Outfielder Thomas Neal signed

Another Minor League deal was done Monday by the Reds. Free agent Thomas Neal was added and he will be in big league camp as a non-roster player.

Neal, 26, is a .184 hitter over 15 career Major League games with the Cubs, Yankees and Indians.

In a rough way to end his 2013 season, Neal was claimed off of waivers from the Yankees by the Cubs on Aug. 5. On Aug. 7 in his second game but first start for Chicago, he suffered a dislocated shoulder while making a throw.

In eight Minor League seasons, the right-handed hitting Neal has a .301 average. He started his career in the Giants organization but was traded to Cleveland on July 30, 2011, for Orlando Cabrera.

The news of the signing was actually broken by Neal himself today on Twitter.


AL Notes: Jenks, Tanaka, Angels, Yankees, Wieters
By Jeff Todd [January 14 at 12:52am CST]
•While the suspension of Alex Rodriguez will unquestionably benefit the Yanks’ bottom line, writes Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com, it nevertheless leaves the club with major questions in the infield. With injury and aging concerns around the diamond, accompanied by seemingly limited upside, Castrovince says that the infield is a close second to starting pitching in terms of need. Though chatter of a Brandon Phillips deal has faded, Castrovince writes that a swap of some kind still “makes a ton of sense” for both the Yankees and Reds.
Could a deal still be had? Only if Phillips cooperates, imo.

Nyjer Morgan Close To Deal With MLB Team
By Mark Polishuk [January 14 at 12:32pm CST]
Nyjer Morgan is close to a contract with an unknown Major League team, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports (Twitter link). Morgan recently switched agents and was exploring a return to the Majors, as Crasnick reported last week that between 6-8 teams had expressed interest in the outfielder.

NL Notes: Amaro, Nationals, Cordier
By Jeff Todd [January 14 at 11:09pm CST]
Wondering what your team still can or should do to improve before the start of the 2014 season? ESPN.com’s Jim Bowden lays out the “missing links” he sees for each of the National League’s clubs. On the free agent side of things, he thinks that the Reds (Nelson Cruz), Pirates (Kendrys Morales), and Mets (Stephen Drew) could all stand to add an impact bat.

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