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  • Rich Hill LAD SP
    Rich Hill: Appears to be close to resigning with the Dodgers
    4h ago

    Rich Hill appears to be close to resigning with the Dodgers, according to Peter Gammons.

    The rumored deal would be for three years and $40M, a nice lift from the $6M, one-year deal he had for the 2016 season. Hill will turn 37 before the start of the 2017 season. His numbers were even better after being traded to the Dodgers, sporting a 1.83 ERA and 0.79 WHIP over six starts.

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  • Gabby Guerrero CIN OF
    Reds' Gabby Guerrero: Re-signs with Cincinnati on minor-league deal
    7h ago

    Gabby Guerrero re-signed Sunday with the Cincinnati Reds on a minor-league contract, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Guerrero was once a prospect of some renown, but after managing an ugly .281 on-base percentage between Double-A and Triple-A last season, the Diamondbacks elected to drop him from their 40-man roster in November. The Reds went on to claim Guerrero off waivers, but parted ways with him just a few days later in order to open up a roster spot for another player. Cincinnati still apparently sees potential in the 22-year-old outfielder, however, as he'll remain with the organization and figures to report to Triple-A Louisville coming out of spring training.

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  • Jacob Lindgren NYY RP
    Braves' Jacob Lindgren: Agrees to deal with Braves
    8h ago

    Jacob Lindgren signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

    Because he underwent Tommy John surgery in August, Lindgren isn't expected to be ready for action once the 2017 season rolls around. Before getting injured in 2016, Lindgren threw seven innings over six games at High-A Tampa and recorded an 8:9 K:BB in that time.

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  • Casey McGehee DET 3B
    Casey McGehee: Signs with Yomiuri Giants in Japan on Saturday
    22h ago

    Casey McGehee signed a one-year deal with Japan's Yomiuri Giants on Saturday, Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network reports.

    McGehee became a free agent in November and after a month of evaluating his options, the third basemen decided to play professional baseball in Japan. The 34-year-old batted .198 and .227 respectively over the past two major league seasons and so would likely not be a valuable fantasy asset even if he remained in the MLB.

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  • Zach Lee SEA SP
    Mariners' Zach Lee: Designated for assignment
    1d ago

    Zach Lee was designated for assignment on Friday, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

    Lee was acquired by the Seattle Mariners in a trade with the Dodgers last June and figured to offer rotation depth while trying to find the stuff that made him a first-rounder and top prospect in the past. He did not accomplish the latter. The 25-year-old yielded a 7.39 ERA in 14 starts with Triple-A Tacoma and didn't see a major league inning with Seattle despite being on the 40-man roster in September.

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  • Dean Kiekhefer SEA RP
    Mariners' Dean Kiekhefer: Designated for assignment
    1d ago

    Dean Kiekhefer was designated for assignment by the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

    Kiekhefer's Mariners tenure didn't last a month, as the team opted to clear his roster spot for one of two pitchers with past track records of major league success in Casey Fien or Mark Rzepczynksi. Kiekhefer's strong minor league numbers should be able to find him a new organization, but he might have to wait a while before a return to the majors.

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  • Hector Sanchez SD C
    Hector Sanchez: Non-tendered by Padres
    1d ago

    The Padres declined to tender Hector Sanchez a contract Friday, making him a free agent, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    Sanchez was non-tendered for the second straight offseason. He fared well in a small sample with San Diego last year, going 12-for-42 with three homers, but he's a .241/.278/.354 career hitter. The 27-year-old had some concussion issues a few years ago but there have been no reports of head injuries in recent seasons.

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  • Eric Fryer PIT C
    Eric Fryer: Non-tendered by Pirates
    2d ago

    Eric Fryer was non-tendered by the Pirates on Friday and is now a free agent.

    Fryer holds a .254/.332/.328 line in 291 career plate appearances and will go looking for a team in need of backup catcher. His fantasy value remains negligible, but there should be a team that values him as decent catching depth.

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  • Jeff Mathis MIA C
    Diamondbacks' Jeff Mathis: Agrees to deal with Diamondbacks
    2d ago

    Jeff Mathis agreed to a two-year, $4 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

    After declining to tender Welington Castillo a contract, the Diamondbacks immediately brought in a replacement in the 33-year-old Mathis, although it's hard to imagine Mathis would inherit the primary role. That figures to go to Chris Herrmann, if healthy. Mathis has hit just .197/.254/.308 in parts of 12 major league seasons.

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  • Welington Castillo ARI C
    Welington Castillo: Non-tendered by Diamondbacks
    2d ago

    The Diamondbacks declined to tender Welington Castillo a contract Friday, making him a free agent, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.

    With Castillo non-tendered, that leaves Oscar Hernandez and Chris Herrmann as the only catchers on the Diamondbacks' 40-man roster. Castillo might have received close to $6 million through the arbitration process following a 2016 season in which he hit .264/.322/.423. He packs good power for a catcher and is a plus player behind the plate, so he should land comfortably with another organization.

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  • Anthony Recker ATL C
    Braves' Anthony Recker: Agrees to deal to avoid arbitration
    2d ago

    Anthony Recker agreed to a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Atlanta Braves on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

    The 33-year-old will provide low-cost catching depth for the Braves, perhaps serving as the primary backup to Tyler Flowers to begin 2017. He enjoyed his best offensive season in 2016, batting .278/.394/.433, but he's a .200/.284/.350 career hitter and has never logged more than 189 plate appearances in a season.

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  • Derek Norris SD C
    Nationals' Derek Norris: Dealt to Nationals
    2d ago

    Derek Norris was traded to the Washington Nationals on Friday in exchange for pitcher Pedro Avila.

    Norris was once the catcher of the future for Washington, but now he'll make his return to the nation's capitol presumably to take over as the Nationals' primary catcher. The 27-year-old was once one of the better-hitting catchers in the game, although his batting average sunk below the Mendoza Line and he struck out over 30 percent of the time in 125 games behind the plate for San Diego. He still possesses some pop (14 home runs in 2016) and good patience at the plate, but it'll be tough to get back into the top tier of catchers if he continues to strike out as much as he did last season.

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  • Stephen Cardullo COL 1B
    Stephen Cardullo: Non-tendered by Rockies
    2d ago

    Stephen Cardullo was non-tendered by the Rockies on Friday, making him a free agent.

    Cardullo's intriguing trajectory from four seasons in the independent leagues to the Rockies in 2016 took another turn as he hit free agency. He was solid enough in Triple-A during 2016, posting a PCL-inflated .308/.367/.522 for Triple-A Albuquerque, that he should at least be able to find another team needing minor league depth.

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  • Balbino Fuenmayor KC 1B
    Braves' Balbino Fuenmayor: Inks minor league deal with Braves
    2d ago

    Balbino Fuenmayor signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves on Friday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.

    "The Great Balbino" doesn't have much prospect pedigree, but he certainly left his mark back in 2015 when he bashed 17 home runs and 28 doubles between the Double-A and Triple-A levels of the Royals organization. His production tapered off a bit last season, so between that and Freddie Freeman occupying first base at the major league level, Fuenmayor will likely spend another season in an organizational depth role.

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  • Yonder Alonso OAK 1B
    Athletics' Yonder Alonso: Inks new deal with Oakland
    2d ago

    Yonder Alonso agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with the A's, avoiding arbitration, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Alonso was considered a potential non-tender candidate, so this deal allows him to stay on in Oakland for a second season with the A's. The 29-year-old played in a career-high 156 games and posted a .253/.316/.367 line with seven home runs last season, and he figures to once again serve as the primary option at first base in 2017.

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  • Rangel Ravelo OAK 1B
    Athletics' Rangel Ravelo: Designated for assignment
    4d ago

    Rangel Ravelo was designated for assignment on Wednesday.

    The A's needed to clear a 40-man roster spot after inking Matt Joyce to a two-year contract. He has never reached the majors and has been a below league average hitter in 134 games at Triple-A.

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  • Rangel Ravelo OAK 1B
    Athletics' Rangel Ravelo: Designated for assignment
    4d ago

    Rangel Ravelo was designated for assignment on Wednesday.

    The A's needed to clear a 40-man roster spot after inking Matt Joyce to a two-year contract. He has never reached the majors and has been a below league average hitter in 134 games at Triple-A.

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  • Chris Carter MIL 1B
    Brewers' Chris Carter: Officially designated for assignment Tuesday
    5d ago

    The Milwaukee Brewers designated Chris Carter for assignment Tuesday, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

    After revealing Monday that they had no intention of tendering Carter a contract for the 2017 season due to the expected salary increase he was due in arbitration, the Brewers signed Korean import Eric Thames to a three-year deal Tuesday to serve as their new everyday first baseman. In order to clear a 40-man spot for Thames, Carter was designated for assignment, which will allow the Brewers to see if any other teams are interested in trading for the slugger before Friday, which is the official deadline for the team to non-tender him. While Carter made a major splash for fantasy owners last season with 41 homers and 94 RBI, his sky-high strikeout rate and poor defense makes him far less attractive in real-life terms, hence the Brewers' decision to move on from him.

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  • Jose Pirela SD 2B
    Jose Pirela: Non-tendered by Padres
    1d ago

    The Padres declined to tender Jose Pirela a contract Friday, making him a free agent, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    Pirela was one of six players cut loose by San Diego. The 27-year-old went 6-for-39 with two extra-base hits and a 1:9 BB:K in the majors last year and the results at Triple-A El Paso were less than stellar. He hasn't played shortstop over the past couple years and appears destined to continue on as a fringe major leaguer in 2017.

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  • Alexi Amarista SD 2B
    Alexi Amarista: Non-tendered by Padres
    1d ago

    The Padres declined to tender Alexi Amarista a contract Friday, making him a free agent, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    Amarista provided versatility off the Padres' bench, making starts at five different positions last season. He makes decent contact but has never been an offensive threat (career .230/.276/.320), and there's a chance he could find himself back in the minors to begin 2017.

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  • Scooter Gennett MIL 2B
    Brewers' Scooter Gennett: Agrees to deal to avoid arbitration
    2d ago

    Scooter Gennett agreed to a one-year, $2.525 million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

    Gennett will receive a nice raise (from $518,100 in 2016) in his first year of arbitration eligibility. He put up his typical, serviceable numbers against righties in 2016, and while he was better against lefties, he will likely be strictly platooned again in 2017. That should keep him off the mixed-league radar for most.

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  • Brett Lawrie CHW 2B
    White Sox's Brett Lawrie: Agrees to deal to avoid arbitration
    2d ago

    Brett Lawrie agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Chicago White Sox on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

    The 26-year-old took a significant pay cut ($600,000-plus) to remain with the White Sox following another disappointing campaign. Lawrie was limited to 94 games due to hamstring issues and struggled to a .248/.310/.413 line when on the field. It'll be a make-or-break season for the former top prospect.

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  • Tyler Saladino CHW 2B
    White Sox's Tyler Saladino: Feels no pain following back injury
    3d ago

    Tyler Saladino is no longer feeling pain in his back and seems confident that his herniated disk is under control, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.

    His breakout 2016 season ended on Sept. 21 due to the back injury, but Saladino feels the injury is behind him. Last season, he slashed .282/.315/.409 with eight home runs, 38 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 319 plate appearances across 93 games. It seems he'll open spring training with a clean bill of health, when he'll look to lock down a full-time starting position. Last season, he started double-digit games at second base, third base and shortstop.

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  • Darwin Barney TOR 2B
    Darwin Barney: Awaiting Toronto's decision
    3d ago

    The Blue Jays are undecided on whether to retain Darwin Barney , who is eligible for arbitration, for the 2017 season, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

    Teams have until Friday at 11:59 PM to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players. Toronto has four players who fall into that category, but Barney appears to be the only one whose status remains in question. Barney is projected to earn $1.6 million next season, but that number seems a little low. The 31-year-old made $1 million in 2016 after he signed with the club as a free agent, but he was eligible for arbitration in 2015 and earned $2.5 million. The utility man played several positions and slashed .269/.297/.373 over 104 games for the Jays in 2016, well above his career line of .249/.297/.343.

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  • Casey McGehee DET 3B
    Casey McGehee: Signs with Yomiuri Giants in Japan on Saturday
    22h ago

    Casey McGehee signed a one-year deal with Japan's Yomiuri Giants on Saturday, Ken Rosenthal of MLB Network reports.

    McGehee became a free agent in November and after a month of evaluating his options, the third basemen decided to play professional baseball in Japan. The 34-year-old batted .198 and .227 respectively over the past two major league seasons and so would likely not be a valuable fantasy asset even if he remained in the MLB.

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  • Christian Villanueva CHC 3B
    Christian Villanueva: Non-tendered by Cubs
    2d ago

    Christian Villanueva was non-tendered by the Cubs on Friday and is now a free agent, the Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales reports.

    The 25-year-old third baseman was in a pretty awful situation with the Cubs, as he was not only blocked at the big league level by Kris Bryant and even Javier Baez, but a superior big league ready third base prospect was also waiting in the wings ahead of him on the organizational depth chart in Jeimer Candelario. Villanueva is essentially ready for a shot with a non-contender. After hitting 18 homers and making a lot of contact at Triple-A last year, he is likely to be given a chance to make another club, even if it is only in a bench role.

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  • D.J. Peterson SEA 3B
    Mariners' D.J. Peterson: Likely to start at Triple-A
    2d ago

    D.J. Peterson is expected to begin the season as the starting first baseman at Triple-A Tacoma, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

    Peterson began the season at the Double-A level last season, but he ultimately got his first extended look at Triple-A and hit .253 with eight home runs in 46 games there. The 24-year-old was added to the 40-man roster over the offseason so he may get a chance in the majors at some point in 2017, but at this point it looks like he'll get the chance for regular at-bats in the minors to start out the year.

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  • Jung Ho Kang PIT 3B
    Pirates' Jung Ho Kang: Charged with DUI, leaving scene of accident
    3d ago

    Jung Ho Kang has been arrested and charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident in Seoul, South Korea, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

    This confirms reports from local media about Kang's arrest. The Pittsburgh Pirates are looking into the incident and are expected to issue a statement later Thursday night. According to Biertempfel, no injuries resulted from the two-car collision, but Kang fled and was apprehended shortly thereafter. He spent much of the season under investigation by Chicago police for a sexual assault allegation.

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  • Matt Duffy TB 3B
    Rays' Matt Duffy: Ahead of schedule in rehab
    3d ago

    Manager Kevin Cash said Thursday that Matt Duffy is "very much ahead of schedule" in his recovery from left heel surgery, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Duffy battled soreness in his Achilles/heel area throughout much of the season and ultimately underwent surgery in early September. He's been working through some atrophy since shedding his walking boot, but the Tampa Bay Rays seem optimistic that Duffy will be ready for spring training. Entering his age-26 season, Duffy projects as the primary shortstop if indeed healthy.

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  • Jermaine Curtis OAK 3B
    Athletics' Jermaine Curtis: Joins A's on NRI deal
    3d ago

    Jermaine Curtis has signed a minor league contract with the A's that includes an invite to spring training, CSN Bay Area reports.

    A fifth-round pick in 2008, he broke through to the majors briefly with the Cardinals in 2013 but has been stuck down at Triple-A ever since. Curtis has routinely posted high on-base percentages, upping his mark to .404 with the Reds' Louisville affiliate in 2016. However, he does not have the other tools necessary to really capitalize on the strong approach.

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  • Eduardo Escobar MIN SS
    Twins' Eduardo Escobar: Agrees to deal to avoid arbitration
    2d ago

    Eduardo Escobar agreed to a one-year, $2.6 million contract with the Minnesota Twins on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

    He was believed to be a non-tender candidate, but ultimately Escobar and the Twins were able to land on a number that was suitable for both sides. Escobar hit just .236/.280/.338 in his age-27 season, but he was significantly better at the plate in 2015 and can play shortstop, second base and third.

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  • Jose Peraza CIN SS
    Reds' Jose Peraza: Expected to play regularly in 2017
    2d ago

    Jose Peraza is expected to play regularly in 2017, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    General manager Dick Williams and manager Bryan Price both said Friday that that they are committed to giving Peraza regular opportunities. Peraza, acquired in the Todd Frazier trade last winter, hit .324 with 21 steals (31 attempts) in 72 games with the Cincinnati Reds in 2016. The question is where he will play next season. He saw time at shortstop, center field, second base and left field and could fill a similar super-utility role to start, but perhaps a trade will open up a more permanent spot for him in the field.

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  • Josh Rodriguez OAK SS
    Athletics' Josh Rodriguez: Signs minor league deal with A's
    3d ago

    Josh Rodriguez has signed a minor league contract with the A's that includes an invite to spring training, CSN Bay Area reports.

    The soon-to-be 32-year-old attended big-league camp with the A's last spring but opened the year at Double-A. Rodriguez eventually returned to the Triple-A level and posted a 24:25 BB:K with the top affiliate, and he also has a bit of power, but he will be a long shot to break camp with Oakland. He's bounced between with five different organizations in his 11 pro seasons and hasn't reached the majors since 2011.

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  • Gleyber Torres NYY SS
    Yankees' Gleyber Torres: To begin 2017 in Double-A
    3d ago

    Gleyber Torres will begin the 2017 season with Double-A Trenton, George A. King of the New York Post reports.

    The highly-acclaimed prospect, who was acquired from the Cubs in the Aroldis Chapman trade, began the transition to second base and slashed .254/.341/.386 in 138 plate appearances for High-A Tampa following last season's trade. New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Torres will begin the season with Trenton and get introduced to cold weather for the first time, with his performance determining a potential promotion, despite being just 19 years old.

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  • Jean Segura SEA SS
    Mariners' Jean Segura: Traded to Mariners
    11d ago

    Jean Segura was traded to the Seattle Mariners from the Diamondbacks on Wednesday along with Mitch Haniger and Zac Curtis in exchange for Taijuan Walker and Ketel Marte.

    It was well known that the Mariners were looking for an upgrade at shortstop and they landed a significant one in Segura. He put together what was easily his best season in his age-26 campaign, batting .319/.368/.499 with 20 homers and 33 steals (43 attempts). While he now goes to a more pitcher-friendly home park and will play for a manager in Scott Servais who didn't run a whole lot this past season (24th in stolen base attempts), Segura's batted ball profile from 2016 and speed bode well for his chances of once again providing quality production atop the lineup.

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  • Ketel Marte ARI SS
    Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte: Sent to Arizona in five-player trade
    11d ago

    Ketel Marte was traded along with Taijuan Walker to the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a five-player trade Wednesday night.

    Marte likely won't provide the Diamondbacks with flashy numbers at the plate, but he did steal double-digit bases in 119 games with the Mariners last season and hit .259/.287/.323. The Diamondbacks don't have any studs in the middle infield, so Marte could see some playing time with Jean Segura's departure opening up second base in a more hitter-friendly environment.

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  • Gabby Guerrero CIN OF
    Reds' Gabby Guerrero: Re-signs with Cincinnati on minor-league deal
    7h ago

    Gabby Guerrero re-signed Sunday with the Cincinnati Reds on a minor-league contract, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Guerrero was once a prospect of some renown, but after managing an ugly .281 on-base percentage between Double-A and Triple-A last season, the Diamondbacks elected to drop him from their 40-man roster in November. The Reds went on to claim Guerrero off waivers, but parted ways with him just a few days later in order to open up a roster spot for another player. Cincinnati still apparently sees potential in the 22-year-old outfielder, however, as he'll remain with the organization and figures to report to Triple-A Louisville coming out of spring training.

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  • Gabby Guerrero CIN OF
    Gabby Guerrero: Non-tendered by Reds
    2d ago

    The Reds declined to tender Gabby Guerrero a contract Friday, making him a free agent, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

    Guerrero was brought in on a waiver claim from Arizona just days ago, but the Reds ultimately thought better of tendering him a contract for 2017. The 22-year-old hit just .234/.281/.383 between Double-A and Triple-A last season, with a dismal .586 OPS in 34 games in the Pacific Coast League.

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  • Cody Asche PHI LF
    Cody Asche: Non-tendered by Phillies
    2d ago

    Cody Asche was non-tendered by the Phillies on Friday, making him a free agent.

    Asche was already designated for assignment earlier Friday, so it's not a surprise the Phillies are cutting ties with him. He'll go looking for a team seeking depth at the corners.

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  • Jared Hoying TEX RF
    Jared Hoying: Non-tendered by Rangers
    2d ago

    The Rangers declined to tender Jared Hoying a contract Friday, making him a free agent.

    He's managed just a .305 on-base percentage in four seasons at Triple-A and he struggled mightily in his first exposure to big-league pitching. Further, while he played some center field at Round Rock this year, Hoying is not a plus defender even in the corners, so it seems likely he will have to settle for a minor league deal in free agency.

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  • Ben Revere WAS CF
    Ben Revere: Non-tendered by Nationals
    2d ago

    Ben Revere was non-tendered by the Nationals on Friday, making him a free agent, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

    The writing was certainly on the wall for this move, with the Nats leaving Revere off their postseason roster following a thoroughly disappointing regular season campaign. Revere struggled to a .217/.260/.300 after injuring his oblique in his first at-bat with Washington. He would have been due north of $6 million again through the arbitration process.

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  • Billy Hamilton CIN CF
    Reds' Billy Hamilton: Fully recovered from oblique injury
    2d ago

    Billy Hamilton said Friday that he feels fully recovered from the left oblique injury which ended his 2016 season, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

    The oblique strain knocked him out of action in early September, cutting short what was a very positive campaign for Hamilton, offensively. Hamilton upped his on-base percentage by nearly 50 points from 2015 and improved his groundball rate by five percent while swiping 55-plus bags for a third consecutive season. He continued to provide stellar defense in center field, making him an attractive trade target for other teams as he enters his first winter of arbitration eligibility. According to Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Cincinnati Reds are listening but would have to be "really, really motivated by an offer" to trade Hamilton.

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  • Rich Hill LAD SP
    Rich Hill: Appears to be close to resigning with the Dodgers
    4h ago

    Rich Hill appears to be close to resigning with the Dodgers, according to Peter Gammons.

    The rumored deal would be for three years and $40M, a nice lift from the $6M, one-year deal he had for the 2016 season. Hill will turn 37 before the start of the 2017 season. His numbers were even better after being traded to the Dodgers, sporting a 1.83 ERA and 0.79 WHIP over six starts.

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  • Zach Lee SEA SP
    Mariners' Zach Lee: Designated for assignment
    1d ago

    Zach Lee was designated for assignment on Friday, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

    Lee was acquired by the Seattle Mariners in a trade with the Dodgers last June and figured to offer rotation depth while trying to find the stuff that made him a first-rounder and top prospect in the past. He did not accomplish the latter. The 25-year-old yielded a 7.39 ERA in 14 starts with Triple-A Tacoma and didn't see a major league inning with Seattle despite being on the 40-man roster in September.

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  • Erik Johnson SD SP
    Erik Johnson: Non-tendered by Padres
    1d ago

    The Padres declined to tender Erik Johnson (elbow) a contract Friday, making him a free agent, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    This was a given, as Johnson underwent Tommy John surgery in October and is set to miss the entire 2017 campaign. Johnson was hit hard in six starts between Chicago and San Diego last season, giving up a whopping 14 home runs in just 31.1 innings.

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  • Tyson Ross SD SP
    Tyson Ross: Non-tendered by Padres
    2d ago

    Tyson Ross (shoulder) was non-tendered by the Padres on Friday, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    Non-tendering Ross is a shocker from the Padres, who went from starting him on Opening Day to releasing him to free agency in the span of 2016. Between 2013 and 2015, Ross threw an average of 172 innings with a 3.07 ERA and 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings, but the shoulder woes that cost him nearly his entire 2016 season apparently made him not worth the $9 million price tag approximated by A.J. Cassavell of MLB.com. Ross underwent thoracic outlet syndrome surgery in October and is still recovering, but he is nearly certain to be picked up by a team needing rotation depth and accepting of his injury risk.

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  • Rubby De La Rosa ARI SP
    Rubby De La Rosa: Non-tendered by Diamondbacks
    2d ago

    The Diamondbacks declined to tender Rubby De La Rosa (elbow) a contract Friday, making him a free agent, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.

    Arizona became the third organization to dump the 27-year-old De La Rosa. He has routinely fallen short of high expectations and there are very real concerns about his elbow -- he had Tommy John surgery in 2011 and underwent stem cell treatment this September in hopes of avoiding another elbow procedure. That said, he continued to throw his fastball in the 94-95 range last season and saw a nice uptick in strikeouts, so he should draw interest as an upside flier on the open market.

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  • CC Sabathia NYY SP
    Yankees' CC Sabathia: Starts throwing program next week
    2d ago

    CC Sabathia said Friday that his recovery from knee surgery is going well and he will begin a throwing program next week, the Boston Herald's Evan Drellich reports.

    He underwent a routine cleanup of his knee after the season, and is not expected to be limited heading into spring training. Sabathia is coming off his best year since 2012, as he managed a 3.91 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. However, his 4.28 FIP and 152:65 K:BB in 179.2 innings suggest he may be due for a bit of regression in 2017. His spot in the New York Yankees ' rotation is safe heading into the final year of his contract.

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  • Jacob Lindgren NYY RP
    Braves' Jacob Lindgren: Agrees to deal with Braves
    8h ago

    Jacob Lindgren signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

    Because he underwent Tommy John surgery in August, Lindgren isn't expected to be ready for action once the 2017 season rolls around. Before getting injured in 2016, Lindgren threw seven innings over six games at High-A Tampa and recorded an 8:9 K:BB in that time.

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  • Dean Kiekhefer SEA RP
    Mariners' Dean Kiekhefer: Designated for assignment
    1d ago

    Dean Kiekhefer was designated for assignment by the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

    Kiekhefer's Mariners tenure didn't last a month, as the team opted to clear his roster spot for one of two pitchers with past track records of major league success in Casey Fien or Mark Rzepczynksi. Kiekhefer's strong minor league numbers should be able to find him a new organization, but he might have to wait a while before a return to the majors.

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    Jon Edwards: Non-tendered by Padres
    1d ago

    The Padres declined to tender Jon Edwards (elbow) a contract Friday, making him a free agent, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    A flexor strain suffered in spring training put Edwards on the DL to begin the season, and an early-June setback effectively ended his year. Edwards' health is still a question mark heading into the spring and he will probably not be assured an Opening Day bullpen job no matter where he signs.

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  • Cody Ege LAA RP
    Cody Ege: Non-tendered by Angels
    2d ago

    Cody Ege was non-tendered by the Angels on Friday, making him a free agent.

    Non-tendering Ege is a formality for the Angels, who designated him for assignment Thursday due to needing a 40-man spot. Ege will now look for a team seeking left-handed bullpen depth.

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  • Matt Carasiti COL RP
    Matthew Carasiti: Non-tendered by Rockies
    2d ago

    Matt Carasiti was non-tendered by the Rockies on Friday, making him a free agent.

    Carasiti hit a wall at the major league level in 2016, going from a 1.96 ERA in 46 innings between Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque to a 9.19 ERA in 15.2 innings with the Rockies. His results were apparently poor enough the Rockies decided he wasn't worth a roster spot, so he'll go looking for a team needing bullpen depth and willing to give him another shot at big league innings.

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  • Chris Withrow ATL RP
    Chris Withrow: Non-tendered by Braves
    2d ago

    Chris Withrow was non-tendered by the Braves on Friday, making him a free agent.

    Withrow lost a good chunk of his second half in 2016 to elbow inflammation and didn't put up great results when he was healthy, posting a 3.58 ERA and 4.90 FIP in 37.2 innings. It was his first season back from Tommy John surgery in 2014, but he seemed to show the same control woes that plagued him earlier in his career, now possessing a career 4.6 BB/9.

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    Astros' Carlos Beltran: Agrees to deal with Astros
    1d ago

    Carlos Beltran agreed to a one-year, $16 million contract with the Houston Astros on Saturday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The deal includes a full no-trade clause.

    The Astros just continue to bolster their already impressive lineup, adding Beltran after acquiring Brian McCann and Josh Reddick earlier in the offseason. Beltran continued to put up outstanding numbers in his age-39 season, batting .295/.337/.513 with 29 homers and 93 RBI in 151 games between New York and Texas. He should play close to every day between right field and DH while batting in the heart of the order.

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  • Albert Pujols LAA DH
    Angels' Albert Pujols: Undergoes surgery Friday
    2d ago

    Albert Pujols underwent surgery Friday to release his right plantar fascia.

    In a press release, the Los Angeles Angels said the estimated time to return to play following this procedure is typically four months. That puts Pujols' status for the start of the year in some question, but Pujols is a 10-time All-Star and doesn't need a full spring training to prepare for the regular season. In his age-36 season, Pujols hit .268/.323/.457 with 31 homers, marking his 14th season with 30-plus home runs.

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  • Avisail Garcia CHW DH
    White Sox's Avisail Garcia: Avoids arbitration with new deal
    2d ago

    Avisail Garcia signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Chicago White Sox , avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

    Garcia's 2016 campaign was a replica of his 2015 output in many ways, as his 12 home runs, .245 average, and .692 OPS were all in the same ballpark as his production in those departments the year before. He'll probably be the DH on most days, but he started 51 games in the outfield last season, so he could see some time in one of the corner spots when either Melky Cabrera or Adam Eaton need a day off.

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  • Jon Singleton HOU DH
    Astros' Jonathan Singleton: Outrighted to Triple-A Fresno
    12d ago

    Jon Singleton cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    As expected, the former top prospect will remain an Astro farmhand after no teams were interested in picking up a bat that hasn't produced a major league batting average above .200. Singleton's power is intriguing, but he'll be nothing more than an organizational depth piece until he can make more contact.

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  • Edwin Encarnacion TOR DH
    Edwin Encarnacion: Not eliminating possibility of Toronto return
    13d ago

    Although the Jays recently signed designated hitter Kendrys Morales, general manager Ross Atkins expressed Friday that the club is still interested in bringing back Edwin Encarnacion , the Toronto Star reports.

    Atkins admitted the acquisition of Morales does decrease the likelihood of Encarnacion returning to Toronto, but he also said it doesn't eliminate the possibility. The slugger has benefited from playing in the hitter-friendly Rogers Centre over the past three years, slashing .279/.369/.575 at home, a significant spike over his still-productive .260/.353/.513 on the road. Despite this positive talk, the team hasn't shown many signs that it's truly pursuing a long-term agreement with Encarnacion.

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  • Jon Singleton HOU DH
    Astros' Jonathan Singleton: Placed on outright waivers
    15d ago

    Jon Singleton was placed on outright waivers by the Houston Astros on Saturday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Kaplan predicts that Singleton will clear waivers and be sent to Triple-A Fresno, an understandable thought given that Singleton is still owed $4.5 million. In 420 career plate appearances, the former top prospect has hit an anemic .171/.290/.331 with 151 strikeouts, which simply does not belong in a major league lineup. Blocked at first base and designated hitter by a combination of Yulieski Gurriel, Brian McCann, A.J. Reed, and Tyler White, it's unlikely Singleton sees significant time in the majors any time in the near future.

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