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Although the Angels have had a relatively quiet off-season, the club signed right-handed pitcher Al Alburquerque to a one-year, $1.1 million deal:
Alburquerque, 29, was non-tendered by the Pirates last month and will be under Angels' control for two seasons as a second-year arbitration candidate. The reliever will join right-handers Huston Street, Joe Smith, Mike Morin, Fernando Salas and Cory Rasmus in a crowded bullpen mix that could undergo more change by the end of the winter.
Ian Kennedy has been linked to clubs seeking starting pitching depth, but the Royals might end up being the best fit.
The Padres are close to signing free agent reliever Fernando Rodney.
Baltimore has made a $90 million offer to free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes:
Whether this is just leverage or not remains to be seen. In all likelihood, the Orioles only have the payroll availability to sign one of Davis or Cespedes. However, if signing Cespedes would actually save the Orioles $60 million as rumored, then it might actually be in their best interest to move on from their star first baseman. Expect this news to at least force some future news.
Toronto is still hoping to add to its starting rotation and is reportedly interested in Yovani Gallardo.
The Yankees claimed center fielder Lane Adams off waivers from the Royals on Friday.
Doug Fister is hoping to receive a deal worth at least $20 million this winter:
Free agent Doug Fister's reps are seeking a 2-year deal in $22M range, says MLB source. Potential bounce-back candidate.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) January 15, 2016
Yoenis Cespedes wants a deal that will pay him close to $22 million annually:
Yoenis Cespedes has been seeking a 6-year deal in the $22M annual range this winter, said #MLB source.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) January 15, 2016
If Cespedes decided he does not want an extensive deal, the Mets could still be interested:
to clarify, mets do NOT have a 1-year offer currently on table. theyd talk about 1-3-yr pacts if cespedes came off long deal— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 15, 2016
Shortstop Alexei Ramirez will make $4 million in 2016.
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