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Braves bring back A.J. Pierzynski on one-year pact


As first reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Braves have reached agreement on a one-year free agent contract with veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski. It’s a $3 million deal, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Pierzynski was brought to Atlanta last winter to serve as a backup and mentor to youngster Christian Bethancourt, but the 38-year-old wound up grabbing the starting job when Bethancourt struggled and he finished with a respectable .300/.339/.430 batting line along 436 plate appearances.

Bethancourt still has a lot of work to do offensively, and this one-year deal with Pierzynski can take some of the pressure off. The 24-year-old defensive-minded backstop hit .200/.225/.290 in 160 plate appearances this past season for the cellar-dwelling Braves.

Mariners re-sign Franklin Gutierrez to one-year deal

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Via the official website of the Seattle Mariners:

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the club signed outfielder Franklin Gutierrez to a 1-year contract through the 2016 season. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Gutierrez pulled off a tremendous comeback in 2015, posting a .974 OPS and slugging 15 home runs in 59 games as the Mariners’ primary left fielder in the second half. He missed all of 2014 and appeared in only 81 total games at the major league level between 2013-2012 due to chronic injuries.

We’ll pass along the contract terms when they are disclosed.

Stephen Strasburg underwent minor back procedure last month

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Super agent Scott Boras told reporters, including FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, on Wednesday at the GM Meetings that his client Stephen Strasburg underwent a minor surgical procedure last month to remove a non-cancerous growth from his back.

Mark Zuckerman of wonders whether the growth might have been the source of the on-and-off neck and back pain that Strasburg had to deal with throughout the 2015 season.

Strasburg had a very inconsistent year for the underwhelming Nationals, posting a 5.16 ERA in the first half and a 1.90 ERA in the second half for a 3.46 ERA overall.

The 27-year-old right-hander is a good bet for a bounceback 2016.

He can hit free agency next winter.

Diamondbacks acquire catcher Chris Herrmann from Twins

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Chris Herrmann was a client of Dave Stewart when Stewart was a player agent and not the general manager of the Diamondbacks. Now they’re reunited again.

Arizona acquired Herrmann from the Twins on Tuesday night in exchange for minor league first baseman and corner outfielder Daniel Palka, as first reported by the Diamondbacks’ official Twitter account.

Herrmann owns a rough .181/249/.280 career batting line at the major league level and he slashed just .146/.214/.272 this past season for Minnesota, but the 27-year-old catcher could serve as Welington Castillo‘s primary backup in 2016.

Palka hit .280/.352/.532 with 29 home runs and 90 RBI this year for the Visalia Rawhide, but he turned 24 years old in October and hasn’t played a game above High-A.

It’s a fairly minor transaction.

Voting now open for the 2015 Platinum Glove Awards

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The 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners have been announced. Now you can help determine who wins the 2015 Platinum Glove Awards — given each year (since 2011) to the top overall defensive player in each league.

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina won it for the National League in 2011, 2012, and 2014. Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons took it in 2013.

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre won the American League Platinum Glove in 2011 and 2012 before getting unseated by Manny Machado of the Orioles in 2013. Royals left fielder Alex Gordon won in 2014.

Voting is now open for the 2015 editions on

That voting will end next week.