Gavin Floyd
Blue Jays' Gavin Floyd: Gets $1 million deal with incentives from Toronto
Gavin Floyd, SP, CLE
1:22 PM
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.

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Eduardo Rodriguez
Red Sox's Eduardo Rodriguez: Working on slider, cutter
Eduardo Rodriguez, SP, BOS
9:08 AM
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.

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Jake Arrieta
Cubs' Jake Arrieta: Avoids arbitration with Cubs
Jake Arrieta, SP, CHC
12:18 AM
News: Arrieta and the Cubs avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $10.7 million contract Friday night, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

Arrieta will receive a salary bump in excess of $7 million after winning the NL Cy Young Award in 2015. He will have one more year of arbitration eligibility remaining, and will have a good chance to top his 2016 salary if he is anywhere near as dominant as he was a year ago. Arrieta will head the Cubs' rotation this season, making him the odds on favorite to take the ball Opening Day.

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Domingo German
Yankees' Domingo German: Receives invitation to spring training
Domingo German, SP, NYY
2/5/2016
News: German has received an invitation to spring training.

German is still recovering from Tommy John surgery that he had last April, but he'll get a good chance to learn from the major leaguers even if he doesn't pitch a lot. He'll likely head back to the minors once he's healthy.

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James Kaprielian
Yankees' James Kaprielian: Receives invitation to spring training
James Kaprielian, SP, NYY
2/5/2016
News: Kaprielian has received an invitation to spring training, Bryan Hoch of MLB reports.

This is quite the news, as Kaprielian was just drafted last June out of UCLA and has only reached the Low-A level so far. That being said, this shows how highly the Yankees think of him. He'll likely head back to the minors after spring training for more professional experience.

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Anthony Swarzak
Yankees' Anthony Swarzak: Receives invitation to spring training
Anthony Swarzak, SP, NYY
2/5/2016
News: Swarzak received an invitation to spring training Friday, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.

Swarzak spent last season in Korea after being designated for assignment by the Indians in May. He performed well in the majors as recently as 2014 with the Twins organization, but he'll likely head to the minors if he can't return to his past form.

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Tyler Cloyd
Yankees' Tyler Cloyd: Receives invitation to spring training
Tyler Cloyd, SP, NYY
2/5/2016
News: Cloyd received an invitation to spring training Friday, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.

The right-hander had an unspectacular season in Korea last season, but he'll get some time to learn from and compete against the major leaguers this spring. He'll likely head back to the minors once the spring concludes, though.

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Yovani Gallardo
Yovani Gallardo: In contact with Orioles
Yovani Gallardo, SP, TEX
2/4/2016
News: Gallardo and the Orioles remain in contact as Baltimore has interest in signing the starting pitcher, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

Gallardo has thrown between 180 and 210 innings in each of the past six seasons and has posted an ERA between 3.50 and 4.00 in five of them. The Orioles need some depth in their rotation, and as such it's a fit that makes sense. Gallardo has succeeded in hitters' parks in the past -- Texas and Milwaukee -- so there's no reason he can't handle Camden Yards.

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Jesse Hahn
Athletics' Jesse Hahn: Will enter camp completely healthy
Jesse Hahn, SP, OAK
2/4/2016
News: A's manager Bob Melvin said recently that Hahn (forearm) will enter spring training completely healthy, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

The elbow and forearm issues that Hahn dealt with over the second half of last year inevitably led to speculation of a second Tommy John surgery, but it seems the club's cautious approach paid off. That doesn't mean the injury concerns will go away anytime soon, though, as Hahn's health history and the arm stress created by his signature curveball are both red flags. If indeed healthy, Hahn should compete for a rotation spot in spring training.

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Drew Smyly
Rays' Drew Smyly: Wins arbitration case for $3.75 million
Drew Smyly, SP, TB
2/4/2016
News: Smyly won his arbitration case and will receive a $3.75 million salary in 2016, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports.

Coming off a sterling finish to his injury-shortened 2015 season, Smyly won MLB's first arbitration hearing in 2016. He'll likely slot in as Tampa's third or fourth starter, with durability the biggest question mark.

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