Dodgers' Frankie Montas: Out 2-4 months after rib surgery
Frankie Montas is out 2-4 months after rib surgery, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Montas made his MLB debut in 2015 with the White Sox as both a starter and reliever and was expected to have a shot at the Los Angeles Dodgers ' 25-man roster out of spring training. Given his potential as both a starter and reliever, his role in 2016 could be dictated by need when he recovers. This shouldn't affect the 22-year-old's future potential too much, but it's an ailment that could nag even after he returns.
Brewers' Bubba Derby: Traded to Brewers in Khris Davis deal
Derby was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers as a piece ofthe Khris Davis deal.
Derby was taken in the sixth round of the 2015 draft and performed well in 34.2 innings of rookie ball, with a 0.78 ERA and 11.7 K/9.
Brewers' Jacob Nottingham: Traded to Brewers in Khris Davis deal
Nottingham was traded to the
Nottingham should enter the Milwaukee system well-positioned to be the organization's catcher of the future. Jonathan Lucroy has only two years of team control remaining and has already seen some loud trade speculation, given that those two years left likely won't feature a competitive Brewers team. Milwaukee has no other significant catching prospects, so Nottingham will be the sole focus as fans look for future potential at that position within the system. In a 2015 season split between between two organizations, Houston and Oakland, and two levels, Low-A and High-A, Nottingham notched an excellent .316/.372/.505 line.
Athletics' Khris Davis: Traded to A's for two prospects
Khris Davis was traded to the Oakland Athletics on Friday for two prospects.
Davis should land firmly as Oakland's everyday left fielder, pushing the combination of Coco Crisp, Sam Fuld, and Mark Canha further down the depth chart. However, the 28-year-old figures to see a significant drop in home runs, as he's going from the most homer-friendly park in the majors to the fourth worst, according to MLB park factors. That shouldn't take too much from his offensive potential though; he'll be hitting in the middle of the order given Oakland's lack of reliable power hitters.
Athletics' Sean Nolin: Designated for assigment
Sean Nolin was designated for assignment by the A's on Friday.
Nolin was one of the pieces the A's received in the Josh Donaldson trade and was thought to have a shot at the 2016 A's rotation. The A's needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster with the acquisition of Khris Davis and Nolin was the one they chose to designate. Nolin struggled with a groin injury for much of 2015 and his velocity was noticeably down when he was able to return late in the year. It seems likely that Nolin will garner some interest from other teams around the league.
Yankees' Aroldis Chapman: Settles with Yankees at $11.325 million
Aroldis Chapman and the New York Yankees avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $11.325 million deal, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.com reports.
Chapman still faces a possible suspension for a domestic violence allegation dating back to last October, but this clears at least one offseason issue for the Cuban closer and his new team. This settlement will give the Yankees' three-headed monster a total price tag exceeding $20 million, and that includes Dellin Betances' meager pre-arbitration salary.
Indians' Tony Wolters: Designated for assignment
Tony Wolters was designated for assignment Friday to make room for Tommy Hunter, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Wolters will have to clear waivers to remain with the Cleveland Indians , so he could end up on another team's 40-man as organizational catching depth. The 23-year-old had a .570 OPS in Double-A last season, so he's not exactly major-league ready.
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 26, 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.
February 10, 2016