MLB Recent Player News
|11/7/2014||Chris Young, P (Sea)||Miami third baseman Casey McGehee and Young have been selected as baseball's comeback players of the year.
Analysis: Young, a 35-year-old left-hander, won the AL award after being limited to nine starts in 2013 - all in the minor leagues - because of injuries. He was 12-9 with a 3.65 ERA in 29 starts and one relief appearance this year, reaching double digits in win for the first time since 2006.
|11/7/2014||Casey McGehee, 3B (Mia)||McGehee and Seattle pitcher Chris Young have been selected as baseball's comeback players of the year.
Analysis: McGehee, who turned 32 last month, hit .287 with 29 doubles, four home runs, 76 RBIs to win the NL honor following a season with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Pacific League.
|11/6/2014||J.J. Putz, P (Ari)||Putz has rejoined the Arizona Diamondbacks as a special assistant to President and CEO Derrick Hall.
Analysis: The team announced Thursday that the 37-year-old Putz will be in uniform during spring training to work with pitchers and will visit the club's minor league affiliates during the regular season. Putz had a career-high 45 saves for Arizona in 2011, helping the team win the NL West. He was 37-33 with a 3.08 ERA and 189 saves in 572 appearances over 12 seasons.
|11/5/2014||Troy Patton, P (SD)||Patton has been suspended for 80 games following a positive test for an amphetamine under Major League Baseball's drug program.
Analysis: The positive test was the 29-year-old left-hander's third for an amphetamine. While with Baltimore, he was suspended for the first 25 games of the 2014 season following a second positive test. Initial positive tests are not announced and result in follow-up testing.
|11/5/2014||Cesar Ramos, P (LAA)||The Tampa Bay Rays have traded Ramos to the Los Angeles Angels for minor league righty Mark Sappington.
Analysis: The deal was made Wednesday. The 30-year-old Ramos pitched 43 games for the Rays last season, including seven starts. He was 2-6 with a 3.70 ERA. He was tied for seventh among AL relievers with 13 outings of at least two innings.
|11/5/2014||Giancarlo Stanton, RF (Mia)||Contract talks have started between Stanton and the Miami Marlins, who are prepared to offer a multiyear deal that would be a big departure for the historically thrifty franchise.
Analysis: President of baseball operations Mike Hill declined to say whether the Marlins have made an offer, but they've begun discussions with agent Joel Wolfe regarding an agreement with the All-Star right fielder.
|11/5/2014||Nick Tropeano, P (LAA)||The Houston Astros have acquired catcher Hank Conger in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels got Tropeano and minor league catcher Carlos Perez in the deal Wednesday.
Analysis: Tropeano went 1-3 with a 4.57 ERA in four games for Houston in 2014. He spent most of the season at Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he was 9-5 with a 3.03 ERA in 23 games.
|11/5/2014||Hank Conger, C (Hou)||The Houston Astros have acquired Conger in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels got right-hander Nick Tropeano and minor league catcher Carlos Perez in the deal Wednesday.
Analysis: The 26-year-old Conger played 80 games with 70 starts last season for the Angels. A first-round pick in 2006, Conger hit .221 with four homers and a career-high 25 RBIs.
|11/5/2014||Alex Rodriguez, 3B (NYY)||A lawyer for the University of Miami's former pitching coach said Wednesday that Rodriguez admitted to federal investigators he used steroids supplied by the owner of a now-closed South Florida clinic.
Analysis: Attorney Frank Quintero Jr., who represents Lazaro ''Laser'' Collazo in his defense against charges of conspiracy to distribute performance-enhancing drugs, told The Associated Press that the New York Yankees third baseman confessed to steroids use, according to Drug Enforcement Administration documents provided by the government to defense lawyers.
|11/5/2014||Brett Gardner, LF (NYY)||The Yankees say Gardner has had surgery to repair a core muscle injury in his right abdomen.
Analysis: The operation was performed by Dr. William Meyers at the Philadelphia Vincera Institute in Philadelphia on Oct. 16, the team said Wednesday. Gardner hit .256 with 17 homers, 58 RBIs and 21 steals.
|11/4/2014||Alfonso Soriano, LF (NYY)||Soriano says he is retiring from the major leagues after a season in which he was released by the New York Yankees on July. "I've lost the love and passion to play the game," said Soriano in a radio interview Tuesday in his native Dominican Republic. "Right now, my family is the most important thing."
Analysis: Soriano, 38, completed in 2014 the final year of his $136 million, eight-year contract he signed with the Chicago Cubs before the 2007 season. He ends his career 50th in baseball history with 412 home runs. Soriano was released by the Yankees after playing just 67 games. He was hitting .221 with six home runs and 23 RBIs.
|11/3/2014||A.J. Burnett, P (Pit)||Burnett has become a free agent after declining a $12.75 million player option to return to the Philadelphia Phillies in 2015. Burnett was 8-18 with a 4.59 ERA last season. The 37-year-old led the NL in losses.
Analysis: Burnett's decision helps the rebuilding Phillies trim a hefty payroll. They spent more than $184 million on a roster that finished last in the NL East for the first time since 2000. Burnett signed with the Phillies in February and earned $15 million in 2014. He is 155-150 with a 4.04 ERA in 16 seasons with five teams.
|11/3/2014||Tsuyoshi Wada, P (ChC)||The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada.
Analysis: Wada signed a minor league deal with last December, and began this season with Triple-A Iowa. He made his major league debut in July and went 4-4 with a 3.25 ERA in 13 starts. Wada played nine years in the Japan Pacific League before signing an $8.15 million, two-year contract with Baltimore before the 2012 season. He developed elbow soreness that spring and had elbow-ligament reconstruction surgery after a tear was discovered following a rehabilitation outing.
|11/3/2014||Cory Luebke, P (SD)||The San Diego Padres have reinstated Luebke, first baseman Yonder Alonso and left fielder Carlos Quentin from the 60-day disabled listed.
Analysis: Luebke has been rehabbing after undergoing his second reconstructive elbow surgery.
|11/3/2014||Clayton Kershaw, P (LAD)||Kershaw has been voted the player of the year in balloting by his fellow major leaguers.
Analysis: The players' union said Monday that Kershaw also won the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award. Kershaw was 21-3 with a major league-best 1.77 ERA. He was voted the NL's outstanding pitcher and became the first player to win three Players Choice awards in one season since voting began in 1992. Voting was conducted Sept. 16. That was before Kershaw went 0-2 with a 7.82 ERA in a pair of postseason starts against St. Louis.
|11/3/2014||Hanley Ramirez, SS (LAD)||The Dodgers have extended a $15.3 million qualifying offer to free-agent shortstop Hanley Ramirez.
Analysis: He can accept the offer by Nov. 10 and sign for next season or he can decline and remain a free agent. The move on Monday ensures the Dodgers of receiving a supplemental draft pick if Ramirez signs with another team. The club signing that player loses its first-round pick in the amateur draft, unless that pick is among the top 10, in which case the club signing that player loses its next-highest pick.
|11/3/2014||Michael Cuddyer, RF (NYM)||The Colorado Rockies extended a $15.3 million qualifying offer to Cuddyer on Monday.
Analysis: The 2013 NL batting champion has until Nov. 10 to accept. Should Cuddyer decline and be signed by another major league team before June 8, the Rockies would receive a compensatory draft pick at the end of the first round of next year's amateur draft. Cuddyer is coming off a frustrating season in which he was limited to 49 games because of a strained left hamstring and fractured left shoulder. He hit .332 with 10 home runs and 31 RBIs.
|11/3/2014||Ervin Santana, P (Atl)||The Atlanta Braves made a $15.3 million qualifying offer to Santana on Monday.
Analysis: Santana, who will turn 32 next month, went 14-10 with a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts for the Braves. He was hastily signed during spring training to a $14.1 million, one-year deal after the Braves lost Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to season-ending injuries. Santana has until Nov. 10 to accept. If he signs with another major league team before June 8, the Braves would receive a compensatory draft pick at the end of the first round of next year's amateur draft.
|11/3/2014||Will Harris, P (Hou)||The Houston Astros have claimed Harris off waivers from Arizona.
Analysis: The 30-year-old Harris set a franchise record by capping the season with 16 straight scoreless appearances for the Diamondbacks. He had a 4.34 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 29 outings last season. Harris is 5-5 with a 4.26 ERA in 110 major league appearances over the last three seasons.
|11/3/2014||Joel Peralta, P (TB)||The Tampa Bay Rays have exercised a $2.5 million club option on Peralta for next season.
Analysis: Peralta was 3-4 with a 4.41 ERA in 2014, when he was second on the Rays staff with 69 appearances. During the past four seasons, the 38-year-old leads all major league pitchers with 296 appearances and is second to Washington's Tyler Clippard with 115 holds.
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