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1/12/2017 Matt Adams, StL, 1B
Adams and the Cardinals agreed to a $2.8 million, one-year deal Thursday to avoid arbitration, though his role remains unclear with Matt Carpenter taking over his everyday job.

Analysis: Adams, who made $1.65 million last season, has been shopped this offseason but could also give St. Louis a power bat off the bench. The left-handed hitting Adams is a career .284 hitter against right-handed pitching, so he offers an intriguing option in a platoon role.
1/11/2017 Zack Wheeler, NYM, P
Wheeler agreed to an $800,000, one-year contract with the New York Mets after missing two seasons because of a torn elbow ligament. Now 26, Wheeler was 7-5 as a rookie in 2013 and 11-11 the following year. He had Tommy John surgery on March 25, 2015.

Analysis: He returned last summer and threw 17 pitches over one inning in a rain-shortened start on Aug. 6 for Class A St. Lucie, then complained of elbow discomfort and didn't pitch again. The Mets expect him to be healthy for the start of spring training next month. Wheeler, whose deal was announced Wednesday, was eligible for arbitration for the first time after making $546,250 last year.
1/11/2017 Carter Capps, SD, P
Capps agreed to a $987,500, one-year contract with the San Diego Padres on Wednesday to avoid arbitration. It's the same as his salary in 2016, which he missed while recovering from reconstructive elbow surgery. He was injured while pitching for Miami in 2015. He was obtained by the Padres in a deal that sent right-hander Andrew Cashner to Miami.

Analysis: Capps has a chance to become the Padres' closer.
1/9/2017 Max Scherzer, Was, P
NL Cy Young Award winner Scherzer injured a finger on his pitching hand and will miss the World Baseball Classic. The Washington Nationals announced Monday on Twitter that their star right-hander has a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger.

Analysis: The team said the ongoing rehabilitation will keep Scherzer off the U.S. team at the WBC, which is in March, but he is still ''expected to be a full participant'' at spring training, which starts next month. Scherzer went 20-7 with a 2.96 ERA and 284 strikeouts last season, including a record-tying 20 in one game, for the NL East champion Nationals, becoming the sixth pitcher in major league history to win AL and NL Cy Youngs.
1/6/2017 Seth Smith, Bal, LF
The Orioles have acquired Smith from the Mariners in exchange for pitcher Yovani Gallardo and cash considerations.

Analysis: The 34-year-old Smith gives Baltimore a quality left-handed bat who can fill in at either corner outfield spot or as a designated hitter. A .261 career hitter, Smith drove in a career-high 63 runs while batting .249 with 16 homers in 137 games for Seattle last season.
1/6/2017 Yovani Gallardo, Sea, P
The Mariners have acquired Gallardo and cash considerations from the Orioles in exchange for outfielder Seth Smith.

Analysis: Gallardo's lone season in Baltimore didn't go well, as he posted a career-worst 5.42 ERA and was limited to just 118 innings by a shoulder injury. The Mariners are hoping the veteran right-hander can bounce back in a more pitcher-friendly environment. He hasn't allowed a run in 11 1/3 career innings at Safeco Field.
1/5/2017 Brandon Phillips, Cin, 2B
Phillips reportedly invoked his no-trade clause in November to block a potential trade to the Braves.

Analysis: Phillips has used his no-trade clause three times according to a report. Phillips nixed trades to the Nationals and Diamondbacks last winter. The three-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove Award-winner is a lifetime .275 hitter with 197 home runs, 889 RBIs and 198 stolen bases in 1,749 career games with the Reds and Indians. Last season, Phillips hit .291 with 11 homers, 64 RBIs and 14 steals in 141 games.
1/3/2017 Rajai Davis, Oak, CF
Davis signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday.

Analysis: Davis, 36, slashed .249/.306/.388 with 12 home runs and 43 stolen bases over 134 games with the Cleveland Indians last season. The Indians balked at the $17.2 million qualifying offer needed to retain his services, which would have also cost Cleveland a draft pick.
1/3/2017 Drew Storen, Cin, P
The Reds agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract with Storen on Tuesday.

Analysis: Storen went 4-3 with a 5.23 ERA in 57 appearances last season for Toronto and Seattle. He had three saves in four chances.
12/31/2016 Willy García, CWS, RF
The Pirates designated Garcia for assignment on Saturday to make room on the 40-man roster for right-hander Ivan Nova, who signed with the team earlier this week.

Analysis: Garcia, 24, hit .245 with six home runs for Triple-A Indianapolis in 129 games last season, while striking out 131 times in 499 plate appearances.
12/23/2016 Nefi Ogando, Pit, P
The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed Ogando off waivers from the Miami Marlins, the Pirates announced Friday.

Analysis: Ogando, 27, had an 0-0 record with a 2.30 ERA in 14 appearances for Marlins in 2016. He spent most of the season with Triple-A New Orleans and had a 3.33 ERA in 22 appearances with New Orleans last season. Ogando was on 15-day disabled list because of a broken rib he suffered when he collided with Philadelphia Phillies hitter Cesar Hernandez while covering first base on May 8.
12/20/2016 Clayton Richard, SD, P
The Padres have agreed to re-sign Richard to a one-year deal.

Analysis: Richard returned to the Padres last August and went 3-3 with a 2.52 ERA in 11 appearances (nine starts). He spent the first four months of the season as a reliever for the Chicago Cubs. Richard, 33, also pitched for the Padres from 2009-13. He won 14 games in both 2010 and 2012.
12/20/2016 Nick Goody, Cle, P
Goody has been traded from the New York Yankees to the Cleveland Indians for a player to be named or $50,000.

Analysis: A 25-year-old right-hander, Goody had a 4.66 ERA in 27 relief appearances for the Yankees this year, striking out 34 in 27 innings. He was a sixth-round pick in the 2012 amateur draft and was sidelined following reconstructive right elbow surgery in April 2013. Goody made his big league debut in July 2015 and pitched in seven games for New York that year.
12/20/2016 Chris Colabello, Cle, 1B
Colabello has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians and will attend big league spring training.

Analysis: Colabello is a .257 career hitter with 28 homers and 111 RBIs in 225 major league games. The 33-year-old served an 80-game suspension last season with Toronto following a positive test for a banned performance-enhancing substance.
12/20/2016 Clay Buchholz, Phi, P
The Red Sox have traded Buchholz to the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league second baseman Josh Tobias.

Analysis: Buchholz was the odd man out in a Boston rotation that added Chris Sale this offseason. Now 32, Buchholz pitched a no-hitter in 2007 in his second major league game. He is a two-time All-Star but he has been inconsistent through his career. In all, he is 81-61 with a 3.96 ERA in parts of 10 big league seasons. He was 8-10 with a 4.78 ERA this year.
12/20/2016 Jimmy Rollins, SF, SS
Rollins agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants reportedly worth $1 million.

Analysis: The 38-year-old shortstop's deal is contingent on him making the major league roster out of spring training, a source told ESPN. Rollins, an Oakland native, will compete with Kelby Tomlinson, Ehire Adrianza and Conor Gillaspie for a reserve infield spot, per
12/19/2016 Daniel Hudson, Pit, P
The Pirates bolstered their bullpen on Monday, agreeing to an $11 million, two-year contract with Hudson.

Analysis: Hudson, 29, will make $5.5 million in both 2017 and 2018. The contract includes $1.5 million annually in performance bonuses based on games finished starting at 30 and ending at 60. Hudson went 3-2 with a 5.22 ERA in 70 appearances for the Diamondbacks in 2016. Hudson, a former starter, became a reliever after undergoing reconstructive elbow surgery on his right (throwing) elbow in 2012 and 2013.
12/17/2016 Jhoulys Chacin, SD, P
The Padres and Chacin agreed to a one-year contract Saturday.

Analysis: Chacin went 6-8 with a 4.81 ERA last season while splitting time between the Braves and Angels. Chacin is 46-57 with a 3.94 ERA in 163 appearances (135 starts) spanning eight major league seasons.
12/17/2016 José Abreu, CWS, 1B
The Chicago White Sox agreed to terms on a one-year, $10.825-million contract with Abreu on Saturday to avoid salary arbitration.

Analysis: Abreu, 29, became eligible for arbitration this offseason after opting out of the final three years of his six-year, $68 million deal that he signed before the 2014 season. Abreu batted .293 with 25 home runs and 100 RBIs last season. The Cuban slugger recorded his third consecutive season of 30-plus doubles, 25-plus home runs and 100-plus RBI to start his career, the first player in White Sox history to accomplish that feat.
12/16/2016 Brad Ziegler, Mia, P
Ziegler has agreed to a two-year, $16 million contract to join a revamped Marlins' bullpen.

Analysis: The 37-year-old is the second former Red Sox reliever to join Miami this week, with the club also signing Junichi Tazawa to a two-year deal. Ziegler, who recorded 22 saves and a 2.25 ERA over 69 appearances with Boston and Arizona last season, figures to work in a setup role in front of closer A.J. Ramos.
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