Quick Hits; December 9th Transactions


White Sox acquire infielder Brett Lawrie From the Athletics for minor league pitchers J.B Wendelken and Zack Erwin.
Mets acquire 2B Neil Walker from the Pirates for LHP Jon Niese.
Astros acquire RHP Ken Giles for righty Vincent Velasquez, lefty Brett Oberholtzer, outfielder Derek Fisher and a player to be named later.
Tigers acquire LHP Justin Wilson from the Yankees for pitching prospects Luis Cessa and Chad Green.
Mariners acquire 1B Adam Lind from the Brewers for RHPs Carlos Herrera, Freddy Peralta and Daniel Missaki.
Mariners acquire RHP Evan Scribner from the Athletics for minor league pitcher Trey Cochran-Gill.

Free Agent signings:

Braves sign utility man Emilio Bonifacio to a 1-year contract.
Blue Jays sign infielder Darwin Barney to a 1-year contract.
Angels sign CF Craig Gentry to a 1-year contract.
Athletics sign RHP John Axford to a 2-year $10 million contract.
Phillies sign reliever David Hernandez to a 1-year $3.9 million contract.
Mets sign infielder Asdrubal Cabrera to a 2-year $16.5 million contract.
Nationals sign RHP Yusmeiro Petit to a 1-year contract.


Cardinals claim lefty Jayson Aquino off waivers from the Indians.
Mariners designate 1B Andy Wilkins for assignment.


Catchers move around

Chris Iannetta left the Angels organization this week and signed with the Seattle Mariners. Iannetta, a longtime Angel, signed a 1-year deal worth $4.25 million including a team option for 2017. He appeared in 92 games last season batting a mediocre .188 with 10 homeruns and 34 RBI’s.

In order to clear space for their new catcher, the Mariners designated John Hicks for assignment. Hicks, who saw action in 17 games in the 2014-15 campaign, batted .063 with one RBI and in AAA he appeared in 83 games with a .245 average, 6 homeruns and 35 RBI’s.

After losing Iannetta the Angels went out and signed Geovany Soto. Soto, entering his 12th MLB season, will look to fill their void behind the plate. He signed a 1-year $2.8 million contract after appearing in 78 games last season with the White Sox.

The White Sox would later sign Alex Avila. Avila, who is also on a 1-year contract, will be earning $2.5 million. He will look to help Tyler Flowers behind the plate after playing first base towards the end of the year last season.