FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Brett Anderson has agreed to a contract with the Cubs, pending a physical.
We can't consider Anderson passing the physical a slam dunk given all his previous physical issues. The left-hander didn't have any arm problems in 2016, but he was limited to just 11 1/3 innings with the Dodgers due to back, wrist and blister issues. He's made more than eight big league starts just once in his last five campaigns. However, Anderson has mostly pitched well when able to take the mound, and Rosenthal says the Cubs were impressed by a bullpen session the southpaw threw recently in Arizona. He'll be an option for their rotation, although he might be on the outside looking in as it stands right now.
Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman on Monday didn't rule out re-signing Chase Utley even after the trade for Logan Forsythe.
"Never say never," Friedman said about the possibility of bringing back Utley. The second baseman would obviously have to be willing to accept a bench role, but perhaps he might consider it in order to remain in Los Angeles. Utley batted just .252/.319/.396 with 14 home runs for the Dodgers in 2016.
Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News reports that Dae-Ho Lee has signed a four-year, $12.9 million contract with Korea's Lotte Giants.
It's the club he began his career with overseas before he played a few years in Japan and last season with the Mariners. Lee didn't embarrass himself in the majors with a .253/.312/.428 batting line and 14 homers, but it turned out to just be a one-year stint for the big first baseman.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that "things appear to be heating up" with the market for Greg Holland.
Heyman says that the final three clubs involved in the bidding for Holland may be the Rockies, Nationals and a "mystery team." The former closer is reportedly seeking a two-year contract with an opt-out clause after the first year of the deal. Holland is coming back from Tommy John surgery and was throwing just 88-91 mph during a showcase in November, but he'll probably wind up being a bargain if he regains his arm strength.
Rays signed RHP Shawn Tolleson to a one-year, $1 million contract.
Tolleson flamed out last season after beginning the year as the Rangers' closer and ultimately finished with an ugly 7.68 ERA across 37 appearances. However, he posted a 2.88 ERA with 145 strikeouts over 144 innings with Texas from 2014-15, making him a solid bounce-back candidate on a cheap deal.
Rays acquired RHP Jose De Leon from the Dodgers in exchange for 2B Logan Forsythe.
The Rays have been excellent over the years at acquiring talented, cost-controlled young starting pitching and they've landed another one in De Leon. One of the top pitching prospects in the game, De Leon struggled in his brief audition with the Dodgers last season but has put up sub-3.00 ERAs and gaudy strikeout totals in the minors the last three campaigns. The Rays figure to keep him in the minors for a while to start 2017, but he should be in their rotation at some point in the upcoming season.
Dodgers acquired 2B Logan Forsythe from the Rays in exchange for RHP Jose De Leon.
The Dodgers finally have their second baseman after months of trade talks with the Twins involving Brian Dozier that ultimately led to nothing. They refused to give up more than De Leon for Dozier but have landed Forsythe for De Leon straight up in a deal that makes sense for both sides. Forsythe has batted .273/.347/.444 over the last two seasons and is under team control for $15.5 million through 2018.
Diamondbacks signed C Josh Thole to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
A career .242/.313/.306 hitter, the 30-year-old Thole enters a crowded catching situation in Arizona with Jeff Mathis, Chris Iannetta and Chris Herrmann already in tow. He seems unlikely to make the Opening Day roster.