Scooter Gennett 2B/DH MIL 6 hours ago
Gennett agreed to a one-year, $2.525 million contract with the Brewers on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.
Gennett will receive a nice raise (from $518,100 in 2016) in his first year of arbitration eligibility. He put up his typical, serviceable numbers against righties in 2016, and while he was better against lefties, he will likely be strictly platooned again in 2017. That should keep him off the mixed-league radar for most.
Cody Asche 3B/LF PHI 7 hours ago
Asche was non-tendered by the Phillies on Friday, making him a free agent.
Asche was already designated for assignment earlier Friday, so it's not a surprise the Phillies are cutting ties with him. He'll go looking for a team seeking depth at the corners.
OUTAlbert Pujols 1B/DH LAA 7 hours ago
Pujols underwent surgery Friday to release his right plantar fascia.
In a press release, the Angels said the estimated time to return to play following this procedure is typically four months. That puts Pujols' status for the start of the year in some question, but Pujols is a 10-time All-Star and doesn't need a full spring training to prepare for the regular season. In his age-36 season, Pujols hit .268/.323/.457 with 31 homers, marking his 14th season with 30-plus home runs.
OUTJacob Lindgren RP NYY 7 hours ago
Lindgren was non-tendered by the Yankees on Friday.
Lindgren underwent Tommy John surgery in August 2016 and will now have to find another team to rehab and hopefully return with. The 23-year-old former second-rounder struck out eight and allowed three home runs in seven innings of major league work during the 2015 season.
Jeff Mathis C MIA 7 hours ago
Mathis agreed to a contract with the Diamondbacks on Friday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.
After declining to tender Welington Castillo a contract, the Diamondbacks immediately brought in a replacement in the 33-year-old Mathis, although it's hard to imagine Mathis would inherit the primary role. That should go to Chris Herrmann, if healthy. Mathis has hit just .197/.254/.308 in parts of 12 major league seasons.
OUTRubby De La Rosa SP ARI 7 hours ago
The Diamondbacks declined to tender De La Rosa a contract Friday, making him a free agent, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
Arizona became the third organization to dump the 27-year-old De La Rosa. He has routinely fallen short of high expectations and there are very real concerns about his elbow -- he had Tommy John surgery in 2011 and underwent stem cell treatment this September in hopes of avoiding another elbow procedure. That said, he continued to throw his fastball in the 94-95 range last season and saw a nice uptick in strikeouts, so he should draw interest as an upside flier on the open market.
Welington Castillo C ARI 7 hours ago
The Diamondbacks declined to tender Castillo a contract Friday, making him a free agent, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.
With Castillo non-tendered, that leaves Oscar Hernandez and Chris Herrmann as the only catchers on the Diamondbacks' 40-man roster. Castillo might have received close to $6 million through the arbitration process following a 2016 season in which he hit .264/.322/.423. He packs good power for a catcher and is a plus player behind the plate, so he should land comfortably with another organization.
Blake Smith RP CWS 8 hours ago
Smith was non-tendered by the White Sox on Friday, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Smith did little to impress during his MLB debut, allowing seven hits in 4.1 innings while striking out just one, so the White Sox decided they preferred an open roster spot. Smith posted solid numbers at Triple-A Charlotte with a 3.53 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 71.1 innings, so he should be able to land with another team.
Brett Lawrie 2B/3B CWS 8 hours ago
Lawrie agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the White Sox on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.
The 26-year-old took a significant pay cut ($600,000-plus) to remain with the White Sox following another disappointing campaign. Lawrie was limited to 94 games due to hamstring issues and struggled to a .248/.310/.413 line when on the field. It'll be a make-or-break season for the former top prospect.
Jared Hoying LF/RF TEX 8 hours ago
The Rangers declined to tender Hoying a contract Friday, making him a free agent.
He's managed just a .305 on-base percentage in four seasons at Triple-A and he struggled mightily in his first exposure to big-league pitching. Further, while he played some center field at Round Rock this year, Hoying is not a plus defender even in the corners, so it seems likely he will have to settle for a minor league deal in free agency.