All you need to know: MLB rumors, news roundup for Nov. 17
Let's round up a slow day of rumors, highlighted by some low key signings and rumors.
The GM Meetings came to end on Thursday and the hot stove has been rather lukewarm since. Offseason action figures to pick up in the coming weeks, especially as the Winter Meetings (Dec. 9-12 in Orlando) draw closer.
Sunday was a very slow news day but not a no news days. I don't think those exist in MLB anymore. Here's a recap of the day's hot stove happenings.
• Cubs: Signed C Eli Whiteside to a minor league contract. Whiteside, 34, is a career .215/.273/.335 (67 OPS+) hitter in 208 MLB games. Until the team makes some more moves, he has to be considered the favorite to serve as Welington Castillo's backup.
• Cubs: Signed IF Chris Valaika to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. The 28-year-old hit .219/.261/.344 (65 OPS+) in 22 games with the Marlins in 2013. (Fox Sports)
• Royals: Signed C Francisco Pena to a Major League contract, the team announced. The 24-year-old son of ex-big league backstop Tony Pena is a .236/.286/.348 hitter in 593 career minor league games, including only 129 above Single-A. Despite that, Kansas City deemed him worthy of a 40-man roster spot. Obviously they see something they like.
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• Rangers: Manager Ron Washington confirmed the team has discussed every available big name free agent, including guys like Robinson Cano and Jacoby Ellsbury. Texas has money to spend and obviously they're prepared to go big. (SiriusXM)