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ICYMI: Notable February Free Agent Signings That We Missed

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As we flip the calendar from February to March, Spring Training games are in full force, and only about four weeks remain until Opening Day. We’re finally in the home stretch!

February was a month that saw some of the biggest free agent names on the market finally agree to deals with new teams, most notably Yu Darvish, Eric Hosmer, and JD Martinez, which didn’t go uncovered by our team.

Aside from those three names, there were plenty of additional Major League signings. Some players went to new clubs, while others returned to their most recent ones. So, without further ado, let’s recap some of the deals that we missed on our site- most notably since February 13.

2/13- Tampa Bay Rays agree to one-year, $2.5 million deal with RHP Sergio Romo. Romo, 34, posted a 1.47 ERA in 25 games for Tampa Bay in 2017 after the team acquired him from the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he had a 6.12 ERA in 30 games. Prior to pitching for the Dodgers and Rays, Romo was a nine-year member of the San Francisco Giants (2008-16). Overall, Romo has a career 2.69 ERA in 570 games (all in relief).

2/14- St. Louis Cardinals agree to one-year, $3 million deal with RHP Bud Norris. The nine-year, 33-year-old veteran has pitched for six teams since 2009, and has a career record of 64-84 with a 4.49 ERA in 291 games (188 starts). In 2017, he pitched for the Los Angeles Angels, going 2-6 with a 4.21 ERA in 60 games (three starts) while recording 19 saves in 23 chances.

2/15- Baltimore Orioles agree to two-year, $16 million deal with RHP Andrew Cashner with a $10 million vesting option for 2020. Cashner, 31, joins the Orioles’ rotation after enjoying a solid 2017 season for the Texas Rangers where he went 11-11 with a 3.40 ERA in 28 games/starts. Cashner has pitched for four teams since 2010, and has a career record of 42-64 with a 3.80 ERA in 230 games (137 starts; 131 since 2013).

2/15- Toronto Blue Jays agree to one-year, $8 million deal with LHP Jaime Garcia. Garcia pitched for three teams in 2017 (Braves, Twins, Yankees), going 5-10 with a 4.41 ERA in 27 games/starts, a year after going 10-12 with a 4.67 ERA for the Cardinals. The 31-year-old’s career ERA in nine seasons (since 2008, missed 2009) is 3.69 (was 3.31 before 2016). Garcia looks to regain the type of success he had as an eight-year member of the Cardinals.

2/17- Los Angeles Dodgers agree to two-year, $2 million deal with 2B Chase Utley. The 39-year-old Utley has been with the Dodgers since August 2015 after spending the first 13 years of his career as a Philadelphia Phillie. Utley’s a career .276/.359/.469 hitter with 258 homers, and has hit .240 with the Dodgers, and went 0 for 15 in last year’s World Series playoff run.

2/18- Boston Red Sox agree to one-year, $4 million deal with 2B Eduardo Nunez. Nunez’s deal comes with a $4 million player option for 2019 which includes a $2 million buyout. Nunez hit .319/.353/.539 in 38 games for the Red Sox last year after being acquired from the San Francisco Giants, and provides insurance at second base with Dustin Pedroia’s health in question.

2/19- Arizona Diamondbacks agree to two-year, $7.5 million deal with CF Jarrod Dyson. The speedy 33-year-old has swiped 204 bases in 241 attempts in his eight Major League seasons since 2010. He spent the first seven with the Royals, and was a Seattle Mariner in 2017, stealing 28 bases with a career-high five homers. Overall, Dyson’s a .258/.325/.352 career hitter with 12 dingers, 32 triples, and 131 RBIs.

2/19- San Francisco Giants agree to two-year, $7-9 million deal with LHP Tony Watson. Watson, 32, is an eight-year veteran for the Pittsburgh Pirates (2011-17) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2017). In 474 career games (all in relief), he has a career record of 33-17 with a 2.68 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. This past year for Pittsburgh and LA, he went 7-4 with a 3.38 ERA in 71 games.

2/21- Miami Marlins agree to one-year, $3.25 million deal plus incentives with OF Cameron Maybin. The 2017 World Series champion returns to his former club, whom he played for from 2008-10. In 11 seasons for six teams since 2007, the 30-year-old is a career .255/.321/.372 hitter with 56 homers, 287 RBIs, and 164 steals. This past season for the Angels and Astros, Maybin hit .228 in 395 at-bats with 10 homers and 33 steals.

So, there you have it, some of the notable Major League free agent signings from the month of February that we missed! There were several Minor League signings too, with some notable names being Derek Holland, Wade Miley, Trevor Plouffe, Craig Breslow, Jason Motte, Fernando Abad, Peter Bourjos, Michael Saunders, and Erick Aybar.

For a full list of February free agent signings and other transactions, click here.

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Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment

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Eduardo Nunez

The Boston Red Sox have designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Boston also optioned right hander Hector Velazquez to Triple A Pawtucket.

In corresponding moves, the Red Sox have called up right hander Ryan Weber and first basemen/outfielder Sam Travis from Triple A.

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Royals Considered Likely to be Moving Billy Hamilton, Terrance Gore

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Billy Hamilton

As the trade deadline approaches, the Kansas City Royals may be ready to enter sale mode.

According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals may be moving both Billy Hamilton and Terrance Gore, who has already been designated for assignment.

Hamilton has been dropped to a backup role following the Royals call up of top prospect Bubba Starling, and hasn’t started a game since July 3rd.

Hamilton has posted a .217/.284/.271 slash line this season.

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Orioles’ Mychal Givens Drawing Trade Interest

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Mychal Givens

The Baltimore Orioles are again going to be sellers at the trade deadline and it appears that closer Mychal Givens is available, and drawing interest, according to MASNSports’ Rock Kubatko.

Per the report, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in the pitcher.

Givens has posted a 4.50 ERA this season for Baltimore.

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