David Goforth
Brewers' David Goforth: Sent outright to Triple-A
David Goforth, RP, MIL
2:44 PM
News: Goforth was outrighted to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday.

Goforth was designated for assignment in late November, and this seals his fate as he'll head to the minors to continue acting as organizational bullpen depth. He does have some big league experience to his credit, but the right-hander's numbers in the majors have been nothing to call home about, which will likely limit his ceiling to that of a middle reliever.

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Ryan Weber
Mariners' Ryan Weber: Outrighted to Triple-A
Ryan Weber, RP, SEA
2:36 PM
News: Weber was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday.

The Mariners needed to clear a space on the 40-man roster, and after being designated for assignment earlier in the week, Weber will report to the Triple-A club. The 26-year-old split time between the majors and minors last season while with the Braves organization, posting a 2.76 ERA at Triple-A but a 5.45 mark with the parent club. He'll be used as organizational depth out of the bullpen, though it's possible he gets some starting opportunities while in the minors.

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Steven Geltz
Brewers' Steve Geltz: Sent outright to Triple-A
Steven Geltz, RP, MIL
2:36 PM
News: Geltz was outrighted to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday.

The Brewers claimed the right-hander off waivers less than a week ago, but it seems that his career 4.23 ERA out of major league bullpens wasn't up to snuff of a player the Brewers wanted on their 40-man roster. If he sticks in the organization, he'll likely act as organizational bullpen depth.

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Wade LeBlanc
Pirates' Wade LeBlanc: Tendered contract by Pirates
Wade LeBlanc, RP, PIT
12:40 PM
News: LeBlanc agreed to a one-year deal with the Pirates on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.

There were talks that the big left-hander would be non-tendered by the Pirates, but the sides came to an agreement likely due to LeBlanc taking less money than he was projected to make in an arbitration case. LeBlanc was a solid bullpen arm for Pittsburgh last season after coming to the National League in September, although his numbers could see a downturn if his home run woes he had during his tenure with the Mariners (2.5 HR/9) follow him into the 2017 campaign.

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Brooks Pounders
Angels' Brooks Pounders: Will prepare for starting role
Brooks Pounders, RP, LAA
12/1/2016
News: Pounders will prepare as a starter this winter, the Orange County Register reports.

The Angels acquired Pounders from the Royals on Thursday for minor leaguer Jared Ruxer, and will bring the right-hander to camp as a starter. Pounder pitched exclusively out of the bullpen at the major league level last season and made just seven starts at Triple-A, totaling 93 innings between the two levels. He could open the year as rotation depth at Triple-A Salt Lake.

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Cody Ege
Angels' Cody Ege: Designated for assignment
Cody Ege, RP, LAA
12/1/2016
News: Ege was designated for assignment by the Angels on Thursday.

He was bumped from the 40-man roster in favor of Brooks Pounders, whom the Angels acquired via trade from Kansas City. Ege enjoyed a good deal of success with Anaheim last year, but his larger body of work in the minors was less than stellar (4.56 ERA, 1.50 WHIP). Still, Ege could interest a team looking for a lefty specialist.

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Chris Hatcher
Dodgers' Chris Hatcher: Avoids arbitration with Dodgers with one-year deal
Chris Hatcher, RP, LAD
12/1/2016
News: Hatcher signed a one-year deal with the Dodgers on Thursday to avoid arbitration.

Hatcher might have been in danger of a non-tender from the Dodgers, but he'll return to Los Angeles in 2017 trying to show his immense struggles last season were an aberration. He finished 2016 with a 5.53 ERA in 40.2 innings, striking out 43 and allowing eight homers.

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Tyler Sturdevant
Athletics' Tyler Sturdevant: Signs NRI deal with A's
Tyler Sturdevant, RP, OAK
12/1/2016
News: Sturdevant signed a minor league contract with the A's that includes an invite to spring training, CSN Bay Area reports.

The right-hander pitched reasonably well in 16 appearances with the Rays (3.93 ERA, 1.31 WHIP), even racking up three holds during the summer months, but it wasn't enough to maintain a spot on the 40-man roster through the end of the season. Sturdevant does not have overpowering stuff but he mixes in four pitches and should be in the conversation for a middle-relief role in the spring.

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Pat Venditte
Mariners' Pat Venditte: Outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma
Pat Venditte, RP, SEA
12/1/2016
News: Venditte cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday.

Venditte never quite found his groove after being acquired by the Mariners from Toronto in 2016. Over seven games (13.1 innings) with the Seattle he allowed 10 runs, nine of which were earned, off 13 hits and seven walks. Although circumstances may change by the time the 2017 campaign comes around, Venditte will likely start the upcoming season with Tacoma, where he'll look to hone his subpar accuracy.

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Marc Rzepczynski
Mariners' Marc Rzepczynski: Agrees to two-year deal with Mariners
Marc Rzepczynski, RP, WAS
12/1/2016
News: Rzepczynski agreed to a two-year deal with the Mariners on Thursday, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports.

Seattle's flurry of offseason moves continued with the addition of Rzepcynski to an already promising bullpen. He should serve as a lefty specialist, as he boasts a 2.59 FIP, 1.08 WHIP and 26.8 percent strikeout rate in 184 career innings against southpaws.

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