MLB Recent Player News


Date Player
1/31/2015 Garrett Richards, P (LAA), P
A person with knowledge of the contract has told The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Angels have reached a $3.2 million deal for the upcoming season with Richards.

Analysis: The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an announcement hadn't been made. The Angels avoided potentially their trickiest arbitration case by signing Richards, who went 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA in his breakout season in 2014.
1/31/2015 Scott Baker, P (NYY), P
The New York Yankees and right-hander Scott Baker have agreed to a one-year minor league contract.

Analysis: The 33-year-old Baker is 66-52 in 191 big league outings - 170 starts - for Minnesota, the Chicago Cubs and Texas. He has a 4.25 ERA and 831 strikeouts in 1,053 2-3 innings. Baker had Tommy John surgery in 2012 and mostly pitched out of the bullpen last year for the Rangers.
1/30/2015 Alexi Ogando, P (Bos), P
Ogando and the Boston Red Sox have reached agreement on a one-year deal, pending a physical. The contract was expected to be worth $1.5 million, plus performance bonuses. The sides were close to finalizing the deal Friday.

Analysis: The 31-year-old Ogando went 2-3 with a 6.84 ERA in 27 relief appearances for Texas last season. He missed much of the year because of an injured right elbow. Ogando made his major league debut in 2010 with Texas and was an AL All-Star the next season. He pitched five years for Texas, alternating seasons as a starter and a reliever.
1/30/2015 Steve Pearce, 1B (Bal), 1B
Pearce has agreed to a $3.7 million, one-year contract and avoided a salary arbitration hearing.

Analysis: Pearce had asked for $5.4 million and had been offered $2 million when the sides exchanged proposed salaries two weeks ago, the largest gap among the 74 players who swapped. The settlement Friday was at the midpoint.
1/30/2015 Gus Schlosser, P (Col), P
The Braves have traded right-handed pitchers David Hale and Schlosser to the Colorado Rockies for minor-league catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O'Dowd. The deal was announced Friday.

Analysis: Schlosser worked 15 games in Atlanta with a 7.64 ERA.
1/30/2015 David Hale, P (Col), P
The Braves have traded Hale and Gus Schlosser to the Colorado Rockies for minor-league catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O'Dowd. The deal was announced Friday.

Analysis: Hale pitched 45 games for the Braves last season, going 4-5 with a 3.30 ERA, and had been expected to compete for a spot in the starting rotation. Schlosser worked 15 games in Atlanta with a 7.64 ERA.
1/30/2015 Ramon Santiago, SS (Tor), SS
Santiago has agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and will report to major league spring training.

Analysis: The 35-year-old hit .246 with two homers and 17 RBIs in 75 games for the Cincinnati Reds last season and has a .243 average in 13 seasons that include stints with Detroit (2002-03 and 2006-13) and Seattle (2004-05).
1/30/2015 Neal Cotts, P (Mil), P
Cotts and the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract.

Analysis: The 34-year-old left-hander was 2-9 with a 4.32 ERA and two saves in a career-high 73 relief appearances for Texas last season, a year after going 8-3 with a 1.11 ERA in 58 games with the Rangers. Cotts has held opponents to a .223 average during the past two seasons with 128 strikeouts in 123 2-3 innings.
1/29/2015 Chad Billingsley, P (Phi), P
The Phillies have signed Billingsley to a $1.5 million, one-year contract.

Analysis: Billingsley spent all of last season on the disabled list for the Los Angeles Dodgers while he recovered from both Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. His contract includes performance bonuses.
1/29/2015 John Baker, C (Sea), C
The Mariners have signed Baker to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training. The Mariners announced the signing Thursday after Baker passed a physical.

Analysis: He is expected to compete with Jesus Sucre for the backup job with the Mariners playing behind starter Mike Zunino. Baker spent last season with the Chicago Cubs, appearing in 68 games as the backup.
1/29/2015 Daniel Nava, RF (Bos), RF
The Red Sox have agreed to terms with Nava on a one-year contract that will pay him $1.85 million. The deal means the sides avoid arbitration.

Analysis: Nava batted .270 with 21 doubles, four homers and 37 RBIs in 113 games last season. He also played 24 games at Triple-A Pawtucket. Nava made $556,000 last season. He had asked for a raise to $2.25 million and the team countered with an offer of $1.3 million.
1/29/2015 Jayson Werth, RF (Was), RF
Werth has pleaded guilty to reckless driving and been sentenced to five days in jail for driving 105 mph on the Capital Beltway.

Analysis: Werth was convicted last month in Fairfax County and sentenced to 10 days in jail, but appealed his conviction to Circuit Court. The Washington Post reported that Werth entered a guilty plea Thursday.
1/28/2015 Jenrry Mejia, P (NYM), P
Mejia and the New York Mets have reached agreement on a one-year contract and avoided salary arbitration.

Analysis: Mejia, who made $509,675 last year, asked for $3 million and the team offered $2.1 million. The right-hander went 6-6 with 28 saves and a 3.65 ERA in 63 games last season.
1/28/2015 David Freese, 3B (LAA), 3B
A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that third baseman David Freese has avoided arbitration with the Los Angeles Angels, agreeing to a one-year deal for $6.425 million.

Analysis: Freese batted .260 in his first season with the Angels, getting off to a weak start in his first AL season before finishing with 10 homers and 55 RBIs. He filled a long-standing hole at third base for the Angels, who finished with the majors' best record and won the AL West title.
1/28/2015 Casey Janssen, P (Tor), P
Janssen and the Washington Nationals agreed to a one-year contract with an option for 2016, a person familiar with the negotiations said Wednesday.

Analysis: Janssen has spent his entire big league career with the Toronto Blue Jays, going 29-24 with 90 saves and a 3.52 ERA since 2006. The past three seasons, as Toronto's closer, he collected a total of 81 saves, including a career-high 34 with a 2.56 ERA in 2013. In 2014, Janssen finished with 25 saves in 30 chances and a 3.94 ERA.
1/28/2015 Dayan Viciedo, RF (CWS), RF
The Chicago White Sox have designated Viciedo for assignment.

Analysis: The 25-year-old Viciedo hit .231 with 21 homers and 58 RBIs in 2014. Chicago has 10 days to trade him, send him outright to the minor leagues or place him on waivers. Viciedo agreed Jan. 12 to a $4.4 million, one-year contract, and Chicago would be responsible for $721,311 in termination pay if he's released.
1/28/2015 Gordon Beckham, 2B (CWS), 2B
Beckham has agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, who cleared a roster spot by designating outfielder Dayan Viciedo for assignment.

Analysis: Beckham has spent almost all of his six big league seasons with the White Sox, who traded him to the Los Angeles Angels on Aug. 21. He made $4,175,000 last season, when he hit .226, and Los Angeles declined to offer him a contract by the Dec. 2 deadline, making him a free agent. Drafted with the eighth pick overall by the White Sox in 2008, Beckham is a career .245 hitter.
1/27/2015 Ichiro Suzuki, RF (Mia), RF
Suzuki has passed his physical and finalized a $2 million, one-year contract with the Miami Marlins.

Analysis: The sides agreed to the $2 million deal last week. The 41-year-old Suzuki is a 10-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner. He hit .284 and stole 15 bases for the New York Yankees last season. Suzuki is a career .317 hitter in the majors and a two-time AL batting champion. The former AL MVP has 2,844 career hits.
1/27/2015 Travis Snider, RF (Bal), RF
The Baltimore Orioles have acquired outfielder Travis Snider from the Pittsburgh Pirates for a minor league pitcher and a player to be named. The teams announced the trade Tuesday night. The Pirates got left-hander Stephen Tarpley.

Analysis: The 26-year-old Snider hit .264 with 13 home runs and a career-best 38 RBIs in 140 games for the Pirates last season. He was a first-round draft pick by Toronto in 2006. Snider has hit .246 with 50 homers in his major league career. He can provide outfield depth for the Orioles after they lost Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz to free agency in the offseason.
1/27/2015 Robbie Ross Jr., P (Bos), P
The Red Sox acquired Ross from the Rangers for right-hander Anthony Ranaudo.

Analysis: Ross was 13-8 with a 3.98 ERA in his 150 games the past three seasons with Texas. He started 12 times.
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