MLB Recent Player News
|11/24/2014||Pablo Sandoval, 3B (SF)||Sandoval and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a multiyear contract.
Analysis: Sandoval, the 2012 World Series MVP with San Francisco, was pondering an offer from the Giants worth about $95 million over five years, two people with knowledge of that offer said, also speaking on condition of anonymity because no deal had been announced.
|11/24/2014||Kyle Seager, 3B (Sea)||The Mariners and Seager have agreed to a $100 million, seven-year contract.
Analysis: Seager is coming off his first All-Star game selection and his first Gold Glove. The 27-year-old hit .268 with a career-high 25 homers and 96 RBIs.
|11/23/2014||Ike Davis, 1B (Oak)||The Oakland Athletics have filled their second key position in five days, acquiring first baseman Ike Davis and international bonus slot 86 from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for international bonus slot 27.
Analysis: The 27-year-old Davis began last season with the New York Mets and batted .208 with a home run and five RBIs in 12 games before Pittsburgh acquired him April 18 for pitchers Zack Thornton and Blake Taylor. A left-handed hitter, Davis then batted .235 in 131 games for the Pirates, finishing 2014 with a .233 overall batting average and 11 homers and 51 RBIs in 143 games.
|11/22/2014||Mike Bolsinger, P (LAD)||The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired Bolsinger from the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash.
Analysis: The 26-year-old Bolsinger made his major league debut last season. He had nine starts and one relief appearance for Arizona, going 1-6 with a 5.50 ERA.
|11/21/2014||Adam LaRoche, 1B (Was)||A person familiar with the situation says free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche has agreed to a contract with the Chicago White Sox.
Analysis: The White Sox have AL Rookie of the Year Jose Abreu entrenched at first base, so LaRoche is likely to see most of his time at designated hitter. He has spent almost his entire career in the National League, save for six games for Boston in 2009. LaRoche gives the White Sox some sorely needed power from the left side. He hit .259 with 26 homers and 92 RBIs in 140 games this year for NL East champion Washington.
|11/21/2014||Evan Reed, P (Det)||A judge reinstated a sexual assault case against Reed on Friday, overturning a decision by another judge who found inconsistencies in the alleged victim's story.
Analysis: Reed is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was playing for the Detroit Tigers last spring when a woman says she was drugged at a bar before Reed took her to a Detroit casino hotel on the eve of Opening Day. Reed, who wasn't in court, insists he had consensual sex with the 45-year-old woman. He is a free agent after playing for the Tigers and Triple-A Toledo last season.
|11/21/2014||Joel Peralta, P (LAD)||Peralta has been acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Tampa Bay Rays as part of a four-player trade. Tampa Bay received right-handers Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris in the trade announced Thursday night, and the Dodgers also obtained left-hander Adam Liberatore.
Analysis: Peralta, a 38-year-old right-hander, was 3-4 with a 4.41 ERA and one save in 69 games this year.
|11/21/2014||Edgar Olmos, P (Sea)||The Mariners have claimed Olmos off waivers from Miami.
Analysis: Olmos, 24, pitched at Double- and Triple-A last season in the Marlins organization. He appeared in five games for Miami late in the 2013 season.
|11/20/2014||Ronald Belisario, P (CWS)||The Chicago White Sox have designated Belisario for assignment.
Analysis: Belisario, 31, was 4-8 with a 5.56 ERA and eight saves in 62 relief appearances in his lone season in Chicago. He signed as a free agent in December.
|11/20/2014||Daniel Robertson, LF (LAA)||The Texas Rangers have traded outfielder Daniel Robertson to the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named or cash. The deal was announced Thursday.
Analysis: The 29-year-old Robertson made his major league debut last season and hit .271 with 21 RBIs in 70 games with Texas. He began the season in the minors with San Diego and was acquired by the Rangers in late April.
|11/20/2014||Jameson Taillon, P (Pit)||The Pirates added Taillon to their 40-man roster Thursday.
Analysis: Taillon, the second overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft, missed the 2014 season after Tommy John surgery on his right arm.
|11/20/2014||Ike Davis, 1B (Oak)||The Pirates designated Davis for assignment Thursday. Pittsburgh has 10 days to trade Davis or release him.
Analysis: Davis hit .235 with 10 homers and 46 RBIs in 131 games with the Pirates after being acquired in an April trade from the New York Mets. The left-handed Davis served as part of a platoon at first base with right-handed Gaby Sanchez but found himself out of a job with the Pirates likely moving Pedro Alvarez to first in 2015.
|11/20/2014||Reymond Fuentes, CF (KC)||The Kansas City Royals have acquired Fuentes from the San Diego Padres for left-hander Kyle Bartsch. The trade was announced Thursday.
Analysis: The 23-year-old Fuentes hit a combined .294 with five home runs, 33 RBIs and 25 steals in Triple-A and Double-A last season. He made his major league debut in 2013, hitting .152 in 23 games with the Padres.
|11/20/2014||Josh Zeid, P (Det)||The Tigers announced Thursday that they have claimed Zeid off waivers.
Analysis: The right-hander appeared in 23 games - all in relief - for the Houston Astros last season.
|11/20/2014||Ezequiel Carrera, LF (Det)||The Detroit Tigers have designated Carrera for assignment.
Analysis: Carrera hit .261 in 45 games for Detroit in 2014. The Tigers recently traded for center fielder Anthony Gose.
|11/20/2014||Zelous Wheeler, 3B (NYY)||The New York Yankees have sold the rights to Wheeler to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Pacific League.
Analysis: The 27-year-old, signed by the Yankees last November, hit .193 with two homers and five RBIs in 57 at-bats with New York as a rookie this year. He batted .296 with nine homers and 40 RBIs at Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes-Barre. New York acquired the rights to pitcher Masahiro Tanaka from the Golden Eagles last winter.
|11/20/2014||David Martinez, P (Tex)||The Texas Rangers have signed Martinez to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.
Analysis: Martinez had a 6.38 ERA in seven relief appearances for the Houston Astros the past two seasons. He went 5-6 with a 5.64 ERA and started in 13 of his 22 appearances for Triple-A Oklahoma City last season.
|11/20/2014||Chris Gimenez, C (Tex)||The Texas Rangers have signed Gimenez and right-hander David Martinez to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training.
Analysis: Gimenez was on the Rangers' opening day roster last season after being acquired on a waiver claim from Oakland in late March, then was traded to Cleveland in August. The catcher combined to hit .241 with 11 RBIs in 42 games for the Rangers and Indians last season.
|11/19/2014||Juan Francisco, 3B (Bos)||The Red Sox have claimed Francisco off waivers from the Blue Jays.
Analysis: Francisco played 106 games for the Blue Jays last season, batting .220 with 16 home runs and 43 RBIs. He has played both first and third base in a major league career that also includes stops in Cincinnati, Atlanta and Milwaukee. In 404 games, he has batted .236 with 48 homers and 152 RBIs.
|11/19/2014||Billy Butler, DH (Oak)||The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms on a $30 million, three-year contract with Butler through the 2017 season.
Analysis: Butler helped the Kansas City Royals reach the World Series last month after a 29-year playoff drought. In the postseason opener, they rallied late to eliminate Oakland in the AL wild-card game. Butler contributed two hits and two RBIs.
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