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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.