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The Atlanta Braves acquired prospect pitchers Luiz Gohara and Thomas Burrows from the Seattle Mariners for outfielder Mallex Smith and pitcher Shae Simmons. What It Means: Seattle swapped Smith to the Tampa Bay Rays immediately after, so we're playing a bit of catch-up here. Gohara is the big piece in the deal for Atlanta. The hard-throwing lefty was recently ranked as the Mariners' thir ...

The Tampa Bay Rays traded starting pitcher Drew Smyly to the Seattle Mariners for outfielder Mallex Smith, infielder Carlos Vargas, and pitcher Ryan Yarbrough. What It Means: Smith's stay in Seattle was ultimately a brief one, as the Mariners only acquired him to use as a chip to secure Smyly. The 27-year-old left-hander, Smyly, has had major issues with the home run ball over the past two se ...

Chicago Cubs are considering batting catcher/outfielder Kyle Schwarber (knee) leadoff, manager Joe Maddon said. What It Means: This is, of course, all very early and tentative. The slugger will be ready to rock and roll come spring training after suffering a torn ACL last April, and this would make him even more valuable from a fantasy standpoint. Schwarber has just eight career plate appearances ...

The Seattle Mariners have acquired outfielder Jarrod Dyson from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for starting pitcher Nate Karns according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune. What It Means: Dyson should get a starting spot in the Mariners' outfield and could be a strong source of stolen bases in 2017. Karns is under team control until 2020 and while his overall numbers aren't eye ...

The Cleveland Indians have officially signed first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year, $60 million contract with a $25 million club option for 2020. What It Means: The contract is official after Encarnacion passed a physical on Wednesday. He matched a career best with 42 homers in 2016, so Encarnacion will bring some much-needed pop to the Indians' lineup. Along with ...

The Seattle Mariners acquired starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo and cash from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for outfielder Seth Smith. What It Means: The move is a little puzzling with Gallardo coming off the worst year of his career. However, if Gallardo can return to form, he will benefit from pitching in Seattle. Smith should slide into a starting corner outfield spot for the Orioles. Gallar ...

The St. Louis Cardinals are "very much in" on Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, according to Darren Wolfson of KSTP in Minnesota. What It Means: Wolfson also says the Los Angeles Dodgers remain in the running, and that the Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants have had "dialogue." St. Louis seems like an odd fit with Kolten Wong and Jedd Gyorko on the roster, ...

The Philadelphia Phillies acquired starting pitcher Clay Buchholz from the Boston Red Sox, as first reported by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, in exchange for second base prospect Josh Tobias, per Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. What It Means: The Phillies will pick up the $13.5 million Buchholz is owed for 2017, and he joins a rotation featuring Jeremy Hellickson, Jerad Eickhoff, Aaron Nola and Vincent Ve ...

The Colorado Rockies signed reliever Mike Dunn to a three-year, $19 million contract that includes a $6 million vesting option for 2019. What It Means: The option will become a $7 million club option based on performance incentives. It's a solid upgrade for a Rockies' bullpen that recorded a MLB-worst 5.13 ERA last season. Dunn pitched just 42 1/3 innings with the Miami Marlins in 2016, ...

The Baltimore Orioles have signed free agent catcher Welington Castillo, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. What It Means: This has been the expected outcome for both sides since Castillo was non-tendered by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The deal signals the end of Matt Wieters' time in Baltimore, but should provide a nice outlook for Castillo's fantasy prospects. Castillo slashed .26 ...

The Chicago White Sox signed starting pitcher Derek Holland to a one-year, $6 million contract. What It Means: The deal comes from Scott Merkin of MLB.com, and the details are courtesy of the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant. Holland regressed a bit with the Texas Rangers over the past two seasons, but if he gets hot in the first half of 2017, the 30-year-old southpaw could emerge as a nice tr ...

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Phillies have re-signed infielder Andres Blanco to a one-year, $3 million contract. What It Means: Blanco missed a portion of the second half of this past season with a broken index finger, but has been a solid utility player for the Phillies over the past three seasons. He'll be 33 for the 2017 campaign. After a career-high .863 OPS in 2015, Bl ...

The Chicago Cubs signed reliever Koji Uehara to a one-year, $6 million contract, Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago has confirmed. What It Means: This substantiates reports from Winter Meetings last week that the two sides were coming to terms. Uehara was roughed up a bit in the first half of last season (4.81 ERA, 33 2/3 innings), but he was superb in the second, not allowing a single run across 13 1/3 ...

The Milwaukee Brewers acquired catcher Jett Bandy from the Los Angeles Angels for catcher Martin Maldonado and reliever Drew Gagnon. What It Means: The 26-year-old Bandy is a sensible add for a Brewers team that is focusing on the future. More moves could be on the horizon for Milwaukee, but Bandy currently projects to split time behind the plate with Andrew Susac as things currently stand. Bandy ...

The Los Angeles Dodgers and infielder Justin Turner have come to terms on a deal that will be worth $64 million over four year, reports FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. What It Means: The deal comes in below what Turner's market value called for, so returning to the Dodgers must have been a big pull factor for the recently-turned 32-year-old. He excelled both at the plate and in the field duri ...

Free agent reliever Kenley Jansen has agreed to a five-year, $80 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to ESPN's Jim Bowden. What It Means: The Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals tried, but the 29-year-old Jansen reportedly turned down more lucrative offers to return to the Dodgers for the next lustrum. His new deal includes an opt-out clause after the 2019 season. Jans ...

The Los Angeles Angels acquired infielder Danny Espinosa from the Washington Nationals for a pair of relievers in Austin Adams and Kyle McGowin. What It Means: Espinosa is expected to replace Cliff Pennington as the starting second baseman, giving the Angels an elite double-play duo with Andrelton Simmons at shortstop. The 29-year-old would have been a utility player in Washington, but an everyday ...

The Tampa Bay Rays signed free agent catcher Wilson Ramos to a two-year, $12.5 million contract. What It Means: Ramos is recovering from ACL and meniscus tears that required major knee surgery, so he likely won't be available for the Rays until sometime next June. He's in line to serve as the designated hitter next season and then handle regular catching duties in 2018. Prior to the inju ...

The Arizona Diamondbacks signed reliever Fernando Rodney to a one-year, $2.75 million contract. What It Means: With incentives, the deal could reach up to $5 million in value. Next season will be Rodney's age-40 campaign, but he'll have a shot at the closing gig in Arizona. Rodney has never been known for his consistency, and last year was no exception, as he turned in a 0.31 ERA and 30. ...

The St. Louis Cardinals signed outfielder Dexter Fowler to a five-year, $82.5 million contract. What It Means: The dollar amount comes from FOX Sports'Ken Rosenthal. Fowler will likely man center and handle leadoff duties for St. Louis, while Matt Carpenter will move towards the middle of the order and Randal Grichuk becomes responsible for left field. Fowler slashed .276/.393/.447 with 13 ho ...

The Colorado Rockies "remain deeply involved in talks for free agent [outfielder/first baseman] Mark Trumbo," according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale. What It Means: The Rockies have already signed Ian Desmond to a five-year, $70 million contract, but FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal said on Wednesday that Colorado's front office wasn't ready to put away the checkbooks. Tru ...

The Boston Red Sox agreed with first baseman Mitch Moreland on a one-year, $5.5 million contract. What It Means: Things became official once Moreland passed his physical Thursday. He's slotted to be Boston's regular first baseman in 2017 after turning in a Gold Glove season with the Texas Rangers last season. Hanley Ramirez will head over to designated hitter as a result. Across 513 plat ...

The New York Yankees have agreed to terms with reliever Aroldis Chapman on a five-year, $86 million contract, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. What It Means: The dollar amount makes Chapman the highest-paid reliever in the history of baseball. Per Rosenthal, the terms include an opt-out after the first three years, a full no-trade clause for the first three years and a limited no-trade for the ...

The Washington Nationals acquired outfielder Adam Eaton from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for pitching prospects Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning. What It Means: This is a huge get for a Nationals team that intends to make some noise this offseason. Eaton projects to start in center and should provide a sizable boost for Washington's lineup. The asking price was so high for ...

The New York Yankees signed designated hitter Matt Holliday to a one-year, $13 million contract. What It Means: The deal is now official after first being reported over the weekend. Holliday is expected to be the Yankees' primary designated hitter, but he'll see the occasional action at first base and in the outfield. Despite turning 37 in January and being limited to 110 games with the ...

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