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Date Player News
11/21/2014 Evan Reed, P (Det) A judge reinstated a sexual assault case against Reed on Friday, overturning a decision by another judge who found inconsistencies in the alleged victim's story.

Analysis: Reed is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was playing for the Detroit Tigers last spring when a woman says she was drugged at a bar before Reed took her to a Detroit casino hotel on the eve of Opening Day. Reed, who wasn't in court, insists he had consensual sex with the 45-year-old woman. He is a free agent after playing for the Tigers and Triple-A Toledo last season.
11/21/2014 Joel Peralta, P (LAD) Peralta has been acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Tampa Bay Rays as part of a four-player trade. Tampa Bay received right-handers Jose Dominguez and Greg Harris in the trade announced Thursday night, and the Dodgers also obtained left-hander Adam Liberatore.

Analysis: Peralta, a 38-year-old right-hander, was 3-4 with a 4.41 ERA and one save in 69 games this year.
11/21/2014 Edgar Olmos, P (Sea) The Mariners have claimed Olmos off waivers from Miami.

Analysis: Olmos, 24, pitched at Double- and Triple-A last season in the Marlins organization. He appeared in five games for Miami late in the 2013 season.
11/20/2014 Ronald Belisario, P (CWS) The Chicago White Sox have designated Belisario for assignment.

Analysis: Belisario, 31, was 4-8 with a 5.56 ERA and eight saves in 62 relief appearances in his lone season in Chicago. He signed as a free agent in December.
11/20/2014 Daniel Robertson, LF (LAA) The Texas Rangers have traded outfielder Daniel Robertson to the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named or cash. The deal was announced Thursday.

Analysis: The 29-year-old Robertson made his major league debut last season and hit .271 with 21 RBIs in 70 games with Texas. He began the season in the minors with San Diego and was acquired by the Rangers in late April.
11/20/2014 Jameson Taillon, P (Pit) The Pirates added Taillon to their 40-man roster Thursday.

Analysis: Taillon, the second overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft, missed the 2014 season after Tommy John surgery on his right arm.
11/20/2014 Ike Davis, 1B (Pit) The Pirates designated Davis for assignment Thursday. Pittsburgh has 10 days to trade Davis or release him.

Analysis: Davis hit .235 with 10 homers and 46 RBIs in 131 games with the Pirates after being acquired in an April trade from the New York Mets. The left-handed Davis served as part of a platoon at first base with right-handed Gaby Sanchez but found himself out of a job with the Pirates likely moving Pedro Alvarez to first in 2015.
11/20/2014 Reymond Fuentes, CF (KC) The Kansas City Royals have acquired Fuentes from the San Diego Padres for left-hander Kyle Bartsch. The trade was announced Thursday.

Analysis: The 23-year-old Fuentes hit a combined .294 with five home runs, 33 RBIs and 25 steals in Triple-A and Double-A last season. He made his major league debut in 2013, hitting .152 in 23 games with the Padres.
11/20/2014 Josh Zeid, P (Det) The Tigers announced Thursday that they have claimed Zeid off waivers.

Analysis: The right-hander appeared in 23 games - all in relief - for the Houston Astros last season.
11/20/2014 Ezequiel Carrera, LF (Det) The Detroit Tigers have designated Carrera for assignment.

Analysis: Carrera hit .261 in 45 games for Detroit in 2014. The Tigers recently traded for center fielder Anthony Gose.
11/20/2014 Zelous Wheeler, 3B (NYY) The New York Yankees have sold the rights to Wheeler to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Pacific League.

Analysis: The 27-year-old, signed by the Yankees last November, hit .193 with two homers and five RBIs in 57 at-bats with New York as a rookie this year. He batted .296 with nine homers and 40 RBIs at Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes-Barre. New York acquired the rights to pitcher Masahiro Tanaka from the Golden Eagles last winter.
11/20/2014 David Martinez, P (Tex) The Texas Rangers have signed Martinez to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.

Analysis: Martinez had a 6.38 ERA in seven relief appearances for the Houston Astros the past two seasons. He went 5-6 with a 5.64 ERA and started in 13 of his 22 appearances for Triple-A Oklahoma City last season.
11/20/2014 Chris Gimenez, C (Tex) The Texas Rangers have signed Gimenez and right-hander David Martinez to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training.

Analysis: Gimenez was on the Rangers' opening day roster last season after being acquired on a waiver claim from Oakland in late March, then was traded to Cleveland in August. The catcher combined to hit .241 with 11 RBIs in 42 games for the Rangers and Indians last season.
11/19/2014 Juan Francisco, 3B (Bos) The Red Sox have claimed Francisco off waivers from the Blue Jays.

Analysis: Francisco played 106 games for the Blue Jays last season, batting .220 with 16 home runs and 43 RBIs. He has played both first and third base in a major league career that also includes stops in Cincinnati, Atlanta and Milwaukee. In 404 games, he has batted .236 with 48 homers and 152 RBIs.
11/19/2014 Billy Butler, DH (Oak) The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms on a $30 million, three-year contract with Butler through the 2017 season.

Analysis: Butler helped the Kansas City Royals reach the World Series last month after a 29-year playoff drought. In the postseason opener, they rallied late to eliminate Oakland in the AL wild-card game. Butler contributed two hits and two RBIs.
11/18/2014 Giancarlo Stanton, RF (Mia) Stanton will make just $6.5 million in the first year of his record $325 million, 13-year contract with the Miami Marlins. The deal with the All-Star outfielder, to be formally announced at a news conference Wednesday, includes a $25 million club option for 2028 with a $10 million buyout.

Analysis: Stanton will earn $107 million over the first six seasons of the deal, according to contract information obtained by The Associated Press. He then can opt out within four days of the end of the 2020 World Series, just around the time of his 31st birthday, and become a free agent.
11/18/2014 Zach Duke, P (CWS) The Chicago White Sox have agreed to a $15 million, three-year contract with left-handed reliever Zach Duke, boosting their bullpen.

Analysis: The 31-year-old Duke is owed $4.5 million next season, $5 million in 2016 and $5.5 in 2017. The deal was announced Tuesday. Duke flourished in his lone season with Milwaukee, going 5-1 with a 2.45 ERA in a career-high 74 appearances. He joins a bullpen that ranked 28th in the majors with a 4.38 ERA.
11/18/2014 Tim Hudson, P (SF) Hudson says next season will probably be his last.

Analysis: The 39-year-old right-hander finally reached and won the World Series in his 16th major league season. He said Tuesday he plans to fulfill his $23 million, two-year contract with the Giants then possibly call it a career.
11/18/2014 Alex Presley, LF (Hou) The Houston Astros have agreed to a one-year contract with Alex Presley, avoiding arbitration with the outfielder. Terms of the deal weren't released.

Analysis: The 29-year-old hit. 244 with six homers and 19 RBIs in 89 games for Houston last season. He played all three outfield positions, starting in 29 games in left field, 20 in right and 14 in center.
11/18/2014 Shaun Marcum, P (Cle) The Indians have signed free agent pitchers Shaun Marcum and Dustin Molleken to minor league contracts with non-roster invitations to training camp.

Analysis: Marcum has 58 career major league wins for Toronto, Milwaukee and the New York Mets. He underwent shoulder surgery in 2013 and made just eight appearances last season for Triple-A Columbus after signing a non-roster deal with Cleveland in December. The 32-year-old right-hander has made 161 career starts.
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