1B | Daric Barton | Oakland Athletics | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Oakland Athletics avoided arbitration with 1B Daric Barton Friday, Dec. 20, by agreeing on an undisclosed one-year deal. In a corresponding move, the team released P Pedro Figueroa and claimed C Chris Gimenez off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays.
1B | Brett Pill | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
The Kia Tigers of the Korean League are close to negotiating with the San Francisco Giants to sign 1B Brett Pill.
2B | Jordany Valdespin | Miami Marlins | Transaction
The Miami Marlins are planning on signing free-agent 2B Jordany Valdespin (Mets) to a minor league deal Friday, Dec. 20.
SS | Kris Negron | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction,
The Cincinnati Reds signed free-agent SS Argenis Diaz (Tigers), INF Reynaldo Navarro and SS Kris Negron (Reds) to minor league deals.
3B | Kevin Youkilis | Japanese League | Transaction, Fantasy
Free-agent 3B Kevin Youkilis (Yankees) will sign with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japanese League.
3B | Wilson Betemit | free agent | Free Agents
The Atlanta Braves have expressed interest in free-agent 3B Wilson Betemit (Orioles).
3B | Eric Chavez | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks 3B Eric Chavez will have a base salary of $3.5 million next season. He can make an extra $250,000 each for 60, 90, 120 and 150 games played.
C | Kurt Suzuki | Minnesota Twins | Transaction, Free Agents
The Minnesota Twins agreed with free-agent C Kurt Suzuki (Athletics) to an undisclosed deal, pending a physical.
OF | Mitch Maier | Chicago Cubs | Transaction, Fantasy
The Chicago Cubs have signed OF Mitch Maier to a minor league contract with a Spring Training invitation, the team announced. No terms of the deal were disclosed.
OF | Carlos Beltran | New York Yankees | Fantasy
The New York Yankees made the signing of OF Carlos Beltran to a three-year, $45 million contract official on Thursday, Dec. 19. Beltran will get $15 million in each of the next three seasons.
SP | Stephen Strasburg | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (elbow), OF Bryce Harper (knee) and 1B Adam LaRoche (elbow) are all recovering nicely this offseason after undergoing surgeries in October. Strasburg was pitching "a good amount" of the year with pain in his right elbow before having a procedure to remove bone chips from his right elbow. Strasburg's rehab is "going phenomenal." Harper has started his rehab and is expected to be a full-go for spring training. LaRoche has also started his rehab and has been doing follow-up exams for his elbow.
SP | Eric Surkamp | San Francisco Giants | Transaction,
The San Francisco Giants designated SP Eric Surkamp for assignment Thursday, Dec. 19.
SP | David Price | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners officials are signaling to agents and others in the industry that they could be nearing their payroll limit. The Mariners could make exceptions "for the right player" and are continuing to discuss SP David Price with the Tampa Bay Rays. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports noted in his 10 Degrees column Thursday, Dec. 19, that the Mariners are softening on their stance that SP Taijuan Walker is off limits.
SP | Masahiro Tanaka | Japanese League | Free Agents, Fantasy,
It appears as though the Rakuten Golden Eagles of the Japanese League will not allow SP Masahiro Tanaka to be posted to Major League Baseball. Tanaka had requested to be posted, but he's under club control for two more seasons.
RP | Brad Ziegler | Arizona Diamondbacks | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Arizona Diamondback signed RP Brad Ziegler to a two-year, $10.5 million extension Friday, Dec. 20. He'll make $4.5 million next year and $5 million in 2015 with a $5.5 million option for a third year with a $1 million buyout.
RP | Grant Balfour | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles will not complete their two-year deal with RP Grant Balfour, making him a free agent once again.
So, the O's are once again without a proven closer. As it stands now, Baltimore will likely turn its attention to either Fernando Rodney or Chris Perez to fill the ninth-inning duties. Stay tuned.
RP | Fernando Rodney | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Baltimore Orioles are expected to turn their attention toward signing free-agent RP Fernando Rodney (Rays) with RP Grant Balfour's contract in limbo, according to an industry source. The Orioles had talks with Rodney before agreeing with Balfour. The Orioles could also look to free-agent RP Chris Perez (Indians) if Balfour doesn't work out.
RP | John Axford | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy,
Cleveland Indians RP John Axford can make an extra $1.75 million in incentives next year based on games finished: $250,000 for 38 and $300,000 each for 43, 48, 53, 58 and 63.
RP | Daniel McCutchen | Texas Rangers | Transaction,
The Texas Rangers signed free-agent RP Daniel McCutchen (Pirates) to a minor league deal Thursday, Dec. 19.
RP | Fabio Castillo | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction,
The Baltimore Orioles signed free-agent RP Fabio Castillo (Giants) and INF Ivan De Jesus (Pirates) to minor league deals Thursday, Dec. 19.
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