MLB Player News

  • Braves' Charlie Culberson: Headed back to Atlanta

    Culberson (face) signed a minor-league contract with the Braves on Friday, which includes an invitation to spring training, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan Atlanta reports.

    Culberson became a free agent at the beginning of December after being non-tendered by Atlanta, but he'll return to the Braves on a minor-league deal for the 2020 campaign. The outfielder played in 108 games with the big-league team a season ago, hitting .259/.294/.437 with five homers and 20 RBI, and he'll get a chance to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster this spring.

  • Brandon Morrow RP | CHC

    Cubs' Brandon Morrow: Back with Chicago

    Morrow (elbow) signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs on Friday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.

    Morrow had his club option declined by Chicago at the beginning of November and will now return to the Cubs on a minor-league deal. He'll likely get a chance to face big-league hitters during spring training if he's healthy, but considering he hasn't pitched since 2018 due to shoulder issues, he seems unlikely to crack the Opening Day roster.

  • Alex Verdugo CF | LAD

    Dodgers' Alex Verdugo: Yet to resume baseball activities

    Verdugo (oblique) has yet to resume baseball activities, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

    An oblique strain has kept Verdugo off the field since early August. His goal is to be ready to play by Opening Day, but he'll need to make some tangible progress before it's clear that will be possible.

  • Mets' Yoenis Cespedes: Restructures contract

    Cespedes (ankle) and the Mets agreed to a restructured contract Friday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

    Cespedes had been scheduled to make $29.5 million this season but will now make significantly less. The outfielder has appeared in just 119 games over the last three seasons combined. He's been hitting and running as he works his way back from multiple ankle fractures, injuries he suffered after taking a fall on his ranch back in May, though his availability for the start of the 2020 season remains in question. Due to the questionable nature of that injury, which occurred as Cespedes was recovering from heel surgery, the Mets were able to file a grievance and save reportedly over $10 million ahead of the 2020 season.

  • Brett Anderson SP | MIL

    Brewers' Brett Anderson: Signs with Brewers

    Anderson agreed to a one-year contract with the Brewers on Friday.

    Anderson will make a base salary of $5 million, with the chance to earn an additional $2 million in incentives, Buster Olney of ESPN reports. The veteran lefty won 13 games with a 3.89 ERA for Oakland last season. He tied his career high by making 31 starts, though he'd made just 33 over the previous three seasons combined, so there's still plenty of injury risk here. He'll also be pitching in a far tougher home park, so his 12.1 percent strikeout rate might stand out as a more notable negative than it was last season.

  • Chris Mazza RP | NYM

    Mets' Chris Mazza: Removed from roster

    Mazza was designated for assignment by the Mets on Friday, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.

    Mazza will make way on the roster for the newly sgned Michael Wacha. The 30-year-old didn't look great in his 16.1-inning debut last season, posting a 5.51 ERA and a 14.9 percent walk rate.

  • Matt Szczur CF | ARI

    Phillies' Matt Szczur: Heading to Philadelphia

    Szczur agreed to a minor-league deal which includes an invitation to major-league spring training with the Phillies on Friday, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports reports.

    The South Jersey native (and two-sport Villanova star) has a resume that should get him a look as the fifth outfielder but little more than that, as he's hit .231/.312/.355 over parts of five seasons in the majors. He didn't appear in the big leagues at all last season, spending much of his season sidelined with a quadriceps injury and hitting .322/.390/.577 in 44 games for Triple-A Reno when healthy.

  • Phil Gosselin LF | PHI

    Phillies' Phil Gosselin: Brought back by Phillies

    Gosselin signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies on Thursday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

    Gosselin became a free agent after refusing an outright assignment to the minors in early November, but he will now return to the Phillies on a minor-league deal. The 31-year-old will get a chance to compete for a spot on the big-league roster in spring training after hitting .262/.294/.308 with seven RBI over 44 games with the Phillies in 2019.

  • Rob Kaminsky RP | CLE

    Cardinals' Rob Kaminsky: Inks minor-league deal

    Kaminsky signed a minor-league contract with the Cardinals on Thursday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    Kaminsky advanced to Triple-A Columbus in 2019, where he recorded a 5.11 ERA with a 1.65 WHIP. While the report doesn't explicitly say so, it wouldn't be surprising to see the 25-year-old get the chance to compete in the Cardinals' big-league camp in spring training. However, the southpaw likely needs to develop more before making his major-league debut.

  • Yimi Garcia RP | LAD

    Marlins' Yimi Garcia: Signs with Marlins

    Garcia agreed to a contract with the Marlins on Thursday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

    Garcia saw a heavy workload in 2019, recording a 3.61 ERA with a 0.87 WHIP over 62.1 innings for the Dodgers. The terms of the deal are unknown and the finalization is pending a physical, but if all goes well, the 29-year-old could play a big role in the Marlins' bullpen.