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2/8/2016 Jason Castro, Hou, C
Castro and the Houston Astros argued their salary arbitration case despite a difference of only $250,000.

Analysis: Castro asked arbitrators Matt Goldberg, Gary Kendellen and James Oldham for a raise from $4 million to $5.25 million during Monday's hearing, and the Astros argued for $5 million. A decision is expected Tuesday. The 28-year-old was an All-Star in 2013. He hit .211 last season, his lowest average since his rookie season in 2010, and had 11 homers and 31 RBIs. He made 102 starts at catcher and threw out 36 percent (24 of 66) of runners attempting to steal.
2/8/2016 J.D. Martinez, Det, RF
A person with knowledge of the deal says Martinez has agreed to an $18.5 million, two-year contract with the Detroit Tigers, avoiding salary arbitration. The person spoke Monday night on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.

Analysis: The 28-year-old Martinez was eligible for arbitration through next year and can become a free agent after the 2017 World Series. Martinez batted .282 with 38 home runs and 102 RBIs last season. He hit 23 homers in 2014 after he was released by Houston during spring training and the Tigers signed him.
2/8/2016 Roger Bernadina, NYM, CF
The New York Mets have signed Bernadina to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training. The NL champions announced the deal Monday.

Analysis: The 31-year-old Bernadina has played in parts of seven big league seasons, mostly for Washington. He spent last year in Triple-A with the Colorado system, hitting .276 with 15 home runs and 20 stolen bases. Bernadina played for Cincinnati and the Dodgers in 2014. He is a career .236 hitter with 28 homers and 59 steals in the majors.
2/8/2016 Tyler Clippard, Ari, P
Clippard has agreed to a two-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Analysis: The deal with the right-hander, who turns 31 on Sunday, adds a proven reliever and additional late-game option for the Diamondbacks, who expect to be a contender after boosting their rotation by signing Zack Grienke and acquiring Shelby Miller in a trade with Atlanta. Clippard had a 2.92 ERA last year with the Oakland Athletics and New York Mets. He spent most of his nine-year major league career as setup man for the Washington Nationals.
2/8/2016 Craig Stammen, Cle, P
Stammen has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians and will report to big league spring training. The right-hander became a free agent in December when the Nationals didn't offer him a 2016 contract. Cleveland announced his agreement Monday.

Analysis: The 31-year-old Stammen was 26-24 with a 3.91 ERA in 38 starts and 191 relief appearances for the Washington Nationals during the past seven seasons. He pitched four scoreless innings in five games last year before season-ending surgery April 19 to repair torn flexor tendons.
2/6/2016 Gavin Floyd, Tor, P
Floyd and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract.

Analysis: A 12-year veteran who has also pitched for Philadelphia, the Chicago White Sox and Atlanta, Floyd had a 2.70 ERA and no decisions in seven relief appearances with Cleveland last season, missing significant time with a fractured elbow for the second straight year.
2/6/2016 Zach Britton, Bal, P
Britton has agreed to terms on a $6.75 million contract for 2016, avoiding arbitration.

Analysis: The agreement was reached Friday. Britton was asking for $7.9 million and Baltimore countered with a $5.6 million offer before a compromise was reached. He made $3,525,000 last season. Britton went 4-1 with 36 saves in 40 opportunities last year. The left-hander had a 1.92 ERA and 79 strikeouts compared to only 14 walks.
2/5/2016 Jake Arrieta, ChC, P
Arrieta has agreed to a $10.7 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration with the highest one-year deal for a pitcher with four years of major league service.

Analysis: Arrieta, who turns 30 in March, had a breakout season last year, helping the Cubs to an NL wild card. The NL Cy Young Award winner finished with a 22-6 record and a 1.77 ERA, easily cruising past most of his previous career highs. Arrieta made $3.63 million last year. He had asked for $13 million and the team had offered $7.5 million, the largest gap among players who filed for arbitration.
2/5/2016 Jesse Chavez, Tor, P
Chavez has won his arbitration case with the Blue Jays.

Analysis: The right-handed pitcher was awarded a $4 million salary for 2016 by arbitrators Mark Irvings, Steven Wolf and Edna Francis, improving players to 3-0 in cases this offseason. Toronto, which acquired Chavez for pitcher Liam Hendriks on Nov. 20, argued for $3.6 million.
2/5/2016 Anthony Swarzak, NYY, P
Infielder Pete Kozma and right-handers Vinnie Pestano and Swarzak were among the players who reached agreements with the Yankees and will report to big league spring training.

Analysis: Swarzak, 30, had a 3.38 ERA in 10 relief appearances with Cleveland in 2015, striking out 13 and walking four in 13 1/3 innings.
2/5/2016 Vinnie Pestano, NYY, P
Infielder Pete Kozma and Pestano and Anthony Swarzak were among the players who reached agreements with the Yankees and will report to big league spring training.

Analysis: Pestano, who turns 31 on Feb. 20, was 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 19 relief appearances with the Los Angeles Angels last year.
2/5/2016 Pete Kozma, NYY, SS
Kozma and right-handers Vinnie Pestano and Anthony Swarzak were among the players who reached agreements with the Yankees and will report to big league spring training.

Analysis: Kozma, who turns 28 in April, spent the past five seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals and hit a career-low .152 in 99 at-bats last season.
2/5/2016 J.J. Hoover, Cin, P
Hoover has won his salary arbitration case against the Cincinnati Reds, improving players to 2-0 against teams this year.

Analysis: Hoover was given a raise from $535,000 to $1.4 million Friday by arbitrators James Oldham, Dan Brent and Sylvia Skratek, who heard the case a day earlier. The team had argued for $1,225,000. A 28-year-old right-hander, Hoover was 8-2 with a 2.94 ERA, winning his first seven decisions. As a setup man for closer Aroldis Chapman, he gave up 44 hits and 31 walks in 64 1-3 innings while striking out 52.
2/5/2016 David Aardsma, Tor, P
Aardsma has agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and will report to big league spring training.

Analysis: The 34-year-old right-hander was 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA in 33 relief appearances for the Atlanta Braves last season. Selected by the Giants with the 22nd overall pick in the 2003 amateur draft he is 16-18 with 69 saves and a 4.27 ERA in 331 relief appearances in nine big league seasons.
2/5/2016 David Aardsma, Tor, P
Aardsma has agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and will report to big league spring training. His agreement was announced Friday.

Analysis: The 34-year-old right-hander was 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA in 33 relief appearances for the Atlanta Braves last season. Selected by the Giants with the 22nd overall pick in the 2003 amateur draft, Aardsma is 16-18 with 69 saves and a 4.27 ERA in 331 relief appearances in nine big league seasons with eight teams. He had Tommy John surgery in 2011.
2/4/2016 Fernando Rodney, SD, P
Rodney and the San Diego Padres have completed their $2 million, one-year contract.

Analysis: The 38-year-old right-hander, who agreed to the deal on Jan. 20, split last season between the Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs, going 5-5 with 16 saves and a 5.68 ERA.
2/4/2016 Odrisamer Despaigne, Bal, P
The Orioles have acquired Despaigne from San Diego in exchange for minor league pitcher Jean Cosme.

Analysis: Despaigne went 5-9 with a 5.80 ERA in 34 appearances, including 18 starts, for the Padres last season. The 28-year-old right-hander should provide depth to the Baltimore staff as either a long reliever or spot starter.
2/3/2016 Drew Smyly, TB, P
Smyly has won his arbitration case with the Rays.

Analysis: The 26-year-old left-hander was awarded $3.75 million by arbitrators Elizabeth Neumeier, Andrew Strongin and Phillip LaPorte in the first MLB hearing of this offseason. The Rays argued for $3.2 million. Smyly was 5-2 with a 3.11 ERA in 12 starts during a 2015 season cut short by a torn labrum in mid-August.
2/3/2016 Jeurys Familia, NYM, P
The Mets settled their last salary arbitration case, agreeing to a $4.1 million, one-year contract with Familia.

Analysis: The deal Wednesday was $50,000 above the midpoint between the $4.8 million Familia wanted and the $3.3 million the Mets offered when the sides exchanged proposed arbitration salaries last month. Under the contract negotiated by agents Sam and Seth Levinson, Familia has the highest salary for a reliever with one full season as a closer, topping Baltimore's Zach Britton, who had a $3.2 million base salary last year and earned $325,000 in performance and award bonuses.
2/3/2016 Steve Lerud, Sea, C
The Seattle Mariners have signed Korean slugger Dae-Ho Lee and Lerud to minor league contracts two weeks before the start of spring training.

Analysis: Lerud, 31, spent the 2015 season at Triple-A Syracuse. Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto says Lerud was added for depth after the Mariners lost Jesus Sucre for six months recently due to ankle surgery.
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