Athletics signed RHP Chester Pimentel to a minor league contract.
Pimentel recorded a serviceable 4.38 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 60/26 K/BB ratio across 51 1/3 innings (40 appearances) between Double-A and Triple-A in the Diamondbacks' system last year. The 26-year-old righty will provide the Athletics with some organizational relief depth this season.
Nationals signed 1B Joey Meneses to a minor league contract.
Meneses posted a robust .284/.333/.530 triple-slash line with 15 homers across 369 plate appearances between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester in the Red Sox' minor-league system last year. The 29-year-old first baseman spent time in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball and the Mexican League over a two-year span after last appearing the minors with the Phillies back in 2018. He'll add some organizational depth for the Nationals this season.
Nationals signed RHP Erik Manoah to a minor league contract.
The older brother of Blue Jays rookie sensation Alek Manoah spent the majority of last season with the Twins' organization on a minor-league pact after pitching for West Virginia in the independent Atlantic League. The 26-year-old righty will get a look out of the bullpen in the upper-minors of the Nationals' system this season.
Ronny Rodríguez has signed a contract with the Wei Chuan Dragons of Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League.
Rodríguez spent the 2021 season with the Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball. He last appeared in the majors with the Tigers back in 2019. The 29-year-old middle infielder was stationed at the Brewers' alternate training site during the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign, but never made it back to the big leagues.
Nationals signed LHP Brian Gonzalez to a minor league contract.
Gonzalez posted a pedestrian 4.37 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and 67/28 K/BB ratio across 45 1/3 innings (38 appearances, one start) between Double-A Hartford and Triple-A Albuquerque last season in the Rockies' minor-league system. The 26-year-old lefty will serve as organizational relief depth this season.
Nationals signed RHP Ramon Santos to a minor league contract.
Santos became a minor-league free agent back in November after recording a respectable 3.38 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 108/44 K/BB ratio over 72 innings (40 appearances) across three minor-league levels in the Cardinals' system. The 27-year-old righty will give the Nationals some additional organizational relief depth this upcoming season.
The Oakland Planning Commission unanimously voted Wednesday evening to send the Howard Terminal environmental impact report to the Oakland City Council for certification.
Martín Gallegos of MLB.com adds that a certification decision on the environmental impact report -- which covers local transportation, housing and other factors -- should come in February, which would pave the way for a final binding vote on the $12 billion project later this year. The milestone decision puts Oakland one step closer to constructing a new ballpark at the Howard Terminal site. It's an extremely encouraging development in terms of advancing the project, which has crawled forward at a glacial pace for years, towards the finish line and finally securing the Athletics long-term future in the Bay Area.
The Guardians have promoted Joe Torres to assistant pitching coach.
Torres, who is entering his seventh season in the organization, had been minor league pitching coordinator. He's replacing Ruben Niebla, who left to become the Padres' pitching coach.
Red Sox signed RHP Taylor Cole to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Cole had surgery on his pitching shoulder back in August of 2020 but appears to be healthy now after playing winter ball. He holds a career 4.97 ERA and 90/37 K/BB ratio over 88 2/3 innings at the major league level.
Carlos Correa has hired agent Scott Boras, per Robert Murray of FanSided.
Correa confirmed the news with a short statement to the media: "I have made the decision to hire Boras Corporation to represent me moving forward. Boras Corporation offers the highest level of baseball expertise and proven experience." The superstar free agent shortstop had been with William Morris Endeavor, an entertainment talent agency that only recently got into representing athletes and is in hot water with the Major League Baseball Players Association over the company's December 2021 purchase of several minor league baseball teams. There's talk that WME could be at risk of losing its MLBPA certification.
Jonathan India has hired agent Scott Boras to represent him.
Boras Corporation has added a number of new high-profile clients amid the ongoing MLB/MLBPA lockout, including Carlos Correa and Dylan Cease. India, 25, is a few years away from even reaching arbitration eligibility, but he won the 2021 National League Rookie of the Year Award after registering an .835 OPS with 21 home runs, 69 RBI, 12 stolen bases, and 98 runs scored across 150 games played for the Reds.
Tigers signed Venezuelan SS Javier Osorio.
The 16-year-old shortstop is the big prize for the Tigers in the international free agent market, ranking as the 13th best prospect available by MLB Pipeline. Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com adds that Osorio will receive a $2.2 million signing bonus. Osorio has advanced bat speed and control and is expected to stick at the shortstop position.
Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Mets are hiring Glenn Sherlock to be their bench coach.
Sherlock spent the 2020 season as a coach with the Pirates. He has a strong working relationship with new Mets manager Buck Showalter, having worked together with both the Yankees and Diamondbacks during Showalter’s tenure. He also previously coached with the Mets from 2017 - 2019.
Jon Harris has signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Monarchs of the American Association of Professional Baseball.
Harris is a former first-round pick out of Missouri State who struggled to stay healthy and was moved to the bullpen by the Blue Jays in 2019. The right-hander will spend the year with the independent team and look to revitalize his career.
The Brewers have named Jim Henderson as bullpen coach and Matt Erickson as infield and assistant hitting coach.
In addition, Daniel Vega has been added as assistant strength and conditioning specialist. Henderson, who previously pitched for the Brewers, most recently served as the pitching coach for the team's Triple-A affiliate. He'll replace Steve Karsay, who resigned last month to spend more time with his family. Meanwhile, Erickson joins the major league coaching staff after a lengthy run as the Class A Wisconsin manager.
Dylan Cease has hired Boras Corporation as his new representation.
Cease was previously represented by ACES. The 26-year-old made major strides this past season (3.91 ERA, 12.3 K/9) and is on track to qualify for arbitration for the first time next winter, so he's starting to plan ahead.
Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that the Mariners have agreed to a $2.5 million deal with Cuban OF Lazaro Montes.
Montes, the eighth-ranked international prospect in the signing class, according to MLB Pipeline, is a massive outfielder with bushels of raw power and athleticism, which could make him an impact fantasy contributor in a few years. The 17-year-old projects as a power-hitting corner outfielder at the highest level in Seattle.
Phillies signed Venezuelan SS William Bergolla Jr.
The deal is official. Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com adds that Bergolla Jr. will receive a $2.2 million signing bonus. The 17-year-old son of former major-league infielder William Bergolla Sr., is the fourth-ranked international prospect in the signing class, according to MLB Pipeline. He's expected to remain at shortstop long-term and is worth monitoring for fantasy managers in keeper and dynasty league formats.
Orioles signed Cuban INF César Prieto.
No word on the exact financial terms of the agreement, but the Orioles were considered the favorites to ink Prieto for roughly $750,000 at the outset of the international signing period. The 22-year-old middle infielder defected from the Cuban national team at an Olympic qualifying tournament last May and has a chance to move quickly though the rebuilding Orioles' minor-league system.
Rockies signed Cuban SS Dyan Jorge.
Jorge, the 15th-ranked international prospect, per MLB Pipeline, winds up receiving one of the largest bonuses of the entire signing class. The 18-year-old shortstop, originally from Panama, is one of the oldest and most experienced prospects of his signing class. He's certainly worth monitoring from a fantasy perspective, especially if he winds up calling Coors Field home in a few years.