The Blue Jays hired Eric Wedge to a role as player development advisor.
It has been rumored that Wedge would join the Jays in some capacity due to his close ties with Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins. This move could put some pressure on acting manager John Gibbons, as some in the industry see Wedge as the manager-in-waiting.
Blue Jays designated RHP Chad Jenkins for assignment.
The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Gavin Floyd whose signing was announced on Saturday. The 28-year-old Jenkins owns a career 3.31 ERA and 1.25 WHIP across 100 2/3 big league innings and should attract interest from other clubs seeking bullpen help.
Blue Jays signed RHP Gavin Floyd to a one-year, $1 million contract.
Floyd also has the potential to earn an additional $1 million in incentives based on days that he's on the active roster. It's unclear if the Jays plan to use him in the rotation or out of the bullpen where he finished the 2015 campaign with the Indians.
Jesse Chavez won his arbitration case against the Blue Jays and will make $4 million in 2016.
Chavez and the Jays were only $400,000 apart when submitting figures, so the Jays aren't hurt too badly by the right-hander winning here. The 32-year-old right-hander posted a 4.18 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 136/48 K/BB ratio over 157 innings for the Athletics in 2015. The signing leaves American League MVP Josh Donaldson as the only arbitration-eligible Blue Jay who remains unsigned.
Yankees signed C Santiago Nessy to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
The 23-year-old backstop spent the 2015 season in the Royals organization where he hit just .220/.287/.340 with four homers and 25 RBI in 66 games between High-A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He's nothing more than organizational catching depth for the Bombers.
The Associated Press reports that the arbitration hearing between the Blue Jays and Jesse Chavez was heard on Friday, with a ruling expected on Saturday.
The two sides are only $400,000 apart, with Chavez requesting $4 million and the Jays countering at $3.6 million. Acquired via trade from the Athletics this winter, Chavez could function in a swingman role for the Blue Jays in 2016, depending on how they choose to proceed with Aaron Sanchez.
Mets signed INF Derrik Gibson to a minor league contract.
The 26-year-old was a second-round pick of the Red Sox from the 2008 draft. He spent the 2015 season in the Orioles organization, slashing .239/.350/.292 with one homer, 13 RBI and three stolen bases in 79 games between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk.
Tigers signed RHP Willy Paredes to a minor league deal.
The 27-year-old hurler spent the first five seasons of his minor league career in the Diamondbacks organization before finishing the 2015 campaign with Laredo in the Independent Atlantic Association. He'll add organizational bullpen depth for the Tigers.