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2/7/2017 Enny Romero, Was, P
The Nationals added to their bullpen depth by acquiring reliever Enny Romero from the Tampa Bay Rays for minor league right-hander Jeffrey Rosa.

Analysis: Washington general manager Mike Rizzo announced the trade Tuesday, a week before pitchers and catchers report to the team's first spring training in West Palm Beach, Florida. Romero, 26, had a 5.91 ERA with 50 strikeouts and 28 walks in 45 2/3 innings over 52 appearances last season, his first in the majors. His fastball averaged 96.1 mph, which ranked ninth among American League relievers. In 76 major league appearances, Romero is 2-2 with a 5.27 ERA.
2/7/2017 Chris Carter, NYY, 1B
Carter and the New York Yankees agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal on Tuesday, according to published reports.

Analysis: Carter led the NL in homers last season with 41 for the Brewers and drove in a career-best 94 runs but batted just .222. Milwaukee didn't tender Carter a contract after the season, and the 30-year-old didn't attract much interest on the free-agent market due to his propensity for striking out. He fanned a major-league-leading 206 times last season to mark the fourth straight season in which he struck out more than 150 times.
2/7/2017 Mike Napoli, Tex, 1B
Napoli has passed his physical and will be introduced Thursday with an $8.5 million, one-year deal for a third stint with the Texas Rangers.

Analysis: Napoli will be utilized as a first baseman and designated hitter for Texas. He was a member of the Rangers in 2011-12 -- making his lone All-Star team in 2012 -- and again for the latter part of the 2015 campaign. The veteran established career highs of 34 homers and 101 RBIs last season while helping the Cleveland Indians reach the World Series. But he also batted just .239 and struck out a whopping 194 times, second-most in the American League.
2/6/2017 Jason Hammel, KC, P
The Royals have agreed with Hammel on a two-year, $16 million contract.

Analysis: The veteran right-hander will take the rotation spot of the late Yordano Ventura after winning a career-high 15 games for the world champion Cubs last season. Hammel was left off Chicago's postseason roster, however, and had a $12 million option declined by the club in November. The 34-year-old is 84-87 with a 4.42 ERA over 11 major league seasons and has previous American League stints with Tampa Bay, Baltimore and Oakland.
2/5/2017 Andrew McCutchen, Pit, CF
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced Sunday that McCutchen is moving from center field to right field this season.

Analysis: Gregory Polanco will flip from right field to left, with Starling Marte sliding over from left to center. McCutchen, a five-time All-Star and the 2013 National League MVP, won a Gold Glove in center in 2012 but has seen a dip in his defensive performance recently, according to advanced metrics. Pittsburgh explored trading McCutchen earlier in the offseason, but he is expected to be with the team when the Pirates report for spring training later this month.
2/5/2017 Kevin Gausman, Bal, P
The Orioles and Gausman have agreed on a $3.45 million salary for 2018 to avoid an arbitration hearing.

Analysis: Gausman came close to receiving the $3.55 million he had requested. The 26-year-old will hold down one of the top spots in Baltimore's projected rotation after posting a 3.61 ERA and recording 18 quality starts in 30 outings a season ago.
2/4/2017 Dustin Ackley, LAA, LF
The Angels have signed Ackley to a minor-league deal with an invitation to major league spring training.

Analysis: Ackley was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 draft by AL West rival Seattle. He spent parts of five seasons with the Mariners before they traded him to New York in July 2015. Ackley was frequently injured in New York. He batted .148 last year before incurring a season-ending shoulder injury May 29, tearing his labrum while diving back to the bag as a baserunner.
2/3/2017 Fernando Salas, NYM, P
Salas has agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal that will keep him with the Mets.

Analysis: Salas was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in an Aug. 31 trade and shored up the seventh inning for New York down the stretch.
2/3/2017 Jerry Blevins, NYM, P
Blevins has agreed to a deal that will keep him with the Mets.

Analysis: A proven lefty specialist, Blevins went 4-2 with a 2.79 ERA and two saves in 73 appearances during his second season with the Mets.
2/3/2017 Fernando Salas, NYM, P
The Mets have re-signed Salas to a one-year, $3 million contract that includes $350,000 in incentive bonuses.

Analysis: Salas posted a 2.08 ERA in 17 games after being acquired by New York from the Angels on Aug. 31. The 31-year-old right-hander figures to be deployed in a setup role.
2/3/2017 César Hernández, Phi, 2B
The Phillies and Hernandez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $2.55 million contract for the upcoming season.

Analysis: The switch-hitting second baseman gets a significant raise from last year's $525,000 salary after putting together a solid 2016 campaign. Hernandez tied for the major league lead with 11 triples, topped the Phillies with a .374 on-base percentage and hit .294 with six homers, 39 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.
2/3/2017 Rickie Weeks Jr., TB, LF
Weeks has agreed to a minor league contract with the Rays that contains an invitation to spring training.

Analysis: The 34-year-old hit .284 with six homers and a 1.010 OPS in 67 at-bats against left-handed pitching while with Arizona last season. The Rays may be counting on him to platoon with Brad Miller at second base.
2/3/2017 Logan Morrison, TB, 1B
The Rays have reportedly re-signed Morrison to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

Analysis: Barring any additional moves, the 29-year-old should enter spring training as the favorite to be Tampa Bay's primary first baseman against right-handed pitching. Morrison hit .238 with 14 homers and 43 RBIs in 107 games last season, his first with the Rays after spending the previous two years with Seattle.
2/3/2017 Shelby Miller, Ari, P
The Arizona Diamondbacks won their salary arbitration case against the Miller, who will be paid $4.7 million this year instead of his $5.1 million request. Arbitrators Andrew Strongin, James Oldham and Phillip LaPorte made their decision Friday, a day after hearing arguments.

Analysis: A 26-year-old right-hander, Miller went 3-12 with a 6.15 ERA in 20 starts last year and made $4.35 million.
2/3/2017 Matt Belisle, Min, P
Belisle finalized a $2.05 million, one-year contract with the Twins after posting a career-best 1.76 ERA last season for Washington.

Analysis: Belisle pitched 46 innings in 2016 for the Nationals, missing seven weeks in the first half of the season with a strained calf muscle in his right leg.
2/3/2017 Kelvin Herrera, KC, P
The Royals and Herrera have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $5.325 million salary for the upcoming season.

Analysis: Herrera, a second-year arbitration-eligible player, will serve as Kansas City's closer following the team's trade of Wade Davis to the Cubs. The hard-throwing 27-year-old saved 12 games with Davis on the disabled list for part of last season and finished with a 2.75 ERA and a career-high 86 strikeouts in 72 innings.
2/3/2017 Byung Ho Park, Min, 1B
The Minnesota Twins have designated Park for assignment following a disappointing major league debut as a designated hitter.

Analysis: The 30-year-old Park batted .191 with 12 home runs and 24 RBIs in 62 games last season. The Twins paid his South Korean club, the Nexen Heroes, $12.85 million for negotiating rights to Park, who signed a $12 million, four-year contract with Minnesota.
2/3/2017 Chris Coghlan, Phi, LF
Coghlan has agreed to a minor league contract with the Phillies that includes an invitation to spring training.

Analysis: The veteran utility player should have a chance of making the roster as a left-handed bat off the bench. Coghlan hit just .188 in 99 games with the A's and Cubs last season, though he posted a .252 average and 16 RBIs in 103 at-bats with Chicago.
2/2/2017 Boone Logan, Cle, P
The Indians have agreed with Logan on a one-year contract that includes a 2018 option.

Analysis: The veteran lefty adds another piece to an already-strong Cleveland bullpen. Logan is coming off a good season with Colorado, posting a 3.69 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP over 65 appearances and limiting left-handed hitters to a .142 average.
2/2/2017 Carlos Martínez, StL, P
Martinez agreed to a five-year, $51 million contract extension, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday. According to, the deal would be the longest ever given a player heading into his first year of arbitration eligibility.

Analysis: Per ESPN, the biggest deal for a pitcher entering his first chance at arbitration was Corey Kluber's five-year, $38.5 million contract with the Cleveland Indians in 2015. Martinez was an All-Star in 2015, when he finished 14-7 with a 3.01 ERA in 31 games (29 starts). Last year, he went 16-9 with a 3.04 ERA in 31 starts. He ranked in the league's top 10 in wins and ERA both years.
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