Zimmermann's deal is just pending a physical, and there's nothing to suggest he could fail it. Assuming all goes off without a hitch, he'll join Justin Verlander atop the Tigers rotation heading into 2016, though it's always possible the Tigers aren't done. Zimmermann had his worst campaign in the last five seasons in 2015, with his ERA topping 3.50 for the first time since 2010 when he broke into the league. The 29-year-old's fastball velocity also dropped over half a mile per hour, which could partially have contributed to his decline. If he can make adjustments to account for it, there's no reason to believe he can't have another effective season for his new team in 2016.
Nobody is pressing charges after Puig apparently got into a fist fight with a bouncer, so police consider the case closed. However, MLB still has the power to dole out punishment under the new policy. The domestic violence element stems from a TMZ report that bar employees got involved in the situation after Puig had a physical altercation with his sister. MLB has the power to hand out any punishment they deem necessary in these cases, so in theory Puig is in danger of being suspended for games in 2016.
"If we can help him get back on track, he can help our team in a variety of roles," GM Neal Huntington said. The Pirates have spots available in both the rotation and bullpen, but Webster is out of minor league options, meaning he could be lost to waivers if he doesn't make the club out of spring training.
"He's a versatile left-handed hitter who does some things we like in the batter's box," GM Neal Huntington said. "He could compete to make our club as a bat off the bench." Goebbert could also compete for time as the left-handed part of a first base platoon, especially if Pedro Alvarez is dealt, but his best bet to make the team is as a backup first baseman/outfielder. He also has three minor league options remaining, leaving Pittsburgh flexibility to start him at Triple-A if it finds better options.
The 30-year-old received a major-league contract but will take a steep pay cut after making $8.8 million last season. Norris was clobbered to the tune of a 7.06 ERA in 18 appearances (11 starts) for the Orioles last season before being released, and then pitched exclusively out of the bullpen after signing with the Padres in August. It's uncertain what role he will take on with Atlanta, but it's at least possible he could return to the rotation for the rebuilding Braves.
Although the initial 3-to-4 week recovery timetable is out the window, Braun remains optimistic that his offseason program will not be impacted and he will be back at 100 percent for spring training. The 32-year-old is doing physical therapy four days a week for the back, and he said there are no plans at this point for him to undergo another cryotherapy procedure on his thumb. The five-year, $105 million extension Braun signed in 2011 kicks in this season.
He spent most of the year at Triple-A, and walked more batters than he struck out in 10.1 innings with the Rockies, resulting in his designation for assignment last week. The Cubs will take Brothers on as a low-cost reclamation project, but unless the lefty is able to cut down significantly on the free passes, he will have a tough time earning and maintaining a role with the big club in 2016.
Webster, who was DFA'd by the Diamondbacks in November, dealt with shoulder fatigue early in the 2015 season, but he was given an opportunity to make a few starts in June. However, he allowed 15 earned runs over four starts, earning a trip back to the minors before returning to the big league club as a bullpen option later in the year. The 25-year-old will join Pittsburgh's 40-man roster, which is now at capacity.
The 28-year-old did not play in the major leagues last season after being DFA'd by the Padres in January. He spent the year at Triple-A El Paso, hitting .294 with 10 home runs and 62 RBI in 122 games. His last major league appearance came in 2014, when he logged time in 51 games (115 plate appearances) for San Diego. With the acquisition, the Pirates now have 39 players on the 40-man roster.
With Reyes opting not to attend his arraignment, defense attorney David Sereno entered the not guilty please on his behalf. Commissioner Rob Manfred announced earlier this month that an internal investigation into the Oct. 31 incident has been launched, and the situation is expected to serve as a first test case for MLB's new domestic violence policy. The court process figures to play out in full before any possible league discipline is issued.