Dan Wheeler Retires
Right-handed pitcher Dan Wheeler has announced his retirement from baseball. Wheeler spent his 13-year career with the Devil Rays, Mets, Astros, Rays, Red Sox, and Indians, He had a career 3.98 ERA in 589 games over 640 2/3 innings.
Joel Zumaya Retires
Right-handed pitcher Joel Zumaya has announced his retirement from baseball. Zumaya was signed by the Minnesota Twins in January of 2012, but was dropped in March, two months later, after tearing his UCL. Zumaya pitched in the majors from 2005-2010. He is known for his record-breaking fastballs. Zumaya holds the MLB record for most fastballs over 100 MPH, leading the league at 233. His career high, 104 MPH, was a grand-slam to Ken Griffey Jr.
Diamondbacks sign Bronson Arroyo
The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed right-hander Bronson Arroyo to a $23.5 million contract over two years with an $11 million option for 2016 or a $4.5 million buyout. Arroyo posted a 3.79 ERA last season for the Reds, with 5.5 K/9 and 1.5 BB/9. He had a 14-12 record in 202 innings.
Marlins designate Jimmy Paredes for assignment
The Miami Marlins have designated Jimmy Paredes for assignment to create roster space for Jeff Baker. The 25 year old was claimed off waivers in November from the Astros. Paredes batted .192/.231/.248 in 135 major league plate appearances last season for the Astros.
Brewers designated Donovan Hand for assignment
The Milwaukee Brewers have designated right-hander Donovan Hand for assignment to create roster space for newly-acquired Francisco Rodriguez. Hand pitched to a 3.69 ERA in 68 1/3 innings for the Brewers in 2013. He posted 4.9 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 in that stretch.
Brewers sign Francisco Rodriguez
The Milwaukee Brewers have signed right-handed reliever Francisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez to a $3.25 million contract over one year with $550 thousand available in incentives. Rodriguez will act as the set-up man along with Jim Henderson. Rodriguez spent 20011-2013 with the Brewers, but was traded to the Orioles during the 2013 season. He had a 4.50 ERA for the Orioles.
White Sox sign Mitchell Boggs
The Chicago White Sox have signed right-handed reliever Mitchell Boggs to a $1.1 million contract over one year. Boggs was a mess for the Cardinals last year, posting an 11.05 ERA in 18 appearances before being traded to the Rockies in July. He will support the bullpen after the loss of Addison Reed.
Athletics sign Coco Crisp to contract extension
The Oakland Athletics have signed outfielder Coco Crisp to a two-year contract extension with a 2017 vesting option. Crisp batted .261/.335/.444 last season with a career high 22 home runs and 21 stolen bases.
Ryan Spilborghs retires
Outfielder Ryan Spilborghs has announced his retirement from baseball. Spilborghs played seven seasons with the Rockies, the last of them in 2011. His career stats have a .272 batting average with a .345 OBP, 42 home runs, and 218 RBIs. Spilborghs spent last year in Japan, and will join the Rockies as a TV broadcaster.
Nationals sign Luis Ayala to minor league deal
The Washington Nationals have signed pitcher Luis Ayala to a minor league contract. Ayala will earn $1 million if he makes the club out of spring training, and will receive a $500 thousand bonus if he plays 60 games. Ayala spent last season with the Braves.
Pirates sign Omir Santos to minor league deal
The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Omir Santos to a minor league contract. He spent all but one plate appearance in Triple-A last season for the Indians, where he abtted .248/.285/.354 with three homers in 222 plate appearances.