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Date Player
12/5/2016 José Reyes, NYM, SS
Reyes could be switching positions again. A four-time All-Star shortstop, Reyes was moved to third base when he returned last summer to the Mets, who needed a fill-in for injured captain David Wright. Reyes figures to see action in the outfield during spring training next year. ''We didn't want to do it last year because we didn't want to have him working in multiple new positions, and I think that was something that he appreciated,'' GM Sandy Alderson said Monday.

Analysis: Reyes was released by Colorado in late June after serving a domestic violence suspension, and he signed a few days later with the Mets, his original big league team. The 33-year-old hit .267 with eight homers, 24 RBIs and nine stolen bases.
12/4/2016 Matt Holliday, StL, LF
Holliday and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $13 million, one-year contract.

Analysis: Holliday, who turns 37 next month, fits into the Yankees strategy of signing veterans to short-term deals while pivoting toward a youth movement. The seven-time All-Star, who became a free agent when St. Louis declined his $17 million option, could step into a DH role for New York.
12/3/2016 Jeff Mathis, Mia, C
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Mathis agreed on a two-year, $4 million contract Saturday.

Analysis: The 33-year-old Mathis, a 12-year major league veteran, played the last four seasons as the No. 2 catcher for the Miami Marlins. He hit .238 in 41 games in 2016 with two home runs and 15 RBIs. The acquisition came as the Diamondbacks decided not to offer a contract to last season's starting catcher, Welington Castillo. Mathis could back up or platoon with Chris Herrmann in Arizona.
12/3/2016 Carlos Beltrán, Hou, RF
Beltran and the Houston Astros reached a one-year deal for $16 million Saturday.

Analysis: Beltran, who turns 40 in April, hit a combined .295 with 29 home runs and 93 RBIs last season. The switch-hitter was traded from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers on Aug. 1 and split his time as a designated hitter and right fielder. A nine-time All-Star, Beltran has often excelled in the postseason. In the 2004 NL playoffs with Houston, he hit a record-tying eight homers in 12 games while batting .435 with 14 RBIs.
12/2/2016 Jake McGee, Col, P
McGee and the Rockies agreed Friday to a $5.9 million, one-year contract, a raise of $1.1 million as part of a deal that avoided salary arbitration.

Analysis: Obtained from Tampa Bay after the 2015 season, McGee had 15 saves this year before hurting a knee. He didn't pitch for the Rockies between June 10 and July 2 and lost his closer's job during the layoff. He wound up 2-3 with a 4.73 ERA in 57 games.
12/2/2016 Cory Gearrin, SF, P
The San Francisco Giants agreed to a one-year contract with Gearrin on Friday.

Analysis: The right-hander went 3-2 with a 4.28 ERA in 56 relief appearances last season.
12/2/2016 Ehire Adrianza, SF, SS
The San Francisco Giants agreed to a one-year contract with Adrianza on Friday.

Analysis: He batted .254 with two homers and seven RBIs in 40 games last season.
12/2/2016 Brett Lawrie, CWS, 2B
The White Sox have agreed to a $3.5-million, one-year deal with Lawrie.

Analysis: Lawrie, 26, missed the final 10 weeks last season because of a hamstring injury and knee pain. He batted .248 with 12 homers, 36 RBIs and 35 runs in 94 games for Chicago.
12/2/2016 Paco Rodríguez, Atl, P
Atlanta avoided arbitration with Rodriguez, who got a one-year deal Friday.

Analysis: Rodriguez missed last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
12/2/2016 Anthony Recker, Atl, C
The Atlanta Braves and Recker agreed to an $800,000, one-year contract Friday.

Analysis: Recker hit .278 with two homers and 15 RBIs in 90 at-bats for Atlanta last season. He was acquired in a May deal with Cleveland after spending 2013-15 with the New York Mets. Recker will likely back up Tyler Flowers for the second straight season.
12/2/2016 Avisail García, CWS, RF
Garcia and the White Sox have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract.

Analysis: The 25-year-old Garcia hit .245 with 12 home runs, 51 RBIs and 59 runs over 120 games with Chicago last season.
12/2/2016 Albert Pujols, LAA, 1B
Pujols has undergone surgery on his right foot, possibly sidelining him past opening day. The Angels said Pujols had the procedure Friday to release his plantar fascia, the ligament connecting the heel to the toes. The three-time NL MVP was bothered by plantar fasciitis repeatedly during the regular season. He also had plantar fasciitis in his left foot during the 2013 season.

Analysis: The Angels say the estimated time to return to play from the surgery is four months. Opening day for Los Angeles is April 3. Pujols, who turns 37 next month, enjoyed a return to form last season, batting .268 with 31 homers and 119 RBIs, the fourth-most in the majors. He has 591 career homers, ranking him ninth in major league history.
12/2/2016 Brian Duensing, ChC, P
The Chicago Cubs agreed to a one-year deal with Duensing on Friday. The contract is worth $2 million, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.

Analysis: Duensing went 1-0 with a 4.05 ERA in 14 relief appearances for the Baltimore Orioles last season. He pitched the previous seven seasons with the Minnesota Twins. For his career, he's 42-37 with a 4.13 ERA in 368 appearances, 307 of which have come in relief.
12/2/2016 Derek Norris, Was, C
The Washington Nationals reacquired Norris from the San Diego Padres for minor league right-hander Pedro Avila on Friday.

Analysis: Norris, a 2007 first-round pick of the Nationals, hit .186 with 14 home runs and 42 RBIs last season for San Diego. The 27-year-old is a career .233 hitter in five major league seasons with the Oakland Athletics and Padres. Washington sent Norris to Oakland for left-hander Gio Gonzalez in 2011.
12/2/2016 René Rivera, NYM, C
Rivera and the New York Mets agreed to a $1.75 million, one-year contract Friday.

Analysis: The 33-year-old, whose playing time increased after starter Travis d'Arnaud got hurt, hit .222 with six homers and 26 RBIs in 65 games this year and threw out 18 of 61 runners attempting to steal. He has a .213 career average in eight big league seasons.
12/2/2016 Wade LeBlanc, Pit, P
The Pirates and LeBlanc avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $800,000 deal.

Analysis: LeBlanc, 32, will make $750,000 in 2017 and a club option for 2018 is worth $1.25 million with a $50,000 buyout, according to reports. In eight games and 12 innings in Pittsburgh, he allowed one earned run, striking out 10 and walking two with one save.
12/2/2016 Yonder Alonso, Oak, 1B
The Oakland Athletics have agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with Alonso to avoid salary arbitration.

Analysis: Alonso batted .253 with 34 doubles, seven homers and 56 RBIs in 156 games in his first season with Oakland last year.
12/1/2016 Jung Ho Kang, Pit, 3B
Kang has been arrested in his native South Korea on charges of drunk driving and fleeing the scene.

Analysis: Kang batted .255 with 21 homers in 103 games last season. According to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Kang was released after being charged. Biertempfel also reported Kang's blood-alcohol content was .084 according to the police report. The legal limit is South Korea is 0.05. Penalty for DUI can be a fine and three years in jail. During the 2016 season, Kang was investigated by the Chicago Police Department for allegations of sexual assault.
12/1/2016 Jaime García, Atl, P
The St. Louis Cardinals have traded Garcia to the Atlanta Braves for a trio of prospects, including second baseman Luke Dykstra, the son of former All-Star Lenny Dykstra.

Analysis: Garcia has spent his entire injury-interrupted career with the Cardinals, going 62-45 with a 3.57 ERA and helping St. Louis win the World Series in 2011. But the 30-year-old was just 10-13 with a 4.67 ERA last season, and jettisoning his $12 million contract for next season gives the Cardinals some flexibility in free agency.
11/30/2016 Jason Castro, Min, C
The Minnesota Twins have signed former Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro to a three-year contract worth $24.5 million.

Analysis: The deal was agreed to last week and finalized Wednesday. Castro will make $8.5 million in 2017, $8 million in 2018 and $8 million in 2019. He became a free agent after six seasons with the Astros, hitting .232 with 114 doubles, 62 home runs, 212 RBIs and 215 walks in 617 career games. The left-handed batter hit .210 with 11 homers and 32 RBIs last year.
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