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1/18/2018 Felipe Rivero, Pit, P
The Pirates have signed Rivero to a four-year, $22 million contract that runs through the 2021 season. The deal includes $10 million club options for 2022 and 2023.

Analysis: Pittsburgh acquired Rivero in a trade deadline deal with the Washington Nationals in 2016. Rivero took over as Pittsburgh's closer last May, going 5-3 with a 1.67 ERA and 21 saves with 88 strikeouts in 75 1/3 innings for the Pirates. General manager Neal Huntington says he's ''humbled' that the 26-year-old Rivero chose to remain in Pittsburgh for the long haul.
1/17/2018 José Iglesias, Det, SS
The Tigers and Iglesias have agreed on a $6.25 million contract for 2018 to avoid arbitration.

Analysis: Iglesias had initially requested a $6.8 million salary for his final season before free agency. One of the game's top defensive shortstops, the 28-year-old could be a trade candidate with the Tigers in the midst of a major rebuild.
1/17/2018 Brian Duensing, ChC, P
The Chicago Cubs and free agent reliever Brian Duensing have agreed to a $7 million, two-year contract.

Analysis: Duensing returns to Chicago after signing a one-year deal with the Cubs last winter. The left-hander went 1-1 with a 2.74 ERA in 68 appearances last season. Duensing, who turns 35 next month, broke into the majors with Minnesota in 2009. He is 43-38 with a 4.01 ERA in nine seasons.
1/15/2018 Andrew McCutchen, SF, RF
The Giants acquired McCutchen from the Pittsburgh Pirates on MOnday for right-hander Kyle Crick, minor league outfielder Bryan Reynolds and $500,000 in international signing bonus allocation.

Analysis: McCutchen, the 2013 NL MVP, will play right field for San Francisco. He played at least 153 games in each of the past three seasons for the Pirates, batting .279 with 28 home runs and 88 RBIs in 156 games in 2017. But he has not been an All-Star since 2015, when he was selected for the fifth straight season.
1/15/2018 Addison Reed, Min, P
Reed and Minnesota finalized a $16.75 million, two-year contract Monday.

Analysis: Reed has 125 saves in seven major league seasons. He started last season with the New York Mets, then was traded to the Boston Red Sox.
1/13/2018 Colin Moran, Pit, 3B
The World Series champion Houston Astros have boosted their rotation with another big arm, acquiring Gerrit Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a five-player trade Saturday. The Pirates got right-handers Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz, third baseman Colin Moran and outfielder Jason Martin for their ace.

Analysis: The 25-year-old is a career .290 hitter in the minor leagues since Miami selected him in the first round of the 2013 draft. Houston acquired Moran in a deal for pitcher Jarred Cosart and infielder Enrique Hernandez in 2014, and he took a step forward last season by hitting 18 home runs for Triple-A Fresno.
1/13/2018 Michael Feliz, Pit, P
The World Series champion Houston Astros have boosted their rotation with another big arm, acquiring Gerrit Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a five-player trade Saturday. The Pirates got right-handers Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz, third baseman Colin Moran and outfielder Jason Martin for their ace.

Analysis: Feliz is a hard-throwing right-handed reliever who struck out 13.13 batters per nine innings in 46 appearances last season. Despite that, he had a 5.63 ERA in part because of subpar control.
1/13/2018 Joe Musgrove, Pit, P
The World Series champion Houston Astros have boosted their rotation with another big arm, acquiring Gerrit Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a five-player trade Saturday. The Pirates got right-handers Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz, third baseman Colin Moran and outfielder Jason Martin for their ace.

Analysis: Musgrove could take over Cole's spot in the rotation. The 25-year-old has made 25 starts and 49 appearances with Houston over the past two seasons. He's 11-12 with a 4.77 ERA in that time, but finished out 2017 by posting a 1.44 ERA over 31 1/3 innings of relief.
1/13/2018 Gerrit Cole, Hou, P
The World Series champion Houston Astros have boosted their rotation with another big arm, acquiring Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a five-player trade Saturday. The Pirates got right-handers Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz, third baseman Colin Moran and outfielder Jason Martin for their ace.

Analysis: Cole will join former Cy Young Award winners Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander on a team that just won its first championship. Cole went 12-12 with a 4.26 ERA last season. The 27-year-old righty was the overall No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft and a 2015 All-Star with the Pirates.
1/13/2018 Brad Hand, SD, P
Hand and the San Diego Padres have agreed to a three-year contraction extension reportedly worth $19.75 million, pending the left-hander passing a physical. The Padres say the deal was reached Saturday. It includes a fourth-year option.

Analysis: Hand went 3-4 with 21 saves and a 2.16 ERA last season while making the All-Star team for the first time. He's been mentioned in trade talk since last summer.
1/12/2018 José Abreu, CWS, 1B
The White Sox avoided arbitration with Abreu and signed the slugger to a $13 million, one-year deal.

Analysis: Abreu has reached the 30-home run mark three times and driven in at least 100 runs in all four of his major league seasons. The first baseman hit .304 with 33 homers and 102 RBIs last year.
1/12/2018 Zach Britton, Bal, P
The Orioles agreed to a $12 million deal with injured closer Zach Britton to avoid arbitration.

Analysis: Britton ruptured his right Achilles tendon in offseason training and could miss part of the 2018 season. The 30-year-old left-hander made $11.4 million last season, when he had 15 saves and a 2.89 ERA. In 2016, he had a 0.54 ERA and was perfect in save opportunities with a major league-leading 47. Britton also can also become a free agent after this season.
1/12/2018 Manny Machado, Bal, 3B
The Orioles agreed to a $16 million contract with third baseman Manny Machado to avoid arbitration.

Analysis: Machado, who can become a free agent after this season, hit .259 with 33 homers and 95 RBIs last year, when he made $11.5 million. He has been mentioned in persistent trade rumors.
1/12/2018 Kris Bryant, ChC, 3B
Bryant has agreed to a $10.85 million, one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs, a record for a player eligible for arbitration for the first time.

Analysis: The previous mark was held by Ryan Howard, who was awarded $10 million by a three-person panel in 2008, his first year of eligibility for arbitration. The Cubs and Bryant avoided arbitration, and the 26-year-old third baseman receives a hefty raise after making $1.05 million last year. Bryant hit .295 with 29 home runs and 73 RBIs in 2017. The previous season, he earned NL MVP honors when he hit .292 with 39 homers and 102 RBIs, leading the Cubs to the World Series.
1/12/2018 Josh Donaldson, Tor, 3B
Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a $23 million, one-year contact, a $6 million raise for the 2015 AL MVP.

Analysis: The 32-year-old, a three-time All-Star, rebounded from an injury-slowed 2016 to hit .270 last season with 33 homers and 78 RBIs in 113 games. The sure-handed infielder missed time from April 14 through May 25 with a calf injury, which also hampered him during spring training. Donaldson was coming off a $28.65 million, two-year deal. He is eligible for free agency after this season.
1/12/2018 Charlie Blackmon, Col, CF
Blackmon and the Colorado Rockies avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $14 million, one-year contract.

Analysis: The 31-year-old centerfielder hit an NL-best .331 with 37 homers and 104 RBIs last year and made $7.3 million. He can become a free agent after this season. Blackmon turned in one of the most productive seasons from the leadoff spot in major league history. His 102 RBIs from the top of the order surpassed Darin Erstad's previous major league record of 100 set with the Angeles in 2000. Blackmon had 383 total bases - the most by a leadoff hitter for a season.
1/11/2018 Patrick Corbin, Ari, P
Corbin and the Diamondbacks avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $7.5 million, one-year contract.

Analysis: The 28-year-old was 14-13 with a 4.03 ERA last season and made $3.95 million. He has a 45-47 record with a 4.13 ERA in five seasons with the Diamondbacks. After going 14-8 with a 3.41 ERA and making the All-Star Game in 2013, he missed 2014 and part of 2015 after Tommy John surgery.
1/11/2018 Aaron Hicks, NYY, CF
Hicks agreed to a $2,825,000, one-year contract with the New York Yankees.

Analysis: Hicks spent a pair of lengthy stretches on the disabled list but still managed to set career highs with a .266 average, 15 homers and 52 RBIs in a rebound from a poor first season in New York following his trade from Minnesota. He strained his right oblique muscle June 25 on a checked swing against Texas, returned Aug. 10, then strained his left oblique at Boston on Sept. 2 while making a running catch and came back Sept. 26.
1/11/2018 Tommy Kahnle, NYY, P
Kahnle and the Yankees agreed to a one-year contract for $1,312,500, the first player to reach a deal among the team's eight who are eligible for salary arbitration.

Analysis: Kahnle was 2-4 with a 2.59 ERA in 69 relief appearances last year and made $547,000. He was acquired from the Chicago White Sox on July 19 along with reliever David Robertson and third baseman Todd Frazier. Kahnle had a 2.70 ERA in 32 games with the Yankees.
1/11/2018 Blake Parker, LAA, P
Parker has avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $1.8 million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels reached the deal with Parker on Thursday.

Analysis: The 32-year-old Parker's deal also includes award bonuses. He gets a raise from $560,000 last season. Parker was largely outstanding during 71 appearances in his first season with the Angels. He had a 2.54 ERA over 67 1/3 innings, going 3-3 with eight saves.
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