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.
Reds signed INF Angelo Gumbs to a minor league contract.
Gumbs, a second-round selection from the 2010 draft, was released by the Yankees in late January. The 23-year-old hit a troublesome .176/.224/.213 with one homer and one steal in 59 games at High-A Tampa in 2015. He'll function as organizational depth for the Reds.
According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Friday that the club is considering re-aligning their outfield, with Yasmany Tomas moving to left field and David Peralta shifting to right.
Tomas graded out very poorly in right field after shifting from third base last season. With Peralta the better defender of the two, it makes sense why they would want to move him to right field instead. Regardless of where he roams the outfield though, Tomas will be in the lineup because of his bat, which should provide ample fantasy goodness.
Cubs and RHP Jake Arrieta avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $10.7 million contract.
The agreed-upon sum is $450,000 above the midpoint that the two sides filed at. It marks the largest one-year deal in history for a pitcher with four years of service time. The reigning National League Cy Young Award winner is fresh off an unbelievable 2015 season where he registered a 1.77 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 236/48 K/BB ratio over 229 innings. He'll be arbitration-eligible again after next season, though there have been rumblings that the Cubs and Arrieta have been in discussions on a multi-year contract extension.
Yankees signed OF Jared Mitchell to a minor league contract.
The 27-year-old was a first round pick of the White Sox in 2009. He spent most of the 2015 campaign in the Angels organization, slashing .209/.298/.318 with five homers and 22 RBI in 100 games between two minor league levels.