Yangervis Solarte 2B/3B SD 6 days ago
Solarte and the Padres agreed to a two-year contract extension, with team options for two additional years, on Friday.
The terms of the contract were not disclosed, but the contract buys out two of Solarte's arbitration year and could be extended through 2020 at the Padres' discretion. Solarte is coming off his best year with the bat, one which saw him hit .286/.341/.467 with 15 home runs and 71 RBI over just 109 games. He will head into the 2017 season as the Padres' regular third baseman, and figures to slot into a spot near the top of the Padres' batting order.
Jurickson Profar IF/LF TEX 6 days ago
Profar and the Rangers avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.005 million contract on Friday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Profar will earn nine figures for the first time in his career in his first year of arbitration eligibility. He appeared in a career-high 90 games for the Rangers last year and came out of the gate hot after joining the big club in late May, but he struggled over the season's final months and finished with just a .660 OPS. He figures to see action at several positions in 2017, but he is likely going to have to hit more to see steady action at one spot, barring an injury to one of the Rangers' regulars.
Jeurys Familia RP NYM 6 days ago
Familia and the Mets avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.425 million contract on Friday, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports.
Familia earned a raise of over $3 million by dominating out of the Mets' bullpen for a second consecutive season and posting a career-high 51 saves in 2016. Familia is in line to serve as the Mets' closer again this season, but he is still facing a potential suspension for a domestic violence incident during the offseason, so it remains to be seen if he will fill that role Opening Day.
Charlie Blackmon CF COL 6 days ago
Blackmon and the Rockies avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.3 million contract on Friday, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports.
Blackmon will receive more than double his salary from 2016 in his second year of arbitration eligibility. Blackmon's production in the stolen-base department took a hit last year, but he made up for that by posting career bests with 29 home runs, 82 RBI, 11 runs, and a .933 OPS while batting almost exclusively leadoff. He figures to occupy the same spot in the batting order again this year while serving as the Rockies' everyday center fielder.
Chris Iannetta C ARI 6 days ago
Iannetta agreed to a contract with the Diamondbacks on Friday, FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reports.
He has proven to be a solid defensive catcher over the years, but has been of very little use in fantasy leagues, as he has hovered around the Mendoza Line in each of the past two seasons and offers little power and doesn't even get on base at a solid clip anymore. Look for him to share time with Chris Herrmann behind the dish this year.
OUTTyson Ross SP TEX 6 days ago
Ross (shoulder) signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Rangers on Friday, Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reports.
He can earn more than $6 million via performance bonuses. The risk surrounding Ross's injured shoulder was enough for the Padres to non-tender him in Decmeber, rather than pay him close to $9 million in arbitration. That said, Ross is pretty effective when healthy, owning a career 22.4 percent strikeout rate and 3.64 ERA. If he enters camp healthy, he will compete with A.J. Griffin and Andrew Cashner for the final two rotation spots. He is worth a late-round flyer in deeper leagues.
George Kontos RP SF 6 days ago
Kontos agreed to a one-year deal with the Giants on Friday, avoiding arbitration.
The terms of the agreement were not announced. He figures to pitch in middle relief this season for the Giants and won't offer much fantasy value.
Adam Warren RP NYY 6 days ago
Warren agreed to a one-year deal with the Yankees on Friday, avoiding arbitration.
The terms of the agreement were not announced. Warren should once again take over the middle relief role in the Bronx, and is unappealing in most fantasy formats.
Tommy Layne RP NYY 6 days ago
Layne agreed to a one-year deal with the Yankees on Friday, avoiding arbitration.
The terms of the agreement were not announced. He has settled in as a solid middle reliever over the past couple seasons, but does not bring much to the table from a fantasy perspective.
Aaron Hicks OF NYY 6 days ago
Hicks agreed to a one-year deal with the Yankees on Friday, avoiding arbitration.
The terms of the agreement were not announced. It was a season to forget last year for Hicks, as he not only struggled against righties (86 wRC+), but was awful against lefties (25 wRC+), and he was supposed to be a southpaw killer. He enters this season as a bench bat for the Yankees.