- The Miami Marlins and Chicago Cubs have completed a trade swapping outfielders Justin Ruggiano and Brian Bogusevic. Ruggiano, 31, hit .222/.298/.396 with 18 home runs and 50 RBI in 128 games with the Miami Marlins last season. In parts of five MLB seasons, Ruggiano has a career .251/.315/.432 slash line while providing providing power from the right side of the plate. He is under contract through the 2016 season. Bogusevic, 30 in February, should be a nice 4th outfielder for Miami. With the Cubs in 2013, Bogusevic posted a .273/.323/.462 slash line with 6 home runs and 16 RBI in 47 games.
- The Pirates have made two signings over the past few days. On Wednesday, they signed pitcher Edinson Volquez to a one-year, $5 million deal. In 2013, Volquez did not post the prettiest of stat lines, pitching to a 9-12 record with a 5.71 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. He allowed the most earned runs in the entire National League. His best season came in 2008 when he pitched to a 17-6 record with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. He finished fourth in the National League Rookie of the Year voting that season.
- The Pirates also re-signed shortstop Clint Barmes to a one-year, $2 million deal. Barmes, 35 in March, made 91 starts at shortstop for the Pirates last season (played a total of 108 games there). He hit .211/.249/.309 with 5 home runs and 23 RBI.
- The Tigers signed relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain to a one-year, $2.5 million deal on Thursday. The former prospect has struggled at the big league level, posting a 3.85 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP in seven big league seasons. In 2013, Chamberlain went 2-1 with a 4.93 ERA in 45 games with the New York Yankees.
A few notable acquisitions have occurred today and yesterday. Let's break them down...