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Date Player
1/29/2015 Chad Billingsley, P (Phi), P
The Phillies have signed Billingsley to a $1.5 million, one-year contract.

Analysis: Billingsley spent all of last season on the disabled list for the Los Angeles Dodgers while he recovered from both Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. His contract includes performance bonuses.
1/29/2015 John Baker, C (Sea), C
The Mariners have signed Baker to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training. The Mariners announced the signing Thursday after Baker passed a physical.

Analysis: He is expected to compete with Jesus Sucre for the backup job with the Mariners playing behind starter Mike Zunino. Baker spent last season with the Chicago Cubs, appearing in 68 games as the backup.
1/29/2015 Daniel Nava, RF (Bos), RF
The Red Sox have agreed to terms with Nava on a one-year contract that will pay him $1.85 million. The deal means the sides avoid arbitration.

Analysis: Nava batted .270 with 21 doubles, four homers and 37 RBIs in 113 games last season. He also played 24 games at Triple-A Pawtucket. Nava made $556,000 last season. He had asked for a raise to $2.25 million and the team countered with an offer of $1.3 million.
1/29/2015 Jayson Werth, RF (Was), RF
Werth has pleaded guilty to reckless driving and been sentenced to five days in jail for driving 105 mph on the Capital Beltway.

Analysis: Werth was convicted last month in Fairfax County and sentenced to 10 days in jail, but appealed his conviction to Circuit Court. The Washington Post reported that Werth entered a guilty plea Thursday.
1/28/2015 Jenrry Mejia, P (NYM), P
Mejia and the New York Mets have reached agreement on a one-year contract and avoided salary arbitration.

Analysis: Mejia, who made $509,675 last year, asked for $3 million and the team offered $2.1 million. The right-hander went 6-6 with 28 saves and a 3.65 ERA in 63 games last season.
1/28/2015 David Freese, 3B (LAA), 3B
A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that third baseman David Freese has avoided arbitration with the Los Angeles Angels, agreeing to a one-year deal for $6.425 million.

Analysis: Freese batted .260 in his first season with the Angels, getting off to a weak start in his first AL season before finishing with 10 homers and 55 RBIs. He filled a long-standing hole at third base for the Angels, who finished with the majors' best record and won the AL West title.
1/28/2015 Casey Janssen, P (Tor), P
Janssen and the Washington Nationals agreed to a one-year contract with an option for 2016, a person familiar with the negotiations said Wednesday.

Analysis: Janssen has spent his entire big league career with the Toronto Blue Jays, going 29-24 with 90 saves and a 3.52 ERA since 2006. The past three seasons, as Toronto's closer, he collected a total of 81 saves, including a career-high 34 with a 2.56 ERA in 2013. In 2014, Janssen finished with 25 saves in 30 chances and a 3.94 ERA.
1/28/2015 Dayan Viciedo, RF (CWS), RF
The Chicago White Sox have designated Viciedo for assignment.

Analysis: The 25-year-old Viciedo hit .231 with 21 homers and 58 RBIs in 2014. Chicago has 10 days to trade him, send him outright to the minor leagues or place him on waivers. Viciedo agreed Jan. 12 to a $4.4 million, one-year contract, and Chicago would be responsible for $721,311 in termination pay if he's released.
1/28/2015 Gordon Beckham, 2B (CWS), 2B
Beckham has agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, who cleared a roster spot by designating outfielder Dayan Viciedo for assignment.

Analysis: Beckham has spent almost all of his six big league seasons with the White Sox, who traded him to the Los Angeles Angels on Aug. 21. He made $4,175,000 last season, when he hit .226, and Los Angeles declined to offer him a contract by the Dec. 2 deadline, making him a free agent. Drafted with the eighth pick overall by the White Sox in 2008, Beckham is a career .245 hitter.
1/27/2015 Ichiro Suzuki, RF (Mia), RF
Suzuki has passed his physical and finalized a $2 million, one-year contract with the Miami Marlins.

Analysis: The sides agreed to the $2 million deal last week. The 41-year-old Suzuki is a 10-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove winner. He hit .284 and stole 15 bases for the New York Yankees last season. Suzuki is a career .317 hitter in the majors and a two-time AL batting champion. The former AL MVP has 2,844 career hits.
1/27/2015 Travis Snider, RF (Bal), RF
The Baltimore Orioles have acquired outfielder Travis Snider from the Pittsburgh Pirates for a minor league pitcher and a player to be named. The teams announced the trade Tuesday night. The Pirates got left-hander Stephen Tarpley.

Analysis: The 26-year-old Snider hit .264 with 13 home runs and a career-best 38 RBIs in 140 games for the Pirates last season. He was a first-round draft pick by Toronto in 2006. Snider has hit .246 with 50 homers in his major league career. He can provide outfield depth for the Orioles after they lost Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz to free agency in the offseason.
1/27/2015 Robbie Ross Jr., P (Bos), P
The Red Sox acquired Ross from the Rangers for right-hander Anthony Ranaudo.

Analysis: Ross was 13-8 with a 3.98 ERA in his 150 games the past three seasons with Texas. He started 12 times.
1/27/2015 Anthony Ranaudo, P (Tex), P
The Rangers have acquired Ranaudo from the Red Sox for left-hander Robbie Ross.

Analysis: With the deal Tuesday night, Texas got the 6-foot-7 right-hander who didn't sign after being picked by the Rangers out of a New Jersey high school in the 11th round of the 2007 draft. Ranaudo then went to LSU and was taken by Boston as a supplemental first-round pick in the 2010 draft. He made his major league debut with the Red Sox last season, going 4-3 with a 4.81 ERA in seven starts.
1/27/2015 Brandon Crawford, SS (SF), SS
Crawford and the Giants avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract for $3,175,000.

Analysis: The agreement Tuesday gives Crawford a raise from the $560,000 he earned last season. He had been asking for $3.95 million in his first year of arbitration, while the Giants had countered at $2.4 million. The sides settled at the midpoint. Crawford batted .246 with 10 homers and 69 RBIs last season, while helping the Giants win their second World Series title in his third season as the starting shortstop. Crawford has a .242 career average with 26 homers and 178 RBIs.
1/27/2015 Jarrod Dyson, CF (KC), CF
Dyson and the Royals have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract for $1,225,000.

Analysis: Dyson, who is expected to be the Royals' fourth outfielder, can also make $25,000 for reaching 350 plate appearances and $50,000 if he's chosen for the All-Star game. The former 50th-round amateur draft pick hit .269 with one homer and 24 RBIs in 290 plate appearances last season. But his real value came on the base paths, where he had a career-high 36 steals.
1/26/2015 Adam Ottavino, P (Col), P
Ottavino and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a $1.3 million, one-year contract that avoided arbitration. He had asked $1,475,000 in arbitration and had been offered $1 million.

Analysis: The 6-foot-5, hard-throwing righty was 1-4 with a 3.60 ERA in a career-high 75 appearances with the Rockies last season, when he made $502,000. Colorado claimed Ottavino off waivers from St. Louis in 2012. He was a first-round pick by St. Louis in the 2006 amateur draft and has a 7-10 career record with a 4.05 ERA in 184 games.
1/26/2015 Franklin Gutierrez, CF (Sea), CF
Gutierrez has agreed to a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners and will report to big league training, the team announced Monday.

Analysis: Once a Gold Glove center fielder with Seattle, Gutierrez was limited to 41 games in 2013, when he was slowed by hamstring injuries. Gutierrez appeared in only 173 of 486 games from 2011-13 for Seattle, making six trips to the disabled list for various injuries and illnesses.
1/26/2015 Endy Chavez, RF (Sea), RF
Chavez has agreed to a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners and will report to big league training, the team announced Monday.

Analysis: Chavez hit .276 with 12 doubles and 23 RBIs in 80 games with the Mariners last season.
1/26/2015 Alex Rodriguez, 3B (NYY), 3B
The New York Yankees are thinking about not making a $6 million payment to Alex Rodriguez if he hits six home runs and ties Willie Mays at 660 for fourth place on the career list.

Analysis: Rodriguez signed a $275 million, 10-year contract with the team in December 2007 and a separate marketing agreement that called for $6 million payments for up to five milestone accomplishments designated by the Yankees. Each payment is due within 15 days of designation and is in exchange for rights such as using Rodriguez's name and image in selling licensed goods.
1/26/2015 Bud Norris, P (Bal), P
Norris has agreed to an $8.8 million, one-year contract with Baltimore.

Analysis: Norris would get a $25,000 bonus for 180 innings and $50,000 more for 200 under Monday's agreement. He also would earn $50,000 each for making the All-Star game or winning a Gold Glove.
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