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1/26/2015 Adam Ottavino, P (Col), P
Ottavino and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a $1.3 million, one-year contract that avoided arbitration. He had asked $1,475,000 in arbitration and had been offered $1 million.

Analysis: The 6-foot-5, hard-throwing righty was 1-4 with a 3.60 ERA in a career-high 75 appearances with the Rockies last season, when he made $502,000. Colorado claimed Ottavino off waivers from St. Louis in 2012. He was a first-round pick by St. Louis in the 2006 amateur draft and has a 7-10 career record with a 4.05 ERA in 184 games.
1/26/2015 Franklin Gutierrez, CF (Sea), CF
Gutierrez has agreed to a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners and will report to big league training, the team announced Monday.

Analysis: Once a Gold Glove center fielder with Seattle, Gutierrez was limited to 41 games in 2013, when he was slowed by hamstring injuries. Gutierrez appeared in only 173 of 486 games from 2011-13 for Seattle, making six trips to the disabled list for various injuries and illnesses.
1/26/2015 Endy Chavez, RF (Sea), RF
Chavez has agreed to a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners and will report to big league training, the team announced Monday.

Analysis: Chavez hit .276 with 12 doubles and 23 RBIs in 80 games with the Mariners last season.
1/26/2015 Alex Rodriguez, 3B (NYY), 3B
The New York Yankees are thinking about not making a $6 million payment to Alex Rodriguez if he hits six home runs and ties Willie Mays at 660 for fourth place on the career list.

Analysis: Rodriguez signed a $275 million, 10-year contract with the team in December 2007 and a separate marketing agreement that called for $6 million payments for up to five milestone accomplishments designated by the Yankees. Each payment is due within 15 days of designation and is in exchange for rights such as using Rodriguez's name and image in selling licensed goods.
1/26/2015 Bud Norris, P (Bal), P
Norris has agreed to an $8.8 million, one-year contract with Baltimore.

Analysis: Norris would get a $25,000 bonus for 180 innings and $50,000 more for 200 under Monday's agreement. He also would earn $50,000 each for making the All-Star game or winning a Gold Glove.
1/26/2015 Devin Mesoraco, C (Cin), C
The Reds have agreed to a four-year contract with Mesoraco, leaving them with two players in salary arbitration.

Analysis: Mesoraco made $525,000 last season, when he took over as the starter and led all major league catchers in homers (25) and RBIs (80) while batting .273. His 24 homers while catching were the most by a Reds player since Johnny Bench did it in 1977.
1/26/2015 Ryan Flaherty, 2B (Bal), 2B
Flaherty and the Baltimore Orioles have avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a one-year contract for $1,075,000. Flaherty would get a $25,000 bonus if he reaches 400 plate appearances this season.

Analysis: The 28-year-old hit .221 with seven homers and 32 RBIs in 312 plate appearances last year, when he made $512,500. He appeared in all four infield positions, left field and right field.
1/25/2015 Al Alburquerque, P (Det), P
Alburquerque and the Detroit Tigers have reached agreement on a one-year contract. The Tigers announced the deal Sunday. The right-handed reliever was the last Tigers player left in salary arbitration.

Analysis: The 28-year-old Alburquerque was 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA in 72 games last year for the AL Central champions. He made $837,500 last season and asked for $2.05 million this year, with the Tigers offered $1,375,000.
1/25/2015 Ryan Braun, LF (Mil), LF
Braun says his right hand feels significantly better following an offseason procedure to fix nerve damage near his thumb.

Analysis: The veteran slugger said Sunday that he started hitting a little earlier than he usually does in the offseason. Braun had a procedure known as cryotherapy in early October to address the lingering injury. He hit .266 with 19 homers and 81 RBis in 135 games in 2014. The Brewers and Braun say his first real test will come when the former NL MVP begins facing live pitching at spring training next month.
1/24/2015 Brian Duensing, P (Min), P
The Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms with Duensing on a $2.7 million, one-year deal to avoid arbitration.

Analysis: The Twins announced the deal on Saturday. It also allowed the Twins to reach deals with all six of their arbitration-eligible players without going to a hearing.
1/23/2015 Sean Doolittle, P (Oak), P
Doolittle is unlikely to be ready for the start of the season because of a slight tear to the rotator cuff in his left shoulder along with considerable inflammation and irritation in the area.

Analysis: Doolittle had a platelet-rich plasma injection last Friday in an attempt to decrease the inflammation and irritation before he begins rehabilitation under the direction of athletic trainer Nick Paparesta, assistant general manager David Forst said Friday. There is no timetable for Doolittle's return, though doctors believe the left-hander will recover to pitch without needing surgery.
1/23/2015 Ross Ohlendorf, P (Tex), P
Texas agreed to a minor league contract with right-hander Ross Ohlendorf, who will attend big league spring training.

Analysis: Ohlendorf spent the past two seasons in the Washington organization, missing most of 2014 with a back injury.
1/23/2015 Mitch Moreland, 1B (Tex), 1B
Moreland has agreed to a $2.95 million, one-year contract with the Texas Rangers, who avoided going to salary arbitration for the 15th year in a row.

Analysis: Moreland had sought $3.35 million and the Rangers had countered at $2.75 million. He made $2.65 million last season, when he hit .246 with two homers and 23 RBIs in 52 games before season-ending surgery on his left ankle.
1/23/2015 Marwin Gonzalez, SS (Hou), SS
Gonzalez and the Houston Astros have agreed to a one-year contract for $1,062,500.

Analysis: The 25-year-old hit .277 with six homers and 23 RBIS in 285 at-bats last year, when he made $504,500. He had asked for $1.4 million in arbitration and had been offered $900,000.
1/23/2015 Eury Perez, CF (Atl), CF
The Braves have added another contender to their outfield competition by claiming Perez off waivers from the New York Yankees.

Analysis: The 24-year-old Perez hit .311 with 20 stolen bases with Triple-A Syracuse in the Nationals' organization last year. He was picked up off waivers by New York in September and had two hits and a stolen base in four games with the Yankees.
1/23/2015 Eric Sogard, 2B (Oak), 2B
Sogard has agreed to a $1,075,000, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics to avoid salary arbitration.

Analysis: Sogard, who earned $510,000 last year, had asked for $1,425,000, while the A's had offered $900,000.
1/23/2015 Logan Schafer, LF (Mil), LF
The Minnesota Twins and Schafer have agreed on a $1.55 million, a one-year contract that avoided arbitration.

Analysis: The deal was reached Friday, giving the Twins contracts with five of their six arbitration-eligible players.
1/23/2015 Ryan Vogelsong, P (SF), P
A person with knowledge of the contract says Vogelsong has reached agreement on a $4 million, one-year deal to stay with the San Francisco Giants.

Analysis: Vogelsong's contract with the defending World Series champions is pending a physical, the person said Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team hadn't announced the deal.
1/23/2015 Ichiro Suzuki, RF (NYY), RF
A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Suzuki has agreed to a one-year contract with the Miami Marlins, pending a physical.

Analysis: Suzuki batted .284 last year for the New York Yankees. He topped the 200-hit mark in his first 10 major league seasons and has 2,844 MLB hits.
1/22/2015 Jonny Gomes, LF (Oak), LF
The Atlanta Braves and outfielder Jonny Gomes agreed Thursday to a one-year contract with a vesting option.

Analysis: Gomes, who played for Boston and Oakland in 2014, could be part of a left field platoon in a new-look outfield. He could share time with former Yankees prospect Zoilo Almonte, a switch-hitter who signed as a free agent. Gomes, 34, hit only .234 with a career-low six homers for Boston and Oakland last year. He hit .276 with four homers against left-handers.
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