MLB Recent Player News

Date Player
1/11/2018 Blake Parker, LAA, P
Parker has avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $1.8 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels reached the deal with Parker on Thursday.

Analysis: The 32-year-old Parker's deal also includes award bonuses. He gets a raise from $560,000 last season. Parker was largely outstanding during 71 appearances in his first season with the Angels. He had a 2.54 ERA over 67 1/3 innings, going 3-3 with eight saves.
1/11/2018 Jake Marisnick, Hou, CF
Marisnick has avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $1.9 million, one-year contract with the Houston Astros. Marisnick's deal includes award bonuses and is up from the $1.1 million he made last season.

Analysis: The 26-year-old hit .243 with a career-high 16 homers and 35 RBIs in 109 games last year. He has hit .228 with 34 homers and 116 RBIs in a five-year career with the Marlins and Astros.
1/11/2018 Zach McAllister, Cle, P
McAllister and the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a $2.45 million, one-year contract, a raise from the $1,825,000 he earned last season.

Analysis: The agreement with the 30-year-old right-hander was reached Thursday, a day before players and teams swap proposed salaries in arbitration.
1/11/2018 Miguel González, CWS, P
The White Sox have agreed to a $4.75 million, one-year contract with pitcher Miguel Gonzalez and are bringing back the right-hander after trading him late last season.

Analysis: The 33-year-old was 8-13 with a 4.62 ERA in 27 starts last season for Chicago and Texas, which acquired him on Aug. 31 for infielder Ti'quan Forbes. He was 7-10 with a 4.31 ERA in 22 starts for the White Sox.
1/11/2018 Adonis Garcia, Atl, 3B
The Braves have cut Garcia so he can play in South Korea for the 2018 season.

Analysis: The 32-year-old Garcia likely would have entered spring training behind Johan Camargo and Rio Ruiz in Atlanta's competition at third base. Garcia hit .273 with 14 homers and 65 RBI in 134 games in 2016. His playing time decreased in 2017, when he hit .237 with five homers in 52 games. He missed about three months while recovering from finger surgery.
1/10/2018 Jay Bruce, NYM, RF
Bruce is returning to the Mets after agreeing to a reported three-year, $39 million contract with the team that traded him to Cleveland over the summer.

Analysis: After hitting a career-high 36 homers and producing his second 100-RBI season in 2017, Bruce rejoins Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto in an outfield that should be one of the Mets' strengths. New York dealt the 30-year-old to the Indians in August with his free agency looming, and he went 5 for 18 with a pair of homers in Cleveland's loss to the Yankees in the AL Division Series.
1/10/2018 Cody Allen, Cle, P
The Indians and Allen have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $10.575 million contract.

Analysis: Allen posted a third consecutive season of at least 30 saves while earning $7.35 million in 2017, and finished the season with 92 strikeouts and a 2.94 ERA in 67 1/3 innings. The 29-year-old should hold down the closer's role again this year, though a healthy Andrew Miller always looms as a threat to steal some saves.
1/10/2018 Boone Logan, Mil, P
Logan and the Milwaukee Brewers have finalized a $2.5 million, one-year contract.

Analysis: The 33-year-old left-hander was 1-0 with a 4.71 ERA in 38 games for Cleveland last year, striking out 28 in 21 innings.
12/26/2017 Zach Duke, Min, P
The Twins reportedly have agreed to a one-year deal with veteran left-handed reliever Zach Duke.

Analysis: Duke, 34, went 1-1 with a 3.93 ERA in 27 appearances for the St. Louis Cardinals last season after returning midway through the campaign from Tommy John surgery. The former 2009 All-Star with the Pittsburgh Pirates will be playing for his eighth different team -- and his seventh in the past eight seasons.
12/20/2017 Matt Adams, Was, 1B
A person familiar with negotiations says the Washington Nationals have agreed to terms in principle on a $4 million, one-year contract with Adams, a deal pending a successful physical. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the team had not made an announcement.

Analysis: The 29-year-old figures to replace Adam Lind, who became a free agent after the Nationals declined to exercise a 2018 option in his contract. Adams hit .274 last season with 20 home runs and 65 RBIs with the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves.
12/20/2017 Juan Nicasio, Sea, P
The Mariners signed free-agent right-handed relief pitcher Juan Nicasio to a two-year contract. The Seattle Times reported the deal was for a total of $17 million.

Analysis: Nicasio, 31, pitched in a career-high 76 games in 2017 with three teams -- Pittsburgh (65), Philadelphia (two) and St. Louis (nine) -- finishing with a combined 5-5 record, six saves and a 2.61 ERA. Overall, he tied for the National League lead in appearances, was tied for ninth in holds (21), 12th in WHIP (1.08) and 14th in ERA (2.61).
12/20/2017 Evan Longoria, SF, 3B
The Giants acquired Longoria from the Rays on Wednesday for outfielder Denard Span, top infielder prospect Christian Arroyo, minor league pitchers Matt Krook and Stephen Woods.

Analysis: Longira has five seasons remaining on a six-year, $100 million contract that also includes a seventh-year club option. The three-time All-Star had spent his entire 10-year career with Tampa Bay. The 32-year-old batted .261 with 20 homers and 86 RBIs last season, but moving to AT&T Park is unlikely to help his power numbers.
12/20/2017 Jhoulys Chacin, Mil, P
Chacin is set to join the Brewers after the sides agreed to a two-year contract.

Analysis: Chacin joins Yovani Gallardo as the second free-agent pitcher to sign with the Brewers over the past week. The 29-year-old Chacin went 13-10 with a 3.89 ERA and a career-high 153 strikeouts in 32 starts last season with San Diego.
12/20/2017 Tom Koehler, LAD, P
Koehler has signed a one-year contract with the Dodgers and is likely to join the bullpen.

Analysis: Koehler began the 2017 season with the Marlins and went 1-5 in 12 starts before being dealt to the Toronto on Aug. 19. He then made all but one of his 15 appearances in the bullpen, compiling an 0-2 record and 2.65 ERA.
12/20/2017 Zach Britton, Bal, P
Britton ruptured his Achilles tendon during a workout and is expected to be sidelined for six to eight months.

Analysis: "We're trying to get our arms around it and it looks like surgery is indicated," Orioles GM Dan Duquette said of the left-hander. Britton, an All-Star in 2015 and 2016, led the league two seasons ago with 47 saves and had a 0.54 ERA and 0.836 WHIP. The 29-year-old was slowed last season by two stints on the disabled list with a forearm strain before an MCL strain in his left knee ended his campaign. He was limited to 38 games, recording 15 saves.
12/19/2017 Martín Pérez, Tex, P
Perez broke his non-pitching elbow in a mishap with a bull and is likely to miss the start of the season.

Analysis: Perez had surgery Monday in Dallas and is expected to start throwing in about a month. The Rangers said Tuesday the 26-year-old won't be ready for games for about four months, which could push his season debut into May.
12/19/2017 Yu Darvish, LAD, P
Darvish says he had a ''very good meeting'' Monday with Cubs officials. Darvish tweeted a statement in Japanese confirming the get-together amid reports that Chicago executives Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer were in Dallas to speak with him.

Analysis: Darvish is one of the top starting pitchers available this offseason, and the Cubs have been busy filling holes on their staff. The NL Central champions already have signed free agent starter Tyler Chatwood and relievers Brandon Morrow and Steve Cishek. Darvish was 10-12 with a 3.86 ERA last season for the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers.
12/18/2017 Andrew Albers, Sea, P
Albers has been granted his release from the Mariners so he can pitch for the Orix Buffaloes in Japan.

Analysis: Acquired from the Braves' system in August, Albers posted a 5-1 record with one save and a 3.51 ERA in nine appearances (six starts) for Seattle. The 32-year-old Canadian previously pitched for the Twins and Blue Jays during a four-year tenure in the majors.
12/18/2017 Mitch Moreland, Bos, 1B
Moreland is remaining with the Boston Red Sox, agreeing to a $13 million, two-year contract.

Analysis: The 32-year-old left-handed hitter batted .246 with 22 homers 79 RBIs in his first season with the team last year. His home run total was just behind Mookie Betts (24) and Hanley Ramirez (23) on the Red Sox, who hit an AL-low 168 for the season. Moreland spent his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, winning a Gold Glove in 2016. He was a finalist for the award last season.
12/16/2017 Charlie Culberson, Atl, SS
The Dodgers sent Culberson, right-hander Brandon McCarthy, left-hander Scott Kazmir, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and cash to Atlanta on Saturday for outfielder Matt Kemp.

Analysis: Culberson is known for a pair of memorable homers with the Dodgers. His game-ending drive against Colorado in the 2016 regular-season finale clinched the NL West title. He also went deep in Game 2 of the World Series last season.
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