Hot Stove News
Indians acquired RHP Charles Brewer from Arizona in exchange for cash considerations. The Tribe designated LHP Scott Barnes for assignment........The A’s have acquired Ike Davis from the Pirates for international slot money.........Agents have become specialists at controlling social media and what teams are offering their client. Happened with Russell Martin and now its being done again with Pablo Sandavol and Jon Lester. Sandavol and Hanley Ramirez are reported being close to signing with the Red Sox. So close that Jon Heyman is reporting a five-year, $100 million deal for Sandavol but no confirmation from team at time of this writing..
Venezuelan Winter League
C Willson Contreras played in his 15th game for Aragua and the 22-year-old went 1-for-4 and knocked in his 13th run. Contreras is continuing the success he had at Daytona in the second half of 2014 and is hitting .295/.333/.614 with four homers in 44 at-bats. He hit five homers in 80 games for the D-Cubs in 2014.
Dominican Winter League
Licey’s Arismendy Alcantara (.292) want 1-for-3, walked and scored once in the Tigers 7-2 win over Aguilas. Manny Ramirez was on base three times with a double and two walks to up his average to .292 in the loss......LHP Jeffry Antigua saw his first action since Nov. 11, tossing a 1-2-3 eighth innings with a strikeout. Antigua recently signed a minor league deal with the Cubs and has appeared in seven games in DWL (0-0, 3.18 ERA, 5.2 IP). The left-hander has pitched in Cubs system since 2007 and spent last year between AA and AAA (1-2, 3.90 ERA, 55.1 IP).
Mexican Pacific Winter League
Christian Villanueva (.246) was hitless in four trip to the plate but did walk twice to up his OBP to .382.