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1/23/2015 Eury Perez, CF (Atl), CF
The Braves have added another contender to their outfield competition by claiming Perez off waivers from the New York Yankees.

Analysis: The 24-year-old Perez hit .311 with 20 stolen bases with Triple-A Syracuse in the Nationals' organization last year. He was picked up off waivers by New York in September and had two hits and a stolen base in four games with the Yankees.
1/23/2015 Eric Sogard, 2B (Oak), 2B
Sogard has agreed to a $1,075,000, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics to avoid salary arbitration.

Analysis: Sogard, who earned $510,000 last year, had asked for $1,425,000, while the A's had offered $900,000.
1/23/2015 Logan Schafer, LF (Mil), LF
The Minnesota Twins and Schafer have agreed on a $1.55 million, a one-year contract that avoided arbitration.

Analysis: The deal was reached Friday, giving the Twins contracts with five of their six arbitration-eligible players.
1/23/2015 Ryan Vogelsong, P (SF), P
A person with knowledge of the contract says Vogelsong has reached agreement on a $4 million, one-year deal to stay with the San Francisco Giants.

Analysis: Vogelsong's contract with the defending World Series champions is pending a physical, the person said Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team hadn't announced the deal.
1/23/2015 Ichiro Suzuki, RF (Mia), RF
A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Suzuki has agreed to a one-year contract with the Miami Marlins, pending a physical.

Analysis: Suzuki batted .284 last year for the New York Yankees. He topped the 200-hit mark in his first 10 major league seasons and has 2,844 MLB hits.
1/22/2015 Jonny Gomes, LF (Oak), LF
The Atlanta Braves and outfielder Jonny Gomes agreed Thursday to a one-year contract with a vesting option.

Analysis: Gomes, who played for Boston and Oakland in 2014, could be part of a left field platoon in a new-look outfield. He could share time with former Yankees prospect Zoilo Almonte, a switch-hitter who signed as a free agent. Gomes, 34, hit only .234 with a career-low six homers for Boston and Oakland last year. He hit .276 with four homers against left-handers.
1/22/2015 Gregor Blanco, CF (SF), CF
Blanco finalized his $7.5 million, two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants on Thursday, a deal that covers his final two arbitration seasons.

Analysis: Blanco, who made $2,525,000 last year, will earn $3.6 million this season and $3.9 million for 2016. The 31-year-old Blanco has played at least 141 games in each of his three seasons with San Francisco. He batted .260 with five home runs, six triples, 18 doubles and 38 RBIs in 146 games last season. He has played a key role during each of the franchise's last two title runs.
1/22/2015 Brad Penny, P (CWS), P
Penny and former NL Rookie of the Year Geovany Soto have agreed to minor league contracts with the Chicago White Sox.

Analysis: Penny, an All-Star with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2006 and 2007, was 2-1 with a 6.58 ERA in four starts and eight appearances with Miami last season.
1/22/2015 Geovany Soto, C (CWS), C
Soto and two-time All-Star pitcher Brad Penny have agreed to minor league contracts with the Chicago White Sox.

Analysis: Soto, the NL Rookie of the Year with the Cubs in 2008, appeared in just 24 games with Texas and Oakland last season. He was limited by knee and foot injuries and was also arrested on a marijuana possession charge.
1/22/2015 Kelly Johnson, 3B (Atl), 3B
Johnson and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a minor league contract.

Analysis: The 33-year-old Johnson will attend big league spring training as a non-roster invitee and compete for a roster spot as a utility player. Johnson made his major league debut as a left fielder with Atlanta in 2005. He took over as the team's starting second baseman in 2007 and remained with the Braves through the 2009 season. Johnson played with the New York Yankees, Boston and Baltimore in 2014 and hit .215 with seven homers and 27 RBIs.
1/21/2015 Dontrelle Willis, P (Mil), P
Willis has signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers with an invitation to major league camp in spring training.

Analysis: Willis won the National League Rookie of the Year award in 2003 while with the Marlins. He is trying to get back to the majors for the first time since 2011, when he was 1-6 in 13 games with the Cincinnati Reds. The Brewers could view Willis as a spot starter after trading away veteran Yovani Gallardo to the Texas Rangers. They are also looking for a left-handed reliever in the bullpen after not re-signing Zach Duke and Tom Gorzelanny.
1/21/2015 Marco Scutaro, 2B (SF), 2B
Scutaro has been designated for assignment by the San Francisco Giants as he recovers from back surgery.

Analysis: The Giants say they plan to retain Scutaro and continue working with him through his rehabilitation following back surgery that could end his career. Dr. Michael Wang performed a fusion last month to alleviate the troublesome area at level L-2/L-3 of Scutaro's spine. It will be four-to-six months before doctors determine whether Scutaro can play baseball again.
1/21/2015 Carlos Corporan, C (Tex), C
The Houston Astros have traded Corporan to the Texas Rangers for minor league right-handed pitcher Akeem Bostick.

Analysis: Houston designated Corporan for assignment on Tuesday to make room on the 40-man roster for free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus. The 31-year-old Corporan hit .235 with six homers and 19 RBIs in 55 games for Houston last season. The Astros chose to part ways with him after trading for catcher Hank Conger and outfielder/catcher Evan Gattis.
1/20/2015 Gonzalez Germen, P (ChC), P
The New York Yankees have traded Germen to the Texas Rangers for cash, a month after acquiring him from the New York Mets.

Analysis: The 27-year-old right-hander had a 4.75 ERA and no record in 25 relief appearances for the Mets last year, when he was sidelined for a month because of a virus and abscess. He was 1-2 with a 4.31 ERA in 54 games with the Mets over the past two seasons.
1/20/2015 Colby Rasmus, CF (Hou), CF
Rasmus has agreed to a one-year contract with the Houston Astros.

Analysis: The deal was announced Tuesday, a day after Houston dealt last year's starting center fielder, Dexter Fowler, to the Chicago Cubs.
1/19/2015 Nori Aoki, RF (SF), RF
Aoki has finalized his $4.7 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants. The team announced the deal Monday after he passed a physical.

Analysis: Aoki played last season with Kansas City, which lost the World Series to the Giants in seven games. He figured if you can't beat them, join them! Aoki hit .285 with a home run, six triples, 22 doubles and 43 RBIs over 132 games in his lone season with the Royals after two in Milwaukee. He also stole 17 bases.
1/19/2015 Don Kelly, 3B (Mia), 3B
The Miami Marlins and utilityman Don Kelly have agreed to terms on a minor league contract.

Analysis: Kelly saw time primarily as a first baseman, third baseman and outfielder last season for the AL Central champion Detroit Tigers, batting .245 with seven RBIs in 163 at-bats.
1/19/2015 Erik Bedard, P (LAD), P
Bedard has agreed to a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers and been invited to big league training camp.

Analysis: The 36-year-old left-hander was 4-6 with a 4.76 ERA in 15 starts last season for Tampa Bay, where new Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman head of baseball operations. The Rays designated Bedard for assignment in July.
1/19/2015 Dan Straily, P (Hou), P
Outfielder Dexter Fowler has been traded from the Houston Astros to the Chicago Cubs for infielder Luis Valbuena and Straily.

Analysis: Straily, 26, was 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA last season in eight starts and six relief appearances for Oakland and the Cubs, who acquired him as part of the trade that sent Jeff Samardzija to the Athletics. He was 10-8 for the A's in 2013.
1/19/2015 Luis Valbuena, 3B (Hou), 3B
Outfielder Dexter Fowler has been traded from the Houston Astros to the Chicago Cubs for Valbuena and right-hander Dan Straily.

Analysis: The 29-year-old Valbuena played third base primarily last year but also saw time at second. He hit .249 with 33 doubles, 16 homers and 51 RBIs. Valbuena agreed Friday to a $4.2 million, one-year contract and can become a free agent after the 2016 World Series.
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