MLB Recent Player News

Date Player
1/20/2015 Gonzalez Germen, P (ChC), P
The New York Yankees have traded Germen to the Texas Rangers for cash, a month after acquiring him from the New York Mets.

Analysis: The 27-year-old right-hander had a 4.75 ERA and no record in 25 relief appearances for the Mets last year, when he was sidelined for a month because of a virus and abscess. He was 1-2 with a 4.31 ERA in 54 games with the Mets over the past two seasons.
1/20/2015 Colby Rasmus, CF (Hou), CF
Rasmus has agreed to a one-year contract with the Houston Astros.

Analysis: The deal was announced Tuesday, a day after Houston dealt last year's starting center fielder, Dexter Fowler, to the Chicago Cubs.
1/19/2015 Nori Aoki, RF (SF), RF
Aoki has finalized his $4.7 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants. The team announced the deal Monday after he passed a physical.

Analysis: Aoki played last season with Kansas City, which lost the World Series to the Giants in seven games. He figured if you can't beat them, join them! Aoki hit .285 with a home run, six triples, 22 doubles and 43 RBIs over 132 games in his lone season with the Royals after two in Milwaukee. He also stole 17 bases.
1/19/2015 Don Kelly, 3B (Mia), 3B
The Miami Marlins and utilityman Don Kelly have agreed to terms on a minor league contract.

Analysis: Kelly saw time primarily as a first baseman, third baseman and outfielder last season for the AL Central champion Detroit Tigers, batting .245 with seven RBIs in 163 at-bats.
1/19/2015 Erik Bedard, P (LAD), P
Bedard has agreed to a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers and been invited to big league training camp.

Analysis: The 36-year-old left-hander was 4-6 with a 4.76 ERA in 15 starts last season for Tampa Bay, where new Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman head of baseball operations. The Rays designated Bedard for assignment in July.
1/19/2015 Dan Straily, P (Hou), P
Outfielder Dexter Fowler has been traded from the Houston Astros to the Chicago Cubs for infielder Luis Valbuena and Straily.

Analysis: Straily, 26, was 1-3 with a 6.75 ERA last season in eight starts and six relief appearances for Oakland and the Cubs, who acquired him as part of the trade that sent Jeff Samardzija to the Athletics. He was 10-8 for the A's in 2013.
1/19/2015 Luis Valbuena, 3B (Hou), 3B
Outfielder Dexter Fowler has been traded from the Houston Astros to the Chicago Cubs for Valbuena and right-hander Dan Straily.

Analysis: The 29-year-old Valbuena played third base primarily last year but also saw time at second. He hit .249 with 33 doubles, 16 homers and 51 RBIs. Valbuena agreed Friday to a $4.2 million, one-year contract and can become a free agent after the 2016 World Series.
1/19/2015 Dexter Fowler, CF (ChC), CF
The Cubs and Fowler have agreed to a $9.5 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.

Analysis: Fowler, acquired in a trade with Houston this week, made $7.35 million last season, completing an $11.6 million, two-year deal. He asked for $10.8 million in arbitration last week and was offered $8.5 million by the Astros. He is eligible for free agency after the season. Fowler, 28, hit .276 with eight homers and 35 RBIs last year in his only season with the Astros. He has a .271 career average.
1/19/2015 Max Scherzer, P (Was), P
Scherzer is being introduced by the Washington Nationals as the newest member of their talented pitching rotation after finalizing a $210 million, seven-year contract.

Analysis: Scherzer won the 2013 AL Cy Young Award with the Detroit Tigers, his club for the last five seasons. In joining Washington, the 30-year-old Scherzer gets the largest total contract for a right-handed pitcher in big league history. He adds to a starting staff for the NL East champions that led the majors with a 3.04 ERA in 2014 and already has with Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Gio Gonzalez and Tanner Roark.
1/18/2015 Yovani Gallardo, P (Tex), P
A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to trade Gallardo to the Texas Rangers.

Analysis: The person spoke on condition of anonymity on Monday because the trade had not yet been announced. Texas was expected to send minor leaguers to the Brewers.
1/18/2015 Gregor Blanco, CF (SF), CF
Blanco and the San Francisco Giants reached agreement on a $7.5 million, two-year contract to avoid arbitration, a person with knowledge of the deal said Sunday. The outfielder will earn $3.6 million in salary this season and $3.9 million for 2016. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because the team hadn't made a formal announcement.

Analysis: The 31-year-old Blanco could share time in left field after the defending World Series champions reached a $4.7 million, one-year contract with Nori Aoki on Friday. Blanco has played at least 141 games in each of his three seasons with San Francisco. He batted .260 with five home runs, six triples, 18 doubles and 38 RBIs in 146 games last season. He has played a key role during each of the franchise's last two title runs. He made $2,525,000 last year.
1/17/2015 Stephen Drew, SS (NYY), SS
Drew and the Yankees have finalized a $5 million, one-year contract, a deal that puts him in position to become New York's starting second baseman.

Analysis: Drew, who turns 32 in March, was acquired by the Yankees from Boston on July 31. He hit .150 with three homers and 15 RBIs in 155 plate appearances for New York while making 34 appearances at second base and 12 at shortstop as a backup to Derek Jeter.
1/16/2015 Rick Porcello, P (Bos), P
The Red Sox agreed to a $12.5 million, one-year deal with pitcher Rick Porcello.

Analysis: Porcello, a 26-year-old right-hander, was acquired from Detroit last month after going 15-13 with a 3.43 ERA last season, when he led the AL with three shutouts. He made $8.5 million.
1/16/2015 Jhoulys Chacin, P (Col), P
Chacin avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $5.5 million contract, up from $4,850,000 last season.

Analysis: Chacin pitched in just 11 games last season, going 1-7 with a 5.40 ERA before the club shut him down in June because of a right shoulder injury. The Rockies are counting on him returning to his 2013 form, when he won 14 games with a 3.47 ERA.
1/16/2015 Daniel Murphy, 2B (NYM), 2B
Murphy and the New York Mets have agreed to an $8 million contract for next season.

Analysis: Murphy got a raise from $5.75 million after hitting a team-high .289 and earning his first All-Star selection. He and the Mets settled at the midpoint of their $1.2 million gap.
1/16/2015 Steve Cishek, P (Mia), P
The Miami Marlins and closer Steve Cishek have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $6.65 million, one-year contract.

Analysis: Cishek converted 39 of 43 save chances last season with a 3.17 ERA.
1/16/2015 Matt Wieters, C (Bal), C
Wieters agreed to a one-year deal for $8,275,000 with Baltimore.

Analysis: Wieters, who missed nearly all of 2014 because of Tommy John surgery in June, got a raise from $7.7 million. He batted .308 in 26 games.
1/16/2015 Chris Davis, 1B (Bal), 1B
Davis and the Baltimore Orioles reached agreement Friday on a $12 million contract for next season.

Analysis: Davis, who led the major leagues in home runs and RBIs in 2013 before slumping badly in 2014, got an increase from $10.35 million. He batted .196 with 26 home runs and 72 RBIs last season, down from 53 homers and 138 RBIs the year before. He will begin 2015 by serving the final game of a 25-game suspension for using Adderall without a prescription.
1/16/2015 Domonic Brown, LF (Phi), LF
The Phils have agreed to a one-year deal with Brown.

Analysis: Brown hit .235 in a career-high 144 games for the Phillies last season with a career-best 22 doubles, one triple, 10 home runs and 63 RBIs. He was selected to the NL All-Star team in 2013 after hitting 27 home runs in 139 games for Philadelphia. Brown was originally selected by the Phillies in the 20th round of the 2006 amateur draft.
1/16/2015 Ben Revere, CF (Phi), CF
The Phils have agreed to a one-year deal with Revere.

Analysis: Revere is a stud who finished fifth in the NL in batting in 2014 with a .306 average. The 26-year-old was tied for first in hits (184) and third in stolen bases (49). Revere is a career .291 hitter and has a .306 average over his first two seasons in Philadelphia.
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