Sam Gaviglio RP FA
Fri 1/28/22 5:31 PM
Gaviglio signed with the Dodgers as a non-roster invitee Friday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
EDGE AnalysisGaviglio has thrown 296.2 major-league innings over the last four seasons, posting an unexciting 4.88 ERA. He spent the second half of last season pitching for the SSG Landers in Korea and fared considerably worse, struggling to a 5.86 ERA in 15 starts. The 31-year-old righty will have to show much more than that to earn significant innings with a team as strong as the Dodgers.
OUTDavid Hess RP FA
Fri 1/28/22 4:50 PM
Hess (illness) was cleared to resume baseball activities Friday, the pitcher announced on his personal Twitter account.
EDGE AnalysisHess began chemotherapy in the fall to deal with a cancerous tumor on his chest. The treatment appears to be having its desired effect, so he should be able to get on a mound during spring training.
OUTSam Freeman RP WSH
Thu 1/27/22 5:15 PM
Freeman (elbow) signed a minor-league contract with the Royals on Thursday.
EDGE AnalysisFreeman missed the entire 2021 campaign after he underwent Tommy John surgery in September of 2020, and it's not yet clear whether he'll be ready to pitch during spring training. The southpaw logged just seven innings in the majors between the 2019 and 2020 campaigns, but he could still compete for a big-league roster spot once he's healthy.
OUTKenta Maeda SP MIN
Thu 1/27/22 4:00 PM
Maeda (elbow) told The Tokyo Mainichi on Jan. 7 that he's realistically targeting a return to action in the final month of the 2022 season. "Even if I can return, it will be around September. It's not a zero percent chance," Maeda said.
EDGE AnalysisMaeda underwent a modified Tommy John surgery Sept. 1, 2021, with his procedure involving the insertion of an internal brace into his right elbow. The innovative procedure was expected to reduce Maeda's recovery timeline to 9-to-12 months rather than the typical 12-to-16, but the 33-year-old still looks as though he plans on requiring a full year to complete his rehab. With the pitcher himself ruling out a midseason return, Maeda doesn't look to be an appealing fantasy investment, even as a final-round selection in AL-only leagues or best-ball drafts. On a more positive note, Maeda seems to have avoided any setbacks since having the procedure, as he said that he plans to resume playing catch at some point during spring training.
OUTMatt Carasiti SP FA
Thu 1/27/22 2:32 PM
Carasiti (elbow) signed a minor-league contract with the Giants on Thursday.
EDGE AnalysisCarasiti joined the Red Sox on a minor-league deal last year but spent the entire season on the injured list after he underwent Tommy John surgery in March of 2020. It's not yet clear when he'll be ready to pitch, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him invited to major-league spring training in 2022 if he's healthy by then.
Gordon Beckham 2B/SS/DH FA
Thu 1/27/22 12:15 AM
Beckham announced his retirement from professional baseball via his personal Twitter account Wednesday.
EDGE AnalysisBeckham hasn't seen major-league action since the 2019 campaign and will now officially hang up his cleats. He spent most of his MLB career with the White Sox but also spent time with the Mariners, Angels, Giants, Tigers and Atlanta. Beckham hit .237/.300/.367 with 80 home runs, 187 doubles, 420 runs and 351 RBI in 1,069 games.
Nick Tropeano RP FA
Wed 1/26/22 10:52 PM
Tropeano agreed to a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Wednesday.
EDGE AnalysisTropeano appeared in five big-league games in 2021 between the Mets and Giants but spent most of the year at Triple-A, where he had a 3.69 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 51:24 K:BB over 46.1 innings. The right-hander will likely provide organization depth for the rotation in 2022.
Daniel Camarena RP FA
Wed 1/26/22 2:37 PM
The Padres re-signed Camarena on a minor-league contract Monday.
EDGE AnalysisSan Diego outrighted the lefty pitcher off its 40-man roster in October, but the Padres were pleased enough with the 29-year-old's work between two levels to keep him around in the organization. He had the opportunity to make his MLB debut in 2021, appearing in six games while giving up 10 earned runs on 16 hits and three walks in 9.1 innings. Camarena will likely join the big club for spring training, but he's expected to open the 2022 campaign with Triple-A El Paso.
Eric Yardley RP FA
Wed 1/26/22 4:52 AM
Yardley agreed to a minor-league contract with the Cubs on Tuesday.
EDGE AnalysisYardley appeared in 17 games for Milwaukee last season and posted a 6.75 ERA, and he ended up spending most of the campaign at the Triple-A level. He could earn a look on Chicago's big-league roster if he can rediscover his form from 2020, when he had a 1.54 ERA across 23.1 innings.
Daniel Ponce de Leon RP FA
Tue 1/25/22 2:09 PM
Daniel Ponce de Leon
Ponce de Leon signed a minor-league contract with the Angels on Tuesday.
EDGE AnalysisPonce de Leon recorded a 3.31 ERA in 12 starts and 12 relief appearances across his first two MLB campaigns (2018 and 2019), but he's been unable to get back to that level since then. Over the last two seasons, he owns a 5.59 ERA in 66 innings of work. He could potentially enter the Angels' rotation at some point this year if he proves he's back to somewhere close to his previous form, but the fact that he was stuck settling for a minor-league deal indicates that teams don't have particularly high expectations for him.