>>Dodgers, Ellis Agree To One-Year Deal
(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers are avoiding arbitration with catcher A.J. Ellis. CBS Sports reports the two sides have agreed to a one-year, 4.25-million-dollar contract. The 33-year-old Ellis has hit .242 with 28 home runs in seven seasons with the Dodgers.
>>Yankees Acquire Chris Martin From Rockies
(Bronx, NY) -- The New York Yankees have acquired pitcher Chris Martin from the Colorado Rockies for cash considerations. The 28-year-old made his major league debut last season and went 0-and-0 with a 6.89 ERA in 15 and two thirds innings spanning 16 appearances. Martin struck out 14 and walked only four. He has a 3.25 ERA with 230 strikeouts in 249 minor league innings. To make room, the Yankees designated pitcher Gonzalez German for assignment.
>>Royals Extend Ned Yost
(Kansas City, MO) -- The Kansas City Royals are rewarding manager Ned Yost with a contract extension. The 60-year-old skipper is now under contract through the 2016 season. Yost guided the Royals to the franchise's first postseason appearance and World Series berth since 1985 last season. He is 373-and-402 since taking over the managerial duties for KC in 2010. Yost finished third in American League Manager of the Year voting last season.
>>D'backs Sign Cuban Right-Hander
(Phoenix, AZ) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks are adding their second free agent from Cuba this offseason. "Baseball America" reports right-hander Yoan Lopez has agreed to a contract worth 8.25-million-dollars. The 21-year-old features a low-90s fastball and registered a 3.12 ERA in seven starts during his last season in Cuba. He is expected to start 2015 in Single-A. The signing puts the D'backs well beyond their allotted international signing pool space for the 2014-15 signing period. They will not be able to sign anyone for more than 300-thousand-dollars for the next two signing periods. The Snakes inked Cuba slugger Yasmany Tomas to a six-year, 68.5-million-dollar contract in November.