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Date Player
1/20/2016 Kyle Parker, Col, LF
To make room on the 40-man roster after finalizing a deal with Gerardo Parra, the Rockies designated their former first-round pick Parker for assignment.

Analysis: Parker, the 26th overall selection in the 2010 draft, hit .182 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 64 games with the Rockies.
1/20/2016 Gerardo Parra, Col, LF
The Rockies finalized a $27.5 million, three-year contract with outfielder Gerardo Parra.

Analysis: Parra is a two-time Gold Glove winner and a lifetime .277 hitter. He joins a crowded Colorado outfielder that already features Carlos Gonzalez, Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson. The 28-year-old Parra will make $8 million in 2016 and '17, and $10 million in '18. There's a club option for $12 million in '19 or a $1.5 million buyout.
1/20/2016 Jonathan Lucroy, Mil, C
Lucroy says the Milwaukee Brewers should trade him as the team begins a rebuilding process.

Analysis: Lucroy says he wants to win, to go to a World Series, and that's not going to happen with the Brewers in the foreseeable future. The 29-year-old catcher tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that "rebuilding is not a lot of fun for any veteran guy."
1/19/2016 Adam Wilk, TB, P
Wilk has agreed to a minor league contract with the Rays.

Analysis: Wilk is 0-3 with a 6.49 ERA in nine career big league appearances, including three starts, for the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels. He's been invited to major league spring training.
1/19/2016 Justin Marks, TB, P
Marks has agreed to a minor league contract with the Rays.

Analysis: The team said Tuesday that Marks also received an invitation to major league spring training. Marks spent last season with Triple-A Reno. The 28-year-old has spent part of seven minor league seasons with four other big league organizations, making his major league debut with a two-inning relief appearance for the Kansas City Royals in April 2014.
1/19/2016 Chris Stewart, Pit, C
Stewart and the Pirates have agreed to a $3 million, two-year contract that avoids salary arbitration, a deal that includes a 2018 club option.

Analysis: Stewart will make $1.35 million this year and $1.4 million in 2017 under Tuesday's agreement. The Pirates' option is at $1.5 million with a $250,000 buyout. The 33-year-old hit .289 with eight doubles, 15 RBI and nine runs scored in 58 games last year while backing up Francisco Cervelli, and he made $1,225,000. Stewart served as the primary catcher for Pirates ace Gerrit Cole. Pittsburgh went 26-10 in the games Stewart started in 2015, including a 15-1 mark at PNC Park.
1/19/2016 Yu Darvish, Tex, P
Darvish says he has never been involved in gambling activities amid a Major League Baseball investigation after the arrest of his younger brother in Japan.

Analysis: Darvish issued a statement Tuesday through his agent that says he understands MLB must conduct an investigation. He declined comment, but says he is certain they will find he had no involvement. Sho Darvish was reportedly charged last October in Japan with running an illegal gambling ring that allegedly took about 1,850 bets on MLB games as well as professional baseball games in Japan.
1/19/2016 Joe Blanton, LAD, P
Blanton has agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Analysis: The 35-year-old started 10 games for the Dodgers in late 2012 but is likely to be a long reliever this season. He can earn $1 million in performance bonuses based on innings under Tuesday's agreement: $250,000 each for 50 and 60, and $500,000 for 70.
1/19/2016 Nathan Eovaldi, NYY, P
Eovaldi has agreed to a $5.6 million, one-year contract with the New York Yankees.

Analysis: Eovaldi earned a raise from $3.3 million after going 14-3 with a 4.20 ERA in 27 starts during his first season with New York. His agreement, announced Tuesday, was at the midpoint between the $6.3 million he had asked for and the $4.9 million he had been offered when proposed arbitration salaries were exchanged last week.
1/19/2016 Didi Gregorius, NYY, SS
Gregorius and the New York Yankees have agreed to a one-year contract worth $2,425,000, more than four times the $553,900 he earned last year.

Analysis: Gregorius' contract is not guaranteed and avoids an arbitration hearing next month. Tuesday's agreement was $12,500 above the midpoint of the $2,525,000 he had asked for and the $2.3 million he had been offered when proposed salaries were exchanged last week.
1/19/2016 Justin Upton, Det, LF
Upton has agreed to a six-year, $132.75 million contract with the Detroit Tigers, a person with knowledge of the deal told the Associated Press.

Analysis: Upton, who's hit at least 29 home runs in each of the last three seasons, adds another power bat to the Tigers' lineup and should fill the void left by left fielder Yoenis Cespedes' departure midway through last season. The 28-year-old had 26 homers and 81 RBIs while batting .255 with San Diego in 2015. According to the source, Upton can opt out of the contract after two seasons.
1/18/2016 Lorenzo Cain, KC, CF
The Royals finalized their $17.5 million, two-year deal with Cain on Monday, buying out the All-Star outfielder's final two years of arbitration.

Analysis: Cain will receive $6.5 million this season and $11 million next season. The 29-year-old is coming off the best year of his six-year career, hitting .307 with 16 homers and 72 RBIs. He also was second in the American League with 28 stolen bases, and he became the first Royals player since 2011 to eclipse 100 runs scored. The result of that landed Cain third in voting for the AL MVP award.
1/18/2016 Dee Gordon, Mia, 2B
Gordon has signed a five-year contract with the Miami Marlins.

Analysis: An agreement was reached last week on the deal for $50 million, which also includes a $14 million club option for 2021. The Marlins announced the signing Monday and scheduled an afternoon news conference. Gordon led the NL in batting (.333), hits (205) and stolen bases (58) last season, his first in Miami after being acquired in a trade with the Dodgers.
1/16/2016 Chris Davis, Bal, 1B
After spending much of the offseason wondering if he would continue his baseball career in Baltimore, Davis formally signed a $161 million, seven-year contract Thursday, a deal that includes $42 million in deferred money that won't be fully received until he is 51.

Analysis: Davis, 29, became a free agent after the 2015 season. He was pursued heavily by the Orioles, who finally struck a deal over the weekend pending a medical examination. Davis had 47 homers and 117 RBIs last season. Since 2012, Davis leads the majors with 159 home runs and ranks fourth with 412 RBIs. Although he's only been with the Orioles for 4 1/2 years, the slugger is 10th on the team's career home run list with 161.
1/16/2016 Ian Kennedy, KC, P
The Royals have announced their $70 million, five-year deal with pitcher Ian Kennedy, which was agreed to nearly two weeks ago but did not become official until Friday.

Analysis: The right-hander went 9-15 with a 4.28 ERA for the San Diego Padres last season. He has also pitched for the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Royals were in search of another starter to replace Johnny Cueto, who became a free agent after helping Kansas City win its first World Series since 1985.
1/16/2016 Randall Delgado, Ari, P
Delgado got a $1.275 million deal from Arizona on Friday.

Analysis: Delgado was 8-4 with a 3.25 ERA in 64 appearances.
1/16/2016 Rubby De La Rosa, Ari, P
De La Rosa got a $2.35 million deal from Arizona on Friday.

Analysis: De La Rosa went 14-9 with a 4.67 ERA in 32 starts in 2015.
1/16/2016 Daniel Hudson, Ari, P
Hudson got a $2.7 million deal from Arizona on Friday.

Analysis: Hudson went 4-3 with four saves and a 3.86 ERA in his first season since having consecutive Tommy John surgeries.
1/16/2016 Welington Castillo, Ari, C
Castillo received a $3.7 million deal from Arizona on Friday.

Analysis: Castillo hit .237 with 19 homers and 57 RBIs in 110 games for the Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs and Seattle.
1/16/2016 Andrew Cashner, SD, P
Cashner received a substantial raise Friday when he avoided arbitration with the San Diego Padres.

Analysis: Cashner gets a raise from $4.05 million to $7.15 million. He went 6-16 with a 4.34 ERA.
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