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|1/19/2015||Dexter Fowler, CF (ChC), CF|
|The Cubs and Fowler have agreed to a $9.5 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.
Analysis: Fowler, acquired in a trade with Houston this week, made $7.35 million last season, completing an $11.6 million, two-year deal. He asked for $10.8 million in arbitration last week and was offered $8.5 million by the Astros. He is eligible for free agency after the season. Fowler, 28, hit .276 with eight homers and 35 RBIs last year in his only season with the Astros. He has a .271 career average.
|1/19/2015||Max Scherzer, P (Was), P|
|Scherzer is being introduced by the Washington Nationals as the newest member of their talented pitching rotation after finalizing a $210 million, seven-year contract.
Analysis: Scherzer won the 2013 AL Cy Young Award with the Detroit Tigers, his club for the last five seasons. In joining Washington, the 30-year-old Scherzer gets the largest total contract for a right-handed pitcher in big league history. He adds to a starting staff for the NL East champions that led the majors with a 3.04 ERA in 2014 and already has with Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Gio Gonzalez and Tanner Roark.
|1/18/2015||Yovani Gallardo, P (Tex), P|
|A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to trade Gallardo to the Texas Rangers.
Analysis: The person spoke on condition of anonymity on Monday because the trade had not yet been announced. Texas was expected to send minor leaguers to the Brewers.
|1/18/2015||Gregor Blanco, CF (SF), CF|
|Blanco and the San Francisco Giants reached agreement on a $7.5 million, two-year contract to avoid arbitration, a person with knowledge of the deal said Sunday. The outfielder will earn $3.6 million in salary this season and $3.9 million for 2016. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because the team hadn't made a formal announcement.
Analysis: The 31-year-old Blanco could share time in left field after the defending World Series champions reached a $4.7 million, one-year contract with Nori Aoki on Friday. Blanco has played at least 141 games in each of his three seasons with San Francisco. He batted .260 with five home runs, six triples, 18 doubles and 38 RBIs in 146 games last season. He has played a key role during each of the franchise's last two title runs. He made $2,525,000 last year.
|1/17/2015||Stephen Drew, SS (NYY), SS|
|Drew and the Yankees have finalized a $5 million, one-year contract, a deal that puts him in position to become New York's starting second baseman.
Analysis: Drew, who turns 32 in March, was acquired by the Yankees from Boston on July 31. He hit .150 with three homers and 15 RBIs in 155 plate appearances for New York while making 34 appearances at second base and 12 at shortstop as a backup to Derek Jeter.
|1/16/2015||Rick Porcello, P (Bos), P|
|The Red Sox agreed to a $12.5 million, one-year deal with pitcher Rick Porcello.
Analysis: Porcello, a 26-year-old right-hander, was acquired from Detroit last month after going 15-13 with a 3.43 ERA last season, when he led the AL with three shutouts. He made $8.5 million.
|1/16/2015||Jhoulys Chacin, P (Col), P|
|Chacin avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $5.5 million contract, up from $4,850,000 last season.
Analysis: Chacin pitched in just 11 games last season, going 1-7 with a 5.40 ERA before the club shut him down in June because of a right shoulder injury. The Rockies are counting on him returning to his 2013 form, when he won 14 games with a 3.47 ERA.
|1/16/2015||Daniel Murphy, 2B (NYM), 2B|
|Murphy and the New York Mets have agreed to an $8 million contract for next season.
Analysis: Murphy got a raise from $5.75 million after hitting a team-high .289 and earning his first All-Star selection. He and the Mets settled at the midpoint of their $1.2 million gap.
|1/16/2015||Steve Cishek, P (Mia), P|
|The Miami Marlins and closer Steve Cishek have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $6.65 million, one-year contract.
Analysis: Cishek converted 39 of 43 save chances last season with a 3.17 ERA.
|1/16/2015||Matt Wieters, C (Bal), C|
|Wieters agreed to a one-year deal for $8,275,000 with Baltimore.
Analysis: Wieters, who missed nearly all of 2014 because of Tommy John surgery in June, got a raise from $7.7 million. He batted .308 in 26 games.
|1/16/2015||Chris Davis, 1B (Bal), 1B|
|Davis and the Baltimore Orioles reached agreement Friday on a $12 million contract for next season.
Analysis: Davis, who led the major leagues in home runs and RBIs in 2013 before slumping badly in 2014, got an increase from $10.35 million. He batted .196 with 26 home runs and 72 RBIs last season, down from 53 homers and 138 RBIs the year before. He will begin 2015 by serving the final game of a 25-game suspension for using Adderall without a prescription.
|1/16/2015||Domonic Brown, LF (Phi), LF|
|The Phils have agreed to a one-year deal with Brown.
Analysis: Brown hit .235 in a career-high 144 games for the Phillies last season with a career-best 22 doubles, one triple, 10 home runs and 63 RBIs. He was selected to the NL All-Star team in 2013 after hitting 27 home runs in 139 games for Philadelphia. Brown was originally selected by the Phillies in the 20th round of the 2006 amateur draft.
|1/16/2015||Ben Revere, CF (Phi), CF|
|The Phils have agreed to a one-year deal with Revere.
Analysis: Revere is a stud who finished fifth in the NL in batting in 2014 with a .306 average. The 26-year-old was tied for first in hits (184) and third in stolen bases (49). Revere is a career .291 hitter and has a .306 average over his first two seasons in Philadelphia.
|1/16/2015||Tyler Flowers, C (CWS), C|
|Chicago agreed to a $2,675,000, one-year deal with catcher Tyler Flowers on Friday.
Analysis: Flowers, who turns 29 Jan. 24, hit .241 with 15 homers and 50 RBIs last season.
|1/16/2015||Jeff Samardzija, P (CWS), P|
|The White Sox have agreed to a $9.8 million, one-year contract with pitcher Jeff Samardzija and avoided arbitration.
Analysis: Samardzija, who turns 30 on Jan. 23, can become a free agent after this season.
|1/16/2015||J.D. Martinez, LF (Det), LF|
|The Tigers have agreed to a one-year deal with Martinez.
Analysis: Martinez sizzled the fantasy world with a .912 OPS last season for the AL Central champs.
|1/16/2015||Alfredo Simon, P (Det), P|
|The Tigers have agreed to a one-year deal with Simon.
Analysis: Simon went 15-10 with a 3.44 ERA with the Reds last season.
|1/16/2015||Hank Conger, C (Hou), C|
|The Astros have agreed to a one-year deal with Conger.
Analysis: Conger, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels this offseason, hit .221 with four homers and 25 RBIs in 80 games last season.
|1/16/2015||Tony Sipp, P (Hou), P|
|The Astros have agreed to a one-year deal with Sipp.
Analysis: Sipp posted a 3.38 ERA in 56 appearances last year in his first season in Houston.
|1/16/2015||Jason Castro, C (Hou), C|
|The Astros have agreed to a one-year deal with Castro.
Analysis: Castro was Houston's every day catcher last season and hit .222 with 14 home runs and 56 RBIs.
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