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Diamondbacks signed RHP Kris Medlen to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Medlen will earn $1.1 million if he's in the majors and he has the ability to opt out of the contract if he isn't added to the 40-man roster by March 27. The 32-year-old spent last season in the Braves minor league system, including a 5.42 ERA over 16 starts in Triple-A. Medlen comes with obvious health questions, but he makes for an interesting flier.

Diamondbacks signed LHP Antonio Bastardo to a minor league contract.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the deal carries a $1.5 million if he makes the major league roster, with the chance for additional performance-based incentives. Bastardo has the ability to opt out of his contract if he's not added to the 25-man roster by March 25. The 32-year-old has been an effective lefty specialist in the past, but he owns an ugly 5.75 ERA in 78 appearances over the past two seasons.

Tigers signed INF/OF Alexi Amarista to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Amarista slashed .238/.269/.351 with three homers and 19 RBI over 96 games with the Rockies last season. He'll try to win a roster spot as a utility player in the spring.

Pirates signed C Ryan Lavarnway to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Lavarnway appeared in six games with the Athletics last season and batted .239/.327/.341 with six homers over 82 games at the Triple-A level. The 30-year-old will function as minor league catching depth.

Blue Jays signed OF Curtis Granderson to a one-year, $5 million contract.

This makes official what was reported last week by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Granderson turns 37 in March and limped to the finish line last season, ultimately finishing with a .212/.323/.452 batting line and 26 homers over 147 games. The Blue Jays suddenly have a bunch of moving pieces in their outfield, with Granderson likely to see most of his at-bats against right-handed starters.

Nationals re-signed LHP Bryan Harper to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Harper, the older brother of Bryce Harper, missed the entire 2017 season after Tommy John surgery. The 28-year-old posted a strong 2.18 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A in 2016. Assuming he's back to full strength, he has a shot at joining his brother in the majors at some point in 2018.


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