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Joba Chamberlain agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday that includes an invitation to spring training.
Chamberlain made appearances with the Tigers and Royals in 2015, recording a 4.88 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 27.2 innings between the two clubs. Considering the Indians seemingly lack of depth in the bullpen, the 30-year-old has a decent to open with the team out of spring training, but it's unlikely Chamberlain will be placed in enough high-leverage pitching opportunities to make him fantasy relevant.
The Kansas City Royals agreed to a contract with Tim Collins on Monday.
Collins tore his UCL early in spring training 2015 and underwent Tommy John surgery shortly thereafter. Although the 26-year-old southpaw missed the entire season and will likely miss a good portion of the upcoming campaign, he could factor into the Royals' bullpen, once he regains his health. In the wake of the signing, it was revealed that Collins inked a one-year, $1.475 million deal, according to Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com.
Fernando Abad cleared waivers Monday and was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville.
Abad was a casualty of the team needing space on the 40-man roster, as he was designated for assignment earlier in the month, but the other 29 clubs apparently weren't interested in the left-hander. He spent the entire season in the majors in 2015 but could begin next year in the minors.
Brandon Gomes was outrighted to Triple-A Durham on Wednesday.
The 31-year-old made 62 appearances for Tampa Bay last season, posting a 1.19 WHIP and a swinging-strike rate over 11 percent, but it was not enough to maintain his spot at last week's Rule 5 roster deadline. Gomes could still attend spring training as a non-roster invitee, but he figures to have to bide his time at Durham to start the year.
Kirby Yates was acquired from the Rays in exchange for cash considerations Wednesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
The 28-year-old was designated for assignment last Friday, so it's clear the Rays weren't looking to get much in return for their right-hander. Yates was hit around plenty in his 2015 stint with Tampa Bay -- in 20.1 innings, Yates recorded a 7.97 ERA and 1.48 WHIP -- but he could have a chance to rehabilitate his numbers with the Cleveland Indians .
Pedro Beato signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.
The deal comes with an invite to spring training, where the right-handed reliever will look to show he can over valuable bullpen depth. He notched a 2.65 ERA in 74.2 innings of relief at Triple-A in 2015.
Tommy Kahnle was traded to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday in exchange for pitching prospect Yency Almonte.
While it is obviously an improvement for any pitcher to be traded from Colorado, Kahnle has not started a game as a professional, so he just offers Chicago with some organizational bullpen depth. The 26-year-old righty has a career 4.41 ERA and 102 strikeouts in 102 innings in the big leagues.
Kirby Yates was designated for assignment on Friday, the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports.
The Tampa Bay Rays needed to clear space on the 40-man roster, and Yates was a casualty. Look for him to begin the 2016 on a minor league deal.
Brandon Gomes was designated for assignment on Friday, the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports.
The Tampa Bay Rays needed to clear space on the 40-man roster, so Gomes may not have much of a future with the big league club in Tampa Bay. Look for the veteran reliever to continue to bounce back and forth between the minors and majors, pitching primarily in low-leverage situations.
Liam Hendriks was traded to the A's in exchange for Jesse Chavez on Friday, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.
He was excellent last year out of the Jays' bullpen, posting a 2.92 ERA with 71 strikeouts in 64.2 innings. That said, Hendriks doesn't figure to get many save opportunities with Sean Doolittle holding down the closer role for the A's.