1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols (foot) is happy with his offseason progress after dealing with plantar fasciitis for much of last season. He is "really excited" about how things are going before spring training, and manager Mike Scioscia is confident that Pujols will rebound.
1B | Jose Abreu | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
The Chicago White Sox have been impressed with 1B Jose Abreu during the team's minicamp in Arizona this week. "That's a strong man right here," hitting coach Todd Steverson said. "That's a big man. He has a nice smooth, compact approach. He didn't try to do too much with the ball and the ball was flying off his bat. I think he has a nice bright future coming up with him." Abreu started hitting just a week ago.
SS | Ruben Tejada | New York Mets | Transaction, Fantasy
The New York Mets and SS Ruben Tejada avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.1 million contract Wednesday, Jan. 15, according to a source. Tejada's salary is more than doubled from last season when he pulled down $514,701.
3B | Chone Figgins | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, free-agent 3B Chone Figgins (Marlins) took batting practice and went through infield and outfield drills for about 10 teams in Tampa Wednesday, Jan. 15. He was clocked in the 60-yard dash in 6.5 seconds, showing off good wheels for a 35-year-old.
3B | Mark Reynolds | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent 3B Mark Reynolds (Yankees), who is a possible fit with the Washington Nationals, is weighing several offers and is expected to make a decision by the end of the week.
3B | Alex Rodriguez | New York Yankees | Fantasy
The regimen of performance-enhancing drugs that Biogenesis owner Tony Bosch delivered to New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez was "probably the most potent and sophisticated drug program developed for an athlete that we've ever seen," U.S. Anti-Doping Agency chief executive officer Travis Tygart said. Bosch's regimen included dozens of blood tests to see how the drugs were metabolizing in Rodriguez' system. Rodriguez was taking peptides and female fertility drugs to supplement testosterone, human growth hormone and an insulin-like growth factor.
OF | Vernon Wells | free agent | Transaction
Updating a previous report, the New York Yankees released OF Vernon Wells.
OF | Tyler Colvin | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles agreed to a minor league deal with free-agent OF Tyler Colvin (Rockies) Wednesday, Jan. 15.
OF | Raul Ibanez | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Raul Ibanez can make $2.25 million of his incentives in 2014 if he reaches 400 plate appearances.
OF | Mike Trout | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim executive Arte Moreno said there has been no progress on long-term contract talks with OF Mike Trout.
OF | Michael Saunders | Seattle Mariners | Transaction
The Seattle Mariners have signed OF Michael Saunders to a one-year deal in order to avoid arbitration. Saunders is scheduled to make $2.3 million plus incentives next season.
OF | Chris Coghlan | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Free Agents
The Chicago Cubs have signed free-agent OF Chris Coghlan (Marlins) to a minor league deal. Coghlan will make $800,000 if he makes the major league roster and could make an additional $200,000 in plate appearance bonuses.
SP | Kevin Gausman | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Kevin Gausman said he has gained 12 pounds and feels the best he has physically.
SP | Franklin Morales | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies and RP Franklin Morales avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.71 million contract Wednesday, Jan. 15.
SP | Paul Maholm | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Free-agent SP Paul Maholm (Braves) said Wednesday, Jan. 15, in a satellite radio interview that the Texas Rangers are one of the team to have checked in on him.
SP | Matt Garza | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim owner Arte Moreno said Wednesday, Jan. 15, that the team is still trying to improve its pitching. While they did not meet with Japanese free-agent SP Masahiro Tanaka, Moreno confirmed that the team has talked with free-agent SP Matt Garza (Rangers).
SP | Bronson Arroyo | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers are still searching for more pitching after signing SP Clayton Kershaw to a long-term extension, and Japanese SP Masahiro Tanaka and free-agent SP Bronson Arroyo (Reds) are possibilities.
SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed on a seven-year, $215 million contract extension with SP Clayton Kershaw Wednesday, Jan. 15, according to sources.
RP | Burke Badenhop | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox and RP Burke Badenhop avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal Wednesday, Jan. 15. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed.
RP | Josh Collmenter | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction,
The Arizona Diamondbacks avoided arbitration with RP Josh Collmenter Wednesday, Jan. 15, by agreeing to a two-year, $2.425 million deal that includes a club option and a mutual option. Collmenter can make as much as $6.5 million if both options are picked up.
RP | Neal Cotts | Texas Rangers | Transaction,
The Texas Rangers avoided arbitration with RP Neal Cotts Wednesday, Jan. 15, by agreeing to a one-year, $2.2 million deal.
RP | Zach Duke | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction,
The Milwaukee Brewers signed free-agent RP Zach Duke (Reds) to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training Wednesday, Jan. 15.
RP | Alfredo Aceves | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction,
The Baltimore Orioles signed free-agent RP Alfredo Aceves (Red Sox) to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training Wednesday, Jan. 15.
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