Indians manager Terry Francona said outfielder Michael Brantley, who is rehabbing from biceps surgery, will not be ready for the start of the Cactus League February 25.
The Cincinnati Reds traded second baseman Brandon Phillips to the Braves for a pair of pitching prospects. The Reds will pay most of Phillip’s $14 million salary this season. Cincinnati got left-hander Andrew McKirahan, who’s recovering from Tommy John surgery, and right-hander Carlos Portuondo.
The Pirates acquired right-hander Pat Light from the Twins in exchange for cash or a player to be named. 25-year-old Light, was a first-round pick by the Red Sox in 2012. The 6’5 reliever posted an 11.34 ERA over 17 appearances for Minnesota last year.
Pirates’ infielder Jung Ho Kang has agreed to enter a voluntary treatment program after his December DUI arrest in South Korea, the third time since 2009 he has been arrested for such an offense in the country. Entering rehab was a recommendation of Major League Baseball’s Treatment Board.
The Pirates announced that Andrew McCutchen will play right field this year after manning center field for the past eight seasons. Starling Marte will replace McCutchen in center field, while Gregory Polanco will move to left field.
The Cleveland Indians agreed to a one-year, $5.5 million contract with left-handed reliever Boone Logan. The 32-year-old Logan was 2-5 with a 3.69 ERA in 66 appearances for the Rockies last season.
Wily Mo Pena, signed a minor league deal with the Indians. 34-year-old Pena, who hasn’t played professionally in the United States since 2011, has an eight-year total of 84 home runs, 559 Ks and an average of .250.
The Indians have acquired right-hander Carlos Frias in a trade with the Dodgers for cash. Frias has gone 6-6 with a 4.50 ERA in 33 games over the past three seasons for the Dodgers. To make roster room for Frias, the Indians designated infielder Richie Shaffer for assignment.
Braves’ infielder and former Pirate, Sean Rodriguez, his wife and two children are recovering after police say their SUV was hit by a man who stole a Miami police officer’s cruiser. The unidentified suspect was killed in the crash.
The Pirates signed first baseman and outfielder Joey Terdoslavich to a Minor League contract, with an invite to spring training. The 28-year-old Terdoslavich spent last year in the Minors with the Orioles, where he hit 14 homers and drove in 62 runs.