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Yasiel Puig went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in the Dodgers' loss to the Giants on Saturday.

It was by the far worst night of his young career. Puig, who is part of the final vote for the National League All-Star team, is still batting .407/.435/.683 with eight home runs and 19 RBI over his first 31 major league games. He's sure to win that final All-Star spot.
Sat, Jul 6, 2013 10:24:00 PM

Giants and 1B Brandon Belt avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.2 million contract.

MLB Network's Jon Heyman passed along the contract details. The two sides had an arbitration hearing scheduled for Wednesday, so they were able to work out a last-minute deal. Belt requested $7.5 million and was offered $5.3 million by the Giants when figures were exchanged last month, so the two sides settled for a little under the midpoint. He's under team control through 2017.
Feb 10 - 3:24 PM

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Wednesday that the club will wait until midway through spring training or perhaps later to decide on a closer.

Roberto Osuna proved himself as a 20-year-old rookie last season by posting a 2.58 ERA and 75/16 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings while notching 20 saves, but his role is in question after the Blue Jays picked up Drew Storen from the Nationals over the winter. Given Storen's experience and past issues as a set-up man, he'll likely go into spring training as the early favorite. However, fantasy owners will have to wait for an official decision.
Feb 10 - 2:49 PM

Blue Jays and 3B Josh Donaldson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $28.65 million contract.

The reigning AL MVP will make $11.65 million in 2016 and $17 million in 2017. The two sides were forced to go to an arbitration hearing last winter, which Donaldson won, but they were able to work out a multi-year contract this time. Donaldson remains under team control through 2018. The new deal gives the Blue Jays some cost certainty, which is a nice bonus with Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista due to become free agents after 2016.
Feb 10 - 12:33 PM

Tigers and OF J.D. Martinez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $18.5 million contract.

The deal was reported on Monday and it's now official. Per Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, Martinez will make $6.75 million in 2016 and $11.75 million in 2017. The two-year deal buys out his final two seasons of arbitration-eligibility, so he's still scheduled to hit free agency after 2017. The 28-year-old led the Tigers with 38 homers and 102 RBI last season.
Feb 10 - 10:49 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles are "making progress" in talks with free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo.

The Orioles would surrender the No. 14 overall pick in this year's draft (and the corresponding bonus pool money) to sign Gallardo, which is something they have been reluctant to do until now, but his price could have dropped to the point where they are willing to get the deal done. Baltimore certainly could use another quality arm in their rotation after losing left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. Gallardo is coming off a career-low 3.42 ERA last season with the Rangers, but his strikeout rate has been in a steady decline.
Feb 10 - 10:24 AM

Rangers and 1B Mitch Moreland avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.7 million contract.

Moreland filed for $6 million and was offered $4.675 million by the Rangers when figures were exchanged last month, so the two sides settled a little bit north of the midpoint. The 30-year-old batted .278/.330/.482 with 23 homers in 2015 and is on track to be a free agent next winter.
Feb 10 - 8:34 AM

Evan Gattis recently underwent hernia surgery and will be sidelined for the next 4-6 weeks.

The operation shouldn't have any long-term effects, but it could sideline Gattis for the bulk of spring training and possibly threaten his availability for Opening Day. If Gattis does get a late start to the season, Jake Marisnick, Preston Tucker and Marwin Gonzalez would figure to be in line to pick up the slack. Gattis batted .246/.285/.463 with 27 homers and 88 RBI in his first season with the Astros.
Feb 9 - 10:00 PM

Yu Darvish (elbow) is on track to begin throwing bullpen sessions in March.

Working his way back from Tommy John surgery, Darvish resumed a throwing program last August but hasn't been cleared for mound work just yet. He's currently long-tossing at 120 feet and throwing off flat ground at 60-75 feet. Darvish is aiming to rejoin the Rangers' rotation around mid-May to early-June. "I have no problems at all right now. I have no concerns," Darvish said. "I feel like I could throw 95 right now, but they told me not to. I feel really good right now."
Feb 9 - 5:51 PM

White Sox signed RHP Mat Latos to a one-year, $3 million contract.

Latos is coming off a 2015 campaign that saw him bounce around with three different teams and post a 4.95 ERA. He's also not throwing as hard as he used to and has drawn criticism for being a poor clubhouse presence. That said, there's little risk in a $3 million investment and the White Sox were lacking rotation depth. He'll push Erik Johnson either to the bullpen or Triple-A.
Feb 9 - 4:15 PM

Mariners signed RHP Joel Peralta to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Peralta, who turns 40 in March, is coming off a rough season with the Dodgers where he posted a 4.34 ERA and 24/8 K/BB ratio over 29 innings while missing some time with neck and shoulder injuries. Still, he's a fine gamble at these terms.
Feb 9 - 1:53 PM

Jason Castro lost his arbitration hearing against the Astros and will make $5 million in 2016.

Castro requested $5.25 million when arbitration figures were exchanged last month, so it wasn't much of a difference, but the two sides were unable to avoid a hearing. The 28-year-old batted .211 with 11 homers and a .648 OPS over 104 games in 2015. He's going into his final year before free agency.
Feb 9 - 1:32 PM




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