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12/14/2017 Fernando Rodney, Ari, P
The Minnesota Twins and closer Fernando Rodney agreed to a one-year contract, multiple outlets reported on Thursday. SiriuxXM reported that the deal is worth $4.5 million, with incentives that could raise its value to $6 million.

Analysis: Rodney, who recorded a 5-4 mark with a 4.23 ERA, converted 39 of 45 save opportunities last season with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The three-time All-Star tossed 10 2/3 hitless innings while striking out 16 from May 26-July 2.
12/14/2017 Stephen Piscotty, Oak, RF
The Oakland Athletics acquired outfielder Stephen Piscotty from the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday for minor league infielders Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock.

Analysis: Piscotty batted .235 with nine homers and 39 RBIs in 107 games last season with the Cardinals. He is signed to a six-year contract through the 2022 season.
12/14/2017 Brandon Kintzler, Was, P
Kintzler agreed to a two-year contract with the Washington Nationals, multiple outlets reported on Thursday. USA Today Sports reported that the deal is worth $10 million and includes a third-year option worth $6 million.

Analysis: The Nationals acquired Kintzler from the Minnesota Twins at the trade deadline in July for left-handed pitching prospect Tyler Watson and $500,000 in international bonus pool allocation.
12/14/2017 Steve Cishek, TB, P
The Chicago Cubs and right-handed sinkerballer Steve Cishek have agreed to a two-year deal, multiple outlets reported on Thursday.

Analysis: Cishek recorded a 3-2 mark with a 2.01 ERA in 49 appearances last season with the Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays acquired Cishek and cash considerations from the Mariners in July for left-hander Erasmo Ramirez.
12/14/2017 Anthony Swarzak, Mil, P
The New York Mets agreed to a two-year, $14 million contract with reliever Anthony Swarzak, multiple outlets reported.

Analysis: Swarzak bolstered Milwaukee's bullpen down the stretch last season and finished with a 6-4 mark with two saves, a 2.33 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 70 relief appearances with the Chicago White Sox and Brewers.
12/13/2017 Michael Pineda, Min, P
The Minnesota Twins signed former New York Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda on Wednesday to a two-year contract worth $10 million.

Analysis: Pineda was placed on the disabled list in mid-July with a right UCL injury and eventually underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on July 18. He might not be available for the 2018 season as he continues his rehab but would be ready for spring 2019.
12/13/2017 Drew Smyly, ChC, P
Smyly has agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Cubs.

Analysis: Smyly will spend much of that first season recovering from Tommy John surgery he underwent in late June, but could prove to be a bargain if he returns to pre-injury form. The lefty went 31-27 with a 3.74 ERA over five seasons with Detroit and Tampa Bay before missing all of 2017 with elbow issues while with the Mariners. His addition may be a sign the Cubs won't be re-signing former Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta.
12/12/2017 Bryan Shaw, Cle, P
The Rockies have signed Shaw to a three-year contract, with ESPN reporting the deal to be worth around $9 million per season.

Analysis: Shaw was both durable and dependable over five seasons with the Indians, appearing in at least 70 games in each of those years, and the 56.3 percent ground ball rate he posted in 2017 should play well in Coors Field. The 30-year-old right-hander may have an opportunity to close in Colorado, as it's unclear if the Rockies will bring back free-agent Greg Holland or add another late-inning arm.
12/12/2017 Bryan Mitchell, SD, P
The New York Yankees traded Chase Headley along with right-hander Bryan Mitchell to the San Diego Padres for outfielder Jabari Blash, multiple outlets reported on Tuesday.

Analysis: Mitchell, 26, posted a 1-1 mark with a 5.79 ERA in 32 2/3 innings in 2017.
12/12/2017 Jabari Blash, NYY, RF
The New York Yankees traded Chase Headley along with right-hander Bryan Mitchell to the San Diego Padres for outfielder Jabari Blash, multiple outlets reported on Tuesday.

Analysis: Blash, 28, batted .213 with five home runs and 16 RBIs in 61 games last season.
12/12/2017 Chase Headley, SD, 3B
Headley appears to be on his way back to San Diego. The New York Yankees traded the third baseman along with right-hander Bryan Mitchell to the San Diego Padres for outfielder Jabari Blash, multiple outlets reported on Tuesday.

Analysis: Headley, who began his career with San Diego in 2007, was traded from the Padres to the Yankees prior to the 2014 trade deadline. The 33-year-old switch hitter batted .273 with 12 home runs and 61 RBIs in 147 games last season.
12/11/2017 Pat Neshek, Phi, P
A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that Neshek is returning to the Philadelphia Phillies. Neshek will get a $16.5 million, two-year contact pending a successful physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because there was no official announcement on the agreement.

Analysis: The 37-year-old Neshek was an All-Star last year in his first season in Philadelphia. The Phillies then traded him to playoff-contending Colorado in late July for three prospects. The side-slinging righty was a combined 5-3 with one save and a 1.59 ERA in 71 games. He had a 1.12 ERA in 43 games for the last-place Phillies.
12/11/2017 Jimmy Nelson, Mil, P
Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell has reiterated that ace Jimmy Nelson will not resume throwing until spring training and won't be ready for opening day as he comes back from a shoulder injury.

Analysis: Nelson was 12-6 with a 3.49 ERA last season. The right-hander was hurt Sept. 8 diving back to first after rounding the base after getting a single.
12/10/2017 Brandon Morrow, ChC, P
The Cubs have agreed to a two-year deal with reliever Morrow on Sunday, according to multiple outlets.

Analysis: Morrow could be in line to be the Cubs' closer if the franchise fails to re-sign free agent Wade Davis. Morrow, 33, was 6-0 with a 2.06 ERA in 45 regular-season games for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017. He gave up just one run and three hits over 8 1/3 innings as the Dodgers won the first two rounds of the National League playoffs to reach the World Series.
12/9/2017 Giancarlo Stanton, NYY, RF
The New York Yankees agreed to acquire National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins in a blockbuster trade, according to multiple reports Saturday. The two teams reached terms for a deal pending final approval from the 28-year-old Stanton under the terms of his no-trade clause. The trade approval is expected to be a formality.

Analysis: Yankees infielder Starlin Castro and minor league prospects would be traded to Miami as part of the deal, according to reports.
12/8/2017 Mike Fiers, Det, P
The Tigers have agreed to a major league deal with Fiers.

Analysis: Fiers made 28 starts and one relief appearance for the Astros this year, going 8-10 with a 5.22 ERA. He struck out 146 in 153 1/3 innings. Fiers was not included on any of Houston's postseason rosters, and the Astros did not offer him a contract for 2018. In September, Fiers was suspended five games after throwing a fastball over the head of Angels infielder Luis Valbuena.
12/8/2017 Chris Iannetta, Col, C
Iannetta and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a two-year deal.

Analysis: A fourth-round pick by Colorado in 2004, Iannetta spent last season in Arizona, where he hit .254 with 17 homers and 43 RBIs in 89 games. He had a scary moment in May when a 93 mph pitch by a Pittsburgh reliever hit him in the face. He required several stitches to his upper lip, along with suffering fractured teeth and a broken nose.
12/7/2017 Tyler Chatwood, ChC, P
Chatwood agreed to a three-year, $38 million deal with the Chicago Cubs, the team announced Thursday.

Analysis: Chatwood posted an 8-15 mark and a 4.69 ERA in 33 appearances last season for the Colorado Rockies. His loss total last season tied for the most in the National League.
12/5/2017 Wily Peralta, KC, P
Peralta and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to a one-year contract worth $1,525,000, a deal that includes a club option for 2019.

Analysis: The 28-year-old gets a $1.5 million salary next year and the chance to earn $1.25 million annually in performance bonuses. The option is for $3 million with a $25,000 buyout. If the Royals decline the option, he would be eligible for salary arbitration.
12/5/2017 Mike Minor, Tex, P
A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free agent left-hander Mike Minor is close to a multiyear contract with the Texas Rangers.

Analysis: Minor, who will turn 30 the day after Christmas, was 6-6 with a 2.55 ERA in 65 relief appearances last season with the Kansas City Royals. The Rangers plan to use him as a starter.
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