Jerry Blevins RP FA 8 hours ago
Blevins signed a minor-league contract with San Francisco on Monday, which includes an invitation to spring training, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Blevins posted a 3.90 ERA and 1.27 WHIP with a 37:16 K:BB over 32.1 frames last season with the Braves out of the bullpen, registering 10 holds and a save over that span. He'll get a chance to win a roster spot in San Francisco with a strong showing in spring training.
Jared Oliva OF PIT 13 hours ago
Oliva was invited to the Pirates' big-league camp on Monday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Oliva isn't far from pushing for a major-league roster spot, though he's unlikely to earn one on Opening Day. He likely needs some Triple-A seasoning first, though his .277/.352/.398 line with 36 steals in 123 games for Double-A Altoona last season means he's a good bet to conquer the highest level of the minors at some point this season and earn his big-league debut.
Félix Hernández SP ATL 13 hours ago
Hernandez signed with Atlanta as a non-roster invitee Monday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
The deal will pay Hernandez $1 million if he makes the big-league squad. After 15 seasons with Seattle, the veteran is nowhere near the player he was earlier in his career, when he was a perennial Cy Young candidate, winning the award once in 2010 and being selected to six All-Star games. His ERA has risen for five straight seasons, coming in at a very poor 6.40 in 15 starts last season. He'll have to pitch much better than that if he's to hold down a rotation spot for a playoff contender like the Braves.
Adley Rutschman C BAL 15 hours ago
Rutschman was invited to the Orioles' big-league spring training camp on Monday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
The 2019 first-overall pick will spend his first spring as a professional with the Orioles' major-league coaching staff. He's expected to spend several summers with that group as well, though that's unlikely to begin in 2020, as he's yet to reach High-A ball.
Cesar Valdez SP FA 15 hours ago
Valdez agreed to a minor-league contract with the Orioles earlier in January, Rich Dubroff of BaltimoreBaseball.com reports.
The 34-year-old will return to affiliated ball for the first time since 2017 after spending the past two seasons in the Mexican League. Before heading south of the border, Valdez had logged 20 career appearances in the majors between the Diamondbacks, Athletics and Blue Jays, posting a collective 7.34 ERA. The Orioles likely plan to have Valdez serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Norfolk or Double-A Bowie.
Joe Mantiply RP FA 18 hours ago
Mantiply signed a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks on Jan. 5.
The 28-year-old southpaw surfaced in the big leagues for the first time since 2016 this past season, making one relief appearance for the Yankees before being outrighted off the 40-man roster in mid-August. He'll report to Triple-A Reno with his new organization and should prove to be a serviceable arm out of the Aces' bullpen. Over 126.1 career innings at the Triple-A level, Mantiply has compiled a 3.13 ERA and 7.7 K/9.
David Huff SP FA 18 hours ago
The Diamondbacks signed Huff to a minor-league contract Jan. 7.
The 35-year-old lefty was assigned to Triple-A Reno, so he doesn't appear on track to receive an invitation to big-league spring training. Huff made 120 appearances (57 starts) in the majors between 2009 and 2016, compiling a 5.17 ERA across 393.1 career innings between the Indians, Yankees, Giants, Dodgers and Angels. He's spent the past three and half seasons overseas in South Korea and Japan.
Caleb Joseph C FA 1 day ago
Joseph signed a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays on Sunday, Jamie Campbell of Sportsnet reports. The deal includes an invitation to spring training.
Joseph spent the 2019 season bouncing between the majors and minors, appearing in 20 games for the Diamondbacks and slashing .211/.250/.263 in 41 plate appearances. He'll compete for a spot on Toronto's Opening Day roster, though he seems more likely to fill an organizational depth role behind Reese McGuire and Danny Jansen.
Hunter Greene P CIN 2 days ago
Greene (elbow) is scheduled to begin a throwing program next week, Keenan Singleton of ABC 9 Cincinnati reports.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 first-year player draft, Greene sat out the entire 2019 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in April. Though Greene was viewed as a potential two-way player coming out of high school, the Reds have thus far chosen to develop the right-hander exclusively as a pitcher. Expect Cincinnati to thus take every precaution with the 20-year-old as he ramps up his throwing program, with Greene unlikely to debut at affiliated ball until around midseason at the soonest.
OUTJordan Hicks RP STL 2 days ago
Hicks (elbow), who resumed a throwing program earlier this month, is aiming for a return to the Cardinals at some point in the middle of the season, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Though pitchers who undergo Tommy John surgery typically require 12-to-18 months of rehab time, Hicks' status as a relief pitcher likely means that he won't need the full length of the recovery timeline to build up his arm. Given that he underwent the elbow procedure in late June of 2019, Hicks could realistically have a shot at returning around the All-Star break, assuming he endures no snags in the rehab process. Hicks had served as St. Louis' closer prior to damaging his UCL, but the Cardinals could be more inclined to bring him back in a setup role this season once he's reinstated from the injured list.