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Date Player
2/3/2016 Jesse Biddle, Pit, P
The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired Biddle from the Philadelphia Phillies.

Analysis: The deal, announced Tuesday, sends Biddle to the Pirates in exchange for right-handed pitcher Yoervis Medina. The 24-year-old Biddle was a first-round pick by the Phillies in the 2010 first-year player draft. Biddle went 9-6 with a 4.95 ERA in 24 combined minor league starts. He underwent reconstructive elbow surgery last October and was designated for assignment by Philadelphia on Jan. 29.
2/3/2016 Yoenis Cespedes, NYM, LF
Cespedes says his first choice was to remain with the New York Mets. In his first public comments since agreeing to a $75 million, three-year contract, the outfielder maintained his welcome last summer was the key to his decision.

Analysis: New York, which reached the World Series for the first time since 2000, treated Cespedes as a newly signed player, showing video highlights of his performance last season after he entered the news conference.
2/2/2016 Brendan Ryan, Was, SS
Ryan has agreed to a minor league contact with the Washington Nationals and will report to big league spring training.

Analysis: Ryan was with the New York Yankees from September 2013 through last season and previously played for the Seattle Mariners and St. Louis Cardinals during his nine-year big league career. Ryan was traded by the Yankees to the Chicago Cubs in December, then was released by Chicago.
2/2/2016 Darrell Ceciliani, Tor, LF
Ceciliani has been acquired by the Toronto Blue Jays from the New York Mets for cash.

Analysis: The 25-year-old hit .206 with one home and five steals in 68 at-bats as a rookie last year. He batted .345 with 19 doubles, four triples, nine homers and 16 steals in 70 games with Triple-A Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League.
2/2/2016 Carlos Quentin, Min, LF
Quentin and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a minor league contract, giving the 33-year-old a chance to revive his career.

Analysis: Quentin announced his retirement last May through the Seattle Mariners, citing chronic knee injuries. He played briefly for their Triple-A club Tacoma. Quentin was released by the Atlanta Braves last April after a trade with San Diego, the last team he played for in the majors in 2014. The two-time All-Star batted .252 over nine seasons with the Padres, Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks.
2/1/2016 Mike Foltynewicz, Atl, P
Foltynewicz said Monday he hopes to be cleared this week to throw off a mound as he continues his recovery from life-threatening blood clots in his right shoulder.

Analysis: Foltynewicz said Monday he has lost about 20 pounds since surgery to remove part of a rib under the shoulder. His 2015 season ended in September when the blood clots were discovered and he was placed on blood-thinning medicine.
2/1/2016 Greg Bird, NYY, 1B
Bird will undergo shoulder surgery on Tuesday that will sideline him the entire 2016 season.

Analysis: The 23-year-old, who had 11 home runs and 31 RBIs in 157 at-bats as a rookie last season, will have his labrum repaired in New York. It's a blow to the Yankees' depth, as Bird was to enter the season as the backup to the injury-prone Mark Teixeira.
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