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Jacoby Ellsbury is scheduled to undergo an MRI this week on his swollen left hand and wrist.

Ellsbury initially injured the hand and wrist last month and it got progressively worse throughout the month of October, but he wanted to hold off on having tests done until after the World Series. "I’ve got no more bullets in the gun," the center fielder told Red Sox coaches before Game 6. "We have to win tonight." Ellsbury, 30, is a free agent this winter.
Source: FOX Sports
Thu, Oct 31, 2013 08:58:00 AM

Orioles re-signed DH/1B/OF Mark Trumbo to a three-year, $37.5 million contract.

The deal was reported Thursday and is now official after Trumbo passed his physical. The slugger was reportedly asking for $80 million just last month, but the market for power this winter simply hasn't been nearly as robust as the free agents had hoped. Trumbo will be the Orioles' primary designated hitter, although it's possible he could play some right field and first base.
Jan 20 - 11:04 AM

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram was told by a Rangers official that the club expects Tyson Ross (thoracic outlet surgery) to make his season debut in May or June.

General manager Jon Daniels didn't provide a timetable on when he thinks Ross might return from last October's thoracic outlet surgery, but the goal is to have the righty healthy down the stretch next season. In other words, fantasy owners would be wise not to expect much, if anything, from Ross in the first half of 2017. Given the shaky history of thoracic outlet surgery patients and uncertain timetable, Ross makes for a high-upside but risky fantasy proposition in the upcoming season.
Jan 20 - 10:38 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Angels have agreed to a deal with free agent infielder Luis Valbuena, pending a physical.

The financial details aren't yet available, but Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register writes that it's likely a two-year deal with a club option. Venezuelan reporter Efraín Zavarce originally reported that the deal was close. As things stand right now, Valbuena would give the Angels a left-handed bat off the bench and an insurance policy between third base, second base, and first base, though he could carve out a bigger role if the club shops C.J. Cron. It's also worth noting that third baseman Yunel Escobar and second baseman Danny Espinosa are due to become free agents after 2017. He's quality roster depth at the very least.
Jan 19 - 10:16 PM

Josh Johnson is retiring from baseball, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com.

That's a shame. It's ultimately not all that surprising, as his body simply hasn't cooperated with him. Johnson has dealt with all sorts of injuries for a few years and hasn't pitched in a major league game since 2013. He underwent a third Tommy John surgery in September of 2015, but wasn't able to make his way back. While the injuries have overshadowed things in recent years, it's easy to forget that Johnson was one of the game's best starting pitchers for a stretch. He made two All-Star appearances during his nine-year career and led the NL with a 2.30 ERA in 2010. He'll finish his career with a 58-45 record to go along with a 3.40 ERA (124 ERA+) and 915 strikeouts in 998 innings.
Jan 19 - 8:17 PM

T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com notes that the Rangers remain interested in Mike Napoli.

It was reported in late December that the Rangers and Napoli were discussing a two-year deal, but there hasn't been much in the way of progress since. Sullivan hears that there's "no signs of a deal yet," but that could change quickly now that the list of impact bats is starting to get smaller. Chris Carter and Brandon Moss are among the alternative names on the free agent market.
Jan 19 - 7:12 PM

Rangers signed RHP Tyson Ross to a one-year, $6 million contract.

The deal was reported last Friday and now it's official. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported the contract terms, which include some performance-based incentives. Ross was non-tendered by the Padres in December after undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, but the Rangers are willing to take a chance on a rebound. It's not a bad gamble at this price. However, it's unclear if he'll be ready for the start of the season.
Jan 19 - 5:13 PM

Marlins acquired RHP Dan Straily from the Reds for RHPs Luis Castillo and Austin Brice and OF Isaiah White.

All of the physicals have been passed and both teams have made official announcements that the four-player trade is complete. It's a nice package of talent for the rebuilding Reds, and in return the win-now-mode Marlins get a cost-controlled starter who flourished in Cincinnati last season. Straily is under contract with Miami through 2020. He'll be arbitration-eligible for the first time next winter. This should be a good fit for fantasy purposes, though Straily was probably headed for some regression either way.
Jan 19 - 12:55 PM

Brewers signed RHP Neftali Feliz to a one-year, $5.35 million contract.

There are some performance incentives in the deal that could push it to $6.85 million. Feliz will open the 2017 season as the Brewers' closer if everything goes smoothly this spring. A former ninth-inning man for the Rangers, the 28-year-old right-hander posted a cool 3.52 ERA, 1.137 WHIP, and 61/21 K/BB ratio across 53 2/3 frames last summer in a setup role with Pittsburgh.
Jan 19 - 12:19 PM

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the team will go to an arbitration hearing with Dellin Betances.

Betances filed at $5 million and the Yankees at $3 million when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this month. Which salary he receives for the 2017 season will be decided by an arbitration panel around spring training. The stud 28-year-old reliever boasts a 2.16 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 14.3 K/9 in 254 2/3 career major league innings.
Jan 19 - 12:18 PM

Phillies signed OF Michael Saunders to a one-year, $9 million contract with an $11 million club option for 2018.

Saunders found a less-than-fertile free agent market for himself this offseason after struggling badly in the second half of the 2016 season, but he looks like a good buy-low for the Phillies as they continue their rapid organizational rebuild. If he gets off to another hot start in 2017, the Phillies can deal him for more young talent. Saunders, 30, still finished with a respectable .815 OPS and 24 homers in 140 games last year with Toronto. He's a late-round guy in deep leagues.
Jan 19 - 11:11 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, free agent Jason Hammel was "in talks with the Mariners" when he switched agents in late December.

Hammel moved his representation from Octagon to ACES, and his new reps at ACES apparently didn't approve of Seattle's offer. Now that ship has probably sailed. The veteran right-hander is struggling to attract significant interest on the free agent market this winter despite recording 15 wins and a 3.83 ERA in 30 starts last season for the World Series-champion Cubs. There are obviously real concerns about his elbow.
Jan 19 - 9:53 AM




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