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Royals optioned RHP Kelvin Herrera to Triple-A Omaha.

It wasn't too long ago that Herrera was threatening Greg Holland for the closer role, but he has struggled to keep the ball in the ballpark this season, surrendering eight home runs in just 20 1/3 innings. He'll attempt to straighten things out in the minors.
Thu, May 23, 2013 04:22:00 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are finalizing a deal with free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson.

It's likely a non-guaranteed minor league contract or a low-base one-year deal. Tolleson, 28, posted a dreadful 7.68 ERA across 37 appearances for the Rangers last season and was removed from their 40-man roster in October. He did put up a 2.88 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 144 innings with Texas between 2014-2015.
Jan 17 - 5:50 PM

Padres signed OF Wil Myers to a six-year, $83 million contract extension with a club option for 2023.

The extension had been in the works all offseason and finally became official Tuesday when Myers passed his physical in San Diego and signed along the dotted line. The contract -- a record-setter for the Friars -- will pay $2 million in 2017-2018, $3 million in 2019, and $20 million annually between 2020-2022. Myers enjoyed a breakout year in 2016, tallying 28 home runs, 94 RBI, 28 stolen bases, and 99 runs scored in 157 games. We would expect a definite drop in steals in 2017, but the 26-year-old remains a big building block for the Padres and a high-upside fantasy option at first base.
Jan 17 - 5:47 PM

Rockies signed INF Alexi Amarista to a one-year, $1.25 million contract with a $2.5 million club option for 2018.

The deal was agreed to last month and then finalized Tuesday afternoon in Colorado after Amarista passed his pre-signing physical. He'll get a $1.1 million salary for 2017 and a $150,000 buyout promise on the $2.5 million option for 2018. Amarista carries no fantasy value -- even in Colorado -- as a 27-year-old utilityman with a paltry .230 career batting average and .596 career OPS.
Jan 17 - 5:06 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Jose Bautista will be guaranteed $18 million in his new one-year deal with the Blue Jays.

And so Bautista will receive a guarantee just above the one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer he rejected from Toronto before testing free agency. Per Heyman, the new deal includes a pair of options (one mutual, one vesting) which could max out the contract at $60 million. Bautista wasn't up to his usual standards in 2016, but he has a chance to be a nice bargain at this price.
Jan 17 - 3:39 PM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Tigers have been "in touch" with free agent outfielders Peter Bourjos and Gregor Blanco.

The Tigers traded Cameron Maybin at the start of the offseason and currently project to go into camp with in-house options for center field which includes the likes of Tyler Collins, Anthony Gose, and JaCoby Jones, so it makes sense that they aren't satisfied. Bourjos, who turns 30 in March, batted .251/.292/.389 with five home runs, 23 RBI, and six steals over 123 games with the Phillies last season. Blanco, 33, hit .224/.309/.311 with one home run, 11 RBI, and six steals in 106 games with the Giants in 2016.
Jan 17 - 2:55 PM

Jake Diekman will have surgery on January 25 to help alleviate ulcerative colitis and is expected to miss at least half of the season.

That's too bad. Diekman has been open about his fight with the illness and will hopefully get some relief from the procedure. He turns 30 next week and posted a 3.40 ERA and 59/26 K/BB ratio over 53 innings last season. He'll be a nice weapon for the Rangers' bullpen once he's back to full health. The Rangers and Diekman agreed to a one-year, $2.55 million deal last week to avoid arbitration.
Jan 17 - 1:37 PM

Rangers signed RHP Dillon Gee to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Gee put up a 4.68 ERA and 89/37 K/BB ratio over 125 innings last season in a swingman role with the Royals before being shut down in September due to blood clots in his shoulder. He eventually underwent surgery in October for thoracic outlet syndrome, but the hope is that he'll be ready for spring training. That's far from a sure thing, but he'll provide insurance for the rotation and bullpen if he's back to full health. Of course, the Rangers reportedly reached an agreement last week with Tyson Ross, who is also coming back from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome.
Jan 17 - 12:50 PM

Rangers signed OF Josh Hamilton to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The deal has been expected to get done for a while and now it's official. Hamilton turns 36 in May and didn't play a single game in the majors in 2016 after undergoing surgery in June to repair an ACL injury and arterial and meniscus cartilage in his left knee. He was cleared by Rangers' doctors in December and hopes to be 100 percent for spring training, but it's tough to count on him to be a major contributor. As part of his contract, he can request his release if he's not on the major-league roster on April 1.
Jan 17 - 12:21 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Phillies have signed outfielder Michael Saunders to a one-year, $9 million contract with an $11 million club option for 2018.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was first to report news of the agreement, and now Rosenthal brings the financial terms. It's a pretty good buy-low on a guy who made the American League All-Star team in 2016 before stumbling badly in the second half. He still finished with 24 home runs and an .815 OPS. Saunders, a left-handed batter, should draw regular starts in the corner outfield with Philadelphia and could offer some value in deeper fantasy leagues.
Jan 16 - 2:31 PM

Royals signed LHP Danny Duffy to a five-year, $65 million contract extension.

Duffy filed at $8 million last week in his final turn through salary arbitration, with the Royals countering at $7.25 million. He would have been a free agent next winter and probably could have tried for much more than $65 million with another good season. But for a guy who's been somewhat inconsistent in his six-year MLB career, this is a life-changing amount of financial security. The 28-year-old left-hander delivered a sharp 3.51 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 188/42 K/BB ratio across 179 2/3 innings for Kansas City in 2016. The contract has no club or player options, nor does it carry no-trade provisions.
Jan 16 - 1:51 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Astros have "remained in contact with the Athletics on Sonny Gray."

Houston has been looking to add a front-line starter via trade since the offseason began. Gray did not pitch like a front-line guy in 2016 (5.69 ERA in 22 starts), but he was a legitimate ace from 2013-2015 and the 27-year-old right-hander is under contractual control through 2019. It's going to take a significant package of young talent to pluck him away from Oakland. Houston does have the talent to give, and an obvious rotation need.
Jan 16 - 1:09 PM




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