1/13 Hot Stove roundup

Only a few Minor League deals were signed on Monday, a relatively quiet day on the Hot Stove.

Among those who found homes were veteran infielder Cesar Izturis, who signed with the Astros, and left-hander Jeff Francis, who signed with the Reds.

The White Sox and outfielder Dayan Viciedo also avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year deal.

One day after Alex Rodriguez’s suspension was reduced to 162 games, he sued Major League Baseball.

Other news and notes from Monday:

AL East

  • Baltimore is interested in outfielders Delmon Young and Jack Cust.
  • MLB.com’s Richard Justice writes that the Yankees need to land Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka.
  • Toronto’s Adam Lind tries to remain even keel.
  • Infield is a concern for the Yankees, writes Anthony Castrovince.
  • Manny Machado and Dylan Bundy are among those rehabbing at the Orioles’ minicamp.
  • MLB.com ranked Boston’s Xander Bogaerts as the game’s best shortstop prospect.


AL Central

  • The Royals and right-hander Jeremy Guthrie restructured his contract to save the Royals $3 million in 2014.
  • Right-hander Rick Porcello should benefit from the Tigers’ improved infield defense.
  • Hall of Famer Paul Molitor is preparing for his new job as a Twins’ coach.
  • Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor is among the game’s top shortstop prospects.
  • Indians reporter Jordan Bastian answers questions in his inbox.
  • Former White Sox closer Bobby Jenks is trying to get back into baseball.

AL West

  • The Angels are said to be among Tanaka’s favorites.
  • A’s reporter Jane Lee answers fans’ questions in this inbox.
  • The A’s named Steve Connelly pitching coach for their short-season Class A affiliate.

NL East

  • The Braves handed out 22 non-roster invites to Spring Training.
  • Miami’s young pitchers are getting ready for Spring Training.
  • Second baseman Chase Utley is upbeat about the Phillies’ chances this season.
  • Mets reporter Anthony DiComo fields questions in this inbox
  • Braves outfielder B.J. Upton is a big Florida State fan.

NL Central

  • Cubs prospect Javier Baez, ranked as MLB.com’s No. 2 shortstop prospect, is hoping to arrive in the Majors sooner rather than later.
  • Reds reporter Mark Sheldon answers fans’ question in this inbox.
  • The Brewers announced their Minor League coaching staffs. So did the Pirates.
  • The Cubs unveiled their new mascot, Clark. 


NL West

  • DJ LeMahieu studied hard to earn the Rockies’ second base job.
  • Giants prospect Derek Law could be a key member of San Francisco’s bullpen.

– Cash Kruth


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