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Nationals signed 2B Dan Uggla to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

General manager Mike Rizzo has history with Uggla, as he drafted him back in 2001 when he was Director of Scouting for the Diamondbacks. Uggla will turn 35 in March and batted just .149/.229/.213 in 157 plate appearances last season. There's a good possibility he's done, but he did at least land in a good spot, as the Nats have an opening at second base. That said, it's unlikely that they're done shopping for upgrades at the position.
Dec 26 - 11:28 AM

Rays signed RHP Jhan Marinez to a minor league contract.

Marinez struck out 46 over 40 1/3 innings but held a 6.69 ERA between Double- and Triple-A last season. The 26-year-old is merely an organizational add.
Dec 26 - 10:02 AM

Giants re-signed RHP J.C. Gutierrez to a minor league contract.

The pact likely contains an invitation to spring training. Gutierrez held a 3.96 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 44/16 K/BB ratio over 63 2/3 innings for the World Champion Giants in 2014. He should get a legit shot at an Opening Day bullpen spot.
Dec 26 - 9:58 AM

Diamondbacks signed LHP Dan Runzler to a minor league contract.

Runzler held a 3.30 ERA and 53/36 K/BB ratio over 46 1/3 innings at Triple-A for the Giants last season before finishing the year in Japan. He gives the D'Backs some left-handed relief depth.
Dec 26 - 9:51 AM

Rick VandenHurk has signed with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball.

VandenHurk has pitched the last two seasons in Korea, posting a 3.55 ERA for the Samsung Lions. The 29-year-old hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012.
Dec 26 - 9:35 AM

Astros sent LHP Darin Downs outright to Triple-A Fresno.

He's now off the 40-man roster but will be invited to spring training. Downs posted a 5.45 ERA and 1.36 WHIP across 45 appearances for the Astros in 2014.
Dec 26 - 8:41 AM

Japanese right-hander Chihiro Kaneko has signed a four-year deal with the Orix Buffaloes.

Kaneko had been drawing interest from a range of MLB clubs, but he wasn't posted this winter by his Nippon Professional Baseball team and might now remain with them through 2018. The 31-year-old starting pitcher registered a fantastic 1.98 ERA and 199/42 K/BB ratio in 191 innings this past season for the Buffaloes. He would have commanded a sizable MLB contract.
Source: Japan Times
Dec 25 - 11:22 AM

Diamondbacks re-signed INF/C Jordan Pacheco to a minor league contract.

The deal includes an invitation to spring training, where Pacheco should have a good shot at an Opening Day roster spot. The 28-year-old batted just .272/.298/.321 in 47 games this past season for Arizona, but he can play catcher and third base.
Dec 25 - 10:47 AM

Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports the Braves have discussed LHP Luis Avilan with other teams.

The southpaw struggled to a 4.57 ERA over 43 1/3 innings this past season, but he still owns a 2.56 ERA for his career and won't be eligible for arbitration until 2016. If the 25-year-old Avilan is available, he'll surely draw some interest on the trade market.
Dec 24 - 8:44 PM

Indians signed RHP Jeff Manship to a minor league contract.

Manship had a 6.65 ERA over 20 relief appearances spanning 23 innings with the Phillies this past season. The 29-year-old was a non-roster invite last spring and won a role in the Phils' bullpen, and he'll look to do it again with the Tribe this year.
Dec 24 - 6:38 PM

Rockies signed OF Roger Bernadina to a minor league contract.

Bernadina batted just .167/.304/.258 in 80 plate appearances this season between the Reds and Dodgers and for his career he's hit just .236/.307/.354. The 30-year-old is doubtful to have a significant impact for the Rockies, who have a ton of outfield depth.
Dec 24 - 5:56 PM

Reds signed RHP Michael Bowden to a minor league contract.

Bowden spent the 2014 season with the Seibu Lions of Japan's Pacific League. The 28-year-old was a supplemental first-round pick in 2005, but he owns a rough 4.51 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 133 2/3 career major league innings.
Dec 24 - 4:37 PM

Kenta Maeda has officially re-signed with the Hiroshima Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball.

Maeda, considered one of the top pitching talents in Japan, has been saying for years that he wants to join a Major League Baseball team. But the Hiroshima Carp again refused to post him this winter and the 26-year-old right-hander can't become an unrestricted free agent until after the 2017 season. He owns an outstanding 2.44 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 1,303 1/3 career innings for Hiroshima.
Source: Japan Times
Dec 24 - 4:34 PM

Carlos Gonzalez (knee) announced Wednesday that he has been cleared to begin hitting.

Gonzalez is coming off surgery in August to repair the patella tendon in his left knee, which had bothered him dating back to 2013. The 29-year-old could be a little behind at the start of spring training, but the hope is that he'll be ready for Opening Day.
Dec 24 - 2:20 PM

Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves and A.J. Pierzynski have agreed to a one-year contract, pending a physical.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez apparently let the cat out of the bag while at a Honeybaked Ham on Wednesday and Bowman was able to confirm the story's validity. We're not kidding. Pierzynski, 37, batted just .251/.288/.337 in 362 plate appearances this past season between the Red Sox and Cardinals and should back up young Christian Bethancourt in 2015. The deal is expected to become official after January 1.
Dec 24 - 1:50 PM



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