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Joaquin Benoit Headshot

Phillies are close to signing reliever Joaquin Benoit.

He should immediately slot in as an important arm in the Phillies bullpen, although it's unclear what his exact role would be. Benoit, 39, held a strong 2.81 ERA last season while pitching for the Mariners and Blue Jays. He was notably better with the Blue Jays after being dealt, however, pitching to a 0.38 ERA over 25 games thrown. The Phillies have made some underrated moves in helping their bullpen, something they had hoped to address.
8 hours ago
Matt Holliday Headshot

Yankees agreed on a one-year, $13 million deal with Matt Holliday.

After the Cardinals declined Holliday's $17 million option, the Yankees have signed him to a one-year, $13 million deal. Holliday posted numbers of .246/.322/.461 in an injury plagued 2016 season. Holliday is getting up there in age, he will turn 37 in January.
12 hours ago
Matt Holliday Headshot

Yankees are reportedly close to signing Matt Holliday.

There were a few teams linked to Matt Holliday, including A.L. East rival Boston Red Sox but it looks as if Holliday is leaning towards the Yankees where he can fill in at DH, outfield and first base.
12 hours ago
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The agent of Edwin Encarnacion believes his client will likely sign during the winter meetings.

There are numerous teams in the market for Encarnacion who is coming off a season in which he hit .263 with 99 runs, 42 home runs and 127 RBI. Encarnacion figures to receive the biggest contract in free agency this off-season.
13 hours ago
Chris Carter Headshot

Indians have expressed interest in Chris Carter.

The Indians could be losing Mike Napoli to free agency which would open up a need for a power hitting 1B/DH type of player. Carter hit just .222 in 2016 but with 84 runs, 41 home runs and 94 RBI for the Brewers last season.
13 hours ago
Kenley Jansen Headshot

Marlins are reportedly trying to sign Kenley Jansen, Aroldis Chapman or Mark Melancon.

So it appears as though the Marlins are looking for an elite closer as Jansen, Chapman and Melancon have ranked among the league leaders in saves over the past few seasons. Of the group Jansen and Chapman will likely command the most money but all three are solid choices and have experience pitching in the National League.
13 hours ago
Justin Turner Headshot

Dodgers are 'likely to re-sign Justin Turner.

Turner proved his breakout 2015 season was no joke by hitting .275 with 79 runs, 27 home runs and 90 RBI for the Dodgers in 2016. He has certainly earned himself quite the pay day but the Dodgers would be smart to pay the man as he has proven to be worth the money.
13 hours ago
Jacob Lindgren Headshot

Braves signed Jacob Lindgren to a one-year contract.

Lindgren, who was a second-round pick by the Yankees back in 2014, signed a one-year deal with the Braves. The 23-year-old has appeared in just seven Major League games so far in his career, posting a 5.14 ERA with a serviceable 1.29 WHIP. Left-handed bullpen arms are always at a premium in baseball, so it makes sense that someone would snatch Lindgren up as a low-risk, high reward signing.
18 hours ago
Casey McGehee Headshot

Casey McGehee signed a one-year deal with Japan's Yomiuri Giants.

After playing in the big leagues sporadically since 2008, McGehee has decided to take his talents abroad and sign with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan. The former Marlin was hitting just .258 with a sub-.700 OPS in his Major League career, so it's no surprise that he's on his way out of the MLB.
20 hours ago
Hector Sanchez Headshot

Padres declined to tender Hector Sanchez a contract and he is now a free agent.

Sanchez played just 28 games at the Major League level in 2016, hitting just .241 while OPSing .632. He most likely will catch on somewhere as a non-roster invitee for Spring Training but it's hard to see him making a Major League roster to begin the 2017 season seeing that his career stats are far from impressive.
20 hours ago
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