Indians' Tommy Hunter: Signs one-year deal with Indians
Hunter got knocked around in his short stint with the Cubs in 2015, but he still has a decent enough track record in the last three years to warrant a roster spot. Since Opening Day 2013, he's registered a 3.26 ERA in 207.1 inning with a 1.10 WHIP. The 29-year-old could land in any number of roles with Cleveland, from setup to long relief.
Jenrry Mejia: Receives lifetime ban from MLB
Mejia was already going to miss most of 2016 while serving his 162-game suspension following his second positive PED test. Now, the Dominican Republic native joins Pete Rose as the only two living players on the MLB's banned list. The right-handed reliever posted a 3.68 ERA over his five-year MLB career. At the age of 25, he still has his prime years ahead of him, but it will be one year year before he can apply for reinstatement, and another year beyond that before he has even a remote shot to pitch for an MLB team again.
Angels' Cody Satterwhite: Signs minor league deal Friday
Cody Satterwhite signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
Satterwhite produced a 4.38 ERA and 1.43 WHIP while boasting an impressive 8.88 K/9 over 72 innings of work for Triple-A Las Vegas in 2015. The 29-year-old will begin 2016 in the minor leagues.
Angels' Josh Zeid: Signs minor league deal Friday
Josh Zeid signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports.
Zeid had been outrighted to Triple-A in September before becoming a free agent. The 28-year-old reliever posted a 4.46 ERA in 70.2 innings of work for Triple-A Toledo in 2015. He had some control issues (5.00 BB/9) that will need to be sorted out if he wants to get another shot in the major leagues.
Angels' Lou Marson: Signs minor-league deal Friday
Marson has not seen significant time at the major league level since 2012 when he played in 70 games for the Indians. In addition, he has only played in 25 games combined between Double-A, Triple-A, and the MLB over the past three seasons. This move seems to be simply to increase the Angels' organizational depth.
Marlins' Craig Breslow: Signs minor-league deal with Miami
The 35-year-old will be guaranteed $1.5 million if he makes the team. Breslow posted a 4.15 ERA over 65 innings pitched in 2015 with the Red Sox. The Marlins have a middle-of-the-pack bullpen, meaning the veteran does have a chance to make the team should he pitch well throughout spring training.
Blue Jays' Chad Jenkins: Outrighted to Triple-A on Friday
Chad Jenkins was outrighted to Triple-A on Friday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.
Jenkins cleared waivers after being DFA'd last Saturday. It's likely he will begin the 2016 season at Triple-A Buffalo.
Blue Jays' Colt Hynes: Agrees to minor-league deal
Hynes was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays back in September, but the two teams have now reached an agreement on a minor league contract. The 30-year-old has an 8.55 ERA in just 20 innings pitched over his six-year career. It is likely that he starts the season in Triple-A and will serve as organizational depth at the reliever position for Toronto.
Twins' Joe Mauer: Will wear sunglasses to try to improve pitch tracking
Joe Mauer will try hitting with sunglasses for the first time during spring training in an attempt to improve his pitch tracking, Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Although Mauer hasn't had a concussion since 2013, he has still experienced blurred vision at the plate from time to time. "There are so many different symptoms. For me it was lighting, I couldn't really pick up the ball. It was blurry at times. Where I am here versus last year at this time, I can tell my workouts are better," Mauer stated in an interview. The 32-year-old hit .248/.316/.354 in day games and .276/.352/.396 in night games in 2015, so it appears this move does have potential to help him improve at the dish in 2016.
Cubs' Edgar Olmos: Designated for assignment Friday
Edgar Olmos was designated for assignment by the Chicago Cubs on Friday.
Olmos was DFA'd in order to make room for left-hander C.J. Riefenhauser, who was claimed off waivers on Friday. The 25-year-old had a 4.50 ERA and 1.71 WHIP in 14 innings pitched for the Mariners in 2015.
February 10, 2016