MLB Recent Player News

Date Player
12/2/2016 Brian Duensing, ChC, P
The Chicago Cubs agreed to a one-year deal with Duensing on Friday. The contract is worth $2 million, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.

Analysis: Duensing went 1-0 with a 4.05 ERA in 14 relief appearances for the Baltimore Orioles last season. He pitched the previous seven seasons with the Minnesota Twins. For his career, he's 42-37 with a 4.13 ERA in 368 appearances, 307 of which have come in relief.
12/2/2016 Derek Norris, Was, C
The Washington Nationals reacquired Norris from the San Diego Padres for minor league right-hander Pedro Avila on Friday.

Analysis: Norris, a 2007 first-round pick of the Nationals, hit .186 with 14 home runs and 42 RBIs last season for San Diego. The 27-year-old is a career .233 hitter in five major league seasons with the Oakland Athletics and Padres. Washington sent Norris to Oakland for left-hander Gio Gonzalez in 2011.
12/2/2016 René Rivera, NYM, C
Rivera and the New York Mets agreed to a $1.75 million, one-year contract Friday.

Analysis: The 33-year-old, whose playing time increased after starter Travis d'Arnaud got hurt, hit .222 with six homers and 26 RBIs in 65 games this year and threw out 18 of 61 runners attempting to steal. He has a .213 career average in eight big league seasons.
12/2/2016 Wade LeBlanc, Pit, P
The Pirates and LeBlanc avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $800,000 deal.

Analysis: LeBlanc, 32, will make $750,000 in 2017 and a club option for 2018 is worth $1.25 million with a $50,000 buyout, according to reports. In eight games and 12 innings in Pittsburgh, he allowed one earned run, striking out 10 and walking two with one save.
12/2/2016 Yonder Alonso, Oak, 1B
The Oakland Athletics have agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with Alonso to avoid salary arbitration.

Analysis: Alonso batted .253 with 34 doubles, seven homers and 56 RBIs in 156 games in his first season with Oakland last year.
12/1/2016 Jung Ho Kang, Pit, 3B
Kang has been arrested in his native South Korea on charges of drunk driving and fleeing the scene.

Analysis: Kang batted .255 with 21 homers in 103 games last season. According to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Kang was released after being charged. Biertempfel also reported Kang's blood-alcohol content was .084 according to the police report. The legal limit is South Korea is 0.05. Penalty for DUI can be a fine and three years in jail. During the 2016 season, Kang was investigated by the Chicago Police Department for allegations of sexual assault.
12/1/2016 Jaime García, Atl, P
The St. Louis Cardinals have traded Garcia to the Atlanta Braves for a trio of prospects, including second baseman Luke Dykstra, the son of former All-Star Lenny Dykstra.

Analysis: Garcia has spent his entire injury-interrupted career with the Cardinals, going 62-45 with a 3.57 ERA and helping St. Louis win the World Series in 2011. But the 30-year-old was just 10-13 with a 4.67 ERA last season, and jettisoning his $12 million contract for next season gives the Cardinals some flexibility in free agency.
11/30/2016 Jason Castro, Min, C
The Minnesota Twins have signed former Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro to a three-year contract worth $24.5 million.

Analysis: The deal was agreed to last week and finalized Wednesday. Castro will make $8.5 million in 2017, $8 million in 2018 and $8 million in 2019. He became a free agent after six seasons with the Astros, hitting .232 with 114 doubles, 62 home runs, 212 RBIs and 215 walks in 617 career games. The left-handed batter hit .210 with 11 homers and 32 RBIs last year.
11/29/2016 Jeff Locke, Pit, P
The Pirates have designated Locke for assignment, effectively ending the left-hander's up-and-down six-year run with the team.

Analysis: Locke was an NL All-Star and won 10 games for the Pirates in 2013 but hasn't been able to match that success over the past three seasons. The 30-year-old posted an ineffective 5.44 ERA in 30 appearances in 2016 while shuffling between the rotation and the bullpen. The Pirates needed to clear a 40-man roster spot after signing pitcher Lisaverto Bonilla on Tuesday.
11/29/2016 Jon Jay, ChC, CF
The Chicago Cubs and Jay agreed to an $8 million, one-year contract Tuesday, likely signaling the end of Dexter Fowler's time with the World Series champions.

Analysis: Jay batted .291 with two homers and 26 RBIs in 90 games with San Diego last season. He could platoon in center with righty-hitting Albert Almora Jr., or manager Joe Maddon could move Jason Heyward over from right.
11/28/2016 Gregorio Petit, LAA, SS
The Los Angeles Angels designated Petit for assignment Monday.

Analysis: Petit batted .245 with two homers and 17 RBIs in 89 games this year for the Angels, his fourth big league team. He served as the Angels' utility infielder and took over at second base late in the season, but was unlikely to return to Los Angeles because he is out of minor league options.
11/28/2016 Ryan LaMarre, LAA, CF
The Los Angeles Angels signed LaMarre on Monday.

Analysis: The 28-year-old LaMarre has 26 games of major league experience with the Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox, who signed him last December and used him in five games. He has appeared in 646 minor league games over his first seven pro seasons, batting .267.
11/28/2016 Rob Whalen, Sea, P
The Mariners have acquired Whalen and minor league pitcher Max Povse from the Braves in exchange for outfielder Alex Jackson - a former top 10 draft pick - and a player to be named.

Analysis: Whalen, 22, made five starts for the Braves in August before being shut down with a fatigued shoulder, going 1-2 with a 6.57 ERA in those outings. He'll likely begin the season as Triple-A depth with his new organization.
11/28/2016 Edinson Vólquez, Mia, P
Volquez has agreed with the Miami Marlins on a $22 million, two-year contract.

Analysis: An All-Star in 2008 with Cincinnati, Volquez helped pitch Kansas City to the World Series title in 2015, when he went 13-9 with a 3.55 ERA. He slipped to 10-11 with 5.37 ERA with the Royals this year.
11/24/2016 Sean Rodríguez, Atl, 2B
The Braves reached agreement with Rodriguez on a two-year deal, according to reports Thursday.

Analysis: The deal is worth more than $11 million and is pending a physical for the nine-year veteran, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and the MLB Network. The 31-year-old Rodriguez hit .260 with 22 home runs and 73 RBIs in the past two seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He batted .270 with 18 homers and 56 RBIs last season in 140 games -- all career highs -- when he made $2.5 million. He is a career .234 hitter with 67 home runs and 259 RBIs.
11/23/2016 Zac Curtis, Sea, P
The Diamondbacks sent Curtis to Seattle as part of the five-player trade that landed Jean Segura with the Mariners and pitcher Taijuan Walker and shortstop Ketel Marte in Arizona.

Analysis: Curtis pitched in 21 games as a lefty specialist with Arizona last season but failed to impress, recording a 6.75 ERA in 13 1/3 innings. He'll likely merely be Triple-A depth for his new team.
11/23/2016 Mitch Haniger, Sea, LF
The Diamondbacks sent Haniger to Seattle as part of the five-player trade that landed Jean Segura with the Mariners and pitcher Taijuan Walker and shortstop Ketel Marte in Arizona.

Analysis: Haniger hit .229 with five homers in 109 at-bats in his first taste of the majors last season. The 25-year-old could stick with the Mariners as a backup outfielder who sees time against left-handed pitching.
11/23/2016 Ketel Marte, Ari, SS
The Diamondbacks have acquired Marte and pitcher Taijuan Walker from Arizona in exchange for infielder Jean Segura, outfielder Mitch Haniger and reliever Zac Curtis.

Analysis: Arizona parted ways with last season's NL hits leader in Segura primarily to obtain Walker to bolster their ailing rotation. Marte, who hit .259 with a .287 on-base percentage in 119 games last season, will be a downgrade offensively but is still just 23 and should receive plenty of opportunity with his new team.
11/23/2016 Taijuan Walker, Ari, P
The Diamondbacks have acquired Walker and shortstop Ketel Marte from Arizona in exchange for infielder Jean Segura, outfielder Mitch Haniger and reliever Zac Curtis.

Analysis: Walker never quite lived up to his considerable potential by going 22-22 with a 4.18 ERA over 65 appearances (62 starts) with Seattle, and now moves to a far more hitter-friendly environment in Arizona. The 24-year-old still fills a big need in a Diamondbacks rotation that was among the league's worst last season.
11/23/2016 Jean Segura, Sea, 2B
The Mariners have acquired Segura, the NL's leader with 203 hits last season, from the Diamondbacks in a five-player trade that also sent pitcher Taijuan Walker and shortstop Ketel Marte to Arizona.

Analysis: Segura excelled in his lone season in Arizona, posting a career-high .319 average along with personal bests of 20 homers and 64 RBIs while stealing 33 bases. The 26-year-old should slot in as Seattle's leadoff hitter and bring an offensive upgrade over the inconsistent Marte.
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