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  • Thursday, February 11, 2016
    Former Padres INF Flannery rips team, fans
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former San Diego Padres player and coach Tim Flannery severely criticized the franchise and its fans during a Twitter post late Wednesday night.

    • Flannery played 11 major-league seasons with the Padres and was a member of the franchise's 1984 World Series team. He later served on the team's coaching staff from 1996-2002 under manager Bruce Bochy and was fired by the Padres following the 2002 campaign.

      Flannery, 58, finished his coaching career with the San Francisco Giants in 2014. Apparently, that time with the Giants led to increased tension between Flannery and the franchise and also with the club's fan base.

      "Though they lose you support them, enable them, demand nothing from your ownership, and feel great calling them your hometown," Flannery wrote. "You get what you demand. Leave me alone. People create history where they are, who they become in that moment.

      "I'm a Giant for life, you all allowed the organization to do whatever they wanted, and so did Giant fans, but don't diss me with your Padre loyalty. There were two World Series you ever went to, I was on those teams. It's time now to grow up, get over it, quit demanding from me, and quit being fooled by the some smoke and mirrors. Quit being ignorant."

      Flannery batted .255 with nine homers while playing for the Padres from 1979-89.

  • Wednesday, February 10, 2016
    MLB notebook: Tigers, OF Martinez seal two-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Detroit Tigers and outfielder J.D. Martinez finalized their two-year, $18.5 million contract on Wednesday that avoided salary arbitration.

    • The agreement, initially reported Monday and was pending a physical, was officially announcedWednesday. Martinez, 28, will earn $6.75 million this year and $11.75 million in 2017. He can become a free agent after the 2017 World Series.

      In 2015, Martinez hit .282 with 38 home runs and 102 RBIs. He was an All-Star for the first time last season and won the American League Silver Slugger Award in right field. He was also a finalist for a Gold Glove Award.

      ---The San Francisco Giants and first baseman Brandon Belt agreed to a one-year, $6.2 million contract just before an arbitration hearing.

      Belt had asked for $7.5 million and the Giants offered $5.3 million when figures were exchanged last month. The agreement was $200,000 below the midpoint.

      The 27-year-old Belt, who made $3.6 million last year, batted .280 with 18 home runs and 68 RBIs in 2015 as the Giants missed the playoffs. In 2014, Belt returned from concussions to help lead the Giants to their third World Series in five years.

      ---The Texas Rangers and first baseman Mitch Moreland agreed to a one-year, $5.7 million contract, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing.

      Moreland, who made $2.975 million last season, will be eligible for free agency after this year's World Series. Moreland, 30, had proposed a salary of $4.675 million while Moreland countered at $6 million for Wednesday's arbitration hearing now canceled.

      Moreland hit .278 with 23 home runs and 85 RBIs in 132 games last season, starting 110 at first base, in his best major league season.

      ---The Baltimore Orioles signed right-handed relief pitcher Dale Thayer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Thayer, 35, will be trying to rebound from a 2015 season when he posted a 4.06 ERA in 38 games for the San Diego Padres. He went 9-12 with a 3.02 ERA in 203 games for San Diego from 2012-14 before struggling last season.

      Thayer has an 11-17 record and a 3.47 ERA in 264 big-league appearances over parts of seven seasons.

      ---Houston designated hitter Evan Gattis is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks after having surgery on Tuesday to repair a sports hernia.

      Gattis will join the team in Florida for rehabilitation but will miss most of spring training and possibly the first few weeks of the regular season. The Astros' first full-squad workout is scheduled for Feb. 23.

      In Gattis' first year with the Astros in 2015, he led the team in home runs with 27 and in RBIs with 88 while batting .247. Both were career highs. The Astros reached the playoffs for the first time since 2005.

  • Wednesday, February 10, 2016
    Astros lose Gattis for 4-6 weeks after hernia surgery
    By The Sports Xchange

    Houston designated hitter Evan Gattis is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks after having surgery on Tuesday to repair a sports hernia.

    • Gattis will join the team in Florida for rehabilitation but will miss most of spring training and possibly the first few weeks of the regular season. The Astros' first full-squad workout is scheduled for Feb. 23.

      In Gattis' first year with the Astros in 2015, he led the team in home runs with 27 and in RBIs with 88 while batting .247. Both were career highs. The Astros reached the playoffs for the first time since 2005.

      The 29-year-old is eligible for arbitration and is scheduled for a hearing on Feb. 16 that will set his salary for 2016. He is seeking $3.8 million and the team has offered $3 million.

  • Wednesday, February 10, 2016
    Giants, 1B Belt avoid agree to $6.2M, one-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The San Francisco Giants and first baseman Brandon Belt agreed to a $6.2 million, one-year contract just before Wednesday's arbitration hearing.

    • Belt had asked for $7.5 million and the Giants offered $5.3 million when figures were exchanged last month. The agreement was $200,000 below the midpoint.

      The 27-year-old Belt, who made $3.6 million last year, batted .280 with 18 home runs and 68 RBIs in 2015 as the Giants missed the playoffs. In 2014, Belt returned from concussions to help lead the Giants to their third World Series in five years.

      Over five major league seasons, all with the Giants, Belt has hit .271 with 63 homers and 263 RBIs.

  • Wednesday, February 10, 2016
    Orioles sign RHP Thayer
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Baltimore Orioles signed right-handed relief pitcher Dale Thayer to a minor league contract on Wednesday with an invitation to spring training.

    • Thayer, 35, will be trying to rebound from a 2015 season when he posted a 4.06 ERA in 38 games for the San Diego Padres. He went 9-12 with a 3.02 ERA in 203 games for San Diego from 2012-14 before struggling last season.

      Thayer has an 11-17 record and a 3.47 ERA in 264 big-league appearances over parts of seven seasons.

  • Wednesday, February 10, 2016
    Tigers, OF Martinez finalize $18.5M, two-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Detroit Tigers and outfielder J.D. Martinez finalized their $18.5 million, two-year contract on Wednesday that avoided salary arbitration.

    • The agreement, initially reported Monday and was pending a physical, was officially announced by the team Wednesday.

      Martinez, 28, will earn $6.75 million this year and $11.75 million in 2017. He can become a free agent after the 2017 World Series.

      The two sides exchanged contract figures on Jan. 15. The Tigers had offered $6 million per year and Martinez filed for a raise from $3 million to $8 million for this season.

      In 2015, Martinez hit .282 with 38 home runs and 102 RBIs. He was an All-Star for the first time last season and won the American League Silver Slugger Award in right field. He was also a finalist for a Gold Glove Award.

      In five seasons at the major league level with the Houston Astros (2011-13) and Tigers (2014-15), Martinez has a .275 career batting average with 85 home runs and 304 RBIs in 533 games.

  • Wednesday, February 10, 2016
    Rangers, 1B Moreland avoid arbitration
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Texas Rangers and first baseman Mitch Moreland agreed to a $5.7 million, one-year contract Wednesday, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing.

    • Moreland, who made $2.975 million last season, will be eligible for free agency after this year's World Series.

      Moreland, 30, had proposed a salary of $4.675 million while Moreland countered at $6 million for Wednesday's arbitration hearing now canceled.

      Moreland hit .278 with 23 home runs and 85 RBIs in 132 games last season, starting 110 at first base, in his best major league season.

      In six years in the majors, all with the Rangers, Moreland has hit .258 with 88 homers and 294 RBIs in 626 games.

  • Tuesday, February 9, 2016
    MLB roundup: Diamondbacks, Pollock strike deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Arizona Diamondbacks and Gold Glove center fielder A.J. Pollock avoided arbitration and agreed to a two-year deal worth $10.25 million late Monday night.

    • Pollock hit .315 with 65 extra-base hits -- including 20 home runs -- last season. He also stole 39 bases in 46 tries.

      Arizona will pay Pollock $3.5 million this year. The 28-year-old will receive $6.75 million in 2017. He had asked for $3.9 million and had been offered $3.65 million as part of the arbitration process.

      ---Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro lost his arbitration hearing and will earn $5 million next season.

      Castro had sought $5.25 million, but an arbitration panel sided with the Astros. A first-round pick out of Stanford in 2008, he made $4 million last season when he hit .211, his lowest average since his rookie season in 2010. He compiled 11 homers, 31 RBIs and struck out 115 times.

      Castro was an American League All-Star in 2013. He was also in consideration for the 2015 AL Gold Glove Award for catchers in 2015 with a .999 fielding percentage and throwing out 36 percent of runners.

      ---With 10 days before pitchers and catchers report for their first workout, the New York Yankees got a dose of good news. Ace Masahiro Tanaka threw off the bullpen mound during a workout in New York and the prognosis after the workout is that Tanaka's rehab is right on track.

      He underwent arthroscopic surgery in October to remove a bone spur from his elbow. He originally was diagnosed with a partially torn elbow ligament in 2014. That season he 13-5 in 20 starts. Last season, he compiled a 12-7 mark with a 3.51 ERA in 24 starts last year.

      ---Seattle signed right-handed pitcher Joel Peralta to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Peralta, 39, went 3-1 with three saves and a 4.34 ERA in 33 relief appearances during an injury-shortened 2015 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

      In 11 seasons, Peralta has had stops Los Angeles with the Angels, Kansas City, Colorado, Washington, Tampa Bay and the Dodgers.

      ---The Chicago White Sox and free-agent right-hander Mat Latos agreed on a one-year, $3-million deal, according to multiple reports.

      The 28-year-old Latos pitched for both the Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers last season. He compiled a 4-10 record with a 4.95 ERA. In seven seasons he has made 174 starts, gone 64-55 with a career 3.51 ERA. Last season was Latos' most disappointing after five straight solid seasons. In 2014, he was 5-5 with a 3.25 ERA.

      ---First baseman Travis Ishikawa also reached agreement with the White Sox on a minor league contract with an invitation to the spring training.

      Last season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Ishikawa played in 44 games and batted .206 with 1 home run and eight RBIs.

      In 488 major league games during his eight-year major league career with the San Francisco Giants, Milwaukee Brewers, White Sox and Pirates, Ishikawa has a .255 batting average with 23 homers and 137 RBIs.

      ---The Baltimore Orioles signed third baseman Patrick Palmeiro, the son of former slugger Rafael Palmeiro, to a minor-league contract.

      Palmeiro, 26, played for the Sugar Land (Texas) Skeeters of the Atlantic League last season. He previously had been in the Chicago White Sox system.

      Rafael Palmeiro briefly joined his son in September for a stint with the Skeeters. The elder Palmeiro had two hits in four at-bats with an RBI and a walk in his only game with the team. Palmeiro hit .256 with 13 home runs and 68 RBIs in 128 games for the Skeeters.

  • Tuesday, February 9, 2016
    White Sox, Ishikawa agree on minor league deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    First baseman Travis Ishikawa reached agreement Tuesday with the Chicago White Sox on a minor league contract with an invitation to the spring training.

    • Last month, Ishikawa reportedly had secured a minor league deal with the Seattle Mariners, but it never materialized.

      Last season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Ishikawa played in 44 games and batted .206 with 1 home run and eight RBIs.

      This year with the White Sox, the 32-year-old veteran will have Jose Abreu and Adam LaRoche in front of him on the roster as first base/designated hitters.

      Ishikawa played in seven games for the White Sox during the 2013 season. His most productive season was with the San Francisco Giants in 2009 when he batted .261 with nine homers and 39 RBIs. He also was a contributor for the Giants' World Series team in 2014.

      In 488 major league games during his eight-year major league career with the Giants, Milwaukee Brewers, White Sox and Pirates, Ishikawa has a .255 batting average with 23 homers and 137 RBIs.

  • Tuesday, February 9, 2016
    Tanaka throws off mound
    By The Sports Xchange

    With 10 days before pitchers and catchers report for their first workout, the New York Yankees got a dose of good news.

    • Yankees' ace Masahiro Tanaka threw off the bullpen mound during a workout Tuesday in New York. The prognosis after the workout is that Tanaka's rehab is right on track.

      He underwent arthroscopic surgery in October to remove a bone spur from his elbow. He originally was diagnosed with a partially torn elbow ligament in 2014. That season he 13-5 in 20 starts.

      Last season, he compiled a 12-7 mark with a 3.51 ERA in 24 starts last year.

      He did suffer the loss to Houston in the AL wild-card game.

  • Tuesday, February 9, 2016
    Astros C Castro loses arbitration hearing
    By The Sports Xchange

    Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro lost his arbitration hearing and will earn $5 million next season.

    • Castro had sought $5.25 million, but an arbitration panel sided with the Astros.

      Castro, a first-round pick out of Stanford in 2008, earned $4 million last season when he hit .211, his lowest average since his rookie season in 2010. He compiled 11 homers, 31 RBIs and struck out 115 times.

      Castro was an American League All-Star in 2013. He was also in consideration for the 2015 AL Gold Glove Award for catchers in 2015 with a .999 fielding percentage and throwing out 36 percent of runners.

      Players had been 3-0 in arbitration this year. Three pitchers, Toronto's Jesse Chavez ($4 million), Tampa Bay's Drew Smyly ($3.75 million) and Cincinnati's J.J. Hoover ($1.4 million) each won their cases.

      Eight other players have hearings through Feb. 19.

  • Tuesday, February 9, 2016
    RHP Latos joins White Sox
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Chicago White Sox and free-agent right-hander Mat Latos have agreed on a one-year, $3-million deal, according to multiple reports.

    • The 28-year-old Latos pitched for both the Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers last season. He compiled a 4-10 record with a 4.95 ERA.

      In seven seasons he has made 174 starts, gone 64-55 with a career 3.51 ERA.

      Last season was Latos' most disappointing after five straight solid seasons. In 2014, he was 5-5 with a 3.25 ERA.

  • Tuesday, February 9, 2016
    Mariners invite RHP Peralta to spring training
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Seattle Mariners on Tuesday signed right-handed pitcher Joel Peralta to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    • Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Peoria, Ariz., for physicals on Feb. 19. First workouts are the next day.

      Peralta, 39, went 3-1 with three saves and a 4.34 ERA in 33 relief appearances during an injury-shortened 2015 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

      In 11 seasons, Peralta has had stops Los Angeles with the Angels, Kansas City, Colorado, Washington, Tampa Bay and the Dodgers.

  • Tuesday, February 9, 2016
    Diamondbacks, CF Pollock agree on two-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Arizona Diamondbacks and Gold Glove center fielder A.J. Pollock avoided arbitration and agreed to a two-year deal worth $10.25 million late Monday night.

    • Pollock .315 with 65 extra-base hits -- including 20 home runs -- last season. He also stole 39 bases in 46 tries.

      "It's an exciting time to be a Diamondback," Pollock told MLB.com. "I'm glad to get the business side taken care of and focus on helping this team win."

      Arizona will pay Pollock $3.5 million this year. The 28-year-old will receive $6.75 million in 2017.

      Pollock had asked for $3.9 million and had been offered $3.65 million as part of the arbitration process.

  • Tuesday, February 9, 2016
    Orioles sign Palmeiro's son to minor-league deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Baltimore Orioles have signed third baseman Patrick Palmeiro, the son of former slugger Rafael Palmeiro, to a minor-league contract.

    • Palmeiro, 26, played for the Sugar Land (Texas) Skeeters of the Atlantic League last season. He previously had been in the Chicago White Sox system.

      Rafael Palmeiro briefly joined his son in September for a stint with the Skeeters. The elder Palmeiro had two hits in four at-bats with an RBI and a walk in his only game with the team

      Palmeiro his .256 with 13 home runs and 68 RBIs in 128 games for the Skeeters.

      Another of Palmeiro's sons, Preston, is a first baseman at North Carolina State.

  • Tuesday, February 9, 2016
    Report: 3B Donaldson agrees to deal with Blue Jays
    By The Sports Xchange

    Josh Donaldson is about to cash in on his American League Most Valuable Player season.

    • The third baseman and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a two-year, $29 million deal Monday to avoid arbitration, SportsNet Canada reported.

      Donaldson was seeking an $11.8 million salary for 2016 in arbitration, while the Blue Jays had countered with an offer of $11.35 million.

      His new $14.5 million average annual salary is more than three times the $4.3 million he made last year in his first season of arbitration. Donaldson will remain under Toronto's control through the 2018 season.

      After making the All-Star team for the Oakland A's in 2014, Donaldson was traded to the Blue Jays in November 2014 for infielder Brett Lawrie, right-hander Kendall Graveman, left-hander Sean Nolin and minor league shortstop Franklin Barreto. At least through one year, the deal was a clear victory for Toronto.

      Donaldson, 30, led the majors with 122 runs and topped the AL with 123 RBIs and with 84 extra-base hits. He batted .297 with a .371 on-base percentage and a .568 slugging percentage in 158 games. Donaldson placed third in the league in on-base-plus-slugging percentage (.939), third in home runs (41), fourth in doubles (41), and fifth in hits (184).

      Lawrie put up his usual pedestrian offensive numbers for the A's last year, then was traded to the Chicago White Sox in December. Graveman and Nolin combined for seven wins in 27 starts for Oakland, while Barreto had a good season in Class A.

  • Monday, February 8, 2016
    Tigers sign J.D. Martinez to contract extension
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Detroit Tigers and outfielder J.D. Martinez agreed to a two-year, $18.5 million contract extension, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

    • By reaching an agreement, the Tigers avoided an arbitration hearing.

      The Detroit Free Press reported that Martinez will earn $6.75 million in 2016 and $11.75 million in 2017. The 28-year-old Martinez would become a free agent after the 2017 season.

      The deal is pending a physical.

      In 2015, Martinez hit .282 with 38 home runs and 102 RBIs. He was an All-Star for the first time last season and won the American League Silver Slugger Award in right field. He was also a finalist for a Gold Glove Award.

      The two sides exchanged contract figures Jan. 15. The Tigers were offering $6 million per year, and Martinez filed for $8 million.

      The Tigers have not gone to an arbitration hearing with a player since 2001.

      The Tigers signed left fielder Justin Upton to a six-year, $132.75 million contract earlier this month.

  • Monday, February 8, 2016
    Free-agent OF Young arrested for battery
    By The Sports Xchange

    Free-agent outfielder Delmon Young was arrested and charged with battery on Sunday night after allegedly threatening to kill a hotel valet in Miami.

    • Young, 30, was upset after he couldn't gain entrance to a club. He accosted the valet both verbally and physically, according to a police report.

      The incident happened at the Viceroy Hotel, where Young is a resident.

      Young asked the valet to open an elevator and he was told the elevator was closed.

      After being told the club wasn't open, Young allegedly grabbed the hotel employee by the neck and made the threat to kill him.

      Young hurled anti-Cuban slurs at the man and began to choke him. The valet was able to get free approximately five seconds later.

      Young ran off and police later found him in his room. He opened his door and was naked from the waist down.

      According to the police report, Young acted belligerently toward officers.

      Young has played for five major-league teams, most recently the Baltimore Orioles.

      He also a brush with the law in 2012 when he arrested and pled guilty to aggravated harassment for yelling anti-Semitic slurs while intoxicated in New York City. Young drew a seven-game suspension by Major League Baseball and ordered to undergo counseling.

      In 2006, Young was suspended for 50 games while playing minor-league baseball for the Durham Bulls after he threw his bat at an umpire.

  • Saturday, February 6, 2016
    Blue Jays pitcher Chavez wins arbitration case
    By The Sports Xchange

    Right-hander Jesse Chavez beat the Toronto Blue Jays in salary arbitration Saturday by being awarded $4 million.

    • Arbitrators Mark Irvings, Steven Wolf and Edna Francis heard the case Friday. The Blue Jays had offered Chavez $3.6 million.

      Players are 3-0 in arbitration cases this year. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Drew Smyly ($3.75 million) and Cincinnati Reds reliever J.J. Hoover ($1.4 million) also won cases this week.

      Chavez, 32, went 7-15 with a 4.18 ERA in 2015 for the Oakland A's. He was traded to Toronto in November.

      In eight seasons, Chavez is 24-38 with a 4.55 ERA with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals, Blue Jays and A's.

      Chavez made $2.15 million last year.

      American League MVP Josh Donaldson has a scheduled arbitration hearing against the Blue Jays. He made $4.3 million last year and is seeking $11.8 million. The team is offering $11.3 million.

  • Saturday, February 6, 2016
    Report: Arrieta, Cubs agree to $10.7 million deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Chicago Cubs and right-hander Jake Arrieta agreed to a one-year, $10.7 million contract Saturday to avoid salary arbitration, according to CBS Sports.

    • The reported deal is the most money in one season given to a pitcher with four years of major league service time.

      Both sides were scheduled to have an arbitration hearing on Tuesday.

      Arrieta won the National League Cy Young award last year after a 22-6 record with an ERA of 1.77 over 229 innings.

      Arrieta is the ace of staff that also includes Jon Lester, John Lackey, Jason Hammel, and Kyle Hendricks.

      The 29-year-old is eligible for free agency next year.

  • Friday, February 5, 2016
    Reds minor league OF Duran suspended 80 games
    By The Sports Xchange

    Cincinnati Reds minor league outfielder Juan Duran was suspended for the first 80 games of the season after a positive test for three performance-enhancing substances under Major League Baseball's drug policy.

    • The 24-year-old Duran tested positive for Drostanolone, Stanozolol and Nandrolone, the commissioner's office announced Friday.

      Duran, a native of the Dominican Republic, has been in the Reds' organization since signing with the club in February 2008. He has never played in the majors but was added to the Reds' 40-man roster in November 2013.

  • Thursday, February 4, 2016
    MLB notebook: Orioles acquire Despaigne in trade
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Baltimore Orioles acquired right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne from the San Diego Padres on Thursday for minor-league right-hander Jean Cosme.

    • Despaigne struggled in 2015 and went 5-9 with a 5.80 ERA in 34 appearances (18 starts). He went 4-7 with a 3.36 ERA in 16 starts in 2014 as a rookie.

      Cosme made 12 starts for Single-A Aberdeen last season and went 3-5 with a 4.74 ERA. He was Baltimore's 17th-round selection in 2014.

      Baltimore designated left-hander C.J. Riefenhauser for assignment to open up a spot on the 40-man roster.

      --The Los Angeles Dodgers announced the signing of free-agent second baseman Howie Kendrick.

      The 32-year-old Kendrick agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract last week after rejecting the team's one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer. That meant the Dodgers were the only major league team who could sign Kendrick without having to lose a 2016 amateur draft pick as compensation.

      --Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Drew Smyly won his arbitration case and will make $3.75 million in 2016.

      The Rays submitted a figure of $3.2 million but the arbitrator sided with Smyly, who made $2.65 million last season.

      Smyly went 5-2 with a 3.11 ERA in 12 starts last season. He was plagued by a left shoulder injury that prompted two stints on the disabled list.

      --Right-hander Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs are scheduled for an arbitration hearing on Tuesday in Arizona.

      There was a significant gap between Arrieta's request of $13 million for 2016 and the Cubs' offer of $7.5 million when the two sides exchanged salary figures in January.

      Arrieta won the 2015 National League Cy Young Award after a steller season that included a trip to the playoffs. He posted a 22-6 record with a 1.77 ERA.

      --Veteran outfielder Jonny Gomes agreed to a one-year contract with the Rakuten Eagles of Japan's Pacific League.

      Gomes was a major-league free agent and was unable to land a deal.

      Gomes, 35, batted .213 last season while splitting time with the Atlanta Braves and Kansas City Royals.

  • Thursday, February 4, 2016
    Arrieta arbitration hearing set for Feb. 9
    By The Sports Xchange

    Right-hander Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs are scheduled for an arbitration hearing on Feb. 9 in Arizona.

    • There was a significant gap between Arrieta's request of $13 million for 2016 and the Cubs' offer of $7.5 million when the two sides exchanged salary figures in January.

      Arrieta won the 2015 National League Cy Young Award after a steller season that included a trip to the playoffs. He posted a 22-6 record with a 1.77 ERA, 48 walks and 236 strikeouts in 229 innings. In his last 15 starts during the regular season, he was nearly unhittable with a 0.75 ERA.

      Arrieta, who made $3.63 million last season, isn't eligible for free agency until after the 2017 season.

  • Thursday, February 4, 2016
    Dodgers finalize deal with Kendrick
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Los Angeles Dodgers announced the signing Thursday of free-agent second baseman Howie Kendrick.

    • The 32-year-old Kendrick agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract last week after rejecting the team's one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer. That meant the Dodgers were the only major league team who could sign Kendrick without having to lose a 2016 amateur draft pick as compensation.

      In Kendrick's first season with the Dodgers in 2015, he hit .295 with nine home runs and 54 RBIs in 117 games. He was acquired from the San Diego Padres in December 2014.

      The Dodgers will have options in 2016 at second base with Kendrick, Enrique Hernandez and Chase Utley on the roster. Utley received a one-year, $7 million contract during the offseason to remain with the Dodgers.

  • Thursday, February 4, 2016
    Rays LHP Smyly wins arbitration case
    By The Sports Xchange

    Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Drew Smyly won his arbitration case on Thursday and will make $3.75 million in 2016.

    • The Rays submitted a figure of $3.2 million but the arbitrator sided with Smyly, who made $2.65 million last season.

      Smyly went 5-2 with a 3.11 ERA in 12 starts last season. He was plagued by a left shoulder injury that prompted two stints on the disabled list.

      Smyly was acquired by the Rays from the Detroit Tigers midway through the 2014 season as part of the package for ace pitcher David Price.