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  • Yacksel Rios PIT RP
    Rays' Yacksel Rios: Inks MiLB deal with Rays
    5h ago

    Rios (shoulder) has signed a minor-league contract with the Rays that includes an invitation to spring training, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Rios elected free agency after being outrighted by the Pirates in late October. The right-hander made three appearances for Pittsburgh in 2020, allowing four runs on three hits and two walks across four innings. He'll now look to fight for a roster spot with Tampa Bay come spring training.

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  • Anthony Castro TOR RP
    Blue Jays' Anthony Castro: DFA'd by Toronto
    8h ago

    Castro was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Thursday.

    Castro was claimed off waivers by Toronto in early December, but he'll be cast off the 40-man roster to make room for right-hander Tyler Chatwood. He could still compete for a bullpen role during spring training, but he'll likely begin the 2021 season in the minors.

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  • David Robertson PHI RP
    David Robertson: Throws bullpen
    8h ago

    Robertson (elbow) threw a bullpen Thursday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    Robertson was shut down at the end of August after a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, and his team option was declined by the Phillies after the end of the 2020 season. The right-hander's bullpen session was his first of the offseason, although he's planning a showcase for teams in early February. Robertson underwent his procedure in August of 2019 and could return to game action early in the 2021 campaign if he's able to find a roster spot during the offseason.

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  • Asher Wojciechowski BAL SP
    Yankees' Asher Wojciechowski: Invited to spring training
    9h ago

    Wojciechowski signed with the Yankees as a non-roster invitee Thursday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

    Wojciechowski was designated for assignment by the Orioles in September and cleared waivers. He'll now join the Yankees on a minor-league pact that will pay him $750,000 if he reaches the big leagues in 2021. The 32-year-old made 10 appearances (seven starts) for Baltimore in 2020, posting a 6.81 ERA and 1.62 WHIP over 37 innings.

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  • Hernan Perez CHC 2B
    Nationals' Hernan Perez: Invited to camp by Nationals
    10h ago

    Perez joined the Nationals as a non-roster invitee Thursday, Daniel Alvarez of El ExtraBase reports.

    Perez has never been a league-average hitter (and typically isn't all that close to that mark) but his ability to competently fill in at almost every position on the diamond has continued to earn him opportunities as a utility man. He received very few opportunities as a Cub last year, however, appearing in just three games. As a career .252/.281/.386 hitter, he's unlikely to have much fantasy value even if he finds himself with an unexpected amount of playing time.

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  • Jason Castro SD C
    Astros' Jason Castro: Returns to Houston
    15h ago

    Castro agreed Thursday with the Astros on a two-year, $7 million contract, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    After stops with the Twins, Angels and Padres across the last four seasons, Castro will return to the organization that made him a first-round selection in the 2008 first-year player draft. According to Jake Kaplan of The Athletic, Houston is planning to deploy Castro as its No. 2 catcher behind defensive stalwart Martin Maldonado, with Kaplan estimating that the latter will garner about 60 or 65 percent of the starts. If that prediction holds true, Castro likely wouldn't have much fantasy value outside of AL-only leagues, despite possessing the better bat of the two backstops in recent years.

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  • Jason Castro SD C
    Astros' Jason Castro: Returns to Houston
    15h ago

    Castro agreed Thursday with the Astros on a two-year, $7 million contract, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    After stops with the Twins, Angels and Padres across the last four seasons, Castro will return to the organization that made him a first-round selection in the 2008 first-year player draft. According to Jake Kaplan of The Athletic, Houston is planning to deploy Castro as its No. 2 catcher behind defensive stalwart Martin Maldonado, with Kaplan estimating that the latter will garner about 60 or 65 percent of the starts. If that prediction holds true, Castro likely wouldn't have much fantasy value outside of AL-only leagues, despite possessing the better bat of the two backstops in recent years.

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  • Gary Sanchez NYY C
    Yankees' Gary Sanchez: Agrees to one-year deal
    6d ago

    Sanchez and the Yankees reached a one-year, $6.35 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    Despite a lackluster season during the 2020 campaign in which Sanchez lost out on playing time late in the year, the two sides won't need to go to arbitration during the offseason. Sanchez will have to compete for the starting role during spring training after slashing just .147/.253/.365 with 10 home runs and 24 RBI over 178 plate appearances last year.

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  • Willson Contreras CHC C
    Cubs' Willson Contreras: Avoids arbitration
    6d ago

    Contreras and the Cubs agreed to a one-year, $6.65 million contract Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.

    Contreras has been the subject of trade rumors this winter, but he remains in Chicago for now. Wherever he winds up, he'll remain one of the top offensive catchers in the game, as he's posted an average or better slash line in each of his five big-league seasons, including a .243/.356/.407 line last season.

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  • Carson Kelly ARI C
    Diamondbacks' Carson Kelly: Avoids arbitration with Arizona
    6d ago

    Kelly signed a contract with the Diamondbacks on Friday to avoid arbitration, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.

    It's the 26-year-old's first year of arbitration eligibility. Kelly posted a .221/.264/.385 slash line in 39 games during 2020 and is expected to begin spring training as Arizona's starting catcher.

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  • Tom Murphy SEA C
    Mariners' Tom Murphy: Comes to terms with Seattle
    6d ago

    Murphy signed a one-year, $875,000 contract with the Mariners on Friday to avoid arbitration.

    The 29-year-old was expected to start behind the plate for Seattle in 2020, but he missed the entirety of the season after fracturing his foot in July. Murphy is expected to work in a timeshare at catcher with Luis Torrens in 2021.

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  • Jorge Alfaro MIA C
    Marlins' Jorge Alfaro: Avoids arbitration
    6d ago

    Alfaro signed a one-year, $2.05 million contract with the Marlins on Friday to avoid arbitration, Craig Mish of SportsGrid.com reports.

    The 27-year-old took a step back last season but is now officially under contract with Miami for 2021. Alfaro had a .624 OPS and 36 percent strikeout rate in 100 plate appearances last season and will battle Chad Wallach for the starting job behind the plate in spring training.

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  • Jeimer Candelario DET 1B
    Tigers' Jeimer Candelario: Avoids arbitration
    6d ago

    Candelario (back) and the Tigers reached a one-year, $2.85 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    Candelario missed the final three games of the regular season in 2020 due to a lower-back strain, but he impressed during the abbreviated season. He had a career-best .297/.369/.503 slash line with seven home runs and 29 RBI and will likely be ready for spring training in 2021.

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  • Luke Voit NYY 1B
    Yankees' Luke Voit: Strikes deal with New York
    6d ago

    Voit (foot) and the Yankees reached a one-year, $4.7 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    Voit dealt with plantar fasciitis at the end of the 2020 campaign, but he's expected to be healthy by spring training after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection in his foot in November. He won't require arbitration during the offseason after reaching a one-year deal with the club Friday.

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  • Rhys Hoskins PHI 1B
    Phillies' Rhys Hoskins: Avoids arbiter
    6d ago

    Hoskins (elbow) avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.8 million deal with the Phillies on Friday, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

    Hoskins bounced back from an unimpressive 2019 season with a strong season at the plate in 2020, hitting .245/.384/.503 with 10 homers in 41 games. His season was cut short by an elbow injury which eventually required Tommy John surgery, placing his readiness for Opening Day in some doubt.

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  • Josh Bell WAS 1B
    Nationals' Josh Bell: Avoids arbitration with Nats
    6d ago

    Bell signed a one-year, $6.35 million deal with the Nationals on Friday to avoid arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

    The 28-year-old was acquired by Washington from Pittsburgh on Christmas Eve and will avoid arbitration with his new team. Bell struggled in 2020 with a .669 OPS and career-worst 26.5 percent strikeout rate, but he should have every chance to rebound as the clear starter at first base.

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  • C.J. Cron DET 1B
    C.J. Cron: Cleared for full activity
    10d ago

    Cron (knee) was cleared for full activity Monday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

    Cron appeared in just 13 games last season before being shut down for knee surgery. He still has some work to do to get back in game shape, but getting cleared for full activity in mid-January is certainly a positive sign. He's been a competent, if unexciting, first baseman throughout his seven-year big-league career, hitting .257/.312/.464, but teams may wait to see how his knee is doing before offering him a contract.

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  • Bryan Holaday BAL 1B
    Diamondbacks' Bryan Holaday: Lands with Arizona
    10d ago

    Holaday signed a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks on Monday, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.

    Holaday has been a depth piece for most of his career, and that's probably what he'll be this season, as he's likely behind Carson Kelly, Stephen Vogt and Daulton Varsho in the Diamondbacks' catcher depth chart. Holaday has hit just .238/.283/.333 over his nine-year career and hit a miserable .161/.212/.194 in limited action for the Orioles last season.

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  • Hernan Perez CHC 2B
    Nationals' Hernan Perez: Invited to camp by Nationals
    10h ago

    Perez joined the Nationals as a non-roster invitee Thursday, Daniel Alvarez of El ExtraBase reports.

    Perez has never been a league-average hitter (and typically isn't all that close to that mark) but his ability to competently fill in at almost every position on the diamond has continued to earn him opportunities as a utility man. He received very few opportunities as a Cub last year, however, appearing in just three games. As a career .252/.281/.386 hitter, he's unlikely to have much fantasy value even if he finds himself with an unexpected amount of playing time.

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  • Dustin Pedroia BOS 2B
    Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia: Still no comeback plans
    3d ago

    Pedroia (knee) is not planning a comeback, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

    The Red Sox and Pedroia are in a bit of an awkward situation. The highly-respected veteran is still under contract for another season and is taking up a spot on the team's 40-man roster, forcing Boston to drop other players to complete their offseason moves. Chronic knee troubles have limited him to a total of just nine games over the last three years, however, causing him to step away from the team in May of 2019. There's been no resolution to his situation thus far, but with the 37-year-old seemingly no closer to contemplating a return to action, one could be coming soon.

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  • Adam Frazier PIT 2B
    Pirates' Adam Frazier: Gets $4.3 million from Pirates
    6d ago

    Frazier agreed to a one-year, $4.3 million contract with the Pirates on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

    Frazier has typically graded out pretty well in the field but was pretty unlucky at the plate last season. He has a career .303 BABIP but that mark was down to .246 in 2020, leading to a career-worst .230 batting average. Most projection systems expect him to get back up in the .265 range, but he probably won't chip in enough home runs or stolen bases to be sought after in most formats.

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  • Ryan McMahon COL 2B
    Rockies' Ryan McMahon: Reaches deal without arbitration
    6d ago

    McMahon and the Rockies agreed to terms on a one-year, $2.375 million contract Friday, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

    McMahon's fantasy value continues to be propped up by the fact that he plays half his games at Coors Field, but he's yet to show much at the plate. He hit just .215/.295/.419 last season while striking out 34.2 percent of the time. It's hard to say he's earned anything close to an everyday role, but that's been true for the past two seasons as well and hasn't stopped the Rockies from pencilling his name into the lineup on most occasions.

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  • Wilmer Difo WAS 2B
    Pirates' Wilmer Difo: Signs with Pirates
    6d ago

    Difo signed with the Pirates on Friday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.

    The terms of the deal have not yet been announced. Difo has settled in as a serviceable bench option but little more than that, posting a .247/.309/.348 over parts of six seasons with the Nationals, though he's found himself in one of the better landing spots for a player looking to increase his playing time.

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  • Aledmys Diaz HOU 2B
    Astros' Aledmys Diaz: Agrees to deal with Houston
    7d ago

    Diaz signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Astros on Friday to avoid arbitration, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.

    The two sides were able to settle on a figure for 2021 after the they were unable to reach an agreement last season, which led to an arbitration case that was won by Diaz. The 30-year-old missed most of the 2020 campaign due to injury and had a .241/.254/.483 slash line in 59 plate appearances. He's mostly been a bench piece or injury replacement during his two seasons in Houston, but he could have a larger role in 2021 following the departures of George Springer and Michael Brantley.

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  • Aderlin Rodriguez SD 3B
    Tigers' Aderlin Rodriguez: Lands minor-league deal
    5d ago

    Rodriguez signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers on Saturday.

    Rodriguez spent the 2020 season with the Orix Buffaloes of Nippon Professional Baseball, hitting .218 with six home runs and 25 RBI over 59 games. He hasn't yet made his major-league debut, but he could serve as a non-roster invitee and make his first appearance in the big leagues this year.

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  • Gio Urshela NYY 3B
    Yankees' Gio Urshela: Agrees to terms with Yankees
    6d ago

    Urshela (elbow) and the Yankees reached a one-year, $4.65 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    Urshela's salary will nearly double from last year, and he won't require an arbiter during the offseason after striking a deal with the Yankees. He underwent surgery in early December to remove a bone chip from his right elbow, but he should be available for most of spring training as long as he doesn't face any setbacks.

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  • Kris Bryant CHC 3B
    Cubs' Kris Bryant: Signs one-year deal
    6d ago

    Bryant and the Cubs agreed to terms on a one-year, $19.5 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

    Bryant gets an unusually small raise for a player who signed for $18.6 million last offseason, though it's hard to say he deserves anything more given the extent of his struggles in 2020. He hit just .206/.293/.351, well below the .284/.385/.516 line he managed over his first five seasons. Whether or not another team wants to trade for Bryant on that salary in hopes of a bounceback season in his final year of arbitration remains to be seen.

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  • Rafael Devers BOS 3B
    Red Sox's Rafael Devers: Reaches deal without arbiter
    6d ago

    Devers and the Red Sox avoided arbitration Friday by coming to terms on a one-year, $4.575 million deal, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    Devers was decent but hardly dominant in 2020, posting a .263/.310/.483 slash line with career worsts in both walk rate (5.2 percent) and strikeout rate (27.0 percent). His 109 wRC+ fell roughly at the midpoint between his poor 2018 season (90 wRC+) and his strong 2019 campaign (132 wRC+). The Red Sox will be hoping that the 24-year-old's 2019 form best represents who he'll be going forward.

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  • Joey Wendle TB 3B
    Rays' Joey Wendle: Avoids arbitration
    6d ago

    Wendle and the Rays avoided arbitration with a one-year, $2.25 million deal Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Wendle bounced back from a poor 2019 campaign with a strong season for the 2020 AL pennant winners, hitting .286/.342/.435 in 50 games. His four homers and eight steals would have translated to 10.8 homers and 21.6 steals over a full, 162-game season, both of which would have been career highs.

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  • Colin Moran PIT 3B
    Pirates' Colin Moran: Gets raise from Bucs
    6d ago

    Moran agreed to a one-year, $2.8 million contract with the Pirates on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

    Moran was on a tear early in the season but predictably cooled off, finishing with a still solid .247/.325/.472 slash line and 10 home runs in 200 plate appearances. He should split time between first base and designated hitter (assuming there is one in the National League) during his age-28 season.

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  • C.J. Chatham BOS SS
    Phillies' C.J. Chatham: Heading to Philadelphia
    3d ago

    Chatham was traded from Boston to Philadelphia in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations Monday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.

    Chatham may have a big-league future but doesn't look set for stardom. The 26-year-old was part of the Red Sox's player pool last season but didn't get the chance to make his big-league debut. He's only played 20 games at the Triple-A level, posting a 92 wRC+. Chatham has a classic bench infielder profile, as he makes decent contact and can play a fine shortstop but has very little power, hitting .298/.337/.402 over four minor-league seasons. He'll be in the mix for a bench spot with the Phillies this spring but is unlikely to be an exciting fantasy option even if he winds up with unexpected playing time.

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  • Corey Seager LAD SS
    Dodgers' Corey Seager: Avoids arbitration
    6d ago

    Seager and the Dodgers reached a one-year, $13.75 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    Seager will get a significant pay increase heading into 2021 and won't require an arbiter during the offseason. The 26-year-old performed incredibly well over the shortened season in 2020, posting a .943 OPS with 15 home runs and 41 RBI.

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  • Francisco Lindor NYM SS
    Mets' Francisco Lindor: No arbitration necessary
    6d ago

    Lindor and the Mets reached a one-year, $22.3 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    Lindor was acquired by the Mets on Jan. 7, and he won't require an arbiter with his new club after agreeing to terms on a one-year deal Friday. With a deal in place for his final year of arbitration, the two sides will now presumably begin working on a long-term deal for the star shortstop. Lindor's marks were down during the abbreviated 2020 season, and he posted a career-worst .750 OPS with eight home runs and 27 RBI while appearing in all 60 games.

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  • Gleyber Torres NYY SS
    Yankees' Gleyber Torres: Avoids arbitration
    6d ago

    Torres and the Yankees reached a one-year, $4 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    Even after the Yankees re-signed DJ LeMahieu on Friday, Torres and New York won't require arbitration for his 2021 contract since the two sides reached an agreement shortly before Friday's deadline. The shortstop struggled over a limited sample in 2020, hitting .243 with three home runs and 16 RBI over 42 contests, but he will attempt to return to form in 2021.

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  • Trea Turner WAS SS
    Nationals' Trea Turner: Gets eight figures
    6d ago

    Turner and the Nationals agreed to a one-year, $13 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.

    The star shortstop gets a big raise compared to the $7.45 million deal he signed last offseason. It's hard to say that's undeserved, as he's coming off a year in which he hit an excellent .335/.394/.588 with 12 homers and 12 steals over 59 games. Prorated to a standard 162-game season, that translates to 32.4 homers and steals, which would be a full-season low in the latter category for Turner but which would smash his previous career best of 19 homers.

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  • Arismendy Alcantara LAA SS
    Giants' Arismendy Alcantara: Joins San Francisco
    6d ago

    Alcantara signed a minor-league deal with the Giants on Friday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.

    The 29-year-old joined the Angels on a minor-league deal last year and spent the entirety of the 2020 campaign at the alternate training site. Alcantara last appeared in the majors in 2017 and had a .435 OPS in 108 plate appearances for Cincinnati.

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  • George Springer HOU CF
    Blue Jays' George Springer: Signing with Blue Jays
    2d ago

    Springer agreed to terms on a contract with the Blue Jays on Tuesday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

    According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, it's the largest free-agent deal so far this offseason at six years and $150 million. The final decision came between the Mets and Blue Jays, and Springer will be joining the Canadian club once he completes a physical examination. The 31-year-old should take over in center field for Toronto and had a .265/.359/.540 slash line with 14 homers in 220 plate appearances during 2020.

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  • Mitch Haniger SEA RF
    Mariners' Mitch Haniger: Ready for spring training
    2d ago

    Haniger will be fully healthy for spring training, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

    General manager Jerry Dipoto called Haniger a "full go." It's possible there's some optimism there, but it's generally believable given that it's been quite some time since the outfielder's latest injury. Groin and back injuries cut his 2019 campaign short after just 63 games, while back surgery in February of 2020 kept him out for all of last season. Haniger could be quite a useful player if he's fully back to normal, as he's a career .267/.348/.480 hitter, but it's hard to have confidence in him staying healthy and productive all season given his long list of injury woes.

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  • Hudson Head SD CF
    Pirates' Hudson Head: Traded to Pirates
    3d ago

    Head was traded from the Padres to the Pirates on Monday as part of a package for Joe Musgrove, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

    A third-round pick in the 2019 draft, Head comes with a decent amount of hype but is quite far from making the majors. The canceled 2020 minor-league season means he's only appeared in 32 total professional games, all at the rookie-ball level, though he did hit a strong .283/.383/.417 in those games. Head projects to have the speed necessary to stick in center field and makes good contact, but he needs plenty of polish if he's to turn his athleticism into game power.

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  • Kyle Garlick PHI LF
    Phillies' Kyle Garlick: Loses 40-man spot
    4d ago

    The Phillies designated Garlick (oblique) for assignment Monday, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.

    The transaction clears a spot on the 40-man roster for reliever Archie Bradley, whom the Phillies signed to a one-year, $6 million contract. Before suffering a right oblique strain in mid-September that ended his 2020 campaign two weeks early, Garlick went 3-for-22 (.136 average) with three RBI in 12 games with the Phillies.

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  • JaCoby Jones DET CF
    Tigers' JaCoby Jones: Reaches agreement with Tigers
    6d ago

    Jones and the Tigers avoided arbitration by reaching a one-year, $2.65 million deal Friday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    Jones missed the final month of the 2020 season after fracturing his hand, but his production significantly increased when he was on the field. Over 30 games, Jones had a career-best .848 OPS with five home runs and 14 RBI. He should be fully healthy heading into spring training.

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  • Clint Frazier NYY RF
    Yankees' Clint Frazier: Agrees to terms
    6d ago

    Frazier and the Yankees reached a one-year, $2.1 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    Frazier appeared in 39 games for the Yankees in 2020, slashing .267/.394/.511 with eight home runs and 26 RBI. He struggled over the final few games of the regular season but should serve as the team's primary left fielder to begin the 2021 campaign.

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  • Asher Wojciechowski BAL SP
    Yankees' Asher Wojciechowski: Invited to spring training
    9h ago

    Wojciechowski signed with the Yankees as a non-roster invitee Thursday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

    Wojciechowski was designated for assignment by the Orioles in September and cleared waivers. He'll now join the Yankees on a minor-league pact that will pay him $750,000 if he reaches the big leagues in 2021. The 32-year-old made 10 appearances (seven starts) for Baltimore in 2020, posting a 6.81 ERA and 1.62 WHIP over 37 innings.

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  • J.A. Happ NYY SP
    Twins' J.A. Happ: Inks deal with Twins
    1d ago

    Happ signed a one-year contract with the Twins on Wednesday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

    Happ had his $17 million option for 2021 declined by the Yankees in October, and he'll join the Twins on a one-year deal worth $8 million, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network. The 38-year-old made nine starts for New York in 2020, posting a 3.47 ERA and 1.05 WHIP over 49.1 innings. He'll attempt to build on his production during his first season in Minnesota.

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  • Dinelson Lamet SD SP
    Padres' Dinelson Lamet: Workload questions remain
    2d ago

    Uncertainty regarding Lamet's (elbow) ability to handle a full starter's workload this season was part of the motivation for the Padres' acquisition of Joe Musgrove, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN reports.

    General manager A.J. Preller maintained that Lamet is having a good offseason after undergoing platelet-rich plasma therapy to address an elbow problem, but that doesn't mean the Padres have full confidence in him heading into the upcoming campaign. The Padres now boast tons of rotation depth after trading for Musgrove, Blake Snell and Yu Darvish this offseason, which could allow them to give Lamet the occasional rest even if he's able to avoid the injured list. The righty is coming off a season in which he recorded an excellent 2.09 ERA and a 34.8 percent strikeout rate, but don't expect too many innings from a guy who has averaged just 47.3 per year over the last three campaigns.

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  • Tyler Chatwood CHC SP
    Blue Jays' Tyler Chatwood: Inks deal with Toronto
    3d ago

    Chatwood (forearm) signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Blue Jays on Monday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    Chatwood will head to Toronto after spending the last three seasons with the Cubs. He finished with an ERA above 5.00 in two of his last three seasons with Chicago, starting 25 contests over that stretch. Chatwood is expected to be used out of the bullpen while in Toronto, per Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, but he can also be used as a starter if needed. The deal could reach $5.5 million based on incentives.

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  • Jon Lester CHC SP
    Nationals' Jon Lester: Latches on with Nats
    3d ago

    Lester signed a one-year, $5 million contract with Washington on Monday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

    Lester became a free agent following the conclusion of the 2020 campaign after spending the last six seasons with Chicago. It's unclear as to how many seasons the 37-year-old southpaw has left in the tank, but he figures to slot in near the back end of Washington's starting rotation behind Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin. The deal includes a mutual option for the 2022 season.

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  • Joey Lucchesi SD SP
    Mets' Joey Lucchesi: Moves to Mets
    3d ago

    Lucchesi was traded from the Padres to the Mets on Monday as part of a three-team deal headlined by Joe Musgrove moving from Pittsburgh to San Diego, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    Lucchesi was an unexciting but productive starter for the Padres in his first two big-league seasons, posting a 4.14 ERA that he backed up with a 24.6 percent strikeout rate and 8.0 percent walk rate. He suddenly fell out of favor last season, spending most of the season at the team's alternate training site while allowing five runs in just 5.2 innings of work. If he can get back to his previous form, he'll be a useful option to round out the back of the Mets' rotation, but it's hard to be too confident in him after his poor 2020 campaign.

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  • Yacksel Rios PIT RP
    Rays' Yacksel Rios: Inks MiLB deal with Rays
    5h ago

    Rios (shoulder) has signed a minor-league contract with the Rays that includes an invitation to spring training, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    Rios elected free agency after being outrighted by the Pirates in late October. The right-hander made three appearances for Pittsburgh in 2020, allowing four runs on three hits and two walks across four innings. He'll now look to fight for a roster spot with Tampa Bay come spring training.

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  • Anthony Castro TOR RP
    Blue Jays' Anthony Castro: DFA'd by Toronto
    8h ago

    Castro was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Thursday.

    Castro was claimed off waivers by Toronto in early December, but he'll be cast off the 40-man roster to make room for right-hander Tyler Chatwood. He could still compete for a bullpen role during spring training, but he'll likely begin the 2021 season in the minors.

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  • David Robertson PHI RP
    David Robertson: Throws bullpen
    8h ago

    Robertson (elbow) threw a bullpen Thursday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    Robertson was shut down at the end of August after a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, and his team option was declined by the Phillies after the end of the 2020 season. The right-hander's bullpen session was his first of the offseason, although he's planning a showcase for teams in early February. Robertson underwent his procedure in August of 2019 and could return to game action early in the 2021 campaign if he's able to find a roster spot during the offseason.

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  • Hunter Greene CIN RP
    Reds' Hunter Greene: Velocity returns
    23h ago

    Greene (elbow) was able to regain his 100 mph fastball velocity while recently throwing at the Reds' alternate training site, Bobby Nightengale Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    This is a big year for Greene, who hasn't pitched in game action since 2018. He still needs to improve his offspeed offerings and his command, let alone make it through a full season healthy.

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  • Wade Davis KC RP
    Royals' Wade Davis: Signs minor-league deal
    2d ago

    Davis signed a minor-league contract with the Royals on Wednesday.

    Davis was let go by the Rockies in September of 2020 after a sharp decline in production over the past several seasons. The veteran righty posted a 9.77 ERA and 1.96 WHIP over the past two seasons but will attempt to bounce back with his former team in 2021. Davis should compete for a major-league roster spot during spring training.

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  • Chris Devenski ARI RP
    Diamondbacks' Chris Devenski: Finds work in desert
    2d ago

    Devenski (elbow) agreed to a contract Wednesday with the Diamondbacks, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. According to Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic, Devenski will be joining Arizona on a minor-league deal that is worth $1 million at the MLB level and includes up to $350,000 in roster bonuses for games pitched and games finished.

    Devenski will be moving on to a new organization after making 225 appearances with the Astros across the past five seasons and posting a 3.35 ERA and 9.7 K/9. Though the 30-year-old was one of the majors' top middle relievers in 2016 and 2017, his skills have steadily declined in the three years that followed, with Devenski supplying a 4.88 ERA (4.51 xFIP) during that span. He was limited to just four appearances in 2020 before undergoing arthroscopic elbow surgery in mid-September, but the right-hander is expected to be ready to go for the start of spring training. The Diamondbacks don't presently have a clear top option for saves on the roster, so a healthy Devenski could factor into the late-inning mix if he's able to show some effectiveness early on in 2021.

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    Astros' Michael Brantley: Returning to Astros
    1d ago

    Brantley signed a two-year, $32 million contract with the Astros on Wednesday, Mark Berman of Fox 26 reports.

    Brantley was pursued by several teams during free agency and was believed to be close to a deal with the Blue Jays earlier Wednesday, but he'll return to Houston on a two-year deal. The 33-year-old should reclaim his role as a top option in left field and at designated hitter after slashing .309/.370/.497 with 27 home runs and 112 RBI over his past two seasons with the Astros.

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    Michael Brantley: Deal not done
    1d ago

    Brantley and the Blue Jays are not yet in agreement on a contract, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    Contrary to a previous report, Brantley and the Blue Jays have not yet reached a deal. The Blue Jays remain interested in the 33-year-old, but the two sides are still in the negotiation process.

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  • Michael Brantley HOU DH
    Blue Jays' Michael Brantley: Joins Blue Jays
    2d ago

    Brantley signed a three-year contract with the Blue Jays on Wednesday, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports.

    The financial terms of the deal haven't yet been disclosed. Brantley will join George Springer in Toronto just one day after Springer inked a six-year deal with the team. Brantley spent the past two seasons with the Astros and appeared in 46 games during the abbreviated 2020 season, slashing .300/.364/.476 with five home runs and 22 RBI. The 33-year-old has had an OPS above .800 in each of the past four seasons and will attempt to build on his success with the Blue Jays in 2021.

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  • Jesse Winker CIN DH
    Reds' Jesse Winker: No arbitration necessary
    6d ago

    Winker and the Reds avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.15 million contract Friday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Winker took a step forward at the plate in 2020, though it's perhaps more accurate to say he took two steps forward and one step back. He was suddenly no longer a contact hitter, as his 25.1 percent strikeout rate was nearly 10 points worse than the 15.2 percent mark he managed over his first three seasons, but he more than made up for it with a big jump in power. His .289 ISO smashed his .181 mark through his first three campaigns, leading to 12 homers in just 54 games and an overall .255/.388/.544 slash line.

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  • Jose Martinez CHC DH
    Mets' Jose Martinez: Signs with Mets
    7d ago

    Martinez signed a minor-league contract with the Mets on Thursday which will pay him $1 million if he makes the big-league roster, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

    Unless the universal designated hitter winds up returning for the 2021 season, it's hard to see Martinez earning much playing time in New York. Even if it does return, Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith would seem to have the first base and DH spots very well covered. Both Smith and Martinez can play the outfield corners, but neither does so very convincingly. It's also not clear whether or not Martinez still has what it takes at the plate, as he struggled to an awful .182/.265/.295 slash line in 98 plate appearances for the Rays and Cubs last season. Still, this represents a low-risk investment for the Mets in a player who has been a solidly above-average hitter at times in his career.

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  • Victor Caratini CHC DH
    Padres' Victor Caratini: Sent to San Diego
    24d ago

    Caratini has been traded to the Padres along with Yu Darvish in exchange for Zach Davies and prospects Reginald Preciado, Owen Caissie, Yeison Santana and Ismael Mena, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.

    Caratini slashed .241/.333/.328 with one home run and 16 RBI while serving as the Cubs' backup catcher and occasional designated hitter in 2020. The 27-year-old will now head to San Diego with Darvish, where he figures to spell Austin Nola behind the plate.

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