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Sat Dec 1602:02RHP closer Fernando Rodney signed one-year contract with club op...Fernando RodneyRPTwinsFree Agent
RHP closer Fernando Rodney signed a one-year contract with a club option for the 2019 season, the Minnesota Twins announced Friday. The deal, which was reported Thursday by multiple outlets, could reach $6 million with incentives. Rodney, 40, spent the 2017 season as the Arizona Diamondbacks' closer, converting 39 saves and posting a record of 5-4 with a 4.23 ERA over 55 1/3 innings (26 walks, 65 strikeouts) in 53 appearances. The Dominican Republic native has played in parts of 15 major league seasons with Detroit (2002-2009), the Los Angeles Angels (2010-11), Tampa Bay (2012-13), Seattle (2014-15), the Chicago Cubs (2015), San Diego (2016), Miami (2016) and Arizona (2017). In 828 career appearances, Rodney owns a 44-63 record with 300 saves and a 3.73 ERA in 821 innings (404 walks, 824 strikeouts).
Sat Dec 1602:02RHP Hector Rondon agreed to two-year deal with Houston Astros, t...Héctor RondónRPAstrosFree Agent
RHP Hector Rondon agreed to a two-year deal with the Houston Astros, the team announced Friday. Though terms of the deal were not announced, the 29-year-old Rondon was expected to command in the neighborhood of $4.5 million to $5 million annually, according to the Houston Chronicle. Rondon, 29, spent his five seasons in the major leagues as a member of the Chicago Cubs' bullpen, where he posted an 18-13 record with a 3.22 ERA over 296 1/3 innings, and 77 saves and 303 strikeouts.
Sat Dec 1602:02INF Zack Cozart agreed to three-year contract, Los Angeles Angel...Zack CozartSSAngelsFree Agent
INF Zack Cozart agreed to a three-year contract, the Los Angeles Angels announced Friday. The Angels did not disclose financial terms, but the deal is worth a reported $38 million for Cozart to likely start at third base. Cozart, 32, played seven major league seasons with the Cincinnati Reds. He set career highs in 2017 with a .297 batting average, 80 runs scored, seven triples, 24 home runs, 55 extra-base hits, 240 total bases and a .933 OPS, while also matching his 2013 career high with 63 RBIs. He earned his first All-Star selection after being chosen as a starter for the National League via fan balloting. Cozart owns a career batting average of .254 with 375 runs, 143 doubles, 22 triples, 82 home runs and 280 RBIs in 743 games.
Sat Dec 1602:02RHP Pat Neshek signed two-year, $16.25 million contract with Phi...Pat NeshekRPPhilliesFree Agent
RHP Pat Neshek signed a two-year, $16.25 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday. Neshek began last season with the Phillies and made the National League All-Star team before being traded to the Colorado Rockies. The 37-year-old Neshek went 5-3 with a 1.59 ERA in 71 appearances last season. The two-time All-Star is 33-22 with eight saves and a 2.75 ERA in 494 career appearances (all in relief). He also pitched for the Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros during his 11-year career.
Sat Dec 1602:021B Carlos Santana and Phillies agreed to three-year, $60 million...Carlos Santana1B/DHIndiansSportsWiseGuy.com
1B Carlos Santana and the Phillies agreed to a three-year, $60 million contract on Friday. The 31-year-old Santana has been a mainstay for the Indians with more than 600 plate appearances in each of the past seven seasons. He batted .259 with 23 homers and 79 RBIs last season. He hit 20 or more homers on five occasions for the Indians, including a career-best 34 in 2016 when Cleveland advanced to the World Series. Santana has 174 career homers and 587 RBIs to go with a .249 batting average since reaching the majors in 2010.
Sat Dec 1602:02RHP Jose Ruiz designated for assignment by PadresJose RuizSPPadresFree Agent
RHP Jose Ruiz was designated for assignment by the Padres. The former catcher went 1-2 with a 5.98 ERA in 44 appearances at Class A Lake Elsinore last season.
Sat Dec 1602:02SS Freddy Galvis acquired by Padres from Phillies for minor leag...Freddy GalvisSSPadresTexas BigSticks
SS Freddy Galvis was acquired by the Padres from the Phillies for a minor league pitcher. Galvis, 28, is slated to become a free agent following the season. He played in all 162 games last season and batted .255 with 12 homers and 61 RBIs last season.
Fri Dec 1518:03Phillies add 1B Santana with 3-year, $60M dealPat NeshekRPPhilliesFree Agent
Carlos Santana1B/DHIndiansSportsWiseGuy.com
The Philadelphia Phillies added a consistent bat to their lineup on Friday by agreeing to a three-year, $60 million contract with first baseman Carlos Santana.The Phillies also signed right-handed reliever Pat Neshek to a two-year, $16.25 million contract.The 31-year-old Santana has been a mainstay for the Cleveland Indians with more than 600 plate appearances in each of the past seven seasons. He batted .259 with 23 homers and 79 RBIs last season.Santana hit 20 or more homers on five occasions for the Indians, including a career-best 34 in 2016 when Cleveland advanced to the World Series. Santana has 174 career homers and 587 RBIs to go with a .249 batting average since reaching the majors in 2010.The switch-hitting Santana also walked more than 90 times in six consecutive season before having just 88 last season.Santana smacked four postseason homers for the Indians, including one in the 2016 World Series.Neshek began last season with the Phillies and made the National League All-Star team before being traded to the Colorado Rockies. The 37-year-old Neshek went 5-3 with a 1.59 ERA in 71 appearances last season.The two-time All-Star is 33-22 with eight saves and a 2.75 ERA in 494 career appearances (all in relief). He also pitched for the Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros during his 11-year career.
Fri Dec 1517:49Padres acquire SS Galvis from PhilliesJ.P. CrawfordSSPhilliesFree Agent
Freddy GalvisSSPadresTexas BigSticks
The San Diego Padres acquired shortstop Freddy Galvis from the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday for minor league pitcher Enyel De Los Santos.Galvis, 28, is slated to become a free agent following the season. He played in all 162 games last season and batted .255 with 12 homers and 61 RBIs last season.The top-notch defender committed just seven errors last season and eight in 2016.Philadelphia was looking to move Galvis to open up a starting position for top prospect J.P. Crawford.San Diego was seeking a shortstop because highly regarded Fernando Tatis Jr. is believed to be one year away from reaching the majors.Galvis has a .245 average with 52 homers, 233 RBIs and 43 steals in parts of six seasons with the Phillies. He was the starting shortstop each of the past three seasons.The right-handed De Los Santos went 10-6 with a 3.78 ERA in 26 appearances (24 starts) at Double-A San Antonio last season. He turns 22 on Christmas Day.San Diego cleared a 40-man roster spot for Galvis by designating right-hander Jose Ruiz for assignment. The former catcher went 1-2 with a 5.98 ERA in 44 appearances at Class A Lake Elsinore last season.Galvis is the second veteran player the Padres acquired this week. San Diego also obtained corner infielder Chase Headley from the New York Yankees.
Fri Dec 1503:25RHP Steve Cishek agreed to two-year deal, multiple outlets repor...Steve CishekRPCubsLas Vegas Giants
RHP Steve Cishek agreed to a two-year deal, multiple outlets reported. Cishek recorded a 3-2 mark with a 2.01 ERA in 49 appearances last season with the Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays acquired Cishek and cash considerations from the Mariners in July for left-hander Erasmo Ramirez. The 31-year-old Cishek owns a 24-28 record with 121 saves and a 2.73 ERA in eight seasons with the Miami Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals, Mariners and Rays.
Fri Dec 1503:25RHP Anthony Swarzak agreed to two-year, $14 million contract, mu...Anthony SwarzakRPMetsFree Agent
RHP Anthony Swarzak agreed to a two-year, $14 million contract, multiple outlets reported. Swarzak bolstered Milwaukee's bullpen down the stretch last season and finished with a 6-4 mark with two saves, a 2.33 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 70 relief appearances with the Chicago White Sox and Brewers. Swarzak spent the first five seasons of his major league career with the Minnesota Twins before pitching with the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees. He owns a 23-30 career mark with a 4.22 ERA in 287 appearances.
Fri Dec 1503:25RHP Fernando Rodney agreed to one-year contract, multiple outlet...Fernando RodneyRPTwinsFree Agent
RHP Fernando Rodney agreed to a one-year contract, multiple outlets reported. SiriuxXM reported that the deal is worth $4.5 million, with incentives that could raise its value to $6 million. Rodney, 40, who recorded a 5-4 mark with a 4.23 ERA, converted 39 of 45 save opportunities last season with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The three-time All-Star has 300 career saves and a 44-63 mark with 3.73 ERA in 14 major league seasons with eight teams. He led the American League in saves in 2014 when he had 48 for the Seattle Mariners.
Fri Dec 1503:25OF Marcell Ozuna officially acquired by StMarcell OzunaCF/LFCardinalsRoto Value
OF Marcell Ozuna was officially acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals from the Miami Marlins on Thursday in exchange for fellow outfielder Magneuris Sierra, right-handers Sandy Alcantara and Zac Gallen, and left-hander Daniel Castano. Ozuna recorded career highs in batting average (.312), home runs (37) and RBIs (124) last season. The 27-year-old owns a career .277 average with 96 home runs and 361 RBIs in five years with the Marlins.
Fri Dec 1503:25OF Stephen Piscotty acquired by Oakland Athletics from StStephen PiscottyRFAthleticsTexas BigSticks
OF Stephen Piscotty was acquired by the Oakland Athletics from the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday for minor league infielders Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock. Piscotty batted .235 with nine homers and 39 RBIs in 107 games last season with the Cardinals. He is signed to a six-year contract through the 2022 season.
Fri Dec 1503:25RHP Brandon Kintzler agreed to two-year contract with Washington...Brandon KintzlerRPNationalsFree Agent
RHP Brandon Kintzler agreed to a two-year contract with the Washington Nationals, multiple outlets reported on Thursday. USA Today Sports reported that the deal is worth $10 million and includes a third-year option worth $6 million. The Nationals acquired Kintzler from the Minnesota Twins at the trade deadline in July for left-handed pitching prospect Tyler Watson and $500,000 in international bonus pool allocation.
Fri Dec 1500:45Athletics acquire OF Piscotty from CardinalsStephen PiscottyRFAthleticsTexas BigSticks
The Oakland Athletics acquired outfielder Stephen Piscotty from the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday for minor league infielders Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock.Piscotty batted .235 with nine homers and 39 RBIs in 107 games last season with the Cardinals. He is signed to a six-year, $33.5 million contract through the 2022 season.The trade also brings the 26-year-old Bay Area native and Stanford star closer to home. Piscotty missed time last season to spend with his family after his mother, Gretchen, was diagnosed with ALS.Munoz, 22, batted .300 with 13 homers and 68 RBIs in 112 games split between Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville last season.Schrock, 23, hit .321 with seven homers and 46 RBIs in 106 games last season at Midland.
Thu Dec 1404:31RHP Michael Pineda, free agent, signed two-year contract with Tw...Michael PinedaSPTwinsDodger Blue
RHP Michael Pineda, a free agent, signed a two-year contract with the Twins worth $10 million. The 28-year-old Pineda, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, will earn $2 million in 2018 and $8 million in 2019, the Twins announced during baseball's winter meetings. Pineda was placed on the Yankees' disabled list in mid-July with a right UCL injury and eventually underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on July 18. He likely will not be available for the 2018 season as he continues his rehab but would be ready for spring 2019. He started 17 games for the Yankees last season, going 8-4 with a 4.39 ERA, 92 strikeouts and 21 walks over 96 1/3 innings.
Thu Dec 1404:31RHP Joe Smith signed with Astros to a two-year dealJoe SmithRPAstrosFree Agent
RHP Joe Smith signed with the Astros to a a two-year deal. Financial terms weren't announced.Smith, 33, was a combined 3-0 with one save and a 3.33 ERA in 59 appearances with the Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians last season. He signed with Toronto as a free agent in February and was dealt to Cleveland on July 31. In 2017, he allowed a .229 batting average and made four scoreless appearances in Cleveland's five-game loss to the Yankees in the American League Division Series.
Thu Dec 1404:312B Ian Kinsler acqured by Angels from Tigers on Wednesday for pa...Ian Kinsler2BAngelsOld Hoss
2B Ian Kinsler was acqured by the Angels from the Tigers on Wednesday for a pair of minor-leaguers.Kinsler will be a free agent after the 2018 season, and the Angels are expected to assume all of the remaining $11 million on his contract. Kinsler, 35, spent the last four seasons with Detroit, which acquired him from the Texas Rangers for Prince Fielder in November 2013. Last season, he batted a career-worst .236 with 22 homers and 52 RBIs in 139 games. Despite the low batting average, Kinsler was among five second basemen to hit 20 homers and 25 doubles and score 90 runs.He agreed to drop his no-trade clause to move to the Angels.
Thu Dec 1404:31LF Marcell Ozuna traded from Miami Marlins to StMarcell OzunaCF/LFCardinalsRoto Value
LF Marcell Ozuna was traded from the Miami Marlins to the St. Louis Cardinals, multiple outlets reported on Wednesday. It is unclear what the Marlins are receiving in return, although right-handed pitching prospect Sandy Alcantara reportedly is included in the deal, per reports. The trade, which reportedly is in place pending a physical, comes on the heels of two other big-name departures by the new Marlins regime, led by co-owner and CEO Derek Jeter.
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