Toronto has avoided arbitration with Brett Cecil, signing the left-hander to a one-year, $2.475 million deal.
After struggling as a starter Cecil shifted to the bullpen full time in 2013 and made the All-Star team. He posted nearly identical numbers in 2014–without the All-Star appearance–and the 28-year-old has a 3.01 ERA with 155 strikeouts in 126 innings out of the bullpen for his career.
Right-hander Neftali Feliz and the Rangers have avoided arbitration with a one-year contract worth $4.125 million.
Feliz posted a great-looking 1.99 ERA in 30 appearances returning from Tommy John elbow surgery, but his 21/11 K/BB ratio in 32 innings was far less impressive and he struggled to find the same type of velocity he regularly showed before going under the knife.
He enters his age-27 season with a 2.53 ERA in 242 career innings dating back to his impressive 2009 debut as a 21-year-old.
Tony Cruz will remain in his role as the Cardinals’ backup catcher next season, avoiding arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract.
Cruz has been Yadier Molina’s primary understudy since 2012, hitting just .225 with three homers and a .580 OPS in 482 plate appearances during that time.
Obviously the Cardinals value his defense a lot and, if healthy, they want Molina playing almost every game anyway.