>>Orioles Claim Cubs' Catcher Off Waivers
The Baltimore Orioles have claimed catcher Ryan Lavarnway off waivers from the Chicago Cubs.
Lavarnway played in 10 games with the Boston Red Sox in 2014, going hitless in 10 at-bats. He also hit .283 in 62 games with Triple-A Pawtucket.
Lavarnway was claimed off waivers by the Cubs last week from Boston. In 97 career games, he has a .201 batting average with five home runs.
To clear room for Lavarnway on the 40-man roster, the Orioles released outfielder Quintin Berry.
>>Cubs Ink Ross
(Chicago, IL) -- The Chicago Cubs continued to overhaul the catcher's spot by agreeing to terms with veteran David Ross on a two-year contract.
Ross has caught nearly 700 games over 13 major league seasons, the last two of which were spent with the Boston Red Sox. The 37-year-old hit just .184 in 50 games last season, but had seven home runs in 171 at-bats.
Over 744 career games, Ross owns a .233 average with 95 homers and 273 RBI.
Tuesday's signing reunites Ross with new Cubs ace Jon Lester, as the two were teammates on the Red Sox prior to Lester's trade to Oakland last July.
>>Cardinals Ink Waldon To New Deal
(St. Louis, MO) -- The St. Louis Cardinals and reliever Jordan Waldon are avoiding arbitration. The two sides have agreed on a two-year deal, that includes a club option for 2017. Waldon was acquired last month with outfielder Jason Heyward from Atlanta for starting pitcher Shelby Miller and a minor leaguer. The 27-year-old is 12-and-13 with a 3.10 ERA and 38 saves in five seasons between the Angels and Braves.
>>Giants Re-Sign Jake Peavy
(San Francisco, CA) -- The World Series champion San Francisco Giants are bringing back veteran hurler Jake Peavy. The two sides agreed to a two-year deal that ESPN reports is worth 24-million-dollars. The 34-year-old went 6-and-4 with a 2.17 ERA in 12 starts after the Giants acquired him at the end of July for two pitching prospects.
>>Braves Add Jason Grilli
The Atlanta Braves have come to terms with right-handed pitcher Jason Grilli on a two-year contract with a club option for 2017.
Grilli has 45 saves over the last two seasons, including 33 for the Pirates in 2013. The 38-year-old had a combined 1-5 mark with a 4.00 ERA and 12 saves in 62 appearances for Pittsburgh and the Angels this past season.
He was dealt to the Angels on June 27 for pitcher Ernesto Frieri.