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  • Scott Heineman TEX CF
    Rangers' Scott Heineman: Returning to Rangers
    2h ago

    Heineman signed a one-year, $595,000 contract with the Rangers on Thursday.

    Heineman was non-tendered by Texas on Wednesday, but he'll come to an agreement on a major-league deal with his former team just one day later. Despite his new contract, he isn't guaranteed to see significant playing time after hitting .189 during 49 games across the past two seasons.

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  • Zach Green SF 3B
    Brewers' Zach Green: Gets invite to Brewers camp
    4h ago

    Green signed a minor-league deal with the Brewers that includes an invitation to big-league camp on Thursday.

    Green parlayed a big spring training last year with the Giants to an invite to their alternate training site, but he never got the call to the majors. He hit .282/.380/.659 in the Pacific Coast League in 2019 and will likely compete to make the Brewers' roster as a right-handed bench bat.

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  • Tom Eshelman BAL RP
    Tom Eshelman: Becomes free agent
    4h ago

    Eshelman declined an outright assignment to Triple-A and is now a free agent, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.

    It seems like he had been passed over in Baltimore as a part of the future, so he will look to get a fresh start somewhere else. The 26-year-old righty has a 5.22 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 38 strikeouts in 70.2 innings with the Orioles over the past two seasons.

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  • Taylor Rogers MIN RP
    Twins' Taylor Rogers: Avoids arbitration with Twins
    4h ago

    Rogers agreed to a one-year, $6 million deal with the Twins on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.

    The Twins missed the deadline to announce the move, but apparently the two sides did agree to terms. As things stand, Rogers would enter the year as the Twins' closer, with Tyler Duffey set to serve as setup man. However, the contending Twins will likely bring in some reinforcements in free agency that could shake up the pecking order.

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  • Wander Franco TB SS
    Rays' Wander Franco: No structural damage
    4h ago

    Franco was officially diagnosed with biceps inflammation and shoulder soreness, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.

    He was examined in St. Petersburg and there was no structural damage or long-term concern. Franco won't play winter ball again this season, but he should be ready to go for spring training. This is still mildly concerning, as inflammation could reoccur or get worse when he resumes baseball activities. Assuming he is healthy, Franco should spend the bulk of spring training in big-league camp and could debut this summer.

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  • Darin Ruf SF 1B
    Giants' Darin Ruf: Avoids arbitration with Giants
    17h ago

    Ruf signed a one-year, $1.275 million deal with the Giants on Wednesday to avoid arbitration, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    The 34-year-old saw his first MLB action since 2016 and delivered for the Giants with a .276/.370/.517 slash line and five home runs in 40 games. Ruf is a solid bet to make the Opening Day roster with a decent showing in spring training.

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  • Chadwick Tromp SF C
    Chadwick Tromp: Non-tendered by Giants
    17h ago

    Tromp was non-tendered by San Francisco on Wednesday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

    The 25-year-old made his big-league debut with the Giants in 2020 and had a .213/.219/.426 slash line and 31.2 percent strikeout rate in 24 games. Tromp had a .999 OPS at Triple-A in 2019, so he shouldn't have an issue securing a minor-league deal somewhere.

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  • Mitch Garver MIN C
    Twins' Mitch Garver: Agrees to deal with Twins
    20h ago

    Garver signed a one-year, $1.875 million contract with the Twins on Wednesday to avoid arbitration, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.

    The 29-year-old was set to enter his first year of arbitration but instead reached a deal with Minnesota. Garver struggled during the shortened season with a .511 OPS and 45.7 percent strikeout rate, but he's only a year removed from putting up a .995 OPS and 31 homers during the 2019 campaign.

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  • Tony Wolters COL C
    Tony Wolters: Parts ways with Colorado
    20h ago

    Wolters was non-tendered by the Rockies on Wednesday.

    Wolters appeared in 42 games for the Rockies last season and had a career-low .550 OPS and career-high 27.5 percent strikeout rate. The 28-year-old could latch on somewhere in a backup role on a more affordable deal than his expected arbitration figure.

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  • Manny Pina MIL C
    Brewers' Manny Pina: Avoids arbitration with Brewers
    21h ago

    Pina (knee) agreed to a one-year, $1.65 million deal with the Brewers on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    He underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee in September, so it is unclear if he will be fully healthy in time for spring training. The Brewers also brought back Omar Narvaez and still have Jacob Nottingham in the mix, so the catching depth chart will be pretty crowded, as things currently stand.

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  • Curt Casali CIN C
    Curt Casali: Non-tendered by Reds
    21h ago

    Casali was non-tendered by the Reds on Wednesday.

    Casali logged a respectable .866 OPS in 93 plate appearances last year, working primarily as a backup. He should be able to catch on elsewhere in a similar capacity, but he may need to settle for a pay cut.

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  • Kevin Plawecki BOS C
    Red Sox's Kevin Plawecki: Back with Sox on one-year deal
    22h ago

    Plawecki agreed to a one-year, $1.6 million deal with the Red Sox on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    He made a strong impression as a backup last season, hitting .341/.393/.463 with one home run and one steal in 89 plate appearances. There will be steep regression coming, but he should be locked in as Christian Vazquez's backup.

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  • Darin Ruf SF 1B
    Giants' Darin Ruf: Avoids arbitration with Giants
    17h ago

    Ruf signed a one-year, $1.275 million deal with the Giants on Wednesday to avoid arbitration, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    The 34-year-old saw his first MLB action since 2016 and delivered for the Giants with a .276/.370/.517 slash line and five home runs in 40 games. Ruf is a solid bet to make the Opening Day roster with a decent showing in spring training.

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  • Garrett Cooper MIA 1B
    Marlins' Garrett Cooper: Agrees to terms with Marlins
    20h ago

    Cooper agreed to a one-year, $1.8 million contract with the Marlins on Wednesday, Craig Mish of SportsGrid.com reports.

    He can earn up to $2.05 million with performance bonuses. Jesus Aguilar is also back on a one-year deal, so ideally the designated hitter will remain in the National League going forward. Cooper may have flown under the radar last season, but his .283/.353/.500 slash line and six home runs in 34 games was pretty impressive. He should enter the year with near everyday playing time and a spot in the middle of Miami's lineup.

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  • Jesus Aguilar MIA 1B
    Marlins' Jesus Aguilar: Stays with Marlins on one-year pact
    22h ago

    Aguilar agreed to a one-year, $4.35 million contract with the Marlins on Wednesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

    The Marlins continue to make legitimate win-now moves. This contract will look much more palatable if the designated hitter remains in the National League in 2021. The 30-year-old first baseman rebounded nicely after a down 2019, hitting .277/.352/.457 with eight home runs in 51 games. His 18.5 percent strikeout rate was particularly impressive, relative to his 24.8 percent career mark. He should open the year with a regular spot in the middle of Miami's lineup.

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  • Matt Olson OAK 1B
    Athletics' Matt Olson: Gets $5 million from A's
    22h ago

    Olson agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract with the Athletics on Wednesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

    He was in no danger of being non-tendered. Olson is coming off a down year (.195/.310/.424), but he still hit 14 home runs in 60 games while logging a career-best 13.9 percent walk rate. One of the problems was that his strikeout rate spiked from 25.2 percent in 2019 to 31.4 percent last season. He is a good bet to rebound to some extent in his age-27 season.

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  • Vladimir Guerrero TOR 1B
    Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero: To play winter ball
    2d ago

    Guerrero was granted permission to play in the Dominican Winter League, Yancen Pujols of El Caribe reports.

    There's really no downside here for Guerrero. It will be easier for him to stay in shape and it gives him a chance to get into a groove at the dish ahead of spring training. He has already reportedly lost 40 pounds since July and 20 since the end of the season via an offseason workout regimen, putting him down to 245 pounds. Guerrero's goal is to lose another 10 pounds before camp opens, Hector Gomez of Deportivo Z 101 reports.

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  • Howie Kendrick WAS 1B
    Howie Kendrick: Wants to play in 2020
    3d ago

    Kendrick (hamstring) plans to continue his playing career in 2021, Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic reports.

    According to Ghiroli, Kendrick initially intended for 2020 to be his final season, but he's chosen to play "at least" one more year after the pandemic-shortened campaign didn't afford him a proper sendoff. After thriving in a part-time role with the Nationals in the team's run to its first World Series title in 2019, Kendrick saw his OPS fall 262 points while he struggled with injuries in 2020. Now that the 37-year-old has seemingly made a full recovery from the left hamstring strain that he suffered in early September, he'll look to find work with a team as a bench bat or as part of a platoon at designated hitter.

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  • Jace Peterson MIL 2B
    Jace Peterson: Parts ways with Brewers
    19h ago

    Peterson was non-tendered by the Brewers on Wednesday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    Peterson served as a bench player for the Brewers in 2020 and had the best offensive season of his career, posting a .749 OPS and 25 percent walk rate in 61 plate appearances. The 30-year-old has seen major-league action with four different teams over the past four years, and he could add another team to that list in 2021 now that he's a free agent.

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  • Kyle Farmer CIN 2B
    Reds' Kyle Farmer: Returns to Reds on one-year deal
    20h ago

    Farmer agreed to a one-year deal with the Reds on Wednesday, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.

    He was non-tendered by the Reds and then just minutes later it was announced that the two sides had already agreed on a new deal. Farmer doesn't do much damage at the plate, but he can play almost every position on the field, and it's that defensive versatility that appealed to the Reds.

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  • Hanser Alberto BAL 2B
    Hanser Alberto: Non-tendered by O's
    20h ago

    Alberto was non-tendered by the Orioles on Wednesday.

    The two sides are apparently still open to negotiating a contract for 2021, but Baltimore will not be paying Alberto what he would have made in arbitration. He played primarily second base last season and hit .283/.306/.393 with three home runs and two steals in 54 games.

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  • Kyle Farmer CIN 2B
    Kyle Farmer: Non-tendered by Reds
    21h ago

    Farmer was non-tendered by the Reds on Wednesday.

    A jack of all trades but master of none, Farmer saw time at five different positions last year for Cincinnati, but he logged a wRC+ under 77 for the fourth straight season. He will attempt to catch on elsewhere as a super utility player.

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  • Greg Garcia SD 2B
    Greg Garcia: Non-tendered by Padres
    1d ago

    Garcia was non-tendered by the Padres on Wednesday, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    Garcia saw inconsistent playing time for San Diego in 2020, and the Padres will part ways with him rather than going to arbitration. The 31-year-old hit .200/.279/.250 with 11 RBI last season and will likely have to settle for a depth role once again in 2021.

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  • Yolmer Sanchez SF 2B
    Orioles' Yolmer Sanchez: Inks deal with Orioles
    1d ago

    Sanchez signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Orioles on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    Sanchez was claimed by Baltimore in late October, and he'll now receive a guaranteed salary heading into 2021 rather than going through arbitration. The 28-year-old appeared in just 12 games last season, but he's slashed .254/.323/.332 with three home runs and 44 RBI over 161 games across the past two years. Sanchez offers above-average defense and should contend for a spot on the Opening Day roster.

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  • Zach Green SF 3B
    Brewers' Zach Green: Gets invite to Brewers camp
    4h ago

    Green signed a minor-league deal with the Brewers that includes an invitation to big-league camp on Thursday.

    Green parlayed a big spring training last year with the Giants to an invite to their alternate training site, but he never got the call to the majors. He hit .282/.380/.659 in the Pacific Coast League in 2019 and will likely compete to make the Brewers' roster as a right-handed bench bat.

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  • Daniel Robertson TB 3B
    Daniel Robertson: Non-tendered by Giants
    18h ago

    Robertson was non-tendered by San Francisco on Wednesday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

    The 26-year-old was acquired from Tampa Bay in August but will end up having a short stay with San Francisco. Robertson went 7-for-21 with four runs and two RBI in 13 games during his brief stint with the Giants.

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  • Erick Mejia KC 3B
    Erick Mejia: Parts ways with Royals
    20h ago

    Mejia was non-tendered by the Royals on Wednesday.

    The 26-year-old joined Kansas City on a minors deal last offseason and appeared in eight games, going 1-for-14 with seven strikeouts and a stolen base. Mejia returns to free agency after spending the last two years with the Royals.

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  • Travis Shaw TOR 3B
    Travis Shaw: Hits open market
    20h ago

    Shaw was non-tendered by the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

    He bounced back slightly from the .157/.281/.270 line he logged with Milwaukee in 2019, hitting .239/.306/.411 in his lone year with Toronto. However, it wasn't enough of a rebound for Toronto to pay him in arbitration. Vladimir Guerrero and Rowdy Tellez look like the clear first baseman and designated hitter of the future for the Blue Jays.

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  • Will Craig PIT 3B
    Pirates' Will Craig: Outrighted to Triple-A
    20h ago

    Craig cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A on Wednesday, Stephen J. Nesbitt of The Athletic reports.

    Considering accomplished designated hitters are being non-tendered, Craig going unclaimed can hardly be a surprise, as he profiles best at the bottom of the defensive spectrum and is unproven against MLB pitching. He will provide organizational first base depth going forward.

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  • Maikel Franco KC 3B
    Maikel Franco: Expected to be non-tendered
    1d ago

    Franco will be non-tendered by the Royals on Wednesday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    Franco was expected to command a fairly sizable contract during arbitration, so Kansas City will elect to part ways with the third baseman instead during an offseason in which teams are expected to be financially conscious. The 28-year-old had a .778 OPS with eight home runs and 38 RBI during his first season with the Royals in 2020, and he'll likely be able to find another starting job at the hot corner next season.

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  • Wander Franco TB SS
    Rays' Wander Franco: No structural damage
    4h ago

    Franco was officially diagnosed with biceps inflammation and shoulder soreness, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.

    He was examined in St. Petersburg and there was no structural damage or long-term concern. Franco won't play winter ball again this season, but he should be ready to go for spring training. This is still mildly concerning, as inflammation could reoccur or get worse when he resumes baseball activities. Assuming he is healthy, Franco should spend the bulk of spring training in big-league camp and could debut this summer.

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  • Yairo Munoz BOS SS
    Red Sox's Yairo Munoz: Sticking with Red Sox
    18h ago

    Munoz signed a one-year contract with the Red Sox on Wednesday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

    The 25-year-old's contract was selected by Boston at the end of August, and he had a .844 OPS in 45 plate appearances before landing on the injured list with back spasms. Munoz should be in competition for a utility role at spring training for the Red Sox.

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  • Jeison Guzman KC SS
    Jeison Guzman: Let go by Kansas City
    20h ago

    Guzman was non-tendered by the Royals on Wednesday.

    The 22-year-old spent a few days on the active roster in August but did not make his major-league debut. Guzman was expected to begin 2020 at High-A before the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the minor-league season.

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  • Pat Valaika BAL SS
    Orioles' Pat Valaika: Back with Orioles
    21h ago

    Valaika agreed to a one-year deal with the Orioles on Wednesday to avoid arbitration, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.

    Valaika had a strong showing during his first season in Baltimore, posting a .277/.315/.475 slash line with eight home runs in 52 games during 2020. The 28-year-old could enter spring training with a chance to earn a larger role with the departure of shortstop Jose Iglesias.

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  • Jose Iglesias BAL SS
    Angels' Jose Iglesias: Shipped to Angels
    22h ago

    Iglesias was traded from the Orioles to the Angels on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

    Baltimore picked up the 30-year-old's $3.5 million club option for 2021 last month, but he's now being sent to Los Angeles for minor-league pitchers Garrett Stallings and Jean Pinto. Iglesias has always been known for his defense, but he broke out at the plate during the 2020 campaign with a .373/.400/.566 slash line and 17 doubles in 39 games. He's poised to take over as the Halos' starting shortstop after Andrelton Simmons became a free agent at the end of the season.

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  • Orlando Arcia MIL SS
    Brewers' Orlando Arcia: Gets $2 million from Brewers
    23h ago

    Arcia agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Brewers on Wednesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

    This will be the 26-year-old shortstop's sixth season with the Brewers and penultimate year under team control. He hit .260/.317/.416 with five home runs and two steals in 189 plate appearances last season. His 96 wRC+, .156 ISO and 16.9 percent strikeout rate were all career bests. Despite all that, he had to take a $200,000 pay cut on this contract to avoid being non-tendered.

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  • Scott Heineman TEX CF
    Rangers' Scott Heineman: Returning to Rangers
    2h ago

    Heineman signed a one-year, $595,000 contract with the Rangers on Thursday.

    Heineman was non-tendered by Texas on Wednesday, but he'll come to an agreement on a major-league deal with his former team just one day later. Despite his new contract, he isn't guaranteed to see significant playing time after hitting .189 during 49 games across the past two seasons.

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  • Ben Gamel MIL CF
    Ben Gamel: Non-tendered by Milwaukee
    19h ago

    Gamel was non-tendered by the Brewers on Wednesday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    The 28-year-old got off to a strong start in 2020 but failed to take advantage of the absence of Lorenzo Cain (opt out) and had a .719 OPS and 30.7 percent strikeout rate. Gamel should compete for a job as a reserve outfielder, wherever he lands.

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  • Domingo Santana CLE RF
    Domingo Santana: Heading to Japan
    19h ago

    Santana agreed to a contract with the Yakult Swallows of Nippon Professional Baseball on Wednesday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.

    Cleveland declined the 28-year-old's $5 million club option for 2021 in October, and he'll head overseas in an attempt to revitalize his career. Santana had 30 homers and an .876 OPS during 2017, but he bottomed out in 2020 with a .584 OPS in 24 games.

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  • Bubba Starling KC CF
    Bubba Starling: Non-tendered by Royals
    20h ago

    Starling was non-tendered by Kansas City on Wednesday.

    The 2011 first-round pick received his first taste of the majors over the past two seasons, but the Royals are now opting to go in a different direction. Starling enters free agency with a .204/.246/.298 slash line through his first 91 big-league contests.

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  • Byron Buxton MIN CF
    Twins' Byron Buxton: Reaches deal with Twins
    20h ago

    Buxton signed a one-year, $5.125 million contract with the Twins on Wednesday to avoid arbitration, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.

    The 26-year-old appeared in 39 games during 2020 and showcased his power with 13 home runs, though he also saw his walk rate drop to a minuscule 1.5 percent. The end result was a marginal improvement to an .844 OPS. As always, the question for Buxton is his health, and he missed some time with head and shoulder injuries.

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  • Scott Heineman TEX CF
    Scott Heineman: Hits open market
    21h ago

    Heineman was non-tendered by the Rangers on Wednesday.

    He logged a .213 average in 2019 and a .154 average in 2020, so while he never saw much playing time, he also didn't show enough to hang around on the 40-man roster entering his age-28 season. Heineman may have to settle for a minor-league deal on the open market.

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  • Melvin Adon SF SP
    Melvin Adon: Not tendered for 2021
    18h ago

    Adon was non-tendered by the Giants on Wednesday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

    The 26-year-old was included in San Francisco's 60-player pool for 2020 but never made his way to the major-league roster. Adon had a 2.60 ERA and 1.42 WHIP at Double-A in 2019 before struggling once promoted to Triple-A.

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  • Tyler Anderson SF SP
    Tyler Anderson: Let go by San Francisco
    19h ago

    Anderson was non-tendered by the Giants on Wednesday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    The left-hander started 11 games for the Giants during the shortened season and had a 4.37 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 41:25 K:BB over 59.1 innings. Anderson spent the previous four seasons with the Rockies and had a 4.69 ERA in 73 appearances (71 starts).

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  • Jameson Taillon PIT SP
    Pirates' Jameson Taillon: Reaches deal with Buccos
    19h ago

    Taillon (elbow) signed a one-year, $2.25 million contract with the Pirates on Wednesday to avoid arbitration, Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.

    The 29-year-old sat out the entirety of the 2020 campaign while recovering from Tommy John surgery, so he agreed to the same $2.25 million figure from last year. Taillon underwent the procedure in August 2019 and was throwing live batting practice during the 2020 campaign, so he should be ready for the start of spring training in February. He last had a full season of work in 2018 with a 3.20 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 179:46 K:BB over 191 innings.

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  • Zach Eflin PHI SP
    Phillies' Zach Eflin: Avoids arbitration with Phillies
    19h ago

    Eflin agreed to a one-year deal with the Phillies on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration.

    This was a forgone conclusion, as Eflin is firmly entrenched in the Phillies' rotation heading into 2021. He posted a 3.97 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 70 strikeouts in 59 innings last season -- numbers supported by a 3.39 FIP and 3.23 xFIP.

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  • Garrett Stallings LAA SP
    Orioles' Garrett Stallings: Shipped to Baltimore
    19h ago

    Stallings was traded from the Angels to the Orioles on Wednesday along with Jean Pinto in exchange for Jose Iglesias.

    Stallings was selected by the Angels in the fifth round of the 2019 draft, but he has yet to throw a pitch in a pro game, as he sat out after signing and then spent this past summer at the Angels' alternate training site. He logged a 3.33 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 106 strikeouts in 102.2 innings as a junior at Tennessee.

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  • Jose Urena MIA SP
    Jose Urena: Non-tendered by Miami
    19h ago

    Urena (forearm) was non-tendered by the Marlins on Wednesday.

    The 29-year-old was designated for assignment Monday and will now be heading to free agency. Urena started five games for Miami in 2020 and had a 5.40 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 15:13 K:BB across 23.1 innings. The right-hander posted a similar ERA and WHIP while splitting time between the starting rotation and bullpen in 2019.

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  • Tom Eshelman BAL RP
    Tom Eshelman: Becomes free agent
    4h ago

    Eshelman declined an outright assignment to Triple-A and is now a free agent, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.

    It seems like he had been passed over in Baltimore as a part of the future, so he will look to get a fresh start somewhere else. The 26-year-old righty has a 5.22 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 38 strikeouts in 70.2 innings with the Orioles over the past two seasons.

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  • Taylor Rogers MIN RP
    Twins' Taylor Rogers: Avoids arbitration with Twins
    4h ago

    Rogers agreed to a one-year, $6 million deal with the Twins on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.

    The Twins missed the deadline to announce the move, but apparently the two sides did agree to terms. As things stand, Rogers would enter the year as the Twins' closer, with Tyler Duffey set to serve as setup man. However, the contending Twins will likely bring in some reinforcements in free agency that could shake up the pecking order.

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  • Rico Garcia SF RP
    Rico Garcia: Let go by Giants
    18h ago

    Garcia was non-tendered by the Giants on Wednesday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

    The 26-year-old was claimed off waivers by the Giants last offseason and appeared in 12 games during the shortened season. Garcia gave up six runs on 13 hits with seven strikeouts and four walks across 10 innings.

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  • Chris Mazza BOS RP
    Red Sox's Chris Mazza: Agrees to deal with Boston
    18h ago

    Mazza signed a one-year contract with the Red Sox on Wednesday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

    Mazza covered 30 innings for Boston during the shortened season and had a 4.80 ERA, 1.63 WHIP and 29:15 K:BB. The 31-year-old could be in the mix for a spot at the back end of the rotation in spring training.

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  • Kyle Ryan CHC RP
    Cubs' Kyle Ryan: Reaches deal with Cubs
    18h ago

    Ryan signed a one-year contract with the Cubs on Wednesday to avoid arbitration, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

    It's a split deal for the left-hander, so he'll earn $800,000 while in the majors and $250,000 in the minors. Ryan struggled in 2020 with a 5.17 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 11:6 K:BB across 15.2 innings.

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  • Dan Winkler CHC RP
    Cubs' Dan Winkler: Remaining with Cubs
    18h ago

    Winkler signed a one-year, $900,000 deal with the Cubs on Wednesday to avoid arbitration, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

    The right-hander was a bright spot in Chicago's bullpen during the shortened season, so it's not much of a surprise he'll be back at such an affordable price. Winkler had a 2.95 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 18:11 K:BB over 18.1 innings and will look to reproduce those results in 2021.

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  • Rangel Ravelo STL DH
    Cardinals' Rangel Ravelo: Non-tendered by Cardinals
    20h ago

    Ravelo was non-tendered by the Cardinals on Wednesday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    There really wasn't anywhere for Ravelo to play last season, and with the uncertainty surrounding the DH in the NL for 2021, it's not surprising he was cut loose. The 28-year-old first baseman hit .189 with three home runs in 84 plate appearances over the past two seasons.

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  • Daniel Vogelbach MIL DH
    Brewers' Daniel Vogelbach: Remaining in Milwaukee
    21h ago

    Vogelbach signed a one-year, $1.4 million deal with the Brewers on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

    The 27-year-old was claimed off waivers by the Brewers in September and and had a .987 OPS with four homers in his 19 appearances with the team despite his struggles earlier in the season. Milwaukee's situation at first base remains unsettled, but Vogelbach is clearly a better fit as a designated hitter, and it remains unclear if it will be back in the National League for 2021.

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  • Jorge Soler KC DH
    Royals' Jorge Soler: Gets over $8 million from Royals
    22h ago

    Soler agreed to a one-year, $8.05 million deal with the Royals on Wednesday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

    He will return as the Royals' primary designated hitter for the 2021 season. Soler, who turns 29 in February, hit .228/.326/.443 with eight home runs in 43 games last season -- a significant drop off from the .265/.354/.569 line and 48 home runs he logged in 2019. Even if he doesn't bounce all the way back to the statistics he put up in his career year, he should have a secure spot in the heart of the lineup this upcoming season.

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  • Jose Martinez TB DH
    Jose Martinez: Non-tendered by Cubs
    1d ago

    Martinez was non-tendered by the Cubs on Wednesday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.

    Martinez was traded from the Rays to the Cubs in 2020, but he struggled mightily in Chicago. He went 0-for-21 with one walk while appearing in 10 games and was unable to solidify himself as the designated hitter. The 32-year-old will now become a free agent following his disappointing campaign.

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  • Renato Nunez BAL DH
    Renato Nunez: Cut loose by Baltimore
    9d ago

    The Orioles released Nunez on Monday after he cleared waivers.

    Since Nunez was arbitration-eligible for the first time in his career and would have been due a hefty salary increase, the Orioles opted to cut ties with the 26-year-old and reserve his 40-man roster spot for another player. After slugging 43 home runs across the past two seasons, Nunez could find a home elsewhere as a bench bat or designated hitter option.

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  • Renato Nunez BAL DH
    Orioles' Renato Nunez: Cast off 40-man
    13d ago

    Nunez was designated for assignment Friday, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.

    While Nunez offers fantasy value when he is playing every day, the rebuilding Orioles would prefer to use his 40-man roster spot to protect prospects from the Rule 5 draft. Nunez is a first baseman/designated hitter, so his real-life value is minimal. He was worth 0.9 fWAR in 203 games over the past two seasons.

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