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  • Kaleb Ort RP | BOS

    Marlins' Kaleb Ort: Claimed by Miami

    Miami claimed Ort (elbow) off waivers from the Mariners on Friday, Daniel Alvarez-Montes of ElExtraBase.com reports.

    Ort gave up 19 runs -- 16 earned -- over 23 major-league innings this past season, but he has always excelled in the minors and could perhaps find a spot in the Marlins' Opening Day bullpen if his health cooperates. The 31-year-old battled elbow trouble down the stretch in 2023.

  • Ricky Karcher RP | CIN

    Diamondbacks' Ricky Karcher: Signs with Arizona

    Karcher signed a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks on Nov. 17.

    The right-hander made one appearance with the Reds in 2023 but spent nearly all of the season at Triple-A Louisville, posting a 4.77 ERA and 70:72 K:BB across 60.1 innings. Karcher figures to begin 2024 at Triple-A Reno.

  • Tommy Doyle RP | COL

    Braves' Tommy Doyle: Lands in Atlanta

    Doyle signed a minor-league contract with Atlanta on Nov. 25.

    Doyle had been non-tendered by the Rockies and has now landed in a new organization. He holds an 8.31 ERA over 18 relief appearances at the major-league level and has struggled to regain his stuff since shoulder surgery in September of 2021.

  • Jose Espada RP | SD

    Padres' Jose Espada: Re-signed by San Diego

    The Padres re-signed Espada to a minor-league contract Nov. 25.

    Espada elected free agency after the Padres non-tendered him last month but was brought back by the organization a week later. He made one appearance with San Diego in 2023 but spent most of the year between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A El Paso, collecting a 2.81 ERA with 110 strikeouts over 83.1 innings.

  • Jose Cruz RP | SF

    Giants' Jose Cruz: Re-signed to minors deal

    Cruz signed a minor-league contract with the Giants on Nov. 20.

    The Giants non-tendered Cruz on Nov. 17 but will give him another chance to work his way through their farm system. The 23-year-old right-hander pitched to a 4.47 ERA and 67:38 K:BB over 44.1 innings of relief between High-A Eugene and Double-A Richmond in 2023.

  • Giants' Thomas Szapucki: Returns to Giants on minors pact

    Szapucki (shoulder) signed a minor-league contract with the Giants on Nov. 18.

    Szapucki was non-tendered by San Francisco on Nov. 17 before being brought back into the fold one day later. The 27-year-old left-hander hasn't pitched at any level since 2022 because of a shoulder injury that ultimately required thoracic outlet surgery this past May. It's hard to say what his health status will be at the beginning of the 2024 campaign.

  • Austin Adams RP | ARI

    Mets' Austin Adams: Heading to Queens

    Adams (ankle) signed a one-year contract with the Mets on Thursday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    Adams, 32, held a 5.71 ERA through 24 relief appearances this past year with the Diamondbacks before fracturing his right ankle in early August. He was then outrighted off Arizona's 40-man roster at the end of the season but has now found a new home in New York on what's being called a "major-league, non-guaranteed split contract," per Will Sammon of The Athletic. Nasty at times but often overly wild, Adams owns a career 4.17 ERA and 170:75 K:BB in 114.1 total big-league innings.

  • Reds' Nick Martinez: Agrees to terms with Cincinnati

    Martinez agreed to a two-year, $26 million contract with the Reds on Thursday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

    Martinez opted out of the final two years of his contract with the Padres in early November and will head to Cincinnati on a deal that includes an increased salary and an opt-out after the 2024 campaign. The right-hander was reliable in San Diego over the past two seasons, posting a 3.45 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 216.2 innings over 110 appearances (19 starts). Although he converted just nine of his 16 save chances, he picked up 23 holds, including a career-high 15 last year. The Reds already have one of the top closers in baseball in Alexis Diaz, and they signed Emilio Pagan to a one-year, $8 million contract Wednesday. Pagan should be available as a setup man, and Cincinnati has been rumored to be in the market to acquire several other pitchers during the offseason. However, Martinez could also see some setup duties ahead of Diaz and will also be available to serve as a starter or long reliever when needed.

  • Penn Murfee RP | SEA

    Braves' Penn Murfee: Returns to Atlanta

    Murfee (elbow) signed a one-year, non-guaranteed split contract with Atlanta on Wednesday.

    After being claimed off waivers by Atlanta on Nov. 14 and non-tendered by the team three days later, Murfee will officially remain with Atlanta for the 2024 campaign. Murfee holds a 2.70 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in his career across 83.1 big-league innings, though a surgery in June to repair a torn UCL puts him at risk of missing the vast majority of the season.

  • Emilio Pagan RP | MIN

    Reds' Emilio Pagan: Agrees to deal with Reds

    The Reds signed Pagan to a one-year, $8 million contract with an $8 million player option for 2025 on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

    Pagan held a 2.99 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 65:21 K:BB over 69.1 innings for the Twins in 2023, which was good enough to nab a multi-year pact on the open market. The 32-year-old was able to keep the home run ball in check in 2023, but it's been a major issue for him in the past. Given his new home park, that could be a problem. Pagan would appear in line for setup duties ahead of closer Alexis Diaz.

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