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Date Player News
11/20/2014 Zelous Wheeler, 3B (NYY) The New York Yankees have sold the rights to Wheeler to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Pacific League.

Analysis: The 27-year-old, signed by the Yankees last November, hit .193 with two homers and five RBIs in 57 at-bats with New York as a rookie this year. He batted .296 with nine homers and 40 RBIs at Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes-Barre. New York acquired the rights to pitcher Masahiro Tanaka from the Golden Eagles last winter.
11/20/2014 David Martinez, P (Tex) The Texas Rangers have signed Martinez to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.

Analysis: Martinez had a 6.38 ERA in seven relief appearances for the Houston Astros the past two seasons. He went 5-6 with a 5.64 ERA and started in 13 of his 22 appearances for Triple-A Oklahoma City last season.
11/20/2014 Chris Gimenez, C (Tex) The Texas Rangers have signed Gimenez and right-hander David Martinez to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training.

Analysis: Gimenez was on the Rangers' opening day roster last season after being acquired on a waiver claim from Oakland in late March, then was traded to Cleveland in August. The catcher combined to hit .241 with 11 RBIs in 42 games for the Rangers and Indians last season.
11/19/2014 Juan Francisco, 3B (Bos) The Red Sox have claimed Francisco off waivers from the Blue Jays.

Analysis: Francisco played 106 games for the Blue Jays last season, batting .220 with 16 home runs and 43 RBIs. He has played both first and third base in a major league career that also includes stops in Cincinnati, Atlanta and Milwaukee. In 404 games, he has batted .236 with 48 homers and 152 RBIs.
11/19/2014 Billy Butler, DH (Oak) The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms on a $30 million, three-year contract with Butler through the 2017 season.

Analysis: Butler helped the Kansas City Royals reach the World Series last month after a 29-year playoff drought. In the postseason opener, they rallied late to eliminate Oakland in the AL wild-card game. Butler contributed two hits and two RBIs.
11/18/2014 Giancarlo Stanton, RF (Mia) Stanton will make just $6.5 million in the first year of his record $325 million, 13-year contract with the Miami Marlins. The deal with the All-Star outfielder, to be formally announced at a news conference Wednesday, includes a $25 million club option for 2028 with a $10 million buyout.

Analysis: Stanton will earn $107 million over the first six seasons of the deal, according to contract information obtained by The Associated Press. He then can opt out within four days of the end of the 2020 World Series, just around the time of his 31st birthday, and become a free agent.
11/18/2014 Zach Duke, P (CWS) The Chicago White Sox have agreed to a $15 million, three-year contract with left-handed reliever Zach Duke, boosting their bullpen.

Analysis: The 31-year-old Duke is owed $4.5 million next season, $5 million in 2016 and $5.5 in 2017. The deal was announced Tuesday. Duke flourished in his lone season with Milwaukee, going 5-1 with a 2.45 ERA in a career-high 74 appearances. He joins a bullpen that ranked 28th in the majors with a 4.38 ERA.
11/18/2014 Tim Hudson, P (SF) Hudson says next season will probably be his last.

Analysis: The 39-year-old right-hander finally reached and won the World Series in his 16th major league season. He said Tuesday he plans to fulfill his $23 million, two-year contract with the Giants then possibly call it a career.
11/18/2014 Alex Presley, LF (Hou) The Houston Astros have agreed to a one-year contract with Alex Presley, avoiding arbitration with the outfielder. Terms of the deal weren't released.

Analysis: The 29-year-old hit. 244 with six homers and 19 RBIs in 89 games for Houston last season. He played all three outfield positions, starting in 29 games in left field, 20 in right and 14 in center.
11/18/2014 Shaun Marcum, P (Cle) The Indians have signed free agent pitchers Shaun Marcum and Dustin Molleken to minor league contracts with non-roster invitations to training camp.

Analysis: Marcum has 58 career major league wins for Toronto, Milwaukee and the New York Mets. He underwent shoulder surgery in 2013 and made just eight appearances last season for Triple-A Columbus after signing a non-roster deal with Cleveland in December. The 32-year-old right-hander has made 161 career starts.
11/17/2014 Russell Martin, C (Tor) Martin and the Toronto Blue Jays have finalized an $82 million, five-year contract. He gets $7 million next year, $15 million in 2016 and $20 million in each of the final three seasons.

Analysis: A three-time All-Star, Martin hit .290 with 11 home runs and 67 RBIs last season, while also helping the Pirates to a second straight playoff berth.
11/17/2014 Giancarlo Stanton, RF (Mia) Stanton agreed to terms Monday on a $325 million, 13-year contract, Marlins' owner Jeffrey Loria said. It's the most lucrative deal for an American athlete and averages $25 million per season.

Analysis: Stanton, who turned 25 on Nov. 8, is perhaps the game's most feared slugger. He has 154 career homers, including 37 this year, despite playing home games in spacious Marlins Park.
11/17/2014 Alex Avila, C (Det) Avila's $5.4 million option for 2015 has been exercised by the Detroit Tigers.

Analysis: Avila, who turns 28 in January, hit .218 with 11 home runs and 47 RBIs last season, although concussion problems have become a concern over the last couple years.
11/17/2014 Jordan Walden, P (StL) The Atlanta Braves have dealt outfielder Jason Heyward and Walden to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitcher Shelby Miller and a minor-leaguer.

Analysis: Walden was 0-2 with a 2.88 ERA and three saves.
11/17/2014 Shelby Miller, P (Atl) The Atlanta Braves have dealt outfielder Jason Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden to the St. Louis Cardinals for Miller and a minor-leaguer.

Analysis: Miller went 10-9 with a 3.74 for the Cardinals last season, after going 15-9 with a 3.06 ERA in 2013.
11/17/2014 Jason Heyward, RF (StL) The Atlanta Braves have dealt Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitcher Shelby Miller and a minor-leaguer.

Analysis: The 25-year-old outfielder never lived up to expectations after a brilliant rookie season, when he homered in his first at-bat and was voted to the All-Star Game. This past season, he hit .271 with 11 homers, 58 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. He also won his second Golden Glove.
11/16/2014 Arodys Vizcaino, P (Atl) The Chicago Cubs have acquired second baseman Tommy La Stella in a trade with the Atlanta Braves for Vizcaino. Chicago and Atlanta also swapped four international pool slots in Sunday's deal, with three going to the Braves and one to the Cubs.

Analysis: The 24-year-old Vizcaino begins his second stint with the Braves. After being acquired from the Yankees in 2009, Vizcaino made his debut with Atlanta in 2011. In 2012, he had Tommy John surgery and was traded to the Cubs.
11/16/2014 Tommy La Stella, 2B (ChC) The Chicago Cubs have acquired La Stella in a trade with the Atlanta Braves for reliever Arodys Vizcaino. Chicago and Atlanta also swapped four international pool slots in Sunday's deal, with three going to the Braves and one to the Cubs.

Analysis: The 25-year-old La Stella made his major league debut this year and hit .251 with one homer and 31 RBIs in 93 games. The lefty batter was selected by Atlanta in the eighth round of the 2011 draft.
11/15/2014 Robinson Cano, 2B (Sea) Cano is expected to miss 3-4 weeks after breaking a toe during the Major League Baseball All-Stars tour of Japan.

Analysis: Seattle said Saturday that Cano will not need a cast and the injury will heal with rest. He will likely be able to resume baseball activities in mid-December. Cano was hit by a pitch on the right foot in the seventh inning of a 4-0 loss in Tokyo on Saturday in which the MLB players were no-hit by Japan's Takahiro Norimoto and three relievers. X-rays revealed a fracture in his small toe.
11/14/2014 A.J. Burnett, P (Pit) Burnett is back with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The pitcher agreed Friday to an $8.5 million, one-year contract - $4.25 million less than the player option he turned down with Philadelphia.

Analysis: A 37-year-old right-hander, Burnett went 26-21 with a 3.41 ERA for Pittsburgh in 2012-13, helping the Pirates return to the postseason in 2013 following a 21-year drought. Burnett spurned an offer Pittsburgh last offseason and eventually signed with Philadelphia, where he went 8-18 with a 4.59 ERA in 34 starts. His 18 losses led the majors. Burnett and the Phillies both declined a $15 million mutual option, and the pitcher then turned down his player option.
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