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Mariners signed C Ronny Paulino to a minor league contract.

He's been given an invitation to spring training and should have a good shot at landing the backup job behind Jesus Montero. Paulino batted .254/.266/.302 with no homers over 20 games in 2012 with the Orioles and sports a .272/.324/.376 career batting line.
Thu, Jan 24, 2013 09:16:00 PM

Blue Jays acquired 3B Josh Donaldson from the Athletics for INF Brett Lawrie, RHP Kendall Graveman, LHP Sean Nolin and SS Franklin Barreto.

While it isn't surprising that the 28-year-old slugger was available via trade, the return package does seem a bit underwhelming for a player of his caliber. With the move to the homer-happy Blue Jays and a much more favorable home ballpark, Donaldson stands to see an increase to his offensive game, and that's after .277/.363/.477 with 53 long balls the past two seasons. He'll join with Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion to form one of the most prolific trios in baseball.
Nov 28 - 10:56 PM

Marlins acquired RHP Aaron Crow from the Royals in exchange for LHP Brian Flynn and RHP Reid Redman.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal first reported the deal, and it's now been made official. Crow was an All-Star in his rookie season back in 2011, but his stuff and results have declined steadily since then. He held a 4.12 ERA with just 34 strikeouts over 59 innings in 2014 and could have been facing a non-tender this winter with another raise via arbitration coming. The Marlins will hope the 28-year-old can rediscover his stuff in the National League.
Nov 28 - 12:20 PM

Royals re-signed RHP Jason Frasor to a one-year, $1.25 million contract with a $2 million mutual option for 2016.

There's a $550,000 buyout attached to the option, so the deal will net Frasor at least $1.8 million. He can also earn an additional $500,000 in incentives in both 2015 and 2016. The Royals' big three at the back-end of the bullpen deservedly received most of the attention, but Frasor was also terrific for them in middle relief, posting a 1.53 ERA in 23 appearances after coming over in a trade with the Rangers. The 37-year-old should have another effective year or two left in the tank.
Nov 28 - 10:35 AM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Melky Cabrera's preference is to not re-sign with the Blue Jays.

The reasoning is that he wants to get away from the artificial surface at Rogers Centre. Cabrera was already looking unlikely to end up back in Toronto after the club signed Russell Martin to an $82 million contract. The outfielder is said to prefer to play on the East Coast or in the Midwest.
Nov 28 - 8:42 AM

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians are "out" on free agent Chase Headley.

The Indians made a few inquiries but have already determined that Headley, who's being courted by several teams, will cost too much. Cleveland is not expected to be a big player in this year's free agent market. Headley seems most likely to re-sign with the Yankees, though the Giants have suddenly emerged as an intriguing potential match with Pablo Sandoval walking as a free agent.
Nov 27 - 12:10 PM

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports that the Diamondbacks have signed Cuban defector Yasmany Tomas to a six-year contract worth $68.5 million.

The 23-year-old corner outfielder was initially said to be seeking a contract worth more than the record six-year, $72.5 million pact that Rusney Castillo got from the Red Sox in August, but there have been questions about Tomas' defensive capabilities so he wasn't able to find that kind of offer. His contract with Arizona comes with an opt-out after four years. The Diamondbacks, under new chief baseball officer Tony La Russa, beat out the Braves, Padres, Giants, and Phillies to land their new right fielder. If the power hype is real, he's going to mash at Chase Field. There isn't a much better fit from a fantasy perspective.
Source: MLBlogs
Nov 26 - 5:05 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Padres and Dodgers have discussed a Matt Kemp trade.

Rosenthal adds, however, that there's been "nothing that recent" and there is "no deal close." Kemp finished the 2014 season in fine form and would give the San Diego offense a needed boost, but the Dodgers may opt to keep him now that Hanley Ramirez has signed with Red Sox. Los Angeles probably needs retain the right-handed power that Kemp provides.
Nov 26 - 4:21 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark heard from two sources that the Yankees offered the Phillies "a utility player" for shortstop Jimmy Rollins.

That didn't get the job done. The Phillies seem to have a lofty asking price for Rollins, who turns 36 years old this week and is owed $11 million next season in the final year of his four-year, $44 million deal. They're simply not going to be able to get a top prospect or young, productive major league talent in exchange for the veteran shortstop.
Nov 26 - 4:03 PM

Rays designated INF/OF Sean Rodriguez for assignment.

Due another raise through arbitration, Rodriguez was considered a likely non-tender candidate, so the Rays simply decided to cut ties a little bit early. He could draw interest on waivers due to his versatility. Rodriguez batted .211/.258/.443 with 12 home runs over 259 plate appearances this past season.
Nov 26 - 1:33 PM

Rays signed RHP Ernesto Frieri to a one-year, $800,000 contract.

Frieri could make as much as $3.15 million with incentives. The 29-year-old is coming off a nightmare year in which he posted a 7.34 ERA over 48 appearances between the Angels and Pirates, but he has enjoyed great success in the past. Known for their success with reclamation projects, the Rays will attempt to strike gold once again.
Nov 26 - 1:26 PM

Ryan Braun said Wednesday that his right thumb is back to 100 percent since surgery.

Braun underwent a cryotherapy procedure on October 2 in hopes of fixing an inflamed nerve at the base of his thumb that has bothered him for nearly two years. He quickly resumed swinging a bat and hasn't had any setbacks. "It definitely worked," Braun said Wednesday. The real test will be playing in games, but this is encouraging news for the Brewers.
Nov 26 - 10:08 AM




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