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Report: Blue Jays looking at multiple free-agent relievers
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Blue Jays are looking at multiple free-agent relievers, according to FoxSports.com.

The team has been in contact with Francisco Rodriguez, Rafael Soriano and Burke Badenhop. Both Rodriguez and Soriano have closer experience, while Badenhop has only saved four games over his career. Badenhop, however, did post the lowest ERA of the bunch last year, coming in at 2.29. 

Rodriguez, 33, posted a 3.04 ERA over 68 innings last year. He saved 44 games with Milwaukee.

The 35-year-old Soriano posted a 3.19 ERA over 62 innings last season. He lost his closer role late in the season after going into a bit of a slump.

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Marlins designate Arquimedes Caminero for assignment
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Marlins have designated pitcher Arquimedes Caminero for assignment on Wednesday, according to MLB.com.

The 27-year-old Caminero spent most of the year in Triple-A. He posted a 4.86 ERA over 63 innings. Caminero was briefly promoted to the majors, posting a 10.80 ERA over 6 2/3 innings with Miami.

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Giants release Marco Scutaro
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Giants have released second baseman Marco Scutaro, according to MLB.com.

Scutaro was designated for assignment by the club Jan. 21. Scutaro underwent back surgery in December, and was expected to miss 4-6 months due to the surgery. The 39-year-old was limited to five games last season due to back issues. He hit .297/.357/.369 over 488 at-bats back in 2013.

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Mets, Jenrry Mejia avoid arbitration
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Mets have avoided arbitration with pitcher Jenrry Mejia, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Mejia agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.595 million. The 25-year-old Mejia emerged as the team's closer last season. He posted a 3.65 ERA over 93 2/3 innings. 

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Report: Todd Coffey drawing interest from 5-6 teams
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Free-agent reliever Todd Coffey is drawing interest from 5-6 teams, according to SBNation.

The 34-year-old spent last season in Triple-A with the Dodgers. He posted a 1.93 ERA over 37 1/3 innings. Coffey is likely to sign soon, according to the report. He last pitched in the majors in 2012. 

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Rays' Matt Moore targeting a June return
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Rays pitcher Matt Moore is targeting a June return, according to MLB.com.

Moore underwent Tommy John surgery last season, but was able to throw off a mound for the first time on Tuesday. Moore said he's hoping he can return to a major-league mound in June. "I hope June, [to pitch] in a Major League game, he said. "I think that's about right -- 14 months [after the surgery]. So we should know a lot more in the next month as I start to get on the hill and things have a chance to respond."

Moore started just two games last season before undergoing surgery.

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Dodgers sign Jeremy Horst to minor-league deal
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Dodgers have signed pitcher Jeremy Horst to a minor-league deal, according to ONYX Sports Management. 

The 29-year-old Horst spent last season in Triple-A. He posted a 3.98 ERA over 63 1/3 innings. Horst has pitched 72 2/3 innings in the majors, compiling a 3.34 career ERA. 

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Blue Jays' Justin Smoak not guaranteed a roster spot
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak is not guaranteed a spot on the team's 25-man roster, according to Sportsnet590.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos told the station that Smoak could begin the season in the minors if he struggles during spring training. The 28-year-old joined the club in the offseason, and is expected to compete for a backup role.

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Braves' Dian Toscano to start season in Triple-A
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Braves outfielder Dian Toscano is expected to start the season in Triple-A, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The 25-year-old recently signed a four-year deal with the club. While he could have started the season in the majors, the team wants to get him more experience after not playing all that much last year. Toscano hit .356/.400/.452 in 86 plate appearances back in 2012-2013, his final season in Cuba. 

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Diamondbacks name Joe Carter as Special Assistant to GM
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Diamondbacks have hired Joe Carter as the team's Special Assistant to the General Manager, the team announced. 

A 16-year veteran in the majors, Carter is most known for hitting a walkoff home run to win the 1993 world series. He played with six different teams over his career, with most of his time coming in Toronto. With the Blue Jays, Carter played two years with current Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart. 

Carter has done some TV work since retiring in 1998.

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