Casey McGehee has signed a one-year contract with Japan's Yomiuri Giants.
The deal includes a club option. McGehee spent most of 2016 with Triple-A Toledo, but did log 30 games at the big league level with the Tigers while filling in for injured third baseman Nick Castellanos. The 34-year-old holds a .258 average over 2,798 major league at-bats.
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Astros are looking to add a top-tier starting pitcher.
The offseason is young, but the Astros have already made improvements to their lineup by adding Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and Josh Reddick. Now the Astros are going for the jugular by trying to add a top starting pitcher. Chris Archer is one of the pitchers they covet (Chris Sale is also on their short list), though the sense around Tampa Bay is that the Rays aren't eager to trade their best arm. The Astros have the pieces to pull off a big trade and Heyman speculates that Alex Bregman could be part of a return package for an ace like Archer or Sale.
According to Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers are "getting closer" to re-signing free agent Rich Hill.
A source told Peter Gammons earlier today that Hill and the Dodgers were in agreement on a three-year deal worth over $40 million. That could very well be the case, but it doesn't look like a deal will be finalized before Sunday. Hill was limited to only seven starts in the second half because of blister issues but was excellent when healthy last season (2.12 ERA over 20 outings for the Dodgers and A's).
Mariners designated RHP Zach Lee for assignment.
Lee spent all of 2016 in the minor leagues, compiling a disappointing 6.14 ERA over 27 outings at Triple-A. His only big league appearance came with the Dodgers in 2015.
Mariners designated LHP Dean Kiekhefer for assignment.
The Mariners had to make roster space for relievers Casey Fien and Marc Rzepczynski. Kiekehefer was claimed off waivers from the Cardinals about a month ago. He excelled in Triple-A last year (2.08 ERA in 29 games for Memphis) but had a hard time in the big leagues (5.32 ERA over 26 outings).
Mariners signed RHP Casey Fien to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.
They also agreed to terms with left-hander Marc Rzepczynski while designating Dean Kiekhefer and Zach Lee for assignment. Fien spent last season shuttling between the majors and Triple-A. Overall, he finished with a 5.39 ERA over 39 relief appearances for the Dodgers and Twins.
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Tigers are unlikely to trade Miguel Cabrera.
Per Heyman, "there's never been anything close." Moving Cabrera was never a likely outcome considering how much money Cabrera is owed over the next seven seasons ($212 million). While it looks like Cabrera is staying put, the Tigers are reportedly still open to trading Justin Verlander and perhaps even Victor Martinez. Cabrera is coming off another brilliant season (.318, 38 HR, 108 RBI) and should be in Detroit for the long haul.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports the Rockies are "showing continued interest" in free agent Mark Trumbo.
His market has been slow to develop but could pick up once Edwin Encarnacion finds a new home. Trumbo is tied to draft-pick compensation and is a poor defensive player, which might also limit his options. Per Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun, Trumbo is projected to land a four-year deal in the range of $57 million. That would be identical to the deal Nelson Cruz signed with Seattle two years ago. Trumbo's power would play well at Coors Field. He's clubbed eight homers in 12 career games at Colorado.