Washington avoids arbitration with Strasburg, strike deal
Strasburg will earn $3.975 million, plus performance bonuses, for the 2014 season, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman. Those incentives can total up to $125,000, per Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. Strasburg earned $3.9 million in 2013 in the last year of the major league deal he signed when he was drafted, going 8-9 with 191 strikeouts in 183 innings.
Baltimore brings back Casilla on minor league deal
The Baltimore Orioles announced that they signed second baseman Alexi Casilla to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, according to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com.
Casilla played in 62 games for the Orioles last season, amassing a .214/.268/.295 slash line with one home run and nine stolen bases. He'll provide depth for the Orioles at a position that already features Ryan Flaherty, the recently-acquired Jemile Weeks and prospect Jonathan Schoop.
Kansas City avoids arbitration with backup catcher Hayes
Hayes will earn $600,000 in the 2014 season with an additional $20,000 in performance bonuses according to the Associated Press. He hit .278 with one home run in five games for the Royals last season. He will back up Salvador Perez.
Rodriguez claimed by Arizona
Previously designated for assignment by the Chicago White Sox, the 6'6" Rodriguez split time between Double-A and Triple-A in 2013, recording a 4.91 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 33 relief appearances. He should serve as organizational depth for the team.