The World Series champion Houston Astros have boosted their rotation with another big arm, acquiring Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a five-player trade Saturday. The Pirates got right-handers Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz, third baseman Colin Moran and outfielder Jason Martin for their ace.
Analysis: Cole will join former Cy Young Award winners Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander on a team that just won its first championship. Cole went 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA last season. The 27-year-old righty was the overall No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft and a 2015 All-Star with the Pirates.
Hand and the San Diego Padres have agreed to a three-year contraction extension reportedly worth $19.75 million, pending the left-hander passing a physical. The Padres say the deal was reached Saturday. It includes a fourth-year option.
Analysis: Hand went 3-4 with 21 saves and a 2.16 ERA last season while making the All-Star team for the first time. He's been mentioned in trade talk since last summer.
The Orioles agreed to a $12 million deal with injured closer Zach Britton to avoid arbitration.
Analysis: Britton ruptured his right Achilles tendon in offseason training and could miss part of the 2018 season. The 30-year-old left-hander made $11.4 million last season, when he had 15 saves and a 2.89 ERA. In 2016, he had a 0.54 ERA and was perfect in save opportunities with a major league-leading 47. Britton also can also become a free agent after this season.
Bryant has agreed to a $10.85 million, one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs, a record for a player eligible for arbitration for the first time.
Analysis: The previous mark was held by Ryan Howard, who was awarded $10 million by a three-person panel in 2008, his first year of eligibility for arbitration. The Cubs and Bryant avoided arbitration, and the 26-year-old third baseman receives a hefty raise after making $1.05 million last year. Bryant hit .295 with 29 home runs and 73 RBIs in 2017. The previous season, he earned NL MVP honors when he hit .292 with 39 homers and 102 RBIs, leading the Cubs to the World Series.
Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a $23 million, one-year contact, a $6 million raise for the 2015 AL MVP.
Analysis: The 32-year-old, a three-time All-Star, rebounded from an injury-slowed 2016 to hit .270 last season with 33 homers and 78 RBIs in 113 games. The sure-handed infielder missed time from April 14 through May 25 with a calf injury, which also hampered him during spring training. Donaldson was coming off a $28.65 million, two-year deal. He is eligible for free agency after this season.
Blackmon and the Colorado Rockies avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $14 million, one-year contract.
Analysis: The 31-year-old centerfielder hit an NL-best .331 with 37 homers and 104 RBIs last year and made $7.3 million. He can become a free agent after this season. Blackmon turned in one of the most productive seasons from the leadoff spot in major league history. His 102 RBIs from the top of the order surpassed Darin Erstad's previous major league record of 100 set with the Angeles in 2000. Blackmon had 383 total bases - the most by a leadoff hitter for a season.
Corbin and the Diamondbacks avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $7.5 million, one-year contract.
Analysis: The 28-year-old was 14-13 with a 4.03 ERA last season and made $3.95 million. He has a 45-47 record with a 4.13 ERA in five seasons with the Diamondbacks. After going 14-8 with a 3.41 ERA and making the All-Star Game in 2013, he missed 2014 and part of 2015 after Tommy John surgery.
Hicks agreed to a $2,825,000, one-year contract with the New York Yankees.
Analysis: Hicks spent a pair of lengthy stretches on the disabled list but still managed to set career highs with a .266 average, 15 homers and 52 RBIs in a rebound from a poor first season in New York following his trade from Minnesota. He strained his right oblique muscle June 25 on a checked swing against Texas, returned Aug. 10, then strained his left oblique at Boston on Sept. 2 while making a running catch and came back Sept. 26.
Kahnle and the Yankees agreed to a one-year contract for $1,312,500, the first player to reach a deal among the team's eight who are eligible for salary arbitration.
Analysis: Kahnle was 2-4 with a 2.59 ERA in 69 relief appearances last year and made $547,000. He was acquired from the Chicago White Sox on July 19 along with reliever David Robertson and third baseman Todd Frazier. Kahnle had a 2.70 ERA in 32 games with the Yankees.
Parker has avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $1.8 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels reached the deal with Parker on Thursday.
Analysis: The 32-year-old Parker's deal also includes award bonuses. He gets a raise from $560,000 last season. Parker was largely outstanding during 71 appearances in his first season with the Angels. He had a 2.54 ERA over 67 1/3 innings, going 3-3 with eight saves.
The White Sox have agreed to a $4.75 million, one-year contract with pitcher Miguel Gonzalez and are bringing back the right-hander after trading him late last season.
Analysis: The 33-year-old was 8-13 with a 4.62 ERA in 27 starts last season for Chicago and Texas, which acquired him on Aug. 31 for infielder Ti'quan Forbes. He was 7-10 with a 4.31 ERA in 22 starts for the White Sox.
The Braves have cut Garcia so he can play in South Korea for the 2018 season.
Analysis: The 32-year-old Garcia likely would have entered spring training behind Johan Camargo and Rio Ruiz in Atlanta's competition at third base. Garcia hit .273 with 14 homers and 65 RBI in 134 games in 2016. His playing time decreased in 2017, when he hit .237 with five homers in 52 games. He missed about three months while recovering from finger surgery.
Bruce is returning to the Mets after agreeing to a reported three-year, $39 million contract with the team that traded him to Cleveland over the summer.
Analysis: After hitting a career-high 36 homers and producing his second 100-RBI season in 2017, Bruce rejoins Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto in an outfield that should be one of the Mets' strengths. New York dealt the 30-year-old to the Indians in August with his free agency looming, and he went 5 for 18 with a pair of homers in Cleveland's loss to the Yankees in the AL Division Series.
The Indians and Allen have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $10.575 million contract.
Analysis: Allen posted a third consecutive season of at least 30 saves while earning $7.35 million in 2017, and finished the season with 92 strikeouts and a 2.94 ERA in 67 1/3 innings. The 29-year-old should hold down the closer's role again this year, though a healthy Andrew Miller always looms as a threat to steal some saves.
The Twins reportedly have agreed to a one-year deal with veteran left-handed reliever Zach Duke.
Analysis: Duke, 34, went 1-1 with a 3.93 ERA in 27 appearances for the St. Louis Cardinals last season after returning midway through the campaign from Tommy John surgery. The former 2009 All-Star with the Pittsburgh Pirates will be playing for his eighth different team -- and his seventh in the past eight seasons.