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12/16/2014 Alex Rodriguez, 3B (NYY), 3B
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says Rodriguez's days as an everyday fielder are over and he hopes A-Rod will be New York's fulltime designated hitter. Chase Headley will be the Yankees' starting third baseman after agreeing to a $52 million, four-year deal.

Analysis: Cashman said during a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday that ''I can't expect Alex to be anything.'' adds: ''Even before the suspension, he wasn't the same player at third base on the defensive or offensive side.'' Rodriguez is coming off a season-long suspension for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract and is owed $61 million over the final three seasons of his contract.
12/16/2014 Chris Capuano, P (NYY), P
Capuano is staying with the New York Yankees, just like fellow free agents Chase Headley and Chris Young. A person familiar with the negotiations says the left-hander has agreed to a $5 million, one-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the agreement had not yet been announced.

Analysis: The 36-year-old started last season with Boston and had a 4.55 ERA in 28 relief appearances. He was released July 1 and signed with Colorado three days later but never made it to the majors with the Rockies. New York purchased his contract July 24, and he was 2-3 with a 4.25 ERA in 12 starts for the Yankees.
12/16/2014 Michael Morse, LF (Mia), LF
A person familiar with the negotiations says Morse has agreed to a two-year contract with the Miami Marlins pending a physical. The person confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it had not been finalized.

Analysis: Last season Morse hit .279 with 16 homers and 61 RBIs in 131 games for the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. He batted .300 in the postseason and had four RBIs in the World Series. The deal is the latest in a busy offseason for the Marlins. They signed Giancarlo Stanton to a record $325 million contract, and then traded for All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon, right-hander Mat Latos and right-hander Dan Haren, who has indicated he might retire.
12/15/2014 Alex Rios, RF (Tex), RF
A person with knowledge of the negotiations says outfielder Alex Rios and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to an $11 million, one-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal was subject to Rios passing a physical.

Analysis: Rios will take over in right field from Nori Aoki, who became a free agent after helping the Royals win their first AL pennant since 1985. Rios, who turns 34 in February, had been with Texas since August 2013 and hit .280 this year with four homers and 54 RBIs. He set career highs with the Chicago White Sox in 2012 with 25 homers and 91 RBIs.
12/15/2014 Alberto Callaspo, 2B (Atl), 2B
Callaspo and the Atlanta Braves have finalized a one-year contract. The deal was agreed to last week at the winter meetings and announced Monday.

Analysis: The 31-year-old Callaspo should provide versatility in the infield. He played second base, first base and third base this year for Oakland. Callaspo and Phil Gosselin could compete for the starting job at second base with top prospect Jose Peraza. Atlanta traded second baseman Tommy La Stella to the Cubs for right-handed reliever Luis Vizcaino last month. Callaspo also could play behind Chris Johnson at third base.
12/15/2014 Melky Cabrera, LF (CWS), LF
A person with direct knowledge of the deal says the Chicago White Sox have finalized a $42 million, three-year contract with free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Monday on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the agreement.

Analysis: The busy White Sox scheduled a news conference for Tuesday to introduce offseason acquisitions Jeff Samardzija and David Robertson, and the team could announce Cabrera's deal at the same time. The 30-year-old Cabrera could slot in quite nicely behind Eaton in the No. 2 spot in the lineup. He hit .301 with 16 homers and 73 RBIs with Toronto last season.
12/15/2014 Jason Motte, P (StL), P
A person with direct knowledge of the deal says veteran reliever Jason Motte has agreed to a $4.5 million, one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Monday night on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the agreement. The contract is pending a physical and includes bonuses that could increase the value to $7 million.

Analysis: Motte was one of the major leagues' top closers in 2012, when he had 42 saves for St. Louis. But he had elbow-ligament replacement surgery in May 2013 and missed that whole season. He returned this year and went 1-0 with a 4.68 ERA in 29 games with the Cardinals. The deal with Motte gives Chicago another big arm for its bullpen and continues an impressive offseason for the Cubs. They also signed left-hander Jon Lester and traded for catcher Miguel Montero.
12/15/2014 Yohan Pino, P (KC), P
The Royals signed former Twins right-hander Yohan Pino on Monday and designated reliever Casey Coleman for assignment.

Analysis: The 30-year-old Pino went 2-5 with a 5.07 ERA in 11 starts for Minnesota last season. He made his debut June 19 against the White Sox and earned his first win against Seattle on July 10. Pino, who also has pitched for the Indians, Blue Jays and Reds organizations, spent most of last season at Triple-A Rochester. He went 10-2 with a 2.47 ERA for the Red Wings.
12/15/2014 Jed Lowrie, SS (Hou), SS
Lowrie and the Houston Astros have agreed to a $23 million, three-year contract.

Analysis: The agreement, announced Monday, includes a 2018 club option. Lowrie was acquired by the Astros from Boston for pitcher Mark Melancon in December 2011 in Jeff Luhnow's first trade as general manager and was Houston's shortstop in 2012. He was dealt to Oakland in February 2013 in that trade that brought Chris Carter to the Astros. A switch-hitter, Lowrie had 35 home runs and 155 RBIs over the last three seasons.
12/15/2014 Jon Lester, P (ChC), P
Lester says he believes in the Chicago Cubs' plan and is ready to try to help bring them their first championship since 1908.

Analysis: A three-time All-Star who won two World Series with Boston, Lester was introduced at a news conference on Monday and presented with Kerry Wood's old No. 34.
12/15/2014 Chase Headley, 3B (NYY), 3B
Headley is staying with the Yankees, giving New York insurance at third base in case Alex Rodriguez is unable to play the field regularly.

Analysis: With Headley available to play third in A-Rod's place, the Yankees would be able to use Martin Prado at second. The 30-year-old Headley was acquired from San Diego in July. The 2012 NL Gold Glove winner at third, he hit .262 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 191 at-bats for the Yankees.
12/14/2014 Jon Lester, P (ChC), P
Lester has set Major League Baseball records for largest signing bonus and biggest upfront payment with his $155 million, seven-year deal with the Chicago Cubs.

Analysis: The pitcher's contract calls for a $30 million signing bonus, of which $15 million is due by April 1, according to a person familiar with the agreement. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because those details have not been announced. Lester's remaining signing bonus is due in three payments through 2020.
12/13/2014 Jon Lester, P (ChC), P
The Chicago Cubs have officially announced Lester's signing on Saturday. They are scheduled to introduce him at a news conference Monday at Spiaggia Restaurant, a favorite of President Barack Obama's family.

Analysis: Lester agreed Tuesday night to a $155 million, six-year contract with the Cubs. His contract contains an option for 2021 that, if it becomes guaranteed, would make the deal worth $170 million over seven seasons. A three-time All-Star who turns 31 next month, Lester won two World Series titles with Boston. He was dealt by the Red Sox to Oakland at the trade deadline in July and helped the A's reach the playoffs.
12/12/2014 Jake Fox, C (Tor), C
The Toronto Blue Jays signed Fox to a minor league contract on Friday.

Analysis: The 32-year-old Fox split last season between Philadelphia's Double-A and Triple-A affiliates, batting .307 in Triple-A and .308 in Double-A. He last played in the majors with Baltimore in 2011.
12/12/2014 Caleb Gindl, RF (Tor), RF
The Toronto Blue Jays signed Gindl to a minor league contract on Friday.

Analysis: The 26-year-old Gindl appeared in eight games for Milwaukee this year, batting .158 with a .304 on-base percentage.
12/12/2014 Wilton Lopez, P (Tor), P
The Toronto Blue Jays signed Lopez to a minor league contract Friday.

Analysis: The 31-year-old Lopez is 16-17 with a 3.54 earned-run average in 305 1-3 innings in six major league seasons. He pitched 6 1-3 innings for Colorado last season.
12/12/2014 Eugenio Velez, LF (TB), LF
The Tampa Bay Rays have signed Velez to a minor league contract.

Analysis: Velez is an infielder/outfielder who's played with the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants.
12/12/2014 Corey Brown, LF (TB), LF
The Tampa Bay Rays have signed Brown to a minor league contract.

Analysis: Brown played for Boston and Washington over the past four seasons.
12/12/2014 Bobby Wilson, C (TB), C
The Tampa Bay Rays have signed Wilson to a minor league contract.

Analysis: Wilson has spent parts of six seasons in the majors with Arizona and the Los Angeles Angels.
12/12/2014 Ross Detwiler, P (Tex), P
Texas has completed a trade to acquire left-hander Ross Detwiler from the Washington Nationals for two minor leaguers.

Analysis: While Detwiler spent last season in the bullpen, he is expected to get a chance to earn a spot in the Rangers' starting rotation. Detwiler has started 69 of his 132 major league games, all with the Nationals, who took him with the sixth pick in the 2007 draft. He has a career record of 20-32 with a 3.82 ERA.
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