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Date Player
2/17/2018 C.J. Cron, TB, 1B
The Rays acquired Cron from the Angels on Saturday for a player to be named.

Analysis: He appeared in 100 games with 92 starts last season, hitting .248 with 16 homers and 56 RBIs.
2/17/2018 Dustin Fowler, Oak, CF
Fowler has begun doing sliding work at spring training to test his surgically repaired right knee ahead of Oakland's full-squad workouts beginning next week.

Analysis: Manager Bob Melvin said Fowler will then be worked in slowly - the staff and medical department had this in mind all along - likely with just two at-bats initially, not much different from what veteran players do early on when games start. While Melvin typically would use younger players a little longer in exhibition games, it will be a cautious approach with Fowler.
2/17/2018 Rajai Davis, Cle, CF
The Indians have brought back Davis on a minor league deal.

Analysis: Davis led the American League with 43 stolen bases for Cleveland in 2016. In Game 7 of the World Series, he hit a tying, two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning off Aroldis Chapman before the Indians lost in the 10th to the Chicago Cubs.
2/16/2018 Edinson Volquez, Tex, P
Volquez agreed to a two-year minor league contract with the Rangers on Friday, but he'll sit out the 2018 season as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery.

Analysis: Volquez, who made his major league debut with Texas in 2005, went on the DL on July 7 while with the Marlins because of a left knee injury that ended his season. The elbow issue surfaced during his rehabilitation. The right-hander pitched a no-hitter against the Diamondbacks on June 3, part of a three-start winning streak in which he posted a 0.41 ERA. However, Volquez then went 1-1 with a 6.46 ERA in his final five outings.
2/16/2018 Jason Vargas, KC, P
The Mets and Vargas have agreed to a two-year deal worth a reported $15 million.

Analysis: Vargas was 18-11 with a 4.16 ERA in Kansas City last season, but he was a different pitcher after the All-Star break. He posted a 2.62 ERA in the first half and then was atrocious from mid-July on, recording a 6.38 ERA. The Mets have to hope they're getting first-half Vargas.
2/15/2018 Cliff Pennington, Cin, 2B
The Reds have agreed to a minor league deal with Pennington.

Analysis: Pennington is a utility infielder who could add depth at several positions. He has played for Oakland, Arizona, Toronto and the Angels.
2/15/2018 Jeff Manship, Cin, P
The Reds voided Manship's minor league contract after he failed to pass a physical.

Analysis: Manship has pitched for Minnesota, Colorado, Philadelphia and Cleveland. He went 2-1 with a 3.12 ERA in 53 games for the Indians in 2016 and pitched in South Korea last season.
2/15/2018 Danny Salazar, Cle, P
Salazar has been dealing with shoulder inflammation, but is making progress, according to

Analysis: It's possible the promising but oft-injured right-hander may not be ready for the start of the season.
2/15/2018 Ryon Healy, Sea, 3B
Healy had surgery to remove a bone spur in his right hand and is expected to be sidelined for four-to-six weeks.

Analysis: Projected to start after he was acquired from Oakland in November, Healy was operated on Wednesday in Philadelphia Dr. Randall W. Culp in a procedure called a metacarpal boss excision. The 26-year-old Healy hit .271 with 25 homers and 78 RBIs last season.
2/14/2018 Chris Stewart, Atl, C
Stewart has agreed to a one-year, $575,000 deal with the Braves.

Analysis: The 35-year-old hit .183 in 51 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. He is a seven-year major league veteran. ''He's on a big league, non-guaranteed deal,'' general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. ''We'll see how he looks in camp. If something happens in the next six weeks, it gives us another option.''
2/13/2018 Clayton Kershaw, LAD, P
No surprise here: Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Clayton Kershaw will make his team-record eighth opening-day start, against the visiting San Francisco Giants on March 29.

Analysis: Roberts made the announcement Tuesday when pitchers and catchers reported to spring training with the defending NL champions. Kershaw turns 30 on March 19. He is tied with Don Drysdale and Don Sutton at seven opening-day starts. Kershaw was 18-4 with a 2.31 ERA last year.
2/10/2018 Yu Darvish, ChC, P
A person with direct knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that Darvish and the Cubs have reached agreement on a $126 million, six-year contract. The person spoke Saturday on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement. The deal was first reported by The Athletic.

Analysis: Darvish finished last season with the Dodgers, helping them knock out the defending champion Cubs in the playoffs to reach the World Series. The Japanese star is expected to take the rotation spot of Jake Arrieta, who became a free agent after finishing the year in Chicago. Darvish is a four-time All-Star, but has had injury problems. He began last year with Texas and was traded to the Dodgers in July, going a combined 10-12 with a 3.86 ERA.
2/6/2018 Ervin Santana, Min, P
Santana will miss the start of the regular season after undergoing unexpected surgery on his right middle finger Tuesday. Santana is expected to need 10 to 12 weeks of rehabilitation before he can pitch in a major league game, which would keep him out of the rotation until at least mid-April.

Analysis: Santana has had trouble with the digit before and had it examined by X-ray and MRI test after the 2017 season. He was treated with an injection at the time, but the injury resurfaced last week. Santana was an All-Star last year, going 16-8 with a 3.28 ERA in 33 starts. He started in the AL wild-card game, which the Twins lost at Yankee Stadium.
2/5/2018 Todd Frazier, NYM, 3B
According to multiple reports, Frazier has agreed to a two-year, $17 million contract with the Mets pending a physical.

Analysis: The New Jersey native owns a weak .220 average over the past two seasons, but he belted a career-high 40 homers with the White Sox in 2016 and had 27 while splitting last year with Chicago and the Yankees. With David Wright's career still in doubt due to a chronic back injury, Frazier will take over as the Mets' third baseman with Asdrubal Cabrera likely to play second.
2/2/2018 Andrew Susac, Bal, C
The Orioles have acquired Susac from the Milwaukee Brewers for a player to be named or cash.

Analysis: Susac, who turns 28 in March, is expected to compete for playing time behind projected starter Caleb Joseph. Susac played eight games for Milwaukee last year, going 1 for 12. He spent most of the season at Triple-A Colorado Springs, batting .205 with eight home runs and 35 RBIs.
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