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Angels signed OF Kole Calhoun to a three-year, $26 million contract extension.

The deal includes a $14 million option for 2020. Jeff Flecher of the Orange County Register passed along the final contract details. The two sides just recently agreed to a one-year, $6.35 million contract for 2017, but now the Angels have bought out all three remaining years of arbitration and potentially his first year of free agency. The 29-year-old is coming off a strong season where he batted .271/.348/.438 with 18 home runs and 75 RBI over 157 games.
Jan 18 - 3:04 PM

J.P. Arencibia has announced his retirement from baseball.

Arencibia, 31, spent last season at the Triple-A level between the Rays and Phillies while batting .241/.269/.420 with 16 home runs and 49 RBI over 90 games. Known for his power and non-existent plate discipline, Arencibia will finish with a .212/.258/.412 career batting line and 80 homers in 467 games in stops with the Blue Jays, Rangers, and Rays. Arencibia homered on the first pitch he saw in the majors back in 2010 and became the first player since 1900 to have a pair of home runs and four hits in his major league debut. However, his flawed approach didn't lead to success often enough for him to maintain a significant role in the majors.
Jan 18 - 2:27 PM

Brandon Kintzler plans to potentially throw more offspeed pitches in 2017.

The spring training cliches are pouring in early this year. As Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com notes, only three pitchers threw their fastball more often than Kintzler in 2016. It didn't stop him from posting a 3.15 ERA in 54 appearances while saving 17 games. However, Kintzler isn't satisfied and cites his health as a reason why he plans to experiment with his repertoire. "Last year was my first year ever healthy in the Major Leagues," said Kintzler. "I've had some success but I never felt like I showed what I could do. And I could never practice much in the offseason, even offspeed. But now that I have that chance with a normal offseason, I feel like I have weapons instead of just my fastball." Kintzler will be the fallback for the closer role to start 2017 if Glen Perkins encounters setbacks from labrum surgery.
Jan 18 - 12:46 PM

Athletics designated RHP Zach Neal for assignment.

The move clears a spot for the newly-added Trevor Plouffe on the 40-man roster. Neal, 28, compiled a 4.24 ERA and 27/6 K/BB ratio over 70 innings in a swingman role last season. He posted a groundball rate of 53 percent. There's a chance he'll be scooped up on waivers.
Jan 18 - 12:23 PM

Athletics signed INF Trevor Plouffe to a one-year, $5.25 million contract.

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the deal includes plate appearance incentives worth $750,000 and there's a $250,000 assignment bonus if he's traded. The Twins cut ties with Plouffe back in November following an injury-plagued year where he batted .260/.303/.420 with 12 home runs and 47 RBI over 84 games. He figures to see most of his playing time at third base with Oakland, likely pushing Ryon Healy to designated hitter and first base duties.
Jan 18 - 12:08 PM
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