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Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Wednesday that the club is looking at Gavin Floyd as a starter and a reliever.

Signed to a one-year, $1 million deal last week, Floyd will be stretched out as a starter during spring training, but they are open-minded about his potential role. Given that the Blue Jays already have more starters than rotation spots, the bullpen might be the best fit for him. For what it's worth, Atkins said that Floyd's showing as a reliever down the stretch for the Indians last season is what made them want to take the gamble.
Feb 10 - 3:08 PM

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Wednesday that the club talked about "many, many scenarios" with Josh Donaldson before agreeing to a two-year deal.

In other words, the possibility of a long-term deal was proposed. Ultimately, the two sides found common ground on a deal that bought out two years of arbitration. If Donaldson continues to perform at a high level, he's looking at a massive salary for his final year of team control in 2018. He might be more inclined to test free agency at that point, but it would be no surprise if the Blue Jays bring up the possibility again.
Feb 10 - 3:04 PM

Phillies designated LHP Bobby LaFromboise for assignment.

The move clears a spot for the newly-acquired Taylor Featherston on the 40-man roster. LaFromboise was just claimed off waivers from the Angels late last month and he could soon be with his fourth organization since mid-December.
Feb 10 - 2:59 PM

Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Wednesday that the club will wait until midway through spring training or perhaps later to decide on a closer.

Roberto Osuna proved himself as a 20-year-old rookie last season by posting a 2.58 ERA and 75/16 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings while notching 20 saves, but his role is in question after the Blue Jays picked up Drew Storen from the Nationals over the winter. Given Storen's experience and past issues as a set-up man, he'll likely go into spring training as the early favorite. However, fantasy owners will have to wait for an official decision.
Feb 10 - 2:49 PM

Orioles signed RHP Dale Thayer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Thayer was a useful reliever with the Padres from 2012-2014, but he struggled to the tune of a 4.06 ERA and 25/15 K/BB ratio over 37 2/3 innings last season. The 35-year-old will attempt to earn a spot in Baltimore's bullpen in the spring.
Feb 10 - 2:43 PM

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, MLB executives believe it will be "very difficult" for Dexter Fowler to get more than the two-year, $20 million deal Howie Kendrick received from the Dodgers.

Kendrick's market didn't develop as he hoped this winter, in large part because he was attached to draft pick compensation. Fowler, Yovani Gallardo, and Ian Desmond are all suffering the same fate right now. There's always the chance that Fowler could beat Kendrick's deal, but that task is getting tougher with spring training rapidly approaching.
Feb 10 - 2:18 PM

Phillies acquired INF Taylor Featherston from the Angels for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Featherston was designated for assignment last week after the Angels claimed Christian Friedrich off waivers from the Rockies. The 26-year-old stuck with the big club last season as a Rule 5 pick, but he batted just .162/.212/.247 over 169 plate appearances. Phillies general manager Matt Klentak was previously the assistant GM with the Angels, so he's clearly a fan. A strong defender, Featherston has options remaining, so he can be stashed in Triple-A.
Feb 10 - 2:10 PM

Matt Holliday said Wednesday that he isn't sure how much work he'll get at first base once official workouts begin in Cardinals' camp.

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported in December that Holliday had been working out at first base at the team's complex in Florida, but Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak quickly downplayed it while adding that he's still expected to be the starting left fielder in 2016. The 36-year-old is on board with the plan and said he simply wanted to test his versatility just in case. "I wanted to challenge myself," said Holliday. "And I had the time."
Feb 10 - 1:46 PM

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports that Ike Davis is expected to sign a minor league deal soon.

The Yankees are among the teams in the mix. Davis was non-tendered by the Athletics in December after batting just .229/.301/.350 with three home runs and 21 RBI over 239 plate appearances last season. He's going to have to earn his way on a major league roster in the spring.
Feb 10 - 1:31 PM

Carlos Beltran said Wednesday that he lost around 10 pounds over the winter.

Beltran joked that he "might try and steal some bases this year," though the Yankees would probably just be thrilled if he stays healthy while putting up similar numbers to 2015. After getting off to a slow start last year, he batted .276 with 19 homers and an .808 OPS. He's turning 39 in April.
Feb 10 - 12:53 PM

Blue Jays and 3B Josh Donaldson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $28.65 million contract.

The reigning AL MVP will make $11.65 million in 2016 and $17 million in 2017. The two sides were forced to go to an arbitration hearing last winter, which Donaldson won, but they were able to work out a multi-year contract this time. Donaldson remains under team control through 2018. The new deal gives the Blue Jays some cost certainty, which is a nice bonus with Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista due to become free agents after 2016.
Feb 10 - 12:33 PM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles and free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo are moving closer to a deal.

This confirms what was reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Heyman hears that the two sides are talking about three guaranteed years, though it sounds as if an opt-out could potentially be included. Nothing is done yet, but it would be interesting to see if adding Gallardo could provide the impetus for the O's to sign outfielder Dexter Fowler, another qualifying offer free agent.
Feb 10 - 10:58 AM

Tigers and OF J.D. Martinez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $18.5 million contract.

The deal was reported on Monday and it's now official. Per Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, Martinez will make $6.75 million in 2016 and $11.75 million in 2017. The two-year deal buys out his final two seasons of arbitration-eligibility, so he's still scheduled to hit free agency after 2017. The 28-year-old led the Tigers with 38 homers and 102 RBI last season.
Feb 10 - 10:49 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles are "making progress" in talks with free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo.

The Orioles would surrender the No. 14 overall pick in this year's draft (and the corresponding bonus pool money) to sign Gallardo, which is something they have been reluctant to do until now, but his price could have dropped to the point where they are willing to get the deal done. Baltimore certainly could use another quality arm in their rotation after losing left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. Gallardo is coming off a career-low 3.42 ERA last season with the Rangers, but his strikeout rate has been in a steady decline.
Feb 10 - 10:24 AM

Rangers and 1B Mitch Moreland avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.7 million contract.

Moreland filed for $6 million and was offered $4.675 million by the Rangers when figures were exchanged last month, so the two sides settled a little bit north of the midpoint. The 30-year-old batted .278/.330/.482 with 23 homers in 2015 and is on track to be a free agent next winter.
Feb 10 - 8:34 AM



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