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Red Sox ace Chris Sale (elbow) cleared to start throwing  —  Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale has been cleared to begin throwing.  —  Chaim Bloom, the team's chief baseball officer, told WEEI in Boston that Sale saw Dr. James Andrews last week in Pensacola, Florida, and got permission to being throwing …
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Rob Bradford / WEEI:
Chris Sale gets green light after visit to Dr. James Andrews  —  The trip to Pensacola, Fla. was finally made.  Chris Sale has seen Dr. James Andrews.  —  According to Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom the pitcher's long-anticipated follow-up with Dr. Andrews …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Indians Acquire Sandy Leon, Designate James Hoyt  —  The Indians announced Monday that they've acquired catcher Sandy Leon from the Red Sox in exchange for minor league right-hander Adenys Bautista.  In order to open a spot for Leon on the 40-man roster, Cleveland has designated right-hander James Hoyt for assignment.
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Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
Josh Hader faces a unique offseason; Red Sox weigh Jackie Bradley Jr.'s value; Phillies' exits; more notes  —  In their never-ending quest for payroll efficiency, low-revenue teams often entertain ideas that, on the surface, appear to make little sense.  —  Trading Josh Hader would be precisely …
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Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Reds To Sign Mike Moustakas  —  The Reds have agreed to a deal with free agent infielder Mike Moustakas, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network (Twitter links).  It's a four-year, $64MM pact for the Scott Boras client, according to reports from Heyman and Jeff Passan of ESPN.com (via Twitter).
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Mike Oz / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Mike Moustakas agrees to four-year, $64M deal with Cincinnati Reds  —  Mike Moustakas has been waiting for something more than  —  a one-year contract and in his third test of MLB free agency, he finally got it.  —  Moustakas, the versatile 31-year-old infielder, has finally gotten a big payday, joining the
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Padres To Acquire Jurickson Profar  —  The Padres and Athletics have reportedly agreed to a trade that'll send infielder Jurickson Profar from Oakland to San Diego in exchange for catcher Austin Allen and a player to be named later.  Profar, who'd been projected by MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz …
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Cubs Non-Tender Addison Russell, Danny Hultzen  —  The Cubs have non-tendered infielder Addison Russell, per Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times (via Twitter).  Lefty Danny Hultzen was also not tendered a contract, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian adds on Twitter.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Diamondbacks Non-Tender Taijuan Walker, Steven Souza, Caleb Joseph  —  6:05pm: In a stunning twist, the Snakes are not dropping Jake Lamb but are parting ways with Taijuan Walker, per Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic (via Twitter) and John Gambadoro of 98.7 FM (via Twitter).
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Anthony Fenech / Detroit Free Press:
Lou Whitaker's Hall of Fame case never far from Alan Trammell's mind  —  Get the numbers on a Detroit Tigers' all-time great, Lou Whitaker  —  When Alan Trammell hopped on a plane from San Diego to the 2017 Winter Meetings in Orlando, he wasn't thinking about being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Josh Norris / Baseball America:
CLICK HERE TO SEE CHICAGO'S TOP 10 2020 PROSPECTS  —  A homegrown frontline starter has mostly eluded the Cubs under Theo Epstein.  —  Soon, though, they hope that finally changes.  —  Lefty Brailyn Marquez headlines Chicago's system, which ended 2019 ranked among the worst in baseball.
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Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Mariners Non-Tender Domingo Santana, Tim Beckham  —  The Mariners have non-tendered outfielder Domingo Santana and infielder Tim Beckham, per a club announcement.  Both players are now free agents.
 
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