Dodgers' Alex Guerrero: Might not make 25-man roster
Guerrero briefly appeared to be a breakout star in the early stages of 2015, but a .206/.242/.286 second-half slash line and a lack of natural position left him without a regular role by the end of the season. Now, the
Freddy Garcia: Retires after career spanning decades
Garcia will be remembered more as a back-end innings eater, but he did occupy key positions on some of MLB's most noteworthy teams, including the 2001 Mariners that won 116 games and the curse-breaking 2005 White Sox. The 29-year-old will retire with a 156-108 record and a career 4.15 ERA while starting for seven different franchises in his 15-year MLB career.
Red Sox's Joe Kelly: In starting rotation
Kelly's finish to the 2015 season -- 8-0 with a 3.00 ERA in his last nine starts -- makes him an attractive sleeper entering 2016, but manager John Farrell is no position to be patient. If Kelly gets off to a slow start, Farrell, a manager that's guided Boston to two consecutive last-place finishes, could be forced to relegate Kelly to the bullpen or Triple-A and use one of the team's depth starters.
Cubs' Pierce Johnson: Developed changeup in 2015
The Cubs have been trying to get Johnson to develop a third pitch ever since he was drafted in 2012, and he finally looks like he has one to go with a fastball and slider. He's already one of the better pitching prospects in the system, but his rise to the majors has been stalled a bit. Don't be surprised to hear his name a bit more in 2016.
Padres' Fernando Rodney: Dealing with leg tightness
Fernando Rodney was taken out of a Caribbean Series game earlier this week as a precautionary measure after feeling some leg tightness, MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports.
This came a day after the San Diego Padres agreed to terms with Rodney to presumably get the first crack at closing for them this year. In three games this month for the Dominican Republic he has allowed three runs (one earned) and struck out five. There is no reason to believe the injury is anything serious, but it's worth noting as spring training approaches.
Blue Jays' Jesse Chavez: Wins arbitration case, gets $4 million
Jesse Chavez won his arbitration case and will make $4 million in 2016, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports.
While arbitration trials aren't the best way to get on the right foot with a new team, Chavez will bring a solid back-of-the-rotation presence to a staff that needs starting depth. The $4 million salary is a $1.85 million raise from last season.
Blue Jays' Chad Jenkins: Designated for assignment
Chad Jenkins was designated for assignment Saturday to make room on the 40-man roster for Gavin Floyd, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportnet reports.
Jenkins had been a steady performer out of the bullpen before 2015, averaging a 3.25 ERA and 32.1 innings per year in the three seasons prior. However, a brutal spring and mediocre results last season made the out-of-options reliever expendable. If he manages to clear waivers, he'll likely go back to Triple-A Buffalo.
Blue Jays' Gavin Floyd: Gets $1 million deal with incentives from Toronto
Gavin Floyd 's deal with the Toronto Blue Jays is a major-league deal worth $1 million, with a million more in incentives, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Floyd figured to miss all of 2015 after receiving elbow surgery, yet he managed to squeeze in seven relief experiences in September. Floyd's role with the Blue Jays is still up in the air, but the guaranteed money means he will almost certainly get a shot at the rotation in spring training.
Red Sox's Eduardo Rodriguez: Working on slider, cutter
Eduardo Rodriguez has been working this offseason to improve the precision of his slider and the introduction of a cutter, the Providence Journal reports.
The slider is seen as a critical third pitch for the left-hander against whom lefty hitters had a measure of success. Seven of his 13 homers surrendered were to left-handed hitters, and lefties slugged 159 points higher against him than righties.
Cubs' Jake Arrieta: Avoids arbitration with Cubs
Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $10.7 million contract Friday night, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
Arrieta will receive a salary bump in excess of $7 million after winning the NL Cy Young Award in 2015. He will have one more year of arbitration eligibility remaining, and will have a good chance to top his 2016 salary if he is anywhere near as dominant as he was a year ago. Arrieta will head the Cubs' rotation this season, making him the odds on favorite to take the ball Opening Day.