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Brewers signed INF/OF Daniel Robertson to a one-year, $900,000 contract.


Jan 21   1:17 PM

The deal was agreed to back on January 12 and has now been made official after Robertson passed the necessary pre-signing physical exam. A career .234/.342/.352 hitter in 855 total plate appearances at the major league level, the soon-to-be 27-year-old projects to operate in a super-utility role for Milwaukee in 2021.


Brewers signed INF/OF Daniel Robertson to a one-year, $800,000 contract.


Jan 21   11:48 AM

The deal was agreed to back on January 12 and has now been made official after Robertson passed the necessary pre-signing physical exam. A career .234/.342/.352 hitter in 855 total plate appearances at the major league level, the soon-to-be 27-year-old projects to operate in a super-utility role for Milwaukee in 2021.


Nationals signed INF/OF Hernan Perez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.


Jan 21   10:58 AM

Perez was with the Cubs in 2020 but appeared in only three major league games. The versatile 29-year-old holds a career .252/.281/.386 batting line in 1,825 total plate appearances at the big league level.


Miles Mikolas (elbow) has resumed throwing off a mound.


Jan 21   10:05 AM

Mikolas sat out all of 2020 due to a flexor tendon strain that eventually required surgery, but he expects to be fully ready for the start of spring training and wants to go 170-200 innings in 2021. "My arm feels good — I actually had a nice bullpen (session) today, my second bullpen," the 32-year-old right-hander told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Wednesday. "Just a light, almost what you’d call touch-and-feel to kind of get back into the rhythm. But my rhythm was good. I was hitting spots, I was keeping the ball down."


MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers "have been in touch" with free agent utilityman Marwin Gonzalez.


Jan 21   9:45 AM

Morosi notes the connection between Gonzalez and new Tigers manager A.J. Hinch, as they spent many years together in Houston. The versatile 31-year-old is also said to be in contact with the Twins about a possible reunion despite slashing just .211/.286/.320 over 199 plate appearances for Minnesota in 2020.


Ryan Dull has agreed to a deal with the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the independent American Association.


Jan 21   8:32 AM

Dull was with the Blue Jays organization on a minor league contract in 2020 but did not make the team's 60-man player pool when the MLB season finally got underway. The now 31-year-old right-hander surrendered 19 runs -- 18 earned -- over 12 2/3 innings of relief between the Athletics, Yankees, and Jays in 2019.


Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Blue Jays are "still trying" for free agent outfielder Michael Brantley.


Jan 21   12:14 AM

They just agreed to a reported six-year, $150 million contract with George Springer, but the Jays apparently aren't done spending on bats. Brantley, 33, could be a good option for Toronto at DH, a role he filled 26 times last season with the Astros while delivering an overall .300/.364/.476 batting line with 20 extra-base hits (five home runs, 15 doubles) in 187 plate appearances. Rosenthal notes that Springer and Brantley are "close friends" and also happen to be represented by the same agency, Excel Sports Management. TSN's Scott Mitchell adds that "there's legit legs" to the two heading to Toronto as a sort of "package deal."


MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reports that the Blue Jays have yet to finalize a deal with Michael Brantley.


Jan 21   12:14 AM

ESPN's Jeff Passan is hearing the same thing. Toronto-based broadcaster Hazel Mae reported Wednesday morning that Brantley and the Jays were in agreement on a three-year contract, but she has now recanted that report, citing word from a team official. Nonetheless, it sounds like this should get done eventually.


Rockies signed OF Nick Longhi to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.


Jan 21   12:14 AM

Longhi, a 30th-round pick of the Red Sox in the 2013 MLB Draft, slashed .283/.336/.463 with 12 home runs and 51 RBI over 111 games at the Triple-A level in 2019. The 25-year-old outfielder has yet to reach the majors.


Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Blue Jays "have had an offer out" to free agent reliever Brad Hand.


Jan 21   12:14 AM

Toronto has ruled the baseball world over the last 24 hours, and why stop now? Hand, who's also been connected to the Astros, Mets, White Sox, and Dodgers, registered a stellar 2.05 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, and 29/4 K/BB ratio over 22 innings last season for the Indians while recording a league-high 16 saves. He could be a fallback option at closer for the Jays in the event that Kirby Yates does not bounce back health-wise.


MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers are showing interest in free agent catcher Jason Castro.


Jan 21   12:14 AM

Castro has also been linked to the Cubs, Astros, and Rangers, so he may wind up doing pretty well for himself despite struggling to a .188/.293/.375 batting line over 92 plate appearances last season between the Angels and Padres. The 33-year-old has ties to new Tigers manager A.J. Hinch from their days together in Houston.


Cubs released LHP Matt Dermody.


Jan 21   12:14 AM

Dermody re-signed with the Cubs on a minor league deal last month, but Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors says the lefty is now headed to Japan to play for the Seibu Lions. The 30-year-old holds a 5.13 ERA over 29 appearances across parts of three major league seasons.


According to sports broadcaster Hazel Mae, the Blue Jays have signed Michael Brantley to a three-year deal.


Jan 20   1:26 PM

TSN's Scott Mitchell reported late Tuesday night that "there's legit legs" to the idea of Brantley and George Springer heading to Toronto as a package deal, and that is indeed how it has played out. The outfield depth chart is now a bit crowded, but the Blue Jays could primarily use Brantley at designated hitter or maybe trade from the surplus to make a much-needed addition at starting pitcher. Brantley, 33, slashed .300/.364/.476 over 187 plate appearances with the Astros in 2020 and provides another big upgrade to the Jays' suddenly deep and dynamic lineup. The financial terms of the three-year contract have not yet been revealed.


Russell Martin doesn't plan to sign with a team before the start of the 2021 season, per MLB.com's Jon Morosi.


Jan 20   1:26 PM

Morosi adds, however, that the veteran catcher is "keeping open the possibility of playing in the future." Martin, who turns 38 years old in February, batted just .220/.337/.330 with six home runs and 20 RBI over 83 games with the Dodgers in 2019 before failing to latch on with a team for the condensed 2020 campaign.


Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that free agent reliever Kirby Yates is in agreement with the Blue Jays.


Jan 20   10:24 AM

Yates met with Blue Jays officials at the team's spring training complex in Dunedin, Florida on Tuesday and apparently came away impressed. The 33-year-old right-hander made only six appearances with the Padres last season before requiring surgery in August to remove bone chips from his pitching elbow, but he was maybe the most dominant closer in baseball in 2019, working to a brilliant 1.19 ERA and 101/13 K/BB ratio in 60 2/3 innings while tallying a league-high 41 saves. If his health cooperates, he should take over as the new primary saves man for Toronto in 2021. Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith says it's a one-year, $5.5 million deal.


Diamondbacks signed RHP Chris Devenski to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.


Jan 20   9:34 AM

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand was first to report news of the agreement and now Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic passes along the contract terms. It's a non-guaranteed deal that will pay Devenski a $1 million salary, with another $350,000 in possible incentives, if he is able to crack the Diamondbacks' major league roster. The 30-year-old former AL All-Star surrendered six earned runs over just 3 2/3 innings last season with the Astros before undergoing surgery in September to remove a bone spur from his right elbow.


MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reports that Chris Devenski has agreed to a deal with the Diamondbacks.


Jan 20   8:09 AM

Financial details of the contract have not been revealed, though it figures to be a one-year pact with a fairly low base salary. Devenski was a highly effective reliever in his first two major league seasons (2016-2017) but has registered a combined 4.88 ERA in 120 innings since the beginning of 2018. The 30-year-old right-hander required arthroscopic surgery this past September to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow.


Diamondbacks signed LHP Ryan Buchter to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. 


Jan 20   12:12 AM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the deal would pay Buchter $925,000 if he makes the major league roster. The southpaw spent the 2020 season in the Angels and Yankees organizations, and he'll now compete for a bullpen spot with Arizona during Cactus League play.


Mets president Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that the club does not plan to hire a new GM in the short term.


Jan 20   12:12 AM

Jared Porter was let go on Tuesday, a little over a month into the job, after an ESPN story revealed that he had sent explicit texts and images to a female reporter back in 2016, when he was a member of the Cubs' front office. Alderson figures to fill most of the GM duties for the Mets in 2021, with assistant GM Zack Scott likely taking on a bit more responsibility as well. "I'm very confident in the group that we have that we can move forward and move forward effectively," Alderson told reporters via Zoom on Tuesday afternoon.


Rangers signed RHP Hunter Wood to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.


Jan 20   12:12 AM

Wood was designated for assignment by the Indians at the end of summer camp in late July and spent the rest of the year at Cleveland's alternate training site. The 27-year-old right-hander holds a respectable 3.32 ERA and 81/30 K/BB ratio in 86 2/3 career innings (10 starts, 56 relief appearances) at the major league level.


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