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Angels signed INF Luis Valbuena to a two-year, $15 million contract with an $8.5 million mutual option for 2019.

The deal was agreed to last week and then finalized Tuesday after Valbuena passed his pre-signing physical. He will make $6.5 million in 2017 and $8 million in 2018 with a $500,000 buyout on his mutual option for 2019. Valbuena could open as the Angels' starting first baseman this season with Albert Pujols recovering from offseason foot surgery. Valbuena also figures to see time at third base and DH in Anaheim. He posted a career-high .816 OPS with 13 homers and 40 RBI over 90 games last year with Houston.
Jan 24 - 4:22 PM

Didi Gregorius is expected to play for the Netherlands in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Yet another quality option for Netherlands' infield, joining Xander Bogaerts, Andrelton Simmons, Jonathan Schoop, and Jurickson Profar. Gregorius is coming off a breakout season where he batted .276/.304/.447 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI over 153 games.
Jan 24 - 3:31 PM

Angels outright RHP Blake Parker to Triple-A Salt Lake.

Parker cleared waivers after being designated for assignment lat week. The 31-year-old put up a 4.67 ERA over 17 appearances between the Mariners and Yankees in 2016.
Jan 24 - 3:26 PM

Giants general manager Bobby Evans said Tuesday that his preference is for either Jarrett Parker or Mac Williamson to win the starting left fielder job outright during spring training.

Parker hits from the left side while Williamson hits right-handed, but Evans would rather have one player win the job rather than begin the year with a platoon. Many have speculated that the Giants would end up adding a veteran option, but it's getting closer to spring training and Parker and Williamson remain the primary competitors for left field. Parker, 28, has produced 10 homers with an .865 OPS in just 205 plate appearances in the majors. Williamson, 26, batted .223/.315/.411 with six home runs and 15 RBI over 127 plate appearances with the Giants in 2016. If one of them ends up starting the season in the minors, it could make room for Michael Morse or Justin Ruggiano to win a bench job.
Jan 24 - 3:01 PM

Marlins acquired RHP Severino Gonzalez from the Phillies for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Gonzalez was designated for assignment last week after the Michael Saunders signing. The 24-year-old has a solid 62/14 K/BB ratio over 66 innings in the majors, but he owns a rough 6.68 ERA in 34 appearances. He'll look for better luck with his new team.
Jan 24 - 2:52 PM

Giants designated INF Ehire Adrianza for assignment.

The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Nick Hundley on the 40-man roster. Adrianza, 27, batted .254/.299/.381 with two home runs and seven RBI over 71 plate appearances with the Giants in 2016.
Jan 24 - 2:39 PM

Giants signed C Nick Hundley to a one-year, $2 million contract.

Andrew Baggarly first reported details of the agreement. Hundley has logged significant playing time over the past two seasons in Colorado, but he'll shift into a backup role behind Buster Posey with his new club. Giants general manager Bobby Evans said Tuesday that he still sees Posey catching around 120 games in 2017, so there's not much room for Hundley to carve out fantasy value.
Jan 24 - 2:17 PM

Andrew Baggarly reports that the Giants have signed catcher Nick Hundley.

Baggarly reports that Hundley has passed his physical, but we're still waiting on an official announcement from the team. It's expected to be a major league deal worth $2 million. The 33-year-old batted .260/.320/.439 with 10 homers in 83 games for the Rockies last season and will serve as Buster Posey's backup in San Francisco.
Jan 24 - 1:34 PM
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