J.C. Gutierrez has elected free agency.
The 31-year-old right-hander pitched 63 2/3 innings for the World Champion Giants in 2014, registering a 3.96 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 44/16 K/BB ratio. With so many teams around the league desperate for quality depth in the bullpen, he shouldn't have any trouble landing on his feet elsewhere.
Braves sent INF Ramiro Pena outright to Triple-A Gwinnett.
Pena was designated for assignment earlier in the week to make room on the 40-man roster. He was arbitration eligible this winter, which may have played a role in the move as well. It's unclear if he'll accept the assignment or attempt to find a better opportunity elsewhere through free agency.
Rob Bradford of WEEI reports that Jon Lester isn't expected to make a decision anytime soon on where he'll sign.
Lester is still said to be early in the free agent process and is still meeting with interested teams. The Red Sox remain optimistic at a reunion with the prized left-hander, though the Cubs, Braves, Giants and Cardinals are among many others interested in his services.
White Sox sent RHP Ronald Belisario outright to Triple-A Charlotte.
The veteran right-hander passed through waivers unclaimed. He'll now have to decide whether to accept the outright assignment or to hit the free agent market and attempt to find a better opportunity elsewhere. He posted a 5.56 ERA and 1.45 WHIP over 66 1/3 innings with the club in 2014.
MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports that the Diamondbacks have signed Cuban defector Yasmany Tomas to a six-year contract worth $68.5 million.
The 23-year-old corner outfielder was initially said to be seeking a contract worth more than the record six-year, $72.5 million pact that Rusney Castillo got from the Red Sox in August, but there have been questions about Tomas' defensive capabilities so he wasn't able to find that kind of offer. His contract with Arizona comes with an opt-out after four years. The Diamondbacks, under new chief baseball officer Tony La Russa, beat out the Braves, Padres, Giants, and Phillies to land their new right fielder. If the power hype is real, he's going to mash at Chase Field. There isn't a much better fit from a fantasy perspective.