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  • Kyle Gibson SP | PHI

    Orioles' Kyle Gibson: Signs with Orioles

    Gibson signed a one-year deal with the Orioles on Saturday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

    Gibson has been eating innings at the big-league level for a full decade, but how much remains in the tank ahead of his age-35 season is unclear. His 5.05 ERA last season means he's finished above 5.00 in that category in two of the last three seasons, though he did post a 3.71 ERA in 2021 and hasn't seen a big drop in velocity. His 20.1 percent strikeout rate in 2022 was below average as usual, though allowing plenty of contact isn't quite as dangerous as it used to be in Baltimore now that the left-field fence has been pushed back. The veteran righty should have a good shot at a spot near the back of the Orioles' rotation to open the year, but his age means the bottom could fall out at any time without much warning.

  • Jacob deGrom SP | TEX

    Rangers' Jacob deGrom: Gets massive five-year deal

    DeGrom signed a five-year, $185 million contract with the Rangers on Friday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

    The contract includes a conditional sixth year that would make the deal worth $222 million. He has a full no-trade clause. The commitment from ownership in Texas has been quite impressive, as they laid out $556 million for Corey Seager, Marcus Semien and Jon Gray last offseason. DeGrom unsurprisingly opted for a longer contract than he might have been offered by other teams, as durability is the only question mark with him. The 34-year-old righty logged a 3.08 ERA, 2.13 FIP and 0.75 WHIP in 64.1 innings last season with the Mets after dealing with a shoulder injury for the first four months. He dealt with an elbow injury in 2021. According to Statcast park factors, Globe Life Field is the 19th most hitter-friendly park while Citi Field ranked 26th, so it's a slight park downgrade and a major supporting cast downgrade.

  • Rylan Bannon 3B | HOU

    Astros' Rylan Bannon: Picked up by Houston

    The Astros claimed Bannon off waivers from the Cubs on Friday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Two weeks after being claimed by the Cubs from Atlanta, Bannon will now be on the move to Houston. Bannon did well during his time in Triple-A last season, though it's hard to imagine him getting consistent playing time in the Astros' star-studded infield. If anything, he'll compete with Mauricio Dubon and David Hensley for reps as a backup infielder.

  • Jason Castro C | HOU

    Jason Castro: Hangs up cleats

    Castro announced his retirement from baseball Friday.

    After 12 years in the big leagues with four different teams, Castro has officially caught his final pitch from behind home plate. The one-time All-Star finishes his career with a .227/.312/.387 slash line, 97 home runs and 325 RBI.

  • Ali Sanchez C | ARI

    Diamondbacks' Ali Sanchez: Claimed by D-backs

    Sanchez was claimed off waivers from Pittsburgh by the Diamondbacks on Friday.

    Sanchez was claimed off waivers from Detroit earlier in the offseason, and will now join his third organization in less than two months. The 25-year-old backstop never saw the big leagues in 2022, but he put up a .743 OPS and collected 33 RBI in Triple-A over 252 plate appearances. If he makes the big-league roster, it's possible Sanchez splits time with Carson Kelly, pushing Daulton Varsho into the outfield full-time.

  • Sean Poppen RP | SD

    Padres' Sean Poppen: Claimed by San Diego

    Poppen was claimed off waivers from Arizona by the Padres on Friday.

    Poppen recorded a 4.40 ERA and 1.36 WHIP through 28.2 innings in 2022 -- all career bests for the 28-year-old reliever. However, his improved ERA and WHIP was met by a career-low 6.91 K/9, which significantly hinders his fantasy value.

  • Daz Cameron RF | BAL

    Orioles' Daz Cameron: Loses spot on 40-man roster

    Cameron cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk on Friday.

    Cameron was claimed off waivers by the Orioles in November but won't retain his spot on the 40-man roster. The 25-year-old appeared in 25 games for Detroit last season but spent most of the campaign at the Triple-A level, where he had a .240/.312/.392 slash line in 98 contests.

  • Orioles' Franchy Cordero: Inks deal with Baltimore

    Cordero agreed to a split contract with the Orioles on Friday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.

    The Red Sox opted not to tender Cordero a contract for 2023, but he'll remain in the AL East. The 28-year-old appeared in 84 games last season and had a .219/.300/.397 slash line with eight home runs, 29 RBI and four stolen bases. With the split contract he'll make $1.35 million if in the majors and $450,000 in the minors.

  • Chris Martin RP | LAD

    Red Sox's Chris Martin: Signs with Red Sox

    Martin signed a two-year, $17.5 million deal with the Red Sox on Friday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

    Coming off a nice 2022 campaign that saw Martin record a 3.05 ERA and 0.98 WHIP through 56 frames, the 36-year-old reliever will provide a nice boost to a Boston bullpen that turned in the fifth-worst ERA (4.59) in the league last season. Martin will more than likely be turned to often in high-leverage situations, so long as his age doesn't begin to catch up with him.

  • Brewers' Abraham Toro: Shipped to Milwaukee

    Toro and Jesse Winker were acquired by the Brewers from the Mariners on Friday in exchange for Kolten Wong and cash considerations, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

    Toro was acquired by the Mariners from the Astros at the 2021 trade deadline, and he's now on the move once again. The 25-year-old played in a career-high 109 games last season, but he struggled offensively with a .185/.239/.324 slash line, 10 home runs and 35 RBI. He's under team control through 2026 and should have the chance to secure a starting spot in the lineup during spring training, with Wong's departure opening up the job at second base.

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