Richard Rodriguez RP FA 4 days ago
Rodriguez signed a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Pirates on Thursday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Rodriguez appeared in five games for the Orioles this past year, allowing nine earned runs in just 5.2 relief innings. He spent a majority of the season in Triple-A Norfolk, and faired much better by comparison, sporting a 2.42 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 80:18 K:BB over 70.2 innings. He will serve as organizational depth for the club moving forward, but is likely to begin 2018 in the minors yet again.
Scott Barlow SP KC 4 days ago
Barlow signed a one-year deal with Kansas City on Thursday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
Barlow spent the 2017 season between Triple-A and Double-A as a member of the Dodgers' organization, posting a combined 3.29 ERA and 1.12 WHIP over 139.2 innings. The right-hander sported a 10.3 K/9 and 3.9 BB/9, but got hit pretty hard at the Triple-A level at Oklahoma City during seven starts. It remains to be seen if he will start the year in the big leagues or get a little more seasoning at the Triple-A level, but he's got strikeout potential and could be a viable player in the fantasy realm if he gets some time on the big-league mound.
Dee Gordon 2B SEA 4 days ago
Gordon will play center field for the Mariners in 2018, Jim Bowden of Sirius XM Radio reports.
The report was confirmed by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, who broke the original story of Gordon being traded from Miami to Seattle. Gordon hasn't played center field at any level in the states, but he did make nine appearances in center in the Dominican Winter League a few years ago. Those in the fantasy game will want to continue to deploy Gordon at second base, but the dual eligibility he'll pick up early on will be a nice bonus.
Dee Gordon 2B SEA 4 days ago
The Marlins agreed to trade Gordon to the Mariners on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
The new ownership regime in Miami has begun shedding payroll, with Gordon being the first to be dumped. This would seem to create a logjam in the middle infield in Seattle, but these things always sort themselves out -- there could be another trade or perhaps Gordon will prepare for a role in the outfield. Gordon will be on the field close to every day and should once again be a great source of steals and batting average.
Tyler Chatwood P CHC 4 days ago
Chatwood signed a three-year contract with the Cubs on Thursday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
The deal is apparently worth $38 million over the three years, according to Muskat. While Chatwood posted an unremarkable 4.69 ERA across 147.2 innings last season, his splits were significantly better away from his home ballpark (hitter-friendly Coors Field). The 27-year-old posted a 6.01 ERA while opponents hit .302 against him in 17 starts at home, while those marks sat at 3.49 and .200, respectively, in his 16 starts away from Coors Field. He'll slot into the backend of Chicago's rotation next season.
Raffy Lopez C FA 4 days ago
Lopez signed a minor-league contract with the Padres on Wednesday, according to his personal Twitter account.
Lopez will join his fifth organization in four years after he was outrighted from the Blue Jays' 40-man roster following the 2017 campaign. He offers some intriguing pop as a catcher, as he swatted 16 homers across 73 games between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Buffalo while adding another four in 24 games with the big club. He'll have to improve his defense if he wants to make an impact behind the dish at the majors, however, as he caught just one of 17 attempted base stealers with Toronto last season. Lopez should get a chance to compete for a reserve spot on the Opening Day roster.
Wilin Rosario C/1B FA 4 days ago
Rosario is close to agreement on a contract to play in Japan, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports.
Rosario hit .339/.414/.661 with 37 home runs last season for Hanwha in South Korea and had drawn interest from MLB teams in a possible return to the U.S. However, it looks like he'll stay overseas and move from South Korea to Japan.
Gregorio Petit SS FA 4 days ago
Petit signed a minor-league deal with the Twins on Thursday, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.
Petit didn't appear in the majors in 2017 after receiving time in 89 games a year prior with the Angels, but should be able to provide veteran depth within the infield for Minnesota this upcoming year. He hit .253/.275/.370 with four home runs and 30 RBI during 73 games with Triple-A Buffalo in Toronto's system last season.
Brock Stassi 1B FA 4 days ago
Stassi agreed to a minor-league deal with Minnesota on Thursday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Stassi played in 51 big-league games with the Phillies last season, but slashed just .167/.278/.295 with two home runs and seven RBI in 78 at-bats. He will look to get a fresh start with Minnesota, and although he will likely begin the season at Triple-A Rochester, the 28-year-old could find himself back in the majors during the summer if he's able to hit in the minors.
Casey Lawrence RP FA 4 days ago
Lawrence signed a minor-league contract with the Mariners on Thursday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Lawrence appeared in 24 games with the Mariners in 2017, and prior to that, he pitched in three others with the Blue Jays before being designated for assignment in early May. During all those contests, he posted a 6.37 ERA and 1.84 WHIP over 55.1 innings. He will likely serve as organizational depth out of the bullpen for this upcoming season.