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    • Jason Adam TOR RP
      Cubs' Jason Adam: Signs with Cubs
      8h ago

      Adam signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.

      Adam was non-tendered by the Blue Jays in early December but it's not overly surprising to see him garner interest elsewhere after posting a 2.91 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 18:10 K:BB across 21.2 innings during 2019. The 28-year-old could slot into a middle relief role with a strong spring training.

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    • Josh Donaldson ATL 3B
      Twins' Josh Donaldson: Inks four-year deal with Minnesota
      10h ago

      Donaldson signed a four-year contract with the Twins on Tuesday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

      According to Jeff Passan of ESPN.com, the deal is worth $92 million guaranteed and includes a fifth-year option that would push the value over $100 million, placing the 2015 American League MVP into a Twins lineup that already led the league in home runs last season. Donaldson had an impressive year himself in 2019 with the Braves, posting a .259/.379/.521 slash line with 37 home runs and 94 RBI in 155 games. Miguel Sano started 90 games at third base last season and just signed a three-year, $30 million extension with Minnesota last week, but he figures to be shifted to first base while Donaldson takes over at the hot corner.

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    • Nate Jones TEX RP
      Reds' Nate Jones: Latches on with Reds
      10h ago

      Jones (forearm) signed a minor-league deal with the Reds on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.

      Jones had his 2020 club option turned down by the Rangers in October, but he'll have a chance to state his case for the Reds' Opening Day roster in spring training. The 33-year-old was limited to 13 games in 2019 and had a 3.48 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and 10:7 K:BB across 10.1 innings before undergoing right forearm surgery in May. Jones has good numbers over the last five years (2.67 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 164:49 K:BB over 141.2 innings), but he's been limited to 147 appearances due to injuries.

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    • Matt Andriese LAA SP
      Angels' Matt Andriese: Seen as starter
      13h ago

      Andriese will come to camp as a starting pitcher following his trade to the Angels on Tuesday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

      The 30-year-old owns a career 4.64 ERA in 49 starts. In 2019 for the Diamondbacks, his first season spent entirely in the bullpen, he posted a mediocre 4.71 ERA. Moving to the rotation would give him a better shot at fantasy relevance than a middle-relief role would, though the fact that he'll enter camp as a starter doesn't guarantee that he'll enter the regular season as one.

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    • Luis Madero LAA SP
      Angels' Luis Madero: Designated for assignment
      13h ago

      Madero was designated for assignment by the Angels on Tuesday.

      The 22-year-old reached Double-A Mobile for the first time last season but didn't exactly impress, posting a 5.72 ERA and a modest 18.3 percent strikeout rate. He did at least show good control, walking just 5.9 percent of opposing batters. He was removed from the 40-man roster to clear a space for Matt Andriese, acquired in a trade from Arizona in a corresponding move.

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    • Matt Andriese LAA SP
      Angels' Matt Andriese: Shipped to Angels
      13h ago

      Andriese was traded from the Diamondbacks to the Angels on Tuesday in exchange for Jeremy Beasley, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.

      Andriese appeared in 54 games for the Diamondbacks last year as he operated out of the bullpen for the full season. The right-hander recorded a 4.71 ERA with a 79:27 K:BB over 70.2 innings while working mainly lower-leverage situations. The Angels' bullpen lacks experience, so it's possible Andriese could receive some consideration in more high-leverage situations if he can continue to develop.

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    • Kevan Smith TB C
      Rays' Kevan Smith: Lands with Rays
      2d ago

      Smith signed a minor-league contract with the Rays on Monday as a non-roster invitee, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.

      Smith was non-tendered by the Angels in early December, but he'll settle for a minor-league contract after appearing primarily in the majors over the past two seasons. The 31-year-old hit .251/.318/.393 with five home runs and 20 RBI over 67 games in 2019 as he served as a backup for the Halos. While his past experience could allow him to serve as depth in the majors at some point in 2020, Smith's production will need to rebound if he hopes to have an impact in the big leagues.

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    • Chris Herrmann TB C
      Rays' Chris Herrmann: Agrees to deal with Rays
      2d ago

      Herrmann signed a minor-league contract with the Rays on Monday as a non-roster invitee, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.

      Herrmann saw limited playing time for the Athletics in 2019 after undergoing knee surgery in March, but he managed to appear in 30 games for the big-league club. He wasn't particularly effective, hitting just .202/.280/.274 with one home run and 29 strikeouts, and he was released in September. He'll get the chance to work with the major-league coaching staff during spring training, but it's unlikely that he'll have a major impact behind the dish for the Rays.

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    • Bryan Holaday MIA C
      Orioles' Bryan Holaday: Signs with Baltimore
      2d ago

      Holaday signed a minor-league deal with the Orioles on Monday, Craig Mish of FNTSY Sports Radio reports.

      The 32-year-old has played parts of eight seasons in the big leagues but has never appeared in more than 62 games. In 43 contests for the Marlins last season, he hit .278/.344/.435.

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    • Willson Contreras CHC C
      Cubs' Willson Contreras: Gets $4.5 million
      5d ago

      Contreras agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Cubs, avoiding arbitration, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

      This is his first of three years as an arbitration-eligible player, and $4.5 million is a pretty good haul for such a player. There have been trade rumors surrounding Contreras for much of the offseason, and interested teams can now be certain how much they would have to pay Contreras in 2020.

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    • Gary Sanchez NYY C
      Yankees' Gary Sanchez: Reaches one-year deal
      5d ago

      Sanchez and the Yankees agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal to avoid arbitration Friday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

      Sanchez bounced back from a shaky 2018 season to hit .232/.316/.525 with 34 homers in 106 games last season. He's now broken the 30-homer plateau two out of the last three seasons.

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    • Curt Casali CIN C
      Reds' Curt Casali: Reaches deal with Reds
      5d ago

      Casali and the Reds avoided arbitration with a one-year, $1,462,500 deal Friday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

      Casali hit well enough for a catcher in 84 games last season, posting a .251/.331/.411 line with eight homers. He looks set to split time with Tucker Barnhart again this season.

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    • Alfonso Rivas CHC 1B
      Cubs' Alfonso Rivas: Traded to Cubs
      2d ago

      Rivas was traded from the Athletics to the Cubs on Monday in exchange for Tony Kemp.

      Rivas is primarily a first baseman but has also spent time in the outfield corners. In two professional seasons, which includes eight games at the Triple-A level but none at Double-A, he's hit .290/.390/.411. He's shown strong contact skills and the ability to take a walk, but he may not have enough power to be a significant big-league contributor.

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    • Danny Santana TEX 1B
      Rangers' Danny Santana: Cashes in after surprise season
      5d ago

      Santana agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the Rangers on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

      This is his second of three arbitration-eligible seasons, and he gets a significant raise after a surprisingly productive 2019 season. Santana will enter camp as the team's starting center fielder.

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    • Josh Bell PIT 1B
      Pirates' Josh Bell: Gets close to $5 million
      5d ago

      Bell agreed to a one-year, $4.8 million deal with the Pirates on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

      This is a pretty solid payday for a player's first year in the arbitration process, but it was well deserved after Bell hit 37 home runs in 143 games last year. He will be subject to the arbitration process again in 2021 and 2022 before he becomes a free agent.

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    • Logan Morrison MIL 1B
      Brewers' Logan Morrison: Headed to Brewers
      6d ago

      Morrison signed a minor-league contract with the Brewers on Thursday, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.

      Morrison appeared in just 29 games for the Phillies last season, but the Brewers are hoping he'll be able to rediscover his power he had in 2017, when he hit 38 home runs for the Rays. The report doesn't explicitly say so, but Morrison should get the chance to compete in spring training as a non-roster invitee.

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    • Sam Travis BOS 1B
      Red Sox's Sam Travis: Accepts outright assignment
      6d ago

      Travis cleared waivers Thursday and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Pawtucket, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

      After struggling at the plate last season, Travis was designated for assignment earlier in January to clear room on the 40-man roster for Kevin Plawecki. However, Travis went unclaimed on waivers and will accept his assignment to Triple-A Pawtucket. Over 68 games at the Triple-A level last year, the 26-year-old hit .275/.362/.432 with seven home runs and 33 RBI.

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    • Eric Thames MIL 1B
      Nationals' Eric Thames: Lands with Nationals
      9d ago

      Thames signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Nationals on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

      The deal also includes a mutual option for a second season. The 33-year-old hasn't been able to keep up the incredible numbers he posted in his first month back in major-league baseball in 2017, but his .247/.346/.505 slash line with 25 homers for the Brewers last season was certainly respectable. His arrival in Washington complicates the team's infield picture. Howie Kendrick had appeared to be the primary option at first base but will likely now also take playing time from Starlin Castro and Asdrubal Cabrera at second and third. Thames can also play the outfield corners.

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    • Tony Kemp OAK 2B
      Athletics' Tony Kemp: Traded to Oakland
      2d ago

      Kemp was traded from the Cubs to the Athletics for minor-leaguer Alfonso Rivas on Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

      Kemp filled a bench role for the Astros and Cubs last season but didn't do much at the plate, hitting .212/.291/.380 in 279 plate appearances. With the ability to play second base and all three outfield positions, Kemp should be a useful bench piece for the always-creative Athletics this season, but he's unlikely to play enough to be much of a fantasy asset or to hit well enough if he does get unexpected time.

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    • Enrique Hernandez LAD 2B
      Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez: No arbitration hearing necessary
      4d ago

      Hernandez signed a one-year, $5.9 million contract with the Dodgers on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.

      Hernandez hit .237 with 17 home runs, 64 RBI and four stolen bases in 130 games a year ago with Los Angeles. He'll be in line for a utility role heading into the 2020 campaign.

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    • Adam Frazier PIT 2B
      Pirates' Adam Frazier: No arbiter required
      5d ago

      Frazier agreed to a one-year, $2.8 million contract with the Pirates on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

      Frazier put up solid numbers at the dish in 2019, slashing .278/.336/.417 with 10 home runs and 50 RBI over 152 games. He figures to be in line for a similar role in 2020.

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    • Marco Hernandez BOS 2B
      Red Sox's Marco Hernandez: Designated for assigment
      5d ago

      Hernandez was designated for assignment Friday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

      The Red Sox needed to free up a 40-man roster spot after trading for Austin Brice from Miami. Hernandez will serve as infield depth at Triple-A if he remains in the organization.

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    • Sam Haggerty SEA 2B
      Mariners' Sam Haggerty: Claimed by Mariners
      5d ago

      Haggerty was claimed off waivers by the Mariners on Friday, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.

      He was cut loose by the Mets earlier in the week. Haggerty will compete in spring training for a bench role with the rebuilding Mariners. Seattle's 40-man roster is now full.

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    • Jonathan Villar MIA 2B
      Marlins' Jonathan Villar: Gets north of $8 million
      5d ago

      Villar agreed to a one-year, $8.2 million deal with the Marlins on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

      The Marlins were willing to do what the Orioles were not: reward Villar for his big 2019 season. He gets a healthy raise from the $4.83 million he was awarded last offseason. Villar will head to the open market after this year.

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    • Josh Donaldson ATL 3B
      Twins' Josh Donaldson: Inks four-year deal with Minnesota
      10h ago

      Donaldson signed a four-year contract with the Twins on Tuesday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

      According to Jeff Passan of ESPN.com, the deal is worth $92 million guaranteed and includes a fifth-year option that would push the value over $100 million, placing the 2015 American League MVP into a Twins lineup that already led the league in home runs last season. Donaldson had an impressive year himself in 2019 with the Braves, posting a .259/.379/.521 slash line with 37 home runs and 94 RBI in 155 games. Miguel Sano started 90 games at third base last season and just signed a three-year, $30 million extension with Minnesota last week, but he figures to be shifted to first base while Donaldson takes over at the hot corner.

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    • Alec Bohm PHI 3B
      Phillies' Alec Bohm: Invited to big-league camp
      2d ago

      Bohm received an invitation to the Phillies' big-league camp Monday.

      Bohm will get a chance to work with the Phillies' major-league coaching staff, people he'll likely be spending quite a lot of time with in the not-too-distant future. He's unlikely to break camp with the team, having yet to play a game at the Triple-A level, but he has a clear path to being the Phillies' long-term third baseman and could step into that role at some point this season if he opens the year hot in the minors.

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    • Todd Frazier NYM 3B
      Rangers' Todd Frazier: Finds home in Texas
      3d ago

      Frazier agreed Sunday to a deal with the Rangers, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

      Texas didn't have the resources to make a serious run at Josh Donaldson in free agency or Nolan Arenado via trade, so the team settled on Frazier to address its void in the corner infield. While the terms of Frazier's deal aren't known, he'll likely be joining the Rangers on a one- or two-year deal with modest money attached to it. Frazier put together a .251/.329/.443 slash line across 499 plate appearances with the Mets in 2019 while vacillating between a full- and part-time role, but he should head into spring training as the favorite to start for the Rangers at first or third base, where he'll likely compete with less established options in Ronald Guzman and Nick Solak at those respective positions.

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    • Miguel Sano MIN 3B
      Twins' Miguel Sano: Inks three-year extension
      4d ago

      Sano agreed to a three-year, $30 million contract extension with the Twins on Friday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

      Sano's extension includes a club option for the 2023 campaign, per Passan. The slugger cranked 34 home runs and registered 79 RBI over 105 matchups a season ago and will be a big part of Minnesota's lineup for the foreseeable future.

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    • Yadiel Rivera TEX 3B
      Rangers' Yadiel Rivera: Joins Rangers on minors deal
      5d ago

      Rivera signed with the Rangers as a non-roster invitee Friday.

      Rivera hit a poor .183/.258/.217 in 34 games for the Marlins last season. That translates to a 33 wRC+, though that's actually stronger than his career 28 wRC+ over parts of five seasons.

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    • Jonathan India CIN 3B
      Reds' Jonathan India: Invited to big-league camp
      5d ago

      India received an invitation to big-league camp from the Reds on Friday.

      India isn't too far from the big leagues but likely won't be in consideration for a spot on the Opening Day roster. He's yet to reach Triple-A and has played just 34 games for Double-A Chattanooga, hitting .270/.414/.378.

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    • Zack Cozart SF SS
      Giants' Zack Cozart: Dropped from 40-man roster
      2d ago

      Cozart (shoulder) was designated for assignment by the Giants on Monday.

      Cozart was picked up in a salary dump from the Angels in December, but the Giants clearly didn't intend to keep him around. It's unlikely he'll be claimed, as he's dealt with multiple injuries in recent years and has hit .190/.261/.296 over the last two seasons combined. Jake Jewell was claimed off waivers in a corresponding move.

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    • Nick Maton PHI SS
      Phillies' Nick Maton: Will play in big-league camp
      2d ago

      Maton was invited to the Phillies' major-league spring training Monday.

      Maton had an effective year with High-A Clearwater in 2019 with a .276/.358/.380 slash line and five home runs, and that performance earned him a promotion to the Double-A level. He experienced some growing pains with Double-A Reading, hitting just .210/.306/.355 with two home runs over 21 games. The 22-year-old will get to work with the big-league coaching staff during the spring, but he'll likely require some more time in the minors before making his major-league debut due to his lack of experience against higher-end competition.

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    • Corey Seager LAD SS
      Dodgers' Corey Seager: Inks $7.6 million deal
      4d ago

      Seager signed a one-year, $7.6 million contract with the Dodgers on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.

      Seager's salary will nearly double in 2020, following a season in which he slashed .272/.335/.483 with 19 home runs and 87 RBI over 134 games. He'll open the season as the starting shortstop for Los Angeles.

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    • Trea Turner WAS SS
      Nationals' Trea Turner: Avoids arbitration
      5d ago

      Turner (finger) signed a one-year, $7.45 million contract with the Nationals on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

      Turner put together a .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI and 35 stolen bases over 122 games a season ago. He underwent finger surgery after the 2019 campaign but is expected to be ready for camp.

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    • Carlos Correa HOU SS
      Astros' Carlos Correa: Avoids arbiter
      5d ago

      Correa and the Astros agreed to a one-year, $8 million deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

      Correa won his arbitration case in 2019, earning $5 million. He went on to hit .279/.358/.568 with 21 homers in just 75 games in an injury-filled age-24 season.

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    • Pat Valaika BAL SS
      Orioles' Pat Valaika: Booted from 40-man roster
      5d ago

      Valaika was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Friday, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.

      Baltimore claimed Richard Urena off waivers Friday, and Valaika was sent to waivers to make room on the 40-man roster. He spent the 2019 season with the Rockies, struggling to a .190 average to go along with four RBI and seven walks.

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    • Nick Martini PHI RF
      Phillies' Nick Martini: Claimed by Phillies
      14h ago

      Martini was claimed off waivers by the Phillies on Tuesday.

      Martini played primarily in the minors last season, where he hit .328/.432/.482 with eight home runs and 42 RBI over 70 games with Triple-A Las Vegas. The 29-year-old has limited major-league experience, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him reach the majors at some point in 2020 to help provide depth. Odubel Herrera was designated for assignment to clear space on the 40-man roster for Martini.

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    • Odubel Herrera PHI CF
      Phillies' Odubel Herrera: Designated for assignment
      14h ago

      Herrera was designated for assignment by the Phillies on Tuesday.

      Herrera missed most of the 2019 season while serving a suspension for violating the league's domestic violence policy. This transaction is likely related to that incident; while Herrera was quite poor (.222/.288/.341) when available last season, he's a career .276/.333/.423 hitter who is still owed $19.5 million by the club. The Phillies were happy to move on despite the financial commitment and will give his spot on the 40-man roster to Nick Martini, claimed off waivers from the Reds in a corresponding move.

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    • Austin Dean STL LF
      Cardinals' Austin Dean: Traded to Cardinals
      15h ago

      Dean was traded from the Marlins to the Cardinals on Tuesday in exchange for outfielder Diowill Burgos.

      Dean was designated for assignment by the Marlins on Jan. 9, but he'll find a new home with the Cardinals on their 40-man roster. The 26-year-old appeared in 64 major-league games last season, hitting .225/.261/.404 with six home runs, but he's shown promise at the Triple-A level in the past.

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    • Kyle Isbel KC LF
      Royals' Kyle Isbel: Will join big-league camp
      2d ago

      Isbel was invited to the Royals' big-league spring training Monday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

      Isbell will get to work with the Royals' big-league coaching staff for a few weeks, though he's not particularly close to joining them for good. In 52 games for High-A Wilmington last year, the highest level he's reached, he hit just .216/.282/.361.

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    • Khalil Lee KC CF
      Royals' Khalil Lee: Will appear in major-league camp
      2d ago

      Lee (hand) was invited to the Royals' major-league spring training Monday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

      Lee suffered a broken right hand playing winter ball, which could limit him initially during spring training, but he'll get the chance to develop with the major-league coaching staff during camp. The 21-year-old was second in the minors last season with 53 stolen bases, but he'll need to work on lifting the ball more to become more effective. Lee probably won't open the season on the major-league roster, but he could make his debut sometime in 2020 if he can further develop.

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    • Ryan LaMarre TB CF
      Rays' Ryan LaMarre: Inks minors deal with Rays
      2d ago

      LaMarre signed a minor-league contract with the Rays on Monday as a non-roster invitee, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.

      LaMarre operated primarily with Triple-A Gwinnett in 2019, hitting .311/.380/.477 with nine home runs and 19 RBI over 112 games. He'll get the chance to work with the major-league coaching staff during spring training, and he could serve in a reserve role on the major-league roster at some point this season even after a disappointing stint in the majors last year.

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    • Matt Andriese LAA SP
      Angels' Matt Andriese: Seen as starter
      13h ago

      Andriese will come to camp as a starting pitcher following his trade to the Angels on Tuesday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

      The 30-year-old owns a career 4.64 ERA in 49 starts. In 2019 for the Diamondbacks, his first season spent entirely in the bullpen, he posted a mediocre 4.71 ERA. Moving to the rotation would give him a better shot at fantasy relevance than a middle-relief role would, though the fact that he'll enter camp as a starter doesn't guarantee that he'll enter the regular season as one.

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    • Luis Madero LAA SP
      Angels' Luis Madero: Designated for assignment
      13h ago

      Madero was designated for assignment by the Angels on Tuesday.

      The 22-year-old reached Double-A Mobile for the first time last season but didn't exactly impress, posting a 5.72 ERA and a modest 18.3 percent strikeout rate. He did at least show good control, walking just 5.9 percent of opposing batters. He was removed from the 40-man roster to clear a space for Matt Andriese, acquired in a trade from Arizona in a corresponding move.

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    • Matt Andriese LAA SP
      Angels' Matt Andriese: Shipped to Angels
      13h ago

      Andriese was traded from the Diamondbacks to the Angels on Tuesday in exchange for Jeremy Beasley, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.

      Andriese appeared in 54 games for the Diamondbacks last year as he operated out of the bullpen for the full season. The right-hander recorded a 4.71 ERA with a 79:27 K:BB over 70.2 innings while working mainly lower-leverage situations. The Angels' bullpen lacks experience, so it's possible Andriese could receive some consideration in more high-leverage situations if he can continue to develop.

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    • Dylan Covey CHW SP
      White Sox's Dylan Covey: Dropped from roster
      18h ago

      Covey was designated for assignment on Tuesday, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.

      Covey was removed from the roster to clear space for the newly-signed Steve Cishek. Covey's 7.98 ERA in 58.2 innings last season makes him not particularly likely to get claimed on waivers.

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    • Ivan Nova DET SP
      Tigers' Ivan Nova: Signs with Tigers
      2d ago

      Nova agreed to a contract with the Tigers on Monday.

      Nova will receive $1.5 million over one year, with the possibility for more if he hits his incentives, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. The veteran is far from an ace, but he should provide the Tigers with a stable arm, provided his performance level doesn't slip in his age-33 season. After three straight years with an ERA in a narrow band between 4.14 and 4.19, Nova slipped to a 4.72 ERA in 34 starts for the White Sox last season. He struck out just 14.1 percent of opposing batters, giving him quite a low ceiling for fantasy purposes.

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    • Jake Jewell SF SP
      Giants' Jake Jewell: Claimed by Giants
      2d ago

      Jewell was claimed off waivers by the Giants on Monday.

      Jewell threw 26.1 innings of relief for the Angels last season, struggling to a 6.84 ERA. Zack Cozart (shoulder) was designated for assignment by the Giants in a corresponding move.

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    • Jason Adam TOR RP
      Cubs' Jason Adam: Signs with Cubs
      8h ago

      Adam signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.

      Adam was non-tendered by the Blue Jays in early December but it's not overly surprising to see him garner interest elsewhere after posting a 2.91 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 18:10 K:BB across 21.2 innings during 2019. The 28-year-old could slot into a middle relief role with a strong spring training.

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    • Nate Jones TEX RP
      Reds' Nate Jones: Latches on with Reds
      10h ago

      Jones (forearm) signed a minor-league deal with the Reds on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.

      Jones had his 2020 club option turned down by the Rangers in October, but he'll have a chance to state his case for the Reds' Opening Day roster in spring training. The 33-year-old was limited to 13 games in 2019 and had a 3.48 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and 10:7 K:BB across 10.1 innings before undergoing right forearm surgery in May. Jones has good numbers over the last five years (2.67 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 164:49 K:BB over 141.2 innings), but he's been limited to 147 appearances due to injuries.

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    • Eric Hanhold BAL RP
      Orioles' Eric Hanhold: Clears waivers
      2d ago

      Hanhold cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk on Monday, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.

      Hanhold was claimed by the Orioles from the Mets in mid-September but didn't wind up joining the big-league roster. He spent the majority of the year with Triple-A Syracuse, posting a 4.62 ERA.

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    • Matt Hall DET RP
      Tigers' Matt Hall: Designated for assignment
      2d ago

      Hall was designated for assignment by the Tigers on Monday.

      Hall struggled to a 7.71 ERA in 23.1 innings for the Tigers last season, walking batters at a 13.3 percent clip. He was dropped from the roster to make room for new signee Ivan Nova.

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    • D.J. Snelten TB RP
      Rays' D.J. Snelten: Invited to Rays' camp
      2d ago

      Snelten signed a minor-league contract with the Rays on Monday as a non-roster invitee, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.

      Snelten was let go by the Orioles in March and was unable to find a home during the 2019 season, but he'll get the chance to work with the Rays' major-league coaches during spring training. Snelten carries a 3.64 ERA with a 1.37 WHIP at the Triple-A level over his past three seasons, but he'll need to prove himself again in order to return to the majors after he had a disappointing big-league debut with the Giants in 2018.

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      Astros' Josh James: Competing for rotation in camp
      3d ago

      James will compete for the fifth spot in the Astros' rotation during spring training, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

      James will be one of a group of five that the Astros are considering for the rotation. He'll join Brad Peacock, Framber Valdez, Forrest Whitley and Cristian Javier in that mix. James excelled at times working out of the bullpen, posting a sterling 14.7 K/9, and could resume that role in 2020.

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      Royals' Jorge Soler: Reaches deal with Kansas City
      5d ago

      Soler agreed to a one-year, $7.3 million contract with the Royals on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.

      Soler surprised many by cranking 48 homers while driving in 117 RBI over 162 contests during his first full season of big-league action. He's expected to be a key bat in the Royals lineup during the 2020 campaign.

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      Yankees' Miguel Andujar: Resumes throwing, fielding
      8d ago

      Manager Aaron Boone said Tuesday that Andujar (shoulder) has been throwing and taking ground balls while training in the Dominican Republic during the offseason, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.

      Boone reiterated that the Yankees expect Andujar to be fully healthy for spring training after the 24-year-old appeared in just 12 games in the majors in 2019 before undergoing season-ending right shoulder surgery in late May. While Andujar's name has popped up frequently in trade rumors during the winter, the Yankees may be reticent to move him while his value has been suppressed by the injury. Assuming he's ready to go for the spring, Andujar will compete for a full-time role at either third base or designated hitter.

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      Yankees' Miguel Andujar: Making progress
      16d ago

      Andujar (shoulder) is making good progress and is expected to be ready for spring training, Dan Martin of the New York Post reports.

      A shoulder injury which eventually required surgery limited Andujar to 12 ineffective games last season. In his absence, Gio Urshela emerged to place a strong claim on the third base job. Andujar's bat is too good to waste, assuming he can get back to pre-injury form, so the Yankees will likely either trade him or try to find a way to give him regular at-bats.

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      Angels' Shohei Ohtani: Completes Tommy John rehab
      27d ago

      Ohtani (elbow/knee) completed his throwing progression Thursday and is now finished with Tommy John rehab, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

      Ohtani was recovering from Tommy John surgery and knee surgery, but his rehab now appears to be complete after three weeks of throwing off a mound. The right-hander will now be shut down from throwing for the remainder of the offseason prior to spring training. The team will determine his usage going forward during spring training, but he is expected to have an innings cap and not pitch more than once per week in 2020, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

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      Angels' Shohei Ohtani: Cleared for mound work
      11/26/2019

      Ohtani (elbow/knee) was cleared to throw off a mound Monday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

      Ohtani is working his way back from both Tommy John surgery and knee surgery. He's expected to throw off a mound for three or four weeks, at which point his recovery from the elbow procedure will be considered complete.

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    • Yordan Alvarez HOU DH
      Astros' Yordan Alvarez: Takes home ROY honors
      11/11/2019

      Alvarez was unanimously named the 2019 American League Rookie of the Year on Monday, Julia Morales of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.

      Upon being promoted in June, Alvarez took the league by storm, slashing .313/.412/.655 with 27 home runs and 78 RBI over 87 games. The 22-year-old slugger is expected to remain a fixture in Houston's lineup for years to come.

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