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Padres signed RHP Barry Enright to a minor league contract.

Enright hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2013 and spent the last two seasons in the Mexican League. The 30-year-old right-hander will probably open the 2017 season with Triple-A El Paso. He's nothing more than organizational depth for San Diego.
Jan 23 - 1:47 PM

Mets released RHP Christian Montgomery.

Montgomery scored a $250,000 signing bonus from the Mets when he was drafted out of high school in 2011, but the right-hander went on to register a 5.65 ERA over parts of five minor league seasons and failed to advance past Low-A ball. At this point he is a 24-year-old non-prospect.
Jan 23 - 1:40 PM

Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer considers Joaquin Benoit the favorite to close for the Phillies this season.

Jeanmar Gomez saved 37 games for the Phils in 2016, but he faded down the stretch and he's expected to have a different role in 2017. Hector Neris might be the team's most talented reliever, but he could be kept in a setup role for now. Benoit is 39 and got off to a rough start last season in Seattle, but he finished strong after going to Toronto with a 0.38 ERA across 25 appearances. Philly's goal is probably for Benoit to have a nice first half in the closer role and then trade him at the deadline.

MLB.com's Joe Frisaro doesn't expect the Marlins to seriously pursue Chris Carter or Mark Reynolds.

This comes a day after ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported the Marlins were interested in both players. Frisaro believes the Marlins are at their payroll limit and could open the year with a four-man bench featuring Derek Dietrich, A.J. Ellis, Miguel Rojas and Ichiro Suzuki. That would allow the Marlins to carry eight relievers. The Marlins have been looking for a platoon partner to pair with Justin Bour but now seem resigned to using him as their everyday first baseman.
Source: marlins.com
Jan 21 - 11:41 PM

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Bronson Arroyo is "making great progress" in his recovery from an elbow injury.

Arroyo plans to be ready for Opening Day and is hoping to latch on with a team by late February. Shoulder and elbow issues have sidelined Arroyo for most of the last three seasons. The 15-year veteran turns 40 next month.
Source: Boston Globe
Jan 21 - 7:08 PM

Free agent Sergio Romo drew interest from the Brewers before they signed Neftali Feliz.

That doesn't necessarily mean the Brewers are done pursuing him, though Romo wouldn't have a chance to close now that Feliz is on board. Romo has been met by crickets on the open market this winter. The Yankees were linked to him a month ago but obviously nothing came of that. The 33-year-old posted a respectable 2.64 ERA over 40 relief outings for the Giants last year.
Jan 21 - 6:53 PM

Nationals signed INF/OF Alex Santana to a minor league contract.

Santana, a career .258/.319/.364 minor league hitter, has never played above Class-A and sat out the entire 2016 season. He brings depth to the lower levels of the minor leagues for the Nationals.
Jan 21 - 11:12 AM

Nationals signed INF Irving Falu to a minor league contract.

The 33-year-old infielder hasn't appeared in the big leagues since the 2014 season. He finished the 2016 season in the Royals' organization, slashing .267/.297/.404 with four homers and 27 RBI over 172 plate appearances at Triple-A Omaha. He adds depth for the Nats at the Triple-A level.
Jan 21 - 11:06 AM

Padres signed RHP Francisco Mendoza to a minor league contract.

The 29-year-old spent the first seven seasons of his professional career toiling in the minor leagues for the Rangers. He registered a 6.20 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 47/18 K/BB ratio across 53 2/3 innings at Triple-A Round Rock in 2016. He adds bullpen depth at the minor league level for the Padres.
Jan 21 - 10:45 AM

Rockies signed SS Anthony Phillips to a minor league contract.

Phillips, 26, spent the 2016 season in the Angels' organization where he slashed .259/.332/.317 with one homer, 37 RBI and nine stolen bases (11 caught stealing) in 114 games at Double-A Arkansas. He'll add minor league depth for the Rockies.
Jan 21 - 9:55 AM

Rockies signed C Tanner Murphy to a minor league contract.

The 24-year-old backstop spent the 2016 season playing for Winnipeg in the Independent American Association where he slashed .208/.277/.285 with one homer and 18 RBI in 164 plate appearances. He's nothing more than organizational catching depth for the Rockies.
Jan 21 - 9:07 AM

Diamondbacks signed LHP Marlon Arias to a minor league contract.

The 32-year-old southpaw sat out the 2016 season after toiling in the Mexican League in 2015. He spent five years in the Dodgers' organization from 2005-2009 and hasn't pitched stateside since, though recently looked impressive in the Dominican Winter League. He's nothing more than organizational depth for the D'Backs.
Jan 21 - 8:51 AM

Padres designated OF Jabari Blash for assignment.

The 27-year-old hit just .169/.298/.324 with three homers, five RBI and a 34/11 K/BB ratio in 84 plate appearances with the Padres in 2016. There's a chance that he could pass through waivers unclaimed and continue to function as minor league depth for the Friars.
Jan 20 - 6:52 PM

Padres signed RHP Trevor Cahill to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

The 28-year-old right-hander reportedly had offers on the table from several other clubs, but chose the Padres because he believed they provided him the best chance of starting in the rotation. Pitching in the friendly confines of Petco Park is certainly a boost to his fantasy value as well. Cahill registered a 2.74 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 66/35 K/BB ratio over 65 2/3 innings with the Cubs in 2016.
Jan 20 - 6:49 PM

Brewers signed RHP Joba Chamberlain to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Chamberlain, 31, put up a solid 2.25 ERA and 18/11 K/BB ratio over 20 relief innings for the Indians last season but got released around midseason and didn't catch on anywhere else. He'll have to pitch his way onto the Opening Day roster again but has a decent shot at a middle relief job.
Jan 20 - 5:46 PM



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