J.P. Arencibia: Released by Rays
J.P. Arencibia was released by the Rays on Monday.
This move was effectively made last week when the Rays designated Arencibia for assignment ahead of the Rule 5 roster deadline. Arencibia once again put his power on display at the major league level last season, smacking six homers in 24 games, but he struggled at Triple-A Durham throughout most of the year. The 29-year-old had a .227/.259/.443 line with Durham, numbers well below his career marks at that level (.258/.304/.508). Still, he figures to get a look in spring training with another club.
Rockies' Jose Reyes: Pleads not guilty to abuse allegations
Jose Reyes entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday to allegations of abusing his wife at Hawaii resort last month, the Associated Press reports.
With Reyes opting not to attend his arraignment, defense attorney David Sereno entered the not guilty please on his behalf. Commissioner Rob Manfred announced earlier this month that an internal investigation into the Oct. 31 incident has been launched, and the situation is expected to serve as a first test case for MLB's new domestic violence policy. The court process figures to play out in full before any possible league discipline is issued.
Angels' Geovany Soto: Signs one-year contract with Angels
Geovany Soto signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday.
The Angels were never expected to make a big splash at catcher this offseason, in part because there were no big names available in free agency and they lacked the prospects to acquire one in a trade. Soto slashed .219/.301/.406 with nine home runs and a 30 percent K-rate in 210 plate appearances with the White Sox last season. He will split time with Carlos Perez, and should be seen as a fringe option in two-catcher formats and AL-only leagues.
Orioles' Kevin Gausman: To shed glasses after eye surgery
Kevin Gausman underwent LASIK surgery three days after the season ended, and will no longer need prescription glasses in 2016, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.
This probably won't directly improve anything other than the young pitcher's style, but there are reasons to be bullish on him heading into 2016. Much has been made about the Baltimore Orioles mishandling the talented righty, but that won't be an option next year, as Gausman is basically a lock to be in the rotation all year. He averaged 95.2 mph on his fastball in 2015, and still has the overall repertoire to be at least a No. 3 starter.
Orioles' Audry Perez: Signs minor league deal with Orioles
Audry Perez signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.
The 26-year-old catcher has played in just three MLB games, but he will get a chance to make an impression on the big league coaching staff after receiving an invite to spring training. He hit .243 with two home runs at Triple-A last year.
Orioles' Steve Tolleson: Signs minor league deal with Orioles
Steve Tolleson signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.
The veteran middle infielder has played in just 182 MLB games, despite being 32 years old. He will get an invite to spring training as part of the deal, but he will likely just offer organizational depth in 2016.
Orioles' Ozzie Martinez: Signs minor league deal with Orioles
Ozzie Martinez signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.
He will receive an invitation to spring training as part of the deal. The Orioles are the fifth organization Martinez has passed through, despite being just 27 years old. He will offer organizational middle infield depth.
Orioles' Ji-Man Choi: Signs minor league deal with Orioles
Ji-Man Choi signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.
The 24-year-old first base prospect washed out of the Mariners system, but the Orioles thought enough of him to extend an invite to spring training. He has always shown a good approach in the minor leagues, but he probably doesn't have quite enough bat to make it as a big league regular at first base.
Orioles' Ashur Tolliver: Signs minor league deal with Orioles
Tolliver signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.
The lefty reliever will also get an invite to spring training as part of his deal. He has been in the Orioles' system since he was drafted in the fifth round in 2009, but he has not yet reached the big leagues.
Orioles' Cesar Cabral: Signs minor league deal with Orioles
Cesar Cabral signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.
The lefty reliever's contract also comes with an invite to spring training. He debuted in the big leagues in 2013, but has pitched just 5.2 innings in the majors, posting a 6.35 ERA.