Corey Knebel RP MIL 1 day ago
Knebel is no longer expected to enter the season as the Brewers' closer after the signing of Neftali Feliz on Thursday.
Prior to the Feliz signing, Knebel was the favorite to close games for the Brewers in 2017, but that won't be the case, at least not early in the season. It is possible that the Brewers will flip Feliz at the trade deadline if he is having a good season, so Knebel could still get a handful of saves, but he is now simply a speculative play in deeper leagues.
Neftali Feliz RP MIL 1 day ago
Feliz agreed to a one-year, $5.35 million deal with the Brewers on Thursday, and is expected to enter the year as the closer, Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reports.
He can earn an extra $1.5 million in performance bonuses. Feliz posted a 3.52 ERA and 61:21 K:BB in 53.2 innings with the Pirates last year, but the longball was an issue (1.68 HR/9). Still, he makes for a nice source of saves late in drafts. Of course, the Brewers have every reason to showcase him in a high-leverage role with the intention of flipping him at the trade deadline, so he may not rack up a full season's worth of saves. He passed his physical, so there should be no lingering concerns about him sitting out last September with an arm issue.
Austin Brice RP CIN 1 day ago
Brice is headed for Cincinnati as part of the deal to acquire pitcher Dan Straily, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports.
Brice saw the majors for the first time in his career with Miami in 2016, and gave up 12 runs (11 earned) over 15 appearances. He'll have a chance to earn a role in the Cincinnati bullpen this spring, but even if that doesn't work out, look for the right-hander to open the season in Triple-A. Brice has a fastball that can flirt with the upper-90s, but he'll need to get left-handers out consistently to be a mainstay at the major league level. Nine of his 11 earned runs in last year's stint came off the bats of lefties.
Luis Castillo SP CIN 1 day ago
Castillo is headed to Cincinnati as part of the deal to acquire pitcher Dan Straily, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports.
Castillo was marvelous for High-A Jupiter in 2016, posting a 2.26 ERA and 0.96 WHIP over 117.2 frames. The 24-year-old right-hander eventually earned a promotion to the Double-A level, where he is expected to start for Cincinnati in 2017. He was Miami's No. 2 prospect, although that's not saying much, as the Marlins have a bottom-three system in baseball. Castillo possesses a fastball that consistently hits the upper-90s and can touch triple digits, but needs to improve his secondary pitches in order to realize his mid-rotation ceiling. He was recently converted from the bullpen to the rotation, so he has more upside than the typical 24-year-old at Double-A.
Dan Straily SP MIA 2 days ago
Straily will be traded to the Marlins, pending physicals, in exchange for minor leaguers Luis Castillo, Austin Brice and Isaiah White, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports.
Straily was claimed off waivers by the Reds prior to Opening Day of 2016, and he rewarded the team with a 3.76 ERA over 191.1 innings. The rebuilding Cincinnati team will flip him to Miami in a buy-low, sell-high move, gaining two of the Marlins' top-10 pitching prospects in the process. Miami will have four years of team control over the 28-year-old, who should be a staple in their rotation heading into 2017.
Ross Detwiler P OAK 2 days ago
Detwiler agreed to a minor league contract with the A's on Wednesday that includes an invite to spring training, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports.
The lefty tossed eight scoreless innings his debut with Oakland in August but it was all downhill from there -- Detwiler gave up 30 runs in his next eight appearances (36 innings). While he will return to the organization and get to make his case for a roster spot in spring training, Detwiler will likely open the year as depth in the minors. He's posted 5.5 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 rates in parts of nine major league seasons.
Mikie Mahtook OF DET 2 days ago
Mahtook was traded to the Tigers on Wednesday for a player to be named later or cash.
A lefty-mashing platoon bat, Mahtook figures to start in center field against southpaws, while Tyler Collins appears to have the edge to start against righties. Mahtook has a career .276/.322/.537 slash line with nine home runs in 144 career plate appearances against lefties.
Anthony Gose CF DET 2 days ago
Gose was designated for assignment on Wednesday, Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith reports.
Once a highly-touted prospect with several huge tools (arm and run), Gose has never hit enough to profile as a regular. The Tigers traded a player to be named later for Mikie Mahtook, who will take Gose's spot as a fifth outfielder. If he clears waivers, Gose will offer depth at Triple-A.
Kyle Kendrick RP COL 2 days ago
Kendrick signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox on Wednesday that includes an invite to spring training, ESPN.com reports.
Kendrick was knocked around to the tune of a 6.32 ERA in 27 starts for the Rockies in 2015 and then failed to crack the Angels' roster at any point last year (4.72 ERA, 1.29 WHIP at Triple-A Salt Lake). Chances are, Kendrick will once again serve as depth in the minors. Perhaps he will get a look with the big club eventually, but it would probably be as a long reliever and only if the bullpen is severely taxed and the Red Sox need someone to eat innings.
OUTKole Calhoun RF LAA 2 days ago
Calhoun signed a three-year, $26 million contract extension with the Angels on Wednesday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
The contract extension buys Calhoun out of his remaining three years of arbitration, and includes a $14 million player option for 2020, when he would become a free agent for the first time. The Angels have struggled to surround Mike Trout with quality complementary bats in recent seasons, but Calhoun is one of the few exceptions. Though he saw an eight-homer reduction from the 26 he slugged in 2015, Calhoun didn't surrender any power, as his ISO held steady last season, while his .271/.348/.438 slash line represented an improvement in each area. The 29-year-old was also a picture of durability, missing five games or less for the second year in a row. Calhoun is still recovering from offseason surgery to address a core muscle injury, but he's expected to be ready to go for spring training.