Author: Aaron Gleeman

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Ex-Reds reliever Logan Ondrusek signs with Japanese team


Non-tendered by the Reds last month, right-hander Logan Ondrusek has signed with the Yakult Swallows in Japan.

Ondrusek is a 6-foot-8 reliever with a 3.89 ERA in 271 career innings as a big leaguer through age 29, but struggled for Cincinnati in 2014 and was due for a raise to more than $2 million via arbitration.

According to the Japan Times his one-year deal with the Swallows is worth $1.2 million.

Cubs sign Chris Denorfia

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Ken Rosenthal of reports that free agent outfielder Chris Denorfia has signed a one-year contract with the Cubs.

Denorfia struggled for the Padres and Mariners in 2014 and is 34 years old, but he’s generally been a very productive part-time player with a decent bat, enough range to play all three outfield spots, and plus speed.

He’s a career .272 hitter with a .725 OPS and has fared particularly well versus left-handed pitching.

Nick Hundley signs two-year deal with the Rockies

Nick Hundley

Free agent catcher Nick Hundley and the Rockies have agreed to a two-year contract worth around $6 million, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.

Connolly reports that the Orioles made Hundley a two-year offer to remain in Baltimore after acquiring him from the Padres in May, but he opted for more money and the promise of more playing time in Colorado.

Hundley hit .243 with six homers and a .631 OPS in 83 games overall and has a .680 OPS for his career.

Wilin Rosario has been the Rockies’ starting catcher for the past three seasons, but all offseason there have been reports of them wanting to move him out from behind the plate or trade him altogether.