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    • Travis Shaw TOR 3B
      Blue Jays' Travis Shaw: Blames struggles on swing change
      2h ago

      Shaw blamed his poor 2019 campaign on a failed swing change Friday, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reports.

      Shaw saw his slash line collapse from .241/.345/.480 in 2018 to .157/.281/.270 last season. His hard-hit rate barely changed, falling from 38.0 percent to 37.9 percent, but his launch angle jumped from 16.6 degrees to 24.4 degrees and his strikeout rate soared from 18.3 percent to 33.0 percent. It's far from guaranteed that Shaw will bounce back with the Blue Jays, but the fact that he can at least point to something concrete does give some reason to believe that his struggles are solvable.

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    • Will Harris HOU RP
      Nationals' Will Harris: Inks multi-year deal with Nationals
      17h ago

      Harris agreed to a three-year, $24 million contract with Washington on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

      Harris turned in the best year of his big-league career a season ago with the Astros, posting a sparkling 1.50 ERA and 0.93 WHIP with a 62:14 K:BB over 60 innings. He also picked up four saves and 26 holds. The right-hander will join the reigning World Series Champions as one of the top arms out of the bullpen and will be a clear choice for a setup role heading into the 2020 campaign.

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    • Jason Castro MIN C
      Angels' Jason Castro: Links up with Los Angeles
      17h ago

      Castro signed a one-year, $6.85 million contract with the Angels on Thursday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

      Castro has spent the last three seasons with the Twins, batting .229 with 24 home runs and 80 RBI across 208 games. He'll add a veteran presence behind the dish for the Angels, who will also carry Anthony Bemboom and Max Stassi (hip) into spring training as the top options to start in 2020.

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    • Matt Davidson TEX 3B
      Reds' Matt Davidson: Signs minor-league deal with Reds
      20h ago

      Davidson signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Thursday as a non-roster invitee, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

      After appearing in 244 major-league games over 2017 and 2018, Davidson spent all of last season with Triple-A Nashville, where he hit .264/.339/.527 with 33 home runs and 101 RBI over 125 games. He'll get to prove himself in the Reds' major-league camp, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him back in the majors at some point in 2020 if he can perform well again at the Triple-A level.

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    • Sam Travis BOS 1B
      Red Sox's Sam Travis: DFA'd by Red Sox
      23h ago

      Travis was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Thursday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

      Travis appeared in a career-high 59 major-league games last season, but he struggled with a .215 batting average and only six home runs. The 26-year-old has a below-average strikeout rate of 22.9 percent but hasn't been able to display enough power in the big leagues to justify that rate. Travis was removed from the 40-man roster in order to clear room for Kevin Plawecki, who signed a major-league contract with the team Thursday.

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    • Domingo German NYY SP
      Yankees' Domingo German: Handed suspension
      1d ago

      German received an 81-game suspension Thursday for violating the Joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence Policy, Hannah Keyser of Yahoo Sports reports.

      German missed the end of the 2019 season while the league investigated the allegations against him, and his lengthy suspension was handed down Thursday. The suspension is retroactive to September, so the right-hander will miss the first 63 games of the 2020 campaign in addition to all of spring training. He'll be first eligible to pitch June 5 against the Rays.

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    • Jason Castro MIN C
      Angels' Jason Castro: Links up with Los Angeles
      17h ago

      Castro signed a one-year, $6.85 million contract with the Angels on Thursday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

      Castro has spent the last three seasons with the Twins, batting .229 with 24 home runs and 80 RBI across 208 games. He'll add a veteran presence behind the dish for the Angels, who will also carry Anthony Bemboom and Max Stassi (hip) into spring training as the top options to start in 2020.

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    • Kevin Plawecki BOS C
      Red Sox's Kevin Plawecki: Signs with Red Sox
      1d ago

      Plawecki agreed to a contract with the Red Sox on Thursday, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.

      Plawecki struggled at the plate in 2019 by hitting .222/.287/.342 with only three home runs and 17 RBI over 60 games with Cleveland, but he'll get a chance to play for his third team in as many seasons. The deal is worth $900,000 over one year, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Plawecki will likely serve as a backup behind Christian Vazquez to begin the 2020 season.

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    • Eric Haase CLE C
      Indians' Eric Haase: Removed from 40-man roster
      5d ago

      Haase was designated for assignment by the Indians on Sunday.

      Haase appeared in 10 games (17 plate appearances) with the Indians in 2019 and went 1-for-16 with a home run, three RBI and eight strikeouts. Cleveland already has a solid major-league catching duo with Roberto Perez and the recently signed Sandy Leon.

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    • Christian Bethancourt MIL C
      Phillies' Christian Bethancourt: Gets camp invite with Phillies
      7d ago

      Bethancourt has signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies that includes an invitation to spring training, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

      He played last season in the KBO, hitting .246/.308/.404 with eight home runs in 224 plate appearances. Bethancourt primarily plays catcher, but can also play first base, second base and the outfield in a pinch. He will likely serve as organizational catcher depth.

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    • Francisco Cervelli ATL C
      Marlins' Francisco Cervelli: Headed to Miami
      11d ago

      Cervelli agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Marlins on Monday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

      Cervelli was released by the Pirates in August after concussion concerns put his future in jeopardy, but he was able to serve as a backup catcher for the Braves. He'll now get another chance to accrue major-league work with the Marlins after a disappointing 2019 season where he hit .213/.302/.348 with three home runs and 12 RBI. The 33-year-old could manage to carve out some playing time in Miami if he can remain healthy, but he'll likely begin the season as a backup to Jorge Alfaro.

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    • Martin Maldonado HOU C
      Astros' Martin Maldonado: Inks two-year deal with Houston
      14d ago

      Maldonado signed a two-year, $7 million contract with the Astros on Friday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

      Maldonado made three stops in 2019, playing for the Cubs, Astros and Royals. He slashed .213/.293/.378 with 12 home runs and 27 RBI over 105 contests. Maldonado will bring a veteran presence behind the dish and is set to compete for playing time with Garrett Stubbs and Dustin Garneau.

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    • Sam Travis BOS 1B
      Red Sox's Sam Travis: DFA'd by Red Sox
      23h ago

      Travis was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Thursday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

      Travis appeared in a career-high 59 major-league games last season, but he struggled with a .215 batting average and only six home runs. The 26-year-old has a below-average strikeout rate of 22.9 percent but hasn't been able to display enough power in the big leagues to justify that rate. Travis was removed from the 40-man roster in order to clear room for Kevin Plawecki, who signed a major-league contract with the team Thursday.

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    • Edwin Encarnacion NYY 1B
      White Sox's Edwin Encarnacion: Heading to White Sox
      9d ago

      Encarnacion signed a one-year, $12 million contract with the White Sox on Wednesday, Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports.

      Encarnacion's $20 million club option was declined by the Yankees at the end of October, but he'll sign on with the White Sox for a reduced price tag. The slugger's average dipped slightly last season, but he remained effective with his power, hitting 34 home runs over 109 games with the Mariners and Yankees as he battled injuries throughout the season. Entering his age-37 season, Encarnacion could provide a boost to Chicago's power numbers if he can remain healthy.

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    • Brandon Dixon DET 1B
      Tigers' Brandon Dixon: Removed from 40-man roster
      13d ago

      Dixon was designated for assignment by the Tigers on Saturday.

      The Tigers acquired C.J. Cron (thumb) and Jonathan Schoop on Saturday, and Dixon was removed from the 40-man roster in order to make room for the infielders. Dixon led the Tigers with 15 home runs in 2019, but he saw limited playing time despite his defensive versatility. It wouldn't be surprising if the 27-year-old was able to find another major-league opportunity elsewhere, but it's unclear whether he would be able to cement himself as an everyday player despite his ability to move around defensively.

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    • C.J. Cron DET 1B
      Tigers' C.J. Cron: Inks deal with Tigers
      13d ago

      Cron (thumb) signed a one-year, $6.1 million contract with the Tigers on Saturday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

      Cron saw limited playing time over the second half of the season, and the combination of his decrease in usage and thumb surgery in October resulted in him being non-tendered by the Twins. The 29-year-old will likely be ready for spring training, and he could take over the starting job at first base after Jeimer Candelario struggled to break out in 2019.

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    • Nick Longhi CIN 1B
      Red Sox's Nick Longhi: Signs with Boston
      14d ago

      Longhi signed a minor-league contract which includes an invitation to spring training with the Red Sox on Friday.

      Longhi was drafted by the Red Sox in the 30th round back in 2013 before being dealt to the Reds in June of 2017. He underwent Tommy John surgery shortly after the trade and hasn't swung the bat well since, hitting .267/.321/.405 (good for a 91 wRC+) in the high minors over the last two seasons.

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    • Cheslor Cuthbert KC 1B
      White Sox's Cheslor Cuthbert: Lands with White Sox
      15d ago

      Cuthbert signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox on Thursday as a non-roster invitee to spring training, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.

      Cuthbert appeared in 87 games with the Royals last season, hitting .246/.294/.379 with nine home runs and 40 RBI. The 27-year-old was non-tendered by the Royals at the beginning of December, but he will get the chance to continue developing in the White Sox organization in 2020.

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    • Cesar Hernandez PHI 2B
      Indians' Cesar Hernandez: Signs with Indians
      11d ago

      Hernandez signed a one-year, $6.25 million contract with the Indians on Monday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

      Hernandez was non-tendered by the Phillies at the beginning of December despite earning consistent playing time during his tenure with the team. The 29-year-old hit .279/.333/.408 with 14 home runs and 71 RBI in 2019 and will likely begin the season as the Indians' primary second baseman.

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    • Jonathan Schoop DET 2B
      Tigers' Jonathan Schoop: Lands with Tigers
      13d ago

      Schoop signed a one-year, $6.1 million contract with the Tigers on Saturday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

      Schoop improved slightly on his 2018 numbers with a .256/.304/.473 slash line and 23 home runs in 2019 during his first season with the Twins. The 28-year-old will remain in the division on a one-year deal with the Tigers, where he is likely to operate as their everyday second baseman.

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    • Mike Freeman CLE 2B
      Indians' Mike Freeman: Outrighted to Triple-A
      14d ago

      Freeman was sent outright to Triple-A Columbus on Friday, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.

      Per Hoynes, Freeman has until Sunday to accept his assignment to Triple-A Columbus before becoming a free agent. He hit .277 with four home runs and 24 RBI with Cleveland over 75 games a season ago.

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    • Whit Merrifield KC 2B
      Royals' Whit Merrifield: Likely shifting to center field
      15d ago

      Merrifield will likely take over as the Royals' primary center fielder in 2020, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

      The Royals signed Maikel Franco on Thursday, so Hunter Dozier is likely to transition to a role in right field with Merrifield taking over the duties in center field. The 30-year-old's defensive versatility will also likely allow him to shift to different positions during the season if injuries should occur.

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    • Eric Sogard TB 2B
      Brewers' Eric Sogard: Back with Brewers
      16d ago

      Sogard signed a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Brewers which includes a club option for a second season Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

      The 33-year-old returns to the club where he spent the 2017 and 2018 campaigns. Sogard's two best seasons have come in 2017 and 2019, where he hit .273/.393/.378 and .290/.353/.457, respectively. It's hard to be fully confident in him heading into 2020, however, as those seasons bookended a 2018 season in which he hit just .134/.241/.165 in limited action. Keston Hiura appears to have the everyday job at Sogard's primary position (second base) locked up, but the veteran should be able to play fairly frequently in a utility role, as he can play all around the infield as well as both corner outfield spots.

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    • Hernan Perez MIL 2B
      Cubs' Hernan Perez: Signs with Cubs
      17d ago

      Perez signed a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to spring training with the Cubs on Tuesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

      Perez elected free agency after being outrighted to Triple-A by the Brewers in mid-October, and he'll remain in the National League Central for the start of spring training. The 28-year-old struggled in 2019 with a .228/.262/.379 slash line in 91 games, but his versatility remains a valuable commodity. Perez has played every position besides catcher in his career, so he could prove to be quality depth piece.

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    • Travis Shaw TOR 3B
      Blue Jays' Travis Shaw: Blames struggles on swing change
      2h ago

      Shaw blamed his poor 2019 campaign on a failed swing change Friday, Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun reports.

      Shaw saw his slash line collapse from .241/.345/.480 in 2018 to .157/.281/.270 last season. His hard-hit rate barely changed, falling from 38.0 percent to 37.9 percent, but his launch angle jumped from 16.6 degrees to 24.4 degrees and his strikeout rate soared from 18.3 percent to 33.0 percent. It's far from guaranteed that Shaw will bounce back with the Blue Jays, but the fact that he can at least point to something concrete does give some reason to believe that his struggles are solvable.

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    • Matt Davidson TEX 3B
      Reds' Matt Davidson: Signs minor-league deal with Reds
      20h ago

      Davidson signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Thursday as a non-roster invitee, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

      After appearing in 244 major-league games over 2017 and 2018, Davidson spent all of last season with Triple-A Nashville, where he hit .264/.339/.527 with 33 home runs and 101 RBI over 125 games. He'll get to prove himself in the Reds' major-league camp, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him back in the majors at some point in 2020 if he can perform well again at the Triple-A level.

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    • Travis Shaw MIL 3B
      Blue Jays' Travis Shaw: Lands one-year deal with Toronto
      12d ago

      Shaw agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with the Blue Jays on Sunday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.

      It's not surprising that he settled for a one-year deal, as his age-29 season was easily his worst as a big leaguer. He hit .157/.281/.270 with seven home runs and a career-worst 33 percent strikeout rate -- well above the 18.4 and 22.8 percent rates he logged in 2018 and 2017, respectively. Per Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca, the plan is for Shaw to play almost every day at first base, which leaves Rowdy Tellez to fight for at-bats at designated hitter. Shaw's contract could end up being worth $4.675 million with incentives.

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    • Drew Maggi MIN 3B
      Twins' Drew Maggi: Re-signs with Twins
      15d ago

      Maggi signed a minor-league contract with the Twins on Thursday.

      Maggi spent last season in the Twins' organization, where he hit .258/.384/.405 with 10 home runs, 46 RBI and nine stolen bases while playing for Triple-A Rochester. The 30-year-old has yet to appear in the majors, but he will likely be a non-roster invitee during spring training.

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    • Hunter Dozier KC 3B
      Royals' Hunter Dozier: Likely transitioning to outfield
      15d ago

      Dozier will likely serve as the Royals' primary right fielder in 2020, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

      The Royals acquired Maikel Franco on Thursday, and he is likely to take over the primary third baseman role previously held by Dozier. Whit Merrifield will shift to center field to make room for Dozier in the outfield.

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    • Maikel Franco PHI 3B
      Royals' Maikel Franco: Inks deal with Royals
      15d ago

      Franco signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Royals on Thursday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

      Franco was non-tendered by the Phillies at the beginning of December, but he will get a chance to bounce back with the Royals after a lackluster performance offensively last season. The 27-year-old recorded a .234/.297/.409 slash line with 17 home runs and 56 RBI in 2019. Franco will likely serve as the Royals' primary third baseman in 2020.

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    • Richard Urena TOR SS
      Blue Jays' Richard Urena: Designated for assignment
      4d ago

      Urena was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Monday.

      The 23-year-old has gotten into 91 games at the major-league level over the last three seasons, hitting a modest .252/.300/.336. Given his age, he still has plenty of time to prove that he's more than just a utility infielder, but he's yet to convince that he's even worthy of that title. By removing him from the roster, the Blue Jays clear a spot for the newly signed Travis Shaw.

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    • Tyler Saladino MIL SS
      Tyler Saladino: To play in Korea
      7d ago

      Saladino agreed to a contract to play with the Samsung Lions of the KBO on Tuesday, Dan Kurtz of MyKBO.net reports.

      He receives a $100,000 signing bonus, a $700,000 base salary and up to $100,000 in incentives. Saladino saw time with the Brewers as a utility infielder in 2019, hitting .123 with two home runs, two steals and a 36.6 percent strikeout rate in 71 plate appearances.

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    • Jack Reinheimer BAL SS
      Twins' Jack Reinheimer: Lands minor-league deal with Twins
      15d ago

      Reinheimer signed a minor-league contract with the Twins on Thursday.

      The 27-year-old spent last season with Triple-A Norfolk, where he recorded a .246/.323/.336 slash line with four home runs and 12 stolen bases over 106 games. Reinheimer has logged limited time in the majors during past seasons, and it wouldn't be surprising if he's a non-roster invitee for spring training in 2020.

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    • Elliot Soto COL SS
      Angels' Elliot Soto: Invited to Angels' camp
      15d ago

      Soto signed a minor-league contract with the Angels on Thursday as a non-roster invitee to spring training, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

      Soto appeared in 112 games for Triple-A Albuquerque in 2019, where he hit .305/.380/.480 with 10 home runs and 50 RBI. He's yet to make his major-league debut, but he will get the chance to work in big-league camp during spring training and it wouldn't be surprising to see him make his debut sooner rather than later if he remains productive at the Triple-A level.

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    • Humberto Arteaga KC SS
      Royals' Humberto Arteaga: Returns to Royals on minors deal
      17d ago

      Arteaga signed a minor-league contract with the Royals on Tuesday.

      Humberto was non-tendered by the Royals at the beginning of December, but he will return to the team on a minor-league deal. After the 25-year-old made his major-league debut in 2019, it wouldn't be surprising if he got the chance to compete in the big-league camp during spring training. Over 66 games with Triple-A Omaha last year, Arteaga recorded a .727 OPS with five home runs and 11 stolen bases.

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    • Jose Peraza BOS SS
      Red Sox's Jose Peraza: Agrees to terms with Red Sox
      22d ago

      Peraza signed a one-year contract worth approximately $3 million with the Red Sox on Thursday, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.

      Peraza was non-tendered by the Reds in early December, but he didn't remain a free agent for long despite hitting just .239/.285/.346 with six home runs and seven steals last season. The Red Sox will hope the 25-year-old can return to the production that he had prior to 2019. Michael Chavis (oblique) hopes to be ready for spring training, but Peraza will be an option at second base.

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    • Henry Ramos TEX RF
      Rangers' Henry Ramos: Invited to Rangers' camp
      1d ago

      Ramos signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Thursday that includes an invite to major-league spring training.

      Ramos spent the majority of 2019 with Triple-A Sacramento before he was released by the Giants in August. He hit .269/.319/.439 with 12 home runs over 96 games at the Triple-A level last year. The 27-year-old hasn't made his major-league debut yet, but he'll get the chance to develop in spring training as a non-roster invitee.

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    • Luis Robert CHW CF
      White Sox's Luis Robert: Signs long-term extension
      1d ago

      Robert agreed to a long-term contract extension with the White Sox on Thursday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

      The deal is worth $50 million over six years with two club options, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. Robert advanced to Triple-A Charlotte in 2019, where he played well with a .297/.341/.634 slash line and 16 home runs over 47 games. The 22-year-old should be on the major-league roster for Opening Day, and he'll likely serve as the primary center fielder for most of 2020.

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    • Corey Dickerson PHI LF
      Marlins' Corey Dickerson: Reaches agreement with Marlins
      6d ago

      Dickerson (foot) signed a two-year, $17.5 million contract with the Marlins on Saturday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

      The Marlins were reportedly in pursuit of Yasiel Puig to fill a corner-outfield spot next season, but they decided to go with Dickerson instead. Dickerson was traded from the Pirates to the Phillies last year, and he hit .304/.341/.565 with 12 home runs and 59 RBI over 78 games as he dealt with various injuries. The 30-year-old suffered a fractured left foot that kept him out for most of September last season, but he should be ready for spring training and will likely serve as the primary left fielder for the Marlins in 2020, although he could play a platoon role against left-handed pitchers.

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    • Sam Haggerty NYM RF
      Mets' Sam Haggerty: Designated for assignment
      10d ago

      Haggerty was designated for assignment by the Mets on Tuesday, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports.

      The 25-year-old made his major-league debut in September, but he went 0-for-4 with two runs as he appeared in 11 games. Haggerty was effective in the minors last year, hitting .271/.376/.387 with three home runs and 23 stolen bases, so it's certainly possible that another team could pick him up off waivers. Dellin Betances (Achilles) took Haggerty's place on the 40-man roster.

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    • Kole Calhoun LAA RF
      Diamondbacks' Kole Calhoun: Reaches deal with Diamondbacks
      10d ago

      Calhoun signed a two-year deal with the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.

      Calhoun will make $16 million guaranteed and could make more than that if the Diamondbacks pick up a team option for the 2022 season. The 32-year-old rebounded from a rough 2018 campaign to hit a career-high 33 homers last season. His .232/.325/.467 slash line was good for a respectable 108 wRC+, but he'll have to keep his power numbers up if he's to remain a good fantasy option in 2020, as his batting average has remained low for three straight seasons. He lines up as Arizona's primary option in right field and should see quite a lot of playing time unless his numbers collapse again.

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    • Adolis Garcia TEX LF
      Rangers' Adolis Garcia: Acquired by Rangers
      13d ago

      Garcia was traded to the Rangers on Saturday in exchange for cash considerations.

      The 27-year-old was designated for assignment by the Cardinals on Wednesday, but he was able to find a new home with the Rangers via trade. Garcia spent 2019 with Triple-A Memphis, where he recorded a .818 OPS with 32 home runs and 96 RBI. He has limited major-league experience, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him spend most of his time at the Triple-A level. Jimmy Herget was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.

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    • Domingo German NYY SP
      Yankees' Domingo German: Handed suspension
      1d ago

      German received an 81-game suspension Thursday for violating the Joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence Policy, Hannah Keyser of Yahoo Sports reports.

      German missed the end of the 2019 season while the league investigated the allegations against him, and his lengthy suspension was handed down Thursday. The suspension is retroactive to September, so the right-hander will miss the first 63 games of the 2020 campaign in addition to all of spring training. He'll be first eligible to pitch June 5 against the Rays.

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    • Homer Bailey MIN SP
      Twins' Homer Bailey: Lands in Minnesota
      3d ago

      Bailey signed a one-year, major-league deal with the Twins on Tuesday.

      Bailey will receive $7 million on a one-year deal, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. The 33-year-old rebounded from a four-season stretch in which he struggled to a 6.25 ERA to post a passable 4.57 ERA in 31 starts for the Royals and Athletics last season. His 21.4 percent strikeout rate was slightly worse than league average, while his 7.6 percent walk rate was slightly better. He's not much more than a back-end starter at this point in his career, and he may not even be that if he slides back to his previous form, but the Twins have a need for an innings eater, especially with fellow new signing Rich Hill (elbow) not expected to pitch until June or July.

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    • Rich Hill MIN SP
      Twins' Rich Hill: Signs with Twins
      3d ago

      Hill (elbow) signed with the Twins on Tuesday.

      Hill will make $3 million on a one-year deal, with the potential for an additional $9.5 million in performance bonuses, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports. The veteran lefty, who will turn 40 prior to Opening Day, underwent elbow surgery in late October and won't be ready to pitch until June or July, but the Twins have good reason to believe that he'll be a valuable member of the rotation down the stretch. While he hasn't made more than 25 starts in a season since 2007, his performances have remained quite strong, as he finished the 2019 campaign with a 2.45 ERA and a 29.8 percent strikeout rate in 13 starts for the Dodgers.

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    • Marcos Diplan BAL SP
      Orioles' Marcos Diplan: DFA'd by Baltimore
      5d ago

      Diplan was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Sunday.

      Diplan was claimed off waivers from Detroit earlier in December but only had a brief stay on the 40-man roster. The 23-year-old spent 2019 at Double-A and posted a 4.85 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 73:44 K:BB over 68.2 innings.

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    • Kohl Stewart BAL SP
      Orioles' Kohl Stewart: Heading to Baltimore
      5d ago

      Stewart signed a major-league deal with the Orioles on Sunday.

      The 25-year-old became a free agent after being outrighted off the Twins' 40-man roster in November, and he now found a new home in the American League East. According to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports, Stewart received a split contract and can be optioned to the minors, but he should have every opportunity to secure a spot in the major-league rotation. He struggled in 2019 with Minnesota, posting a 6.39 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 10:8 K:BB across 25.1 innings.

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    • Matt Moore DET SP
      Matt Moore: Will play in Japan
      8d ago

      Moore (knee) signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the SoftBank Hawks of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball on Thursday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

      Moore was once considered one of the top prospects in baseball after two solid seasons with the Rays in 2012 and 2013, but a slew of injuries hindered his development in subsequent seasons. The southpaw will look to improve his stock overseas after he made only two appearances for the Tigers last season as a result of a knee injury. If he can perform well in Japan, it wouldn't be surprising to see the 30-year-old back in the majors at some point in the future.

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    • Will Harris HOU RP
      Nationals' Will Harris: Inks multi-year deal with Nationals
      17h ago

      Harris agreed to a three-year, $24 million contract with Washington on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

      Harris turned in the best year of his big-league career a season ago with the Astros, posting a sparkling 1.50 ERA and 0.93 WHIP with a 62:14 K:BB over 60 innings. He also picked up four saves and 26 holds. The right-hander will join the reigning World Series Champions as one of the top arms out of the bullpen and will be a clear choice for a setup role heading into the 2020 campaign.

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    • Tayron Guerrero CHW RP
      White Sox's Tayron Guerrero: Designated for assignment
      1d ago

      Guerrero was designated for assignment by the White Sox on Thursday.

      Guerrero was claimed off waivers by the White Sox in December, but he'll be removed from the 40-man roster in order to make room for Luis Robert, who was placed on the 40-man roster after he signed an extension Thursday. Guerrero struggled in 52 major-league appearances with the Marlins in 2019, recording a 6.26 ERA with a 43:36 K:BB.

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      Reds' Tyler Thornburg: Invited to Reds camp
      3d ago

      Thornburg signed a minor-league deal with the Reds which includes an invitation to spring training Tuesday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

      Thornburg's career has fallen off the rails since thoracic outlet syndrome caused him to miss all of the 2017 season. The Reds are taking a low-risk flyer on a player who was once a shutdown reliever, but Thornburg's 6.54 ERA in 42.2 big-league innings over the last two seasons isn't exactly promising.

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      JT Chargois: Signs in Japan
      5d ago

      Chargois signed with the Rakuten Eagles of Japan's Pacific League on Sunday, just a day after he was released by the Dodgers, Jim Allen of jballen.com reports.

      Chargois was released by the Dodgers on Saturday after spending just two seasons with the ballclub. The right-hander appeared in 21 games this past season, accumulating 21.1 innings while racking up a 6.33 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP out of the bullpen. Even with those numbers, Chargois is expected to be placed in the closing role upon his arrival to the Eagles in Japan.

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      JT Chargois: Released by Dodgers
      6d ago

      Chargois was released by the Dodgers on Saturday, Alanna Rizzo of Spectrum SportsNet LA reports.

      Chargois made 21 major-league appearances in 2019 as he recorded a 6.33 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP over 21.1 relief innings. He was slightly more effective with Triple-A Oklahoma City, but he was granted a release by the Dodgers on Saturday in order to pursue opportunities to play in Japan. If the 29-year-old signs a contract overseas and manages to perform well, it wouldn't be surprising to see him return stateside at some point.

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    • Dellin Betances NYM RP
      Mets' Dellin Betances: Signs with Mets
      10d ago

      Betances (Achilles) agreed to a one-year, $10.5 million contract with the Mets on Tuesday, Andy Martino of SNY.tv reports.

      The right-hander suffered an Achilles injury in the middle of September after dealing with a lat injury earlier in the season, but he is expected to fill a key setup role for the Mets and could slide into the closer role if Edwin Diaz's struggles persist. Betances is expected to be ready for spring training.

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      Yankees' Miguel Andujar: Making progress
      4d ago

      Andujar (shoulder) is making good progress and is expected to be ready for spring training, Dan Martin of the New York Post reports.

      A shoulder injury which eventually required surgery limited Andujar to 12 ineffective games last season. In his absence, Gio Urshela emerged to place a strong claim on the third base job. Andujar's bat is too good to waste, assuming he can get back to pre-injury form, so the Yankees will likely either trade him or try to find a way to give him regular at-bats.

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    • Shohei Ohtani LAA DH
      Angels' Shohei Ohtani: Completes Tommy John rehab
      15d ago

      Ohtani (elbow/knee) completed his throwing progression Thursday and is now finished with Tommy John rehab, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

      Ohtani was recovering from Tommy John surgery and knee surgery, but his rehab now appears to be complete after three weeks of throwing off a mound. The right-hander will now be shut down from throwing for the remainder of the offseason prior to spring training. The team will determine his usage going forward during spring training, but he is expected to have an innings cap and not pitch more than once per week in 2020, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

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      Angels' Shohei Ohtani: Cleared for mound work
      11/26/2019

      Ohtani (elbow/knee) was cleared to throw off a mound Monday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

      Ohtani is working his way back from both Tommy John surgery and knee surgery. He's expected to throw off a mound for three or four weeks, at which point his recovery from the elbow procedure will be considered complete.

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    • Yordan Alvarez HOU DH
      Astros' Yordan Alvarez: Takes home ROY honors
      11/11/2019

      Alvarez was unanimously named the 2019 American League Rookie of the Year on Monday, Julia Morales of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.

      Upon being promoted in June, Alvarez took the league by storm, slashing .313/.412/.655 with 27 home runs and 78 RBI over 87 games. The 22-year-old slugger is expected to remain a fixture in Houston's lineup for years to come.

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      Angels' Shohei Ohtani: Rehab remains on track
      11/11/2019

      Ohtani (knee) remains on track to finish his rehab in mid-December, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.

      Ohtani was limited to hitting duties all season while his arm recovered from Tommy John surgery. His time as a designated hitter ended prematurely as well after he was shut down for surgery on his left kneecap in mid-September. He's been running on an anti-gravity treadmill and throwing from a distance of 120 feet, with the goal of getting back on a mound by the end of the month.

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    • J.D. Martinez BOS DH
      Red Sox's J.D. Martinez: Not opting out
      11/04/2019

      Martinez will not exercise the opt-out in his contract, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

      Martinez evidently didn't feel as though he could make more than the $62.5 million he's due over the next three seasons on the open market. He remains an excellent hitter, but there's understandably some uncertainty about the market for a 32-year-old designated hitter. He has opt-outs remaining after each of the next two seasons, so there's still no guarantee he remains in Boston through the end of the 2022 season.

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