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|12/5/2017||Miles Mikolas, StL, P|
|Mikolas is returning from Japan, agreeing to a $15.5 million, two-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Analysis: Mikolas spent the last three seasons with the Central League's Yomiuri Giants, going 31-13 with a 2.18 ERA in 62 starts. He was 14-8 this year, setting career highs for innings (188) and strikeouts (187) while walking 23. Selected on the seventh round of the 2009 amateur draft by San Diego, he was 4-6 with a 5.32 ERA in 37 games for the Padres and Texas from 2012-14. He was 2-5 with a 6.44 ERA for the Rangers in 2014, making 10 starts.
|12/5/2017||Dan Otero, Cle, P|
|Otero has agreed to a $2.5 million, two-year contract with Cleveland that includes a 2020 team option and could be worth $3.9 million plus bonuses over three seasons.
Analysis: The 32-year-old right-hander has been steady and dependable for manager Terry Francona since Otero was acquired from Philadelphia for $112,000 before the 2016 season. Otero went 3-0 with a 2.85 ERA in 52 games last season as Cleveland won the AL Central. Otero went 5-1 with a 1.53 ERA in 62 appearances in 2016, when the Indians reached the World Series.
|12/4/2017||Tyler Thornburg, Bos, P|
|Thornburg and the Boston Red Sox agreed to a $2.05 million, one-year contract that avoided arbitration and matched his 2017 salary.
Analysis: The 29-year-old missed last season with a right shoulder impingement after the Red Sox acquired him from Milwaukee on Dec. 6. He was 14-9 with a 2.87 ERA in his five-year career with the Brewers.
|12/3/2017||Dallas Keuchel, Hou, P|
|Keuchel has suffered a "minor (left) foot sprain" and is in a walking boot, reportedly the result of an injury he sustained during the team's World Series title parade last month.
Analysis: TMZ Sports was first to report Keuchel's injury. The Astros confirmed the injury to the Houston Chronicle. Keuchel told TMZ he slipped during the celebration. The Chronicle reports Keuchel is expected to be ready for spring training in the middle of February.
|12/1/2017||Matt Adams, Atl, 1B|
|Adams has become a free agent after the Braves declined to tender him a contract offer.
Analysis: Acquired from the Cardinals in May, Adams hit .271 with 19 homers and 58 RBIs in just 291 at-bats as a Brave while filling in capably for an injured Freddie Freeman. The 29-year-old first baseman shouldn't have much trouble finding a new team, though he may appeal more to AL clubs as a potential DH.
|12/1/2017||Ryan Goins, Tor, 2B|
|The Blue Jays have declined to offer Goins a contract, making him a free agent.
Analysis: Goins became expendable when the Blue Jays acquired Aledmys Diaz from the Cardinals earlier in the day. The 29-year-old is a good defender but has never hit much at the big league level, though he did have nine homers and 62 RBIs in 143 games last season. He's a career .228 hitter over 449 major league games.
|12/1/2017||Aledmys Díaz, Tor, SS|
|The Blue Jays have acquired Diaz from the Cardinals in exchange for minor league outfielder J.B. Woodman.
Analysis: Diaz had a very good rookie season in 2016, batting .300 with 17 homers and 65 RBIs in 111 games, but struggled for much of this past year and eventually lost his job to power-hitting youngster Paul DeJong. The 27-year-old is still a good buy-low candidate who should at least provide insurance for the injury-prone Troy Tulowitzki.
|12/1/2017||Drew Smyly, ChC, P|
|The Mariners did not offer Smyly a contract, making the injured pitcher a free agent.
Analysis: Smyly never threw a pitch in a Seattle uniform due to elbow issues that caused him to undergo Tommy John surgery in late June. The left-hander went 31-27 with a 3.74 ERA over five seasons with Detroit and Tampa Bay, which dealt him to the Mariners in January. He isn't expected to be ready to pitch until after the 2018 All-Star break.
|12/1/2017||Andrew Romine, Sea, CF|
|Romine and the Mariners agreed to terms on a one-year contract to avoid arbitration.
Analysis: Seattle acquired the versatile utility player off waivers from the Tigers in early November. Romine is capable of playing all infield and outfield spots and played all nine positions in a late-season game back in October, but he's a career .238 hitter with a .601 OPS.
|12/1/2017||Héctor Rondón, ChC, P|
|The Cubs have declined to offer Rondon a contract, making him a free agent.
Analysis: Rondon saved 59 games for the Cubs from 2014-15 but was replaced as closer by Aroldis Chapman midway through the team's 2016 championship campaign, and had been reduced to mainly working in middle relief this past season. The hard-throwing right-hander did strike out 69 batters in 57 1/3 innings, but allowed 10 home runs and finished with a 4.24 ERA. He would have been due a raise on his $5.8 million salary of 2017.
|12/1/2017||Chase Whitley, Atl, P|
|The Braves have claimed Whitley off waivers from the Rays.
Analysis: Whitley made a career-high 41 appearances for Tampa Bay last season, compiling a 2-1 record with a 4.08 ERA and two saves. The right-hander is likely ticketed for a middle-relief role should he make the opening day roster.
|11/30/2017||Rex Brothers, Atl, P|
|The Braves have re-signed Brothers to a non-guaranteed one-year contract that will earn him $1.1 million if he makes the opening day roster.
Analysis: Brothers once saved 19 games for the Rockies in 2013 but has been quite ineffective in recent years, including last season's 27-game stint with Atlanta in which he went 4-3 with a 7.23 ERA. The 29-year-old lefty likely won't have a major role in the bullpen if he does make the team.
|11/30/2017||Yusmeiro Petit, Oak, P|
|Petit has agreed to a $10 million, two-year contract with the Oakland Athletics, a deal that is pending a physical. His agent, Rafael Godoy, confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Thursday.
Analysis: The right-hander will return to pitch in the Bay Area after spending the 2012-15 seasons with the San Francisco Giants, helping them win the World Series in '12 and '14. Petit went 5-2 with a 2.76 ERA in 60 appearances with one start over 91 1/3 innings last season for the Los Angeles Angels after pitching for Washington in '16.
|11/29/2017||Jake Smolinski, Oak, CF|
|Smolinski agreed to a $775,000, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.
Analysis: Smolinski missed almost the entire season following right shoulder surgery before returning to play in 16 games, including 11 in the outfield - nine of those in center - that manager Bob Melvin considered a major step heading into the offseason and toward 2018. He will have competition to earn a starting spot next season, with rehabbing Dustin Fowler in the mix to start at center after he was acquired in the trade that sent Sonny Gray to the Yankees.
|11/27/2017||Hisashi Iwakuma, Sea, P|
|Iwakuma could be back as soon as May after surgery on his right shoulder.
Analysis: The 36-year-old Iwakuma made only six starts last season, going 0-2 with a 4.35 ERA. The problems with his pitching shoulder sent him to the disabled list in May and caused setbacks during his recovery. He had an operation in late September.
|11/27/2017||Doug Fister, Tex, P|
|A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that the Texas Rangers have agreed on a contract with free agent right-hander Doug Fister. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday because the completion of the deal was pending a physical.
Analysis: The 33-year-old Fister will get a one-year deal with a $3.5 million base salary, plus potential incentives and a club option for 2019.
|11/15/2017||Emilio Pagán, Oak, P|
|Pagan was traded to the Athletics on Wednesday in exchange for slugger Ryon Healy.
Analysis: Pagan made his major league debut this year and went 2-3 with a 3.22 ERA in 34 games for Seattle. The 26-year-old struck out 56 and walked eight in 50 1/3 innings.
|11/15/2017||Ryon Healy, Sea, 3B|
|The A's traded Healy to the Mariners on Wednesday for for right-handed reliever Emilio Pagan and minor league shortstop Alexander Campos.
Analysis: Healy batted .271 with 25 home runs, 29 doubles and 78 RBIs this season. He split his time at designated hitter, first base and third base. Healy made his big league debut in 2016 with the A's. He struck out 142 times this year and drew 23 walks. ''Ryon brings a power bat to our lineup at first base, while providing the flexibility to play third base,'' Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement.
|11/15/2017||Max Scherzer, Was, P|
|Scherzer has coasted to his third Cy Young Award and second straight in the National League. Scherzer breezed past Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, drawing 27 of the 30 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Analysis: Scherzer earned the NL honor last year with Washington and the 2013 American League prize with Detroit. He became the 10th pitcher with at least three Cy Youngs. Scherzer was 16-6 with a 2.51 ERA and a league-leading 268 strikeouts for the NL East champion Nationals.
|11/15/2017||Corey Kluber, Cle, P|
|Kluber easily won his second AL Cy Young Award on Wednesday. He got 28 of the 30 first-place votes, with Boston's Chris Sale second and Luis Severino of the Yankees third.
Analysis: Kluber led the majors with a 2.25 ERA and his 18 wins tied for the most in baseball.
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