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11/20/2015 Ian Krol, Atl, P
The Detroit Tigers have acquired outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Krol and Gabe Speier.

Analysis: Krol made 33 relief appearances for the Tigers in 2015, going 2-3 with a 5.79 ERA.
11/20/2015 Cameron Maybin, Det, CF
The Detroit Tigers have acquired Maybin from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for left-handers Ian Krol and Gabe Speier.

Analysis: The 28-year-old Maybin returns to the organization that drafted him. The Tigers took Maybin in the first round in 2005, and he made his major league debut for Detroit in 2007 before being traded to the Marlins as a key prospect in the deal that brought Miguel Cabrera to the Tigers. Maybin hit .267 with 10 homers, 59 RBIs and 23 steals for the Braves this year.
11/20/2015 A.J. Griffin, Oak, P
The A's cleared room on the 40-man roster by designating Griffin for assignment.

Analysis: He missed all of 2014 and much of this past season recovering from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.
11/20/2015 Rich Hill, Oak, P
Hill has agreed to a $6 million, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics. Hill took his physical in the Bay Area and the team announced the deal Friday. Hill became the second free agent to switch teams after infielder Cliff Pennington joined the Los Angeles Angels earlier in the week.

Analysis: The 35-year-old pitcher began the 2015 season with Washington's Triple-A club in Syracuse before going 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA in four starts and 29 innings with the Boston Red Sox as a September callup. He had 36 strikeouts to five walks.
11/20/2015 Ramon Flores, Mil, LF
New Brewers general manager David Stearns has made a trade for the third straight day, dealing infielder Luis Sardinas to the Seattle Mariners for Flores.

Analysis: Flores batted .308 with nine homers and 41 RBIs at Triple-A this year in the New York Yankees and Seattle organizations.
11/20/2015 Luis Sardinas, Sea, SS
New Brewers general manager David Stearns has made a trade for the third straight day, dealing Luis Sardinas to the Seattle Mariners for outfielder Ramon Flores.

Analysis: Sardinas was acquired by Milwaukee in January as part of the swap that sent pitcher Yovani Gallardo to Texas. Sardinas hit .196 with four RBIs in 36 games with the Brewers this season while playing second base, shortstop and third.
11/19/2015 Alex Rodriguez, NYY, 3B
A lawyer says his firm has settled its lawsuit accusing Rodriguez of failing to pay legal bills stemming from the Biogenesis scandal.

Analysis: Peter Siachos of Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani said the suit was settled ''amicably'' this month. He declined to disclose the terms. Rodriguez was suspended for the 2014 season after then-Commissioner Bud Selig concluded he violated the sport's drug agreement and labor contract. Gordon Rees had claimed it helped get Rodriguez's original 211-game suspension reduced to 162 games in arbitration. The suit accused Rodriguez of failing to pay more than $380,000 in legal fees.
11/19/2015 Jonathan Villar, Mil, SS
The Astros have traded infielder Jonathan Villar to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league pitcher Cy Sneed.

Analysis: Villar hit. 284 with seven doubles, two homers and 11 RBIs in 53 games for the Astros last season. The 24-year-old appeared in 198 games for Houston in the last three seasons.
11/19/2015 Josh Donaldson, Tor, 3B
Donaldson has won the AL MVP, earning the honor after helping boost the Toronto Blue Jays back into the playoffs for the first time since 1993. The third baseman got 23 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America in results announced Thursday.

Analysis: Donaldson led the AL with 123 RBIs and topped the majors by scoring 122 runs. He hit 41 home runs and batted .297.
11/19/2015 Bryce Harper, Was, RF
Harper has become the youngest unanimous MVP winner in baseball history, capturing the NL award during a season in which his Washington Nationals missed the playoffs. Harper turned 23 in mid-October, after the postseason had already started.

Analysis: Harper got all 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America in results announced Thursday. The outfielder led the majors in slugging percentage and on-base average. He hit .330 with 42 home runs and 99 RBIs.
11/19/2015 Jack Leathersich, ChC, P
The Cubs have claimed Leathersich off waivers from the Mets.

Analysis: The lefty reliever is expected to miss most of next season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in July. Leathersich made his MLB debut in 2015, posting a 2.31 ERA in 17 appearances prior to the surgery.
11/18/2015 Jake Arrieta, ChC, P
Arrieta won the NL Cy Young Award on Wednesday, beating out Los Angeles Dodgers stars Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw. The Chicago Cubs pitcher got 17 first-place votes for 169 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America in results announced Wednesday. Greinke drew 10 first-place votes and had 147 points. Kershaw had the other three firsts and 101 points.

Analysis: Arrieta led the majors in wins, going 22-6. He went 11-0 in his last 12 starts, pushing the Cubs into the playoffs for the first time since 2008. He had a 1.77 ERA, struck out 236 and pitched a no-hitter.
11/18/2015 Dallas Keuchel, Hou, P
Keuchel has won the AL Cy Young Award, easily beating out David Price. Keuchel got 22 first-place votes for 186 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America in results announced Wednesday. Keuchel became the first Houston pitcher to win the Cy Young since Roger Clemens in 2004, and the first do it since the Astros joined the AL.

Analysis: Keuchel led the league in wins, going 20-8 and helping Houston reach the playoffs for the first time since 2005. The bearded 27-year-old with a dominant sinker and sharp slider had a 2.48 ERA and 216 strikeouts.
11/18/2015 Scott Hairston, CWS, LF
The White Sox and Hairston have agreed to a minor league contract.

Analysis: Hairston has not played in the major leagues since 2014, when he hit .208 in 61 games for the Washington Nationals. He is a career .242 hitter with 106 homers and 313 RBIs over 11 seasons with Arizona, San Diego, Oakland, the New York Mets, Chicago Cubs and Nationals.
11/18/2015 Francisco Rodriguez, Det, P
The Tigers have acquired Rodriguez from the Milwaukee Brewers in their latest attempt to stabilize the back end of their bullpen. The teams announced the trade Wednesday. Milwaukee receives minor league infielder Javier Betancourt and a player to be named.

Analysis: Rodriguez, who turns 34 in January, went 1-3 with a 2.21 ERA for the Brewers in 2015. He had 38 saves in 40 chances. Detroit's bullpen has been an issue for the last few seasons. The Tigers this month declined their $10 million option on Joe Nathan.
11/17/2015 Cliff Pennington, LAA, SS
Pennington became the first free agent to switch teams this offseason when the Los Angeles Angels signed him to a two-year, $3.75 million deal. The Angels announced the signing Tuesday.

Analysis: Pennington began last season with Arizona and moved to Toronto in a trade in August. The switch-hitting journeyman batted .210 with three homers and 21 RBIs in 105 total games, making multiple starts at five positions.
11/17/2015 David Ortiz, Bos, DH
Ortiz plans to retire following the 2016 season, according to a report.

Analysis: Ortiz turns 40 on Wednesday, though he remains one of the game's most feared sluggers. His 37 home runs last season were his most since 2006 and he's knocked in over 100 runs in each of the last three campaigns. With 503 career homers, he'll certainly be in the Hall of Fame conversation when eligible.
11/17/2015 Brandon Crawford, SF, SS
The Giants have signed Crawford to a six-year, $75 million extension.

Analysis: The deal, which reportedly includes a full no-trade clause, runs through 2021 and covers Crawford's first four years of free agency as well as his remaining two arbitration seasons. The 28-year-old is coming off a breakout season in which he hit .256 with 21 homers and 84 RBIs while earning a Gold Glove.
11/16/2015 Kris Bryant, ChC, 3B
Bryant was a unanimous pick as NL Rookie of the Year after helping Chicago return to the playoffs for the first time since 2008. He received all 30 first-place votes for 150 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America in balloting announced Monday.

Analysis: Bryant made his debut on April 17, just after the Cubs ensured he cannot be a free agent until after the 2021 season. The 23-year-old was selected an NL All-Star and hit .275, leading big league rookies with 26 homers, 31 doubles and 99 RBIs.
11/16/2015 Anthony Bass, Sea, P
Seattle received Bass and Leonys Martin from Texas on Monday in exchange for reliever Tom Wilhelmsen and outfielder James Jones.

Analysis: Bass posted a 4.50 ERA in 33 games last year for the Rangers.
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