The Angels traded outfielder Collin Cowgill to the Indians for cash considerations and non-tendered lefty reliever Cesar Ramos on Wednesday, the deadline to tender contracts to unsigned players.
The Angels signed outfielder Rafael Ortega to a one-year, Major League contract on Tuesday, providing them with additional outfield depth and a potential left-handed-hitting option off the bench.
The Rangers showed tangible progress on the final day of the Winter Meetings, reaching a tentative agreement with reliever Tony Barnette on a two-year deal with a club option for 2018.
Major League Baseball issued recommendations about fan safety on Wednesday at the Winter Meetings, and the Rangers are studying the issue, even though they are currently in compliance.
It is not at the top of their priority list right now, but general manager Jon Daniels said the Rangers would like to work out a contract extension with third baseman Adrian Beltre. The GM also said Texas is unlikely to trade first baseman Mitch Moreland.
Left-hander Tyler Olson was traded from the Mariners to the Dodgers for a player to be named or cash on Friday, two days after being designated for assignment by Seattle.
Ryne Harper, a 26-year-old right-handed reliever who has spent the past three seasons in Double-A, was acquired by the Mariners from the Braves on Friday to complete an earlier deal that sent reliever Jose Ramirez to Atlanta.
As promised, Jerry Dipoto didn’t do anything completely unexpected at the Winter Meetings, but the new Mariners general manager headed back to Seattle on Thursday feeling his team is now largely in place after completing three trades during the four-day gathering at the Opryland Hotel.
The Astros have hired Alonzo Powell as their assistant hitting coach, manager A.J. Hinch said Monday. Powell, who spent the last four years with the Padres, replaces Alan Zinter, who became the hitting coach in San Diego.
The crosstown-rival Dodgers claimed hard-throwing reliever Danny Reynolds off waivers from the Angels on Monday, the first full day of the Winter Meetings.
Could Kole Calhoun switch positions, immediately after winning the Rawlings Gold Glove Award in right field? He would if the Angels sign Jason Heyward, one of very few right fielders — perhaps the only one — who’s actually better defensively.