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  • Alex Bregman HOU 3B
    Astros' Alex Bregman: Cleared to resume hitting
    2d ago

    Bregman (wrist) was cleared to resume hitting Friday, Mark Berman of Fox 26 reports.

    Bregman underwent right wrist surgery in early November and appears to be on track in his recovery. The 27-year-old remains hopeful that he'll be ready for the start of spring training.

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  • Ryder Jones SF 3B
    White Sox's Ryder Jones: Signs with White Sox
    3d ago

    Jones has signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox, Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America reports.

    Jones spent the entire 2021 campaign in the minors and slashed .288/.334/.500 with 11 home runs, 47 RBI and 34 runs across 75 appearances. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2018.

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  • Ryan Weber SEA RP
    Yankees' Ryan Weber: Inks MiLB deal with Yankees
    3d ago

    Weber agreed to a minor-league contract with the Yankees on Friday, Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America reports.

    Weber made four MLB appearances in 2021 between the Mariners, Red Sox and Brewers, and he'll now join the Yankees heading into 2022. He spent most of last season at the Triple-A level and posted a 4.18 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 102:13 K:BB across 103.1 innings.

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  • Luis Gonzalez SF RF
    Giants' Luis Gonzalez: Back in San Francisco
    3d ago

    Gonzalez (shoulder) signed a minor-league deal with the Giants on Thursday, Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America reports.

    Gonzalez was claimed off waivers by the Giants in August, but he was non-tendered by the club three months later. He spent most of the 2021 season with Triple-A Charlotte as a member of the White Sox organization and posted a .241/.352/.423 line across 163 plate appearances prior to undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum. Entering his age-26 season, Gonzalez has only 13 major-league plate appearances and is likely to serve as organizational depth once healthy.

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  • Corey Oswalt NYM RP
    Giants' Corey Oswalt: Signs minor-league deal
    4d ago

    Oswalt (knee) signed a minor-league deal with the Giants on Thursday, Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America reports.

    Oswalt threw a total of 27.1 innings as a member of the Mets in 2021, 10.1 of which came with the big-league club. He managed an impressive 10:2 K:BB, but his next challenge will be proving that he has overcome knee inflammation that ended his season in early July. While he was unable to return to the big-league mound, Oswalt was in the midst of a rehab assignment at the close of the campaign, meaning it is likely that he will be healthy for spring training.

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  • Erik Gonzalez MIA 3B
    Marlins' Erik Gonzalez: Signs with Miami
    4d ago

    Gonzalez signed a minor-league contract with the Marlins in November, per the MLB transactions log.

    Gonzalez spent the last three seasons with Pittsburgh, though he was outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis in August. He elected free agency this offseason and will now look to earn a roster spot in Miami with a strong performance in spring training. Prior to being cast off the 40-man roster in Pittsburgh, Gonzalez posted a .232/.258/.300 line across 229 plate appearances in 2021.

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  • Anthony Bemboom LAD C
    Orioles' Anthony Bemboom: Lands minor-league contract
    12/16/2021

    Bemboom signed a minor-league contract with the Orioles on Thursday, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports.

    Bemboom spent most of the 2021 season at the Triple-A level and slashed .232/.352/.412 with eight home runs, 37 RBI and 35 runs across 65 games. He appeared in eight major-league games with the Angels and should be in the mix to join the Orioles' active roster at some point in 2022.

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  • Rob Brantly NYY C
    Yankees' Rob Brantly: Back with Yankees on minors deal
    12/10/2021

    Brantly signed a minor-league contract with the Yankees on Friday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

    Brantly served as organizational depth for the Yankees last season, getting into six games. He's appeared in a grand total of 134 games in a major-league career that began back in 2012, and he's unlikely to add a considerable amount to that total next season.

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  • Andrew Knapp PHI C
    Reds' Andrew Knapp: Joins Cincy as non-roster invitee
    12/02/2021

    Knapp signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Wednesday that includes an invitation to big-league camp.

    Knapp has operated as Philadelphia's backup catcher over the past few years, and he elected free agency after being outrighted off the 40-man roster in early November. The 30-year-old struggled offensively in 2021 with a .152/.215/.214 slash line and 38.4 percent strikeout rate in 62 games.

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  • David Garcia TEX C
    Rangers' David Garcia: Back with Texas
    12/02/2021

    Garcia signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Wednesday.

    The 21-year-old switch hitting catcher hit .256/298/.349 with five home runs in 83 games at High-A last season. He will serve as organizational catching depth going forward and is unlikely to play in the majors anytime soon.

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  • Kevin Plawecki BOS C
    Red Sox's Kevin Plawecki: Avoids arbitration
    12/01/2021

    Plawecki signed a one-year, $2.25 million contract with the Red Sox on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

    Plawecki served mainly as a secondary option at catcher behind Christian Vazquez in 2021, and he'll likely take on a similar role to begin the 2022 campaign. Across 64 appearances last year, the 30-year-old hit .287 with three homers, 15 runs and 15 RBI.

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  • David Garcia TEX C
    David Garcia: Non-tendered by Texas
    12/01/2021

    Garcia was non-tendered by the Rangers on Tuesday.

    Garcia posted a .256/.298/.349 line with five home runs and 40 RBI in 82 games at High-A Hickory last season, and the Rangers decided not to tender him a contract for 2022.

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  • Jake Bauers SEA 1B
    Reds' Jake Bauers: Invited to Reds' camp
    28d ago

    Bauers joined the Reds as a non-roster invitee Monday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Bauers is still just 26 years old and was considered a fairly interesting prospect not too long ago, but he's come nowhere close to living up to his potential thus far. In 328 career major-league games, he's hit just .213/.307/.348, a line that's nowhere close to good enough for a player limited to first base and the outfield corners. While it's theoretically possible he could figure things out for the Reds in 2022 and make good on his promise, it's far more likely that he remains a player undeserving of regular at-bats at the highest level, as his career 5.5 percent barrel rate indicates that he simply doesn't make good enough contact to be a corner slugger.

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  • Alex Blandino CIN 1B
    Giants' Alex Blandino: Inks minor-league deal
    12/10/2021

    Blandino signed a minor-league contract with the Giants on Friday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Blandino was granted free agency by the Reds in early November, and he'll land a minor-league deal with San Francisco just over a month later. He made 43 appearances in the majors last year and hit .200 with nine runs, five RBI and a stolen base. The 29-year-old will be invited to big-league spring training in 2022.

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  • John Nogowski PIT 1B
    Braves' John Nogowski: Headed to Atlanta
    12/08/2021

    Nogowski was selected by Atlanta in the first round of the 2021 Rule 5 draft Wednesday, JJ Cooper of Baseball America reports.

    Nogowski made 52 major-league appearances during the 2021 campaign and hit .233 with a home run, 14 runs and 14 RBI. He inked a minor-league deal with the Giants in late September but will now attempt to carve out a role with Atlanta this spring.

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  • Jose Marmolejos SEA 1B
    Jose Marmolejos: Finds work in Japan
    12/07/2021

    Marmolejos signed a contract Tuesday with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball.

    After being outrighted off the Mariners' 40-man roster in September and then electing free agency less than a month later, Marmolejos likely would have had to settle for a minor-league deal if he wanted to continue playing in affiliated ball in 2022. Rather than going that route, the 28-year-old will instead head overseas at what's likely a higher salary than he would have received on any minor-league deal. Though he mustered a lowly .573 OPS over 122 plate appearances with the Mariners in 2021, Marmolejos earned Triple-A West MVP honors after slashing .338/.439/.672 with 26 home runs across 83 games with Tacoma.

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  • Daniel Vogelbach MIL 1B
    Daniel Vogelbach: Let go by Milwaukee
    12/01/2021

    Vogelbach was non-tendered by the Brewers on Tuesday.

    The 28-year-old was overtaken as the Brewers' primary first baseman by Rowdy Tellez, so the team opted not to tender him a contract for 2022. Vogelbach hit .219/.349/.381 with nine home runs, 24 RBI and 30 runs scored in 258 plate appearances last season.

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  • Rowdy Tellez MIL 1B
    Brewers' Rowdy Tellez: Inks one-year deal
    12/01/2021

    Tellez agreed to a one-year, $1.94 million contract with the Brewers to avoid arbitration Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

    Tellez struggled to begin the season in Toronto but turned things around after being shipped to Milwaukee, where he hit .272/.333/.481 with seven home runs, 28 RBI and 22 runs in 174 plate appearances. The 26-year-old should enter spring training as the favorite to start at first base, barring any offseason additions.

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  • Rio Ruiz COL 2B
    Rio Ruiz: Headed to KBO
    21d ago

    Ruiz signed with the LG Twins of the KBO on Monday, Jee-ho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency reports.

    Ruiz split time between the Orioles and Rockies in 2021, collecting a .168/.243/.272 line across 141 plate appearances. As a result of his poor performance, he was outrighted to Triple-A Albuquerque on Oct. 21 and faced an uncertain future in the major leagues. Instead, he'll head to the KBO on a one-year, $1 million deal and could be in line for a versatile role across the infield as well as in left field.

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  • Tim Lopes MIL 2B
    Rockies' Tim Lopes: Heads to Colorado
    12/17/2021

    Lopes has agreed to a minor-league deal with Colorado, according to the MLB transaction log.

    Lopes spent the majority of the 2021 season with Triple-A Nashville as a member of the Brewers' organization. He hit only .223/.303/.398 across 370 plate appearances, though he played at every position on the diamond besides first base and catcher. That defensive versatility could lead to Lopes earning time in Colorado for limited stretches during the 2022 campaign.

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  • Andy Young ARI 2B
    Nationals' Andrew Young: Chosen by Nationals
    12/08/2021

    Young was selected by the Nationals in the first round of the 2021 Rule 5 draft Wednesday, JJ Cooper of Baseball America reports.

    Young spent parts of the last two seasons in the majors with the Diamondbacks, and he slashed .209/.298/.484 with six home runs, 15 RBI and 13 runs across 58 big-league appearances last year. He'll likely be in the mix for a major-league roster spot with his new club heading into the 2022 campaign.

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  • Sheldon Neuse LAD 2B
    Dodgers' Sheldon Neuse: DFA'd by Dodgers
    12/02/2021

    Neuse was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Wednesday, Eric Stephen of SBNation.com reports.

    Neuse spent most of 2021 at Triple-A Oklahoma City, but he still appeared in 33 big-league games and posted a .169/.182/.323 slash line. The move creates space on the Dodgers' 40-man roster for Chris Taylor, who re-signed with the team Wednesday.

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  • Abraham Toro-Hernandez SEA 2B
    Mariners' Abraham Toro: Could add OF eligibility
    12/01/2021

    Toro will get some outfield reps in spring training to increase his versatility, Corey Brock of The Athletic reports.

    Toro will be eligible at second base and third base already, and it sounds like there's a chance he could also earn outfield eligibility in the coming season. He hit .252 with five home runs and three steals in 60 games for Seattle last season.

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  • Jake Hager ARI 2B
    Diamondbacks' Jake Hager: Back with Arizona
    12/01/2021

    Hager signed a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks on Tuesday that includes an invitation to spring training.

    Hager became a minor-league free agent at the start of the offseason, and he'll make his way back to Arizona. He also spent time with the Mets, Brewers and Mariners in 2021, and he had a .772 OPS at the Triple-A level, where he spent most of the campaign.

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  • Alex Bregman HOU 3B
    Astros' Alex Bregman: Cleared to resume hitting
    2d ago

    Bregman (wrist) was cleared to resume hitting Friday, Mark Berman of Fox 26 reports.

    Bregman underwent right wrist surgery in early November and appears to be on track in his recovery. The 27-year-old remains hopeful that he'll be ready for the start of spring training.

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  • Ryder Jones SF 3B
    White Sox's Ryder Jones: Signs with White Sox
    3d ago

    Jones has signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox, Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America reports.

    Jones spent the entire 2021 campaign in the minors and slashed .288/.334/.500 with 11 home runs, 47 RBI and 34 runs across 75 appearances. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2018.

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  • Erik Gonzalez MIA 3B
    Marlins' Erik Gonzalez: Signs with Miami
    4d ago

    Gonzalez signed a minor-league contract with the Marlins in November, per the MLB transactions log.

    Gonzalez spent the last three seasons with Pittsburgh, though he was outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis in August. He elected free agency this offseason and will now look to earn a roster spot in Miami with a strong performance in spring training. Prior to being cast off the 40-man roster in Pittsburgh, Gonzalez posted a .232/.258/.300 line across 229 plate appearances in 2021.

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  • Kyle Seager SEA 3B
    Kyle Seager: Announces retirement
    19d ago

    Seager announced his retirement from baseball Wednesday.

    Seager spent all 11 of his major-league seasons with the Mariners and served as an everyday player for most of his career. Across his 11 years in the big leagues, the 34-year-old slashed .251/.321/.442 with 242 home runs, 807 RBI, 705 runs and 55 stolen bases.

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  • Ildemaro Vargas ARI 3B
    Cubs' Ildemaro Vargas: Back with Cubs on minors deal
    12/17/2021

    Vargas signed with the Cubs as a non-roster invitee Friday, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports.

    Vargas has appeared in 176 major-league games over the last five seasons, 15 of which came with the Cubs. He hasn't looked good at the plate, hitting just .233/.268/.355, though his 15.2 percent strikeout rate is at least mildly encouraging. He'll have to show a lot more to earn regular at-bats, however.

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  • Matt Reynolds NYM 3B
    Mets' Matt Reynolds: Back with Mets
    12/16/2021

    Reynolds signed a minor-league contract with the Mets on Wednesday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

    Reynolds appeared in 115 games for the Mets between 2016 and 2017, and he's now back in the organization. He's never found much success in the majors and spent 2021 at the Triple-A level, where he hit .269/.373/.395 with five home runs, 20 doubles, 35 RBI and 40 runs in 93 games.

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  • Dixon Machado MIA SS
    Cubs' Dixon Machado: Invited to Cubs' camp
    12/17/2021

    Machado signed with the Cubs as a non-roster invitee Friday, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports.

    Machado played parts of four seasons at the MLB level from 2015 to 2018, showing a strong glove but a bat which wasn't nearly up to par, as he hit .227/.285/.295 with two homers and three steals in 505 trips to the plate. He's spent the last two years playing for the Lotte Giants in Korea but didn't do much to change his profile, as his .279/.357/.392 slash line made him merely an average KBO hitter. If he can get his bat up to even below average rather than just plain poor he could earn a bench role with the Cubs in 2022, but he's done little to suggest he'll have much fantasy value.

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  • Freddy Galvis PHI SS
    Freddy Galvis: Heading to Japan
    12/05/2021

    Galvis is expected to sign with the NPB's Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, Yahoo Japan reports.

    While Galvis has never been confused for a star, he's better than most players who head overseas. The 32-year-old has spent most of his career as a low-end regular and looked like he was still capable of that in 2021, as his .242/.302/.407 slash line was good for a career-best 90 wRC+, a perfectly adequate number for a shortstop. Given the uncertainty that comes with MLB's lockout, however, it's likely he saw a guaranteed deal in Japan as far more appealing than waiting out the labor strife stateside, especially as he wasn't necessarily guaranteed a big-league deal once the situation is eventually resolved.

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  • Richie Martin BAL SS
    Orioles' Richie Martin: Outrighted to Triple-A
    12/01/2021

    Martin was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk on Tuesday.

    Martin spent most of 2021 injured at Triple-A, but he finished the season in the majors and hit .235/.269/.286 in 37 games. He'll need a strong performance in spring training to have a chance of cracking the Opening Day roster.

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  • Kevin Newman PIT SS
    Pirates' Kevin Newman: Avoids arbitration with Buccos
    12/01/2021

    Newman agreed to a one-year, $1.95 million contract with the Pirates to avoid arbitration Tuesday, Kevin Gorman of TribLive.com reports.

    It was Newman's first year of arbitration eligibility, and he was able to reach a deal with the Pirates without needing an arbiter. The 28-year-old broke out in 2019 with a .799 OPS, but he's struggled over the past two seasons and hit just .226/.265/.309 in 148 games during 2021.

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  • Lucius Fox KC SS
    Nationals' Lucius Fox: Claimed by Nationals
    11/30/2021

    Fox was claimed off waivers by the Nationals on Tuesday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.

    Fox has now been claimed off waivers twice within two weeks, having been previously claimed by the Orioles from the Royals in mid-November. He received his first career call-up with Kansas City in July but didn't get the chance to make his major-league debut.

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  • Corey Seager LAD SS
    Rangers' Corey Seager: Signs huge deal with Rangers
    11/29/2021

    Seager agreed to a 10-year, $325 million deal with the Rangers on Monday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

    The signing completes a $500 million renovation of the Rangers' middle infield, as the team gave $175 million to second baseman Marcus Semien on Sunday. Injuries are just about the only concern for Seager, who hit .306/.381/.545 with 31 homers in 147 games across the last two years. His combination of quantity and quality of contact is a rare one. Among players with at least 400 plate appearances last season, only Juan Soto, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Manny Machado could match both his 16.1 percent strikeout rate and his 12.4 percent barrel rate. That suggests he should still be able to be a productive player over the back half of his deal when he eventually moves off of shortstop, something which should still be a few years away for the 27-year-old.

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  • Luis Gonzalez SF RF
    Giants' Luis Gonzalez: Back in San Francisco
    3d ago

    Gonzalez (shoulder) signed a minor-league deal with the Giants on Thursday, Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America reports.

    Gonzalez was claimed off waivers by the Giants in August, but he was non-tendered by the club three months later. He spent most of the 2021 season with Triple-A Charlotte as a member of the White Sox organization and posted a .241/.352/.423 line across 163 plate appearances prior to undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum. Entering his age-26 season, Gonzalez has only 13 major-league plate appearances and is likely to serve as organizational depth once healthy.

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  • Magneuris Sierra MIA CF
    Angels' Magneuris Sierra: Lands with Angels
    4d ago

    Sierra has signed a minor-league contract with the Angels, Chris Kilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America reports.

    Sierra spent the last four seasons with the Marlins and appeared in a career-high 123 games in 2021. He hit .230 with 27 runs, five RBI and 11 stolen bases and was cast off the 40-man roster in November. The 25-year-old should have a chance to compete for a big-league roster spot heading into the 2022 campaign.

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  • Ronald Acuna ATL RF
    Braves' Ronald Acuna: Taking BP again
    5d ago

    Acuna (knee) took on-field batting practice Wednesday for the first time since undergoing surgery in July to repair a torn ACL, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

    The activity marks the first meaningful milestone in the recovery process for Acuna, who will most likely be limited when hitters report to spring training in late February, should there be a resolution to the ongoing lockout. Whether Acuna is ready to go for Opening Day will likely hinge on whether he's able to run and change direction at full speed in the latter weeks of spring training. Regardless, Acuna at least seems to be progressing from the right knee injury on a normal schedule, though his uncertain timetable for making his 2022 debut will make him a risky early-round selection. Even if Acuna is deemed ready for the start of the season, he could scale back his involvement in the running game coming off surgery, after he stole 17 bases in 23 attempts through 82 games last season before suffering the knee injury.

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  • Gregory Polanco TOR RF
    Gregory Polanco: Heading overseas
    12d ago

    Polanco signed a contract Wednesday with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball.

    After beginning his time in affiliated ball as a highly touted prospect for the Pirates, Polanco was rewarded with a five-year, $35 million contract extension in the spring of 2016, following a productive first two seasons in the big leagues. Polanco made good on the first three years of the extension with a .255/.324/.455 slash line (105 wRC+), but his production dipped considerably in the two-plus years that followed before Pittsburgh released him in August. Polanco finished the 2021 campaign in the Blue Jays organization after agreeing to a minor-league deal, but after hitting free agency during the offseason, he wasn't able to land an MLB contract before the lockout began Dec. 1. He'll now head overseas in an attempt to revive his career with the hope of generating renewed interest stateside heading into 2022; however, now that Polanco is on the wrong side of 30, it's possible he's made his last MLB appearance.

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  • Cameron Maybin NYM CF
    Cameron Maybin: Announces retirement
    14d ago

    Maybin announced his retirement from baseball via his personal Twitter account Monday.

    Maybin appeared in nine games for the Mets in 2021, recording just one hit in 28 at-bats to go along with one stolen bag. The outfielder spent time with 11 different organizations during his 15-year career, hitting .254 with 72 home runs, 354 RBI and 187 stolen bases over 3,824 total games.

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  • Cody Bellinger LAD CF
    Dodgers' Cody Bellinger: Avoids arbitration
    25d ago

    Bellinger and the Dodgers have agreed to a one-year, $17 million contract to avoid arbitration, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

    Bellinger and the Dodgers agreed to the deal before the league's lockout, and the 26-year-old will receive a slight pay raise for the 2022 season. The 2019 National League MVP struggled during the 2021 campaign and slashed .165/.240/.302 with 10 homers, 39 runs, 36 RBI and three stolen bases across 95 games while battling various injuries. Bellinger served in the strong side of a platoon late in the year and could do so once again in 2022 if he gets off to a slow start at the plate.

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  • Manny Banuelos LAD SP
    Yankees' Manny Banuelos: Inks MiLB deal with Yankees
    7d ago

    Banuelos signed a minor-league contract with the Yankees on Monday, Sung Min Kim of The Athletic reports.

    Banuelos agreed to a contract with the Fubon Guardians of the Chinese Professional Baseball League in June of 2020, where he recorded a 2.94 ERA and 1.33 WHIP with a 64:19 K:BB across 49 innings pitched. His last big-league experience dates back to 2019, when he appeared in 16 games (eight starts) for the White Sox. He finished the 2019 season with a 6.93 ERA and a 44:33 K:BB in 50.2 frames. Banuelos will return to the United States for spring training, where he'll look to prove that he has more gas left in the tank.

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  • Sean Nolin WAS SP
    Sean Nolin: Heads overseas again
    9d ago

    Nolin signed with the Kia Tigers of the KBO on Saturday.

    This is Nolin's second time signing with a club on the other side of the Pacific, as he played with the Saitama Seibu Lions in Japan in 2020. He posted a passable 4.39 ERA in five starts and five relief appearances for the Nationals in 2021, but that came with a poor combination of a 16.3 percent strikeout rate and a 10.6 percent walk rate. The 32-year-old's MLB days may be over unless he catches fire in Korea.

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  • Robert Stock NYM SP
    Robert Stock: Heading to KBO
    12d ago

    Stock agreed to a one-year, $700,00 contract with the Doosan Bears of the Korean Baseball Organization on Tuesday, Jee-ho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency reports.

    Stock refused an outrighted assignment to Triple-A from the Mets in late October and elected free agency, and he'll continue his career in South Korea. The 32-year-old appeared in three games between the Mets and Cubs in 2021 and surrendered eight earned runs with a 9:9 K:BB over nine innings. However, he did find some MLB success as a rookie in 2018 with the Padres with a 2.50 ERA across 39.2 frames out of the bullpen.

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  • Charlie Barnes MIN SP
    Charlie Barnes: Signs with Lotte
    25d ago

    Barnes signed with the Lotte Giants of the KBO on Thursday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.

    Barnes split the 2021 season between Triple-A St. Paul and the Twins, pitching primarily as a starter. While he experienced some success in the minors, he posted only a 5.92 ERA and 1.63 WHIP across 38 innings with the big-league club. As a result, he was designated for assignment in mid-November. With his future in question stateside, he'll now seek a new opportunity in the KBO and should have a chance to stick in the rotation with Lotte.

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  • Michael Kelly BAL SP
    Phillies' Mike Kelly: Signs with Phillies
    12/14/2021

    Kelly signed with the Phillies as a non-roster invitee Tuesday.

    Kelly, a 29-year-old righty, has yet to make his major-league debut. He threw 44.2 innings for Triple-A Sugar Land in 2021, cruising to a 2.82 ERA, but a player his age looking good against minor-league hitters isn't something to get too excited about.

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  • Lance McCullers HOU SP
    Astros' Lance McCullers: Still not throwing
    12/05/2021

    McCullers (forearm) will start throwing in "about a month," Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    McCullers suffered the injury to his throwing arm in mid-October and was unable to pitch in the the ALCS or World Series. In positive news, McCullers recently had an MRI that came back clean. Even so, it will be worth monitoring how McCullers is able to progress prior to spring training, which may dictate whether he is able to ramp up in time to begin the season on the mound.

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  • Ryan Weber SEA RP
    Yankees' Ryan Weber: Inks MiLB deal with Yankees
    3d ago

    Weber agreed to a minor-league contract with the Yankees on Friday, Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America reports.

    Weber made four MLB appearances in 2021 between the Mariners, Red Sox and Brewers, and he'll now join the Yankees heading into 2022. He spent most of last season at the Triple-A level and posted a 4.18 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 102:13 K:BB across 103.1 innings.

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  • Corey Oswalt NYM RP
    Giants' Corey Oswalt: Signs minor-league deal
    4d ago

    Oswalt (knee) signed a minor-league deal with the Giants on Thursday, Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America reports.

    Oswalt threw a total of 27.1 innings as a member of the Mets in 2021, 10.1 of which came with the big-league club. He managed an impressive 10:2 K:BB, but his next challenge will be proving that he has overcome knee inflammation that ended his season in early July. While he was unable to return to the big-league mound, Oswalt was in the midst of a rehab assignment at the close of the campaign, meaning it is likely that he will be healthy for spring training.

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  • Stephen Nogosek NYM RP
    Mets' Stephen Nogosek: Back with Mets
    4d ago

    Nogosek signed a minor-league deal with the Mets on Thursday, Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America reports.

    Nogosek spent the 2021 season in the Mets organization, with the bulk of his playing time coming at Triple-A Syracuse. He came out of the bullpen and managed only a 5.14 ERA and 1.46 WHIP across 35 innings, though his 52:16 K:BB suggests he may have deserved better results. With a strong spring training, Nogosek could earn a low-leverage bullpen role with the big-league club.

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  • Kyle Barraclough MIN RP
    Angels' Kyle Barraclough: Signs with Angels
    4d ago

    Barraclough has signed a minor-league contract with the Angels, Chris Kilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America reports.

    Barraclough made 10 relief appearances with the Twins in 2021 but spent most of the year in the minors. Across 32 outings at the Triple-A level, he logged a 2.75 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 39.1 innings. The right-hander will likely compete for a spot in the major-league bullpen this spring.

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  • Keynan Middleton ARI RP
    Diamondbacks' Keynan Middleton: Signs minor-league contract
    4d ago

    Middleton signed a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks, Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America reports.

    Middleton made 32 appearances (one start) with the Mariners during the 2021 campaign and earned four saves while posting a 4.94 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in 31 innings. However, he was cast off the 40-man roster in August and will now attempt to carve out a role with Arizona heading into the 2022 season.

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  • Kyle Keller PIT RP
    Kyle Keller: Headed to Japan
    7d ago

    Keller signed a contract with the Hanshin Tigers of Nippon Professional Baseball on Monday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

    Keller made a career-high 32 relief appearances with the Pirates during the 2021 campaign but sputtered to a 6.48 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in 33.1 innings. The right-hander will now attempt to right the ship overseas.

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  • Jacob Nottingham SEA DH
    Orioles' Jacob Nottingham: Signs minor-league deal
    12/08/2021

    Nottingham signed a minor-league contract with the Orioles on Wednesday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.

    Nottingham appeared in 15 major-league games with the Brewers and Mariners last year and hit .150 with three home runs, six RBI and five runs. Given his big-league experience and the lack of Baltimore's depth at catcher, it wouldn't be surprising to see him serve as a non-roster invitee this spring.

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  • Christian Colon NYM DH
    Christian Colon: Ending career
    12/05/2021

    Colon is planning to retire, Mitch Bannon of SI.com reports.

    Colon has been in professional baseball since 2010, and he first reached the majors in 2014. He spent the majority of his career as organizational depth, including 2021 when he played at Triple-A Buffalo. For his career, he logged a .249/.312/.310 line across 418 major-league plate appearances.

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  • Kevin Cron ARI DH
    Kevin Cron: Moves from Japan to Korea
    12/05/2021

    Cron signed with the SSG Landers of the KBO on Friday, Jeeho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency reports.

    Cron left MLB for Japan last offseason, though he failed to impress in 42 games for the Hiroshima Carp, hitting just .231/.270/.431 with six homers. He's still on the right side of 30, so it's possible a strong season following another step down the ladder will earn him looks from MLB clubs next winter, but he'll have to hit far better in Korea than he did in Japan if that's to happen.

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  • Yohel Pozo TEX DH
    Rangers' Yohel Pozo: Back with Rangers
    12/02/2021

    Pozo signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Wednesday.

    Pozo played 17 games at designated hitter and two at catcher while hitting .284/.312/.378 with one home run in 77 MLB plate appearances last season. He hit .337/.352/.622 with 23 home runs in 77 games as a 24-year-old at Triple-A, but his lack of defensive utility may limit his opportunities going forward.

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  • Yohel Pozo TEX DH
    Yohel Pozo: Let go by Texas
    12/01/2021

    Pozo was non-tendered by the Rangers on Tuesday.

    Pozo made his big-league debut in 2021 and hit .284/.312/.378 in 21 games. He spent most of the campaign at Triple-A Rock Rock, where he found more offensive success with a .962 OPS and 23 homers.

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  • Jorge Ona SD DH
    Padres' Jorge Ona: Sent outright to Triple-A
    11/19/2021

    Ona (elbow) was outrighted to Triple-A El Paso on Friday.

    Ona missed most of the 2021 campaign after he underwent elbow surgery, but he began a rehab assignment late in the year. His removal from the 40-man roster will clear room for several prospects whose contracts were selected ahead of the Rule 5 draft.

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