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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics have reached a two-year, $7 million deal with reliever Eric O'Flaherty.

O'Flaherty is recovering from Tommy John surgery and might not be ready to return until around midseason. It's a bit of a surprise to see him take a two-year deal, but the A's were willing to pay a premium on the chance that he'll return to form as one of the best left-handed relievers in the game. O'Flaherty, who turns 29 next month, has a 1.99 ERA dating back to 2009.
Wed, Jan 22, 2014 11:38:00 AM

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

According to Venezuelan reporter Efraín Zavarce, the Angels are close to a multi-year deal with Luis Valbuena.

No word yet on the terms involved. The Angels already have Yunel Escobar projected to play third base and C.J. Cron lined up for first base, so Valbuena will presumably take on a part-time role around the infield. The 31-year-old posted a career-high .816 OPS with the Astros last season while putting up 13 homers and 40 RBI over 90 games.
Jan 19 - 8:11 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

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Mark Trumbo is getting a three-year, $37.5 million deal from the Orioles.

The deal is done and Trumbo is reportedly taking a physical to make it official. He'll ultimately get slightly under the Orioles' original offer of three years and $40 million. Trumbo was aiming higher, reportedly around $80 million, but the market didn't play out like he was hoping. In the end, this situation played out a lot like things did between the Orioles and Chris Davis last offseason.
Jan 19 - 6:22 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

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were elected to the 2017 class of the Baseball Hall of Fame by the BBWAA.

Bagwell and Raines both just missed out on making the Hall of Fame last season. Better times in 2017, particularly for Raines, who was in his final year on the ballot. He joins the hall having hit .294/.385/.425 with 170 homers, 980 RBI and 808 steals across 23 major league seasons. He amassed six seasons of at least 70 steals. For his part, Bagwell played his entire career with the Astros and slugged 449 home runs while driving in 1,529 runs across 15 campaigns in the bigs. He was a career .297/.408/.540 hitter. Pudge Rodriguez is something of a surprise entrant, here, joining Johnny Bench as the only catcher to be inducted on the first ballot. The longtime Rangers backstop finished out his time in the majors holding a career batting line of .296/.334/.464 to go along with 311 homers and 1,332 RBI. Just missing the cut were Trevor Hoffman (74%) and Vladimir Guerrero (71.7%). They will hope for better luck in 2018.
Source: BBWAA.com
Jan 18 - 6:09 PM




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