MLB Recent Player News
|11/30/2015||Jim Johnson, Atl, P|
|Johnson is returning to the Atlanta Braves, agreeing to a $2.5 million, one-year contract.
Analysis: Johnson saved nine games for the Braves before he was dealt to the Dodgers at the trade deadline. After posting a 2.25 ERA in 49 games with Atlanta, the right-hander was 0-3 with a 10.13 ERA in 23 games with the Dodgers.
|11/30/2015||Brayan Pena, StL, C|
|Pena has agreed to a $5 million, two-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he will be the backup for All-Star Yadier Molina.
Analysis: Pena led Reds catchers with 86 games last season while batting .273 with a career-best .344 on-base percentage. His led the NL with a .999 fielding percentage, making one error in 715 chances.
|11/30/2015||Johnny Cueto, KC, P|
|Cueto has rejected a six-year, $120 million offer from the Arizona Diamondbacks, a person with knowledge of the situation said Monday.
Analysis: The Diamondbacks met with Cueto and his representative last week, according to the person, who asked not to be identified because the offer had not been made public. The 29-year-old right-hander was acquired by Kansas City in a midseason trade with Cincinnati this year. He went a combined 11-13 with 3.44 ERA.
|11/30/2015||J.A. Happ, Tor, P|
|Happ's deal with the Toronto Blue Jays is slightly back-loaded. The left-hander will receive $10 million next season as part of the $36 million, three-year contract agreed to Friday. He will get $13 million in each of the final two seasons.
Analysis: Happ, who pitched for Toronto from 2012-14, was a 62-61 career record, fills another rotation spot for the AL East champions, who could lose fellow lefties David Price and Mark Buehrle in free agency this offseason. Earlier in November, Toronto re-signed right-hander Marco Estrada to a $26 million, two-year contract.
|11/30/2015||Bud Norris, Atl, P|
|Norris can earn $2.75 million in bonuses based on starts in addition to his $2.5 million salary with the Atlanta Braves. Norris can earn $250,000 for eight starts and $500,000 apiece for 12, 15, 20, 24 and 28. He also can earn $250,000 each for 40, 50 and 60 relief appearances
Analysis: The 30-year-old, whose deal was announced Wednesday, was 3-11 with a 6.72 ERA in 11 starts and 27 relief appearances last season for Baltimore and San Diego. He was 15-8 with 3.65 ERA for the Orioles in 2014. Norris joined a rotation that already includes Julio Teheran, Shelby Miller, Matt Wisler, Williams Perez and Mike Foltynewicz. All five will be 25 or younger on opening day.
|11/29/2015||Jordan Zimmermann, Det, P|
|The Detroit Tigers have reportedly reached a deal with Jordan Zimmermann that would add the free agent right-hander to a starting rotation they were hoping to upgrade this offseason.
Analysis: The 29-year-old Zimmermann went 13-10 with a 3.66 ERA last season for the Washington Nationals, striking out 164 with 39 walks. The previous year, he went 14-5 with a 2.66 ERA.
|11/28/2015||J.A. Happ, Tor, P|
|Happ is headed back to the Toronto Blue Jays. The left-hander agreed to a $36 million, three-year contract on Friday, returning to the team he pitched for from 2012-14.
Analysis: Happ fills another rotation spot for the AL East champions, who could lose fellow lefties David Price and Mark Buehrle in free agency this offseason. Perhaps the biggest prize on the market, Price is expected to command a huge deal.
|11/28/2015||Yasiel Puig, LAD, RF|
|Puig suffered a swollen eye and facial bruises during a fight with a bouncer.
Analysis: Miami police spokesman Major Delrish Moss says the injuries happened Wednesday night as the Cuban player was leaving the Blue Martini bar at bouncers' request following an argument with his sister.
|11/25/2015||Rex Brothers, ChC, P|
|The Colorado Rockies traded Brothers to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday for 18-year-old lefty Wander Cabrera. Brothers had been designated for assignment by Colorado on Nov. 20.
Analysis: Brothers, 27, began last season at Triple-A Albuquerque, where he went 5-2 with a 4.46 ERA. In two stints with the Rockies, he was 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA. He was originally drafted by the Rockies in the first round in 2009. In parts of five seasons, he was 16-11 with a 3.42 ERA in 286 appearances with Colorado.
|11/25/2015||Bud Norris, Atl, P|
|The Braves have added a veteran pitcher to their young rotation, agreeing to a one-year contract with right-hander Bud Norris.
Analysis: The 30-year-old split last season between Baltimore and San Diego, going 3-11 with a 6.72 ERA over 38 games, including 11 starts.
|11/25/2015||L.J. Hoes, Bal, LF|
|Houston dealt Hoes to Baltimore for cash.
Analysis: The 25-year-old hit .295 with three homers and 53 RBIs in 99 games this year at Triple-A Fresno. He was dealt from the Orioles to the Astros in July 2013 as part of the trade that sent pitcher Bud Norris to Baltimore. Hoes has a .237 average, four homers and 22 RBIs in 112 major league games during the past four seasons.
|11/25/2015||Alex Avila, CWS, C|
|Avila and the Chicago White Sox have agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract.
Analysis: Avila is a .242 hitter with 66 homers and 282 RBIs during seven big league seasons, all with the Detroit Tigers, and has thrown out 24.5 percent of attempted base stealers. The 29-year-old was limited to 67 games with Detroit last season because of injuries, including a left knee bone bruise.
|11/25/2015||Geovany Soto, LAA, C|
|Soto and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a $2.8 million, one-year contract.
Analysis: The team announced the move Tuesday night, one day after losing catcher Chris Iannetta to the Seattle Mariners in free agency. Soto has played for four teams in 11 major league seasons. The former Chicago Cubs backstop spent last season on the other side of town with the White Sox, batting .219 with nine homers and 21 RBIs in 78 games.
|11/25/2015||Jed Lowrie, Oak, SS|
|Lowrie has been acquired by the Oakland Athletics from the Houston Astros for minor league right-hander Brendan McCurry.
Analysis: The 31-year-old Lowrie hit .222 with nine homers and 30 RBIs in 69 games for Houston this year, starting 45 at third and 16 at shortstop. He was sidelined for more than three months by a torn ligament in his right thumb.
|11/25/2015||Ryan Braun, Mil, LF|
|Braun says he is feeling fine following offseason back surgery and is optimistic that he will be back at 100 percent for spring training.
Analysis: Braun says the only surprise is that rehab is going a little longer than he anticipated after undergoing the procedure on Oct. 8. Braun spoke to reporters on Wednesday morning while taking part in the team's annual holiday food drive outside Miller Park. The surgery to relieve a herniated disc in his back caused him to miss 14 of the last 18 games of the season.
|11/25/2015||Allen Webster, Pit, P|
|The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded Webster to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations.
Analysis: Webster was traded to the Diamondbacks from Boston last offseason in a deal that sent left-hander Wade Miley to the Red Sox and right-hander Rubby De La Rosa to the desert. The 25-year-old Webster went 1-1 with a 5.81 ERA in nine games, including five starts. He was designated for assignment on Nov. 20.
|11/24/2015||Stolmy Pimentel, NYM, P|
|The New York Mets and Pimentel have agreed to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training. The NL champion Mets announced the deal Tuesday.
Analysis: The 25-year-old Pimentel made eight relief appearances for the Texas Rangers last season. He was 0-1 with a 3.97 ERA in 11 1-3 innings before being sent to Triple-A Round Rock in mid-May.
|11/24/2015||Tommy Kahnle, CWS, P|
|The White Sox have acquired Kahnle from the Rockies in exchange for minor league pitcher Yency Almonte.
Analysis: Kahnle posted a respectable 4.19 ERA in 54 appearances for Colorado in 2014 but wasn't as effective last season. The 26-year-old was designated for assignment by the Rockies last week.
|11/24/2015||David Carpenter, Atl, P|
|Carpenter has agreed to a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves.
Analysis: The 30-year-old right-hander spent the 2013-14 seasons in Atlanta's bullpen, going 4-1 with a 1.78 ERA in his first season, and had a 4.01 ERA in 30 appearances this year with the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals.
|11/23/2015||Chris Iannetta, Sea, C|
|Iannetta has signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners, giving the club additional options behind the plate.
Analysis: Seattle announced the signing Monday. The club designated for assignment catcher John Hicks to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Iannetta.
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