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Date Player
11/16/2016 Charlie Morton, Hou, P
Morton has agreed to a two-year contract with the Astros.

Analysis: The right-hander made only four starts with Philadelphia last season before being shut down in late April by a torn left hamstring. Morton, 46-71 with a 4.54 ERA over nine seasons with Atlanta, Pittsburgh and the Phillies, should work near the back of the Astros' rotation if he can stay healthy. He's thrown 129 innings or less in four of the past five seasons.
11/14/2016 Ian Desmond, Tex, CF
Desmond has rejected the Rangers' $17.2 million qualifying offer and will test free agency for a second straight year.

Analysis: Desmond also turned down a qualifying offer from Washington last offseason, but received a cold market and settled for a one-year, $8 million deal with Texas in March. The 31-year-old should be in line for a nice payday this time around after hitting .285 with 22 homers and 86 RBIs for the AL West champion Rangers in 2016.
11/14/2016 Jeremy Hellickson, Phi, P
Hellickson has passed up free agency and accepted the Phillies' $17.2 million qualifying offer.

Analysis: Hellickson was 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA in a career-high 32 starts and tied a career-best with 189 innings pitched in 2016, his first season with the Phillies. The 29-year-old Hellickson is the lone veteran on a staff filled with talented young pitchers. The Phillies gambled that Hellickson would decline the offer to pursue a multiyear deal on the open market. But teams were reluctant to give up a first-round pick as compensation for signing him.
11/12/2016 Danny Valencia, Sea, 3B
The Mariners acquired Valencia from the Athletics on Saturday for minor league pitcher Paul Blackburn.

Analysis: Valencia played four positions for Oakland last season and hit .287 with 17 home runs and 51 RBIs in 130 games.
11/11/2016 Kendrys Morales, Tor, DH
Morales has agreed to a three-year, $33 million contract with the Blue Jays, a move that likely signals the end of Edwin Encarnacion's tenure with the organization.

Analysis: The 33-year-old Morales will come cheaper than the player he's likely replacing, though it's highly unlikely he'll be able to match the 42 homers and 127 RBIs Encarnacion produced last season. He did put up 30 homers and 93 RBIs for the Royals in 2016 and knocked in 106 runs during KC's World Series title run the previous year, so this could very well prove to be a wise investment.
11/11/2016 Darin Ruf, LAD, 1B
The Phillies have acquired Howie Kendrick from the Los Angeles Dodgers for first baseman Ruf and utilityman Darnell Sweeney.

Analysis: Ruf hit .205 with three home runs and nine RBIs last season. The 30-year-old has a .240 batting average with 35 homers in his career.
11/11/2016 Howie Kendrick, Phi, LF
The Phillies have acquired Kendrick from the Los Angeles Dodgers for first baseman Darin Ruf and utilityman Darnell Sweeney.

Analysis: A 2011 AL All-Star, Kendrick hit .255 with 26 doubles, eight home runs, 40 RBIs, a team-leading 10 stolen bases and a .326 on-base percentage for the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The 33-year-old Kendrick made 123 starts - 79 in left field, 23 at second base, 14 at third base and seven at first base - and made only five errors.
11/11/2016 Bartolo Colón, Atl, P
Colon will pitch in a 20th MLB season after agreeing to a reported one-year, $12.5 million contract with the Braves.

Analysis: The 43-year-old's deal comes one day after Atlanta added another aging former Cy Young Award winner in R.A. Dickey. Colon showed he's still got something left by compiling a 15-8 record and a 3.43 ERA over 34 games (33 starts) with the NL East-rival Mets in 2015. The portly right-hander has logged at least 190 innings in four straight seasons and is 62-40 with a 3.59 ERA over that stretch.
11/11/2016 Mookie Betts, Bos, RF
Betts underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove loose bodies from his right knee on Thursday.

Analysis: The AL MVP finalist is expected to be fine for the start of spring training. It's been quite an eventful week for Betts, who recently won a Silver Slugger Award as well as his first career Gold Glove.
11/10/2016 Matt Holliday, StL, LF
Holliday became the final free agent, formally leaving the St. Louis Cardinals when he and the team agreed to waive a provision in his contract that would have guaranteed his 2017 salary if he finishes among the top 10 in NL MVP voting.

Analysis: The 36-year-old certainly will not finish among the top 10 when voting is announced Nov. 17, so the move makes him a free agent one week earlier. He hit .246 with 20 homers and 62 RBIs in 110 games, missing substantial time after his left thumb was broken when he was hit by a pitch on Aug. 11.
11/10/2016 Cody Anderson, Cle, P
The Indians announced that Anderson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Wednesday.

Analysis: Anderson is slated to begin a throwing program in January and expected to be ready in time for spring training. Elbow issues contributed to the 26-year-old's disappointing 2-5 record and 6.68 ERA in 19 games (9 starts) last season. Anderson went 7-3 with a 3.05 ERA in 15 starts in 2015.
11/10/2016 R.A. Dickey, Atl, P
The Braves and Dickey have agreed to a one-year contract that includes an option for 2018. The deal is pending a successful physical.

Analysis: The 42-year-old knuckleball specialist provides an experienced and durable arm to a rotation that the Braves have made a priority to bolster this offseason. Dickey returns to the National League, where he won the 2012 Cy Young Award with the Mets, after compiling a 49-52 record and a 4.05 ERA over four seasons with Toronto. The right-hander's numbers did decline in 2015, as he finished 10-15 with a 4.46 ERA over 29 starts and one relief appearance.
11/9/2016 Andrew Bailey, LAA, P
The Angels have re-signed Bailey to a one-year deal.

Analysis: Bailey revitalized his career last season with the Angels, posting six saves with a 2.38 ERA in 12 appearances. He became Los Angeles' closer after Huston Street's season-ending injury.
11/9/2016 Josh Collmenter, Atl, P
The Braves and Collmenter have agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.2 million for next season.

Analysis: The arbitration-eligible right-hander performed very well in three late-season starts for Atlanta, going 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA. The Braves acquired the 30-year-old from the Cubs in mid-September in exchange for cash considerations.
11/8/2016 Joe Mantiply, NYY, P
The New York Yankees claimed Mantiply off waivers from the Detroit Tigers and designated right-handed pitcher Branden Pinder for assignment, the team announced Tuesday.

Analysis: Mantiply spent most of the 2016 season in the minors but appeared in five games for the Tigers, allowing seven hits and five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings.
11/8/2016 Max Scherzer, Was, P
Scherzer, the Washington Nationals ace and a National League Cy Young Award finalist, told he plans to pitch for Team U.S.A. in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, which takes place in March.

Analysis: The 32-year-old native of St. Louis and former AL Cy Young Award winner with the Tigers will join forces with Jim Leyland, his former manager in Detroit who is managing the United States' squad in 2017.
11/7/2016 Yunel Escobar, LAA, 3B
The Angels have picked up their $7 million contract option for next season on Escobar.

Analysis: Escobar batted .304 with five homers and 39 RBIs over 132 games in his first season with the Angels, his fifth big league club.
11/7/2016 Derek Holland, Tex, P
Holland has become a free agent after the Rangers declined their $11 million option on his contract and instead chose to pay the left-hander a $1.5 million buyout.

Analysis: Holland was part of Texas' only two World Series teams in 2010 and 2011, but he has missed significant time because of injuries the past three seasons. In 179 career games for the Rangers, he is 62-50 with a 4.35 ERA. This season, he was 7-9 with a 4.95 ERA in 22 games while also spending time on the 60-day disabled list for a third consecutive season. He missed two months with left shoulder inflammation.
11/7/2016 Vidal Nuño, LAD, P
The Seattle Mariners have acquired catcher Carlos Ruiz from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Nuno.

Analysis: Nuno appeared in a career-high 55 games last season for Seattle and was 1-1 with a 3.53 ERA. Nuno has been used as a starter and reliever in Seattle.
11/7/2016 Carlos Ruiz, Sea, C
The Mariners have acquired Ruiz from the Dodgers in exchange for left-handed pitcher Vidal Nuno.

Analysis: The acquisition of Ruiz fills an immediate need for Seattle after the Mariners declined the option on Chris Iannetta for 2017. Ruiz, who will turn 38 before the start of next season, hit .264 with three home runs and 15 RBIs in 62 games last season with the Phillies and Dodgers. Ruiz was traded from Philadelphia to Los Angeles in August.
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