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Date Player
12/10/2017 Brandon Morrow, LAD, P
The Cubs have agreed to a two-year deal with reliever Morrow on Sunday, according to multiple outlets.

Analysis: Morrow could be in line to be the Cubs' closer if the franchise fails to re-sign free agent Wade Davis. Morrow, 33, was 6-0 with a 2.06 ERA in 45 regular-season games for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017. He gave up just one run and three hits over 8 1/3 innings as the Dodgers won the first two rounds of the National League playoffs to reach the World Series.
12/9/2017 Giancarlo Stanton, Mia, RF
The New York Yankees agreed to acquire National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins in a blockbuster trade, according to multiple reports Saturday. The two teams reached terms for a deal pending final approval from the 28-year-old Stanton under the terms of his no-trade clause. The trade approval is expected to be a formality.

Analysis: Yankees infielder Starlin Castro and minor league prospects would be traded to Miami as part of the deal, according to reports.
12/8/2017 Mike Fiers, Det, P
The Tigers have agreed to a major league deal with Fiers.

Analysis: Fiers made 28 starts and one relief appearance for the Astros this year, going 8-10 with a 5.22 ERA. He struck out 146 in 153 1/3 innings. Fiers was not included on any of Houston's postseason rosters, and the Astros did not offer him a contract for 2018. In September, Fiers was suspended five games after throwing a fastball over the head of Angels infielder Luis Valbuena.
12/8/2017 Chris Iannetta, Col, C
Iannetta and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a two-year deal.

Analysis: A fourth-round pick by Colorado in 2004, Iannetta spent last season in Arizona, where he hit .254 with 17 homers and 43 RBIs in 89 games. He had a scary moment in May when a 93 mph pitch by a Pittsburgh reliever hit him in the face. He required several stitches to his upper lip, along with suffering fractured teeth and a broken nose.
12/7/2017 Tyler Chatwood, ChC, P
Chatwood agreed to a three-year, $38 million deal with the Chicago Cubs, the team announced Thursday.

Analysis: Chatwood posted an 8-15 mark and a 4.69 ERA in 33 appearances last season for the Colorado Rockies. His loss total last season tied for the most in the National League.
12/5/2017 Wily Peralta, KC, P
Peralta and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to a one-year contract worth $1,525,000, a deal that includes a club option for 2019.

Analysis: The 28-year-old gets a $1.5 million salary next year and the chance to earn $1.25 million annually in performance bonuses. The option is for $3 million with a $25,000 buyout. If the Royals decline the option, he would be eligible for salary arbitration.
12/5/2017 Mike Minor, Tex, P
A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free agent left-hander Mike Minor is close to a multiyear contract with the Texas Rangers.

Analysis: Minor, who will turn 30 the day after Christmas, was 6-6 with a 2.55 ERA in 65 relief appearances last season with the Kansas City Royals. The Rangers plan to use him as a starter.
12/5/2017 Miles Mikolas, StL, P
Mikolas is returning from Japan, agreeing to a $15.5 million, two-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Analysis: Mikolas spent the last three seasons with the Central League's Yomiuri Giants, going 31-13 with a 2.18 ERA in 62 starts. He was 14-8 this year, setting career highs for innings (188) and strikeouts (187) while walking 23. Selected on the seventh round of the 2009 amateur draft by San Diego, he was 4-6 with a 5.32 ERA in 37 games for the Padres and Texas from 2012-14. He was 2-5 with a 6.44 ERA for the Rangers in 2014, making 10 starts.
12/5/2017 Dan Otero, Cle, P
Otero has agreed to a $2.5 million, two-year contract with Cleveland that includes a 2020 team option and could be worth $3.9 million plus bonuses over three seasons.

Analysis: The 32-year-old right-hander has been steady and dependable for manager Terry Francona since Otero was acquired from Philadelphia for $112,000 before the 2016 season. Otero went 3-0 with a 2.85 ERA in 52 games last season as Cleveland won the AL Central. Otero went 5-1 with a 1.53 ERA in 62 appearances in 2016, when the Indians reached the World Series.
12/4/2017 Tyler Thornburg, Bos, P
Thornburg and the Boston Red Sox agreed to a $2.05 million, one-year contract that avoided arbitration and matched his 2017 salary.

Analysis: The 29-year-old missed last season with a right shoulder impingement after the Red Sox acquired him from Milwaukee on Dec. 6. He was 14-9 with a 2.87 ERA in his five-year career with the Brewers.
12/3/2017 Dallas Keuchel, Hou, P
Keuchel has suffered a "minor (left) foot sprain" and is in a walking boot, reportedly the result of an injury he sustained during the team's World Series title parade last month.

Analysis: TMZ Sports was first to report Keuchel's injury. The Astros confirmed the injury to the Houston Chronicle. Keuchel told TMZ he slipped during the celebration. The Chronicle reports Keuchel is expected to be ready for spring training in the middle of February.
12/1/2017 Matt Adams, Atl, 1B
Adams has become a free agent after the Braves declined to tender him a contract offer.

Analysis: Acquired from the Cardinals in May, Adams hit .271 with 19 homers and 58 RBIs in just 291 at-bats as a Brave while filling in capably for an injured Freddie Freeman. The 29-year-old first baseman shouldn't have much trouble finding a new team, though he may appeal more to AL clubs as a potential DH.
12/1/2017 Ryan Goins, Tor, 2B
The Blue Jays have declined to offer Goins a contract, making him a free agent.

Analysis: Goins became expendable when the Blue Jays acquired Aledmys Diaz from the Cardinals earlier in the day. The 29-year-old is a good defender but has never hit much at the big league level, though he did have nine homers and 62 RBIs in 143 games last season. He's a career .228 hitter over 449 major league games.
12/1/2017 Aledmys Díaz, Tor, SS
The Blue Jays have acquired Diaz from the Cardinals in exchange for minor league outfielder J.B. Woodman.

Analysis: Diaz had a very good rookie season in 2016, batting .300 with 17 homers and 65 RBIs in 111 games, but struggled for much of this past year and eventually lost his job to power-hitting youngster Paul DeJong. The 27-year-old is still a good buy-low candidate who should at least provide insurance for the injury-prone Troy Tulowitzki.
12/1/2017 Drew Smyly, Sea, P
The Mariners did not offer Smyly a contract, making the injured pitcher a free agent.

Analysis: Smyly never threw a pitch in a Seattle uniform due to elbow issues that caused him to undergo Tommy John surgery in late June. The left-hander went 31-27 with a 3.74 ERA over five seasons with Detroit and Tampa Bay, which dealt him to the Mariners in January. He isn't expected to be ready to pitch until after the 2018 All-Star break.
12/1/2017 Andrew Romine, Sea, CF
Romine and the Mariners agreed to terms on a one-year contract to avoid arbitration.

Analysis: Seattle acquired the versatile utility player off waivers from the Tigers in early November. Romine is capable of playing all infield and outfield spots and played all nine positions in a late-season game back in October, but he's a career .238 hitter with a .601 OPS.
12/1/2017 Héctor Rondón, ChC, P
The Cubs have declined to offer Rondon a contract, making him a free agent.

Analysis: Rondon saved 59 games for the Cubs from 2014-15 but was replaced as closer by Aroldis Chapman midway through the team's 2016 championship campaign, and had been reduced to mainly working in middle relief this past season. The hard-throwing right-hander did strike out 69 batters in 57 1/3 innings, but allowed 10 home runs and finished with a 4.24 ERA. He would have been due a raise on his $5.8 million salary of 2017.
12/1/2017 Chase Whitley, Atl, P
The Braves have claimed Whitley off waivers from the Rays.

Analysis: Whitley made a career-high 41 appearances for Tampa Bay last season, compiling a 2-1 record with a 4.08 ERA and two saves. The right-hander is likely ticketed for a middle-relief role should he make the opening day roster.
11/30/2017 Rex Brothers, Atl, P
The Braves have re-signed Brothers to a non-guaranteed one-year contract that will earn him $1.1 million if he makes the opening day roster.

Analysis: Brothers once saved 19 games for the Rockies in 2013 but has been quite ineffective in recent years, including last season's 27-game stint with Atlanta in which he went 4-3 with a 7.23 ERA. The 29-year-old lefty likely won't have a major role in the bullpen if he does make the team.
11/30/2017 Yusmeiro Petit, Oak, P
Petit has agreed to a $10 million, two-year contract with the Oakland Athletics, a deal that is pending a physical. His agent, Rafael Godoy, confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Thursday.

Analysis: The right-hander will return to pitch in the Bay Area after spending the 2012-15 seasons with the San Francisco Giants, helping them win the World Series in '12 and '14. Petit went 5-2 with a 2.76 ERA in 60 appearances with one start over 91 1/3 innings last season for the Los Angeles Angels after pitching for Washington in '16.
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