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11/19/2015 Jack Leathersich, ChC, P
The Cubs have claimed Leathersich off waivers from the Mets.

Analysis: The lefty reliever is expected to miss most of next season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in July. Leathersich made his MLB debut in 2015, posting a 2.31 ERA in 17 appearances prior to the surgery.
11/18/2015 Jake Arrieta, ChC, P
Arrieta won the NL Cy Young Award on Wednesday, beating out Los Angeles Dodgers stars Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw. The Chicago Cubs pitcher got 17 first-place votes for 169 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America in results announced Wednesday. Greinke drew 10 first-place votes and had 147 points. Kershaw had the other three firsts and 101 points.

Analysis: Arrieta led the majors in wins, going 22-6. He went 11-0 in his last 12 starts, pushing the Cubs into the playoffs for the first time since 2008. He had a 1.77 ERA, struck out 236 and pitched a no-hitter.
11/18/2015 Dallas Keuchel, Hou, P
Keuchel has won the AL Cy Young Award, easily beating out David Price. Keuchel got 22 first-place votes for 186 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America in results announced Wednesday. Keuchel became the first Houston pitcher to win the Cy Young since Roger Clemens in 2004, and the first do it since the Astros joined the AL.

Analysis: Keuchel led the league in wins, going 20-8 and helping Houston reach the playoffs for the first time since 2005. The bearded 27-year-old with a dominant sinker and sharp slider had a 2.48 ERA and 216 strikeouts.
11/18/2015 Scott Hairston, CWS, LF
The White Sox and Hairston have agreed to a minor league contract.

Analysis: Hairston has not played in the major leagues since 2014, when he hit .208 in 61 games for the Washington Nationals. He is a career .242 hitter with 106 homers and 313 RBIs over 11 seasons with Arizona, San Diego, Oakland, the New York Mets, Chicago Cubs and Nationals.
11/18/2015 Francisco Rodriguez, Det, P
The Tigers have acquired Rodriguez from the Milwaukee Brewers in their latest attempt to stabilize the back end of their bullpen. The teams announced the trade Wednesday. Milwaukee receives minor league infielder Javier Betancourt and a player to be named.

Analysis: Rodriguez, who turns 34 in January, went 1-3 with a 2.21 ERA for the Brewers in 2015. He had 38 saves in 40 chances. Detroit's bullpen has been an issue for the last few seasons. The Tigers this month declined their $10 million option on Joe Nathan.
11/17/2015 Cliff Pennington, LAA, SS
Pennington became the first free agent to switch teams this offseason when the Los Angeles Angels signed him to a two-year, $3.75 million deal. The Angels announced the signing Tuesday.

Analysis: Pennington began last season with Arizona and moved to Toronto in a trade in August. The switch-hitting journeyman batted .210 with three homers and 21 RBIs in 105 total games, making multiple starts at five positions.
11/17/2015 David Ortiz, Bos, DH
Ortiz plans to retire following the 2016 season, according to a report.

Analysis: Ortiz turns 40 on Wednesday, though he remains one of the game's most feared sluggers. His 37 home runs last season were his most since 2006 and he's knocked in over 100 runs in each of the last three campaigns. With 503 career homers, he'll certainly be in the Hall of Fame conversation when eligible.
11/17/2015 Brandon Crawford, SF, SS
The Giants have signed Crawford to a six-year, $75 million extension.

Analysis: The deal, which reportedly includes a full no-trade clause, runs through 2021 and covers Crawford's first four years of free agency as well as his remaining two arbitration seasons. The 28-year-old is coming off a breakout season in which he hit .256 with 21 homers and 84 RBIs while earning a Gold Glove.
11/16/2015 Kris Bryant, ChC, 3B
Bryant was a unanimous pick as NL Rookie of the Year after helping Chicago return to the playoffs for the first time since 2008. He received all 30 first-place votes for 150 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America in balloting announced Monday.

Analysis: Bryant made his debut on April 17, just after the Cubs ensured he cannot be a free agent until after the 2021 season. The 23-year-old was selected an NL All-Star and hit .275, leading big league rookies with 26 homers, 31 doubles and 99 RBIs.
11/16/2015 Anthony Bass, Sea, P
Seattle received Bass and Leonys Martin from Texas on Monday in exchange for reliever Tom Wilhelmsen and outfielder James Jones.

Analysis: Bass posted a 4.50 ERA in 33 games last year for the Rangers.
11/16/2015 James Jones, Tex, CF
Texas obtained Jones and reliever Tom Wilhelmsen from Seattle on Monday.

Analysis: Jones hit just .103 in 28 games for the Mariners in 2015.
11/16/2015 Tom Wilhelmsen, Tex, P
The Mariners have acquired outfielder Leonys Martin from Texas as part of a four-player trade that sent Wilhelmsen to the Rangers.

Analysis: Wilhelmsen was 2-2 with a 3.19 ERA and had 13 saves after transitioning into the closer's role late in the season.
11/16/2015 Leonys Martin, Sea, CF
The Mariners have acquired Martin from Texas as part of a four-player trade that sent right-handed reliever Tom Wilhelmsen to the Rangers.

Analysis: Martin is coming off a down year with the Rangers but is excellent defensively and likely moves into the starting center field role. Martin played in 92 games, missing most of August and September after breaking a bone in his right hand, but still had 13 outfield assists. Two seasons ago, Martin hit .274 in 155 games and had 11 outfield assists.
11/14/2015 Jeremy Hellickson, Phi, P
The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired Hellickson from Arizona in exchange for minor league pitcher Sam McWilliams.

Analysis: Hellickson, the 2011 AL Rookie of the Year, was a disappointing 9-12 with a 4.62 ERA over 27 starts in his lone season with the Diamondbacks. The 28-year-old right-hander is slated to be a free agent following the 2016 season.
11/13/2015 Craig Kimbrel, Bos, P
The Boston Red Sox have acquired Kimbrel from the San Diego Padres for four prospects. The Red Sox assume $25 million remaining on Kimbrel's contract in their first big acquisition since Dave Dombrowski took over as president of baseball operations on Aug. 18. Kimbrel was obtained by the Padres in a blockbuster deal the day before the 2015 season started.

Analysis: Kimbrel had 39 saves in 43 chances for the Padres, who underachieved despite a roster makeover by general manager A.J. Preller.
11/13/2015 Matt Wieters, Bal, C
Wieters has accepted the Baltimore Orioles' $15.8 million qualifying offer, saying his decision was based primarily on his comfort level with the team. In a telephone interview with The Associated Press, Wieters said Friday, ''For a one-year deal, there's no place more comfortable than playing baseball for the Orioles.''

Analysis: Wieters joins Houston's Colby Rasmus and the Dodgers' Brett Anderson as the only players in the four-year history of the compensation system to accept a qualifying offer rather than remain a free agent. Wieters played in 75 games last season after undergoing elbow ligament replacement surgery in 2014. He batted .267 with eight homers and 25 RBIs, but his main contribution was his work with the pitching staff.
11/12/2015 Franklin Gutierrez, Sea, LF
Gutierrez has been guaranteed $1.5 million by the Seattle Mariners in his one-year contract and can make $4.25 million in performance bonuses based on plate appearances.

Analysis: Gutierrez hit .292 with 15 home runs and 35 RBIs in 189 plate appearances over 59 games this year with the Mariners.
11/12/2015 Colby Rasmus, Hou, LF
A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press Rasmus has accepted the Houston Astros' one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer, the first free agent to agree to such a deal.

Analysis: All 34 qualifying offers were turned down in the first three years of baseball's current collective bargaining agreement. When a player rejects the deal in order to test the market, his former team receives an additional high selection in the June draft.
11/12/2015 A.J. Pierzynski, Atl, C
Pierzynski will return for another season with the Atlanta Braves after agreeing to a $3 million, one-year contract.

Analysis: The 38-year-old Pierzynski was a rare bright spot for the Braves this past season. Signed to serve mainly as a backup, he wound up handling the bulk of the catching duties, hitting .300 with nine homers and 49 RBIs in 113 games.
11/12/2015 Erick Aybar, Atl, SS
The Atlanta Braves have traded shortstop Andrelton Simmons to the Los Angeles Angels for Aybar and top pitching prospects Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis. The Braves also get $2.5 million, while the Angels get minor league catcher Jose Briceno in the trade announced Thursday night.

Analysis: Aybar has been the Angels' starting shortstop since 2008 and a key player in Anaheim for a decade, making the AL All-Star team in 2014. He has been dependable in the field and at the plate, but will be a free agent next winter.
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