LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Jared Burton wants to return to the majors in 2017.
Burton didn't pitch in 2016 after being suspended 50 games last January for a second positive test for a drug of abuse. He'll have to settle for a minor league contract, as there doesn't figure to be much of a market for a 35-year-old who hasn't pitched well in the majors since 2013.
SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that Johnny Monell has signed with the KT Wiz in Korea.
Cotillo says Monell initially had a deal with the NC Dinos before it fell through. The 30-year-old got cups of coffee in the majors in 2013 and 2015 but spent all of 2016 at Triple-A in the Mets organization, batting .276/.336/.470 with 19 homers.
Braves re-signed 2B/OF Emilio Bonifacio to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Bonifacio returns to the Braves after getting a brief shot with them in 2016, when he hit just .211/.268/.211 over 43 plate appearances. He'll compete for a utility job.
Red Sox signed OF Junior Lake to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Lake is a career .235/.278/.376 hitter over parts of four seasons in the majors. He'll turn 27 in March and is merely organizational depth.
Phillies signed LHP Sean Burnett to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Burnett made it back to the majors for a cup of coffee last season with the Nationals after a few years of arm issues. The veteran left-hander is now 34 and will have a shot to win a bullpen spot with Philly. Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith says Burnett will earn $1.25 million if he makes the team, with another $1.75 million possible in appearance incentives. The deal also includes a March 26 opt-out.
Brewers pitching prospect Phil Bickford has been suspended 50 games after a second positive test for a drug of abuse.
Bickford tested positive for marijuana before the 2015 Draft and has evidently tested positive twice more since turning pro. Acquired from Giants at the deadline in the Will Smith deal, Bickford posted a 2.92 ERA and 135/42 K/BB ratio over 120 innings between Low- and High-A in 2016.
Diamondbacks signed RHP Fernando Rodney to a one-year, $2.75 million contract.
The deal, which was first reported on Wednesday, includes an additional $4 million in incentives. Rodney was Dr. Jekyll with the Padres (0.31 ERA, 33/12 K/BB ratio over 28 2/3 innings) and Mr. Hyde with the Marlins (5.89 ERA, 41/25 K/BB ratio over 36 2/3 innings) last season, but, of course, inconsistency is nothing new with him. He'll turn 40 just before Opening Day but will get a chance to close in Arizona.
Tigers re-signed RHP Jeff Ferrell to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Ferrell made it up for a few appearances with the Tigers in 2015 but last season was in the minors, holding a 4.76 ERA over nine appearances. He'll represent organizational depth.