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The younger brother of Edinson Volquez has been stabbed to death in the Dominican Republic.

Brandy Volquez, 25, was reportedly involved in an early-morning fight Monday with two men at a barbershop in Santo Domingo. There is one person in police custody. It's yet another unspeakable family tragedy for Edinson, who lost his father hours before starting Game 1 of the 2015 World Series. "I will always remember you my brother. May God have you in his kingdom," the newly-signed Marlins right-hander wrote on his Instagram account Tuesday. "RIP one love."
Source: USA Today
Jan 17 - 7:54 PM

Diamondbacks signed OF Gregor Blanco to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Blanco struggled to find a good landing spot this winter after batting just .224/.309/.311 in 106 games last season with the Giants. Arizona's outfield depth chart is quite crowded, though Blanco does offer more defensive versatility than some of the other options. He'll fight for a backup job in Diamondbacks camp.
Jan 17 - 7:33 PM

Braves signed RHP Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

MLB.com beat reporter Mark Bowman says Boyer "has a good chance" to open the 2017 season as a member of the Atlanta bullpen. The veteran right-hander posted a 3.95 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, and 26/17 K/BB ratio over 66 innings with the Brewers in 2016.
Jan 17 - 6:33 PM

Aaron Nola (elbow) told reporters Tuesday that he will have no restrictions leading into spring training.

Nola was diagnosed last August with a low-grade sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and a flexor sprain in his forearm, but he underwent platelet-rich plasma treatment in September and is already feeling close to 100 percent. The young right-hander makes for a high-risk, high-reward fantasy option for the 2017 season. He registered a 2.65 ERA over his first 12 starts last year before falling apart in the second half.
Jan 17 - 6:08 PM

Jeremy Hefner has retired from baseball.

The 30-year-old right-hander made the announcement Tuesday on his Facebook and Twitter accounts. Hefner posted a 5.25 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 97 2/3 innings last season with the Triple-A affiliate of the Cardinals. He logged 50 career appearances at the major league level, all with the Mets.
Jan 17 - 5:53 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are finalizing a deal with free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson.

It's likely a non-guaranteed minor league contract or a low-base one-year deal. Tolleson, 28, posted a dreadful 7.68 ERA across 37 appearances for the Rangers last season and was removed from their 40-man roster in October. He did put up a 2.88 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 144 innings with Texas between 2014-2015.
Jan 17 - 5:50 PM

Padres signed OF Wil Myers to a six-year, $83 million contract extension with a $20 million club option for 2023.

The extension had been in the works all offseason and finally became official Tuesday when Myers passed his physical in San Diego and signed along the dotted line. The contract -- a record-setter for the Friars -- will pay $2 million in 2017-2018, $3 million in 2019, and $20 million annually between 2020-2022. Myers enjoyed a breakout year in 2016, tallying 28 home runs, 94 RBI, 28 stolen bases, and 99 runs scored in 157 games. We would expect a definite drop in steals in 2017, but the 26-year-old remains a big building block for the Padres and a high-upside fantasy option at first base.
Jan 17 - 5:47 PM

Rockies signed INF Alexi Amarista to a one-year, $1.25 million contract with a $2.5 million club option for 2018.

The deal was agreed to last month and then finalized Tuesday afternoon in Colorado after Amarista passed his pre-signing physical. He'll get a $1.1 million salary for 2017 and a $150,000 buyout promise on the $2.5 million option for 2018. Amarista carries no fantasy value -- even in Colorado -- as a 27-year-old utilityman with a paltry .230 career batting average and .596 career OPS.
Jan 17 - 5:06 PM

Orioles signed RHP Mario Alcantara to a minor league contract.

The 24-year-old Alcantara was handed a 50-game suspension in December for testing positive for an amphetamine, so he'll get a late start on 2017. He had a 3.16 ERA and 68/48 K/BB ratio in 79 2/3 innings with the High-A affiliate of the Red Sox in 2016.
Jan 17 - 4:01 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Jose Bautista will be guaranteed $18 million in his new one-year deal with the Blue Jays.

And so Bautista will receive a guarantee just above the one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer he rejected from Toronto before testing free agency. Per Heyman, the new deal includes a pair of options (one mutual, one vesting) which could max out the contract at $60 million. Bautista wasn't up to his usual standards in 2016, but he has a chance to be a nice bargain at this price.
Jan 17 - 3:39 PM

Baseball Prospectus Toronto reports that the Blue Jays have re-signed slugger Jose Bautista, pending a physical.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal has confirmed the report. While specific terms aren't yet known, multiple reports suggest that it's a one-year deal with options which could keep him with Toronto through 2019. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says that he at least beat the $17.2 million qualifying offer. It wasn't too long ago that it looked like Bautista's tenure with the Blue Jays was over, but his market wasn't as robust as hoped this winter due to a variety of factors, including age, injury concerns, and draft pick compensation. In the end, a reunion made sense for both parties. The 36-year-old hit .234 with 22 homers and an .817 OPS in 2016, which isn't quite on par with his past production, but he's still one of the game's most feared sluggers when healthy.
Jan 17 - 2:57 PM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Tigers have been "in touch" with free agent outfielders Peter Bourjos and Gregor Blanco.

The Tigers traded Cameron Maybin at the start of the offseason and currently project to go into camp with in-house options for center field which includes the likes of Tyler Collins, Anthony Gose, and JaCoby Jones, so it makes sense that they aren't satisfied. Bourjos, who turns 30 in March, batted .251/.292/.389 with five home runs, 23 RBI, and six steals over 123 games with the Phillies last season. Blanco, 33, hit .224/.309/.311 with one home run, 11 RBI, and six steals in 106 games with the Giants in 2016.
Jan 17 - 2:55 PM

Sam Dyson will pitch for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

He'll join the likes of Andrew Miller, Luke Gregerson, and Mychal Givens in the back-end of Team USA's bullpen. Dyson owns a 2.45 ERA in 179 appearances over the past three seasons. He saved 38 games for the Rangers in 2016.
Jan 17 - 2:12 PM

Cubs claimed RHP Dylan Floro off waivers from the Rays.

Floro was designated for assignment last week after the Rays plucked Jason Coats off waivers from the White Sox. The 26-year-old posted a 4.20 ERA in 12 appearances with the Rays last season and put up a 2.88 ERA with a stingy 40/9 K/BB ratio over 50 innings in Triple-A.
Jan 17 - 2:03 PM

Tigers signed 3B Michael Almanzar to a minor league contract.

Almanzar, 26, batted .241/.297/.380 with 10 home runs and 41 RBI over 118 games last season with the Orioles' Triple-A affiliate. He has never appeared in the majors and that's unlikely to change in 2017 unless the Tigers are dealing with multiple injuries in their infield.
Jan 17 - 1:58 PM


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