Yovani Gallardo
Yovani Gallardo: Approaching three-year deal with Orioles
Yovani Gallardo, SP, TEX
9:09 PM
News: Gallardo is nearing a three-year contract worth $40-45 million with the Orioles, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.

The deal isn't official yet, as hangups include the possibility of an opt-out clause being inserted after the first or second year of the deal. But sources are calling a deal "highly likely" at this point. As Gallardo was tendered a qualifying offer by Texas, the Orioles will surrender their first-round pick to sign him.

Analysis: 

James Paxton
Mariners' James Paxton: Making progress as spring training approaches
James Paxton, SP, SEA
2/9/2016
News: Paxton will work on his curveball for the first time this offseason in a bullpen session Friday, 710 ESPN's Shannon Drayer reports.

He threw his fastball and changeup Tuesday, but has not thrown a breaking ball this offseason, so Friday will mark an important step in his recovery from a finger injury. Given Paxton's injury history, the Mariners made a point not to go into spring training relying on him this season, but he will have the chance to beat out Nate Karns for the fifth spot in the rotation.

Analysis: 

Carson Fulmer
White Sox's Carson Fulmer: Might not arrive until 2017?
Carson Fulmer, SP, CHW
2/9/2016
News: General manager Rick Hahn said at SoxFest that Fulmer is not currently on a track to be on the major league roster in 2016, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Chris Sale and Carlos Rodon were the last two elite collegiate pitchers drafted by the White Sox in the first round of the amateur draft, and both were in the big leagues less than 12 months after their draft date. That previous aggression, along with Fulmer's perceived maturity, led many to presume that Fulmer would be on a similarly fast track. However, Mat Latos' signing Tuesday extended the club's major league pitching depth, and Fulmer may not be in Chicago until 2017 (or 2018).

Analysis: 

Erik Johnson
White Sox's Erik Johnson: Odds of rotation spot diminish with Latos in fold
Erik Johnson, SP, CHW
2/9/2016
News: Johnson's chances of making the White Sox's Opening Day rotation took a hit Tuesday when the club signed Mat Latos.

Johnson's prospect star has diminished from his pre-2014 top-100 status. However, he looked to be a minor sleeper heading into 2016 after posting a sub-3.00 FIP at Triple-A Charlotte and throwing a few good spins for the Sox in September. However, Latos' arrival will either push Johnson back to the minors or John Danks back to the bullpen. Danks has the larger contract, so he is likely the early favorite to hold onto a starting role.

Analysis: 

Yu Darvish
Rangers' Yu Darvish: Hopes to start throwing bullpen sessions in March
Yu Darvish, SP, TEX
2/9/2016
News: Darvish (elbow) hopes to start throwing bullpen sessions in March but will still report to spring training with the rest of the Rangers' pitchers and catchers, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Darvish has been throwing six days a week, with some days at longer distances mixed with others at a shorter distances that include his cutter, two-seam, and changeup in the workout. The timetable hasn't changed much for Darvish's planned return in May, but it's good to see he's still on track and is mixing in his secondary offerings.

Analysis: 

Masahiro Tanaka
Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka: Throws for first time of offseason
Masahiro Tanaka, SP, NYY
2/9/2016
News: Tanaka threw off a mound Tuesday for the first time since undergoing offseason surgery.

Tanaka had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow in October, and it appears he's progressing well. He should be good to go as a full participant by the start of spring training, but it's still an encouraging sign after multiple elbow injuries in his brief major league career that he's resumed throwing on schedule.

Analysis: 

Mat Latos
Mat Latos: Reaches agreement with White Sox
Mat Latos, SP, CHW
2/9/2016
News: Latos has reached agreement on a one-year, $3 million contract with the White Sox, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.

Latos had a nightmare 2015 spent with three different teams, combining for a 4.95 ERA and 1.31 WHIP over 116.1 innings, albeit with a solid 100:32 K:BB. His ability to stay healthy is still a major concern, but the White Sox appear to have found a nice bargain, as Latos posted a sub-3.50 ERA in five straight seasons from 2010 to 2014. He just turned 28 in December and the team was badly in need of a back-end starter.

Analysis: 

Joe Kelly
Red Sox's Joe Kelly: In starting rotation
Joe Kelly, SP, BOS
2/7/2016
News: Kelly was assured by manager John Farrell that he will be in Boston's starting rotation when the 2016 season begins, the Boston Herald reports.

Kelly may start the season in the rotation, but if he gets off to a slow start, Farrell's in no position to be patient with him. 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-starting options.

Analysis: 

Gavin Floyd
Blue Jays' Gavin Floyd: Gets $1 million deal with incentives from Toronto
Gavin Floyd, SP, TOR
2/6/2016
News: Floyd's deal with the 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.

Analysis: 

Eduardo Rodriguez
Red Sox's Eduardo Rodriguez: Working on slider, cutter
Eduardo Rodriguez, SP, BOS
2/6/2016
News: 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.

Analysis: 

More Updates