MLB news, transactions, rumors for Feb. 1: White Sox interested in Ethier

Our series ranking the top 15 players at each position continued Monday with right field. Nationals slugger and reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper was a unanimous choice for the top spot. We also picked an all-free agent team. Here's a recap of Monday's news from around the league.


Cubs: Signed RHP Jonathan Pettibone to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, the team announced.

Giants: Agreed to a one-year contract worth $1.15 million with RHP George Kontos, avoiding arbitration. (MLB Network)

Mariners: Signed Cuban IF Dayner Moreira to a minor league contract. Financial terms are unknown. (Tacoma News Tribune)

Mets: RHP Carlos Torres cleared waivers and elected free agency (ESPN New York) ... Signed C Raywilly Gomez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. (Fox Sports)

Yankees: Claimed IF Ronald Torreyes off waivers from the Angels, the team announced. It is Torreyes' fifth transaction in the last ninth months. OF Lane Adams was designated for assignment in a corresponding move ... Signed RHP Tyler Cloyd and IF Deibinson Romero to minor league contracts. Both spent last season in Korea. (Baseball America)


Astros: RHP Scott Feldman (shoulder) expects to be 100 percent for spring training. (

Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (ribs) started a throwing program last week and is not expected to be ready for the start of spring training. (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

Yankees: 1B Greg Bird will have shoulder surgery Tuesday and miss the 2016 season, the club announced.


OF Dexter Fowler: Both the White Sox and Rangers are keeping an eye on Fowler, who remains a free agent. (CSN Chicago)

Dodgers: New manager Dave Roberts offered OF Yasiel Puig a clean slate heading into the 1996 season.

Orioles: Were in "deep" negotiations with RHP Yovani Gallardo at one point, but their interest has waned. (MASN Sports)

Nationals: Have interest in Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy, though they are one of eight teams on his no-trade list. (Fox Sports)

White Sox: They are "exploring" a deal for Dodgers OF Andre Ethier. (

The White Sox are reportedly 'exploring' a deal for Andre Ethier.
The White Sox are reportedly 'exploring' a deal for Andre Ethier. (USATSI)
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