Nationals' Brian Goodwin: Having big offseason in Venezuelan Winter League
Brian Goodwin is hitting an impressive .356/.444/.535 through 27 games for Bravos de Margaritas of the Venezuelan Winter League, MLB.com reports.
He's fallen off the prospect radar over the last couple of season and got passed up by Michael Taylor on the Nats' depth chart at center field, but at 25 years old there might still be time for Goodwin to revive his flagging fortunes. He'll need to bring the momentum he's building up in Venezuela forward into the spring to put himself back in the Nats' big league plans, however.
Nationals' Joe Ross: Set top open season in rotation
Joe Ross is one of the top internal candidates to fill the two openings in the Nats' rotation in 2016, Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports.
Ross and Tanner Roark would replace Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister in the rotation as things stand, although GM Mike Rizzo could still bring in another starter through trade or free agency, and a big spring from a prospect like Lucas Giolito could create a job battle. Ross had a successful major league debut last year, posting a 2.80 ERA and 47:4 K:BB ratio through his first seven big league starts (45 innings) before fading late.
Red Sox's Chris Young: Signs two-year deal with Red Sox
Following up on a report from Monday, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports Chris Young signed a two-year, $13 million contract with the Boston Red Sox .
The Red Sox have yet to make an official announcement regarding the signing, but it seems as if the two sides have come together for a deal. The 32-year-old outfielder will likely serve as a platoon option against left-handers considering Rusney Castillo, Jackie Bradley and Mookie Betts all figure to occupy outfield roles with the club for now.
Nationals' Tanner Roark: Set to open season in rotation
Tanner Roark is one of the top internal candidates to fill the two openings in the Nats' rotation in 2016, Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports.
Roark and Joe Ross would replace Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister in the rotation as things stand, although GM Mike Rizzo could still bring in another starter through trade or free agency, and a big spring from a prospect like Lucas Giolito could create a job battle. Roark had a 2.85 ERA and 15 wins in 31 starts in 2014, so the Nats are comfortable with him taking a regular turn.
Dodgers' Joe Wieland: Agrees to one year deal
Joe Wieland avoided arbitration with the Los Angeles Dodgers by agreeing to a one-year, $590,000 contract, Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports.
This was Wieland's second year garnering arbitration eligibility. The 25-year-old right-hander made two starts late in the season for the Dodgers, recording a 8.31 ERA and 1.73 WHIP in 8.2 innings. He wasn't particularly effective with Triple-A Oklahoma either, putting together a 4.59 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 113.1 innings, but he could be a candidate to join the Dodgers during the season if injuries effect the starting rotation.
Indians' Joba Chamberlain: Agrees to a minor league deal
Joba Chamberlain agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday that includes an invitation to spring training.
Chamberlain made appearances with the Tigers and Royals in 2015, recording a 4.88 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 27.2 innings between the two clubs. Considering the Indians seemingly lack of depth in the bullpen, the 30-year-old has a decent to open with the team out of spring training, but it's unlikely Chamberlain will be placed in enough high-leverage pitching opportunities to make him fantasy relevant.
Royals' Tim Collins: Signs with Royals
Collins tore his UCL early in spring training 2015 and underwent Tommy John surgery shortly thereafter. Although the 26-year-old southpaw missed the entire season and will likely miss a good portion of the upcoming campaign, he could factor into the Royals' bullpen, once he regains his health. In the wake of the signing, it was revealed that Collins inked a one-year, $1.475 million deal, according to Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com.
Braves' Jim Johnson: Signs with Braves
The Atlanta Braves signed Jim Johnson to a one-year contract Monday.
Johnson opened last season as the Braves' top setup man and eventually took over closing duties from Jason Grilli following the latter's season-ending Achilles injury. However, Johnson's stint as a closer lasted less than a month before he was shipped to the Dodgers at the trade deadline. In the end, he made 72 appearances between the two organizations, posting 10 saves to go with a 2-6 record, 4.45 ERA, 1.455 WHIP, and 50:20 K:BB in 66.2 innings. Expect Johnson to challenge for the Braves' setup role yet again.
Braves' Hector Olivera: Finished with winter ball
Hector Olivera is done playing in winter leagues for the duration of the offseason, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Olivera was released by his winter ball club in Puerto Rico after returning to the team a day later than expected following a trip to Miami to visit his gravely ill sister. He played in 18 games for Caguas, hitting .275 (19-for-69) with a .645 OPS to conclude a 2015 season that featured 77 games played for eight different teams in eight different leagues over a span of seven months. The Atlanta Braves are moving Olivera to left field to begin 2016, but he could still see some time at third base if needed. During his time in Puerto Rico, Olivera worked with Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer, who was pleased with the progress of the 30-year-old during their time working together. Most likely, Olivera will serve as the Braves' starter in left field in 2016 after a hamstring injury kept him from contributing with the Dodgers prior to his midseason trade to Atlanta.
Athletics' Fernando Abad: Cleared waivers
Fernando Abad cleared waivers Monday and was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville.
Abad was a casualty of the team needing space on the 40-man roster, as he was designated for assignment earlier in the month, but the other 29 clubs apparently weren't interested in the left-hander. He spent the entire season in the majors in 2015 but could begin next year in the minors.