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Date Player
1/26/2015 Ryan Flaherty, 2B (Bal), 2B
Flaherty and the Baltimore Orioles have avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a one-year contract for $1,075,000. Flaherty would get a $25,000 bonus if he reaches 400 plate appearances this season.

Analysis: The 28-year-old hit .221 with seven homers and 32 RBIs in 312 plate appearances last year, when he made $512,500. He appeared in all four infield positions, left field and right field.
1/25/2015 Al Alburquerque, P (Det), P
Alburquerque and the Detroit Tigers have reached agreement on a one-year contract. The Tigers announced the deal Sunday. The right-handed reliever was the last Tigers player left in salary arbitration.

Analysis: The 28-year-old Alburquerque was 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA in 72 games last year for the AL Central champions. He made $837,500 last season and asked for $2.05 million this year, with the Tigers offered $1,375,000.
1/25/2015 Ryan Braun, LF (Mil), LF
Braun says his right hand feels significantly better following an offseason procedure to fix nerve damage near his thumb.

Analysis: The veteran slugger said Sunday that he started hitting a little earlier than he usually does in the offseason. Braun had a procedure known as cryotherapy in early October to address the lingering injury. He hit .266 with 19 homers and 81 RBis in 135 games in 2014. The Brewers and Braun say his first real test will come when the former NL MVP begins facing live pitching at spring training next month.
1/24/2015 Brian Duensing, P (Min), P
The Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms with Duensing on a $2.7 million, one-year deal to avoid arbitration.

Analysis: The Twins announced the deal on Saturday. It also allowed the Twins to reach deals with all six of their arbitration-eligible players without going to a hearing.
1/23/2015 Sean Doolittle, P (Oak), P
Doolittle is unlikely to be ready for the start of the season because of a slight tear to the rotator cuff in his left shoulder along with considerable inflammation and irritation in the area.

Analysis: Doolittle had a platelet-rich plasma injection last Friday in an attempt to decrease the inflammation and irritation before he begins rehabilitation under the direction of athletic trainer Nick Paparesta, assistant general manager David Forst said Friday. There is no timetable for Doolittle's return, though doctors believe the left-hander will recover to pitch without needing surgery.
1/23/2015 Ross Ohlendorf, P (Tex), P
Texas agreed to a minor league contract with right-hander Ross Ohlendorf, who will attend big league spring training.

Analysis: Ohlendorf spent the past two seasons in the Washington organization, missing most of 2014 with a back injury.
1/23/2015 Mitch Moreland, 1B (Tex), 1B
Moreland has agreed to a $2.95 million, one-year contract with the Texas Rangers, who avoided going to salary arbitration for the 15th year in a row.

Analysis: Moreland had sought $3.35 million and the Rangers had countered at $2.75 million. He made $2.65 million last season, when he hit .246 with two homers and 23 RBIs in 52 games before season-ending surgery on his left ankle.
1/23/2015 Marwin Gonzalez, SS (Hou), SS
Gonzalez and the Houston Astros have agreed to a one-year contract for $1,062,500.

Analysis: The 25-year-old hit .277 with six homers and 23 RBIS in 285 at-bats last year, when he made $504,500. He had asked for $1.4 million in arbitration and had been offered $900,000.
1/23/2015 Eury Perez, CF (Atl), CF
The Braves have added another contender to their outfield competition by claiming Perez off waivers from the New York Yankees.

Analysis: The 24-year-old Perez hit .311 with 20 stolen bases with Triple-A Syracuse in the Nationals' organization last year. He was picked up off waivers by New York in September and had two hits and a stolen base in four games with the Yankees.
1/23/2015 Eric Sogard, 2B (Oak), 2B
Sogard has agreed to a $1,075,000, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics to avoid salary arbitration.

Analysis: Sogard, who earned $510,000 last year, had asked for $1,425,000, while the A's had offered $900,000.
1/23/2015 Logan Schafer, LF (Mil), LF
The Minnesota Twins and Schafer have agreed on a $1.55 million, a one-year contract that avoided arbitration.

Analysis: The deal was reached Friday, giving the Twins contracts with five of their six arbitration-eligible players.
1/23/2015 Ryan Vogelsong, P (SF), P
A person with knowledge of the contract says Vogelsong has reached agreement on a $4 million, one-year deal to stay with the San Francisco Giants.

Analysis: Vogelsong's contract with the defending World Series champions is pending a physical, the person said Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team hadn't announced the deal.
1/23/2015 Ichiro Suzuki, RF (NYY), RF
A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Suzuki has agreed to a one-year contract with the Miami Marlins, pending a physical.

Analysis: Suzuki batted .284 last year for the New York Yankees. He topped the 200-hit mark in his first 10 major league seasons and has 2,844 MLB hits.
1/22/2015 Jonny Gomes, LF (Oak), LF
The Atlanta Braves and outfielder Jonny Gomes agreed Thursday to a one-year contract with a vesting option.

Analysis: Gomes, who played for Boston and Oakland in 2014, could be part of a left field platoon in a new-look outfield. He could share time with former Yankees prospect Zoilo Almonte, a switch-hitter who signed as a free agent. Gomes, 34, hit only .234 with a career-low six homers for Boston and Oakland last year. He hit .276 with four homers against left-handers.
1/22/2015 Gregor Blanco, CF (SF), CF
Blanco finalized his $7.5 million, two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants on Thursday, a deal that covers his final two arbitration seasons.

Analysis: Blanco, who made $2,525,000 last year, will earn $3.6 million this season and $3.9 million for 2016. The 31-year-old Blanco has played at least 141 games in each of his three seasons with San Francisco. He batted .260 with five home runs, six triples, 18 doubles and 38 RBIs in 146 games last season. He has played a key role during each of the franchise's last two title runs.
1/22/2015 Brad Penny, P (CWS), P
Penny and former NL Rookie of the Year Geovany Soto have agreed to minor league contracts with the Chicago White Sox.

Analysis: Penny, an All-Star with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2006 and 2007, was 2-1 with a 6.58 ERA in four starts and eight appearances with Miami last season.
1/22/2015 Geovany Soto, C (CWS), C
Soto and two-time All-Star pitcher Brad Penny have agreed to minor league contracts with the Chicago White Sox.

Analysis: Soto, the NL Rookie of the Year with the Cubs in 2008, appeared in just 24 games with Texas and Oakland last season. He was limited by knee and foot injuries and was also arrested on a marijuana possession charge.
1/22/2015 Kelly Johnson, 3B (Atl), 3B
Johnson and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a minor league contract.

Analysis: The 33-year-old Johnson will attend big league spring training as a non-roster invitee and compete for a roster spot as a utility player. Johnson made his major league debut as a left fielder with Atlanta in 2005. He took over as the team's starting second baseman in 2007 and remained with the Braves through the 2009 season. Johnson played with the New York Yankees, Boston and Baltimore in 2014 and hit .215 with seven homers and 27 RBIs.
1/21/2015 Dontrelle Willis, P (Mil), P
Willis has signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers with an invitation to major league camp in spring training.

Analysis: Willis won the National League Rookie of the Year award in 2003 while with the Marlins. He is trying to get back to the majors for the first time since 2011, when he was 1-6 in 13 games with the Cincinnati Reds. The Brewers could view Willis as a spot starter after trading away veteran Yovani Gallardo to the Texas Rangers. They are also looking for a left-handed reliever in the bullpen after not re-signing Zach Duke and Tom Gorzelanny.
1/21/2015 Marco Scutaro, 2B (SF), 2B
Scutaro has been designated for assignment by the San Francisco Giants as he recovers from back surgery.

Analysis: The Giants say they plan to retain Scutaro and continue working with him through his rehabilitation following back surgery that could end his career. Dr. Michael Wang performed a fusion last month to alleviate the troublesome area at level L-2/L-3 of Scutaro's spine. It will be four-to-six months before doctors determine whether Scutaro can play baseball again.
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