Ben Paulsen 1B/LF/DH COL 1 day ago
Paulsen signed a minor league contract with Minnesota that includes an invite to spring training.
Paulsen hit just .217/.258/.304 for the Rockies last season. He spent most of his time at Triple-A Albuquerque where he hit .278 with a .765 OPS. The Twins have a logjam at first base and DH, so it's hard to see Paulsen adding anything other than minor league depth.
OUTSteve Pearce 1B/2B/LF/DH TOR 1 day ago
Pearce (elbow) signed a two-year, $12.5 million deal Monday with the Blue Jays, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.
Pearce underwent surgery in September and was given an estimated recovery time of 4-to-6 months, but he is versatile defender after having played first base, second base, third base and the outfield over his time with the Rays and Orioles last season and managed to record .288/.374/.492 with 13 homes runs and 35 RBIs despite the injury. Whether he will be able to return in time for next year's spring training or not is still in question, but look for Pearce to primarily contribute as a first basemen while providing depth in the outfield in Toronto.
Joaquin Benoit RP TOR 1 day ago
The Phillies are close to signing Benoit, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.
The signing is expected to be announced before Thursday. Benoit had a 2.81 ERA and posted a 25.5 percent strikeout rate in 48 innings last season for the Mariners and Blue Jays. The Phillies will enter spring training with an open competition for their closing role and Benoit will likely be in the mix for the job.
Chris Colabello 1B/LF/RF/DH TOR 2 days ago
Colabello cleared waivers and was outrighted by the Jays, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.
Colabello remains in the organization, but he's no longer on the 40-man roster. Other teams from around the league had the ability to claim the first baseman, but instead Colabello cleared waivers and remains under club control. This is his second career outright, meaning he can elect to become a free agent. The 33-year-old posted an .886 OPS for the Jays in 2015, but in 2016, he received an 80-game suspension after testing positive for a banned substance. Colabello later appeared in 40 games for Triple-A Buffalo, managing a disappointing .180/.248/.288 slash line.
Marcus Stroman SP TOR 2 days ago
Stroman announced Saturday that he will play for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
The extra work before spring training may do Stroman some good. After missing most of 2015 recovering from ACL surgery, the righty struggled to knock off the rust early in 2016. Prior to the All-Star break, he posted a 4.89 ERA while managing 6.4 K/9 over 18 starts. Following the Midsummer Classic, Stroman dished up a 3.68 ERA and an 8.5 K/9. The WBC will give the 25-year-old an opportunity to enter 2017 well-oiled and ready to go.
Mitch Moreland 1B/DH TEX 2 days ago
Moreland is drawing interest from the Indians and Blue Jays, Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports.
Moreland is one of several potential first-base options for the Indians, who are also considering Mike Napoli and Adam Lind. With Edwin Encarnacion a free agent, the Jays currently have Justin Smoak penciled in as the starter at first base, unless new addition Kendrys Morales gets some time at the position. Moreland posted solid numbers in 2016, hitting 22 homers and driving in 60 runs while sporting a .233/.298/.422 slash line. He also took home his first Gold Glove Award.
Matt Holliday 1B/LF/DH NYY 2 days ago
Holliday signed a one-year, $13 million contract with the Yankees on Sunday, Sweeny Murti of WFAN reports.
Holliday will head to New York after spending seven seasons and part of another in St. Louis. He appeared in just 183 total games over the last few seasons, so playing for an American League where he can serve as the designated hitter could help his durability next season. He figures to spend most of his time at that spot, but could see spot action at first base and in the outfield as well.
Rich Hill SP LAD 2 days ago
Hill appears to be close to resigning with the Dodgers, according to Peter Gammons.
The rumored deal would be for three years and $40M, a nice lift from the $6M, one-year deal he had for the 2016 season. Hill will turn 37 before the start of the 2017 season. His numbers were even better after being traded to the Dodgers, sporting a 1.83 ERA and 0.79 WHIP over six starts.
Gabriel Guerrero RF CIN 2 days ago
Guerrero re-signed Sunday with the Reds on a minor-league contract, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Guerrero was once a prospect of some renown, but after managing an ugly .281 on-base percentage between Double-A and Triple-A last season, the Diamondbacks elected to drop him from their 40-man roster in November. The Reds went on to claim Guerrero off waivers, but parted ways with him just a few days later in order to open up a roster spot for another player. Cincinnati still apparently sees potential in the 22-year-old outfielder, however, as he'll remain with the organization and figures to report to Triple-A Louisville coming out of spring training.
OUTJacob Lindgren RP ATL 2 days ago
Lindgren signed a one-year deal with the Braves on Sunday.
Because he underwent Tommy John surgery in August, Lindgren may not be ready for action once the 2017 season rolls around. Before getting injured in 2016, Lindgren threw seven innings over six games at High-A Tampa and recorded an 8:9 K:BB in that time.