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The San Diego Padres signed outfielder Nomar Mazara to a minor league deal that includes an invite to big-league spring training. Mazara was eligible to sign a minor league during MLB's lockout because he didn't finish the 2021 season on any team's 40-man roster after he was released by the Detroit Tigers in June. Mazara made his big-league debut at 20 years old in 2016, batting .266/.320/.419 with 20 home runs in 568 plate appearances in his rookie season. But the left-handed slugger never was able to break out and he posted below-average offensive numbers for the Texas Rangers before he was traded to the Chicago White Sox. He struggled with Chicago in 2020 before slashing just .212/.276/.321 in 181 plate appearances for Detroit last year. The 26-year-old represents a low-cost depth option for a Padres team with plenty of questions at the corner outfield spots.
Minnesota Twins pitcher Kenta Maeda (elbow) is targeting a September return from Tommy John surgery. "Even if I can return, it will be around September," said Maeda. "It's not a zero percent chance." The Twins right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery last September but had an internal brace put into his right elbow to help reduce the recovery timeline from 16 to 12 months. "Even if it doesn't happen, it's nothing to be depressed about. In that case, I'll just come back healthy next year." He is expected to resume playing catch in mid-February. The 33-year-old struggled with groin/elbow injuries last season, owning a 6-5 record along with a 4.66 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and a 113:32 K: BB across 106 1/3 innings. Maeda could return at some point in 2022 and is worth stashing in dynasty formats or leagues with multiple injured reserve spots.
The Texas Rangers have signed right-handed pitcher Nick Tropeano to a minor league deal, per a tweet from the team's executive vice president of public affairs, John Blake on Wednesday. Tropeano has logged 241 innings at the Major League level since the start of the 2014 season. A starter earlier in his career, the 31-year-old's last 12 Major League appearances have come out of the bullpen, including five during the 2021 season split between the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets. In those five appearances, the right-hander allowed three walks, two earned runs, and a home run while striking out two. He'll provide the Rangers with some additional bullpen depth.
Infielder Gordon Beckham announced in a tweet on Wednesday that he is officially retiring. The eighth overall pick by the Chicago White Sox in the 2008 draft, Beckham made his Major League debut in 2009 and logged 3782 plate appearances in the Majors. In addition to playing for the White Sox, he also suited up for the Los Angeles Angels, Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, and Detroit Tigers in 11 Major League seasons. He hit .237 with a .300 on-base percentage, 80 home runs, and 35 stolen bases in his Major League career while seeing most of his playing time at second base and third base.
The San Diego Padres signed left-handed pitcher Daniel Camarena to a minor league deal on Monday, according to the team's official transaction log page. Camarena made his Major League debut this past season, throwing 9.1 innings in six relief appearances for the Padres. The left-hander struck out seven batters while allowing 16 hits, 10 earned runs, three walks, and a pair of home runs. He'll provide San Diego with some additional bullpen depth. The Padres lost closer Mark Melancon to free agency but return Craig Stammen, Pierce Johnson, Austin Adams, and Emilio Pagan as late-inning options from last season. They also signed former St. Louis Cardinals reliever Luis Garcia to a two-year deal earlier in the winter.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed catcher Juan Centeno to a minor league deal, per a tweet from the team's Triple-A affiliate, the Reno Aces on Monday. Centeno will provide the organization with some veteran depth behind Carson Kelly and Daulton Varsho. The 32-year-old has collected 371 career plate appearances in the Majors dating back to the 2013 season. He most recently appeared in seven games for the Boston Red Sox in 2019, collecting a pair of hits, two RBI, and a stolen base in 18 plate appearances. Most recently, Centeno split the 2021 season between the Detroit Tigers' Double-A and Triple-A affiliates, batting .281 with a .345 on-base percentage and two home runs in 204 plate appearances.
The Washington Nationals signed outfielder Rusney Castillo to a minor league deal on January 8, according to the team's official transaction log page. The 34-year-old last appeared in the Majors with the Boston Red Sox in 2016. He played for Boston's Triple-A affiliate as recently as 2019 and spent the 2021 season playing for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan. Castillo is a career .262 hitter in the Majors, with a lifetime .301 on-base percentage, seven home runs, and seven stolen bases. He'll provide the Nationals with some extra outfield depth. Washington's current outfield options to start alongside Juan Soto include Lane Thomas, Yadiel Hernandez, Victor Robles, Donovan Casey, and Andrew Stevenson.
The Chicago Cubs, per the team's official transaction log page, signed right-handed pitcher Eric Yardley to a minor league contract on Monday. Previously a member of the San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers, Yardley has pitched to a 3.52 ERA and a 5.05 FIP in 53.2 career innings in the Majors dating back to the 2019 season. He also recorded 31 strikeouts over that span while walking 23 batters. The reliever should give the Cubs some additional bullpen depth for the coming season. After moving Craig Kimbrel, Ryan Tepera, and Andrew Chafin at the trade deadline last season, Chicago's current late-inning options include Codi Heuer, Rowan Wick, Brad Wieck
The Kansas City Royals announced Monday in a tweet that the team signed right-handed relief pitcher Colten Brewer to a minor league deal. Brewer has appeared in 81 games in the Majors since the 2018 season. He made his debut with the San Diego Padres and has pitched for the Boston Red Sox in each of the last three campaigns. Overall, the 29-year-old owns a 5.04 ERA and a 4.99 FIP with 88 strikeouts and 58 walks allowed in those 91 innings. He allowed four hits, four earned runs, and three walks in his only Major League inning in 2021. Brewer will give Kansas City some additional bullpen depth.
The Los Angeles Angels signed right-handed pitcher Daniel Ponce de Leon to a minor league deal on Monday, per the team's official transaction log. Ponce de Leon has spent his entire Major League career to this point with the St. Louis Cardinals, pitching to a 4.33 ERA, a 4.83 FIP, 152 strikeouts, and 81 walks in 147.2-lifetime innings. In 33.1 innings last season, the right-hander posted a 6.21 ERA and a 6.11 FIP while also registering 24 strikeouts, 22 walks, and a pair of saves. With 22 of his 57 career appearances coming as a starter, Ponce de Leon could provide the Angels with some additional depth in either the rotation or the bullpen. Los Angeles' current rotation options include Shohei Ohtani, Noah Syndergaard, Patrick Sandoval, Jose Suarez, Michael Lorenzen, Reid Detmers, and Jaime Barria.
Free-agent left-handed pitcher Francisco Liriano announced his retirement on Monday after 21 seasons in Major League Baseball, according to his agent, Mike Maulini. Liriano spent most of his playing days pitching for the Minnesota Twins (seven years) and Pittsburgh Pirates (five years). The southpaw was an All-Star just once, and it came in his first full season with Minnesota in 2006. Liriano had his best seasons in his first four years with Pittsburgh, when he had under a 3.50 ERA in each of the team's playoff-bound campaigns from 2013-15. He won his first and only World Series ring as a reliever for the Houston Astros in 2017. Liriano finished his impressive career with a 4.15 ERA in 419 games (300 starts) and recorded 1,815 career strikeouts in 1,813 2/3 innings pitched for six different teams.