful Lee, who was limited to 13 starts in 2014, is past his elbow problems.

"We think he’s over it," Amaro said. "He’s been able to do all his strength work and he hasn’t felt it at all. We’ll know more when he starts throwing."

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Hanley Ramirez agrees to deal with Red Sox
by Michael Hurcomb |

Hanley Ramirez has agreed to a contract with the Red Sox, pending a physical, sources told Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The terms of the deal are a four-year contract worth $88 million, a source told FOX Sports. The deal includes a fifth-year vesting option valued at $22 million.

Ramirez is expected to play in left field with the Red Sox also agreeing to a contract with third baseman Pablo Sandoval and with Xander Bogaerts remaining at shortstop for Boston.

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