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Date Player
12/1/2015 David Price, Tor, P
Price has agreed to a seven-year, $217 million contract with the Red Sox, according to multiple reports.

Analysis: The Red Sox get the ace they were sorely missing last season in Price, who went 9-1 with a 2.20 ERA in 11 starts for AL East rival Toronto after being acquired from Detroit in late July. Price's contract is the largest for a pitcher in MLB history, slightly eclipsing the seven-year, $215 million pact Clayton Kershaw received from the Dodgers in January 2014.
12/1/2015 Byung-ho Park, Min, 1B
Park has agreed to a $12 million, four-year contract with the Minnesota Twins. The 29-year-old, who also is a designated hitter, gets $2.75 million in each of the next two seasons and $3 million each in 2018 and '19. The Twins have a $6.5 million option for 2020 with a $500,000 buyout.

Analysis: On Nov. 9, Minnesota won the right to negotiate with Park for 30 days by placing a high bid of $12.85 million after he was posted by the Nexen Heroes under Major League Baseball's agreement with the Korea Baseball Organization. The money was due only if Park signed with the Twins. Park hit .343 with 53 homers and 146 RBIs this year. He has a .281 average and 210 homers in parts of nine seasons in Korea.
12/1/2015 Joe Wieland, LAD, P
The Dodgers have agreed to a one-year deal with Wieland.

Analysis: The 25-year-old right-hander spent most of last season at Triple-A Oklahoma City, with a 10-5 record and a 4.59 ERA in 22 appearances. He made two starts for the Dodgers, allowing eight runs on 10 hits in 8 2/3 innings. In 11 career big league games, Wieland is 1-5 with a 5.85 ERA.
12/1/2015 Justin Maxwell, Mia, RF
Maxwell has agreed to a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins.

Analysis: The 32-year-old hit .209 with seven homers and 26 RBIs this year in 249 at-bats with San Francisco. He has a .220 average, 41 homers and 133 RBIs in seven major league seasons that have included stints with Washington, Houston and Kansas City.
12/1/2015 Joba Chamberlain, Cle, P
The Indians have signed Chamberlain to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

Analysis: Chamberlain spent last season with Detroit, Toronto and Kansas City. The 30-year-old has a 25-21 career record with a 3.87 ERA. He has seven saves in 365 appearances over nine seasons.
11/30/2015 Jim Johnson, Atl, P
Johnson is returning to the Atlanta Braves, agreeing to a $2.5 million, one-year contract.

Analysis: Johnson saved nine games for the Braves before he was dealt to the Dodgers at the trade deadline. After posting a 2.25 ERA in 49 games with Atlanta, the right-hander was 0-3 with a 10.13 ERA in 23 games with the Dodgers.
11/30/2015 Brayan Pena, StL, C
Pena has agreed to a $5 million, two-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he will be the backup for All-Star Yadier Molina.

Analysis: Pena led Reds catchers with 86 games last season while batting .273 with a career-best .344 on-base percentage. His led the NL with a .999 fielding percentage, making one error in 715 chances.
11/30/2015 Johnny Cueto, KC, P
Cueto has rejected a six-year, $120 million offer from the Arizona Diamondbacks, a person with knowledge of the situation said Monday.

Analysis: The Diamondbacks met with Cueto and his representative last week, according to the person, who asked not to be identified because the offer had not been made public. The 29-year-old right-hander was acquired by Kansas City in a midseason trade with Cincinnati this year. He went a combined 11-13 with 3.44 ERA.
11/30/2015 J.A. Happ, Tor, P
Happ's deal with the Toronto Blue Jays is slightly back-loaded. The left-hander will receive $10 million next season as part of the $36 million, three-year contract agreed to Friday. He will get $13 million in each of the final two seasons.

Analysis: Happ, who pitched for Toronto from 2012-14 and owns a 62-61 career record, fills another rotation spot for the AL East champions, who could lose fellow lefties David Price and Mark Buehrle in free agency this offseason. Earlier in November, Toronto re-signed right-hander Marco Estrada to a $26 million, two-year contract.
11/30/2015 Bud Norris, Atl, P
Norris can earn $2.75 million in bonuses based on starts in addition to his $2.5 million salary with the Atlanta Braves. Norris can earn $250,000 for eight starts and $500,000 apiece for 12, 15, 20, 24 and 28. He also can earn $250,000 each for 40, 50 and 60 relief appearances

Analysis: The 30-year-old, whose deal was announced Wednesday, was 3-11 with a 6.72 ERA in 11 starts and 27 relief appearances last season for Baltimore and San Diego. He was 15-8 with 3.65 ERA for the Orioles in 2014. Norris joined a rotation that already includes Julio Teheran, Shelby Miller, Matt Wisler, Williams Perez and Mike Foltynewicz. All five will be 25 or younger on opening day.
11/29/2015 Jordan Zimmermann, Det, P
The Detroit Tigers have reportedly reached a deal with Jordan Zimmermann that would add the free agent right-hander to a starting rotation they were hoping to upgrade this offseason.

Analysis: The 29-year-old Zimmermann went 13-10 with a 3.66 ERA last season for the Washington Nationals, striking out 164 with 39 walks. The previous year, he went 14-5 with a 2.66 ERA.
11/28/2015 J.A. Happ, Tor, P
Happ is headed back to the Toronto Blue Jays. The left-hander agreed to a $36 million, three-year contract on Friday, returning to the team he pitched for from 2012-14.

Analysis: Happ fills another rotation spot for the AL East champions, who could lose fellow lefties David Price and Mark Buehrle in free agency this offseason. Perhaps the biggest prize on the market, Price is expected to command a huge deal.
11/28/2015 Yasiel Puig, LAD, RF
Puig suffered a swollen eye and facial bruises during a fight with a bouncer.

Analysis: Miami police spokesman Major Delrish Moss says the injuries happened Wednesday night as the Cuban player was leaving the Blue Martini bar at bouncers' request following an argument with his sister.
11/25/2015 Rex Brothers, ChC, P
The Colorado Rockies traded Brothers to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday for 18-year-old lefty Wander Cabrera. Brothers had been designated for assignment by Colorado on Nov. 20.

Analysis: Brothers, 27, began last season at Triple-A Albuquerque, where he went 5-2 with a 4.46 ERA. In two stints with the Rockies, he was 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA. He was originally drafted by the Rockies in the first round in 2009. In parts of five seasons, he was 16-11 with a 3.42 ERA in 286 appearances with Colorado.
11/25/2015 Bud Norris, Atl, P
The Braves have added a veteran pitcher to their young rotation, agreeing to a one-year contract with right-hander Bud Norris.

Analysis: The 30-year-old split last season between Baltimore and San Diego, going 3-11 with a 6.72 ERA over 38 games, including 11 starts.
11/25/2015 L.J. Hoes, Bal, LF
Houston dealt Hoes to Baltimore for cash.

Analysis: The 25-year-old hit .295 with three homers and 53 RBIs in 99 games this year at Triple-A Fresno. He was dealt from the Orioles to the Astros in July 2013 as part of the trade that sent pitcher Bud Norris to Baltimore. Hoes has a .237 average, four homers and 22 RBIs in 112 major league games during the past four seasons.
11/25/2015 Alex Avila, CWS, C
Avila and the Chicago White Sox have agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract.

Analysis: Avila is a .242 hitter with 66 homers and 282 RBIs during seven big league seasons, all with the Detroit Tigers, and has thrown out 24.5 percent of attempted base stealers. The 29-year-old was limited to 67 games with Detroit last season because of injuries, including a left knee bone bruise.
11/25/2015 Geovany Soto, LAA, C
Soto and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a $2.8 million, one-year contract.

Analysis: The team announced the move Tuesday night, one day after losing catcher Chris Iannetta to the Seattle Mariners in free agency. Soto has played for four teams in 11 major league seasons. The former Chicago Cubs backstop spent last season on the other side of town with the White Sox, batting .219 with nine homers and 21 RBIs in 78 games.
11/25/2015 Jed Lowrie, Oak, SS
Lowrie has been acquired by the Oakland Athletics from the Houston Astros for minor league right-hander Brendan McCurry.

Analysis: The 31-year-old Lowrie hit .222 with nine homers and 30 RBIs in 69 games for Houston this year, starting 45 at third and 16 at shortstop. He was sidelined for more than three months by a torn ligament in his right thumb.
11/25/2015 Ryan Braun, Mil, LF
Braun says he is feeling fine following offseason back surgery and is optimistic that he will be back at 100 percent for spring training.

Analysis: Braun says the only surprise is that rehab is going a little longer than he anticipated after undergoing the procedure on Oct. 8. Braun spoke to reporters on Wednesday morning while taking part in the team's annual holiday food drive outside Miller Park. The surgery to relieve a herniated disc in his back caused him to miss 14 of the last 18 games of the season.
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