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11/28/2016 Gregorio Petit, LAA, SS
The Los Angeles Angels designated Petit for assignment Monday.

Analysis: Petit batted .245 with two homers and 17 RBIs in 89 games this year for the Angels, his fourth big league team. He served as the Angels' utility infielder and took over at second base late in the season, but was unlikely to return to Los Angeles because he is out of minor league options.
11/28/2016 Ryan LaMarre, LAA, CF
The Los Angeles Angels signed LaMarre on Monday.

Analysis: The 28-year-old LaMarre has 26 games of major league experience with the Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox, who signed him last December and used him in five games. He has appeared in 646 minor league games over his first seven pro seasons, batting .267.
11/28/2016 Rob Whalen, Sea, P
The Mariners have acquired Whalen and minor league pitcher Max Povse from the Braves in exchange for outfielder Alex Jackson - a former top 10 draft pick - and a player to be named.

Analysis: Whalen, 22, made five starts for the Braves in August before being shut down with a fatigued shoulder, going 1-2 with a 6.57 ERA in those outings. He'll likely begin the season as Triple-A depth with his new organization.
11/28/2016 Edinson Vólquez, Mia, P
Volquez has agreed with the Miami Marlins on a $22 million, two-year contract.

Analysis: An All-Star in 2008 with Cincinnati, Volquez helped pitch Kansas City to the World Series title in 2015, when he went 13-9 with a 3.55 ERA. He slipped to 10-11 with 5.37 ERA with the Royals this year.
11/24/2016 Sean Rodríguez, Atl, 2B
The Braves reached agreement with Rodriguez on a two-year deal, according to reports Thursday.

Analysis: The deal is worth more than $11 million and is pending a physical for the nine-year veteran, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and the MLB Network. The 31-year-old Rodriguez hit .260 with 22 home runs and 73 RBIs in the past two seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He batted .270 with 18 homers and 56 RBIs last season in 140 games -- all career highs -- when he made $2.5 million. He is a career .234 hitter with 67 home runs and 259 RBIs.
11/23/2016 Zac Curtis, Sea, P
The Diamondbacks sent Curtis to Seattle as part of the five-player trade that landed Jean Segura with the Mariners and pitcher Taijuan Walker and shortstop Ketel Marte in Arizona.

Analysis: Curtis pitched in 21 games as a lefty specialist with Arizona last season but failed to impress, recording a 6.75 ERA in 13 1/3 innings. He'll likely merely be Triple-A depth for his new team.
11/23/2016 Mitch Haniger, Sea, LF
The Diamondbacks sent Haniger to Seattle as part of the five-player trade that landed Jean Segura with the Mariners and pitcher Taijuan Walker and shortstop Ketel Marte in Arizona.

Analysis: Haniger hit .229 with five homers in 109 at-bats in his first taste of the majors last season. The 25-year-old could stick with the Mariners as a backup outfielder who sees time against left-handed pitching.
11/23/2016 Ketel Marte, Ari, SS
The Diamondbacks have acquired Marte and pitcher Taijuan Walker from Arizona in exchange for infielder Jean Segura, outfielder Mitch Haniger and reliever Zac Curtis.

Analysis: Arizona parted ways with last season's NL hits leader in Segura primarily to obtain Walker to bolster their ailing rotation. Marte, who hit .259 with a .287 on-base percentage in 119 games last season, will be a downgrade offensively but is still just 23 and should receive plenty of opportunity with his new team.
11/23/2016 Taijuan Walker, Ari, P
The Diamondbacks have acquired Walker and shortstop Ketel Marte from Arizona in exchange for infielder Jean Segura, outfielder Mitch Haniger and reliever Zac Curtis.

Analysis: Walker never quite lived up to his considerable potential by going 22-22 with a 4.18 ERA over 65 appearances (62 starts) with Seattle, and now moves to a far more hitter-friendly environment in Arizona. The 24-year-old still fills a big need in a Diamondbacks rotation that was among the league's worst last season.
11/23/2016 Jean Segura, Sea, 2B
The Mariners have acquired Segura, the NL's leader with 203 hits last season, from the Diamondbacks in a five-player trade that also sent pitcher Taijuan Walker and shortstop Ketel Marte to Arizona.

Analysis: Segura excelled in his lone season in Arizona, posting a career-high .319 average along with personal bests of 20 homers and 64 RBIs while stealing 33 bases. The 26-year-old should slot in as Seattle's leadoff hitter and bring an offensive upgrade over the inconsistent Marte.
11/19/2016 Brett Cecil, StL, P
Cecil and the Cardinals have agreed to a four-year, $30-million deal on Saturday.

Analysis: The deal is pending Cecil passing a physical and could be completed as soon as Sunday, according to multiple reports. Cecil was the top lefty reliever on the market behind Aroldis Chapman. The 30-year-old was limited to 36 2/3 innings last season because of injuries. He rebounded to post a 1.74 ERA over his final 30 regular-season appearances, striking out 30 hitters in 20 2/3 innings during that span.
11/18/2016 Nathan Eovaldi, NYY, P
The New York Yankees have announced that Eovaldi has been designated for assignment.

Analysis: Eovaldi was expected to lose his roster spot because the right-hander will be sidelined next year as he recovers from major elbow surgery and can become a free agent following the 2017 season anyway.
11/18/2016 Dustin Ackley, NYY, LF
The New York Yankees have released Ackley.

Analysis: Ackley, the No. 2 pick in the 2009 amateur draft, batted .148 with no homers and four RBIs in 28 games last season. He tore the labrum in his right shoulder May 29 while diving back to first base on a pickoff attempt and needed season-ending surgery.
11/18/2016 Trevor Plouffe, Min, 3B
The Minnesota Twins have cut Plouffe, the first significant move by new front office leaders Derek Falvey and Thad Levine.

Analysis: Plouffe cleared waivers and has elected to become a free agent. The 30-year-old was a first-round draft pick of the Twins back in 2004. After struggling to earn a spot as a shortstop, he turned himself into a reliable third baseman with solid power. Plouffe hit .247 with 96 home runs and 357 RBIs in seven seasons with the Twins.
11/18/2016 Andrew Cashner, Tex, P
Cashner has reached an agreement on a $10 million, one-year deal with the Texas Rangers.

Analysis: The deal was pending a physical and wasn't finalized and the team had not made an official announcement. He finished last season with the Florida Marlins after the San Diego Padres traded him July 29. He was 5-11 with a 5.25 ERA in 28 games. Texas had inquired about Cashner before the non-waiver trade deadline last summer, and had previously been interested in him.
11/18/2016 Josh Reddick, Hou, RF
The Houston Astros and free agent outfielder Reddick agreed to a four-year, $52 million deal, according to reports.

Analysis: Reddick hit .281 with 10 home runs and 37 RBIs in 115 combined games between the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Dodgers last season.
11/17/2016 Brian McCann, Hou, C
The Yankees have traded McCann and cash to the Astros for a pair of young minor league pitchers.

Analysis: McCann is a seven-time All-Star, but his playing time diminished in the second half of the season as rookie Gary Sanchez emerged as a power hitter behind the plate. The 32-year-old McCann hit .242 with 20 home runs and 58 RBIs last season. He finished his third season in New York after signing an $85 million, five-year deal as a free agent.
11/16/2016 Rick Porcello, Bos, P
Porcello won the AL Cy Young Award by a narrow margin Wednesday.

Analysis: Porcello, who led the majors with 22 wins, got just eight first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America while Detroit's Justin Verlander drew 14. But Porcello drew more support across the board and was listed by all 30 voters - Verlander was left off two ballots.
11/16/2016 Max Scherzer, Was, P
Scherzer became the sixth pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues Wednesday, taking the NL prize by a wide margin.

Analysis: Scherzer led the majors with 284 strikeouts and topped the NL with 20 wins. After earning the AL honor in 2013 with Detroit, Scherzer joined Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Gaylord Perry and Roy Halladay as winners in both leagues.
11/16/2016 Charlie Morton, Hou, P
Morton has agreed to a two-year contract with the Astros.

Analysis: The right-hander made only four starts with Philadelphia last season before being shut down in late April by a torn left hamstring. Morton, 46-71 with a 4.54 ERA over nine seasons with Atlanta, Pittsburgh and the Phillies, should work near the back of the Astros' rotation if he can stay healthy. He's thrown 129 innings or less in four of the past five seasons.
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