Dodgers and RHP Joe Wieland avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $590,000 contract.
Wieland was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter and will receive the same salary he did in 2015. The 25-year-old made two starts for the Dodgers this season and had a 4.59 ERA and 92/25 K/BB ratio over 113 2/3 innings in Triple-A. He'll serve as rotation depth again in 2016.
Indians signed RHP Joba Chamberlain to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
After recent stops with the Tigers and Royals, Chamberlain will stay in the American League Central. The 30-year-old posted a 4.88 ERA and 23/9 K/BB ratio over 27 2/3 innings at the major league level this season and will attempt to win a bullpen job in the spring.
Ken Davidoff of the New York Post writes that Ben Zobrist will likely make a decision about where to sign by the end of next week's Winter Meetings.
This feels like part speculation, but it's reasonable enough to conclude. Zobrist has drawn interest from a handful of contenders, including the Mets, Nationals, Cardinals, and Giants. Even the rebuilding Braves are in the mix. Despite turning 35 next May, he's hoping to land a four-year contract. As of now, the Mets aren't willing to go there.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Chris Young will receive $13 million guaranteed in his new two-year contract with the Red Sox.
The Red Sox have yet to make an official announcement, but CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported Monday that the two sides had agreed to a two-year deal. Young batted .252 with 14 home runs and a .773 OPS in part-time role with the Yankees this past season and figures to be used as a fourth-outfielder/platoon-type in Boston. The Red Sox currently have Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley, Jr. and Rusney Castillo as projected starters in their outfield.
ESPN's Buster Olney writes that free agent outfielder Jason Heyward is likely a secondary option for the Cubs.
The Cubs are widely expected to be in the market for a starting pitcher this winter, so a potential pursuit for Heyward could depend on how that goes. One option would be to sign Heyward and potentially make a trade (perhaps involving Jorge Soler or Kyle Schwarber) for a starting pitcher, but that's all speculation for now.