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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rangers have signed infielder Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year deal, pending a physical.

Jeff Passan of ESPN reports that the deal is worth $3.5 million. Rosenthal writes that Cabrera will play third base, replacing Adrian Beltre, with his new team. The 33-year-old couldn't find much of a market for himself this winter despite putting up 23 homers with a .774 OPS (112 OPS+) between the Mets and Phillies last season. At least he'll be in a good situation to continue delivering fantasy value in the short-term. The Rangers aren't expected to be contenders in 2019, so there's a good chance he ends up being a trade candidate around midseason.
Jan 22 - 11:52 AM

Phillies signed OF Lane Adams to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Adams would make $570,000 in the majors. The 29-year-old has hit .269/.340/.478 over 151 plate appearances with the Braves between 2017-2018. He could surface with the Phillies as a bench player this year.
Jan 14 - 1:42 PM

Aaron Nola requested $6.75 million and was offered $4.5 million by the Phillies when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

That's quite the spread there, so it's not difficult to see why the two sides couldn't reach an agreement before Friday's deadline. MLBTradeRumors.com projected that Nola would earn $6.6 million via arbitration, so they're clearly siding with the star right-hander over the Phillies. Nola finished third in the voting for the National League Cy Young Award in 2018, compiling a stellar 2.37 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 224/58 K/BB ratio across 212 1/3 innings while going 17-6.
Jan 11 - 8:08 PM

Phillies signed LHP Edward Paredes to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 32-year-old hurler spent the 2018 campaign in the Dodgers' organization, where he posted a 5.87 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 8/2 K/BB ratio in 7 2/3 innings in 15 appearances at the big league level. He'll attempt to crack the Phillies' Opening Day bullpen as a left-handed specialist with a strong showing in the spring.
Jan 11 - 7:31 PM

Phillies signed INF/OF Andrew Romine to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Romine, 33, is a career .235/.291/.301 hitter over parts of nine big league seasons. He does offer plenty of versatility and will compete for a bench job in Philadelphia.
Jan 11 - 5:03 PM

Phillies signed INF Gift Ngoepe to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Ngoepe has hit just .181/.272/.236 during his brief time in the majors. He'll turn 29 in a week.
Jan 11 - 5:00 PM

Phillies and OF Aaron Altherr avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.35 million contract.

Altherr was arbitration-eligible for the first time. He's coming off a disappointing season that saw him post a .628 OPS.
Jan 11 - 4:59 PM

Phillies and 3B Maikel Franco avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.2 million contract.

He was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter. Franco hit .270/.314/.467 with 22 longballs last season.
Jan 11 - 4:57 PM

Phillies and 2B Cesar Hernandez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.75 million contract.

Hernandez was arbitration-eligible for the second time. He batted .253/.356/.362 with 15 homers and 19 steals for the Phillies last season.
Jan 11 - 4:56 PM

Phillies and LHP Jose Alvarez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.925 million contract.

The left-handed reliever was eligible for arbitration for the second time. Alvarez was acquired from the Angels in a trade last month.
Jan 11 - 4:55 PM

Phillies and RHP Vince Velasquez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.249 million contract.

Velasquez was arbitration-eligible for the first time. He posted a 4.85 ERA but struck out 161 over 146 2/3 innings last season.
Jan 11 - 4:53 PM

Phillies and LHP Adam Morgan avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.

He was arbitration-eligible for the first time. Morgan has adapted well to a full-time relief role with a 3.98 ERA and 113 strikeouts over 104 innings across the last two seasons.
Jan 11 - 1:41 PM

Phillies hired Bobby Dickerson as the infield coach.

Dickerson comes over to the Phillies after spending seven years on the Baltimore coaching staff. Outside of being the infield coach, his exact role isn't known yet, but he could very well be a base coach; a role he served with the Orioles. It's also worth mentioning that Dickerson is close to Manny Machado, a free agent that Philadelphia is known to covet. It's probably not a coincidence.
Jan 10 - 11:38 PM

Will Middlebrooks announced his retirement from baseball.

Middlebrooks fractured his left fibula in spring training after he ran into Andrew Pullin, and was unable to play in the 2018 season. Most of his success came with the Red Sox, and his best year was his rookie season with Boston as he hit 15 homers with an .835 OPS over 75 games. He hit 17 homers the next year, but battled injuries and struggled with consistency for the remainder of his career.
Jan 10 - 9:52 PM

Phillies and RHP Jerad Eickhoff (carpel tunnel) were able to avoid arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $975,000 contract.

Eickhoff was limited to just three games and 5 1/3 innings in 2018, and he underwent surgery to repair an issue caused by carpal tunnel in October. The 28-year-old is expected to be ready for the starting of spring training, and should get a chance to compete for one of the backend spots in the Philadelphia rotation.
Jan 10 - 4:31 PM


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