MLB Player News
Bud Norris agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.
The 30-year-old received a major-league contract but will take a steep pay cut after making $8.8 million last season. Norris was clobbered to the tune of a 7.06 ERA in 18 appearances (11 starts) for the Orioles last season before being released, and then pitched exclusively out of the bullpen after signing with the Padres in August. It's expected Norris will return to the rotation for the rebuilding Braves.
Rex Brothers was traded to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday for Wander Cabrera.
He spent most of the year at Triple-A, and walked more batters than he struck out in 10.1 innings with the Rockies, resulting in his designation for assignment last week. The Cubs will take Brothers on as a low-cost reclamation project, but unless the lefty is able to cut down significantly on the free passes, he will have a tough time earning and maintaining a role with the big club in 2016.
Stolmy Pimentel signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets that includes an invite to spring training, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Pimentel appeared in eight games for the Rangers last season, putting together a 3.97 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 11.1 innings. Including this season, the 25-year-old right-hander has appeared in the majors every season since 2013, but he's failed to record more than 20 appearances with each club -- thus limiting Pimentel's role to mere organizational depth with the Mets.
Greg Burke signed a minor league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies that includes an invitation to spring training, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Burke, 33, spent last season in the Blue Jays' farm system, going a combined 5-1 with a 2.63 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A. He will compete for a bullpen spot in the spring.
Adrian Salcedo signed a minor league contract Monday with the Los Angeles Dodgers , Brandon Warne of Cold Omaha 96.3 reports.
Salcedo is currently serving a 100-game suspension that will keep him out until August of 2016. This is his second major suspension for PED use. Upon his return, he'll still only be either in the Double-A or Triple-A for the remainder of the 2016 season.
Matt Reynolds signed a one-year deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.
The Diamondbacks were able to avoid arbitration and sign Reynolds to another year. Reynolds was brought up to the majors at the end of August to pitch out of the bullpen, and will battle for a spot on the opening day roster.
David Carpenter received a non-roster to spring training on Saturday, Kevin McAlpin of the Atlanta Braves Radio Network reports.
Carpenter had a short stint with the Nationals cut short by a shoulder injury, which likely scared many teams away from offering him a 40-man spot, especially when his mediocre 3.68 ERA takes the reward away from the risk. His velocity also cratered in July while playing through inflammation in that shoulder. He'll need to show his old stuff in spring training before anyone is ready to give him his old set-up role.
Chris Stratton was added to the San Francisco Giants ' 40-man roster Friday, Andrew Baggarly of the Bay Area News Group reports.
The strikeout rates have fallen as Stratton has moved up the ladder, dropping to 6.6 K/9 with the move to Triple-A Sacramento in 2015. Stratton was able to enjoy some success last season, regardless, posting a respectable 3.86 ERA and 1.31 WHIP over 17 starts for Sacramento. He figures to be a spot-start option for the big club in 2016.
Steven Okert was added to the San Francisco Giants ' 40-man roster Friday, Andrew Baggarly of the Bay Area News Group reports.
While Okert took a step back with his control in 2015, issuing 29 walks in 61.1 innings, he showed the Giants enough to warrant protection from the Rule 5 draft. He struck batters out at a 10.1 K/9 clip and posted a 1.26 ERA in 10 appearances in August.
Kyle Crick was added to the San Francisco Giants ' 40-man roster Friday, Andrew Baggarly of the Bay Area News Group reports.
Viewed by some as a top-50 overall prospect a few short years ago, Crick has only further regressed with his control issues, allowing a total of 127 walks over the last two seasons with Double-A Richmond. He was moved to the bullpen full-time in July, and he has the swing-and-miss stuff to ultimately succeed, but Crick must limit the walks before he gets a major-league opportunity.