Aroldis Chapman was touched up for a run on two hits in his two innings of work against the White Sox on Friday, but did manage to rack up three strikeouts in the process.
The fire-balling southpaw looks poised to post another elite season out of the Reds bullpen, where his lofty strikeout totals make him a top option in fantasy drafts. He should be one of the first four closers selected in all mixed leagues.
Blue Jays signed RHP Radhames Liz to a minor league contract.
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The 30-year-old right-hander hasn't appeared in the major leagues since the 2009 season, and owns a career 7.50 ERA and 1.89 WHIP over 110 1/3 innings. He's spent the past three seasons pitching in Korea, most recently posting a 3.06 ERA and leading the Korean Baseball Organization with 188 strikeouts in 202 2/3 innings in 2013. It's a nice low-risk signing for the Jays.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Ervin Santana is now seeking a one-year contract, and wants to sign someplace as quickly as possible.
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While the veteran right-hander will be exempt from draft pick compensation if he waited until after Opening Day, he is anxious to get to camp and start working. A one-year "pillow deal" where he attempts to drive up his value and hit the free agent market again in 2015 makes him a very attractive option for many pitching-starved teams. Rosenthal mentions the Blue Jays and Orioles as strong contenders for his services.