MLB PLAYER NEWS
Giants sign Tony Watson to three-year deal
The San Francisco Giants have signed pitcher Tony Watson to a three-year, $7 million contract.
The left-hander will bolster the Giants bullpen while reportedly remaining under the luxury tax. In 2017, Watson posted a 3.38 ERA and 1.38 WHIP with 53 strikeouts in 66 1/3 innings for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates.
Watson saw his strikeout rate drop to 18.2% in 2017 -- the lowest mark of his career -- but only allowed a 22.5% hard-hit rate.
Rangers sign Edinson Volquez to two-year minor league deal
The Texas Rangers have signed pitcher Edinson Volquez to a two-year minor league contract.
Volquez is expected to miss the 2018 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last summer. Last season, Volquez posted a 4.19 ERA and 1.42 WHIP over 17 starts for the Miami Marlins. He also threw a no-hitter against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Volquez compiled a 5.19 SIERA and 13.4% walk rate in 2017, indicating his 4.19 ERA may have been on the lucky side.
Twins sign Anibal Sanchez to one-year deal
The Minnesota Twins have signed free agent pitcher Anibal Sanchez on a one-year, $2.5 million contract.
Sanchez can also earn another $2.5 million in incentives. He's coming off a rough season with the Detroit Tigers, compiling a 6.41 ERA and 1.59 WHIP over 105 1/3 innings.
Sanchez had a reasonable 4.16 SIERA, 21.6% strikeout rate, and 6.0% walk rate in 2017, but also allowed a poor 37.4% hard-hit rate. Across the last three seasons with the Tigers, he's only put together a 5.67 ERA.
Mets reportedly agree to deal with Jason Vargas
Per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the New York Mets have agreed to terms with free agent pitcher Jason Vargas.
The deal is pending a physical and is for two years, $16 million, with a club option for 2020. After spending four straight seasons with the Royals, Vargas should slide into the five-spot as the only southpaw in the Mets' rotation.
In 2017, Vargas went 18-11 with a 4.16 ERA and 4.67 FIP in 32 starts and 179 2/3 innings.
Rockies' Gerardo Parra (hands) undergoes surgery to remove hamate bone
According to Rockies.com's Thomas Harding, Colorado Rockies outfielder Gerardo Parra underwent surgery last week to remove the hamate bone from his right hand.
Parra has said that he expects to return around March 10th. That would be a fairly aggressive timetable, but if he's able to be back then he'd have no trouble getting in enough time to be ready for Opening Day on March 29th. At this time, the 30-year-old seems likely to start in right field in 2018.
Over 115 games, Parra tallied 10 home runs, 71 RBI and 56 runs while slashing .309/.341/.452 a season ago.
Blue Jays sign Jaime Garcia to one-year, $8 million contract
The Toronto Blue Jays have signed pitcher Jaime Garcia to a one-year, $8 million contract with a club option for 2019.
Garcia bounced around as a starter between three different clubs last year, finishing the season with a 4.41 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 129 strikeouts over 157 innings. He's expected to round out the Blue Jays rotation.
Garcia produced a 4.54 SIERA last season, suggesting we probably shouldn't expect any major improvements in his 2018 ERA, but he did maintain a strong 54.8% ground-ball rate.
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