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|11/17/2015||Brandon Crawford, SF, SS|
|The Giants have signed Crawford to a six-year, $75 million extension.
Analysis: The deal, which reportedly includes a full no-trade clause, runs through 2021 and covers Crawford's first four years of free agency as well as his remaining two arbitration seasons. The 28-year-old is coming off a breakout season in which he hit .256 with 21 homers and 84 RBIs while earning a Gold Glove.
|11/16/2015||Kris Bryant, ChC, 3B|
|Bryant was a unanimous pick as NL Rookie of the Year after helping Chicago return to the playoffs for the first time since 2008. He received all 30 first-place votes for 150 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America in balloting announced Monday.
Analysis: Bryant made his debut on April 17, just after the Cubs ensured he cannot be a free agent until after the 2021 season. The 23-year-old was selected an NL All-Star and hit .275, leading big league rookies with 26 homers, 31 doubles and 99 RBIs.
|11/16/2015||Anthony Bass, Sea, P|
|Seattle received Bass and Leonys Martin from Texas on Monday in exchange for reliever Tom Wilhelmsen and outfielder James Jones.
Analysis: Bass posted a 4.50 ERA in 33 games last year for the Rangers.
|11/16/2015||James Jones, Tex, CF|
|Texas obtained Jones and reliever Tom Wilhelmsen from Seattle on Monday.
Analysis: Jones hit just .103 in 28 games for the Mariners in 2015.
|11/16/2015||Tom Wilhelmsen, Tex, P|
|The Mariners have acquired outfielder Leonys Martin from Texas as part of a four-player trade that sent Wilhelmsen to the Rangers.
Analysis: Wilhelmsen was 2-2 with a 3.19 ERA and had 13 saves after transitioning into the closer's role late in the season.
|11/16/2015||Leonys Martin, Sea, CF|
|The Mariners have acquired Martin from Texas as part of a four-player trade that sent right-handed reliever Tom Wilhelmsen to the Rangers.
Analysis: Martin is coming off a down year with the Rangers but is excellent defensively and likely moves into the starting center field role. Martin played in 92 games, missing most of August and September after breaking a bone in his right hand, but still had 13 outfield assists. Two seasons ago, Martin hit .274 in 155 games and had 11 outfield assists.
|11/14/2015||Jeremy Hellickson, Phi, P|
|The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired Hellickson from Arizona in exchange for minor league pitcher Sam McWilliams.
Analysis: Hellickson, the 2011 AL Rookie of the Year, was a disappointing 9-12 with a 4.62 ERA over 27 starts in his lone season with the Diamondbacks. The 28-year-old right-hander is slated to be a free agent following the 2016 season.
|11/13/2015||Craig Kimbrel, Bos, P|
|The Boston Red Sox have acquired Kimbrel from the San Diego Padres for four prospects. The Red Sox assume $25 million remaining on Kimbrel's contract in their first big acquisition since Dave Dombrowski took over as president of baseball operations on Aug. 18. Kimbrel was obtained by the Padres in a blockbuster deal the day before the 2015 season started.
Analysis: Kimbrel had 39 saves in 43 chances for the Padres, who underachieved despite a roster makeover by general manager A.J. Preller.
|11/13/2015||Matt Wieters, Bal, C|
|Wieters has accepted the Baltimore Orioles' $15.8 million qualifying offer, saying his decision was based primarily on his comfort level with the team. In a telephone interview with The Associated Press, Wieters said Friday, ''For a one-year deal, there's no place more comfortable than playing baseball for the Orioles.''
Analysis: Wieters joins Houston's Colby Rasmus and the Dodgers' Brett Anderson as the only players in the four-year history of the compensation system to accept a qualifying offer rather than remain a free agent. Wieters played in 75 games last season after undergoing elbow ligament replacement surgery in 2014. He batted .267 with eight homers and 25 RBIs, but his main contribution was his work with the pitching staff.
|11/12/2015||Franklin Gutierrez, Sea, LF|
|Gutierrez has been guaranteed $1.5 million by the Seattle Mariners in his one-year contract and can make $4.25 million in performance bonuses based on plate appearances.
Analysis: Gutierrez hit .292 with 15 home runs and 35 RBIs in 189 plate appearances over 59 games this year with the Mariners.
|11/12/2015||Colby Rasmus, Hou, LF|
|A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press Rasmus has accepted the Houston Astros' one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer, the first free agent to agree to such a deal.
Analysis: All 34 qualifying offers were turned down in the first three years of baseball's current collective bargaining agreement. When a player rejects the deal in order to test the market, his former team receives an additional high selection in the June draft.
|11/12/2015||A.J. Pierzynski, Atl, C|
|Pierzynski will return for another season with the Atlanta Braves after agreeing to a $3 million, one-year contract.
Analysis: The 38-year-old Pierzynski was a rare bright spot for the Braves this past season. Signed to serve mainly as a backup, he wound up handling the bulk of the catching duties, hitting .300 with nine homers and 49 RBIs in 113 games.
|11/12/2015||Erick Aybar, Atl, SS|
|The Atlanta Braves have traded shortstop Andrelton Simmons to the Los Angeles Angels for Aybar and top pitching prospects Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis. The Braves also get $2.5 million, while the Angels get minor league catcher Jose Briceno in the trade announced Thursday night.
Analysis: Aybar has been the Angels' starting shortstop since 2008 and a key player in Anaheim for a decade, making the AL All-Star team in 2014. He has been dependable in the field and at the plate, but will be a free agent next winter.
|11/12/2015||Andrelton Simmons, LAA, SS|
|The Atlanta Braves have traded Simmons to the Los Angeles Angels for shortstop Erick Aybar and top pitching prospects Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis. The Braves also get $2.5 million, while the Angels get minor league catcher Jose Briceno in the trade announced Thursday night.
Analysis: Simmons is arguably the best defensive shortstop in baseball, winning the Gold Glove in 2013 and 2014. He was named the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday, offsetting his mediocre offensive skills with spectacular work in the field.
|11/12/2015||Joaquin Benoit, Sea, P|
|The Mariners kept on addressing their bullpen by acquiring Benoit from the San Diego Padres for a pair of minor league prospects. The teams announced the trade Thursday. Seattle sent minor league right-handed pitcher Enyel De Los Santos and minor league infielder Nelson Ward back to the Padres. After being the best bullpen in baseball in 2014, the Mariners relievers ranked 25th with a 4.15 ERA and had 24 blown saves.
Analysis: Benoit, 38, was 6-5 with a 2.34 ERA in 67 appearances last season for San Diego. Opponents hit just .159 against Benoit and he was especially tough on right-handed hitters, with a .144 batting average against him. It was the lowest of any NL pitcher who faced at least 100 batters.
|11/12/2015||Jose Fernandez, Mia, P|
|The Miami Marlins' feud with agent Scott Boras escalated Wednesday, and the team said he'll be left out of any future talks regarding ace Jose Fernandez's workload.
Analysis: Fernandez returned in July from Tommy John surgery. Boras was outspoken this year regarding the Mets' use of pitcher Matt Harvey, another client who was coming back from Tommy John surgery. The Marlins don't plan to consult Boras regarding how they use Fernandez in 2016. "He will not be involved in any discussion as it relates to Jose Fernandez," president David Samson said.
|11/11/2015||Stephen Strasburg, Was, P|
|Strasburg's agent says the Washington Nationals pitcher has had surgery to remove a non-cancerous growth from his back. Scott Boras said Strasburg was bothered by the growth when he pitched. Boras says the surgery took place about a month ago and added: ''He's fine now.''
Analysis: Strasburg was 11-7 with a career-high 3.46 ERA. He was on the disabled list from May 30 to June 23 because of neck tightness and from July 5 to Aug. 8 due to a left oblique strain. The 27-year-old right-hander, who was sidelined from August 2010 until September 2011 because of Tommy John surgery, can become a free agent after next season.
|11/11/2015||Jose Pirela, SD, 2B|
|Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is following through on his vow to start transforming the team quickly this offseason, acquiring switch-hitting outfielder Aaron Hicks from Minnesota for catcher John Ryan Murphy and dealing infielder Pirela to San Diego.
Analysis: Pirela hit .230 and scored seven runs in 37 games with New York in 2015.
|11/11/2015||John Ryan Murphy, Min, C|
|Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is following through on his vow to start transforming the team quickly this offseason, acquiring switch-hitting outfielder Aaron Hicks from Minnesota for Murphy and dealing infielder Jose Pirela to San Diego.
Analysis: Murphy was Brian McCann's backup this year and looked ready to assume a starting role elsewhere. He batted .277 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 67 games. New York considered itself deep at catcher, with Austin Romine and touted prospect Gary Sanchez in the minors.
|11/11/2015||Aaron Hicks, NYY, CF|
|Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is following through on his vow to start transforming the team quickly this offseason, acquiring Hicks from Minnesota for catcher John Ryan Murphy and dealing infielder Jose Pirela to San Diego.
Analysis: The 26-year-old Hicks appears to take Chris Young's spot on the roster, and the move could be a precursor to trading Brett Gardner. The 14th overall pick in the 2008 amateur draft, Hicks hit .256 with 11 homers and 33 RBIs in 97 games for the Twins this year, including .307 with six homers against left-handers.
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