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Andrew Baggarly reports that the Giants have signed catcher Nick Hundley.

Baggarly reports that Hundley has passed his physical, but we're still waiting on an official announcement from the team. It's expected to be a major league deal worth $2 million. The 33-year-old batted .260/.320/.439 with 10 homers in 83 games for the Rockies last season and will serve as Buster Posey's backup in San Francisco.
Jan 24 - 1:34 PM

Orioles re-signed INF Sharlon Schoop to a minor league contract.

Schoop remains in the same organization as his brother, Jonathan Schoop. The 29-year-old hit .226/.297/.334 with five homers and 29 RBI over 86 games last season between Double- and Triple-A. He has never played in the majors.
Jan 24 - 1:01 PM

Orioles signed OF Alex Castellanos to a minor league contract.

Castellanos, 30, played for the Rockies' Triple-A affiliate last season while batting .299/.364/.482 with six home runs and 25 RBI over 49 games. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2013 and that's unlikely to change this year unless there are a rash of injuries in the Orioles' outfield.
Jan 24 - 12:56 PM

Padres signed OF Nick Buss to a minor league contract.

Buss opted for free agency after being designated for assignment by the Angels last October. The 29-year-old hit .198/.247/.346 over 90 plate appearances in the majors this past season. He'll likely begin the year in Triple-A.
Jan 24 - 12:00 PM

Twins signed RHP Yohan Pino to a minor league contract.

Pino pitched with the KT Wiz of the Korea Baseball Organization last season while posting a rough 7.15 ERA and 23/15 K/BB ratio over 39 innings. The 33-year-old previously pitched for the Twins back in 2014 (5.07 ERA in 11 starts) and will provide some depth in his return to the organization.
Jan 24 - 11:51 AM

James Paxton won't pitch in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Paxton, who is from Canada, has decided to save his innings and focus on the season ahead. The 28-year-old will look to take another step forward after posting a 3.79 ERA and 117/24 K/BB ratio over 121 innings with the Mariners last season. He also threw 50 2/3 innings at the Triple-A level, so he's coming off a career-high workload.
Jan 24 - 10:56 AM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that six teams are showing interest in Fernando Salas.

Berardino notes that the Twins are not among them. Salas, 31, is coming off a 3.91 ERA and 64/19 K/BB ratio over 73 2/3 innings last season between the Angels and Mets. He's one name in a still sizable group of relievers who should find a home soon.
Jan 24 - 9:25 AM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Joe Blanton and Jerry Blevins are on the Dodgers' radar.

Now that the Dodgers have landed their second baseman with Logan Forsythe, Rosenthal hears that their next move will be a reliever. The catch is that they are only willing to offer a one-year deal. Blanton and Blevins surely hoped for more at the start of the winter, but their chances of getting it have grown smaller with spring training approaching. Blanton, 36, posted a 2.48 ERA and 80/26 K/BB ratio across 80 innings with the Dodgers last season. Blevins was excellent with the Mets last season, putting up a 2.79 ERA and 52/15 K/BB ratio over 42 innings.
Jan 24 - 8:33 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Brett Anderson has agreed to a contract with the Cubs, pending a physical.

We can't consider Anderson passing the physical a slam dunk given all his previous injury issues. Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan says the contract is worth $3.5 million and contains incentives that could push the total to $10 million. Anderson didn't have any arm problems in 2016, but he was limited to just 11 1/3 innings with the Dodgers due to back, wrist and blister issues. He's made more than eight big league starts just once in his last five campaigns. However, Anderson has mostly pitched well when able to take the mound, and Rosenthal says the Cubs were impressed by a bullpen session the southpaw threw recently in Arizona. He'll be an option for their rotation, although he might be on the outside looking in as it stands right now.
Jan 23 - 9:51 PM

Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman on Monday didn't rule out re-signing Chase Utley even after the trade for Logan Forsythe.

"Never say never," Friedman said about the possibility of bringing back Utley. The second baseman would obviously have to be willing to accept a bench role, but perhaps he might consider it in order to remain in Los Angeles. Utley batted just .252/.319/.396 with 14 home runs for the Dodgers in 2016.
Jan 23 - 8:16 PM

Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News reports that Dae-Ho Lee has signed a four-year, $12.9 million contract with Korea's Lotte Giants.

It's the club he began his career with overseas before he played a few years in Japan and last season with the Mariners. Lee didn't embarrass himself in the majors with a .253/.312/.428 batting line and 14 homers, but it turned out to just be a one-year stint for the big first baseman.
Jan 23 - 7:45 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that "things appear to be heating up" with the market for Greg Holland.

Heyman says that the final three clubs involved in the bidding for Holland may be the Rockies, Nationals and a "mystery team." The former closer is reportedly seeking a two-year contract with an opt-out clause after the first year of the deal. Holland is coming back from Tommy John surgery and was throwing just 88-91 mph during a showcase in November, but he'll probably wind up being a bargain if he regains his arm strength.
Jan 23 - 7:31 PM

Rays signed RHP Shawn Tolleson to a one-year, $1 million contract.

Tolleson flamed out last season after beginning the year as the Rangers' closer and ultimately finished with an ugly 7.68 ERA across 37 appearances. However, he posted a 2.88 ERA with 145 strikeouts over 144 innings with Texas from 2014-15, making him a solid bounce-back candidate on a cheap deal.
Jan 23 - 7:24 PM

Rays acquired RHP Jose De Leon from the Dodgers in exchange for 2B Logan Forsythe.

The Rays have been excellent over the years at acquiring talented, cost-controlled young starting pitching and they've landed another one in De Leon. One of the top pitching prospects in the game, De Leon struggled in his brief audition with the Dodgers last season but has put up sub-3.00 ERAs and gaudy strikeout totals in the minors the last three campaigns. The Rays figure to keep him in the minors for a while to start 2017, but he should be in their rotation at some point in the upcoming season.
Jan 23 - 7:14 PM

Dodgers acquired 2B Logan Forsythe from the Rays in exchange for RHP Jose De Leon.

The Dodgers finally have their second baseman after months of trade talks with the Twins involving Brian Dozier that ultimately led to nothing. They refused to give up more than De Leon for Dozier but have landed Forsythe for De Leon straight up in a deal that makes sense for both sides. Forsythe has batted .273/.347/.444 over the last two seasons and is under team control for $15.5 million through 2018.
Jan 23 - 7:06 PM



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