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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

MASN Sports' Roch Kubatko reports that the Orioles have re-signed Delmon Young to a one-year contract, pending a physical.

He'll be guaranteed $2.25 million and can reach $3 million with incentives. The physical is expected to be completed after January 1. Young hoped to find a multi-year deal after batting .302/.337/.442 with seven home runs and 30 RBI in 83 games with Baltimore this past season, but he ultimately lowered his demands to stick around for another year. The 29-year-old figures to see part-time at-bats again between the DH spot and left field.
Dec 24 - 11:58 AM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi writes that "there's a decent chance" the Rays will trade Ben Zobrist before Opening Day.

It reads as speculation, but it makes a lot of sense given how active the Rays have been on the trade front this offseason. Zobrist turns 34 in May and will make $7.5 million in 2015 before hitting free agency. His versatility would make him an attractive target for a number of teams and should fetch Tampa Bay a nice haul. Morosi lists the Mets, Nationals, Mariners, Rangers, Cubs, Reds, and Twins among the teams who could be a fit.
Source: FOX Sports
Dec 24 - 11:21 AM

Cardinals released RHP Robert Stock.

A converted catcher, Stock posted a 4.12 ERA with a rough 43/46 K/BB ratio over 63 1/3 innings last season between Class A Peoria and High-A Palm Beach. The 25-year-old will attempt to latch on elsewhere.
Dec 24 - 11:16 AM

Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are still interested in Seth Smith and Will Venable from the Padres.

The Padres have a surplus of outfielders after acquiring Matt Kemp, Wil Myers and Justin Upton in recent days, so the Orioles could be able to find a match. Both Smith and Venable hit from the left side of the plate and could be used on the strong side of a platoon in Baltimore. Smith is signed through 2016 with a club option for 2017 while Venable can become a free agent after 2015.
Dec 24 - 9:15 AM

Braves signed RHP Jason Grilli to a two-year, $8 million contract with a club option for 2017.

The deal was reported earlier Tuesday and has now been made official. Grilli held a 4.00 ERA with 57 strikeouts over 54 innings for the Pirates and Angels this past season. The 38-year-old reliever should serve as the main setup man for closer Craig Kimbrel.
Dec 23 - 9:50 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Braves will sign Jason Grilli.

Rosenthal says it's a two-year deal with a club option for a third year, while CBS Sports' Jon Heyman adds that Grilli will receive around $8 million. Grilli held a 4.00 ERA with 57 strikeouts over 54 innings for the Pirates and Angels this past season, pitching better down the stretch for the Halos after arriving via trade. The veteran reliever will help set up for Craig Kimbrel.
Dec 23 - 7:56 PM



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