Adam LaRoche 1B WAS 2 Hrs
LaRoche signed a two-year, $25 million contract with the Whits Sox on Friday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
LaRoche had a decent year with the Nationals in 2014, batting .259/.362/.455 with 26 home runs and 92 RBI. He will head to one of the more hitter-friendly ballparks in baseball. He will join Jose Abreu, who will likely serve mainly as the designated hitter, in the middle of the lineup.
Xavier Avery CF DET 4 Hrs
Avery signed a minor league contract with the Tigers on Thursday that includes an invite to spring training, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Avery has failed to live up to expectations as a second-round pick so far in his career, but he did hit .275/.344/.413 with a career-high 10 homers and 31 stolen bases in 120 games at the Triple-A level in 2014 and is just entering his age-25 season. It seems likely he will end up back at Triple-A to begin 2015, but breaking camp with the big club is not completely out of the question for Avery.
Ronald Torreyes 3B HOU 6 Hrs
Torreyes was added to the Astros' 40-man roster.
Torreyes spent his entire 2014 campaign with Triple-A Oklahoma City, slashing an impressive .298/.345/.376 and just 26 strikeouts in 126 games. The 22-year-old could work his way on to the major league roster in 2015.
Tyler Austin RF NYY 6 Hrs
Austin was added to the Yankees' 40-man roster.
Austin spent the entire 2014 season at Double-A Trenton, slashing .275/.336/.419 with nine homers and 47 RBI. He could move up at some point in 2015, but he'll likely begin the season with Double-A.
Jeff Walters SP NYM 7 Hrs
Walters (elbow) was outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday.
Walters struggled heavily in Triple-A last season, putting up an 8.86 ERA in 23 games. His season was cut short after he had Tommy John surgery in June, so he'll miss at least the first two or three months of 2015 as a result.
Tyrell Jenkins RP ATL 7 Hrs
Jenkins was added to the Braves' 40-man roster Thursday, MLB.com reports.
The Braves just acquired Jenkins from St. Louis in the Jason Heyward deal earlier in the week and had to make this move in order to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. Shoulder issues have dimmed Jenkins' prospect star considerably in recent seasons, but he showed that the upside is still there in 2014, flashing brilliance at both High-A Palm Beach (3.28 ERA) and in the Arizona Fall League (2.22 ERA). The 6-4 right-hander is expected to open 2015 in the rotation at Double-A Mississippi.
Paul Janish 3B BAL 7 Hrs
Janish signed a minor league contract with the Orioles on Friday that includes an invite to spring training, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Janish started last season in the Rockies organization but struggled and was released. He later signed a minor league deal with the Royals, and finished the season strong, batting .314/.375/.438 with two home runs and 17 RBI at Triple-A Omaha. With J.J. Hardy already solidified at shortstop, Janish's sites will likely be set on a bench spot out of spring training.
Jackson Williams C LAA 7 Hrs
Williams (knee) was designated for assignment by the Angels on Thursday.
After time with both Triple-A Colorado Springs and his major league debut with the Rockies in 2014, the Angels claimed Williams off waivers in October. He should be back in time for the 2015 season after undergoing knee surgery in September, but it appears he'll be starting out back in the minors.
Kyle Waldrop OF CIN 7 Hrs
Waldrop was added to the Reds' 40-man roster on Thursday.
Waldrop had a great 2014 season to work his way up the organizational ranks, slashing .359/.409/.516 for High-A Bakersfield then .315/.359/.517 after being promoted to Double-A Pensacola. If he can keep up that level, the 22-year-old will continue to move up, and he's now protected from the Rule 5 draft with his addition to the 40-man roster.
Willy Garcia LF PIT 7 Hrs
Garcia was added to the Pirates' 40-man roster.
Garcia had a solid 2014 campaign for Double-A Altoona, slashing .271/.311/.478 with 18 homers and 63 RBI. He would've been eligible for December's Rule 5 draft had the Pirates not added him to the 40-man roster, but Garcia will likely head back to the minors once the 2015 season begins.