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Mariners grant Anderson his release

April 3, 2020

SEATTLE -- Veteran right-handed pitcher Cody Anderson, who dealt with elbow issues in Spring Training, was released by the Mariners last week prior to Major League Baseball’s roster freeze, the club announced Friday. The 29-year-old had requested his release and is now a free agent. Anderson signed with the Mariners

Collins, Mercedes, Ruiz starting '20 in Triple-A

March 16, 2020

CHICAGO -- The White Sox made three procedural moves on Monday, optioning catchers Zack Collins and Yermin Mercedes and right-handed reliever José Ruiz to Triple-A Charlotte. Collins, the team’s top pick in the 2016 Draft and No. 10 prospect per MLB Pipeline, falls behind Yasmani Grandal and James McCann on

Oneil Cruz, Will Craig among Bucs' roster cuts

March 9, 2020

BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pirates made their first round of Spring Training roster cuts on Monday morning, sending out six pitchers who are projected to begin the season with Triple-A Indianapolis. Eight hours later, they cut another group of young players, including two of their Top 30 Prospects. The Pirates

Notes: Rutschman to Minors; Phillips shut down

Orioles also return pair of Rule 5 pitchers to original teams
March 6, 2020

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Orioles made a series of roster moves on Friday before their 5-1 victory over the Yankees. Most notably, they sent their most celebrated prospect to Minor League camp, and they returned their two Rule 5 Draft picks back to their original clubs. Catcher Adley Rutschman was

Red Sox sign former Astros righty McHugh

First look at potential Opening Day lineup; Verdugo making weekly progress
March 5, 2020

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox added a righty with experience and versatility on Thursday, signing Collin McHugh to a one-year, $600,000 contract with performance bonuses for innings pitched that can bring the total up to $4.25 million. However, McHugh, who is coming off a right elbow injury, isn’t

5 takeaways from Yelich's big extension

March 3, 2020

Christian Yelich was an excellent player as a Miami Marlin -- over his five years with the franchise, he compiled enough WAR, 18.9, to become the sixth-best player in franchise history -- but it wasn’t until he became a Milwaukee Brewer that he blossomed into an inner-tier superstar. Who can

Matz 'not going to acknowledge' trade talk

Mets lefty focused on rotation spot, not recent Yankees buzz
March 3, 2020

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- For Steven Matz, the rumors were inescapable. No sooner did the New York Post release a report on Monday linking Matz to trade talks with the Yankees than his phone began blowing up with texts. “Of course, being from New York, all my friends are

Notes: Álvarez DFA'd; Thomas has 2-HR inning

@JakeDRill and @kengurnick
February 29, 2020

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers finally threw in the towel on Cuban pitching prospect Yadier Álvarez on Saturday, designating him for assignment one day after he was a late scratch from his first scheduled Cactus League appearance. Álvarez, who will turn 24 next week, was signed in 2015 for a

5-year contract extension for Brewers' Peralta

@mattkellyMLB and @AdamMcCalvy
February 28, 2020

PHOENIX -- It remains to be seen whether Freddy Peralta’s new slider will stick, or whether he will settle into a starting role or relief. But one thing is certain: Peralta will have some security while he finds his way after the Brewers and their 23-year-old right-hander agreed to a

Mazza, Duran impress; Pedroia to 60-day IL

Sale throws bullpen session; Red Sox claim righty Valdez from Mariners
February 23, 2020

SARASOTA, Fla. – Righty Chris Mazza had pitched in the Minors for parts of eight seasons before at last making his Major League debut at age 29 for the Mets in 2019.

Adding Dozier gives Padres infield options

Veteran, who owns strong numbers against lefties, may give Tingler ability to platoon players
February 23, 2020

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres added a veteran and a reigning World Series champ to their wide-open second-base race on Sunday. Brian Dozier agreed to a Minor League deal with San Diego, which includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training. The 32-year-old righty hitter is expected to join the

White Sox lock up Bummer with 5-year deal

Chicago also agrees with García, including option for 2021
February 22, 2020

GLENDALE, Ariz. –- If we travel back to Spring Training 2019, then the five-year, $16 million deal agreed upon between left-handed reliever Aaron Bummer and the White Sox, as announced Saturday, would not have seemed possible. “It's kind of crazy that last spring I was getting my teeth kicked in,”

Brock Holt signs 1-year deal; 'good fit' with Crew

Versatile veteran's contract has club option for 2021
February 19, 2020

PHOENIX -- The Brewers finalized a deal with free-agent utility man Brock Holt on Wednesday morning, adding yet another multi-positional player to manager Craig Counsell’s arsenal. Holt signed for one year with a club option for 2021, a common formula for the Brewers throughout their busy offseason. Terms of the

2019-20 free agents, position by position

@JayCat11 and @HarriganMLB
February 18, 2020

Although a number of star players signed contract extensions before the 2019 season commenced instead of testing the open market this offseason, the current free-agent class still included many interesting names. Below, you'll find the list of this year's crop of notable free agents. The list will be updated throughout

CarGo, Mariners agree to Minors deal

February 17, 2020

PEORIA, Ariz. -- A Mariners outfield competition built almost entirely around rookies took on a new name Tuesday as veteran Carlos González signed a Minor League contract with an invitation to big league camp, the club announced on Monday. The Mariners confirmed the deal after González passed a physical exam.

Astros add Hughes to 'pen mix on Minors deal

Correa healthy; Bregman cuts weight; Reddick's shoulder recovering
February 17, 2020

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The Astros signed veteran right-handed pitcher Jared Hughes to a Minor League contract with an invite to Spring Training on Monday. Shortly after the club made the announcement, the 6-foot-7 Hughes had a locker at camp and was eager to join his new team on

Brewers sign Suter to 2-year deal, avoiding arb

February 16, 2020

PHOENIX -- Reliever Brent Suter and the Brewers agreed to terms on a two-year contract Sunday, about 24 hours before the sides were scheduled to go to an arbitration hearing.

After 30 years of silence, Giants trade with A's

February 15, 2020

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The trade stalemate between the Giants and A’s is over. The Giants dealt right-hander Burch Smith to the A’s in exchange for cash considerations on Saturday, marking the first trade between the cross-bay rivals in nearly three decades.

A's, Giants make first deal together since 1990

February 15, 2020

MESA, Ariz. -- A drought that was approaching nearly three decades finally came to an end on Saturday morning, when the A’s struck a deal with their neighbors from across the Bay. The A's acquired right-hander Burch Smith from the Giants in exchange for cash considerations. To make room on

Lagares, Padres have Minor League deal

February 14, 2020

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres didn't waste much time finding a candidate to replace Manuel Margot in center field. On Monday, they signed outfielder Juan Lagares to a Minor League deal with an invite to big league camp. The deal is worth $1.4 million with another $1 million available in

Walker rejoins Mariners on 1-year Majors deal

February 12, 2020

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Three years after being dealt to the D-backs by general manager Jerry Dipoto, Taijuan Walker reunited with the Mariners on Wednesday as the 27-year-old free agent signed a one-year Major League contract and will get a shot at a starting role with his former club. “We’re excited

Wilmer, Giants agree to two-year deal

February 12, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants added another veteran to their crowded infield mix, announcing a two-year contract with Wilmer Flores on Wednesday. The multiyear deal is worth $6.25 million, with Flores making $3 million in each of the next two seasons. It also includes a club option for the 2022

Maybin returns to Tigers on 1-year deal

Fulmer goes on 60-day injured list in corresponding move
February 12, 2020

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Cameron Maybin knows his way to Tigertown. The Tigers have brought him back for a third stint. Detroit’s need for a right fielder and Maybin’s need for a landing spot in free agency for his 14th Major League season resulted in a reunion. The former Tigers top

Giants add Cahill to mix with spring invite

February 12, 2020

Looking to rebound from a tough 2019, Trevor Cahill has signed a Minor League deal with the Giants, the club announced on Wednesday. Cahill will be in Major League Spring Training and compete for a 26-man roster spot among a crowded, yet somewhat uncertain, contingent of starting pitchers. The soon-to-be

Several teams checking in on KB trade (sources)

February 11, 2020

Kris Bryant is due to arrive to Sloan Park in Mesa, Ariz., later this week. By all indications, he will be in the Cubs’ Opening Day lineup in Milwaukee on March 26. Yet, it’s also true that the Cubs remain engaged in communication with other clubs about the possibility of