2019 January

4th Seeking infield help, the Yankees sign veteran Troy Tulowitzki to a one-year contract. New York will pay Tulo the ML minimum salary ($555,000) and the contract will include a no trade clause. The Jays will pay Tulowitzki $19,445,000 of the $20M he will make this year and they are on the hook for $14 million next year. They will have to pay a $4M buyout in 2021. The 34-year-old did not play in 2018 and will do much the same in 2019.

6th The Mets cap a busy week by dealing catcher Kevin Plawecki to the Indians for minor leaguers Walker Lockett and Sam Haggerty. Plawecki became expendable when the Mets signed Wilson Ramos to a 2-year contract. Lockett led the PCL in innings and strikeouts last season.

9th Yasmani Grandal, the Dodgers primary catcher for the last four years, signs a one year contract worth $18.35 with the Brewers. Grandal briefly lost his job in 2017 and was benched in 2018 after a spate of passed balls.

10th The Mets add infield versatility, reaching an agreement with veteran Jed Lowrie, an All-star with Oakland. Lowrie hit .267 with a .353 on-base percentage while hitting a career-high 23 homers. The 34-year-old switch-hitter can play second, short and third base.

11th The Angels sign free agent C Jonathan Lucroy to a 1-year deal worth $3.35M.  Lucroy spent last season catching the patched-up Oakland staff.

14th The Yankees sign free agent infielder DJ LeMahieu to a 2-year $24M contract. The three-time Gold Glove winner has played his entire career with the Rockies and Cubs and won the NL batting title in 2016.

16th The Mets crowded infield got a little less so as Wilmer Flores inks a deal with the Diamondbacks for 1 year at $4.25 million. Flores played mostly first base as well as third and second.

17th The Yankees add to their relief corp, signing Brooklyn-born Adam Ottovino, who made headlines last month by saying he could strike out Babe Ruth every time. Yank fans will likely forgive him, pointing out that the Bambino would be 124 years old if he were alive today. Ottovino is coming off his best season while pitching for the Rockies.

24th The Dodgers reach an agreement with free-agent outfielder A.J. Pollock for $55M for four years. The deal includes a $10M player option for 2023. The oft-injured Pollock missed 2 months last season with a broken left thumb, the most recent of his injuries, all unrelated.