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.
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.
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.
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.
Rodriguez's problems began June 14 in a loss to the Blue Jays, then re-surfaced spectacularly June 25 against the Orioles. He retired the first 10 batters faced, including five by strikeout, before a Chris Parmalee double got the O's rolling. Forced to pitch from the stretch, Rodriguez allowed seven straight hits and six runs before departing. He had been tipping pitches out of the stretch by the position of his head and glove. The left-hander said he had fixed the problem by the end of the last season -- a 2.22 ERA in his final four starts is evidence of that -- and he's been working all winter on his mechanics to remove any "tell" opponents can spot.
It's unclear what the terms of the contract will be at this point. However, considering Floyd pitched in just seven games in 2015, all in relief, Floyd will likely receive a minor league contract with a non-roster spring training invite. Look for him to compete for either a swingman role, as he's a long shot to make Toronto's rotation.
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.
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.
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.
Despaigne may have the opportunity to compete for a rotation spot this spring, but a long-relief role probably represents his most realistic path to the Opening Day roster. He struggled badly in San Diego last season, posting a 5.80 ERA and 1.38 WHIP over 125.2 innings, with 18 of his 34 appearances coming as a starter. Despaigne's inability to miss bats -- 5.4 K/9 for his career -- becomes an even bigger issue with the move out of San Diego and into the AL East.