Mariners outright Logan Bawcom to AAA
Logan Bawcom | SEA
(December 22, 2014 3:10 PM EST)
Mariners sent RHP Logan Bawcom outright to Triple-A Tacoma.
Bawcom was designated for assignment by the M's last week to clear a 40-man roster spot for new outfielder Justin Ruggiano. Bawcom, 26, posted a 4.93 ERA in 40 relief appearances this past year at Triple-A.
Padres re-sign SP Josh Johnson for $1 million
Josh Johnson | SD
(December 22, 2014 2:46 PM EST)
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports confirms that the Padres have re-signed Josh Johnson.
It's a one-year deal worth $1 million guaranteed, and it also includes another $6.25 million in performance-based incentives. Johnson missed the entire 2014 season due to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery -- the second of his career. He should be recovered sometime in May or early June.
Source:
Yahoo Sports
Giants outright Angel Villalona to AAA Fresno
Angel Villalona | SF
(December 22, 2014 2:27 PM EST)
Giants sent 1B Angel Villalona outright to Triple-A Fresno.
Villalona is now off San Francisco's 40-man roster. He was once considered a top corner infield prospect, but the 24-year-old batted just .230/.289/.382 in 107 games this past season in the minor leagues, playing mostly first base and DH. Villalona has never appeared in a major league game.
Cubs outright Donn Roach to Triple-A level
Donn Roach | CHC
(December 22, 2014 2:07 PM EST)
Cubs sent RHP Donn Roach outright to Triple-A Iowa.
Chicago claimed Roach off waivers from the Padres in mid-November, but he was then removed from the Cubs' 40-man roster this past weekend to clear space for some newer acquisitions. The 25-year-old righty posted a 4.75 ERA across 30 1/3 innings in 2014 for San Diego.
Cubs outright Logan Watkins to AAA Iowa
Logan Watkins | CHC
(December 22, 2014 2:05 PM EST)
Cubs sent INF Logan Watkins outright to Triple-A Iowa.
Watkins was designated for assignment last week. He is a .233/.269/.301 career hitter in 110 major league plate appearances and is no longer on the Cubs' 40-man roster.
Twins sign Brock Peterson to minors deal
Brock Peterson | MIN
(December 22, 2014 1:45 PM EST)
Twins signed 1B/OF Brock Peterson to a minor league contract.
Peterson is 31 years old and has only logged 28 career plate appearances at the major league level, but his Triple-A numbers are very good. He could get a shot in Minnesota at some point during the 2015 season.
Source:
MiLB.com
Royals outright Moises Sierra to Triple-A
Moises Sierra | KC
(December 22, 2014 1:42 PM EST)
Royals sent OF Moises Sierra outright to Triple-A Omaha.
Sierra batted just .230/.265/.342 in 170 plate appearances this past season between the Blue Jays and White Sox. The Royals then picked him up off waivers in October, but he got designated for assignment last week to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for Alex Rios.
Royals outright Casey Coleman to AAA
Casey Coleman | KC
(December 22, 2014 1:40 PM EST)
Royals sent RHP Casey Coleman outright to Triple-A Omaha.
Coleman was designated for assignment by Kansas City last week and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 27-year-old is no longer on the Royals' 40-man roster.
Pirates win bidding for Korean shortstop Kang
Jung-Ho Kang | INT
(December 22, 2014 12:38 PM EST)
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Pirates won the bidding for Korean infielder Jung-Ho Kang.
Pittsburgh's front office now has exclusive negotiating rights to attempt to work out a major league contract with Kang. There have been questions raised about the 27-year-old's defensive capabilities, especially at the shortstop position, but Kang batted .356/.459/.739 with 40 home runs and 117 RBI in 117 games this past season for the Nexen Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization. Jordy Mercer hit .255/.305/.387 in 2014 as the Bucs' primary starter at short.
Source:
Jon Heyman on Twitter
Giants, Romo finalize two-year, $15M contract
Sergio Romo | SF
(December 22, 2014 12:35 PM EST)
Giants re-signed RHP Sergio Romo to a two-year, $15 million contract.
The free agent deal was agreed to last week and then officially announced Monday after Romo passed his pre-signing physical. The 31-year-old righty was probably hoping to hit it much bigger this winter in a relief market that has yielded four-year deals for David Robertson and Andrew Miller, but Romo finished the 2014 season with a relatively-underwhelming 3.72 ERA in 58 innings. He put up a 2.03 ERA in 225 2/3 innings between 2010-2013.

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