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Date Player
12/18/2014 David Hernandez, P (Ari), P
The Arizona Diamondbacks have avoided arbitration with reliever David Hernandez, agreeing to a $2 million, one-year contract. The hard-throwing right-hander missed all of last season after Tommy John surgery.

Analysis: Because the contract is not guaranteed, Hernandez could be released before opening day for roughly one-quarter or one-sixth of his salary in termination pay, depending on the timing.
12/18/2014 Wil Myers, RF (TB), RF
The San Diego Padres acquired outfielder Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the deal said.

Analysis: Myers was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2013, when he hit .293 with 13 homers with 53 RBIs with Tampa Bay. But he was limited to 87 games last season due to a right wrist injury, and he hit .222 with six homers and 35 RBIs.
12/17/2014 Sergio Romo, P (SF), P
Romo is closing in on a $15 million, two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Wednesday.

Analysis: The 31-year-old right-hander has spent all seven of his big league seasons with San Francisco, helping the Giants win three World Series championships in the past five years. He went 6-4 with a 3.72 ERA with 23 saves in 64 outings last season as San Francisco earned the wild card and went on to win it all against Kansas City.
12/17/2014 Michael Morse, LF (Mia), LF
Morse and the Miami Marlins have finalized a $16 million, two-year contract. Morse gets a $1 million signing bonus and salaries of $7 million next season and $8 million in 2016 under the agreement announced Wednesday.

Analysis: Morse hit .279 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games for the World Series champion San Francisco Giants this year. He batted .300 in the postseason and had four RBIs in the World Series. The Marlins expect the Broward County native to replace Garrett Jones as their first baseman and to bat cleanup.
12/17/2014 Nick Markakis, RF (Atl), RF
Markakis has undergone surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck. The fusion operation was performed Wednesday in Atlanta by Dr. Steven Wray.

Analysis: The Braves say the operation was a success and Markakis should be able to resume baseball activities before spring training in late February, though the expected eight-week recovery period leaves little room for setbacks. The 31-year-old was diagnosed with the condition before the 2013 season with the Orioles. He left to sign a $44 million, four-year contract with the Braves, who felt the neck condition was not a serious risk.
12/17/2014 Chris Davis, 1B (Bal), 1B
Orioles manager Buck Showalter says Davis will be allowed to use Adderall next season after the first baseman received a 25-game suspension this year for using the drug. Speaking to reporters at a holiday party Tuesday, Showalter said Davis told him he has received a therapeutic use exemption for Adderall in 2015.

Analysis: Major League Baseball suspended Davis for 25 games on Sept. 12 following a second failed test for the banned amphetamine. Davis served 24 games of the penalty this year and will miss opening day. Before being traded to Baltimore, Davis was playing with the Texas Rangers when diagnosed with ADHD. He received permission to use Adderall back then, and not last season. Davis hit .286 with 53 homers in 138 RBIs in 2013. He batted .196 with 173 strikeouts this year.
12/17/2014 Anthony Varvaro, P (Bos), P
The Red Sox have obtained Anthony Varvaro from the Atlanta Braves for Aaron Kurcz in a swap of right-handed pitchers.

Analysis: Varvaro was 3-3 with a 2.63 ERA for the Braves last year, his fifth season in the majors. The Red Sox also sent cash to the Braves.
12/17/2014 Jason Kipnis, 2B (Cle), 2B
Kipnis had surgery to repair a damaged tendon in his left ring finger.

Analysis: The Indians say they expect Kipnis, who batted just .240 this season, to be ready for the start of the 2015 season. The club did not indicate how Kipnis might be limited during spring training.
12/17/2014 Justin Ruggiano, RF (Sea), RF
The Mariners have found a right-handed bat for their outfield, acquiring Ruggiano from the Chicago Cubs.

Analysis: Ruggiano could be part of the solution Seattle has sought in right field. Ruggiano appeared in 81 games last season for the Cubs, hitting .281 with six homers and 28 RBIs. He's shown glimpses of power and hitting for average during two seasons in Miami. In 2011, Ruggiano batted .313 with 13 homers, a year after hitting a career-best 18 home runs in 128 games.
12/16/2014 Brandon Morrow, P (SD), P
Morrow and the San Diego Padres have agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract, a deal that allows him to earn up to $8 million if he starts regularly next season.

Analysis: Morrow was 1-3 with a 5.67 ERA in six starts and seven relief appearances for Toronto this year and is 42-43 with a 4.28 ERA in parts of eight big league seasons with Seattle and the Blue Jays.
12/16/2014 Juan Nicasio, P (LAD), P
The Los Angeles Dodgers have sent minor-league outfielder Noel Cuevas to the Colorado Rockies to complete their trade for right-hander Juan Nicasio last month.

Analysis: The Dodgers acquired Nicasio on Nov. 24. He went 6-6 with a 5.38 ERA last season for the Rockies, making 14 starts before moving to the bullpen.
12/16/2014 Jake McGee, P (TB), P
McGee had arthroscopic surgery on his pitching elbow and will begin next season on the disabled list. The team said Tuesday the 28-year-old reliever had a ''loose body'' removed from his elbow last week and is doing well. A full recovery is expected, however the Rays will wait until spring training begins to establish a timetable for his return.

Analysis: McGee appeared in 73 games last season, going 5-2 with 19 saves and a 1.89 ERA. He struck out 90 in 70 1-3 innings.
12/16/2014 Gavin Floyd, P (Cle), P
Floyd has signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Indians, giving him a chance to make a comeback from his latest elbow surgery. The club announced the deal Tuesday.

Analysis: The 31-year-old pitcher broke a bone in his elbow while throwing a curveball with Atlanta last June. He had surgery and couldn't resume throwing until after the season. That injury occurred during his ninth start since returning from Tommy John ligament surgery. Floyd is 72-72 career with a 4.40 ERA in 196 starts and 12 relief appearances with the Phillies, the White Sox and the Braves.
12/16/2014 Kevin Jepsen, P (TB), P
The Los Angeles Angels have acquired outfielder Matt Joyce from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for Jepsen.

Analysis: Jepsen was the Angels' seventh-inning specialist last season, his seventh with the Angels. He established career bests with 65 innings pitched, 75 strikeouts and a 2.63 ERA. Jepsen was drafted by the Angels in 2002. He ranks fifth in franchise history with 315 appearances.
12/16/2014 Matt Joyce, LF (LAA), LF
The Los Angeles Angels have acquired Joyce from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen. The clubs announced the deal Tuesday.

Analysis: Joyce batted .254 with nine homers and 52 RBIs last season, his seventh in the majors and sixth with Tampa Bay. The 2011 All-Star and Tampa native has 88 homers and 313 RBIs in his career. Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto says he envisions Joyce as their primary designated hitter next season, supplanting youngster C.J. Cron.
12/16/2014 Kendrys Morales, 1B (KC), 1B
The Kansas City Royals have finalized a $17 million, two-year deal with Morales. Morales gives the Royals a new designated hitter after Billy Butler agreed to a free agent deal with Oakland. Kansas City will hope last season was an aberration for Morales, who hit .218 with eight homers and 42 RBIs in 98 games with the Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners. Two years ago, Morales hit .277 with 23 homers for Seattle.

Analysis: The 31-year-old Morales will get $6.5 million next year and $9 million in 2016. The deal includes an $11 million mutual option for 2017 with a $1.5 million buyout. Morales can make an additional $750,000 in performance bonuses in each of the first two seasons based on plate appearances.
12/16/2014 Tommy Field, 2B (Tex), 2B
Texas announced Tuesday it had signed Field.

Analysis: The two parties agreed on a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.
12/16/2014 Kyle Blanks, 1B (Tex), 1B
The Rangers announced the signing of Blanks on Tuesday.

Analysis: The two parties agreed on a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.
12/16/2014 Kyuji Fujikawa, P (Tex), P
The Texas Rangers have signed Fujikawa to a one-year deal with a club option for 2016, announcing the deal Tuesday. His deal with the Rangers includes a $1 million base salary for 2015, plus incentives.

Analysis: Fujikawa spent the last two seasons with the Chicago Cubs, but missed much of that time after Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery in June 2013. He had 27 appearances with a 5.04 ERA with the Cubs. He had 31 strikeouts and eight walks in 25 innings. Before the Cubs, Fujikawa spent 12 seasons with the Hanshin Tigers, compiling a record of 42-25 with 220 saves and a 1.77 ERA.
12/16/2014 Daniel Descalso, 2B (Col), 2B
The Colorado Rockies have agreed to a two-year deal with Descalso.

Analysis: The 28-year-old has seen action all over the infield since being selected by St. Louis in the third round of the 2007 draft. He's played 200 games at third base, along with 174 more at second. He's also slid over to shortstop (114 games) and filled in at first (nine games). Descalso hit .242 with 10 RBIs in 104 games with the Cardinals last season.
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