Mets' Roger Bernadina: Gets minors deal with invite to spring training
Roger Bernadina signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training.
While Bernadina does have a lengthy MLB resume, he spent much of the 2015 season playing for the Rockies' Triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque. The veteran managed to post a .276/.383/.466 batting line with 15 home runs and 62 RBI at that level, but that's likely inflated due to playing in the Pacfic Coast League. Still, Bernadina will get a chance to join the Mets in spring training, though he'll almost certainly be destined to serve as organizational depth once again.
Diamondbacks' Brad Ziegler: Expected to remain closer
Brad Ziegler is expected to remain the Arizona Diamondbacks ' closer to begin the year despite the addition of Tyler Clippard on a two-year contract, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.
While Ziegler does not have the swing-and-miss stuff of a prototypical closer, his ability to keep the ball on the ground and success in the closer role a year ago will likely keep him in the ninth inning to start the 2016 campaign. Clippard's signing bolsters the team's back-end depth for now and gives the Diamondbacks a quality fallback option should Ziegler's ERA return closer to his 2014 mark.
Orioles' Alfredo Marte: Set to join Orioles at spring training
Alfredo Marte will attend spring training with the Baltimore Orioles as a non-roster invitee.
Marte's past major league experiences haven't yielded good results on the whole, but he did collect two hits in six at-bats with the Angels last season. It seems highly unlikely Marte will earn a 25-man roster spot, but he'll at least get a chance to prove his worth during spring training for a potential recall down the road.
Orioles' Andrew Oliver: Gets spring training invite
Andy Oliver will join the Baltimore Orioles during spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Oliver split the 2015 campaign between the Rays and Orioles organizations, performing relatively well for the teams' respective Triple-A affiliates. It appears the Orioles were impressed enough to offer Oliver another minors deal that includes an invitation to spring training, where he'll face an uphill battle to earn an Opening Day roster spot.
Padres' Trey McNutt: Signs minor league deal with Padres
Trey McNutt has signed a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres , Baseball America reports.
A former top prospect, the 26-year-old no longer has the glimmer he once did. He'll look for a fresh start with a new organization in the Padres, but spent most of the 2015 campaign on the disabled list following shoulder surgery in 2014.
Diamondbacks' Tyler Clippard: Signs two-year contract with Diamondbacks on Monday
Clippard has been one of the most consistent relievers in baseball over the past several years, most recently playing an integral part of the Mets' World Series run. That being said, the 30-year-old is pretty reliant on the flyball to get outs, which may not translate very well in a hitter's park like Chase Field. Regardless, Clippard could still push Brad Ziegler for the closer job in Arizona at some point, though Ziegler's success in the role last season may keep him in the ninth inning to start the year.
Joe Nathan: Hopes to pitch in 2016
Joe Nathan (elbow) is progressing through workouts this winter with the hope of pitching in 2016, Fox Sports' Jon Morosi reports.
At age-41, Nathan is recovering from his second career Tommy John surgery. Most likely, teams interested in acquiring his services will be eyeing a return after the All-Star break, as it's reasonable to think that he'll need more than the typical minimum 12-month recovery window to get back on the mound in game situations after having the surgery in late April.
Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu: Lost 20 pounds during offseason
Ryu had surgery in May to repair a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder, and the
Indians' Craig Stammen: Signs minor league contract with Indians on Monday
Craig Stammen signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians that includes an invitation to spring training.
Stammen sat out for most of 2015 with a forearm injury, which led to the Nationals non-tendering the 31-year-old. That being said, he has had some decent numbers out of the bullpen during his career, posting a 2.93 ERA and 1.25 WHIP with nearly a strikeout per inning from 2012 through 2014. If he can get back to full health, Stammen could prove to be a nice under-the-radar pickup for Cleveland.
Delmon Young: Arrested in Miami on Sunday
Delmon Young was arrested in Miami on Sunday night, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.
The 30-year-old was released by the Orioles in July and has been a free agent since then. It's currently unclear whether he'll be charged or if he'll be disciplined by the MLB, but this situation won't help him attract potential suitors for his services.