MLB Recent Player News

Date Player
12/17/2014 Anthony Varvaro, P (Bos), P
The Red Sox have obtained Anthony Varvaro from the Atlanta Braves for Aaron Kurcz in a swap of right-handed pitchers.

Analysis: Varvaro was 3-3 with a 2.63 ERA for the Braves last year, his fifth season in the majors. The Red Sox also sent cash to the Braves.
12/17/2014 Jason Kipnis, 2B (Cle), 2B
Kipnis had surgery to repair a damaged tendon in his left ring finger.

Analysis: The Indians say they expect Kipnis, who batted just .240 this season, to be ready for the start of the 2015 season. The club did not indicate how Kipnis might be limited during spring training.
12/17/2014 Justin Ruggiano, RF (Sea), RF
The Mariners have found a right-handed bat for their outfield, acquiring Ruggiano from the Chicago Cubs.

Analysis: Ruggiano could be part of the solution Seattle has sought in right field. Ruggiano appeared in 81 games last season for the Cubs, hitting .281 with six homers and 28 RBIs. He's shown glimpses of power and hitting for average during two seasons in Miami. In 2011, Ruggiano batted .313 with 13 homers, a year after hitting a career-best 18 home runs in 128 games.
12/16/2014 Brandon Morrow, P (SD), P
Morrow and the San Diego Padres have agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract, a deal that allows him to earn up to $8 million if he starts regularly next season.

Analysis: Morrow was 1-3 with a 5.67 ERA in six starts and seven relief appearances for Toronto this year and is 42-43 with a 4.28 ERA in parts of eight big league seasons with Seattle and the Blue Jays.
12/16/2014 Juan Nicasio, P (LAD), P
The Los Angeles Dodgers have sent minor-league outfielder Noel Cuevas to the Colorado Rockies to complete their trade for right-hander Juan Nicasio last month.

Analysis: The Dodgers acquired Nicasio on Nov. 24. He went 6-6 with a 5.38 ERA last season for the Rockies, making 14 starts before moving to the bullpen.
12/16/2014 Jake McGee, P (TB), P
McGee had arthroscopic surgery on his pitching elbow and will begin next season on the disabled list. The team said Tuesday the 28-year-old reliever had a ''loose body'' removed from his elbow last week and is doing well. A full recovery is expected, however the Rays will wait until spring training begins to establish a timetable for his return.

Analysis: McGee appeared in 73 games last season, going 5-2 with 19 saves and a 1.89 ERA. He struck out 90 in 70 1-3 innings.
12/16/2014 Gavin Floyd, P (Cle), P
Floyd has signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Indians, giving him a chance to make a comeback from his latest elbow surgery. The club announced the deal Tuesday.

Analysis: The 31-year-old pitcher broke a bone in his elbow while throwing a curveball with Atlanta last June. He had surgery and couldn't resume throwing until after the season. That injury occurred during his ninth start since returning from Tommy John ligament surgery. Floyd is 72-72 career with a 4.40 ERA in 196 starts and 12 relief appearances with the Phillies, the White Sox and the Braves.
12/16/2014 Kevin Jepsen, P (TB), P
The Los Angeles Angels have acquired outfielder Matt Joyce from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for Jepsen.

Analysis: Jepsen was the Angels' seventh-inning specialist last season, his seventh with the Angels. He established career bests with 65 innings pitched, 75 strikeouts and a 2.63 ERA. Jepsen was drafted by the Angels in 2002. He ranks fifth in franchise history with 315 appearances.
12/16/2014 Matt Joyce, LF (LAA), LF
The Los Angeles Angels have acquired Joyce from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen. The clubs announced the deal Tuesday.

Analysis: Joyce batted .254 with nine homers and 52 RBIs last season, his seventh in the majors and sixth with Tampa Bay. The 2011 All-Star and Tampa native has 88 homers and 313 RBIs in his career. Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto says he envisions Joyce as their primary designated hitter next season, supplanting youngster C.J. Cron.
12/16/2014 Kendrys Morales, 1B (KC), 1B
The Kansas City Royals have finalized a $17 million, two-year deal with Morales. Morales gives the Royals a new designated hitter after Billy Butler agreed to a free agent deal with Oakland. Kansas City will hope last season was an aberration for Morales, who hit .218 with eight homers and 42 RBIs in 98 games with the Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners. Two years ago, Morales hit .277 with 23 homers for Seattle.

Analysis: The 31-year-old Morales will get $6.5 million next year and $9 million in 2016. The deal includes an $11 million mutual option for 2017 with a $1.5 million buyout. Morales can make an additional $750,000 in performance bonuses in each of the first two seasons based on plate appearances.
12/16/2014 Tommy Field, 2B (Tex), 2B
Texas announced Tuesday it had signed Field.

Analysis: The two parties agreed on a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.
12/16/2014 Kyle Blanks, 1B (Tex), 1B
The Rangers announced the signing of Blanks on Tuesday.

Analysis: The two parties agreed on a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.
12/16/2014 Kyuji Fujikawa, P (Tex), P
The Texas Rangers have signed Fujikawa to a one-year deal with a club option for 2016, announcing the deal Tuesday. His deal with the Rangers includes a $1 million base salary for 2015, plus incentives.

Analysis: Fujikawa spent the last two seasons with the Chicago Cubs, but missed much of that time after Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery in June 2013. He had 27 appearances with a 5.04 ERA with the Cubs. He had 31 strikeouts and eight walks in 25 innings. Before the Cubs, Fujikawa spent 12 seasons with the Hanshin Tigers, compiling a record of 42-25 with 220 saves and a 1.77 ERA.
12/16/2014 Daniel Descalso, 2B (Col), 2B
The Colorado Rockies have agreed to a two-year deal with Descalso.

Analysis: The 28-year-old has seen action all over the infield since being selected by St. Louis in the third round of the 2007 draft. He's played 200 games at third base, along with 174 more at second. He's also slid over to shortstop (114 games) and filled in at first (nine games). Descalso hit .242 with 10 RBIs in 104 games with the Cardinals last season.
12/16/2014 Alex Rodriguez, 3B (NYY), 3B
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says Rodriguez's days as an everyday fielder are over and he hopes A-Rod will be New York's fulltime designated hitter. Chase Headley will be the Yankees' starting third baseman after agreeing to a $52 million, four-year deal.

Analysis: Cashman said during a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday that ''I can't expect Alex to be anything.'' adds: ''Even before the suspension, he wasn't the same player at third base on the defensive or offensive side.'' Rodriguez is coming off a season-long suspension for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract and is owed $61 million over the final three seasons of his contract.
12/16/2014 Chris Capuano, P (NYY), P
Capuano is staying with the New York Yankees, just like fellow free agents Chase Headley and Chris Young. A person familiar with the negotiations says the left-hander has agreed to a $5 million, one-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the agreement had not yet been announced.

Analysis: The 36-year-old started last season with Boston and had a 4.55 ERA in 28 relief appearances. He was released July 1 and signed with Colorado three days later but never made it to the majors with the Rockies. New York purchased his contract July 24, and he was 2-3 with a 4.25 ERA in 12 starts for the Yankees.
12/16/2014 Michael Morse, LF (Mia), LF
A person familiar with the negotiations says Morse has agreed to a two-year contract with the Miami Marlins pending a physical. The person confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it had not been finalized.

Analysis: Last season Morse hit .279 with 16 homers and 61 RBIs in 131 games for the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. He batted .300 in the postseason and had four RBIs in the World Series. The deal is the latest in a busy offseason for the Marlins. They signed Giancarlo Stanton to a record $325 million contract, and then traded for All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon, right-hander Mat Latos and right-hander Dan Haren, who has indicated he might retire.
12/15/2014 Alex Rios, RF (KC), RF
A person with knowledge of the negotiations says outfielder Alex Rios and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to an $11 million, one-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal was subject to Rios passing a physical.

Analysis: Rios will take over in right field from Nori Aoki, who became a free agent after helping the Royals win their first AL pennant since 1985. Rios, who turns 34 in February, had been with Texas since August 2013 and hit .280 this year with four homers and 54 RBIs. He set career highs with the Chicago White Sox in 2012 with 25 homers and 91 RBIs.
12/15/2014 Alberto Callaspo, 2B (Atl), 2B
Callaspo and the Atlanta Braves have finalized a one-year contract. The deal was agreed to last week at the winter meetings and announced Monday.

Analysis: The 31-year-old Callaspo should provide versatility in the infield. He played second base, first base and third base this year for Oakland. Callaspo and Phil Gosselin could compete for the starting job at second base with top prospect Jose Peraza. Atlanta traded second baseman Tommy La Stella to the Cubs for right-handed reliever Luis Vizcaino last month. Callaspo also could play behind Chris Johnson at third base.
12/15/2014 Melky Cabrera, LF (CWS), LF
A person with direct knowledge of the deal says the Chicago White Sox have finalized a $42 million, three-year contract with free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Monday on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the agreement.

Analysis: The busy White Sox scheduled a news conference for Tuesday to introduce offseason acquisitions Jeff Samardzija and David Robertson, and the team could announce Cabrera's deal at the same time. The 30-year-old Cabrera could slot in quite nicely behind Eaton in the No. 2 spot in the lineup. He hit .301 with 16 homers and 73 RBIs with Toronto last season.
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