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|11/14/2014||Joel Hanrahan, P (Det)||The Tigers have re-signed Hanrahan to a minor league deal with a big league invite.
Analysis: Team president Dave Dombrowski confirmed the agreement Friday. Hanrahan, a former All-Star, has battled elbow problems of late. The right-hander had Tommy John surgery in May 2013 and hasn't pitched in the majors since. Dombrowski says Hanrahan will start throwing after Thanksgiving.
|11/14/2014||Kevin Frandsen, LF (Was)||Frandsen and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration with a deal that raises his base salary by $100,000.
Analysis: The 32-year-old hit .259 with a club-high 11 pinch hits last season, his first in Washington. He made 42 starts and played in 105 games for the NL East champions, appearing in left field and at every infield position but shortstop.
|11/13/2014||Clayton Kershaw, P (LAD)||Kershaw is the first pitcher to win the National League MVP award since Bob Gibson in 1968.
Analysis: Kershaw unanimously won the NL Cy Young Award on Wednesday. He led the majors in wins and ERA while going 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA and throwing a no-hitter.
|11/13/2014||Mike Trout, CF (LAA)||Trout was a unanimous winner of the American League's Most Valuable Player award after consecutive second-place finishes. At 23, he became the fifth-youngest MVP in major league history.
Analysis: Trout hit .287 and set career highs in home runs (36) and RBIs (111) while leading the major leagues in runs with 115 and extra-base hits with 84. In his third full season, he matched his bests in doubles (39) and triple (nine).
|11/13/2014||Victor Martinez, DH (Det)||The Tigers have finalized a $68 million, four-year deal to keep Martinez in Detroit.
Analysis: Team president Dave Dombrowski says Martinez is one of the premier hitters in the league and the team is thrilled that he'll continue his career in a Detroit uniform. The 35-year-old Martinez had perhaps his best season in 2014, hitting .335 with 32 home runs and 103 RBIs and helping Detroit to its fourth straight AL Central title. He was second to Mike Trout in the MVP vote.
|11/13/2014||Devon Travis, 2B (Tor)||The Toronto Blue Jays acquired Travis from Detroit for outfielder Anthony Gose. The teams announced the trade Wednesday night.
Analysis: Travis batted .298 with 10 home runs and 52 RBIs in 100 games with Double-A Erie. He was the Tigers' minor league player of the year in 2013.
|11/13/2014||Anthony Gose, CF (Det)||The Detroit Tigers have acquired speedy outfielder Anthony Gose from the Toronto Blue Jays for second base prospect Devon Travis. The teams announced the trade Wednesday night.
Analysis: One of Detroit's priorities this offseason was to address center field after Austin Jackson was dealt to Seattle last summer. Team President Dave Dombrowski says Gose can provide "above-average defense" in center and a good arm. Detroit hopes the 24-year-old Gose will improve at the plate. He hit .226 last season in 94 games with the Blue Jays.
|11/12/2014||Justin Wilson, P (NYY)||The New York Yankees have acquired Wilson from Pittsburgh for catcher Francisco Cervelli.
Analysis: The left-handed Wilson and his upper-90s (mph) fastball were a vital part of the Pirates' bullpen this year. He went 3-4 with a 4.20 ERA in 70 appearances, striking out 61 in 60 innings.
|11/12/2014||Francisco Cervelli, C (Pit)||The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired catcher Francisco Cervelli from the New York Yankees in exchange for reliever Justin Wilson. Cervelli is a .278 career hitter who has been slowed by various injuries throughout his career. He also served a 50-game suspension in 2013 for his role in the Biogenesis drug scandal.
Analysis: Mainly a backup with the Yankees, the 28-year-old Cervelli batted .301 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 49 games last season. The Pirates could have an opening at catcher if they are unable to re-sign Russell Martin, a free agent who declined the team's $15.3 million qualifying offer after helping Pittsburgh to consecutive playoff berths. The energetic Cervelli was once a backup to Martin with the Yankees.
|11/12/2014||Corey Kluber, P (Cle)||Kluber won the AL Cy Young Award, edging Seattle's Felix Hernandez. Kluber received 17 of 30 first-place votes and 169 points in balloting announced Wednesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Analysis: A 28-year-old right-hander, Kluber went 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA in his first full major league season with 269 strikeouts, two behind league leader David Price. Kluber had consecutive 14-strikeout games in September, the first to accomplish the feat since Arizona's Randy Johnson in 2004.
|11/12/2014||Clayton Kershaw, P (LAD)||Kershaw pitched a shutout Wednesday, a unanimous winner for his third NL Cy Young Award after leading the majors in victories and ERA and throwing a no-hitter. Kershaw went 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA for the NL West champions.
Analysis: The 26-year-old lefty with a wicked curveball will find out Thursday if he's the first NL pitcher to sweep the MVP and Cy Young honors since Bob Gibson in 1968.
|11/11/2014||Rob Scahill, P (Pit)||The Colorado Rockies have traded Scahill to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league righty Shane Carle.
Analysis: The deal was announced Tuesday. The 27-year-old Scahill was 1-0 with a 4.80 ERA in 12 relief outings for Colorado this season. Scahill made his big league debut in 2012 with Colorado and pitched 23 games in the majors in 2013.
|11/11/2014||Alex Castellanos, LF (NYM)||The Mets agreed to a minor league contract with Castellanos and invited him to big league spring training.
Analysis: The 28-year-old played in Triple-A last season for San Diego. He briefly was with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012-13.
|11/11/2014||Chris Young, CF (NYY)||Young can earn up to $6,325,000 under his one-year contract with the New York Yankees.
Analysis: The 31-year-old Young signed a $7.25 million, one-year deal with the New York Mets and was released on Aug. 16 after a season-long slump. He made his debut with the Yankees on Sept. 2 and homered in three straight games, then stole home in another game.
|11/11/2014||Jacob deGrom, P (NYM)||The New York Mets pitcher won the NL rookie of the year award in a landslide.
Analysis: DeGrom received 26 of 30 first-place votes and 142 points. DeGrom went 0-4 with a 4.39 ERA in his first seven starts, then won at Miami with seven scoreless innings on June 21. He went on to win nine of his last 11 decisions, compiling a 1.99 ERA, and finished 9-6 with a 2.69 ERA.
|11/10/2014||Jose Abreu, 1B (CWS)||Abreu was a unanimous winner of the AL Rookie of the Year award, culminating a season in which the Cuban defector became one of baseball's top stars.
Analysis: The 27-year-old led the major leagues with a .581 slugging percentage. He was sixth in batting at .317, tied for fourth in home runs with 36 and fifth in RBIs with 107.
|11/10/2014||Donnie Veal, P (Atl)||Right-hander Chien-Ming Wang and Veal agreed to minor league deals with the Braves on Monday.
Analysis: The 30-year-old Veal had a 7.50 ERA in seven games with the White Sox this year.
|11/10/2014||Chien-Ming Wang, P (Atl)||Wang and left-hander Donnie Veal agreed to minor league deals with the Braves on Monday. Wang, 34, spent 2014 in the minor leagues for the Reds and White Sox.
Analysis: He finished second in AL Cy Young Award voting in 2006, when he won 19 games with the Yankees. He again had 19 wins with New York in 2007 but injured a foot running the bases at Houston in June 2008, then needed shoulder surgery the following year. He struggled in short major league stints with Washington in 2012 and Toronto in 2013.
|11/10/2014||Zoilo Almonte, LF (Atl)||Almonte has agreed to a one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves.
Analysis: The 25-year-old Almonte hit .211 with two homers and four steals in 47 games with the Yankees the last two years.
|11/10/2014||Michael Cuddyer, RF (NYM)||The New York Mets have agreed to a two-year contract with Cuddyer, the first major free agent to switch teams this offseason. The Mets announced the move Monday.
Analysis: Cuddyer had until later in the day to decide whether to accept a $15.3 million qualifying offer from Colorado. The 35-year-old is a two-time All-Star and was the NL batting champion in 2013 with the Rockies.
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