Rangers' Mitch Moreland: Settles arbitration, agrees to one-year deal
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(10:33 am ET) Moreland agreed to a one-year, $5.7 million contract with the Rangers on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

Moreland's 2015 campaign was his best as a full-time major league player, earning him a nice payday in his last year of arbitration before the 30-year-old is eligible to hit the open market. While he's not one of the top-tier first baseman, Moreland provides enough power (23 home runs last season), and bats in the middle of an order good enough to make him a nice fantasy option for those deciding to wait.


Mariners' James Paxton: Making progress as spring training approaches
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(2/9/2016) 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.


Astros' Evan Gattis: Undergoes hernia surgery
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(2/9/2016) Gattis recently underwent surgery to repair a hernia and is expected to miss most of spring training, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Although the injury is not considered severe, Gattis will need 4-to-6 weeks to recover, meaning the Astros will be without the slugger's services for most of the Grapefruit League slate and quite possibly for Opening Day. Jonathan Singleton, Luis Valbuena, Marwin Gonzalez, and Matt Duffy could all be in the running to pick up at-bats as the designated hitter until Gattis returns.


White Sox's Carson Fulmer: Might not arrive until 2017?
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(2/9/2016) 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).


White Sox's Erik Johnson: Odds of rotation spot diminish with Latos in fold
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(2/9/2016) 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.


Rangers' Yu Darvish: Hopes to start throwing bullpen sessions in March
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(2/9/2016) 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.


Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka: Throws for first time of offseason
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(2/9/2016) 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.


Rangers' Doug Bernier: Signs with Rangers
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(2/9/2016) Bernier agreed to a minor league deal with the Rangers on Tuesday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Bernier spent last season in the Twins' organization, slashing .256/.340/.306 in 95 games at the Triple-A level. The 35-year-old has limited big league experience in his career and figures to serve just as infield depth for the Rangers.


Mat Latos: Reaches agreement with White Sox
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(2/9/2016) 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.


Joel Peralta: Reaches agreement with Mariners
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(2/9/2016) Peralta and the Mariners have reached agreement on a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.

A moderately effective set-up man for the Rays from 2011 to 2014, the 39-year-old Peralta struggled to the tune of a 4.34 ERA over 29 innings with the Dodgers last season. He struggled with a slew of injuries and will now have to fight for a spot at the back of Seattle's bullpen.


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