November 3rd

  • Detroit Tigers trade outfielder Cameron Maybin to the Los Angeles Angels for Victor Alcántara. Maybin hit for a career high .315 average and four home runs this year. Alcántara was 3-7 with a 5.03 ERA in 111 innings pitched in Double-A. Maybin will be an additional outfield bat for the Angels. Their outfield will most likely look like Maybin in left, Trout in center, and Calhoun in right, barring any injuries. Meanwhile, the Tigers are looking for some pitching depth as they had a starting pitcher ERA of 4.24 which landed them 20th in the MLB.

November 10th

  • The Atlanta Braves sign veteran pitcher, R.A. Dickey to a one-year deal with a 2018 option. Dickey won the Cy Young Award in 2012 and is 42 years old and one of the few pitchers that can still throw the infamous knuckleball. Dickey was 10-15 with an ERA of 4.46 with Toronto last season. Dickey won the Cy Young when he was with the Mets and was not as effective when he went to the Blue Jays. This could be a result of the domed stadium in Toronto. The dome prevents the knuckleball from dancing as much as it does with outdoor conditions. Perhaps Atlanta can give Dickey a breakout season in 2017.

November 11th

  • A day after signing veteran R.A. Dickey, the Braves also signed veteran pitcher Bartolo Colon to a one-year deal. Colon was one of the most consistent pitcher with the Mets last year as he went 15-8 with a 3.34 ERA. Even though Colon is 43, he is still able to locate his pitches effectively as he led the National League in walks per 9 innings pitched (1.5). These two veteran pitches will add a lot of experience to a struggling Atlanta rotation that had a team ERA of 4.51 which ranked them 24th.
  • The Toronto Blue Jays sign International Free Agent, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to a 7-year deal. Gurriel is ranked as the 6th top international prospect last year. He hit .321 with 8 homers in 43 games in Cuba. At 23, Gurriel will add depth to the Blue Jays infield or outfield since they most likely won’t be able to resign both Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion.
  • Blue Jays sign designated hitter, Kendrys Morales to a three-year contract. Morales will most likely replace Edwin Encaracion, who will most likely sign with another team this off season. Morales is 33 and his for a .263 average with 30 homers last year for the Kansas City Royals. Morales was also talking with the Boston Red Sox prior to signing with the Blue Jays.
  • Los Angeles Dodgers trade second baseman Howie Kendrick to the Philadelphia Phillies for first baseman Darin Ruf and infielder/outfielder Darnelle Sweeney. Kendrick batted .255 with 8 homers this past year with the Dodgers. Since the Angels have asked the Phillies about Caesar Hernandez, Kendrick was a safety move in case that decide to trade Hernandez. Meanwhile Ruf and Sweeney will add depth to the Dodgers bench as Ruf hit .205 with 3 homers and Sweeney hit .233 for 6 homers. The Dodgers had injuries left and right season and were carried to the playoffs due to their depth on the bench.
  • Los Angeles Angels sign starting pitcher Jesse Chavez to a one-year deal. Chavez posted a 4.43 ERA with a 2-2 record in between the Dodgers and Blue Jays. Chavez will be a much needed arm to the Angels rotation as they had a team ERA of 4.28 which ranked them 21st. The Angels hope to bounce back after coming in fourth-place in the AL West

November 12th

  • The Oakland Athletics have traded Danny Valencia to the Seattle Mariners for Paul Blackburn. This will be Valencia’s 8th team in his 7th year. Valencia is a utility player and is able to play first base, third base, and the outfield. He hit for .287 with 17 homers last year in a fairly large ballpark in Oakland. Blackburn is 22 and had a 9-5 record followed with a 3.27 ERA in Double-A

November 16th

  • The Houston Astros sign pitcher Charlie Morton for two years. Morton saw time both in the bullpen in the rotation in a weak Philadelphia Phillies pitching staff. He posted a 4.15 ERA last year and started four games. When Morton was covering first base on a play last season he tore his hamstring which ended his season. He will add some experience to the young Astros rotation which includes Keuchel, McCullers, and McHugh.

November 17th

  • The New York Yankees trade catcher Brian McCann to the Astros for pitchers Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman. At 32 years old, McCann is still a very effective bat to have in your lineup. He posted a .242 average with 20 home runs. These probably aren’t the best numbers McCann will put up, but there are not a lot of catchers in the league that can hit, besides Sanchez, Posey, and Molina. Speaking of, Gary Sanchez is one of the reasons why the Yankees made this trade. There was no doubt that he would be the opening day catcher this coming season. McCann would either ride the bench with a high paying contract, or get traded. Meanwhile, Abreu was Houston’s number 7 prospect and had a 4.16 ERA in Single-A last year. Guzman put up a 4.05 ERA in the Rookie League last year.
  • Astros sign outfielder Josh Reddick. Reddick has seen time with the Red Sox, Athletics, and Dodgers. He signed a 4-year $52 million deal with his new club. Reddick will help fill in a spotty Dodger outfield. He his .281 last year with 10 homers.

November 18th

  • Rangers sign starting pitcher Andrew Cashner. Cashner has spent the majority of his career with the San Diego Padres and was recently traded to the Miami Marlins. However, now that he is with the Rangers, he will be able to add more protection for their top two starters, Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish. Cashner was 5-11 with a 5.25 ERA last season between San Diego and Miami.

November 19th

  • The Cardinals signed left-handed reliever Brett Cecil for 4-years. Cecil had been with the Blue Jays for the last 7 years. He was 1-7 with a 3.93 ERA, but will be a valuable arm in the weak St. Louis bullpen.

November 22nd

  • The Minnesota Twins have signed catcher Jason Castro for three years. Castro is 29 and has spent his entire career on the Houston Astros as the starting catcher. For the past four years, Castro has been able to put up double digit home runs. He is looking for a bounce back season with a new ball club after hitting under .250 the last 4 seasons.

November 24th

  • The Mariners traded Taijuan Walker to the Diamondbacks for Jean Segura. Walker has been a solid number 2 pitcher for the Mariners, backing the King, Felix Hernandez. Walker ended the season with an 8-11 record and a 4.22 ERA. Meanwhile, Jean Segura is coming off his best season batting .319,20 homers,and 33 stolen bases. Outflieder Mitch Haniger and pitcher Zac Crutis were also traded to the Diamondbacks. Ketel Marte was also traded to the Mariners.
  • The Atlanta Braves sign utility-man Sean Rodriguez for two years. Rodriguez batted .270 with 18 homers last season for the Pirates. He played every position except for catcher and pitcher. This will be his 10th season in the majors at age 31.

November 29th

  • The Brewers signed first baseman Eric Thames for three years. Thames played in Korea the last two years and earned the Korean Baseball MVP Award. On top of that, he earned a gold glove while playing in Korea. Prior to playing in Korea, Thames played for Toronto and Seattle. He will be the Brewers opening day first baseman since they just designated Chris Carter for assignment.
  • Edinson Volquez and the Miami Marlins have agreed to a two year contract. Volquez is 33 and had a 10-11 record with a 5.37 ERA. Volquez shined during the 2015 postseason where he led the Royals to the World Series. Marlins have signed Chasner and Volquez to hopefully replace their ace, Jose Fernandez, who tragically passed away last season.
  • Mets resign Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year deal. Last season, Cespedes hit .280 with 31 homers. He opted out of his previous contract with the Mets and signed a longer deal that eliminated the possibility of a trade.
  • Cubs sign Jon Jay to a one-year deal. Jon Jay will replace Dexter Fowler in the outfield after signing with the Cardinals. Jay hit .291 with 2 homers last season for the Padres. His speed will be valuable at the top of the lineup.

November 30th

  • The Athletics sign outfielder Matt Joyce for two years. Joyce played for the Pirates last season and hit .242 with 13 homers. Joyce will see a lot of playing time in the outfield since Crisp, Burns, and Reddick have all left Oakland.

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