Blue Jays' Jesse Chavez: Wins arbitration case, gets $4 million
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(2/6/2016) Chavez won his arbitration case and will make $4 million in 2016, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports.

While arbitration trials aren't the best way to get on the right foot with a new team, Chavez will bring a solid back-of-the-rotation presence to a staff that needs starting depth. The $4 million salary is a $1.85 million raise from last season.


Orioles' Zach Britton: Settles with Orioles at $6.75 million
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(2/5/2016) Britton settled his arbitration case with the Orioles by agreeing to a $6.75 million deal, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

Britton enjoyed another great season as the Orioles closer in 2015 and will receive nearly $3.5 million more next season as compensation. He still has Darren O'Day lurking if the wheels fall off, but his peripherals paint a picture as strong as his actual performance, striking out more than a batter per inning while forcing an elite 79.1 percent groundball rate.


Louis Coleman: Clears waivers Friday
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(2/5/2016) Coleman cleared waivers Friday, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

The 29-year-old will now look to sign with a new team in free agency. It is likely that he will find a home sooner than later after posting a 1.69 ERA at the Triple-A level over 64 innings of relief in 2015.


Yankees' Vinnie Pestano: Receives invitation to spring training
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(2/5/2016) Pestano received an invitation to spring training Friday, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.

Pestano split time between Triple-A and the majors in the Angels' organization last season, but saw much more success in the minors. There's a good chance that he could head back to the minors if he can't garner a low-leverage bullpen role in spring training.


Yankees' Diego Moreno: Signs a minor league contract with Yankees on Friday
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(2/5/2016) Moreno signed a minor league contract with the Yankees on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.

Moreno spent most of 2015 with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but also got a dose of the majors after posting a 2.18 ERA with the Rail Riders. The Yankees are pretty well off in the bullpen, so it's likely that he'll head to the minors after spring training concludes.


Yankees' Richard Bleier: Receives invitation to spring training
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(2/5/2016) Bleier received an invitation to spring training Friday, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.

The left-hander played at both Double-A and Triple-A in the Nationals organization last season, posting a combined 2.57 ERA and showing impeccable control. With the Yankees bullpen pretty well set, he'll probably head back to the minors once spring training is over.


Blue Jays' David Aardsma: Signs minor league deal with Toronto
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(2/5/2016) Aardsma and the Blue Jays agreed to terms on a minor league deal, which includes a spring training invite, Friday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of SportsNet reports.

Aardsma signed on with the Braves midway through last season after opting out of his deal with the Dodgers. He was called up to the majors in early June but would go on to struggle through 33 appearances, posting a 4.28 ERA and 1.272 WHIP across 30.2 innings. Aardsma, 34, seems like somewhat of a longshot to make the Blue Jays' Opening Day roster, so could end up beginning the year down in Triple-A.


Orioles' Brian Matusz: Agrees to one-year contract with Orioles, avoiding arbitration
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(2/4/2016) Matusz and the Orioles agreed to a one-year, $3.9 million contract Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

The Orioles came out on top of this deal by a bit, as Matusz asked for $4.4 million and the Orioles countered with $3.5 million. This deal officially brings the left-hander back as a large part of the Baltimore bullpen after Matusz posted a 2.94 ERA with 10.3 K/9 in 2015.


Royals' Louis Coleman: Placed on unconditional release waivers Wednesday
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(2/3/2016) The Royals requested unconditional release waivers on Coleman.

After designating the 29-year-old for assignment Friday, the Royals decided that they have enough bullpen depth and can continue business without Coleman's services. He isn't a flashy pitcher, but he has been a productive bullpen arm in the past, which could make him an intriguing pickup for another team whether he elects free agency or waits to be claimed.


Anthony Bass: Headed to Japan for 2016 season
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(2/3/2016) Bass will play in Japan in 2016, Baseball America reports.

He was traded to the Mariners during the offseason, but was then released from his contract to pursue playing overseas. He signed a contract with the Nippon Ham Fighters, and will not pitch in the big leagues this season.


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