The Washington Nationals have agreed to sign catcher Matt Wieters on Tuesday.
Wieters and the Nationals came to terms on a two-year, $21 million contract that includes an opt-out after this season. Wieters will earn $10.5 million each year, effectively making it a one-year deal if he decides to opt-out.
The contract includes deferrals, so $5 million of his earnings will not come until 2021.
The Atlanta Braves announced that they have acquired second baseman Brandon Phillips from the Cincinnati Reds.
In exchange for Phillips, the Reds received two minor league prospects: right-hander Carlos Portuondo and left-hander Andrew McKirahan.
Phillips is owed $14 million on his contract for the 2017 season, and the Reds will pay all but $1 million of that sum. In order to complete this trade, Phillips waived his 10-and-5 (10 years in MLB; five with current team) no-trade rights.
The New York Yankees signed first baseman and designated hitter Chris Carter on Tuesday.
The two sides agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal, according to reports. The contract includes a $500,000 signing bonus and $100,000 in incentives at every 50 plate appearances starting from 250 PA until 450 PA.
Carter is a big power bat and should supplement the Yankees at first base and designated hitter, places where they do not necessarily have holes but could need reinforcement.
The Texas Rangers agreed to sign first baseman and designated hitter Mike Napoli to a one-year deal on Tuesday.
Media reports suggest that Napoli's deal is worth $8.5 million and could include a club option. An announcement probably will not come until next week.
The contract represents a return to Texas for Napoli, who spent two seasons there from 2011 through 2012.
The Cleveland Indians agreed to sign left-handed relief pitcher Boone Logan on Thursday.
Logan and the Indians reached a one-year, $5.5 million deal with a club option for 2018. The option is valued at $7 million with a $1 million buyout. At a minimum, Logan will earn a guaranteed $6.5 million.
The Indians have recognized that this is their chance to win the World Series, coming off an AL pennant run in 2016. Logan is the second big addition for them this offseason, with the first coming in the form of slugging first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.