February 9th

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MAJOR NEWS

Brett Lawrie

2B/3B Brett Lawrie, out of baseball since the conclusion of the 2016 season, announced on Instagram today that he has signed with Milwaukee. Per Robert Murray of the Athletic, the deal is a minors pact with a club option for 2020, and may reach up to $7MM in total value. If he cracks the MLB roster at any point during the 2019 season, he’ll earn $1MM. The 29-year-old Lawrie made his early-career mark with the Blue Jays, where his abrasive, hard-nosed style of play split critics and admirers evenly apart. The then-24-year-old was the centerpiece of the ridiculously lopsided trade that sent eventual AL MVP Josh Donaldson to the Jays. – MLBTR

NEWEST RUMORS

Mike Moustakas

The Brewers are reportedly the front-runners to sign free-agent third baseman Mike Moustakas, but they’re facing competition from at least one team. The Padres, who have prioritized finding a third baseman this offseason, are “going after” Moustakas, according to AJ Cassavell of MLB.com. San Diego first “checked in” on Moustakas earlier this winter, and Cassavell’s report indicates the club is legitimately in pursuit of the 30-year-old at this late stage of the offseason. – MLBTR

MINOR NEWS

Lucas Duda

The Twins on Saturday released their list of non-roster invites to spring training, but not before adding one more player. Lucas Duda, who twice has bashed 30 homers in a season, was signed on Saturday to minor league contract with the spring invite. He will earn $1.75 million if he makes the team. He spent most of last season with the Royals, batting 242 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI over 87 games. He finished the season with Atlanta, batting .222 over 20 games with a homer and two RBI. – Star Tribune

Homer Bailey

Per Rustin Dodd of The Athletic, the Royals have signed longtime Red Homer Bailey to a minor-league deal with an invite to Spring Training. Bailey, 33 in May, was part of the pre-holiday Reds-Dodgers swap that sent Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, and Alex Wood to Cincinnati. Bailey was immediately released by Los Angeles upon official approval of the deal by the Commissioner’s office. After the 2013 season, in which Bailey parlayed a 3.49 ERA/3.31 FIP/3.34 xFIP (4.1 fWAR) campaign into a 6-year, $105MM extension, the former first-rounder has done little to nothing since. A solid, albeit injury-shortened, 2014 campaign was followed by a string of elbow troubles, kicked off by a 2015 Tommy John and culminating with a surgery, two years later, to remove bone spurs in the area. – MLBTR

For a roundup of all of the minor league transactions here is MLB Trade Rumors’s article.

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