Anthony Carter
Cubs agree to sign Anthony Carter
Anthony Carter, RP, SD
12/18/2014
News: The Cubs have signed reliever Anthony Carter to a minor-league deal, according to MLBTradeRumors.com.

Carter spent last season in Japan, pitching for the Nippon Ham Fighters. He posted a 3.97 ERA over 45 1/3 innings. 

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David Hernandez
D-Backs, David Hernandez avoid arbitration
David Hernandez, RP, ARI
12/17/2014
News: The Diamondbacks have reached an agreement with David Hernandez on a contract, according to the azcentral.com.

Hernandez was eligible for arbitration, but settled on a $2 million salary figure for next season. The 29-year-old posted a missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

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Luis Avilan
RHP Mitch Atkins heading to Rangers
Luis Avilan, RP, ATL
12/17/2014
News: The Rangers have signed right-hander Mitch Atkins to a minor league contract. The 29 year old most recently hurled in the Atlanta system.

Atkins has pitched just 22 innings at the major league level, but none since 2011.

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Kevin Siegrist
Cardinals pitcher Kevin Siegrist beginning to throw this week
Kevin Siegrist, RP, STL
12/17/2014
News: Cardinals pitcher Kevin Siegrist was able to begin throwing from 60 feet this week after suffering muscle tears in his hand in October, according to FOX Sports Midwest.

Siegrist, who was left on the Cardinals NLDS roster in 2014, went 1-4 in 30 1/3 innings with a 6.82 ERA. 

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Jenrry Mejia
Jenrry Mejia fine if Mets decide to put him in setup role
Jenrry Mejia, RP, NYM
12/16/2014
News: Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia has no problems with manager Terry Collins stating the closer's job is Bobby Parnell's to lose. In fact, Meja -- who had a team-high 28 saves in 2014 -- seems fine with being a setup reliever for Parnell, who missed last season recovering from Tommy John surgery.

"They put me in the closer's job. I did my job," Mejia said Tuesday, per ESPN. "Whatever job they give to me, I've got to be there to help my team. I can throw the seventh inning, eighth inning, ninth inning, wherever. I've got to be ready to play the game. That's all. Mentally it's the same thing -- just come here and do my job. 

"I feel happy to see Bobby Parnell getting ready, because we're going to have a more strong bullpen -- Bobby Parnell, [Jeurys] Familia, [Vic] Black and everybody. That has to make me feel happy, because all of my friends are going to be healthy."

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Jason Motte
Report: Cubs agree to sign Jason Motte
Jason Motte, RP, CHC
12/15/2014
News: The Cubs have agreed to sign reliever Jason Motte, according to ESPN.

Motte had an injury-riddled season with the Cardinals in 2014 while coming off Tommy John surgery. He posted a 4.68 ERA over 25 innings, but missed time due to a back injury. The deal is pending a physical. Motte's deal is worth $4.5 million, according to Yahoo! He can make more based on incentives. There's a games finished clause in the deal, so Motte could be a ninth inning option for the club.

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Scott Rice
Mets officially sign Scott Rice to minor-league deal
Scott Rice, RP, NYM
12/12/2014
News: The Mets officially announced the signing of reliever Scott Rice on Friday, according to ESPN. Rice signed a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training. He underwent elbow surgery in July, but is expected to be ready at the start of the season.
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LaTroy Hawkins
Rockies closer Hawkins: I'm done after 2015 season
LaTroy Hawkins, RP, COL
12/12/2014
News: Ancient Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins has declared on MLB Network that 2015 will be his last season.

The soon-to-be 42-year-old Hawkins remained productive a year ago with 23 saves in 26 opportunities and a 3.31 ERA, motivating the team to pick up his option for this season. He began his major league career in 1995.

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Chris Withrow
Dodgers' Chris Withrow undergoes back surgery
Chris Withrow, RP, LAD
12/11/2014
News: Dodgers reliever Chris Withrow underwent surgery last week to repair a herniated disk in his lower back, MLB.com reports.

Withrow is still recovering from June Tommy John surgery, and the three-month timetable for rehab after his back surgery won't affect his overall timetable, which should have him back in action in midseason. He posted a 2.95 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings in 2014 before going under the knife.

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Andy Oliver
Phillies select Pirates pitcher Andrew Oliver in Rule 5 draft
Andy Oliver, RP, PHI
12/11/2014
News: The Phillies selected Pirates pitcher Andrew Oliver in Thursday's Rule 5 draft.

Oliver has not pitched in the majors since 2011 with the Tigers. He is 0-5 with a 7.11 ERA in seven MLB starts. Oliver was 3-4 with a 2.53 ERA in 48 relief outings at Triple-A in 2014.

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