With a month until spring training, the Brewers are minus a workhorse starting pitcher and their All-Star closer. Milwaukee seems committed to staying in-house and turning to young right-hander Jimmy Nelson to fill the spot in rotation that opened following the trade of Yovani Gallardo to the Texas Rangers. Francisco Rodriguez, who had 44 saves in 49 opportunities in 2014 remains a free agent. For now, Jonathan Broxton would be the favorite to close if the Brewers don’t make another move.

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Despite a series of high impact moves this offseason, Chicago White general manager Rick Hahn isn’t ready to set his opening day roster just yet. On Wednesday, he was back to work, signing free agent second baseman Gordon Beckham to a one-year, $2 million deal. The somewhat surprising signing comes less than six months after Hahn traded Beckham to the Los Angeles Angels in a post deadline trade. To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Dayan Viciedo has been designated for assignment. That decision comes two weeks after Viciedo avoided arbitration with a one-year, $4.4 million deal. Indeed, that’s some notable maneuvering. In re-signing Beckham, the White Sox at least know what they’re getting, which makes him a more comfortable addition than similar free agents still available. Chicago drafted Beckham eighth overall in the 2008 amateur draft and oversaw a relatively quick development. Beckham debuted in the big leagues one year later and spent his first five plus seasons on Chicago’s big league roster, hitting .245/.307/.375 in 765 games. Obviously, those numbers didn’t live up to the lofty expectations attached to a top 10 pick, but that’s not the concern at this point. Hahn needs an infielder who can play multiple positions and be competent against left-handed pitching, and those are roles he feels Beckham can fill. In his early career, Beckham has logged time at second base, third base and even shortstop, so that’s a definite plus. Against left-handers, he’s hitting .244/.314/.373 across the board. Not quite as encouraging, but consistent with his overall numbers. It’s just who Beckham is at the plate, and that’s fine for an extra infielder. As for Beckham’s obviously more optimistic take. Beckham on being a utility player: “That’s kind of a loaded question, and I don’t view myself like that and… — Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) January 28, 2015 More Beckham: “… I don’t think the White Sox do either. I think they think I’m a good player, a winning player that can help them win.” — Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) January 28, 2015 We’ll see. For now, it’s expected that Beckham will split time between second and third base initially, with the possibility to expand his role if Emilio Bonifacio or Conor Gillaspie struggle in more regular roles. As for Viciedo, the soon-to-be 26-year-old outfielder has been on the trade block all winter, even before Chicago added Melky Cabrera in free agency. So far, Hahn has been unable to gain traction on a deal, but there’s an increased sense it could happen now that he’s been designated. Fox Sports Paul Morosi sees the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners as potential fits, but it’s possible both will wait to see if Viciedo is outright released. If the White Sox do release Viciedo, they’ll only be on the hook for one-sixth of his salary, which amounts to $733K. A team could also claim the entirety of Viciedo’s $4.4MM salary on waivers, but that seems unlikely with Viciedo coming off a disappointing .231/.281/.405 line in 2014. Given his downside defensively, he’s likely viewed as more of a low-risk, high-reward target who can provide some pop off the bench or as a part-time designated hitter. Sometimes that’s a risk well worth taking though. Just look at the difference-making success J.D. Martinez found with the Detroit Tigers last season, More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Because of recent government changes, Moncada no longer needs a specific unblocking license to play baseball in the United States.

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The Texas Rangers acquired right-hander Anthony Ranaudo from the Boston Red Sox for left-hander Robbie Ross. With the deal Tuesday night, the Rangers got the 6-foot-7 right-hander who didn’t sign after being picked by them out of a New Jersey high school in the 11th round of the 2007 draft. ”He is a guy we like, we’ve liked for a long time,” Texas general manager Jon Daniels said on a call from the Dominican Republic. He made his major league debut with the Red Sox last season, going 4-3 with a 4.81 ERA in seven starts.

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Four players have been suspended 50 games each for violating the minor league drug program, three for a second positive test for a drug of abuse and another for failing a test for an amphetamine. Right-handers Hudson Boyd of Minnesota, Duke von Schamann of Cleveland, and Chris Capper, a free agent, all were sanctioned Thursday for a second failed test for a drug of abuse. Boyd is on the roster of Class-A Cedar Rapids of the Midwest League and Von Schamann is with Double-A Akron of the Eastern League.

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The Cubs and recently acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler have agreed to a $9.5 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration. Chicago also claimed right-handed pitcher Gonzalez Germen off waivers from the Texas Rangers on Friday, becoming the right-hander’s fourth team in 5 1/2 weeks. He asked for $10.8 million in arbitration last week and was offered $8.5 million by the Astros. Fowler, 28, hit .276 with eight homers and 35 RBIs last year in his only season with the Astros.

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The Texas Rangers are getting back a slugger and an ace. Prince Fielder and Yu Darvish both say they feel good after injury-shortened seasons. I’m ready to go,” Fielder said Friday night before the team’s awards dinner. ”I’m good, I’m 100 percent, whatever it was before is back.” Fielder played only 42 games in his first season with Texas before a cervical fusion of two disks in his neck last May. He had appeared in 547 consecutive games since 2010 before that, and hadn’t missed consecutive games since August 2007.

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The Phillies are in serious negotiations on a deal that would send closer Jonathan Papelbon to the Brewers.

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Today we’ll get ready for the 2015 MLB season with a team-by-team bullpen audit.

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HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have traded catcher Carlos Corporan to the Texas Rangers for minor league right-handed pitcher Akeem Bostick.

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