MLB Recent Player News

Date Player
2/12/2016 Frankie Montas, LAD, P
Montas will be out two to four months after having rib resection surgery on Friday. Montas has a stress reaction in his right rib.

Analysis: Montas was acquired from the White Sox with infielder Micah Johnson and outfielder Trayce Thompson in a three-team deal involving Todd Frazier. Montas was 0-2 with a 4.80 ERA in seven appearances with the White Sox last season.
2/12/2016 Khris Davis, Oak, LF
The Milwaukee Brewers have traded power-hitting outfielder Khris Davis to the Oakland Athletics for a pair of prospects.

Analysis: The 28-year-old Davis hit 27 home runs last season, 10th-most in the National League. He batted .247 with 66 RBIs in 121 games.
2/12/2016 Tommy Hunter, Cle, P
Hunter and the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a one-year contract.

Analysis: A 29-year-old right-hander, Hunter was 4-2 with a 4.18 ERA in 58 relief appearances for Baltimore and the Chicago Cubs, who acquired him on July 31 for outfielder Junior Lake.
2/12/2016 Aroldis Chapman, NYY, P
Chapman and the New York Yankees have agreed to a one-year contract worth $11,325,000, avoiding salary arbitration.

Analysis: Acquired from Cincinnati in December, Chapman had asked for $13.1 million and had been offered $9 million when the sides exchanged figures last month. The agreement Friday was $275,000 above the midpoint. Chapman threw the 62 fastest pitches in the major leagues last season, ranging from 103.92 to 102.36 mph.
2/12/2016 C.J. Riefenhauser, ChC, P
The Cubs have claimed Riefenhauser off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles.

Analysis: This will be Riefenhauser's fourth team this offseason. The lefty reliever was traded to Seattle as part of a six-player deal with Tampa Bay in November and shipped to Baltimore a month later. Riefenhauser, who posted a 6.30 ERA in 24 games for the Rays over the past two seasons, was designated for assignment by the Orioles last week.
2/12/2016 Jenrry Mejia, NYM, P
Mejia has been permanently banned by Major League Baseball for a third positive drug test.

Analysis: Mejia tested positive for the steroid Boldenone, his third failed PED test in the past 10 months, and becomes the first player to receive a lifetime ban under MLB's current policy. The right-hander will be eligible to apply for reinstatement in one year, though he must miss a minimum of two years. Mejia, who had 28 saves in 31 chances with the Mets in 2014, had agreed to a one-year, $2.47 million contract last month.
2/12/2016 Eric O'Flaherty, Pit, P
O'Flaherty has agreed to a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates and will report to major league spring training.

Analysis: O'Flaherty posted a combined 1-2 with an 8.10 ERA in 30 innings and 41 relief appearances last season with Oakland and the New York Mets, who acquired him on Aug. 4. He has a 22-11 career with a 3.24 ERA and one save in 435 relief appearances.
2/11/2016 Mike Moustakas, KC, 3B
The Royals and Moustakas have agreed to a $14.3 million, two-year contract that not only avoids arbitration this year but also next year.

Analysis: Coming off his first All-Star appearance, the 27-year-old hit .284 last year with 34 doubles, 22 homers and 82 RBIs while also setting career-highs in on-base percentage and slugging. Kansas City offered $4.2 million and Moustakas countered with $7 million. The sides settled Thursday on $5.6 million this season and $8.7 million next season, keeping general manager Dayton Moore's streak intact of never having taken a case to an arbitration hearing.
2/11/2016 Cory Luebke, Pit, P
The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed former San Diego Padres pitcher Cory Luebke to a minor-league contract. The deal, announced Thursday, includes an invitation to spring training.

Analysis: The 30-year-old Luebke put together a 10-12 record in 55 appearances (25 starts) with the Padres from 2010-12. Luebke posted a 3.86 ERA in seven minor-league appearances in the San Diego organization in 2015. Luebke has undergone a pair of Tommy John surgeries on his left elbow, once in 2012 and again in 2014.
2/11/2016 Carlos Torres, Atl, P
The Atlanta Braves have signed former New York Mets reliever Carlos Torres to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Analysis: Torres has a 4.26 ERA in six major league seasons, including the last three with the Mets. The right-hander began his career with the Chicago White Sox in 2009.
2/10/2016 Brandon Belt, SF, 1B
Belt and the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a $6.2 million, one-year contract. The deal was completed just before the scheduled start of their salary arbitration hearing Wednesday.

Analysis: The 27-year-old Belt batted .280 with 18 home runs and 68 RBIs last year as the Giants missed the playoffs. In 2014, Belt returned from concussions to help lead the Giants to their third World Series in five years.
2/10/2016 Evan Gattis, Hou, DH
Gattis underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia. Gattis had the surgery on Tuesday and will be out four to six weeks. He will join the Astros on time for spring training and rehabilitate with the team's medical staff in Florida.

Analysis: In his first year with the Astros last season, he led the team with 27 homers and 88 RBIs, both career highs. His big season helped Houston to its first playoff appearance since 2005.
2/10/2016 Josh Donaldson, Tor, 3B
Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays have completed their agreement on a $28.65 million, two-year contract.

Analysis: Donaldson receives $11.65 million this year and $17 million in 2017 under the deal announced Wednesday. Acquired from Oakland in November 2014, Donaldson made the AL All-Star team for the second straight season in 2015. He led the majors with 122 runs, topped the AL with 123 RBIs, and hit .297 with 41 home runs to help the Blue Jays reach the playoffs for the first time since winning consecutive World Series in 1992 and `93.
2/10/2016 J.D. Martinez, Det, RF
Martinez and the Detroit Tigers finalized their $18.5 million, two-year contract Wednesday, a deal that avoided salary arbitration.

Analysis: Martinez will earn $6.75 million this year and $11.75 million in 2017. The 28-year-old outfielder can become a free agent after the 2017 World Series. He batted .282 with 38 home runs and 102 RBIs last season. He hit 23 homers in 2014 after he was released by Houston during spring training and the Tigers signed him.
2/10/2016 Mitch Moreland, Tex, 1B
Moreland has agreed to a $5.7 million, one-year contract with the Texas Rangers, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing set for Wednesday.

Analysis: Moreland gets a raise without an arbitration hearing for the third year in a row. He will be eligible for free agency after this year's World Series. Drafted by the Rangers in 2007, Moreland made his major league debut midway through the 2010 season and was part of the team's first World Series that October. He has a .258 average with 88 homers and 294 RBIs in 626 big league games.
2/9/2016 Mat Latos, CWS, P
Latos has agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox.

Analysis: Latos played for the Marlins, Dodgers and Angels last season, finishing with a 4-10 record and a 4.95 ERA. The 6-foot-6 right-hander is 64-55 with a 3.51 ERA in seven major league seasons. Latos adds another arm to the competition for the last two spots in Chicago's rotation.
2/9/2016 Skip Schumaker, SD, LF
Schumaker has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres and will be invited to big league spring training.

Analysis: The 36-year-old became a free agent after Cincinnati declined a $2.5 million club option in November. If he makes the club, Schumaker would provide a left-handed bat off the bench. He has played all three outfield positions and at second base.
2/9/2016 Joel Peralta, Sea, P
Peralta has agreed to a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners and will report to big league spring training.

Analysis: The 39-year-old right-hander has spent parts of 11 seasons in the major leagues with six clubs. Peralta was 3-1 with a 4.34 ERA in 33 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, spending two stints on the disabled list with shoulder and neck injuries.
2/8/2016 Jason Castro, Hou, C
Castro became the first player to lose in salary arbitration this year.

Analysis: Castro was awarded $5 million on Tuesday by arbitrators Matt Goldberg, Gary Kendellen and James Oldham , who heard arguments a day earlier. Castro had asked for a raise from $4 million to $5.25 million. The 28-year-old was an All-Star in 2013. He hit .211 last season, his lowest average since his rookie season in 2010, and had 11 homers and 31 RBIs. He made 102 starts at catcher and threw out 36 percent (24 of 66) of runners attempting to steal.
2/8/2016 J.D. Martinez, Det, RF
A person with knowledge of the deal says Martinez has agreed to an $18.5 million, two-year contract with the Detroit Tigers, avoiding salary arbitration. The person spoke Monday night on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.

Analysis: The 28-year-old Martinez was eligible for arbitration through next year and can become a free agent after the 2017 World Series. Martinez batted .282 with 38 home runs and 102 RBIs last season. He hit 23 homers in 2014 after he was released by Houston during spring training and the Tigers signed him.
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