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2/14/2017 Chris Narveson, Cle, P
Narveson has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians.

Analysis: Narveson, who was on Miami's opening-day roster last season, will be at spring training with the AL champions this week in Goodyear, Arizona. Narveson will compete for one of the openings in Cleveland's bullpen. He limited left-handed batters to a .218 average at Triple-A New Orleans and posted a 3.60 ERA in 15 starts.
2/13/2017 Travis Wood, KC, P
Wood has agreed to a $12 million, two-year contract with the Royals.

Analysis: Wood has spent the past five seasons with the Cubs, where he posted a 2.95 ERA while working exclusively out of the bullpen last year. But he will be given an opportunity to earn a job in the Royals' starting rotation this spring.
2/13/2017 Kevin Jepsen, Ari, P
The Diamondbacks have agreed to a minor-league deal with Jepsen. The right-hander was invited to major league camp, which began Monday.

Analysis: The 32-year-old Jepsen appeared in 58 games with the Twins and Rays last season, finishing 2-6 with a 5.98 ERA. He led the AL with 75 appearances and had a 2.33 ERA in 2015. Jepsen is 28-30 with a 3.92 ERA in parts of eight seasons with three teams.
2/13/2017 Brian Matusz, Ari, P
The Diamondbacks have agreed to a minor-league deal with Matusz. The left-hander was invited to major league camp, which began Monday.

Analysis: The 30-year-old Matusz appeared in seven games for Baltimore and one with the Cubs last season. He is 27-41 with a 4.92 ERA in 280 big league games.
2/13/2017 Adam Lind, Was, 1B
The Nationals agreed to a contract with Lind on Monday, according to multiple media reports.

Analysis: The 33-year-old Lind clubbed 20 home runs and had 58 RBIs in 126 games with the Mariners in 2016. It marked the sixth time in his career that Lind hit at least 20 homers.
2/13/2017 Sean Rodríguez, Atl, 2B
Braves general manager John Coppolella isn't sure if it's realistic to hope for a return this season of Rodriguez, who will have shoulder surgery.

Analysis: Rodriguez, who agreed to an $11.5 million, two-year contract with Atlanta in November, hurt his shoulder when a vehicle he was driving was rammed by a stolen police car in Miami on Jan. 28. His wife Giselle and two of their children were hospitalized with injuries she said on her Twitter account were not life-threatening. Rodriguez's shoulder injury was not immediately disclosed.
2/13/2017 Seth Maness, KC, P
Maness has agreed to a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals and will report to big league spring training with a chance to earn a job in their rebuilt bullpen.

Analysis: Maness, whose deal was announced Monday, underwent an experimental procedure on his right elbow in August to repair a damaged ulnar collateral ligament. The injury typically requires Tommy John surgery that would have kept him out this season, but the ''primary repair'' operation has a recovery time of about eight months. That means Maness could be ready by opening day. He had a successful four-year run in St. Louis, where he compiled a 3.19 ERA.
2/12/2017 Nathan Eovaldi, TB, P
Eovaldi is not expected to pitch this season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery, but he and the Rays nonetheless agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal, multiple media outlets reported Sunday. A key component of the deal, considering Eovaldi's health status, is that it includes a club option for the 2018 season.

Analysis: The right-hander spent the past two seasons with the Yankees. Last season, Eovaldi was 9-8 with a 4.76 ERA in 24 appearances, including 21 starts. In his six years in the major leagues, Eovaldi is 38-46 with a 4.12 ERA. Elbow injuries ended his 2016 season in August, and he needed surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon and partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. The Rays are expected to put Eovaldi on the 40-man roster and then move him to the 60-day disabled list.
2/12/2017 Brandon Phillips, Atl, 2B
Phillips has agreed to waive his no-trade clause and has been acquired by the Braves in exchange for minor league pitchers Andrew McKirahan and Carlos Portuondo.

Analysis: The Reds will reportedly pick up all but $1 million on the $14 million Phillips is owed in the final year of his contract. The 35-year-old, who has blocked deals on several occasions over the past two offseasons, will presumably serve as Atlanta' primary second baseman after hitting .291 with 11 homers, 64 RBIs and 14 steals in 2016. For Cincinnati, the move clears a path to regular playing time for youngster Jose Peraza.
2/10/2017 Phil Gosselin, Pit, 2B
The Pirates have acquired Gosselin from Arizona in exchange for minor league pitcher Frank Duncan.

Analysis: A .283 hitter over 216 career games with Atlanta and the Diamondbacks, Gosselin will likely replace free-agent departure Sean Rodriguez as Pittsburgh's primary utility player. The 28-year-old led the majors and set an Arizona season record with 20 pinch hits in 2016.
2/10/2017 Gabriel Ynoa, Bal, P
The Mets traded pitcher Gabriel Ynoa to the Baltimore Orioles for cash, clearing a roster spot for New York to finalize its contract with reliever Fernando Salas.

Analysis: A 23-year-old right-hander, Ynoa made his big league debut last Aug. 13 and was 1-0 with a 6.38 ERA in three starts and seven relief appearances covering 18 1/3 innings. He was 12-5 with a 3.97 ERA in 25 starts with Triple-A Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League and is 59-30 with a 3.36 ERA in 128 minor league starters and eight relief appearances.
2/9/2017 David Phelps, Mia, P
Phelps won his arbitration case against the Miami Marlins and will have a $4.6 million salary this season.

Analysis: A 30-year-old right-hander, Phelps was 7-6 with a career-best 2.28 ERA in five starts and 59 relief appearances for the Marlins last season, striking out 114 in 68 2/3 innings while walking 38. He earned $2.5 million.
2/9/2017 J.P. Howell, Tor, P
Howell and the Toronto Blue Jays have finalized a $3 million, one-year contract.

Analysis: The 33-year-old pitched for the Blue Jays from 2006-12, then spent the last four seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was 1-1 last year with a 4.09 ERA, his highest since 2011. He struck out 44 and walked 15 in 50 2/3 innings. Howell started his big league career with Kansas City in 2005 and has a 35-29 record with a 3.77 ERA in 33 starts and 498 relief appearances.
2/9/2017 Daniel Mengden, Oak, P
Mengden had right foot surgery Wednesday in Houston after breaking a bone during a bullpen session at home Jan. 31.

Analysis: He is expected to wear a walking boot for six weeks and a return date is not known. The team said Wednesday he fractured the medial tibial sesamoid bone, and the surgery was performed by Dr. Kevin Varner. Mengden had been set to compete for the club's fifth starter spot in spring training beginning next week in Mesa, Arizona.
2/9/2017 Homer Bailey, Cin, P
Bailey had arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs from his pitching elbow and is on the 60-day disabled list to start the season. He hope to return in June.

Analysis: Bailey was limited to six starts last season as he recovered from Tommy John surgery and had numerous setbacks. The right-hander began experiencing soreness in the elbow as he got ready for spring training. Medical scans showed no problem with the ligament that was replaced.
2/8/2017 Sergio Romo, LAD, P
Romo is close to finalizing a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers to become their setup man.

Analysis: The 33-year-old reliever had a 2.64 ERA last season with the rival San Francisco Giants while being limited to 40 appearances because of a forearm flexor strain. Romo said Wednesday he's still a free agent but had completed a physical and is ''in definite talks with the Dodgers.'' He was the Giants' primary closer in 2013 and `14, and had a combined 61 saves during that span. Romo was part of three World Series championships with the Giants.
2/8/2017 Gordon Beckham, SF, 2B
The Giants have brought Beckham back on a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.

Analysis: Beckham was traded to San Francisco from Atlanta during the final week of the 2016 regular season and hit .212 with five home runs, 16 doubles and 31 RBIs over 88 overall games last year. The eight-year veteran will have a shot of making the opening day roster as a reserve infielder.
2/8/2017 Jesús Sucre, TB, C
The Rays have acquired Sucre from the Mariners for a player to be named later or cash. The catcher, who was removed from Seattle's 40-man roster last month, will receive an invitation to spring training from Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Sucre hit just .209 with two home runs and 20 RBIs in 90 games spread out across four seasons with Seattle. The 28-year-old will likely serve as Triple-A depth with his new club.
2/7/2017 Enny Romero, Was, P
The Nationals added to their bullpen depth by acquiring reliever Enny Romero from the Tampa Bay Rays for minor league right-hander Jeffrey Rosa.

Analysis: Washington general manager Mike Rizzo announced the trade Tuesday, a week before pitchers and catchers report to the team's first spring training in West Palm Beach, Florida. Romero, 26, had a 5.91 ERA with 50 strikeouts and 28 walks in 45 2/3 innings over 52 appearances last season, his first in the majors. His fastball averaged 96.1 mph, which ranked ninth among American League relievers. In 76 major league appearances, Romero is 2-2 with a 5.27 ERA.
2/7/2017 Chris Carter, NYY, 1B
Carter and the New York Yankees agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal on Tuesday, according to published reports.

Analysis: Carter led the NL in homers last season with 41 for the Brewers and drove in a career-best 94 runs but batted just .222. Milwaukee didn't tender Carter a contract after the season, and the 30-year-old didn't attract much interest on the free-agent market due to his propensity for striking out. He fanned a major-league-leading 206 times last season to mark the fourth straight season in which he struck out more than 150 times.
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