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Toronto signed veteran lefty Randy Choate to a minor league deal Friday afternoon:
Choate, 40, has endured a slow winter on the free-agent market, with the Astros showing the strongest reported interest as of earlier in the month. Houston instead signed Neal Cotts to a minor-league deal, likely ending its pursuit of Choate and forcing the latter to look elsewhere.
David Freese heads to Pittsburgh on a one-year, $3 million deal:
Source: Freese signed $3 million, one-year contract with #Pirates. No incentive clauses.— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) March 11, 2016
Willie Bloomquist officially announced he is retiring:
Make your last swing your BEST swing. Farewell @MLB. Thank you for 14 amazing seasons. It's been an incredible ride. pic.twitter.com/VuImzqOrSl— Willie Bloomquist (@williebloom) March 11, 2016
Jarrod Parker has a fracture in his elbow, according to multiple reports:
Bad news for Jarrod Parker MRI shows he has refractured media epichondral in right elbow. #Athletics— John Hickey (@JHickey3) March 11, 2016
Asdrubal Cabrera is being evaluated after suffering from a knee injury:
Asdrubal Cabrera is flying to NY for a second MRI and to be examined by team doctors.— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) March 11, 2016
David Carpenter heads to the Rays on a minor league deal after being released by the Braves:
#Rays have signed RHP David Carpenter, who was released recently by #Braves, to a minor league deal— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) March 11, 2016
Randy Wolf drew some interest this off-season but decided to retire:
A team recently called for Randy Wolf, but Wolf has retired. He finished out a very nice career:133-125 record— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 10, 2016
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