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- February 15th (Orioles sign Andrew Cashner): This offseason, Andrew Cashner received a fair amount of interest from teams like the Toronto Blue Jays and the Texas Rangers but it was the Orioles who struck the deal. Cashner’s deal with the Orioles is 2-years, $16 million dollars and according to Chris Cotillo the contract has a 2020 vesting option and a $5 million dollar performance bonus. Last season, Andrew Cashner went 11-11 with a 3.40 ERA in 28 games for the Texas Rangers. Andrew Cashner will serve in the back of the rotation for the Orioles as Gausman, Bundy and Ynoa work the top to middle of the rotation.
- October 30th (Orioles keeping tabs on Miley and Tillman): According to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun, the Baltimore Orioles are keeping tabs on both pitchers as they are interested in possibly bringing them back for next season. Chris Tillman is set to become an unrestricted free agent and Wade Miley has a $12 million dollar option ($500,000 buyout) for next season but due to poor performances last season the Orioles want to work out new deals with both players. The Orioles are bound to be spending big bucks this offseason as they also have ab $18 million option on shortstop J.J. Hardy and catcher Wellington Castillo has a $7 million dollar option for next season as well. The Baltimore Orioles are noted to pursue pitching during free agency and maintaining Wade Miley and Chris Tillman and working out cheaper deals with them could open room up for bringing in new faces to the organization for 2018.
Boston Red Sox
Chicago White Sox
- February 23rd (Tigers sign Francisco Liriano): This offseason, Francisco Liriano had a relatively quiet market as it was rumored that division rival Minnesota Twins were possibly interested in a reunion but, it was the Tigers who struck first. At age 34, Francisco Liriano has taken some steps back in his career but has still stayed around as a veteran presence in the backend of a team’s rotation or in the bullpen. Francisco Liriano will join the Detroit Tigers as a veteran and will get the chance to battle for a spot in the backend of the Tigers pitching rotation.
Kansas City Royals
- October 1st (Danny Duffy to undergo surgery): Rustin Dodd reports that Danny Duffy will undergo an elbow operation this offseason to remove “loose bodies” from his elbow. Danny Duffy had issues with his elbow this season as inflammation started brewing in his elbow and he even landed on the disabled list due in part of this. This season, Duffy had a rocky start to his brand new 5-year, $65 million dollar deal he signed back January as he posted a 9-10 record with a 3.81 ERA in 24 starters. We should know his prognosis shortly following his surgery.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Los Angeles Dodgers
- November 7th (Dodgers decline Andre Either’s option): Andre Ethier, 35, has taken huge steps back over the past couple of seasons due in part to numerous injuries derailing him. This past season, Ethier played in only 22 games during the regular season due to a herniated disc sustained in spring training. Andre Either returned to the Dodgers lineup in September but was limited to only 34 at-bats and finished the season with .235 average with 2 home runs and 3 RBI’s.The decision to not re-sign Ethier does not come as a shock as the injuries and the amount of money they can save and use toward free agency. Andre Ethier will get a chance with another team this winter but a roster spot won’t be guaranteed. Ethier will receive a $2.5 million dollar buyout.
- January 10th (Starlin Castro requests trade?): This has been coming as the Miami Marlins were prepared to trade away Starlin Castro after acquiring him in the deal with the Yankees for Giancarlo Stanton last month. The Miami Marlins plan this offseason was to cut payroll and Starlin Castro’s falls into the Marlins chopping block. Starlin Castro, 27, is due $10.8 million in 2018 but also $11.8 million in 2019 and a $16 million dollar option in 2020 but the Marlins don’t want to pay it. The fast flip of a Starlin Castro has failed for the Marlins so now only time will tell. It will not shock us if teams like the New York Mets and the Detroit Tigers could show interest in Castro at some point. (Source: Ken Rosenthal)
- October 7th (Wily Peralta elects free agency): A former Opening Day starter for the Brewers, Wily Peralta has decided to hit the free agent market rather than accept a minor league outright. Peralta, 28, was demoted down the ladder for the Brewers from being a starter to being sent to the bullpen and then ultimately demoted to the minor leagues in 2017. Wily Peralta finished 2017 with a 5-4 record, 7.45 ERA in 57 innings. Peralta will land a minor league deal this winter and could compete for a backend rotation job. The Milwaukee Brewers also departed with Kirk Nieuwenhuis, David Goforth, Rob Scahill and Michael Blazek.
- February 24th (Twins sign Erick Aybar to minor league deal): The aging Erick Aybar did not have a big free agent market this winter as this is the only time his name has been linked to any team. The contract carries an invitation to spring training and should Aybar win a reserve role with the Twins he will also earn $1.25 million in incentives should earn a spot on their roster. Erick Aybar will be in a spring battle against Ehire Adriananza for the backup shortstop role and according to Rotoworld, they predict that Aybar could fill in for Miguel Sano at third due to potential disciplinary actions.
- November 27th (ByungHo Park to return to Korea in 2018): Signed as a free agent in 2015 to become the future first baseman for the Twins, ByungHo Park will be returning to Korea in 2018 and sign with his former team, the Nexen Heroes. ByungHo Park, 31, spent only two seasons with the Twins primarily playing for the team’s AAA affiliate the Rochester Red Wings. In 2016, Park played in only 62 games at the MLB level batting an awful .191 but showed signs of his power as hit 12 home runs and bringing in 24 RBI’s. Upon signing with the Heroes, Park will leave his $6 million dollars behind to return home. It will be a homecoming for Park in 2018.
- October 18th (Twins decline Glen Perkins club option for 2018): Essentially making him a free agent at years end. Glen Perkins had another injury-riddled season as this year he suffered a left labrum injury that forced him to undergo surgery, costing him the vast majority of the season. Glen Perkins will be paid a $700,000 buyout and will hit the free agent market for the first time in his MLB career. MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports that Glen Perkins and the Minnesota Twins could possibly re-up this offseason on a minor league deal but it could possibly unlikely due to potential retirement considerations from Perkins. Should this be the end of the line for Perkins, he will finish his career with a career 3.88 ERA, 35-25 win/loss record, and 120 saves.
New York Yankees
- December 7th (Yankees re-sign CC Sabathia): The New York Yankees and CC Sabathia have decided to re-up and sign a one-year contract. During the Winter Meetings, Sabathia had a lot of interest from teams like the Los Angeles Angels and the Toronto Blue Jays but that turned out to be just interest and no meetings took place. The Yankees have a lack of depth in the middle of the rotation and with the re-signing of Sabathia, it adds depth back into the rotation. The Yankees and the Pirates are still talking about Gerrit Cole and should a trade workout involving top prospect Clint Frazier the Yankees rotation could be one of the best in baseball today. (Source: Mark Feinsand)
New York Mets
- January 10th (Mets sign Jay Bruce): After waiving Jay Bruce this past season, the New York Mets and Jay Bruce agreed to terms on a loaded three-year contract. The terms of the contract are as followed, Bruce will make $10 million in 2018, and $14.5 million in 2019 and 2020. Jay Bruce, 30, had a really strong free agent market this offseason as he gained strong but mutual interest from the San Francisco Giants but it was the Mets that struck the deal. Entering age 31 season, Jay Bruce will return to right field for the New York Mets adding another veteran piece alongside Yoenis Cespedes in the outfield heading into 2018 and beyond.
San Diego Padres
San Francisco Giants
St. Louis Cardinals
- February 12th (Cardinals sign Bud Norris): According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the St. Louis Cardinals signed pitcher Bud Norris to a one-year major league deal. Bud Norris, 32, spent 2017 with the Los Angeles Angels in which he was prominently used out of the bullpen and even served as the team’s closer. Norris’s role as a closer came to an end in August as Cam Bedrosian returned from injury, Norris ended his 2017 season with a 2-6 record, 4.21 ERA and 19 saves in 60 games. Upon joining the Cardinals, Bud Norris seems likely to be remaining in the bullpen for the Cardinals but with him being a former starter we suggest not to count out a move to the rotation in 2018 for Norris. (Source: Derrick Goold)
Tampa Bay Rays
- December 5th (Rangers and Mike Minor agree to terms): Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed that former Kansas City Royals pitcher Mike Minor and the Texas Rangers agreed to terms on a contract. The exact details of the deal is not yet known but what is known is that the Rangers do plan on using Minor in their rotation. This past season, Mike Minor made his return after missing all of 2015 and 2016 due to injury and was very productive out of the pen for the Royals posting a 6-6 record, 2.55 ERA, 88 strikeouts. The Texas Rangers are making attempts to add depth in the rotation and so far it has worked in their favor with the addition of Doug Fister last week and now Mike Minor. Mike Minor is figured to be penciled in as the Rangers #4 pitcher behind Hamels, Perez and Fister. (Source: Ken Rosenthal)
Toronto Blue Jays
- January 15th (Nationals re-sign Howie Kendrick): After having a very quiet market this offseason, the Washington Nationals and Howie Kendrick have re-upped on a 2-year, $7 million dollar deal. Howie Kendrick, 34, was not linked to a lot of teams this offseason with the only known interest coming from the New York Mets who looked at him at second base for the 2018 season, but nothing came from that. Howie Kendrick will now return to Washington serving as a bench piece for the team. Kendrick had a .315/.368/.475 batting line in 2017.