The younger brother of Edinson Volquez has been stabbed to death in the Dominican Republic.
Brandy Volquez, 25, was reportedly involved in an early-morning fight Monday with two men at a barbershop in Santo Domingo. There is one person in police custody. It's yet another unspeakable family tragedy for Edinson, who lost his father hours before starting Game 1 of the 2015 World Series. "I will always remember you my brother. May God have you in his kingdom," the newly-signed Marlins right-hander wrote on his Instagram account Tuesday. "RIP one love."
Diamondbacks signed OF Gregor Blanco to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Blanco struggled to find a good landing spot this winter after batting just .224/.309/.311 in 106 games last season with the Giants. Arizona's outfield depth chart is quite crowded, though Blanco does offer more defensive versatility than some of the other options. He'll fight for a backup job in Diamondbacks camp.
Braves signed RHP Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
MLB.com beat reporter Mark Bowman says Boyer "has a good chance" to open the 2017 season as a member of the Atlanta bullpen. The veteran right-hander posted a 3.95 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, and 26/17 K/BB ratio over 66 innings with the Brewers in 2016.
Aaron Nola (elbow) told reporters Tuesday that he will have no restrictions leading into spring training.
Nola was diagnosed last August with a low-grade sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and a flexor sprain in his forearm, but he underwent platelet-rich plasma treatment in September and is already feeling close to 100 percent. The young right-hander makes for a high-risk, high-reward fantasy option for the 2017 season. He registered a 2.65 ERA over his first 12 starts last year before falling apart in the second half.
Jeremy Hefner has retired from baseball.
The 30-year-old right-hander made the announcement Tuesday on his Facebook and Twitter accounts. Hefner posted a 5.25 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 97 2/3 innings last season with the Triple-A affiliate of the Cardinals. He logged 50 career appearances at the major league level, all with the Mets.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are finalizing a deal with free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson.
It's likely a non-guaranteed minor league contract or a low-base one-year deal. Tolleson, 28, posted a dreadful 7.68 ERA across 37 appearances for the Rangers last season and was removed from their 40-man roster in October. He did put up a 2.88 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 144 innings with Texas between 2014-2015.
Padres signed OF Wil Myers to a six-year, $83 million contract extension with a $20 million club option for 2023.
The extension had been in the works all offseason and finally became official Tuesday when Myers passed his physical in San Diego and signed along the dotted line. The contract -- a record-setter for the Friars -- will pay $2 million in 2017-2018, $3 million in 2019, and $20 million annually between 2020-2022. Myers enjoyed a breakout year in 2016, tallying 28 home runs, 94 RBI, 28 stolen bases, and 99 runs scored in 157 games. We would expect a definite drop in steals in 2017, but the 26-year-old remains a big building block for the Padres and a high-upside fantasy option at first base.
Rockies signed INF Alexi Amarista to a one-year, $1.25 million contract with a $2.5 million club option for 2018.
The deal was agreed to last month and then finalized Tuesday afternoon in Colorado after Amarista passed his pre-signing physical. He'll get a $1.1 million salary for 2017 and a $150,000 buyout promise on the $2.5 million option for 2018. Amarista carries no fantasy value -- even in Colorado -- as a 27-year-old utilityman with a paltry .230 career batting average and .596 career OPS.