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Andre Ethier (calf) remained out of the Dodgers' lineup Friday.

Ethier hit a pinch-hit homer Wednesday and should be available off the bench again. Scott Van Slyke is starting in right field, with Yasiel Puig moving into center.
Fri, Aug 16, 2013 03:45:00 PM

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the Brewers have reached an agreement with Neal Cotts.

He'll get a one-year contract, with FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal saying it will be for $3 million. Cotts is coming off back-to-back terrific seasons with the Rangers, putting up a 2.84 ERA while striking out 128 over 123 2/3 innings. He should be able to pick up some of the left-handed relief slack following the departures of Zach Duke and Tom Gorzelanny.
Jan 29 - 7:27 PM

Phillies signed RHP Chad Billingsley to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

The deal can get all the way up to $8 million if he reaches his performance incentives. Billingsley has made just two starts over the last two seasons due to elbow issues but should be recovered from flexor tendon surgery for the beginning of the 2015 campaign. He should be able to crack the Philadelphia rotation if healthy and is a nice low-risk move for the rebuilding Phillies.
Jan 29 - 6:54 PM

Red Sox and OF Daniel Nava avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.85 million contract.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported the contract terms. Nava, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, requested $2.25 million and was offered $1.3 million from the Red Sox when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this month. Ultimately, the two sides settled a bit north of the midpoint. The switch-hitter figures to function as a reserve outfielder and backup first baseman in 2015.
Jan 29 - 5:36 PM

Blue Jays signed RHP Ronald Belisario to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The non-guaranteed deal will pay Belisario a salary of $1.7 million if he makes the Jays' 25-man roster. Belisario had a disappointing 5.56 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 66 1/3 innings last season for the White Sox and was removed from their 40-man roster on November 20. The 32-year-old right-hander is capable of putting his career back on track with Toronto.
Jan 29 - 2:23 PM

Jayson Werth will begin serving his five-day jail sentence in Fairfax County, Virginia on Friday.

Werth was handed the five-day sentence Thursday in the Fairfax County General Circuit Court after pleading guilty to reckless driving. He got busted back in July for driving his Porsche 105 mph in a 55 mph zone along Interstate 495. The 35-year-old outfielder will be on time for spring training, though January 9 shoulder surgery is going to keep him from activities for the first several weeks of camp. Werth is questionable for Opening Day.
Jan 29 - 1:46 PM

Brandon Beachy isn't planning to sign with a team until sometime in early- to mid-February.

Beachy was said to be close to a deal with an undisclosed club late last week, but those talks apparently fell apart. Here's the statement from Beachy's agent, Rob Martin: "Brandon has decided not to sign a contract at this time. With each day his arm is getting stronger and he’s feeling even more confident about his progress. Thus, he is going to continue with his throwing program and make a decision closer to spring training." The 28-year-old right-hander is recovering from his second Tommy John elbow surgery.
Jan 29 - 1:20 PM

The Blue Jays have been in contact with the representatives for Francisco Rodriguez, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.

Casey Janssen signed with the Nationals in free agency, guaranteeing that the Jays will need to look elsewhere to find saves next year. Morosi said the club is also talking to reps for Rafael Soriano and Burke Badenhop, so they're keeping their options open. The Brewers are another team that has been linked to K-Rod in recent days.
Jan 28 - 10:42 PM

Giants released 2B Marco Scutaro.

Scutaro was designated for assignment on January 21 to make room for Norichika Aoki. The 39-year-old is due $6.67 million this year, a number the Giants were obviously more comfortable eating than keeping him on the 40-man roster. His career may very well be over.
Jan 28 - 8:15 PM

Mets and RHP Jenrry Mejia avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.595 million contract.

Mejia had asked for $3 million and the Mets had offered $2.1 million when the sides exchanged figures, so Mejia appears to be the winner in the deal. Mejia posted a 3.65 ERA with 98 strikeouts in 93 2/3 innings this past season, registering 28 saves while filling in for Bobby Parnell. Parnell should be back early in the season, so Mejia will likely return to a setup role.
Jan 28 - 7:34 PM

Angels and 3B David Freese avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.425 million contract.

Freese asked for $7.6 million and was offered $5.25 million from the Angels when arbitration figures were exchanged on January 16. The two sides found the midpoint. Freese batted just .260/.321/.383 in 2014 for Anaheim, but he'll open the 2015 season as the club's starting third baseman. He can become a free agent next fall.
Jan 28 - 5:04 PM

White Sox designated OF Dayan Viciedo for assignment.

The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Gordon Beckham on the 40-man roster. The White Sox and Viciedo recently avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.4 million contract, but he became the odd man out on the roster after Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche were brought into the fold over the winter. Viciedo batted just .231 with a .686 OPS last season, but he should draw some interest with his pop from the right side of the plate.
Jan 28 - 2:24 PM




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