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Report: White Sox Sign OF/INF Emilio Bonifacio

Report: White Sox Sign OF/INF Emilio Bonifacio

Tom Szcaerbowski/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago White Sox and veteran utilityman Emilio Bonifacio agreed to a one-year contract worth a guaranteed $4 million, according to ESPN.

Bonifacio will earn $3 million guaranteed this season. The deal includes a club option for the 2016 season worth $4 million and a buyout at $1 million.

In 110 games with the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs last season, Bonifacio batted .259 with three homers and 24 RBIs. He also had 26 stolen bases and scored 47 runs.

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Royals Agree on Minor League Deal with Reliever Ryan Madson

Royals Agree on Minor League Deal with Reliever Ryan Madson

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Philadelphia Phillies reliever/closer Ryan Madson hasn't given up on pitching in the Major Leagues as he's agreed on a minor league deal with the Kansas City Royals.

The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training camp.

The 34-year-old Madson hasn't thrown a pitch in a Major League game since 2011 when he went 4-2 with a 2.37 ERA to go along with a career-high 32 saves.

That offseason, Madson hit the free agent market as he signed a one-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds worth $8.5 million. He wound up never pitching for the Reds as he underwent Tommy John Surgery in spring training.

He tried to make a comeback in 2013 with the Los Angeles Angels, but nothing materialized. He wound up sitting out the entire 2014 season in an attempt to get healthy.

Mike Arbuckle, who is now a senior advisor for the Royals, was the Phillies' scouting director in 1998 when the Phillies drafted Madson.

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Rays Sign Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera

Rays Sign Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera

Rich Pilling/Getty Images(TAMPA BAY, Fl.) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have signed Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year deal.

Cabrera, 29, signed for around $8 million, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Last season Cabrera was traded to the Washington Nationals from the Cleveland Indians, with whom he has spent the previous seven seasons.

Cabrera has struggled at the plate in recent years. Last season with both the Nationals and Indians, he hit .241, had an OBP of .307 and 108 strikeouts.

This has been the latest move for a Rays franchise undergoing a major overhaul.  After manager Joe Maddon and general manager Andrew Friedman left the franchise, the team has traded away Wil Myers, Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Joyce, Joel Peralta and Sean Rodriguez.

Cabrera joins Ernesto Frieri and Michael Kohn as additions to the big league roster.

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Royals Finalize Two-Year Deal with Edinson Volquez

Royals Finalize Two-Year Deal with Edinson Volquez

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The defending American League Champions have taken a step to bolster their starting rotation, finalizing a two-year deal with free agent starting pitcher Edinson Volquez.

Volquez' deal will pay him $20 million during the course of his deal and includes a mutual option for the 2017 season.

"I want to be here and help the team win some games, the way they did last year," Volquez told reporters. "We did in Pittsburgh, too, but Kansas City went a little bit farther. They almost won the World Series. Why not do it here?"

The 31-year-old Volquez is coming off arguably one of the best seasons of his career. In 32 starts with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2014, he went 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA.

"I was really aggressive, attacking the hitter in the strike zone, getting ahead of the count," Volquez explained. "And I controlled a little more my emotions."

Volquez will take over the spot recently vacated by free agent James Shields.

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Hiroki Kuroda To Return To Japan

Hiroki Kuroda To Return To Japan

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(NEW YORK) -- Hiroki Kuroda has decided to sign with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball League.

Kuroda, 39, spent seven seasons in Major League Baseball, the last three with the New York Yankees.

After spending most of his career in the NBP, Kuroda came over to the United States at age 33 to join the Los Angeles Dodgers.  He owns a 3.45 career ERA with 6.7 K/9 in seven seasons of Major League Baseball.

The loss leaves the Yankees with more questions in their rotation as Kuroda was one of their most dependable pitchers last season.  C.C Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka and Ivan Nova are returning from injury while Michael Pineda and newly acquired Nathan Eovaldi will seek to prove their consistency.

Last season Kuroda finished 11-9 with a 3.71 ERA and a 4.17 SO/BB ratio over 199 innings.  

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ESPN: Braves Sign Catcher A.J. Pierzynski

ESPN: Braves Sign Catcher A.J. Pierzynski

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A.J. Pierzynski isn't done yet. According to ESPN, the Atlanta Braves has signed the veteran catcher to a one-year deal.

According to a report by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Pierzynski's deal will be worth $2 million pending a physical.

Pierzynski is a 17-year Major League veteran, making his debut back in 1998 with the Minnesota Twins. At age 37, Pierzynski is coming off arguably the worst season of his Major League career.

In 2014, was released by the Boston Red Sox after hitting .254 with four home runs and 31 RBIs in 72 games. He wound up signing with the St. Louis Cardinals after an injury to All-Star Yadier Molina. In 30 with the Cards, he hit .244 with one home run and six RBIs.

Pierzysnki will likely platoon with catching prospect Christian Bethancourt as the team is likely to shit Evan Gattis to the outfield or explore a trade.

Overall, Pierzynski is a career .281 hitter with 177 home runs and 837 RBIs.

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Giants’ Marco Scuatro’s Career in Jeopardy After Back Surgery

Giants’ Marco Scuatro’s Career in Jeopardy After Back Surgery

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- After undergoing back surgery, San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro's career could be coming to an end.

The team announced that Scutaro underwent a fusion procedure performed by Dr. Michael Wang in Miami on Friday to alleviate the troublesome area at level L-2/L-3 of his spine.

It will be another four-to-six months before doctors can determine whether or not the 39-year-old can continue his baseball career.

"I don't want to speak for the doctor or the procedure but you'd have to how he responds to the surgery and that's months away," Giants general manager Brian Sabean said.

During his 13-year career, Scutaro is a .277 hitter who has played for the Mets, Athletics, Blue Jays, Red Sox, Rockies, and Giants.

Back in December 2012, Scutaro signed a three-year contract with the Giants worth $20 million.

During the Giants World Series run in 2012, Scutaro batted .328 in 16 postseason games. He became the first player in major league history with six multi-hit games in an LCS.

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Braves Agree on Two Year-Deal with Reliever Jason Grilli

Braves Agree on Two Year-Deal with Reliever Jason Grilli

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- In need of some bullpen depth, the Atlanta Braves have decided to see if reliever Jason Grilli can regain his All-Star form as the two sides have agreed on a two-year contract.

Grilli's deal with the Braves will be worth $8 million, and also includes a club option for 2017.

With the recent departure of Jordan Walden, Grilli is expected to serve as the team's setup man behind All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel.

The 38-year-old Grilli has experienced many highs and lows during his career as he's gone back and forth between the Majors and minors at times.

In 2011, he was called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates and became one of the better relievers in the National League. In 2013, Grilli made the All-Star team as he finished the season with 33 saves to go along with a 2.70 ERA.

This year was a different story however. In 22 appearances, Grilli blew four saves and posted a 4.87 ERA. He was ultimately traded to the Los Angeles Angels where he had a 3.48 ERA in 40 appearances.

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Pirates Win Negotiating Rights to Korean Shortstop Jung-Ho Kang

Pirates Win Negotiating Rights to Korean Shortstop Jung-Ho Kang

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- Already having one of the best offenses in baseball, the Pittsburgh Pirates are taking a shot on an international player as they have won the negotiating rights to Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang.

The Pirates now have 30 days to negotiate a contract with the international star, or he'll head back to Korea. If a deal is reached, the Pirates will pay the Nexen Heroes the posting fee of $5,002,015.

"The Pirates are pleased to have secured the opportunity to attempt to add Kang, Jung Ho to our system and look forward to commencing discussions with the player and his representative in an effort to make that happen," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said in a statement.

The 27-year-old Kang hit .354 with 39 home runs this past season for the Heroes, and was named the MVP of the Korean Baseball Organization.

The Pirates are hoping Kang can provide some infield depth for the club behind second baseman Neil Walker and shortstop Jordy Mercer.

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Twins Reward Starting Pitcher Phil Hughes with Three-Year Extension

Twins Reward Starting Pitcher Phil Hughes with Three-Year Extension

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Minnesota Twins and starting pitcher Phil Hughes enjoyed their first season together so much, the two sides have already decided to extend the relationship as the team has agreed on a three-year extension with Hughes worth $42 million.

Hughes' new deal will give him a $1.2 million annual raise from his previous deal. He originally had two years left on his deal worth $16 million.

The overall value of Hughes' deal is now for five years and will pay him $58 million. It is the largest deal ever the team has ever spent on a pitcher.

The 28-year-old Hughes spent the first seven seasons of his career with the New York Yankees where he was a highly touted pitching prospect. He never quite lived up to expectations, and was let go by the team following the 2013 season.

In his first season with the Twins in 2014, Hughes went 16-10 with 3.52 ERA in 32 starts. He also had an impressive K/BB ratio of 182/16 in 202.2 innings.

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Marlins Trade Third Baseman Casey McGehee to the Giants

Marlins Trade Third Baseman Casey McGehee to the GiantsMike McGinnis/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The San Francisco Giants have found their replacement for former third baseman Pablo Sandoval as the team has acquired Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins. In exahcange for McGehee, the Giants are sending t...

Dodgers Designate Reliever Brian Wilson for Assignment

Dodgers Designate Reliever Brian Wilson for Assignment

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Reliever Brian Wilson and his infamous beard are out of Los Angeles as the Dodgers have designated the former All-Star for assignment.

Despite the decision, the Dodgers will still pay Wilson his 2015 salary worth $9.5 million.

"At this point, we did not feel he was one of the best seven relief options," Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said on a conference call with reporters.

At one point in his carreer, Wilson was one of the most dominant relievers in Baseball and one of the more colorful personalities in baseball.

From 2008-2011, Wilson averaged over 40 saves during his time with the San Francisco Giants.

Despite his dominance, Wilson underwent multiple elbow reconstruction surgeries and he never quite recovered from it.

In 2014, the 32-year-old Wilson went 2-4 with a 4.66 ERA and a WHIP of 1.61. Those were his highest marks since his rookie year back in 2006.

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Yankees and Marlins Swap Prado and Eovaldi

Yankees and Marlins Swap Prado and Eovaldi

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) -- The Yankees and Marlins have completed a five-player trade that will send Martin Prado to Miami and Nathan Eovaldi to New York.

Friday, the Yankees sent Prado and relief pitcher David Phelps to Miami, in exchange for the 24-year-old right handed fireballer Eovaldi, utility player Garrett Jones and minor league pitcher Domingo German.

Eovaldi, was 6-14 last season with a 4.37 ERA while also surrendering the most hits in the National League with 223.

The Yankees have made similar moves in the past; buying low on young inconsistent talent.

Last season, the team acquired pitcher Brandon McCarthy in a low risk move.  After a few tweaks to his mechanics and pitching tendencies McCarthy lowered his ERA from 4.53 in 2013 with the Arizona Diamondbacks, to 2.89 over 14 games for the Yankees last season.  McCarthy signed with the Dodgers this offseason for $48 million over four years.

According to Marc Craig of Newsday, the Yankees are also including $6 million in the trade to cover the salary of Prado. 

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Report: Padres Acquire Outfielder Justin Upton from the Braves

Report: Padres Acquire Outfielder Justin Upton from the Braves

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The San Diego Padres have struck again this offseason by acquiring another big-time bat. According to reports, the team has acquired outfielder Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves.

According to reports, the Padres will send Braves pitcher Max Fried, third baseman Dustin Peterson and outfielder Mallex Smith.

Still just 27 years old, Upton hit .270 with 29 home runs and 102 RBIs in his eighth season in the big leagues. He will be a free agent following the 2015 season.

The Padres now have a completely revamped offense/outfield. Not only have they acquired Upton, they've also made trades for former All-Star outfielder Matt Kemp and former American League Rookie of the Year outfielder Wil Myers.

The Padres also recently acquired All-Star catcher Derek Norris from the Oakland Athletics, and reportedly they've acquired third baseman Will Middlebrooks from the Boston Red Sox for Ryan Hanigan.

In 2014, the Padres ranked 30th in Major League Baseball in runs scored, batting average, on base percentage, and slugging percentage.

San Diego hasn't made the playoffs since 2006.

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Giants Re-Sign Starting Pitcher Jake Peavy

Giants Re-Sign Starting Pitcher Jake Peavy

Brandon Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Starting pitcher Jake Peavy enjoyed his brief time with the San Francisco Giants so much, he agreed on a two-year deal with the club on Friday morning.

ESPN reports that Peavy's deal is worth $24 million to go along with a $4 million signing bonus.

The Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins were reportedly among the teams who were also pursuing Peavy.

Peavy is a three-time All Star and former Cy Young winner who rebounded strongly after the Boston Red Sox dealt him to the Giants prior to the trade deadline.

In 20 starts with the Red Sox in 2014, Peavy went 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA. In 12 starts with the Giants after getting traded, he went 6-4 with a 2.17 ERA.

Peavy did fall apart in the postsesaon though despite the team winning the World Series. In four starts, Peavy went 1-2 with a 6.29 ERA.

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Reports: Royals to Sign SP Edinson Volquez

Reports: Royals to Sign SP Edinson Volquez

Major League Baseball(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The American League pennant winners are adding to their rotation.

Starting pitcher Edinson Volquez will join the Kansas City Royals rotation on a two-year, $20 million deal, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. 

The right-handed pitcher spent 2014 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was a bounce back season as he posted a 3.04 ERA, 140 strikeouts and a 3.3 BB/ 9 over 192.2 innings pitched.

Volquez, 31, had struggled after Tommy John Surgery in 2009. He was suspended for 50 games in 2010 after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. He was then traded to the Padres and had a brief stint with the the Dodgers. In that span, he never posted an ERA better than 4.14.

He will likely replace James Sheilds in the Royals rotation as he is expected to leave via free agency. 

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Padres Acquire Wil Myers in Three-Team Trade.

Padres Acquire Wil Myers in Three-Team Trade.

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN DIEGO, Ca.) -- The San Diego Padres have acquired outfielder Wil Myers in a three-team trade.

In a deal with the Nationals and Rays, the Padres also obtain young pitchers Jose Castillo and Gerardo Reyes, as well as veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan from Tampa Bay.

In return, the Rays receive Burch Smith, a right-hander who was drafted by the Padres in 2011, first baseman Rene Rivera, catcher Jake Bauers, a 2013 draft pick of the Padres and outfielder Steven Souza as well as left-hander Travis Ott from the Nationals.

The Nationals receive right hander Joe Ross and shortstop Trea Turner, who both come from San Diego in the deal.

Myers, 24, was acquired by Tampa Bay in 2012 as part of seven-player trade that saw Kansas City acquire James Shields.  

The next season, Myers batted .293 and smacked 13 homeruns and 88 RBI on his way to the 2013 rookie of the year award. 

After dealing for Matt Kemp, the Padres are expecting to improve on an offense that ranked last in baseball with 535 runs scored.

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Mariners Acquire OF Ruggiano From Cubs

Mariners Acquire OF Ruggiano From Cubs

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- The Seattle Mariners acquired outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday for minor league pitcher Matt Brazis.

In 81 games last season with the Cubs, Ruggiano batted .281 with six home runs and 28 RBIs. He also scored 29 runs and had an OBP of .337.

Ruggiano’s best season came in 2012 for the Miami Marlins, when he hit .313 with 13 homers and 36 RBIs. The six-year veteran also swiped 15 bases and had an OBP of .374.

Brazis was selected out of Boston College in the 28th round of the 2012 MLB draft. The right-handed reliever is 8-6 with a 2.89 ERA across three minor league seasons.

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Floyd Inks 1-Year Deal with Indians

Floyd Inks 1-Year Deal with Indians

Major League Baseball(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland Indians signed starting pitcher Gavin Floyd to a one-year contract Tuesday.The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the deal is worth $4 million and could earn Floyd another $6 million in incentives.The 31-year-old Floyd made only five starts in 2013 before undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. He made nine starts for Atlanta the following season before suffering a fracture in the same elbow, causing him to miss the rest of the season."His elbow's actually fine," Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said. "We went through an extensive physical...His ligament is strong and intact. The fracture he suffered last year is well healed. We expect him to be fully ready for Spring Training."Before 2013, Floyd was one of the more consistent pitchers in the major leagues. The right-hander pitched five straight seasons of at least 29 starts for the Chicago White Sox.During his 11 big league seasons, Floyd has pitched 1,205 2/3 innings, compiling a 72-72 record with a 4.40 ERA, 948 strike outs, and a 1.33 WHIP.

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ESPN: Marlins Have an Agreement with Morse

ESPN: Marlins Have an Agreement with Morse

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Miami Marlins have reached an agreement with free agent Michael Morse on a two-year, $8 million contract, according to ESPN.ESPN also reports Morse will be able to earn performance bonuses.The 32-year-old Morse played last season for the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. The right-handed hitter played in 131 regular season games as an outfielder, first baseman and designated hitter, hitting .279 with 16 home runs and 61 RBIs.Morse has played 10 major league seasons with stints in Seattle, Washington, Baltimore, and San Francisco. He's a career .281 hitter with 99 home runs and 333 RBIs.Morse becomes the latest in a flurry of acquisitions made by the Marlins this offseason. Miami signed outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to a $325 million contract, and also traded for second baseman Dee Gordon and pitchers Mat Latos and Dan Haren.

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