MLB Recent Player News
|1/23/2017||Shawn Tolleson, TB, P|
|Tampa Bay said Monday it had agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract with Tolleson, who can make an additional $1.15 million in bonuses.
Analysis: Tolleson was 2-2 with 11 saves and a 7.68 ERA in 37 games last year, when his season was cut short by a lower back strain. He became a free agent in October when he refused an outright assignment to the minors.
|1/23/2017||José De León, TB, P|
|The Dodgers traded De Leon to the Rays on Monday for second baseman Logan Forsythe.
Analysis: The 24-year-old right-hander made his big league debut in September and was 2-0 with a 6.35 ERA in four starts. He went 7-1 with a 2.61 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 16 starts and 86 1/3 innings last year at Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he was sidelined for stretches by ankle and shoulder injuries.
|1/23/2017||Logan Forsythe, LAD, 2B|
|Forsythe was traded by the Tampa Bay Rays to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday for right-hander Jose De Leon.
Analysis: Forsythe hit a career-high 20 homers last year, when he batted .264 with 52 RBIs in 127 games.
|1/23/2017||James Loney, Cle, 1B|
|The Texas Rangers and Loney have agreed to a minor league contract.
Analysis: If Loney makes the major league roster out of spring training, the Rangers will be his fourth team since 2012 after the 32-year-old spent his first seven-plus seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The first base job is open for Texas after Mitch Moreland signed with Boston and Prince Fielder was forced to retire because of a neck injury.
|1/23/2017||Masahiro Tanaka, NYY, P|
|Tanaka says he won't take part in the World Baseball Classic.
Analysis: Speaking at his former stadium in northeastern Japan on Monday, Tanaka said "taking various things into consideration, it would be difficult so I will not participate." Tanaka went 14-4 last season with a 3.07 ERA and 165 strikeouts in 31 games. The 28-year-old righthander was a member of the Japanese team that won the 2009 WBC. The 2017 tournament will be played from March 6-22.
|1/22/2017||Kurt Suzuki, Atl, C|
|The Braves have agreed to a one-year deal with Suzuki.
Analysis: The 33-year-old Suzuki likely will share time with returning starter Tyler Flowers. Atlanta also has Anthony Recker, who was Flowers' backup last season. Suzuki spent the last three seasons with Minnesota and hit .258 with eight homers and 49 RBIs last year.
|1/22/2017||Yordano Ventura, KC, P|
|Ventura was killed in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 25.
Analysis: According to a highway patrol spokesperson, Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, some 40 miles northwest of Santo Domingo. It is not known if Ventura was driving. The hard-throwing Ventura came up with Kansas City in 2013 and helped the club win the World Series two years later. He posted a 38-31 career record with a 3.89 ERA and 470 strikeouts in 547 2/3 innings.
|1/20/2017||Trevor Cahill, SD, P|
|Cahill and the San Diego Padres have finalized a $1.75 million, one-year contract.
Analysis: Cahill, who went to high school in suburban Vista, can earn $750,000 in performance bonuses based on starts: $250,000 each for 15, 20 and 25. He also can earn $250,000 in bonuses based on relief appearances: $125,000 each for 40 and 50. He would get a $250,000 assignment bonus if traded. He went 4-4 with a 2.74 ERA in 50 games, including one start, for the Chicago Cubs in 2016.
|1/20/2017||Santiago Casilla, Oak, P|
|Casilla is crossing the bay again, re-joining the Oakland Athletics with a two-year contract Friday after seven seasons with San Francisco. Casilla has spent his entire big league career between the two Bay Area teams; his initial six seasons were with Oakland.
Analysis: While the right-hander lost his job as closer last season for the Giants' struggling bullpen, he provides A's manager Bob Melvin with some options of when to use him. Casilla could be called upon to help handle ninth-inning duties along with regular closer Sean Doolittle, while Ryan Dull also could be in the mix. He went 2-5 with a 3.57 ERA and 31 saves last season after posting a 4-2 mark record with a 2.79 ERA and a career-best 38 saves in 2015.
|1/19/2017||Mark Trumbo, Bal, RF|
|The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $37.5 million, three-year contract to keep major league home run champion Trumbo.
Analysis: Trumbo, 31, hit 47 home runs last year and became a free agent. He did not accept the Orioles' qualifying offer of a $17.2 million, one-year contract. Trumbo played in 159 games last season, batting .256 while setting career highs for home runs and RBIs (108).
|1/19/2017||Mike Fiers, Hou, P|
|The Houston Astros and Fiers reached agreement on a one-year, $3.45 million deal on Thursday to avoid arbitration.
Analysis: The right-hander set a career best for victories by going 11-8 with a 4.48 ERA last season. He struck out 134 in 168 2/3 innings in 31 appearances (30 starts).
|1/19/2017||Dan Straily, Mia, P|
|Miami obtained Straily from the Cincinnati Reds for three minor leaguers.
Analysis: Straily had the best year of his career in 2016, when he went 14-8 for the last-place Reds with a 3.76 ERA and 162 strikeouts in 34 games.
|1/18/2017||Trevor Plouffe, Oak, 3B|
|Plouffe has agreed to a one-year contract with the Athletics and is expected to be the primary third baseman if he can stay healthy.
Analysis: Plouffe, who ccan also play first base, went on the disabled list for three different injuries last season with Minnesota. He began the year as the Twins' starting third baseman and hit a career-best .260 with 12 home runs and 47 RBIs in 84 games.
|1/18/2017||Brandon Guyer, Cle, LF|
|The Indians and Guyer have agreed to a two-year contract that contains an option for the 2019 season.
Analysis: The deal buys out Guyer's two remaining arbitration years with the option covering his first eligible year of free agency. The soon-to-be 31-year-old hit .333 in 38 games for the AL champion Indians after being acquired from Tampa Bay at the Aug. 1 deadline. He batted .336 overall against left-handed pitching last season while leading the majors by being hit by a pitch 31 times.
|1/17/2017||Jake Diekman, Tex, P|
|Diekman is expected to miss at least half the season after upcoming surgery to treat colitis, a digestive condition.
Analysis: The top left-hander in the Texas bullpen has battled the condition throughout his career and had a recent flare-up. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Tuesday the team was aware of the possible surgery and absence before agreeing with Diekman last week on a $2.55 million, one-year contract.
|1/17/2017||Dillon Gee, Tex, P|
|The Rangers have signed Gee to a minor league contract that contains an invitation to spring training.
Analysis: The veteran right-hander hopes to be ready for spring training after undergoing thoracic outlet surgery in October. Gee went 8-9 with a 4.68 ERA in 33 games (14 starts) for Kansas City before being shut down in late September of last season. The 30-year-old is 48-46 with a 4.13 ERA over seven major league seasons with the Mets and Royals, most of which has been spent as a starter.
|1/17/2017||Josh Hamilton, Tex, LF|
|Hamilton will be getting another shot with the Rangers, who signed the 2010 AL MVP to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.
Analysis: Whether the 35-year-old's injury-ravaged body has anything left remains to be seen. Hamilton appeared in just one minor league game while rehabbing an ACL injury in 2016 and was limited to 139 games by various ailments over the previous two seasons. The five-time All-Star was released by Texas last August.
|1/16/2017||Michael Saunders, Phi, LF|
|The Phillies and Saunders have agreed to a one-year contract worth $9 million. The deal also contains an $11 million option with a $1 million buyout for 2018.
Analysis: Saunders wasn't able to get the big deal he was seeking after hitting a career-high 24 homers while batting .253 with 57 RBIs in a personal-best 140 games with Toronto last season. The 30-year-old Canadian still should bolster a Philadelphia outfield that severely lacked power in 2016.
|1/16/2017||Danny Duffy, KC, P|
|Duffy and the Royals have agreed on a five-year, $65 million contract that will keep the left-hander under team control through 2021.
Analysis: The 27-year-old began last season in the bullpen but later emerged as the team's most dependable starter during a year in which he finished 12-3 with a 3.51 ERA and a career-high 188 strikeouts. The Royals went 17-9 in Duffy's starts. Duffy was scheduled to become a free agent following the 2017 campaign.
|1/16/2017||José Bautista, Tor, RF|
|Bautista will return to the Blue Jays on a one-year contract that contains a mutual option for the 2018 season.
Analysis: Initial reports have the contract worth $17.2 million for 2017, the same amount as the qualifying offer Bautista rejected from Toronto in November. Second in franchise history with 265 home runs, the 36-year-old hit 40 with 114 RBIs in 2015 but slipped to 22 homers, 69 RBIs and a .234 average while battling injuries this past season.
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