The Phillies signed five players to Minor League contracts on Monday, and one of them could pitch in the late innings next season.
Before long, Stephen Strasburg will begin what could be his final season with the Nationals, as the right-hander is due to reach free agency at the end of 2016.
General manager Mike Rizzo said he was disappointed the Nationals were unable to acquire free-agent outfielder Jason Heyward, who decided to sign with the Cubs on Friday.
Nationals reliever Jonathan Papelbon has reportedly updated his no-trade list for the 2016 season, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick.
Nationals right-hander Aaron Barrett isn’t just recovering from Tommy John surgery. He revealed at Winterfest on Sunday that he had bone chip and spurs removed from his left ankle on Dec. 3. Barrett was using a motorized scooter to get around the festivities.
Dusty Baker has been in D.C. for a couple of days, and he is already impressed by the Nationals fans at Winterfest. They are positive and excited about the 2016 team, according to him.
In the end, the Mets found their lefty specialist in a familiar place. The team on Tuesday signed Jerry Blevins to a one-year contract worth a reported $4 million to reprise the bullpen role he played early last season.
The Mets added to their organizational depth on Monday, signing right-hander Buddy Carlyle, left-hander Duane Below and infielder Marc Krauss to Minor League contracts with invitations to Spring Training. The club also signed lefty Andrew Barbosa to a Minor League deal.
The Marlins may not have completed any deals at the Winter Meetings, but they were among the busiest teams in the Rule 5 Draft. The club selected RHP Patrick Johnson and C Maxx Tissenbaum, and lost seven players to other teams in the Triple-A phase.
The Braves exited the Winter Meetings on Thursday morning with fewer immediate needs, some money left to spend and the satisfaction of knowing they got even more than was anticipated when they decided to trade Shelby Miller.
Though the Rule 5 Draft primarily provides teams an opportunity to simply take a chance on Minor Leaguers who are seldom considered significant prospects, the Braves are hopeful they satisfied an immediate need via the acquisition of left-handed reliever Evan Rutckyj.
The Braves took another step toward completing their 2016 roster on Wednesday afternoon, when they lured Emilio Bonifacio back to Atlanta to provide the same kind of versatility he did during the final two months of the ’14 season.