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  • CC Sabathia SP | NYY

    Yankees' CC Sabathia: Re-signs with Yankees

    Sabathia agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with the Yankees on Saturday, Mark Feinsand of reports.

    Sabathia will return for a 10th year with the Yankees following an impressive season at age 37 in 2017. The southpaw posted a 3.69 ERA and 1.27 WHIP while holding a 120:50 K:BB in 148.2 innings. The most impressive part about Sabathia's season -- besides his quality playoff performances -- was his ability to eat innings and stay healthy for the third straight season, as he notched at least 27 starts for the 12th time in 13 years as a major leaguer. He will provide another reliable arm within New York's stable and projects as a back-end starter in the rotation for the upcoming campaign.

  • Robby Scott RP | BOS

    Red Sox's Robby Scott: Plays catch this weekend

    Scott (elbow) was able to throw the ball around for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic surgery in mid-October, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

    Scott reiterated that he was feeling good and on track for spring training, which aligns with the initial timetable concerning his recovery. During the 2017 season, Scott appeared in 57 games out of the bullpen for Boston, posting a 3.79 ERA and 0.98 WHIP with a 31:13 K:BB in 35.2 innings.

  • Matt Moore SP | TEX

    Rangers' Matt Moore: Traded to Texas

    The Giants traded Moore to the Rangers on Friday, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    The Giants are expected to receive low-level prospects in return for the Rangers taking on the left-hander's full remaining contract. The deal will be finalized pending physicals for all players involved. Moore finished the 2017 season with a 6-15 record to go along with a 5.52 ERA. It remains to be seen how the Rangers plan on using the southpaw, but he figures to compete for a rotation spot next spring.

  • Tigers' Ronny Rodriguez: Agrees to deal with Detroit

    Rodriguez signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers on Friday, Paul Hoynes of reports.

    Rodriguez spent the past two seasons at Triple-A Columbus for the Indians, and he was able to put together his best minor-league campaign during 2017. The 25-year-old slashed .291/.324/.454 with 17 home runs and 64 RBI and has demonstrated the ability to play multiple positions, but he profiles best at the hot corner. He will likely begin next spring in Triple-A yet again, but he could earn a chance at the major-league level if he's able to prove that last year's performance at the plate wasn't a fluke.

  • Zack Cozart 3B | LAA

    Angels' Zack Cozart: Joins Angels

    Cozart signed a three-year, $38 million contract with the Angels on Friday.

    Cozart will look to follow up his All-Star campaign in a new uniform, as the Angels continue to make big splashes this winter. With Andrelton Simmons entrenched at the shortstop position, Cozart will move over to the hot corner and add to what should be a top-notch defensive infield. During the 2017 season with the Reds, Cozart hit .297/.385/.548 with 24 home runs and 63 RBI. Although it seems far-fetched to think the 32-year-old will be able to repeat his power numbers, he posted a career-best 0.79 BB/K, so there is some hope that a batting average in the .270-.280 range may be sustainable.

  • Athletics' Bruce Maxwell: Expected to be primary catcher

    A's GM David Forst said earlier in the week that Maxwell remains the team's primary catcher despite his legal issues, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "We're expecting Bruce to ready to go the first day of spring training and to be with us," Forst said. "I'm not getting involved in the legal side of this, but no one has said anything to me that makes me believe he won't be ready to go."

    Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to charges of assault stemming from allegations that he waved a gun at a food delivery person. A trial date has not been set and the belief is that the case will ultimately end in a plea deal before spring training, with Maxwell serving no jail time. Major League Baseball could issue a suspension after the legal process plays out, but it doesn't sound like the A's expect a lengthy ban, if there is one at all. The soon-to-be 27-year-old will platoon with Josh Phegley or Dustin Garneau behind the plate in Oakland.

  • Twins' Wynston Sawyer: Inks deal with Twins

    Sawyer agreed to a minor-league contract with Minnesota on Friday, Mike Berardino of The Pioneer Press reports.

    Sawyer spent most of last season at Double-A Tulsa for the Dodgers, slashing .277/.333/.429 with four home runs and 17 RBI in 54 contests. The 26-year-old backstop will likely remain in Double-A to start the 2018 season, as he hasn't received any time in Triple-A or the majors during his professional career to this point.

  • James Ramsey CF | SEA

    Mariners' James Ramsey: Heads to Minnesota

    Ramsey signed a minor-league deal with the Twins on Friday, Mike Berardino of The Pioneer Press reports.

    Ramsey has been toiling at the Triple-A level since 2013, although he only appeared in one game during this past season. The outfielder slashed .264/.339/.433 with eight home runs and 38 RBI in 83 games for Oklahoma City in the Dodgers' system in 2016, and will likely start out this upcoming year with the Twins' Triple-A club. Although the soon-to-be 28-year-old hasn't received any time in the majors, he provides extra organizational depth in the outfield.

  • Hector Rondon RP | HOU

    Astros' Hector Rondon: Agrees to deal with Astros

    Rondon agreed to a deal with the Astros on Friday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

    Rondon, who turns 30 in February, racked up 77 saves for the Cubs between 2014 and 2016, but his performance started to decline in 2016. He was almost completely out of the late-inning mix last season, with just 6.2 of his 57.1 innings coming in high-leverage situations. His strikeout rate has been around 29 percent in each of the last two seasons, and he notched a 3.43 xFIP in 2017, so it's possible he can return to his old form. However, unless Ken Giles really falters or gets injured, there won't be any save opportunities for Rondon with the Astros in 2018.

  • Tigers' Victor Martinez: Cleared for baseball activities

    Martinez (heart) has a clean bill of health and has been cleared for full baseball activity, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

    He underwent a heart ablation procedure in October, which apparently went well, as Martinez has been training and rehabbing since early November. There have been talks about the Tigers trying to reach a buyout with Martinez, who is due $18 million in the final year of his contract. However, that is spent money, so the Tigers will see what he has left in the tank this spring. He hit .255/.324/.372 with 10 home runs in 107 games last year -- a far cry from the .289/.351/.476 line he put up in 2016. If he can have a productive first half, the Tigers would look to deal him to another American League club and see if they can get a lower-level prospect in exchange for covering the rest of his contract. Of course, if he is struggling, there is no reason to play him over the younger players on the roster, so at that point they may negotiate a buyout. This is likely to be the final year of his career.