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Dayan Viciedo is close to signing with Japan's Chunichi Dragons.

Viciedo has been one of the few big time Cuban busts in the majors of late, and was DFA'd by the White Sox last season. He was unable to find a job and looks to be out of the majors for good now. Viciedo has big time power but little else that brings value. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Blue Jays signed LHP J.A. Happ to a three-year deal.

On the surface, this doesn't look like a good deal for the Blue Jays. While they're desperately in need of a starter, and Happ fits the bill as...well, a starter, this is an overpay. $12 million a year for a 33-year old pitcher who had a 3.61 ERA last year, and last had a qualified season with an ERA under 4.00 in 2007, doesn't seem like the smartest of investments. Happ does have upside, in fact he had a 1.85 ERA and 2.19 FIP (63.1 innings) in Toronto last year in Pittsburgh last year, after being traded to the team from the Mariners, but a 4.64 ERA and 4.12 FIP in 108.2 prior innings with Seattle is less than encouraging. This deal could turn out well, but it is much more likely that it is a bust for the Blue Jays. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Padres re-signed RHP Daniel McCutchen to a minor league deal.

San Diego has re-signed veteran RHP Daniel McCutchen to a minor league deal on Friday. McCutchen was 9-8 at Triple-A last season with a 3.60 ERA. He is nothing more than organizational depth for the Padres.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Yasiel Puig had a fight with a security guard in a Miami night club. No serious injuries were reported.

Puig has been the center of controversy since the moment he arrived in the Major League's. There's no denying his all-world talents, but the Dodgers organization must be fed up with all the extra curricular activities he's involved in. In my opinion, Puig will be wearing a different uniform by the start of the 2016 season. Analysis: James Grande

Indians announce the signing of veteran catcher Anthony Recker to a minor league deal.

The 32-year old spent the last three seasons as the Mets' backup catcher and has moved on after being signed to the Indians organization. Recker's an average defensive catcher with sub-par bat. Recker can only hope to be called up at some point during the season. Analysis: James Grande

Brett Lawrie is "likely to be traded" by the A's according to reports.

Oakland's trade for Jed Lowrie means the A's don't have room for both Lawrie and Danny Valencia, and Lawrie stands a better chance of getting traded. Lawrie finally stayed healthy last season, batting .260/.299/.407 in 149 games. Moving to a different ballpark and a better lineup should help Lawrie's fantasy production, but at this point he is nothing more than a solid middle infielder. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Joel De La Cruz has signed a minor league contract with the Braves.

The Braves are completely rebuilding, so taking a chance on De La Cruz makes a ton of sense. The 26-year-old still hasn't reached the big leagues, but he did have a 3.25 ERA in 61 innings with the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate last season. De La Cruz could provide bullpen depth for the Braves next season. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Tim Lincecum's recovery is ahead of schedule and will put on pitching showcase in January for teams.

Lincecum has been pretty terrible for four seasons now, but his status as a former ace will earn him a decent contract with somebody. He is unlikely to wind up in a better situation than San Francisco, but there is a chance he could be effective in 2016, especially if he moves to the bullpen. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Angels have signed Edward Paredes to a minor league contract.

Paredes is a 30-year-old lefthander who has never appeared in the big leagues. He last pitched for the Indians' Double-A affiliate in 2013, with a 8.10 ERA in 6 2/3 innings. Analysis: Steve Pimental

The Royals have released Wandy Rodriguez.

Rodriguez appeared in just five games for the Royals' Triple-A affiliate after he had a 4.90 ERA in 86 1/3 innings with the Rangers. Rodriguez will turn 37 in January, and if he wants to continue pitching, it will probably have to be on a minor-league deal.  Analysis: Steve Pimental

John Axford refused outright assignment and elected free agency.

Axford went 4-5 with a 4.20 ERA and 25 saves for the Rockies last season over 60 appearances and will likely look for a spot in a major league bullpen with a spring training invite in free-agency. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Edwin Encarnacion (hernia) tweeted he began jogging on Thursday.

Encarnacion began jogging on Thursday after getting sports hernia surgery in late October. Encarnacion is one of the league's best power hitters and is expected to be fully recovered by the time spring training roles around. Analysis: James Grande

The Royals are considering reworking Salvador Perez contract which can run through 2019.

It would probably be wise to keep this guy around as long as possible. He's shown to be one of the most durable catchers in the game and is a pivotal part of their success. In 2015, he hit .260 with 21 homers and 70 RBI. Analysis: Colby Conway

Erik Johnson is the favorite as of now to become the White Sox fifth starter.

If so, Johnson will carry some late-round appeal to those in deeper mixed or AL-only leagues. The right-hander went 3-1 with a 3.34 ERA and 1.40 WHIP last season. Analysis: Colby Conway

Diamondbacks avoid arbitration and agree to a one-year contract with LHP Matt Reynolds.

The deal comes to a little less than $1 million, making him a cheap left-handed option out of the pen for Arizona next season.  Analysis: Dom Murtha


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