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.
According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Padres and Dodgers have discussed a Matt Kemp trade.
Rosenthal adds, however, that there's been "nothing that recent" and there is "no deal close." Kemp finished the 2014 season in fine form and would give the San Diego offense a needed boost, but the Dodgers may opt to keep him now that Hanley Ramirez has signed with Red Sox. Los Angeles probably needs retain the right-handed power that Kemp provides.
ESPN's Jayson Stark heard from two sources that the Yankees offered the Phillies "a utility player" for shortstop Jimmy Rollins.
That didn't get the job done. The Phillies seem to have a lofty asking price for Rollins, who turns 36 years old this week and is owed $11 million next season in the final year of his four-year, $44 million deal. They're simply not going to be able to get a top prospect or young, productive major league talent in exchange for the veteran shortstop.
Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that Yasmany Tomas is mulling over offers from at least the Diamondbacks, Braves, Padres, and Giants.
Details of each offer aren't clear, but Sanchez writes that the Padres aren't believed to have the highest offer. Once considered a front-runner, the Phillies aren't on Sanchez's list of confirmed offers, but the club remains interested in signing him. Tomas was originally expected to seek a five- to six-year deal at $15 million per season, but he's also apparently open to a shorter deal which will allow him to hit free agency in his late-20s. Tomas just turned 24 this month. There's no reported timeline for a decision and he's currently considering attending next month's Winter Meetings.