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2/6/2016 Gavin Floyd, Tor, P
The Blue Jays have signed Floyd to a one-year, $1 million contract.

Analysis: Toronto takes a flyer on the former 17-game winner with the White Sox in 2008, who's pitched just 92 innings over the past three seasons due to various arm injuries. Floyd missed most of 2015 with a fractured right elbow, returning in September to make seven relief appearances with Cleveland.
2/6/2016 Zach Britton, Bal, P
Britton has agreed to terms on a $6.75 million contract for 2016, avoiding arbitration.

Analysis: The agreement was reached Friday. Britton was asking for $7.9 million and Baltimore countered with a $5.6 million offer before a compromise was reached. He made $3,525,000 last season. Britton went 4-1 with 36 saves in 40 opportunities last year. The left-hander had a 1.92 ERA and 79 strikeouts compared to only 14 walks.
2/5/2016 Jake Arrieta, ChC, P
Arrieta has agreed to a $10.7 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration with the highest one-year deal for a pitcher with four years of major league service.

Analysis: Arrieta, who turns 30 in March, had a breakout season last year, helping the Cubs to an NL wild card. The NL Cy Young Award winner finished with a 22-6 record and a 1.77 ERA, easily cruising past most of his previous career highs. Arrieta made $3.63 million last year. He had asked for $13 million and the team had offered $7.5 million, the largest gap among players who filed for arbitration.
2/5/2016 Jesse Chavez, Tor, P
Chavez has won his arbitration case with the Blue Jays.

Analysis: The right-handed pitcher was awarded a $4 million salary for 2016 by arbitrators Mark Irvings, Steven Wolf and Edna Francis, improving players to 3-0 in cases this offseason. Toronto, which acquired Chavez for pitcher Liam Hendriks on Nov. 20, argued for $3.6 million.
2/5/2016 Anthony Swarzak, NYY, P
Infielder Pete Kozma and right-handers Vinnie Pestano and Swarzak were among the players who reached agreements with the Yankees and will report to big league spring training.

Analysis: Swarzak, 30, had a 3.38 ERA in 10 relief appearances with Cleveland in 2015, striking out 13 and walking four in 13 1/3 innings.
2/5/2016 Vinnie Pestano, NYY, P
Infielder Pete Kozma and Pestano and Anthony Swarzak were among the players who reached agreements with the Yankees and will report to big league spring training.

Analysis: Pestano, who turns 31 on Feb. 20, was 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 19 relief appearances with the Los Angeles Angels last year.
2/5/2016 Pete Kozma, NYY, SS
Kozma and right-handers Vinnie Pestano and Anthony Swarzak were among the players who reached agreements with the Yankees and will report to big league spring training.

Analysis: Kozma, who turns 28 in April, spent the past five seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals and hit a career-low .152 in 99 at-bats last season.
2/5/2016 J.J. Hoover, Cin, P
Hoover has won his salary arbitration case against the Cincinnati Reds, improving players to 2-0 against teams this year.

Analysis: Hoover was given a raise from $535,000 to $1.4 million Friday by arbitrators James Oldham, Dan Brent and Sylvia Skratek, who heard the case a day earlier. The team had argued for $1,225,000. A 28-year-old right-hander, Hoover was 8-2 with a 2.94 ERA, winning his first seven decisions. As a setup man for closer Aroldis Chapman, he gave up 44 hits and 31 walks in 64 1-3 innings while striking out 52.
2/5/2016 David Aardsma, Tor, P
Aardsma has agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and will report to big league spring training.

Analysis: The 34-year-old right-hander was 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA in 33 relief appearances for the Atlanta Braves last season. Selected by the Giants with the 22nd overall pick in the 2003 amateur draft he is 16-18 with 69 saves and a 4.27 ERA in 331 relief appearances in nine big league seasons.
2/5/2016 David Aardsma, Tor, P
Aardsma has agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and will report to big league spring training. His agreement was announced Friday.

Analysis: The 34-year-old right-hander was 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA in 33 relief appearances for the Atlanta Braves last season. Selected by the Giants with the 22nd overall pick in the 2003 amateur draft, Aardsma is 16-18 with 69 saves and a 4.27 ERA in 331 relief appearances in nine big league seasons with eight teams. He had Tommy John surgery in 2011.
2/4/2016 Fernando Rodney, SD, P
Rodney and the San Diego Padres have completed their $2 million, one-year contract.

Analysis: The 38-year-old right-hander, who agreed to the deal on Jan. 20, split last season between the Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs, going 5-5 with 16 saves and a 5.68 ERA.
2/4/2016 Odrisamer Despaigne, Bal, P
The Orioles have acquired Despaigne from San Diego in exchange for minor league pitcher Jean Cosme.

Analysis: Despaigne went 5-9 with a 5.80 ERA in 34 appearances, including 18 starts, for the Padres last season. The 28-year-old right-hander should provide depth to the Baltimore staff as either a long reliever or spot starter.
2/3/2016 Drew Smyly, TB, P
Smyly has won his arbitration case with the Rays.

Analysis: The 26-year-old left-hander was awarded $3.75 million by arbitrators Elizabeth Neumeier, Andrew Strongin and Phillip LaPorte in the first MLB hearing of this offseason. The Rays argued for $3.2 million. Smyly was 5-2 with a 3.11 ERA in 12 starts during a 2015 season cut short by a torn labrum in mid-August.
2/3/2016 Jeurys Familia, NYM, P
The Mets settled their last salary arbitration case, agreeing to a $4.1 million, one-year contract with Familia.

Analysis: The deal Wednesday was $50,000 above the midpoint between the $4.8 million Familia wanted and the $3.3 million the Mets offered when the sides exchanged proposed arbitration salaries last month. Under the contract negotiated by agents Sam and Seth Levinson, Familia has the highest salary for a reliever with one full season as a closer, topping Baltimore's Zach Britton, who had a $3.2 million base salary last year and earned $325,000 in performance and award bonuses.
2/3/2016 Steve Lerud, Sea, C
The Seattle Mariners have signed Korean slugger Dae-Ho Lee and Lerud to minor league contracts two weeks before the start of spring training.

Analysis: Lerud, 31, spent the 2015 season at Triple-A Syracuse. Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto says Lerud was added for depth after the Mariners lost Jesus Sucre for six months recently due to ankle surgery.
2/3/2016 Jesse Biddle, Pit, P
The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired Biddle from the Philadelphia Phillies.

Analysis: The deal, announced Tuesday, sends Biddle to the Pirates in exchange for right-handed pitcher Yoervis Medina. The 24-year-old Biddle was a first-round pick by the Phillies in the 2010 first-year player draft. Biddle went 9-6 with a 4.95 ERA in 24 combined minor league starts. He underwent reconstructive elbow surgery last October and was designated for assignment by Philadelphia on Jan. 29.
2/3/2016 Yoenis Cespedes, NYM, LF
Cespedes says his first choice was to remain with the New York Mets. In his first public comments since agreeing to a $75 million, three-year contract, the outfielder maintained his welcome last summer was the key to his decision.

Analysis: New York, which reached the World Series for the first time since 2000, treated Cespedes as a newly signed player, showing video highlights of his performance last season after he entered the news conference.
2/2/2016 Brendan Ryan, Was, SS
Ryan has agreed to a minor league contact with the Washington Nationals and will report to big league spring training.

Analysis: Ryan was with the New York Yankees from September 2013 through last season and previously played for the Seattle Mariners and St. Louis Cardinals during his nine-year big league career. Ryan was traded by the Yankees to the Chicago Cubs in December, then was released by Chicago.
2/2/2016 Darrell Ceciliani, Tor, LF
Ceciliani has been acquired by the Toronto Blue Jays from the New York Mets for cash.

Analysis: The 25-year-old hit .206 with one home and five steals in 68 at-bats as a rookie last year. He batted .345 with 19 doubles, four triples, nine homers and 16 steals in 70 games with Triple-A Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League.
2/2/2016 Carlos Quentin, Min, LF
Quentin and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a minor league contract, giving the 33-year-old a chance to revive his career.

Analysis: Quentin announced his retirement last May through the Seattle Mariners, citing chronic knee injuries. He played briefly for their Triple-A club Tacoma. Quentin was released by the Atlanta Braves last April after a trade with San Diego, the last team he played for in the majors in 2014. The two-time All-Star batted .252 over nine seasons with the Padres, Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks.
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