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  • Max Fried SP | ATL

    Braves' Max Fried: Loses arbitration case

    Fried lost his arbitration case Saturday and will be paid $13.5 million next season rather than the $15 million he hoped for, Justin Toscano of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    Fried still has two more seasons to go before he reaches free agency, so Atlanta will get to keep one of the better lefties in the game around at a discounted rate. Fried owns a 2.68 ERA over the past three seasons despite a merely average 23.3 percent strikeout rate. He's relied on a high groundball rate (51.7 percent of that stretch) and a low walk rate (5.7 percent) to minimize damage.

  • J.B. Bukauskas RP | SEA

    Mariners' J.B. Bukauskas: Outrighted to Triple-A

    Bukauskas cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday.

    After being claimed by the Mariners in mid-January and DFA'd Tuesday, Bukauskas is now set to begin 2023 in the Mariners' farm system and attend major-league spring training as a non-roster invitee. The 26-year-old right-hander recorded a 2.79 ERA and 1.31 WHIP through 19.1 Triple-A innings last season.

  • Aaron Sanchez SP | MIN

    Twins' Aaron Sanchez: Re-signs with MIN

    Sanchez re-signed with the Twins on a minor-league contract Jan. 30.

    Sanchez ended the 2022 season with the Twins. The right-hander posted a disappointing .660 ERA in 15 appearances -- 10 starts -- over 60 innings with Minnesota and the Nationals. Once one of the more promising young arms in baseball, Sanchez now will have to pitch well in the Grapefruit League if he has any chance of making the Twins' Opening Day roster.

  • Luke Williams LF | MIA

    Dodgers' Luke Williams: Signs MiLB deal

    Williams signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers on Friday.

    Williams was claimed off waivers by the Dodgers back in November and will remain in the Los Angeles system. The 26-year-old utility man recorded a .883 OPS through 58 plate appearances in Triple-A last year but just a .602 mark in 136 PAs split between the Giants and Marlins.

  • Nationals' Blake Rutherford: Inks MiLB deal with Nats

    Rutherford signed a minor-league contract with the Nationals on Friday.

    Rutherford has already been assigned to Triple-A Rochester ahead of training camp. Once a top prospect for the Yankees and White Sox, the 25-year-old batted .271/.311/.428 with 13 home runs and eight stolen bases over 116 games at the Triple-A level in 2022.

  • Ian Hamilton RP | CLE

    Yankees' Ian Hamilton: Agrees to minor-league deal

    Hamilton signed a minor-league contract with the Yankees on Friday.

    Hamilton elected free agency after being outrighted off the Guardians' 40-man roster at the end of the season. The right-hander also pitched in the Twins' organization in 2022 and forged a 3.61 ERA over 38 appearances with Triple-A St. Paul and Columbus with a 60:19 K:BB. He'll need to be added to the 40-man roster in order to make any appearances with the Yankees in 2023.

  • Cubs' Curtis Taylor: Agrees to minor-league deal

    Taylor signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs on Friday.

    The 27-year-old right-hander posted a 3.91 ERA and 52:18 K:BB in 46 innings last season between three different levels of the Nationals' minor-league system. Taylor will serve as organizational depth for Chicago in 2023.

  • Yusniel Diaz RF | BAL

    Dodgers' Yusniel Diaz: Signs minor-league deal

    Diaz agreed Friday to a minor-league contract with the Dodgers that includes an invitation to spring training, Eric Stephen of SBNation.com reports.

    Diaz returns to the organization that originally signed him out of Cuba in 2015, before being one of the top names dealt to the Orioles for Manny Machado at the 2018 trade deadline. The outfielder has made just one plate appearance in his MLB career and has registered a .261/.340/.410 slash line over parts of six minor-league seasons. He's a long shot to make the big-league roster and is likely ticketed for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

  • Jason Bilous SP | CHW

    White Sox's Jason Bilous: Designated for assignment

    Bilous was designated for assignment by the White Sox on Friday.

    A spot needed to be cleared to make room for the addition of Franklin German. Bilous, 25, posted a 6.30 ERA and 131:79 K:BB over 105.2 innings between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Charlotte last season. He's always missed bats, but his struggles on the whole mean he'll probably clear waivers.

  • White Sox's Franklin German: Traded to ChiSox

    German was traded to the White Sox from the Red Sox on Friday in exchange for Theo Denlinger.

    After being designated for assignment Monday to make room on Boston's roster for Richard Bleier, German will now attempt to carve out a role for himself in Chicago's bullpen. The 25-year-old righty cracked the majors for the first time last season, though he allowed eight earned runs over just four innings of work. German will more than likely begin the season in Triple-A again, where he put up a 2.58 ERA and 0.94 WHIP through 38.1 frames in 2022.

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