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Kevin Plawecki underwent sinus surgery in December.

Plawecki said that his right sinus was completely blocked, which led to dizziness last season, especially after flights. Doctors believe that they have solved the issue, which is a relief to the young backstop. He's expected to serve as the backup in 2016, but given Travis d'Arnaud's injury history, there's always the chance he'll play a bigger role. Plawecki, who turns 25 later this month, batted .219/.280/.296 with three home runs and 21 RBI over 73 games as a rookie.
Feb 9 - 12:09 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick writes that free agent shortstop Ian Desmond is a "long shot" for the Rays.

There's been some chatter about the Rays being interested in Desmond, as he could be a bargain at this point of the winter, but the club doesn't want to give up a draft pick in order to sign him. There's always the chance that they could change their mind, but the 30-year-old appears likely to end up elsewhere. Many have pegged the White Sox as a logical fit for Desmond, but they are also reluctant to give up a pick.
Feb 9 - 11:38 AM

Josh Donaldson's new two-year deal with the Blue Jays is worth $28.65 million, according to the Associated Press.

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reported late Monday night that the two sides had agreed to a deal worth around $29 million, but now we have the exact number. Donaldson won his arbitration case against the Blue Jays last winter, but the two sides were able to avoid a hearing this time around. The 2015 AL MVP will still be under team control for one more year after this new deal expires.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Feb 9 - 11:20 AM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Royals are still talking to Salvador Perez about extending and redoing his contract.

Talks have been going on for most of the winter, so it would be a surprise if something doesn't get done. Perez might have the most team-friendly contract in the game, as he's owed just $2 million in 2016 with three club options for 2017-2019 which max out at $14.75 million. An extension would increase the guarantee involved, but it's a tricky proposition for the Royals, as Perez's heavy workload could take its toll on him as he moves closer to his 30s.
Feb 9 - 9:29 AM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Tim Lincecum's agent, Rick Thurman, will watch his client throw on Wednesday.

The two sides will then come up with a plan about when to hold a showcase for teams in Tempe, Arizona. Lincecum is making his way back from surgery last September to repair a torn labrum and impingement in his left hip. The Orioles, Marlins, and Rangers are among the clubs expected to be in attendance for his upcoming showcase.
Feb 9 - 8:47 AM

Diamondbacks and OF A.J. Pollock avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $10.25 million contract.

The deal buys out Pollock's first two years of arbitration eligibility. The outfielder certainly earned the raise after a breakout 2015 season that saw him bat .315/.367/.498 with 20 homers, 39 stolen bases and 111 runs scored. He'll patrol center field for the D'Backs again in 2016.
Feb 8 - 11:26 PM

Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports that the Blue Jays have signed Josh Donaldson to a two-year contract worth nearly $29 million.

The Blue Jays are a file and trial team, so they needed to reach a multi-year pact in order to avoid an arbitration hearing next week. Donaldson's new contract leaves him with one more year of arbitration eligibility before he hits free agency after the 2018 campaign. The reigning American League MVP batted .297/.371/.568 with 41 home runs, 123 RBI and 122 runs scored in 2015.
Source: Sportsnet
Feb 8 - 11:10 PM

Padres signed INF/OF Skip Schumaker to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The Reds unsurprisingly declined a $2.5 million option on Schumaker shortly after last season ended and he wound up settling for a non-guaranteed deal. However, the veteran utility player stands a good chance at winning an Opening Day roster spot with the ability to play second base and all three outfield spots. Schumaker, 36, batted .242/.306/.336 with one homer last season in Cincinnati.
Feb 8 - 9:24 PM

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that the Orioles and two other clubs are in talks with Yovani Gallardo's agent.

Cotillo adds that the Rockies no longer appear to be in the mix for the right-hander. The Orioles have been connected to Gallardo for a while now and have a need for a reliable starter, but they're hesitant to part with the No. 14 overall pick. Gallardo figures to be looking for a deal similar to Ian Kennedy's five-year, $70 million pact.
Feb 8 - 8:05 PM

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that the Tigers and J.D. Martinez have agreed to a two-year contract.

Robert Murray of BaseballEssential.com hears that the deal, which buys out Martinez's final two years of arbitration eligibility, is worth $18.5 million. The 28-year-old slashed .282/.344/.535 with 38 home runs and 102 RBI across 158 games last season for the Tigers. He'll operate as the Tigers' regular right fielder again in 2016.
Feb 8 - 8:00 PM

Padres signed RHP Seth Rosin to a minor league contract.

Rosin made one appearance for the Phillies last season but spent nearly all of the year at Triple-A, posting a 3.29 ERA across 47 relief appearances. The 27-year-old will give San Diego some depth from the right side.
Feb 8 - 6:22 PM

Dodgers signed INF Brandon Hicks to a minor league contract.

Hicks, 30, batted only .220/.308/.326 at Triple-A with the Giants last season. He'll fill some organizational depth.
Feb 8 - 6:16 PM

Dodgers re-signed RHP Chin-Hui Tsao to a minor league contract.

Tsao, 34, made it up briefly to the majors with the Dodgers last season but spent the bulk of the year at Triple-A, holding a 2.77 ERA and 42/11 K/BB ratio over 39 innings. He's simply a depth guy.
Feb 8 - 6:14 PM

Diamondbacks designated LHP Will Locante for assignment.

The move clears a spot on a 40-man roster for Tyler Clippard. Locante struggled in his first taste of Double-A last season, posting a 5.79 ERA and 38/34 K/BB ratio over 42 innings. Despite those numbers, some team may take a shot on the hard-throwing southpaw.
Feb 8 - 5:34 PM

Mets signed OF Roger Bernadina to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Bernadina, 31, spent last season at Triple-A with the Rockies, batting .276/.383/.466 with 15 homers and 20 steals. He can play all three outfield spots and provides the Mets with a depth option.
Feb 8 - 5:25 PM


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