Brady Dragmire RP TEX 2 days ago
Dragmire was claimed by the Rangers on Friday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Dragmire had previously been in the Blue Jays' organization and was traded to the Pirates after the regular season, so he'll now join his third club in the last two months. The 23-year-old spent all of 2016 at Double-A, pitching in 45 games out of the bullpen with a 4.38 ERA and 41:28 K:BB. He's never appeared higher than Double-A, so it's unlikely the righty will get a chance in the majors this season.
Rangel Ravelo 1B OAK 2 days ago
Ravelo was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville on Friday.
Ravelo was designated for assignment earlier in the week to clear a roster spot for Matt Joyce, and after going through waivers unclaimed, he'll report to the Triple-A club. The 24-year-old spent all of last season with Triple-A Nashville, slashing .262/.334/.395 with eight home runs.
David Goforth RP MIL 2 days ago
Goforth was outrighted to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday.
Goforth was designated for assignment in late November, and this seals his fate as he'll head to the minors to continue acting as organizational bullpen depth. He does have some big league experience to his credit, but the right-hander's numbers in the majors have been nothing to call home about, which will likely limit his ceiling to that of a middle reliever.
Steve Geltz RP MIL 2 days ago
Geltz was outrighted to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday.
The Brewers claimed the right-hander off waivers less than a week ago, but it seems that his career 4.23 ERA out of major league bullpens wasn't up to snuff of a player the Brewers wanted on their 40-man roster. If he sticks in the organization, he'll likely act as organizational bullpen depth.
Ryan Weber P SEA 2 days ago
Weber was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday.
The Mariners needed to clear a space on the 40-man roster, and after being designated for assignment earlier in the week, Weber will report to the Triple-A club. The 26-year-old split time between the majors and minors last season while with the Braves organization, posting a 2.76 ERA at Triple-A but a 5.45 mark with the parent club. He'll be used as organizational depth out of the bullpen, though it's possible he gets some starting opportunities while in the minors.
Yonder Alonso 1B OAK 2 days ago
Alonso agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with the A's, avoiding arbitration, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Alonso was considered a potential non-tender candidate, so this deal allows him to stay on in Oakland for a second season with the A's. The 29-year-old played in a career-high 156 games and posted a .253/.316/.367 line with seven home runs last season, and he figures to once again serve as the primary option at first base in 2017.
Adam Walker RF BAL 2 days ago
Walker was claimed off waivers by the Orioles on Friday.
Walker only spent 10 days in the Brewers organization prior to being designated for assignment at the end of November, and now he'll head back to the American League. The 25-year-old outfielder is a true three-outcome hitter as his 8.3 percent walk rate, 38 percent strikeout rate, and 27 home runs at the Triple-A level last season, so it's unlikely that he'll be able to garner a regular role at the major league level until he solves his major swing-and-miss issues.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis OF/DH MIL 2 days ago
Nieuwenhuis agreed to a one-year split contract with the Brewers on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.
The 29-year-old batted a lowly .209 last season, but his outstanding 14.3 percent walk rate and solid .176 ISO combined with his good defense all over the outfield made a good case for the Brewers to tender him a contract for another season. The split deal would have him making considerably less money if he gets sent back to the minors if Milwaukee chooses to kick the wheels on their younger options in the outfield, but Nieuwenhuis' versatility could work in his favor for the time being as he works to land a bench role out of spring training.
Rene Rivera C NYM 2 days ago
Rivera agreed to a one-year, $1.75 million deal with the Mets on Friday, avoiding arbitration, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports.
Rivera is one of the better defensive catchers in baseball, which explains why he is worth almost $2 million despite posting a 70 wRC+ last year and a 63 wRC+ for his career. He will serve as Travis d'Arnaud's backup in 2017.
OUTCC Sabathia SP NYY 2 days ago
Sabathia said Friday that his recovery from knee surgery is going well and he will begin a throwing program next week, the Boston Herald's Evan Drellich reports.
He underwent a routine cleanup of his knee after the season, and is not expected to be limited heading into spring training. Sabathia is coming off his best year since 2012, as he managed a 3.91 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. However, his 4.28 FIP and 152:65 K:BB in 179.2 innings suggest he may be due for a bit of regression in 2017. His spot in the Yankees' rotation is safe heading into the final year of his contract.