Andrew Albers SP TOR 1 Day
Albers signed a minor league contract with the Blue Jays on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training, Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith reports.
After spending the previous season in South Korea, Albers will return to his native Canada in an attempt to work his way back to the big leagues. He captured some attention for his work with the Twins in the 2013 season, during which he compiled a 4.05 ERA over 10 second-half starts. He'll provide the team with some organizational starting depth at the Triple-A level, and could be called upon to make a few spot starts with the Blue Jays in 2015.
Kyle Jensen LF LAD 1 Day
Jensen was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Friday.
Jensen was acquired from the Marlins last month, but the Dodgers are apparently willing to expose him to waivers regardless. Jensen will likely open the 2015 campaign with Triple-A Albuquerque if he is not claimed by another team.
Evan Gattis C ATL 1 Day
Gattis looks to be in line to man left field for the Braves this season following Friday's trade of Justin Upton to the Padres, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Despite the lack of range Gattis has shown in left field in the past, the Braves seem content to take the defensive hit if it means getting the 28-year-old's powerful bat into the lineup. He collected 40 extra-base hits in just 401 plate appearances in 2014, and without the rigors of spending most of his time catching, there's a good chance he'll be able to stay healthier and pick up more at-bats. Barring another trade for an outfielder, it appears that Gattis will be locked into left field in close to a full-time role while Christian Bethancourt assumes the primary backstop duties.
Brandon Gomes RP TB 1 Day
The Rays designated Gomes for assignment Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The Rays were in need of a spot on their 40-man roster, and they decided Gomes was the player they were willing to expose to waivers. Gomes posted a 3.71 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 29 games out of the Rays' bullpen last season, so it would not be surprising to see him snapped up by another squad.
David Ross C BOS 1 Day
Ross agreed to a contract with the Padres on Friday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
Ross will head to San Diego to presumably take over the backup catcher duties behind Derek Norris. He has not finished with more than 28 RBI in a season since 2007, so don't expect him to be much of a fantasy factor.
Chris Davis 1B/3B BAL 1 Day
Davis (suspension) has received a medical exemption to use Adderral during the 2015 season, MASN Sports reports.
Davis still has one game left on his suspension, so he will miss Opening Day next spring. He has paid a hefty price, being sent to instructional league ball during the September suspension. The good news is that this will not be a bother to Davis moving forward.
Jace Peterson 2B/3B SD 1 Day
Peterson was one of four prospects traded to the Braves on Friday in the deal sending Justin Upton to the Padres, ESPN's Jim Bowden reports.
Peterson saw his first call-up to the big leagues last June as a fill-in for the injured Jedd Gyorko, but faltered miserably. He slashed an anemic .113/.161/.133 across 58 plate appearances, showcasing little of the blend of contact, on-base, and stolen-base skills that he had allowed his star to rise in the minors. He'll turn 25 in May, so time may be running out for Peterson to prove he can cut it in the majors. It's likely that he will open the upcoming season at Triple-A Gwinnett, but if Alberto Callaspo or top infield prospect Jose Peraza falter as the starter at second base for the Braves, Peterson could get a look. In addition to Peterson, lefty starter Max Fried, third baseman Dustin Peterson and outfielder Mallex Smith will also be included in the prospect haul for Atlanta.
Justin Upton LF ATL 1 Day
Upton was traded to the Padres on Friday in exchange for prospects, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
New general manager A.J. Preller has been quite busy this offseason stocking up on hitting talent for the Padres, and may have gotten his biggest fish yet in Upton, who joins a retooled outfield that now includes Matt Kemp and Wil Myers. The move to San Diego figures to result in a downgrade in power production for Upton, but his presence in the middle of the order -- along with the Padres' other aforementioned outfielders -- gives the lineup some legitimate bite.
Jake Peavy SP SF 2 Days
Peavy re-signed with the Giants on Friday on a two-year, $24 million contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
After a rotten start to the season with Boston, Peavy was spectacular after landing in San Francisco in late July, posting a 2.17 ERA and 1.04 WHIP over his 12 regular-season starts with the Giants. Though his strikeout rate plummeted to a career-worst 7.02 K/9 last season, Peavy's ability to limit his walks and play to the favorable dimensions of AT&T Park could allow him to find continued success with the Giants.
Josh Johnson SP SD 2 Days
Johnson (elbow) agreed to a one-year deal worth "closer to $1 million" Thursday, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Johnson's contract will reportedly also include incentives that could make the contract worth between $7 and $8 million. He is coming off Tommy John surgery in April, but could be available for the start of the 2014 season. It's no surprise that Johnson's deal is heavily incentivized given his past injuries, but the deal could allow him to make a good chunk of change if he remains healthy. The deal could also give the Padres another good arm in the starting rotation if Johnson can return to his 2012 form with the Marlins. In that season, he posted a 3.81 ERA and 1.28 WHIP with 165 strikeouts over 191.1 innings.