MLB Recent Player News
|2/8/2016||Roger Bernadina, NYM, CF|
|The New York Mets have signed Bernadina to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training. The NL champions announced the deal Monday.
Analysis: The 31-year-old Bernadina has played in parts of seven big league seasons, mostly for Washington. He spent last year in Triple-A with the Colorado system, hitting .276 with 15 home runs and 20 stolen bases. Bernadina played for Cincinnati and the Dodgers in 2014. He is a career .236 hitter with 28 homers and 59 steals in the majors.
|2/8/2016||Tyler Clippard, Ari, P|
|Clippard has agreed to a two-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Analysis: The deal with the right-hander, who turns 31 on Sunday, adds a proven reliever and additional late-game option for the Diamondbacks, who expect to be a contender after boosting their rotation by signing Zack Grienke and acquiring Shelby Miller in a trade with Atlanta. Clippard had a 2.92 ERA last year with the Oakland Athletics and New York Mets. He spent most of his nine-year major league career as setup man for the Washington Nationals.
|2/8/2016||Craig Stammen, Cle, P|
|Stammen has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians and will report to big league spring training. The right-hander became a free agent in December when the Nationals didn't offer him a 2016 contract. Cleveland announced his agreement Monday.
Analysis: The 31-year-old Stammen was 26-24 with a 3.91 ERA in 38 starts and 191 relief appearances for the Washington Nationals during the past seven seasons. He pitched four scoreless innings in five games last year before season-ending surgery April 19 to repair torn flexor tendons.
|2/6/2016||Gavin Floyd, Tor, P|
|Floyd and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract.
Analysis: A 12-year veteran who has also pitched for Philadelphia, the Chicago White Sox and Atlanta, Floyd had a 2.70 ERA and no decisions in seven relief appearances with Cleveland last season, missing significant time with a fractured elbow for the second straight year.
|2/6/2016||Zach Britton, Bal, P|
|Britton has agreed to terms on a $6.75 million contract for 2016, avoiding arbitration.
Analysis: The agreement was reached Friday. Britton was asking for $7.9 million and Baltimore countered with a $5.6 million offer before a compromise was reached. He made $3,525,000 last season. Britton went 4-1 with 36 saves in 40 opportunities last year. The left-hander had a 1.92 ERA and 79 strikeouts compared to only 14 walks.
|2/5/2016||Jake Arrieta, ChC, P|
|Arrieta has agreed to a $10.7 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration with the highest one-year deal for a pitcher with four years of major league service.
Analysis: Arrieta, who turns 30 in March, had a breakout season last year, helping the Cubs to an NL wild card. The NL Cy Young Award winner finished with a 22-6 record and a 1.77 ERA, easily cruising past most of his previous career highs. Arrieta made $3.63 million last year. He had asked for $13 million and the team had offered $7.5 million, the largest gap among players who filed for arbitration.
|2/5/2016||Jesse Chavez, Tor, P|
|Chavez has won his arbitration case with the Blue Jays.
Analysis: The right-handed pitcher was awarded a $4 million salary for 2016 by arbitrators Mark Irvings, Steven Wolf and Edna Francis, improving players to 3-0 in cases this offseason. Toronto, which acquired Chavez for pitcher Liam Hendriks on Nov. 20, argued for $3.6 million.
|2/5/2016||Anthony Swarzak, NYY, P|
|Infielder Pete Kozma and right-handers Vinnie Pestano and Swarzak were among the players who reached agreements with the Yankees and will report to big league spring training.
Analysis: Swarzak, 30, had a 3.38 ERA in 10 relief appearances with Cleveland in 2015, striking out 13 and walking four in 13 1/3 innings.
|2/5/2016||Vinnie Pestano, NYY, P|
|Infielder Pete Kozma and Pestano and Anthony Swarzak were among the players who reached agreements with the Yankees and will report to big league spring training.
Analysis: Pestano, who turns 31 on Feb. 20, was 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 19 relief appearances with the Los Angeles Angels last year.
|2/5/2016||Pete Kozma, NYY, SS|
|Kozma and right-handers Vinnie Pestano and Anthony Swarzak were among the players who reached agreements with the Yankees and will report to big league spring training.
Analysis: Kozma, who turns 28 in April, spent the past five seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals and hit a career-low .152 in 99 at-bats last season.
|2/5/2016||J.J. Hoover, Cin, P|
|Hoover has won his salary arbitration case against the Cincinnati Reds, improving players to 2-0 against teams this year.
Analysis: Hoover was given a raise from $535,000 to $1.4 million Friday by arbitrators James Oldham, Dan Brent and Sylvia Skratek, who heard the case a day earlier. The team had argued for $1,225,000. A 28-year-old right-hander, Hoover was 8-2 with a 2.94 ERA, winning his first seven decisions. As a setup man for closer Aroldis Chapman, he gave up 44 hits and 31 walks in 64 1-3 innings while striking out 52.
|2/5/2016||David Aardsma, Tor, P|
|Aardsma has agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and will report to big league spring training.
Analysis: The 34-year-old right-hander was 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA in 33 relief appearances for the Atlanta Braves last season. Selected by the Giants with the 22nd overall pick in the 2003 amateur draft he is 16-18 with 69 saves and a 4.27 ERA in 331 relief appearances in nine big league seasons.
|2/5/2016||David Aardsma, Tor, P|
|Aardsma has agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and will report to big league spring training. His agreement was announced Friday.
Analysis: The 34-year-old right-hander was 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA in 33 relief appearances for the Atlanta Braves last season. Selected by the Giants with the 22nd overall pick in the 2003 amateur draft, Aardsma is 16-18 with 69 saves and a 4.27 ERA in 331 relief appearances in nine big league seasons with eight teams. He had Tommy John surgery in 2011.
|2/4/2016||Fernando Rodney, SD, P|
|Rodney and the San Diego Padres have completed their $2 million, one-year contract.
Analysis: The 38-year-old right-hander, who agreed to the deal on Jan. 20, split last season between the Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs, going 5-5 with 16 saves and a 5.68 ERA.
|2/4/2016||Odrisamer Despaigne, Bal, P|
|The Orioles have acquired Despaigne from San Diego in exchange for minor league pitcher Jean Cosme.
Analysis: Despaigne went 5-9 with a 5.80 ERA in 34 appearances, including 18 starts, for the Padres last season. The 28-year-old right-hander should provide depth to the Baltimore staff as either a long reliever or spot starter.
|2/3/2016||Drew Smyly, TB, P|
|Smyly has won his arbitration case with the Rays.
Analysis: The 26-year-old left-hander was awarded $3.75 million by arbitrators Elizabeth Neumeier, Andrew Strongin and Phillip LaPorte in the first MLB hearing of this offseason. The Rays argued for $3.2 million. Smyly was 5-2 with a 3.11 ERA in 12 starts during a 2015 season cut short by a torn labrum in mid-August.
|2/3/2016||Jeurys Familia, NYM, P|
|The Mets settled their last salary arbitration case, agreeing to a $4.1 million, one-year contract with Familia.
Analysis: The deal Wednesday was $50,000 above the midpoint between the $4.8 million Familia wanted and the $3.3 million the Mets offered when the sides exchanged proposed arbitration salaries last month. Under the contract negotiated by agents Sam and Seth Levinson, Familia has the highest salary for a reliever with one full season as a closer, topping Baltimore's Zach Britton, who had a $3.2 million base salary last year and earned $325,000 in performance and award bonuses.
|2/3/2016||Steve Lerud, Sea, C|
|The Seattle Mariners have signed Korean slugger Dae-Ho Lee and Lerud to minor league contracts two weeks before the start of spring training.
Analysis: Lerud, 31, spent the 2015 season at Triple-A Syracuse. Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto says Lerud was added for depth after the Mariners lost Jesus Sucre for six months recently due to ankle surgery.
|2/3/2016||Jesse Biddle, Pit, P|
|The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired Biddle from the Philadelphia Phillies.
Analysis: The deal, announced Tuesday, sends Biddle to the Pirates in exchange for right-handed pitcher Yoervis Medina. The 24-year-old Biddle was a first-round pick by the Phillies in the 2010 first-year player draft. Biddle went 9-6 with a 4.95 ERA in 24 combined minor league starts. He underwent reconstructive elbow surgery last October and was designated for assignment by Philadelphia on Jan. 29.
|2/3/2016||Yoenis Cespedes, NYM, LF|
|Cespedes says his first choice was to remain with the New York Mets. In his first public comments since agreeing to a $75 million, three-year contract, the outfielder maintained his welcome last summer was the key to his decision.
Analysis: New York, which reached the World Series for the first time since 2000, treated Cespedes as a newly signed player, showing video highlights of his performance last season after he entered the news conference.
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